On a grave in the small Pitre cemetery near Prairie Ronde in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana is a headstone with the inscription, “Dr. Moise Lafleur, who gave his life to science.”
Happy Thanksgiving from St. Landry Now!
The first graduates from Our Lady of Sacred Heart School in Church Point, LA pictured on their graduation day, June 20, 1917
Lafayette Mayor President Josh Guillory introduced Judith Estorge as the city’s new Police Chief on Friday at a press conference held at the department. Chief Estorge is the first woman to have that position in Lafayette, LA.
Last Friday, November 4, 2022, Judith Estorge, a resident of Opelousas, was introduced to the public as the new Lafayette Police Chief at a press conference held at the Lafayette Police Department in that city.
Driving through downtown Washington, LA a century ago.
The story of Hebrew Rest Cemetery in Washington is one of devotion to the graves of long deceased ancestors.
What most people in Opelousas know as Pap’s Motel, was opened on West Landry Street in Opelousas in 1956. But there is so much more to the story of that tourist court and the couple who established the business.
St. Landry Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar, including this weeks special events and activities.
Since the beginning of the Opelousas town market in early 1800s, there was always a meat market operated from there, as well as other businesses such as Gil’s Coffee Shop, established during the latter part of that century.
The first issue of the Clarion-News was published in Opelousas on Thursday, January 3, 1929. That paper was a consolidation of two papers, the Clarion-Progress and the Opelousas News. Click to read the whole story.
Opelousas Police Chief Martin McLendon has detailed a list of police department responses to gun violence reports during the last week and the way his officers handled the calls.
No history of the printing and newspaper industry in Opelousas would be complete without knowing more about L. A. “Pete” Andrepont and the impact he had on that industry in the town, the parish and in Louisiana
This rare photo from the past shows the first Yambilee office on Court Street in downtown Opelousas as it appeared in 1946.
As the statewide stage grows larger the Opelousas High football team continues to match the attention with an appropriate response.
After reviewing the materials I’ve collected over the last 40 plus years of researching the newspapers of Opelousas, I feel an important paper to the history of our town is one that was almost forgotten
First known a Benny’s Big Star in 1976, Benny’s Supermarket remains in business today in Opelousas.
Ass these upcoming events to your calendar. Click on this link to find more in our parish: https://www.stlandrynow.com/community-calendar/
The Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center opened in what was called the Sibille Building on Main Street thirty years ago this month, on September 18-19-20th, 1992.
This is a photograph from c. 1908-09 of the Christman Building on West Landry Street in downtown Opelousas. It was owned by Ben Christman, an Opelousas businessman who operated in town over a century ago. (Photograph courtesy of David Parnell.)
As with the rest of the world, people in this area of Louisiana were also sorry to hear about the Queen’s death. But to one St. Landry Parish woman the news was especially heartbreaking.
The story of how the lives of Father Lafleur, Father Sylvester and Father Beekman intertwined around that chalice once used by Servant of God Rev. Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur, and how Father Beekman came to have it, is an interesting one.
Soirée Royale is next Monday in Opelousas. For more information contact the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce at 337-942-2683.
The Opelousas Civic League and Abdalla’s Department Show held a unique style show at the Indian Hills Country Club in Opelousas on April 11, 1961. What made it unique were the fashions that were modeled.
If you like real treasures, antiques, maybe vintage, or even just small collectibles, this is the place for you.
Did you know the United States did not have a Labor Day holiday until the late 1800s? This is how it all began.
Where was Jim Bowie Born?
Did Jim Bowie Live in Opelousas?
The Jim Bowie Oak
TODAY on the Courthouse Square in downtown Opelousas.
150, 100 and 50 years ago during this week in St. Landry Parish.
Bruce Muller, and wife Florence from Otsego, Michigan, near Kalamazoo, are trying to identify this photo from the past. Can you help?
CAROLA LILLIE HARTLEYPublisher and Contributing Writer This photograph from a publication around the turn of the 20th century, shows five popular young women in Opelousas at that time. In the photo is Mamie Lastrapes, center; Ada Sandoz, top right; Olympia Laas, top left; Mattye Curtis, bottom left; and Lucille Lacombe, bottom right.
Enola Prudhomme, the daughter of Eli Prudhomme and Hazel Reed Prudhomme, was born in St. Landry Parish on January 1, 1932. The date of her birth was a sign of the things Enola would do during her life. She was a go-getter, and a starter. Just as January 1, 1932 was the beginning of a new year, the birth of Enola Prudhomme on that date was the beginning of a new chapter in the culinary history of Opelousas and St. Landry Parish.
“We have got to do better,” Mayor Julius Alsandor says.
Arrest Report for August 26, 2022 – St Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department.
Angela Gregory: A Legacy Chiseled in Stone – Louisiana Public Broadcast (LPB) – Monday, August 22, 2022 at 7:00 PM.
Emile and Anna Roger with their two sons Frank and George, at their home in Arnaudville, LA. (John W. Coffey Collection.)
From the two centuries of newspapers in Opelousas during this week of August, over the years …
Following the US Civil War, the merchants and businessmen of Opelousas started to discuss the possibility of organizing for promotional purposes. Although earlier groups were formed over the years before the war, they eventually dispersed because of the war. By the 1870 decade the town was rebuilding, and new businesses were opening. At that time some of the local merchants began to organize, and several groups were started, but with not much success until the 1890s.
The annual Memorial Mass to commemorate the 78th Anniversary of the death of Servant of God Lt. Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur will be held this year on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 P.M. at the St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas, LA.