By: CLAUDETTE OLIVIER
This week, we take a look back at November 1952.
•Fourteen teams competed in the Ville Platte High School invitational basketball tournament. Professor J.D. Lafleur presented Janice Wade of Ville Platte High School with the Oustanding Player of the Day award.
• Jospheh Riel, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at SLI was the guest speaker at the annual Knights of Columbs party.
• Rural delivery route six for the Ville Platte area was to be established Jan. 1, 1953. There were 3,500 families receiving their mail through the rural delivery service from the Ville Platte Post Office.
• Ville Platte High School staff and teachers attended the Louisiana Teacher’s Convention. The who attended were: J.D. Lafleur, principal, C.A. Soileau, assistant principal, Mrs. J.D. Lafleur, Maxie Guidry, Yves Soileau, William Parker, Marylyn Pucheu, Mrs. Thelma Pucheu, Kathleen Eastin and Mrs. Dallas Deville.
• Mesdames John Landreneau, Plenny Blanchard, Elsom Vidrine and H.B. Fontenot organized a sewing circle in Mamou.
• Coach John George of Mamou was training several youngsters to box against the Yellow Jackets of New Iberia. The boxers included Francis Dugas, Terrone Guillory, Dale Haufpower, Donald Reed, Carl Guillory, John Manford Fontenot, Davis Vidrine, Larry Hollier, Harvey Rougeau, Floyd Lafleur and Alton Smith.
• James E. Richard, son of Mrs. Hazel Richard of Ville Platte, completed his Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
• Lincoln Charles Vidrine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fannie Lee Vidrine of Ville Platte, completed his Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
• Pershing Deville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Deville of Ville Platte was serving aboard the aircraft repair ship U.S.S. Chourre in the Japan-Korea area.
• Della Fontenot, daughter of Mrs. Ivy Fontenot of Ville Platte, was engaged to marry Velton Daigle of Mississippi.
• G. Hunter Persac, local Proctor and Gamble representative, introduced Cheer laundry detergent and distributed free samples.