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Royd Houshoure and his wife were neighbors to the Grubb family before the flooding. They were an uncommon pair who remained in their old home near what became Lake Monroe, even though it was made almost completely inaccessible and was cut off from any main highway by the lake.

Possibly due to that inaccessibility, they maintained their traditional lifestyle and obtained little in the way of modern technological upgrades. They still used an outhouse, and had a drainpipe rigged up from their gutters down to a wash basin.

Once Lake Monroe was completed and  people started to build and purchase lake houses, the Houshoure’s lifestyle undoubtedly seemed poverty stricken, or outdated at the least, but they were perfectly content to live their lives in the way they always had.