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
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
||Fais do do
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
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
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.
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,
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
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
How many people we cared for I'll never know. I couldn't remember them
|Wilfred & Margie
||Margie & Wilfred
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
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.