8046 Main Street Houma, Louisiana 70360 (985) 868-4232

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8046 Main Street Houma, Louisiana 70360

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Charles Amedee Celestin

Charles Amedee Celestin was the oldest child of Jean Celestin and Pamela Marie DeGruys Celestin. He was born on March 26, 1864 in Louisiana. He was educated at Thibodaux College, in Thibodaux Louisiana and was further educated for the Priesthood, but that was not to be. He married America Margaret Hanagriff on April 15, 1887. They had nine children, two sons and seven daughters. In 1897 he was Chancellor Commander of Knights of Pythias, a brotherhood organization; manager of Daspit & Celestin Packers & Shippers; Secretary of the Police Jury; Superintendent of the School Board. By 1900 he was the Clerk of Court. In 1916 he was elected to the office of City Judge. He died November 5, 1918 at the age of 54 years. He was buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Houma.

Charles Amedee Celestin, Jr.

Charles Amedee Celestin was the oldest child of Charles Amedee Celestin, Sr. and America Margaret Hannagriff Celestin. He was born January 10, 1887 probably in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. He graduated from Baltimore School of Dental Surgery in 1909 and later that year he opened his dental office in Paincourtville, Louisiana. His father died in November 1918 at the age of 54. The son, Dr. Charles Amedee Celestin, was appointed to fill the office of City Judge that was left vacant by his father’s death. He took the oath of office in January 1919. He completed the remaining months of the term. In 1928 he was living in Livingston, Louisiana but he eventually returned to reside in Houma. He died on March 5, 1956 and was buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Houma. 

Joseph Charles Bourg

Joseph Charles “J. C.” Bourg was the son of Aubin Bourg and Elizabeth du Roi Bourg. The Bourg family was a prominent pioneer family of Terrebonne Parish. J. C. was the fourth child and oldest son. He was born in October 1861. He married Carrie A. Belanger on 4 Oct. 1892. They raised a large family. He was a Justice of the Peace in Houma in 1908 and was elected to the office of City Judge in 1920. He served in this capacity until 1936. He was prominently identified with many efforts for the betterment of the city and parish. He died in June 1947 and was buried in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery No. 1, in Houma. 

Ephraim E. “Ephie” Aitkens

E. A. “Ephie” Aitkens was born in October 1875 in Houma. He was the oldest child of John C. Aitkens and his wife, Clara Chauvin Aitkens. In December 1901 he married Mary Celestine Duthu at St. Francis de Sales church. They lived on Canal St. and raised a family of four daughters and two sons. He was a graduate of St. Philip School (later renamed McDonough No. 18) in New Orleans. When he returned to Terrebonne Parish, he taught school in Pointe au Chien for one term and later at Bayou Cane. Later he was a tailor and succeeded his father as Justice of the Peace for Houma. As Justice of the Peace he served as a judge and was re-elected to the office of City Judge in 1936. He died three years later in March of 1939, leaving his term as City Judge vacant. He was buried in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, No. 1 in Houma.

Eugene Victor Routier

Eugene Routier was born in September 1875 in Theriot, Louisiana. He was the son of Eugene L. Routier and Victoria Boutrie. He was the oldest of several children. He married Ida Carrie Daigle. He was bookkeeper. He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Name and Ushers’ Societies at St. Francis de Sales church. He was appointed City Judge when E. A. “Ephie” Aitkens died in the middle of his term. Following his short term as City Judge, he became the first City Clerk. (This is not the same office as the clerk of City Court.) He filled this office until he retired in 1957 at the age of 82. He died in June 1964 and was buried in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, No. 1, in Houma. 

Robert Dennis Lottinger, Sr.

Robert Lottinger was born on February 15,1913. He was the son of Lee Philip Lottinger, Sr. and Emma Landry Lottinger. He attended St. Francis de sales School and graduated from Lorton Preparatory School in Houma. He attended Tulane University and received his law degree in 1936. He married Francis Naquin of Thibodaux in 1939. They were the parents of five children. He practiced law from 1936 until 1986, when he retired from his law practice. He was the first attorney elected Judge of City Court of Houma. He was generally known as the "Little Judge" and served from January 1, 1943 until December 31, 1978. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Diabetes Association, the of Order of Elks, the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, the Louisiana Bar Association and the Terrebonne Parish Bar Association. Judge Lottinger died on July 15, 1990  at the age of 77 and is buried in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, No. 2, on Bayou Cane in Terrebonne Parish.


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