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Celebration BillboardThe week long activities that highlighted our Centennial celebration were the result of many years of planning by many persons who worked tirelessly in preparation. Though the activities of October 1 – 8, 200l attracted many visitors to our town, the celebration began with the July 1 reception to introduce the book, Brusly 1901 – 2001: A Place to Call Home and continued with the opening of the exhibit of the same name at the West Baton Rouge Museum on September 15. The interest and participation in these two events made us aware that people were eager to join with us in our celebration.

Centennial FlyerWe are grateful to all who attended events to commemorate this special time in our town’s history. It was a joy and a privilege to see people greet and visit with family members, former residents and those who were interested in seeing what we had going on in our small community. The week began with an overflow crowd at the Opening Ceremony featuring comments from Brusly native Father Joel LaBauve, Brusly resident and longtime educator, Mrs. Shirley Jordan and Warren Perrin of CODOFIL who offered insights on Acadian history relative to our area. Claudette Purnell graced the ceremony with music appropriate to the occasion for the opening event as well as for the Charles P. Adams program at Brusly High on Tuesday morning. The program which honored the Brusly native who is credited as the founder of Grambling State University featured Dr. Mildred Gallot and Edward Adams, grandson of Charles P. Adams, was attended by Brusly High students, Brusly residents and visitors. Following that ceremony, over 300 participants attended a Senior Citizens’ Luncheon at the activity center of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Father Howard Hall, Reverend Sam Singleton and Smiley Anders were participants seated at the head table. Following the meal, everyone enjoyed the educational slide show. Before and following the luncheon, visitors had the opportunity to view the Genealogy Exhibit which remained available the remainder of the week. Wednesday’s highlight was the Taste Fair which found a large crowd in attendance to sample the cooking of over 20 “chefs.” Of special significance was the participation of our younger citizens in the production of “Our Town Brusly” on Thursday evening at the Brusly Middle School gym. Their efforts were especially enjoyed by older residents and former residents who had a chance to attend the play. The Art Exhibit at the Lion’s Den was being prepared early Friday morning to be ready for weekend viewing. While all these events were transpiring, many people were hard at work getting Alexander Park ready for the entertainment and children’s activities which began Friday evening. The success of that is still being heralded by anyone who attended functions at the park. From the very young to the oldest “young at heart,” there was plenty to attract them and keep them entertained. Hats off to all who worked so hard to plan and organize, especially the inclusion of activities for children. The weekend included the Tour of Homes, sponsored by the West Baton Rouge Historical Association in conjunction with Brusly’s Centennial events, a free picnic on Saturday, wonderful food prepared by various vendors, a great parade and the Closing Ceremony which featured Lt. Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and vocal offerings by Jennifer Babin. Capping the week long celebration was the magnificent fireworks display which could be seen far and wide, featuring a grand finale of an illuminated oak tree.

For eight years, plans were in the works for the celebration of Brusly’s 100th birthday. During that time, many individuals supported the efforts of the committee and gave of their time and talents when asked to help. It could not have been a success if the citizens of this town had not come out to enjoy the festivities. Many thanks to all of you.

In the Centennial Room at the Town Hall you will find transcribed oral interviews which contain memories of Brusly as recalled by residents and former residents. These stories give valuable insights as to life in this community between 1910 and 1969. You will find historical memorabilia to view in the cabinets in the room. A CD with pictures of the entire celebration has been created and copies can be purchased. As a reminder, books are still available for $10 each at the Town Hall. Also available are tapes of individual activities of the week as well as a tape of the overall celebration. Call the Town Hall at 749-2909 for specific prices and to place orders.

Opening Ceremony – Brusly Town Hall

Charles P. Adams Program – Brusly High School

Senior Citizens Luncheon – St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Activity Center

Genealogy Exhibit – St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Church Hall

Taste Fair – Brusly Lions Den

Play “Our Town” – Brusly Middle School

Family Entertainment – Alexander Park

Tour of Historic Homes – Brusly Area

Art Exhibit – Brusly Lions Den

Centennial Parade

Closing Ceremony – Brusly Town Hall

Pictures From The Past

  • Brusly High Campus, circa 1925 (note school bus in left drive)Brusly High Campus, circa 1925 (note school bus in left drive)
  • Interior of BHS Gym in construction process, circa 1935Interior of BHS Gym in construction process, circa 1935
  • BHS Boys' Basketball Team and Mr. Webb, circa 1928BHS Boys' Basketball Team and Mr. Webb, circa 1928
  • Original Phoenix School from Sandbar Plantation, used at various stages in its location on BHS campus as home economics cottage, band room, athletic storage area,industrial arts shopOriginal Phoenix School from Sandbar Plantation, used at various stages in its location on BHS campus as home economics cottage, band room, athletic storage area,industrial arts shop
  • Lunchroom, 1950, constructed with material from POW Camp in Port AllenLunchroom, 1950, constructed with material from POW Camp in Port Allen
  • Levert Addis School, 1920'sLevert Addis School, 1920's
  • Brusly Red Men Delegation at Jennings, LA, train depotBrusly Red Men Delegation at Jennings, LA, train depot
  • Excelsior School, Back Brusly, early 1920'sExcelsior School, Back Brusly, early 1920's
  • Original Brusly High School, Opening Day 1911Original Brusly High School, Opening Day 1911
  • Classroom Building constructed at same time gym was builtClassroom Building constructed at same time gym was built
  • Lukeville Campus, 1950'sLukeville Campus, 1950's
  • Panther Bus, circa 1959Panther Bus, circa 1959
  • Brusly High Campus, River Road, prior to 1975Brusly High Campus, River Road, prior to 1975
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic ChurchSt. John the Baptist Catholic Church
  • 25th Anniversary of Brusly High School, 193625th Anniversary of Brusly High School, 1936
  • BHS Gym in construction process, circa 1935BHS Gym in construction process, circa 1935
  • BHS Campus, circa 1949BHS Campus, circa 1949
  • “New” High School Building, 1950“New” High School Building, 1950
  • Brusly Drug Store, River RoadBrusly Drug Store, River Road
  • Union Baptist, 2002Union Baptist, 2002
  • "Miss" Emma's cabin, Choctaw
  • Eureka Central School, across from present post office, closed 1911, moved to Lukeville campus circa 1913Eureka Central School, across from present post office, closed 1911, moved to Lukeville campus circa 1913
  • 1921 Girls' Basketball Team, Coach Verena Bourgeois White1921 Girls' Basketball Team, Coach Verena Bourgeois White
  • BHS Campus, circa 1947BHS Campus, circa 1947
  • 1946 Graduation Class1946 Graduation Class
  • Dupuy’s Bar, later Mutt’s BarDupuy’s Bar, later Mutt’s Bar
  • Brusly High Campus, circa 1925Brusly High Campus, circa 1925
  • Charles J. Lousteau, BHS Principal, 1957 – 1966Charles J. Lousteau, BHS Principal, 1957 – 1966
  • “Miss Emma”“Miss Emma”

St. John the Baptist Cemetary

  • Fr. LesaicherreFr. Lesaicherre
  • Edwin O GwinEdwin O Gwin
  • Raphael HebertRaphael Hebert
  • Marguerite HebertMarguerite Hebert
  • Levert FamilyLevert Family
  • Fr. LossouarnFr. Lossouarn
  • Cora HebertCora Hebert
  • Paul and Mary BobbPaul and Mary Bobb
  • Heck FamilyHeck Family
  • Anna HebertAnna Hebert
  • Ursin LandryUrsin Landry
  • Joseph Bres and Effie Vaughan BresJoseph Bres and Effie Vaughan Bres
  • Teophile LejeuneTeophile Lejeune
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