|NEXT MEETING: Saturday, April 24, 2004
Main Library, Houma, LA 1:00 p.m.
The March meeting was well attended and the
refreshments were great. Gloria Hicks, learning that many of us had never
tasted coush-coush, made enough for everyone and told us how to eat it,
either with milk and sugar, or cane syrup, or hot coffee-milk. This was
usually a breakfast dish for local folk, but some of the members said they
ate it for supper when they were children. Gloria brought the recipe: 2
cups corn meal, 1½ teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1½
cups milk and ½ cup shortening (margarine). Mix the corn meal, salt,
and baking powder and milk. Melt the shortening in a heavy skillet. Add
the mixture to melted margarine over high temperature. Cook until a crust
forms but donít let it burn, stir and lower heat to simmer. Cover and cook
15 minutes. This goes well with crisp bacon. Serves 4 to 6. It was different
and g-o-o-d. Of course, this brought out memories of foods prepared by
grandmas when we were children, especially the old tea cakes with ďcoffee
milk.Ē There was no coffee in it. Just caramelize sugar and pour in the
milk, stirring rapidly until the sugar melted into the milk. Great breakfast
food with beignets.
Are you willing to volunteer once a week to
work at the library assisting newbies in genealogy? This idea was suggested
as a way to help those people who are lost in the book collection, reading
microfilm and doing searches on the computer. It was suggested we prepare
blank ancestor and family group sheets in packets to get the beginners
started. Maybe we could get the library to give permission for volunteers
to serve one day a week in the genealogy department. If you would
be willing to help, let us know.
Dorothy Bergeron brought a gadget to be identified.
It looked like the fastener to overhauls but was made of finer material.
Dorothy found it in an old feather pillow that had belonged to her mother-in-law.
Some people thought it was from overhauls (the females), some thought a
garter belt or corset to hold up stockings (the men). Besides, what was
it?, the question was how did it get in the pillow? If you have an ideas
let us know.
DEATHS. We are saddened to learn of the passing of Emelie Boudreaux
Quin o f Houston, TX in March 2004. Emelie was the wife of Edward E. Quin
III, her husband of 61 years. She died after a 5 year struggle with ovarium
cancer. She is survived by her husband, Ed, and five children: Donna Quin;
Patricia Quin, wife of Thomas Schmidt; Kathleen Quin, wife of James Senterfitt
of Rowlett, TX; Michele Quin, wife of Martin Baker of Seabrook TX; and
Edward E. Quin IV, husband of Paola Pabon-Lopez; nine grandchildren and
seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Rene
Emile Boudreaux and Olympe Emelia Daigle of New Orleans, but originally
Lafourche Parish LA; an infant son Matthew David Quin, and brothers Rene
E. Boudreaux, Jr., and Robert J. Boudreaux. Emelie and Ed traveled extensively,
having lived in Italy and Australia. She was an award winning knitter of
beautiful garments, both machine and hand knit. She relished her Cajun
roots and membership in Terrebonne Genealogy Society, tracing her family
back 7 and 8 generations. Her extensive collection of ceramic glass dolls
filled her home. Visitation was at Forest Park Lawndale with funeral services
on Tuesday March 22 in the chapel. Interment was at Forest Park Lawndale
Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to UTMB OB-GYN-ONC, Route
0587, Galveston TX 77555.
SEMINARS. Saturday 17 April 2004. Itís a little late to get
this into the newsletter but maybe some of you can make the LGHS Seminar
and Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn South (I-12 at Airline) in Baton
Rouge. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and business continues until 4:30
p.m. Speakers will be Patricia Law Hatcher, cg, fasg and John Doucet, Associate
Professor of Biological Sciences and a member of the Center for Acadiana
Genetics. Registration (after April 2) is $35.
July 22-24, 2004, 8th Annual Angelina College
Genealogy Conference, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas. Thursday through
Saturday. Speakers Trevia Wooster Beverly, Pat Gordon, Bev Odom, Robert
de Berardinis, Emily Croom, John Sellers. You may order a conference packet
from Angelina College Community Services, P. O. Box 1768, Lufkin TX 75902-1768
or call 936-633-5205 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOKS. Phil Chauvin has completed the 2003 issues of the Houma
Courier Deaths $30 ea., Lafourche Comet Births, Engagements, and Deaths
$30 ea., and the Houma Courier Births and Engagements $20 ea. These are
available on prepaid orders and only the quantity ordered and paid will
be printed. If you want any of these, now is the time to send in your order.
If they are to be mailed add $3 postage for one book and $1 for each additional
book. Deadline for ordering is May 31st. We also learned these will complete
the 102nd books prepared by Phil over the years for the benefit of TGS.
Thatís got to be a record. We are so fortunate to have him doing these
books because they are so important to us doing research. Thank you, Phil.
This is the last month to get the pre-publication
price of $24, plus postage, on the book by Essie Joseph Cavalier and Marcelline
Landry Cavalier, Assumption Parish Marriages, 1906-1917, Courthouse Marriages,
Napoleonville, LA. (Flyer is enclosed) After April 30 the price will be
$30 per copy, plus postage.
Ed and Gloria Hicks took a much needed vacation
to Florida to visit with the grandchildren, so by now you probably realize
he didnít do this newsletter. I (Audrey Westerman) pinch hitted for him.
If there is anything left out please overlook the omission. Iím sure Ed
will be back at this job in May and get everything in that needs to be