U.S. Army Pvt. Hillary Soileau was buried with graveside honors 79 years following his military departure from the nearby Whiteville community in St. Landry Parish.
U.S. Army Private Hillary Soileau returned to St. Landry Parish for the first time in 79 years Tuesday accompanied by a Louisiana State Police and St. Landry Parish Sheriff Department motorcycle escort.
Kenneth sits on the board and is also a volunteer for the SLP Memorial. He is also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion and has served as honor guard at military funerals, just another way of honoring the veterans. Before his recent illness the army veteran served as an Read More…
The town of Arnaludville is celebrating their annual Crawfish Festival this week-end and naturally the town was gearing jp for the large crowds in town for the event. As I arrived Saturday morning the first person I ran into was an old friend I haven’t seen in years. Patrick Guidroz is a lifelong resident of Read More…
I saw many people that I was acquainted with but was especially glad to see Doris Barrow walking near the boulevard. If anyone knows South City Park, it is Doris. He is the maintenance supervisor for the park, and I dare say that no one knows more about the day-to-day operation of the park than Read More…
The dental office of Dr. V. K. Irion on the corner of Market and Vine streets in Opelousas during the late 1890s. Dr. Irion practiced in Opelousas for several years, but he also served the community in many other ways.
Guest speaker Chef Randy David gave a cupcake decorating demonstration during the Opelousas Noon Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday..
Maureen Little was on hand at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center.
Sports became an activity for schools in the area after baseball, football and basketball came to Opelousas at the turn of the 20th century. One of the earliest sports teams was the 1922 Opelousas High School football team.
Anthony “Tony” Chachere (1905-1995), pharmacist, award-winning insurance salesman, business owner, and popular chef during his lifetime, opened Tony Chachere’s Creole Foods in 1972 on North Lombard Street in Opelousas, as a retirement hobby. Most of us know this, but what we don’t know is the rest of his life story.
The photograph shows Robert Bienvenu and Lessley Prescott at the Old Garland House on Easter Sunday in about 1941. The two cousins are pocking eggs, a very old South Louisiana tradition. – Courtesy of Ann and Keith Bienvenu
It was a good assignment but the main reason I wanted to attend was NuNu’s marketing person, Jackie Cochran. For many years she and I worked together at the Daily World. She was a first class reporter and I always enjoyed going on assignments with her. Her beat was the St. Landry Parish School Board Read More…
The northeast corner of Landry and Main streets in downtown Opelousas was named for Dr. Joseph P. Saizan.
Did you know Boy Scouting in Opelousas goes back over a century?
Although racing horses as a sport, and a business goes back over 200 years in Opelousas and St. Landry Parish, the history of this sport goes back thousands of years before that.
A few days ago, we published the first of this series we call Who Are You? Where Is This?
The son of Jules Leopold Cahanin (1862-1953) and Philomene Marvina Richard (1866-1919), Leopold was born on November 5, 1891, in Opelousas, LA.
Here are some of the recent e-mails written beginning in late February and early March by Calland, a 1995 graduate of Opelousas Catholic, that were received from her by the Gaudin’s along with photos. The correspondences have been approved for publication by the Gaudin family and Marina Calland.
Have you ever entered the St. Landry Parish Courthouse from Court Street?
t seems people today are interested in history and stories of the past.
A few months ago, a good friend gave me two antique photograph albums. Most of the photographs in the albums were from St. Landry Parish, and many from Washington.
Several years ago, Robert “Bob” Bienvenu (1936-2022) sent me this photo and information on the 1913 Opelousas baseball team.
The 1942 AIC six-man Football Team is pictured on school grounds in the fall of that year.
The history of education for the Opelousas area Black community goes back to the late 1820s.
The first college for Blacks in Opelousas was St. Joseph’s Industrial College, also called St. Joseph College and St. Joseph Industrial School, established with help from Father J. Engberink, pastor of St. Landry Catholic Church, and St. Katharine Drexel.
Although the game of football came to St. Landry Parish in about 1893, the first high school football team in Opelousas was the St. Landry High School team of 1900.
The home, once used as a boys home, was built in the 1890’s and is now owned by Angela M. Angello. While walking by the home Thursday morning I stopped to talk to Jose Herrera, who was busy working on some of the moldings to be used on the interior rooms. Herrera and his brother, Read More…
Ever think about some of the first things that happened in the historic town of Opelousas? With its beginnings going back over 250 years, it is not always easy to research and conclude what business, club, event, etc., was the first in the town.
Three friends who were born and raised in Washington, Louisiana are shown here in this photograph taken during their early teenage years.
As part of the United States Work Progress Administration started by President Franklin Roosevelt uring the great depression, in 1935 the Federal Writers’ Project was created. The project went on until 1943.
On Saturday There was a grand opening celebration for her brand new studio and gallery located in her hometown, Washington, La. On display were numerous works of her beautiful photos which were admired by the many guests that attended the grand opening. Washington Mayor Dwight Landreneau was also there to wish Tiffany the best with Read More…
Job seekers arrived at the Yambilee Building early Thursday in hopes of finding employment at the St. Landry Career and Resource Expo, hosted by Acadiana Workforce Soluntions in partnership with St. Landry Parish Community Action Agency. “The lines were forming outside before the event began,” stated Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor who was there representing the Read More…
The featured photograph above shows the Petetin Store in Grand Coteau, photographed by Lester Jones on February 27, 1940.
Popcorn is good but if you really want a tastyt treat try a sample of Dupcorn, created by Brent Dupre who was at the Java Square Downtown Makers Market with a booth displaying the tasty popcorn. Brent has been in the popcorn business for five years as he describes it. “Three years trial and error Read More…
In 1896 Fred Sandoz opened his general merchandise store on the corner of West Landry and Liberty streets.
As in other towns, newspapers were an important part of life and the economy in the early days of Opelousas and St. Landry Parish.
Although the Academy of the Immaculate Conception, called AIC, began as an all girl’s school, by the turn of the twentieth century it was for both girls and boys.
I had the pleasure of sampling a grilled chicken salad at Wednesday’s Opelousas Kiwanis Club weekly meeting. I arrived at the meeting just minutes before James Levier arrived with the plate lunches with all the trimmings. James is one half of Jimmy’s Party Service a catering business started about ten years ago with his brother, Read More…