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6B THE JENA TIMES Olla-Tullos-Urania Signal WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012 Remembering fun on Funny Louis Part II Bayou Funny Louis's name, according to revered historian Eli W. Plummer, is derived from two Caddo Indi- an words which mean %urn- ing or black squirrel'• In fact the first name the crossroads which would become Sum- merville had was Funny Lou- is, later changed to Center- ville. Because it was a hub for traffic from Gelvin's Creek to Natchitoches, and from Harri- sonburg to Bayou Des Rapide, it was a central place to wa- ter and rest livestock on the banks of Mill Creek. One could purchase a fresh ground sack of 'grist (cornmeal) from the Davis family mill which was the staple for just about every family meal, and one could get his horses shod also. There were also barrels of flour and a broad line of non-perishable groceries in stock also, to go along with a choice of horse or cattle feed. But there were numer- ous bands of Caddo Indians that made ("Burning or Black Squirrel") Bayou Funny Louis there home the whole year round• If they haven't been found it's because no one knows where to hunt, but In- dian artifacts of-all types can be found all along the approx- imate 25 miles of it's length• The very beginning or head- waters of Bayou Funny Louis begin on the east side of the Bayou Dan hills which are a viable component of what ge- ologists refer to as the "Oua- chita outcropping"• If you were running short .,)f supplies you forgot to pur- ,00llands SPONSORED BY ALLEN, GREEN & WILLIANSON, LLP CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS Telephone 992-2895 * Jena, LA 71342 chase at Harrisonburg or Pritchard you could restock, because it was a long ways to Atlanta near the Red River• Consequently the Davis Enter- prises had a number of sales venues all at one convenient spot. One commodity that grew in profusion on Bayou Funny Louis as well as Bayou Castor was a variety of switch cane that had to be kin to Asian bamboo. Some swatches of this cane were over two inches in diameter. This was a source of materials the Indians used to weave baskets by the doz- ens in each family of the Cad- do's. During the late fall the tribes had gathered lengths of switch cane, and stored it, for the long rainy and sometimes sleety days of Louisiana win- ters. They had various native sources from berries and soils they used to make dyes with which to decorate the bas- kets they would weave. By the first of April when more wagon trains would be com- ing through Summerville they would make quick sales to fu- ture settlers that had forgot- ten to bring along some sort of a light vessel to store crops and produce in. One family, who lived in the community of Antioch which was about five miles above Summerville on Bayou Funny Louis, had a field they cultivated and planted crops on. The rows of the minia- ture farm ran up to the east- ern bank of the Bayou. Every spring when the farmer would do his spring plowing, and af- ter a rain, you could walk the rows of that field and pick up dozens of arrowheads, hatch- et heads, pot shards and flint chips. In the area along where Funny Louis passed beneath Highway 84, the Waggoner had explored the creek almost where Highway 500 is today. This highway was one of the main tangents of the original E1 Camino Real (The King's Highway) that led all the way to San Antonio de Bexar in Texas. At some point along the way Bayou Funny Louis has traversed some deposits of gravel because on the banks south of US 84 you could find sand deposits on the banks with flint napping residue in the sand. Some Sunday after- noons we would go on an arti- fact expedition, especially after a big rain during the week be- fore. I found a almost perfect pale tan arrowhead one day, that was my claim to fame. I sure did want to keep it but a fellow had a hunting knife I wanted more, so we swapped• For a stream that seems so murky, snaky, slow-moving and just plain swampy, there are stretches of this tributary that provide all kinds of pas- times for kids. Just hit the banks and stir in a little bit of imagination• Before you know it, you'll hear the family car horn blowing, and you know it's tolling for you. House Clerk denies release of Harrison letter recipients / By Tom Aswell • efe ha been an:inter- estin, g tUrti of events concern- ing Capitol News Service's at- tempts to obtain the names of recipients of Rep, The Har- rison's letter soliciting con- tributions of $ 1,000 to help defray the expenses of "over thirty" state legislators to at- tend a national conference of the American Legislative Ex- change Council (ALEC) in Salt Lake City next week. Harrison (R-Gray) mailed out a form letter on July 2 that opened by saying, "As State Chair and National Board Member of the American Leg- islative Exchange Council, I would like to-solicit your fi- nancial support to our ALEC Louisiana Scholarship Fund•" The letter was printed on state letterhead, which would appear to make the docu- ment a public record so Capi- tol News Service immediately made a public records request ¢ff Harrison to provide: • A complete list of the re- cipients of his letter; • A list of the "over thirty" Louisiana legislators who are members..0Y ALEC. :LEC'",,members:hip,  of coarse, qs a close!y-guard- ed secret but once the letter was printed on state letter- head-presumably composed on a state computer in Har- rison's state-funded office, printed on a state-purchased printer and mailed using state-purchased postage-the request for a list of members was included in the request for recipients of the letter. Harrison never responded to the request despite state law that requires responses to all such requests. CNS then contacted Alfred "Butch" Speer to enlist his as- sistance in obtaining the re- cords and last Thursday, July 12, Speer responded: "Rep. Harrison informs that his assistant will return Monday (July 16) and sent the list of recipients of the letter. "The names of legislators who serve on the task forces of ALEC is not a record of the state. Because joining ALEC is an individual decision for each legislator and does not involve expenditure of public www, Robicha u x Law.corn NOW AVAILABLE...12 Months Same As Cash WAC! COLD-IRON U.S• HWY. 84 IN JONESVILLE ° PHONE 318-729-3441 OR 318-419-5494 c01d-ir0n,webs,c0m funds, no record of the is maintained Iembership. ,, : "Monday, I wiit you the list But when Monday came, things had changed dramati- cally. On Monday, CNS received; an e-mail from Speer: "I have looked further into i: your records request." (Notice he omitted the word "public" as in "public records.") "Rep. Harrison composed the letter of which you pos- sess a copy. Rep. Harrison sent that one letter to a single recipient," Speer's email con- tinued. "If that letter was distrib- uted to a larger audience,, such distribution did not cre- ate a public record. "R.S. 44:1 defines a public record as a record: '...having been used, being in use, or prepared, possessed, or re- tained for use in the conduct, transaction, or performance of any business, transaction, work, duty, or function which was conducted, transacted, or performed by or under the authority of the constitution or laws of this state...' "My opinion is that the solicitation of donations for ALEC does not create a public record. The courts have been clear in providing that the purpose of the record is deter- minative of its public nature, not the record's origin•" It seems questionable, at best, to contend that the let- ter went out to only recipient• First of all, the letter's began "Dear Friend:" It would to assume th0t orily one person, Rep. Hrison would have at leaat extended the courtesy to make the salutation a bit more personal, as say, "Dear John:" or "Dear Mr.__:." Moreover, it would also seem i highly doubtful that Harrison would be soliciting a single $1,000 contribution to cover the expenses of an en- tire contingent of "over thirty" legislators to attend the con- ference. Still, Speer persisted, say- ing, "...it is my responsibility to consult with Representa- tives and make the determi- nations as to what records are or are not public in nature• "...The contents of (Har- rison's) letter speak for itself .... The origin of a document is not the determining factor as to its nature as a public record. The purpose of the re- cord is the-only determining factor. Whether the letter was or was not 'composed on state letterhead, on a state comput- er, printed on a state-owned printer and mailed in state-is- sued envelope(s)' (a list of as- sertions I do not agree with and which you cannot sub- stantiate) does not, per force, create a public record. If the letter were concerning 'any Notice To The Public Notice is hereby given pursuant to Artide 7, Section 23 of the Constitution and R.S. 47:1705 (B) that a public hearing of LaSalle Parish Police Jury in LaSalle Parish will be held at its regular meeting place in Room 12 of the LaSalle Parish Courthouse, located at 1050 Courthouse St., Jena, LA, on August 13, 2012 at 5:45 p.m. to consider levying additional or increase millage rates without further voter approval or adopting the adjusted millage rates after reassessment and rolling forward to a rate not to exceed the prior year's maximum. The estimated amount of tax rev- enues to be collected for the Road and Bridge District in the next tax year from the increased millage is $760,617.12, and the amount of increase in taxes attributable to the mill- age increase is $67,384.18. KAY SMITH Published: 07-18-!2 0z-a5-2 Secretary-Treasurer business, transaction, work, duty, or function which was conducted, transacted, or performed by or under the au- thority of the constitution or laws of this state,' then such a letter is a public nature." That interpretation flies in the face of past requests for records that included e-mail messages and jokes-and in at least one case, pornogra- phy-by state employees that had no relation to state busi- ness but which news media have obtained and subse- quently published and/or broadcast. Speer then offer a most curious interpretation of the public records statute when he said, "The fact that an offi- cial may be traveling does not place the travel or its mode of payment or the source of the resources used to travel ipso facto within the public records law. The purpose of the travel is the determining factor." Speer was asked by CNS, "What changed between your e-mail of last Thursday (July 12) and today's (July 16) deci- sion?" Again, Speer responded: "I did as I promised• What information I gathered result- ed in my e-mail to you. "What Rep. Harrison was attempting is of no moment unless he was attempting some business of the House or pursuing some course mandated by law. Anyone's attempts to raise money for a private entity is (sic) not the business of the House nor is it an activity mandated by law. "Your personal interpreta- tion of the law is not determi- native of the actual scope of the law." Speer apparently was overlooking the fact that the House and Senate combined to pay current and former members of the two chambers more than $70,000 in travel, lodging and registration fees for attending ALEC functions in New Orleans, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Austin between 2008 and 2011. Of that amount, almost $30,000 was paid in per diem of $142, $145, $152 or $159 per day, depending on the year, for attending the con- ferences. 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