>This photo was posted to RootsWeb last week, by VTrahan, in the parish message boards. The poster believes that St. John the Baptist burned down in 1908. Look at all of the people! How wonderful to have an old photo of this church. Other photos of this church are posted in the LAGenWeb photo album, which states, “This church was built in 1822, and after it was destroyed by a fire in 1918 the present red brick church with the twin spires was built.” Open the LAGenWeb link in a new window to compare photos.
“It must have been taken between 1904 (when she married and moved to Edgard) and 1918 when she moved back to Houma. “
Recently, there were two churches in Louisiana to have been destroyed by fire. A post from the LALGS indicated that the records of the Immaculate Conception Church may have been saved. The church is the oldest one in St. Landry Parish. The Diocese of Lafayette built it in 1836 however, it was established in 1756. The church records may have been saved from the fire by being stored in the rectory.
Newslink – Rising from the ashes