Miss Marple once said that local newspapers are always a useful source of information. As always, Miss Marple was right.
Here are some terribly misspelled notes from the town of Amelia in the early 1900s. I found my g-g-grandparents, Augustin and Elizabeth Giroir.
Saturday, July 27, 1918
Mrs. E. P. Schwing and children of Morgan City are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Schwing of Amelia for a few days.
Mr. H. A. Rentrop went to New Orleans Friday, where he will take a position at the S. P. machine shop in Algiers.
Mr. Dewey Vigene of Algiers spending some time at Amelia with Mr. and Mrs. A. Verret.
Wilton Rentrop, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Rentrop, is on the sick list this week.
Mr. Earl Barrilleaux, who has been working at the shipyard in Morgan City, is now spending a few days with relatives in Amelia.
Miss Rosa Rentrop has been informed by the War Department that Mr. J. Allen Thompson of the U.S. Naval Reserves has arrived in France safely.
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1918
Mrs. A. E. Pension and children left Sunday for New Orleans to visit her sister, Mrs. W. Verret.
Mrs. Clement Landry and Miss Agnes Barrilleaux were the guests of Mrs. J. J. Greenwood at Ramos Friday.
Mrs. A. J. Mahony of Glenwild is spending some time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Rentrop of Amelia.
Dr. and Mrs. J. T. Prosser and daughter, Edmay, have returned from Alexandria after visiting relatives there.
Miss Bertha Patureau of Plaquemines left here Sunday after spending several weeks with her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Patureau.
Mr. John Mahony of Glenwild spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Rentrop Sr.
Mr. Lovelace Blanco has returned home after spending several days in Orange, Texas.
Mr. Robt. Morrison spent Saturday and Sunday in Morgan City the guest of Miss Alice Smith of Lake Bridge, who is visiting her sister, Mrs. Fauchet.
Mrs. R.C. Robicheaux and daughter, Aline, of San Antonio, Texas, is spending some time with her sister, Mrs. Eugene Theriot of Amelia.
Mr. Earl Barrilleaux has returned from New Orleans, having failed in examination for enlistment in the navy. He will return to the city in two weeks.
Thursday, Aug. 8, 1918
Mr. C. H. Barrielleaux spent Sunday with relatives here.
Mrs. Philips, Miss Philips ands Miss White of Alexandria is spending some time with Dr. and Mrs. J. T. Prosser at Amelia.
There are many cases of charbon among the live stock at Amelia and is causing heavy loss to the community.
Mr. Louis Giroia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Augustin Giroia, left here Tuesday for Napoleonville. From there, he will be sent to a training camp for service in the United States army.
Miss Cleona Blanco is spending a few days in Morgan City.
Mr. Douglas Vining of Morgan City spent Monday and Tuesday at Amelia.
Mr. Sidney David of Amelia will leave Napoleonville Wednesday with a number of drafted men for training camps. His many friends wish him much success.
Saturday, Aug. 10, 1918
Mr. A. E. Pension was in Morgan City Thursday.
Mrs. A. J. Mahony returned to her home in
Glenwild after spending a few days at Amelia as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Rentrop.
Mr. Sidney Barras went to Morgan City on business Friday.
Miss Edna Blanco of Amelia, daughter of Mr. B. Blanco, was quietly married Wednesday evening to Mr. Edward Bergeron, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. Bergeron of Ramos.
Eugene Rentrop, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Rentrop Jr., is on the sick list this week.
Miss Alice Smith of Lake Bridge has returned to her home after spending several days in Morgan City.
The weather for a few weeks has been so rainy that the farmers of this section are unable to plant their fall potatoes. It is feared that there will be a very small crop this year. Although this rainy weather is not good for the planting of potatoes, it is very beneficial to the cane crop.
Messrs. Clement Landry, B. Blanco, Ettienne Giroir and Noah Landry went to Morgan City in a gasoline boat Thursday.
Monday, Nov. 11, 1918
Mrs. W. H. Rentrop was called to the bedside of her mother, Beadle who was formerly of this place. Her body was brought here Saturday morning. Funeral services was held from St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.
Mr. Joe Bourg was in Morgan City Friday.
Mrs. J. S. Dellucky of this place and son, Ernest, of New Orleans returned here Friday from Camp Beauregard, where they visited Private Frank Dellucky, who is at the Base Hospital having undergone an operation.
Mr. Oleus Pension, son of Mr. Alexson Pension, died here Friday at noon from at attack of influenza. A brother, Adeo, died from pneumonia two weeks ago. Besides his father, Mr. Penisson is survived by three sisters and one brother and other relatives. Funeral services were held Saturday morning from the Catholic Church.
Friday, Nov. 29, 1918
Mr. Eddie Barrilleaux of Centerville spent a few hours here Monday.
Mr. Willie Auction was in Morgan City Tuesday.
Mr. Roy Nutta returned to Patterson Tuesday after working here several days.
Mr. Anidas Lajounis left for Centerville Wednesday where he will work for some time.
Mrs. Willie Auction and daughter Miss Edna went to New Orleans Tuesday.
Mr. Adrien Barrilleaux, Noah Landry and Emile Barrilleaux are now working at Cotton Bros near Morgan City.
It has been raining here for several days and the farmers are unable to haul their cane to the wharves.
Mrs. T. Auction and daughter Mrs. Prosser are spending a few days in New Orleans.
Monday, Dec. 16, 1918
Mr. Simoneaux of Avolon was the guest of his son Mr. Walter for a few days this week.
Mr. Jos. Tellette was a business visitor to Morgan City Friday.
Mrs. J. S. Dellucky spent one day this week with her daughter, Mrs. Lyn Arceneaux in Morgan City.
Beg to acknowledge that it was a false report about Bugler John Blanchard being wounded. It was a telegram telling that he had been gassed.
Mr. Clement Landry was in Morgan City Friday.
Mrs. Sidney Barras has returned home from the St. Mary Hospital, accompanied by her sister Miss Dugas.
Messrs. A. Barrilleaux and A. E. Pennison were visitors to Morgan City Friday.
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1918
Mr. C.C. Pension of Algiers is spending a few days here, the guest of his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. And Mrs. A. H. Rentrop Jr.
Mr. Henry Dellucky has returned home from Camp Pike, where he was mustered out of service.
Mrs. A. H. Rentrop of Algiers came Sunday to spend Christmas with relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Arceneaux and son, Junior, of Morgan City spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Dellucky and family.
Mr. Sidney Barras, who has been working in Chacahoula, is spending the holidays with his family here.
Messrs. A. E. Pennison and A. Barrilleaux are spending a few days with their families here.
Mr. O. J. Blanchard will return to his home in Scott Mond.
Messrs. Easton and Lester Domangue of Ramos spent Sunday here with friends.
Mr. C. Landry was in Morgan City Saturday.
Miss Edna Aucoin spent Saturday and Sunday here with her parents.
Private Guy Thibodeaux of Camp Shelby, Miss., is here on a few days’ furlough, the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Thibodeaux.
Mr. Anidas Lajounie returned home Saturday from Centreville where he spent some time.
Thursday, Dec. 26, 1918
Messrs. A. H. Rentrop Jr., Walter Simoneaux and A. E. Pennison were business visitors to Morgan City Monday.
Misses Annie and Inez Tellotte were visitors to Morgan City Monday.
Messrs. Emile Barrilleaux and Noah Landry are spending the Xmas holidays here, from Cotton Bros.
Mr. Percy Schwing was in Morgan City Monday on business.
Messrs. C. Landry and Earl Barrilleaux went to Morgan City in boat Monday.
Miss Pearl Schwig of Lake Charles is spending the holidays here with relatives.