Erath 4th of July Celebration
2008 Grand Marshals Elwood and Claudette Lacour
The Erath 4th of July Association is proud to announce the selection
of Elwood and Claudette Lacour as the Grand Marshals of the 62nd
Annual Erath 4th of July Celebration. The Lacours are long time
residents of Erath who have been very involved in the civic
organizations of the community for many years.
In 1973, Elwood and Claudette moved their family to Erath when they
purchased the Family Drugs Pharmacy. They moved here knowing only
one person, Rickey Suire Domingues, who was a college friend of
Claudette. They were soon “adopted” by Lee and Vella Mae Bernard,
who introduced the couple to the community. They became members of
Our Lady of Lourdes Church Parish, where Claudette continues to
serve as a Lector. Claudette also joined Les Travailleuses.
Les Travailleuses was a women’s organization in Erath that worked on
different civic projects in the community. The organization was in
charge of the Erath 4th of July Celebration from 1972-1975. Elwood
and Claudette fell in love with Erath’s 4th of July Celebration. In
1976, the Erath 4th of July Association was formed, and the Lacours
continued their involvement with the celebration. They have both
served as President of the Erath 4th of July Association. Claudette
became President in 1986 as plans for the construction of the Erath
Community Building were being finalized. The construction of the
building was a long time dream for the members of the 4th of July
Association, who envisioned a building where receptions, meetings,
and parties could be held in the beautiful Erath City Park. Elwood
served as Vice President for several years, and became President in
1996 and served for eight years a President. As president, he
oversaw the construction of the tennis courts in the park. Claudette
has served as secretary, vice president, president, and has been
serving as treasurer for eight years. For many years, Claudette was
the Master of Ceremonies for the Queens Pageants. The couple both
worked on the Fireworks Crew, whose job was to stage the giant
fireworks display on July 4th, from the year of 1976 to 2002.
Elwood and Claudette are also members of the Erath Backers Club.
They will be most remembered for putting on the various theme dances
for the club such as “Back to the 50’s” and “Mash.” They are active
members of the 12 and Go Social Club of Erath; and Claudette has
been a member of Les Demitasse Club of Erath since 1976. Claudette
has been a member of the Catholic Daughters since 1975, and Elwood
is a past member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 3872.
Claudette made history in 1990 when she became the first woman to
run for Erath City Council. She garnered the most votes out of all
the candidates, and was elected as Mayor Pro Tem by her fellow
councilmen. She served as councilwoman for 12 years.
Earlier this year, the couple decided to retire after over 35 years
in business. They sold Savins Drugs to Troy and Genee Guilbeaux, and
are enjoying their retirement, spending time with their four
Elwood and Claudette are the parents of three children, Aimee Lacour
Stevenson and her husband, Bill; Christy Lacour Deshotel, and her
husband Sonny; and Charlie Lacour. They are also the grandparents of
four: Alaina, Caylee, Austin, and Garrett.