WILLOWS: THE CREOLE: TIMELINE

Day

Date

Day

Summary

 

1759

 

François Arceneaux arrives as child in Louisiana.

 

1785

 

François marries Bosa, a mulatto and their first son is born.

 

1786

 

Arceneaux (age 27) buys land and begins construction of house.

 

1790

 

Aimee joins François at the house, though he has taken a mistress of color and fathered several children.

 

1796

 

François Arceneaux is killed.

 

1810

 

Louisiana reverts to French ownership

 

1812

 

Final battle of War of 1812 is fought in New Orleans.

 

1876

 

Narrator goes to college; she is seventeen years old.

 

1832

 

Death of Aimee Arceneaux, great-grandmother.

 

1882

 

Narrator’s father is imprisoned for bribery.

24 May

1883

 

Narrator is willed the house from father’s sister.

17 April

1883

 

Travel by train to New Orleans.

30 April

1883

 

Clement asks about plans for the house/land and narrator hires his men to work on the house.

1 May

1883

 

Go to New Orleans with Mr. Ferdinand.

2 May

1883

 

Rain starts

13 May

1883

 

Rain stops

22 May

1883

 

Workers return to fields.

24 May

1883

 

Ask Adele for help inside the house.

4 June

1883

 

First load of lumber supplies arrives.

10 June

1883

 

Read Vincent’s journal; witness Voodoo ritual.

13 June

1883

 

Meet André Ferdinand.

16 June

1883

 

Ball in New Orleans

21 June

1883

 

Women come to see house and discuss suffrage movement.

12 July

1883

 

Second shipment of lumber arrives; horses, cow, etc.

16 July

1883

Monday

Meeting with Mr. Alderman.

20 July

1883

Friday

Meeting with Mr. Alderman and Mr. Baryon.

25 July

1883

Wednesday

Meeting with Mr. Alderman, Mr. Baryon, and Mr. Grenot.

31 July

1883

Tuesday

Meeting in bank with Mr. Oger and Mr. Ferdinand.

5 August

1883

Sunday

Announce the new payroll system; all children must attend school.

19 August

1883

 

Discover paintings by Vincent.

9 September

1883

 

Family showing of the paintings.

20 September

 

 

Equal Rights Party nominates female candidates for president and vice president.

23 September

1883

 

Women’s cause meeting; showing of Arceneaux collection.

2 October

1883

Thursday

Narrator’s father arrives.

16 October

1883

Tuesday

Meeting with plantation company.

25 October

1883

Thursday

Father returns to meet with plantation company.

31 October

1883

Wednesday

Go to New York.

5 November

1883

 

Return from New York

27 November

1883

 

First ball is held with auction.

30 November

1883

 

Open new bank account; Adele meets her family.

2 December

1883

 

New schoolhouse is open; Mr. Johnson arrives.

22 December

1883

 

Adele’s younger sister comes to live on plantation.

26 February

1884

Tuesday

Mardi Gras.

8 March

1884

 

Susan B. Anthony addresses the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

15 March

1884

 

Prosper begins internship.

15 October

1884

 

Mrs. Lockwood, presidential candidate, speaks at New Woman’s meeting.

1 November

1884

 

Loreauville Rally.

16 December

1884

 

World’s fair opens (two weeks late).

10 January

1885

 

Narrator returns to New York.

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