From the Lafayette Gazette of August 11th, 1900:
The Lafayette Building Association.
Among the various business agencies that contribute materially toward the development of a town, a well conducted local building association takes a front rank.
We use the term local in contradistinction to the "national" building and loan association for a very good reason, for whilst the local or home institutions are perfectly safe and reliable, it is well known that the foreign or "national" associations are notoriously uncertain in their operations and generally wind up in defrauding and fleecing their stockholders. The reason for this is found in the extravagant salaries paid to officers of the "nationals," who run these associations altogether in their own interest and without any other object than to squeeze all the money possible out of the deluded stockholders. The local association, or the other hand, is owned and controlled entirely by home people who are bent on building up their own town, and the expense of conducting the affairs of the association are reduced to a minimum, the secretary of the association being the only officer who receives a salary, and this salary is always a moderate one.
The Lafayette Building Association was incorporated under the laws of the State of Louisiana on the 12th day of last February, and the following well known citizens were elected to serve as directors for the ensuing year: C. D. Caffery, C. O. Mouton, B. J. Pellerin, B. N. Coronna, Julian Mouton, J. E. Martin and A. B. Denbo. The officers of the association are Judge Julian Mouton, president; A. B. Denbo, vice-president; D. Schwartz, secretary; S. R. Parkerson, treasurer.
The object of the association is two-fold:
1. To provide a convenient, safe and profitable method of investing the savings of the people.
2. To furnish the people with the means of borrowing money to build, purchase and improve houses and lots. In other words, it is an association composed of borrowers and lenders, and established for their mutual convenience.
It gathers together the savings of the people, which, scattered and in small sums, could not be invested to advantage, and the association loans the money thus obtained, on mortgage security and in sums to suit, to other people who want to buy or build themselves homes, to improve their property, to pay off mortgages and for such purposes. From the fact that there are no preferred stockholders and that all the members share in the management and participate equally in the profits, the association furnishes the very best and safest deposit for earnings. The directors must render to the stockholders an annual account of the business and condition of the association, and its books are always open to the inspection of the shareholders.
The shares of the Lafayette Building Association are of the par value of $200 and are payable in weekly installments of 25 cents, and for each share of stock owned by a member he can borrow $200 from the association, less the discount or premium bid for his loan. The conditions for paying back the loans are very easy, and the rate of interest is small.
This association has lately built a neat and very cozy residence for Mr. J. D. Cotter, near the steam laundry, and Mr. Cotter having ascertained for himself the benefits offered by the Lafayette Building Association to investors and borrowers, takes pleasure in recommending the association to all persons desirous of procuring homes of their own on easy terms.
A new series of stock in this local Association has just been opened, and now would be a good time for more of our people to join the association and help push a good thing along - good for the investor, good for he borrower, good for the town. For more exact particulars our readers are referred to the secretary, Mr. D. Schwartz, or to any of the officers or directors of the association. Lafayette Gazette 8/11/1900.
TRY TO ESCAPE.
Prisoners in The Parish Jail Make an Ingenious Effort To Gain Their Liberty.
An ingenious attempt to escape was made a few days ago by some of the prisoners in the parish jail. One of the prisoners, named Ben Lafargue, pretended that he was sick an asked that he be given a clock so that he would know what time to take medicine according to directions. A clock was bought by he jailer and placed in his cell. Lafargue, who, it seems, is somewhat of a machinist, used the springs of the clock and with other pieces of the material made a kind of saw with which it was intended to cut through the bars. It will be remembered that some time ago two negroes succeeded in severing one of the bars, which was bolted together as well as it could be done. With the improvised saw these bolts were cut and an avenue of escape was about to be secured when the scheme was foiled by one of the prisoners who informed the jailer of what was taking place. The jailer was also informed that there was a conspiracy among a number of the prisoners to knock him down when he would open the cell to give them dinner. Their plot was to take the keys from the jailer and to make their escape.
Had it not been for the timely intervention of one of the prisoners it is not at all improbable that either of the plans would have been carried out.
Lafayette Gazette 8/11/1900.
Captured in Sabine Parish by Sheriff Broussard - Wanted For Cattle Stealing.
A telegram received from Sheriff Broussard yesterday informed us that he had just captured Lovel Jeansonne, alias, Joe Leboeuf. The telegram was sent from Hornbeck, a point in the Southern part of Sabine parish. Jeansonne is believed to have been at the head of the gang of thieves that made a raid among the cattle in the Carencro section about a year ago. Some two hundred head of cattle belonging to Numa Breaux, Aurelien Caruthers, Onezime Breaux, Belizaire Cormier and others were stolen. At the time there was no clue for the officers to work on, but Sheriff Broussard kept on watching for developments. Some months ago he arrested Henry Ducote, a brother-in-law of Jeansonne, and took steps toward the capture of the latter. He traced him to the pine woods of either the northern part of Vernon or the Southern part of Sabine, with the results stated above.
Jeansonne bears the reputation of being a cunning, desperate man and his capture reflects much credit upon Sheriff Broussard. We have not heard of the particulars of the arrest.
Sheriff Broussard has been away since last Saturday.
Lafayette Gazette 8/11/1900.
Selected News Notes 8/11/1900.
Mr. J. Ozeme LeBlanc returned last Tuesday from Rollover, a popular summer resort on the Texas coast. Mr. LeBlanc reports having had a very enjoyable time.
Twenty-nine car loads of machinery passed through on the Southern Pacific road this week on their way to Hawaii. We are informed that the machinery is to be used in the manufacture of sugar.
Rev. and Mrs. C. C. Wier are visiting Houston this week.
Last Saturday officer Edwin Campbell arrested a negro named Jos. Dugas, charged with stealing a pair of shoes from Mr. Bourgeous' shop.
George Sherer has brought to this office two very fine stalks of sugar cane, each having 12 well formed red joints. They were taken from the farm of Hebrard Girard near Broussard. The cane crop in that section is reported to be in good condition.
Lafayette Gazette 8/11/1900.
From the Lafayette Gazette of August 11th, 1894:
Fire at Crescent Hotel.
Last Wednesday morning young Willie Mitchell discovered that the roof of the kitchen at the Crescent News Hotel was on fire. He immediately informed the bystanders, among whom were Judge Bowen and Mr. A. Labe, who, with the help of Mr. Otto, the baker at the hotel, procured a ladder ascended to the roof and extinguished the fire with a bucket of water. It is believed that the fire originated from sparks from the kitchen chimney. Laf. Gazette 8/11/1894.
News Notes 8/11/1894.
Emile Cayard, an employee of the Southern Pacific at Algiers, was seen on our streets
Sunday. Judge C. Debaillon and E. Constantin, Esq., drove to Broussardville last Monday.
Felix Salles left Monday for a few days sojourn at Bay St. Louis. He will also visit Pass Christian.
The brick walk being built around the court-house square will be just the thing for our local bicycle riders.
A game of ball will be played on the diamond Sunday, between the Pilett's Juniors and the Evening Stars of Lafayette. The game will be called at 3 o'clock sharp.
Dr. Fred Mayer, of the Quarantine station, was in Lafayette Thursday. The doctor is very popular here and his visits are always a source of pleasure to his many friends.
We are informed that a large gin will be put in at the ginnery on Mrs. Leon Billaud's plantation. Some new machinery will be also added and the capacity of the mill will be considerably increased.
C. C. Mallard, superintendent of bridges and buildings on the Southern Pacific road, was in Lafayette Wednesday.
B. A. Salles returned home Monday after spending several days with relatives in New Orleans.
Last Tuesday, a young negro charged with stealing a watch, tried to break out of jail. With the use of a fork he succeeded in breaking off several bricks from the wall in one of the rooms on the ground floor and with a little more work he would have made a hole sufficiently large enough to escape.
On thing Lafayette needs above all others is an ice factory. We are surprised that some of our citizens have not already invested in an enterprise of this kind. No town on the Southern Pacific road possesses the same advantages as Lafayette. Her shipping facilities are far better than those of her sister towns where ice factories have proved successful ventures.
Reunion of Veterans.
The Gazette is requested to announce that a grand reunion of Confederate veterans will be held at Woodsworth Springs, near Washington, La., on Saturday, Aug. 18. All confederate soldiers and their families and friends are cordially invited to be present. Interesting addresses will be delivered by eloquent speakers. A good time is anticipated.
Lafayette Gazette 8/11/1894.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 11, 1894.
Attempted Break-Ins Prompt's Dead-Bolt Sales.
There has been an increased demand for bolts and other door and window fastenings since the attempted forcible entrance into Mrs. A. C. Young's residence last Tuesday night. The burglar tried to gain admission into the house through a blind door leading into a bed-room occupied by Mr. and Mrs. William Kelly, Mr. Kelly happening to be absent at that time. The noise accompanying the act of opening the blinds awakened Mrs. Kelly whose movements in leaving the apartment for assistance frightened off the would-be house breaker. Such gentry deserve to be shot down in their tracks that they may be deterred from further molestations of the kind. Lafayette Advertiser 8/11/1894.
Over the Line. - Because Mr. B. Falk made the mistake to erect a building on land he believed to be his own but which it now appears, belongs to Mr. A. Deffez, it became necessary for him to shift the said building from the north to the south side of the house now occupied by Mr. R. L. McBride. The change was made Friday of last week. Lafayette Advertiser 8/11/1894.
AN IMPROVED CANE-WAGON. - Parties intending purchasing carts or wagons this fall for handling their cane would do well before doing so, to see Mr. J. Nickerson's improved platform, cane, and farm wagons. It is claimed that with this wagon more than one-third of the expense usually incurred in handling and shipping with the cart as common wagon can be saved. This wagon is guaranteed to carry two tones on any reasonable road, yet is much lighter and cheaper than the cost and can be used for all kinds of farm work without changing the box such as hauling rice, hay, cotton, corn and potatoes. And for planting cane it has no equal as the box is so low down, the planter can stand on the ground take the cane from the wagon as you drive along and place it in the roads for covering which saves the dumping in piles and carrying long distances and also from scraping off the eyes. It is claimed that the dumping cart or wagon has no advantage over this wagon, for if cane is not shipped as fast as it is hauled it must be filed up, or dumped all around one load in a place, to be carried to the car afterwards, which takes a great deal of time, and time is money. It is also claimed that two men carry it in and stow it away in the car from this platform wagon easier and faster than three men can pick it up from the ground, and throw it in the car when dumped. Lafayette Advertiser 8/11/1894.
Fun Time at the Parkerson's. - The pretty lawn in front of the attractive home of Judge and Mrs. Parkerson was enlivened the the presence of many happy children last Wednesday evening. They had gathered there for the purpose of having a general good time and as their coming was expected on this occasion an abundant supply of cake and ice-cream had been provided for the enjoyment of the little people. Games and other amusements caused the time to pass away pleasantly until all returned home tired out from romping and prepared to enjoy an all night's rest. Lafayette Advertiser 8/11/1894.
Make-Good. - In our last issue we inadvertently omitted to make mention of the death of Mrs. A. D. Boudreaux, nee Azema Martin. This gentle Christian woman departed this life on the 2nd. instant. Her loss is greatly mourned by her surviving husband and children, to whom The ADVERTISER sends its condolences. Lafayette Advertiser 8/11/1894.
Old Habits Die Hard. - Rev. Mother Hyacinthe, of New Orleans, arrived last Saturday to spend a few days with her sister, Mrs. C. H. Eastin. Mother Hyacinthe was in charge of the Lafayette Mt. Carmel Convent for many years and when her field of work was removed to New Orleans her departure was much regretted by a large circle of friends.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/11/1894.
New Night Operator. - Mr. S. J. Bouchard has been transferred from Baldwin to this place to succeed Ed. Voneye, as night operator. Mr. Bouchard, it will be remembered, resided here six years ago and during his stay made many friends and acquaintances who will be glad to hear of his return. His family, consists of a wife and four children. Mr. Voneye is now stationed at Morgan City.
Hope Springs Eternal. - A certain old darkey, it is said, is seen to go to the old post office stand every day since the location has been changed, as he has been doing for the past four years, believing it to be merely an accident that he finds the old place closed and that he will be certain to catch the office open one of these bright days. Lafayette Advertiser 8/11/1894.
Selected News Notes 8/11/1894.
Dr. P. M. Girard of Scott, was a welcome caller in our town, Monday.
Capt. Pharr and General F. F. Myles, came up from New Iberia Sunday.
Miss Kate Collins, of New Orleans, is at present visiting her sister, Mrs. Wm. Clegg.
Miss Cora Desbrest of Opelousas is the guest of Misses Isaure and Lydia McDaniel.
Mr. Frank Hopkins and wife of Opelousas, visited the family of Dr. T. B. Hopkins, Saturday last.
The Knapp railroad that is to connect Breaux Bridge with the Southern Pacific railroad at Carencro is completed within a half mile of Breaux Bridge.
A newcomer made its appearance at the home of Mr. C. C. Higginbotham last Sunday morning, August 5th., T 'was a little girl.
A fire broke out in the kitchen roof of the Crescent Hotel last Wednesday and for a tome occasioned much uneasiness. The blaze was place under control, however, inmates of the building, before it could gain much headway.
Mr. C. B. Porch made a trip to Mermentau, down that river to Grand Cheniere and by way of the Gulf to Galveston, returning by rail, this week.
We received a pleasant call from Mr. John Nickerson last Wednesday. The condition of his leg is so much improved he is able to go about on crutches with considerable ease.
Job work continues to be plentiful with us. We like to keep busy, though, and won't refuse any orders left with us, whether they be large or small. We guarantee satisfaction as to quality and price.
On a leave of absence till October, Mr. F. H. Gregory the ever faithful and popular engineer on the railroad from here to Alexandria, left last Saturday to visit his children who reside at Campbellsville, Taylor county Kentucky.
Encouraging reports about the cotton, corn and cane crops are coming in from every part of the parish. The outlook for an abundant yield is quite flattering and it is to be hoped nothing will happen to mar present prospects. Lafayette Advertiser 8/11/1894.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 11th, 1901:
New Chief of the Department of Music, Southwestern Industrial School.
President E. Lewis Stephens, of the Southwestern Industrial Institute, located in Lafayette, La., has given renewed assurance of his level-headed executive ability in his recent selection of Florent Sontag as head of the department of of music of the institute. Florent Sontag has the honor of being a Louisiana boy, and, too, Louisiana has the honor of claiming him as one of her own. The son of a musician eminence, the paternal grand-nephew of a prima donna, Henrietta Sontag (in her day a French celebrity,) Florent Sontag has added to a natural love for music the skill and knowledge attained by infinite work and pains taking. He has a vast practical experience. George Sontag, his father, was in his day New Orleans favorite bandmaster, the entertainer of thousands of people at both West End and Spanish Fort. He came from Strassbourg. Alsace Lorraine, and was a finished musician of original powers. At the age of thirteen years, his son, Florent Sontag, was to be found, the veriest boy, playing the violin, under the baton of Martin in our French opera. He was born in Breaux Bridge in 1871, in the parish of St. Martin. The youngster began the study of the piano under his father, at the age of seven; two years later he added the study of the violin, so that it was only five years afterwards that, even at the extreme youth, we find him sufficiently proficient to be dabbling with the great masters of music with the second violin, before the most critical audience in America and under an inexorable chief. Two years later he undertook the cornet and on the three instruments he worked so indefatigably that to-day it is impossible for the skilled ear to tell which is his favorite. He played at the French opera for twelve years, in summer seasons with Paoletti at West End, in those fine organizations which this gifted master knew so well how to organize. For the past fives he has been cornetist in the Grau Opera Company and this summer and last has played with the Metropolitan and Olympia Opera Companies respectively. He would have been with the Grau Opera next season had President Stephens not captured him.
Sontag is thorough. He loves music. Whether with violin or cornet he has attained the skill which, with his keen appreciation of the beautiful in music, and his knowledge of the art, makes him a soloist of splendid entertaining power. Added to his practical knowledge and equipment, he understands theory. Altogether, the selection not alone reflects credit on President Stephens and the man selected, but it is a distinct gain to the state, seeing that this institute is building on a broad and splendid plan, with powerful influences reaching throughout Louisiana, for good or ill.
Harlequin desires to extend congratulations. Lafayette Advertiser 8/10/1901.
HE WANTED AN OFFICE.
But He Finally Concluded That He Must Be Mistaken After All.
An amusing incident occurred during the last session of the legislature. As usual there was a wild scramble for all the fat clerkships, and among the candidates was one young man from the rural districts whose trousers were gradually working up toward his boot tops. In some way he fell in with Eddie Farrell, to whom he confided his ambitions. Farrell towed him into the office of the Golden Eagle, where a crowd of legislators, newspaper men, lobbyists and candidates were discussing the affairs of the day.
"Gentlemen, this is my friend, Mr. Smith, said Farrell, by way of introduction and then added, with a signifigant glance at the "high-water" trousers, "he is a candidate for the position of clerk of the committee on overflowed lands."
The roar of laughter that greeted the announcement convinced the granger that his candidacy was a huge joke.
From the San Francisco Post and in the Lafayette Gazette 8/11/1894.