|Who was Mr. Lousay Aubé ?||Interview of Mr. Aubé the traiteur|
When you hear the name Lousay Aube, people from throughout Vermilion Parish smile and nod their heads. He was many different things to many different people. No matter whether you knew him as a teacher for 32 years, a substitute teacher for 24 years, a square dancer, a veteran of WWII, a traiteur, a 4-H leader, a lover of Mardi-Gras and Chick-a-la-pie, or just a great story teller, you knew that you would be greeted with a warm handshake and a big smile.
Mr. Aube was born on January 4, 1922. He went to Meaux High School graduating in 1937 as class Valedictorian and class President. From there, he went on to college at SLI (which is now ULL). Mr. Aube says that he always knew that he wanted to become a teacher.
From 1942 to 1945, Mr. Aube volunteered for the US Army where he was part of the 4th Division participating in the Normandy Invasion and landed on Utah Beach. It was his fluency in French that helped him overseas. He was often called to communicate with the locals for finding food and shelter.
Upon his return from overseas, Mr. Aube completed his college degree, and began his teaching career at Kaplan High School in 1947. He taught Louisiana History, World History, American History and Geography. He was head of the Social Studies Department at Kaplan High School. He received his Master’s Degree from LSU in Baton Rouge, by commuting to Baton Rouge each summer.
4-H was one of Mr. Aube’s passions. He was an active member throughout high school and immediately became an active 4-H leader at Kaplan High until his retirement in 1980.
Lousay Aube was proud to be an American. He firmly believed in our country and what it stands for, after all, he was a veteran. Many of his students knew that they could distract him from “teaching” by asking him a question about the war. He would close his textbook and begin to tell stories about what he had experienced overseas. Those students thought they had gotten out of a “lesson”, but what they received was much more than a textbook lesson, it was history from the mouth of one that had actually lived it. As a member of the American Legion, Mr. Aube persuaded many of his students to participate in many speech contests on Americanism. His students won numerous awards at the local and state level.
Mardi-Gras had a special place in Mr. Aube’s life. He and his wife joined the Chic-A-La-Pie Krewe in 1987. He and Mrs. Betty participated in many balls, parades and the royal courts up to Mardi-Gras 2004. He was 2nd Duke in 1993 and crowned King Gumbo 42 in 1997. He never missed a Mardi-Gras parade and no matter how outrageous his costume was, the crowd could always be heard shouting “Throw me something, Mr. Aube”. He loved Mardi-Gras!
A person who heals through prayer is called a “Traiteur.” This practice was always something that Lousay was interested in, but kept close to his heart for a very long time. Oddly enough, he received his first two treatments form a high school senior.
He practiced his gift with these two treatments for many years without much notice from the public. He received several more treatments from Mrs. Renee Adams (French teacher from Kaplan High) who had acquired many of them written in French. She didn’t learn them, only had them in her possession. With these treatments, Mr. Lousay widened his field and began to treat more aliments and became more popular. Mrs. Roddy (92 years of age) wanted to retire from treating and taught him a universal treatment that was good for “anything and everything.” It was around this time that this healing custom became revitalized and Mr. Aube became a valued Traiteur. His popularity rose and he started speaking to local sorority groups, business meetings in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. He was invited to speak at the La. Retired Teachers Convention in Lafayette, some classes at USL and LSUE. Mr. Aube was highlighted for his talents for a documentary for LPB, spoke at the Jazz Festival in New Orleans as well as many touring groups in Lafayette, Rayne, Crowley, etc.
Lousay Aube was many different things to many different people, but his heart belonged to the youth of our community. He was the substitute teacher that everyone looked foreword to having. Mr. Aube died on November 2, 2004. He is no longer physically with us, but his presence will not be forgotten by anyone who had the privilege of knowing him, any time soon.