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REMINDER, Chamber Joint end of the year after hours event 5:00 UII 7:00 p.m. P ions Bank, Hammond .... '.--,-J I ~ LS" i ~" '"..::~.?/ ~.i :'::,~.~j::. , .... ' ....... SPORTS: Berwick,N.F.L. work stoppage; Dudek,Favre more years!; Ernest, Lady Waves Page 2 THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'8 ANTIQUE CITY [ I YI Illlll I www. ponchatou la. com/pti mes I][]llllll II II II II THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010 I 29th YEAR NUMBER 10 50 CENTS ne on open late Times Report This Friday, for the third consecutive Friday night, downtown Ponchatoula will be all aglow with Christmas lights, snow, other holiday attractions, and stores in the Antique City will stay open until 8 p.m. to accommodate shoppers. Police Chief Bry Layrisson with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Sunday BACK 1 A Sesquicentennial Reflection of Early Ponchatoula (1861-2011) By JIM PERRIN Historian and Educator As the year 1860 neared its end, the usual pleas- ant thoughts of Christmas and joyous times with fam- ily and friends were darkened by the political turmoil spreading across the deep South" in the wake of the elec- tion of Republican Abraham Lincoln as president of the United States. Friday Night Lights is a bid to extend the magic of the popu- lar Christmas Lighting Celebra- tion to additional nights during the Christmas season with as many of the attractions to shop- pers as possible. Of course, the attraction of shopping downtown begins with a choice of the most unique gifts available for purchase any- where, a far cry from the cookie cutter same-ole offerings found in big box stores and shopping malls nationwide. Add the great restaurant fare downtown as you stroll through a scene out of some wonder- ful past age, resplendent with music and lights, without the crowding or the traffic chaos, and Christmas becomes enjoy- able again. Local citizens and visitors are all invited to sample the holiday magic of America's An- tique City and its unique shops and restaurants, especially this Friday night! Ardent secessionists in South Carolina had easily carried a special election on December 6, and were scheduled to conduct a convention beginning December 17th to decide that state's rela- tionship to the federal union. The move toward secession in South Carolina was mirrored by the other lower Southern states, including Louisiana, which were also moving along the path toward separation from the federal union. Although not immune the secessionist fever then rag- ing through the lower South, many residents of Ponchatoula, in Livingston Parish's Fourth Ward, would have been content to continue their community development undisturbed by outside influences. Livingston Parish was com- posed of piney woods with swamps to the south, and not cotton country like many other areas of the lower South. There were few plantations in the par- ish and proportionately fewer slave owners than in the River Parishes, the Feliciana parish- es, and north Louisiana. There were a few slave own- ers in the Ponchatoula area who owned some slaves to help with farming and lumbering activi- ties, but most white residents in this area did not own any slaves. In fact many local piney woods farmers, although free, were only a couple of economic notches above the slaves. Leading Ponchatoula and Loiaisiana through this peril- ous period of time in the Thirty- sixth Congress of the United States were Senators Judah P. Benjamin, a very able Jewish attorney from New Orleans and native of the Danish West In- dies, and John Slidell, a native of New York City and an attor- ney who had served as senator since December 1853. Both Louisiana senators would resign on February 4, 1861, following Louisiana's se- cession from the union. The congressman represent- ing Ponchatoula was an at- torney named Thomas Green Davidson, a native of Jefferson County, Mississippi. David- son, a Democrat, had served in Congress since 1855, but would resign following Louisiana's se- cession. After the war, Green repre- sented this area in the Loui- siana legislature for several years in the 1870's and 1880's. He died at Springfield in 1883 and was buried in Springfield Cemetery. The Livingston Parish ~reasurer was Darling B. Ca- son (1810-1891), a resident of Springfield and later Pon- chatoula. The parish recorder was Rev. Sylvester D. Simms, the son-in-law of Darling B. Cason, and long-time resident of the Springfield-Wadesboro area. The parish sheriff was William Watson. Serving as justices of the peace in the Ponchatoula area at the time were James H. Love- land, the nephew of the town's founder James B. Clarke, who had replaced William Akers as justice of the peace in 1859; and William T. Facundas, who had replaced Robert Duncan, also in 1859. In local real estate circles, Janette Clarke Loveland, sister of James B. Clarke, continued to sell lots in the town. James Clarke had left Louisiana about 1857 to serve as the superin- tendent of civil engineers in the Spanish colony of Cuba. After the initial rush of pur- chases of commercial lots front- ing the railroad and Pine Street near the tracks property sales in the new community slowed. In fact, about 90% of Ponchatoula remained in the hands of James Clarke's heirs when his estate was settled in early 1869. The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is hosting a poster con- test. The subject of the poster shall be: "My Fair/Festival". Name, location and date of event must be on poster. The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festi- val will be held April 8-10 2011. Any public, private or parochial school student may participate. Posters will be judged in the following four categories: Grades 1-3 Grades 4-6 Grades 7-9 Grades 10-12 Posters must be displaced on 14"X22" white poster paper. (1/2 sheet of standard poster paper) All work must be vertical. Nothing horizontal will be judged. All lettering must be free- hand. Do not use stencils. Medium used shall be: Crayon, Water Color, Acrylics, Felt-Tip Pen, or Oil. No Cut-Outs or Collages. First, Second and Third place winners in each category are eligible for state competition. Posters will be judged and points will be awarded as follows: Originality 35% Theme 25% Neatness 25% Spelling 15% Information card (5"X7"index card) should be placed on the left top comer of the poster in such a way To Be Continued Every Other Week PLEASE SEE PAGE B-2 Ponchatoula man is busy football official Pictured third from left is lifelong Ponchatoula resident Scott Vaughan with fellow of- ficials calling the recent Big-12 Championship Game. Scott Vaughan is following a family football tradition three generations long, (Courtesy Photo) the NFL in stripes Ponchatoula native and third generation football official Scott Vaughan, 44, in an exclusive inter- view with The Ponchatoula Times gave a rare behind-the-scenes view of a game that most of us take for granted, and think we know. Clearly on a career path to follow his father Jack Vaughan ~'O-the rarifi-ed heights of mak- ing the do-or-die decisions on the field for the National Foot- ball League, Scott Vaughan is now a back judge in the Big 12 Conference. While the rest of us are tuning in to the big game, he spends 30 weekends a year on the road officiating 13 college games a year and 10 arena foot- ball games, plus participating in numerous clinics. For the Class of 1984 Pon- chatoula High School graduate it all began in 1993 when the Pittsburgh Steelers were play- ing the San Francisco 49ers in Barcelona, Spain. "They didn't have a game clock of- ficial so Dad volunteered me, even though I had never done it before (Vaughan is now a game clock official for the New Orleans Saints games). When I came home in 1993 I joined the Hammond Football Offi- cials Association," Vaughan told The Times, "I've been at it ever since." That first step as a football official echoed the footsteps of his grandfather and father. Scott Vaughan's grandfather Jack Vaughan was the first foot- ball coach at PHS and in those days was able to go directly from that post to working as an SFC official, the presumed rea- soning being that someone so involved in high school coach- ing shouldn't be an on-field high school football official. Scott Vaughan's father, also named Jack, began his ap- prenticeship by officiating high school and college games for 18- years before he got picked up by the NFL as an official in 1976, and then it was a rocket climb of a career, officiating 465 games in his career, plus 20 playoff games, two Pro Bowls, and three Super Bowls, XX, XXV and IXXX, (his family has the rings to remind them). He "re- tired" in 2000 as an on-field of- ficial, but still works in for con- ference games and in the review booth where an experienced eye is needed to give a second look at challenged plays. PLEASE SEE PAGE A-4 By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator Two Country Market sisters who share a sewing and em- broidery booth are a hoot - Merle Mulkey and Margaret "Mar- di" Massel. They sew, but not just so-so. Their latest creation is the football equivalent of a voodoo doll trademarked as a (what else?) - Voo Dat. "Mardi" sharpened her needles and her skills stitching cute threads for a creative little tyke named Britney Spears. Red meat is not bad for you. Fuzzy green meat is bad for yOU. Champion of the Fantasy Football League, Ponchatoula's Amy Brennan, assigned herself to coverage of Roger Dodger Quave's legendary turkey shoot this year. She reports: "The Queen of the turkey shoot was Ellen Vogel of Hammond. A total of 10 women competed, resulting in a shoot-off, Sheryl Hare of Hammond and Ellen Vogel, the victor!" Hey big shooting women, how about throwing your favorite alligator a bird? A fisherman from Ponchatoula was out fishing on Bedico Creek in a small boat. He noticed another man in a small boat open his tackle box and take out a mirror. Being curious, the man rowed over and asked, ' Pnat is the mirror for?" "That's my secret way to catch fish," said the other man. "Shine the mirror on the top of the water. The fish notice the spot of sun on the water above and they swim to the surface. Then I just reach down and net them and pull them into the boat." "Wow! Does that really work?" ' ou bet it does." '"Would you be interested in selling that mirror? I'll give you $30 for it." "Well, okay." After the money was transferred, the Ponchatoula angler asked, "By the way, how many fish have you caught this week?" ' ou're the sixth," he said. It was Caesar who wrote, "All Gaul is divided in three parts," but here in Ponchatoula they don't divide, they conquer. Ask Ruth Hextall and Mike Whitlow, the latest gall bladder givers, if you don't believe me. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. 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