Vintage Houseboats as Family History

We found these pictures and text on a family history website. Enjoy.

Site says…. “River Boat Trader at Leist Landing, Photos, Candy, Cigars, The Corn Doctor Bemer.  Fred Oakes said he made spending money by trapping raccoons and selling the pelts to these traders.  Postcard shows he was B. B. Bemer.  Fred Oakes said Bemer was educated and  had one arm, man on left then is Bemer.  Bemer was a good friend of Dave Ward. They helped each other build boats and repair motors.

Houseboat at Leist Landing.  This is the same boat with no signs that is pictured above.  Note woman in center.  She might be Mrs. Bemer  Large catfish hanging from the corner of front boat, chickens on the deck on on boat and pigs on the other.  On the Little Sunflower River.”

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ShantyboatLiving.com editor says, “I found more info on a Bremer family in Mississippi.   They appear to be black.   A site said:

Willie Mae Bemer in the 1940 Census

Age 8, born abt 1932
Birthplace Mississippi
Gender Female
Race Negro
Home in 1940
Washington, Mississippi
Household Members Age
Head Bras Bemer 59
Wife Willie Bemer 39
Son Jones Bemer 14
Daughter Bertha Bemer 12
Daughter Victoria Bemer 10
Daughter Willie Mae Bemer 8
Daughter Carola Bemer 4

B.B. Bremer could have been Bras Bemer and his wife Willie. Possible.

Originally posted 2016-05-02 18:49:56.

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