Who knew that a St. Mary’s football team played in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and carries the distinction of being the first Louisiana prep team to play there? That’s among the information given to the St. Mary’s Alumni and Friends Association with the donation of memorabilia from the family of an alumnus of St. Mary’s and member of that 1938 football team, Jack Cloutier.
Alumni Association member Payne Williams says Cloutier’s daughters presented not only Cloutier’s letter jacket but also a 1940 graduation invitation, several photos of the class and football teams and reunion photos. Jack Cloutier was raised at Oaklawn Plantation.
While attending St. Mary’s, he was a member of the high school football team from 1937-1940. In 1938, the St. Mary’s football team defeated St. Joseph’s High School of Dallas in the Cotton Bowl, which had been constructed in 1930 in Dallas, Texas. St. Mary’s has the distinction of being the first Louisiana prep school to play in the Cotton Bowl. During World War Il, Cloutier enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served for almost five years with the 5th Air Force in Australia, New Guinea, Biak Island and the Philippines.
After being honorably discharged, he attended the University of Texas and in 1950, graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture. On June 17, 1950, he married Madlyn Hajek in Shiner, Texas and they moved to Baton Rouge, where Cloutier worked for J. Roy Haase, Architect. Cloutier later moved to Shreveport and became an associates architect at Walker and Walker Architects.
In 1960, he and his family moved to Shiner, where he opened an architectural firm, which he continued until his death on Feb. 8, 2007. Cloutier’s daughters, Jacque Cloutier Glomb and Mona Cloutier McKinnerney, recently traveled from their homes in Texas to St Mary’s and donated the memorabilia to the school The St. Mary’s Administration and Alumni and Friends Association are attempting to create a permanent memorabilia display area.
If you have memorabilia you would like to donate, contact Payne Williams at (318)352-6695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.“Our Dad was very proud of his education at St. Mary’s. His letter jacket held special memories. He and our Mother stayed in touch with classmates and enjoyed their visits to Natchitoches. We appreciate the passion Mr. Payne Williams and the staff at St. Mary’s have shown in sharing our quest to learn more about our Dad’s life in Natchitoches.” Jacque Cloutier Glomb