Friday, September 25, 2015

This Week In Terrebonne History: September 25, 1940


Much of the world in 1940s Terrebonne was concentrated on the growing European conflict that would become World War II. Local news was scarce but a few stories and ads spoke out, such as the opening of the "new and modern" Falgout Funeral Home (above) and the fact that the Houma Courier got a new phone number, the difficult to forget “342.” Don’t we wish our own phone numbers were as easy to remember?


The cinema had several offerings for the 1940 Terrebonne native. The Fox had Of Mice and Men starring Burgess Meredith (famous as Mick in the Rocky franchise) and Lon Chaney, Jr, also known as the Wolfman from Universal Pictures.

The Bijou was showing at the same time The Great McGinty. This political satire came from Preston Sturges, one of if not the first man to write and direct his own scripts, an unlikely act in early Hollywood.


If you were looking to do a little sewing, sheer Alpaca fabric was on sale in Terrebonne in 1940 for 79 cents a yard. The same fabric today would cost you somewhere between $15-$400 per yard, depending on the quality.

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