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Jun 3, 2014 4:48 PM by KATC

Acadian Museum inducting C. Paul Bergeron into Living Legends

The Acadian Museum will induct C. Paul Bergeron into its Order of Living Legends on Saturday, June 14.

The event will take place at 4 p.m. at the Acadian Museum Café, 102 East Edwards in Erath, LA.

C. Paul Bergeron was born on September 16, 1922, in Abbeville. He spoke only French when he started school, but learned English in record time because students who were heard speaking French on the school grounds were paddled.

Bergeron lived near Coulee Kinney and spent many happy hours swimming and fishing in the coulee and exploring the woods around it.

In high school, he took all the business courses that were offered and graduated in 1939, then went to college at Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

In November 1941, he resigned from college during his junior year to work for Continental Oil Company at its district office between Basile and Iota.

In January 1950, Bergeron went to work for the U.S. Census Bureau, supervising the 13 people who were taking the census on 1950. Later, he worked for the Louisiana Department of Highway Engineers.

In June 1952, he left the state and went to work in the accounting department at the Jefferson Island salt mine, where he later witnessed the historic drilling accident at Lake Peigneur that caused homes and barges to sink into a vortex formed in the lake.

In 1954 Bergeron married Audrey Hardy. She was not only his sweetheart but also his very best friend. They are the parents of four children.

The Living Legends series, free and open to the public, honors individuals who have helped shape and define the Cajun culture. The program is held at the Museum Café located next door to the Acadian Museum.

There will be a Cajun music jam session from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. The induction will take place at 4 p.m.

For more information, call 937-0012. Visit www.acadianmuseum.com to view a complete list of all prior inductees.

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