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From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 25th, 2015:


Everything’s business as usual,” Lyles said. “This event reinforces the strength and backbone of this community, but I wouldn’t expect anything else.”

And as patrons walked from tent to tent along the shaded pathway weaving through the market it seemed Lyles was right.

“You wouldn’t be able to tell just coming here today what happened a few days ago,” said Aaron Garcia, who frequents the market often.

“It’s a testament to the strength of everyone who lives here and how we’re able to come together and think positively,” Garcia’s girlfriend, Maureen Doucet, added.

Still, not everyone at the market took the “moving on” approach.
Melodie McMath, who usually spends her Saturday mornings making juices and smoothies for Emerge — An Artisan Juicery, decided to set up a different booth this week.

“This week I felt compelled to provide a healing place of a different capacity,” McMath said. “Usually we focus on physical healing with juices, but this week I felt the community needed more emotional healing.”

Instead of juices, there were blessings. In place of smoothies, hugs.

Hugs, she said, that were at least 10 seconds long.

“This lone gunman didn’t feel like he had a community, and that’s what inspires the kind of action he took,” McMath said. “So for the community to come out and embrace everyone and giving out love, connecting, making eye contact and giving a simple ‘hello’ reminds us that we’re all on this earth together.”

These simple acts of kindness, she said, is what helps the community heal.

“If we stop focusing on the negative and focus on the positive the negative will naturally start to subside,” McMath said.

It was for this reason, Richard said, the market carried on as usual.
“Being the community staple we are, we didn’t even think twice about if we would open,” Richard said.

“This is something in Lafayette that people look forward to, and something that makes us the strong community we are so it’s all that more important that we’re here this week — to give people a place to come together.”
Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/2015.

Under the Big Oak -

A View of American History from the Perspective of Vermilionville and Early Lafayette via The Lafayette Advertiser...

...AND NOW...
Published from 1893 to 1921.

 "In launching a new vessel upon the sea of journalism, custom has decreed that the captain shall declare the course he intends to sail.

 Although the Lafayette Gazette would prefer to be judged rather by deeds than promises, still we bow in acquiescence to the mandate of custom. Firstly, then, we shall nail to the masthead of our craft, the pennant of Democracy, not in a selfish partisan spirit, but float it in that broad spirit of conservatism in which it has been held aloft by the past and present grand commanders.

 Our craft shall always be found at the port of Right, and always shun the maelstrom of Wrong ;  we shall land regularly at Civic Pride, Unity of Action, and will refuse to stop at Strife, Turmoil and old Fogism. All hails from Prosperity, Immigration, Education, Observance of Law, Upbuilding of Home ;  in short at all points where the interests of the people can be subserved, shall be cheerfully and promptly answered. With these fixed purposes, we unfold the sails, and sail out on our voyage.
Lafayette Gazette Issue #1  on 3/11/1893.

From the Lafayette Gazette of July 25th, 1903:


Advise Voters to Keep Out of Democratic Primaries. 

 J. R. Domengeaux, secretary of the Republican Parish Committee to publish the following:

 Lafayette, La., July 20, 1903.

 To the Republicans of the Parish of Lafayette: - Considering the fact that the next election is approaching, and from advices received from the State Central Committee that a full State and Parochial Republican ticket will be submitted to the voters of Louisiana at the general election of April 1904, the Republicans of this parish are hereby warned to not participate in any manner in the Democratic primaries soon to be ordered.

GUS A. BREAUX, Member State Central Committee.
JOS. A. CHARGOIS, Chairman Parish Executive Committee.
J. R. DOMENGEAUX, Secretary Parish Committee.

 It would seem that the policy of the Republican leaders is to refrain from participation in Democratic Primaries with a view of supporting a ticket nominated by their own party. It is understood that the Lily White organization desires to make some showing in the next State election to strengthen its position with President Roosevelt, and an effort will be made to keep the Republican voters organized until the election.
                 Lafayette Gazette 7/25/1903.  

The Horrible Fate of C. C. Conway on Louisiana Western.

 C. C. Conway, a brakeman on the Louisiana Western, fell off a train near Duson Tuesday night and was killed. His body was horribly mangled. When the train reached Rayne, Conway was found to be missing and a search resulted in the discovery of his body a short distance from Duson. Shortly before leaving Lafayette Conway was seen in an intoxicated condition and it is believed that he slept on the train and while sleeping fell between the moving cars. The unfortunate man had a wife and two children in Houston. The railroad men at this point took charge of the body and had it embalmed at Vigneaux's. It was subsequently sent to Houston for burial. Conway was a young man. Lafayette Gazette 7/25/1903.

 Too Many Dogs. - Last Monday Officer Hebert killed a dog which had been bitten by a mad dog. Officer Hebert informed The Gazette that while only 78 dogs wear collars bought from the town, three or four hundred can be found for which no collars have been secured. Nearly all the negro families own dogs which are kept inside when the dog-killer is around. Officer Hebert believes that a tax levied on all dogs would have a tendency to reduce the canine population. Lafayette Gazette 7/25/1903.

A Bad Negro. - Buck, a negro who has served two terms in the State Penitentiary, was arrested this week by the town police on a charge of beating his wife. Buck is considered to be a bad negro. He is a chronic violator of the law.
Lafayette Gazette 7/25/1903.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 25th, 1874.

To the People of the Parish of Lafayette.  

In response to the request of the Democratic Central Committee, that delegates be elected to a State Convention to assemble in New Orleans, on the Fourth Monday in August next, to select a State Treasurer and members of Congress for the several Congressional Districts, and all voters who desire substantial and thorough reform in our public affairs, to meet the Court House on Saturday, the 15th day of August, 1874, for the purpose of selecting delegates to said Convention, and also of electing a Parish Central Committee.

 S. J. Montgomery, H. Jamieson, Jr., W. H. Cunningham, M. D., Arthur Greig, J. D. Trahan, M. D., John S. Whittington, N. Breaux, M. L. Lyons M. D., Joseph Louviere, L. P. Revillon, H. M. Bailey, C. T. Patin, Camille Sellers, F. S. Mudd M. D., Ed. Eng. Mouton, M. F. Rigues, Jean Bernard, Paulin Arceneaux, R. C. Landry, Nathan Foreman, M. T. Martin, John Clegg and W. B. Bailey, member State Central Committee, Vermilionville, July 25th, 1874.

Information Too Meagre. We have heard rumors of a robbery and outrages perpetrated upon a white lady in the upper end of this parish, in the night time, by several armed colored men and that the neighbors, in the excitement of the moment took the law into their own hands, &c. Our information about the matter is so meagre, that we are unable to vouch for its correctness.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1874.

Joint Stock Association. On last Saturday last, several citizens met and organized a Joint Stock Association for the purpose of establishing a Reading Room and Chess Club. The benefits to result to our community from this move is manifest ; and it only needs encouragement in the shape of a few more subscriptions to the stock to make it a complete success. The Board of Directors are: M. E. Girard, Esq., President; Ed. E. Mouton, Esq., Vice President; Hon. A. J. Moss, Treasurer; L. P. Revillon, Esq., Secretary; Hon. Eraste Mouton, Wm. Campbell, Jr., and John Clegg, Esq.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1874.


 The Blessing of Mont Carmel. -  On Wednesday next, 29th instant, at 5 o'clock P. M., His Grace, Archbishop Perche, will bless the new Convent of Mont Carmel of Vermilionville. Immediately after the ceremony, the distribution of prizes to the pupils and all friends of the institution are invited to attend these ceremonies.

 The next day, Thursday 39th, at 8 o'clock A. M., a high mass will be celebrated in the Chapel of the Convent for the benefit of all persons who have contributed to the building and erection of the edifice in any manner whatsoever. All those interest are invited to attend.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1874. 

WHO ARE YOU ? - Since the editorial control of that former staunch and respectable journal, the Opelousas Courier, has been turned over to the White Leaguers, its columns have been besmeared with vulgar and slanderous compositions and personalities. The unknown itinerant writers of that sheet have intruded into a genteel vocation and do not appreciate the courtesies and responsibilities of the position they disgrace. If they expect to influence public opinion or deserve the notice of gentlemen, by such anonymous scribbling and cowardly conduct, they exhibit a deplorable state of ignorance and stupidity. Why don't they show their faces and hang out their names, and let the public know who they are.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1874.


Bond Fixed. - The preliminary examination in the case of Gustave Mouton, for the killing of Joseph Thibodeaux, was had on last Tuesday. After a careful investigation, Judge Moss considered the evidence sufficient to require the accused to appear before the District Court to answer to the charge of manslaughter. The amount of bond for such appearance was fixed at two thousand dollars, which was at once furnished.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1874.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 25th, 1891:

 A Solid Banking Institution.

 We are glad to be able to chronicle the good news that Lafayette will soon have within its borders a solid banking institution. The bank is now in course of organization, and the accomplishment of the undertaking is assured inasmuch as all arrangements have been perfected to supplement with Eastern money whatever amount may be needed to bring home subscriptions up to the required capital of $25,000. We learn that up to last Thursday forty-two persons interested themselves as subscribers toward the capital stock, all of this number being the practical and progressive business of the parish. This is certainly a very flattering showing, and we are glad to see that the business men of the town and parish appreciate so well the urgent need of so great a convenience. The management of the affairs of the bank is to be in the hands of home directors, and it is the purpose of the projectors to make the institution one of the strongest of its character. The establishment of a bank in our midst we welcome as a harbinger of much  good, and one that will mark a new epoch in the business activity and prosperity of Lafayette. The town and parish are to be congratulated. The town and parish are to be congratulated. Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1891.

The New Round House. - Very soon three stalls of the old round house will be torn down to admit the laying of a track from the west to the new round house. The new round house is now nearly ready for stalling engines. It is a large, roomy. and comparatively fire proof, having zinc sheeting, a dirt floor and gravel roof, with a capacity for 16 engines.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1891.


At Falk's Hall. - Quite a respectable and highly pleased audience were in attendance upon the Children's Entertainment at Falk's Hall, Thursday night of last week, for the benefit of their special fund in St. John's Church. The young amateurs deserved and received much praise for their really creditable acting of the drama "Inez, or, the Little Rope dancer." The musical selections under the direction of Miss Alix Judice, were rendered with commendable skill and were highly appreciated. A most pleasing feature of the entertainment was a selection on the piano, violin and cornet, by Miss Estell Gerac and Messrs. Henry Gerac and Walter Mouton, which was heartily encored. The children  are much pleased and satisfied with the result of their work, which netted them something over thirty-five dollars, and return their thanks to their generous patrons.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1891.


Died of Sun-Stroke. - On Thursday of last week a Swiss laborer, named Philip A. Garbary, who for some time was in the employ of Mr. P. B. Roy, at Royville, but who had for several days been working at the livery stable of Mr. John Vigneaux, in this place, was prostrated by sunstroke. He was working beneath a mid day sun bareheaded. He received prompt medical attention, but lingered unconscious until early Friday morning, when he died. Deceased was without means, and has no known relatives in this country. Mr. Vigneaux accorded him a respectable burial in the Catholic cemetery here. This is the only fatal case of sunstroke that has occurred in our town within our recollection.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1891

Oh, By the Way, Which One's Pink? -  "Gideon's Band" broke loose in town last Tuesday night. They went down about the depot and regaled the railroad boys with some of their choicest selections, which so disgusted the little switch engine that it was sulky all that night, and refused to whistle when Ben would pull the string. Here are the sweet musical moguls. Deacon Bowen, leader; Electric Thompson, Ernest Mouisset, Pink Torian, Charlo Mouton, Beraud Mouton, Nort Black, Maurice Mouton. Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1891.

 New Dr.'s  Office. - Dr. Franklin Mouton's handsome new office, on the corner of Vermilion and Washington streets, is now undergoing its finishing touches under the facile brush of Mr. H. A. Eastin. Frank can now congratulate himself upon the possession of a a "sawbones sanction" which adds pleasantly to the appearance of that portion of our rapidly growing metropolis. Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1891.

Selected News Notes 7/25/1891.

Eggs have been scarce in our market for several weeks past. 

 Mr. J. A. Veazey left for a trip to Grand Island last Monday.

 Messrs. F. E. Girard and Leo Judice left the latter part of last week on a pleasure trip to Grand Isle.

 Mr. Alfred Hebert and family left this week to spend some time at Grand Cheniere, Cameron parish.

 Peaches are brought into town daily. Our parish was favored with a fair crop of this delicious fruit this year.

  Groups of children on our commons, flying kites with parachute attachments which are jerked loose and come sailing gracefully down, form a very pretty picture these bright summer evenings.

 Our farmers when they come to town now don't wear long faces, but have a cheerful grin and a "you bet!" expression of countenance. The present excellent crop prospects have caused this wonderful transmogrification.

 The Southern Pacific pay car will not reach here until about the 10th of next month, when two months wages will be paid the men. This delay was caused by the enforcement of the law in Texas requiring all roads to commence payment of their employees not later than the 15th of each month, which threw the paymaster off his usual routine this month. Hereafter he will pay this end of the line first, commencing about the 10th of each month.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1891.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 25th, 1913:


 We have heard more than one citizen express displeasure at our antiquated and inadequate court house, the remarks evidently springing from a feeling of pride for the appearance of our city. Such city pride is very commendable, and it is to be hoped that it will prevail so generally that everybody will  be willing to vote the necessary tax to build a new court house and jail that will not only be handsome architecturally, but will contain all things necessary for the proper conduct of the public business.

 But we should not limit our city pride altogether to having a fine court house or city hall; it should go further and include the general appearance of our city. We should have a pride in clean streets, clean front and back yards; a pride in the absence of odors of all kinds and delight in cleanliness and order. These things, with very little trouble and at small expense can easily be had. Just think of being able to walk the streets and see no unsightly weeds or grass, no tin cans or chicken feathers, broken limbs or bushes and other trash; but on the contrary, a nice clean inviting street!

 How nice and charming if everybody's front yard was a lawn and his back yard a flower garden, with shade trees all over town giving grateful shade from their green leaved branches.

 In other words, what a charming city, if our city pride would lead us to beautify and as far as possible do away with all unsightly objects! And it can so easily be done, just a little cooperation and a little true city pride and the thing will be done. Why not? Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1913.


 On Wednesday, July 30, an election will be held in the town of Lafayette for the purpose of electing a Board of Sewerage Commissioners, consisting of five members to be elected by the property tax payers residing within the sewerage district for the issuance of negotiable bonds.

 The purpose of this election is to offer the people of Lafayette the opportunity to own their own sewerage system. Should the vote be against, the Council have expressed their determination to go ahead and give a franchise to some corporation to put in sewerage.

 The time has arrived when Lafayette ought to have sewerage for the protection and comfort of its people. The Council recognizes this fact and will act as they should in the premises.

 It is then practically settled that Lafayette will have sewerage - the question then for the voters in the sewerage district to decide is whether they want to vote a small tax and own the sewerage or allow a company to own it.

 In the first case in a few years the system will be paid for and only charges made for its use, sufficient to keep it in repair. In the second case the charges by the company will have to be large enough not only to keep the system in repair, but to give the investors an income which means the people will keep on paying them a tax for fifty years or more according to the length of the franchise given.

 To vote the tax and own the sewerage system is the sensible thing to do, and should we fail to do so, we will be acting against our own best interest.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/25/1913.   

 Lagniappe #1.

The Fruit of Roosevelt's Policy.

A few days ago Randall Sullivan, a negro, employed as an elevator conductor in the Geological Survey Building at Washington, was suspended for writing a note to a white lady also employed in the building as a clerk, asking for her address, and saying that he "had something on his mind which he wished to communicate." When taken to task he said that he could not be suspended for merely writing a note "such as any gentleman might send to a lady.

 We are informed that the affair caused the most intense indignation in the department but we can not understand why it should have raised a rumpus in view of the President's open recognition of the negro as a political and social equal. Under the circumstances it is not surprising that the negro Sullivan should have written a note to a white woman, because he had been taught by the President to consider himself in every respect the equal of a white person. Mr. Roosevelt was responsible for the negro's offense, and if he is the real friend and protector of the African race he pretends to be he will not permit Sullivan to be suspended.

 When the President invited Booker Washington to the White House and to a seat at his family table, the act was tantamount to a notification to the country that the negroes should be accepted as the social and political equals of the whites, and out of this has grown the turbulent spirit the negroes are manifesting in nearly every State of the Union. The president's policy has done much to encourage "the new negro's crime," lynchings and race riots. Mr. Roosevelt has explained that he invited Booker Washington to dine with him because Booker was a gentleman and entirely worthy to at table with the president or anybody else. The negro Sullivan also claims to be a gentleman and holds that the note he wrote to the white woman was "such as any gentleman might write to a lady." If the president is consistent he will not allow negro employees of the government to be punished for taking special liberties that would not be condemned in a white man, for has he not declared that there should not be any discrimination against them on account of race, color or previous condition of the president to stand by Sullivan and see that he is reinstated in his job of running the elevator.

Original source unknown. Published in the Lafayette Gazette 7/25/1903. 


Wonders in a Drop of Hay-Water.

 Let me tell you some of the I have seen. Once I put a little hay in a tumbler, covered it with water, and set the glass in a warm place for a day of two. Then, with a medicine-dropper, I put a drop of the water on a glass slip, covered it with a very thin glass wafer the size of a cent, placed it under the microscope, adjusted the focus, and what a sight met my eyes. Dozens and dozens of what looked like animated drops of jelly were darting here and there, bumping against one another, or dodging one another like schoolboys at recess. Perhaps among the crowd of smaller ones would dash a much bigger fellow. I fancied it might be a big brother, older than the others by some hours, and so entitled to the deference he seemed to exact. Then, in another part of the drop of water, the little ones formed a circle, and presently in  the center of this came a big fellow - he must have been at least one-one hundredth of an inch long - who began revolving slowly. "P. T. Barnum," I thought to myself. "That is exactly the way I have seen him address an audience surrounding a circus ring." But I can never know what he told the small ones, for not even the "little ghost of an inaudible squeak" reached my ears. Besides these little creatures, I could see what looked dark specks darting above. Determined to find out what these were, I used a stronger magnifying glass, and looked through it the specks proved to be other little swimmers such as I had just been examining; and the latter, of course, seemed larger. But now there will still other specks darting about, so a still stronger glass was used, with the same result . Magnify as I might, I could not reach a point where there were not some moving atoms needing further magnifying. I have since learned that no glass has ever been made powerful enough to reveal the tiniest these "infusorias" as they are called. 

From the St. Nicholas and in the Lafayette Advertiser of July 25, 1891.

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