Membership and/or address changes:
Please send by mail to TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295
North Branch Library, Gray, LA 1:00 p.m.
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BE AT THE NORTH BRANCH AT NOON ON THURSDAY, JULY 23. We can always depend on Wade Usé and Aubrey LeBlanc to liven up a meeting. Wade brought three items to the June meeting that brought back memories to some and were eye-openers to others. It depended on your age and where you grew up, I guess. Even the "young" people there could remember the smell of freshly ground coffee, so the coffee grinder made a quick connection, but I, for one, had never seen a corn grinder. It is used to grind up dry corn kernels small enough for chickens and other birds to eat. Then there was the corn-cob sheller, which was to remove the dried kernels from an ear of corn. It was surprising to me the number of people who were able to identify that one. It must be a universal machine, like a plow, or something. Very interesting exhibit. Thanks, Wade.
Thanks go to Aubrey, too, for teaching most of us about "Cash Entry Sales" and the Bureau of Land Management. It seems that the U.S. government started selling land to its citizens in 1789, but not always for cash, at first. It wasnít until 1820 that it insisted on "Cash Only" sales. My notes are incomplete, here, but land records are found in the State Land Office, as well as in the Bureau of Land Management. I definitely need to research this further. You may want to access their site at <http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/>
We heard news of our member Wilma Boudreaux who was to undergo surgery for a ruptured disk. She reported (through another party) that her eye was doing good, but she still needs prayers. She is at home, now, if you want to call and get the most recent news. Myrtle Orgeron of Golden Meadow needs our prayers, too, as does Bennie N. Hardberger.
Pre-publication orders on the new book on the Napoleonville cemeteries is going briskly, with many people ordering the hard-cover edition. Donít get left out in the cold, folks. The only way you will get a hard cover on your copy is to order during the pre-publication sale, which ends soon. (O.K., I suppose there are other ways, but if you are thinking about "borrowing" my copy you will have to think again.)
Members Huey and Linda Rodrigue are happy to announce the birth of their new grandson, Joshua Alan Bailey to Jeffrey Alan Bailey and Elizabeth Ann Rodrigue Bailey of Edwa Beach, Hawaii on 29 June 1998. He weighed in at a healthy 7 lb. 15 oz. and measured 20 ¾ in. long. Annís mother, Carolyn M. Knowles Rodrigue is deceased. Jeffreyís parents are Arthur Benjamin Bailey and Patricia Ann Bach Bailey.
One of our most faithful members lost two family members, this past month. Jackie Ford Thibodeaux lost her father, Henry A. Ford, and her aunt, Irma Ford Dupre. Henry "Bud" A. Ford, 73, a native of Thibodaux and resident of Gray, died at 11:17 pm, July 10, 1998. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite Seghers Ford; one son, Robert "Bob" Ford; one daughter, Mrs. Michael (Jackie) Thibodaux, Sr.; three brothers, Harry, Arthur Jr. and Adam Ford; three sisters, Lily May Clement, Marie Samanie and Josephine Peltier; two grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Leonard and Louise Thibodaux Ford; and one sister, Irma Ford Dupre (See below. Ed.). He was a Catholic, an Army WW II veteran, and an active member of Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Posse.
Irma Ford Dupre, 69, a native of Choctaw and resident of Schriever, died at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 1998. She is survived by her husband, Nolan Dupre of Schriever, two sons, David Dupre of Chackbay, and Roy Dupre of Thibodaux; two daughters, Elise D. LeBoeuf and Judy Ann Prestenbach, both of Coteau; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her brothers, sisters and parents were given above.
All of us should be grateful to our generous contributing members. For the 1998-1999 year they are: Inez T. Adams of Thibodaux, Robert A. Bado of Placerville, CA, J. Dwain Broussard of Deer Park, TX, Dorothy Guidry Bundrum of Pearland, TX, Edward Domangue of Austin, TX, Larry Dupre of Pineville, LA, Louis E. Giroir of Round Rock, TX, Elaine Jennings ofLafayette, LA, Aubrey J. LeBlanc of Metairie, Doyle "Bernie" Melancon of Baton Rouge, Mr. & Mrs. Rodney Pontiff of Gray, LA, and Darlene Walk of New Orleans. Thanks a million to each one of you.
We received a nice long article (too long for this newsletter) about the Association de la Famille Daigle and the reunion on August 14 and 15, 1999. If you are interested, contact Florence Daigle Perkins, 519 Dentation Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, phone (504) 766-2118, or visit their web site at <http://www. net/~kingb/>
If you are in the Thibodaux area, you may want to drop by the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center (boy, thatís a mouthful) located on the banks of beautiful Bayou Lafourche. On display through August 9 are artifacts from La Belle, a ship of La Salleís expedition to explore the Mississippi in 1685. Visitors to the exhibit will see pewter plates, lead shot, glass beads, brass hawk bells, a sword hilt and a beautifully detailed bronze cannon. For schedule and other information, contact Angela Rathle or Ramon Johnson at (504) 448-1375.
Also in Thibodaux, at the Howard Johnson Lodge, LA Hwy. 308 and N. Canal
Blvd. the Lafourche Heritage Society will present their 22nd annual seminar.
Featured speakers will be Claire Mire Bettag, Martin Cortez, and Elton
Oubre. You donít have much time to pre-register, and thatís the only way
you will get the buffet lunch. So hurry! There is a form to fill out, but
you may not have time to send for one. All I have is a "snail mail" address.
No phone, no e-mail. Just write your name, mailing address and phone number
on a clean sheet of paper and mail it to Lafourche Heritage Society, P.
O. Box 913, Thibodaux, LA 70302-0913, with a check for $26.00 payable to
the same society, to get there before July 27. That should do it.
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