Bull Moose and the Daisy
I read with much interest the article on “Building Barriers” concerning Breton National Wildlife Refuge, which appeared in the Winter 2004/05 edition. The article was excellent and addressed an important part of our state’s pioneer historic conservation efforts.
I would like to clarify a point that may be of further interest to others on this subject. Although Gov. Parker was a close friend of President Theodore Roosevelt (and even served as a candidate for vice-president on the Bull Moose Party ticket with Roosevelt), the invitation extended to Teddy was actually a joint effort by Parker along with Conservation Commissioners Marc Leigh Alexander Sr. and my great-grandfather Joseph Arthur “Juby” Dayries Sr. President Roosevelt traveled on Louisiana’s only oceangoing naval vessel, the Daisy, along with the families of Alexander and Dayries and a professional photographer. Coincidentally, Louisiana’s only state forest, Alexander State Forest in Woodworth, is named after Commissioner Alexander.
Michael D. Wynne, Alexandria
This article appears in the Summer 2005 issue of Louisiana Life