From the Lafayette Gazette of July 10th, 1897:
The School Board Holds an Important Meeting - Appointment of Teachers.
Lafayette, La., July 5, 1897.
The School Board met to-day with following members present: Alex Delhomme, W. G. Bailey, T. B. Hopkins, Baxter Clegg, H. M. Durke, A. Olivier, V. E. Dupuis, J. O. Broussard and J. S. Whittington.
Mr. Voorhies, clerk of court, submitted his report of the collection of the poll taxes, which was accepted. He made a donation of his collection fee to the school funds. Mr. Voorhies was tendered a vote of thanks for same.
On motion duly seconded the Board adjourned to 1 p. m.
The School Board met again and went into session at 2 p. m.
Time was extended the special committee appointed to examine the sheriff's collection of poll taxes until the next meeting.
On motion of Mr. Clegg, duly seconded and carried, a new school was established in the 8th ward at Octave Bertrand's, provided that the land and building be donated to the School Board.
On motion, duly seconded and carried, an assistant was placed in the 7th ward Pilette school.
Dr. Hopkins then called Mr. Broussard to the chair, and submitted for the Board's approval, the following plan concerning the Lafayette High and Primary schools, to-wit: To have two assistants in the High School in the Primary school. The highest grade of the Primary school to be transferred to the High school. Dr. Hopkins then resumed the chair, and on motion of Mr. Clegg, the above plan was adopted unanimously.
The demand of Mr. Durke for a new school in the 4th ward near Olivier Blanchet's was deferred until the next meeting of the Board.
On motion, unanimously carried, the secretary was authorized to have a suitable armoire made to keep the archives of the Board.
On motion, unanimously carried, Mr. Delhomme was empowered to appoint the teachers of the 1st ward.
Mr. Hoffpauir was given the preference in the appointment for the Joe Broussard, 1st ward school.
Scott school, Mr. Simmons having resigned, no teacher was appointed. The other teachers of the 1st ward were retained.
On motion, unanimously carried, Mr. Bailey proceeded to make the appointments for the 2d ward as follows: Duson school, Miss Anna Campbell; Ridge school, Miss Mattie Hunter; Isle de Cannes school, Miss Bertie McCord; Indian Bayou school, Miss Mary Webb; Prof. Rutherford was retained in his former position.
The following appointments were made for the 3d ward: Principal of the High School, C. F. Trudeau; assistant of the High School, Mrs. Ida DeLaney; Primary school, R. E. Cunningham; assistant, Miss Lizzie Mudd; St. Charles school, J. C. Martin; Colored school, Paul L. Breaux; assistant, Miss C. Boutte.
Mr. Durke retained the same teachers in the 4th ward.
Miss Lilia Olivier was retained as teacher of the Comeaux, 5th ward school.
For the Broussardville school no appointment was made. All the teachers of the 6th ward were retained. The position of assistant in the Carencro school to be filled out by the appointing committee.
Mr. Broussard retained the same teachers in the 7th ward. The assistant in the Pilette school to be appointed later.
Mr. Whittington assigned the following in the 8th ward: Whittington school, Miss Kate Rand; Cormier, 8th ward school, J. W. Faulk.
On motion duly carried, the following committee was appointed to appear before the City Council of Lafayette to ask an appropriation for the town schools: Dr. Hopkins, O. C. Mouton, Esq., and Mr. Baxter Clegg.
It was unanimously resolved by the Board, that teachers be requested by the superintendent to speak the English language during school hours.
The superintendent was instructed to make a report of the schools at the close of each scholastic year.
Permission was granted to Mr. G. H. Alway to build a room on the school lot of the Verot school, provided that said room shall become the property of the Board after the said the said G. H. Alway shall cease to be teacher of said school.
The Board agreed to pay the expenses of Mr. V. E. Dupuis and Superintendent Latiolais to attend the Superintendents' Convention in New Orleans.
The regular school term is to open Monday, Sept. 6.
The treasurer's report was accepted as follows:
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(Signed) J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
The following accounts were approved:
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The Board then adjourned,
C. F. LATIOLAIS, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
A Letter from Lieutenant Moss.
The many friends in Lafayette of "Jimmie" Moss will be pleased to learn that he is meeting with much success as the promoter of the wheel in the United States Army. Some weeks ago The Gazette published an article from a New York paper giving the details of a proposed trip to be made on bicycles by a corps of Uncle Sam's soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Moss. The distance to be traveled is from Fort Missoula to St. Lewis and return. In a letter of recent date Mr. Moss writes to his parents here:
CRAWFORD, NEB., July 3, 1897.
- "The bicycle corps reached this Western town about 10 o'clock this morning. So far the trip has been a success, although the work has been exceedingly severe - rain, mud, water, grades and bad water. To-morrow about noon we will strike the much dreaded sand hills of Nebraska; for nearly 200 miles we are going to have an awful time pulling through the deep, soft sand. After that, however, it will be comparatively smooth sailing until we reach St. Louis.
"My health is very good, indeed, and the rough, outdoor work seems to agree with me. I can't eat enough, such an extraordinary appetite have I."
Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
A Burglar Escapes.
Louis Jean Baptiste, the young negro who was charged with burglary and whose chances for a long term in the penitentiary were guilt-edged, has escaped from the parish jail and is now at large. During the night time he succeeded, with the assistance of another prisoner, to unlock the door of the cell he was in and then made his way, by means of ladder, to the loft of the jail and made his exit through the sky-light. From the roof of the jail he found it an easy matter to descend to the ground with the use of the lightning rod. Without the aid of the other prisoner, Blanchard, it would have been impossible for the negro to have escaped.
The reason that Jean Baptiste was not kept in one of the steel cages is that the officers wanted to keep him away from his partner, Andrew Lewis, who is charged with the same crime.
Jean Baptiste has not been caught yet, but it is devoutly to be wished that before long he will be brought back to jail. Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
Aspirant to the Penitentiary.
The smooth-faced young negro who bears the illustrious name of Billy Kersands is once more an aspirant for penitentiary honors. Billy, it will be remembered, served the State in that capacity before, having spent six months building levees. He is again charged with embezzlement, the crime which first caused his downfall. His chances for a second term are said to be very good. Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
Struck His Fair Spouse.
Ellia Mitchell, a dusky Ethiopian, appeared before Judge McFaddin Monday and swore out an affidavit against her whilom lord and protector, Frank Glover, whom, it is alleged, struck his fair spouse an ugly blow on the right eye inflicting a very painful wound. Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
R. C. Greig Retires from Public School Service.
On retiring from the public school service, I desire to tender thanks to friends, patrons and the public generally for past favors and the kind support given me throughout in the discharge of professional duties.
Whatever modicum of success has crowned my efforts, may be attributed very largely to that accord and harmony which ever characterized the relationship between patrons and teacher, in the administration of the Lafayette Public School. For over twenty years it has been my esteemed privilege to labor in as grand and noble a field e'er God committed to the province of man - the training and cultivation of the hearts and minds of the young. In a humble way I have striven not only to perform the ordinary functions of teaching, but by precept and example, endeavored to awaken and kindle those aspirations and motives which uplift the soul to higher and nobler conceptions of the duties and responsibilities of life and prompt to their performance; in fine to implant those fundamental principles and virtues that form the basis of true manhood and womanhood. If I have sown a single seed that may redound to the glory of God and welfare of mankind, I shall feel amply rewarded.
The respect and affection of my pupils will ever be a source of extreme satisfaction and gratification, when "Memory," a pensive Ruth, gleans the silent fields of the past and finds the scattered grain still golden and the morning sunlight fresh and fair."
From my boys and girls I part with feelings of regret, but I trust and sincerely hope, that the charge entrusted to other hands, will be faithfully and conscientiously kept, and that the children will evince the kind and respectful consideration which has ever characterized their conduct.
In conclusion I would inform my friends and patrons that I shall continue my profession, and have already made arrangements to open a private school Sept. 1. I shall build a schoolhouse, fitted with patented desks and other appurtenances necessary to conduct a first-class school. My charges shall be reasonable and I earnestly invite parents to call and consult with me before making other arrangements for tuition. Again thanking the public for past favors and hoping for a continuance of same, I remain.
R. C. GREIG.
Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
Mr. Greig's Departure Regretted.
The Gazette believes that it is unfortunate for the cause of public education in this parish that Mr. R. C. Greig has not been retained as a teacher. Mr. Greig is concededly
one of the best school teachers this parish has ever had in its employ and no man has ever worked harder to enhance the cause of public education than he has since his entrance into the school room as a teacher some fifteen years ago. The Lafayette public school, of which he was principal, has never failed to give thorough satisfaction to pupils and parents and we dare say that nineteen out of every twenty patrons of this school will deplore the failure of the Board to secure the services of Mr. Greig for the next scholastic year. Mr. Cunningham who has been appointed to succeed Mr. Greig, is a splendid gentleman and a competent and experienced teacher, but despite the eminent fitness of his successor, The Gazette thinks that Mr. Greig was the man of the for the place and the interests of the community demanded that he be retained. Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
Celebrated the 4th in Carencro.
The Choctaw Club of Carencro may well be proud of the manner in which it celebrated the Fourth of July. From all accounts it was a brilliant affair, reflecting no little credit upon the members of the Choctaw Club. The Gazette regrets that its limited space does not permit the publication of the eloquent address delivered by Mr. E. M. Heath, who was, by invitation, the orator of the day. Carencro never does anything improperly and the Choctaws' first Fourth of July celebration was characteristic of the citizens of that thriving town. Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
WILL BREAK GROUND
Before Many Days - Mr. Ferguson Coming.
The latest about the waterworks and electric lights is the following letter from Mr. Ferguson. It is good news and will be received with much pleasure by the people of Lafayette. It reads:
New Orleans, La., July 5, 1897.
Mr. Chas. D. Caffery, Mayor, Lafayette, La. - Dear Sir: Allow me to congratulate you upon the prospects of soon having both light and water. I hope to be in your town some time during the coming week with my bond for $10,000 and immediately thereafter will "break ground." The details are all arranged for material and I see nothing to retard the work.
J. M. FERGUSON.
Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
Bad Weather at Oak Avenue Park.
The Fourth of July celebration at the Oak Avenue Park was not as successful as it would in all probability have been if the weather had been propitious. Despite the bad weather, however, a game of base ball, bicycle and mule races took place and the celebration was by no means a failure. Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
The Ladies' Five O'Clock Tea Club.
Despite Jupiter's threatenings, nearly all the members of the F. O. T. Club did homage on Thursday afternoon to their charming president's hospitality.
Quite an amount of business was transacted and some left for further debate. Mrs. Biossat with her usual tact and grace invited the assemblage to partake of choice refreshments and while the palate was being pleased, the eye feasted on the lovely floral decorations and dainty aspect of the table linen and ware. Among the rhymic answers to the question, "Why is woman man's best friend ?" many different reasons were assigned. The prize for the best was awarded Mrs. H. Kennedy, whose little couplet contained much sweet sentiment and thought. The trophy was a handsome belt of latest style. By a unanimous vote the "booby" was given Miss Lizzie Mudd for the wittiest answer. Should any of the readers desire to add Miss Mudd's rhyme to their store of valuable knowledge, perhaps the young lady may be induced to have it put in print. Her prize was a big sunflower.
Miss Stella Trahan's reading of "Benjamin Franklin's Toast" elicited much praise and so did Miss Lizzie Mudd's instrumental solo. Mrs. Crow Girard, whose sweet voice always delights its hearers, sang with much expression that beautiful song, "It was a dream." Miss Susie Hopkins' vocal solo with guitar accompaniment was enjoyed and this young musician will be encored at an early date. Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
As may be seen in the proceeding of the City Council in another column, the matter of meat inspection is in a state of abeyance, pending the report of the sanitary committee. The Gazette believes that the ordinance requiring an inspection of meat for public market is a very wise provision and should not be repealed. Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., July 5, 1897. -
Pursuant to adjournment the City Council met in regular session with the following members present: Mayor Caffery, Hopkins, Martin, Mouton, Davidson, Hahn and Landry. Absent: Bru.
Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. At this juncture the business of the Council was suspended in order that the butchers of the town might present their complaint against the meat inspection ordinance.
Hon. Wm. Campbell then addressed the Council in behalf of the butchers. After discussion of the question by the members of the Council, it was moved by Mr. Davidson and seconded by Mr. Mouton, that the meat inspection ordinance be referred to the sanitary committee to report at next meeting whether the ordinance be repealed or some other measure provided and that the law in question be suspended until the next meeting. Carried.
Reports were called.
The outgoing collector, S. W. McFaddin, reported as follows:
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Marshal Veazey reported that since his appointment he collected $2 as a fine on stock.
Both reports ordered recorded and filed.
To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council of Lafayette - Gentlemen, the following is a statement of receipts and disbursements since receiving the position as treasurer of the corporation of Lafayette:
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BAXTER CLEGG, Treasurer.
Ordered recorded and filed.
The following accounts were approved.
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It was moved by Mr. Hahn and seconded by Mr. Mouton, that the same committee appointed by the last Council in conjunction with the committee appointed by the Business Men's Association be retained and add thereto two members of the present Council. Carried.
The resolution of Mr. Mouton empowering the chief of police to appoint four deputies subject to the approval of Police Board, having been vetoed by the mayor at the last meeting was taken up and it was moved by Dr. Martin and seconded by Mr. Mouton, that the resolution be adopted notwithstanding the mayor's veto. Yeas: Hopkins, Martin, Mouton, Hahn, Davidson and Landry. Nays: None. The resolution having passed by two-thirds majority over the mayor's veto, was adopted.
The following were appointed a sanitary committee: Drs. Hopkins and Martin, and Mr. Davidson.
There being no further business the Council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
STERLING MUDD, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., July 1, 1897. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Ben Avant, C. C. Brown, M. Billeaud, Jr., J. E. Primeaux, Alfred Hebert and Alonzo Lacey. Absent: R. C. Landry and Jno. Whittington, Jr.
The president being absent the secretary called the meeting to order and by motion duly made Ben Avant was elected president pro tem.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Mr. Avant reported that he had conferred with the authorities of Vermilion and Acadia parishes as to the establishment of the boundary lines between said parishes and Lafayette and that the matter had been favorably considered. District Attorney Gordy had promised to indicate the legal steps to be taken in the premises.
Mr. Billeaud also reported on the repairs to Broussard public school, explaining the necessity for an additional appropriation to complete same. The sum of $25 or as much thereof necessary was appropriated to complete said repairs.
Messrs. Alfred Hebert and R. C. Greig, the committee appointed to settle with Sheriff and tax-collector I. A. Broussard, for licenses of 1894, 1895 and 1896, reported that they would recommend a settlement based upon the following statements and affidavit of the tax-collector:
I. A. Broussard, sheriff and ex-officio tax-collector, in account with the parish of Lafayette for licenses collected in 1894 and 1895.
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Amount overpaid, $15.
I. A. Broussard, sheriff and ex-officio tax-collector, in account with parish of Lafayette for licenses of 1896.
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State of Louisiana, parish of Lafayette - Before me the undersigned authority personally appeared, I. A. Broussard, being duly sworn, says: That after collecting all parish licenses for the years 1894, 1895 and 1896 that was possible for him to collect without suit, that he was before this day placed the delinquent tax-payers for the years above named, in the hands of C. D. Caffery, Esq., the attorney appointed by the governor for the purpose of assisting in the collection of licenses, for collection.
I. A. BROUSSARD,
Sheriff and Ex-officio Tax-Collector.
Sworn and subscribed before me this 1st day of July, A. D. 1897.
F. K. HOPKINS,
Deputy Clerk of Court.
By motion duly made the committee was authorized to grant Sheriff and Tax-collector I. A. Broussard, a quietus for the licenses of 1894, 1895 and 1896.
By motion the clerk was authorized to cancel all blank licenses returned by the sheriff, and report to the jury the numbers and valuation of all such cancelled licenses.
By motion the sum of $10.26 was remitted Alfred Hebert for taxes on ice factory paid in error on roll of 1896.
Messrs. M. Billeaud and R. C. Greig were appointed to settle with the treasurer and grant him a quietus.
Whereas, numerous complaints have made to the Police Jury relative to public balls, bazaars, etc., given by lewd and disorderly persons for debasing and immoral purposes. Therefor be it resolved:
I. That no person or persons shall hereafter give any ball, bazaar or other public entertainment within the limits of Lafayette parish without first obtaining a written permit for such ball, bazaar or entertainment from the Police Juror in whose ward said ball, bazaar or entertainment shall be given.
II. Any person or persons who shall give any ball, bazaar or public entertainment in violation of this ordinance shall pay a fine not exceeding $25 nor less than $10, and in default of payment of fine shall be imprisoned in the parish jail for a period of not less than ten days nor exceeding thirty days. Said fines and penalties to be collected and enforced before any court of competent jurisdiction.
III. This ordinance shall not be considered as conflicting or superseding the ordinance requiring the presence of a public officer at all such public entertainments.
IV. This ordinance shall take effect immediately on its official promulgation, and all ordinances in conflict therewith are hereby repealed.
The public printing was awarded to the Lafayette Gazette and Advertiser at $275.00 per annum payable quarterly.
By motion duly made the officers of the Police Jury were elected by acclamation and salaries fixed as heretofore to-wit: R. C. Landry, president; R. C. Greig, secretary; J. E. Martin, treasurer; L. Hirsch, constable and court-house keeper.
The following road overseers were appointed for the ensuing year. First ward, Lucien Arceneaux; second ward, Clarence Avant; third ward, Lucien Allemand; fourth ward, Clement Romero and Eugene Landry; fifth ward, Albert Labbe; sixth ward, O. H. Breaux.
The road overseer of the 2d ward submitted the following report which was approved:
The committee appointed to settle with the parish treasurer submitted the following report which was approved:
Lafayette, La., July 1, 1897.
To the Hon. Police Jury Lafayette parish: The undersigned, appointed this day by your honorable body to settle with the parish treasurer, cancel his vouchers and grant him a quietus, would respectfully report that having made a thorough investigation of said office and finding all accounts correct, a quietus has been granted the treasurer for all monies up to date. Your committee would report finding receipts $11,864.92, and disbursements $10,976.68, showing cash balance as per report $888.24.
(Signed) M. BILLEAUD, R. C. GREIG, Committee.
The treasurer submitted his monthly report as follows:
To the President and Members of the Police Jury, Lafayette, La. Gentlemen: Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report:
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J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., July 1, 1897.
The Jury resolved to meet July 12 to sit as a board of reviewers to review the assessment lists submitted by the assessor.
The following accounts were approved:
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There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned to meet July 12 as a Board of Reviewers.
BEN AVANT, president pro. tem.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 7/10/1897.
Alex Billaud, the genial politician from Broussardville, was in Lafayette Tuesday shaking hands with his old friends.
Felix Canatella, of Houston, is now helping Lee Walker to wait upon the many people who patronize the Crescent News lunch stand.
J. J. Davidson, Jr., arrived home this week, after graduating at Dyer's College of New Orleans. Besides his diploma he carried with him a gold medal.
Judge O. C. Mouton and Mr. J. E. Martin left Tuesday for a several days' stay at the sea-shore.
Judge C. Debaillon, Messrs. Crow Girard and Wm. Campbell went to Leesburg this week.
Mrs. Thomas Blake, Miss Virginia Winn and Master Jimmie Blake arrived in Lafayette last Saturday and are the guests of the Cottage Hotel.
Sheriff Broussard and Dr. A. R. Trahan visited New Orleans this week.
C. F. Latiolais and E. M. Heath were in Lafayette Wednesday. We are informed that Mr. Heath has been appointed to one of the schools in the first ward.
A number of young people gathered at the home of Judge O. C. Mouton last Sunday night in honor of the birthday of Miss Mercedes Broussard.
There will be a mite meeting at the residence of Mrs. Kennedy Tuesday evening, July 13. A cordial invitation is extended to all those who desire to contribute their mite toward the building of the Methodist parsonage.
A. B. Denbo went to New Iberia on business Tuesday and returned to Lafayette Wednesday.
Alexis Voorhies, the well-known drummer, registered at the Rigues House this week.
Miss Pearl Harmonson, of Opelousas, will have charge of the new school to be established in the eighth ward. Miss Harmonson taught school in St. Landry several years.
Dr. F. S. Mudd has removed his office to the room adjoining Clegg's drugstore. Lafayette Gazette 7/10/1897.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 10th, 1869:
The New Orleans and Houston Railroad.
The Houston Telegraph says that Mr. Zuberbier, of this city, now in Houston, has made a bet of a fine suit of clothes, with a prominent Galveston man, that he would come on a railroad to Houston from New Orleans within the next eighteen months ; and he says he is willing to-day to double the bet, and offered to bet this reporter a new hat that he wins this bet.
Germain to this, it may be interesting to know that five parties of civil engineers in the employ of the New Orleans, Mobile and Chattanooga Railroad Company, are now tracing the most suitable line for a railroad between New Orleans and the city of Houston, and the probability of the early connection by railroad of the two cities, at once assumes a deep and peculiar significance. Lafayette Advertiser 7/10/1869.
More Than Just Sugar and Cotton. - A certain citizen of our town was by some, laughed at when he made the assertion, that our people must not hug too closely the old routine of raising nothing but sugar or cotton. The following is a noble illustration of the truth of his remark: Homer Monnier, Esq., of our town, planted two acres of ground in beans, one acre of red, the other of white - he cultivated them himself has to-day, gathered twenty barrels of beans, which at the low price of $16 per barrel to the market, will net him Three Hundred and Twenty dollars, and he is now preparing the same land to plant a second crop. This he raised almost at leisure, without counting the Irish potatoes, melons, pumpkins, etc.
We must diversify our products as is our power lies, and make ourselves if possible, independent of the present system of labor. Friend Homer, your head is level and your heart is in the right place - keep on. Lafayette Advertiser 7/10/1869.
Some Bad Eggs in Vermilionville. - We are sorry to see the doors of some respectable citizens, and even private families, besmeared with white, yellow and shell. Such night work is really a shame to our community, and can find no apology, but meet with universal condemnation, and universal contempt. To say the least, it is undeniable proof that there are some bad eggs in our town.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/10/1869.
From the Banner of the South.
The subject of Immigration is one which is at present greatly exciting the Southern mind, and is worthy of the most serious consideration.
The old system of labor is forever exploded. There may be individual and isolated exceptions ; but the general rule will hold good that free Negro labor is not sufficiently practicable and reliable for the full development of Southern resources and industry. We must have white labor. We must have intelligence. We must have reliability. We must have population. To obtain these requisites, we must offer inducements to Capitalists and laborers. We must construct railroads. We must dig canals. We must build factories. We must develop our resources of soil and climate, and apply to them to practical uses. If we do this in the right way and at the right time, we shall soon build up our section to as grand a prosperity as its most devoted sons and daughters could desire, and regain that political power in the Union which we have lost by the fortunes of war and the tyranny of political tricksters and political rulers.
From the Banner of the South and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/10/1869.
Latest City Council Proceedings.
(June 17, 1869.) A. Nevue, Mayor, presiding; All the members present.
On motion it was resolved, that the Collector proceed immediately to enforce the collection of all taxes and licenses due the Corporation of Vermilionville, by seizure and sale.
Resolved, that ten days after the passage of this resolution all goats running at large within the limits of the Corporation will be taken up by the Constable, and if not claimed by the owner, who will be compelled to pay a fine of one dollar per head and all expenses incurred, said animals will be sold at public auction on the Saturday following.
On motion it was resolved that the Constable be and is hereby ordered to strictly enforce the resolution of the Council in reference to dogs.
On motion it was resolved, that the resolution in reference to horses on the sidewalks, be and is hereby amended so as to read, "fined one dollar" instead of five dollars.
On motion it was resolved, that permission, be and is hereby granted to Meesrs. Jean Crouchet and C. O. Olivier to keep hides in the houses built by them, for that purpose, previous to the extension of the corporate limits.
On motion it was resolved, that thirty days after the passage of this resolution all persons will be prohibited from going through the streets at a greater speed than a trot, under the penalty of five dollars for each and every offense.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/10/1869.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 10th, 1907:
Of New Central High School Laid at 5 p. m. Thursday.
Addresses by Mayor Mouton, Supt. Alleman, Hon. Wm. Campbell and Hon. C. D. Caffery.
A large crowd was present Thursday evening at 5 o'clock to witness the ceremonies of laying the corner stone of the new high school building. Mayor Mouton presided, and before introducing the speakers expressed regret that neither Prof. Caldwell, Dr. Aswell, or Prof. Fortier, who had been invited, could be present. He read the letters expressing appreciation of the invitation and regretting that other duties prevented their accepting. After speaking of the great benefit which the school would be to Lafayette, he introduced Supt. Alleman, who began by speaking of the Declaration of Independence and reading extracts from the writings of its author, Thomas Jefferson, in regard to education. Mr. Alleman thought the day appropriate as the Fourth of July marked the day our forefathers declared for freedom against the tyranny of kings, and this new school was another declaration of freedom, but against the tyranny of illiteracy. He spoke of the progress of Lafayette in educational matters during the last seven years, calling special attention to the fact that the town and parish have voted one quarter of a million dollars to the cause, a record not equaled by any other parish and and town in the whole South. He closed by saying that in this new school building we have builded a monument more lasting than brass.
District Attorney Wm. Campbell was introduced next. He began speaking of the efforts made in securing the Industrial Institute, which to-day stands as a monument to the generosity of the people. From the day the school was secured, started the progress of the town and fostering education in the parish. Nine years ago the town was small, but people have come in and it has grown and property values have increased.
The buildings we had for schools did not answer the purpose. A special tax was asked for schools and other public improvements, and the people almost unanimously voted to build this monument, whose corner stone they had assembled to lay.
He closed by saying that those who would get their education in the building would carry on the good work begun by us and he urged that we continue to put our shoulders together when other schools were needed and that by declaring illiteracy out of the country we will continue to be a free and independent nation.
Hon. Chas. D. Caffery was next introduced. He began by saying that few things are more intimately connected with the life of the people than the cause which had brought them together, and spoke of the new high school building whose corner stone they were to lay, giving its dimensions as 150 x 90 feet with a capacity of 700 children. There were 11 class rooms with basement rooms for play rooms, lunch, etc., and an auditorium seating 635. When completed the building would be well lighted, well ventilated and well heated in winter; it would measure up to every requirement of a modern and commodious building. They were then to christen, as it were, the building and it was both timely and appropriate, for there is no higher expression of patriotism than in works such as this. The building represented the chief corner stone in our system of education typified the corner stone in the social structure. He asked who would not rejoice to see the school overflowing, with bright and eager children, expressing the hope that the school would long continue to send out boys and girls well equipped for life. Great things would come from the building of the school, for the law of the universe was light and progress. He closed by referring to the great good accomplished by Stephen Girard in founding a college, declaring that if one man could do so much then what could not the people do?
The building of schools was a revolt against illiteracy and that in building this school our duty was not done, we must continue the work.
Attorney Crow Girard was to have spoken but was detained at home on account of illness. At the conclusion of the speaking Mayor Mouton removed the cloth covering the corner stone, which has been put in place before the exercises were to begin.
The corner stone is of Texas granite, beautifully polished, and bears on one face the following inscription:
CHAS. O. MOUTON, Mayor
O. B. HOPKINS, A. R. TRAHAN, FERNAND MOUTON, PAUL KRAUSS, C. D. BOUDREAUX, F. E. VOORHIES, F. E. GIRARD, C. H. PAGE, Architect, Austin, Texas.
July 4, 1907.
On the other face is inscribed:
F. E. GIRARD, Chairman
A. R. TRAHAN, PAUL KRAUSS, CHAS. D. CAFFERY, WILLIAM CAMPBELL, CROW GIRARD, W. C. WHITNEY, Contractor, Beaumont, Texas.
July 4, 1907.
During the exercises music was furnished by a band and a chorus sang America, Star Spangled Banner and Dixie. A. Piano was kindly loaned by Mr. M. C. McIver, for the occasion.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/10/1907.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 10th, 1907:
LAFAYETTE'S EARLY HISTORY
Act of Incorporation of the Town of Vermilionville, 1836.
Believing that anything pertaining to the early history of Lafayette will possess great interest for our readers, we have decided to publish the act of incorporation of the Town of Vermilionille, which occurred in 1836, and weekly thereafter the proceedings of one meeting of the Council as long as we think it will prove interesting.
This week we begin with the act of incorporation, which is as follows:
To incorporate the town of Vermilionville in the parish of Lafayette.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Louisiana in general assembly convened: That all the free white male citizens of the United States and of the State of Louisiana, who shall have attained the age of twenty-one years, shall have resided in the parish of Lafayette one year next preceding the passage of this act, and who at the period of its passage shall reside within the limits hereafter described, be and they are hereby authorized to meet on the first Monday of May next and on the first Monday in May in each succeeding year and to elect five persons who shall constitute a body politic or corporation under the name and style of City Council of the town of Vermilionville, and no one shall be eligible who is not a citizen of the United States and of the State of Louisiana and a resident within the limits of said town and, besides, the owner and possessor of real estate within said limits to the value of three hundred dollars, and over the age of twenty-one years.
Section 2. Be it further enacted, etc.: That the limits of the said town of Vermilionville shall be included in the following boundaries, to-wit: On the east by East Street; on the South by Third Street; on the north by a street one square north of the Vermilion Street to be run east and west; and on the west by a line to be run due north and south intersecting the last mentioned street to be run, and Third Street so as to include the Roman Catholic Church and the grounds belonging to the same, the whole in conformity with a plan of said town by John Desmene, Jr., and deposited in the office of the parish judge of the parish of Lafayette.
Section 3. Be it further enacted etc.: That the aforesaid elections shall be held at the Court House in said town and shall be by ballot and the ballot box shall be kept open from ten o'clock a. m. until 5 o'clock p. m. under the superintendence of the clerk of the district court and the sheriff of the parish of Lafayette whose duty it shall be to give at least ten days previous notice of the day, place and hour of said elections by papers posted up at the court house and church doors in English and French. And the five persons who shall have attained the greatest number of votes shall be declared duly elected members of the city council of the town of Vermilionville and shall hold their offices during one year from the said first Monday of May in each year and until their successors shall be duly elected.
Section 4. Be it further enacted, etc.: That before entering in office the members thus elected shall take and subscribe before a justice of the peace of said parish an oath faithfully and impartially to fulfill the duties imposed upon them by this act, which oath shall be certified by said justice of the peace on the certificate of their election, which shall be filed in the office of the clerk of said town.
Section 5. Be it further enacted, etc.: That the said city council shall meet annually on the Monday next after their election, or as soon thereafter as may be, and elect one of their own number as president of said council, by a majority of the votes of all of said members, whose duty it shall be to preside at all the sittings to sign all ordinances and resolutions passed by said council, to call special meetings of said council whenever he shall deem such meetings expedient, and to grant commissions to said officers as may lawfully be appointed by said city council.
Section 6. Be it further enacted, etc.: That in case of any vacancy occurring in said council, it shall be the duty of of said president to give ten days notice, in the manner hereinbefore provided, of the time and place of holding an election to fill such vacancy; and such election shall be presided by any two members of said council, who shall have power to grant certificate of election to the person elected to supply such vacancy.
Section 7. Be it further enacted, etc.: That said city council, or a majority of them, shall have power to pass and establish such by-laws and ordinances for the good order, maintenance and government of the town of Vermilionville as they may deem necessary not contrary to the constitution and laws of the State; to pass ordinances for the police of slaves, grog shops, billiard houses or tables, public houses and market houses, to lay tax thereon and apply the funds thus raised to the use and benefit of said town as they may deem advisable; also to levy an annual tax on all the property situated or owned within said town and liable to a State tax, and to collect the same provided the said tax shall in no case exceed twenty-five cents a year on every hundred dollars of the value of the property taxed, and provided that the said city council shall never levy on any stores, shops, public houses, retailers of goods, any annual tax to a greater amount than shall be levied by the State for the same year; but they may levy an annual tax on grog shops and billiard tables to any extent they may think proper.
Section 8. Be it further enacted, etc.: That said city council shall have power to ordain and pass any ordinances which they may deem expedient for keeping in good order the streets and market houses and for the general police of said town and to impose fines and penalties on any persons violating or neglecting to observe their ordinances, provided that no fine to be thus imposed shall exceed twenty-five dollars to be sued for and recovered in the name of said city council before any justice of the parish of Lafayette.
Section 9. Be it further enacted, etc.: That said city council shall appoint a town clerk for said town, who shall hold office during the will of said council; he shall keep a bound book in which shall be recorded all the laws and ordinances passed by said council, signed by the president and countersigned by the clerk - he shall also keep a book in which shall be recorded the proceedings of said city council and shall do such other duties as the said city council may require of him and may receive such salary as they shall allow him.
Section 10. That said city council shall also appoint a town constable whose duty it shall be to attend all sittings of the council and execute all their legal decrees. He shall also be the collector of all taxes levied by said council and shall furnish such bond and security as they may require of him for the faithful execution of his duties as such. He shall hold his office for one year and shall receive such salary as the said council may allow him.
Section 11. Be it further enacted, etc.: That the said town clerk shall act as assessor of the taxable property within said town.
Section 12. Be it further enacted, etc.: That said city council shall appoint a treasurer, who shall give bond and security in such amount as said council shall determine. He shall hold his office for one year and shall do such duties as said council shall require of him and may receive such salary as they shall allow him.
Section 13. And be it further enacted, etc.: That the police jury of the parish of Lafayette shall no longer have or exercise any jurisdiction within the aforesaid limits, except it be over the court house, jail and other property belonging to said parish; provided, that whenever it shall be necessary to lay a tax for the purpose of building or repairing the court house or jail of said parish, the property within said town shall be equally taxed with the property of the parish generally.
(Signed) ALCEE LABRANCHE,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(Signed) C. DERBIGNY, President of the Senate.
Approved March 11th, 1836.
(Signed) E. D. WHITE, Governor of the State of Louisiana.
This act is to be found in the Louisiana Sentinel of the 23rd of April, 1836, No. 52, and in the acts of 1836.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/10/1907.
From the Lafayette Daily Advertiser of July 10th, 1968:
WRESTLING TO BECOME MAJOR SPORT AT USL.
The University of Southwestern Louisiana is still making a very impressive effort to help establish wrestling as a regular intercollegiate sport here among leading universities and colleges in the Deep South.
Under the guidance of athletic director A. G. "Whitey" Urban and coach Robert May, Southwestern's wrestling team will undertake an ambitious schedule in the 1968-69 season.
Regular season matches for the Bulldog wrestlers will include such southern powers as the University of Texas, Florida State, Auburn University, Stephen F. Austin College of Texas, University of Alabama, and LSU.
The highlight of Southwestern's 1968-69 mat schedule will be a lengthy trip to late January that finds the Bulldogs competing against the University of Tennessee, Maryville (Tenn.) College of Alabama.
Wrestling became in intercollegiate sport at USL four years ago, and during this short period, the Bulldog matmen have quickly established themselves as the top collegiate team in Louisiana and one of the most respected in Dixieland.
Although operating on a limited budget, May has quickly produced two convincing winners since being named the USL coach in 1966. And May accomplished this success story with home-grown talent as eight of his nine regulars last year were Louisiana products.
The 1968-1969 outlook appears very bright as all nine letter-winners are slated to be among the candidates who who report for the coming campaign.
These "S" jacket recipients who return this fall include Keith Ballow, New Orleans; Wade Bergeron, Basile; Harry Boudreaux, New Orleans; Billy Doize, Chalmette; Terry Gage, New Orleans; Buddy Lebas, Church Point; Gary Maurin, Laplace; Rick Thomassie, New Orleans; and Pat Schrader, Milwaukee. Lafayette Daily Advertiser 7/10/1968.
Pictured above: The USL Wresting Team. - Left to right, kneeling, Pat Schrader, Harry Boudreaux, Tommy Mayne, Joe Melbourne, Terry Gage, Keith Bellow, Pat Hazard, and Gary Maurin. Standing, Coach Bob May, Buddy LeBas, Stuart Bavier, Billy Doize, Mike Louvirre, John Sinclair, Rick Thomassie, and Wayne Aucoin. (Picture from the U of L official website.) - Pictured above: The iconic USL Bulldogs logo placed on the front of a 2018 issued Bulldogs T-Shirt.