Assumption Parish Genealogy, Montet Family

Taught by the nuns in Plattenville

I always heard growing up that my great-grandmother Isabelle Giroir was educated by the nuns in Plattenville until her parents moved to the country, where they could buy more land at a cheaper price. This was a family story because it meant she could actually read and write, unlike her younger siblings who didn’t get an education in the country.

Certainly, there is no Catholic school now in Plattenville so I always wondered if that story meant a neighboring town such as Napoleonville or Paincourtville. What I think is likely is that the school was in Paincourtville and administered for a time by the Plattenville church. Maybe someone in the know could tell me.

I came across this on the Plattenville church’s website:

“In 1825, an American congregation, named the Sisters of Loretta at the Foot of the Cross, opened a school at Plattenville. As they lacked full knowledge of French, it was difficult to work with the parishioners. Therefore, they turned it over in 1828 to religious of the Sacred Heart Sisters from Convent, Louisiana. They, in turn, gave way to the Sisters of Mount Carmel, a pioneer foundation of this order in the state. The Sisters of Mt. Carmel were sent to Plattenville in 1833 during the pastorship of Father Charles Boutelow de St. Aubin. Father Boutelow had been obliged to flee from France during a revolt there. This was the Mt. Carmel sisters’ first house to be established in Louisiana.”

Unpacking that a bit, Isabelle was born in 1895. Her mother, Elizabeth Montet, was born in 1869. So it seems likely that both Isabelle and Elizabeth were educated by the Sisters of Mt. Carmel. Why Elizabeth was Elizabeth instead of Isabelle (French for Elizabeth) is something I’ll never know. Maybe she made up for it by naming her daughter Isabelle instead of Elizabeth.

Anyhoo, back to the Sisters of Mt. Carmel …

In 1905, the sisters held a ball:

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Now, if only I could find school rosters.

Assumption Parish Genealogy, Succession Records

Tallying up the looms, tubs and beds

Screen Shot 2019-05-02 at 12.19.23 PM.pngIf you died in the 1800s and filed a succession in Louisiana, someone was appointed to go to your home and tally up the household goods. Seriously.

Tomasa Doncel, the widow of Joseph Solar, died in 1865. Succession records list everything she owned, including a pitcher, books, a table, chairs and even her spinning wheel.

So, if you’re curious what your ancestor owned, take a look through succession records. They are a wealth of information.

Assumption Parish Genealogy, Court records

The drowning of Robert Woodside in 1860 sparked a succession battle longer than the Civil War

Screen Shot 2019-04-30 at 9.04.51 PM.pngMost succession records (probate records if you’re not from Louisiana) feature widows, widowers, daughters or sons. The most interesting thing – other than finding an actual death date – is when the widow is in a rush to wrap things up because she wants to remarry.

So I was surprised to come across a succession filed by a steamboat captain in Assumption Parish probate records. But I guess you have to go to the courthouse and fill out paperwork when your passenger jumps overboard and drowns.

Here’s the story of Robert Woodside:

George Washington Ebert was the captain of a steamboat named the Argyle. In 1860, he landed in front of T & E Burbank’s plantation in Assumption Parish. Woodside was onboard but decided to jump from the boat about 10 o’clock on the morning of March 14. He drowned.

Normally, the sheriff would be called and then the undertaker. But Woodside had property with him: a trunk and several slaves. The slaves were Charity, 40; Rosetta, 20, and her young children; Patsy, 20; Cloe, 25, and her young children; and George, 30, and his young daughter. The slaves were carrying bedding, two black trunks, pillows, chairs, a yellow trunk and a churn.

It’s not clear where they were going. Woodside’s plantation was in Mississippi.

Screen Shot 2019-04-30 at 9.30.19 PM.pngBecause the accident happened in front of Edward Burbank’s plantation, the slaves were placed under his guardianship. Meanwhile, the court started sorting out Woodside’s estate. This would drag on for years – so many years, in fact, that the Civil War was fought and settled while Robert Woodside’s succession case raged on.

The case is a fascinating read. Woodside was a bachelor it was eventually determined. This took some time to sort out because how much do you know about a man from out of town who drowns in your bayou?

Screen Shot 2019-04-30 at 9.27.36 PM.pngWhat Woodside did have in abundance (not including slaves) were siblings. The brothers were James, Thomas, William, John, Alexander and Samuel. The sisters were Nancy, Jane and Sarah. Most of them were dead but some of them left children. It all had to be sorted out, which meant calling in witnesses to figure out the family tree. Woodside had relatives scattered across Louisiana and the southern U.S.

Meanwhile, Burbank was demanding compensation for the slaves freed by Mr. Lincoln and Captain Ebert wanted compensation for his services. It was a tangled web.

 

Assumption Parish Genealogy, Montet Family

Plantations of Assumption Parish

I’ve mentioned that the Montets owned Aurelie Plantation in Assumption Parish. The family story is that they let it go to taxes after the Civil War. I’m sure there’s a way of tracking that down. I just haven’t gotten around to it.

I came across this interesting map of plantations in Assumption Parish.

Given that Joseph Florentin Montet married into the Pothier family, I wonder if Pothier once belonged to his wife’s family.

What’s really interesting to me is that Aurelie is below Plattenville. There’s an existing Montet Road that’s above Plattenville. I wonder what the connection is.

At some point, I’ll do a newspaper archive search for some of these plantations and see what I find.

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Assumption Parish Genealogy, St. Mary Parish Genealogy

Tracking down Aunt Cecile

Screen Shot 2019-04-25 at 5.30.55 PM.pngMy granny knew only a few things about her Aunt Cecile: She married an Ernest Giroir, had a few boys and died young.

Cecile was Mary Cecilia Gautreaux/Gauthreaux. She was the only daughter of Cordelier and Merante Aucoin Gautreaux/Gauthreaux.

I’d never found any trace of Cecile after she left home until I stumbled across notes Granny made that mentioned her husband’s name. Those notes led me to her marriage certificate. Her father and uncle witnessed the marriage.

Then I found Cecile’s son: Adolphe Adam Giroir.

It’s nice to add them to the family tree.

Assumption Parish Genealogy, Bergeron Family, Newspaper articles, St. Mary Parish Genealogy, Uncategorized

The Planters’ Banner

The Planters’ Banner was a newspaper that published in St. Mary and Iberia parishes from 1836 to 1871. It sounds like it should have printed crop reports, but it was a hodgepodge of items.

It had poetry.

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Obituaries from the East Coast (the publisher hailed from Maine).

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Lots and lots of attorney ads. Some things never change.

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And cures for chlorea – a very helpful recipe in the 1800s. Basically, you administered deer horn, wine, cold water and sugar. Then you did a lot of praying because there’s no way in hell that recipe cured anything.

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What disappoints me about the paper is the scarcity of local news. The paper would give you tales of haunted houses in England and gold certificate robberies on the streets of New York, but local goings-on were a bit sporadic.

The really good stuff was dug up by other newspapers and reprinted, like this woeful story from 1871.

Alcee Gautreaux’s father owned a plantation called Hard Times in Assumption Parish. Optimistic name for a farm, huh?

The Gautreaux family leased the plantation to a Mr. T. T. Cobry, who threatened to shoot anyone who came onto the property even after his lease expired. Alcee convinced carpenters with the last names of Bergeron and Gilbert to go with him to Hard Times for the purposes of assessing needed repairs to the sugar house.

Knowing this wasn’t going to be a picnic in the park, Alcee grabbed a double barrel shotgun for the excursion. When the trio got there, Cobry was standing in the road dressed in his shirt sleeves. Spying the men, he ran into the blacksmith shop and retrieved a revolver.

Cobry didn’t seem to be the most reasonable of guys. He asked the men if they had a deputy with them and then started swearing. An argument ensued. Cobry was shot and killed.

The carpenters were probably just sorry they agreed to accompany Alcee that day since the whole matter ended up in court with Alcee acquitted of murder for acting in self defense.

Here’s The Assumption Pioneer’s tribute of sorts to Mr. Cobry, may he rest in peace:

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Now, if only I could figure out if that Bergeron was a relative. Alas, no first name was reported.

 

Assumption Parish Genealogy, Templet family

That will be $150 for those 10 court documents

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The last time I was in the vault at the Assumption Parish courthouse, I noticed a new sign. Photographing court records is against Louisiana law.

Now this is annoying. The old records that I need are in heavy, hardbound books. I have to lug them over to the copy machine, heave them onto the copy machine and then heave them back off to flip the page and make more copies. By the time I was finished, I was dripping with sweat (I copied a lot of records).

I also was a lot poorer when I left the courthouse. Those Xerox copies are $1 per page. I don’t get paid for my sweat and labor in making them.

I also wondered: Is it really against the law to photograph court records?

Then I went to the Terrebonne Parish Courthouse and saw the same warning.

I did a little Internet research and found this:

A. The clerk of court is the legal custodian of all of its records and is responsible for their safekeeping and preservation. He may issue a copy of any of these records, certified by him under the seal of the court to be a correct copy of the original. Except as otherwise provided by law, he shall permit any person to examine, copy, photograph, or make a memorandum of any of these records at any time during which the clerk’s office is required by law to be open. However, notwithstanding the provisions of this Paragraph or R.S. 44:31 et seq., the use, placement, or installation of privately owned copying, reproducing, scanning, or any other such imaging equipment, whether hand-held, portable, fixed, or otherwise, within the offices of the clerk of court is prohibited unless ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction.

I get it. Clerks of court need to make money. But do they have to drive the family tree researcher into the poorhouse to do it?

Assumption Parish Genealogy, House History, lafourche parish

Register of historic homes

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The gorgeous LaBarre House is south of Napoleonville. It was built in 1909 by George Seth Guion. It’s been in the hands of the LaBarre family since 1936. 

I love old houses and reading their histories. In fact, my favorite books revolve around the restoration of these grand old ladies with a romance or mystery thrown into the mix.

If you haven’t checked out the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation’s National Register Database, you should take a tour! Here’s the link: https://www.crt.state.la.us/cultural-development/historic-preservation/national-register/database/index

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This absolute beauty is the Dansereau House. It still stands in downtown Thibodaux, where it peeks above the rooflines of surrounding buildings.

You can search by parish and see all the structures on the National Register in a particular parish. You can also search by city, theme and even architect.

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Madewood was built by the Pugh family. It was recently featured in “The Beguiled” starring Nicole Kidman. The movie made it seem like the home was in the middle of nowhere. In reality, it’s on a stretch of busy highway between Napoleonville and Thibodaux. 

All of the files seem to have attachments. So you can look at documents, images and maps. You can also read about the history of the houses, courthouses, etc.

 

 

Assumption Parish Genealogy

1878 Epidemic Deaths in Assumption Parish

The Nov. 30, 1878, edition of the “Pioneer of Assumption” listed a number of deaths from an epidemic.

The scribe, Prosper Davaine, apologized for the delay in reporting them. In making the list, it seems he caught ill himself.

“I send you the general list of the sick and the victims of the epidemic that we have in the 5th district only. I would have liked to send it to you a little earlier, but as I was kept in bed for a few days, I was obliged to wait until this day. You will oblige me a lot by publishing it in your journal. At the same time, please send me a copy of the diary when it prints.”

Dead at Labadieville

Widow Joseph Graziani
Alfred Crechou
John Stephens
Arthur Francioni
Dr. Paul Verriere
Mme Fabien Ducos
Jean Saintenac
Sidney McNeil, child
Stephens McNeil, child
Joan Ducos
Jean Lemo
Emile Delaune, child
Vve Leafroi Chedotal
—- Boudreaux, deaf-mute
L. Lovinsky Aucoin
Aline Lavilvaresse
Jean Marie Gantz
C. Francois Rendo
Moise Muller
Mme Auguste Delaune
Celestin Reynal
Arthur Gauthier, child
Isidore Muller
Arthur Naquin, child
Jn-Bte Bertin

Deceased at Brule Labadie

Mme Adrien Barilleaux
Vve Francois Boudreaux
Angela Barilleaux
Emile Talbot
Francois Jor. Boudreaux
Laurent Boudreaux
Clairville Peltier
Mme Clairville Peltier
Andre Hebert
Leo Hebert
Trsimond S. Boudreaux
Amedee Richard
Rosemond Lagrange
Augustine Boudreaux
Edouard Olivier
Alexandre Delaune
Emilie Gauthreaux, child
Mme Theodule Gros
Augustin Boudreaux
Mme Augustin Boudreaux
Ernest Peltier
Francois Angelloz
Pierre Thibodeaux
Victorine Arsement, child
Mme Francois Jor. Boudreaux
Ozemee Boudreaux
Sylvere Gauthreaux
Edouard Peltier
Oscar Olivier
Merile Olivier
Emile Boudreaux, child
Evela Richard
Marcelite Olivier
Augustine Olivier, child
Emilie Blanchard, child
Philomene Hebert, child
Zulma Joseph
Alcida Barbier
Louis Richard
Mme Emile Talbot
Jn Bte Gros
Ozemee Richard
Adrienne Richard
Philomene Boudreaux
Mme Louis Talbot
Mme Alexandre Blanchard
Anatole Talbot

Deceased in the district

Edouard Prejean
Mme Edouard Prejean
Edouard Quatrevingt
Louisiane Delaune
Emilie Prejean, child
Telesphore Prejean, child
Ernest Use, child
Alcee Bergeron, child
Marie Melancon, child
Victoria Bergeron, child
Alcee Melancon, child
Eva Melancon, child
Levy Melancon, child
4 children of —- Miller, of Garner
Azelia Use
Leonore Dugas
Narcisse Martinez
Mme Edouard Martin
Eugenie Larose
Leonard Martin
One child of Jos. Robertson
Gustave Maillet, child
Evelie Boudreaux

 

Assumption Parish Genealogy, Newspaper articles, Uncategorized

Assumption Parish genealogy

Assumption Parish-related news in early south Louisiana newspapers

March 22, 1917 (Times-Picayune)

Napoleonville, La., March 21 – Sparks from a passing boat carrying lumber from the Baker-Wakefield cypress mill at Plattenville near here, shortly before noon today, caused a serious fire, two residences being destroyed and six others damaged. The sparks, driven by a high wind, first ignited the residence of George W. Edmunston, which with its contents, was destroyed. The flames spread to the home of Numa Aucoin, nearby, and it was also destroyed with contents. The houses were valued at about $1000 each. Hard work by the volunteer firemen stopped the progress of the blaze after two other houses had been heavily damaged and four slightly damaged.

Feb. 20, 1917 (Times-Picayune)

Napoleonville, La., Feb. 19 – While George Parenton of Plattenville, with his family, was attending an entertainment given at Woodmen Hall by the young men of the town last night, someone broke into his house and stole a diamond ring and $65 in cash belonging to one of the teachers boarding there. This is the third robbery in Plattenville within the past week. The store of Amadee Guillot was recently robbed of something over $450, part in cash and over $250 in checks. Friday night the saloon of Louis C. Verret was entered and 700 cigars, several bottles of whiskey, some cigarettes and $2.45 in cash, were stolen. The authorities are trying to locate the guilty ones.

Aug. 20, 1954 (Times-Picayune)

Guillot, Mrs. Louise Aucoin.
Died at 12:45 p.m., Aug. 19 at Plattenville. Widow of the late Ignace L. Guillot. She was 76. Survived by six sons: Ivan, Alfred, Nolan, Bryan and Harry of Plattenville and D.L. of Baton Rouge. Three daughters: Lucy and Mrs. Rene Caballero of Plattenville and Mrs. Addison Knotts Jr. of Pierre Part. Three sisters: Clara Aucoin and Mrs. S. E. Hendricks of New Orleans and Mrs. Joe Junot of Norco. Two brothers: Edward “Jake” Aucoin of Houma and Gibbs Aucoin of Mobile, Ala. 30 grandchildren. Funeral Aug. 20 at the residence followed by High Mass at Assumption Catholic Church in Plattenville. Interment in Plattenville.

Sept. 16, 1968 (Times-Picayune)

Guillot, Mrs. Alice Landry – died at 11 a.m. Sunday in New Orleans. Age 60. Resident of Plattenville. Native of Assumption Parish. Burial in Plattenville church cemetery. Survived by husband, Alfred J. Guillot; daughter, Mrs. Richard Faunce of Palatak, Fla.; son, Douglas J. Guillot of Plattenville; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Giroir of Donaldsonville and Mrs. Elict Aucoin and Houma; brother Euclid Landry of Plattenville; two grandchildren. Preceded in death by daughter Carolyn Guillot.

May 9, 1928 (State Times Advocate)

The funeral of Claude J. Templet, 32-year-old World war veteran who passed away shortly after midnight at Our Lady of the Lake sanitarium will take place Thursday, the funeral leaving his home, just across University lake at 7 a.m. and the body being conveyed by motor to Paincourtville. Services will take place at the Catholic church there at 9 a.m. and burial will be made at 10 a.m. in the family cemetery at Plattenville.
The death of Mr. Templet as the result of an attack of pneumonia is a source of grief to many friends here, as well as to his family. He had made his home here for a long time, and for 11 years had been an employee of the Standard Oil company.
Mr. Templet leaves his wife, who was former Miss Veneda Landry of Paincourtville, and two little sons Claude Jr. and Robert, the latter of whom is only tree weeks old.
He also is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. M. Templet of Napoleonville and eight brothers and sisters: Mrs. Charles Aucoin of Reserve; Mrs. Clay Campo of Napoleonville; Misses Emma and Addie Templet of Baton Rouge; Charles Templet of Dallas; Walter Templet of Texas City; Gerald Templet of Reserve; and Odette Templet of Napoleonville.

March 20, 1932 (Times-Picayune)

Patterson – Miss Ruth Hymel spent the weekend in Plattenville with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Hymel.

Nov. 25, 1915 (Times-Picayune)

Mrs. Gaston Bordis, aged 55, a native and life-long resident of this parish was found dead at the home of her sister, Mrs. Nic Simoneaux of Plattenville, last night about 9 o’clock. She had been suffering from organic heart trouble for some time. Her funeral will be held after the arrival of her only daughter, Mrs. Arthur Cook, who lives in Texas. She also leaves sisters: Mrs. Nic Simoneaux of Plattenville; Mrs. Oleus Guillot of Donaldsonville; Mrs. Justin Juge of Plaquemine; two brothers: J.E. Moseman of Donaldsonville and Franklin Moseman.

Dec. 29, 1920 (Times-Picayune)

Thomas A. Truxillo, clerk of court of Assumption parish, aged 43, died at his home in Plattenville Sunday morning. Interment in local cemetery. Mr. Truxillo was twice married and is survived by his second wife and three small children. Three children issue of his first marriage also survive.

Oct. 20, 1929 (Times-Picayune)

Miss Ruth Hymel spent last weekend in Plattenville with her parents.

May 19, 1904 (Times-Picayune)

Yesterday at the Catholic Church at Plattenville, this parish, Gus Blanchard was married to Miss Jeanne Guillot. Mr. Blanchard is a prominent young businessman from upper Assumption while Mrs. Blanchard is the daughter of Hon. Edward Guillot, a prominent citizen of this parish and Police Juror from the Second Ward.

Dec. 23, 1914 (State Times Advocate)

Mr. John Hill announces the engagement of his attractive daughter Marie Genevieve to Mr. Philip J. Thiac of Plattenville. The wedding will take place on Monday, Jan. 4, at 11 o’clock at St. Joseph’s Catholic church, Baton Rouge.

Dec. 20, 1935 (State Times Advocate)

Mrs. Palmyre Bourg died at the home of her son, Clarence Bourg, on the Greenwell Springs road Friday at 4 a.m. after a short illness.
Funeral services will be held at St. Anthony Catholic church. Burial will be in the Plattenville cemetery.
She leaves three sons: Clarence Bourg of Baton Rouge, Lawrence Bourg of Baton Rouge and Rogers Bourg of Napoleonville; a daughter, Sister M. Melanie of Church Point; a brother, Louis Landry; a sister, Mrs. Rennie Becknar; and 15 grandchildren.

Feb 2, 1915 (Times-Picayune)

Miss Annie Parenton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elphege Parenton of Plattenville, and Waldon LeBlanc, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles LeBlanc of this city, were married at the Catholic church in Plattenville Thursday afternoon. They will make their home in Donaldsonville.

Sept. 8, 1924 (Times-Picayune)

On Sunday, Sept. 7, 1924, at 6:45 o’clock p.m., Maurice Emmet, son of Thomas P. Flood and Mary Scully, aged 10 years, 4 months and 17 days (died). A native of Plattenville.

May 11, 1913

Memorial service held for the very Rev. Jules Bouchet at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. People from Plattenville, Paincourtville and other sections of the parish were present.

April 22, 1932 (Times-Picayune)

On Thursday, April 21, 1932, at 6 o’clock p.m., Andre Guillot, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Guillot of Plattenville (died). Brother of Ignace, Numa, Alcee, Rudolph and Ernest Guillot Jr., Mrs. Henry LeBlanc, Mrs. Charles Thiac and Mrs. Nemoures Simoneaux. Aged 41 years. A native and resident of Plattenville. Burial in Plattenville.

Feb . 17, 1912 (Times-Picayune)

Mr. Michael Guillot and Miss Angella Landry were married yesterday afternoon at Assumption Catholic Church in Plattenville. Guillot is the son of Mr. Amade Guillot of Plattenville. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Maurice Landry, a prominent planter of this parish.
Miss Landry is remembered at the young lady whose mother died some time ago from the effects of a gasoline launch turning over while returning from a fishing party at Lake Verret. Both the bride and groom were in the party and narrowly escaped drowning.

July 17, 1921 (New Orleans Item)

The man killed Saturday at Thalia and Magazine streets by an automobile driven, according to the police, by Harold Normandale, 21, of 1330 Constance street, was positively identified Saturday afternoon as Augustin Vela, 55, a widower. Vela was from Plattenville, moving here three years ago.
Before coming to New Orleans, he had been in business in Plattenville. Vela lived at 1352 Constance Street with a sister-in-law, Mrs. J.G. Vela.

Aug. 15, 1911 (Times-Picayune)

Richard Murphy died at the Charity Hospital in New Orleans yesterday morning at 4 o’clock at the age of 88 years. The body was brought here last night. Internment took place in Plattenville.
Mr. Murphy was one of 80 Irishmen who formed a company and served under Captain William Ratliff in the Confederate Army throughout the war. He lost an eye in battle. He made his home on Captain Ratliff’s Locust Grove Platnation. He was married to Miss Feret, who died 20 years ago.

May 2, 1913 (Times-Picayune)

Mrs. Ulgere Marquette, nee Camilia Templet, aged 52, a resident of Napoleonville, died yesterday after a prolonged illness. Funeral at St. Anne’s and burial in Plattenville.

Oct. 21, 1918 (Times-Picayune)

Delirious from fever, H.T. Lyton, an influenza patient in Hotel Dieu, early Monday morning, attacked a hospital orderly, inflicting a serious face wound and then cut his own throat. His condition is serious.
Lyton is 25 and is from Millsburg, Va. He has been a patient in Hotel Dieu several days. Sunday night he obtained a razor, from what source is not known. Rushing into the corridor, he was met by William Tarrenton, orderly, 36, of Plattenville. The delirious man gave Tarrenton an ugly gash in the face and sped on.

June 3, 1906 (New Orleans Item)

Mr. Gus E. Templet, prominent young business man of Plattenville, is a visitor here, looking over business interests and registered at the Pickwick.

Sept. 21, 1911 (Times-Picayune)

Napoleonville – John Blanchard Marks, youngest son of Senator and Mrs. John Marks, died at their home on Nellie plantation last night after an illness of two days. The young boy was taken with fever and convulsions yesterday morning and grew worse. Young Marks was 5. Funeral and interment in Plattenville.

March 11, 1930 (State Times Advocate)

Camille Templet, age 65, died at his home here after a short illness. Mr. Templet was a native of Bayou Lafourche and was a sugar cane planter. He came to this section several years ago and managed the Enterprise plantation for Wilbert’s Myrtle Grove Plantation and Manufacturing Co. and later was employed on the Allemaura plantation. His body was taken to Plattenville, his former home. Burial in the family plot in the Catholic cemetery there. Survived by a widow, two daughters and one son.

May 1, 1929 (State Times Advocate)

Gus Blanchard, 24, died here at the home of his parents after a long illness. His body was taken to Plattenville. He leaves besides his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Blanchard, several brother and sister.

April 5, 1925 (Times-Picayune)

Aunt Jane’s Letter Club

Dear Aunt Jane – This is my second letter to you. I received the button. Thank you.
Aunt Jane, my daddy went to Washington, D.C. He went with some other men that are on the same board that he is on. The day he came back was Dec. 24, which is my birthday. He brought me a big box of candy. We went to meet him at Raceland. I was glad to see him again.
Aunt Jane, my brother is working at Gibson, La., and he is saving money to go to school in New Orleans. He will have enough money on his next pay day. He will come back to Plattenville and stay one week before going to New Orleans.
Atrice Guillot

Response: So you were a Christmas baby! It was fine to have a box of candy from Washington. Ask your father to tell you about the buildings and the interesting things there and write in to the Letter Club. Good for your brother.

Dec. 7, 1924 (Times-Picayune)

Dear Aunt Jane – This is my first letter to you. I am in the fourth grade. I am studying hard to be promoted to the fifth grade and I know my lessons very well.
My teacher’s name is Miss Ruth and she is good to me. I have a little pet dog I like to play with. She is black and white. Every night she comes to me for supper.
We had the Halloween party last week. The first thing was the ghosts and then the third grade gave a play about the brownies. We had a sack race and we had lots of fun.
I hope I shall be one of your nephews.
Abel Le Brun

Dec. 18, 1905 (Times-Picayune)

Thibodaux – Sister Mary La Croix, a faithful worker of the Order of Mount Carmel, died yesterday at Plattenville. Sister La Croix was born in Lyons, France, from which place she came with fellow sisters to work in the French colonies of Louisiana. She was Superioress of the Convents of St. Charles, Carencro and Plattenville and for many years was teacher of French at the convent here. The remains were interred in Thibodaux, where the tomb of all the branch convents along Bayou Lafourche is located. A delegation of Sisters and old-time scholars of Plattenville and Thibodaux attended the services.

Sept. 28, 1906 (Times-Picayune)

Napoleonville – Last night, Mrs. Joseph T. Hebert, nee Arceneaux, aged 77, died at her home in Paincourtville. She leaves children: Theodore C. Hebert of Centerville; Alcide hebert of Bayou Goula; Mrs. A. Trahan of Lockport; Miss Angeline Hebert and Ignace Hebert of Plattenville; Mrs. John Dominiques of Bastrop; and Edmond Hebert of Whitecastle.

Aug. 28, 1932 (Times-Picayune)

At the Mercy hospital on Saturday, Aug. 27, 1932, Ney Giroir, beloved son of Albert Giroir and the late Ida Michel (died). Brother of Adel and Avia Giroir. Age 21. A native of Plattenville. Resident of this city for 8 years. Interment in Plaquemine.

Aug. 17, 1929 (State Times Advocate)

The community was saddened by the sudden death Wednesday, Aug. 14, of Mr. Emilie Olens Mire. Mr. Mire as 65, born and reared in Thibodaux, where he lived until 1910 when he moved here. Married Miss Angel Rogdeaux of Plattenville, who survives him. Funeral services at St. Anthony and buried in Roselawn in Baton Rouge. Survived by children: Leonce Mire, Birmingham, Ala; Mrs. Leon LeBlanch of Brookstown; Mrs. G.A. Gamier, Baton Rouge; Percy Mire, Baton Rouge; Mrs. Sallie Browning, Brookstown; Mrs. Leon Rice, Algiers; Morris Mire, Baton Rouge; Florence, Marie and Valmount Mire of Baker; and brothers and sisters: Mrs. Rosa Mire of Thibodaux; Mrs. Numa Boudreaux, Mrs. Charlie Lech of New Orleans; Mrs. A. J. Morvant Sr. of Baker; Mr. George Mire of New Orleans; and Mr. Charlie Mire of New Orleans.

Aug. 8, 1902 (New Orleans Item)

Situation Wanted – An assistant v.p. sugar boiler wanted to go to Mexico or Cuba with a reliable man after Jan. 1. Address C.A. Montet, Plattenville P.O., La.

Dec. 28, 1935 (Times-Picayune)

At the residence, 2640 Ursuline street, on Thursday morning, Dec. 26, 1935, (died) August J. Guigou, beloved husband of Arthemise LeBlanc; father of Mrs. Rene Montet, Bella, Florence and Euphemie and Wilfred Guigou of this city and Leonce Guigou of Erie, Pa. Age 85. Interment in Plattenville.