[The Lewis Family and their Floating Home]
Week ending November 23, 1938
Helen S. Hartley
Identification No. 0149-5147
Federal writers' Project Dist. 2
WPA Project #4454, Mobile, Ala.
Mr. D. J. Lewis
Magazine Point, Alabama.
THE LEWIS FAMILY AND THEIR FLOATING HOME.
Written by Helen S. Hartley.
Three years ago Mr. D. J. Lewis bought a twenty-eight foot cabin launch which was driven by a four cylinder motor so that he may be able to enjoy the sport fishing that the Mobile waters abound in, as he had at that time a job with the nearby Southern Kraft Paper Mills at Sibert, a suburb of Mobile. After fixing the boat up to look like a new one, which required quite a bit or repair work, a coat of fresh paint and adding a finishing touch here and there. When the boat was throughly finished and glistened like new, his wife decided it would be nice to live on board and by so doing save the expense of house rent and the necessary monthly bills. Mr. Lewis acquiesced, and soon the two young people, who make an ideal couple, were comfortably arranged on board the little launch as if in a home out in the great open spaces and in God's good sunshine.
Mrs. Lewis grew to love the waves as they rippled and seemed to laugh as they passed on by their boat in the warm sunshine, and when the blue Southern sky would suddenly became bedimmed and the sun seen only dully through a grew veil and the water that had been so smooth and silent was cut by large ripples caused by a wind that had sprung from nowhere, she knew by all those signs that a Higher Power was controlling it all, and was looking down especially upon them in their comfortable little floating home.