topic bolser


   What's a bolster? It went the width of the bed. Made of wood. We would stuff the pillows in it for daytime, and remove them at night. It helped make up the bed for daytime, but it was of not much use. You had to remove it and place it on the floor somewhere out of the way for night. Really useless.

topic closets

   Closets We had no closets in the house. That would have taken more lumber but also the room that we needed for beds and dressers. We had hooks on the backs of doors that opened into the room. There we'd hang up our coats and dresses. The rest of the clothes was placed in the drawer of dressers or Chifforobes. Besides, we didn't have much clothes -- one coat, sweater and a few dresses for school and one for Sundays or going out.

topic 1927

Barroom 1927 dancing Fais do do Chack Bay

   The Revenioors/Raid Bootleg Barroom in Vacherie on a Sunday afternoon.

   One bright Sunday afternoon in the winter of 1927 or '28 -- we heard the news that there was a bootleg raid at Mr. Terence Oubre's store and ballroom down the road about a mile away. The bottles and jugs of whiskey were being poured in the back lane. That was quite an unusual excitement for a quiet little town like Vacherie. Mr. Oubre was taken to court where he was fined. I don't think he spent time in jail, but he was in disgrace for a few weeks -- so we couldn't have the dance that Sunday night.

   Papa would take us to the dance and wait to take us back home at a decent hour -- and that was early, maybe 10pm at the latest. He had to go to work the next day and Monday was always a longer trip for him.

   I don't believe we ever had boys to take us home. We didn't date at that time. We just had fun in a crowd and danced with any boy who had ask the permission to dance, sometimes some new boys from Edgard or Chack Bay.

   Later the dances were all in Chack Bay and we met lots of boys but not to take home. Papa was there. The women, the town had the "Fais do do" -- Their children were all sleeping on the benches.

topic 1941

Pearl Harbor

   Hearing About Pearl Harbor

   We had driven Margie to Maude's because that is where Wilfred was recuperating from his busted appendectomy. We went on to Vacherie with the children. During the afternoon at about 2:30 as we were outside in mama's yard, O'Neal (Bourgeois) came by and mentioned Pearl Harbor and what had happened. He had just heard the news at Gravois Store on the radio. We were all worried and excited. We left earlier to pick up Margie, and when we got to Maude's they had not heard the news.

   That was good times in the good old summer time in the country. Usually had black musicians, very good at jazz and sometimes a waltz, fox trot, 2-in

topic 1939 September

   September 1, 1939

   That Labor Day weekend, we listened to the radio and heard what was going on in Poland. It was as if a huge black cloud had come over the world -- "our world." I remember how sad we all felt. (Ronnie was almost a year old -- on the 15th. Warren was 2 1/2 about -- we took them riding in Stan's car.) Then every day and evening we heard news. I had my little kitchen radio on all the time. I listened to all the news -- the screaming by Hitler -- the encouragement from Churchill (what an orator he was). The World had suddenly become very small and tragic. And later our young men were being drafted and sent overseas. By 1941 we had the draft -- but right after Pearl Harbor in January, F.D. volunteered for the March. He was just 17 and very brave. He went through a lot of tough times. We saw him very often when he had leave. He'd call me to keep the back door open -- and he would sleep on the couch.

topic 1940's

WWII visitors

   WWII -- The Big One

   It brought many people to visit with us, stay with us, eat with us.

   I can remember Gaston opening the front door to someone we knew (probably a relative), and he'd ask, "Did you eat?" So I remember myself at the sink washing dishes and then turning to the stove to attend to the cooking.

   How many people we cared for I'll never know. I couldn't remember them all.

topic 1942

Wilfred & Margie Margie & Wilfred St Mathias

   Wilfred and Margie were married April 9, 1942 --- at St. Mathias Church. They had a lovely reception at the Estrades' home. I rode home with Mrs. Briere and Hilda Briere. When we reached Gentilly and Frenchmen there was a paper boy yelling out the latest news -- "Bataan has fallen" -- That meant a lot of our soldiers had to be made prisoners of war by the Japanese.

   And some survived the long march to prison and punishment for 5 years -- Mr. Gaston Rabalais the carpenter was one of the prisoners -- he told me many accounts of how tough itt was for our men. He came out weighing 96 pounds, a big tall man about 6 feet 2 and usually weighing around 200 or so. He came back to become a carpenter, a fine worker who really enjoyed his work.