|NEXT MEETING: Saturday, June 26, 2004
Main Library, Houma, LA 1:00 p.m.
Laïse Ledet’s They Came They Stayed CD is ready to ship. 466 scanned
pages from the original book, 7331 references (503 to pictures, 265 to
family group sheets) in the expanded hyperlinked index. There are 2719
individuals and 1234 families in the genealogy database. Extras include
a timeline of the area, tips for creating your own family history, and
forms to help you get started. All for $25.00 + $3.00 S&H. Requirements:
internet browser (i.e. Netscape, MS Internet Explorer or Mozilla) and at
least 64 MB memory (RAM). Send your order to TGS, P.O.Box 20295, Houma,
Will Cajuns eat anything? I’ve heard it said often, but Ruth Labit
EXPOSITO says “This Cajun won’t!” This came about when Juanita CHIASSON
brought some fried shrimp heads to the May meeting for us to taste. Have
you ever thrown away that part of the shrimp that comes out of the head
with a bunch of legs attached? Well, you just might want to try dipping
them in a milk and egg batter, then in flour (Juanita used whole wheat
flour) and deep-frying them. If you want to try it, be sure to rinse off
all the “black stuff,” Juanita says. She serves them warm, as an exciting
appetizer. Most of us had never heard of it, but it does taste quite good
when it is warm and crispy. Juanita said she had been hearing about it,
and her family liked it when she tried it some time back. My question is:
Is it a Cajun dish or not? I did an Internet search and found “shrimp head”
in two significant places. 1)As Shrimp Head Powder, which is a “protein-enriching
ingredient, suggested uses: in noodles, snack foods, instant soup mixes,
and other products requiring protein and energy supplementation.” (Quoted
from the website of the Department of Science and Technology in Manila,
Philippines.) 2)On a meal with Amaebi (Amaebi with Fried Shrimp Head) along
with Ikura Salmon Roe and Uni Sea Urchin, all for $4.50 at a Sushi Lovers®’
menu web site. (Evidently a chain of restaurants in Southern California.)
So I guess it has Asian origins. Does anybody have any information to the
Immediately after the June meeting we will start the training
for the Terrebonne Library Genealogy Volunteers. Amy WHIPPLE, Assistant
Director of the Terrebonne Parish Library System, will take a group of
interested volunteers and meet with them (probably in a smaller room) for
a half-hour training session on the Library System. We will schedule more
specialized training in using the Genealogy books and computers later in
July. On Wednesday, June 30, Darryl ESCHETE, Head Reference Librarian,
will do the same for those who couldn’t make the Saturday meeting. We will
meet in the Genealogy Department at 10:00 a.m.
The Executive Board of the Terrebonne Genealogical Society agreed
to print the packets to hand out to beginning genealogists. We just have
to give credit to the society. I think everybody has been so cooperative
in this project. Please plan to attend one of the training sessions. That
way, even if you don’t start in July, you will be trained whenever you
WEDDING: On 21 May 2004, in Larose, Louisiana, Jeremy Joseph
BOUDREAUX, grandson of Board Member Essie Joseph CAVALIER and active member
Marceline LANDRY CAVALIER, married Lesley Reneé DONOVAN, daughter
of Glenn Gilbert DONOVAN and Melinda Mary CHIASSON DONOVAN. Parents of
the groom are Giles Jude BOUDREAUX and Karen Ann CAVALIER BOUDREAUX LEBLANC.
Paternal grandparents of the groom are Eva Marie BREAUX BOUDREAUX and the
late Howard Joseph BOUDREAUX. The bride’s maternal grandparents are Arnold
Joseph CHIASSON and Mathilde LeBLANC CHIASSON, and her paternal grandparents
are Gilbert Cleveland DONOVAN and the late Bronson Paige HOWARD DONOVAN.
DEATHS: We apologize for neglecting to mention the death of
Elodie LOUVIERE PENNISON, mother of charter (and lifetime) member Ruby
PENNISON GABRIEL. She was 90 years old, a native of Chacahoula and resident
of Thibodaux, and died April 23, 2004. She is survived by two sons, Donald
and Daniel PENNISON; 10 daughters, Ruby GABRIEL, Elodie LUSCO, Evelyn TUCKER,
Anne Lee CLEMENT, Carol NAQUIN, Jane CLAUSE, Clara ANDRAS, Kathleen "Kathy"
LEGENDRE, Judy MARTIN and Nancy BOUDREAUX; 52 grandchildren, and numerous
great and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Arthur J. PENNISON; one son, Arthur J. PENNISON Jr.; nine brothers and
sisters and four grand-children. We sympathize with your loss, Ruby.
Our apology and sympathy go out to Dorothy “Dot”
Naquin Smith, longtime member, who lost her granddaughter in February.
Jodie SMITH BANAS, 35, was a native of Schriever and resident of Montverde,
Florida. She is survived by her husband, Edward D. BANAS Jr.; mother, Ananell
SMITH and stepfather, Michael BRACY; son, Kyle D. BANAS, and daughter,
Brittanie N. BANAS; brothers Vione A. SMITH and William Joseph BRELAND
Jr. and sister, Heather L. SMITH of Tampa, Florida. Please accept our apologies
and deepest sympathy.
Louis G. ZELENKA Sr., 97, father of member Louis
G. ZELENKA Jr., died Friday 21 May 2004. He was a native of Houma and resident
of Jacksonville, Florida. He is survived by two sons, Louis Jr. and Michael
H. ZELENKA, wife, Linda; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his wife, Alice HUNTER ZELENKA; his parents Dr. Rudolph L. ZELENKA Sr.
and Eva BAZET ZELENKA; two brothers, Capt. Bernard ZELENKA and Rudolph
ZELENKA, D.D.S.; and two sisters, Thelma Z. KYSER and Imelda Z. RHUBES.
He graduated from LSU in engineering, was a longtime
member of the Army Reserve and was on active duty with the U.S. Signal
Corps. Much of his World War II experience was in top-secret communications
based inside Kilauea volcano crater in Hawaii. He retired as a major from
the Army. He was a lifetime member of the Seminole Canoe and Kayak Club
and was commodore of that organization for several years and was a state
canoe race champion. He was also a member of Telephone Pioneers of America.
He was the last surviving grandson of Bernard F. BAZET, founder of the
Houma Courier, and Louis George ZELENKA, organist at St. Francis de Sales
Church. He and his sister, Thelma, donated the Main Street Memorial Park
Fountain in memory of their brother, Rudolph ZELENKA Jr., D.D.S.
Our sympathies go out to the family of Neil Lucien
ABBOTT Sr., 79, beloved husband of member Janet G. ABBOT. He was
a native of Algiers and resident of Houma for 41 years. He died at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, June 2, 2004, and is survived by his wife, Janet GOULD ABBOTT
of Houma; one son, Neil "Tony" ABBOTT Jr. and wife, Vanessa LINKS ABBOTT,
of Houma; three daughters, M. Lynne ABBOTT MARQUARDT and husband, Douglas
MARQUARDT, of Natchitoches, Ann ABBOTT CHAMPAGNE and husband, Patrick C.
CHAMPAGNE, and Ellen ABBOTT CLICK and husband, Dean CLICK Sr., of Houma;
one brother, Granville ABBOTT of Gretna; one sister, Helen A. FARRELLY
of Waveland, Miss.; and 13 grandchildren, Carl MARQUARDT and wife, Amy,
Rebecca, Megan MARQUARDT, Neil "Trey", Nicholas, Nathan ABBOTT, Amanda,
Dominique, Monica, Isabelle CHAMPAGNE, Dean CLICK Jr., Catherine and Hope
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kirk H.
ABBOTT and Josie CAMBRE ABBOTT; one granddaughter, Kate C. CHAMPAGNE; and
one brother, Kirk H. ABBOTT Sr. He was a PBX expert with South Central
Bell and was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran of World War II and the Korean
War. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 218 in Algiers, American
Legion Lenox Hotard Post No. 31, U.S.M.C. League and Bell South Pioneers
of America. He was a parishioner of St. Bernadette Catholic Church.
MEMBERS: Several of our members have been in the hospital, and
not just to visit friends. They might appreciate a call or a card or a
visit or a prayer. They are Ledora Hernandez and others who wish to remain
anonymous. Don’t ask me how you are going to call someone who wishes to
remain anonymous. I’m having a hard enough time trying to spell “anonymous.”
“NEW” ADDRESS: In case you missed the announcement the first
time, our address has changed. The box number, specifically, changed from
P. O. Box 295 to P. O. Box 20295. Also, you don’t have to put the “Station
2" any longer. Just be sure to put the correct zip (unchanged) 70360-0295.
We have a feeling that some of our book and CD orders are getting lost
in the bowels of the USPS.
CALLING ALL BERNARDS: You are cordially invited to a Bernard
family reunion on Saturday, September 18, 2004 from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30
p.m. at Lovett Road BREC Recreation Center, 13443 Lovett Road, Baton Rouge,
LA 70818. This is an air-conditioned and/or heated building, and outside
there will be tennis and basketball courts and playground equipment for
the children plus a baseball diamond for any who are interested. Contact
Mary Agnes COKES HAMMETT, 16548 Vermillion Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70819,
phone 225-273-0320 or email mach10 at bellsouth.net Mary Agnes says “Let’s
get together for a happy occasion.” and “Please come and share in the event
with lots of love, family pictures, and family stories.” Positively no
alcohol or drugs allowed. Thanks. Details available from the contact person.
ACADIANS & CAJUNS: The Terrebonne Parish Main Library will
host a presentation by Mr. Leryes USIE on “The History of the Acadians
& Cajuns.” Be there at 6:00 p.m. sharp on Thursday, July 15, 2004,
to catch the whole thing, and stay until 8:30 p.m. If you need more information,
contact Carlos CROCKETT, Reference, Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 985-876-1733.
GOOD HABITS: Have you ever tried to put a book back on the shelf
and the hole that it came out of had closed up? That makes you look at
the book and look at the ones still on the shelf and try to place the darned
thing in exactly the right spot. What if you had put a marker to hold the
place where you took the book! Then, whoever went to replace the book would
know without trying too hard exactly where it goes. That’s the concept
behind those little white plastic trapezoids that you may have noticed
sticking out of the shelves in the Genealogy Department. The extra ones
are located at the ends of the shelves. So, now, when you take a book off
the shelf, no matter if you are just going to glance at the index, put
a white plastic shelf marker where you took the book. That way you can
help yourself and others to replace the book when you are finished. Just
be sure you don’t steal the marker from another place on the shelf! Get
one of the extras at the end of the shelf. Thanks from the Library workers
and other patrons.
A GYPSY STORY: In 1857, at the age of 6, Bolivar (B.T.) SILLS
was stolen by the gypsies from his home in Hickory Flats (Tippah Co.) Mississippi.
His father, John SILLS, a farmer, spent most of the next nine years looking
for his son. After finally locating him in Louisiana, the sheriff of that
parish (unknown) had B.T. pick out his father from a line-up of several
men. B.T.’s great grandson, Ron SILLS would like to confirm the story,
so is trying to locate a newspaper article or sheriff’s report with the
details. If it exists, it would have appeared in 1865/67. Contact Ron &
Joye SILLS, 27462 Brandon Circle, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487-8414, phone
970-870-0188 (collect call OK) or FAX 970-870-2801, email r.sills at starband.net
And drop us a line to let us know, too. We are just curious.
ACADIAN FAMILY CRESTS: Were you able to go to the dedication
ceremonies on June 15 at the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville? The new
mosaic Acadian family crests of the GUILLOTTE, DUGAS, DOIRON, POERIER,
LeBLANC, SONNIER, MOUTON and BABINEAUX families were presented at that
time. These crests, some ancient, some recently designed by families, are
symbolic of the families’ history and origins, and were funded jointly
by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Acadian Families.
I presume they are still on display. If you have never been to the Acadian
Memorial, 120 South New Market St., St. Martinville, LA, you should plan
to go and take the family this summer (unless you are planning to go to
Congrès Mondial 2004 in Nova Scotia). The mural is the most striking
feature, but there are other plaques and exhibits to show them to explain
MELANSON BOOK: Ten years (!) in the making, Melanson - Melançon:
The Genealogy of an Acadian and Cajun Family is finally here! This new
hardcover book has 1,040 pages, a 20,000+ person index, complete footnotes
and a full bibliography. It covers the Melanson and Melançon descendants
of Pierre and Charles Mellanson, who arrived in Acadia in 1657, through
the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick,
Quebec, Ontario, New England, New York, the Midwest and Louisiana. The
only address I have is email: mbmelanson at aol.com and the author’s name
is Michael Melanson. If you are having trouble locating him, write us for
INTERNET SITES OF INTEREST: A digitized copy of The New Orleans
Bee/L’Abeille de la Nouvelle-Orleans, volumes 1-173 (Sept. 4, 1827 through
Dec. 27, 1923) is now available on the Jefferson Parish Library website
The newspaper, L’Abeille, was a French language newspaper in New Orleans
which added an English section three months after first publication. It
continued as a dual language journal until 1872 when the English portion
was dropped, and once again became French only. Briefly (1829-1830) there
was also a Spanish language section.
To access the pages, first go to the home
page as given above, then click on the Reference tab and choose the Genealogy
category from the drop-down menu; select “NEW ORLEANS BEE” from the list
by clicking it, then follow the step-by-step instructions provided. (Acrobat
Reader is required for reading the pages, and a link is provided for downloading
the program, if you need it.) Zoom in or out as needed.
Sheila RODRIGUE, our efficient Secretary,
sent in the following website for locating your family members who served
in World War II. She says she found two uncles that she knew had enlisted
in the service during WWII. And I found myself! Go to http://aad.archives.gov/aad/title_list.jsp
and enter the required data. It appears that it might be useful for other
purposes than just WWII records. Try it and let us know. The title of the
site is Access to Archival Databases (AAD), so that covers a lot of territory.
Just click on “All Series” “People” or “Indexes to Other Records.” Sheila
says to be sure to select from the list when entering a Resident State
and/or Resident County because it calls for a code number, not the name
of the state or county.