Audubon DAR learns history of obituaries

Yvonne Lewis Day presented a timeline on the history of death notices and obituaries and how they have evolved over the centuries when the John James Audubon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met Feb. 18 at the Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library.

She gave examples from newspaper or flyers announcing the death of famous and lesser-known people. George Washington’s death announcement was brief and never gave his full name, just calling him "the good General Washington." She directed everyone to write their own obituaries and gave each a worksheet as a starting point.

Members discussed the chapter’s memorial cherry trees near the Baton Rouge Arsenal Museum. Plans were discussed for dedicating a tree in memory of past Regent Gerry Ryder. Shirley Newsham and Emily Wilbert will conduct a fundraiser at the April or May meeting. Hostesses were Cyndi Bohrer, Glenda Carlile, Georgia LaCour and Karen Lambert.

DAR membership is open to women 18 and older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation for each statement of birth, marriage and death. For information, contact

SBR Kiwanis holds Black History event

The South Baton Rouge Kiwanis Club held its annual Black History Month program Feb. 26 at the Leo S. Butler Community Center.

Baton Rouge Police Department Chief Murphy Paul spoke about the importance of family in instilling qualities at an early age that impacts every aspect of our lives. He reflected on “the good old days” when there really was a village of family, neighbors and friends who took responsibility for each other but especially the children. He also touched on initiatives being implemented by BRPD to increase transparency and accountability and build community trust. Attendees included Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker; Police Capt. Don Kelly; SBR Civic Association President Christine SparrowLillie Gallagher, of Friends of The Lutheran Cemetery; Kim Marshall, of Metamorphosis; and members from the Downtown, Cortana, Early Risers, The Oaks and St. Gabriel Kiwanis clubs.

Camellia Society grafts local gardens

Baton Rouge Camellia Society members recently finished four days of grafting work. The society visits old gardens and assists owners in the identification and care of their camellias for the sake of preservation. If certain varieties are rare, members can take scions to graft or root to perpetuate the strain. The society will root recently collected scions in the summer.

The LSU AgCenter on Essen Lane holds the inventory maintained for sales. Inventories of gardens are maintained so those seeking a particular variety can be directed to where it may be found.

Contacts for garden visits and other camellia information are Joe Holmes,; Mike Ruth,; and Trent James, Trent For presentations on camellia preservation, contact Florence Crowder, The society also has a Facebook page.

BRHS Class of '58 sets 60-year reunion

The Baton Rouge High Class of 1958 will hold its 60-year reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at LSU's Lod Cook Alumni Center.

The cost is $65 per person. Classmates are also invited to tour the Baton Rouge Magnet High campus from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. that day.

For information, email Bill D’Armond,

Port Allen Class of '68 sets reunion

The Port Allen High School Class of 1968 will hold its 50-year reunion from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Don Bergeron’s Mid City Market, 8200 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge. The cost is $40 per person or $75 per couple, due by April 30. For information, email Ronald Sonnier,; John C. Nelson,; Carolyn Baye,; or Pam Berry,

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