On Saturday, June 12, 2004, Michael
"Mitch" Conover, the Trahan Genealogist and myself, yours truly,
webmaster for the Trahan Family Association, an association with
international membership, were honored to be invited to speak at the
annual stockholders meeting of the Pierre Trahan Family Corporation
in Lake Arthur, Louisiana.
treat it was to mingle, chat, and enjoy the company of such
hospitable people. Of course what else would you expect from a
Trahan Family. They enjoyed their kith and kin, aunts, uncles,
cousins, brothers and sisters, all descendants of Pierre Trahan and
his first wife, Merelia (Emerilla) Simon, and his second wife,
This group of "Acadians" are all
descendants of the two ancestors named above, and have formed a
corporation to enjoy the assets of their progenitor, all shared in a
very cordial manner. Pierre moved to the area in some years ago and
acquired a vast amount of land, farmed, raised cattle, hunted,
fished and enjoyed good family life, which he imparted to his
descendants. So once a year the family gets together to attend to
the business of the corporation, all run in the same manner as any
other corporation and the family’s tradition – officers, board of
directors and voting membership.
But of course whenever you get such a
group, slightly over 200, together, you will always have a good
feast, good jokes, friendly camaraderie, and last but not least, a
Cajun Band to liven up the event. That day was no different – a
delicious Bar-B-Q with all the trimmings and side dishes including
many delicious, though very heavy on the calories, deserts.
Our mission there was to acquaint the
family members present with the existence of the Trahan Family
Association, our missions, namely the erection of a monument in Nova
Scotia, during the upcoming Congres Mondial 2004, to our mutual
ancestor Guillaume Trahan. The second Trahan mission explained is
the work toward ensuring the continuance of the Acadian Culture in
our region by donating French books and teaching material to schools
involved in the French Immersion Program, as well as to parochial
schools that teach French. The attendees were very generous and
several jointed the Association with the proceeds going to the
monument, and we thank them profusely.
While yours truly was mingling with the
crowd, Mitch was busy on his computer entering data gathered from
those in attendance. Genealogy is always a hot topic at any family
gathering, and this was no exception. Mitch spent the better part of
two days editing and entering the data gathered. Although the
Association has data on most of the "Old Folks" and some "Not so Old
Folks," it is quite a task to gather data on the younger
generations, and as evidenced by the following pictures, many "Young
Folks" were at the meeting. This group of Trahan’s have to be
commended in bringing their teen-agers, young adults, and even
toddlers to family functions. What a fantastic way to keep and teach
This family has published an excellent
cookbook with memories and recollections of the family members of
living on the farm in the area. The contents were all contributed by
the family members and is a worthwhile addition to any collector of
cookbooks. Ordering information is summed at the end of this web
Our heartiest thanks to our hosts for
the days’ events, Mr. Louis Trahan, Jr. and his lovely wife, Wilda,
Other pictures of the event:
Everybody pitches in to help serve the many
Cousins Tyler Trahan and Natalie take time off
from their work at the registration
table for a hearty meal.
As reported, some came from far and near.
Here Melba Lee Vaughn, a very young 94
enjoys the meal accompanied by her son Thomas Vaughn, both from
Marie Trahan and Lenora Menard from the Louis
Trahan Jr. branch of the Family
prepare to serve the many deserts brought by the members.
Lines formed early for the good eats.
A panorama of Trahan Descendants of all ages
enjoying the meal.
After a good meal, many interesting conversations
with family members.
Of course you cannot have a family outing without