First Row: Lois LaBranche, Ann Randolph, Edith Winand
Second Row: Marjorie Duvigneaud, Yvonne DeLay, Edna Minor, Cecilia Townsend, Onelia Bazanac
Standing: Maxine Cooper, Isabella Carter, Mae Gagne
The pretty young ladies shown above appeared in the August 16,1935 issue of The Louisiana Weekly. Only their photos and names were given without any indication as to where it was taken or what group they were representing. If any of you have additional information, please let us know. Listed below is what we have been able to add based on preliminary research we have discovered.
Lois LaBranche was the daughter of Emile and Gertrude LaBranche. Her father was the proprietor of the LaBranche Drugstore. Her two younger siblings were Emile Jr. and Hernandez LaBranche. She married James Faustina in February of 1937.
Ann Randolph’s parents were George and Annie Touchard Randolph. According to the 1940 census, she was residing on Annette Street with her mother, and Olivia Truchard, her maternal grandmother as well as Ann’s uncles, Joseph and George Truchard, both plasterers in New Orleans. She married Raymond Jules Groscrand (Groscand) in June of 1952. He passed away in 1988. Together they had one son Raymond Jr. They reside on Burthe Street in uptown New Orleans.
Edith Winand was born to Joseph and Beatric Kelly Winand on September 18,1915. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy Elementary & High Schools. She received her degree in 1936 from Xavier University. She was a supervisor for the LA State Wefare System. She married Gerald Thomas, a postal employee, and has a daughter, Glynn Thomas Gervais, who is a regular reader and commentator on our blog.
Marjorie Duvigneaud, born May 5,1915, was the daughter of Louis and Alma Williams Duvigneaud. She married Clarence Witcher and by 1940 had moved to Los Angeles, California with her husband and brother, Harold. She passed away on March 25, 1990.
Yvonne DeLay lived at 925 North Claiborne Avenue with her parents, Joseph and Angelina DeLay. Her father was a sail maker at an awning company in New Orleans. Two older siblings, Michael and Corinne, are at home also. Her sister, Corinne, became a public school teacher and in 1940 Yvonne is living in Montgomery, Alabama. She married William Fletcher in June of 1940.
Edna Minor was the daughter of Sidney and Annette Brown Minor. In the 1930’s she was living with her dad, grandmother (Josephine Mitchell), and several siblings on Iberville Street. By 1940 they are residing on North Roman. She became a school teacher and taught in Buras, LA. She married William Carter Jr. and had one son. She was very active in the Xavier University Alumni Association and was a member of several social organizations. She passed away in August of 2012.
Cecilia Townsend was one of six children born to Elmo and Octavia Townsend. She shared her childhood days with Theriot, Joan, Mary, Elmo Jr., and Louise; her brothers and sisters. Born December 2, 1915, Cecilia later became a pharmacist and married Bertrand Gonzalez in 1942.They eventually moved to Chicago, Illinois. She passed away in New Jersey in January of 1983.
Onelia Bazanac , child of Charles and Norma Bazanac, resided at 1577 North Prieur in 1930. Her father was also a sail maker at an awning company. Her sister, Nola was two years older than she was. She became the lovely bride of Romain Jones, April of 1940 in Cane River. She graduated from Xavier University and was a popular school teacher.
Research information has not been found on Maxine Cooper, Isabella Carter and Mae Gagne. If anyone has any knowledge of these three ladies, please let us know.
Source: The Louisiana Weekly 6 August 1934; Ancestry.com1930 Census, 1940 Census, Social Security Death Index.