White excursions are not always what they should be.
Excursions in this country have gotten to be very much like a ball in the remote districts where several fights are deemed necessary to give social eclat to the affair. We seldom hear of an excursion which can not boast of at least half a dozen hoodlums who distinguish themselves by shooting at telegraph posts, frightening the women and children and performing other heroic acts. Sometimes they grow very bold and use some inoffensive excursionist for a target. And what is worse, they are seldom, if ever punished.
But however bad, the white excursion is a thing of exquisite joy and peace compared to that most prolific source of trouble, known as a mixed excursion.
Recently a number of these excursions have been given on the Southern Pacific road. Some were under the management of the company and others under the auspices of local associations.
The railroad company would recognize the advisability of mixed excursions and put an end to them. At any rate, white persons, particularly ladies, should refuse to patronize them. Lafayette Gazette 8/10/1901.
Lafayette By Moonlight? - The Gazette fails to understand why the whole town is allowed to remain in utter darkness when some of the streets at least could be brilliantly illuminated by the use of arc lights. Last Tuesday the night was very dark and strange to say only the arc lamp near the railroad crossing was lighted. We are informed that it is the rule of the management of the plant to save coal on moonlit nights. From a standpoint of economy that is very well, but we are inclined to think that too much is being expected of the moon. Lafayette Gazette 8/10/1901.
New Business. - The store which is being built by Mr. P. B. Roy for the use of Mr. Abramson will be one of the largest business houses in town. Gradually the street leading to the railroad station is filling up with business houses. Laf. Gazette 8/10/1901.
School Building. - From what the Gazette is able to learn the people of the town are unanimous on the question of a new school building, centrally located. A number of citizens have expressed themselves on the subject and we have yet to hear of a dissenting voice. Laf. Gazette 8/10/1901.
Train Accident. - Last Monday afternoon one of the ice carts of the People's Company ran against the switch engine at the main crossing. Fortunately the driver and horses escaped unhurt and little damage was done the cart. It appears that the driver failed to see the signal of the flagman. Laf. Gazette 8/10/1901.
Passenger Service on Alexandria Branch. - On and after Aug. 15 the Southern Pacific will run a passenger coach with the freight on the Alexandria branch, between this point and Cheneyville. The train will leave Lafayette at 8:20 in the morning and will arrive at 8:45 at night. This will facilitate passenger traffic between Lafayette and Cheneville. Laf. Gazette 8/10/1901.
Empty the Mains! - If the town would have the mains emptied about once a week the water furnished by the waterworks plant would be greatly improved. As it is the water is seldom changed and in some instances it has been found almost unfit for use. A number of persons complain that the water, after remaining too long in the mains, is exceedingly damaging to porcelain bath-tubs. Superintendent Melchert is always anxious to give satisfactory service to the patrons of the plant and we have no doubt that he will do his best to give the people a superior quality of water. Laf. Gazette 8/10/1901.
Selected News Notes 8/10/1901 (Gazette)
Congress street is being widened and graded from the Methodist church to Mr. O. J. Leblanc's residence.
Ben Schmalinski, of the Lafayette Compress and Storage Company, brought to the Gazette office yesterday samples of the cotton crop of Mr. D. Bono near Scott. One stalk bore twelve bolls and ten other stalks had from five to eight bolls. Mr. Schmalinski says that prospects throughout the parish are very fair.
Mr. W. S. Parkerson, Esq., of New Orleans, is on a visit to relatives in Lafayette.
Miss Mary Littell, local manager of the Western Union, has gone to Opelousas to spend a month with relatives and friends. During Miss Littell's absence the Western Union office here will be in charge of Mr. George Carroll of New Orleans.
Miss Cammie Allen, of New Orleans, is the guest of her friend and former schoolmate, Mrs. S. R. Parkerson.
Nicholson has just received a carload of White Elephant buggies, surreys, road-carts, etc.
E. G. Voorhies is spending some time on Week's Island.
Rev. Bollard has returned to Lafayette after an extended visit in the North and East.
President Sligh of the Mansfield Female College, and Dr. A. F. Whitworth of the Female College at Brookhaven, Miss., were the guests of Rev. C. C. Wier during the week. Lafayette Gazette 8/10/1901.
From Lafayette Advertiser August 10th, 1901:
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette La., Aug. 5th, 1901.
The City Council met this day in regular session. Mayor Chas. D. Caffery, presiding. Members present: J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, B. Falk, G. A. DeBlanc, H. Hohorst, F. Demanade, F. E. Girard.
Minutes of previous meeting were adopted as read.
Moved by G. A. DeBlanc seconded by B. Falk, that the W. W. & E. L. Company be charged with procuring water mains immediately if possible and to cancel order given L. Lacoste if necessary. Carried.
Moved by G. A. DeBlanc seconded by F. Demanade that W. W. & E. L. Company be authorized to contract on part of the town, for one year’s supply of Fuel Oil for Plant. Carried.
Moved and duly seconded that Finance Committee Report be accepted as follows.
FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT, GENERAL FUND.To cash last report $1500.48
“ “ Licenses 766.09
“ “ Mayor’s Court 122.59
“ “ Stock Fines .75
Whereas the City of Lafayette, La., heretofore executed, and delivered its water works and electric light bonds in the aggregate sum of $36,000 dated September 1st, 1896 bearing interest at the rate of six per cent per annum, payable annually March 1st, and,
Whereas, the principal of bonds of said issue numbered 22 and 23, each of the denomination of $500.00 and aggregating the sum of $1,000.00 due March 1st, 1901 have not been paid, and there are not sufficient funds in the treasury of said city which can be appropriated to the payment of same.
Now therefore, be it resolved that the Mayor and Treasurer of said City of Lafayette be and they are hereby authorized and directed by and with the consent of the holders of said bonds now past due as aforesaid to execute and deliver to the holders of said bonds new and additional coupons to be attached thereto whereby the payment of the principal of said bonds shall be extended and became due as follows:
Bond number 22 shall be extended and become due March 1st, 1903.
Bond number 23, shall be extended and become due March 1st, 1903.
Moved by B. Falk seconded by G. A. DeBlanc that an appropriation of one hundred dollars per annum be made for the purpose of procuring the services of Prof. F. Sontag, as leader of the Brass Band and Orchestra in this town, payment quarterly; said appropriation to take effect on and after Sept. 1st, 1901 and to be paid as long as the Brass Band shall exist. Motion adopted.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1901.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 10th, 1904:
Every merchant has daily opportunities to help the local paper without it costing him a cent. The editor must depend largely upon his fellow townsmen for news, and even to a considerable extent, for ideas. The brightest man on earth would soon run dry were it not for ideas conceived from outside sources.
Help Your Newspaper. - About the most valuable quality in a newspaper man is that of recognizing a good thing when he hears it, and crystallizing it then and there. The profound mind is all right in its place, but a keen and appreciated scent for the pertinent paragraph, with the ability to express it clearly and tersely, is at the bottom of the success of many, if not most of the widely read and greatest newspapers of the day.
Good ideas occur to you; make a note of them. Little items of news may now and then come to your ears, jot them down, and when the editor or reporter comes along with his eternal "anything new," hand them to him. He will not be slow to appreciate your efforts, even if he can't use your efforts, even if he can't use your stuff, and you'll get many a complimentary notice, or perhaps a better position for your ad in payment.
Besides, this habit is a distinct help to you. It makes you more observant, causes you to pay more attention to expressions and will be of no little assistance to you getting up your ads. Try it for a month. You'll keep it up.
Also when your ad brings excellent results, tell your publisher of the fact; don't try to hide the good news for fear he will raise your rates; no fear of that; he wants you to succeed. Besides, it furnishes him with a most convincing argument to induce some backward fellow to advertiser. -
The Ad Writer. Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1904.
Persistency Wins in Advertising. - "If there is one enterprise on earth that a 'quitter' should leave severely alone, it is advertising. To make a success of advertising one must be prepared to stick to it like a barnacle on a boat's bottom. He should know before he begins it that he must spend money. Somebody must tell him, also, that he cannot hope to reap results commensurate with his expenditure early in the game. Advertising doesn't jerk; it pulls. It begins very gently at first, but the pull is steady. It increases day by day and year by year until it exerts an irresistible power." John Wanamaker.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1904.
From the City's Council's Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., August 1, 1904.
A regular meeting was held this day, with mayor Charles D. Caffery presiding:
Members present: A. E. Mouton, M. Rosenfield, Geo. A. Deblanc, D. V. Gardebled, John O. Mouton, Henry Fontenot. Moved and seconded that minutes of last meetings be approved as read. Carried.
Committee on Water and Light reported that they had signed a contract with the Standard Electric Co., represented by Mr. Henry Widmer for an engine and two dynamos according to specifications agreed upon.
Moved and seconded that the action of the committee be approved and contract spread on the minutes. Carried. Lafayette, La., July 19, 1904.
The propositions of the Standard Electric Co., of New Orleans, La., which are hereto annexed to furnish the town of Lafayette, La., with one "Chuse" engine, as per specifications hereto annexed, and plans to be prepared, and to furnish also two C. & C. dynamos of seventy five kilowatts each, as per specifications hereto annexed and plans to be prepared: Said engine and dynamos to be complete in all respects, (any omissions in said specifications to the contrary notwithstanding, are hereby accepted.)
Shipment to be made seventy five days from recent order. Price of said engines and dynamos is six thousand three hundred and fifty three dollars, one half cash on delivery in Lafayette, La., and other half after trial and acceptance, time of trial not to exceed thirty days. The said town of Lafayette, La., being herein represented by A. E. Mouton, chairman of said town and being duly authorized in this behalf by resolution of said council adopted July 18, 1904.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1904.
Dissolution of Partnership. - The partnership heretofore existing between Jno. Bunt and Fred Rupeter was dissolved August 1 by mutual consent. All accounts outstanding are payable to Fred Rupeter who also assumes all obligations due by the firm. FRED RUPETER, JNO. BUNT.
I will continue the manufacture and sale of pop. Thanking the public for their past liberal patronage, I request a continuance of same.
Respectfully, FRED RUPETER.
Having sold my interest in the pop factory, I have moved back to my old stand on Vermilion street, where I will re-open an Oyster, Fish and Vegetable market. Thanking the public for their liberal patronage in the past. I respectfully solicit a continuance of same. Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1904.
Nearly Finished. - The work of removing the trees from the strip recently acquired by the city to finish widening Jefferson street, is about completed, all that remains is to saw up and cart away the pieces. The fence has been moved back and if the weather permits it will not be long before the short piece of concrete walk needed to join the other walks will be put in.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1904.
Charged With Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses.
Friday Deputy Sheriff A. Peck and Mr. E. Begnaud arrested a white man, who gives his name as Leonce Mayeaux, on the charge of obtaining money under false pretenses. The officers state that he has been going among the negroes making them believe that they were entitled to 160 acres of land from the government, and was securing a fee of $3.oo from them for filling out papers for them to be sent to Washington. He was arrested in a negro cabin near Breaux Bridge with blanks etc., spread out. When searched a pistol and $28.40 was found on him. He seems to be about 35 years of age, states that he is married and gives Cottonport as his home.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1904.
Hotel In New Hands. - The Brown News Co., of Canada, have secured the hotel privileges along the Southern Pacific, having outbid the Crescent News Co., and will take possession September 1st.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1904.
New Fast Trains. - The Mobile and Ohio limited, leaves New Orleans, at 7:30 p. m., arriving St. Louis, 5:44 next evening. The St. Louis express, leaves New Orleans 9:10 a. m., and arrives St. Louis next morning morning at 7:52. Both are solid vestibuled trains of the very latest pattern carrying the finest Pullman sleepers, parlor and library-observation cars. New Orleans to St. Louis without change, dining cars with large electric fans, serving all meals al la carte. Patrons pay only for what they order and get the best that the market affords.
World's Fair literature, maps and time cards cheerfully mailed on application.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1904.
On a Pleasure Trip. - A party composed of Leo Doucet, Andrew Prudhomme, E. B. McNaspy, Mike Crouchet, Philip Mouton, J. R. Domengeaux, Remy Landry, Joe Mouton, B. J. Pellerin and Geo. Debaillon left Sunday on Louis Livet's gasoline launch, "The Dove," for Vermilion bay on a short pleasure trip.
Laf. Advertiser 8/10/1904.
Selected News Notes 8/10/1904.
Chas. Debaillon, Jerome Mouton, Vic Levy and Willis Roy left Friday to take in the Fair at St. Louis.
Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Greig left Saturday for New Orleans where they will visit relatives. Later they will go to Mississippi for a short stay.
Mrs. Louis Domengeaux and Miss Lea Gladu left for the Crescent City yesterday.
Mr. Florence Kahn, of Rayne, is visiting her uncle, Mr. G. Schmulen.
Albert Estorge, of New Iberia, was in town Saturday seeing the drug trade.
Misses Kate Andrus and Clara Price, of Opelousas, are visiting Mr. F. K. Hopkins’ family.
Mr. C. S. Babin kindly presented us with a pocket map of Lafayette Friday. These maps are complete, showing all the additions to the town, and are sold by Mr. Babin for 50 cents.
Mr. and Mrs. F. Demanade and son Harold, returned Thursday from Pascagoula, Miss., where they spent about two weeks.
Prof. Greig’s Home Institute will re-open for eighth session Monday, September 5th.
Moses Plonsky, who for the past year has been employed in Beaumont, Texas, returned to Lafayette Friday.
Mr. J. B. Benoit, of Youngsville, paid The Advertiser an appreciated visit Thursday.
Mr. A. E. Mouton’s handsome new residence is nearing completion, and when finished will be an ornament to that part of town.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1904.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 10th, 1895:
1895: To the Mayor & Town Council.
Laf. La., 8/5/1895. - Your undersigned committee, appointed to compile the charter of the town of Lafayette with amendments and all ordinances of the city council, beg leave to make this report:
That they have been unable to get the books wherein the proceedings of the city council and ordinances were kept previous to 1869; the outgoing secretary and treasurer not having them in his possession and being unable to account for the disappearance; we have compiled all the ordinances from that date up to the present, under proper headings and in alphabetical order; also the original act of the Legislature incorporating the town, together with legislative amendments thereof as well as those adopted by the people at the election held for that purpose in 1884.
We will call your attention to the fact that section nine of act of the Legislature approved March 11, 1836, incorporating this town, provides that the clerk of the council shall keep two books one bound book in which shall be recorded all the laws and ordinances passed by the council, signed by the president (Mayor) and countersigned by the Clerk (Secretary), and a book in which shall be recorded the proceedings of the City Council.
This is as far as we have been able to discover has never been completed with in respect to number of books; there being only one wherein proceedings of the council and ordinances are kept together.
We believe that this should be done. It would facilitate the members of the council, as well as the public, in being conversant with the resolution and ordinances in existence. The book for ordinances should have an alphabetical index, wherein it should be the duty of the clerk to enter in its proper place all ordinances passed by the council; whereas as it now is, it requires a great deal of labor to do so, when it is considered that one would have to search all through the book.
We would recommend that the council authorize the clerk to purchase a book for that purpose, wherein it shall be his duty to record all laws and ordinances to be signed by the Mayor and countersigned by himself.
As to those ordinances already passed and compiled by us, and annexed to this report, we would suggest that the council have them recorded and indexed in the book when procured, or be printed in pamphlets for the use of the council and the public or both as it might appear advisable.
Respectfully submitted by Orther C. Mouton, T. M. Biossat, J. D. Trahan,
Moved by Jos. Ducote, seconded by Leo Doucet, that committee on compiling the above be tendered vote of thanks for their laborious task which they have so well done, and same be accepted and committee be discharged.
Moved by O. C. Mouton, seconded by J. O. Leblanc, that secretary be instructed to purchase record book in which to record act of incorporation and all ordinances separate from minutes which have been arranged alphabetically.
Moved by Dr. Trahan, seconded by Jos. Ducote, that ordinances be transcribed in new book for said purpose and also that several numbers be printed in pamphlets for the use of of council and public in general. Also that the committee of two be appointed to confer with printing houses for the purpose of getting best figures. The mayor appointed on said committee Dr. J. D. Trahan and O. C. Mouton. Lafayette Gazette 8/10/1895.
Selected News Notes 8/10/1895.
Caterpillars are reported in some parts of the parish.
Ice cold root beer (non-alcoholic) on draught at the Moss Pharmacy.
To-morrow the Pelican Brass Band will give a basket picnic in Girard's woods. All are invited.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Davidson have returned from their bridal tour and are now at their beautiful home in McComb's addition.
Mr. W. S. Torian and niece, Miss Mattie, left this week for Goliad, Texas, where they will spend some time.
Dr. Irion's Dental Parlors, over post office, are always open from 8:30 a. m. to 1:30 p. m. and 3 to 5 p. m.
Last week after we had gone to press we received the first number of The Creole-American; a paper recently established in this town with Geo. M. Goolsby as publisher. In its "bow" the paper announces that it will be independent un Politics. Lafayette Gazette 8/10/1895.
Mouton Bros. Moving. - Messrs. Mouton Bros. have been moving this week into their new and commodius store building on Lincoln avenue facing the drugstore of Trahan & Doucet. Messrs. Mouton are receiving a large stock of goods, and they will be better prepared than ever to supply their town and country trade. The increased capacity of their place of business has enabled them to put in complete lines of drygoods, notions, groceries, etc. Lafayette Gazette 8/10/1895.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 10th, 1889:
The weather during the week has been “peculiar.” Sunday was a very hot day, closing with a violent shower. Monday was very warm, with a heavy rain and thunder storm during the afternoon, during which lightning struck at several places in town, doing very little damage, however, besides killing a cow belonging to Mr. Allingham near the roundhouse. Tuesday, it began to turn cooler, and since we have had cool, windy, showery weather, more like October than August. The crops have shown no material damage, so far, though injured to some extent. Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1889.
Much Could Be Accomplished. - The idea has been suggested to us that much could be accomplished in the way of stimulating to higher education the youths of our parish, by an offer of an appropriation to cover the expenses to the Louisiana State University and A. & M. College, by the Police Jury, - the beneficiaries to be determined by competitive examination. Not only would such a plan act as a great incentive to our more advanced youths, but the salutary effect would extend all the way down to renewed effort and assiduity to studies in order secure if possible the much prized opportunities offered. The competitive feature in addition, to opening the benefit rendered to all alike would ensure reward to the most meritorious only. We believe that an opportunity for such a purpose could not be objected to on any reasonable grounds, and the good results bound to follow a measure so far reaching in its beneficial effects upon the youth of the entire parish, would more than compensate the expenditure.
This plan is already in successful operation in several parishes of this State, and we recommend to the serious consideration of the president and members of our Police Jury the views here presented. Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1889.
AN ORDER TO SHERIFF BROUSSARD:
To SHERIFF I. A. BROUSSARD: You are hereby ordered and required, in the name of the State of Louisiana, to bring before me, the undersigned authority, on or before Friday, the 9th day of August, 1889, at 10 o’clock a. m. of said day, at the court house, in the town of Lafayette, for the purpose of preliminary examination, which is fixed for said day, the following named persons, now in custody and detained in the parish prison of Orleans on the charge of resisting, obstructing and assaulting an officer of this State in the service and execution of the process of a court, to-wit.
[Here follows the names of the prisoners, etc.]
Sheriff Broussard had gone down to New Orleans Sunday morning. Monday night deputy sheriffs L. G. Breaux and John Breaux went to the city and delivered to Sheriff Broussard the above order. Tuesday morning Sheriff Broussard and his deputies, having in charge the prisoners, took the Southern Pacific train for Lafayette. Before leaving the jail the prisoners paid their respects to the managers of the “Orleans Hotel,” thanking them for the courtesies and kindness shown them during their imprisonment. On the train, when conductor Jim Ashton came to collect fares, he found that the sheriff had purchased commutation tickets for himself and deputies which bore their names, and Jim punched out the requisite coupons for their fares and demanded fares for the prisoners. The sheriff told him to punch it out of the tickets. The conductor informed him that he was not authorized to “do that,” and that the fares must be paid for the prisoners, or they would have to get off. The sheriff refused to pay, other than by offering the aforesaid tickets, or to remove his prisoners from the train. And thus the case was argued, pro and con, between Jim and Isaac (at the rate of forty miles and hour), and telegrams flashed back and forth, until the train reached Schriever, where the conductor found orders to collect fares of put the prisoners off. We here us the language of the Times-Democrat correspondent, who accompanied the party.
“The conductor then made a demand on the sheriff for full fare for the prisoners and the sheriff handed him the thousand-mile ticket, which was refused. The sheriff then refused to pay, and the conductor asked him to take his prisoners off. 'I don’t order you off, but the prisoners,' said the conductor. ’If the prisoners go I will have to stay with them, and it is virtually putting me off,’ said Broussard. 'I had better cut the car out,' responded the conductor. 'No,' replied the sheriff, 'I don’t want to stop the train, and you have ordered the prisoners off, I will go off with them.' The prisoners, headed by the sheriff, and accompanied by Father Welti and your correspondent, left the train, which started west. The prisoners were marched to a small hotel near the railroad track and placed in rooms, where they will be kept under guard until to-night.”
When the West bound express reached Schriever that night, the sheriff (in the meantime having communicated with Governor Nicholls) placed his prisoners on board, paid their fares, and brought them safely to Lafayette, where they are now quartered in the Court house under guard. We understand the course of proceeding against the prisoners will be as follows: Friday will commence the examination of the charge of breaking jail, assaulting officer, etc; and Monday it is expected to take up the charge for murder. Judge Edwards, Attorney General Rogers, B. C. Elliot, Esq., and R. C. Smedes, Esq., are conducting the examination. Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1889.
The View from Carencro. - In regard to the action of Sheriff Broussard in calling on the Governor, for assistance, we think he did perfectly right, and it was the duty of the Governor to do just what he did. The people of Lafayette have no better, truer friends in Governor Nichols and Sheriff Broussard, and we that some of the men arrested do not think less of their officers because they did their duty, from this fact. When one of the deputies went to arrest Mr. Rosemond Broussard, Mrs. Broussard was offended and did not wish to give breakfast, as she was requested; but Broussard, like a true man, said: “You must not get mad with Mr. -----, because he is doing his duty, and I respect him for it;” and having the matter thus explained the good wife soon had breakfast, and her husband ready to go. Mr. Gaston Blott said: “The sheriff is doing his duty like a man, and I honor him for it.”
From “Carencro Notes” in the Lafayette Advertiser of 8/10/1889.
MARRIED. - At St. John’s Catholic Church, Lafayette, La., on Wednesday, August 7, 1889, by Rev. E. FORGE, MR. ANTOINE CLOSE to Miss ALICE LAFOND, both of Lafayette.
A number of friends of the bride and groom were in attendance from Washington and Opelousas. THE ADVERTISER was kindly remembered by a liberal donation of cake and wine, and extends its heartiest congratulations to the handsome young couple. Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1889.
Selected News Notes 8/10/1889:
Judge W. B. Stansbury the ubiquitous correspondent of the Times-Democrat, is in town. He is accompanied the Lafayette pilgrims from New Orleans.
We are indebted to our friend Hugh Jameison, for a very large cantaloupe, which was decidedly the finest flavored melon we have tasted this year.
We acknowledge the receipt of an interesting communication from Broussardville, which will appear in next issue. We would again remind our correspondents that communications should reach us by Wednesday morning to insure publication that week. Frequently, as it happens this week, our space is nearly all occupied by Thursday morning.
Our old and esteemed friend, Mr. Benjamin Avant, is a gentleman gifted largely with “bowels of compassion,” evidenced by his making of a basket of nice peaches, which were highly appreciated. The donation reached us through the courtesy of Mr. Ford Huffpauir, and we are under many obligations to him for leaving the peaches with us before he attended the meeting of the Police Jury.
Saturday we were shown by Mr. H. D. Owen several splendid ears of new corn, raised by him on the George C. Mouton Place. We had the curiosity to measure them, and found them to range in length from 10 to 11½ inches, and average 8¾ inches in circumference at the middle. From this field Mr. Owen expects to gather at least 50 bushels to the acre. This is a fine crop for any country. The ears were left at Wm. Cleggs’s drug store. Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1889.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 10, 1878:
Lafayette News Notes.
The weather continues favorable, the general health of the parish is good, and the crops promise to yield abundantly.
The yellow fever is increasing in New Orleans and our quarantine regulations should be maintained and properly and judiciously executed, but not too rigidly enforced against persons from non-infected places. Sanitary precautions should also be continued without cessation.
We learn that rumors have been in circulation, that yellow fever existed in our town and vicinity. These rumors are entirely groundless. We do not anticipate the appearance of the disease, but if it should come, it is the best policy to announce it promptly and it will be done.
Owing, it is said, to quarantines being established between here and New Orleans, our daily mail has been reduced to a tri-weekly one and will arrive here every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday from below, and goes down the following days.
Whatever may be the inconveniences by travelers, on account of rigid quarantine, no one can assert that it is not just and proper, and that the actions of the council and committee are not for the good of the community. In such times as these, when there is a probability of this most dreaded disease spreading over the entire country, robbing cheerful and happy homes of their brightest jewels, and leaving sorrow in their stead, it behooves the officers to adhere strictly to their duty regardless of the views or censure of private individuals. That the quarantine committee, composed of Messrs. Vigneaux, Alpha and Hebert, have endeavored to do their duty; no fair minded person will question or deny.
Captain Mathews will shortly move his family to the plantation recently purchased by him on Vermilion Bayou. Such accessions will always receive a glad welcome from citizens of our parish.
Miss Noelie Bougere, who has been the guest of Mr. P. Gerac’s family for the past month, left for her home in New Orleans last Tuesday. 8/10/1878.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 10th, 1909:
THE ADVERTISER FORTY-FIVE YEARS OLD.
With this issue of The Advertiser it enters upon its forty-sixth year. For forty-five years it has been an institution of this town and parish, chronicling the history of the people, promoting the development of this section as far as lay in its power and at all times lending aid to all movement for the welfare and interest of the people. That its services have been appreciated is evidenced by the fact that it is forty-five years old.
The present proprietors purchased The Advertise June 1, 1903, and during their ownership have done their best to publish as good, newsy and helpful a paper as their means would permit. In this way we have been generously assisted by the business men who have liberally patronized us; for which we here wish to make appreciative acknowledgement.
When we took charge of The advertiser it was six column four page weekly. It was not long before we increased it to an eight-page five column paper, then later on to an eight page six column paper. All these changes and improvements being made possible by a liberal support in the way of advertising patronage, subscriptions and job work.
Two years ago, believing that the size and importance of Lafayette justified a better local news service than could be afforded by a weekly, we changed The Advertiser to a semi-weekly, Sept. 3, 1909. This change was approved and appreciated as has been shown by an increase support fully covering the additional expense.
Still desiring to give all the service possible, last January we purchased a Linotype at a very heavy expense, added to our reportorial force and have tried to make The Advertiser a valuable, creditable and entertaining paper. A large increase in our subscription list and very many expressions of commendation assure us that we have measurably succeeded in doing so.
It is our purpose to keep up the high standard of the paper and add valuable feature as fast as the support given us will permit, and that we may have the means to do so, we ask of our friends and the public generally as large and liberal a support in advertising, subscriptions and job work as they can give.
And remember, the more you support The Advertiser the better paper we can make it and the better able the paper will be to serve the town and parish and you. Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1909.
The Oldest Democrat.
Perhaps the oldest Democrat in this country is now living near Chrisney, Indiana. His name is Benjamin Moore. He was born in Mary county, N. C., December 25th, 1781. This venerable pioneer was born in one of the most important periods of the Government - at the moment when it was struggling for its existence - and is consequently older than his government, the same age as the confederation of thirteen states, and six years older than the constitution of his country. He was in his seventh year when the first President of the United States was inaugurated, and has a distinct recollection of the older citizens meeting and talking about the inauguration of General Washington. Mr. Moore cast his first vote in 1804 for Thomas Jefferson, who was elected his second term. He refers to his first vote with pride, saying he is to-day the only man living who voted for Jefferson, and that he is the oldest Democrat above the sod. He has voted the Democratic ticker election from 1804 to the spring of 1889.
The parties he has voted against are as follows: From 1804 to 1815, the Federalists; 1820, the opposition; in 1824, the coalition; 1828 to 1832, the National Republicans; 1836 to 1852, the Whigs; and against the present Republican party since 1856. The old gentleman says he has watched the tariff issue since 1829, and the majority of the people has always been on the side of the Democratic party on the tariff question. He says that there is no difference between Jefferson and Cleveland on this question.
Mr. Moore is living with his second wife, to whom he was wedded in 1839, and both are now making their home with his son, who is now past 78 years of age, but looking younger than most men at 50. His youngest son is a sprightly young man of 52 summers, whom the old man calls his baby.
From the Chicago Tribune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1889.