Cattle drives discussed at BRGHS meeting

Stella C. Tanoos spoke about cattle drives in the Acadiana and Attakapas areas on Oct. 18 to the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society.

The drives began among Acadian settlers as early as 1769, accelerating under Spanish Gov. Bernardo de Galvez during the American Revolution, and culminated around 1890 with the spread of railroads.

Exhibits included a four-inch binder with the handwritten journal of one of the early cattle drivers. She displayed old photographs, maps and genealogical information on the state’s leading antebellum cattle drivers. Her gave anecdotes of drivers herding cattle through bayous on a pirogue or aboard steamboats with drafts as shallow as four feet.

Yvonne Lewis Day will discuss new research on the steamer Monmouth at the society’s Nov. 15 at Bluebonnet Branch Library. The ship sank in the Mississippi near Profit Island, just north of Baton Rouge, with a loss of about 400 lives. Contact Mary McKeough, (225) 924-8921.

Vietnam veterans speak to Baton Rouge DAR

Vietnam War veterans J.T. Meyer and Ben Strong spoke to the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Oct. 20 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library. They toured the new facility before the meeting.

The veterans were presented 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration Veteran pins, bumper stickers and a Baton Rouge Chapter NSDAR certificate thanking them for their service. On display were a certificate presented to Meyer by the Vietnamese and a photo of Arlington National Cemetery, where Louise Strong’s cousin, Fred Cutrer, is interred.

Lynette Navarre was named Chapter Outstanding Junior for 2014. Refreshments were provided by Rezzie Meyer, Lea Evans and Strong.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence. For information, email

La. Bonsai Society learns aging technique

Adam Lavigne, of Orlando, Florida, led a bonsai workshop Oct. 21 for the Louisiana Bonsai Society. He demonstrated techniques to make bonsai look older by wiring the branches into position and carving the deadwood on the bonsai. His website is

LBS will hold its Fall Bonsai Show from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1- 2 at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, with a 2 p.m. demonstration both days. Members will have bonsai on display and for sale. Admission is free.

Dawn Koetting will show slides of the fourth annual U.S. National Bonsai Show at the Nov. 18 LBS meeting. She had a bonsai selected that was entered in the show of the best bonsai from all over the nation. The LBS is open to all interested in bonsai and meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Baton Rouge Garden Center. Guests are welcome. Contact Lowell Tilley, (225) 272-6744 or

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