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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 27th, 2015:


 Though Johnson was a powerhouse whose success could be intimidating, her friends said her vulnerability underneath made her special.

Josh Caffery, a longtime friend, said Johnson’s life made sense despite the senseless mass shooting at the movie theater last week in which she died. He said her constant hard work had a purpose: she had things to accomplish before she left the earth.

“If you were a God living in that land beyond the sky... who would you pick to hang the skies with lights?” Caffery said. “Who would you choose to sing the glory amongst your angel band? If you had any sense, you would pick Jillian.”

In a melancholy service, Caffery delivered one moment of light laughter as he envisioned Johnson and her tireless work ethic entering Heaven.

“All I will say though, and I hope this isn’t sacrilegious, God better be prepared,” he said. “Because, as another old song goes, there will be some changes made. When Jillian Johnson walks through those pearly gates, there will be some changes made.”

As several speakers recited Bible verses and others eulogized Johnson’s life, her husband and stepdaughter sat with their fingers laced together in a front pew next to Johnson’s parents, Jackie and Sally, and brother, Bram.

Caffery read a message from Brown, who said his wife could convince him to do anything and everything, including quitting his job to start a business with her. Johnson and Brown opened the boutique Red Arrow Workshop in Lafayette’s River Ranch in 2012. The store expanded to New Orleans in 2014.

“I was in love with who she was, and who she wanted to be; what she knew, and what she wanted to know,” Brown wrote.

Light streamed through red and blue stained glass windows over Johnson’s casket and pews of friends and family. Next to the casket were wedding photos of Johnson, pieces of fabric and artwork, one of her hats, along with sunflowers and sprays of red and peach roses. A photo slide show played in the corner before the service started, with pictures of Johnson during her childhood, growing up and starting a life with her husband.

The Rev. John Wamsley told those at the service to hold onto the hope that they will see Johnson again, and when they do, it will be forever. He compared the grief of Lafayette in wake of the shootings to the grief that Jesus felt when he saw the death of Lazarus.

“You can look at the people here and say, ‘See how much they cared,’” he said. He told Brown and Johnson’s family to lean on the strength of others, and to let the people of Lafayette love them.

Christiaan Mader and Aileen Bennett, also both close friends of Johnson’s, recalled how her success drove them to be better.

“She was in touch with her limits, but she chose not to accept them,” Mader said.

The crowd joined hands and recited the Lord’s prayer, then joined their voices with The Figs to send off Johnson to the tune of “Amazing Grace.” Standing in between of two pews, Brown joined the chorus, then wrapped an arm around his daughter and kissed her forehead.

Hundreds of people behind them continued the verses of “Amazing Grace” as Brown and his daughter clung to each other and faced Johnson’s casket. A binder of Johnson’s song writings and musings sat nearby.

“Honey I pray for you each night sweetheart,” read one line of her writing. “Please know and do what’s right.”
 Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/2015.

Hundreds Gather to Remember Mayci Breaux.

FRANKLIN – More than 450 people crowded into the Church of the Assumption Monday to say goodbye to Mayci Breaux who was killed in a theater shooting July 23 in Lafayette.
“We here in Acadiana are a resilient people,” The Rev. Lloyd Benoit said. “We are family oriented, fun loving and faith filled.”
Everyone is asking why? He said.
“It’s a question for which I have no answer,” Benoit said.
The evil act that took Mayci’s life was not the will of God but “the result of a troubled person who made the decision to take innocent lives and no one knows why.”  Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/2015.

"Lafayette Strong" T-Shirts to Benefit Victims.

One Acadiana business owner has turned frustration and sadness over Thursday's tragedy into a fundraiser for the victims of the shooting.

On Thursday, drifter John Houser shot 12 people inside the Grand Theater during a showing of the movie "Trainwreck." He killed two people, Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux, and injured nine others before turning the gun on himself.

Eric Britt, owner of Grafx Plus in Sunset decided to print a special T-shirt for people who want to express their solidarity with those who suffered injury and loss, as well as support the Lafayette Strong initiative.

The shirts bear a special logo depicting a fleur de lis, the Acadian flag and the Lafayette Strong slogan.

"I drew it up Friday night," said Britt. "By Saturday we had already raised more than $4,000 for the victims."

Britt said the shirts will be available for purchase at Grafx Plus at 817 Napoleon Ave. in Sunset, and at E's Kitchen in the Le Marquise shopping center in Lafayette.

The shop owner is also encouraging people to come in with their own shirts and have the logo printed on them.

Britt said the original idea was to express outrage at some of the events surrounding the tragedy.

"It started out because some of our guys were getting angry with the Westboro Baptist Church," Britt said. "We printed up some shirts that said "Westboro Baptist Church sucks." Some people want to wear that. But then I said let's do something else for people who want to be more passive. Not everybody wants to wear that."

Britt said if customers bring in their own shirt it is a $15 donation. If Grafx Plus supplies the shirt the donation is $18. Stickers are $5.

For more information call Grafxplus at (337) 662-5732.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/2015.

Boustany Leads Moment of Silence in Washington.

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Charles Boustany, flanked by other members of the Louisiana delegation, led the House in a moment of silence on Monday for victims of last week’s movie-theater shootings in Lafayette.
“Last Thursday, our community was shaken to the core,’’ Boustany said on the House floor, before calling on his colleagues to stand in silent tribute.
Louisiana Republican Reps. Ralph Abraham, Steve Scalise, John Fleming and Garret Graves joined Boustany at the front of the chamber to honor the shooting victims, including Boustany’s cousin, Jerry Ramsay.
Rep. Cedric Richmond, the lone Democrat in the delegation, is in Africa with President Barack Obama.
Ramsay and her husband, Bo, were wounded when the gunman, identified as John Russell Houser, 59, opened fire inside the Grand Theatre Thursday night. Both are expected to recover, according to their son, Court Ramsay.
Police say Houser killed two people and wounded nine before killing himself.
Boustany called the shooting “senseless, horrible violence.’’
“But it would have been a lot worse if not for the heroics of our law enforcement, who were promptly on the scene and got control of the situation,’’ he said.
Boustany also praised the actions of a schoolteacher who he said “jumped in front of another schoolteacher to save her life, and literally did.” Both were wounded, but one managed to pull the fire alarm to alert authorities.
Earlier Monday, funeral services were held for Mayci Marie Breaux, 21, in Franklin, La. Jillian Johnson of Lafayette also was killed in the shooting.
Boustany, dean of the Louisiana delegation, traveled to Lafayette, his home town, on Friday and spent the weekend talking to local law enforcement officials and others. On Sunday, he attended a vigil in Lafayette.
Boustany and others described Lafayette as a small, close-knit college town.
Louisiana GOP Sens. David Vitter and Bill Cassidy introduced a resolution Monday honoring the victims and recognizing the “heroism’’ of first responders and others.
Fighting back tears, Cassidy said Breaux and Johnson “exemplified the kindness and essence of the Lafayette community. Although they were taken from us far too quickly, their memories live.’’
Cassiday also called for efforts to reform the nation’s mental health system, which he called “badly broken.’’
“Too many innocent lives are being taken in senseless attacks in movie theaters, schools, churches and other places where we should feel safe,’’ he said.
Vitter called the two murdered women “completely irreplaceable.’’
“They’ll be so sorely missed,’’ he said.
 Advertiser reporter Claire Taylor contributed to this story.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/2015.

TIMELINE: A Collision Course With Disaster.

This is a timeline from when John Russel Houser purchased a gun until the day he opened fire at moviegoers at The Grand Theatre.
•February 2014 - Houser purchases the High Point semi-automatic .40-caliber handgun used to shoot 11 people at The Grand Theatre on Johnston Street at a pawn shop in Phenix City, Alabama.
•May 5, 2014 - Houser is evicted by court order from his home in Phenix City. He tampers with gas lines, pours concrete in the plumbing and glues the fixtures, but no charges are filed.
•October 2014 - Houser shows up on social media spending time with a friend in Dayton, Ohio, playing golf.
•March 24- Kellie Houser files for divorce from Houser, saying in court records that their relationship is broken. She also said Houser’s whereabouts are unknown. Court documents from Carroll County show his wife had filed for a Family Violence Protective Order against Houser in the past. The order included Houser’s wife, daughter, son-in-law, and his daughter’s in-laws.
•March 31- Kellie Houser says her estranged husband calls, threatens her, and then threatens to kill himself outside his mother’s retirement community if she didn’t give him money. Police say Houser’s mother gave him $5,000, to help him get back on his feet.
•July 2-3 - Houser rents a room at a Motel 6 in Lafayette.
•Early July - Houser reportedly begged Johnny Ha, owner of K D Seafood Express, for gas money. Ha offered Houser food, but Houser declined politely, Ha said. “I refused to give him money because I’m not going to just give out cash,” Ha said. “He didn’t get mad. He wasn’t rude, he just left.”
•July 4- Houser’s brother, Rem Houser, says this is the last time he spoke to his brother. He said he had no idea where he was during their conversation.
•July 16- Houser reportedly appears at a food bank in Lake Charles. “He stayed for a long time, just crying a lot. All our workers and volunteers tried to talk to him,” Pastor Tony Bourque told the Washington Post “He just kept saying he was severely depressed.”
•July 18- Houser, beer in hand, encounters Bonnie Barbier of Duson at Artmosphere Bistro. He describes to her how he tried to "euthanize" a  beloved pet by striking it on the head with a steel bar.
“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.”
•Days before July 23- The Washington Post reports that Houser visited the Cracker Barrel restaurant behind his motel.
He had come in to eat just three days earlier, but this time he handed the cashier a note. Houser had scrawled that he needed money and offered to do yard work for the restaurant. He also offered to sell his car for $600 and left his phone number.
Employees at the Cracker Barrel could not be reached for comment Sunday.

•July 23, 7 p.m. -  Houser places fake license plates on his blue 1995 Lincoln Continental and parks near a side exit of the theater, seemingly hoping to escape.
He buys a ticket for the 7:10 p.m. showing of “Trainwreck,” along with about 24 other people.
Houser opens fire on moviegoers about 20 minutes into the movie.
Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson are mortally wounded.
Moviegoers scramble for the exits as Houser calmly stands and fires at the fleeing crowd.
A teacher, wounded by the gunfire, pulls a fire alarm.
Within 60 seconds, Police enter the theater.
Houser attempts to leave through an emergency exit but goes back after noting the quickly growing police presence outside, including one patrol car near the exit door where he’d parked his car.
Houser reloads, closes the exit and fires three more shots into the theater before shooting and killing himself.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/2015.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 27th, 1904:


The City Council Contracts for New Engine and Dynamos.

 At a special meeting of the City Council on the 18th propositions for increasing the motive power and capacity of the electric light plant were considered and a contract awarded to the Standard Electric Light Company, of New Orleans, represented by Mr. Henry Widmer, vice-president, for the installation of one 250 horse power engine and two dynamos of 75 kilowatts each. The new machinery will be shipped within 75 days and when duly installed will afford the town 3000 additional lights giving the plant a total of 4500 lights. By advice of Mr. Widmer the Council decided not to change the system from direct to alternating current, any change necessitating too great additional outlay without compensating advantages. The price agreed upon is $6353.00, an expenditure which will treble the capacity of the plant and it is to be hoped will furnish reliable and efficient service.

 Mr. A. E. Mouton, chairman of the Electric Light Committee, represented the town in the contract arrangements and deserves much credit for his conscientious discharge of duty in the interest of the public. The Advertiser congratulates Mayor Caffery and the gentlemen of the Council on the prospect of placing this important adjunct to public comfort and welfare, upon a substantial efficient basis. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

Work Stopped. - The stoppage of work on the First National Bank building, the opera-house and the hotel Monday excited considerable surprise. Inquiry developed the fact that Contractor Gelvin was losing money on the construction and was forced to give up the contract. Arrangements are being made for a resumption of work and it is expected that the delay will be for only a few days. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.


 There was a good attendance at the mass meeting held in the court house last Saturday, and the gathering was a representative one, though it is but right to state that it was entirely factional, and for that reason the action of the meeting can not be said to fairly reflect the popular will. 

 It will hardly be denied that the factional spirit in politics in Lafayette parish is still alive, as much as this circumstance may be lamented by the less militant ones among our public men; and neither side can successfully lay claim to a monopoly of the good people, because both factions have a strong following. This fact cannot be eliminated from our deductions and conclusions in weighing the work of the mass meeting, a fact attested by the work itself. And The Advertiser would not feel called upon, as a non-partisan newspaper, to offer an explanation of this kind, but for the misleading claim that the action of the mass meeting stands for a "united Democracy" instead of a tactful move for factional political advantage.

 With this point made clear, The Advertiser willingly acknowledges the worth as a whole, of the selections made by the mass meeting, as appears from the official proceedings published in another column.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

New Court of Appeal. - The Supreme Court, just previous to adjournment for summer vacation announced the judges to compose the courts of appeal established under the constitution to succeed the judges whose terms have expired. Judges Couvillon and Allen will preside in the district composed of Lafayette, St. Martin and Iberia. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.



To Take Place at Surrey Park, July 31. Big Crowd expected. 

 Some fine sport is promised admirers of fast horses in the events which are dated to take place at Surrey Park Sunday, July 31. There will be three extra good match races. The first, a pacing one-half mile heat, best 3 out of 5, with three entries - Joe, entered by Sidney Veazey: Eula Lee, entered by Dr. J. R. Melancon; and Lillie C, entered by Dr. Ben Guilbeau. Purse $500.

 The second, a trotting or pacing one-half mile heat, best 3 out of 5, 3 minute class. Entries for this race to close July 30. Entry fee $25, and winner takes all.

 The third will be a running race, one-quarter mile dash, between Sister, of Arnaudville, and Exine, of Lafayette, for a purse of $100.

 The races will begin at 2 p. m. sharp and a big crowd is expected owing to the high class of the horses entered.

 The Surrey Park Association announces that the services of Mr. Baxter Clegg have been secured to manage the grand stand for the occasion, and that the best of order will be maintained at the track. Lafayette Advertiser

Released on Bond.
Marcel Broussard, a white man arrested by sheriff Lacoste for breaking into Mr. Alcide Judice's store on the night of July 17, was released last Thursday on furnishing $500 to appear for trial.

Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

Festival Monday Evening. - The Ice-cream festival given by the B. of R. C. at Parkerson's Grove, Monday evening was a big success. An immense crowd was present, one of the largest ever present at an affair of that kind, and the matter of receipts was very satisfactory.

 The Sontag Band discoursed sweet music during the evening.

 The prize offered for best receipts was won by Miss Bertha Hebert.
 Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

Wedding Bells.

 Last Wednesday afternoon at six o'clock Miss Laurentine Gucherau, daughter of Mrs. Antoine Gucherau, of this town and Mr. Jules Clement, Jr., of Carencro were quietly married at St. John's Catholic Church, Rev. Father Ballard, officiating. Immediately after the ceremony the young couple left for Carencro, where they will make their future home. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904.

Selected News Notes July 27, 1904.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Gauthier was gladdened Saturday morning by the advent of a sweet little baby girl.

 Albert Alpha and Harry Guess, of Franklin, spent Thursday and Friday right pleasantly in Lafayette.

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

 Frank E. Moss visited New Orleans this week on business.

 The excursion last Wednesday from Alexandria to New Orleans, given by the Southern Pacific, was well patronized.

 Little Inez Van der Cruyssen, of Breaux Bridge, who has been spending several weeks in Lafayette, has returned to her home.

 Mr. S. E. Yandle's neat brick building near the post-office is nearing completion and will, when finished, be occupied by him as a confectionery.

Moses Levy, of Beaumont, came over Sunday for a short visit to relatives.

 Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Brown have moved from Carencro to Lafayette and are living with their son, Mr. Sam Brown, in the Hopkins addition.

 Mrs. J. Alfred Mouton and children left last week for Boerne, Texas, to join her husband, who is spending some time there for the benefit of his health.

A. A. Mouton returned Saturday from a visit to San Antonio, Galveston and Houston. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1904. 

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 27th, 1901:


 Edwin Mouton, extra fireman, left Monday, on train No. 6, for Franklin, where he will do the firing on the Cypremort Branch engine. As the train pulled away Eddie was heard softly warbling, "The girl I left behind me."

 Pay master Huder came up last Friday with the Ranger, and dispensed huge chunks of gladness to the boys, the Ranger is always a welcome monthly visitor.

 Engineer Lawrence Stenger, is laying off this week, George Donelly replaces him during his vacation.

 John Minor, Engineer on the Morgan division and Frank Stowe on the Louisiana-Western, division enjoy the distinction of being the two tallest men in the railroad service.

 Supt. W. F. Owens, was here on business, last Friday, he also went over the Alexandria Branch.

 Locke Nevue, is now doing the flagman at Lincoln Ave., crossing.

 Engineer Dick Tanner, of the East Local, is taking a much needed rest, Dick says, that the East Local is no soft sap.

 Bat Coumes, desires some of the boys to give him the copy of Rock-a-Bye-Baby.

 Engineer John Walter of the Lousiana Western division left Saturday morning on a trip to Buffalo, and other points East.

 Mr. C. B. Ellis, division passenger agent was in town Tuesday.

 Conductor Louis Judice of the East Local freight is taking a vacation. Conductor Pennsion is replacing him.

 Supt. White of the Louisiana Western was in town Wednesday.

 Engineer Frazer Bettis, of the Louisiana Western division has gone to Gadson Ala., on a visit to relatives and friends, after which he will visit the Pan-American.

 Florian Cornay road masters clerk, went to Washington Tuesday on Co., business.

 The Voss bridge gang is making some repairs to the curbing of the Round house well this week.

 A tank of oil from the Heywood Co., of Beaumont, went through here to Opelousas Wednesday, for use at the power station in that town.

 Bob Sahman, and a party of congenial spirits left Monday for a few days recreation on the seashore.

 Postal clerk John Breen, on the New Orleans and Lafayette local who has been laid off for some time on account of an injury to his knee, we are glad to note has recovered and resumed his run.

 The many friends of Engineer Peter Danenhauer, will be sorry to learn that he is not improving at all and grave fears are entertained by his family and comrades in service.

 The Southern Pacific, ran two excursions to New Orleans last Sunday, one from Washington and intermediate points, and one from Franklin, including all branch connections ;  both were overflow excursions.

 That hustling excursion agent A. J. Richter, is kept quite busy these days billing excursions ;  one is scheduled to leave Washington to-morrow for Abbeville.

 Charlo Mouton says "He is never going to let his mustache grow any more, it interferes with his vocal powers, when he wants to yell at his helpers, so he is now wearing a clean face.

 George Pefferkorn of the Round House force has bought a fast roadster, George says, "Now he can go to Breaux Bridge oftener.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1901.

Burglaries in the Hub Town.

 Last Monday night Lafayette was visited by a band of burglars, probably the same that has been working our sister towns. They made a light haul here, however, realizing about twelve dollars for their risk. They were strictly after cash as nine of the stores entered report nothing missing in goods or stock. Their method was very simple ;  they merely took a crowbar, pried open the front door and walked in. Their attention was particularly given to to cash drawers, and a number of our merchants found those articles badly wrecked when they came to open their stores. The burglars were very considerate, they never failed to carefully close the doors when they left. While the robbers were making an entrance to Cunningham's store, the noise awoke Mr. Ed. Higginbotham who went to his door and seeing some men breaking in, he fired twice and the robbers returned the fire and made off. Mr. Higginbotham states that as near as he could judge there were three men in the party, and all white.

 The following stores were entered :

 F. Demanade, loss 30 cents ;  Cunningham, loss $8.00 ;  Tanner Bros., loss $2.50 and a broken cash register ;  Lafayette Drug Store, nothing ;  Alex Delahousaye, loss 50 cts ;  Lafayette Clothing House, nothing, and D. V. Gardebled's drug store, nothing. An attempt was also made to enter the Post Office, but the door resisted so well that no entrance was effected.

 There is no positive clue to the burglars, but three suspicious white men were seen about town previous to the robberies. The police are diligently working on the case, and it is to be hoped that they may succeed in running down the robbers. 

Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1901.

A Small Blaze. - Last Tuesday the home of Mr. Albert Delahousaye was threatened with loss by fire. About 12 o'clock, the kitchen was discovered in a blaze. The alarm was sounded, and in a few moments willing hands were pouring buckets of water on the flames. The Home Fire Company made quick speed and soon had a stream of water playing. It required only a few minutes to extinguish the blaze, so that the other fire company which was equally as prompt but had so much farther to go, did not get a chance to use their hose. The fire originate from a defective flue, but fortunately did little damage. This fire again illustrates, the great value of the water works, and shows the necessity of having the water mains extended to every part of the town. Water works may seem a little expensive sometimes, but when they demonstrate their usefulness as in this case, where a destructive fire would certainly have occurred, the small expense they are to each is forgotten and we heartily congratulate ourselves that we have them, for it might be our turn next.
Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1901.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of July 27th, 1889:

 Watermelon Time.

 Watermelons are still coming in plentifully, but have not yet fallen to the "nickel apiece" notch, and we are still hungry. Bro. Scott, of the Welsh Crescent, indulges in the mean pride of laughing at our poverty while he is luxuriating in this, his favorite berry, at "three for a quarter." Well, "pride must have a fall," and so must the watermelon season; and then Bro. Scott will have to "fall back" on dry "subscription rice," while we will be luxuriating in cotton seed meal cake. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Fish Fry Time. - The streams are fast shrinking to their normal condition, and fish are biting finely. Now is a good time for fish frys. After the labors of the week, a day spent in the cool woods, on the banks of one of the clear bayous, with a pan of fried-brown perch, a chunk of ice and a bottle of good red wine, makes a fellow feel like a lord - don't I wish I was there! Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Roller Skating Time. - Lafayette is to have a new amusement and recreation - a roller skating rink - which opens to-night at Falk's Opera House, at 8 o'clock. Hereafter it will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at same hour. Here, for the small fee to ten cents, two nickels or a dime (walk right in, gentlemen, you can rest comfortably and gaze upon the "poetry of motion" mingled with the stern realities of life ;  and for the further expense of a quarter you can "join the procession" - and see stars. It is a healthful and exhilarating amusement, and we trust it will be liberally patronized. Ladies are admitted to the hall free of charge. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

Died. - In the town of Lafayette on Sunday July 21st, 1889, LUCIE AIMEE, child of Leopold and Euphemie Lacoste, aged 2 months and 7 days. Laf. Adv. 7/27/1889.  

Selected News Notes 7/27/1889.

A few light showers during the week materially added to the comfort of our citizens by laying the dust on our streets, but we learn that they have given the country roads, which were fast drying off, a considerable set back.

 Usually when we have hot days here the Gulf breeze brings us cool and refreshing nights, but this week we have had hot days and close, hot nights until near morning. In commenting on the weather our Devil remarked that "he hadn't felt so much at home in a long time."

 The weather is so hot that our farmers can put in scarcely more than half a day's time wrestling with the grass in their crops. It requires a cast iron constitution to work all day in the field exposed to this fierce sun with such weather as this.

 Judge Wakeman W. Edwards, of Abbeville, was in town Wednesday.

 Our young friend Mr. Homer Mouton, Jr., publisher of the St. Martinville Reveille, was in our town last Monday.

 Mr. Armand Levy has put a neat and substantial iron roof on his store on Washington street.

 Mr. W. D. Huff is remodeling his large shop at the railroad crossing, near the oil house, into a dwelling house.

 The residences of Mr. Frank Church and Mr. Albert Judice, east of the railroad, are fast nearing completion.

 Mr. F. Lombard has had his premises, on the corner of Lafayette and Main street by a free use of whitewash and paint.

 Last Tuesday night the East bound passenger train ran over one of Captain Pat Drewry's dogs, in front of the Crescent Hotel, and cur-tailed it of its head. Pat wept, which put out his cigar.

 Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1889.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of July

 27th, 1895:


 In our local columns (next article in blog post) is an account of the killing of a negro named Ovide Belizaire by a band of masked men. The evidence brought our the examination held by Coroner Gladu while placing the guilt on no one, shows beyond the shadow of a doubt that a cowardly, premeditated and unprovoked murder has been committed by a gang of desperate hoodlums bent on the shedding of human blood. The evidence shows that this negro was shot down in his own house where he had a perfect right to be; that he was peaceably at home with his family when a number of armed men forced their way into his humble cabin and killed him under the very eyes of his wife and children, who unfortunately were too frightened to recognize any of them. After being shot and fatally wounded with a bullet in his head and one in his lungs, he jumped out of his house through the window and walked a few feet away where he was found the next morning a corpse with his shot gun near by.

It appears from the testimony of the coroner's inquest that the party of men were searching for the negro Soulouque who seems to have given offense to some people in that section, but we have failed top hear any excuse advanced for the killing of Belizaire. What this poor negro had done to deserve such punishment no one seems to know. What crime was he guilty of that he was shown so little mercy? None that we know of. He was probably killed for trying to defend himself in his own home. Everything connected with this horrible midnight tragedy points to it as a most barbarous and revolting crime.

 In cases wherein negroes are guilty of great crimes the people are justified in dealing out summary justice to them, but when the necessity exists these extreme measures are carried out in the day light and without masks to avoid identification accomplish no good. The simple fact of masking themselves shows unmistakably that they are afraid to face the consequences of their acts - and no well-meaning and honest man should. The Gazette hopes that the parties responsible for this murder will be brought to justice and will receive condign punishment.
Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.

By a Band of Masked Men.

 Last Sunday morning news reached here that during the night before a negro named Ovide Belizaire had been killed at his home in or near the town of Royville. The news was that a band of masked men had called at Belizaire's house in search of a negro named Souloque and were fired on by Belizaire who was subsequently shot and killed.

 Coroner Gladu left Saturday morning for Royville in company with Deputy Sheriff Mouton, Sheriff Broussard being in Baton Rouge on business connected with his official duties. Coroner Gladu swore E. Primeaux, Julien H. David, Nelson Higginbotham, J. O. Blanchet and Adam Primeaux as a jury and proceeded to hold an inquest.

 We give below the evidence adduced at the inquest, which shows that a most cowardly and horrible murder has been committed.

  Jean Taberlet testified that he saw several persons pass on horseback and about five minutes later saw them return. He heard the reports of about forty pistol shots.

  Cilla Burns being sworn, said: "Last night I saw some ten or more persons masked, and on seeing them I was too frightened to notice what was going on. I heard shots from the masked men. I do not know if my father, Ovide Belizaire, shot and returned the fire for I was too excited. I believe he was sitting on the bed when he was shot."

 Wilson Beilzaire said: "Last night at about 10 o'clock some twelve men entered my father's (Ovide Belizaire) house and asked for Sououque. My father then told them that Soulouque was not there and they could look for him. They then struck me on the head with some blunt instrument and then the firing began. I found the gun near by father in the yard."

 Honore Burns said: "Some 12 to 13 men asked with handkerchiefs entered Uncle Ovide Belizaire's house and made inquiries about Soulouque. Uncle Ovide said Soulouque was not there and they could look for him. They (the masked men) then shot at Ovide and he returned the fire. After having been shot he jumped through the window with his gun in his hands, and this morning we found the gun near him."

 Sarah Belizaire, wife of the murdered man, gave the same testimony as above.

 Cornelius Belizaire said: "Last night right about 10 o'clock some 12 or more men entered my father's house and asked for one Soulouque. The men were masked. My father told them that Soulouque was not there and they could look for him. They then shot my father (Ovide Belizaire) and myself in the thigh."

 After hearing the evidence the jury rendered the following verdict:

 "Said Ovide Belizaire came to his death by the hands of unknown parties who feloniously entered his house and shot at him inflicting wounds of which he died."
Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1895.


 Now that it is a settled fact that we are to have a refinery, there is something in the air
 which may develop into a movement that is likely to result in the erection of an ice factory. That we have not already an ice factory is a puzzling question to every one who has given the matter thoughtful consideration, for a rich harvest awaits those who will be the first to invent some money in such an enterprise in Lafayette. Some days ago the Messrs. Moresi were in Lafayette with a view of ascertaining the probable support an ice factory would receive from the people of this town. The Gazette thinks that the Business Men's Association should act upon this matter. The prompt and intelligent action of this organization was to some extent instrumental in enlisting the assistance of the people toward the refinery and we believe that it can do as much in the present instance.
Lafayette Gazette 7/27/1905.

 Lagniappe #1.
Total Eclipse of the Sun.

There will be an eclipse of the sun next Monday and this place will be but a short distance from the path of totality. It will begin about 3:50 p. m., and reach its middle phase at 4:40 p. m., and end at 5:48 p. m. We advise all, old and young, to be prepared with pieces of smoked glass, and if the day is clear, they will be enabled to better observe a phenomena very rarely visible. Lafayette Advertiser 7/27/1878.    

Lagniappe #2
1889: Flying Machines.

Attempts to make birds the models upon which man should construct a flying apparatus are almost without number. History is full of such attempts and their failures. Three years ago, at the meeting of the American Association for the advancement of science, a certain professor, Isaac Lancaster, read a paper before the Buffalo Convention, in which he professed to give the results of many years study devoted to the observation of birds in flight. "In 1876, said Prof. Lancaster, "I went to the Gulf coast of South Florida, below Tampa Bay, and resided there for five years continually engaged in this matter. From Tampa Bay to the Keys, soaring birds are found in profusion. These consist of buzzards, frigate birds, various cranes, gannets, eagles, pelicans, gulls, heron, and others of less importance. The buzzards would habitually rest in the sea breeze along the inner or bay coast, between thirty and fifty feet above the water, facing the wind for hours at a time on motionless wings. They were birds of from four to six pounds weight, with an equal number of square feet of wing surface. I watched a score them on one occasion for fourteen consecutive hours, during which time not a dozen flaps were made for each bird. If a bird can float indefinitely in calm air without using muscular exertion, being for mechanical purposes as rigid as a board, then a board or metal body of the right shape and position ought to be able to do the same thing. In construction it must preserve the essential features of the birds wing." The professor said that nothing was necessary to success but a nice imitation of the figure of a bird when floating in the air. 

 Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 7/17/1889.

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