Newspaper articles, terrebonne parish

Pictures from the past

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Francois and Cecile Gouaux with their children: Leon, Celine (from left), Louise, Emma and Victoire.

Old newspapers are a treasure trove!

My grandmother saved a bunch of Houma newspapers that had genealogy articles and family photos. I’m dumping them on my blog in the hopes that they’ll be useful to someone.

Most of these concern the Gouaux family.

Francois Gouaux was a druggist who grew up near Bordeaux in southern France. He left his native country for Louisiana, where he married Cecile Folse in Thibodaux. The couple settled in Houma around the 1850s and opened a drug store on Main Street.

They had five children, mostly girls:

  1. Victoire married Louis J. Menville.
  2. Celine married Odressis J. Theriot and became the mother of Zoe and Judith.
  3. Emma married Camille St. Martin.
  4. Louise married Dr. Leon Tarleton.
  5. Leon.

Francois owned the whole square between School and Belanger in Block 600 at one time. He built a home on School Street and built a laboratory in the back to brew his own remedies. He sold a colon cure, anti-asthma medicine and ringworm ointment across Louisiana and in other states.

Next door to his home was the Menville home.

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Here are Mrs. Odressis J. Theriot and her friend and neighbor Mrs. R. L. Zelenka sipping cafe noir beneath their patio oak in Houma.
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Sisters Judith (left) and Zoe Tberiot planted a flower garden in the stump of a gigantic live oak that once stood at the back door of their grandfather Francois Gouaux’s laboratory in Houma.

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This live oak was planted by Francois Gouaux on Belanger. At the time this photo was taken, it had stood for nearly a century.
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The Louis J. Menville home on School street in 1972.
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Francois Gouaux’s old laboratory forms part of the home where his granddaughters, Judith and Zoe Theriot, reside.
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The Gouaux grandchildren went to France with their grandparents in 1906. Back row, from left: Gaston Theriot, Cecile Menvile holding Vital St. Martin on her knee, Lucille St. Martin with the bow in her hair, Leonie Theriot holding Zoe in her arms, Paul Menville, Judith Theriot holding Yvonne Gouaux. Middle row, from left: Adolphe Menville, Louise Menville, Odette St. Martin, Yvette St. Martin and Frank Tarleton. Bottom row, from left: Leona Gouaux and Camille St. Martin.
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Francois Gouaux and his wife Cecile with their children: Emma (Mrs. Camille St. Martin), from left, Louise (Mrs. M. B. Tarleton), Leon, Celine (Mrs. Odressie J. Theriot) and Victoire (Mrs. Louis J. Minville).
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