Friday, August 8, 2014

64. Interview with Carolyn Files, Niece of Writer Maude Files Zimmer

64.  We interview Carolyn Files, the niece of Maude Files Zimmer.  Maude wrote a series of books focused on her early life in Oak Ridge, Louisiana, a small town a few miles outside of Bastrop.  The books are collections of articles that were first written for newspapers.  These stories catch the flavor of the small-town America of yesterday; somewhere between Tom Sawyer and Mayberry.  Files wrote the following books:
These books are out of print but still available from vendors like Amazon.  In addition to discussing her books with Carolyn, we also talk about Maude's adventurous life, living and working in far-flung places far away from Oak Ridge, Louisiana.
  1. This week in Louisiana history.  August 11, 1856 A hurricane kills more than 200 people vacationing at Isle Derniere (Last Island).  Hearn's Chita is based on that hurricane.
  2. This week in New Orleans history.  Lee Harvey Oswald contacted the FBI on August 9, 1963 after he was arrested in New Orleans for disturbing the peace, asking to speak with an FBI agent.
  3. This week in Louisiana.  August 14-16.   Le Cajun Awards and Music Festival Cajun music, dancing, food, arts and crafts. Events Thursday (Aug. 14) will take place at La Poussiere Cajun Dancehall, 1301 Grand Point Ave., Breaux Bridge. Admission: Free Thursday, $5 Friday, and $10 Saturday.
    Rayne Civic Center
    210 Frog Festival Drive
    Rayne, LA
    337.344.2494
  4. August 15  Extract of a letter from general Jackson to governor Claiborne.  No. IX
    Extract of a letter from major-general Jackson to governor Claiborne, dated fort Jackson, August 15th, 1815.
    Information this moment received by express from Alabama Heights, bringing me a letter from Pensacola, added to the intelligence received by captain Gordon, who was the bearer of a letter from me to the governor of Pensacola, makes it necessary, that all the forces allotted for the 7th military district, should be held in a state of preparation to march to any point required at a moment's warning.
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