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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Plantation Ball a hit

Darrell and Anna Folse (left), Gilliam planter Danny Logan and wife Karen Logan were among veteran Plantation Ball attendees tooling around Scottish Rite Temple April 27.

That is where the Plantation Club presented its largest group of high school seniors.

Lots of interesting program notes on the presentees.

Love "Dogwood" and "Half Moon," names for plantations founded by Austin Franklin Akin and Dr. Margaret Akin, great-grandparents of Michael Thomas Montoya Jr.

(Margaret was a general practitioner here and my doctor all my life until she died. She was among the first female physicians who practiced here. But power women apparently were common in Montoya’s family. His great-great-grandmother Callie Akin was the first woman allowed to vote in Claiborne Parish, a right bestowed because in 1897, there was a need for a vote regarding fencing versus free range cattle grazing, according to Montoya’s biography.)

Another whimsical plantation name — Angel Point in Bossier Parish, part of the biography of Anna K. Whittington.

Elisabeth L. Long lays claim to a famous public official. Her forebears include U.S. Sen. Huey Long and his wife.

I spotted Dot Oden in the crowd and she said she was there to see two granddaughters being presented — Anne K. Oden and Rebecca L. Evans.

A couple of Friersons were also in the mix. They are Jennifer G. Frierson and Allen N. Frierson. Frierson ancestors settle in Frierson in the 1840s after traveling westward by covered wagon from Monck’s Corner in Berkeley County, S.C., said Allen’s biography in the program.

Elizabeth R. Haynie is a National Merit Scholar and Jacquelyn A. Kenney is a member of the varsity Lady Flyers Basketball Team, while Peter N. Maxwell is a three-year letterman on the Captain Shreve High School varsity football team.

And Rebecca K. Nichols holds title to two queenships — homecoming and prom at Captain Shreve.

Paul L. Schuetze/The Times


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