Easter Fun Through the Ages

That crummy, dummy Easter Bunny left no eggs for me,
That crummy, dummy Easter Bunny hopped right by with glee!
I tracked him to my neighbor’s house and stood outside his door,
And when I saw that Bunny head, I knocked it to the floor.
I tied up all his whiskers and macramed his ears.
I sat down in my rocking chair and drank three beers.

———–by Betty Lou Bucklin Landry and Van Landry


This is my standard Easter post of a poem my mom wrote many years ago. For those who are paying attention, I have added two lines this year. I always thought it was missing something between hopping right by my house and me tying up his ears. How did I get to his ears to tie them up? Here is the answer! Conflict resolved.

Here are a few photos of my early Easters, before all the conflict with the Easter Bunny!


In Lake Charles in 1963 with my brothers and sisters and mom.  Al, Rob, Jodie, Van, Jamie in mom’s (Betty Lou Bucklin Landry) arms, and Karen.


The Landrys in Jennings in 1964 with some Pilcher (Bucklin) cousins. Lynn P, Karen L, Toni P, Al L, Van L, Jodie L, Mark Carte, Rob L, Kevin P, Paul P, Larry P, and Jamie L.


Here I am (Van Landry) in Hathaway at Grandma and Grandpa Bucklin’s house Mar. 29, 1964. We always went there on Easter and had a big Easter egg hunt with the cousins.



In Hathaway with Grandma Bucklin, cousin Rhonda, sisters Jamie and Jodie, and brother Al. That’s me (Van) behind Al who is eating his chocolate bunny. Easter 1964

Ohio Normal University

Louis Charles Bucklin at Military Academy in Ada, Ohio.

Ray Bucklin (former 1st Lt Bucklin) thinks the 4th in the front row is Louis. “The military would have probably lined them up in alphabetical order.  I have spent a lot of my life third or fourth in line.”  I thought that one looked similar to Louis’s later photo so Ray is probably right.

Ada Ohio

Louis came home after his sister Jennie died around June 1893. I Googled the name on the flag and found it was Ohio Normal University (now Ohio Northern University).

I found Louis listed in two year books on ONU’s website:

Page 71 of both yearbooks list L. C. Bucklin from Calcasieu Co., LA in the Commercial Course Department.

Page 29 gives you a description of the Commercial College.  I always wondered why he went to a military school, but that was just part of it.  That page says, “There is nothing in which you can engage that will not call for a business knowledge.”  That made me realize he must have gone there for the business education which would help him him run the farm.

The first part of the year books about the school are really interesting.  Page 10 tells about the advantages over other schools, including nutritious food and electricity.

You can read about the military department of the university here.

Bucklin Bandstand

Rice Truck BandstandOur 63 year old 2 ton rice truck is now a bandstand!  It is a 1952 Ford F-6 Truck. This is from the first generation of Ford’s F-Series trucks, originally introduced in 1948.

The H. R. Bucklin on the door stands for Herbert and Roy.  They had a farming partnership named H. G. & Roy Bucklin.  The door originally said A. H. Bucklin for Addie Hine Bucklin.  To save money they apparently repainted only the first two letters after she died.

Up until Addie’s death in 1960, it was her farm, cattle, and equipment. Herbert and Roy were her employees and ran things for her. They had land of their own, but she owned most of 1,000 acres. Herbert bought some from her and Roy bought the old Hine land across Elton Road to the East.

Addie grew up east of the drier at the place the Bruchhaus call the Pecan grove (no pecans trees left now) on Elton Road.  From Louis’ journal, we know Addie sometimes worked for the Bucklin family, probably cooking and cleaning. Betty Lou Bucklin Landry says that is how Addie Hine and Louis Bucklin met.

Other than some cleaning and recovering the seat, it is all as it was when it was last parked in our barn, except for the Mardi Gras outfit!  The back was a flat bed with removable wood panels that made the bed.  After cutting, rice would be loaded into the truck bed to take to the drier.  Today that is done in an 18-wheeler.

Inside a narrow barn for decades, I had never got a good look at the truck until it was a bandstand.  Here are a few photos of the truck last time I looked at the truck in 2007. The licence plate expired in 1977. The window was down again and animals had been living inside.  It has a much better home now where it is protected from animals and can be appreciated.

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Mother’s Day 2011

July 5, 1963 – Betty Lou Bucklin Landry fixing shrimp creole for the gang at the old Dupuy house in Jennings, Louisiana. It was her youngest daughter’s first birthday, so I’m sure she made a cake, too!

Here is a photo of my mom – Betty Lou Bucklin Landry – from July 5, 1963. She’s the best mom in the whole world!

Basketball Spectaculare

Getting rough on the court!

Christmas 1977 – Getting rough on the court!

Thinking of Christmases in the past…Scanning old slides today. This one if from 1977. That’s Ernest Woolley in the red sweater, Toni Pilcher in the blue jean ensemble, Sylvia on the ground, Alma with the ball, Betty with Charla’s hand on her hip, and Grandma (Myrtle Bucklin – the matriarch) in one of the most entertaining basketball games I’ve ever seen!


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