Terrebonne Genealogical Society
TGS Newsletter
 June 1997

Vol. 16 No.4 June, 1997        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, June 28, 1997

North Branch Library, Gray, LA 10:00 a.m.

We had an interesting "Show and tell" meeting. Marlene & Hodges Folse brought a Civil War sword which was a family heirloom in Marlene's Beauvais family. It came to her from a Confederate soldier ancestor who found it after a battle. Look for an article in the next quarterly about it. Phil brought a poem about genealogy that he had found on the internet. Lou Ostheimer did a good job of reading it to the members. It is too long to quote here, but it was about finding out such things as "Uncle John...I found the old man to be younger than his son." and "Dear old Great grandfather was never a Dad." We all had a good laugh.


Nancy Wright read an amendment to the By-Laws that has been proposed to the membership to be voted on at the next meeting. The changes are to Article I, Section 1. a, b, c, and e. It is proposed that these changes become effective with the payment of dues for the year beginning March 1, 1998 with the exception of dues already paid for the year.

Article I - Membership and Dues

Section 1. a. Individual dues are $25.00 per year.

b. Family dues are $30.00 per year (two adults in one household.)

c. Contributing dues are $30.00 per year.

e. Library dues are $22.00 per year.

Looks like the Legislators in Baton Rouge and Washington are not the only ones with amendment woes.


It seems that the "Thursday Krewe" has set a goal that is so high as to be unreachable for the "Saturday Krewe." The last quarterly was 100 sheets and they put it together in about an hour and a half. Can you believe it? It has been rumored that they were wearing some sort of muzzle or other device that cut down on their talking. I wasn't there, I'm printing hearsay, folks. But I do know who WAS there, so you can ask them: Dot Smith, Beverly Alford, Jess Bergeron, Jeremy Boudreaux (Marcie & Essie's grandson), Jeanette Scott Brown, Marcie & Essie Cavalier, Phil Chauvin, EdHenry, Godfrey Olivier, Lou Ostheimer, Nancy Wright, and Dot Smith.


A computer that is an "Internet terminal" is available for use at the Main Branch of the Terrebonne Parish Library. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to "surf the web," you should call ahead to reserve a time period, since demand is high. The number is 876-5861. The so-called "public" computer (the one donated by TGS) has had a new software program installed on it called "Where Are You?" It is a sample automobile driving test that the area schools use to teach beginning drivers.


Member Troy W. Thompson, Jr., lost his father on 30 April 1997. He was 94 years old. Survived by his wife of 69 years: Mildred Carter Thompson, two sons, Troy, Jr. of Thibodaux and Robert M., Sr. of Houma, eight grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Edward and Laura Ables Thompson of Warren, AR, two brothers and one granddaughter, Sharon Ann Thompson of Houma.

Former member, and sister-in-law of LeDora Smith Hernandez, Evelyn Marie Dupre Smith, 49, died 20 May 1997 in Houma. Survived by her husband, Johnny J. Smith, Jr., two sons, Richard Lawrence Smith and Johnny Joseph Smith, III (also a former member), and two daughters, Jerri Ann Naquin and Ramona Ann Neil. Also survived by three brothers, Steve, Anthony and Houston Dupre, and four grandchildren. Evelyn was a native of Chauvin and resident of Houma. Preceded in death by her parents, Augustin Joseph and Eunice Trahan Dupre and two brothers. She had completed two books on her Trahan and Dupre lines and was working on a third book.


Congratulations go out to Trudy Voisin Hebert, a past president of this society. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication with a specialty in Public Relations and a minor in Government on Saturday, 24 May 1997 from Nicholls State University. That's wonderful, Trudy! She writes that she wants to "thank all the society members for their help and encouragement they gave me during my college career." She looks forward to coming back to TGS.

Audrey says it is time to send your 1996 quarterlies to be bound. She can do a beautiful hard cover for the four issues for only $8.50.

Also contact Audrey if you are interested in the book of Comet Deaths for 1996 which Phil compiled. This is only printed for the orders received, so order yours NOW. The price is to be determined later when Audrey sees how many orders she has. You may send your orders and your quarterlies to the society address.

Note: Dennis Adams, Alice Niles, and Sandra Crochet -- please send $3.00 for each of your quarterlies, which were returned to us at our expense, and we must pay to re-mail it. Sandra has two issues returned.

If you want to hear an unbelievable (but true) story, ask LeDora Smith Hernandez how her nose got broken. No, Juan didn't have anything to do with it.

The Knight Letter (which Merle Ganier used to publish) is now published by Don Knight, 811 Longmeadow Dr., Schaumburg, IL 60193-3949.

Fern Gunderson Petersen sends her best wishes from Burley, Idaho. She was the missionary here in 1991 at the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She says when she came to our meetings she felt the love everyone has for all. If you want to write her, she changed her name, so write to Fern Petersen, Box 101, Burley, ID 83318-0101. Burley is a little town on the Snake River in Idaho. I hope they didn't have high water. She wrote in April, 1997.


Phil wants it made clear that, although he may have translated and transcribed the Cadiere Collection, Jess was the one who contacted Mrs. Elmore Cadiere. She graciously lent the collection to Jess, so he could copy them and arrange for a copy to be placed in the Library, according to Mrs. Cadiere's wishes. Jess had learned about the collection and did all the "legwork."

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