Lucille's parents were Saul and Ona Tabor Broussard . They did speak French but mostly, they spoke English to their children. The children were: Myrtle (Mrs. John Fontenot), May "Sister" (Mrs. Oleste Tauzin), Lucille (Mrs. Alton Olivier), Lucy "PooPom," Lucille's twin sister (Mrs. Clarence Broussard), Earl (married Marcelle Mondet) and Hilda (Mrs. Felix Zaunbecher).
Saul Broussard was a property owner, farmer and school bus driver. He took children to school with a mule team pulling the " transfert." When motorized school buses came into use, Saul Broussard drove one for many years. His first motorized school bus did not have seats that ran across the aisles. The seats were long benches that ran the length of the school bus. There were two pairs of long benches that faced one another with an aisle in between.
Lucille laughingly remembers one year when she and Lucy were in the third grade. The Broussard family had four children in school. Three failed and Myrtle was valedictorian. Lucille remembers she was so scared. They did not want to tell their Poppa. That is when the parents decided to send the children to the parochial school, St. Bernard, in Breaux Bridge. They attended St. Bernard School until the seventh grade and then had to go back to the public school.
Jo Ann remembers that "PaPop," her name for her grandfather Saul Broussard, did not drive the family car to church on Sundays. He drove his school bus and picked up people all along the way. After church, he took his friends and neighbors to pick up groceries at a little store in Breaux Bridge.
Lucille's siblings are listed below with the names their children and grandchildren that she could remember:
Myrtle and her husband, John Fontenot, had three children:
May, Mrs. Oleste Tauzin, had four children:
Lucille also knows her husband's family. Of course, when you are married to someone for over 71 years, you learn all there is to know about your in-laws.
Again, Lucille is a twin and only recently lost her twin sister, Lucy, Mrs. Clarence Broussard .
The Broussard children were helpers in the cotton patch. Lucille recalls a time when a little shower of rain came while she and her siblings were picking cotton. They quit the cotton picking and made their way home. Their mother warned them that their father would not be pleased; but, the children soon went out to the bayou bank which was not far away and spent their time playing. When their father returned from his school bus route, the children were faced with their father and a strap. He did not actually whip them but he put the fear into them. When Lucy, Lucille's twin, saw her father coming in, she grabbed the Bible and her prayer book and started reading. She told the other children: "We better pray."
Another time, the children were hot and fed up with the
cotton picking so they broke the green cotton bolls and threw them on the
ground so that they would not have to pick the opened cotton bolls. Their
father found out about it and he was not happy. He never spanked them and neither did their mother.
*Online research: Just connected to Jean Baptiste Boutte
By genealogy.com user January 09, 2000 at 11:30:49
Just connected and hope someone can share some info with me. I am interested in any biographical data, what link Boutte, Louisiana has to the Boutte family, what connection there is between the Bouttes and Jean Lafitte, the pirate, and what the "oil thing" is about. Can anyone direct me to the answers? Is there anything published?
Here is my Boutte ancestral connection: Myself, Tracey Eileen Garner, md to Jeffrey O. McGee, daugther of Bonnie "Anndora" Reinert and Kenneth Nolen Garner. Bonnie is daughter of Doralice Mary Powell, aka "Tea" and Earl Cosmos Reinert. Doralice is daughter of Marie Doralice "Dora" Boutte and Herbert John Powell. Dora is daughter of Stephen "Richard" Boutte and Marie "Antonia" Barrosse. Richard is son of Francois "Philemon" Boutte and Doralice?? Philemon is son of Jean Phillipe Boutte and Julia Delphine Verloin De Gruy. Jean Phillipe Boutte is son of Jean Baptiste Boutte and Marie Louise Lemelle.
**ABOUT MRS. BEVERLY OUSSE DARBY - 1929 - 2010
Mrs. Darby was a 1950 graduate of SLI earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics, while working part time during summers and semester breaks at Mervin Kahn's Department Store in downtown Rayne. All of these experiences prepared her to be a wife, homemaker, career woman, business partner and a mother of five. Mrs. Darby's first job was as Associate Home Demonstration Agent in Vermilion Parish for the LSU Extension Service. She worked closely with the 4-H program, depending on her education and her experience as president of the Acadia Parish 4-H Club during her high school days. She later transferred to the St. Martin Parish Extension Service and worked in all phases of the 4-H program.
In 1954, Mrs. Darby joined the faculty of Arnaudville High School as the Home Economics teacher and was soon involved with 4-H and Future Homemakers of America, serving as Advisor. She later resigned from teaching and began a full-time career as a homemaker and assistant in the family business, using her background in Home Economics to manage the Darby Store in Arnaudville.
In a 1985 Teche News article entitled "Women can be valiant in God's eyes," she was quoted: "Where there's a will, there's a way. And, as long as you realize your goals and know which ones are important, making God the center of your life, you can manage your home and a career...."
In 2009, Mrs. Darby was honored as Female Citizen of the Year by the Arnaudville Area Chamber of Commerce, a well-deserved honor since she touched the lives of many young women in the area and instilled qualities of leadership, community service and a wholesome outlook on life.
I've been calling Bingo on Mondays at 2:30 at J. Michael Morrow Nursing Home. It is so much fun for me and the wonderful residents seem to enjoy every minute. At first, I struggled to hear their "Bingo" calls. So, on my second visit, I explained that I, too, was old and my ears were not as good as they once were. I asked everyone to shout BINGO!! And, they did. We practiced several times. Next, I told them about my stiff fingers and several admitted that they too had stiff hands and fingers. So, a few hand exercises and stretches (and lots of laughs) followed and then everyone was ready for that first Bingo game.
But, although I love to call Bingo, today, August 7, 2017, I had something else in mind. I asked the Activities Directors, Mary and Andrea, if I could visit Lena Miller instead. Of course, they agreed and they happily called Bingo Monday.
Facebook is an amazing way to connect with people. Tracy Petit Frederick sent me a message via Facebook regarding a picture of Cecelia Elementary School children.. Tracy's husband, Craig Frederick, is a nephew of Lena's. And, Lena and Craig share a birthday, August 10th. Tracy told me that Uncle Luther, Aunt Anna and Craig were taking Lena to Little Big Cup, a restaurant in Arnaudville, to celebrate Lena and Craig's birthday last week. It would be Lena's 88th!
Tracy said: "Since she (Lena) has been in the Nursing Home, we have made an annual tradition to take her to lunch. Her brother Luther and sister Anna come with us and we are occasionally joined by other siblings when they are available."
The contact with Tracy made me want to write the Lena Frederick Miller Story. In addition, Tracy volunteered to send pictures and bio. I was on my way!
On Monday, I walked to Lena's room. There are two beds in the room. The first bed was empty and a lady slept peacefully in the other. I walked back to the Nurses Station and asked if Lena Miller was in the second bed? She confirmed that was Lena's bed and so I went back and sat in Lena's comfortable chair for about 15 minutes. She did not stir. She continued her soft, easy breathing. I wrote her a note on an Apostleship of Prayer leaflet for August, left it on her bedside table and decided I would have to try again another day.
Several of my friends were sitting in the hallway and I shook hands and got hugs and I just hated to leave. So, I decided to visit with Bertha Powell and Rita Bouterie down Hall A. As I entered their room, they were trying to open the water pitcher to get ice for their cups. I joined in the action. Soon, problem solved, I was sitting on Bertha's bed and we were visiting like three teenagers. I took my phone out and showed Rita and Bertha their nursing home website stories and pictures that Sandy Esteve and I had written and a whole hour passed in friendly conversation and much laughter. I got my goodbye hugs and started down the hall and without thinking I was at Lena's door. She was sitting on her bed. I introduced myself and soon another hour had gone by.
It is easy and comfortable to talk with Lena. It was like I had known her all of my life. She grew up in Parks, the second child of Arista Frederick and Edia Guidry. After Lena married Joseph Miller, they continued to live in Parks. Some people call Joseph "Joe" and some call him "U.J." and Lena calls him "J." The couple had two children: Lisa Kay and Lonnie. Lisa, like her parents and grandparents before her, lives in the Parks area. Lonnie and his family live in St. Martinville, but not far from New Iberia. Lena lovingly sings their praises. She is a much-loved mother, grandmother, aunt, great aunt, sister and friend. She told me she had been at J. Michael Morrow for two years. Then, she said: "Two years here and nine years a widow."
For some, the above words would be uttered with sadness; but, not for Lena Miller. It is evident how much she misses her mother and her husband, a sister, a brother and other loved ones she has lost. But, Lena has courage and she makes the most of her life at J. Michael Morrow Nursing Home. Her family has helped her make the adjustment from home to her "Home Away From Home." They visit and bring her lots of pictures of her loved ones. Some of the pictures are in beautiful frames on her window sill. Having those pictures are very important to her and that helps her keep loved ones fresh in her mind. Lena keeps up with her large extended family.
While I visited, I started taking picture off of her bulletin board over her bed and I would ask her to tell me about the person in the picture. One was Lena pictured with Emily and Mary, two of the nurses at J. Michael Morrow. When she looked at the picture, she kissed it. She explained that Emily and Mary had gotten her to walk again after a bad fall and hip injury. It became necessary for the nurses to bathe her in bed and she was so very grateful. When I turned the picture over, it was labeled: "Restorative Grad, 6-16-2016." Lena's courage helps her deal with whatever comes her way, even injuries that require long hours of therapy.
So, how did Lena meet a boyfriend back in those days? Lena met "J" Miller through a girlfriend. Lena and "J" enjoyed a long courtship. "J" became "Joe" to his Army buddies while he served his country in the Korean Conflict. When he came home on leave, he wanted to marry Lena; but, she chose to wait until his military service was over. She doesn't exactly remember the details; but, it was the custom at the time for the man to ask the father permission to marry his daughter. Lena is certain "J" asked her Dad for her hand in marriage and in a few months, the couple was honeymooning in Port Arthur, Texas. It was the farthest Lena had traveled from home. "J" had a brother, Francis, and his wife Merilla Miller, who lived in Port Arthur and, as that too was the custom, the newly married couple honeymooned with Francis and Merilla.
Tracy wrote this about her husband's aunt: "On May 2, 1953, she married Joseph Miller, called 'U.J.' at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Parks. She and U.J. lived next door to her parents in Parks." Tracy explains that the genealogy comes from two other members of the family. Lena's sister in law Grace, the wife of Steve, and, Lena's daughter Lisa Kaye have done a wonderful job researcing and writing stories about this close extended family.
Lena explains that she was petite and for her wedding, she chose a light blue suit which was purchased from La Parisienne on Jefferson Street in Lafayette. The suit did not open in the middle but was shaped in a large scallop on the left side and had many tiny buttons for a very special look. Her hat was the prettiest she had ever had. It fit Lena perfectly. Most hats were large on her head but her wedding hat was comfortable. There were many beautiful tiny white and pink flowers over the matching light blue hat. Lena is proud of the many compliments she received on her wedding day. She explained that the hat had cost almost as much as the suit.
With much enthusiasm, Lena recalled a trip to Nashville, Tennessee! Lena and three or four friends visited Nashville and had a wonderful time. She loves country music and in her lifetime, Lena loved to sing country music. That brought her great pleasure and she lights up just thinking about it.