Albert Leopold Vitter, Jr.

Albert Leopold Vitter, Jr.

Male 1915 - 2003  (87 years)
Person ID: I15155   |  Last Modified: 4 May 2021


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  • Name Albert Leopold Vitter  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
    2003-10-21 -- Albert L. VItter, Jr. Mass of Christian Burial Document
    2003-10-21 -- Albert L. VItter, Jr. Mass of Christian Burial Document
    Suffix Jr. 
    Name A. L. and Père  [11
    Notes 
    • Obituary
      Albert Leopold Vitter Jr., a lifelong resident of New Orleans, LA, died Friday October 17, 2003 at his home at the age of 87. Mr. Vitter attended St. Matthias Catholic School and graduated from Holy Cross High School. He was a 1935 electrical engineering graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he also received a masters degree in physics and served on the faculty. He first worked for the State of Louisiana in the Department of Conservation. During World War II, Mr. Vitter was engaged by the United States Government's Office for Scientific Research and Development at MIT's Radiation Laboratory and also as an instructor at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. He was later employed by Chevron Oil Company as Chief Engineer until his retirement in 1981. Mr. Vitter was a tireless volunteer in the community, performing computer analysis for VIA (Volunteer Information Agency), St. Rita Parish, and the St. Vincent dePaul Society. He was a benefactor of the University of Notre Dame. For his outstanding dedication to the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of New Orleans honored him with the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion.

      "One of my father's defining qualities was the combination of intelligence, hard work, and thoroughness that he brought to bear on everything he did," said his son Al Vitter III.

      He is survived by his wife of 60 years Audrey St. Raymond Vitter; four sons Albert L. Vitter III and J. Mark Vitter of New Orleans, Jeffrey S. Vitter of West Lafayette, Indiana, and David B. Vitter of Metairie, Louisiana; two daughters Martha (Tootie) Vitter Jackoniski of Alpharetta, Georgia and Donna Vitter of Paris, France; and 15 grandchildren.

      Preceding a Mass on Tuesday, October 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Rita of Cascia Church, 2729 Lowerline St. in New Orleans, there was a visitation at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home at 4127 S. Claiborne Avenue from 9 a.m. Donations to the American Parkinson Disease Association Inc. (1250 Hylan Blvd. Suite 4B, Staten Island, NY 10305-1946, 1-800-223-2732, www.apdaparkinson.org) are appreciated.
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      Go to the Genealogy subpage at vitter.org/Genealogy to see a slideshow on A. L. Vitter Jr's life.

      A. L. Vitter, Jr., known as Papa or Poppa to his children and then as Père to his grandchildren, was an only child; his older sister died at birth. He and his mother, whom her grandchildren called Mère, crossed the Atlantic aboard the S. S. Rochambeau on May 14-24, 1921 when he was 5 1/2 years old. They returned on the S. S. Paris on August 6-13, 1921. They visited Toulouse, Lourdes, Noe (on the Garonne River), Vichy, Rheims, Battlefield of Berry au Bac. He has a picture of him and his mother in Toulouse on July 4, 1921. Père's father A. L. Vitter, Sr. was known as Baba. Baba joined them on the return from France and they visited Niagara Falls along with Herman Bohne.

      Père graduated from Notre Dame in Electrical Engineering 1935 at the age of 19 and earned his Master's degree in Physics two years later. He taught on the Engineering faculty at Notre Dame from 1937–1938, but then decided to return home, where he became senior petroleum engineer for the Louisiana Department of Conservation. He worked during WWII in the Radiation Lab at MIT, specializing on sonar research. He married Audrey St. Raymond (known to grandkids as Mimi) on June 19, 1943. His family at 3600 Napoleon Avenue lived cattycorner to the St. Raymonds at 3539 Napoleon Avenue. Al III was born in February 1945 in Boston while Père and Mimi lived in a dorm on Mass Ave on the MIT campus (Bexley Hall). There is a picture with Mimi holding Al III as a baby on her lap in 1945 in front of their residence, which was recreated in another photo as a joke 19 years later when Al III was a college student at Notre Dame. The pictures are included in the slide show in honor of Père, available on the web site http://www.vitter.org

      Père started work at the California Company of the Standard Oil Company of California (now Chevron) and was appointed Chief Engineer in the 1950s. He had several honors and patents during the years. He retired in December 1980 and turned his pursuits to computers and volunteer work. He won, along with Mimi on separate occasions, the Order of St. Louis Medallion, the highest award bestowed on lay people in the archdiocese of New Orleans.

      In his eulogy, Al Vitter III offered this assessment of Père: "One of my father's defining qualities was the combination of intelligence, hard work, and thoroughness that he brought to bear on everything he did."

      Each Saturday morning for several years, Père played golf (in a manner of speaking) with his brother-in-law John (Buddie) St. Raymond and occasionally joined by Mark or Jeff if they could get up that early. Tee time was always well before 7 am. Père was known for his patented banana slice, which can be seen on the family video taken at the Gulf Hills Dude Ranch in Ocean Springs, MS in the mid-late 1960s. He took up tennis when he heard that a slice in tennis was good. He had a knack of getting match-ending charlie horses in his leg whenever he would go into the lead when playing tennis with Jeff.

      Père did a lot of carpentry as a hobby, building much of the furniture and gadgets in the house at 4100 Vincennes, such as the desk in the green bedroom and the intercom system. He was very talented in building and designing. He designed a system for developing the photos for the annual Vitter Christmas photo card, a tradition started in December 1945 and still carried on by Jeff's family. In the 1960s he designed and installed the underground sprinker system around the house, later supplemented by Jeff in 1978. He accidentally cut off the very tip of his little finger one day while using one of his many power saws and drills. He was always kidded for one of the projects he never got around to: the infamous garage doors, which for about 40 years graced the "rough part of the basement" (the name for the unfinished storage area on the first floor) until Hurricane Katrina.

      Jeff remembers when Baba died (shortly after Mère passed) and Père went through the house. They had a huge metal safe in their house (Baba ran a bank), and Père didn't have the combination written, but he had known it as a child. Amazingly enough, after searching his memory, he was able to open the safe.

      Père died two years before Hurricane Katrina. Tootie evacuated Mimi to Atlanta for the hurricane, and she passed away in Atlanta six weeks later.
    Born 23 Dec 1915  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 15
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Oct 2003  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 11, 12, 15
    2003-10-21 -- Albert L. VItter, Jr. Mass of Christian Burial Document
    2003-10-21 -- Albert L. VItter, Jr. Mass of Christian Burial Document
    Buried 21 Oct 2003  Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries, Section 5, Artigues-Vitter tomb, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 11, 12
    2003-10-21 -- Albert L. VItter, Jr. Mass of Christian Burial Document
    2003-10-21 -- Albert L. VItter, Jr. Mass of Christian Burial Document
    Siblings
     1. Berthe Vitter (ID:I1077),   b. 17 Jan 1914, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1914

    Parents

    Family ID: F5 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  
    Father Albert Leopold Vitter, Sr. (ID:I13),   b. 15 Sep 1878, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1961, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Marie Berthe Artigues (ID:I14),   b. 4 Jul 1886, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1960, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 11 Dec 1912  St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (with pointy gold dome), New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [28, 29, 30
    Reference Number 1487 

    Family

    Family ID: F5296 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  |  Last Modified: 4 May 2021   
    Wife Audrey Malvina St. Raymond (ID:I16565),   b. 20 Dec 1920, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 2005, Atlanta, De Kalb, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 19 Jun 1943  St. Matthias Catholic Church, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 31
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding Day
    Reference Number 1474 
    Children 
      1. Dr. Albert Leopold Vitter, III (ID:I8)
      2. Martha Louise Vitter (ID:I9)
      3. Donna Vitter (ID:I10)
      4. John Mark Vitter, MD (ID:I11)
      5. Dr. Jeffrey Scott Vitter (ID:I1785),   b. 13 Nov 1955, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
      6. U. S. Senator David Bruce Vitter (ID:I12)

    Other Personal Events

    Residence Between 1915 and 1923  1528 Baronne Street (corner Terpsichore), New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 21
    Times Picayune article about Rex and Queenie 1976 April 04 Document
    Mere, Baba, and Pere on Rex
    Pere's childhood Baronne Street house
    Pere walking with Baba and Rex
    Baptism 1916  St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (with pointy gold dome), New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Godparents ? and Odile Maurin 
    Departure 1921  Le Havre, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 11
    Mere and AL in Toulouse, France
    Mere and AL in Toulouse, France
    A.L. Vitter Jr. and his mother Berthe Artigues Vitter (Mère) in Toulouse, France in 1921
    Arrival 13 Aug 1921  New York Port, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 11
    return from France trip by mother and son on board ship Le Havre 
    Mere and AL in Toulouse, France
    Mere and AL in Toulouse, France
    A.L. Vitter Jr. and his mother Berthe Artigues Vitter (Mère) in Toulouse, France in 1921
    Residence Between 1923 and 1925  3800 Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Times Picayune article about Rex and Queenie 1976 April 04 Document
    Times Picayune article about Rex and Queenie 1976 April 04 Document
    Residence Between 1925 and 1937  3600 Napoleon Avenue (newly constructed house) 70125, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 21
    Times Picayune article about Rex and Queenie 1976 April 04 Document
    Mimi taming Rex at 3600 Napoleon
    Mimi, Pere, Mere, & Baba on the front porch at 3600 Napoleon
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. at Notre Dame with some fellow engineering students.  (Those wacky college students!)
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. at Notre Dame with fellow students.
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. at Holy Cross
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. at Holy Cross
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. (middle of second row) as starting forward on Holy Cross basketball team
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. with Holy Cross carpool
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. (fourth from right in middle row) as star quarterback on 1930 Holy Cross football team.
    3600 Napoleon Ave New Orleans LA
    Education Between 1927 and 1931  Holy Cross High School, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. at Holy Cross
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. at Holy Cross
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. (middle of second row) as starting forward on Holy Cross basketball team
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. with Holy Cross carpool
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. (fourth from right in middle row) as star quarterback on 1930 Holy Cross football team.
    Education 1935  University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, St Joseph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    B.S., Engineering, graduated 8th in his class at ND 
    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 Document
    U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1990 Document
    Pere at Notre Dame
    Pere at ND Alumni Hall
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. at Notre Dame with some fellow engineering students.  (Those wacky college students!)
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. at Notre Dame with fellow students.
    ALV Jr.
    Education 1937  [11
    M.S., Physics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 
    Arrival Between 23 Aug and 3 Sep 1947  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Caribbean cruise on the ship Antigua 
    Occupation Between 1937 and 1938  University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, St Joseph, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Instructor, Department of Electrical Engineering 
    Pere decides to return to Louisiana, 1938 Document
    ND job offer letter, 1937 Document
    Pere, graduate work and instructor at ND Document
    Occupation Between 1938 and 1942  Louisiana Department of Conservation, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Senior petroleum engineer 
    Pere decides to return to Louisiana, 1938 Document
    1942-03-26 -- AL Vitter Jr
    A.L.Vitter, Oilman, 1940
    Occupation Between 1942 and 1945  Harvard University, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 22
    instructor 
    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 Document
    1942-03-26 -- AL Vitter Jr
    Occupation Between 1942 and 1945  U.S. Office for Scientific Research and Development, MIT Radiation Laboratory, Group 52, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    researcher 
    Pere at M.I.T. Radiation Lab
    1942-03-26 -- AL Vitter Jr
    Residence Between 1942 and 1945  Bexley Hall, Apt. 402, MIT, Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Baby Al with Pere
    Residence 1945  3600 Napoleon Avenue (newly constructed house) 70125, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [21, 22
    Residence Between 1946 and 1957  4120 General Pershing Street 70125, near Broad Street, Broadmoor, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 8
    Occupation Between 1950 and 1981  Chevron Oil Company (Standard Oil Company of California), New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 11
    Engineer and Chief Engineer 
    Residence Between 1957 and 2003  4100 Vincennes Place 70125, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 21, 23, 24
    Times Picayune article about Rex and Queenie 1976 April 04 Document
    Times-Picayune Rex kidnapping, March 23, 1987 Document
    Audrey St Raymond with sailor Jeff
    Jeff's Robot Commando Christmas present (his all-time favorite)
    1983 Christmas 4100 Vincennes
    Rex with Pere, Mimi, Jason, & Joli
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Queenie With Katrina Watermark
    Event May 1981  Europe: England and France Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 17, 25, 26, 27
    trip by A.L. & Audrey St. Raymond Vitter Jr. to visit Al Vitter III on sabbatical in England and Donna Vitter in France 
    Event 21 Mar 1987  4801 Avron Boulevard, Metairie, Jefferson, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [16, 23, 24
    Rex was kidnapped by college students during the night of March 20–21 and left on the Metairie lawn of the Staub family 
    Award Abt 1995  Archdiocese of New Orleans, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion presented to A.L. Vitter Jr. for his outstanding dedication to the Catholic Church 
    Pere receiving St. Louis Medal
    Pere receiving St. Louis Medal
    Description Brown hair, blue eyes  [11
    Reference Number
  • Event Map

    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1915 and 1923 - 1528 Baronne Street (corner Terpsichore), New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Dec 1915 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 1916 - St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (with pointy gold dome), New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeparture - 1921 - Le Havre, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - 13 Aug 1921 - New York Port, New York, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1923 and 1925 - 3800 Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1925 and 1937 - 3600 Napoleon Avenue (newly constructed house) 70125, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Between 1927 and 1931 - Holy Cross High School, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1942 and 1945 - Bexley Hall, Apt. 402, MIT, Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Jun 1943 - St. Matthias Catholic Church, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1945 - 3600 Napoleon Avenue (newly constructed house) 70125, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1946 and 1957 - 4120 General Pershing Street 70125, near Broad Street, Broadmoor, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Between 1950 and 1981 - Chevron Oil Company (Standard Oil Company of California), New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1957 and 2003 - 4100 Vincennes Place 70125, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent - May 1981 - Europe: England and France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent - 21 Mar 1987 - 4801 Avron Boulevard, Metairie, Jefferson, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAward - Abt 1995 - Archdiocese of New Orleans, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Oct 2003 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 21 Oct 2003 - Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries, Section 5, Artigues-Vitter tomb, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - Between 23 Aug and 3 Sep 1947 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Audrey St Raymond with sailor Jeff
    Jeff's Robot Commando Christmas present (his all-time favorite)
    1983 Christmas 4100 Vincennes
    St. Raymond and Vitter families in side yard of 3539 Napoleon Avenue
    Weekly dinner, 3539 Napoleon Avenue
    1916-17  Wilmer Todd AL Vitter Jr Lewis Jr Todd, and possibly Sydney Vitter
    1916-17 Lewis Todd AL Vitter Jr and Gretchen Vitter
    Lewis Todd, Gretchen Vitter, and A.L. Vitter Jr.
    Mere, Baba, and Pere on Rex
    Pere's childhood Baronne Street house
    Pere walking with Baba and Rex
    Mere and AL in Toulouse, France
    Rex with Pere, Mimi, Jason, & Joli
    Mimi & Pere 0n Antigua Cruise, 1947
    Mimi & Pere's 40 Anniversary reception at the N.O. Country Club
    Jeff & Sharon'a Wedding Christmas photo
    Pere receiving St. Louis Medal
    Mimi & Pere swimming before Pere dunks Mimi
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding
    Jeff & Sharon's Wedding
    Mimi taming Rex at 3600 Napoleon
    Mimi and Pere in Cuba, 1947
    Pere at M.I.T. Radiation Lab
    Mimi & Pere at the Ferran Farm in Uzan
    NY World's Fair with Tawo
    SF Seal Rock on a windy day with Mimi, Pere, Sharon, & Jillian, 1986
    Jeff's ND graduation, 1977
    Mimi & Pere at Sea Island, Georgia
    Mimi, Pere, Mere, & Baba on the front porch at 3600 Napoleon
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding Day
    Pere at Notre Dame
    Pere at ND Alumni Hall
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. at Notre Dame with some fellow engineering students.  (Those wacky college students!)
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. at Notre Dame with fellow students.
    ALV Jr.
    Baby Al with Pere
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. at Holy Cross
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. at Holy Cross
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. (middle of second row) as starting forward on Holy Cross basketball team
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. with Holy Cross carpool
    A.L. Vitter, Jr. (fourth from right in middle row) as star quarterback on 1930 Holy Cross football team.
    A.L. Vitter, Jr.
    Pere's patented slice
    1942-03-26 -- AL Vitter Jr
    On Rex at 1528 Baronne
    On Rex at 1528 Baronne
    Rex kidnapped in Metairie
    A.L.Vitter, Oilman, 1940
    Pere on Queen at 3800 Napoleon circa 1924
    Queenie With Katrina Watermark
    3600 Napoleon Ave New Orleans LA
    Uzan Monument
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    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 Document
    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 Document
    Audrey St. Raymond and Albert Vitter Wedding Announcement, newspaper from 1943 Document
    Audrey St. Raymond and Albert Vitter Wedding Announcement, newspaper from 1943 Document
    Audrey St. Raymond and Albert Vitter wedding announcement from, 27 Jun 1943.
    1942 WWII Draft Registration Card, Albert Leopold Vitter Document
    1942 WWII Draft Registration Card, Albert Leopold Vitter Document
    1942 WWII Draft Registration Card, Albert Leopold Vitter
    Times Picayune article about Rex and Queenie 1976 April 04 Document
    Times Picayune article about Rex and Queenie 1976 April 04 Document
    2003-10-21 -- Albert L. VItter, Jr. Mass of Christian Burial Document
    2003-10-21 -- Albert L. VItter, Jr. Mass of Christian Burial Document
    Times-Picayune Rex kidnapping, March 23, 1987 Document
    Times-Picayune Rex kidnapping, March 23, 1987 Document
    Times-Picayune Rex Reward Notice, March 22, 1987 Document
    Times-Picayune Rex Reward Notice, March 22, 1987 Document
    Pere decides to return to Louisiana, 1938 Document
    Pere decides to return to Louisiana, 1938 Document
    ND job offer letter, 1937 Document
    ND job offer letter, 1937 Document
    Pere, graduate work and instructor at ND Document
    Pere, graduate work and instructor at ND Document
    Headstones
    Artigues Vitter tomb Headstone
    Artigues Vitter tomb Headstone
    Ferreol Artigues-Berthe Vitter tomb Headstone
    Ferreol Artigues-Berthe Vitter tomb Headstone
    Albert L. Vitter (1915-2003,) Audrey St Raymond Vitter (1920-2005.) Burial: Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA. Plot: Section 5 - Artigues - Vitter tomb.
    Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA Headstone
    Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA Headstone
    Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
    Histories
    A. L. & Audrey Vitter: Role Models Extraordinaires
    A. L. & Audrey Vitter: Role Models Extraordinaires
    Jeff Vitter's parents A. L. Jr. & Audrey (née St. Raymond) Vitter (grandparent names Père and Mimi) led accomplished lives of extraordinary service and caring for others — a legacy for generations to follow (including many Domers and a killer cookbook!).
    Albert Artigues Jr. & All That Jazz
    Albert Artigues Jr. & All That Jazz
    For the middle part of the 20th century, Albert Artigues Jr. and his cornet were mainstays in the New Orleans jazz scene at night, while he worked at the family business during the days.
    Après le <em>Aha!</em> moment (et avant aussi!)
    Après le Aha! moment (et avant aussi!)
    As highlighted in the history "The Aha! Moment That Led to This Website," Jeff Vitter made a big breakthrough in December 2000 when he discovered when, where, and how his Vitter ancestors came from Europe to the USA. Much correspondence behind the scenes led up to and beyond that discovery. This history gives an inside look at the correspondences that genealogists engage in and how what we understand grows (we hope!) with time.
    Artigues Family Notes and Open Questions
    Artigues Family Notes and Open Questions
    A. L. Vitter Jr. had Artigues connections on both sides of his family: his mother (Marie) Berthe (née Artigues) Vitter was the daughter of immigrant Ferréol Jean Marie Artigues, and his 1st cousin 2x removed Marie Louise Cathalongne (daughter of 1843 Clerval immigrant Marie Louise Vitter) married immigrant Jean Ferréol "John" Artigues. Ferréol and John were 1st cousins. This history includes records about the Artigues, including several who we think are related to us but we haven't yet shown.
    Our Loyal Guardians Rex & Queenie
    Our Loyal Guardians Rex & Queenie
    Rex and Queenie — half-ton cast-iron Newfoundland dogs — have stood guard over Vitter-Artigues homes in New Orleans for about 110 years and have a fascinating (and still mysterious) genealogy of their own.
    Relativity Research
    Relativity Research
    The underlying theme of our website is research on relativity — our relatives pulsate outward in our time-space continuum in a series of gravitational waves spanning many generations and relationships! This page gives an overview of several family histories, beginning with Jeff Vitter's Aha! moment, which ultimately led to creation of this website.
    The <em>Aha!</em> Moment That Led to This Website
    The Aha! Moment That Led to This Website
    When Jeff Vitter was growing up in New Orleans, his parents A. L. Vitter Jr. and Audrey (née St. Raymond) Vitter would always tell the family about their trips to France as young children to meet relatives, but they didn't know many particulars beyond their grandparents, especially on my dad's paternal side. Jeff's Aha! moment came when he combined technologies — new and old — to discover how, when, and where the Vitters came to the USA from Europe.
    Remembering Those Back in Uzan
    Remembering Those Back in Uzan
    In the 1800s, the Ferran, St. Raymond, and Cougot families lived around a small village in southwestern France called Uzan (pronounced "u-ZHANG" in the local patois). After emigrating to the U. S. A., they sponsored a monument to those from Uzan who gave their lives during World War I. It stands there still today in front of the city hall.
    Three Vitters of the French Resistance
    Three Vitters of the French Resistance
    World War II saw France divided and conquered by Hitler's Third Reich, and Louis, Roger, and Pierre Vitter went underground to fight as part of the Resistance.
    Vitter Holiday Cards Through the Years
    Vitter Holiday Cards Through the Years
    'Tis the Season to be jolly! Welcome to a tradition starting in 1945 spanning several generations of annual Christmas greeting cards, augmented from time to time with cards for other occasions.
    Articles
    <em>Thursday Night Cookin': Mimi's Recipes for a Happy Home</em>
    Thursday Night Cookin': Mimi's Recipes for a Happy Home
    Judge Wendy Vitter put together a wonderful cook book in honor of Mimi's 78th birthday in 1998, entitled Thursday Night Cookin': Mimi's Recipes for a Happy Home. The cook book consists of the family's favorite recipes of Mimi's, along with several bons mots, family trivia, and memories. The name for the cook book came from the family's tradition of having Thursday night dinner at Mimi & Pere's.

    When the Vitter kids were younger, a similar tradition existed at Mimi's parents' home at 3539 Napoleon, where Mémère and Pépère would host everyone to Wednesday night dinner, often roast chicken. Jeff liked to make little chicken sandwiches with the chicken, biscuits, and gravy.
    Notes of Jean Jacques Artigues and Blanche Artigues Johnson
    Notes of Jean Jacques Artigues and Blanche Artigues Johnson
    Email and FAX by Bert F. Artigues to Jeff Vitter, 19–20 April 2004. Typed notes by Jean Jacques Artigues with handwritten notations by Blanche Artigues Johnson. Later annotations on contents by Jeff Vitter.

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      Record for Albert Leopold Vitter Sr
      https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/80331940
      Artigues Vitter tomb Headstone
      Artigues Vitter tomb Headstone
      Ferreol Artigues-Berthe Vitter tomb Headstone
      Ferreol Artigues-Berthe Vitter tomb Headstone
      Albert L. Vitter (1915-2003,) Audrey St Raymond Vitter (1920-2005.) Burial: Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA. Plot: Section 5 - Artigues - Vitter tomb.


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      1930 United States Federal Census
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      1940 United States Federal Census
      1940 United States Federal Census
      Year: 1940; Census Place: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana; Roll: m-t0627-01432; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 36-375


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      New Orleans, Passenger Lists, 1813-1963 Document
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      1920 United States Federal Census
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      U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1990 Document
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      New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 Document
      New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 Document
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      At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.


    9. [S1252] A tous les Vitter du monde, Jean-Pierre Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: France; Date: October 2002;), Jeff Vitter and the Vitter line in America, pages 3, 13, 16–19.
      This manuscript is a comprehensive and very entertaining account of the Vitter generations written by Jean-Pierre Vitter (Jeff Vitter's 4th cousin, 1x removed) in October 2002. It's easily translated, e.g., using Google Translate. The story starts with Jeff's 4th great grandfather Hérard Vitter, who moved from "l'Autriche Antérieure" to the town of Clerval in the Doubs region of France in the 1700s. Hérard's father in the old country was Mathieu Vitter, and his son Pierre is the one who emigrated from France to New Orleans in 1843. The big mystery that remained was exactly where Hérard Vitter came from originally. (See JPV's follow-on work, Le sang qui coule dans nos veines, for answers.)
      https://vitter.org/Genealogy/Documents/JeanPierreVitterBook.pdf

    10. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), The Aha! Moment That Led to This Website.
      When Jeff Vitter was growing up in New Orleans, his parents A. L. Vitter Jr. and Audrey (née St. Raymond) Vitter would always tell the family about their trips to France as young children to meet relatives, but they didn't know many particulars beyond their grandparents, especially on my dad's paternal side. Jeff's Aha! moment came when he combined technologies — new and old — to discover how, when, and where the Vitters came to the USA from Europe.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/relativityresearch.php

    11. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), A. L. & Audrey Vitter: Role Models Extraordinaires.
      Jeff Vitter's parents A. L. Jr. & Audrey (née St. Raymond) Vitter (grandparent names Père and Mimi) led accomplished lives of extraordinary service and caring for others — a legacy for generations to follow (including many Domers and a killer cookbook!).
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/ALandAudreyVitter.php

    12. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), Photos from Mimi's Homecoming Weekend, June 2006.
      We couldn't bury Audrey "Mimi" (née St. Raymond) Vitter in New Orleans at the time of her death because of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. When her body was brought back home for reburial eight months later, it was a time for several family events and to celebrate her life.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/vitterreunion2006.php

    13. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), Albert Artigues & All That Jazz.
      For the middle part of the 20th century, Albert Artigues Jr. and his cornet were mainstays in the New Orleans jazz scene at night, while he worked at the family business during the days.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/AlbertArtigues.php

    14. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), Après le Aha! moment (et avant aussi!).
      As highlighted in "The Aha! Moment That Led to This Website," Jeff Vitter made a big breakthrough in December 2000 when he discovered when, where, and how his Vitter ancestors came from Europe to the USA. Much correspondence behind the scenes led up to and beyond that discovery. This history gives an inside look at the correspondences that genealogists engage in and how what we understand grows (we hope!) with time.
      https://www.vitter.org/familytree/histories/jeffemail2001.php

    15. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), Artigues Family Notes and Open Questions.
      A. L. Vitter Jr. had Artigues connections on both sides of his family: his mother (Marie) Berthe (née Artigues) Vitter was the daughter of immigrant Ferréol Jean Marie Artigues, and his 1st cousin 2x removed Marie Louise Cathalongne (daughter of 1843 Clerval immigrant Marie Louise Vitter) married immigrant Jean Ferréol "John" Artigues. Ferréol and John were 1st cousins. This history includes records about the Artigues, including several who we think are related to us but we haven't yet shown.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/artigues.php

    16. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), Our Loyal Guardians Rex & Queenie.
      Rex and Queenie have stood guard over Vitter-Artigues homes in New Orleans since about 1910 and have a fascinating (and still mysterious) genealogy of their own.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/RexandQueenie.php

    17. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), Relativity Research.
      The underlying theme of our website is research on relativity — our relatives pulsate outward in our time-space continuum in a series of gravitational waves spanning many generations and relationships! This page gives an overview of several family histories, beginning with Jeff Vitter's Aha! moment, which ultimately led to creation of this website.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/relativityresearch.php

    18. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), Remembering Those Back in Uzan.
      In the 1800s, the Ferran, St. Raymond, and Cougot families lived around a small village in southwestern France called Uzan (pronounced "u-ZHANG" in the local patois). After emigrating to the U. S. A., they sponsored a monument to those from Uzan who gave their lives during World War I. It stands there still today in front of the city hall.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/UzanWWI.php

    19. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), Three Vitters of the French Resistance.
      World War II saw France divided and conquered by Hitler's Third Reich, and Louis, Roger, and Pierre Vitter went underground to fight as part of the Resistance.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/VitterFrenchResistance.php

    20. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), Vitter Holiday Cards Through the Years.
      'Tis the Season to be jolly! Welcome to a tradition starting in 1945 spanning several generations of annual Christmas greeting cards, augmented from time to time with cards for other occasions.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/holidaycards.php

    21. [S285] The Times Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate, (Name: Advance Publications; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1837;), "Art by the Yard," The Times Picayune, 4 Apr 1976, page 249, Sunday Supplement.
      https://infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AMNEWS&docref=image/v2%3A1223BCE5B718A166%40EANX-1307F0EF797DD92A%402442873-13015A3097963CC3%40248
      Times Picayune article about Rex and Queenie 1976 April 04 Document
      Times Picayune article about Rex and Queenie 1976 April 04 Document


    22. [S1022] U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), 1945.

    23. [S285] The Times Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate, (Name: Advance Publications; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1837;), Little Lost Dog Statue is Collared in Metarie, Times-Picayune, March 23, 1987.
      Times-Picayune Rex kidnapping, March 23, 1987 Document
      Times-Picayune Rex kidnapping, March 23, 1987 Document


    24. [S285] The Times Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate, (Name: Advance Publications; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1837;), Family Offers Reward for Return of Yard Dog, Times-Picayune, March 22, 1987.
      Times-Picayune Rex Reward Notice, March 22, 1987 Document
      Times-Picayune Rex Reward Notice, March 22, 1987 Document


    25. [S959] Notes of A. L. Vitter Jr, Tuesday 26 May 1981.
      At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.


    26. [S958] Notes of Audrey St. Raymond Vitter, Monday–Tuesday, 18–19 May 1981, notes of trip to Southwest France by A.L. Vitter Jr. & Audrey St. Raymond Vitter.
      The Larneilh house was sold by Jean Ferran (represented by Jean Péré) and Marie Ferran (presumably Jean's sister not his wife) on 2 April, 1905 to Pierre Marquehosse, including 4 hectares of land for 8,290 francs. The total sale including additional land was for 22,500 francs. The owner during the visits to the farm by A.L & Audrey St. Raymond Vitter Jr. in 1981 and Jeff & Sharon Weaver Vitter and Donna Vitter in 1986 was Pierre's son Amédé Marquehosse, who had three sons and three daughters and who lived at 64370 Arthez de Béarn, Uzan, France.

      The notes also give a high-level description of various birth and marriage certificates copied from the Anères archives.
      At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.


    27. [S125] Notes of John Ferran, John Ferran, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA;), Written May 1, 1981 on a notecard as background for Mimi for her trip to Anères and elsewhere in France and Europe in May 1981.

    28. [S1533] New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., Marriage Records Index, 1831-1964, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2002;), Louisiana Vital Records; Volume: 34; Page: 970.
      Record for Albert Leopold Vitter
      https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=6500&h=192962&indiv=try

    29. [S1000] Newspaper, Magazine, or Media Outlet, Marriage Vitter-Artigues, 11 Dec 1912 22 Dec 1912.
      https://newscomse.newspapers.com/clip/45615553/marriage-vitter-artigues-11-dec-1912/?xid=637
      Marriage Vitter-Artigues, 11 Dec 1912 Document
      Marriage Vitter-Artigues, 11 Dec 1912 Document
      Times Democrat, page 9


    30. [S210] Notes of Jean Jacques Artigues and Blanche Artigues Johnson, Jean Jacques Artigues and Blanche Artigues Johnson, (Name: Self;), Email and FAX by Bert F. Artigues to Jeff Vitter, 19–20 April 2004. Typed notes by Jean Jacques Artigues with handwritten notations by Blanche Artigues Johnson. Later annotations on contents by Jeff Vitter.
      https://vitter.org/Genealogy/Documents/Jean%20Jacques%20Artigues%20Notes.pdf

    31. [S1000] Newspaper, Magazine, or Media Outlet.
      1943
      Audrey St. Raymond and Albert Vitter Wedding Announcement, newspaper from 1943 Document
      Audrey St. Raymond and Albert Vitter Wedding Announcement, newspaper from 1943 Document
      Audrey St. Raymond and Albert Vitter wedding announcement from, 27 Jun 1943.