"Dreams of A Veteran"
"Legacy of the Boudreaux and Gary Hardware Store"
Spirit of Erath Centennial Series
World War II came to a close in 1945, many families mourned the loss of
veterans. While some were laid to rest, many soldiers returned home to face
uncertain futures. The majority of them returned home, different men. For some,
surviving the war brought a new sense of hope and renewal, which helped them
face his future head on. Erath soldier, Dewey Boudreaux Sr. returned with a
dream in his heart and hopes of a bright future.
Just before the turn of the
century, Arthur Derouen, a brother to Dr. Joe Kibbe's wife Pauline, opened a dry
goods store. Later, Adolph Derouen, (Pauline Derouen Kibbe's younger brother)
and his son Conrad Derouen Sr., purchased land from Patrick O'Toole. (0' Toole
was one of Erath's original land owners). In 1912, the Derouen's built a general
merchandise store on West Lastie Street.
Spirit of Erath Articles (Keys to the Past Series)
Written by Stacy Bodin, Erath's 100th Anniversary Erath Centennial Historian (1999)
A Special Thank You
goes out to Attorney Warren Perrin;
the Acadian Museum in Erath;
Curney Dronet, (Erath Author);
the Abbeville Meridional (Local Newspaper);
(The late) Clement Bourgeois Jr., (Erath Historian);
John LeBlanc (Town Official);
The 1999 Centennial President Jackie Vincent;
Robert Vincent (Acadiana Museum Director);
and my parents Larson "Cap" and Gertie Hebert Bodin
who assisted me in my research in this project.
The articles presented in memory of
Relie LeBlanc III
whose enthusiasm and love of Erath
inspires me still today in my quest of
researching and writing about our community.
His "Unity in the Community" motto
will forever remain in my heart.
Photo of LeBlanc is
Courtesy of Dickie Durr's Thrifty Way of Abbeville
Questions or comments?
Email Stacy Bodin