In lighter moments during the research and writing and promoting the Bayou Pigeon book…our team, would joke with me, you’re not from Pigeon , you’re from Baton Rouge, ie., that I was not native born.
That thought is somewhat the genesis of writing this Blog posting, not the only reason, but one of them.
I will try to add some clarity for thought ; Of when can someone could / should claim… "I’m from Bayou Pigeon" !
For the record…
From the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary… Native means "one born or reared in a particular place" . You're a "native" of a place when you're born or reared there.
You're "from" a place when you live there.
With that said…
Sometimes, I receive questions from folks that are too young to remember the End of the World Bar and Restaurant at Bayou Pigeon...
What was the ‘End of the World’? What happen to it ? Who were / are the LeGranges ? There are no LeGranges actually living at what is recognized as Bayou Pigeon proper today. When did they leave? If LeGranges were not native to Bayou Pigeon, How did they get to Bayou Pigeon” ? Where are the LeGrange's originally from?
The LeGrange (LaGrange, lah-GRONJH) Family - Creole / Cajun is our Heritage
The LaGrange’s settled in the inside the black dotted line, ie., The Bayou Teche Corridor. There are many LaGrange's from Arnaudville, LA. to Patterson, LA.
Where do the Clifford LaGrange's come from?
A modern search of Ancestry. Com data… The Patriarch of our Clifford LeGrange family was Treville LaGrange , Source; 1880 US Census Data - Trivil and Elvina LaGrange.
He was Born in 1830… and lived in the Bayou Black / Gibson La. area of Terrebonne parish. He was a veteran of the Civil war, a member of the 1st Regiment Heavy Artillery (Regulars): Cos. A, B, C, D, G, I
Summary of The 1st Regiment Heavy Artillery (Regulars): Companies B, C, D, E, F, H, and KOrganized in militia service on February 5, 1861. Transferred to Confederate service on March 13, 1861 Throughout the fall and winter of 1861, Companies B, C, D, E, F, H, and K served in Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip below New Orleans. The companies at Jackson and St. Philip fought well against Union admiral David G. Farragut’s fleet during the bombardment and passage of the forts. The unit was included in the surrender and parole of the garrisons on April 26, 1862. The officers and men captured at Jackson and St. Philip received their exchanges in the fall . A significant number of original volunteers did not rejoin the unit after the fall of New Orleans; First Commander: Paul O. HÉBERT, COL [promoted BG August 14, 1861]. After the Civil war, in 1880 Treville was raising his family and working as a farmer on a Plantation in the Gibson / Bayou Black , La. area in Terrebonne Parish.
Why do the Clifford LeGranges spell there name Le…LeGrange versus traditional La... prefix....ie., LaGrange
Delma and his wife, Ella LeGrange are buried at St Patrick Catholic cemetery in Gibson, LA. After Delma's Death most of his children had made their way from the Bayou Black / Gibson LA. area to Baton Rouge, LA. Ella joined them Baton Rouge in the mid 1930’s.
L-R: Dennis, Clarence, Louis, Clifford, Treville, Lester & Ella LeGrange
How did the Clifford LeGrange's get to Bayou Pigeon…
Places People Remember :
“The End of the World “ Grocery Store, Bar, Dancehall & Restaurant
LeGrange's Camp - End of the World Bar & Restaurant
Clifford Jr. and spouse (Joy Vicknair LeGrange) remodeled the old Indigo Inn in stages. The last addition added another combination, to the ‘Grocery Store, Bar and Dancehall’ concept. The seafood restaurant business, selling what we call today ‘Swamp Seafood’. Fried catfish, frog legs, Boiled Crawfish, Crabs and Shrimp, crawfish bisque, and crawfish etoufee. They developed a facility for private parties on a covered outside pavilion.