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FAMILLE TRAHAN
By Mitch Conover, Editor

Une Famille, Beaucoup Nom             Vol. 5, No. 3
October , 2003
 

Trahan Family sets 18 October 2003  for Family Gathering.

 

Ray’s corner

To members of the “Famille Trahan Association”, cousins and friends: Our next meeting will be Saturday the 18th of October at the usual place, the Woodmen of the World Hall in Maurice, Louisiana. The Hall is located off of Hwy 92, ˝ mile west of traffic light in Maurice. The meeting is scheduled to be from 09:30am till 1:00pm; however, we will take care of business early so food can be served and that the football fans will be able to get home in time to watch their favorite teams play.


It is a tradition that when Acadians meet there is always some food to be had. Our main dish at this meeting will be brisket. There will be side dishes, water, and punch, and those of you that would like, may bring dessert. I would add, that you are always welcome to bring your favorite beverage. The cost of this meal will be $5 per person.  For this meeting we will have a representative from Vermilion Tours to brief on the proposed trips to Nova Scotia in 2004, and they will answer any and all of your questions. While we realize that not everyone planning on attending will be able to write, e-mail, or call, we ask those that can to RSVP to Loubert (893-2084) or Mitch Conover (989-0319) or e-mail lgtrahan@cox-internet.com, or Ray Trahan at beaufile@bellsouth.net , or Mitch at whiskey6@earthlink.net.


In August Brenda and I spent a few days in Nova Scotia and participated in the grand opening of the new Interpretive Center at Grand Pre. It is very impressive and should be on your “must do” list when you go in 2004. We also visited the site of the Deportation Cross and I must tell that the gentleman who owns the property where the cross is located is fixing a road so people can see the cross from up close when they visit the site. There is still a lot of planning and obstacles to overcome since the cross is located on private property or possibly on railroad property. The latest news is that people will be transported to the site of the cross for a slight fee. As we learn more, I will pass it on to you.


Naturally we could not go to Nova Scotia and not visit with our cousins. The Trahan Association there is still working on our reunion, scheduled for August 6, 7, and 8th of 2004. They currently have 32 paid members and are looking for more. You do not have to be a paid member to attend the reunion; however, they would like to get a reasonable head count so they may prepare accordingly. You may let them know directly, or tell us and we can relay the information to them.


Eric and Fred Trahan took us to visit the site where we will erect a stone monument/marker to honor our ancestors and to list our reunion in August of 2004; the site of this marker/monument, is an area once occupied by those ancestors, in an old Acadian Cemetery site dating pre 1755, near Falmouth, Nova Scotia. It is believed to contain the remains of some of those Trahan Ancestors. The Cemetery is being preserved by The Committee for the Preservation of Sainte-Famille Cemetery. We will discuss this project at our meeting, and I will ask for your support in helping our Nova Scotia cousins make this project a reality. Brenda and I look forward to seeing you all on the 18th
by:  Ernest Ray Trahan, President, Trahan Family Assoc.

 

Bits and pieces

By Loubert Trahan

FRENCH COOKING IN EARLY AMERICA

First came the fishermen, then the whalers, then the fur traders, and then the settlers. This incomparable land did yield to newcomers its bounty -- and also wars, famine, expulsion from homes, sickness, and disease. As in any chivalrous adventure, there was triumph and tragedy. The French influence is still strong in select areas of North America: significant portions of Canada retain a strong French character, and southern Louisiana proudly demonstrates its delicious triple dose of Frenchness.

Needless to say, when French people ventured to the New World the challenge of survival, exploration, and relocation usually necessitated a simpler style of cooking and dining than that of the Old World. Sugared tarts, for example, did not likely find their way onto the dinner menu of rugged voyageurs. Soups, stews, hash, and perhaps bread were the order of the day among the earliest explorers and immigrants. A large pot was the only cooking utensil needed for these one-dish meals. The cook with his or her knife, a big kettle, and a spoon could feed a ravenous group of trappers or a hungry family. As the wilderness was tamed, the more complex food preparation techniques of the French homeland reemerged, and cooks had time, equipment, and ingredients adequate for the creation of food which would be considered "French-style" -- that is to say, a cuisine characterized by a skillful and artistic use of sauces; the liberal use of wine and herbs; and an expertise in confectionary and pastry making. 

     A recipe for Authentic Voyageur Stew, demonstrates that arriving Frenchmen in the New World did not often have the opportunity to prepare a stew which could be described as subtle in nuances of flavor. An early recipe for a typical New World stew, this fur trader (or voyageur) meal was eaten in the Old Northwest (what we now call the Upper Midwest, around the Great Lakes), The recipe for Commemorative Voyageur Rendezvous Stew, reflects the fact that as soon as it was feasible, onions, garlic, and seasonings were incorporated into a simple dish.

    
In order to discover how the food ways of French people influenced early American cooking it is necessary, of course, to first study briefly what sort of cuisine was typical in France in the 1500's and 1600's. [Even though French immigrants did not necessarily use the same food products when they came to the New World (often the foods of home were not to be found in colonial America), they frequently substituted similar indigenous products, and utilized the preparation techniques and style of presentation of France.] The French diet did vary, as may be expected, from region to region in France, and it was also affected by the socio­economic standing of the individual or family. However, certain foods are known to have been served, such as frumenty (milky jelly from soaked wheat berries); pancakes, capon pasties; fish-liver turnovers; venison pie with rye flour pastry; meat stew with a sharp cinnamon-flavored sauce; ox-marrow fritters; eel stew; sturgeon in aspic; fish; roast; venison; meat hash; blancmange; and comfits (aniseeds coated with sugar, for example. (Reprinted from French Cooking in Early America by Patricia B. Mitchell.)

Family merchandise available

 

Keeping in mind that our sales items make good Christmas gifts, I note that we have the following items:

New supply of Tee Shirts - usual silk screen
A few Tee Shirts with the Embroidery Crest (with collar)
Trahan Pins
Trahan Mugs
Trahan License Plates
Trahan Caps


Annual CAFA Meeting set for November 15, 2003

 

The Annual CAFA Meeting will be held on November 15, 2003 at the Woodmen of the World Hall in Maurice, Louisiana. Following the business portion of the meeting a meal will be served. The Board of Governors of CAFA have invited 6 travel agencies to attend and be available to brief and answer questions for those interested in attending the Congres Mondial 2004 in Nova Scotia.


Additionally, CAFA will present the inaugural “Award of Merit”. This award is to honor that individual whom has best demonstrated those qualities we look for in preservation of Acadian Heritage, Culture, History, and Language.

 

Reflections of Bi-Centennial Reunion

 

The Bi-Centennial Reunion, sponsored by CAFA, and assisted by various family associations, including our “Famille Trahan”, was a huge success. The spirit of cooperation among all involved in this event was magnificent, and everyone had a great time, ate well, and danced to their hearts content.


I thank all, especially those of the “Famille Trahan”, who generously volunteered their time and resources to make this a success. I would compliment Ray Trahan and his volunteers, who prepared and served the Friday evening meal for the Special Invitation Dignitaries. At a time when more guests showed up than was expected, Ray and his group accepted the challenge, and fed all! I would laud Loubert Trahan as well, his keen insight and leadership kept all on their toes and prepared for anything that might arise. Fortunately, no major problems were encountered.


This event was responsible for several families joining our organizations, and even some renewals. All in all, an outstanding effort by all, and we thank you.

 

Acadian quilt to go on display in France


In November the Acadian Memorial will lend its Acadian Quilt for display in Nantes, France for two months. The quilt will be hand carried by a delegation from Louisiana, and this delegation will include our president, Ray Trahan and his wife Brenda Comeaux Trahan, Curator of the Acadian Museum in St Martinville, Louisiana. Ray and Brenda will be in France for a month, and while there, they will visit with Marc and Mayannick Braud of Nantes, as well as Guy and Monique Trahan of Cersay, France. We wish all a bon voyage and a safe return.

 

Family history needed

 

While many of our members assume that we already have their family history in our computers, I would say to all of you, we do not! There are many Trahan and Trahan allied families that we are missing data on. Take the time to visit with Mitch or Loubert and see if they have your data; if they do not, then help them get you line up to date. Remember, the data base is a history that will be here long after we are gone, and if properly updated, it will make research easier for those seeking help at a later time.

 

 

Mail to:
Trahan Family Association
c/o Loubert Trahan

9515 La. Hwy 92W

Maurice, La.  70555-3239

Loubert:

Please expect_____persons in our group to attend the meeting on October 18, 2003, and partake in the noon meal.

 Signed:___________________________