Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894
New Years Accident.
While rejoicing over the advent of the New Year Hamilton Riu was pretty badly injured on the face by the explosion of a tin-can which was being used as a cannon. Young Riu was the only one hurt the other boys escaped injury. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
Crowley, La. -- The Southern Pacific depot was the scene of a sad and horrible accident about noon Monday. The Gueydan train had just arrived and was discharging its passengers. Among them was Mrs. W. S. Gault and her two little children, from Morse Station. Mrs. Gault had descended with her youngest child and was reaching to lift the oldest one, a little girl Ethel, about four years old, to the ground when the train moved, unbalancing the child and throwing her legs beneath the cars. The wheels passed over her left arm, crushing and severing it below the knee. Fortunately, Drs. J. F. and N. B. Morris were present and gave the little child quick medical attention, and notwithstanding the loss of arm and leg, it is standing the ordeal nobly and doing well. The mother received a slight contusion on the head and was miraculously saved from the greater injury by a bystander, who caught her as she was herself falling between the cars. The train was in charge of Conductor Smith and Engineer Dolan. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
Louis Broussard, son of Mr. Numa Broussard, had the misfortune to have the first and second finger and thumb of his right hand cut off Saturday morning. He was running a planer and before he could extricate his hand it had been drawn in and two fingers and his thumb cut off. His many friends sympathize with him in his unfortunate hardship. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.
Fingers Blown Off Hand.
Tuesday night Arthur Martin's right hand was seriously injured by the accidental discharge of a large fire-cracker. Three fingers were completely severed from the hand and it is feared the thumb will have to be amputated. The wound is necessarily very painful.
Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1902.
Last Tuesday in the afternoon the horse hitched to Mr. Walter Torian's buggy took fright and started down Lincoln avenue at lightning speed. When the frightened animal reached Trahan & Doucet's corner he turned, and strange to say, without upsetting the vehicle. Aside from the top which fell off, no damage was done to the buggy and the horse received no injury. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1896.
A Sad Accident.
An almost fatal accident occurred to one of our friends, Mr. Raoul Domengeaux, on Thursday morning. While he was surveying the repairs to his father's gasoline-engine boat was suddenly caught by the flywheel handle and violently thrown against the side of the boat, resulting in seriously fracturing the thigh, but which was very successfully replaced by the doctors, Fourgeaud and Guilbeau, and Trahan and son of Lafayette. We earnestly hope that no complication will set in, and to see before long our friend in the streets again after his forced retirement. From the Breaux Bridge Valley and in the Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1896.
Accident at Mouton Switch.
When the east-bound passenger train reached Mouton switch yesterday evening it ran against a young negro boy who was going over the crossing on horseback. Some parties, who saw that the train was dangerously near, told the boy not to cross, but he insisted upon doing so and was struck by the locomotive. He sustained painful injuries and his horse was instantly killed. Conductor Kelley who was in charge of the train, secured the services of Dr. Haas, a passenger, who examined the boy and said that his injuries were not of a serious nature. Witnesses to the accident say that the boy's escape was most miraculous. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.
Accidentally Killed His Friend.
Last Saturday, while Ed. Vincent and Camille Caruthers were out hunting near their homes in Cote Gelee, the latter was accidentally killed by the farmer.
Vincent came to town the same day and surrendered to the authorities. Judge Debaillon, knowing the accidental nature of the killing fixed Vincent's bond at nominal figures. The relatives of Caruthers exonerate Vincent of all blame in the matter. Caruthers and Vincent were close friends and the occurrence if greatly regretted by the friends and relatives of both. Lafayette Gazette 1/14/1899.
- A day or two since, a son of Mr. Despaliere Rotchin, of Acadia Parish while in the act of getting onto the bridge over Bayou PLaquemine, and not knowing that the embankments nearest the bridge had been carried away by the heavy rains, plunged down by the heavy rains, plunged down and was drowned, his body being recovered some two miles from the scene of the accident. His horse swam ashore. The young man was to be married in a few days.
Lafayette Gazette 1/14/1899.
Dr. Mouton sustained some scratches as the result of a runaway this week. Laf. Advertiser 1/16/1897.
The horse hitched to Mr. W. E. Walker's carriage ran away last Wednesday, but all escaped unhurt, excepting the negro driver, whose leg was broken by a kick from the horse. Lafayette Gazette 1/18/19
Wild Runaway. - Last Thursday afternoon the horses hitched to the hack belonging to Mr. Flanders, son of ex-Gov. Flanders, while left alone on Lafayette street near the post office, became frightened and ran off down Lafayette street in the direction of Mr. Girard's residence at a fearful rate of speed. Opposite the bake-oven, near the Convent, the hack collided with a couple of large white oak trees and was completely demolished. No one was in the hack, and no one on the street was hurt. Fortunately the horses took that direction and not through the business portion of town, else something serious might have occured.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/19/1889.
An accident which could have resulted in loss of animal life happened on our main thoroughfare last Tuesday night about eleven o'clock. A party of gentlemen returning in a hack from a musical rehearsal enjoyed quite a muddy experience. The hack bogged to the axle and it took strenuous efforts to free the horses from the mud. The musicians worked like Trojans until late in the night to prevent the disappearance of the horses under the street. Lafayette Advertiser 1/22/1898.
Near Fatal Accident - A few days ago, Judge L. I. Tansey met with what came near being a fatal accident. He tried to board a West bound afternoon train as it was pulling out, and moving pretty fast. He grabbed the irons and jumped for the steps. His foot slipped and he was jerked to the ground and dragged some distance hanging by the hand. Several times he was almost caught by the wheel. The train was stopped and he was rescued by bystanders. It was indeed a narrow escape, and we congratulate the judge upon the fortunate outcome.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/24/1899.
A PAINFUL ACCIDENT.
Mr. Etienne Mouton fell from a scaffold Monday and frightfully shattered the bones of this right leg. Dr. Thos. Hopkins and P. M. Girard were called and attended the poor man. The physicians fear that amputation may be necessary. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1901.
A Stranger Run Over.
Henry Marten, a stranger about 20 years of age, was run over by a freight train at Duson Wednesday evening, sustaining injuries from which he died a few hours later. It appears that Marten fell under the wheels of the cars in the attempt to steal a ride. He was terribly mangled, his legs and one arm being nearly severed from his body. The railroad men say that Matten tried to accomplish the dangerous feat of jumping on the rods while the train was running. As the train was going west Marten was taken to Rayne where he was kept a few hours after which he was brought to Lafayette by the east-bound local freight train for the purpose of securing the medical assistance of Dr. Tolson, the company's physician, but before the train reached this place the unfortunate man was dead. Dr. Gladu, the coroner, took charge of the body and had it decently buried.Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895.
A Run-away.The horses hitched to the wagon carrying the mail and express between this place and Breaux Bridge ran away near the depot Wednesday evening and started down the road at a terrible speed. The empty egg-boxes with which the wagon was loaded were scattered in different directions and the wagon was knocked into smithereens. The driver, an old negro, was thrown to the ground but received no injuries.
Laf. Gazette 1/2/1895.
Struck by a Train. - While lying near the track at Scott, George Gray, a young man twenty-two years old, claiming to hail from Boston, was struck by an east-bound train and received severe injuries on the right side of the head. He was put off here Saturday at noon and received medical attention by Dr. A. R. Trahan, and taken to the Charity Hospital that night. His injuries were pronounced severe. The unfortunate man arrived in New Orleans safe and was immediately taken to the hospital. He had to remain in the waiting room at the depot here for several hours, but he received all the comforts that could be given him under the circumstances.
Lafayette Gazette 1/29/1898.
...Fatal Train Accident...
Should Be Investigated.
As usual with railway accidents it is impossible to know the facts connected with the Raceland collision which caused the death of Robert Bailey of this town and seriously injured another employe of the company. We have failed to see an authentic account of the accident published in any of the New Orleans papers, and so far the only we know concerning the unfortunate occurrence is that it resulted in the death of young Bailey. From the fact that there was a collision it is clearly evidenced that there was negligence, carelessness or disobedience of orders on the part of the company or some of its employes. Somebody was at fault. When two trains, going in opposite direction, collide, there is something wrong somewhere. There may or may not be criminal negligence, but we submit as a plain proposition of common justice that whenever an accident causes the death of a human being there should be a judicial investigation, ascertaining the cause, if possible, and putting the blame where it belongs. Is human life such a trifle that it is not worth the attention of the constituted authorities? Are railroad companies amenable to the laws which are supposed to govern this country?
If we understand the jurisprudence of this country, the act of any individual or corporation which causes the loss of human life should be investigated by the State. If a citizen accidentally kills a fellow-being he is held accountable to the courts and the searchlight of judicial scrutiny must establish his innocence beyond doubt before he is liberated. Does this principle of justice apply to the acts of corporations? Or, have we one kind of laws to deal with the citizens, and another kind, or none at all, for corporations?
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902.
Accident. - Widow Cartwright, sister of Attorney R. W. Elliott, was seriously burned last Friday, while burning leaves in the yard. Dr. F. J. Mouton was called at once and pronounced the injuries of a serious nature. Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1901.
A white man was found lying unconscious in front of Meyer's saloon on Monday morning. He was taken up by the police, and every effort was made to revive him, but it proved unsuccessful and he died Monday night. It is supposed that his death was caused by exposure, as it is believed that Sunday night he started home and being very drunk, fell and was unable to rise, so lay there all night exposed to the severe cold. So far the identity of the man has not been established, though there is some reason to believe that he was a railroad switchman by the name of Donovan. He was 5 feet, 10 inches in height and weighed about 165 pounds, and seemed to be somewhere near 40 years of age. He had gray eyes and a blonde moustache. He had $14.50 in his pockets. He was buried by the city Tuesday morning. Lafayette Advertiser 2/8/1902.
A Terrible Accident.
A terrible accident occurred on Monday evening, 3d inst., at the residence of Mr. Ozeme LeBlanc, in this parish, about five miles west of Vermilionville. The particulars of the accident, as near as we have been able to learn, are as follows : Mrs. Leblanc, late in the evening with candle in hand, was filling a lamp from a can filled with coal oil, when her little son, aged about two years, ran into the room and striking his mother's arms knocked the candle and can from her hands on to the floor, the candle struck the oil and in a second the floor was ion flames. Mrs. Leblanc's dress having caught fire, she rushed from the house the room into the yard, forgetting her child, where her husband extinguished the fire, but not until her arm was severely burnt. Mr. LeBlanc immediately ran into the room to extinguish the fire there when he found his little son enveloped in flames ; by his efforts he succeeded in extinguishing the fire, alas ! too late to save the poor little creature, the devouring elements had pierced its tender vitals and in a few minutes its young soul took its flight to heaven.
Mr. LeBlanc's hands were also badly burnt, but we are happy to learn to-day, Friday, that both Mr. and Mrs. L. are long well. This is another warning to parents to be careful how they use coal oil or lamp oil of any kind ; lamps should be cleaned and filled during the day and not wait until night to fill them. So many accidents from coal oil and other lamps should be a warning to all.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/8/1873.
KILLED BY A MULE.
J. W. Bailey, a Farmer, Mourns the Loss of a Son Who Was the Victim of a Very Strange Accident.
Grady Bailey, aged 11 years, son of J. W. Bailey, a farmer living near Mouton's Switch, was the victim of a most inexplicable accident last Wednesday. It appears that the little fellow was riding a mule and that the animal fell into a ditch, completely covering the body of the rider. Some one passing along noticed the boy's hat in the road and a few steps aside saw the mule stretched out as if dead. Further investigation revealed the fact that the unfortunate little fellow was underneath the mule. When the mule was made to move away, it was soon evident from the condition of the boy that his life had been crushed out by the heavy weight of the animal.
His body was taken home, short distance away. Coroner Mouton, who was called to make an investigation, soon ascertained that the death of young Bailey was purely accidental.
The parents of the boy have the sympathy of the community in their misfortune.
Lafayette Gazette 2/9/1901.
Fire communicated to the clothing of the little son of Mr. John Bowen, Olivier, yesterday morning, and before extinguishment inflict painful burning of the lower half of the body. The child had been left alone in the room but a few moments later when the mother was attracted to the scene by its agonizing screams and was horrified to see its clothing ablaze, Mrs. Bowen quickly carried the child out of the house into the snow and succeeded in thus smothering the fire. Dr. A. R. Trahan administered to the wants of the little patient.
Laf. Adv. 2/9/1895.
Railroad Engineer Cordinar met with a painful accident the night of the 14th instant. Whilst walking through the main hall of the Olivier hotel he slipped and fell dislocating the right shoulder joint. Dr. Martin attended the patient.
Laf. Adv. 2/9/1895.
Tuesday afternoon Mr. Felix Landry, a conductor on the Alexandria branch, had the misfortune to have his foot crushed by falling between the cars at Washington. He was holding to as handbolt, which gave way. He was brought back to Lafayette on a special, and received prompt medical attention. Drs. Tolson and Martin, who attended him, after examining the injured foot, concluded there was a chance to save the foot, but found it necessary to amputate three toes. The accident happened a week ago. Yesterday Mr. Landry was doing as well as could be expected. He owes the saving of his foot to the fact that he was wearing very heavy soled shoes, which partly held up the heavy weight of the cars which passed over his foot. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.
May Lose an Arm.
Wednesday Mr. A. B. Trahan, a brakeman on the Alexandria branch, while coupling cars at Washington got his arm caught and so badly mashed that he will probably lose his arm. He was at once brought to Lafayette, where Drs. G. A. Martin and Jno. Tolson attended him. He was sent to the hospital at New Orleans. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.
Last Sunday while Judge Debaillon's boys were amusing themselves in the yard, one of the boys accidentally inflicted with an ax slight scalp wound on little Paul's head. Dr. Mouton was called and dressed the wound, and Paul is all right again. Laf. Gaz. 2/10/1894.
Accidentally Shot. - Young Harold Demanade accidentally shot his left hand last Wednesday with a small rifle. The ball passed through the flesh between the thumb and the fore-finger. Lafayette Gazette 2/11/1899.
Serious Runaway. - A serious runaway occurred last Wednesday morning at the freight depot of the Southern Pacific. Mr. Wm. Beadle, came to town with his two horse wagons to make a shipment of sweet potatoes to New Orleans and take some freight back and while engaged in getting a truck of freight train came by which started his team to run in the direction of Mr. Rosenfield's store where Mr. Siadoux, a drayman, was unloading some freight from his two horse wagon. Mr. Beadle's wagon and team collided with the dray wagon and the shock was so violent that one of the horses of the drayman was knocked down and the tongue of his wagon broke to splinters. Mr. Beadle's team and wagon were uninjured, while of Mr. Siadoux's horses was so badly hurt that he limped. Mr. Beadle took the broken wagon to the shop of Mr. Miller to have it repaired at his own expense and gave one of his horses to Mr. Siadoux until his would be in a working condition. It is a wonder that he casualties were so small.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/12/1898.
A serious accident happened at Broussardville last Sunday, in which fifteen persons were injured. A large crowd had gathered at the new public school for the purpose of celebrating the opening of the new building for school purposes. Prof. Alcee Fortier of New Orleans was to be one of the speakers of the occasion. Just before the exercises were to begin, and while the Sontag Band was playing underneath the gallery, a large number of people crowded the stairs and gallery, which proving too week, broke and fell upon those beneath. Tow of the Band members, Messrs. Anatole Piat and Eloi Broussard were seriously injured, the former being hurt about the head, and the latter in the chest. Mrs. Lucas Bernard was badly wounded, and Mr. Norbert Breaux's son had his arm broken, also a son of Mr. Geo. Malagarie was hurt about the chest, and a boy named Landry and a little girl of the name of Comeaux.
The gallery had only recently been built and had no posts to support it, and was not able to bear up the immense weight that was put on it. The accident is greatly to be regretted. It was indeed fortunate that nothing more seriously resulted. Owing to the accident the exercises were not carried out as intended.
Whilst the disaster is bound to be a subject of deep regret, yet no blame is attached to anyone in particular by those who were present and are familiar with circumstances attending the accident. The yielding of the platform and staircase was not due to faulty construction, but they were never intended to withstand such a great strain as was put on them at the time, and which it is impossible to foresee. On the other hand it is very gratifying to note the absence of any fatalities, and to be able to report continued improvement in the condition of all the injured persons, all of who, are expected to make a complete recovery.
No attempt was made after the accident to hold the dedication exercises, but it was decided to postpone them to a more favorable time, when it is hoped nothing will occur to interfere with the carrying out of the original intention of the school officers and the citizens of Broussard to make the event a pleasant and memorable one in the lives of the people. Lafayette Advertiser 2/14/1903.
TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS
Asked by Rene Delahoussaye for Injuries Sustained In a Railway Collision.
Walter J. and Porteus Burke, attorneys for Rene Delahoussaye of New Iberia, have filed a suit in the district court against the Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad Company to recover damages caused by injuries sustained in the collision which occurred last November near the Lafayette Refinery.
Mr. Delahoussaye was one of the passengers on the excursion train which was run from New Iberia to Lafayette on Nov. 23 on account of the performance of the Buffalo Bill Show at this place.
Mr. Delahoussaye avers in his petition that the coaches were overcrowded and he and other passengers were compelled to stand in the aisle of the coach, that while he was standing the train collided against a freight train coming from the opposite direction and that the collision caused a severe and violent shock which threw him forward fracturing and dislocating the inner bone of the forearm. He avers that the injuries were inflicted without the slightest contributory negligence on his part; that the injuries were due exclusively to the gross negligence and misfeasance if duty on the part of the defendant's agents. He avers further that because of the fracture of his arm he was made to undergo extremely severe pain and that he could not get rest at night and could not attend to his business in the day, and states that the injuries are of a permanent character thus seriously affecting the utility of the injured arm. The petitioner alleges that he has suffered damages in the sum of $2,000, a portion of which was incurred in procuring medical treatment.
It will be remembered that the collision referred to in the petition happened referred to in the petition happened last November just beyond the eastern limit of the Southern Pacific yards. A number of persons were slightly hurt. The accident was the result of the failure of the engineer of the west-bound train to stop at Landry's switch as he was ordered to do. Lafayette Gazette 2/16/1901.
Dislocated His Shoulder. - Engineer Canard, who runs on the Southern Pacific road between here and Houston, while playing in the snow Thursday slipped and fell on the floor of the porch at the Olivier Hotel and dislocated his left shoulder. Dr. G. A. Martin was called and rendered Mr. Canard the necessary help.
Lafayette Gazette 2/16/1895.
Boy Badly Burned. - Yesterday morning at 11 o'clock the young boy of Mr. John Bowen, Olly, came very near being the victim of a horrible fate. The clothes of the unfortunate little fire from a grate and in less than it takes to tell it, he was enveloped in flames, but fortunately Mrs. Bowen had the presence of mind to carry him to (unreadable word), which she used to put out the fire. Little Olly was pretty badly burned about the legs. Dr. A. R. Trahan attended to the child and did all he could to relieve him. Lafayette Gazette 2/16/1895.
Miss Lizzie Lee was the victim of a rather serious accident one day this week. The slippery condition of the earth resulting from the snow caused her to fall. She sustained injuries of a painful nature. Laf. Gaz. 2/18/1899.
Painful Accident. - Mr. John Nickerson met with a very serious and painful accident last Saturday evening about 7 o'clock. He had just got into his cart to drive up town to attend a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Business Men's Association, when the horse he was driving became fractious and he was thrown from the cart. Arising, he attempted to catch the animal when the horse reared up and struck him with his fore feet, causing a simple fracture of the thigh bone. Dr. Trahan was called and set the injured limb. Mr. Nickerson bears his misfortune like a Trojan, and although suffering a great deal of pain, he is still enthusiastic on the question of a railroad. He has the sympathy of the entire community in his misfortune. Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1893.
Snowballing Almost Ends in a Tragedy.
Opelousas, Feb. 15 - Snowballing by the young boys came near ending in a tragedy yesterday evening at a late hour. Carlton N. Ogden, a young man of this town, was holding a negro, while the young boys were pelting him with snowballs, when Webster Castain, one of the ward constables, came up and interfered. An altercation ensued and Ogden struck Castain with a whip, and witnesses claim that at this moment Castain jumped back into the street and made a movement as if to draw a weapon, and Ogden opened fire on him with a 45-calibre Colt pistol. Castain, who, as it subsequently developed, was unarmed, broke and ran, Ogden firing in the meantime. Castain slipped and fell in the middle of the street, and Ogden thinking that he had struck him stopped shooting. The shooting occurred in the heart of town, and created intense excitement. One of the bullets went through a window of the court house. Ogden fired three shots, none taking affect. He surrendered and is out on bond.
Lafayette Gazette 2/18/1899.
Miss Lizzie Lee was the victim of a rather serious accident one day this week. The slippery condition of the earth resulting from the snow caused her to fall. She sustained injuries of a painful nature. Laf. Gaz. 2/18/1899.
Last Friday the 10th inst., at about 2 o'clock, A. M., Felix Guidry, eldest son of Mr. Alex. Guidry, was shot and severely wounded in the left arm and side by the accidental discharge of a gun, and we learn the particulars are as follows : his father's sheep were being chased by dogs and as he was leaving the house with a gun to stop them, the accidental discharge took place with the result above stated. Though severe the wounds are not dangerous, and, by the last report, the sufferer was doing as well as could be expected.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1882.
Serious Accident. - Last Saturday afternoon Paul Bailey was thrown from a horse near Mr. Ozeme Leblanc's residence and he received severe wounds from the fall. The injuries were at first considered serious, but we are glad to say that the young man has perfectly recovered.
Lafayette Gazette 2/19/1898.
Accident on St. John Street. - An accident which could have ended fatally happened to Paul Bailey, on St. John Street, last Saturday afternoon. Riding a fiery horse he was thrown twice upon the ground, the second fall being so violent as to tender him unconscious for several hours but by careful nursing and care he was revived, and we are glad to report that he is now out of danger.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/19/1898:
A Deplorable Accident. - Mr. Harris Lester, employed at the Southern Pacific yards as a car-inspector, was accidentally struck by a train last Thursday morning at 6 o'clock, and both of his legs were crushed below the knees. The unfortunate man died from the injuries at 11 o'clock the same morning. - Lafayette Gazette 2/21/1903.
Fatal Accident. While handling a repeating gun Saturday afternoon, Joseph Othon Richard accidentally shot himself, resulting in instant death. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Richard aged 17 years. Funeral services took place at the Catholic Church Sunday afternoon at 4 p. m. The parents of the unfortunate young man have sincere sympathy of the entire community.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.
A FATAL WRECK.
Another Unfortunate Added to the Long List of Victims of Railroad Accidents.
The passenger train which was due here Thursday night at 11:55 ran off the track near Franklin. We did not learn any of the particulars of the accident except the scalding to death of Fireman James Donolly and the wounding of Engineer Devoe, who is reported to have sustained only slight injuries. The only fatal result of the wreck is the death of the unfortunate fireman. Several coaches were derailed, but all the passengers are believed to have escaped uninjured.
Young Donolly was well-known in Lafayette and his sad and unexpected death was learned with sincere regret by a number of people here, who knew him well. He was an industrious young man, esteemed by his employers and a favorite among the railroad boys. Being of a jovial nature, kindly disposition, charitable and honest, his tragic and untimely end has caused much sorrow among his many friends in Lafayette.
Lafayette Gazette 2/23/1895.
Master Richard Creswell received a painful injury of the hand last Tuesday, while operating a foot-powered (unreadable word) by The Advertiser office. He (unreadable word) himself under the care of Dr. Trahan. Laf. Adv. 2/23/1895
We are in receipt of vague and indefinite information regarding the wreck of the west-bound passenger train near Franklin, Thursday night. Several coaches were derailed, engineer Charley Devoe was injured and his fireman Jim Donnely killed. It is sad. Laf. Adv. 2/23/1895
A Fatal Accident.
The following is a special from Houma to the New Orleans Picayune of Feb. 20. Felix Bonvillain, who had such a narrow escape from a most horrible death, is the brother of Mrs. J. L. Duhart of this town, and is well-known in Lafayette.
"To-day at 3 o'clock p. m., on the Laurel Farm plantation of Mrs. C. Bonvillain, situated on bayou Black, 6 miles from town, the boiler of the draining machine exploded, killing three boys and wounding four others, one of which the doctors declare will die, thus making the total casualties four. At the time of the explosion Mr. Felix Bonvillain, manager on said plantation, was standing over the boiler with St. Clair Quick and a colored man named Johnson Clement, who had charge of the machine. None of the men were hurt, though badly shocked from the noise of the explosion. The three boys that were killed and the four that were wounded were fishing at the time on the banks of a levee, just in the rear of the draining machine. All three boys are colored. The names of the killed are: John Clement, Jr., aged 14 years; Wiltz Rollins, aged 12 years, and George McKinner, Jr., aged 10. Young Clement had the top part of his head and his brains completely blown away. A brother of George McKinner, Jr., was badly wounded, and the doctors declare he cannot live. John Matthews, a colored man on the place, had two boys badly scalded; Joe Martin, aged 12 years, was badly scalded."
From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Gazette 2/24/1894.
Killed by Brickbat. - (unreadable words) ... which resulted fatally to one them. They were throwing clods of dirt at each other, when one resorted to a brickbat for better effect, perhaps, and with this struck the other in the stomach. The blow was of such force that death came shorty after.
Laf. Advertiser 2/25/1882
Seriously Injured. - Last night just before going to press we learned that Mr. Henry Gankendorf, fireman on the Alexandria branch and a most estimable citizen of Lafayette, had been brought home seriously injured and in an unconscious condition. It appears that a cylinder head became detached from the engine and struck Mr. Gankendorf's head with great force, inflicting injuries of a very serious nature. Owing to the lateness of the hour we were unable to get any of the particulars.
Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901.
Little Miss Kahn Seriously Injured. - The little girl of Mr. S. Kahn met with a serious accident Wednesday which will well nigh proved fatal, the little one playing picked up a bottle containing carbonic acid and drank some portion of the contents, the face and mouth were severely burned where the caustic fluid had come in contact with the flesh and some portion of the fluid found its way to the little child's stomach. The little sufferer was in a very precarious condition for several hours. It is to be hoped no permanent injury will be sustained. Lafayette Advertiser 4/3/1897.
A Close Call. - John Lisbony met with a very painful and quite serious accident at the Oil Mill Monday morning. While attending to his work around the machines, in some manner his leg was caught and drawn into the machine; but luckily the machine was stopped before any bones were broken, the injuries all flesh wounds. Lafayette Advertiser 4/3/1897.
Horses Took Off. - Two horses hitched to a wagon belonging to Mr. Henry Mouton, took fright whilst standing in front of the store of Mouton Bros., yesterday morning, and sped down Jefferson street at a frightful speed. Opposite the hardware department of Moss Bros. & Co. the runaway team struck a buggy belonging to Mr. Ernest Constantine that Mr. Alexis Voorhies had just alighted from, and completely demolished it. The snapping of the tongue next to its body was the only damage sustained by the wagon. No one in particular is to be blamed for the affair, from all we have been able to learn.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/5/1893
Fatal Accident. - During a horse race on last Saturday, about eight miles west of this place, an old colored man was run over and so much injured that he died the next day from the effects of the accident. The occurrence was a sad one, much regretted, and no blame is attributed to any one, it being purely accidental.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/6/1878.
A Funny Incident.
A funny little incident happened a few days ago in which a negro, a Creole pony and bicycle figured in. A bicycler speeding on his bike turned a corner out near the edge of town, and brought up face to face with a Creole pony pulling a sulky in which was seated a negro. The pony, rather startled, not to say amazed, stopped and threw up his head with a plain expression of insulted dignity that such a skeleton, two-wheeled, unmitigated contraption should presume to almost run him over. The negro was in a hurry and not taking any particular stock in the pony's lacerated feelings, imprudently and emphatically applied the whip to the southern portion of the pony's anatomy. This was added insult, and the pony resented it forcibly and decidedly by lighting our straight from behind with a determination to obliterate the sulky, the negro and the landscape. He performed with brilliancy and eclat and succeeded in in harnessing himself, tangling up his paraphernalia and winning all kinds of applause. The negro meantime descended from the sulky. He wasn't graceful about it either, for it was time to get out of the whirling circle hind legs that he has animated into lightning express motion. Indignation doesn't last always and the pony eventually calmed down partly persuaded by the negro, who after making amends, so to speak, and gathered together the various ends and started off perhaps convinced that a Creole pony sometimes knows how to assert his rights and relieve his overcharged feelings. Lafayette Advertiser 4/6/1904.
Bakery Delivery Wagon Accident. - Two Lafayette youths, Willie Elmer and Gaston Herpeche, employed at the Delahoussaye bakery met with an exciting experience last Tuesday morning from which they emerged a little worse for wear and tear. Whilst out on their round of delivery the horse drawing the cart in which they were seated, took matters into his own hands and caused a promiscuous spilling of boys and bread, both of the boys being run over by the cart as well as kicked by the animal, in the melee that ensued. Elmer's injuries were very slight but Herpeche was less fortunate, having been knocked senseless and remaining in this condition for over a quarter of an hour. He was picked up and carried to the nearest house, that of Judge Parkerson's, and restoratives were applied by Dr. Martin. On examination it was found that the horse's hoofs had struck Herpeche's body in several places, including the face. Boys are tough, though, and it was not very long before Herpeche and Elmer were able to attend to duties, again.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/20/1895.
Whilst out pleasure driving last Sunday afternoon an accident befell Messrs. Joseph Ducote, John Graser, Henry Judice and Albert Theall. One of the back wheels of their vehicle parted from the axle as the party was passing the Methodist church, precipitating the young men to the ground in an unceremonious manner, but, fortunately, without causing them much bodily harm.
Laf. Adv. 4/21/1894
Ran Over a Child.
But the Child Wasn't Hurt.
Last Sunday Mr. Emick Courney while out driving ran over a child of one of the Dagos, but fortunately it was unhurt. The child ran out into the street just as he was driving past and ran in under the buggy just behind the horses heels. The buggy passed over the child not harming it a particle. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1902.
Buggy Mishap. - A distressing accident occurred here Wednesday morning. Miss Louise Broussard was returning home from the convent in a buggy when the horse became frightened and ran away. Miss Broussard jumped from the buggy and in the fall broke one of her lower limbs. The buggy was also badly damaged. Dr. Mudd attended her.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/4/1895.
Man Loses Two Fingers. - Tuesday afternoon a stranger in attempting to board the west bound train received a very painful injury which resulted in the loss of the first joint of fingers, which makes an ugly wound and will lay him up for some time. As the gentle,an was getting on the car the gateman slammed the heavy iron "cattle guard," that the Southern Pacific have placed at the entrance to all of the cars for the protection of their patrons (?), shut which caught the gentleman's right hand crushing two of his fingers in a most cruel manner.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/8/1897.
A Lady Burnt to Death.
One of the most shocking accidents that has ever been our lot to record, happened at Carencro, in this parish, on Friday the 1st of May. The victim was a young lady, wife of our estimable parishioner, Pierre Bernard ; whilst Mrs. B. was washing some clothing near the fire place, the back part of her dress took fire and in a few moments her entire body was enveloped in flames, she immediately rushed from the house into the yard, and before any one could go to her assistance she was burnt to death. Laf. Adv. 5/9/1874.
Saturday about one p. m. a negro named Ephrain Lane was shot and killed at Herpin's Saloon by Mr. Ovey Herpin. The negro was drinking and was very abusive. Mr. Herpin tried to quiet him, but failing, attempted to eject him whereupon the negro seized a bottle to attack Mr. Herpin who shot in self defense. He surrendered to the sheriff immediately afterwards. A coroner's jury was empaneled within an hour and after hearing the evidence, rendered a verdict of justifiable homicide. Mr. Herpin was released. Lafayette Advertiser 5/10/1905.
Shot In the Foot. - While on an outing on Vermilion Bay, Prof. R. H. Broussard of Pilette accidentally shot himself in the foot. The muzzle of the gun rested on the foot and the discharge lacerated the member considerably. Dr. Tolson, who attended, the injured man, found the wound painful but not dangerous. Lafayette Advertiser 5/11/1901.
Accident On the Morgan Line.
On the 7th inst., near Baldwin in St. Mary parish, Capt. J. T. Dowdell, Roadmaster of the Morgan railroad, was thrown from a hand car, which ran over him, resulting in severe and painful injuries. His right arm was broken and the bones considerably crushed, his face and head were bruised and his back injured. He was sent to his home her in a special by the Morgan Co., where he received medical attention from Drs. Trahan and Hopkins. He is doing well and bears his misfortune with good humored philosophy, and suggests that if he can not fill his place on the road, he can soon help his wife pick strawberries with one hand.
Being an old and greatly respected citizen at this place, he and his family have the sympathy of the whole community.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/15/1886.
Had Leg Broken.
Edouard Martin, son of Mr. F. Martin, who had his leg broken at Grand Coteau College a few weeks ago, was brought to his father's residence on the 8th inst. We are happy to state, that notwithstanding the severity of Master Ed's injuries, he is rapidly recovering, and will no doubt be able to return to his studies in a short time. Laf. Adv. 5/16/1874
Fiction Will Prevail. - Truth is mighty, but fiction will prevail, and prevailing grow and win the public mind and public credence; but a few days ago the news reached us that a colored man, most undoubtedly a Rad, had been killed in the Parish of St. Martins. The news was reliable and could not for an instant be doubted - by whom the poor man had been killed no one could know or find out; whether it was by some Ku Klux Klan or not or some other mysterious agency.
But at length the public gossip is hushed and the public mind at rest upon the subject.
The catastrophe resumes itself in this that one Cleophas Cormier of the said Parish of Martins, on the 22nd day of this month, did set out in Grand Marais, or Lake -----, to kill alligators, his gun was loaded with buck-shot - his hunt over, he returned home, and as he was about stepping into his residence the butt of his gun struck heavily the brick pavement in front, which caused the gun to fire, shattering the poor victim's head and causing instantaneous death. We deplore the news, as the young man who thus met his fate was generally esteemed.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/29/1869.
Leg Cut Off. - A negro woman living in Free Town went to the depot to meet her daughter who was on one of the excursions Sunday. There was big pack and jam and in some way the woman, who is very large, was pushed on the track and run down by the cars, having her leg cut off just above the ankle. Drs. G. A. Martin and John Tolson attended her. Lafayette Advertiser 6/8/1904.
Close Call For Mr. Greig and Child. - Our worthy fellow citizen, Arthur Greig., Esq., recently met with quite a serious accident. While driving along the street his horse became frightened and started to run, and as his efforts were directed towards saving his little boy from hurt, he could do little but to control him. The buggy was considerably worsted, but we are happy to state that Mr. Greig escaped with only a few slight bruises and scratches and his little son was unhurt.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1882.
We learn that a number of our fellow citizens started out one day this week to catch some fish, but instead they caught themselves, - one on top of the other ; they were riding gaily along thinking no doubt of what havoc they were going to make in the tiny tribe, when over went the hack, - and there was a mixture of men, horses and hack. Nobody hurt. Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1882.