Miss Teen USA 2004
Miss Teen USA 2004 Shelley Catherine Hennig of Destrehan is pictured with Parish President Albert Laque, left, and St. Charles Public Schools Superintendent Rodney Lafon, right.
Senator Joel T. Chaisson
Senator Joel T. Chaisson president of the Louisiana Senate.
Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon
Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon serves on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana since her appointment to that position by the president of the United States in 1996. Prior to that appointment, she served as a district judge in the Twenty-ninth Judicial District Court in St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes, the first woman to be elected judge in either of those parishes. Previously, she practiced law in Hahnville with her husband, Harry Lemmon and her father, James P. Vial. In 2005, she was chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges and in 2007 was elected to the Hall of Fame of Women in Government. Judge Lemmon worked with school officials to establish a court school for behavior-disordered children on probation. She also spearheaded a Zero Tolerance Program to handle violent behaviors on school campuses. In an effort to comfort and advise domestic violence victims, she hired and trained a special court officer to work with these individuals. Judge Lemmon is the granddaughter of former Sheriff Leon C. Vial, Sr.
Nancy Tregre Wilson
Nancy Tregre Wilson, retired schoolteacher (thirty-eight years), historian, and author, is president of the Louisiana Gourmet Enterprises, a family-owned food manufacturing company headquartered in Hahnville. The enterprise was the first to introduce Cajun foods to the grocery market as convenience foods (Mam Papaul Brand). Nancy has written several books including a cookbook, which details her German-French heritage. In 1976, she wrote the history of St. Charles Parish as a bicentennial project.
Curtis Johnson, Jr.
Curtis Johnson, Jr., wide receivers coach, joined the New Orleans Saints in 2006 after forging a reputation for developing top-flight targets on the college level for over two decades. His Saints team defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the 2010 Super Bowl. In February of that year, Curtis was honored for his accomplishments with a weeklong exhibit of his memorabilia at the St. Charles Museum on the grounds of Destrehan Plantation. At opening ceremonies, he received salutations and commendations from federal, state, and local officials. Born in New Orleans, he is a kindergarten through high school graduate of St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan. Curtis is the son of late Councilman Curtis Johnson, Sr., of St. Rose.
Justice Harry T. Lemmon
Justice Harry T. Lemmon served on the Louisiana Supreme Court
Lorraine and Louis Gendron
Hahnville folk artist Lorraine Gendron and her husband Louis have created a thriving art industry featuring Mississippi mud. Her mud sculptures have appeared in prestigious venues, fine art museums across the South, and in international collections. Lorraine is also known for her vivid acrylic paintings and whimsical wood cutouts. Her work was featured at the White House in 2001 and is currently hanging in the State Capital in Baton Rouge.
Copyright © This text is copyright material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.
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