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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Local author releases a new book on a special place worth remembering

Local author releases a new book on a special place worth remembering

Remembering Grand Isle: A Memoir offers a rare narrative of an insider’s view of life on Louisiana’s main barrier island in the 1940s and 1950s.

Written by Cut Off resident Elson Trahan, Jr., the author draws from personal experiences as a little boy and teenager raised by his grandmother and grandfather.

“This period of my life formed who I am,” says Trahan. “Through this book, my desire is to leave a little history of a few unforgettable people who lived on the island, describing what life was like for them during those years.”

Cucumber fields, hunting, fishing, ball games, carnivals, and the island’s famous dance halls are among the memories included in this personal story. Trahan tells a unique story of life on the island before electricity, gas, or running water. He also describes the tourists on the island and the experience of being on the island for Hurricane Flossy.

Trahan, now retired after 32 years as a rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, loves telling stories about life on Grand Isle during the 1940s and 1950s, what he calls “the old days.” He also is a recognized carver of duck decoys and other wooden sculptures.

Copies of Remembering Grand Isle can be purchased at Frank’s Supermarket in Larose, Galliano Food Store in Galliano, by writing the author at P.O. Box 326, Cut Off, LA 70345, or by calling (985) 632-3023.