Inter-Civic Council hears about state flag

Glen Duncan gave a slide presentation about the new Louisiana state flag to the Inter-Civic Council June 14 at Hunan’s Restaurant.

In 2009, Duncan and Curtis Vann, also of Baton Rouge, volunteered to assist then Secretary of State Jay Dardenne to comply with a law passed that year to add three drops of blood to the breast of the pelican depicted on the flag. They discovered that different versions of the flag were in use.

Duncan designed the flag. Vann also was a guest. Each person received a copy of the Louisiana State Flag Book, donated by Moran Printing.

Frances Bennett announced the Golden Deeds Banquet will be held Nov. 14 at the Marriott Hotel in Baton Rouge.

Early Baton Rouge crime topic for BRGHS

Yvonne Lewis Day spoke about crime in Baton Rouge’s antebellum period on June 18 to the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society.

Her research went back to 1817, when the town was chartered and was hardly more than a frontier outpost with a population of 1,450. Public drunkenness was the major offense, prompting town leaders in 1818 to enact an ordinance to construct a pillory and stocks “for all the disorderly and drunken persons.” It was a punishment most often associated with the New England states.

Other crimes from 1820 to 1830 included petty theft, slave stealing, counterfeiting, highway robbery, piracy and assault. During the early period, the first sheriff, Ferdinand Louis Amelung, was killed in a duel with a soldier from the Pentagon Barracks.

During the next decade, the national financial panic of 1837 and annual epidemics of yellow fever and cholera had a depressing effect on the town. Major crimes during that period included counterfeiting, swindling, fraud, assault and murder, dueling and gambling. From 1840-50, a state penitentiary was built in Baton Rouge at Laurel and Sixth streets. It was operated as a for-profit venture, with inmates producing plows, cabinets, clothing, molasses barrels, bagging, bricks and cigars.

Historian John Sykes will talk about the history of Goodwood Plantation in mid-city and will discuss plans for future developments at the site at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the EBR Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library. The talk is free and open to the public. Contact

Family connection topic for Livingston Historical

Glenda Efferson Bernard spoke about the Efferson-Smiley family connection in Livingston Parish to the Edward Livingston Historical Association June 16 at the Livingston Parish Library.

Bernard, a parish native now living in Shreveport, said Thomas Smiley was possibly the first Smiley in the parish in 1781. His son, Andrew, also lived in the parish. Grandson Andrew married Margarette Hutchinson and had a son, Lorin, whose wife, Myrtle, was postmaster. The post office was in a room in their home.

Bernard distributed a spreadsheet of the Smiley and Efferson families along with information of resources she used over the years for Livingston Parish research. Copies of that information may be picked up at Crowder Antiques on Range Avenue in Denham Springs.

Sarah Hyde will speak on the history of education in the Florida parishes when ELHA meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Livingston library.

Tran graduates from Air Force basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Hieu D. Tran graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Tran is a 2011 graduate of Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge.

St. Amant Class of ’91 to hold 25-year reunion

The St. Amant High School Class of 1991 will hold a 25-year reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Creative Cajun Catering, 14468 Bayou Terrace, St. Amant. Open registration will continue until 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Faculty and staff who worked at the school from 1987-91 are invited. Contact Missy Jandura, (225) 936-2473 or

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