Evergreen - Memories Letters
BOBBY FRANCOIS AUGUST 14, 2007
I am 52 years old and was born and raised in a small community outside of Evergreen named Karo. It is approximately 2 miles from Evergreen on La. 29.
I was raised on a farm until I graduated from high school. I attended Evergreen Elementary School for eight years. I have fond memories of my school years. My teachers were:
1st Grade - Mrs. Barbara Wright
2nd Grade - Mrs. Lucille Ducote
3rd Grade - Mrs. Sue Goudeau
4th Grade - Mrs. Oma Tassin
5th Grade - Mr. John Johnson
6th Grade - Mrs. Beatrice Scarbrough
7th Grade - Mr. Nelson Tassin
8th Grade - Mrs. Barbara Wright
We would give Mrs. Scarbrough a hard time and put paper reinforcements on her desk chair. They would stick to her dress and the whole class would laugh out loud. We would steal her paddle and burn it in the trash burner. We were not angels. Ha.
I remember when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I was in the 4th grade. The whole class was in sorrow.
When I was about 8 years old, by father, Wiley Francois, nicknamed Tippy, told me that I was old enough to work in the field. We raised cotton for a living. When school started in September, my brother, sister, and I would go to school the 1st week, and then take off 2 weeks of school to pick cotton. My homework was kept up and I made up my tests when I returned to school. Times were very hard back then. All I can tell you is hard work will not kill anyone or we would all be dead. When I was old enough to work as a hired hand, I worked in the sugar cane fields, harvested soybeans, and picked cotton with a cotton picker.
I met Donna Moreau in 1975 and Donna and I got married in 1977. We have been married for over 30 years. I hold a job as an Engineer Technician 5 (Construction Inspector on roads and bridges) for over 29 years.
My wife has been a Medical Records Clerk for over 26 years at Bunkie General Hospital. We lived in Bunkie for 13 years. In 1990, we moved to Cottonport and have been living there ever since.