Recollections
February 1
3, 2009

By Roger Emile Stouff

Remember…

The Greyhound Bus station?

The Ma Bell office on Third Street?

A&P?

Richard’s IGA?

Lombardo’s?

Shop-Rite, Willow St.?

Gus’s?

Ledet’s?

Collections?

Panache?

Jan’s Florist?

St. Mary Florist?

Blevins Ford-Mercury?

St. Mary Pharmacy?

Commercial Bank?

St. Mary Bank?

The TCA Cable office?

The various natural gas offices?

Giggles & Bows?

St. Mary Hardware?

Benny’s TV?

Radio Shack?

KFRA/KFMV?

Columbia Store restaurant?

Scelfo & Sons?

Friedman’s?

Diana Shops?

Louis Wormser?

Graffeo’s Bakery?

Tastee Freeze?

Himel Marine?

Jaycees?

Optimists? (Definite irony there.)

B.P.O.E.?

Clemtronics?

Braud’s Video?

Deslatte’s Lumber?

White’s Auto?

A dozen different gas and service stations.

Franklin Distributors?

City Video?

The Copa?

Cedar’s?

Cousin’s?

Dudley’s?

(yeah, but they all had their place)

The bowling alley?

The railroad depot on Willow Street at the track?

Bayou Sale Contractors?

St. Mary Ironworks?

The Shamrock station in the front of the A&P parking lot? (Valero, now, over by the Big Blue Box)

Aprill’s Pharmacy?

The Office of Motor Vehicles in the Courthouse?

A county agent just for St. Mary Parish in the Courthouse?

Jeesh, what have I forgotten? It’s hard joggin’ the old noggin’ these days…

Silverman’s?

Kuhlman-Becnel?

St. Mary Printers?

The gorgeous, big building on Willow Street with the steps and huge columns that had a Post Office in it?

Christmas Tour of Homes?

St. Mary Arts Festival?

Bucktown?

Barbue Festival (except the last few years)

Alligator Festival?

Franklin Stationers?

Frere’s Drug Store?

Dumesnil Grocery?

Give me a minute. I’m not as…uhm…dry behind the ears as some of you folks, help me out here…

Franklin Animal Clinic (I think was the name, Dr. Mouliere, anyway) ?

Richard’s (a fabric store)?

Teche Ridge?

The Lamp Post?

Hain’s Jeweler’s?

Khinel’s Sheet Metal?

Commercial Hotel?

Autin’s?

Broiler Burger?

LaGrange Furniture?

Barrilleaux’s Grocery?

Charlie’s?

The electrical plant on Third Street?

The Teche Breeze?

My brain’s starting to seize up like a ’66 Ford 289 cubic-incher that’s run out of oil!

Oh, like I said, you could probably remember many, many more. Don’t come fussing because I left somebody out. I’m getting old.

Guillotte’s Furniture?

Jerry’s Men’s Wear??

Music Plus?

Sue’s Hallmark?

The Little Shoppe?

All right, that’s good.

So…do you?

I’m not bemoaning the past. I’m fretting over the future. Doesn’t matter whose feathers get ruffled. We need to take measure of what we’ve lost over the past two decades, where we stand today, how we got here, and where we’re going.

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein.