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In 1950, a group of prominent Houma businessmen informally gathered together for the purpose of starting a new carnival club.  Those informal meetings were held at the Mayfair Club on Main Street in Houma.  Later that year, the first official meeting was held in the city courtroom in the courthouse following a pre-organization meeting at the office of Dr. Arthur Anisman.  The purpose of the club was to bring to the City of Houma the splendor and beauty of a night carnival parade for the first time.  At this meeting, officers were elected and the name of the club was decided by popular vote.  The founding officers were Frank King, President; Merkle B. Kornegay, Vice-President; Ernest Bille, Secretary and Treasurer.  The first Captain of the Krewe of Terreanians was Dr. Arthur Anisman.  By parade time, the Krewe of Terreanians had incorporated as The Greater Houma Carnival Club, Inc.

   Many obstacles appeared on the road to success for the club this first year; renting floats at an affordable price, transporting the floats to Houma, finding a way to properly illuminate the floats, and securing costumes.  However, after hours of hard work, the Krewe of Terreanians held its first parade at 7:30 on the night before Mardi Gras, Monday February 5, 1951.  The officers and members of that first year were rewarded for their efforts by seeing the smiling faces of the youngsters, teenagers and adults who lined the streets of Houma.  The parade thrilled thousands of the citizens of Terrebonne and those of nearby parishes who journeyed to Houma to view the spectacle and beg for baubles and beads from the maskers.  Membership was fewer than 100 men.
Here is the history of presidents and captains for the Krewe of Terreanians.

 

Years

President

Years

Captain

1950-51

Frank King

1950-53

Dr. Arthur Anisman

1951-52

Merkle B. Kornegay

1953-54

Harry Mey

1952-53

Vincent Lopresto

1954-58

Vincent Lopresto

1953-54

Eldon Madere

1958-59

Bud Sharp

1954-55

Dave Schouest

1959-62

Vic Morgan

1955-56

Dr. Artur Anisman

1962-66

George Fakier

1956-58

Merkle B. Kornegay

1966-75

Dr. Tom Givens

1958-59

Vincent Lopresto

1975-80

Henry Toups

1959-63

Claude B. Duval

1980-82

Dr. Tom Givens

1963-69

Elward T Brady Sr.

1982-84

John Hollinshead

1969-71

Malcom P Kraus

1984-89 

Harold Haydel

1971-76

Ronnie J. Haydel

1989-94

Dr. Tommy Haydel

1976-77

Henry Toups

1994-02

Hon. Randy Bethancourt

1976-78

Dickie Webre

2002-05

Donnie Braud

1978-80

L.J. Folse

2005-06 

Mike "Cuz" Prosprerie

1980-84

Merkle B. Kornegay Jr.

2006-07

Donnie Braud

1984-86

Jim Erny

2007-09

Rene Rhodes

1986-88

A.P. Prejean Jr.

2009-10

Donnie Braud

1988-91

Merkle B Kornegay Jr.

 

 

1991-93

Sid Sundberry

 

 

1993-95

John M. DeFraites

 

 

1995-99

 

 

1999-00

John M. DeFraites

 

 

2000-03

Merkle B Kornegay Jr.

 

 

2003-06

Darryl Brue

 

 

2006-08

Gary Chatagnier

 

2008-10

Jason Bergeron

 

 

2010-13

Terry Braud, Jr.

2009-12

Donnie Braud

2013-16

Charles Kornegay

2012-16

Dane "Peanut" Ledet, Jr.

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