TGS Newsletter
Vol. 29 No. 8 October 2011
Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot at bellsouth.net
      Phone (985) 876–2348 
      TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295 
News items or events, contact: 
     Newsletter Editor: Wanda Moore
     116 Cottonwood Dr., Houma, LA 70360
      E-mail: wmoore1048 at aol.com
      Phone: (985) 876-2686  

NEXT MEETING: October 29, 2011, 1:00 p.m., Main Branch 151 Library Dr. Houma, LA 70360

Richard BOURGEOIS gave us the details on all the previous owners of Ducros Plantation and how long each had ownership of the plantation. He has owned the plantation since 1995. He has finished some of the original plans and is working on restoring it to its original form. He has several picture books of what the plantation looked like when he became the owner and the progress of his work and information on the previous owners. Richard’s grandfather was the original owner of Bourgeois Meat Market and his cousins own it now. Thank you, Richard for the information on Ducros Plantation.

Kerry Michael ST.PÉ is currently the Executive Director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP), since 1997, a nationally recognized effort dedicated to preserving and restoring the 4.2 million-acre area between the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers in Southeast, Louisiana. Before becoming director of BTNEP, he served as the Chair of its Scientific-Technical Committee. Kerry grew up in Port Sulphur, Louisiana where the vast coastal marshes surrounding his home inspired him to become a marine biologist. He graduated from Nicholls State University in 1973.Kerry worked for 23 years as a field biologist and regional coordinator for the Water Pollution Control Division of the Louisiana Departments of Wildlife and Fisheries and Environmental Quality. His work allowed him frequent encounters with the people, marshes, and swamps of the area now known as the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary. He has directed hundreds of oil spill removal and remediation events in the coastal marshes of southeast Louisiana. His wetland restoration work has been featured in the best-selling book Bayou Farewell, the Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast by Mike TIDWELL and most recently in the PBS documentary, Washing Away: Losing Louisiana. Kerry has also received several Outstanding Publication Awards from the Louisiana Wildlife Biologists Association and was the recipient of the first (1996) and eleventh (2006) Annual Coastal Stewardship Award from the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. Most recently, in May of 2010, Kerry was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Nicholls State University.

Yes, it is almost that time again to vote on new officers and board members. Voting takes place at the February 2012 meeting. We are looking for an election committee. If you would like to be on the election committee, please let us know. We need at least three people to be on this committee. It is not a hard thing to do? All you have to do get gather all the names of the people who have been nominated, tally all the votes and have an installation ceremony announcing the new officers and board members.

Clayton Martin THERIOT, 81, a native of Bayou Black and a resident of Houma, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011.His was buried in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery No. 2. He is survived by his wife, Ruth "Mae" PERTUIT THERIOT (Member of Terrebonne Genealogical Society); four children, JoAnn JEANSONNE of Gulfport, Miss., David THERIOT and wife Chairettie HODGES THERIOT of Amelia, Va., Eunice "Cissy" PRICE and husband Ricky of Chauvin, and Russell "Poodie" THERIOT of Houma; two sisters, Margaret HATCH and Thelma SICK of Houma; two brothers, Sidney THERIOT and wife Loanalee of Mandeville, and Edward THERIOT and wife Molly of Orange, Tex.; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney Claudet THERIOT and Eunice Marie GIRIOR THERIOT; three sisters, Ethel Mae "Tootsie" BERGERON VADNAIS, Irene BOUDREAUX and Leola Catherine; and four brothers, James, Felix, Paul and Sylvester "T" THERIOT. He was a retired truck driver for 40 years for Patterson Delta Iron Works and Terrebonne Lumber. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a parishioner of Annunziata Catholic Church.

Want a book at the Terrebonne Parish Library but can’t find it? Write down the title, author, and publisher and if you know where it can be purchased; get that information to Sondras SAUCIER and she will see that the library gets a copy of it. She can be reached at (985) 688-6792 or email svbs3@yahoo.com. If you call leave a message of why you are calling her.

Jess says, “It is almost time to renew your dues. Your current membership expires February 2012. Attached is a membership renewal form for early registration. Consider sending in your dues early. Thank you for being a member.

We will not have a general meeting in November. Why, you ask? Because we will have our Annual Holiday Social Gathering on December 10, 2011 at the North Branch Library in Gray, Louisiana. It is a pot luck dinner; bring your favorite dish or dessert for all to share. Also, bring a small door prize or two to share. We also collect new toys or a monetary gift for the Toys for Tots program which Juanita Chiasson is in charge of the Toys for Tots program at our gathering. The toys must be unwrapped, new and in its original package. Please be generous in giving to the children.

Our sister, Lafourche Historical Society will be holding its election of officers on October 27 at the Nicholls Archives in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. If you interested in becoming an officer or board member, come to the meeting.

If you have moved or changed your e-mail address or phone number please contact Jess Bergeron with the changes. See the top of this newsletter for his contact information.

Terrebonne Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 20295, Houma, LA 70360-0295

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