Evergreen - Memories Letters
DALE DUCOTE CLASS OF 1941
MEMORIES OF EVERGREEN
July 12, 2007
I started the first grade at Evergreen High School in 1930 and graduated in 1941. I remember the first day of school. My mother prepared my lunch and my father brought me to school. At noon, my father came to check on me and found me crying and my lunch still in the lunch box. I was very upset being away from my home. My father got me to eat my lunch and then left. I made out OK the rest of the day.
When I was in the second grade, my parents, Donat S. Ducote and Lilly Rogers Ducote moved to Bay Hills. I rode the school bus which was driven by Mr. Tom Guillot, to school the rest of my school days. I remember that some of my teachers were Mrs. McNabb, Miss Addie Robinson, Miss Sue Goudeau, Mr. Marvin Tanner in the elementary grades and Mr. Milton Stokes, Mr. Wilton Juneau, Mr. Ashton Pettijean and Mr. Sam Jeansonne in high school. I don’t remember the other teachers that taught me. I remember that in high school, the girls took Home Ec and the boys took Agriculture.
My classmates in 1941 were Sybil Merchant, Gloria Rabalais, Frank Lena, Barbara Pearce, Mabel Chenevert, Illy Marcotte, Lucille Jones, Annie Adonia West, Annie Mae Ducote, Dorothy Ducote, Frank Henski, John Jeter Wright and Charles O’Brien. The principal was Mr. A. J. Smith.
I remember playing basketball and softball during high school and going to other schools in Avoyelles Parish to play games and how much fun that I had.
I remember the stores in Evergreen were owned by Ford Robert, Ned Tanner, S. L. Campbell, Tom Fisher and Mr. Escude.
I remember the churches in Evergreen were the Bayou Rouge Baptist Church, Evergreen Methodist Church and the Church of the Little Flower Catholic Church.
My first job was in Evergreen. After I graduated in 1941, I worked for Robert Tanner who had purchased the store that Mr. S. L. Campbell had owned for many years. I rode my horse three miles from Bay Hills and worked from 6 AM to 6 PM six days a week for $15 a week. I clerked in the store, selling groceries and dry goods, cut meat and pumped gas. Sometime in 1942, I quit my job to work as a carpenter’s helper in the Army Camps that were being built in Central Louisiana. In 1943, I worked as a pipe fitter helper at plants in Baton Rouge until I was drafted in June 1943. I served three years in the Navy during World War II. Upon discharge from the Navy in 1946, I enrolled in LSU and graduated in 1950 with a degree in Business and a major in Accounting. I worked for companies in Baton Rouge until I retired in 1983. I wrote this memoir on July 12, 2007.