Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
July 1999

Vol. 18 No. 5 July, 1999    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, July 31, 1999
North Branch Library, Gray, LA 1:00 p.m.

At the June meeting we had an interesting talk by Wade Usé about shaving many years ago when you needed a kettle to heat some water, some soap, a dish or mug for the soap and water, a straight razor and a strop (leather strap to sharpen your razor). He told us that the reason most men in those days had beards was a direct result of the amount of time it took just to prepare to shave. Phil told us about the project to reprint some of the quarterlies and books and told us to let Jess know if there are any books we are interested in seeing reprinted.
Please, please Help!!!
     Collating the Summer issue of the Quarterly will take place at the North Branch Library at 12:00 noon, Thursday, July 29, 1999

     We wish to extend the heartfelt sympathy of all the members of the society to Marlene Beauvais Folse on the death of her husband, Hodges ("Deedie") A. Folse, Sr. Marlene is a long-time member of TGS, sharing her good humor, knowledge and recipes with other members. Hodges was a member, too, and will be remembered for his sharing of his knowledge of the history of the area. He is survived by two sons, Hodges "Deedie" A. Folse, Jr., and Emile Folse; four daughters, Mary Beth Plair, Susan Folse, Theresa Aguillard and Molly Windwehen; four brothers, Harold, Sr., Clayton, Gatewood "Pott" and Reed Folse; three sisters, Leonelle "Nan" Melancon, Helen Zerangue and Zefa Penisson; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emile and Serelia Bourgeois Folse; and one daughter, Frances Cagle. He was a Korean War Marine veteran, a member of Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and past commandant Bayou Parish Detachment of Marine Corps League.

     Good news, folks. The TGS Executive Board decided to allow discounts for the reprints of the quarterly. Remember to work on that article you have been meaning to send in for publication in the next quarterly. And how about that couple you have been trying to locate? Send your query in before October 1 for inclusion in the Winter issue, and be sure to give everything you know about them--all known dates and locations, even variations in spelling, if known.
     More good news: Dorotha Horvath, our Genealogy Librarian, has purchased $6000 worth of new books for the Genealogy Dept. of the North Branch Library. And that is only part of her allotment. However, they haven't all come in yet. It won't be long before the Genealogy section will be bursting at the seams. But the Terrebonne Parish Library Board is planning ahead, this time. Dorotha is helping to plan the NEW Main Branch near the Civic Center (with unlimited parking). It is really going to be something else, folks.
     Watch for the pre-publication offer for Marcie and Essie Cavalier's new book on the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church History & Cemetery. They have been wearing out several sets of tires going back and forth to Donaldsonville reading inscriptions, checking records, making maps and taking pictures for this one. Just like all of their work, it is quality material.
     If you have any new information or corrections on the Generations I & II books which we published a good many years ago, please send these to Jess Bergeron (address above) for possible inclusion in a revised edition of these books. That would be dates of birth, death, or marriage of the persons mentioned therein.
     I can't remember if this was ever brought up, so please forgive me if I am rehashing old news. Anyway, some of our members may be wondering about this as I was. Remember the book They Came, They Stayed by Laïse Ledet? We asked for a count of the members who were interested in a revised edition. Well, we found out that those who were interested really wanted the pictures that were included in a special section in the back. That presents a problem. At the time that book was printed, we didn't know about things like digital imaging, pixels, dpi (dots per inch) and scanning. We did the best we could with what we had. And what we had was photocopy machines (also commonly known as Xerox machines). Well, the copy of a copy of a copy of a copy did not come out too clear, you know. It was fine if that is all you had, but when we look at it, today, we would like to have the original photos so we could scan them. We don't have them. They were returned to their original owners, who may have lost track of them, or worse. Hence we don't want to do anything that we would not be proud of. We hope you understand.

     Lafourche Heritage Society, Inc., is holding its Twenty-Third Annual Seminar on History and Genealogy at Peltier Auditorium in Peltier Hall on the Nicholls State University campus from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 5, 1999. It is being co-sponsored by Congrès Mondial Acadien and Nicholls State University as well as the Lafourche Heritage Society, Inc. and is free and open to the public. All are invited to the reception honoring the guest speakers for the seminar. They are Mr. Stephen White, Dr. Carl Brasseaux, Dr. John Doucet, Father Donald Hebert and Mr. Gerald Braud. This event will be held Wednesday evening, August 4, 1999, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Ellender Memorial Library Lobby, on the Nicholls campus.
     Besides these events, the same group is hosting the St. Joseph Cemetery marker dedication on Monday, August 2, 1999 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery, Thibodaux. Mark your calendar.
     The fortnight from August 1 to August 15, 1999, is shaping up to be a busy one. The opening ceremonies of Congrès Mondial Acadien will be held in various venues in the Houma area on Sunday, August 1. Family reunions and "twinning" ceremonies are being planned starting on July 30 (Broussard) and continuing  almost daily until the closing ceremonies which will be held at the CajunDome in Lafayette Sunday evening, August 15, 1999, at 7:00 p.m. (Called "Cri du Bayou" -- star-studded performances by Zachary Richard, Beausoleil & Michael Doucet, Balfa Toujours & Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin, Blou from Nova Scotia, Bruce Daigrepont, Feu Follets, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie and others -- tickets available from TicketMaster).
         Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Association, Inc. is holding its annual seminar entitled "Locating your Confederate Forebear" on Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 14 featuring Peggy Fox and Jim Whittington. Registration blanks may be obtained from the association at P. O. Box 4462, Shreveport, LA 71134-0462 (hurry, seating is limited).

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