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Regarder en Arriere Cop57rht 1986 The Ponchatoulsles THE PONCHATOULA TIMES. NOVEMBER 20, 1986, PAGE Part Two By ROBERT TROYER By ROBERT TROYER It seemed so simple in the beginning• We were going to have a local Oktober- lest in Ponchatoula. German beer and German sausage would be served and there would be an Urn! Pah! Pah! bandi That first Oktoberfest was the start of a two year (so far) research project centering on the origins of German- speaking settlers in this region of Louisiana, and especially in the Ponchatoula area. If you look in the Ponchatoula phone book you find hundreds of German names; names like Kupper, Kuhn, Kolwe and Shaefer. Then you go to the local cemeteries and you find the grave of Anton Kupper with the inscription, "born at Achen, Germany on January 9, 1871." People came by and gave me infor- mation, for which I thank them. The Gabriel family has a German Language Prayer Book with the notation, "Eva Rosalie Fischer, born May 4, 1814, Kissingen, in the Kingdom of Bavaria" Le pote G O. Arnold. Arnold and Margaretta Lisabetcha Muller, born 15 April, 1848, Kissingen. You find the burial place of Andrew Stanga and the tombstone indicates he died in 1804 but it gives you no hint of his birthplace. But while you are standing there Francis Stanga intro- duces himself. He says Andrew Stanga came to the area from Biloxi. Biloxi is the place where many of the original Germans and Alsatians landed between 1721 and 1768. Could he have been one of those ships? Are the Kuhns in this area of German ancestry or are they Alsatians? The "Directory of Famous Men of Alsace," Volume II, describes three men named Kuhn. Joachein Kuhn was born in 1647 in Grerfswold, Alsace. He was highly educated and a scholar of Greek. Jean- Gaspard Kuhn was born in Saaebruck in 1655 and died in Strassbourg on Oct. 7, 1720. Louis Armand Kuhn died while serving Cardinal Rohan of Saverne, Alsace in 1749. Margaret Wolfe Brecher is buried in one of the local cemeteries and died on July I, 1933. Is she a descendant of the same family in Alsace that produced Pierre Wolfe, a Jesuit priest born in Molsheim in 1709 or Thomas Wolfe born in Eckobolshem who was a great scholar of the Alsatian languages? Names, I have discovered, are not as easy to put genetic tags on as I thought. Maybe it's because we Americans have a tendency to be rather colloquial in our view of geography. We tend to think of geography as being somewhat static. Afterall, the shape of the individual states of the United States have remained basically the same since the beginning and there has never been much confusion about where the boundaries of the United States are or where they were. But the boundaries in Europe have shifted like overlapping transparencies for hundreds of years and have continued to do so even in this generation. It is therefore risky to assign a nationality to a name. There is a great hero of Strassbourg. He is depicted in stone mounted on his horse, sword in hand. One of the most Baby's first two years are the most important By DR. BETTY STEWART Associate Professor LSU School of Social Work When a new baby is born, parents should prepare themselves not only for some of the most delightful moments of their lives but also for some of the most exasperating times they'll ever have. New parents will have many oppor- tunities to repeat over and over "patience, patience, patience." This need for patience is especially important In a child's first two years of li5: and once infants become toddlers parents may have moments when they wonder if they were cut out for the job. Although it may be difficult, some extra effort in the first two years of a child's life will be more than repaid later because these are the years in which ood parent-child relationships are rmly established I believe in the first year of life parents should not worry about spoiling their baby. Babies need to be held, rocked, cuddled, and hugged a lot. They should not be allowed to cry for long periods of time. Studies have shown that children who are given to a lot in the first year of life usually grow up to be the most warm and generous adults. Babies who get a lot of loving attention grow to be more alert, learn better, and are healthier. Parents who want their children to grow up to be able to solve problems and get things done can encourage this very early, between 10 and 18 months. As much as possible, children should not be kept in playpens. They should be allowed to crawl around and get into things, with mother keeping an eye on them and ready to help them solve their problems rather than solve herself. She can help her child learn how to get down off the table rather than just pick him up and put him down. New mothers should be willing to relax their standards a little and not get upset if the child messes up the house. Parents should realize that in crawling around and exploring, a child is learning a great many things about the world• For good reason toddlers are referred to as being in the "terrible two's," or as the Germans say, "the age of stubborn- ness." During this stage of development it is normal for toddlers to begin asserting their independence and sometimes "NO!" is their favorite word• Parents should avoid power struggles where they are constantly arguing with their small children• Parents, as adults, can force little children to do things but these negative situations can poison a parent-child relationship for the rest of their lives. Parents should be firm in setting limits but a good method of avoiding some problems with toddlers is to give them choices while setting limits. Give children options, such as eating their \\; Le /dndral K ldber. ( l*,/,l,,,,hl,,,, d,. Col,,,, l,h,,to S..a.E.I'.) An early Kliebert? supper with a fork or a spoon, or being ,put to bed by mommy or daddy, rather than telling them they have to eat, or they have to ]o to bed. Parents are a young, child's best teacher but they shouldn t force their children into any strict and intensive academic program. Very young children can be pushed too hard and will lose interest in learning later on. Parents should talk and read to their children, listen to music with them. and play with them as much as possible. Many mothers must work and cannot stay at home with their children. There is no evidence of any kind that a mother working is harmful to her children. Parents should, however, see to it that their children get the best day care pos- sible. Parents of small children also need to spend some time away from their children doing things they enjoy. One of the causes of child abuse of pre-school children is young mothers being cooped up in a small space with their children until the stress level gets so high they explode in anger. When I hear couples say. "We do everything with the children. We never leave them at home," 1 begin to worry about their marriage. It's not good for the children or the parents to spend all their time together. [ think being a parent is the toughest job in the world ENJOY A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON WITH anksgiwng Cash NOW AVAILABLE AT O UR O FRCE! Would EXTRA MONEY come in handy for THANKSGIVING and the buy days just ahead? If so, call on us ! Get money here for Extra ShoppinR; Extra Travel: and all the other .xtras'of this expensive season. Let us combine everything into one monthly payment for you. By combininR all your outstanding bills into one payment you often pay less than the total amount youte now paying each month. Weft be glad to explain the details. Asst. V'uce-President Consumer Loan ManaRer [onchatoula [omestead ssociation 386-3370 or 386-3379 195 N. beautiful boulevards in the city iS named appeared Georges-Daniel Arnold after him. He was a general of-great Alsatian that he wrote his poetry importance. He was an architect, a other works in the Alsatian language. scholar, an administrator. In short, he fact, he is given credit for being was the architect of the greatest city in foremost writer of popular poetic Alsace and one of the most important in the language. He was also the cities of Europe. His name is familiar to professor of civil law in Koblence and us as Kliebert, but in Alsace he was professor of history at the "Faculte' Jean-Baptiste Kleber born in Strass- LettresdeStrassbourg"in 1810 bourg and educated in Munich. According to the documents on file4 Sebastian Dupont was a famous and the University of Southeastern successful lawyer. He was official Library in Hammond, Louisiana in counselor to the King of Alsace in 1712. I, Folder 37 there is some local Eckbrect of Durcheim was a member nection between the Arnold family of a very old family of nobility. The the Friedricks. John August family was known for its kindness and was born on May 7, 1857 in fair treatment of their peasants and they according to those documents held many important positions through- married Mary Pimilia Lindsey of out the Kingdom of Alsace. ˘hatoula on August 12, 1874. On January 17, 1798 one of the Arnold born 1830 married most brilliant sculptors of Europe was Friedricks. born 1834, but the born in Ribouville. Andre' Friedrick was ments are not clear as to when the son of a sculptor and must have marriage took place or wh, learned his art well. Many of the statutes However. the information is of the Vatican were created bv him• under the geographical heading of He placed his art in Munich, Vienna, Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Dresden, Berlin, and in Strassbourg Much of the migration frorr where he died on March i I, 1877. was prompted by religious A name tna came as a surprise since and unrest. The next article will deal I would not have associated it with part with that subject. Alsace was Arnold But there in the "Directory of Famous Men of Alsace" TO BE CONTINUED 1982 DODGE RAM WAS *6495 NOW *5995 1985 $10 LONG WHEEL BASE WAS *7985 NOW *7500 "We are going to have a scandal in this state" 1985 TOYOTA TRUCK WAS *5995 NOW *5495 1983 $10 TRUCK WAS *5695 NOW '5100 1985 $10 TRUCK WAS *7495 NOW)6995 By BRYAN T. McMAHON Editor & Pubilzher 1984 TOYOTA TRUCK WAS *6485 NOW *5995 1984 ISUZU TRUCK "The state education cuts are a real problem, l have kids in school and l know. But this (the proposed state health care cut) is literally a question of life and death." The speaker was Ponchatoula's Paul Guitreau, administrator of Belle Maison Nursing Home. Guitreau is quick to point out that the proposed $81.3 million cutback in state health funds affects everyone receiving those funds, not just those receiving nursing home care• "I don't want to sound like this is only affecting us. Everyone at home de- pendent on Medicaid is affected," said Guitreau, who added these words of warning: "We are going to have a scandal in this state when people start dying. The nation will hear that Louisiana is in the WAS *5995 NOW *5395 1983 NISSAN PICK UP WAS *4995 NOW *4495 1984 $10 BLAZER WAS 9495 NOW *8800 1983 CHEVETTE WAS *4800 NOW *4300 1982 TOYOTA TERCEL WAS *32-95 NOW *2795 Middle Ages." 1983 MERCURY CAPRI Since almost every health dollar raised in Louisiana for programs such as WAS *5995 NOW *5600 Medicaid is matched by federal funds, 1986 SPECTRUM WAS *7995 NOW *7300 1984 SENTRA WAS *6800 NOW *6200 opponents of the governor's 10 percent cutback in state funds to the Depart- ment of Health and Human Resources say the total affect will be a loss of $130 million in total health care dollars to the citizens of Louisiana. The hardest blow to convalescing seniors under the cutback could be in the area of medication, with a large number of drugs formerly approved under the program now removed from the list. Some nursing home residents needing routine hospital care will find under the cutback that what was once a covered base hospital cost is now a due bill to the patient. Under the cutback Guitreau says there is no way to guarantee the returning hospital patient will find his nursing home bed available. "We have had some panic discharges- and I don't blame them. Their needs for care are at one end and their means are at the other. The cutbacks mean that people in real need of nursing are,going to have to fend for themselves, said Guitreau. The state insists we discharge patients who we cannot treat in the manner pre- scribed by their physicians. If the doctor orders medication that we cannot provide we will be forced to discharge," said Guitreau. He commented on the need not to upset ]ongtime nursing home residents whose cut in benefits will make it impos- sible to go on paying for nursing home care when the cutbacks begin. At the same time, he says there is a need to alert nursing home residents, their families, and all others convalescing at home that the "cutbacks are cata- strophic." 1981 PLYMOUTH WAS *2995 NOW *2495 1979 CAPRICE WAS *2295 NOW '1695 1983 EL CAMINO WAS *6995 NOW *5600 1985 NISSAN EXTRA CAB TRUCK WAS *6995 NOW *6400 St. Ponc 1983 F250 WAS *7495 NOW 7000 1985 F150 WAS *9700 NOW s9300 1982 CHEVROLET TRUCK WAS 4995 NOW 4600 1985 F150 WAS *8995 NOW 8300 1980 CHEVROLET TRUCK WAS =3995 NOW 3300 19,3 ESCORT WAS *4995 NOW *4495 1985 TOYOTA EXTRA CAB WAS *7995 NOW *7495 1983 SILVERADO WAS *5995 NOW *5400 1983 FORD RANGER WAS *4700 NOW *4200 1986 CAVALIER Z24 WAS '10,500 NOW *9900 1985 TOYOTA CRESSIDA WAS *13,,Td]ONOW '12,800 1984 PLYMOUTH RELIANT WAS *5995 NOW 5400 1982 MALIBU WAGON WAS *3495 NOW *2800 1986 TOYOTA TRUCK WAS *8495 NOW *7995 1982 SUPRA WAS *7495 NOW *6800 1984 C-20 TRUCK WAS *6995 NOW *6495 1984 CHEVETTE WAS *4650 NOW *4200 1985 ASTRO CONVERSION VAN WAS *8900 NOW *8450 1984 FORD TEMPO • WAS '4795 NOW *4600 1981 DATSUN TRUCK WAS *4350 NOW *3995