"Pine and Oak Alley, The Love of a Father"

On the banks of the Teche, on the outskirts of old Petit Paris (St. Martinville, LA), there is an alley of Pine and Oak trees planted by Monsieur Charles Durand...beneath the trees, one of the grandest weddings ever to be held in Louisiana took place. Little did Monseir Durand know that this wedding he gave his two daughters would be relived time and time again in history books, newspaper articles, and magazines for generations to come! Nor did he know, that this "alley" of his beloved trees would become an historical landmark today! A man after his two daughters hearts, left a story to be told, that would touch generations to come! He was a wealthy man, but he shared his love of "extravagance" with his entire Petis Paris community that remarkable night under the Pines and Oaks!

.........A "Collection" of Stories and History ........

Monday, May 17, 2010

Leonce Durand

Leonce Durand, son of John Leonce Durand (picture below)

Leonce Durand was the son of John Leonce Durand and Emiline Marin.

He was born on December 9, 1879 at Gran Bois Plantation in St. Martinville, LA.

He established Pine Grove Canning Co. in 1914.

Products were distributed in 37 states and Canada.

He also developed and cultivated lands for cultivation.

On June 12, 1919, he married Louella Wiltz, daughter of Telesphar Wiltz and Lucie Judice.

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