May 1, 2002-Port Vincent & the Oldest Resident

As Louisiana towns go, Port Vincent might be called the new kid on the block. Just 18 miles away from the 303-year-old capital, the little village on the Amite is celebrating its birthday this weekend.

And that's just the beginning of this surprising story. Amelia Rousseau is just one day shy of sharing a birthday with the town where she was born and raised. She was born 1902, which makes Amelia exactly twice as old as Port Vincent, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this Saturday. Both the village and its favorite citizen will be honored at a big party, and everybody is invited.

Miss Amelia says it's a nice place to live, "Nice people, nice children and a nice school." There's been a village here since about 1810 when trader-some say pirate-Vincent Scivicque brought his schooner up the Amite river to Port Vincent.

The Castleberry boarding house was the seat of government for Livingston Parish for nine years in the 1870s, and the one-room school house dates back most of a century. But Port Vincent never got around to being incorporated until Earl K. Long signed the papers on May 5, 1952. And money spent at this week's party will help restore that old schoolhouse.

Mayor Mary Gourdon says, "It has been sitting kind of idle for a few years, and it hurts me. I want to see something done about it." The party is 10:00 to 4:00 this Saturday-for Port Vincent and Miss Amelia. The century-old schoolhouse on Highway 16 is now used as the village community center, and most of the birthday events will be right there.