Florence Clothilde Burguières

June 18, 1880 – September 15, 1936

As a young lady, Florence traveled with her father and stepmother to the graduation of her sister, Marie Louise, from St. Joseph's College in Maryland. Later, she traveled with them to Europe, posing for a lovely portrait in Paris. Other photographs show her reading and playfully interacting with her siblings. Her father named Florence Plantation after her. After about 1904, little is known about Florence, other than the fact that she had an illness that required hospitalization for most of her fifty-six years of life. She was institutionalized in what was once called St. Vincent's Hospital in Westchester, New York, which was administered by the Sisters of Charity. Florence's brothers, Ernest and Jules, traveled to New York to visit her while on business trips on the East Coast. When Joseph Eugene (Florence's older brother) died in 1911, he donated $50,000 to the Sisters of Charity in New Orleans to build the Burguières Home for Incurables, in her honor.

Florence died of liver cancer at the age of 55 at St. Vincent's Hospital in 1936. Her body was returned by train to Florence Plantation where she is buried beside her parents in the family tomb at St. Helen's Cemetery in Louisa, Louisiana.

 

Above, top to bottom:

1. Pocket watch holds portrait of Jules M. Burguières, Sr.

2. Marie Louise Burguières poses for her portrait.

3. Jules M. Burguières, Jr. relaxes with friends.

Below:

Dr. Edouard E. Burguières received these medals and more for his service during a cholera epidemic during construction of the Suez Canal in Egypt.

Sketch on journal:

The original structure of St. Helen Catholic Church in Louisa, Louisiana was built on land donated by The J. M. Burguières Co., Limited.

medals received by Dr. Edouard E. Burguières
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