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From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 20th, 1904:


WOODSON-TOLSON. The most prominent society event of the week was the marriage of Miss Louisa Tolson, the charming daughter of Dr. and Mrs. F. R. Tolson, to Mr. Ashby Woodson, teacher of Manual Training in the Southwestern Louisiana Institute, which took place at the Methodist church Tuesday evening at nine o'clock in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. 

 The church was artistically decorate for the occasion; with potted plants and cut flowers. Just in front of the altar was a large arch of white roses and evergreens under which the bridal couple stood during the ceremony. Mendelson's Beautiful wedding march was rendered by Prof. F. Sontag on the violin, accompanied by Mr. W. A. Stepehens on the organ as the wedding party entered the church and approached the altar. All during the ceremony low sweet music was played. The ushers. Dr. John Tolson, Dr. J. Octave Duhon and Mr. Ambrose Marshall advanced to the altar down one aisle, while the bridesmaids, Misses Viola Young, Challie Tolson and Maxim Beraud went down the other, followed by the maid of honor, Miss Julia Tolson. Behind her came the two little flower girls. Martha Pellerin and Elizabeth Denbo, preceding the bride leaning on the arm of her father. The bride was joined at the altar by Mr. Woodson accompanied by his best man, Dr. J. A. Martin. Rev. J. D. Harper, pastor of the church, performed the ceremony.

 The bride was beautifully gowned in chiffon cloth and tuile over white silk and her veil of illusion was gracefully caught up with a spray of orange blossoms. She carried a large bouquet of brides roses and maidenhair fern. The maid of honor looked lovely in white silk tissue trimmed in valencienne lace. She carried a bouquet of carnations as did also the bridesmaids who were becomingly dressed in pineapple tissue trimmed with lace and ribbons.

 After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents. The house was prettily decorated with roses, smilax and tulle. The bride's bouquet fell to the lot of Miss Challie Tolson while Miss Maxim Beraud cut the ring out of the bride's cake.

 Mr. and Mrs. Woodson received a large number of handsome and costly presents testifying to their great popularity. They left on the morning train for Bay St. Louis to spend a few days before leaving for a visit to the World's Fair and other places of interest in the North and East. Lafayette Advertiser 7/20/1904. 

Cylinder Head Knocked Out at Power House.
Lamps Now the Fashion. 

 Thursday night about eight o'clock another accident happened at the Power House and the town will again be without lights for some time to come. 

 Just what caused the accident is difficult to tell. The engine was running in apparently fine condition, giving as good service as usual, so Mr. Melchert states, when suddenly, without warning, the crosshead strap on the connecting rod broke, knocking out the cylinder head. This at once put the engine "out of business."

 A close examination was made to ascertain the cause of the break, but no cause was discoverable. The parts were shipped next morning to the foundry, and every effort will be made to hasten the repair, but whether it will be two weeks or three depends on how soon the parts are returned. Meantime oil lamps will be the fashion. Lafayette Advertiser 7/20/1904.  

A Runaway. -  There was a lively runaway a little after noon yesterday. A horse hitched near Vonder Heiden & Moore's studio got loose and started up Jefferson street at a run, near Lacoste Hardware Store the buggy turned over, but the horse continued and was last seen heading down Oak avenue dragging the buggy after him. Lafayette Advertiser 7/19/1904.

Selected News Notes 7/19/1904.

  Mrs. S. R. Parkerson and Misses Zerelda and Lizzie Bailey, Lucy Judice and Marie Mouton left Monday for an extended visit to Tennessee and North Carolina. 

 Let J. C. Broussard put you in screen doors and windows and you won't be bothered with flies and mosquitoes.

 If you have a prescription to be filled ring up the People's Pharmacy and they will send for, fill it, and deliver it. 

 Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Clegg will, in a few days, leave for the St. Louis Fair.

 If you wish GOOD feed of any kind, Ramsay & Upton will be glad to serve you. Phone 192.

 Eastin Sprole left Monday for a visit to Mississippi. 

 Miss Mattie Wier, of Houston, after spending a week with Dr. F. R. Tolson's family, left Monday for Bunkie.

 Delicious Ice Cream and all cold drinks served at E. F. Morgan & Co's fine fountain. Also a fine line of WILEY"S Crystalized fruits and chocolates. There is none better.

 Mr. J. G. St. Julien, who has just returned from the Legislature where he served the parish very creditably, has accepted a position in the clerk's office. He began his duties Monday.

 out of the dust - into one of those new up-to-date buggies sold by Denbo & Nicholson Co., Ltd.

 Mr. and Mrs. B. N. Corrona and daughters, Misses Gertude and Rosalie, returned Monday from a visit to the World's Fair.

 Try Ramsay and Upton for fresh meal and grits. Phone 192.

 Miss Mignone Robichaud will leave Saturday to visit in Houston and Beaumont.

 Miss Alice Voorhies who was spending several weeks in Lafayette, will return to St. Martinville Saturday, accompanied by Miss Loula Robichaud. 

 Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Gelvin, Jos. Bienvenue, Sidney Alpha, Pothier Voorhies, and Rhul Peck were among those who took in the Galveston excursion Monday.

 Ladies will enjoy looking at Schmulen's dress goods.

Dr. Felix Girard spent several days in the City last week. (New Orleans) 

 Good groceries, Fresh Groceries, prompt service, that is what you get when you trade with Morgan & Debaillon.

 Handmade cisterns, guaranteed - J. C. Broussard. 

 Miss Emelie Breaux, of Scott, was a visitor here during the week.

 J. W. Faulk, who is attending the Normal College at Natchitoches, spent last Wednesday. in Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 7/20/1904.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 20, 1901:

Very Encouraging.

 The Iberian published the following interview with Mr. Sampson, the driller at "Anse LaButte well: "Speaking of the well and it's prospects Mr. Simpson said, for the last two weeks the drill has been working in gravel and boring through it is hard and slow work, we sometimes work for a day and only succeed in lowering the pipe a couple of feet, how deep this strata is no one can tell, we will simply have to keep on working until we pass it.

 Oil? Yes we will strike Oil, there is more flowing from the well now than many wells in Corsicana and Los Angeles.

 This trouble with gravel is the same that Lucas encountered when drilling some two years ago though he finally got through.

 The presence of oil, and in the quantity Mr. Simpson says it is very encouraging to us and will be to many interested."

 From the Iberian and in the Lafayette  Advertiser 7/19/1901.

Railroad Notes 7/20/1901.

Farrar Lindsay, at present car checker in the yards here, has grown up to this promotion. He began when quite a kid as messenger boy, and by close attention to the details of the business, has worked himself up. There is every reason to suppose that some day Farrar may become a Rail Road Superintendent. 

 Last Friday night at 11:30 there passed through a special bearing the Mexican Calvary Band, the train made up of two Burton special horse cars, containing 25 head of horses each one, one baggage car, one chair car and two Pullman Tourist sleepers. The train was in the charge of that veteran conductor, Andy Flood.

 Train Agent J. P. Ritcher was in our town on business Saturday last.

 Charley Jeanmard is doing the baggage checking act this month.


 Conductor Lusted, of the Alexandria branch bears a striking resemblance to Tom Reed, ex-speaker of the house of representatives, since he shaved his mustache off.

 Foreman C. W. Nichole, of the road house, went to New Orleans on business last week. 

 The many friends of section foreman Jake Weigel are glad to note that he has completely recovered from his recent illness. He resumed work on the 15th., inst.

 Passenger Engineer Pete Danenhauer is seriously ill at his home in Gretna. 

 Fred Yokum is considered to be the most elegant passenger brakeman on the Morgan division, he reminds one of Petronius.

 General Supt., of motive powers J. J. Ryan was here on business Sunday. 

 Judge Coffey and John Logan left Sunday for Houston, B. of R. T. Business.

  The Southern Pacific R. R., lately received a consignment of fifty new Roger ballast cars to be used in depositing rock ballast on the Houston Lafayette division. This does away with much of the shovel work in unloading the ballast, as by the simple turning of a crank the gravel is evenly distributed on the surface of the track, the bottom of each car having a series of traps which lets down when the crank is turned.

 With the Mercury rising up around the 100 mark last week, the boys in the yard here were very near overcome by the heat.

 The Company's civil engineering corps were busy laying out lines last week for additional tracks which will be built this fall, to enable the Co., to handle its increasing business in the yards. 

 Eddie Mouton, store room clerk says "he would like to be the ice man."
 Auguste Vigneaux is shoveling black diamonds in engine 537 in the yard. Gus says "it is the warmest proposition he has ever run up against, and wish they soon strike an oil gusher at Anse LaButte."

 Express Messenger Timmins on the Alexandria branch carries a stump tailed dog along with, he says it is his mascot. 

 After a vacation of fifteen days, Postal clerk Walter Bradley has resumed his run on the Alexandria Branch.

 Tom Mcfadden has enlisted in the ranks of the car repairers.

 Wally Clifford is running the night pumping plant at the round-house. 

 The excusion Monday from New Orleans to Galveston was liberally patronized, the five coaches being filled to their full capacity, a few of our town's people went out to Galveston.

 Lafayette Advertiser 7/20/1901.

That Pleasant Taste. - Oh, THE JEFFERSON stays with you long after you have left the soda fountain. Its that new drink at the MOSS PHARMACY. Lafayette Advertiser 7/20/1901.

World's Fair Rates. - On every Tuesday in July, the Mobile and Ohio R. R., will sell tickets from New Orleans to St. Louis and return for $15.oo with limit at Fair of ten days, and will also sell every day, 15 tickets for $20.00; 60 day tickets for $24.00; limited to return until October 31. $26.00; and and limited return until Dec 15, for $28.80.

 For tickets, sleeping car reservations, time cards, maps, etc., write F. E. Guedry, D. P. A., 229 St. Charles street, New Orleans, La. Long distance phone, Main 3639-L.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/20/1901.

Selected News Notes 7/20/1901.

 Many bets are being made as to which will strike a gusher first, the LeDanois Co., which is boring at Anse LaButte, or the Moresi Co., which is putting down a well about three quarters of a mile from the LeDanois well. 

 Mr. B. Falk always remembers the Advertiser wherever he goes. We have just received a postal from him on his arrival in Cincinnati. He is well, having a good time, and laying in the choicest stock in the market for the benefit of his customers.

 A number of new residences are in process of construction, and the erection of others will begin shortly. 

 Numbers of gentlemen from different parts of the parish have expressed their unqualified endorsement of the action of the School Board in employing a trained Superintendent for the schools. Such a prompt endorsement from so many quarters augurs well for the hearty co-operation of the people with the Board in their effort to secure the greatest efficiency in our schools.

 Miss Cora Desbrest is visiting the Misses Hollands in New Orleans. 

 District Attorney Wm. Campbell is having a handsome two-story residence built. Messrs. A. E. Mouton and B. F. Anderson are the contractors.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/20/1901.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 20, 1889:

The Adventures of Tug and the Judge. 

 Friday afternoon, the 12th inst., Judge Moss and Col. Tugmutton were to start for Abbeville to attend the railroad convention. Owing to the incessant rains, and knowing that the roads would be flooded, Judge Moss declined to go; but Tug, claiming to be half hoss, half alligator and other half all waterproof, said he would risk it anyhow, and "lit out." Just this side of Overton Cade's house, Tug and buggy capsized into a flooded coulee. After struggling in the mud and water for some time Tug reached the opposite bank, and puffing and grunting came crawling out. Just then Mr. Cade was passing along with his Winchester, and taking Tug for an alligator blazed loose at his high. Fortunately the bullet struck him on the cheek, and glancing off killed a beef cow several hundred yards away in the pasture. Before another shot could be fired Tug vociferously renounced his claim to being any part alligator, and cheerfully accepted Mr. Cade's hospitalities for the night. The bullet had ploughed a clean furrow across Tug's cheek, and he was compelled to scrub his face thoroughly to hide the mark. He is looking much better now than we have seen him appear in a long time. Lafayette Advertiser 7/20/1889

Selected News Notes 7/20/1889.

 The weather this past week has been dry and hot, and highly favorable of the crops. The corn crop is virtually made, and a week or two more of this fine weather will land the cotton safely.

 Miss Flossie Mayer, of Alexandria, is the guest of Miss Gussie Plonsky.

 Watermelons are plentiful in town, but are yet beyond our financial grip; when they get down to a nickel apiece "then and not until then, let my epitaph be written."

 Remember the Ice Cream Festival, in Judge Parkerson's grove, next Tuesday evening for the benefit of the Methodist Church. Everybody should attend and aid the estimable ladies conducting this worthy enterprise to make it a success socially and financially.

 Mr. Will Clegg, Jr., has concluded to follow the injunction "Flee as a bird to your mountains" and left last Thursday morning for Asheville, N. C. From there he will branch off into the mountains of Tennessee and Kentucky. That section is one of the most beautiful and healthful resorts in the United States, and is just the place for Will to recuperate after his arduous labors.

 Mr. Gabreil Salles, who has for some time past so efficiently filled a position in the Moss Pharmacy here, left Wednesday for Morgan City to accept a position there at Lehman's drug store. He will be missed by a wide circle of friends here, whose best wishes attend him.

 Our old and esteemed lady friend, Mr. Andrew Cayard, one of the most thorough farmers in our section, favored us with a call last Tuesday and brought us a large box of peaches, which struck us in just about the right spot. Mr. Cayard has a fine orchard, containing about 145 peach trees of different varieties. He also had some fine specimens of stubble cane and new corn, which are on exhibit at Clegg's drug store.

 We are indebted to our young friend Gaston Gladu for an invitation to attend the commencement exercises of the St. Charles, at Grand Coteau. Quite a number of our citizens went up to attend the exercises last Wednesday.

 Miss Marie Revillon returned home from Lake Arthur last Thursday.

 Upon reading the remarks concerning him in Dr. Punninggrunts' communication, our Devil said: "If ever I catch that old Puff up here around Lafayette again foolin round our girls, I am going to hang a watermelon rind round his neck and paint his bald head red with a ripe tomato. But say! the old terrapin does scuffle off right lively when you put a coal of fire on his back, don't he?"

 The heat of the day is usually followed by a cooling and refreshing breeze about sundown, and then the streets become active and gay with the various turnouts filled with families, young men and their sweethearts, etc., all bent upon pleasure and health. This evening drive is about all that Lafayette can offer in the way of recreation and amusement. As to public parks, etc., "we will see - you - later."

 We have noticed a great many drum visitors in our town during the week, which is cheering and hopeful sign. There is an old negro adage to this effect, "whareber de hen scratch dar am de bug dar am de bug also," and it may be put down as a rule that "wherever drummers congregate, there's something thar at any rate." The drummer has a keen eye for the "main chance," and his judgement is based largely on experience.  Lafayette advertiser 7/20/1889.


From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 20, 1878:

Mass Meeting.  

 The Parish Executive Committee in calling a mass meeting of the Democrats of this parish to be held this day, has specified objects are, to appoint delegates to the Baton Rouge Convention, a Parish Executive Committee. These matters will present no difficulties and action upon them will doubtless be prompt and harmonious.

 The rumor that an attempt would be made to select delegates to a senatorial convention and instruct them to meet outside of the District, if true we believe the project has been abandoned as irregular and unwise. There being no notice given to that effect, if such a thing were done, it would be unfair and could bind in a party sense, only those present consenting. Whoever receives the nomination of the Senate will need the full Democratic vote of this parish, and of the District and it is therefore important that no unnecessary causes of complaint and dissatisfaction should exist. We desire, and the success of the ticket will require, that after the usual friendly skirmishing and contention for the nomination, peace and harmony should prevail.

 It is customary and proper in all political gatherings of the Democracy, to announce a formal expression of views on the important questions of the day. Among them, the paramount one is the calling of the Constitutional Convention at as early as possible. Before the adjournment of the meeting t0-day, we suggest the necessity of fixing a suitable time for another meeting, for the purpose of selecting delegates to a Senatorial Convention and also to consider the question of nominating a candidate for Representative and to then make said nomination, if that meeting so decide. Lafayette Advertiser 7/20/1878.


Vermilionville Could Be A Garden Spot.

 The Attakapas Register of the 13th inst. flatteringly says: "Vermilionville certainly has the best prospects of any town in the State, and with a proper display of energy on the part of her citizens and land owners will be a flourishing city in an incredibly short time. The building of the railroad so long delayed, is now a fixed fact, beyond the shadow of a doubt and with it will come an increased population and wealth, which alone are necessary to make that portion of Attakapas the garden spot of Louisiana.
 From the Attakapas Register and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/20/1878.

More From the Attakapas Register.
 (Attack-A-Pawing Lafayette and Iberia.)

 The register says: "It is a shame and disgrace for the parishes of Lafayette that they have no public road between their two principal towns. In going to Vermilionville from New Iberia one must necessarily pass through a cotton field, for which privilege he is required to pay the sum of twenty-five cents, besides being compelled to wait until the gates are unlocked and allow him to pass. This is not right and should be remedied at once. Let the Iberia and Lafayette papers give this matter their attention and see if the Police Juries can not at least furnish the public with free roads. - Attakapas Register."

The Advertiser Replies...
 The parish of Lafayette for a long time, has had two public roads to the limits of its boundary, going in the direction of New Iberia, and if no connection has been made with them, we are forced to refer the matter to the Police Jury and press of Iberia. Lafayette Advertiser 7/20/1878.

Selected News Notes 7/20/1878.
 The Jury Commission of this parish will meet on Monday the 29th inst.

 Vote for no man as a delegate or as a candidate, who is opposed to a Constitutional Convention.

 We had the pleasure of a call yesterday from Hon. J. H. Acklen, who will remain here a few days and we suppose will be present to-day at our mass meeting.

  Gustave Dugat, colored, for a long time a fugitive from justice, has returned and is now occupying quarters at public expense. Sheriff Eastin ascertained his whereabouts and sent a deputy to escort him to his old home from a certain plantation in the parish of St. Mary. The charge pending against him is horse-stealing.

 We learn that the lumber for repairing the bridge at Pin Hook has arrived at last. In the course of time, we hope to chronicle the completion of the repairs.

 His Grace, the Rev. Archbishop Perche arrived here yesterday afternoon and will officiate to-morrow in the ceremonies of confirmation, St. John's church, and will remain and lend his presence at the Exhibition at Mount Carmel Convent next Tuesday. Lafayette Advertiser 7/20/1878.

Lawyers Who Promote Litigation.
[Daily Item, New Orleans.]

 The Brooklyn Eagle tells about a damage suit lawyer who has recently been convicted by a jury before Judge Cowing in Manhattan, of grand larceny. The story is that he was retained by a negro woman, who kept a laundry at Coney Island, to bring suit against the Metropolitan Street Railway Company on shares. He settled the suit for $2,000, but only paid the woman $450 of this amount. The Brooklyn Eagle says:

 "The jury was satisfied that the woman was entitled to half and convicted the lawyer of grand larceny. The lawyer claimed that he was being prosecuted because he had damage suits against the same railroad company amounting to $1,000,000, although he has been in business only five years. That claim emphasizes the desperate and disgraceful nature of the business of promoting litigation. Lawyers who carry it on retain their regular professional standing until, like this one, they are convicted of a crime. So long as they are bright enough to keep out of jail the lawyers at the head of the profession, men whose names are synonymous for honorable dealing and who give to the profession its high standing, do nothing to keep these sharks from using the special privileges conferred upon them for preying upon corporations and fleecing their clients. The conduct of the sharks brings the whole profession into deserved disrepute, because the honorable men could suppress the sharks if they would take the trouble. So long as they are willing to allow their profession to be besmirched they are to blame, if the public forms its idea of the standards of lawyers from such fellows as this Birnbaum, instead of from the great lights of the bar. The great lights tolerate the sharks and they cannot complain of a public which infers that they approve of them. That interference brings what should be a highly respected profession into general contempt. Until the honest lawyers decide to clean house, that contempt will be deserved.

 It is carrying shame that such sharks should be permitted to prey upon railroads and other corporations. They are encouraged by the silence of respectable members of the bar and by the leaning of juries against corporations. The tendency of these innumerable damage suits is to repel investments in enterprises which do so much to build up our cities and develop the country. Juries should have as much sympathy on one side as on the other and be slow to permit sharks to prey upon public institutions. 

From the N. O. Daily Item and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1904.       

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