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Rosolini A Russell@ George Macaluso


Russell Macaluso was my father. He was born in Napoleonville, Louisiana on April 14, 1920. He died of cancer on September 24, 1981.

I found Daddy= s military papers and thought some of you would be interested in knowing some of this info.

Daddy joined the Army on December 21, 1942. I was born June 12, 1943 and Mama and I went to Oklahoma to live with Daddy shortly after I was born. Unfortunately, Daddy was sent overseas on December 6, 1943.

During his tour of duty overseas he served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe  He served overseas for 1 year, 9 months, 14 days.

Daddy was in Company A D@ 272D Infantry. He drove a command car for a while and then for 2 years, 3 months his duty was A field wire@ -- operating the battery and battalion switchboard . He also handled the mail for the battery.

Daddy was discharged September 19, 1945 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

On his return from the service, he worked for Exxon Mobil in Baton Rouge, LA for 40 years before he had to retire because of his health.

I hope you enjoyed this short bio and maybe this will encourage you to share info on some of your family with us.

Peter "Red Pete" Joseph Macaluso

Uncle Pete was in the Navy in WWII and served on the submarine, USS Silverside.  There were no doctors on the sub, so when a sailor needed an emergency appendectomy a yeoman performed this surgery.  It was the first surgery performed on a submarine.  Uncle Pete was on the sub at the time.

The ships of the fleet were not allowed to have pets on them.  The Silverside somehow was able to get a dog and a duck on board.  Knowing my Uncle Pete, I bet he had something to do with slipping these critters on board.  The dog was taught to climb the ladders on the sub.  I'll try to get more info on Uncle Pete's military history to share with you.  I understand there is a book on the sub.


Thanks to Susie Cassano Melton for the following memories:

When her husband, Pat, came to her house for the first time, Susie was outside at Aunt Net's house talking to Grandma Nancy Macaluso.  She told her that her boyfriend was coming over and of course she asked "Is he Italian?" When he drove up, she was going to get him to come meet her and she wouldn't let her go.  She said that if he really wanted to see her that he could walk over.

She said that if a boy would ever come to her house to see her, the whole family would sit on the front porch hanging around them.

Grandpa Jim Macaluso was friends with her brother, Uncle Tony Politz.  He would come over to visit and one day he told her he was going to marry her.  Of course he did.

Susie remembers Grandma mopping her carpet and always managed to have her TV on "static" totally ignoring the large black "mark" someone drew on the knob.

Susie also remembers eating salad at Grandma's and it being pure vinegar--how we use to all cram into her house at Christmas and Thanksgiving--how she always worried about her dresses when she went out--remembered her throwing something out the back door in a bad storm (this could have been a piece of blessed palm or a piece of bread from the St. Joseph altar).

I remember her sitting in her chair with the TV on saying her rosary (she said she said 13 rosaries a day) and she kept falling off to sleep.


Legend & History of the

Place & Names of Assumption Parish

by Elsie A. AllemanC 1936

Elm Hall is one of the largest plantations in Assumption Parish. It was located at front of present day Napoleonville.

Dr. Ebenezer Eaton Kittredge came to Napoleonville in early 19th century. He was an able physician & a man of large wealth. During his time, the plantation was noted as a place of hospitable entertainment.

Dr. Willoughby Eaton Kittredge, grandson of E. E. Kittredge & a prominent physician, observed the many elms which surrounded the plantation home on Elm Hall plantation and thinks this is why his grandfather named his first home A Elm Hall@ .

In 1936, Elm Hall was owned by the Godchaux Sugar Company. The home formerly occupied by Walter Godchaux  is now the home of Charles E. Landry.

The Godchaux Canal drained Elm Hall Plantation land & emptied into Bayou Crocodile that flows into Lake Verret. It was built during the time when Leon Godchaux owned Elm Hall Plantation.

Elm Hall Plantation was destroyed by fire on September 9, 1922.

To view photos of Elm Hall Plantation as it is today, click on the photo page.