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From the Lafayette Gazette of January 31st, 1903:

                       THE STREET FAIR.

The street fair has been going on during the week and has been well attended. 

It is under the active management of Dr. F. E. Girard, and given under the auspices of the merchants and businessmen of the town for the benefit of the Sontag Military Band. The gentlemen belonging to the band and Dr. Girard have endeavored to eliminate all attractions which might prove objectionable, and to maintain orderly conduct within the enclosure of the fair and as a whole they have succeeded in doing so.
Many ladies and children have consequently attended the daily performances.

To-day and to-morrow the management have made special efforts to give interesting programs. To-morrow excursions will run from Washington on the Alexandria branch, and from Franklin and intervening points.
The militia companies from New Iberia and Opelousas will take part in Sunday's program, and will give a competitive drill.

Both are newly organized companies and sharp rivalry naturally exists between them, with fact assures a pretty contest to lovers of the military. The Gazette again wishes to call public attention to the commendable cause for which the fair is held. The Sontag band is one of the most public-spirited organizations of this town, and it behooves every citizen to promote this undertaking if only to assist the band boys. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/31/1903. 

Street Fair Parade. - The street fair parade took place Thursday. The principal amusement concerns of the fair participated in the parade. The following business men of the town had advertising floats. Lacoste Hardware, Simms, the pop man, Martin's stable, Pogue's sale stable and Pellerin Brothers. Lafayette Gazette 1/31/1903. 

New Meat Market. - A. J. Leblanc & Co. will on the first of next month, open a branch meat market on Main street between Tanner's store and Pizzo's fruit stand. Laf. Gazette 1/31/1903. 

New Store. - Richard Alexander will open a store in the A. M. Martin building in a few days. Mr. Alexander is a new comer and The Gazette wishes him success in Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 1/31/1903. 

Burglarized - Tanner's store was burglarized last Saturday night. The place was robbed of a lot of merchandise. A number of other burglaries were reported during the past week. John Moise a negro, was arrested by officer Campbell on suspicion of being implicated in the robbery. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/31/1903. 

Finnigan's Ball. - Wit and music galore will be found in "Finnigan's Ball," which will be seen at Falk's Opera-house, tonight. Instead of merely brushing and renovating the play, it has been entirely rewritten this season, and is now right up-to-date. The "Ball" is this season the liveliest, wittiest and prettiest collection of singers, dancers, clever comedians and graceful girls that has ever been engaged for this famous comedy.
Lafayette Gazette 1/31/1903. 

"Finnigan's Ball" by some thought he best of all Irish comedies will be the attraction at Falk's Opera-house to-night. The numerous chorus of beautiful girls in new gowns of the latest mode, is said to be one of the best singing aggregations now before the public. Lafayette gazette 1/31/1903.


The bonnet and necktie party given by Mrs. M. Meriwether and Miss Robertson on Wednesday evening was a most unique and novel affair.

 As requested in the rhymed invitations sent out, each matron and maid brought a "frame of ancient date" and "flowers, plumes and ribbons gay" and under the touch of skilled masculine fingers, those conglomerated masses of discarded finery were transformed into hats fearfully and wonderfully made. While the sterner sex toiled unremittingly on with knitted brows and pricked thumbs of those of the gentler sex were not idle, for there were yards of silk and ribbons to be converted into ties. After one hour of painstaking labor the hats and ties were put upon exhibition.

 Winsome maidens and the more stately dames marched in single file before the judges, Messrs. Biossat, Caffery and Mouton.

 Such a startling display of millinery seen save at the spring opening of some vast emporium. Such a dash of color! -- red, green and yellow streamers floated to windward, two gaudy redbirds pathetically standing upon their heads graced one hat; upon another, a soft plume nestled against its chiffon bed on the one side, while on the other in sharp antithesis, arose a quill that stood like a grim sentinel at arms. The coquettish hat jointly trimmed by Messrs. W. B. Torian and Alex Mouton was a revelation, and showed a precocity far beyond the years and experience of the two youthful modistes. After calm deliberation the judges declared that the marvelous taste displayed by Mr. B. Clegg won for him the prize, a beautiful crepe de chine tie.

 Mr. Clegg's creation was worn by Miss Mayre Littell with a jaunty grace that showed off most effectively the harmonious blending of color and smartness of design.

 A cluster of crimson rosebuds adorned the fore part of the prize-winner. Bows, ties  and streamers of red and yellow ribbon languidly drooped from the tilted brim, and reposing snugly upon the elevated crown was a colossal bunch of exotics. Mmmes. Biossat, Caffery and Mouton were selected to judge the merit of the neckties, and Miss Jennie Torian was awarded the prize -- a handsome powder box.

 Miss Torian's four in-hand was proudly worn by Mr. Leo Judice and was indeed a dainty pale blue and white combination. The tie which secured the booby for Mrs. Clegg was sported by Mr. Nickerson and was an abbreviated Ascot of emerald hue, one that would gladden the heart of any true son of Erin's Isle.

 At the conclusion of the exciting contests dainty refreshements were served, and each guest, with appetites whetted by the onerous tasks of the evening enjoyed a menu of salmon croquettes, chicken salad and other substantials, which were followed by ices and coffee.

 Sweet music by a string band was discoursed throughout the evening and added much to the enjoyment of a thoroughly delightful evening. The guests present were: Mmmes. Baxter Clegg, Alex Mouton, J. A. Martin, T. M. Biossat, C. D. Caffery, H. DuCrocq;  Misses Ruby Scranton, Jennie and Sallie Torian, Mayre Littell, Anna Gamard, Mary Marion and Elizabeth Mudd; Messrs. W. B. Torian, Alex Mouton, T. M. Biossat, C. D. Caffery, B. Clegg, Chas. Debaillon, J. C. Nickerson, P. B. Torian, Wm. Middlemas, Leo Judice, Lucius Marion, Don Greig and Drs. J. A. Martin and A. R. Trahan.

 A very delightful euchre was given by Mrs. J. C. Nickerson on Thursday afternoon complimentary to Mrs. C. K. Darling prior to the departure of the latter for her home in Texas.

 Mrs. Nickerson's sweet cottage home was most artistically decorated with cut flowers and potted ferns.

 Drooping clusters of purple hyacinths intermingled with immaculate lilies filled vases and epergnes and banked in profusion throughout the parlors were pink red, and white camelias.

 Mrs. Nickerson was assisted in receiving by Mmes. DuCrocq, Denbo, Darling and Clegg.

 Promptly at four o'clock the silvery tinkle of a tiny bell at the head table announced that the first game had commenced. Eight games were played at the termination of which Mrs. B. J. Pellerin's score card revealed eight stars showing her to be the winner of every game, and she was awarded the first prize which was an extremely handsome vase or oriental design. Mrs. Alfred Mouton captured the second prize, a fine pack of playing cards. To Mrs. L. J. Alleman was given a gigantic stack of red stick candy as a booby.

 After the awarding of the prizes a most tempting menu was enjoyed. Dainty slices of turkey and ham were served with savory dressing, gelatine and olives. Cooling ambrosia and cake completed the elegant repast.

 Those present were: Mmes. John Nickerson, Alcide Judice, W. B. Torian, C. K. Darling, B. Clegg, A. B. Denbo, T. N. Blake, B. J. Pellerin, J. A. Martin, C. D. Caffery, N. P. Moss, C. M. Parkerson, F. R. Baker, T. M. Biossat, V. C. Walters, W. A. Lerosen, Alf. Mouton, T. McMillan, S. R. Parkerson, T. B. Hopkins, jr., L. J. Alleman, H. DuCrocq, E. P. Mills; Misses Lea Gladu, Zerelda Bailey, Edith Dupre, Gertrude Mayfield, Lizzie Parkerson, Jennie Torian and Elizabeth Mudd. 

Mrs. C. M. Parkerson, assisted by Mrs. F. R. Baker, entertained at an informal euchre on Wednesday afternoon.

 The card tables were arranged in the parlor and dining room which were thrown into one and darkened. The solf light of candles cast a glow over the tastily decorated rooms, and brought out the combined beauty of cut flowers and vines that were very effectively used.

 Miss Lizzie Parkerson presided at the punch table and the cooling beverage was served throughout the afternoon.

 After ten exciting games, Mrs. C. K. darling was found to be the fortunate winner of the first prize, an elegant cake plate. Mrs. J. C. Nickerson won the second prize, a beautiful silver tray. Mrs. J. A. Martin carried off the booby.

 Refreshments most tempting were served by Misses Ula Coronna, Bessie Caffery and Viola Young.

 Those who enjoyed the afternoon were: Mmes. Baxter Clegg, Clarence Darling, John C. Nickerson, B. J. Pellerin, J. A. Martin, D. Schwartz, N. P. Moss, C. D. Caffery, T. M. Biossat, V. Levy, B. N. Coronna, L. J. Alleman, A. Doucet, T. N. Blake, A. B. Denbo, W. A. LeRosen, G. Gouldsberry and F. H. Hawkes; Misses Elizabeth Parkerson, Bessie Caffery, Viola Young, Ula and Rosalie Coronna and Elizabeth G. Mudd.         

 Thursday evening, Miss Ida Matthieu gave a euchre party at the home of Judge O. C. Mouton complimentary to her guest, Miss Bella Barry of Grand Coteau. A series of games were played and pretty and appropriate prizes were awarded Miss Cornelia Broussard and Mr. Albert Robichaux. Delightful refreshments were served. Her guests on the occasion were Misses Bella Barry, Cornelia Broussard of Patterson, Lizzie and May Bailey, Laurence Campbell, Rita Trahan, Mabel Dauterive, Lucie Judice and Messrs. Albert Clark, Chas. Debaillon, Geo. Debaillon, Albert Robichaux, Mestayer, Frank Jeanmard, Frank E. Broussard, Dr. H. P. Beeler and Jerome Mouton.

Lafayette Gazette 1/31/1903.   

Death of R. L. McBride.

Mr R. L. McBride, aged seventy-one years, one of the oldest residents of the town and parish of Lafayette, died at his residence in Lafayette last Tuesday morning at four o'clock. He had been quite sick for a number of months and death did not come unexpectedly.

A number of years ago, Mr. McBride was a successful business man and was a large holder of real estate in this town. During the prime of his life his home was famed for unstinted hospitality and was the gathering place of many of our citizens who still retain fond memories of hospitable reception from the hands of Mr. McBride and his family.

His funeral took place at the Catholic church last Wednesday, and many friends witnessed the last rites over his body. He leaves a wife and many descendants to mourn his death. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/31/1903.

New Teachers.

 Last Saturday six young ladies from the State Normal school arrived to take positions in the Public Schools of Lafayette parish as follows: Misses Vivian Fair and Anna Gandy for the Broussard Central school; Miss Pearl Larche for the Lafayette schools; Miss Julia Johnson for the Ridge school; Miss Fanny Dunn for the Chas. Burke school, open this year by special act of the School Board; and Miss Leslie Carter for the Matthieu school.

 All of these young ladies are professionally trained teachers and in addition each is specially fitted for the particular position to which she has been assigned, and each comes to us highly recommended by the faculty of the State Normal.

 Broussard is soon to enjoy the comforts of a neat and thoroughly equipped school-house. The two story building recently donated to the School Board by the Farmers' Alliance is being renovated by carpenter and painter, and promises to be ready for occupation in the course of a few days. It will be the best school-house  in the parish and the only one constructed with reference to purpose for which it is intended to be used.

 In addition to all these good things there is a consignment of patent desks waiting to be mounted. These desks were obtained through the efforts of Mr. C. K. Olivier and Miss Edna Sprole, the teachers last session, both of whom have gone into other fields of action.

 There is a just pride manifested in this building by the leading citizens, and steps are being taken to dedicate it in a manner which will fittingly celebrate the completion of such an important public structure. By a peculiar coincidence the town of Broussard is at present building a large church, and the people will feel the impulse of two forces which in every enlightened community go hand in hand ;  two forces which stand for enlightenment, civilization and progress ;  two forces, which, according as they are directed either make or mar the communities in which they are situated -- the church and the school.

 The distinguished French scholar, Dr. Alcee Fortier, of Tulane University, has been invited to be the orator of the day and a committee of citizens is now at work on the details of a program for the dedication exercises.
Lafayette Gazette 1/31/1903.

Shady School.

 A comfortable school-house in a well shaded school-yard is Mr. Judice's idea of a school. Mr. Judice has made himself felt in his community and this journal takes pleasure in stating that all of the school-houses within six miles of him have been white-washed or painted as a result of his interest. This gentleman has interested himself to the extent of planting enough Texas umbrella china trees for every school in the parish. The trees are now four feet high and the season is at hand for transplanting. Enough trees for any school yard can be easily carried in a buggy. The Gazette will be pleased to hear from any teacher who  may wish to avail himself or herself of this opportunity to get a good shade tree. We promise to have the trees on hand on February 7, teachers' meeting day. Write us at once telling how many trees you want.

 The Hon. J. V. Calhoun, State Superintendent of education, has promised to send us cuts of the leading school houses of the State.

 They will appear in later additions.

 Mr. Alleman has issued a pamphlet to the people and teachers of the parish. Its purpose is to systematize the public schools and to organize public school forces. The Gazette sincerely hopes that it will be read by every citizen of the parish and that we shall soon reach the much desired goal. It is a plea for all the children of the parish.  Lafayette Gazette 1/31/1903.   

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of January 31st, 1913:

Sanitarium Directors Thank La. Traction & Power Co. for X-Ray Machine.

 The following letter has been sent to Pres. Landry, of the Louisiana Traction and Power Co., by the Board of Directors of the Lafayette Sanitarium, officially acknowledging authority to draw on the company for $600 to pay for an X-Ray machine, mention of which proposed gift was made some time ago in The Advertiser. The letter follow:

         Lafayette, La., Jan. 29, 1913.
  Mr. J. A. Landry, Pres. La. Traction & Power Co.,
      Lafayette, La.
Dear Sir:
  We beg to acknowledge receipt of your valued communication of Jan. 2, 1913, authorizing the Lafayette Sanitarium Association to draw on you for the sum of $600.00 with which to purchase an X-Ray Machine for the use of the Sanitarium, and we are glad to accept the same.

 This addition to the equipment of the Sanitarium will be of material advantage in further extending the valuable benefits of this institution to the public, in which good work you will have the satisfaction of knowing you have direct interest and part through your generous action.

 The gift of the X-Ray Machine is highly appreciated by all concerned, and we wish to extend to your our very appreciative thanks for your good will and thoughtfulness of our needs. We wish to take this opportunity to extend to yourself and company our best wishes for the full success and prosperity of your enterprises in this state.

  By order of the Board of Directors,
       T. M. BIOSSAT, JR., Secretary Treasurer.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/31/1913.

Announcement Made Wednesday by Supt. Sheridan - Large Sum Will Be Spent Here.

 The Times-Democrat of yesterday says:

 Added shop facilities for the Southern Pacific at Lafayette and Algiers were announced Wednesday by Hiram W. Sheridan, the new general superintendent of the Lousiana lines. How much will be expended in these improvements was not stated, but it is believed the appropriation will be about $250,000. Mr. Sheridan said he was certain that the work of the mechanical department could not be adequately handled without the addition shoproom, and he believed the improvements ought to be made within a year. Mr. Sheridan stated also that the company had no intention of removing its shops or division offices from Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 7/1/1913.

Geo. T. Hedges of Iowa Tells of Advantages of Interurban Lines in His State.

 Mr. Geo. T. Hedges, who was in Lafayette on business for a few days past, was interviewed on this paper in reference to his views on the benefits and advantages of interurban railroads. Mr. Hedges lives at Cedar Rapids, Ia., where interurban lines have been in operation for several years, and other lines are now being built; so he as he has had the opportunity to know of the benefits of interurban lines to a city. Mr. Hedges states that the trolley lines, by reason of their frequent trains, bring to the business centers the people from the surrounding country in large numbers, because of the advantages derived by being able to get it and out of town at a great saving of time. He states that the farmers along the lines not only use the trolley for the transportation of themselves and families, but also for the transportation of their products. And they also create employment for many people. One of these lines in Cedar Rapids, with its power house employees and others, has over 250 people in its employ. Mr. Hedges also states that he noticed that one of the railroads operating in Lafayette has opposed the building of trolley lines, but in the north the railroad companies have found that the trolley lines are feeders for their business, and they are very much in favor of them and help them along instead of opposing them. He also stated that the lands contiguous to and within two miles of the trolley lines had increased from fifty to one hundred per cent in value after the trolley lines have been in operation. He states that many citizens of Cedar Rapids have acquired a few acres of land along the different trolley lines and have built their homes there where they can live in the country and have the advantages of quick and easy access to the city.

 With the building of the proposed trolley lines in Lafayette and the building of the proposed shops of the Southern Pacific Railway, Mr. Hedges states that the city should grow rapidly, and that in ten years from today Lafayette should be a city of from twenty to twenty-five thousand people. He said it is the wide-awake, live, progressive, pushing, energetic people of a town that make a city. One could almost tell of how the city would grow by the character of its business men. If a majority of the people of a city or town are opposed to public improvement and public utilities, you will find a town that is dead and will never grow to any extent. On the other hand, a town that is composed of live, wide-awake, enterprising people will never stand still, but will grow rapidly. Mr. Hedges is interested in a large tract of about sixty thousand acres of land on the Atchafalaya River in St. Martin and Iberville parishes, which was purchased for the purpose of colonizing with Northern farmers as soon as the levees are constructed so that the lands will be protected from overflow. Lafayette Advertiser 1/31/1913.


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