- 1920 United States Federal Census
about Laurie Breden
Name: Laurie Breden
Birth Year: abt 1919
Home in 1920: Police Jury Ward 2, St Helena, Louisiana
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Champion Breden
Father's Birthplace: Louisiana
Mother's Name: Alice Breden
Mother's Birthplace: Louisiana
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Household Members: Name Age
Champion Breden 48
Alice Breden 42
Marion Breden 19
Mynette Breden 18
Opal Breden 13
Julius Breden 11
Webb Breden 8
Laurie Breden 6/12 (0n this census is states that this person was a daughter, when in fact it is Laurie Leroy Breeden, a son. Apparently, the census taker assumed that it was a daughter).
Josephine Carroll 82
Social Security Death Index
Name: Laurie L. Breeden
Last Residence: 70441 Greensburg, Saint Helena, Louisiana, United States of America
Born: 24 Jun 1919
Died: 9 Jul 1995
State (Year) SSN issued: Louisiana (Before 1951)
A Man Named Laurie ( Story posted on Ancestry by James S. Breeden)
NOTE - these recollections are from my own memory, and from conversations with my mother, who was Laurie's niece. I have not yet gotten around to verifying the details or checking for additional
records for Laurie, other than the Census. I will do so eventually, and also hope to interview the boys he raised as his sons.
Laurie was his given name, after (I believe) the character in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.
He was the youngest of the family, and was something of a pet to his brothers and sisters.
According to my mother, his was a difficult birth, and he was small and sickly. My great-grandmother devoted herself entirely to his care, sleeping next to him in a little bed rigged up by my great-grandfather so that it could be placed near the stove in the kitchen.
He was an amazingly charming and very handsome man, who never lacked for female companionship. He was also a very good dancer - in my mother's estimation, one of the best she's ever seen.
He had a PhD in agriculture from LSU, and was also in the Army Air Corps (I will have to check for his service records - I may not have the correct branch) in WWII. I do not think he left the US.
He married Jennie Belle (Cutrer) Varnado and raised her two sons Steve and Jimmie Varnado as his own, although their father would never allow Laurie to adopt them.
Laurie and Jennibelle did not have any children together.
He ran a small dairy farm and lived in the family home that my great-grandparents had bought in around 1908; it still stands on RR 10 near Days Church and now belongs to Steve and Jimmie.
I remember many summertime visits to his fishing camp on (I am pretty sure) the Bogue Chitto River; the water was cold and clear; and the river shallow with a rocky bottom and many sandbars, quite unlike the slow, muddy Tickfaw. It was a comfortable place raised up on stilts, with a little kitchen, a den with an old sofa and 2 or 3 small sleeping rooms with chenille bedspreads. No TV or phone, only a radio. I'm sure there was a dining table next to the kitchen, but I can only recall eating outside - and the fish and hush puppies being fried down under the house on the paved carport. Iced tea or pop rouge for the kids, beer for the adults.
Jennie Belle was famous for her cooking, especially her soup. She had a slightly peppery personality, which I enjoyed tremendously when I would visit them during my summer stays with my grandfather.
Her voice was husky from many years of smoking, although I think she and Laurie both stopped smoking together in the mid-70s.
For a time, they made sculptures by molding their used chewing gum, then painting and applying
varnish. Laurie also used chewing tobacco, and could spit it out with great aim and precision from amazing distances. He had a sly sense of humor similar to my grandfather's (his brother); I only wish that I could have gotten to know him as an adult; he died when I was in my early 20s.