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Photo of the Past – 1940 Snowfall

CAROLA LILLIE HARTLEY
Contributing Writer

About three inches of snow fell overnight in Opelousas on Thursday, January 25, 1940. It lasted almost all day on Friday, the 26th. Professional and amateur photographers went around the town getting pictures of the winter treat. One of them shot this featured photograph of the Ole Ray Homestead on West Bellevue Street, at that time the home of Harold Comeau.

What a day that must have been in Opelousas. According to newspaper reports it was like a holiday — the kids were out of school, many people missed work and others walked around the town building snowmen, having snow fights and enjoying the snow-covered scenery. It was the talk of the town for several days.