[Congressional Record Volume 154, Number 185 (Wednesday, December 10, 2008)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E2364]
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                         HON. RODNEY ALEXANDER

                              of louisiana

                    in the house of representatives

                      Wednesday, December 10, 2008

  Mr. ALEXANDER. Madam Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the 
Centennial Anniversary of the Village of Morganza.
  Named after the first American sheriff of Pointe Coupee Parish, 
Colonel Charles Morgan, the Village of Morganza was incorporated in 
  Originally from Pennsylvania, Morgan came to Pointe Coupee Parish in 
1830. He was a prominent land-owner in the parish, and served in the 
Louisiana Legislature and represented the Mississippi River Authority.
  During the Civil War, the Village of Morganza was the site of a Union 
Army encampment. Several battles were fought in this area throughout 
the war. The largest conflict in Pointe Coupee Parish occurred at 
nearby Stirling Plantation, on September 29, 1863.
  Just before the turn of the Twentieth Century, the Morganza Post 
Office was organized, and the Town Hall was built in 1968.
  St. Ann's Catholic Church was founded in 1916, but was so severely 
damaged by storms in 1934 and 1935, the structure was later destroyed. 
The present church building was dedicated in October 1935.
  The Village of Morganza is perhaps best known for the Morganza 
Spillway which helps control flooding on the lower Mississippi River. 
It is also commonly known for featured scenes in the movie ``Easy 
Rider'' in 1968.
  Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring the 
Centennial Anniversary of the Village of Morganza. I am proud of the 
residents of this historical community for ensuring its charm and 
spirit is as strong today as it was 100 years prior.