Hello, my name is Kathleen Balthazar Heitzmann and I am the only child of Cassie Balthazar Pimentel of Cane River, Louisiana. My mother was the oldest child of Johnny Balthazar and Essie Delphin, all of whom were born and raised in the Creole Colony of Cane River, Louisiana.

Cane River, which includes Melrose, Isle Brevelle, Montrose, and parts of Natchez, is about ten miles south of Natchitoches. Natchitoches is the largest city in Natchitoches Parish. It is also the oldest settlement in Louisiana (yes, older than New Orleans).

The Cane River Trading Company is incorporated as non-profit organization under the laws of the state of Louisiana. Information is posted from upstate New York.