Saturday, May 26, 2018

Memorial Day - Bayou Pigeon, LA. We Gave Our Share


Yes, it’s a 3-day weekend but let’s not forget why.

On Memorial Day we remember and honor those who lost their lives defending and fighting for the freedoms that we enjoy today. A Gallup Poll in 2000 revealed that only 28 percent of Americans knew the true meaning of Memorial Day, and 40 percent confused it with Veterans Day.

Memorial Day is the day to remember those men and women who died while serving in our nation’s armed forces, whereas Veterans Day is a day to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans.

For me, this holiday, is  about knowing your community history / heritage.  I believe this Blog post  will make  you feel good, especially when you begin to think your community is going in the wrong direction, ie., the closing of our church at Bayou Pigeon last November and now the threat of tearing it down.

With honor and gratitude we remember our Bayou Pigeon American  Heroes, our Cajun  Heroes. Because freedom in America,  isn't really free; There is a price to pay to keep this liberty.

Two Brothers and a first cousin,  who, served in the U.S. Army  (WWII & Korea). Two first  cousins in the same big battle, within 25 miles of each other, they died two days apart...and now 70 years later with only two  sons and a handful of their relatives left on this earth to remember them.

Bayou Pigeon has a solemn obligation to remember all her sons lost in war.

Elie Landry






Odom Landry





Accept for a few  folks over >60 (native  to Bayou Pigeon)  most of the people  <60 years  native to Bayou Pigeon do not know of Elie and Odom.

Less we  forget, they are part of our heritage. Fate put them in the War. They were real people, how could we know what they were like. Here is a small attempt for us to know what they were like, they were sons, husbands and fathers. They are part of our heritage.

Mr. Felix Berthelot,  who passed  away May 18, 8 days  ago, a WWII veteran himself, Recounted  to me he knew Elie (A –Lee) and Odom very well.  Mr. Felix said he and A-Lee were friends. They were typical Bayou Pigeon kids. French was their primary speech when they grew up. He said they would play with ‘plank board’ boats. That is a 1 x 8 or 1 x 12 flat board with a nail attaching a string about 8 ft. long to it and tying the other end to a willow pole about 6-8 ft. long where you could slide it across the water mimicking a fast moving  bateau. They would play with those for hours in Houseboat alley (borrow canal) from Mr. B Landry’s store. See the Pigeon book picture on page 229 of the dock.

Once when they playing with the boats, next to the dock, A-lee stepped on a poly-wog (mud cat) and it finned him and he hollered and hollered. Felix said A Lee's mother put some Vicks salve on it. Vick salve was used as cure all form infection in those days . Mr. Felix said he and A-lee would go Pierre Part via Putt boat to purchase / pick up supplies for the store. They would go via Grand River to Bayou Gros Bec and Dock at the Pierre Part church. Where they would load the supplies and make the trip back to Pigeon. Sometimes they would have to wait on the supplies to arrive. Sometimes the wait was hours, they often walked from the church down the Pierre Part road toward Belle River to A-Lee’s grandfather’s house ( Doo Doo Landry, see page 527 in the book ) to pick persimmons. A-Lee would climb the trees and shake the tree limbs and Felix would pick the persimmons. This was long walk, Doodoo’s house was past today’s Duffy’s Bait Shop on Hwy 70.


Odom, was older than Mr. Felix, thus his interaction with Odom was less. His most vivid recollection of Odom (O-don) was that he had a drivers license. At the time right before the war, Adolph Berthelot drove the school bus from Pigeon to Crescent school. Sometimes he would get Odom to drive his car and meet him. So he could use his car to go to Plaquemine. As Odom was dating his future wife, Edith Sauce. Odom would want to bring Edith along for the ride, but he had to find a chaperon to go with them, in the old days a woman could not  ride alone with a male. Mr. Felix once accompanied O–don to do this.

After the war , Mr, Felix said people just did not talk about the war much. It was painful losing son’s and soon it was just like A-lee and Odom had just gone missing… no one really brought conversation about them.


Avery Landry 

The third son of Bayou Pigeon, lost in an almost  forgotten war.


So quickly passes a decade, a half-century, now almost 70 years from 1950.

So, what can we do to carry on the meaning of this sacred day in our community and properly honor our fallen heroes?

Display an American flag and lower it to half-mast until noon in honor of our sons who gave their lives in service to our nation.

Reach out to Davis  Landry, Jimmy Landry, sons of Elie and Odom and Phyllis Landry Toups, sister of  Elie and Avery or any of there cousins, where  you might mention you read this post... and that we intend to honor them properly with a  special plaque  or  something when we the Bayou Pigeon  Heritage  Association takes over buildings left by The  Catholic Church at Bayou Pigeon.

There are many generation gaps between residents, native sons / daughters  and residents of Bayou Pigeon society  today... but i believe  we  can come together to remember our heroes on this  solemn remembrance... Know &  celebrate  the Heritage...

Chachie


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Mr. Felician “Felix” Berthelot - b1925 - d2018

Mr. Felician “Felix” Berthelot _a  Pillar of the Bayou Pigeon  Community  

Felix Berthelot, spouse of 70 years Bernice (Toie) Landry  and  son Darrel 

Mr. Felix, 'Went Missing' on May 18, 2018; Went missing in this case only means he is no longer in our sight. Why is that? Because he  will never be  forgotten as long as our book Bayou Pigeon, LA. Spirit of Atchafalaya is  around.  

Here are  some the things  about him from our Bayou Pigeon book library resource information.

He was born at Bayou Indigo, in 1925 (probably on a houseboat), he told me  he thought his family  came lower Grand Lake area to Bayou Pigeon. Sometime before 1930, the family moved approximately one mile north of Indigo Bayou , about a ½ mile north of the current Bayou Pigeon Pontoon Bridge on the west  side of  Grand River.  Thus the only way to get around was by boat.  This  was before  a  ferry and a bridge  at bayou pigeon. In those old days  people lived a simple life; they grew, caught, trapped or killed their next meal.  

Mr. Felix lived  his entire life at Bayou Pigeon and he experienced all elements of Cajun folk life. He has lived/worked as a Swamper; eg., he has fished for catfish, scale fish, crabs, frogging, moss picking, logging, and right of way clearing, anyway the swamp offered to make a living.

His family is in the 1930 US Census for Bayou Pigeon. Note that the Census worker, listed Felix as a daughter of Emile and Alice. This is undoubtedly because she interpreted the Cajun French pronunciation and spelling of Felix, i.e., Felician, (fa lease e ain) as his parents would have called him… as a female name. Apparently, this was a very common mistake by English Census workers of the time period as the authors found 4 or 5 examples of this in our research. The Census takers had a problem with French Cajun names. 



1930 Census  at Bayou Pigeon



1940 US Census at Bayou Pigeon

In the 1940 US Census for Bayou Pigeon. Note that  Mr. Felix's  father has passed  away as his mother Alice, is listed  as the head of the family. 


He was drafted in the Army in 1944 and went to war in Germany



In Uniform 1945 - Honorable Discharge - European  Service Award

After the war  he  went to the  GI school at Bayou Pigeon and  completed his schooling.


In 1947, he  worked as a  Swamper cutting the right of  way  for one of the first the oil field  access canals, it became  known as  Dewey Vaughn canal. 


Cutting right of way... 1947  Willie Dupre, Felix Berthelot, J.P. Gaudet, White  Setton, Pierre Templet


He married Bernice (Toie) Landry on May 6, 1948.


Bernice (Toie) Landry and Her father Clement Landry -1930"s


In 1950, he and Alden Hebert bought Mr. “Bee” Landry’s Fish buying business. This consisted of an old truck, a fish box and a list of customers. 

In 1952, he and Alden bought the inventory of Mr. Sabin Landry’s Grocery Store and opened their store in the front of Felix’s house. A year later Felix and Alden ended the partnership.

Felix kept the store and split the fish/crawfish buying customers. Felix kept Hardy’s Seafood in Arnaudville, La. and Mr. Alden kept Lafourche Seafood in Baton Rouge. Mr. Alden opened his new dock within eyesight of Felix’s dock.

From there on, his wife, Toie ran the grocery store and Felix built on his fish/crawfish wholesale business. His route expanded to include markets in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. As a  Seafood Wholesaler for 66 years, Mr. Felix  is well known and respected through out the crawfish buying industry.  His son Darrell and grandson Bryce  carry on the business.  It was a quick and easy transition all they had to was change one letter on the trucks from F.J. Berthelot & Son to D.J. Berthelot & Son...L.O.L. However living up to Legacy of Mr. Felix will be more challenging.


Mr. Felix was known as  avid  Rabbit hunter and kept a pack beagle hounds, he hunted rabbits in the Atchafalaya  Floodway  as far away as Grand Lake, and in around Bayou Pigeon. Later on he was known as avid  deer hunter and credited with taking many  nice bucks...


Mr. Felix and one his beagles c 1960's


Felix Berthelot , The Cajun Storyteller

Felix was a great, great Cajun story teller, he told many a good story to me about the Bayou Pigeon of old. He had a  sense of humor that would catch you off guard.

Hunting squirrels and fresh water Blue Crabs

Growing up at Bayou Pigeon , his father would send  him to Mr. Adolph Berthelots general store with 25 cents to buy 7 shotgun shells… His father would take  the shells  and go squirrel hunting… Mr. Felix  would count the shots  and on the seventh shot he and sister  would go meet his father and clean the squirrels for the supper table.




Squirrel  Skins as Crab bait

After skinning and cleaning the squirrels, they would turn the hide inside out and tie a  string to the hide. They would tie a brick on the line and throw it out in Grand River, in front of their house. They would catch enough fresh water blue crabs for another supper.


"Peanut Don't Smoke"

My favorite  Mr. Felix story, is shown in the picture below. This was told to a group of us one night on The 10 Gun House Boat after a long day deer hunting.  The  story was printed in the Bayou Pigeon book, with  the real names omitted, because at the time not all the real participants were not deceased.

Now, the story as first related by Mr  Felix, can be told. The players were Mr. Peanut Simoneaux, Junior Vaughn, (Mr. Felix's Brother in Law) and Leroy Vaughn.




To_By's Point & Turtle  Stew

I have always  wanted to know how the first big curve in little Bayou Pigeon gots it's name.  I never did  reach a consensus  with anyone.  Mr. Felix said it was referred as To_by's (2 B) Point by his father when he was growing up. Never really found an answer to that question.


But, I did find out  was another of Mr. Felix's great stories. 

To_By's  Point, was mostly know for Turtles,  that is among the local Bayou Pigeon folks.  How was that?  Turtles  make their nest and lay their eggs in the spring time, the high water time of the year in the Atchafalaya Basin/ Floodway. To_By's is a alluvial high ridge on Little Bayou Pigeon.

Mr. Felix  related, back in the day, he and his father would head out to fish their trot lines. At that right time of the year  you could always count on finding a turtle building their nest and laying eggs,  It was said  fishermen  stopped on the way out and in and always got a turtle, both going  and coming at To_By's Point.  Mostly “mobelians”, the kind that crawl on logs to sun themselves.  

So, to check out Mr. Felix's  story, I stopped by 2b's point one day...sure  enough there was old turtle shell...




Mr. Felix and 2B's Point turtle 2016

I never doubted him...

Gratitude is very under valued in today’s world, and it is one flaw I try to avoid. 

He bought my crawfish a couple of years (first time in 1973 that's how long I have known him)   when I did some crawfishing commercially, when no one  else would.

Most Important, I would really be  remiss if I did not my acknowledge  the  significant contribution Mr. Felix Berthelot  made to our book Bayou Pigeon, LA. Spirit of the  Atchafalaya. 

We owe him, the community  owes him a huge debt of gratitude for his contribution, telling and thus preserving the Heritage of Bayou Pigeon. 

R.I.P.  - Mr. Felix, you will certainly never be forgotten or gone... just not in our sight...Gods  speed...

In the Spirit of Bayou Pigeon

ton ami... Chachie






Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Islenos of Bayou Pigeon


Isleños is the Spanish word meaning "Islander."


 The term "Isleños", refers to people of Canary Island  descent that settled in South Louisiana. 


 

 

  
This  blog posting  is the result of being invited to speak at the May meeting of the ‘Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana. 

In preparing for this  presentation , I purchased a  copy of a newly released book, ‘The  Isleños of Pierre Part’, by Chad  Leblanc.
 

I knew a little of the history of the Isleños  in  the Bayou Lafourche  corridor.  Since most of the people of Bayou Pigeon hail  from Pierre Part, I was  looking  for Isleños connections  to Bayou Pigeon so as to make a  better connection to my  next audience.

 

  

Lo and behold, did I find  connections…not the least of which, connections  to my wife of 50 years, Diane Solar.  I knew instantly that this would be a very interesting topic  for this blog.

Executive  Summary of History of Los Isleños ( Canary Islanders)


The Isleños hailed from the Canary Islands, an archipelago south of Spain. At the time of the American Revolution, when Spain held dominion over Louisiana, she developed a major plan to populate the new province.

After Spain acquired Louisiana in 1762, it recognized the need to populate the territory. It looked to the Canary Islands for 700 recruits.  It tried to get married recruits so that they could not only defend the area, but also populate it.  The recruits were required to be from 17 to 36 years old, healthy, without vices, and at least 5' 1/2" tall.  Butchers, gypsies, mulattoes, and executioners were not permitted to sign up.  Though it wasn't in a written agreement, they understand that they were going to stay in Louisiana permanently.  The recruits were to receive 45 reales upon signing up and 45 more upon arrival in New Orleans.  They also got 1/2 peso a day while waiting to leave.  People were also paid for finding these recruits; in fact, they were paid according to the height of the recruits.  The payment was: 15 reales if at least 5' 1/2", 30 reales if at least 5' 2", and 45 reales if at least 5' 3

Five of the islands sent recruits to Louisiana: Tenerife (about 45%), Gran Canaria (almost 40%), Gomera, La Palma, and Lanzarote. The 700 recruits brought their families, bringing the total number of immigrants to 2,373.  The following ships brought the Islenos to Louisiana;

Santisimo Sacramento - 264 passengers - departed July 10, 1778

La Victoria - 292 passengers - departed October 22, 1778
San Ignacio de Loyola - 423 passengers - departed October 29, 1778

San Juan Nepomuceno - 202 passengers - departed December 9, 1778

Santa Faz - 406 passengers - departed February 17, 1779
El Sagrado Corazon de Jesus - 423 passengers - June 5, 1779

Spain ensured the Canary Islanders, a safe passage across the Atlantic. In Louisiana, they would receive land, farm tools, a house, and a monthly stipend and that Spain's Louisiana Governor Bernardo de Galvez would determine a suitable location for their settlement.
Govenor Galvez planned there settlement strategically:

 

He positioned the newcomers at four strategic sites surrounding the port of New Orleans to defend Spain's Gulf trade routes from the English. Moving counter-clockwise around the city, the villages were Galveztown ( Amite) , Valenzuela (Donaldsonville), Barataria , and St. Bernard Village.

Galvez, intended for the Canary islanders to sustain themselves as small farmers.

Valenzuela location:

The location of Valenzuela  would play a crucial role in the destiny  of settlement.



The first  Acadians  had arrived in  South Louisiana in 1764 and people  well know the  story of the  Acadians. The  Acadians  were themselves small farmers, ‘Petite  Habitants’ in Cajun french. 

A Lieut. St. Maxent was appointed as commandant of Valenzuela and went there early to prepare for the arrival of the first Islenos in March of 1779.  There were already  significant number of Acadians in the Lafourche area, living  around Valenzuela, you have to question  that maybe this  was done on purpose.

A man named  Judice, was the commandant of the Acadians, he owned the land at the SW corner of the juncture of Bayou Lafourche and the Mississippi River.  This caused a bit of conflict, because Maxent was military commander of Valenzuela, but Judice was actually in charge over civil matters. 

 St. Maxent brought the first settlers a few miles down the bayou  away  from Commandant Judice.  He settled them on the left bank.  More of the recruits and their families arrived later.  Ten houses had been build by May.  Their houses were about 15' x 30' with 2 doors, 3 windows. and a chimney. A census in 1784 found 174 people at Valenzuela, 154 of which were Islenos. 

A large group of  Acadian immigrants arrived on the seven ships in 1785, at that time the population of the Lafourche Interior was about 353.   When the  over 800 new Acadians arrived  in the  area, they  spread out.  The  Acadians  became  the  largest and most dominate group of immigrants on the  west  side of the Mississippi river.

Coalescence of  Acadians  and Isleños:


In addition  to both being set up to be  small farmers, the Islenos and the Acadians were Catholic  these two things easily facilitated  intermarriage . Church  and  Civil records  document  that coalescence  started  almost immediately. The Canary Islanders  were quickly  blended  into the  Acadian population. The French / Acadian language  and culture became  the  dominate culture / language of the area versus the  Spanish influence. 

By the mid  1800's  the St. Bernard Village as the single Spanish Canary Island settlement in Louisiana that retained the Spanish language and in which the Spanish Canary Island culture dominated.

It is recognized by Louisiana history experts  and known by many Louisianans that  the terms  Acadian and  Cajun are used interchangeable today., However they are not the  same people . Officially the  Acadians are the people  who lived in the French  colony of  Acadia in Nova  Scotia.  The  early  Acadians   that made it to Louisiana called themselves ‘Les Cadiens” . The English  speakers  in the area could not pronounce ‘les cadiens’ the word  was   quickly anglicized to ca_jun. 

With  so many more Acadians in the area, the Canary  Islanders were quickly integrated and their  culture was overwhelmed by the ‘Les Cadiens'. The French  language became the  dominant  language of  the intermingled marriages.

That is why , today many family sur names  associated with Cajuns are not  of French origin but have incorporated through intermarriage.  For example in the case of Bayou Pigeon, surnames, like  Solar, Perera, and Rivero were Spanish  Canary Islanders.  There are many other examples as  well.

How did the  Cajuns end up in the Pierre Part – Lake Verrett area.

As the plantation economy came into its own after the  Louisiana  Purchase in 1803 and  Louisiana  Statehood in 1812.  Anglo  American planters began to purchase the Mississippi river and Bayou Lafourche front age property from the small farmers.  The Acadian /Canary islanders  being  “les petits habitants  ( French  for small Farmer) were displaced by the growing Mississippi River plantation system.  The English speakers wanted the lands they had  cleared, the ‘ Brulies’ for larger plantations.  New American planters immigrating to the area had the cash to buy the land from the poor farmers. There was not much resistance as both groups disliked the English speaking Americans, they did not trust the new government . In addition  they struggled to maintain levees which were required by law, they hated debt and  thus sold their land to get out of it.
Pitot, James (Pacques-François), Spanish cabildo ward commissioner of New Orleans; 1802 -1804. wrote a critique of Spanish rule of Louisiana colony for the French, Pitot
wrote… With the growth of Assumption Parish, the "les petit habitants withdrew into the further reaches of the swamps


This movement followed two migratory patterns;

The Cajuns journey to Pierre Part - Lake Verett

 

 My spouse, Diane Solar,  her Patriarchal History;


 Excerpts from Chad Leblanc book , 'Islenos of Pierre Part
 
 



 

The  excerpt  above list Adrian Solar and  his spouse Marie Daigle begetting a  son,  Casmir Solar,  who was my spouses  Grandfather,  That she never knew, he died before she was born..


The 1860 census of Assumption Parish listed the Solar and Perera families, in the area of Brule St. Vincent, Ward 9, p. 87

The 1910 US census list both Adrian  Solar  and his  son, Casmire living at Lake Verrett.

They are considered natives  of  Assumption Parish , born  and  lived on  the  shore of Lake Verrett, just  south of  Pierre Part bay. Casmire married  Luce  Landry of Pierre Part, LA. 

 

 Casmire  moved his family from Lake Verrett to heart of the  Atchafalaya  Basin, in 1929 or 1930.  The great depression  had increased competition  for fertile fishing grounds close to Pierre Part.  Casmire  went to the center of the basin, Catfish Bayou at Grand Lake chasing better Fishing grounds.  He stayed there for 3 years, living in  a shanty on the bayou bank.  They left after the death of one of Casmire's  3 sons. They packed up and moved to the hamlet ‘Indigo Bayou’ at Bayou Pigeon, LA. His  occupation at Bayou Pigeon was  fisherman / moss picker. He lived the rest of his life on Indigo Bayou.  His family still lives  at Bayou Pigeon.  

 

 Homestead of  Solar  family and Joseph Daigle, at Indigo Bayou area of  Bayou Pigeon, LA.  Sketch  c 1954, by  Hugh Brown, Williams Inc.

 
Casmire  Solar daughters  and grandchildren, Bayou pigeon c 1950's
Melvina Solar Daigle,  Marie Solar Berthelot, Annie  Solar  Daigle Wilton Leonard, Norris  Berthelot , Beatrice Berthelot, Pasty  Landry, Diane  Solar

 
Second  son of Casmir, Laury  Solar married  Beulah Guadet, daughter of  Wallace Guadet & Celestine Hebert, their  first home was a houseboat located in Houseboat  Alley at Bayou Pigeon, next to the Gaudet  Bar room, Dancehall, Grocery store c 1949


 Huey Perera


The Perera   family history  is unique, all Perera’s  can be traced back to single family . In this case Andres Pereas  and his wife Maria Catrina del rosario Perez, from Tenerife, Canary Islands and arrived in New Orleans January  1779. They were  settled at Valenzuela.

Huey Perera,  lived the first part of his life with one foot on a boat and one foot in the water.  His early life was on a camp boat  in the Little Bayou Pigeon/Keel Boat pass  area of Grand Lake with his father, Aldoras Perera  and brothers & sisters.  His mother died when he was 5 years old in 1943.

Aldoras Perera  made a living  by hook and line fishing from their camp boat in the swamp. To keep  the big Cat’s from twisting themselves off a trot line, requires  a metal swivel  from  the staging to the main line… Back in the day, when fishermen were to poor  to buy factory made  swivels, they had to improvise and  adapt, Huey’s family did just and made their own trot line  swivels. They had to make their own  special tool to make them.  

It was in the early 1950’s  that Huey and his father and brother and  abandoned the swamp  moved  their Camp boat  permanently to Bayou Pigeon, one  of the last families to abandon to of the Swamp. Huey married  Annie Michel and he has raised his family at Bayou Pigeon, where is still a a resident  and is known as D.I.Y  expert.

In Chapter 16 of the Bayou  Pigeon book, page 358 we have a  chapter on Commercial fishing and we discuss Hook and Line (trot line) fishing.   Where as we describe  that in the 1930’s and  40’s  most of  commercial fishermen at Bayou Pigeon  started as a hook and line fisherman  and then most  moved up to Hoop Net fishing.

 

Big catfish  are known  for twisting themselves off  a trot line staging.  Thus  to put more fish in the boat, required the use of a swivel. on your trot line.  Most fishermen of the 1930’s and 40’s did not have the money nor could they find a manufactured swivel.

 

 Atchafalaya swamper's they adapt, improvise as needed, the fishermen adapted and made their own swivels


  

To make that swivel by requires a special pliers.  Huey and his father modified  electrician pliers to form hold  and form wire and nail.
 
Huey please place those special pliers in the  Atchafalaya  Museum in Plaquemine.


Ms. Pauline Rivere Hebert ; 


 

 Ms. Pauline would place her hands the person she was treating  and say a special prayer that was on to her by previous  generations.

 Ms.  Pauline  was a Traituese who treated  for several  different ailments  at Bayou Pigeon.  A common one  was earaches in children. She Hails  from Pierre Part and married  Alden Hebert of  Bayou Pigeon.

The Rivere family name  traces back to Bernado Antonio Rivero and his  wife Maria Antonio De Ort  who arrived on board the ship La Santa Faz. Bernado died  in 1803 and is buried in Platteville, La. 

By second  or third generation, the common  spelling the of family name was changed from Rivero to Rivere.


 

 

Mr. Brownell  Alleman



 

Mr. Brownell Alleman,  born in Pierre Part, and raised in Bayou Pigeon. He married Gursie Berthelot of Bayou Pigeon, LA. and lived at Indigo Bayou  next to  Solars , Daigle's.

He  was Veteran,  and  sometimes a Deputy Sheriff in a pinch, ( ie., he was a big strong guy) Deputy  Sheriff Adoph Berthelot deputized him as needed to help contain / deal with bar room fights…aka Indigo Inn Era…

The Alleman family name  traces back to two familial lines, Francisco Alleman  and a Juan  Antonio  Alleman… of Pierre Part…both Alleman’s  had  large families  and many descendants  in Pierre Part.

In Closing

I hope this posting encourages readers  to check out Isleños of  Pierre Part by Chad  Leblanc, ISBN 9781981257058.   

I know my wife's family really had no idea of the extent of their Spanish Heritage. I had always wondered, Solar is not a French Sounding name and  why they were the only Solar's at Bayou Pigeon?  Now we  know the rest of the story! 

Bayou Pigeon it turns out is more diverse than we thought.  Acadians , Isleños, Americans and blended into Cajuns !

When you understand  your heritage, you value it, when you value it, you care  for it, when you care for it you appreciate it... thus it is noble / honorable thing to value your ancestry... Know your Heritage ... enjoy...