Bobcat in St. Landry Parish – by Wildlife Photographer Berchman Soileau
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
St. Landry Now is proud to announce the start of a new feature. Berchman Soileau, a native and current resident of St. Landry Parish and Opelousas will be submitting his wildlife photographs as a featured item of interest each week.
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.
The itinerant story of an ordination chalice used in 1938 by Servant of God Father Joseph Verbis Lafleur, is expected to be told in depth Wednesday night during an annual commemoration Mass scheduled for St. Landry Catholic Church.
Where was Jim Bowie Born?
Did Jim Bowie Live in Opelousas?
The Jim Bowie Oak
Bruce Muller, and wife Florence from Otsego, Michigan, near Kalamazoo, are trying to identify this photo from the past. Can you help?
Is Lafayette guilty of geographic misdirection or does Bill Rodier have it right?
Emile and Anna Roger with their two sons Frank and George, at their home in Arnaudville, LA. (John W. Coffey Collection.)
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.
Celebrate Senior Citizens on Sunday, August 21, 2022.
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.
It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Ansley Renee’ Fairley of Lutz, FL on Monday, July 25, 2022, at the age of 38. She was born June 29, 1984, in Opelousas, La. Ansley was an excellent artist and had a passion for drawing. She also loved animals, especially Read More…
Photo from the Past – Roger Family from Arnaudville, LA (Photograph from John Coffey Collection.)
We know Opelousas had an opera house as early as the 1830s, with the first being called the Opelousas Varieties. There was also the Opelousas Opera House, Perrodin’s Hall, Littell’s Opera House and the Sandoz Opera House. But there was a plan for another opera house that would have outdone all the rest. Unfortunately, it never got built. Read the story of the Opera House That Never Was.
At 10 a.m., on Saturday, August 13, 2022 a memorial remembers the life of Ovide Belizaire, who was murdered in his Youngsville area home in 1895 by a white mob. In addition, a yet unidentified man, recognized as having suffered death by lynching in 1878 in the neighborhood of Royville, today known as Youngsville, will also be remembered.
The Ethel Park project dedicated Saturday in the Town of Washington was celebrated in advance Friday night as hundreds crammed into the historic Wolff Reception and Banquet Hall for a gala ceremony and preview event.
Eunice Man Installed as Officer for Louisiana Pharmacists’ Association.
Rockin on the River is a non-profit organization inviting all surrounding community, friends, and family, to this year’s event on September 10, 2022. The event location address is 24399 Hwy 190, Krotz Springs, LA 70750. This is an outdoor event with an all-day event schedule.
It was a magical time in Opelousas. A time when there were opera houses in the city. We learned about some of the earliest Opera Houses of old Opelousas, the ones that operated during that century. In Part two we left our story as the 1800s was coming to an end, and Opelousas was moving into a new century. Part Three continues the story of the Opera Houses of Old Opelousas.
The context for this graduation might have seemed a bit unusual, since there were state court judges, parole officers, prosecutors and treatment coordinators presiding over the ceremony.
Presiding over a variety of sports activities is nothing new for newly-hired St. Landry Parish Athletic Director Clarissa Johnson.
Opelousas Downtown Market will again be opened for business this Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 10:00AM until 2:00PM on the beautiful St. Landry Parish Courthouse Square. St. Landry Now will be there. Come see our booth and visit with friends while you shop the numerous booths.
The construction of a new volunteer fire department building in Arnaudville scheduled for completion sometime in 2023 began Friday morning with a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony.
The story of the Opelousas Opera Houses continues: By the end of the 1880s and into the early 1890s, the appeal of the Opelousas Opera House and Perrodin’s Hall was starting to fade. The talk of the town at that time became “a new more modern opera house is needed.”
The highly anticipated opening of Ethel Park is finally happening in the Town of Washington. Celebrate the occasion just a little early on August 5 at 6pm at the Wolff Hall right along Washington’s Main Street. Then, be there Saturday morning (August 6) for the official dedication and ribbon cutting.
The last name of a young slave girl sold and relocated to a Louisiana sugar plantation nearly 175 years ago has led a young New York-based digital news reporter to embrace and trace multiple generations of her own ancestral history.
Photographs of the Depot in Washington courtesy of Tommy Lafleur and were used in the book Through A Lens, Early 20th Century Washington, LA. – Photo Album of Ophelia Pitre Lafleur – by Carola Lillie Hartley and Tommy Lafleur.
From its humble beginning in the 1700s, Opelousas provided different forms of entertainment for its citizens. In the early days one could find musical performances and other forms of entertainment at ball rooms in the local hotels, at social halls located on the second floor of downtown business places and even local homes.
Ever wonder as you ride through Opelousas what it must have been like one hundred or even two hundred years ago? This story will bring you back in time and show the changes made to just one corner in old Opelousas over its centuries of existence. Let’s explore the corner of Bellevue and Court streets, originally known as the old Gibbs Corner.
St. Landry Now editor Bobby Ardoin was one five sports writers inducted last week into the Louisiana Press Association 50-year Club during a presentation ceremony held at the Baton Rouge City Club.
Ken Cochran, DSc, FACHE, President & CEO was recently featured in the May 2022 issue of Business Beyond, a magazine focused on ‘gathering inspiring success stories of influential personages of the business world.’
One of the city’s historic landmarks was recently lost when a fire destroyed Toby’s, also known as Toby’s Little Lodge in Opelousas. Toby’s started operating on the Sunset Road to the south of Opelousas as a restaurant in the 1950s. For four decades it had a reputation as being one of the best restaurants in the Opelousas area, serving some of the most delicious foods. But there is so much more to Toby’s story.
Opelousas’ Famed 1912 Baseball Club: The featured photo from the past for today shown the members of the 1912 Opelousas Baseball Club.