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Monday, January 12, 2015


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 26th, 2015:


 City-Parish President Joey Durel, speaking not to his native Lafayette but a vast world beyond, reminded a crowded news conference early Friday that our town had been named the happiest in America a scant year ago.

Ours is a family-oriented place, he explained pointedly, a community that extends itself past artificial geographic lines to embrace all of our Acadiana neighbors.

Then a stranger came to town.

John Russel Houser’s mean work in a Lafayette movie house cut through an ordinary Thursday evening to rattle our hometown’s psyche.

Lafayette will recover, Durel said Friday morning, as sunlight peeked over the city’s horizon, but we must work through a world of pain that the gunman delivered to us all.


We will recover, not because the damage was not deep — it was devastating: three dead, at least nine wounded at last reckoning — but because our strength and resilience are deeper.

Lafayette and Acadiana is place of beauty and learning, warmth and tradition, faith and industry. It is a community built by gritty, resolute people who rejoice in what we ourselves have built upon the land of our Acadian ancestors.

Beausoleil and company did not wash up on Louisiana shores to shrink from danger, disappointment or despair. In building this brave, beautiful city, generations of our ancestors proved themselves hardy and resolute.

A lone, deranged gunman will not change that. We disdain his effort to try.

As Houser rose to fire 13 gunshots at innocent people, he did not know that our newspaper was hosting a community event that featured a local entertainer called Cupid, a symbol of love, who once released a single entitled “Happy Dance.” As Cupid connected with our Community Room crowd, Houser, an angry and hate-filled drifter, fired his weapon in the Lafayette Grand’s theater No. 14, a room filled with people watching a romantic comedy. The ironies are painful to consider.


What Houser stole was the best of what Lafayette had to offer. His fatal victims were a 33-year-old successful, beloved businesswoman and accomplished musician, and an aspiring student, just 21. We all know them, or someone like them, and we will press our neighbors’ memories close to our hearts. We’re that kind of town.

We will recover because we are that kind of town.

We will recover because we don’t shrink from danger, because tomorrow’s sunrise will reveal a place still beautiful, because we will ever welcome strangers.

We will recover because we will keep our faith and be guided by it, because we will work harder to make our community one where Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, Thursday’s fatal victims, would find unending joy and fulfillment.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/2015.

#Lafayette Strong is More than a Hashtag.

I learned that the only way to persevere through trouble is to find silver linings in storm clouds. They’re everywhere you turn in Lafayette.
The day after the Lafayette shootings, I spent three hours on air talking to the people of Acadiana in order to make some type of sense of what happened. Mostly, I just tried to get through the day like everyone else who had to try to work through the shock. I cried on air, which I tried to hide and probably failed miserably at doing.
On my way across town to spend some time with somebody I love, I stopped at the intersection of Ambassador Caffery and Johnston Street (the worst intersection in Lafayette) and rolled my windows down. I was listening to the song “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers. This is where the heart of Lafayette comes back into play.
The car next to me rolled their windows down and asked, “What radio station is that?” I responded by simply holding up my phone and saying, “All me.”
The driver and his wife then bobbed their heads in satisfaction. The next time I looked over at these two complete strangers, they asked me to turn the song up, so I did.
We sang the chorus together. I pretended to pound the keyboard on my steering wheel along with the man in the car next to me. His wife laughed at both of us, then the light turned from red to green. We waved at each other with a smile, rolled our windows back up and drove away. For about 50 seconds, three people in a city of grief all felt normal again.
Since that moment, I can’t listen to that song without the hair sticking up on the back of my neck. I replayed it three or four times after I parked just to bask in the reflective catharsis.
“Lafayette Strong” might be a hashtag, but it’s much more than an internet trend. It truly is an aspect of our great city. When we band together, it’s a thing of beauty.
Grief is a real part of loss. It is proper to shed tears. Death doesn’t fight fair, so there isn’t any real formula for overcoming it. It takes time. Day by day, the city of Lafayette will come together to find a return to normalcy. Our city is built on love, and that is the first aid our city will recover on.
We will return to the good times, Lafayette. That’s not an inspirational message. It’s a fact.
With that being said, I still can’t drive down Johnston. I’m not ready yet. It will take a lot longer to get back into the Grand-16 Theater. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be back. I couldn’t let John Houser have the satisfaction of ruining one of the safest, happiest places in my city.
My children will watch movies at the Grand-16. We will laugh together and eat popcorn. The movie will end, and all of us will go home happy.
That takes time to get to. We can get there together. Just remember to find the silver linings. Sadness can’t stand it when you smile, and smiles come around a lot more often than storm clouds in Cajun country. We are Lafayette.
Ryan Baniewicz covers sports for ESPN 1420.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/2015.

Honor These Women by Living Good Lives.

Two women slain by a deranged gunman’s hand were at different stages of their careers and lives.
But both women — unforgettable in their ways — left legacies and memories that should inspire the shaken world they left behind. Let’s embrace — tightly — what their lives meant.
Jillian Johnson,  a creative force for good in Lafayette, was an artist, merchant and musician whose gentle hand worked in myriad ways, large and small, for a better community. She was a wife and family woman whose talents resounded locally with successful businesses, she had a vital part in a popular local band and a well-regarded show on public radio.
But at a Saturday vigil, a neighbor recalled that Johnson, who moved into his Simcoe Street neighborhood four years ago, also planted colorful trees and plants in her neighborhood to brighten the landscape. Planting trees and fostering beauty is a neighborly act; her street would be “very sad without her,” her neighbor said.
Mayci Breaux of Franklin, just 21, had a promising career unfolding before her: She’d studied at South Louisiana Community College and LSU-Eunice, and was days from starting her training in Lafayette General Health System’s X-ray program. A dancer for 17 years, she had been active in her community and in ministry and she had plans.
No one could foresee four days ago that both women would be eulogized today — one at a Lafayette funeral home, the other at a Franklin church — 90 minutes apart. No one could predict the heartache this community bears from their sudden loss. But that’s what has happened. Life, no matter how well planned or executed, can turn tragic in an instant.
Lives lived well should not be remembered solely in terms of unforeseen, untimely ends. People know too well what happened last Thursday at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette; now let’s remember first and always the joy these women created and the love they left behind.
While people knew Jillian Johnson as a success story, Morgan Munzing, 14, who shopped at Johnson’s store, spoke at a vigil of her big smile and recounted her hugs. A gunman could steal Johnson’s life, but he can’t erase that.
A weekend vigil was held for Mayci Breaux, too. Friends and family gathered at a Franklin funeral home to pray the rosary and honor her life. “Dance on the clouds, Mayci,” wrote one Facebook writer.
What better way to honor these beautiful lives today but to emulate them. “Do good work” was what Johnson’s father taught her; she did just that. On this day, honor these good women by doing the same.
Plant a tree. Hug someone. Share your smile. Sing your song. Dance on the clouds.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/2015.

Houser Recounted Pet Death Story for Duson Woman.

Houser said there needs to be an inexpensive way to euthanize pets when they’re sick, Barbier recalled. Then Houser said he had to share a story about a cat he loved.
It was an outdoor cat that showed up at his house one day. After a few years, the cat got sick, its paws started turning in.
Houser told the women it would cost $25 for the vet to euthanize the cat, plus he didn’t want to traumatize the animal by locking it in a pet carrier because it had never been in one.
“One day he followed the cat outside, grabbed a piece of rebar and smashed it in the head,” Barbier said Houser told her.
As Houser recalled that event, Barbier said he “clenched his fist and shook it and made a yell like it pained him,” she said.
“You could tell how he was talking it hurt him,” Barbier said. “In some strange, twisted way he thought he was doing the right thing. It seemed like he was doing it out of love or compassion.”
Houser continued talking about the need for an inexpensive pill to put a pet to sleep so an owner could “finish it off with an ax,” she said. “And there I was with my two dogs, my babies.”
By then, Barbier recognized not all was right with the well-groomed man in a Hawaiian shirt and khaki shorts who had pulled up a chair at their table uninvited.
“He kept talking and talking and talking,” she recalled.
Houser said he was a lawyer but wasn’t practicing law. He said he tried to write letters to the editor to newspapers about political topics but they wouldn’t be published unless he “dumbed them down,” she said.
He looked normal, but the words he used and the thoughts he expressed didn’t jibe with his appearance, Barbier said.
Houser mostly talked about money, about how Americans spend so much money on things they shouldn’t, she said.
Barbier started to tune him out and think of a way to ease herself away from him without upsetting him.
“I knew I had to be gentle and not just say leave me alone, you’re scaring us,” she said.
Barbier texted her niece, asking her to call her cell phone and pretend there was an emergency. When her niece didn’t reply, Barbier made the excuse that they had to be somewhere at 7 and needed to shower and change.
“He said, ‘That’s OK. I understand’ and he got up and walked out of Artmosphere,” she said.
The day after the shooting, when she saw his photograph, Barbier said he looked familiar. When she heard the description of his vehicle, an older blue car, it clicked.
“My stomach dropped. I think I even started to cry,” she said. “I couldn't believe the person who did this unspeakable act was standing next to me. He touched my dogs.”
Barbier said she was in shock about her close encounter with the killer and wonders ‘what if?
“What if it had happened here?” she said. “Was there anything I could have said? But I know there 's nothing I could have done.”
Five hundred miles away in Houser’s hometown of Columbus, Georgia, some former neighbors say his life was a decades-long collision course with disaster.
“He’s been known as a lunatic and a fool around this neck of the woods for years,” said Patrick Williams, an antiques dealer who once filed a police report alleging Houser sold him a stolen iron fence at a flea market. “He was a highly intelligent guy but mean as a snake and dangerous. I wasn’t a bit surprised when I saw his picture on TV. And no one else that knew him was surprised either.”
Houser, who went by Rusty, was known as odd and eccentric in the cluster of towns near the state line between Georgia and Alabama where he lived nearly all his life.
Neighbors said he filled his in-ground pool with hundreds of koi. He flew a Confederate flag, passed doomsday fliers around his neighborhood, pounded out angry online missives about corruption and injustice and spouted admiration for Adolf Hitler.
He fit the familiar mold of mass shooters, said James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University, author and prominent expert on massacres. Houser was paranoid, blamed everyone but himself, alienated his family and survived in a world of self-imposed isolation.
“If you gave me a list of names, I would have picked his out as the one that done it,” said Vince Woodward, who was then active in local Republican politics.
But many towns have a resident crackpot. And hindsight is an inaccurate lens, Fox said.
“There’s a very large haystack of people who have these characteristics, but very few needles that will indeed carry out a rampage,” he said. “They’re not red flags. They’re yellow. The only time they turn red is after blood is spilled on them.”
Mass shooters often sound a lot like Houser, he said. But thousands of men who sound a lot like Houser don’t become mass shooters. Fox compared the relationship to another sort of tragedy: most planes that crash do so in bad weather. But most planes withstand storms without plunging from the sky. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/2015.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 26th, 1905:

Special Council Session:

 To Take Measures to Protect City from Yellow Fever Reported in New Orleans.

 Decided to Put Town in Best Sanitary Condition Possible. Meeting of the Board of Health Called.

A special meeting of the Council was held Saturday night with all members present except Messrs. Girard, Krauss and Coronna. Mayor Mouton stated that the object of the meeting was to adopt precautionary measures for the safety of the city in view of the reported existence of yellow fever in New Orleans.

 It was resolved to use every endeavor to put the town in good sanitary condition, and the Mayor requested by resolution to issue a proclamation urging upon the people the necessity of co-operating with the town authorities in cleaning up the city.

 F. A. Pyatt, who was appointed sanitary inspector at a previous meeting, was also made garbage man at a salary of $50.00. He is to furnish his own team and his duty will be to pass over town and remove all garbage which the citizens are requested and expected to put in boxes or barrels handy for him to empty as he makes his rounds.

 His duty as sanitary inspector will be to inspect all premises in town and when needed order them  cleaned, and in case of failure to comply, to have the premises cleaned at once and collect the same.

 A committee was appointed to see about the Brown-News closet concerning which considerable complaint has been made.

 Messrs. Boudreaux and Trahan were appointed a committee to confer with the railroad officials in regard to taking  measures of protection against yellow fever in New Orleans.

 The Board of Health was requested to meet at 4 p. m. Monday to consider the fever situation, also if necessary, it was decided to have a called meeting of the Council Monday night. The Council then adjourned.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

Latest News of Fever in New Orleans to Date with 17 Under Treatment Now.

 The latest news obtainable in regard to yellow fever in New Orleans is that there have been fifty cases to date with 17 now under treatment and 6 deaths. The authorities are using every means known to science to restrict the  disease to the infected section and stamp it out.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

 Let Everybody Help. - Mayor Mouton and the City Council have begun a vigorous campaign for a thorough cleaning up the city, realizing that every precautionary measure possible should be taken in view of the fact that yellow fever exists in New Orleans, and, from Dr. Souchon's statement of 17 cases and 6 deaths, of a severe type. In their efforts to put the city in the best sanitary condition possible, they should have the prompt and vigorous co-operation of the citizens. And while we do not consider the situated alarming at present, yet as an act of prudence we should take every measure to prepare for all contingencies. Every householder should at once thoroughly clean and disinfect his premises, drain all stagnant water, and either screen his cisterns or put a small quantity of coal oil in them. Get the town clean, get rid of mosquitoes and we will then be in splendid shape to ward off yellow fever. The Board of Health as will be seen by perusal of proceedings in another column have taken steps to keep out the disease and they can be relied on to do their best in every way to protect us. But we must help and help by cleaning up thoroughly. 
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905. 

Notice to Colored Teachers. Notice is hereby given that a regular semi-annual examination of applicants for certificates to teach in the public schools of this parish will be held at the Superintendent's office on Aug. 11 and 12, from 9 a. m. to 12 p. m., and from 2 p. m. to 4 p. m.

 No teacher can contract to teach a public school in the State unless in possession of a valid parish certificate or a normal school diploma.  L. J. ALLEMAN, Parish Superintendent.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

Will Build a Home. - Mr. E. T. McBride was the successful bidder at the loan meeting of the Lafayette Building and Loan Association Wednesday, and will erect a pretty cottage home on his lot at the corner of Monroe street and Hopkins avenue. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.


 Every industry added to a town contributes that much to its growth and development and the more industries, the larger becomes the town, which makes all towns eager and anxious to have enterprises of various kinds established within their borders. And they should, for they are most desirable in many ways. But unfortunately it too frequently happens that in their desire to secure factories, foundries and such, indulging in air castles in many cases, they overlook what is at hand, and is really the chief and principal reason for the existence of the town and its only dependable support, which is the trade from its surrounding territory. Factories and enterprise may fail and do fail, and these strenuous times of high finance are often closed by the trusts, but the surrounding territory is always there, its trade ever ready to go where it is most appreciated, and this territory, this trade should receive our first and best consideration and be cherished early and late.

 And how shall we give it our first and best consideration? First and foremost by making the town as accessible as possible, by using every endeavor to have the best of roads leading into town from all directions. This will cost time and money, but time and money that will be well invested. If trade is to be held facilities for it must be provided. It is unreasonable to think because a town happens to be named Lafayette and happens to be in a parish of Lafayette, that the farmers of Lafayette are going to pull through mud, overwork their teams and take up a day going from and back home which under proper circumstances should take only three or four hours, just to trade at Lafayette, when they can go elsewhere with less trouble and more convenience.

 Good highways from all directions should be the first aim and object of any town. And it should not stop there. Conveniences for the accommodation of our country friends should be provided. A ladies rest room is one of them, and there are others that would suggest themselves to thoughtful hospitality.

 Not alone should the adjacent territory be assiduously**cultivated, but every effort should be made to extend the territory by means of railroads as far as possible. Every acre of additional trade territory added means that much in growth and substantiability.
 Good roads and more railroads should be our present serious care.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905. 


 Annual Reunion of the United Confederate Veterans to Be Held Here August 23 and 24. Sons of Veterans Will Meet at Same Time. Railroad Rate of One Fare for Round Trip. Lafayette has been selected as the scene of the forthcoming reunion of the Louisiana Division of the United Confederate veterans. These orders were issued Thursday:

 Headquarters Louisiana Division,
     United Confederate Veterans,
   New Orleans, La., July 20, 1905.
 General Orders No. 5.

 1. The Major General Commanding desires to inform officers, Camps and ladies of the division, that the fifteenth annual State Convention and Reunion will be held at Lafayette., on Wednesday and Thursday, August 23 and 24, 1905.

 2. A railroad rate of "One fare for the round trip," from all points in Louisiana has been secured. Tickets can be bought, and are good, going on August 22 and 23, and will be good for return up to Sunday, August 27, inclusive. This rate is open to the public generally, so that all who who desire to visit Lafayette upon the occasion of our convention, are assured this cheap "round trip rate."

 3. The United Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their annual State convention at Lafayette upon the same date.

 4. Every Camp of the Division is urged to appoint a sponsor, and as many maids of honor as they may choose, from eligible young ladies, who can be present at our State reunion. Those who are members of any of the ladies Confederate organization in the State are eligible. The daughters and grand-daughters of Confederate soldiers are also eligible, even if they are not members of any Confederate organization.

 5. The members of the committee on history are requested to send to the adjutant general the respective reports for which they have been detailed, in special orders No. 5, not later than August 13, in order that time for necessary compilation may be had. These reports constitute by far the most important business of the convention, and are secured at the cost of both time and labor, on the part of those comrades who patriotically prepare them.

 6. All staff and camp officers are urged to endeavor to secure the largest possible attendance, not alone from the members of our organization, but also from among other veterans and the people generally, and especially the young of both sexes, who by attendance, may possibly be impressed with the fact that they should associate themselves with some of the Confederate organizations, and thus aid in perpetuating a true history of our country.

 7. At this convention, a major general is to be selected to command the division for the ensuing year, to enter upon his duties on the 5th day of November, 1905.

 By order of A. B. BOOTH,
     Major General Commanding Official:
                   T. W. CASTLEMAN,
  Adjutant General and Chief of Staff.
 Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.


Died, Sunday, July 23, at 4:30 p. m. at the residence of her father, Mrs. Alcide LeBlanc, nee Marie Helena Peck, aged 31 years and 8 months. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905. 

Southern Pacific Extension. - Baton Rouge, La., July 20. - A. V. Dubroca, who was elected by the local committee in co-operation with some of the citizens of West Baton Rouge to secure the rights of way for the Southern Pacific Road in that parish, began work this morning.

 Mr. Dubroca's long residence in West Baton Rouge and his official duties in the past have brought him in direct connection with the people of that section, and he is well fitted for the work of getting the title to the land, over which the Southern Pacific Company propose to build its line from Lafayette to Baton Rouge.

 Fred Wilbert, of Plaquemine, had donated eighteen miles of right of way through his places in West Baton and Iberville Parishes. Mr. Dubroca thinks that he will have little difficulty in getting the land for the road through the remainder of the parish. The people, as a rule, are giving encouragement to the enterprise.

From a special to the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1905.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 26th 1902:

Oil at Anse la Butte.

 Oil in paying quantities has been found at Anse la Butte by the Moresis'.

The fluid was reached at a depth of 1100 feet, and from present indications a 6 inch gusher will be brought in very soon. The Advertiser has always contended that oil existed in Anse la Butte and this well proves conclusively our prediction. This new industry will be of great financial value to this parish and state and it will not long before Lafayette will be the ranking city of Louisiana. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.

 Vaudeville Wonders. - Many of our citizens have been visiting large cities attended Vaudeville performances. Lafayette is to have the pleasure of having a company of first class Vaudeville artists, next Sunday, July 27th, at Falk's Opera House.

 The company which is coming to our town includes a lighting sketch artist who came from Paris four months ago, and who, has travelled all over Europe drawing pictures of Dreyfus, General Lafayette, Roosevelt, McKinley and others. In the comedy act, which was a great hit in New York, pictures of all kinds will be made of rags, paints, ribbons and human beings.

 The latest French songs will be sung, also a descriptive trip in French will be given.

 In the monologue sketch will be introduced some of the funniest things ever heard here.

 This will be the first performance of the season and special prices have been made to give everybody a chance to see the first and only night of Vaudeville.

 Secure your tickets early at Guerre & Broussard's drug store. Prices are ; 50, 35 and 15cts. Remember the date, Sunday, July 27, at 8:15 sharp.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1902.

From the Lafayette Gazette of July 26th, 1902:


 Surveyors Move their Camp to a Point Near Breaux Bridge.

 The railroad surveyors who were camped on the grounds near the powerhouse have moved their tents and working apparatus to a point about one mile and a half north of Breaux Bridge. The men have been at work since their arrival here and there seems to be no doubt that they were surveying a line from this town to Baton Rouge. They have not followed the road surveyed some years ago for the Louisiana Central. No information of a more definite character has been obtained and it can not be positively stated which road is having the work done, but it is reasonably certain that the Southern Pacific has something to do with it. The men are losing no time and at the rate they are going, their point of destination will be reached before many days.

 The following special from Baton Rouge, dated July 22, to the New Orleans Picayune will be of great interest in connection with the projected railway:

 Baton Rouge, La., July 22 - Recent developments lave me no room for doubt that Baton Rouge is to have at least one and probably two new railroads in the near future. The movement in the southwestern part of the State, said to be on the part of the Southern Pacific people, making a preliminary survey in the direction of Baton Rouge, has been heard from at this end of the line. Some of the papers in the organization of the movement have reached this city. It is stated that Meridian, Miss., is one of the objective points of this line. It is explained that it was in connection with this movement that the parties, recently referred to in these dispatches, were making inquiries and investigations concerning the landing on both sides of the river at this point and the ownership of the adjacent to these landings.

 There is no little enthusiasm here among those posted upon the subject as to these developments. From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.


Fined Fifty Dollars and Costs by Mayor Caffery - Oneal Foreman Also Fined.

 Thursday morning Willie Foreman appeared before Mayor Caffery to answer to a charge of fighting and disturbing the peace. It was proved by reputable testimony that Foreman entered the saloon of Begnaud & Comeaux, and without any provocation applied the most offensive language to Mr. O. P. Guilbeau at the same time striking him in the face with his fist. Mr. Guilbeau would have no trouble with Foreman and merely defended himself against the attack of his assailant. Foreman was taken to jail by Deputy Trahan, who was helped by Mr. Begnaud, one of the proprietors of the saloon.

 Mayor Caffery sentenced Foreman to pay a fine of fifty dollars and costs or to be imprisoned thirty days. In pronouncing the sentence Mayor Caffery gave Foreman to understand that his ruffianism would not be tolerated in this town and would always receive the severest punishment at the hands of the municipal authorities.

 Oneal Foreman, the father of Willie Foreman, who was arrested by Officer Edwin Campbell for disturbing the peace and interfering with his son's arrest, appeared before Mayor Caffery and was sentenced to pay $10 and costs or to serve 10 days in jail.

 Oneal Foreman paid the fine. Willie Foreman, having failed to pay the fine, is still in jail.

 A charge of fighting and disturbing the peace was made before Judge Bienvenue against Willie Foreman and the case will go up to the district court. Foreman is under a peace bond and it is understood that District Attorney Campbell will take the necessary steps to have the bond forfeited. Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.

Water Woes. - It is feared that it will be necessary to bore another well at the powerhouse. The town contracted with Mr. Nathan Broussard to clean out the well now in use, but so far the desired results have not been obtained and the scarcity of water continues. Laf. Gazette 7/26/1902.

A Serious Charge. - Walter Hebert, alias Walter Keys, a negro, was arrested by Sheriff Broussard Saturday morning on a charge of entering the home of B. H. Wilkins and making an assault with attempt to rape on the person of Mr. Wilkins' daughter. Keys served a term in the penitentiary and was under bail for larceny at the time of the alleged assault. He resisted arrest and had to be tied to be taken to jail.
Lafayette Gazette 7/26/1902.

 Nickerson Addition. - Mr. John Bagnal has bought about an acre of land from Mr. J. Nickerson, Sr., for $1,000. The land faces Lincoln Avenue and forms part of the Nickerson addition, which promises to become a most desirable portion of the town. It is the intention of Mr. Bagnal to build a home.
Laf. Gazette 7/26/1902.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 26th, 1912:


 Upon the eve here departure from Lafayette Miss Ethel Northern, Supervisor of Primary Schools in Nashville, Tenn., who for ten days entertained and instructed the teachers of the Summer School at Lafayette, was given the opportunity she greatly desired of setting foot on a spot made famous by Longfellow. The wish of Miss Northern to see "Evangeline Oak" standing on the bank of bayou Teche in the town of St. Martinville was gratified in a most pleasing way while she was the guest of Dr. and Mrs. N. P. Moss last Tuesday.

 Miss Northern expressed in glowing terms her delightful experiences on this pilgrimage to the land made memorable by the poet Longfellow, which pilgrimage included a visit to the grand and typical old Southern home, St. John plantation, founded by the late General DeClouet, and a ride through what is admittedly one of the most picturesque bits of natural scenery in the world - Banker's Lane. Banker's Lane, named after the former owner of the place who conceived and carried out the idea, is an avenue one mile long formed by parallel rows of massive oak and pine trees alternating in their position and relation to each other. This seemingly endless colonnade of towering giants of the forest arched overhead and made still more imposing by the great tufts of silvery gray moss dangling from the interlacing boughs of the trees, presents a view that is truly sublime and which should be seen by every lover of the beautiful in nature.

 A fitting episode in the excursion of Miss Northern into the country of Evangeline was the presentation to her by Dr. and Mrs. Moss of a volume of "Acadien Reminiscences" containing the true story of Evangeline as recorded by Judge Felix Voorhies, a native of St. Martinville and the author of this interesting and entertaining little book. Lafayette Advertiser 7/26/1912.


Good Spirits.

 Good spirits don't all come from Kentucky. Their main sources is the liver - and all the fine spirits ever made in the Blue Grass State could not remedy a bad liver or the hundred-and-one ill effects its produces. You can't have good spirits and a bad liver at the same time. Your liver must be in fine condition if you would feel buoyant, happy and hopeful, bright of eye, light of step, vigorous and successful in your pursuits. You can put your liver in fine condition by using Green's August Flower - the greatest of all medicines for the liver and stomach and a certain cure for dyspepsia or indigestion. It has been a favorite household remedy for over thirty-five years. August Flower will make your liver healthy and active and thus insure you a liberal supply of "good spirits." Trial size, 25c; regular bottles, 75c. For sale by Lafayette Drug Company. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

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