Notes for NOEMIE LOCOUL:|
From "Memories of the Old Plantation Home," by Laura Locoul Gore, pp. 157-159:
"Ever since the wedding [of Mimi's sister Laura] in 1892, George, Laura's brother, had lived with Desiree and Mimi at their Bourbon Street house. Throughout his twenties, George was able to secure temporary employment, but never held a job that brought in enough to pay the living expenses for the three of them. Often, he was hired as a clerk or runner or office boy, only to change jobs within a year or so. He never married and displayed little or no interest in the opposite sex. Likewise, Mimi never held a job nor ventured far from her mother. She was not known to entertain suitors nor have her own coterie of friends. Living arrangements at 35 Bourbon Street remained relatively unchanged for the 13 years after Laura left.
"By 1900, the French Quarter had become run down, with sorely depressed property values and the area was no longer a desirable neighborhood in which to live. In 1905, Laura pleaded with Desiree to leave New Orleans and to come and live near her in St. Louis. The offer was accepted, the townhouse sold and the last of the Locouls, Desiree, Mimi and George, left Louisiana for their new home on Maryland Avenue in St. Louis.
"Once settled in, the old pangs of separation eased for everyone. Stephen Decatur found George a position, menial though it was, at the Missouri Glass Company. Desiree happily became a doting grandmother and welcomed her baby-sitting duties for Lollie, Daise and Charlie, Jr. She was especially pleased to be able to assist her grand-daughters in their Catholic schooling. * * *
"In 1911, Laura's beloved mother, Desiree, died and was buried in Calvary, the Catholic cemetery, in St. Louis. Laura's grief was soon to be compounded by Mimi's increasingly erratic behavior. Always introverted as a young girl, the sensitive Mimi fell into a long depression following her mother's death. Her mental health was questioned and she suffered frequent and more severe bouts of hysteria. In 1912, Mimi was married, aged 44, to her cousin, Neuville Prudhomme.
"Mimi was given her third of the Locoul inheritance including her share of the family furniture and she left St. Louis with Neuville to live at the family's Magnolia Plantation near Natchitoches, where he was the overseer. * * *
"[In approximately 1936] sad news arrived from Natchitoches. Mimi had to be forcibly taken in the middle of the night from the Magnolia Plantation and institutionalized. She was placed in the insane asylum at Jackson, Louisiana and remained there until her death in 1944."