Good to see the revised website for Hessmer. My great grandfather Celistine was the founder of Hessmer and my Great Great grandfather was Francios . I lived in Hessmer until the 8th grade and moved to Bossier City, La. in 1959. Earl Roy bought our house which was directly across from the depot. My parents were Johnnie (TOBE) and Rose Villemarette and my brothers are Elbert and Alan (now deceased). I totally enjoyed the 100 year book of Hessmer and found out a lot about the start of Hessmer that I did not know when I was raised there. I had no idea that my ancestors actually owned the most of the town at one time. My good friend Johnny Bordelon (deceased) called me and said I should get the book because most of it had to do with the Villemarette family and the beginning of Hessmer. I love looking at the book every now and then as it brings back good memories of a much slower time of life which I wish my kids could have enjoyed . I only have one cousin still in Hessmer (Jimmie Moreau). I enjoyed seeing Marvin Normand’s picture at the old post office building as he and I were very close friends and it brings back memories of hanging out around his dad’s gas station. Just thought I would share a few comments and say how much I like the new website.
Hi Wayne, glad you found the Hessmer website and thanks for your comment. It was a pleasure to read. I also have the 100 year book “Hessmer Station 1902” by Arlene Flanders and Randy DeCuir. A great book with plenty of old photos. It must have been a great undertaking to put the book together, but glad they did it. So much information in there that most people would never have known were it not for the book. I graduated Hessmer High in 1974 and know of your cousin Jimmie Moreau. Please continue to visit the website as I will continue to build on it. Thanks! Billy Jeansonne
Alwyn Ann Villemarette Wegenhoft
June 19, 2015 at 5:42 pm ReplyEdit
My father, the late Alwin Paul Villemarette, had one of the Flanders, DeCuir books, Hessmer Station, A Railroad Community Turns 100, do you know if any are still available and if so where could I go to purchase one? Are there any other books on Hessmer or the Villemarette family.
Ann Villemarette Wegenhoft
Preston L. King
June 28, 2015 at 9:53 pm ReplyEdit
Good evening to all,
My Grandfather George Washington King, born in 1831, in Hessmer Village.
If anyone might have information about the King’s born in Hessmer, I would be open to any information. I can also share with any King (Anglo) family. I just completely the family history (Tree) I can email any portion that someone might want to read.
By the way, is there a Genealogical Society in Hessmer?
El Paso, Texas
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