Page 128. " Mrs. Allard from Lafayette told me "

Lafayette is a Louisiana town with a population of 110,257 as of 2000. Lafayette was founded in 1821 and was originally named Vermilionville. It was not renamed until 1884. Lafayette was able to make money from the agriculture and gas industries. Lafayette is significant in Ruby becuase of the persistence of Cajun culture there.


Wikipedia: Lafayette, LA

Page 137. " Grandmere Catherine's funeral was one of the biggest ever "

Grandmere Catherine would be buried at 1 of 3 cemeteries in Houma. They are St. Francis De Sales Cemetery, Garden of Memories Cemetery, and Terrebonne Memorial Park.



Page 143. " the very thought of leaving the bayou and getting on a bus "

Greyhound and Amtrak do not have bus stations in Houma, so we are unsure of how Ruby got to New Orleans. The drive from Houma to New Orleans is about 1 hour and 20 minutes.


Directions from Houma to New Orleans