Evergreen - Memories Letters
PATSY ROY MORAS 2007
MEMORIES OF EVERGREEN, LOUISIANA
I have very fond memories of this quaint little town during my elementary school days. I remember riding Mr. Bud Dufour’s bus. There was Mrs. Celestine Descant’s house on the right and Mr. Clay Wright and Mrs. Margie’s house on the left. Mrs. Descant and her whole family were close friends of my mother’s. “Tant Chen”, as we called Mrs. Descant, made the best homemade bread. She loved to treat us with her bread and fresh coffee in the afternoons. Riding the bus, I thought many times how I would like to live in this little town. There were so many fine people living here; the Descants which were a large family, the Wrights, the Heimans, the Carmouches, the Lenas, the Pearces, the Terrys, the Riche’s, the Tassins, the Gallands, to name a few of the families I know.
In the fall of 1953, I began first grade at Evergreen High School with Mr. A. J. Smith as principal. The school was a two story building with high ceilings and wooden floors. We had no air conditioners but there were large windows where the teacher could pull down the top windows and raise the bottom window up. We had good ventilation. We talk about this quite a bit now because children complain today and they have air conditioned rooms. Mr. Holston was the janitor. During the winter he went early in the morning to get the boiler system started so we could have steam to warm the rooms.
Mrs. Barbara Wright was my first grade teacher. Our class was the first class she taught. She was so energetic. I can see her smile and her sparkling eyes. Mrs. Barbara taught baton after school. We participated in the parish fair parades and the local Christmas parades. Our uniform consisted of a green vest and shorts with a white shirt and white majorette boots. In May, Mrs. Wright always gave an end of the school year party at her lovely home. The long drive would be decorated with balloons and we had plenty of food. Billie, Burns, and Virginia would invite all their friends and classmates.
Miss Lena Haydel was my second grade teacher. She was very helpful with making us pronounce our letters correctly.
Miss Sue Goudeau taught us the multiplication tables in the third grade.
During the fourth grade, Mrs. Oma Tassin had to put up with us bad girls. For some reason, the girls had two groups and we would get in trouble at recess. Many times we had to stay in and write lines.
Miss Betty Ducote, now Mrs. Betty Coco, was our fifth grade teacher. I remember having to memorize all the state capitols.
The class started misbehaving again in the sixth grade. Miss Beatrice Scarbrough was our teacher. The boys played jokes on Miss Scarbrough and the girls would notice the boys. We had boys on our minds.
Mr. John Johnson, in the seventh grade, made us memorize poems and write lines for punishment.
Mr. Nelson Tassin was my eighth grade teacher. He kept our minds on our work with his yardstick. When he was teaching or during a test, he would walk down the aisles pushing his yardstick ahead of him. If we were not paying attention, he would slap our desk with the yardstick. Before our 8th grade graduation, we took a trip to Baton Rouge to the Old State Capitol and the present one.
The above are really good memories of my teachers. These teachers were superb. They really cared for us and wanted us to succeed in life. It has always been a great feeling to see them after I finished eighth grade in Evergreen and then went on to Bunkie High.
I think I was in the fifth grade when the school burned. We, the students, were very upset. I remember taking a picture of the burned school. The only thing left standing was the front steps. The students were placed in the gym, the church education buildings and every place where classes could be held. Everyone in the community helped.
We completed our year in the Bayou Rouge Baptist Church education building. It was decided that Evergreen would have only an elementary school. The new school was built and I think Mr. Marvin Tanner became principal.
In 1980 - 1986, I worked as a Teachers Aide at Evergreen Elementary School. Mr. Keith Morrow was the principal. The school had changed, but it was still a good community school. The old high school gym is still being used by a local business.
My family has a long history with the Evergreen schools. My father, Elie Roy, my mother, Victoria Lacombe Roy, myself, Patsy Roy Moras, my sons, Ralph Moras, Jr., and Rodney Moras have all attended Evergreen High School or Evergreen Elementary School.