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Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 21 No. 10 January 2003

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Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Phone (985) 876–2348 
      TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295 
News items or events, contact: 
     Newsletter Editor  Ed Hicks
      5306 Hwy 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033 
      Phone: (985) 532–3586 
NEXT MEETING Saturday, January 25, 2003
North Branch Library, Gray, LA 1:00 p.m.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!...from the officers and Board of Directors of Terrebonne Genealogical Society. We hope your holidays were restful and happy. We all had a wonderful time at the Christmas social. We saw some members whom we hadn’t seen in a while. Last Christmas, to be exact. It was good to get together and just enjoy each other’s company, catching up on the news. We also met some new friends. Some had never been to a meeting of our society. I hope they don’t think our meetings are that laid back all year round.
    The new year means that our membership year is drawing to a close, so we must remind you to get your dues to us soon. I included a reminder in last month’s newsletter, but neglected to give the membership options available. Here they are: Individual membership, $25; Family membership, $30; Contributing member, $30; Libraries, $22. You say you can’t remember if you paid your dues or not?  Then look at the address label on this newsletter. If, somewhere on the label, you see, besides your name and address, the notation “EX 02/03" then you have not paid your dues for the coming year and your membership expires next month (February, 2003). No more of our very informative quarterlies, no more of our informative and entertaining newsletters. Too bad, you need to mail us your dues. If you see the notation “EX 02/03 EX 02/04" then you are paid up through February of 2004. Good for you. You have paid your dues for the rest of this membership year and all of the coming year. A handful of members will see this: “EX 02/04" only. That means that their membership begins next month and covers all of the next membership year. They will receive their first quarterly with Volume 22, No. 1 — Spring of 2003. Please send your address (including the nine-digit Zip code), phone number (including area code), and email address with your dues.    We have some old information in our files that we need to clear out. There have been some changes in telephone area codes, and with the mergers and failures of some dot-com companies, some email addresses have changed. We often need to contact our members about their memberships or book orders or articles they have written for the quarterly and it is time-consuming and frustrating to keep getting those “no contact” recordings or “Mail delivery subsystem” messages. We promise not to give or sell your address to any marketing service or advertiser. Honest.
    We are sorry to have to report the death of the mother-in-law of member Francis N. Mouille of Church Point, LA. Mrs. Irene Cecile Bourgeois Tabor died on Friday, 25 October 2002. She is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Saul F. (Mary Gail) Landry, Jr., and Mrs. Francis N. (Katherine) Mouille, sons James E. Tabor, Jr., Lewis C. Tabor and Thomas A. Tabor, brother Peter G. Bourgeois, Jr., sister Beverly Bourgeois Sinor, 21 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Bourgeois, Sr., mother Elizida “Lizzie” Barrilleaux Bourgeois, husband James Eaton Tabor, Sr., sisters Mrs. Thomas A. (Jeanne B.) DeClouet and Mrs. G. Leslie (Mae B.) Broussard, son Hudson William Tabor and great grandson Brendan John Tabor. She was a parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral Parish, a member of the Altar Society, Catholic Daughters of America and ANAWIM.
    Our sympathies go out to faithful member Lou Ostheimer, who lost his mother last month. Helen Bazet Ostheimer died Friday, 27 December 2002. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Peggy O. And Charles Solberg of Jackson, Tennessee; one son and daughter-in-law, Lucius R. Jr. and Sandy Ostheimer of Houma, Louisiana; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, and three step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Helen and Theophile Bazet; one brother, Hugh Wallis Bazet; two sisters, Norma Rosalie Chesson and Maxine Ione Hites; and one step-grandson, Patrick Neigel of Houma. She was a retired Terrebonne Parish public school teacher, former teacher at St. Matthew’s Episcopal School, member of the Retired Teachers of Terrebonne, Delta Kappa Gamma and former member of the Terrebonne Genealogical Society.
    It was through the teamwork of eleven good workers that we are able to enjoy our Winter Quarterly. Those who came out and helped were: Phil Chauvin, Brenda Folse, Jeanette Haydel, Ed Hicks, Lou Ostheimer, Laurie Patton, Cecilia Richard, Dot Smith, Marilyn Sonnier, Jane Webert and Nancy Wright. Many thanks to you, each and every one.
    At the December Christmas Social it was announced that Audrey Barnes Westerman received her certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists in Washington, D.C. She is one of only three in the whole state of Louisiana! This gives her the right to put the initials C.G.R.S. after her name. If you have ever seen those letters and wondered what they stand for, it is “Certified Genealogy Records Specialist.” Congratulations, Audrey, you certainly deserve the honor. You worked for it.
    Member Lou Ostheimer needs to make more room in his house, so he is offering his collection of back issues of the Terrebonne Life Lines. He has a complete set, going back to Volume 1, No. 1 in 1982. He is willing to part with them for $20 per 4-issue volume, and $15 for Volume 1 (only three issues). He would prefer to sell them in volume sets. If you have any further questions, contact him at 503 Mire St., Houma, LA, 70364-2015, or call him at 985-876-7562. Please, no collect calls. Thanks.
    It was reported here that the new Terrebonne Parish Library Main Branch would be completed by 1 March 2003. Due to some unexpected delays, the new date will be 12 April 2003. That is a Saturday, so we can probably expect some opening ceremonies, right kids?
    This is a relatively new crime, folks, and some of us are not quite sure what it is, how people commit the crime, and what honest citizens can do to prevent it. It would behoove each one of us to get knowledgeable as fast as she or he can, so that we won’t become victims. Be sure to take the time to visit the website and study the available material carefully. It is really for your own good. Thanks to Louis Duet for this “wake up call.”

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