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.
Please help collate the new quarterly. We will meet at the North Branch on Thursday, October 29, 1998, at 12:00 noon. ... HELP! ... HELP! ... HELP!Our September meeting was held in the middle of evacuation preparations, so only those who were finished preparing for Georges had the opportunity (or the courage?) to attend. In numbers, we were only 16, but we weren't lacking in spirit. Nelson Marcel showed us a painting of the old LeBoeuf home which used to be on the river road in St. James civil parish. Essie Cavalier reported that he and Marcie are working on the translation of the diaries of Mrs. Virginia Delaune Blanchard and would like to have access to pictures of the area around Georgia Plantation on La. Hwy 308. There was an old store there in the 19th century. Mrs. Blanchard kept the store and wrote her diary in French, with news of the people who visited her store. Flora C. Garrett is looking for a family crest and/or a family history of the Verrett family. If you know of the existence of either, please contact her at Grandview Pines, 390 Deatsville Highway, Millbrook AL 36054-1635. The orders for the book on Napoleonville cemeteries have been filled and in the mail. Ed Hicks (your editor) said he had received inquiries about the compiled index of the first ten years of our quarterly. The Board decided not to print it because it would be too expensive to sell a 500-page book. Some at the meeting showed interest in the computer files, so we decided to ask in this newsletter if there were anybody willing to purchase a two-floppy-disk (3.5 in.) set in ASCII form that can be opened by any word processor (Windows- or DOS-based). (It could possibly be produced on several 5.25 in. disks.) All this is subject to Board approval, of course. Please let me know at the address above if you would be interested, and what you would expect to pay. Louis Duet reported on the last meeting of the German-Acadian Coast Genealogical andHistorical Society, and announced the Duet Reunion on October 11. Sorry this is reaching you too late to attend. Phil announced there would be no meeting in November, and the Christmas Social would be held on December 12.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Edith Huddleston Patterson and her family in the loss of Dudley Samuel Patterson on Monday, Oct. 5, 1998. We will always remember his kindness to us in sharing his family history that he had compiled. Surviving members of his family, besides his second wife, Edith, are two sons, Don Patterson and his wife, Linda Naquin Patterson of Houma, and Doug Patterson and his wife Susan Olivier Patterson also of Houma; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Inez Ann LeCompte, and his parents, Samuel and Laura Daigneault Patterson. He was president and owner of Patterson Towing Company, a U.S. Navy Seabees veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion Lenox Hotard Post No. 31, and a lifetime member, past commander and commander of the year of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3700. He was a member of the Order of Alhambra and was awarded an honorary life membership in the Knights of Columbus.
Our hearts go out to the Kraemer family, as well. Murphy Paul Kraemer, husband of the late Melva Rita Blanchard Kraemer passed away on Thursday, October 8, 1998. He is survived by two daughters, Leah Boquet of Kent Wash., and Karen Haddad of Gray; one brother, Guelvin "Cal" Kraemer of Houma; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melva, his parents, Theodore and Leah Marie Peltier Kraemer, one son, Wayne Paul Kraemer; four brothers, Whitney, Edwin, Joseph and Eddie Kraemer, and three sisters, Rose Pitre, Alida Landry and Louise Dupre. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 5545, Cruisin' Cajuns, Bayou Ramblers, and Woodmen of the World, and a parishioner of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Sympathies to member William H. Theriot on the loss of his brother, Dr. Eugene Theriot, who died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998. He was well loved and respected by all who knew him.
The director of the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, Marco F. Cocito Monoc, Ph.D. will be the guest speaker at the October meeting of the Society. Don't miss it. He will tell us about the exciting developments and future plans for the museum.
Audrey Westerman has the World War I draft registrations on computer. The Society will purchase two rolls of microfilm of the Mortality Schedules for 1870 and 1880, and Lou Ostheimer will start transcribing the list of veterans of World War I found at the courthouse. Do you have a pet project that you would like to see done? Can you work on it?
CAJUN MYTH EXPLODED
Do you have an ancestor whose last name ends in "X"? What Cajun doesn't? Have you been guilty of continuing the myth that it was added when an ancestor signed his name with an "X" because he couldn't read or write? Up until recently, that was the conventional wisdom.
"And the conventional wisdom is wrong," says historian Dr. Carl Brasseaux of the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He went on to explain that a census taker for the 1820 census was the one person most responsible for the standard "eaux."
REUNIONS AND SEMINARS
CALLING ALL DAIGLES. If you have a Daigle line in your genealogy, please send it to Don Daigle, 44 Lark St., New Orleans, LA 70124-4523. (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) A database is being established for the 1999 Daigle Reunion.
Dallas Gen. Soc. announces the first lecture in their lecture series Nov. 14, 1998, Cyndi Howells, webmaster and creator of Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites, speaker. The lecture will be conducted "on line" with the theater screen as the monitor and a direct modem connection to the Internet during the lectures. Topics include "The World Wide Web: Quit surfing and start researching" Each lecture $25.00, Non members $30.00. For information call Dallas Gen. Soc. at 214-670-7932, voice mail or website: www.dallasgenealogy.org/dgs
The New Orleans Public Library offers classes in Family research. Free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations must be made by calling the Louisiana Division at (504)596-2610 during regular hours of service: Mon-Thurs 11 am to 6 pm. or Sat. 11 am to 5 pm.
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