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Norco Gas and Fuel Company (Atmos) in 1947. (Photo courtesy of Henry Friloux, Jr.)

Small Business

"Henry “DeDe” Friloux was educated in Ama schools and attended Soule’ Business College in New Orleans before arriving in Norco in 1924 to begin working for New Orleans Refining Company. In 1931, he acquired Norco Cleaners and Laundry so that Shell workers could have starched and pressed white shirts for their weekend social activities. The cleaning business needed a steady supply of natural gas, so Friloux arranged with a pipeline..." Read More


Reportedly, this is the last hanging in St.Charles Parish. Generally traced to Charles Lynch, an eighteenth-century Virginia farmer who appointed himself a hanging judge in the revolutionary interest, lynching was a prescribed method of punishing criminals for various crimes until the Lynch Law was repealed. At that time in history, lynching and other forms of punishment were social pastimes.

Early Parish Laws

"FENCES: Every owner of a plantation or of land fronting on the public road shall be bound to have on the whole front thereof a well-conditioned and lawful fence, kept in good repair and shut up at all times of the year; and whenever gates are placed on such front, to keep such gates closed when not in use.All neat cattle, horses, mules, asses and jennets shall be allowed to rove at large on the levees and battures of the parish during..." Read More


Cover of ACTS, which documents proceedings of the second session of the first legislature of the Territory of Orleans. (Photo courtesy of Law Library of Louisiana)

The Birth of St. Charles Parish – 1807

"St. Charles Civil Parish was fourth on the list of the nineteen original parishes that were simultaneously created out of the Territory of Orleans by Act I of 1807. Act I made no attempt to do more than merely list parishes, except, perhaps in a very limited venue, to convey some semblance of their general locality. Prior to 1807, the so-called “parishes” were neither political nor legal subdivisions of the state, but mere ecclesiastic vicinities. Act I lifted St. Charles and the other parishes it created out of the..." Read More


President Abraham Lincoln

The Emancipation Proclamation

"On January l, 1863, President Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves in those areas of the Confederate States of America that had not yet returned to Union control. Due to early control by the North, thirteen parishes were exempt from the proclamation as they were considered to be “Union parishes.” St. Charles was one of the thirteen. Congress then passed the Fourteenth Amendment..." Read More


Parish officials, circa 1890, are standing in front of old courthouse. Back row, left to right: Anthony Madere, a later sheriff; Mr. Bestoso, court crier; Mr. Terregrossa, a deputy sheriff, and Frank Friloux. Mr. Charles Elfer, assessor, stands in the middle. Lower row, left to right stand: Judge Gauthier; Hicks Lewis Youngs, police juror; Sheriff Lewis Ory, who was later murdered; William Lussan, who later served as president of the police jury and its treasurer for twenty-eight
years; and J. C. Triche, Sr., clerk of court, whose family owned the the St. Charles Herald for over sixty years.

Public Education

"The LeMoyne brothers, Iberville and Bienville, were timeless advocates of schools to educate the colonial children. "He [Bienville] proposed the establishment of a school in New Orleans where the boys could be taught geometry, geography, and other subjects. He wrote, 'young men brought up in luxury and idleness are of little use.'" (E. Davis, Louisiana: The Pelican State) During the colonial period and before the establishment of public education, schooling..." Read More


The St. Charles-Herald was published at the Triche House in Hahnville from 1888
to 1954. The addition to the right of the house was added to prepare and publish
the newspaper.

First Parish Newspaper

"The first issue of the St. Charles Herald was dated February 15, 1873. It is understood that this newspaper was started and owned by ex-Governor Georg Michael Hahn. With a friend, Marsellus Vallas, Hahn opened an office on the corner of Hahn and Front streets in Hahnville. The Herald was considered Hahn’s “mouthpiece” and ..." Read More