Terrebonne Genealogical Society
TGS Newsletter
November/December 1998
Vol. 17 No. 9 Nov./Dec., 1998       Visit our home page at http://www.rootsweb.com/~laterreb/tgs.htm Newsletter Editor Ed Hicks, 5306 Hwy.. 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033
E-mail: edgarhicks@worldnet.att.net                 Phone: (504) 532-3586

Membership and/or address changes:
Please send by mail to TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295

NEXT MEETING Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998

North Branch Library, Gray, LA 1:00 p.m.

There was a packed meeting room at our October meeting on Halloween Day. We heard Dr. Marco Monoc, Director of the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, give a spirited description of the future museum to be built on the banks of Bayou Terrebonne in downtown Houma. We were all enchanted by his delivery. It really sounds terrific. If you wish to have more information, you may call Dr. Monoc at (504) 851-1963, or Fax (504) 850-4671. Our second speaker, Lucretia von Dietrich McBride, gave a most interesting talk on "Lilly's Collection of Crude Drugs." She brought the whole case to show us and explained that druggists (apothecaries) of the 19th and early 20th century used these "crude drugs" to compound prescriptions for doctors and their patients. She is involved in the attempt to coordinate the flora in this collection with those mentioned in Flore Louisiane, a book by Walter C. Holmes which is an ethno-botanical study of French speaking Louisiana.

The November/December meeting will be our Christmas Social where a minimum of business will be transacted. Be sure to bring some "goodies" to eat and some wrapped gifts for our door prizes. We like to have everyone receive a gift, so please be generous. On sale at the meeting for the first time will be our 10-year index on disks. We will charge $8.00 for the set of two disks. Surely a bargain considering the work involved and the time that can be saved in searching almost 40 issues of our quarterly. Bring your checkbook -- we don't take VISA or American Express! Or order by mail as you would a book. Include packing and shipping charges.


Pat and Minus Blanchard are the proud grandparents of a new baby boy named Matthew Joseph Prince. He weighed in at 6 lb. 7 oz. on Thursday,October 29, 1998. Son of Karl Joseph and Donna Marie Blanchard Prince, he joins big sisters Heather Marie Deroche and Ashley Elizabeth Deroche. Paternal grandparents are Doyle and Grace Hebert Prince. Pleaseremember Donna in your prayers.

Terry and Alice Roddy Lirette would like everyone to know about the birth of their new granddaughter, Alyssa Nicole Porche. Weighing 7 lb. 6 oz., she was born on November 4, 1998. Her parents are Eileen Ann Lirette Porche and Christian Louis Porche, and she joins a sister: Brooke Ashley Porche.


Former long-time member Lloyd August Robichaux, Sr., a native of Montegut and resident of Baton Rouge, died on Saturday, Nov. 7, 1998. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Myrle Landry Robichaux, three sons, Ernest M. Robichaux and wife, Ida of Houma; Lloyd A. Robichaux, Jr. and wife, Nancy of Winnsboro, Texas, and Carl J. Robichaux and wife, Arlene of Baton Rouge; two daughters, Mrs. Leroy (Marlene) Colter and Mrs. Ronald R. (Margaret) Rome, both of Baton Rouge; one sister, Cecile "Sue" R. Deroche; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest L. and Olga Falgout Robichaux; one infant brother, Ernest L. Robichaux, Jr., one sister, Ruth R. Aucoin, and one grandson, Paul Robichaux.


Many thanks to those who helped put together Terrebonne Life Lines, Volume 17, No. 3. We couldn't do without them! They are as follows: Beverly Alford, Jess Bergeron, Essie Cavalier, Marcie Cavalier, Jane Chauvin, Phil Chauvin, Carolyn Babin Daigle, Cynthia Daigle, Godfrey Olivier, Lou Ostheimer, Marrial Pitre, Cecile Richard, Dot Smith, and Nancy Wright.


Those who like to be the first to send in their dues may start now. We are accepting dues for the year 1999/2000. Doesn't that millennium number do something to you? When I was a kid, I wondered if I would make it that far. Still do.


Pat and Minus Blanchard (you know Minus; he is a member of the loyal opposition he always says "Nay" when Phil asks for those opposed) announced that their daughter, Paula Ann Blanchard LeBlanc. received her state license as LPN this month (November) so they had another thing to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving.

If you know of anyone with a copy of our book South Louisiana Vital Records that they would like to sell or give away, please contact member Alvin (Al) Brizzard, 9304 Villa Ridge Dr., Las Vegas NV 89134-8994. I don't have a phone number, but he and Diane get their e-mail at <dialbriz@sprintmail.com>

I happen to know that the very last copy of the 1880 Assumption Parish Census book is available from member Wilma Boudreaux for $32.00 plus postage. You may contact her at (504) 873-7598, or write her at 309 Garnet St., Houma, LA 70364-3413.

Essie & Marcie Cavalier are still working to translate the diary of Virginia Delaune Blanchard and would like to have some photographs of [a] the sugar house before 1949 (it was located off La. Hwy 1 in Assumption parish, and was called the Georgia Plantation not to be confused with the Georgia Plantation in Mathews, Lafourche Parish) [b] the store (unnamed, located on Hwy 308 in Assumption Parish, vicinity of St. Thomas bridge) and [c] Virginia Delaune Blanchard d. 1913 (Mrs. Jean Baptiste Blanchard).

The Genealogy Section of the North Branch Library wishes to thank Sheila Rodrigue for the donation of many volumes of Heritage Quest, some Tennessee quarterlies, and some German research and computer research quarterlies. If anyone out there has extra unused quarterlies, the library would be happy to accept them and put them to good use.

Thanks to the Terrebonne Friends of the Library, who donated $1000 toward the purchase of genealogical materials for the North Branch Genealogical Dept.


On February 27, 1999, the Dallas Genealogy Society will present the second in their Lecture Series to be held at the Lakewood Theater in East Dallas. It will feature Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, nationally known speaker and newspaper columnist, speaking on the Middle Colonies and States from the earliest days to the Post Civil War period. Write DGS Lecture Series, P. O. Box 12446, Dallas, TX 75225-0446 for more information. Watch this space for news of their next speaker, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Certified Genealogical Lecturer.

Saturday, 17 April 1999, will see the first annual Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Symposium. For more information, contact the Morgan City Archives at P. O. Box 430, Morgan City, LA 70381, Attn: Margaret Rappmundt. Phone (504) 380-4621. Or e-mail your questions to <mcaysc@iamerica.net>

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