Center for Louisiana Studies Archival Catalog

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Interview and Musical Performance by Dennis McGee

Accession No.: 
SP2-004-1

Recording is temporarily inaccessible without permission from donor.

00:00 - Reel des Frugés;
00:52 - La valse à Pop;
03:00 - Nobody’s Body - tune that Dennis wrote:
04:33 - [Adieu] Rosa;
05:33 - La Reel Courtilienne (Cotillion);
08:00 - Reel Faché (twice);
11:00 - Reel Sauvage;
12:25 - Rire pas à moi! Ma chemise est déchirée! (Don’t Laugh at me because my shirt is torn!);
14:00 - Reel des Deshotels;
13:55 - La valse de la point du bois;
15:22 - La valse de la point maigre (L’anse Maigre);
17:00 - Dennis tells about where he got his fiddle - bought it from Cyprien Landreneaux;
17:31 - Dennis says that he uses “Black Diamond” Violin Strings;
18:00 - Irene gotta see big Joe before you come back!
19:30 - Dennis talks about Amede Ardoin
20:20 - Plays an unnamed song then talks about playing with Amede Ardoin. Says they made some records together and record companies stiffed Amede out of his cut of the records
22:20 - Tante Parine?

Language: 
English
French
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Will Spires and Delilah Lee Lewis Collection
Subject: 
Louisiana, French, Cajun, Folk Music, Live Performance, Fiddle
Creator: 
Will Spires and Delilah Lee Lewis
Informants: 
Will Spires, Delilah Lee Lewis
Recording date: 
Tuesday, November 23, 1976
Coverage Spatial: 
Eunice, LA
Publisher: 
Will Spires, Delilah Lee Lewis
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
24:26
Cataloged Date: 
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Digitized Date: 
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Original Format: 
Cassette - 60
Digital Format: 
WAV
Bit Depth: 
24 bit
Sampling Rate: 
96 kHz
Storage Location: 
ACCF - Drawer 107 Row 3
Accession No.: 
SSA.001
Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Senior Service America
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
60:20
Digitized Date: 
Monday, February 13, 2006
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--60
Digital Format: 
Audio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore

Interview with Ray Abshire

Accession No.: 
SSA.081
Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Senior Service America
Subject: 
Cajun Music; Cajun Culture
Creator: 
Pat Johnson
Informants: 
Ray Abshire
Recording date: 
Friday, May 5, 2006
Coverage Spatial: 
Lousiana
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All rights reserved
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Digitized Date: 
Monday, August 17, 2009
Original Format: 
Audio--Cassette--60
Digital Format: 
audiio
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Storage Location: 
Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore

Interview with Helen Willingham

Accession No.: 
ST1-157

Helen Willingham;
Principal subjects:
Great Depression and World War II eras;

Questions:
Typical daily routine;
Childhood games;
Education / school attendance;
Parental support of education;
Use of English language;
Marriage;
Changes in local life after World War II;
Travel; holidays and holiday celebrations;
Lenten meals / holiday meals / diet / cuisine;
Role of the Catholic church in family life;
Work / jobs;
Flood of 1927;
Dancehalls / dance halls

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Christopher Hebert
Informants: 
Helen Willingham
Recording date: 
Thursday, February 20, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Arnaudville, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
24:17
Bit Depth: 
16 bit
Sampling Rate: 
44.1k
Storage Location: 
Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore - Born Digital

Interview with Andeole Stelly Part i

Accession No.: 
ST1-158

Principal subjects:
Great Depression and World War II eras
Description of a typical day and daily routine during the Great Depression - Grandmother raised him;
Childhood games (Depression era);
Daily diet;
Role of the church in everyday life;
Education;
Use of English in school;
Language usage at home;
Parental support of education;
Age at which persons usually began to work;
Jobs;
Impact of the Great Depression on everyday life in informant's community;
Age at which informant married;
Material culture:
Home ownership;
Cost of a house;
Celebration of holidays;
Exchange of gifts (Christmas, etc.);
Christmas trees;
Dancehalls (dance halls);
Changes occurring after World War II;
Flood of 1927

Language: 
English
French
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Christopher Hebert
Informants: 
Andeole Stelly
Recording date: 
Thursday, February 20, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Arnaudville, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
31:21
Original Format: 
Born Digital
Digital Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore - Born Digital

Interview with Andeole Stelly Part II

Accession No.: 
ST1-159

Principal subjects: Great Depression and World War II eras;

Kerosene lamps, no electricity;
Fireplace was only heat source;
Weston Stelly, Andeole's brother - fought in World War II;
Memories of the Flood of 1927;
Born on February 6, baptized in March

Language: 
English
French
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Christopher Hebert
Informants: 
Andeole Stelly
Recording date: 
Thursday, February 20, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Arnaudville, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
02:50
Original Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore - Born Digital

Interview with Earl P. King, Sr.

Accession No.: 
ST1-160

00:00 - Fur industry in South LA - No school in the wintertime, kids would spend winter with their parents trapping and skinning animals;
01:50 - Great Depression - Both rich and poor people were affected; Farms went under;
02:50 - Flood of 1927 - Doesn't remember much about it. He did remember a hurricane happening that year;
03:40 - Finished school in the 8th grade and started working on the farm;
04:35 - His family wasn't affected much by the depression because they lived on a farm - always had cattle and crops growing, Hunting also helped;
07:10 - Evaluating presidential performances - Roosevelt, Truman. Says Harry Truman was his greatest president because he ended the war;
11:00 - U.S. entry into WWII, Speaks about U-boats that were in the Gulf of Mexico; Speaking about his service time;
16:40 - Used his French to help out while serving in France during WWII;
17:15 - Reasons for not teaching French to his children;
21:00 - Speaking about how the Cajun and Creole communities were affected by the war - rationing
22:00 - Main characteristics of Cajun culture

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Cajun culture; World War II
Creator: 
William King
Informants: 
Earl P. King, Sr.
Recording date: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Houma, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
22:54
Original Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore - Born Digital

Interview with Earl P. King, Sr.

Accession No.: 
ST1-161

00:00 - Cajun culture - stereotypes given by outsiders;
01:50 - Logging cypress trees when he was younger in Bayou Terrebonne. Says they would be scaffolding on some larger trees;
05:30 - Talking about his family's farm - Sugarcane was main crop. Also made big gardens, raised pigs, sold things at the market;
07:00 - Loading sugarcane by hand to bring to the sugar mill;
07:45 - Only speaking English in schools - Talking about they were discouraged from speaking French;
09:15 - His grandmother refused to speak English;
10:15 - Talking about how he used French in World War II, Trouble he had speaking and understanding Parisian French;
11:35 - Day to day activities when he was younger;
17:00 - Talking about younger generations, today's government, etc;

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Cajun culture; Farming; French; World War II
Creator: 
William King
Informants: 
Earl P. King, Sr.
Recording date: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Houma, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
22:15
Original Format: 
MP3
Digital Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore - Born Digital

Interview with Myrtle Marie Billeaudeaux Riley

Accession No.: 
ST1-162

00:00 - Born July 21, 1913 in Mamou, 5 brothers and 2 sisters, Father's name was Eudé Billeaudeaux, Mother was Iris Aguillard Billeaudeaux, French was the primary language used at home;
00:45 - Had to own land to sell produce for a good price. Her father wanted to leave each child 50-100 acres when he died;
03:45 - Says they were scared of cars when they started being used. Her father drove into a ditch the first time he drove;
04:40 - Daily routines - Food they ate was mostly grown and raised on their land, clothing was sewed at home, recreation - games they'd play;
07:30 - Traveling by wagon to visit friends and family. her Grandfather lived in Chatagnier, 4 miles away. She says that felt like a far distance and they'd get excited to travel that far;
11:00 - Raising a calf to sell;
11:40 - Took a train to Lafayette - Myrtle says she was scared to come to the "big city." Attended SLI from 1932-1936;
13:30 - Attitudes towards French speakers - Elementary teachers made her speak English;
15:15 - Says that her father wanted all of his children to be educated;
15:50 - Impact of the Great Depression on the area;
18:00 - WWII

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II; French; Farming
Creator: 
Jean-Luc Billeaudeaux
Informants: 
Myrtle Marie Billeaudeaux Riley
Recording date: 
Saturday, February 1, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
21:08
Original Format: 
MP3
Digital Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Olympe Arceneaux Butcher

Accession No.: 
ST1-163

00:00 - Daily life - born in October 1918 in Lafayette - Great Flu epidemic. Says her mother was very scared that she would get the flu as a newborn;
01:58 - Speaking on her Acadian ancestry;
03:20 - Attended Carencro High School during Great Depression. She says she didn't know she was poor during this time, but she always had food to eat;
05:45 - Dust bowl;
7:05 - Started teaching in 1939;
07:25 - Had plenty to eat during the depression - Her family grew fruits and vegetables; They had chickens; Her family would have a small boucherie on Christmas Eve (Le réveillon);
10:25 - Clothing - Wore many hand-me-downs. Her mother taught her how to sew, so she eventually made her own clothing out of feed sacks;
13:20 - Rationing during WWII - Coffee, gas, food items;
14:00 - Morale of the community during the depression;
15:10 - One of her brothers passed away at 10;
16:00 - Talking about Lafayette - would visit for swimming lessons, movies, etc. Mentions that the streets of Lafayette were laid out where cow paths were, says she doesn't know how true that is.
17:40 - Getting electricity in their house in the 30s, listened to the news about Pearl Harbor on the radio. Would always listen to the news on the radio;
18:40 - Spoke French and English at home.
20:00 - She would occasionally speak French in schools.
22:00 - Fondest memories
23:45 - Lived close to other family members;
24:10 - No festivals during this time. Talks about the first "Carnival Parade," says chariots were drawn by horses.
25:22 - Talks about her family trip to Spanish Lake
25:45 - Mardi Gras - Talks about remembering being scared of the Mardi Gras runners;
26:50 - She was teaching at Myrtle Place during the start of WWII - Many of her friends went to fight. Would be woken up by airplanes being used for training every morning.

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Michael Conner
Informants: 
Olympe Arceneaux Butcher
Recording date: 
Thursday, February 27, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
31:19
Original Format: 
MP3
Digital Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Olympe Arceneaux Butcher Part II

Accession No.: 
ST1-164

00:00 - Change in Carencro during WWII, story about one of her classmates coming home from the war;
01:15 - People were very nervous about being drafted - One of her brothers went to Guam, one couldn't be drafted due to health issues;
02:00 - Went to USL (SLI) to become a teacher;
04:00 - Would listen to news about the war on the radio. At this time, nobody knew about the concentration camps;
06:50 - Learned how to drive on her own, didn't need a driver's license in those days. First car her father bought was a 1925 Ford Touring.

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Michael Conner
Informants: 
Olympe Arceneaux Butcher
Recording date: 
Thursday, February 27, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
Meta Information
Duration: 
07:59
Original Format: 
MP3
Digital Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Evelyn Istre

Accession No.: 
ST1-165

00:40 - Graduated from high school in 1938, started working at Morgan and Lindsey's store for $1 per day;
02:00 - Heard about D-day when she went back to work on Monday;
03:10 - Says that there was one local man was killed at Pearl Harbor, his twin brother survived;
04:10 - Speaking on the role of women when the war broke out;
05:30 - Her mother would sew their clothes. She says once she started working at the store, she would buy most of her clothing;
07:20 - Talking about attending movies in the 40s;
09:00 - Collecting and scrapping metal for the war;
11:00 - Talking about trains coming through towns that were moving servicemen to a base in California;
12:45 - Grew up speaking French at home, went to school in English. She already knew some English when she started school;
14:00 - Got pneumonia in the third grade and didn't attend school for 3 months;
15:45 - Didn't have school dances. They did have a Junior and Senior picnic in Lake Arthur at the end of the school year;
16:45 - Talking about food they ate. Had a milk cow that her dad would milk, no pasteurization;
18:10 - Men and boys always wore suit and ties to mass - no air conditioning during these times;
21:15 - Talks about one of her classmates whose husband was serving overseas. She would keep her company often;
22:00 - Attending USO Dances - Big band and swing performances, formal dress,

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Moriah Istre
Informants: 
Mrs. Evelyn Istre
Recording date: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Crowley, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
31:25
Original Format: 
MP3
Digital Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Evelyn Istre Part II

Accession No.: 
ST1-166
Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Moriah Istre
Informants: 
Mrs. Evelyn Istre
Recording date: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Crowley, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
21:20
Original Format: 
MP3
Digital Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Marcella Stagg Sensat

Accession No.: 
ST1-167

00:00 - Born and raised in Rayne, now lives in Crowley;
00:40 - Went to Saint Joseph High School - graduated valedictorian, walked to school everyday;
01:10 - Went to SLI for Business Administration, Married in 1943;
01:35 - Her mother was a good seamstress and made most of her clothes;
02:55 - Her mother was from Washington, LA, Father went to college in Alabama to study dentistry, they settled in Rayne;
03:50 - Discussing her hobbies - reading, skating, dancing;
04:30 - Her father spoke French, Mother was pure Irish, so she was never taught to speak French; Discussing other kids speaking French in school
05:20 - Using the radio as a news source during WWII;
05:50 - Description of a typical day during the 30s and 40s
07:00 - Says that daily life around here didn't change much during the war, then goes on to say that many of the boys she went to school with went off to fight, many were killed;
07:45 - Talking about women who went on to serve during WWII;
10:15 - GI Bills - says she doesn't know much about that;
10:40 - Things got back to normal pretty quickly after the war finished;
11:20 - Says there is now a push for people to learn French and Spanish after they were only allowed to speak English when she was growing up;
13:00 - She was the Rice Festival Senior Citizen Queen in 1995 - Senior Citizen Ball;
15:40 - Talks about her son, Lloyd Sensat, Jr. - Was a teacher, now gives walking tours in New Orleans

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Tracy Franzel
Informants: 
Marcella Stagg Sensat
Recording date: 
Monday, March 10, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Crowley, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
17:35
Original Format: 
MP3
Digital Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Milta Sonnier

Accession No.: 
ST1-168

01:10 - Born July 29, 1926, First memories of the Great Depression;
02:15 - She graduated from high school, went to college for a few semesters;
02:35 - Sweet potatoes were the most common food on the table during the depression for them;
03:00 - Role of the radio during this time - her family had a battery operated radio, they'd listen to Dudley LeBlanc and news;
03:45 - Parents wanted her to work at home rather than go to SLI;
04:15 - Speaking about how the depression affected her family and community;
05:00 - Earliest memories of WWII - Had 5 brothers serving;
05:55 - Pearl Harbor - speaking about similarities to 9/11;
06:30 - Use of French language in South LA;
08:15 - Rationing during WWII;

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Pablo La Sala
Informants: 
Milta Sonnier
Recording date: 
Monday, March 24, 2003
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
09:16
Original Format: 
MP3
Digital Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Mrs. Adam (Bernice Liebersiht) Hebert

Accession No.: 
ST1-169

01:00 - Father's family came from France and settled near Abbeville, had 6 siblings, her grandparents lived with them for a time;
01:55 - Earliest memories about the Great Depression - They only went to school for 7 months during her senior year of high school because the school board ran out of money, didn't wear robes to graduation, just dressed up in their Sunday clothes;
02:30 - Her father had two businesses - He made wagons and also had a sawmill;
03:50 - They had a big garden - her father hired somebody to help in the garden because he was too busy. The garden provided for them during the depression;
05:15 - Describing their home - built of cypress. Her mother was a great cook - Talks about some of the dishes she would make;
06:30 - Her dad raised chickens and cows for meat. Talking about salting and preserving meat;
07:20 - Her mother made most of their clothing. Discussion about her shoes. She had school shoes and Sunday shoes;
08:50 - Describing her school - teachers were strict, the old school house is now the Abbeville School Board office, she graduated at 15;
10:30 - Talking about their first family car - Went to town in horse and buggy before they got their car. She always walked to school;
11:30 - Talking about common chores the kids had;
12:50 - Worked for First National Bank when she was 16 - She made $1/hour
14:00 - Eventually started working as a book keeper for Landry Store;
15:20 - Changes to daily life once WWII started

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Hilda "Mindy" Dugan
Informants: 
Mrs. Adam (Bernice Liebersht) Hebert
Coverage Spatial: 
Abbeville, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
19:47
Cataloged Date: 
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Original Format: 
MP3
Digital Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Mrs. Odey (Virgie Guidry) Leleux

Accession No.: 
ST1-170

01:00 - Family information - Lived with foster parents;
01:40 - Great Depression - remembers hearing old people complaining, Foster Family grew their own food and they had a car;
02:25 - Would fish for crawfish, hunt for ducks and geese. They had a community garden - certain number of rows per family in the area;
03:35 - Attended Lyons Point Elementary - There was one room per each grade, went up to grade 7; Says she never missed school, was valedictorian;
05:15 - Describing her family's house. Wood frame, no plumbing or electricity, used a wood stove for heat;
06:50 - Story about how her grandfather couldn't pay property taxes. Her foster father sold his last cow to help him pay the taxes so he wouldn't lose his land;
07:40 - No refrigeration - they'd eat whatever was in the garden. Would kill a calf every few weeks and everyone in community would get a few pounds to make tasso. Also raised pigs;
09:00 - Haircuts were 10 cents at the barber, so women in the neighborhood started cutting peoples hair so they wouldn't have to pay;
9:55 - Mentions Lionel Leleux was a barber in Lyon's Point;
10:15 - Describing her clothes - made out of feed sacks;
11:40 - Didn't get to play much when she was younger, she had to do chores around the house;
13:00 - Describing a typical day during the Great Depression;
14:00 - Would cook and submerge sausage in lard to preserve it;

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Creator: 
Hilda "Mindy" Dugan
Informants: 
Mrs. Odey (Virgie Guidry) Leleux
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
15:09
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Andrus (Doo) Henry)

Accession No.: 
ST1-171

00:40 - Family information - Lived on a farm in Lyons Point - 4 brothers, 4 sisters
01:10 - First memories of the Great Depresssion - Says they had no shows, few pieces of clothing. They fished, hunted blackbirds, rabbits, marsh hens. His mother would make bread;
03:00 - Grew beans, okra, corn, whatever other vegetables they wanted.
04:00 - Describes the family home - Had a water pump, no plumbing, no electricity;
04:55 - Cush cush with biscuits for breakfast, they ate rabbit and blackbirds or anything they could hunt.
05:50 - Clothing - they bought 3 sets of clothes a year, one pair of shoes;
06:30 - Describing the school in Lyon's Point - Attended part-time during the summer so that he could stay home and help at home
07:30 - Mule and Wagon were their main form of transportation;
08:45 - Entertainment - played baseball on the weekends, describes other game they would play;
09:40 - Started working on the farm at 10 years old until he went into the service, 35 cents per day;
11:00 - Talks about how WWII changed his life and the area - entered service in 1942, served in the Pacific;
12:00 - Memories from the war (warning: graphic descriptions);
20:00 - Mentions that he saw General MacArthur; Tells story about how he was injured - was shell shocked, stayed in the hospital for seven weeks;
22:00 - Doctor approved for him to go back to his company, couldn't go back to the front lines;
23:00 - Reminiscing more about war;
32:30 - Talking about finally being sent home from the war

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Creator: 
Hilda "Mindy" Dugan
Informants: 
Andrus (Doo) Henry)
Coverage Spatial: 
Lyons Point, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
All Rights Reserved
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Duration: 
48:04
Cataloged Date: 
Monday, May 23, 2022
Original Format: 
MP3
Digital Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Whitney (Eunice Gould) Pousson

Accession No.: 
ST1-172

00:50 - Family Information - Four brothers and one sister - Lived in Roberts Cove
01:30 - Great Depression - Farmed Cotton, Corn, Potatoes, other vegetables
02:30 - Description of Family Home, Talks about food they'd eat during the depression;
03:40 - Clothing - Her mother sewed most of what they wore, had two pair of shoes;
04:40 - Went to school until the 7th grade, says she needed to work around the house;
06:25 - Talks about entertainment; would go to dances when they got older;
07:55 - Describing a typical day during the depression

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression
Creator: 
Hilda "Mindy" Dugan
Informants: 
Mrs. Whitney (Eunice Gould) Pousson
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
Rights Usage: 
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Duration: 
08:16
Cataloged Date: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Original Format: 
MP3
Digital Format: 
MP3
Storage Location: 
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Interview with Merlin Fontenot

Accession No.: 
ST1-173

00:45 - Married for 61 years, His mother was a McGee; mentions that he was related to Dennis McGee;
01:30 - Talking about WWII - Attended infantry training in Kentucky, transferred to Fort Ord in California, then took a troop transport ship out of Seatlle to Hawaii for more training;
03:00 - Shipped to Guam then Okinawa, talks about his service time in Japan;
09:00 - Mentions the dropping of the atomic bombs
11:15 - Talks about being honorably discharged after WWII, he didn't want to join the Army Reserves;
11:55 - Lived in Jacksonville, FL for 25 years, moved back to Lafayette in 1971;
12:20 - Played the Grand Ole Opry twice;
13:00 - Clothing description
15:15 - Made a fiddle out of a cigar box;
16:10 - Talks about his violins. Says that he has one made in 1813; One of his fiddles was brought back from Germany after the war;
18:00 - Food they ate during the war - depended what was shipped in, but usually got eggs, potatoes, bread, gravy, canned items;
22:00 - Went to school through the 6th grade, had to work on the family farm. Had six sisters and one brother
25:00 - Grew up in a French speaking home, learned English in school. Punishment for speaking French
28:00 - Tells a story about how he put soapy water into the gas tank of his father's new car when he was young

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
WWII; Cajun Music, Fiddle, French
Creator: 
Moriah Istre
Informants: 
Merlin Fontenot
Recording date: 
Thursday, April 3, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Vermilionville, Lafayette, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
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31:24
Cataloged Date: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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Interview with Joe Richard

Accession No.: 
ST1-174

00:02:30 - Family information - 11 siblings, their house was pretty large, boys and girls each had their own rooms.
00:03:00 - Parents were farmers - Sugarcane, potatoes, cotton. The kids helped around the farm
00:04:00 - flood of 1927 - Says they weren't affected badly. Commodities during the depression - food, diet,cuisine;
00:05:00 - Says they had plenty to ear during the depression
00:05:45 - Education - finished high school, parents wanted the kids to all get an education;
00:06:30 - Whole family was bilingual - Only used English in school;
00:07:30 - Description of a day from that era - chores, school, working in the field, feeding cattle;
00:08:30 - Conversation about practical jokes;
00:09:50 - Joined the Army in 1941 - Served in the Pacific as a welder. He was at Pearl Harbor when the attack happened;
00:11:00 - GI checks, payment while he was serving;
00:11:50 - French speakers who he served with - says there was one person from Lafayette who spoke French on his ship;
00:12:30 - French Interpreters in WWII - He was never asked to be an interpreter when he served.
00:13:20 - Electricity in rural Louisiana; Battery operated radio;
00:14:20 - Early refrigeration (Ice Box)
00:16:20 - Would get hired out for work after finishing their work at home;
00:18:15 - Would take horse and buggy to town; Says they couldn't all fit in the buggy at the same time, so they'd take turns going to Mass;
00:20:45 - Discussion about French language, younger generation now learning French in school;
00:22:00 - More discussion about WWII - awards he received

electricity / modernization;
air conditioning,
radios, television;
ancestors / genealogy

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
WWII
Creator: 
Brooke Carrier
Informants: 
Joe Richard
Recording date: 
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Joe Richard's Residence, Church Point, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Louisiana Studies
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Duration: 
01:02:00
Cataloged Date: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Original Format: 
MP3
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Interview with Albert Cormier and Edith Barousse

Accession No.: 
ST1.019

Cajuns; importance of family; education; food / diet / cuisine; family gatherings; mules; parties; chores / work; daily life; coffee; ground pepper; bread; school lunches

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Creator: 
Brooke Carrier
Informants: 
Albert Cormier and Edith Barousse
Recording date: 
Monday, March 24, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
St. Landry / Acadia Parish Guest Home, Church Point, La.
Publisher: 
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The Cormier interview appears first.
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Interview with Lorenna Richard Sonnier

Accession No.: 
ST1.020

how to make lace; daily life; work; marriage (married for sixty-one years); education; chores / work;importance of family; food / diet / cuisine; church

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Creator: 
Brooke Carrier
Informants: 
Lorenna Sonnier, nŽe Richard
Recording date: 
Sunday, March 23, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Acadia / St. Landry Guest Home, Church Point, La.
Publisher: 
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Rights Usage: 
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Interview with Mayble and Liverday Young

Accession No.: 
ST1.021

Principal subjects: Great Depression and World War II erasdances / dancing / recreation; crops / agriculture; money; food / diet / cuisine; education; importance of family; house; technology / techological advances after World War II; tractors / mechanization; credit;weekly pay outside the home; buggies; church / religion / Catholic faith; transportation

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Brooke Carrier
Informants: 
Mayble and Liverday Young
Recording date: 
Sunday, March 23, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Acadia / St. Landry Guest Home, Church Point, La.
Publisher: 
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Interview with Rose Broussard

Accession No.: 
ST1.022

daily life; games / recreation; Catholic church / religion / religious faith; education; learning English language; work / jobs; The Great Depression; World War II; dance halls / dancehalls; celebration of holidays; food / diet / cuisine; marriage

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Chris Hebert
Informants: 
Rose Broussard
Recording date: 
Sunday, April 6, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Erath, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
Rights Usage: 
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Interview with Earl P. Broussard

Accession No.: 
ST1.023

daily life; games / recreation; Catholic church / religion / religious faith; education; learning English language; work / jobs; The Great Depression; World War II; dance halls / dancehalls; celebration of holidays; food / diet / cuisine; marriage

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Chris Hebert
Informants: 
Earl P. Broussard
Recording date: 
Sunday, April 6, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Erath, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
Rights Usage: 
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Interview with Gladys Clouter

Accession No.: 
ST1.024

daily life; diet; clothing / costume; morale; townÕs appearance; daily life; effects; town appearance; morale

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Michael Conner
Informants: 
Gladys Cloutier
Recording date: 
Saturday, April 12, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Morgan City, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
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Interview with Elista Domingue Price

Accession No.: 
ST1.025

Great Depression; World War II; food; clothes / costume; travel; recreation / entertainment; work; school;French language / Cajun French / English; recreation / socials; linguistic change sin south Louisiana;education

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Moriah Istre
Informants: 
Elista Domingue Price
Recording date: 
Friday, April 11, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Her residence in Lake Charles, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
Rights Usage: 
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Interview with Eugene Bradley Garber

Accession No.: 
ST1.026

daily life; diet; clothing; morale; townÕs appearance (Morgan City?)

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Michael Conner
Informants: 
Eugene Bradley Garber
Recording date: 
Saturday, April 26, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
508 Everett St., Morgan City, LA 70380
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
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Interview with Mrs. Margaret Gorman Rappmundt

Accession No.: 
ST1.027

daily life; diet; clothing; morale; Morgan City Ñ the townÕs appearance; daily life; effects of the war;Morgan City Ñ the townÕs appearance; morale

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Michael Conner
Informants: 
Mrs. Margaret Gorman Rappmundt
Recording date: 
Friday, April 25, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
914 Onstead St., Morgan City, LA 70380
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
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Interview with Ada ÒTante DotÓ Hebert

Accession No.: 
ST1.028

lived near Erath, Vermilion Parish; work / jobs; sewing baby clothes / material culture / textiles; working on a farm; washing on a washboard; money / economics; getting married / marriage; starting a family;living in a nursing home; hearing; bingo / recreation

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Mindy Menard
Informants: 
Ada ÒTante DotÓ Hebert
Recording date: 
Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Nursing Home in Abbeville, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
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Interview with Lily Mae ÒLemonÓ Hebert Romero

Accession No.: 
ST1.029

size of families / importance of families; country living / daily life; farming / economics; houses / architecture;baby dolls / material culture; mattresses; taking care of younger siblings; education / school; money;food stamps; husband left during World War II / draft; transportation / wagons / buggies / buggy

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Mindy Menard
Informants: 
Lily Mae ÒLemonÓ Hebert Romero
Recording date: 
Monday, April 21, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
InformantÕs home in Delcambre, LA
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
Rights Usage: 
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Interview with Edgar Mouton, Jr.

Accession No.: 
ST1.030

Great DepressionWorld War IICajun FrenchLafayette

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Creator: 
Pablo La Sala
Informants: 
Edgar Mouton, Jr.
Recording date: 
Sunday, April 27, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
MoutonÕs law office, downtown, Lafayette, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
Rights Usage: 
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Interview with Hilda Duhon Stelly, a.k.a.ÒMomÓ Stelly

Accession No.: 
ST1.031

daily life; economics / frugality during the Depression; farming / farm life; education; relocating / moving to a new house; getting married and starting a family; anxiety over the possibility that her husband would be drafted during the war; food stamps

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Mindy Menard
Informants: 
Hilda Duhon Stelly, a.k.a.ÒMomÓ Stelly
Recording date: 
Thursday, March 6, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
InformantÕs home at Jefferson Island, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
Rights Usage: 
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Interview with Mrs. Gertie Dejean

Accession No.: 
ST1.032

Food, clothes, education, chores, language, change from French to English, entertainment

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Creator: 
Moriah Istre
Informants: 
Mrs. Gertie Dejean
Recording date: 
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Lafayette, LA (Vermilionville)
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
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Interview with Cammie Fox

Accession No.: 
ST1.033

Great DepressionWorld War II

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Mindy Menard
Informants: 
Cammie Fox
Recording date: 
Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Abbeville Nursing Home
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
Rights Usage: 
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Interview with Patricia Broussard

Accession No.: 
ST1.034

New Orleans; World War II Ñ U.S.O.; Gentilly; multi generational households; food; costume / store bought clothes; food / diet / cuisine; started working at the age of twelve; telephones Ñ party lines

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Creator: 
Tracey Franzel
Informants: 
Patricia Broussard
Coverage Spatial: 
Youngsville, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
Rights Usage: 
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Interview with Alvin Smith

Accession No.: 
ST1.035

Jennings; World War II; high school football Ñ 6-man teams; rice farming; self-sufficiency of local farmers;sold eggs to store for hard currency; work Ñ began working at the age of twelve years; recreation / entertainment Ñ listened to battery powered radio; no telephones; daily life; moved from Jennings to Lafayette on April 1, 1950; outhouses; water wells; rural electrification / REA; French language / Cajun French; education Ñ students punished for speaking French; Acadiana Bottling Company

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Creator: 
Tracey Franzel
Informants: 
Alvin Smith
Coverage Spatial: 
124 Nickerson Parkway, Lafayette, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
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Interview with Delta Primeaux Trahan

Accession No.: 
ST1.036

radio; politics; school; orphans; work in field Ñ wages were $2.00 a day; clothing / homemade clothes; self-sufficiency / grew own food; sold eggs to the local store; brothers served in World War II; French language / Cajun French; telephones Ñ party lines; electric lights / electricity; punished at school for speaking French;education; water wells; outhouses; material culture; G.I. Bill

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Tracey Franzel
Informants: 
Delta Primeaux Trahan
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
Rights Usage: 
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Interview with Lionel Clayton ÒBeauÓ Billeaudeaux

Accession No.: 
ST1.037

daily life in rural St. Landry and Evangeline parishes; French language / Cajun French; use of French language in residences and at school; education; German prisoner of war (POW) camps in the Eunice area;food / diet / cuisine; recreation / entertainment / duties / chores; travel

Language: 
English
Media Type: 
Audio
Collection: 
Students
Subject: 
Great Depression; World War II
Creator: 
Jean-Luc Billeaudeaux
Informants: 
Lionel Clayton ÒBeauÓ Billeaudeaux
Recording date: 
Sunday, April 20, 2003
Coverage Spatial: 
Youngsville, Louisiana
Publisher: 
Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
Rights Usage: 
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