These archived pages below are dedicated to capturing a few bits of the lost history of Berwick, Louisiana, as well as linking his memory of the personalities of its surrounding cities. Uncle Nina was very a colorful character writer and it’s quite evident in his Recollections of old Berwick.

Area residents of the early 1900s come alive as the archived stories by Mr. Nina Guzzetta unfold in “Recollections.” As witnessed by one of Berwick’s most well-known Patriarchs, the early days were hard, sometimes sad, mostly funny, he wrote a narration of the stories of the day as he experienced them. Although he was known for “stretching” plots and poetic license, he was most affectionately known for always having a whimsical tale to tell, or an anecdote about someone lost in the past, or the present!

Berwick, sometimes called “the west-bank” (of the Atchafalaya River), is located about 90 miles southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana and about 90 miles south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Although situated on the Gulf coast in Cajun country, there is a tiny population of first- generation Sicilians whose personalities mixed well in this predominantly French culture. Nina’s family originated from Sicily, Italy in the early 1900s. One reason Berwick was chosen by these pioneers was that the climate was similar to that of Sicily, where the Guzzetta family had olive orchards and an olive oil business. It helped too that Uncle Charlie (whoever he was) came ahead of these pioneers to scope out Berwick, Louisiana. The author’s parents operated two businesses in Berwick, a dairy farm and a shoe shop.

These humorous narratives capture the French culture, its history and personalities with a generous dash of “Italian seasoning” and can be read by clicking the archived dates on the left side bar.

With permission from the author, excerpts of these stories were taken from “The Daily Review.” Here he blends his writing talents with his wit in “recollecting the good ole days.”

Recollections 1997 to 2000 by Nina Guzzetta

September 1997

January 1998

February 1998

March 1998

May 1998

June 1998

July 1998

October 1998

November 1998

December 1998

January 1999

February 1999

March 1999

April 1999

May 1999

June 1999

July 1999

September 1999

October 1999

November 1999

December 1999

January 2000

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July 2000

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