3. The war years

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In 1944 the signs of war were everywhere and even in the most remote parts of the parish people were aware of the great struggle that was taking place in Europe and the Pacific. Everyone had a friend or relative who was fighting. Mother’s brother James McKnight was in the Italian campaign, our cousin Randall […]

2. Wild horses

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It was 1944 and the summer rain fell in South Louisiana with such regularity about noon that one could set their clock by it. The way of life in the Bayou Country of Terrebonne Parish went on as it had for generations. People were occupied with trying to just provide their families with the very […]

1. Residence Dairy

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Residence Dairy: 1928 / 1940’s. In the late 1890’s Volumnia Barrow Slatter owned and lived on Volumnia Farm in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, with her daughter Clara and Clara’s husband Wilson Gaidry, son of the owner of a general store located on the property where the Holy Rosary Church in Houma is located today. The South […]

Introduction to Farm stories

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Stories by Wilson J. Gaidry, III​ –
I was fortunate to live in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, at a time when the Acadian French culture still dominated the lifestyle of the proud Cajun people of French heritage in South Louisiana.
Writing of my participation in most of the activities that are prominent in the Cajun way of life will help understand and preserve the history of the Cajun culture.