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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


New Barber. - Louis Pizzo, formerly of Lafayette but recently a resident of Chicago, has returned to this town and will remain here permanently. Having learned the barber's trade during his stay in Chicago, he has rented Mr. Gus Lacoste's shop and is now ready for business, and solicits the patronage of the public. Lafayette Gazette 1/5/1901.

  Mr. J. A. Veasey is erecting a large livery and feed stable, on Lincoln avenue, two blocks this side of the railroad. It will be completed about the middle of the month. This stable, when in operation, will add one more to the many facilities Lafayette offers to its visitors for viewing the town and surrounding country.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/5/1899.

  Marble Works for Lafayette. - Mr. H. Blakesly, who for a number of years has conducted a marble works in Franklin, has moved his business to Lafayette and will be located in the building formerly occupied by J. Dauriac. We extend Mr. Blakesley a cordial welcome to Lafayette and wish him a full measure of success. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/9/1904.\

Miniature Photo Co.
The Miniature Photo Co., which has been established in Lafayette only a short time, is filling a large want, as evidenced by the amount of business coming its way. As the name implies, they make miniature photos, and they make them at 2 doz. for 25 cents. Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.

Rosenfield Enlargement.
Work will soon begin on the Rosenfield building which is to be considerably enlarged and added to. Mr. A. E. Mouton has secured the contract.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.
Laf. City Council.
Moved and seconded that fruit and vegetable peddlers in the town be rated at a minimum license of ten dollars, adopted.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.

Large Stock Received.
Mr. Ed. CAIN, the popular merchant on the corner of Main and St. John streets, has received a large stock of goods of all descriptions, which he is offering to the public at the very lowest cash rates. His accommodating young clerks, A. Monnier, Jr. and Lucious Neveu, will take pleasure in showing, to all who visit the store, the fine assortment of goods on hand. Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1874

Parkersons Makes Lafayette Home.

Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Parkerson, Jr., of San Antonio, Texas, have moved to Lafayette and will make their home here, Mr. Parkerson will be engaged in the insurance office of Parkerson & Mouton. Mr. and Mrs. Parkerson are not strangers in Lafayette having many friends here who extend to them a hearty welcome and who hope that they will have no reason to regret their change of residence. Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

Awarded Gold Medal. - Mr. Alex Mouton has received from the Commissioners of Awards of the World's Fair a beautiful banner announcing the award to him of a gold medal for pure cane syrup. The banner is on exhibition in the window of P. Krauss' jewelry establishment. Laf. Adv. 1/11/1905.

Mr. Alex Mouton has received from the Commissioners of Awards of the World's Fair a beautiful banner announcing the award to him of a gold medal for pure cane syrup. The banner is on exhibition in the window of P. Krauss' jewelry establishment. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1905.

New Blacksmith Shop. - We, the undersigned, will open a blacksmith shop opposite Tanner's store, on or about Jan. 16. We will do all kinds of carriage work and heavy forging and solicit the patronage of the public.
Laf. Adv. 1/11/1905.

Doucet Brick Corner.

Work on the Doucet brick corner Lincoln avenue and Garfield alley is progressing fast.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905. 


Among other business:

...A resolution authorizing the committee on water works and electric lights to advertise for bids, and fixing the conditions thereof. Be it resolved by the City Council of the town of Lafayette, That the committee appointed by the City Council to attend to the erection of a water work and electric light system to belong to the corporation of Lafayette, be and are hereby authorized to advertise for bids for the construction and erection thereof, contractor or contractors to furnish all material, and in accordance with plans and specifications prepared by R. R. Zell, supervising architect and civil engineer, the payments to be made as follows:

 April 1, 1897, $2,000.00; April 1, 1898, $2,000.00; April 1, 1899, $2,000.00, April 1, 1900, $2,500.00; April 1, 1901, $2,500.00; April 1, 1902, 2500.00, and the balance of the price in four equal annual installments, payable April 1, 1903, 1904, 1905 and 1906 respectively the whole without interest, the said bids conditional upon the vote of a special five mill tax by the people of the town of Lafayette for a term of ten years, as provided by law and the approval of the Council.

 Votes. Yeahs:  T. M. Biossat, Leo Doucet, B. Falk, Jos. Ducote, Dr. J. D. Trahan. Nays: None.

The following ordinance was offered by T. M. Biossat:

 AN ORDINANCE to levy, collect and enforce payment of an annual license tax upon all persons, associations of persons, of business firms and corporations, pursuing any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, except those who are expressly excepted from such license tax by articles 206 and 207 of the constitution.

 Section 1.  Be it ordained by the city council of the town of Lafayette, that there is hereby levied an annual license tax for the year A. D. 1896 and for each subsequent year, upon each person, association of persons or business firms and corporations, pursuing any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, except those expressly exempt from such license tax by articles 206 and 207 of the constitution.

 Section 2. Be it further ordained, etc., that immediately after the promulgation of this ordinance, and each subsequent year, the constable and ex-officio tax-collector of the town of Lafayette shall begin to collect and shall collect as fast as possible from each of the persons or business firms, association of persons and corporations pursuing within the limits of said town, any trade or profession, vocation, calling or business, a license tax as hereinafter graduated. All licenses shall be due and collectible during the first two months of each year, and all unpaid licenses shall become delinquent on the first day of March of each year, and all firms who commence business after that date shall be become delinquent unless the license is paid within ten days.

 Section 3. Be it further ordained, etc., that the annual licenses of all the kinds of business hereinafter named, except as afterwards provided, shall be graduated in three classes.

 Section 4. Be it further ordained, etc., that for every business selling at retail, whether as principal, agent on commission or otherwise, the license shall be based on the gross annual amount of sales, as follows:

 First Class - When gross sales are less than $15,000, and more than $5,000, the license shall be $10.

 Second Class - When gross sales are less than $15,000, and more than $5,000, the license shall be $10.

 Third Class - When gross sales are $5,000 or less, the license shall be $5.

 Provided, that if any distilled, vinous, malt, or other kind of mixed liquors be sold, in connection with the business of retail merchant, the grocer, restaurant, oyster house, confectionery or druggist, in less quantities than five gallons, the license for such additional business shall be as hereinafter provided for in Section 9 of this ordinance; provided further, than no license shall be issued to sell liquors in less quantities than five gallons for less than $100.

 Section 5.  Be it further ordained, etc., that for carrying on each business of telegraphing (including local and district telegraph), telephoning or express company, the license shall be based on the gross annual receipts of each person, association of persons, business firm or corporation engaged in said business, as follows:

 First Class - When the said gross annual receipts are less than $15,000 and less than $20,000, the license shall be $25.

 Second Class - When the said gross annual receipts are less than $15,000, the license shall be $15.

 Third Class - When the said gross annual receipts are less than $15,000, the license shall be $15.

 Section 6.  Be it further ordained, etc., that for every business of keeping theatre or opera hall where entertainments are given (the population of the town being less than 5,000 and over 2,500), the license shall be $25, to be paid by the person, corporation, association or municipality owning or controlling for rent or hire, the building or buildings in which said exhibitions are held.

 Provided, that no museum, menagerie, circus or other traveling show shall be permitted to make exhibition within the corporate limits, unless they first pay a license, proprietors, performers or employes, as follows:

 First Class - When the number of said persons is fifty or more, the license shall be $100.

 Second Class - When the number of said persons is forty or more and less than fifty, the license shall be $25.

 Third Class - When the number of said persons is thirty or more and less than forty, the license shall be $60.

 Fourth Class - When the number of said persons is twenty or more and less than thirty, the license shall be $50.

 Fifth Class - When the number of said persons is fifteen or more and less than twenty, $30.

 Sixth Class - When the number of said persons is ten or more and less than fifteen, the license shall be $20.

 Seventh Class - When the number of said persons is five or more and less than ten, the license shall be $10.

 Eighth Class - When the number of said persons is less than five, the license shall be $5.

 Section 7.  Be it further ordained, etc., that each and every peddler or hawker shall pay an annual license graded as follows:

 When traveling on foot, five dollars; when traveling on horseback, ten dollars; when traveling in one horse vehicle, fifteen dollars; when traveling in two horse vehicle, thirty dollars. Provided by the constable of the town of Lafayette is hereby empowered and directed to cause all peddlers and hawkers to exhibit their corporation license, and if the peddlers and hawkers fail to produce or exhibit the same, the constable shall retain their stock of merchandise until said peddlers or hawkers produce the corporation license.

 Section 8.  Be it further ordained etc., that for every business of keeping a hotel, where lodging and eating are combined, the license shall be based on the number of guests, as follows:

First Class - When the said rooms are twelve in number or more, the license shall be $25.

 Second Class - When said rooms are nine in number, or more, and less than twelve, the license shall be $17.50.

 Third Class - When said rooms are six or more and less than nine, the license shall be $12.50.

 Fourth Class - When said rooms are less than six, the license shall be $10.

 Provided, that for every business of lodging alone, the license shall be estimated on the same basis as for hotels, but graduated at one-half rates; provided, that boarding houses pay sixty per cent of the rate of hotels.

 Section 9. Be it further ordained etc., that for every business or barroom, cabaret, coffee-house, cake, beer salon, liquor exchange, drinking saloon, grogshop, beer house, beer garden, or other place where any thing to be drunk or eaten on the premises is sold directly or indirectly, the license shall be based on the annual gross receipts of said business, as follows:

 First Class - When said gross receipts are seven thousand five hundred dollars, or more the license shall be $300.

 Second Class. When said gross receipts are five thousand, or more, and less than seven thousand five hundred dollars, the license shall be $200.

 Third Class - When said gross receipts are less than five thousand dollars, the license shall be $100.

 Provided, no license shall be charged for selling refreshments for charitable or religious purposes; provided, that no establishment selling or giving away, or otherwise dispersing of any spirits, wines, alcoholic or malt liquors in less quantities than one pint shall pay less than one hundred dollars, provided for in this section shall be combined with any other business provided in section six, the same classification shall be made as prescribed in this section; but the price of the licenses shall be equal to the licenses required for each business separately.

 Section 10.  Be it further ordained., etc., that for the business of keeping billiard tables, pigeon holes, jenny lind, pool or bagatelle table, and ten pin alleys, from which revenue is derived, a license of $10 paid in addition to any other license due by the establishment in which said table or alleys may be situated.

 Provided that all persons, associations, of persons, or business firms and corporations engaged in the sale of soda water, mead, confectioneries, cakes, etc., exclusively shall be rated as follows:

 First Class - When the gross sales are $3,000 or more, the license shall be $15.

 Second Class - When the gross sales are $3,000 and not more than $2,000, the license shall be $10.

 Third Class - When the gross sales are less than $2,000, the license shall be $5.

 Provided that the provision shall not apply to places doing the business herein named where alcoholic or malt liquors are sold; provided further, that druggist, etc., selling soda water, mead, etc., shall be required to take out a license under this ordinance.

 Section 11.  Be it further ordained etc., that the annual license for the kinds of business hereinafter named, shall be graduated in four classes as follows, viz:

 That for every individual or company carrying on the profession or business of draying, trucking keeping cabs, carriages, hacks or horses for hire, undertakers, master-builders and mechanics who employ assistance, the license shall be for said profession or business,  as follows:

 First Class - When said gross annual receipts are $2,000 or more, the license shall be $25.

 Second Class - When the said gross annual receipts are $1,000 or more, and less than $2,000, the license shall be $20.

 Third Class - When the said gross annual receipts are less than $750, the license shall be $4.

 That any individual or individuals carrying on the business or profession of physician, attorney at law, dentist, oculist, photographer, by whom any articles are sold or dealt in other than the simple photographs of various kinds taken by himself, agency for publication, freight, ticket, claims, patent rights, and all other business not herein specially provided for, shall be graded the same as above set forth, but the license shall be one-half of those established by this section, and provided no license shall be issued hereunder for less than $5.

 Section 12.  Be it further ordained etc., that all traveling vendors of stoves, lightning rods, and clocks, shall pay a license annually of $200.

 Section 13.  Be it further ordained etc., that when any two or more kinds of business are combined except as herein expressly provided for, or when any person, firm or company have more than one place of business, there shall be a separate license required for each separate business or kind of business.

 Section 14.  Be it further ordained etc., that the annual receipts, capital, sales and premium in this ordinance, referred to as a basis of license, are those for the year for which the license is granted; the prima facie standard for their estimation, is, and shall be as provided for in section 16 of act No. 150 of 1890, and the basis for same to be determined by the sworn statement of the applicant, provided that if the tax collector be not satisfied with the said sworn statement, he shall traverse the same by a rule, as provided, and in the manner and mode prescribed in the constitution and in sections 17 & 18 of said act of 1890, or other penalties provided by law.

 Section 15.  Be it further ordained etc., that the tax collector is hereby required to keep a license register, in which he shall enter the names of every person, association of persons, business firms or corporations, with the trade, profession, vocation, calling or business pursued, the class and graduation of the same, the amount of license thereon and the date of the collection or payment thereof. On the 31st day of December of each and every year the said tax collector shall make and deliver to the secretary of the City Council of said town a full and complete transcript of said license register, which transcript the secretary shall by special report lay before said City Council at its first regular session after said date, and shall file among the same archives of the corporation for future reference or use.

 Section 16.  Be it further ordained, etc., that on the first day of March each year the ex-officio tax collector shall deliver to the attorney to be appointed as hereinafter provided, a complete list of all delinquent license payers, and the attorney to be appointed as hereinafter provided, shall immediately proceed to collect same in accordance with this ordinance; and if not collected within thirty days from date of delivery of lists by the collector of taxes, it shall be the duty of said attorney to render a written report giving the reason for non-collection to the collector, whose duty it shall be to submit same to the city council.

 Section 17.  Be it further ordained, etc., that the mayor, immediately after the promulgation of this ordinance, shall designate an attorney-at-law, whose duty it shall be to aid the collector; and upon all licenses and penalties collected through the agency of said attorney, the delinquent owing the license shall pay a commission to him of ten per cent-um, calculating same upon the aggregate amount of license and penalties so collected and paid over to the tax-collector. The attorney so appointed shall serve during the pleasure of the mayor.

Section 18.  Be it further ordained, etc., that all unpaid licenses shall bear interest at the rate of two per cent each month, from the first day of March each year, and the collector shall said license and interest in the manner provided by existing laws.

 Section 19. Be it further ordained, etc., that nothing in this ordinance shall be construed as licensing or permitting any performance by occupation which is prohibited by other laws, ordinances or police regulation.

 Section 20. Be it further ordained, etc., that all persons or parties subject to a license under this ordinance who begin business after the first day of July shall pay a half license.

 Section 21.  Be it further ordained, etc., that laws on the same subject matter in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.

 Section 22.  Be it further ordained, etc., that this ordinance  take effect immediately after its passage.
   Approved Jan. 6, 1896.

       BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.

  Upon motion, duly seconded, the license was approved as a whole.

 Votes - Yeas: Jos. Ducote, B. Falk, Dr. Trahan, Leo Doucet, T. M. Biossat; nays: none.

 Moved by T. M. Biossat, seconded by B. Falk, for a reconsideration in the approval of the account of Wm. Sonnier (od $28.82 for $25) and that he be issued a warrant for the amount in full.

 There being no further business the council adjourned.
                       BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.

Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1896.

Sells Lots of Drugs.
Ben Lewis, the gentleman who can almost rival Tom Ochiltree in spinning yarns and at the same time sell more drugs  than anybody on the road, was in Lafayette recently. While here Mr. Lewis makes his headquarters at the Rigues Hotel. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1896.

New Market.

We learn from a reliable source that Messrs. Paul Demanade & Co. purpose establishing at an early date a general meat, fish and vegetable market in close proximity to their store near the railroad station. A building specially arranged for conducting this line of traffic will be erected and every convenience provided that will make the market a complete and desirable one of the community. Success to this new and good move. Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.

De Blanc Opening a Business.
It gives us pleasure this week to introduce to the business public of Lafayette, Mr. Geo. A. De Blanc, and we refer our readers to his card in another part of the paper. Mr. De Blanc was a resident of our parish several years ago, having come here from New Orleans. He afterward moved with his mother and other members of the family, to the City of Mexico, where he lived for a number of years as a sub-agent of the Waters-Pierce Oil Co. About fifteen months ago he returned to Lafayette to accept a position with the lumber firm of Moss & Mouton and in his business capacity during this time has become well and favorably known. Latterly, Mr. De Blanc decided to embark in business on his own account and has every reason to expect his enterprise will be rewarded with success. Messrs. Moss & Mouton have transferred their coal business to him and to this has been added the other lines mentioned in his card. We commend Mr. De Blanc to the favorable consideration of the public of Lafayette, feeling certain he will be careful of the interests of all persons having business relations with him. Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1895.

New Business.
Mr. Alfred Hebert is putting up a new building on Lincoln avenue, in McComb addition, just east of his new store. It is to be occupied by Mr. Louis Livet a practical machinist from New Orleans, who will soon open up a general machine and repairing shop.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

Roy & Vidrine. - In another column appears the advertisement of Messrs. Roy & Vidrine, who have rented the new Begnaud building in which they have opened a saloon. These gentlemen are experienced in this line of business and we have no doubt that their new stand will always be entitled to a share of the public's patronage. They have in addition ro their bar, pool and billiard tables and well equipped rooms for those who wish to enjoy a quiet social game. A portion of the building will be occupied by Walker & Co. with a restaurant. Six large, airy rooms upstairs will be rented for lodging. The proprietors have engaged the services of Frank McBride and Pat Guilbeau, one of whom will wait upon the customers in the day and the other during the night. The saloon will be open at all hours.
Lafayette Gazette 1/14/1899.

Domengeaux Takes Charge.

Louis Domegeaux has now full charge of the well-known stand of Mr. John O. Mouton. Mr. Domengeaux proposes to run a first-class establishment in every particular. In connection with the saloon he will have a thoroughly up-to-date restaurant. For this department he has secured the services of Mr. Gastinel, an experienced restaurateur, from New Orleans. He has fitted up a large room for that purpose and he will soon have it neatly and comfortably finished. Lafayette G Gazette 1/14/1899.

-- Messrs. Roy and Vidrine, two gentlemen of sterling qualities, have opened a first class saloon in the building of S. Begnaud opposite the Court House. Any one will find it a nice place, well conducted, and the proprietors have resolved to keep only - what may be called good goods. Some nice rooms will be found on the second floor where parties can enjoy themselves. Lafayette Gazette 1/14/1899.


 -- Walker and Co., opened up a new restaurant in the rear of Roy's new saloon near the court house. Give them a call. They will be pleased to wait on you. They will continue to run the American Exchange under the supervision of Mr. Preager in the usual metropolitan style. -- This is an age of rapid progress, and however tabooed now the independent men of politics may be, still they stand the true representative of advanced thought. It matters not how disinterested and well meaning a man may be, many persons will always be found ready to asperse his character and misconstrue his motives. Call him "mugwump" or what you will, the independent man in politics holds a healthy balance of power. Lafayette Gazette 1/14/1899.

Racing News.
Pellerin Bros., have put up a black board which records daily the race winners at New Orleans Louisiana. The news is received by special telegraph and telephone lines. Bets are occurring daily. Lafayette Advertiser 1/14/1899.

New Drug Store. - The Drug store in our Town, formerly owned by Messrs. Lee and Young, was last week sold to Mr. E. A. Rose. Mr. Rose is originally from our neighboring Parish, Vermilion; he comes in our midst highly recommended; and has for sale a choice lot of medicals as can be offered by any country Drug store. May success and prosperity be with the parting as well as the new owner of the Paxton and Taylor stand. We are sorry to see going away from our midst the former owners of the Drug store; but, que voulez vous? friend MUN, the best must part. Mr. Hamilton, the courteous and accommodating Druggist will be found at all hours behind the counter ready and willing to wait upon the customers.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1869

The Cottage Hotel is being improved by quite an addition by which Mrs. Young will be able to increase her accommodations. W. S. Fraser, the gentleman who superintended the construction of the Oil Mill, returned to his home in Atlanta, Ga., Tuesday, accompanied by his daughter Miss Lillian. Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1897.

Rigues Hotel Re-Opened. - This famous South-West La., hostelry has been re-opened and will be managed by the proprietress, Mrs. M. F. Rigues. The traveling public will receive with approval such good news as with Mrs. Rigues again as manager is an assurance of the excellence of the cuisine and a thorough management of a first class hotel.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/19/1

Mr. Jacques Mouston has succeeded the interest of Mr. Tanner in the bakery of Tanner & Guidry. Laf. Advertiser 1/21/1893.

Blacksmith & Wheelwright.

Elsewhere will be found a notice of the dissolution of partnership heretofore existing between Messrs. Leopold and Gustave Lacoste. The former will continue the blacksmith and wheelwright business while the latter takes the agricultural implement business. Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1893.

New Blacksmith Business.

Mr. Fred Mouton, our popular contractor and builder, has recently fitted up and opened a blacksmith and wheelwright establishment at the old McBride stand. Mr. Bernard Miller is the accommodating foreman in charge.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1893. Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1893.

Mr. Leopold Lacoste is having the old Hebert stable building thoroughly repaired to be used as a hardware store. Graser Bros., will construct an imitation stone front and the building will be one of the handsomest in town. Lafayette Gazette 1/22/1898.

For fresh oysters, delicious oyster loaves, excellent cooking, and in fact everything pertaining to a first-class restaurant, call on Bagarry, near the court-house. He keeps fish and oysters at all times, and his cooking cannot be surpassed. Lafayette Gazette 1/22/1898.

Ice Factory. - Mrs. V. C. Walters has leased through the J. C. Nickerson Agency, the Lafayette Ice Factory plant to Carl Alexius for a term of three years. Mr. Alexius intends to engage in the manufacture of ice. Lafayette Gazette 1/24/1903.

Attention is called to the new advertisement of Ramsey & Upton in this paper. These gentlemen have bought Mr. G. M. Snodgrass' mill, and are prepared to accommodate the public with corn, oats, bran, and all kinds of feed. Lafayette Gazette 1/24/1903.


Will Remove Barbershop to Gordon Hotel To-day.

My barbershop will be moved into new quarters in the Gordon Hotel to-day, Wednesday Jan. 25. I will have hot and cold water baths and all the latest equipments, and will be assisted by Messrs. A. L. Bourgeois and P. Mariatty. We invite you to call and promise the best of service.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Wischan & Domengeaux make delicious cakes, try them and see how nice they are. Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Carter makes picture frames to order.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

A. Biosset has moved from Broussard to near Lafayette on the Pin Hook road.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Ellwood and Standard in 26 and 34 inch heights make the best kind of a hog and cattle fence. We have a carload on hand. Vordenbaumen Lumber Co., Ltd.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

We can supply you with any kind of fancy groceries. Prudhomme & McFaddin.
Lafayette Advertise 1/25/1905.
Edwin Clapp shoes, none better, either for comfort or service. - Levy Bros.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Ed Bertand has accepted a position with Pellerin & DeClouet.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

Miss Mathilde Richard has resigned her position with the Brown-News Co. and has accepted a position with the Moss Pharmacy as stenographer. She entered upon her new duties Friday. Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.
We make a specialty of fresh groceries, give us an order and see how good they are. - Morgan & Debaillon. Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.
Saws tiled and razors, knives and scissors sharpened by an expert specially employed for that purpose. - J. C. Broussard, the cabinet and cistern maker.

Elsewhere in this issue appears the advertisement of Henry Thompson, who purchased the grocery business of Jno. O. Mouton on Lincoln Ave. Wednesday. Mr. Thompson is a native of Lafayette and is an active, energetic young man . It is his intention to conduct a first-class, up-to-date grocery.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1905.

New Blacksmith Shop. - Louis Butcher has opened a blacksmith and wheelwright shop near the Catholic church in Lafayette. He will make a specialty of horseshoeing. Mr. Butcher requests us to state that all his work is guaranteed to give satisfaction. Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.

Locoste’s Warehouse.
Work is still progressing on Lafayette’s warehouse. Laf. Advertiser 1/26/1901.

Persons in need of saddle-trees, the kind that give entire satisfaction, can procure them from Mr. C. J. Saunders. Mr. Saunders does trimming and repairing of saddles and harnesses, also, and warrants every piece of work turned out of his shop to give satisfaction. Laf. Adv. 1/26/1895.

Purchased Store.

Prudhomme & McFaddin have purchased the store and lot formerly occupied by them across the railroad. The purchase price was $1,500. They are contemplating opening a branch store in the property acquired. Lafayette Advertiser 1/27/1904.

Good wood and good coal, that's the kind you want and the kind Adolph Mouton keeps. Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

Cisterns manufactured and repaired. J. C. Broussard.

Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

 I am agent for the well known "Crescent" bicycle and am prepared to take orders for same; will have sample in a few days. Phone 186. A. J. Bonnet, the bicycle doctor. Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

Ring up Adolph Mouton, phone 28-2, and he will supply you with wood or coal.
Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

If you have any picture you wish enlarged, take it to Carter. He gives the best of work, guaranteed, and as cheap as good work can be done. Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

Fine perfumes, toilet articles, novelties at Guerre & Broussards.
Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

Levy Bros. are selling winter clothing and overcoats cheap enough to suit anybody.

Levy Bros. 1/27/1904.

Morgan & Debaillon sell the best of groceries and deliver promptly.

Laf. Adv. 1/27/1904.

Hot chocolate with whipped cream at the Moss Pharmacy. Laf. Gaz. 1/27/1900.

Mr. Sam Levy of the firm of L. Levy & Son, left during the week for Orange, Tex., where he will take charge of the business of the firm at that place. Sam is a wide-awake, energetic young man and no doubt will succeed in life. Laf. Adv. 1/27/1894.

Chas. Debaillon has resumed work at the express office. Laf. Gaz. 1/29/1898.

 A Worthy Young Man. Felix Meaux, a worthy young man from Pilette, has moved to Lafayette to engage in the grocery business with Dupre Bernard. They will run a delivery wagon in connection with their store and will deliver goods in all part of the town.
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902.


Tinglman Darby has taken charge of the Tolson drugstore. Laf. Gaz. 2/4/1899.

A. Georgides has established a candy manufactory on Lincoln Ave., next to McDaniels saloon. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1893

Messrs. Wm. and Pierre Guchereau are busily engaged burning a new kiln of brick this week.
Laf. Adv. 2/4/1893
Mr. R. W. Elliot has moved his law office to the very cozy little building owned by Mrs. P. D. Beraud, opposite the city hall. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1893

Let Us Fall In Line.

We desire to direct the attention of the people of Lafayette to a fact over which there can not be any division of opinion: in just the same way we have found it possible to secure some substantial improvements by co-operative moves, in the recent past, we can add valuable acquisitions in the future. We have not unduly exerted ourselves along this line in times gone by and yet, within the comparatively short space of three years, we can point to no less than four very substantial enterprises that owe their existence in our midst to co-operative movements on the part of citizens. First came the Sugar Refinery at the eastern limits of the town; next followed by the Ice Factory; then, the Cotton Oil Mill and lastly the Water Works and Electric Light Plant. This is certainly a most gratifying showing and stands as indubitable proof of the great good to be accomplished by public spiritedness and co-operation.

If we have done well in the past may we not do even better in the future? The same forces we utilized before are still ours to command. They need only to be put in operation and kept in operation to bring grand results. Why not be up and doing then? Ours is a country of inexhaustible resources, a country of surprising possibilities - if the people who inhabit it will only develop the field.
There will be a good opportunity afforded to the citizens of Lafayette to come together next Monday night to make common cause of the future progress and prosperity of Lafayette town and parish. We refer to the meeting of the Business Men's Association announced to take place at Falk's Opera House, the 7th. instant. The efforts of this organization in the past have been of particular value to the community, and are fully recognized.

Every citizen of Lafayette who has the interest of the community at heart, should not fail to attend this meeting and join in the movement, well remembering the Providence only helps those who help themselves.

We must get in line, forthwith, in order that we may not get left in the rapid march of progress that has seized upon the entire country.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/5/1898.

Boston Peerless Seed Potatoes and all kinds of fresh Garden Seeds at Mouton and Hopkins. Laf. Adv. 2/5/1898

 circular received from E. C. Roger, Arnaudville, La., informs us that having admitted his sons with him in business, the new firm is styed E. C. Roger & Sons.
Laf. Adv. 2/5/1898

Mr. Hebert has sold his Ice Factory to Messrs. Jno. L. Phillips, of Tyler, Tex., and Baxter Clegg, of our town. They will have a splendid plant and we hope that we will enjoy cheap ice during the summer. Mr. Baxter will be the main manager.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/5/1898.

The New Opera-house. - There was a conference held Thursday between Mr. Sam Stone, Jr., and Mr. Frank R. Moss and his associates in the new brick opera-house enterprise, looking to an early beginning of work. Mr. Stone is a member of the architect firm of Stone Bros. of New Orleans who planned and directed the erection of the Crescent and Tulane theaters in New Orleans. Mr. Stone inspected the Industrial School building whilst in Lafayette and called on Mr. A. E. Mouton, the contractor, to obtain certain information with reference to building material and brick structure in this locality. The cost of the proposed new opera-house will exceed $20,000.
Lafayette Gazette 2/7/1903.  

Proceeds of the Street Fair.

 The Gazette has been favored with the report of Mr. F. V. Mouton and Dr. F. E. Girard, respectively, of the merchants' organization in charge of the street fair given here last week for the benefit of the Sontag Band. It shows net profits amounting to $619.30. The total gross receipts of the attractions were $2292.90, the receipts at the main entrance being $728.

 It is a source of pleasure to notice the flattering results of the fair. With this money, the band boys will be able to provide themselves with improved musical instrument. Lafayette Gazette 2/7/1903.

Tanner has decided to remain in business and from now on he will keep a complete stock of Dry Goods, Groceries, and Feed.The Racket Store has positively cornered the shoe market.
 Laf. Adv. 2/8/1902 

CONFECTIONERY.- A new confectionery has been opened in the building near Mr. W. O. Smith's store, on Lafayette street, by Mr. J. B. Winters. This is another evidence of the progress of our town.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/8/1873.


 One of the most prominent factors in the Southern sash and door trade is the Orleans Manufacturing and Lumber Company, of this city. It is not only the most extensive woodworking establishment in the South, but has been one of the pioneers as well in the manufacture and distribution of cypress stock goods.

 About October 1st of this year, Mr. Vordenbaumen removed from Lafayette to New Orleans, where he invested in the stock of the Orleans Manufacturing and Lumber Company of which he is now director and the president. There is little doubt but that the qualities that have so far contributed to his success will shine brighter in the broader field that is now before him. Though young in years, Mr. Vordenbaumen is old in practical business experience; is ambitious, tireless in energy, modest, and a man of abominable will. Such men seldom if ever fail in what they undertake. (Source unknown, presumably a New Orleans publication. Printed in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/9/1895. 

Neufchantel, Roquefort, Swiss, Limburg and Cream Cheese at H. H. Hohorst.
 Laf. Adv. 2/9/1895.

Ring up Adolph Mouton, phone 28-2, and he will supply you with wood or coal.
 Phone 192 for timothy, prairie, alfalfa and rice hay, and mixed feed.

 Laf. Adv. 2/10/1904.

Lafayette, La., Feb. 4, 1899.

Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore existing between us under the firm name of Clegg & Givens, doing business in the town of Lafayette as manufacturers of rice, and selling same at retail and wholesale, is this day dissolved. Baxter Clegg has sold all his interests in said partnership including machinery, etc., and all movables, as well as his interest in all accounts due said firm, to John S. Givens, who will continue as successor of the firm.








Lafayette Advertiser 2/11/1899.

City Council Proceedings.

Fire Hose Defective.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 8, 1905.
A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery, presiding; members present, A. E. Mouton, John O. Mouton, M. Rosefield, Felix Demanade, Geo. A. Deblanc, D. V. Gardebled, H. H. Fontenot.

Moved and seconded that minutes of last regular meeting be approved as read. Carried.

Mr. Gus Schmulen, Doctor H. P. Beeler, committee from Home Fire Co., reported that the rubber hose in possession of said Company, purchased from the Lacoste Hardware Store, being 200 feet, had proven defective, and satisfied the council that said hose was in fact not such as had been contracted for thereupon the following was adopted:

Resolved, that The Lacoste Hardware Store be formally notified that said hose purchased of them has proven defective and not up to specifications under which the same was sold and that this council will look to them to make good their guarantee without delay.

Resolved further that the hose in the possession of the other Fire Company purchased from said Lacoste Hardware store be examined and if found with the same defective condition that the same be also condemned, and the attention of said Lacoste Hardware Store be called thereto and then be required to replace the same; and that the President and Foreman of said companies make said examinations and report on the same without delay to the Mayor. Carried.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/15/1905.

Revenue Stamps.

 For the information of our readers we give below a table showing what documents are to be stamped which are most used in business. Cut it out and paste in your office.

 Bank check, draft for money or order for any sum of money drawn upon any bank, trust, company or any person or persons, companies or corporations, at sight or on demand, two (2) cents.

 Inland Bill of Exchange, drafts, certificates of deposit drawing interest, or order the payment of any sum of money otherwise than at sight or on demand, or any promissory note and for each renewal of same for a sum not exceeding $100, two (2) cents, and for each additional $100 or fractional part thereof in excess of $100, two (2) cents.

 Deeds whereby any lands are sold when the consideration exceeds $100 or less than $500, fifty (50) cents.

 Lease of land, not if term does exceed one year, 25 cents. If for not more than one and not exceeding three years, fifty (50) cents. If for more than three years, one dollar.

 Mortgage on amounts of $1,000 and not exceeding $1,500, 25 cents.

 Power of Attorney are incurred for not complying with the law. You had better get your stamps.

 Checks drawn by Parish Treasurer in payment of school warrants in favor of school teachers do not require the two (2) cent revenue stamp. Lafayette Gazette 2/18/1899.

Mrs. J. J. Revillon has built a commodious and handsome stable upon the rear of her residence lots. Laf. Adv. 2/21/1891.

DISSOLUTION. - The partnership heretofore existing under the name of Mouton and Salles is this day dissolved by mutual consent. Mr. Salles continues the business and assumes all liabilities and will collect all outstanding accounts due the firm.
Maurice Mouton, L. F. Salles, Lafayette, La., Feb. 17 1902.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902

Their Business Booming. -  Probably no one thing has caused such a general revival of trade at Wm. Clegg's Drug store as their giving away to their customers of so many free trial bottles of Dr. King's New Discovery for Consumption. Their trade is simply enormous in this very valuable article from the fact that it always cures and never disappoints. Coughs, Colds, Asthma, Bronchitis, Croup, and all throat and lung diseases quickly cured. You can test it before buying by getting a trial bottle free, large size $1. Every bottle warranted.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1890.

A nice show window 8 x 10, will be placed in front of the new shoe store on Lincoln Avenue. Laf. Adv. 2/23/1901

LAFAYETTE, LA., Feb. 4, '99
 Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore existing between us under the firm name of Clegg & Givens, doing business in the town of Lafayette as manufacturers of ice, selling same at retail and wholesale, is this day dissolved. Baxter Clegg has sold all his interests in said partnership, including machinery, etc., and all  movables, as well as his interest in all accounts due said firm, to John S. Givens, who will continue as the successor of the firm.
                          J. S. GIVENS,
                          BAXTER CLEGG.

      Witnesses :
Lafayette Gazette 2/25/1899.

Mr. J. E. Trahan is having his dwelling and drug store painted.
Laf. Advertiser 2/25/1893.

C. C. Higginbotham has returned to Lafayette and will open a barber shop in A. M. Martin's building on the avenue.
Lafayette Gazette 2/29/1896.

Fay's Manilla Roofing, for which A. J. Moss is agent, is inexpensive, durable, and guaranteed to be water-proof and comparatively fire-proof. A sample of it can be seen on the roof of the portico of the Rigues Hotel. For circulars and samples apply at Moss Lumber Yard. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1890.




 Southern Orchard Planting Co. Have Purchased 140 Acres and Will Go into the Business of Pecan Raising.

Last week the Southern Orchard Planting Co. acquired the Brower place just east of Lafayette, containing 140 acres for the purpose of establishing a pecan nursery. Work has already begun and ten acres have been sown with seed, and 2000 young trees of the finest varieties have been planted to furnish budding stock.

 Vice-president F. Bingham states that it is the intention of the company to increase the orchard to half a million productive trees a year. A number of citizens are interested in the company, having taken stock.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1903. 


THE TRADE INDEX for February contains the following reference to "Green-Heart-Label" extract of Tabasco. This is the brand of Tabasco sauce manufactured by a New Iberia company of which a native and former resident of Lafayette, Mr. C. P. Moss, is president and general manager. There are a number of people who are interested as stockholders in this company, and the "Green-Heart-Label" is well and favorably known in this locality.

 The success of the New Iberia Extract of Tabasco Pepper Company in popularizing its "Green-Heart-Label" extract of Tabasco pepper seems to have given the McIhenny people a bad case of "nerves:" though why a demonstration of the superior quality of a competitive article should have such an effect upon supposedly level-headed business men we are at a loss to understand. The fact remains, however, and THE TRADE INDEX is a resultant sufferer, since Mr. McIhenny has been at some pains to inform our business with THE TRADE INDEX, or any other journal that had had the temerity to publish the advertisement of his competitor in the manufacture of Tabasco Pepper Extract. Now, in cases of this kind - and we have them to deal with occasionally - it has always been our policy to let well enough alone, more particularly in instances like the present, when "well enough" represents an article in every respect equal of that placed upon the market by the complainant. It is no fault of ours that the New Iberia Extract of Tabasco Pepper Company should have tendered to the trade an article equal in merit to McIhenny's Tabasco Sauce, nor do we care to be called to account by Mr. McIhenny because of his business troubles. The advertising columns of THE TRADE INDEX are wide open to all reputable manufacturers of food supplies, and we are at all times glad to do business with them at card rates, but when it comes to casting out the advertisement of one concern in order to secure that of another, even though the substitute may offer substantial pecuniary inducements (something we are pleased to say Mr. McIhenny as not done), it should not be necessary to assure our readers that THE TRADE INDEX is not in the line of business, has never been, and never will be.

 We will try to get along the best way we can without the advertisement of McIhenny's Tabasco Sauce, consoling ourselves with the knowledge that the Green-Heart-Label Extract of Tabasco Pepper is, as an absolute matter of fact, "just as good." This is the point that concerns our readers, and with that point covered, our interest in the matter ceases.

From The Trade Index and in the Lafayette Advertiser 3/15/1905. 

Work Begun. - Monday ground was broken for the erection of N. Abramson's two story brick store next to the Episcopal church. The building is to be 43 1/2 by 60 feet. Laf. Adv. 3/22/1905.

 Capt. A. J. Ross and his Bridge and Building gang have completed the new roof on the Crescent Hotel gallery. Lafayette Advertiser 3/24/1894.

An extension has been added to the rear of the Racke House in the shape of a new kitchen, to meet the increased demands upon its accommodations.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/24/1891.

Veterinary Sugeon in Lafayette.

A. Rouif, a veterinary surgeon of thirty years' experience, has located in Lafayette to practice his profession. Dr. Rouif served as surgeon in the French army and was State Veterinary Surgeon of Missouri during eight years. He is a graduate of Allfort College, France. As will be seen in an advertisement in this paper Dr. Rouif's office is at Landry's stable, (formerly Veazey's). He will answer calls promptly at all hours of the day and night. Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.

 New Blacksmith Shop. - Mr. Jos. Dauriac announces to the public that he will open a new blacksmith shop, opposite Tanner's store and solicits patronage of every one. he guarantees to give first class work.
  Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1901.

(Opposite S. Pac. R. R. Depot.)
Board by the week or day. Meals at all hours. Rates very reasonable. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895.

On Lafayette Street.

Having just returned from New Orleans with a large and select stock of goods, I am prepared to sell goods at rates which defy competition.

My stock is complete in every departement and embraces Calicoes, Domestic Goods, Dress Goods, White Goods, Cloaks, Shawls, Laces, Emroidery.


Clothing of all descriptions, HATS - For Men, Boys and Children.

Ladies, Misses, Men and Boys' BOOTS and SHOES.

A full Assortment of Hardware, Crockery, Saddlery.

A Fine Stock of Fresh Family Groceries.

Choice Family flour a specialty.

TOBACCO - Chewing and Smoking Tobacco, Sugars, Pipes, &c.

FURNITURE. - An elegant assortment of Household furniture at extremely low rates.

The public is respectfully invited to call and examine my stock before making purchases elsewhere.
Oct. 20. 77. In the Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1878.

A new lumber yard will soon be in operation upon the land of Dr. J. F. Mouton, near the old brick yard. Messrs. Price and ______ will be the owners.
Laf. Adv. 1/28/1899.

M. Dupuis has just moved in the Hession's building north side of the R. R. with a large and new stock of goods. Laf. Adv. 1/28/1899.

 Mr. Adams will open a new blacksmith shop on Lincoln Avenue, next to the Racket Store. Laf. Adv. 1/28/1899.

NOTICE. - Public notice is given that Dr. F. R. Tolson has this day has this day purchased from Mr. J. C. Caillouet the entire stock of drugs, medicines, fixtures, etc., belonging to the business in Lafayette, La. heretofore done by the said J. C. Caillouet, -- including all accounts. And the said F. R. Tolson in part consideration of said sale assumes the debts due by said Caillouet growing out of said business as enumerated in the sale between them.
    F. R. TOLSON.
Lafayette, La. Jan. 19, 1899.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/28/1899.

New Photograph Gallery.

 Being no longer connected with the Lafayette Portrait Studio, I will open a Photograph business of my own upstairs at Moss Bros. & Co's. Having worked in some of the leading galleries, I can give you strictly first class work. I make a specialty of genuine Crayon Portraits. Will be ready the latter part of next week. Any size Photograph or Crayon made. Would be pleased to see my friends and customers.
        T. A. Biossat.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/28/1893.

Prof. W. A. Bonnet has leased the photographic gallery over the Moss Pharmacy formerly occupied by Mr. Geo. B. Petty, and has been busy this week arranging and renovating the place preparatory to opening up for business.
Laf. Adv. 1/28/1899.

Mr. Emile Romero, on last Tuesday, sold his grocery and liquor store to Mr. G. M. Derouen. Mr. Derouen is a live, energetic business man, and we predict for him success and prosperity in his new venture. Mr. Romero, we understood, will remain in Lafayette, and will probably embark in some other line of business. We wish him success in whatever he may undertake. Laf. Adv. 1/28/1899.

Mr. Jean Breaux, after disposing of his saloon near the court house, removed to Lake Charles with his family, last Wednesday, where he will engage in business.
Laf. Adv. 1/28/1899.

 A business directory of Lafayette merchants posted in the R. R. depot, hotels, and other public places of the town would not only be a good innovation but a badly needed want. Laf. Adv. 1/29/1898.

M. Dupuis sells flour lower than the lowest.
Good coffee at Dupuis for 10 cts.
 Laf. Adv. 1/29/1898.

 Mr. Omer Patureau has added a third chair in his barber shop and has secured the services of Mr. Harry Long, of Chicago, Ills., who is a first class workman. The shop has been nicely painted and all goes to show that Mr. Patureau has an idea for business, give him a call and you will be sure to return as his work is of the finest. Laf. Adv. 1/29/1898.

 B. Falk bought yesterday the property adjoining his store, belonging to Wid. Paul Beraud. He purposes to build thereon a two story brick building.
Laf. Adv. 1/28/1899.

Mr. D. V. Gardebled informs us that Chas. Bienvenue will be in Lafayette by the first of February to clerk in his drug store. Laf. Gaz. 1/29/1898.

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 1/32/1903. 

We can supply you with any kind of fancy groceries. Prudhomme & McFaddin.
Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905.

Edwin Clapp shoes, none better, either for comfort or service, - Levy Bros.
Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905

See Parkerson & Mouton for any kind of insurance. Eight years' experience.
Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905

Don't worry over a hot stove cooking cakes and pastry, when you can get both from Wishcan & Domegeaux. Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905

We are selling all winter goods at greatly reduced prices. Call and see our bargains. - Schmulen. Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905

Just received at the Planter's Mills a carload of Kansas Red Rust Proof Seed Oats, a carload of Alfalfa Hay and a carload of Timothy Hay, also Wheat Bran and other Feed Stuff. Call Ramsay & Upton, phone 192.
Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905

 Remy Landry has moved his barbershop into the handsome shaving parlor of the Gordon Hotel, where he offers every convenience and also the service of skilled barbers to his patrons. Laf. Adv. 2/1/1905.

Pellerin Bros.are having their saloon overhauled, and renovated, and when the work is completed, they will have one of the nicest and best places in town. They are devoting special attention to their restaurant, and are arranging to make it one of the most attractive features. Jack Praeger is in charge and that is a sufficient guarantee that the service will be strictly first class. Special provision will be made to serve lady customers. Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1902.

A New Firm. -  As stated in a notice signed by B. J. Pellerin and G. H. DeClouet, these gentlemen have formed a partnership and will continue the furniture business established by Pellerin. An increase of business has induced Mr. Pellerin to seek the assistance of a partner and he has been fortunate in securing the valuable co-operation of Mr. DeClouet who is now the junior member of the firm which will be known under the name of Pellerin & DeClouet. Every arrangement will be made to meet the demands of the trade, and the people of this town and parish are assured that their wants in the furniture line will be thoroughly line will be looked after by a thoroughly progressive and up-to-date firm. The Gazette bespeaks for the new firm the large measure of success which it will no doubt deserve.
Lafayette Gazette 2/1/1902. 

Felix Broussard's store, half a block from the Henry Church property, is the place to buy fresh eggs. Laf. Gazette 2/1/1902.

Notwithstanding the hard times, the bad weather, the political muddle, the Epizooty, and all the other afflictions which we now suffer, Joe Wise, merchant on Lafayette street near Salles' Hotel, keeps his usual placid countenance, and seems not to care much "which way the wind blows ;" and we are not surprised at it in the least, because he has his large store fully stocked with merchandise of all kinds and of the best fabrics ;  he knows how to keep a first class store, as any one can seem who will give him a call. His gentlemanly and accommodating young clerk, Mr. F. Snyder, will always be found at his post to wait on customers.

 Mr. Wise is sole agent for the celebrated Charter Oak Cooking Stove for this parish. Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1873.   

 New Blacksmith Shop. - Louis Butcher has opened a blacksmith and wheelwright shop near the Catholic church in Lafayette. He will make a specialty of horseshoeing. Mr. Butcher requests us to state that all his work is guaranteed to give satisfaction. Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1901. 

New Blacksmith Shop. - Mr. Jos. Dauriac announces to the public that he will open a new blacksmith shop, opposite Tanner's store and solicits the patronage of every one. He guarantees to give first class work. Wheelwright, Buggy repairs a specialty.
Laf. Advertiser 2/2/1901. 

Now in Lafayette. - A branch office of the American Life and Accident Insurance Co., a Louisiana institution domiciled at New Orleans, has recently been established in our town in The Advertiser building. Supt. J. W. Beer is here giving his personal supervision to the opening up of the branch office which will be in charge of Mr. J. C. Delery, Superintendent Beer intends making Lafayette his headquarters inasmuch as the Company purposes to conduct the business of the local offices at Opelousas, Crowley, New Iberia and other places, through the Lafayette branch. Mr. and Mrs. Beer are occupying apartment at Mrs. A. C. Young's house.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1895.

Master Derrick Palmer has secured a position as clerk at Mr. F. Demanade's store. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

Ask John O. Mouton about the Daily States cigar and he will tell you that customers are well pleased with them, and always inquire for them. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

A substantial improvement was made to Mrs. John Graser's tin store this week. The former lumber foundation of the front shed has been replaced by one of brick and timber and a new plank walk has been laid along the facade of the building. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

Prof. W. A. Bonnet will arrive to-morrow to open up his photograph gallery in the second story of the Moss building. He will be ready to do work in his line very soon after arriving. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1895.

Attention is called to the advertisement of the William L. Douglass shoe, for sale at the Red Star Store. This shoe is deservedly popular. Mr. Douglass is in full sympathy with the labor unions and consequently employs the most skilled labor, producing a superior article. Laf. Adv. 2/2/1889.

The Consitution of Louisiana says that a voter must be able to read and write before he can register, but in going to register your purchases at Levy Bros, all you have to do is open your eyes to see their Bargains. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1900.

Changed Hands. - On the first, Guerre & Broussard sold their drug store to Messrs. R. H. Comeaux and C. I. Young, who will continue the business at the same stand. Both of these young gentleman are enterprising and reliable, and have a host of friends who wish them unbounded success. Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.

Another Two-Story Brick Building.

Another handsome addition to Jefferson street will be the two-story brick store which is to be erected by Mouton Sisters. The building will occupy the site of their present store, and is to be 27 x 50 feet, with plate glass front. J. A. Vandyke is the contractor, and material for the for the work is being placed on the ground. Laf. Advertiser 2/3/1904.

Good wood and good coal, that's the kind you want and the kind Adolph Mouton keeps.  Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904

Cisterns manufactured, and repaired. J. C. Broussard. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.

Mr. T. H. McMillan, who is an experienced hardware man, has accepted a position with the Lacoste Hardware store. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.

 If you want a tailor made suit call at Levy Bros., agents for Fred Kauffman and the Royal tailors, two thoroughly reliable and up-to-date houses. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1904.   

Morgan & Debaillon sell the best of groceries and deliver promptly. Laf. Advertiser 2/4/1904.

Winter isn't over, but Schmulen will sell you winter clothing at an attractive cut price. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1904.

 Price shirt waists at Levy Bros. and you can't help from buying. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1904.

Mr. L. Lacoste is busy transforming the great stable near Mrs. Hebert's in a great warehouse where agricultural machines, buggies, phaetons, harness etc. etc. will be found. Laf. Adv. 2/5/1898

Mr. H. Hunoldstein, the general agent of the Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York, is with us this week, and has established a local agency in Lafayette, of which Mr. Ambroise Mouton is the agent. Laf. Adv. 2/5/1898

Many persons from different parts of the States are corresponding daily with Ambroise Mouton, the Real Estate agent at this place, with a view of buying lands to plant in sugar cane. Laf. Adv. 2/5/1898

Boston peerless seed potatoes, and all kinds of fresh garden seeds at Mouton & Hopkins. Laf. Gaz. 2/5/1898.

Give Them Fair Play.

The point is conceded without argument that "this is a free country", and it is not our purpose to deny to whomever the right to enjoy any of its benefits to which he is properly entitled. It is a point of simple equity we wish to discuss. Our local merchants are repaired to pay into the treasury of the own a special license for the privilege granted to return of conducting a mercantile business within this corporation. It is one of the means enjoyed of raising the revenue for the support of the municipality to which no objection can be declared. General merchandise being the kind of business mostly affected in this connection, we will select it as the one in which may be properly applied the principle here involved. The particular privilege in such a case for whose exercise the payment is exacted, is known to be that of supplying to all applicants, but especially to citizens and residents of Lafayette, the scores of necessities usually comprised in a stock of general merchandise. Between twenty and thirty persons are paying license for enjoying this privilege in our town. This being true, it is a direct injustice to these home merchants that others should be permitted to reap identical benefits without paying a single a solitary cent for the privilege. Within the meaning of the law, as expounded by common sense, it is not necessary that a dealer should establish himself as a permanent fixture in a locality to be (unreadable word) to the law in this respect. In order to come under operation of our license regulations. We have heard from several Lafayette merchants express their sense of being wronged by the allowing of regular and systematic selling to families and consumers in this community, traveling salesmen of certain New Orleans retail houses; firms who no doubt are paying a license to the city of New Orleans for conducting a retail mercantile business in Lafayette, a separate and distinct municipality from the other place. If local business firms were not required to take out a special license for such a privilege, then would all grounds for just complaint be removed. It is incumbent on us to state that at all times we have heard this subject discussed by our business men it was done in the fairest spirit, everyone conceding to any competitor, home or foreign, the privilege of competition provided all stood on the same footing as regards to the right of entering the field. Undoubtedly, the home merchants deplore the fact that not a few residents in Lafayette persist in ordering from New Orleans and other places many household necessities that they could procure from home dealers at a low price, and at a saving of express or freight charges. Certainly, consumers are justified in sending off for those commodities not obtainable at home, but just why they should prefer to contribute to the wealth of already large and opulent cities, in place of building their own community, it is impossible to satisfactorily explain. Some day perhaps, they will properly understand the undoubted disadvantage of pursuing such a course and contribute to their own prosperity by spending their money at home instead of patronizing distant markets without profiting themselves in the least thereby. Be that as it may, it is matter of purest equity that any mercantile concern not located in Lafayette but coming in direct and regular competition with local business firms paying a special license for supplying the wants of consumers in a certain line, should likewise be required to pay this license. It behooves the proper authorities to see to it that all outside persons subjecting themselves to the operation of our license regulations, be made to comply with their requirements. All that the home merchants ask is "fair play," and the demand is a just one. Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1894. 
Mr. Octave Delhomme of Breaux Bridge has opened a grocery adjoining Mr. N. Schayot's store. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

Mr. C. C. Higginbotham has an assistant in the person, of Mr. Frank Stewart, said to be well up in his business. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

 Mr. A. M. Martin sold out his saloon near the court house to Mr. Alphonse Peck, on the 26th. of last month. Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

Mr. Biossat, the well know jeweler, has secured the services of Mr. Bourgeois, who is reputed to be a very skillful workman, especially as an engraver.
Laf. Adv. 2/3/1894.

Go to F. Canatella, the up-t0-date shoemaker for shoe repairing and stylish Hobson's shoes. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1899.

Mr. W. D. Southwell, of New Iberia, was in town last Wednesday making arrangements for the completion of his contract for the final work in the interior of the bank building down stairs. He will also make the needed changes in the second story previous to its occupancy by the K. of P and Brotherhood of Railroad Train lodge. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1893

Back in Our Midst.

 Our young friend, John Comeau, formerly connected with Mrs. John O. Mouton's store, but for several months past employed in Jeanerette, has resigned his position there and after the Mardi-Gras festivities his friends may again find him at Mrs. Mouton's millinery establishment. The Gazette welcomes you back in our midst, John.
Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1894.
Mr. F. O. Darby is now temporarily engaged in the Lafayette Drug Co., until Mr. Tom Hopkins, son of Dr. Hopkins will take charge. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1899.

A Lumber Yard at the Depot.
 We learn that Judge Moss has completed arrangements to establish a Yard at the Depot, and will be able to furnish cypress and pine lumber to any quantity desired. Lafayette Gazette 2/4/1882.

$1,200 In cash Registers. - Twelve hundred dollars is a neat little sum of money to invest in cash registers, but Moss Bros. & Co. believe the compensating benefits justifies the outlay on their part. It is only another evidence of the progressiveness of this business firm that believes nothing is too good for themselves and their patrons. By the use of the wonderful mechanical  device known as the National Cash register a money transaction between a merchant and his customer is reduced to mathematical precision, to say nothing of the advantages afforded by the same means, of a thorough systemization of business that it appears can be obtained in no other way. Lafayette Advertiser 2/6/1897.

New Studio. -- F. F. carter's new studio is fitted up on latest principles, the skylight being all of glass. Soft, artistic pictures will be the result. Being on the main street and on the ground floor, it is easy to get at, and we predict a good run of business for him. Lafayette Gazette 2/7/1903.

Fine Display Room.

The Falk Mercantile Co., have converted the opera house into a show room and have now on display an elegant and beautiful line of furniture and house furnishing goods. Heretofore, owing to the lack of room the could not display their handsome stock to advantage, the discontinuance of their opera house gives them a spacious room for the purpose. Lafayette Advertiser 2/8/1905. 

Ramsay & Upton can supply you with me, grits, seed oats and feed oats, timothy and alfalfa hay, wheat bran and other feed stuffs. Phone 192.
Laf. Adv. 2/8/1905.

The Falk Mercantile Co., Ltd., want to dispose of the scenery, fixtures, chairs, etc., of their opera house, and will sell at a big bargain. Laf. Adv. 2/8/1905.

Ladies can find just what they need in between seasons, dress goods at Schmulen's.
Laf. Adv. 2/8/1905.

Have you tried our elegant cakes? No? Then you have a treat in store. - Wischan & Domengeaux. Laf. Adv. 2/8/1905.

New Restaurant in the John O. Mouton building. The new restaurant will be ready for business to-day. Lafayette Gazette 2/8/1902.

Felix Broussard's store, half a block from the Henry Church property, is the place to buy fresh eggs. Laf. Gaz. 2/8/1902.

 One hundred and sixteen years in continuous business is a good record and is a strong recommendation in itself. This is the record of D. Landreth & Sons in the garden seed business. Use Landredth seed and a good garden is assured. Sold at the Moss Pharmacy.
Laf. Gaz. 2/8/1902.

 New Restaurant. - Jack Praeger and A. E. Goss, of Lake Charles, will open a restaurant in the John O. Mouton building. The new restaurant will be ready for business to-day. 
Laf. Gaz. 2/8/1902.

NOTICE: - All those indebted to the estate of the late B. Falk are most urgently requested to settle same in 30 days from date.
MRS. B. Falk. Lafayette Advertiser 2/8/1902.

The general condition of trade during the week was good as compared with the general run of business in our town as compared with former years. Laf. Adv.

The Schayot Brothers are erecting a large two-story building on the property they purchased of Mr. John Thompson, East of the Racket House. They will remove their business their when the building is completed. Lafayette is growing rapidly in the neighborhood of the depot.
Laf. Adv. 2/8/1890.

Shelled Corn for sale at Tanner's.
 Laf. Adv. 2/9/1901.

Necessitates More Room and New Machinery - Small Factories Indicate Municipal Growth.

 Geo. DeBlanc is on the eve of increasing the capacity of his grist mill and adding a lot of new machinery. A large building is being erected to receive the new machinery which is expected to be here within the next few days.

 Mr. DeBlanc was the pioneer in the grit and meal business in Lafayette and the improvements that he is now making prove that he has made a success of it. Heretofore he has dealt only in what are known as Creole corn products, but in the future he will grind and sell the commercial grits, made of white corn. Mr. DeBlanc will try to buy the corn required for commercial grits from local farmers, but should that be impossible he can easily procure it elsewhere. It is his intention to supply the retail dealers of this and adjoining towns with this commodity. He has bought the best and most improved machinery, as he is determined to send out corn products that will compare favorably with those ground at any other mill North or South. He will also supply the trade with meal, white or yellow. As the Creole hominy is very popular he will continue to handle it, as in the past. The increased power of his new machinery will enable him to provide the people with the wood for fuel as he has done heretofore.

 The Gazette is pleased to note the success of this industry. It is an evidence of the growth of the town. Small factories of this character are great factors in the upbuilding of a town and the way to encourage them is to patronize them. They help to keep the money in local circulation. They employ home labor and nearly every cent that they make finds its way back into circulation.

 Lafayette Gazette 2/9/1901.

New Blacksmith Shop. - Louis Butcher has opened a blacksmith and wheelwright shop near the Catholic church in Lafayette. He will make a specialty of of horseshoeing. Mr. Butcher requests us to state that all his work is guaranteed to give satisfaction.  Lafayette Gazette 2/9/1901.

New Grocery. - Agnon and Theodule Broussard have opened a grocery near the Catholic church. They have filled their store with a fine assortment of fancy and family groceries and are in a position to supply the public with the best goods. Read their advertisement in this paper.
Laf. Gaz. 2/9/1901.

 Fifty Cases. - Fifty cases of Old Murray Hill Whiskey just received at Pellerin Bros'., near the Southern Pacific station. This brand of whiskey is famous for its purity. It is absolutely free from any unhealthy ingredients. For a drink of Murray Hill call at Pellerin's saloon, or if you want a bottle or more call up phone 37. Lafayette Gazette 2/9/1901.

 A Columbia bicycle as good as new (1900 model) will be sold at a bargain for cash or on monthly payments. Apply to N. P. Moss at First National Bank.
Laf. Gazette 2/9/1901.

Messrs. Armand Deffez and Jules Poinboeuf have opened an oyster stand opposite Mr. A. M. Martin's store. Laf. Adv. 2/9/1895.

O'Neal Bertrand has taken the place of Gilbert Bonin in the Gardebled drugstore, and the latter has accepted a position in the store of Mr. H. H. Hohorst. Laf. Adv. 2/9/1895.

Mr. C. C. Farrington, advertising agent, has executed a remarkably neat and artistic piece of work, consisting of a large frame containing about twenty-four cards of our business men in town. It is on exhibition at the post office, and is well worth an inspection. Laf. Adv. 2/9/1889.

Mr. Alcide A. Mouton's livery stable, on Lincoln avenue, is finished and in full operation. It is quite an addition to the many improvements made in that portion of our town.  Laf. Adv. 2/9/1889.
We notice that our lumber yards have received a lot of shingles and lumber in the past few days. This indicates that we are to have more buildings and further improvements in our fast growing town. Laf. Adv. 2/9/1889.

 The Mouton Bros. have just had their store, on Pierce street, neatly painted. This, together with the show window front and extension they have added it it, vastly improve its appearance. Laf. Adv. 2/9/1889.

Romain Francez, lately appointed and qualified as Surveyor for this parish, offers his services to the public. He is an intelligent and accomplished gentleman and his appointment will give general satisfaction. See his card in another column.
Laf. Adv. 2/9/1878.

Wholesale Drug House. - Lafayette is to have a wholesale drug house. Messrs. Young and Comeaux, the two enterprising young men who brought out Guerre and Broussard, will soon open a wholesale department. Mr. Comeaux, who has successfully represented the Estorge Drug Co., of New Iberia, for several years, will attend to soliciting business on the road. We extend the new firm best wishes for success.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.

Winter isn't over, but Schmulen will sell you winter clothing at an attractive cut price. Laf. Adv. 2/10/1894.

Hot Beef Tea is becoming more popular everyday at the Moss Pharmacy. Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900.

Mr. Biossat, the well known jeweler, has secured the services of Mr. Rourgeois, who is reputed to be a very skillful workman, especially as an engraver. Laf. Adv. 2/10/1894.

Notice.  - Public notice is given that Dr. F. R. Tolson, has this day purchased from Mr. J. C. Caillouet the entire stock of drugs, medicines, fixtures etc., belonging to the business in Lafayette, La., heretofore done by the said J. C. Caillouet, -- including all accounts. And the said F. R. Tolson in part consideration of said sale assumes the debts due by said Caillouet growing out of said business as enumerated in the sale between them.



Lafayette, La. Jan. 19, 1899.

Geo. Doucet, of the firm of Trahan & Doucet, has purchased the share of his partner and is now sole proprietor of the drug store, which will continue to do business at the same stand. The notice of dissolution of partnership appears in another column. Lafayette Gazette 2/12/1898.

  Dr. F. E. Girard is having a neat and commodious office built near Clegg's Drug Store. Laf. Gaz. 2/12/1898.

Saturday night Home Fire Co. gave their annual supper at Domengeaux restaurant, and as is always the case with these functions everyone had a delightful time. The supper was fine, and the toasts excellent. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1902 

Mr. Ed Lehman informs The Gazette that his bottling works will be in practical operation in about two weeks, and will be ready to fill all orders for pop and seltzer. This is another much needed improvement in our midst. The factory will be located near Mr. Leon Plonsky's store.
Laf. Gaz. 2/12/1898.      

Bottling Works. - Mr. Ed Lehman informs The Gazette that his bottling works will be in practical operation in about two weeks, and will be ready to fill all orders for pop and seltzer. This is another much needed improvement in our midst. The factory will be located near Leon Plonsky's store. Lafayette Gazette 2/12/1898.

Mr. Moise Dupuis will have very soon a delivery wagon.
Laf. Adv. 2/12/1898.

Q. Where is out market?
A. It is on the way for certain.
Laf. Adv. 2/12/1898.

The My Hit Cigars is all hand made and imported tobacco, at Robert Richard. Laf. Adv. 2/12/1898.
On the 7th. instant Mr. George Doucet bought out the interest of Mr. J. E. Trahan in the Trahan and Doucet drug business.
Laf. Adv. 2/12/1898.

Our merchants will have "advertising floats" on Mardi Gras day.
Laf. Adv. 2/12/1898.

Frank Gulley and Israel Prejean will open a meat market opposite the post office, on the first day of March. Mr. Prejean will attend to the purchase of cattle, and Mr. Gulley will give his attention to the market. They will always keep a supply of good meat. Laf. Gazette 2/14/1903.


For fresh groceries phone R. H. Broussard, No. 177.
Laf. Gaz. 2/14/1903.

 Just received a lot of dry goods, etc., direct from New York, for sale at Edmond Cain's store, near the Catholic Church. Goods of all kinds and quantities can be purchased there at the very lowest prices. He is constantly receiving goods direct from New York City, and can supply planters and farmers, as well families, with all they wish in his line of business. Those interested are respectfully invited to go and see for themselves, before purchasing elsewhere. Lafayette Advertiser 2/14/1874.

See Parkerson & Mouton for any kind of insurance. Eight years' experience.
Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.
Saws filed and razors, knives and scissors sharpened by an expert specially employed for that purpose. - J. C. Broussard, the cabinet and cistern maker.
Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905. 
Ramsey & Upton can supply you with meal grits, seed oats and feed oats, timothy and alfalfa hay, wheat bran and other feed stuffs. Phone `192.
Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.

Let me be your Tailor - Buquor.

Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.

The Falk Mercantile Co., want to dispose of the scenery, fixtures, chairs, etc., of their opera house, and will sell at a big bargain.

Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.

It's between seasons, but we have lots of goods you can use. Call and see us. - Levy Bros. Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.

We have a full stock of canned goods. - Prudhomme & McFaddin.

Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.
Have you tried our elegant cakes? No? Then you have a treat in in store. - Wischan & Domegeaux. Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.

Ladies can find just what they need in between seasons dress goods at Schmulen's. Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.

Try a shave in the Shaving Parlor in the Gordon Hotel. - R. Landry, proprietor.

Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.

 Mr. P. Blanchard has resigned his position with the Blue Store and will leave Sunday with his wife for his old home, Whitecastle, La., where he will take charge of the post office. During their stay here Mr. and Mrs. Blanchard have made many friends, who regret to see them leave. Mr. Blanchard's place at the Blue Store will be filled by Mr. Drew Castille. Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.

Phone 239-2 and hear a funny story. That's Buquor, Fashionable Tailor. Laf. Adv. 2/15/1905.

New Stores. 
Ralph Voorhies and Ammick Courtney will open a store in the Bacquet building, formerly occupied by the Lafayette Shoe Store. They will be dealing in clothing.

Arthur J. LeBlanc and Hector Prejean have rented the store which has been used by the Lafayette Clothing House, and announce that they will keep a line of men's furnishings. Lafayette Gazette 2/15/1902.

Mr. Crouchet has placed a new walk in front of his place of business. It is a decided improvement and should be extended to the end of the block. Laf. Gaz. 2/15/1896.

From a letter received by our fellow-townsman, Mr. B. A. Salles we learn that the telegraph office will soon be removed to the Clegg building. Mr. Salles was the first to move in this matter and it is due to him principally to his efforts that the location of the office has been changed. Laf. Gazette 2/15/1896.

The place to by shoes is A. L. Dyer's. Royville. His shoes are good shoes, stylish and easy wearing. Laf. Adv. 2/17/1904.

Dr. D. V. Gardebled assumed charge of the prescription department of the Moss Pharmacy last Monday. Mr. Gardebled is well and favorably known to the medical profession and the public at large, and his re-entry into active business life in Lafayette will be a source of gratification to a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Laf. Adv. 2/17/1904.

Steam Bricks.
Mr. B. Falk is now using steam to mold bricks at his kiln near town. By this means Mr. Falk is enabled to do more work and the brick manufactured is of a better quality. Laf. Gaz. 2/17/1894.

Retiring from Drug Business.Lafayette, La., Feb. 9, 1898.
I ha
ve retired from the drug business having sold my interest to may partner, Mr. Geo. Doucet, who will conduct the business same as heretofore.
I have bought the interest of my partner Mr. J. E. Trahan, in the firm of Trahan & Doucet and will continue the business as heretofore.
Lafayette Gazette 2/19/1898. 

Revenue Stamps.

 For the information of our readers we give below a table showing what documents are to be stamped which are most used in business. Cut it out and paste in your office.

 Bank check, draft for money or order for any sum of money drawn upon any bank, trust, company or any person or persons, companies or corporations, at sight or on demand, two (2) cents.

 Inland Bill of Exchange, drafts, certificates of deposit drawing interest, or order the payment of any sum of money otherwise than at sight or on demand, or any promissory note and for each renewal of same for a sum not exceeding $100, two (2) cents, and for each additional $100 or fractional part thereof in excess of $100, two (2) cents.

 Deeds whereby any lands are sold when the consideration exceeds $100 or less than $500, fifty (50) cents.

 Lease of land, not if term does exceed one year, 25 cents. If for not more than one and not exceeding three years, fifty (50) cents. If for more than three years, one dollar.

 Mortgage on amounts of $1,000 and not exceeding $1,500, 25 cents.

 Power of Attorney are incurred for not complying with the law. You had better get your stamps.

 Checks drawn by Parish Treasurer in payment of school warrants in favor of school teachers do not require the two (2) cent revenue stamp. Lafayette Gazette 2/18/1899.

A Candy Factory. - We call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of Mr. Georgides, which will be found in another column. Mr. Georgides has opened a candy factory on Lincoln Ave., next to McDaniel's saloon, where at all times can be found pure and fresh candies. He also makes ice cream and confections to order for balls, parties, etc., on short notice. We trust that the people of Lafayette and neighborhood will give Mr. G. a hearty support, and thus encourage home industries.
Laf. Adv. 2/18/1893.

Judge Moss offers for sale his lumber yard business and good will. A splendid opportunity.
Laf. Adv. 2/18/1888.

Best quality Lump Pittsburg Coal and seasoned Ash stove wood at the Lafayette Wood and Coal yard. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

The Vermilion and Teche Co. has taken possession of its new office opposite the Advertiser's office. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

Selling dress goods at cost at Racket Store.
Laf. Adv. 2/20/1897.

Mr. L. E. Salles is again to be seen behind his grocery counter, he has returned from the old Crescent and brought with him a select portion of its delectables. His stock in the grocery line is complete and cannot fail to give satisfaction to purchasers. Lafayette Advertiser 2/20/1869.

Our old friend and townsman Rosemond Dugas has just returned from the City with a lot of the choicest goods the Capital can afford, his prices are moderate, give him a call. We would be happy to see him liberally patronized. Lafayette Advertiser 2/20/1869.

Leopold Lacoste knows how to improve our town in a business way.Let others imitate him. His new store will be one of the largest of Lafayette, being 140 feet long. The building is to be fire proof painted. Mr. Lacoste will soon receive two carloads of buggies, harness, hardware and wooden ware. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

Mr. L. Hirsch is building a neat cottage residence on Lafayette street adjoining Mr. Noville's jewelry shop. Laf. Adv. 2/21/1891.

Rosenfield's Store Robbed. -  Thieves broke into Rosenfield's dry goods and clothing store Wednesday night and helped themselves to some clothing, shoes, fine cutlery and small change found in the cash register. A pane of glass was broken out of the front door opening into the grocery department and then the thief very leisurely helped himself to a suit that fitted him and a pair of shoes the right number as was evident from the disarranged stock, and the shoes and clothing left in the grocery side. Two large cartoon boxes were missing and it is supposed he filled them and carried them off. There is no clue to the robber as yet. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.

McIlhinney Begins Operations.

The McIlhenny canning and manufacturing plant situated on Avery's Island began operations Thursday. It has a capacity of 1000 barrels of oysters per day. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1905.
Ramsey & Upton can supply you with meal, grits, seed oats and feed oats, timothy and alfalfa hay, wheat bran and other food stuffs. Phone 192. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905.

The Falk Mercantile Co., Ltd., wants to dispose of their opera house, and will sell at a big bargain. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905

Phone 239-2 and a hear a funny story. That's Buquor, Fashionable Tailor.
Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905.
Don't mind the weather, just ring us up and we'll bring your groceries to you. - Morgan & Debaillon. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905.Let us bake your cakes for you, it is just about as cheap and saves you trouble. - Wischan & Domengeaux. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1905

To My Customers.

Owing to a misunderstanding, I have decided not to sell my interests in the Lafayette Shoe Store and the Lafayette Clothing House.

I will open a Gent's Furnishing, Clothing and Shoe Store in the Bacquet's building.

I have ordered a full line of Spring and Summer goods and will have all the latest styles.
I solicit your patronage.
Lafayette Clothing House. S. Kahn, Mgr.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902.


Mr. J. E. Couvillon 2 was in to see us Wednesday, and informed us that his new store, in the neighborhood of Gerac & Pellerin's mill, was now open for business, with a large and fresh stock of goods. We welcome him to our town with pleasure, and with him success. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

C. Lusted has wood sawed and split, which he delivers at five dollars a cord. Thanking the public for their past patronage, he hopes to share a portion in the future. The public are invited to call at his residence from 1 to 6 o'clock, p. m., every Saturday, when you can inspect the wood and he can give you his personal attention. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1890.

REMOVED - Mr. Joseph Plonsky has removed his stock of goods to the large building on Main street between Lafayette and Washington streets, and is now prepared to receive and accommodate all those who may wish anything in his line of business. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1879.

Mr. Jos. Dauriac announces to the public that he will open a new blacksmith shop, opposite Tanner's store and solicits the patronage of every one. He guarantees to give first class work. Wheelwright, Buggy repairs a specialty.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/23/1901.

We call attention to a card published in another column concerning the "Turf Exchange Saloon." The proprietors are energetic young men from Avoyelles Parish and they solicit your patronage. Laf. Adv. 2/23/1901.

Small Fire. - The roof over Alphonse Peck's saloon was discovered to be on fire at nine o'clock Wednesday night. Some gentlemen happened to see the fire in time and succeeded in putting it out before much damage was done. Only a few feet of the roof was burned. Lafayette Gazette 2/23/1895.

  On the 24th instant, Mr. C. Barthe opened a bakery in this town, at the stand occupied for many years by old Lambert. This gives Lafayette four public bakeries. Laf. Adv. 2/23/1895

Changes at Levy Store.

Sam Levy is now "hustling up" trade for his store here. The attention of our readers is called to the change in the advertisement of L. Levy & Son. They have received a complete stock of fresh spring goods and are desirous of showing to the People of Lafayette what they can do in the way of bargains. These gentlemen have sent an experienced buyer to the North to purchase their spring and summer stock and are in a position to sell you goods of first quality at the lowest prices possible. Lafayette Gazette 2/24/1894.

C. Micaud Store.-Mr. Fred Jones, one of our popular young men is now employed as clerk at the large store of C. Micaud. Laf. Gazette 2/24/1894.

A full line of grocery goods at Peck and Broussard.
Laf. Adv. 2/25/1899

Messrs. Numa Broussard and Alfred Bonnet have added a gasoline steam engine to their well equipped shop.
Laf. Adv. 2/25/1899
What about your shoes this muddy weather? Give a call to J. Canatella and let him fix your soles or get him to make you the latest Dewey shoes.
Laf. Adv. 2/25/1899.

After serving those for whom coins were ordered by request, Messrs. Moss Bros. & Co. have a limited number of the World's Fair Souvenir coins left over that they will be glad to furnish to persons desiring them. Five millions of these Columbian exposition half-dollar coins have been issued by the United States government, as well as many foreigners who will care to possess this beautiful and convenient commemoration of one the greatest events in the history of the world.
Laf. Advertiser 2/25/1893.

Will Be Celebrated Next Year In Lafayette.
Merchants and Others Saw Their Mistake.
And Are Willing to Subscribe Large Amounts for Next Carnival.

Sadness was the order of the day in Lafayette last Tuesday. Except the cries of a few masqueraded kids, the town was dead and upon every face could be seen wrinkles of disappointment. The weather being very fine aggravated the fault committed. Looking to each other, reasoning , questioning the empty space, nothing was in sight for satisfying the wish looked for.
Everything lacked, everything was sad and gloomy, the town was deserted and those present were (unreadable words).

Now and then masquerades would appear but instead of being a relief their appearance was the reopening of a wound from which everybody seemed to suffer and the murmurs reached the highest pitch. Everyone looked ashamed of his lack of energy that he had manifested after such success of the preceding year.

The lesson was hard but will be profitable, we are quite certain of that, as the day after we heard nothing but words of encouragement as everybody is resolved to help and everybody will see that next year Lafayette will have its "Rex". We are better prepared than ever to celebrate the occasion as we took breath this year by doing nothing and we will have new strength for next year.
A great number of persons came to see us and have already subscribed large amounts for next year's festivities remarking that it is their desire to never witness any more, such a day in Lafayette as was last Tuesday. We have here all that is necessary to entice strangers to visit us and at the same time to keep our own people at home. The Mardi-Gras of the preceding year was but a miniature of what could be done in Lafayette with everyone pushing to the wheel and yet it was a great surprise to many.

By next year "Rex" and his imposing cortege will be grandiose as we will be in shape to unite in the celebration all the new corporations that are in formation and we will have firemen, militia, etc. etc.
Let us work from now until then.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/26/1898.

Mr. Henry Bendell has been in town for a few days. He will remain here at his old home a couple of weeks longer before going to Morgan City, where he will locate and go into business. Laf. Advertiser 2/28/1891. 

Nickerson Has Fuel Oil. - J. C. Nickerson and R. O. Wood are now prepared to supply fuel oil in any quantities at lowest market price. Prompt delivery guaranteed. Office with Nickerson Bros., Gordon Hotel.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

A Commendable Act. - The First National Bank, the Improvement Company, the Moss Pharmacy and Moss & Co., are having concrete street crossings laid at each of their corners at their own expense. This is a most commendable and public spirited act, and pedestrians will gratefully appreciate it every time it rains. There are other street corner (unreadable) is in order for other property owners to follow suit. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

The Falk Mercantile Co., Ltd., want to dispose of the scenery, fixtures, chairs, etc., of their opera house, and will sell at a big bargain.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

Miss Estelle Mouton has just returned from St. Louis, where she purchased and elegant stock of millinery for Mouton Sisters. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1904.
Fined Fifty Dollars. - J. A. Delhomme appeared before Mayor Caffery Tuesday morning on a charge of having violated the Sunday law. As this was the second time that he was brought before the mayor for Sunday violation he was fined $50, which were paid. Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.

Making Improvements.

 Judge Israel Falk is making improvements upon his grocery store and residence, including Hilbert Falk's photograph gallery, on the corner of Main and Jefferson streets. He has put a neat covered gallery around the entire front. It makes a decided improvement in the appearance of that corner. We are glad to note the Judge's prosperity.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1890.

Croup. - Begins with the symptoms of a common cold; there is chillness, sneezing, sore throat, hot skin, quick pulse, hoarseness and impeded respiration. Give frequent small doses of Ballard's Horehound Syrup. (the child will cry for it) and at the first sign of a croupy cough, apply frequently Ballard's Snow Ligament to the throat.

 Mrs. A. Vilet, New Castle, Colo., writes, March 1901:  "I think Ballard's Horehound Syrup is a wonderful remedy, and so pleasant." 25 cts., 50 cts., and $1.00. Sold by Lafayette Drug Co.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Lacoste Hardware Store.

 Among the most prominent and substantial business houses of Lafayette is the Lacoste Hardware store, a cut of which appears elsewhere. The business which was established by Mr. L. Lacoste a number of years ago in a modest way has grown steadily until at present it is one of the largest concerns in Southwest Louisiana, and occupies an immense building with a forty foot front depth of 300 feet, extending from Madison (now Buchanan) to Jefferson street

 This remarkable growth can be ascribed to their strictly honest basis of doing business and the uniformly courteous treatment shown to all.

 The business now is in charge of Messrs. Louis Lacoste, Jos. Lacoste, Jos. Colombe, and Ernest Mouisset, sons and sons-in-law, of the original founder of the business. They are all young men, probably the youngest in charge of such a large business in the State, and are progressive and liberal. Under their management the business has grown considerably and with the growth of the business they have made additions and put in conveniences for the prompt and ready and handling of goods, so that in the matter of facilities it is thoroughly equipped. In order to accommodate their extensive trade and extend their business, they have established branch stores at Broussardville and Carencro, both of which are in a prosperous condition.

 The Lacoste Hardware store is an institution of which the people of Lafayette can well be proud, because of its size, its high standard of business methods, and the enterprising spirit manifested by the young men composing the firm.
 Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Lumber Yard Changes Hands. - Mr. A. J. Ross has sold his lumber yard to Stewart, Lewis & Taylor. Mr. J. R. Bonnet will have the management of the business. Stewart, Lewis & Taylor own lumber yards at Rayne, Crowley and Opelousas. Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901. 

Patronize Home People. - If you want to build your town patronize home people. Do not send to neighboring towns for workmen when those at home are just as competent. If you have anything to sell do you go to a neighboring towns for buyers? Certainly not. Then why patronize people who do not patronize you? Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1895.

New Blacksmith Shop.

 Mr. Jos. Dauriac announces to the public that he will open a new blacksmith shop, opposite Tanner's store and solicits the patronage of every one. He guarantees to give first class work. Wheelwright, Buggy repairs a specialty. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1901. 

STORE MOVED. - Mrs. G. Doucet (Mrs. W. H. Williams) wishes to inform her patrons and the public that she has removed her Grocery Store from the corner of Vermilion and Lafayette streets to the corner of Polk and Congress streets at the eastern part of the town, where she will continually keep on hand a supply of Choice Family Groceries, Tobacco, Cigars and Liquors, at moderately low. prices. While she thanks her customers for their past favors, she respectfully solicits a part of their patronage in the future.  Lafayette Advertiser, April 1, 1882. 

Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton has just received a large, carefully selected, and certainly most beautiful and attractive line of millinery goods of the very latest styles and patterns. Mrs. Mouton takes pleasure in showing these nice goods, and her well known taste and wide experience enables her to give purchasers valuable suggestions. Ladies should call on her early, and secure their choice while the Spring stock is yet flush.
Laf. Adv. 4/5/1890. 

New Store in Vermilionville. - Mr. C. Kahn, has opened a new store on St. John street, between Main and Vermilion streets, in the building occupied by Mr. V. Sonnier. Mr. Kahn has on hand a fresh stock of goods of all kinds. The public is respectfully invited to give him a call. Lafayette Advertiser 4/5/1873.

 The B. Falk brick yard is now in operation and Ben says he will soon be ready to sell all the bricks needed in this locality.
Laf. Adv. 4/6/1901.

Only one quality - the best. Racket Store.
Laf. Adv. 4/6/1901

 Mr. F. G. Mouton has procured himself a dairy delivery wagon of a very pretty design, and Mr. Jacques Mouton also acquired a convenient one. A few more delivery wagons chosen with these gentleman's good taste will give Lafayette quite a city look. Laf. Adv. 4/6/1901.

 Wheat bran for sale at Tanner's.
Laf. Adv. 4/6/1901

 Owing to increase of business Messrs. Peck and Broussard, are compelled to enlarge their store and are adding a second story to their already large building. Laf. Adv. 4/6/1901.

 Mr. Henry Hohorst retires from business and has rented his store to Mr. B. J. Pellerin who will shortly open therein a large furniture establishment.
Laf. Adv. 4/6/1901.

 We are glad to note that Mr. T. Hebert, Jr., has torn down the old building recently occupied by the Italian fruit dealer, on Main street, adjoining the property of Mrs. Homer M. Bailey, and will immediately begin to build a neat and commodious structure 35 feet front by 60 depth. So you see, the spirit of improvement is confined to no particular locality of Lafayette. This building will improve the appearance of Main street, and will no doubt be an incentive to the building of a plank walk on that side of the street during the summer.
Laf. Adv. 4/6/1899.

Mr. Gus Lacoste will soon erect on his lot adjoining Mr. Alex Delahoussaye's store, a barber shop with bath rooms, to be occupied by Mr. C. C. Higginbotham who has concluded to cast his lot among us again.
Laf. Adv. 4/8/1893

 Mr. A. M. Martin has recently opened a retail grocery store in his building adjoining the Lisbony hotel. 
Laf. Adv. 4/7/1894

The growing business of Mr. T. M. Biossat has made it necessary for him to increase his facilities to meet its requirements and, in consequence, he is at present having his store-building enlarged by Contractor Fred Martin.
Laf. Adv. 4/7/1894.

 Leopold Lacoste has just received from the manufactory a car load of the Bradley cane cultivator. This implement has very recently been improved upon, and is highly spoken of by those who have seen it work.  Laf. Adv. 4/7/1894.

 Mr. H. E. Johns of Opelousas, the well known cistern cleaner is in town, tending to his services to the public for a moderate charge. The process of cleaning which he employs is a new but very effective one. - Orders may be left at this office.
Laf. Adv. 4/7/1894.

 See Holt & Carter. Their low prices will surprise you.
Laf. Adv. 4/8/1899.

 Mr. Arthur Leblanc has established another new meat market near Sidney Veazey's stables. Laf. Adv. 4/8/1899.

 The Lafayette Feed & Grain Store will in a few days be moved to their new store where they will have ample quarters. Laf. Adv. 4/8/1899

Buy your clay peas from the Lafayette Grain and Feed Store.
 Laf. Adv. 4/9/1898.

Messrs. McBride and Wilkinson are holding forth at the original McBride stand, near the Masonic Lodge.  They inform their former patrons and the public generally, that they are now ready to perform all work appertaining to their different trades, such as Blacksmithing, Gunsmithing, Wheelwrighting, Carriagemaking, horse-shoeing &c., &c., with neatness and dispatch, and at as low rates as any other establishment in the country. Give them a call.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/10/1869.

A Novel Business. Domengeux's Bird Store is the name of a new business opened here Monday by Mr. Rex Domengeaux. The name Bird Store does not really describe his stock, for besides birds he will handle gold fish, Belgian hares, pigeons, fancy chickens, Guinea pigs, dogs, squirrels, snakes, alligators, frogs, monkeys, etc., etc.

 He has not yet received his full stock but the store is quite an interesting place now, and owing to the novelty of the business will no doubt attract much attention.

 In opening up a store here of this character Mr. Domengeaux states that while he expects to supply the local demand for pets and curiosities, he anticipates building up a considerable business with shows and museums and people elsewhere who wants things in his line. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.

E. T. McBride can set your buggy tires in 40 minutes. He had the machine to do it with. Laf. adv. 4/12/1905 

Our prices are close as anybody's, quality for quality. Let us fill an order for you. - Bernard & Meaux. 
 Laf. Adv. 4/12/1905

Fine perfumes in all odors at Lafayette Drug Co.
 Laf. Adv. 4/12/1905

New Meat Market. - Saturday, J. Doucet will open a meat market in the Castel bakery building corner Jefferson and Main, which has been remodeled and arranged for a market. Mr. Doucet will keep the best beef to be had and will by prompt and satisfactory service endeavor to merit a liberal patronage. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.

Mr. Edmond Pellerin, the gentlemanly and popular merchant on Main street, has lately arrived from New Orleans and is now receiving and opening a large and select stock of spring and summer goods, which he is offering at reduced prices. Call and see for yourselves. Laf. Adv. 4/13/1878

Mr. Edmond Pellerin has in his store on exhibition, the world renowned Wilson Sewing Machine.   It is a superior instrument in every respect and possesses advantages that no others have. The ladies especially are invited to call and examine this useful and ornamental. Laf. Adv. 4/13/1878

NEW STORE. - Mr. Leon Plonsky has opened a store in this place, in the building near the Catholic Church, formerly occupied by Mr. J. H. Wise. He has a new and select stock of spring and summer goods on hand and invites the public to give him a call. See advertisement in another column. Laf. Adv. 4/13/1878

  Neat knobby straw and linen hats, at Mouton & Hopkins.
 Laf. Adv. 4/16/1898

.War or no war, there is war in prices at Schmulen's.
 Laf. Adv. 4/16/1898 

Mr. A. Bacque bought the property of Dr. F. R. Tolson near L. Noville and we learn that a new bakery will be opened. Laf. Adv. 4/16/1898

For a clean and easy shave and stylish hair cut go to the Railroad Shaving parlor near Jno. O. Mouton's restaurant opposite the depot. Laf. Adv. 4/16/1898

 The pharmacy of Jos. C. Caillouet & Co. is now open. A fresh stock of goods is on hand and prescriptions are carefully compounded. Give them a call. Laf. Adv. 4/16/1898

Joined Forces. - Mr. R. L. McBride, has just returned from the city with a new and complete assortment of material in the way of blacksmithing, wheelwrighting, etc., and is now ready in unison with his partner Mr. WILKERSON, to do all works and jobs appertaining to their different trades and callings, which have already been noticed in a previous number of our paper. It were useless to recommend them any more to the patronage of our people. They are known and appreciated by our community. Lafayette Advertiser 4/17/1869.

Notwithstanding the hard times, the crevasses on the Mississippi and the heavy rains, thunder and lightning and strong winds, that energetic and enterprising merchant, near the Catholic Church,  Mr. EDMOND CAIN, continues to receive large bills of choice goods of all kinds, direct from New York, which he offers to the inhabitants of the parish at extremely moderate prices. His store at the present time is filled with the choicest and best goods that the markets afford, and we venture to say, that in completeness, neatness and cheapness it will compare with any in Western Louisiana. The ladies, who are always considered the best judges of a well kept dry goods establishment, are invited to visit his store and examine the fine stock of goods on hand. Laf. Adv. 4/18/1874

 Mr. B. Gagneaux, grocer on Lafayette street, has just received a stock of fresh groceries of all kinds. Laf. Adv. 4/18/1874

 S. Goergiades will serve ice cream and sherbets, lemonades, milk, shakes etc., on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Go and see him when you want something in this line. He also keeps fine candies.
 Laf. Adv. 4/19/1893 

Ruger Jewelry Has Grown Rapidly. - Strict attention to business and uniform courtesy to the public are two of the things which have won friends and customers for H. K. Ruger, jewelry and optical goods. He opened business for himself in November, 1902, after being connected with a prominent jewelry-establishment here for several years, and beginning on a very modest scale, has increased his business rapidly. Lafayette Advertiser 4/20/1904.

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.

Pefferkorn and Harris L. are delivering ice at one cent a pound.
Laf. Adv. 4/21/1894.

In our last issue we informed the public that the new ADVERTISER building soon to be erected for the use of this newspaper, would be located on Mr. P. B. Roy's land east of Moss Bros. & Co., that being the understanding when the announcement was made. Since then, however, by mutual agreement, the site has been changed to the lot of ground adjoining Biossat's jewelry establishment; and no time will be lost in the construction  of the building.
Laf. 4/21/1894

 Mr. D. Gordon Hallilate of Galveston, has accepted a position in the Jewelry store of Mr. T. M. Biossat. Mr. Hallilate comes among us as highly recommended as a skilled watchmaker and a gentleman. We gladly welcome him to our town and hope he will be satisfied in his new field of work, as we feel that he will prove quite an acquisition to our community.
 Laf. Adv. 4/24/1897 

 According to all indications the year 1897 will be the banner year for bicycling. Manufacturers are turning  out wheels night and day without any prospect of getting ahead in their orders. Lafayette will do her part of the riding on the mystic wheel and Moss Bros. & Co. have made the necessary arrangements to promptly meet the local demand for "bikes." Interested persons are invited to call and examine the 1897 "Crescent" at $50 and $75. Other wheels at lower prices. Wheels sold for cash and on the installment plan. A complete line of bicycle accessories, also. Call, or write for an 1897 catalogue. 
Lafayette Advertiser 4/24/1897.


Pic-Nic at Beau-Sejour.
For the Members of the St. John's Choir.

 Rev. Father Forge has informed us that on Sunday, May 11th, a pic-nic will be given complimentary to the choir of St. John's Catholic church at Beau-Sejour Park. Each member is requested to be at the parsonage at 10:30 sharp, where carriages will be in readiness to convey them to the park. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1902.

The Advertiser has been requested to publish the following;

 The following up-to-date business houses have agreed to close at 7 p. m. every evening, except Saturdays and pay-car nights, from May 5th to September 11th. 1902:

Moss & Co.,
Gus Schmulen,
Mouton Bros.,
Salles-Mouton Gro. Co.,
Mouton & Salles,
Prejean & Leblanc,
Mrs. B. Falk,
L. Levy,
Plonsky Bros.,
J. F. Tanner,
F. Demanade,
W. S. Nicholson,
L. F. Rigues,
M. Rosenfield,
J. A. Landry,
Prudhomme & McFadden,
L. Lacoste Hardware Store,
Lafayette Clothing House,
N. Abramson,
A. T. Caillouet,
Levy Bros.,
Alex Delahoussaye,
J. R. Bollard, (I approve this.)
Pellerin & DeClouet,
L. F. Bellemin,
Leon Plonsky, (Refused) Must keep open.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1902.


 Mrs. H. K. Ruger and children are now located in Lafayette. Mr. Ruger, the ever-smiling watchmaker at T. M. Biossat's had been here quite alone for a while.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/29/1899.

Town's Business is Lethargic. - Any stranger visiting Vermilionville within the past few months must have been struck with the lethargy that exists in business circles. Our streets are deserted, storekeepers have nothing to do, but wait for something to "turn up." Their drawbacks have been numerous ;  with a very mild winter, preventing the sale of heavy goods that must necessarily be kept over, and now an unusually dull spring and summer trade, it is a wonder to us how they keep under such adverse circumstances. The terrible flood that has ruined and devastated so many homes, has not been immediately upon us, but its oppressing effects are felt everywhere ;  all who have a dollar to spend, look at it over and over, and then conclude to "lay it up for a rainy day." In the interim the merchants, with their shelves loaded with goods, must watch and wait, and have confidence in the future, which we trust will be brilliant, so as to compensate them in some manner for their losses now.  Lafayette Advertiser 4/29/1882.

 If you want a nice fit go to Lafayette Clothing Store.
Laf. Adv. 4/30/1898 

 Several of our enterprising business men and others put themselves on record as being opposed to dust and will keep the streets in a sprinkling condition by having the water works at their disposal. Hurrah for Enterprise.
Laf. Adv. 4/30/1898

If you want a nice fit go to Lafayette Clothing Store.
Laf. Adv. 4/30/1898

Corn Wanted. - Planters if you have a few loads or a few hundred bbls of corn left that you wish to dispose of call on or write.
             Magnolia Mills.
                 Lafayette, La.
        Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1903.

John Bunt will leave the latter part of the week on a two months visit to France. While he is away, Mrs. Bunt assisted by her sons will manage the business of the Fish and Vegetable market. Laf. Adv. 5/3/1905

New Store For Lafayette. - Mr. A. Labe, (formerly employed on the Morgan railroad,) has rented the large storehouse recently occupied by Schayot Bros., adjoining Jim Hannan's hotel building, and will open with a large stock of dry goods, groceries and liquors, etc. We cordially welcome him to our community, and wish for him a prosperous business. Lafayette Advertiser 5/3/1890.

Back From New Orleans. - Mr. C. P. Connelly, merchant on the corner of Main and St. John streets, has just returned from New Orleans with a large and select stock of goods of all kinds and qualities, such as, mozambique, grenadines, (percales) cambric raulins, ginghams, calicoes of the best brands, fancy articles etc.; Also, ready made clothing of the latest styles for gentlemen and boys. Ladies, gentlemen and boys' boots, shoes and hats. He has also on hand a fine assortment of fresh groceries. He respectfully invites the public to give him a call and examine his stock of goods. Laf. Adv. 5/3/1874.  

New Firm. - We call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of E. F. Morgan & Co. which appears elsewhere. Mr. Eben Morgan, who will be the manager, is well known to the people of Lafayette, having been born and raised here, and his many friends will be glad to know that he has entered business for himself, and will, we do not doubt, call and see him in his elegantly arranged ice-cream parlor in the building formerly occupied by the Doucet Pharmacy. Lafayette Advertiser 5/4/1904.

Let J. C. Broussard put you in screen doors and windows, and you won't have to be bothered with flies and mosquitoes. Laf. 5/4/1904

The latest Mexican dishes are made with Gebhardt's Eagle Chili powder, which is also an excellent preparation for flavoring soups, meats, sauces and stews. Prudhomme & McFaddin sell it. Laf. Adv. 5/4/1904

New Meat Market. - About the 15th of this month Messrs. E. Romero and A. Delahoussaye will open a meat market in a building to be erected on the latter's lot opposite Otto's stand. They intend to supply the public with choice fresh meats at most reasonable prices. They will bring to the assistance of their venture an extensive past experience in this line of business and no doubt will serve their patrons with satisfaction to them and profit to themselves. The ADVERTISER wishes them a full measure of success in their new enterprise. Lafayette Advertiser 5/4/1895.

Improvement at John O. Mouton's. - Mr. John O. Mouton contemplates making some great improvements at his place of business near the depot. The bar will be enlarged and additional room will be built for beer tables, etc. The place will be lighted with electric lights from a private dynamo which is among the proposed improvements. Lafayette Advertiser 5/4/1895.

 On last Sunday at the Southern Pacific Depot, a negro, was very blustering in his words and actions; being told to desist he became impudent and as a result a flyer in the shape of the ticket stamp dated, was forwarded to the seat of his mental faculties in the hands of the ticket agent. To elude arrest he started on a run followed by (unreadable word) Lisbony of the police.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/7/1898

We'll "Get There."

  The conditions that make Lafayette a peculiarly desirable location as a business center and point of distribution, are attracting increasing attention from capitalists. This fact is becoming more and more evident from the growing frequency of inquiries and personal visits on the part of prospective investors, some of which promise results of no small importance to us. A large cotton compress is under serious consideration at present, with very fair prospects of success. This point is an ideal one for a cotton compress, which would command in almost unlimited source of supply of cotton. As an investment the compress could not fail of being highly remunerative. and as a magnet for business it could not well be surpassed. A number of smaller manufacturing industries are in contemplation by interested parties, and it is reasonable to infer that by the close of the present year Lafayette will have several new enterprises place to her credit.

 It is due in a great measure to the efforts of the Business Men's Association that the town's advantages is a business center are coming to be more fully recognized, and the association should not let up one iota in its endeavors to bring Lafayette into its proper position in the line of forward march. We may have to wait a little longer than we would like to witness the realization of our hopes, but we will surely shorten the time by trying to help ourselves. Lafayette Advertiser 5/8/1897.

Can It Be Enforced?

 For a long time the merchants of the country towns have complained of the horde of traveling agents of the New Orleans retail scores who swoop down upon their trade and carry away, big orders  which they claim should be sold at home.

 The city council of Baton Rouge at its meeting on Monday last passed the following ordinance:

 "Be it ordained by the mayor and city council of Baton Rouge that all traveling agents offering many species of merchandise at retail within the limits of the city of Baton Rouge for sale, or selling the same by sample or otherwise, shall if representing one house, firm or business, pay a license of $50 per annum and for each additional house, or firm of business, he shall pay an extra license of $25.

 "Be it further ordained That the administrator of finance be and he is hereby authorized to collect said license, and on the refusal of any traveling agent to pay the license as provided for in this ordinance, to seize without notice, any property he may find belonging to said traveling agent, or found in his possession, and sell the same to satisfy the license, penalty and cost of such a proceeding.

 "Be it further ordained, That all ordinances in conflict herewith be, and the same are hereby repealed.

 "Be it further ordained, That this ordinance take effect from and after its first publication."

 The St. Landry Clarion commenting upon the above remarks. Such an ordinance should be on the statute book of every town. It is grossly unjust to require a local merchant, owning property and having at heart the welfare of the town, to pay a license to sell, for instance, clothing when Mr. Somebody & Co., of New Orleans can come here and sell the very same goods that the local man pays a license to sell, without having to contribute a cent to the town treasury. And still more so is it when the firm selling goods at retail in competition to local merchants is located in another State, in which case it pays neither municipal, parish or State licenses.

 All of which is very true, but the question is whether this advanced idea of a "protection" can be secured in this manner. We remember some years ago the State legislature tried to tax out the foreign drummers with a high license law, and the United States Courts knocked it in the head as being a violation of the interstate commerce laws. We are afraid the law won't hold. Lafayette Advertiser 5/7/1898.

Night Watchman.

 A number of business houses have jointly employed Mr. Mentor Richard as a night watchman. He will watch the business section extending from the Lacoste Hardware Store to Mr. Rosenfield's. Laf. Adv. 5/10/1905.

Nearly Finished.

 N. Abramson's handsome new two-story brick building is rapidly nearing completion and when finished will be another ornament to the town. Mr. Abramson expects to move into his new store about June 1. Laf. Adv. 5/10/1904.

F. F. Carter Sells Out.

M. Y. Moore has purchased the studio of F. F. Carter and will be located at that place in the future. Laf. Adv. 5/10/1905.

New Lumber Shed and Office.

 In order to meet the requirements of his extensive business and provide facilities for convenient and satisfactory handling of his immense stock of lumber and building material, Mr. A. E. Mouton has just completed a substantial shed 30 x 134 feet, two stories in height. On the south end is a two-story office roomy and well arranged. On the west and south sides are wide sheds which will afford protection from the sun and make the office comfortable and cool during the summer. The improvements add very much to the appearance of that part of town. Lafayette Advertiser 5/10/1905.

Merchants' Protective Association.

 A number of our merchants met on Thursday night and organized a Merchants' Protective Association with the following officers: C. O. Mouton, President; Felix Demanade, Vice-President; and B. J. Pellerin, Secretary. The organization has a number of objects in view and will be a great importance to the merchants and people of Lafayette. In next week the Advertiser will explain fully the purpose of this association which it most heartily endorses. Lafayette Advertiser 5/10/1902.

A New Plumber in Town. - Who does nothing but first-class work. Why not have hot and cold water baths in your house. Address J. K. Bradshaw, or leave order at Advertiser office. Lafayette Advertiser 5/11/1904.    

On What Must Our Future Growth Depend?

 If Lafayette is to grow and become a city of any size or importance, to what must we look to foster and encourage such growth?

 Lafayette of the present is as large as the surrounding agricultural country will support. The area that is supplied by Lafayette is very small. Scott, Carencro, Royville, Broussardville and Cade are all points of supply for the farmers of this parish. It is therefore safe to say that we cannot look to the agricultural interests to contribute in any large degree to the future growth of our city.

 The next factor to be considered is that of manufacturing or industrial enterprises. What inducements can Lafayette offer to manufactories to locate here? Can we offer cheap fuel and good and cheap shipping facilities? We are compelled to answer no to both questions. In neither of these respects can Lafayette offer advantages equal to those possessed by some of our neighboring towns, who have the advantage of water transportation, which gives them much lower freight rates than we can possibly secure. It is true we could give free building sites, but that alone would not be sufficient to induce factories to locate here. It will therefore be seen that there is not much prospect of Lafayette with her present railroad facilities, becoming much a manufacturing town. We will probably get a central sugar refinery but aside from that we do not see the likelihood of any other industrial enterprise being established here.

 To what then must we look for the future growth and prosperity of our town? There is one channel through which our town could be pushed ahead and become known all over the South, and that channel is education. Lafayette owing to its location should be made an educational center for Southwestern Louisiana, and it could be made such by a properly directed effort.

 Another thing, with our climate no more delightful spot could be found for winter homes by the people of the north, and if our educational facilities were placed on a high plane many families could be induced to move to Lafayette and build winter homes here. But we must state frankly that we see not other prospect for Lafayette to become any more than it is at present, except by making it an educational center and building up first-class schools and colleges.

 Of course it we should get a north and south railroad, this giving us lower freight rates through competition, it would change the entire outlook and Lafayette would then stand some chance of becoming a manufacturing point of some importance. But until we get such a road it will be of very little use to try to induce industrial enterprises to locate here, because with existing freight rates they could not afford to do so. Let us, therefore devote our entire energies toward the establishment and building of educational institutions in our town.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.

Mr. A. Deffez has taken charge of the soda fountain at the Pharmacy of Geo. Doucet. Laf. Adv. 5/13/1899

New Druggist in Vermilionville. - Mr. J. A. LaNeuville, Druggist, is now fully prepared to fill all physician's prescriptions and orders entrusted to him at any hour of the day or night. His store is in the new building known as "Hebert's Hall," on Main street. Mr. L. solicits a share of the public patronage. See his card on our French page. Laf. Adv.  5/16/1874.

  Mr. Jos. Plonsky intends having his building thoroughly overhauled, renovated and repaired, and will substitute the present roof with an iron one. Laf. Adv. 5/17/1893.

Began Building. - S. E. Yandle began the erection of a one story brick building, 24 x 56 inside measurement, Wednesday on the lot next to the post office.
Laf. Adv. 5/18/1904.

Moved Monday. The Western Union office was moved Monday into the small building between Mouton Sisters and Pellerin & DeClouet's.
Laf. Adv. 5/18/1904.


We hear there is a movement on foot for the early closing of stores during the summer months and we are certainly strong advocates of this measure, as our sales people, both proprietors and clerks have a right to enjoy the pleasant dusk hours; all right minded customers consider it a duty to make their purchases during the day and if our merchants arrive at an understanding about the time of closing, much satisfaction will come to them and to their employers. Lafayette Advertiser 5/18/1901.

Ice...Ice cream...Ice cream freezers, the best, at Moss Bros. & Co.
 Laf. Adv. 5/19/1894.

The Opelousas Ice and Bottling Company closed down its branch depot here, last Thursday. We have failed to learn the reason for such action. Laf. Adv. 5/19/1894.

Advertiser Building. - Work on THE ADVERTISER building was begun last week, the the superintendence of contractor Fred Mouton, and satisfactory progress is being made in its construction in spite of the great interference occasioned by repeated rainfalls.
Laf. Adv. 5/19/1894.

Chicken from 10 and 40 cents each at George M. Derouen's.
 Laf. Adv. 5/20/1893.

 Is your property insured? If not consult Ordway & Richard, insurance agents.
 Laf. Adv. 5/20/1893.

Mr. Eugene Trahan is erecting a new house next to his drug store which will be occupied by his mother when completed. Laf. Adv. 5/20/1893.

 New Store Completed.
 Mr. J. E. Trahan has moved into his new drug store, on Lincoln avenue.  It is handsomely and tastefully finished, and he is better prepared than ever to welcome and please his many customers. Mr. H. E. Eastin is entitled to the credit for the artistic decorative work in the painting line. Lafayette Advertiser 5/23/1891.


 Mr. Paul Demanade speaks of going into business in Lafayette, if he can carry out certain views he holds.  Laf. Adv. 5/26/1894.

Mr. Felix Demanade has had some pretty tissue paper ornamentation done to the ceiling of his store, lately, It might not be amiss to mention in this connection that Mr. Demanade's stock of staple and fancy groceries is very replete and inviting at all times. Laf. Adv. 5/26/1894.

Mr. C. C. Higginbotham received his barber chairs and furniture last Wednesday, and now has his new shop arranged and in working order. The furniture is of antique oak and presents a very neat and handsome appearance. Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1893.

ICE. - Our energetic fellow townsman B. A. Salles is making preparations to supply the citizens of Vermilionville and vicinity with ice during the summer. He will open his ice depot on Lafayette street, opposite his residence, next week. Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1879.

Fresh Goods From Steamer Mattie. -  Messrs. M. P. Young & Co. received a fresh supply of drugs and medicines by the last trip of the steamer Mattie. Also a lot of new, extra fine flour, direct from the St. Louis mills, which they are selling at very moderate prices.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/31/1879.

The Guidry Bakery is doing a large business in the bread line.
 Laf. Adv. 6/2/1894.

The supply of trough rice having become exhausted in this section the Lafayette Rice Mill discontinued operations this week until the next crop will be harvested. Laf. Adv. 6/2/1894
Mr. G. C. Bienvenu has had constructed conveyance designated especially to sell ice cream on the street and in the public places, and commenced serving customers several days ago. Mr. Bienvenu is prepared to make ice cream on a large scale and will promptly fill all orders. Laf. Adv. 6/2/1894

OUR NEW LAUNDRY. - We have visited the steam laundry of Mr. Aug. Lisbony and we found it in good shape and running in full blast. The work which Mr. Lisbony turns off is a first class one in every respect. We hope our people will patronize Mr. Lisbony and we feel certain that everybody who do so will be satisfied.
Laf. Adv. 6/3/1899.

Some Business Cards From Vermilionville, La., in the Laf. Adv.

Offers his services to the citizens of the Parish of Lafayette. All Business entrusted to his care will be promptly attended to. Give him a trial.
March 20th 1869.


Justice of the Peace and Notary Public in and for the Parish of Lafayette.
Vermilionville, February 18th, 1869.
Office at the Drug Store.
NOTIFIES his friends and the public that he has removed his Office to the Drug Store, where he will be ready at all hours of the day to attend to calls from patients.
March 6 1869.
OFFERS his services as Physician to the citizens of the Parish of Lafayette.
Residence near Bertand's Store.
March 6 1869.
AUCTIONEER in and for the Parish of Lafayette.
February 29 1869.

"The Lafayette Investment Co."

 The Advertiser has good reason to believe that another and most valuable adjunct to the advancement of Lafayette is going to materialize in the not distant future.

 The proposition is to organize a local investment company for the purpose of establishing and operating in the interest of the investment company, business and other enterprises partaking of a public character. The plan is to charter the association and issue shares of a fixed value payable in moderate monthly installments, so as to place the shares within easy reach of all persons desirous of placing  money of placing money at interest in this manner. The affairs of the association would be controlled by the stockholders through a board of directors should not make investments of the funds of the association, excepting with the consent and by authority of a majority of the members of the association. Whilst it would be the expressed purpose of the company to devote its funds solely to the development of home resources, investors from other localities would not be excluded from purchasing and owning the association's stock. With good management the would be made to earn a rate of interest that would cause it to be sought after as a desirable investment and, for we of Lafayette, it would carry a double interest inasmuch as local investors would derive, in addition to the regular dividends, a benefit of even greater value; that resulting from internal improvements, each new enterprise or industry inaugurated giving increased valuation to all property in the town.

 An investment company of the kind here suggested, evolving from a small beginning, might eventuate into a large and powerful institution almost unlimited in its capacity for promoting the advancement of Lafayette town and parish, and it is the sincere hope of The Advertiser that the business men and other residents will feel sufficient interest in the subject to make a Lafayette Investment Co. a realization in the near future. It means cooperation, and cooperation means everything in a community.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1896.       


 We see that several of our citizens are building and repairing, notwithstanding the general cry of "hard times." Col. J. R. Creighton has erected and nearly completed a beautiful two story dwelling on Buchanan street. This building was planned, the cypress cut and sawed, the lumber dressed and prepared and the frame work put up by the Colonel himself, with the assistance of two or three employees for the heavy work. This building will be an ornament to that portion of town when finished.

 Mr. George Josse, a merchant of this place, and a good workman in several of the arts and trades, is now about completing a neat store and dwelling on Washington street. Mr. Josse will remove his stock of goods from his present stand on Main street to his new building in a few weeks.

 Mr. F. Martin is now having the large building on the corner of Main and St. John streets, lately occupied by Mr. C. P. Connally, put in thorough repair. The balcony and the other improvements he is making about the premises will add greatly to the appearance of that portion of our town. The building will be occupied by that well known merchant, Mr. J. H. Wise.

Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1874.

Mr. Ed Cain, the popular merchant near the Catholic Church, has just added to his large stock, a new and select assortment of dry goods, boots, shoes, hats, and fancy goods of all kinds. The goods were received direct from New York and will be sold at prices to suit the times. Call and see for yourself.  Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1874.

Barbershops To Be Closed By 8 P. M.
It has been agreed by all the barbers of the town of Lafayette to close their places of business at 8 o'clock p. m. during the week and at 11:30 p. m. on Saturdays, from now on.
Laf. Adv. 6/8/1904.

Dr. N. P. Moss is boring a new well on Jefferson street opposite his drug store for the purpose of sprinkling the streets and sidewalks in that vicinity.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/8/1889.

Mr. Mouton's bill to repeal the Sunday law was up before the House of Representatives last Monday and was defeated by a large majority.
 Laf. Adv. 6/9/1894.

Mr. A. M. Martin is making an addition to his store property on Lincoln Avenue, for the accommodation of his family. Laf. Adv. 6/9/1894

 Tanner & Villere continue to grow in public favor as painters and house decorators, and no doubt will receive what they deserve, continuous employment.

Laf. Adv. 6/9/1894

We hope soon to be able to announce the date we will take possession of our new quarters next to Biosatt's Jewelry Store. The ADVERTISER building is rapidly nearing completion and will be an ornament to its portion of the town. Laf. Adv. 6/9/1894

The fire of last Friday night, that cost Mr. Pierre Gerac a large barn laden with corn, peas and field implements, is another convincing reminder that Lafayette is in distressful need of a fire department of some sorts; want of time prevents us from dwelling longer on the subject until our next issue. Lafayette Advertiser 6/9/1894.

New Ice Cream Parlor. - Mrs. L. I. Miller respectfully informs the public that she has opened an ice cream and refreshment parlor on Lincoln Ave. She will keep on hand fresh cakes, pies, hot rolls, fresh bread, coffee, at all hours, every Saturday. Farmers and planters will find this a good place to get a lunch. Prices moderate and satisfaction guaranteed.  Lafayette Advertiser 6/10/1893.

The building near the Bank of Lafayette occupied by Hon. Wm. Campbell has been torn up and in his stead he will have erected an up-to-date lawyer's office.
Laf. Adv. 6/10/1899

A BAND OF ROBBERS CAPTURED.- Within the last twelve months several robberies of the most daring character have been perpetrated in this community, by a band of organized robbers whose deeds had become so frequent, bold and mysterious that they became a terror to the country. On Saturday the 5th inst., information was received by Deputy Sheriff Elmer, from private sources, of the place of concealment of merchandise stolen from different stores in this place. The Deputy Sheriff immediately went to Justice Salles, procured a search warrant, and with a posse proceeded to the plantation of Edgar Martin, and arrested Charles Davis, Paul Davis, Despalliere and David John, freedmen; upon searching their cabins, large quantities of dry goods were found and recognized to be the goods of Messrs. W. Bendel, A. Haas and Jean Gerac, merchants in Vermilionville. The robbers were brought to jail; on Monday they were taken before Justice Salles, who, after due investigation of the case, sent them up to the parish Court, to be dealt with according to law. Lafayette Advertiser 6/12/1869.   

The Early Closing of Stores. -  In response to a general desire, an agreement is being circulated among our merchants for their signatures, to close the stores at 7 o'clock in the evening, except Saturdays, during the heated term. This is a very sensible custom that prevails to most mercantile communities where store-keepers have a proper appreciation of life and its requirements. For the sake of their health and enjoyment, and that of their employees, the retail merchants of Lafayette can well afford to relax from the fourteen or fifteen hours a day work rule for a few weeks, especially at a season of the year when the business is quiet and when the heat renders the confinement of the merchant's occupation, doubly trying himself and those in his employ. And there is no greater stimulus to the activity of the mind and body than rational relaxation from regular strain; that kind of rest from one's regular occupation that is obtained from diversion and change of habits, and, speaking from our own experience, we know the apparent loss of time in such cases is paid back ten fold in better health, renewed activity and increased interest in one's work. With earlier closing [6 o'clock would be even better than 7] the merchant and the clerk could daily enjoy a little outing that would prove of undoubted benefit to him. They would be enabled to cultivate family and social ties that could not fail to result in good to them, even from a business stand point.

 The other side to this question is the one that concerns the general public. Does early closing operate a serious hardship on the public? Of course not. That the practice should interfere with the convenience of the people must be admitted, but to such a small extent after they have adapted themselves to the new conditions, the people themselves would be the last to object to the inconvenience, in view of the so much greater benefits that result on the other hand. And besides, the early closing continues for a short time only, and an exception is made of Saturdays, on which day stores may be kept open as late as will suit the idea of the merchants. Also, drugstores and saloons are not included in the number of business places to be closed 7 o'clock p. m. Pity it is that the custom should not apply to all business establishments, but, we suppose, that could not be reasonably expected - it might be carrying too far, the idea of reform in this particular.

 The Advertiser hopes the agreement for earlier closing until Sept. 1st. will receive the signatures of all our merchants, being convinced that the success of the movement, will, in reality, redound to the advantage of this class of our citizens without militating against either their pockets or the public convenience to an appreciable extent.
A list of the signers of the agreement will be published in our next issue.

Lafayette Advertiser 6/13/1896.

Man Lee is the name of the proprietor of the new Laundry established in Lafayette. See his card in another column. Laf. Adv. 6/13/1896

The tannery of Mr. P. LeDanois was put in working order during the week and Mrs. LeDanois is again ready to purchase hides. Offices at Mr. Aug. Degrez' office.
Laf. Adv. 6/13/1896

The "early closing" movement for the Summer, has been "knocked out" for a season at least, because of the refusal of three or four of the larger retail stores to enter into the agreement. The Advertiser believes the merchants have taken a wrong view of the question and are missing one of the good things of their lives. Lafayette Advertiser 6/13/1896.

Pellerin and Bros. have put in electric fans and made other improvements which add both to the comfort and appearance of their place of business. Laf. Adv. 6/13/1903

The wholesale Grocer Co. have begun the erection of a large two story brick building near the Houston Brewing Co.'s warehouse. Laf. Adv. 6/13/1903

Changing Hands. - Messrs. Louis Guerre and Frank Broussard have purchased of Mr. D. V. Gardebled his drug store, and will conduct the business under the firm name of Guerre and Broussard. Both of these young men are natives of Lafayette and are held in the highest esteem by all who know them. The Advertiser joins with their many friends in best wishes for great success in their venture. Lafayette Advertiser 6/14/1902.

Shaving with a dull razor is useless torture; why not have it honed by A. J. Bonnet, the Bicycle Doctor. Laf. Adv. 6/14/1905

 Keep cool, Electrical fans, the kind you want, at The Lacoste Hardware Co. Ltd.
 Laf. Adv. 6/14/1905

Mr. Gus Schmulen will begin the erection of a two story brick store on his lot on Pierce street very shortly, and preparatory to building he is having the residence in the rear of his present store moved to the Mudd addition. Meantime he will occupy the Trahan building just across from his store as a residence. Laf. Adv. 6/14/1905
Mr. William Campbell has purchased from the estate of M. E. Girard the property on South Main Street, East of Mr. Priollaud's jewelry store, and recently occupied by Mr. Chas. Caffery as a law office. Mr. Campbell has secured a most desirable site for a law office.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/14/1890.

A Force Pump. - Mr. John Vigneaux has a force pump in operation at his branch livery stable near the depot, and a sufficient length of hose to enable him to sprinkle the entire length of the his stable and the street and sidewalk for some distance around. These little pumps are a great comfort and convenience, and there should be more of them used here. The cost is light. Laf. Adv. 6/15/1889.

Sayings and Axioms from Falk.

 "The wise purchaser buys when prices are low." They are specially so just now at Falk's. Don't wait a month or so before getting what you need, there may be a rise in the market, and then you will regret your slowness.

 "The shortest road to happiness is to start." The man who puts off never achieves. Bargains are always in the present tense. Come to Falk's to-day, now.

 "The truest wisdom is a resolute determination." To be resolute is to be a success. Don't start for Falk's and stop at the other man's store when you want Dry Goods, Furniture, or Stoves, or else, my good friends you will display a lack of wisdom.

 "First be sure you're right, then go ahead." In choosing your Store you can not be too sure you are right. Think of your past experiences and you will decide in Falk's favor.

 "A well is not to be filled with dew," nor is your bank income increased by desultory savings. Don't trade once in a while with the cheap, reliable store, but always and at all times. That one Cheap and Reliable Store you will find is
   B. FALK'S, near the Opera House.
         Lafayette Advertiser 6/15/1901.

ICE. - The two handsome ice wagon's belonging to the People's Cotton Oil Seed Company have begun their daily runs and last Monday delivered "free ice." Laf. Adv. 6/15/1901.

Considering themselves as much entitled to a day of rest as other people, the barbers of the town have bound themselves, one to the other, not to shave or cut hair on Sunday. It seems to us to be a commendable move. Laf. Adv. 6//16/1894

Mr. Neuville Landry, of Breaux Bridge, will move to this town about the first of July. He and wife will open and manage a confectionary and refreshment saloon in Mr. Clemille Trahan's new store building on Lincoln Avenue. Laf. Adv. 6/16/1894

The dwelling house and tin shop facing the north side of the court square and belonging to the succession of Antonio Caro and Rosalie Billaud was purchased by Mr. O. Falgo, of New Orleans for $900.00 at a private sale, recently. The new owner at once began repairing and renovating the property so as to place it in a good condition for rent. Laf. Adv. 6/16/1894

 Dr. Franklin Mouton is having a neat office built on the corner of Washington and Vermilion streets. The work is being done by Mr. Sarrazin Broussard.
Laf. Adv. 6/20/1891

 Mr. Louis Domegeaux's building near the depot, on Lincoln avenue, recently used as a livery stable, is now being altered and improved, and will be used for a storehouse. Laf. Adv. 6/20/1891

Businesses Requested to Close For the Feast of Corpus Christi. 

Yesterday, a paper signed by the Mayor, Rev. B. Branche and many merchants and businessmen of the place was circulated, requesting that all places of business be closed to-morrow at least between the hours of nine and eleven o'clock A. M.

 The reason for this, other than proper respect for the day, is that at St. John's Church on to-morrow the feast of Corpus Christi will be celebrated; and all the clerks and others whose usual avocations might keep them away are desirous of attending the mass.

 The members of the Fire Company, by invitation of Rev. Father Branche, will assist in full uniform at the mass and march in procession at 5 o'clock in the evening.

 When the procession arrives at the Court House, and eloquent divine from abroad will deliver a sermon in English. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1879.

Small Fire. - Some excitement was created Saturday about noon by the cry of fire. The roof of Miller's blacksmith shop had caught on fire and was rapidly burning. Prompt work with buckets of water soon checked and extinguished the blaze with slight damage. Laf. Adv. 6/22/1904.

Organized into a Wholesale and Retail Drug Co., With a Capital of $15,000.

 Last Tuesday the Young and Comeaux Pharmacy, which has been engaged in the wholesale and  and retail drug business, was organized into a stock company with the following officers. Dr. J. D. Trahan, president; Dr. Roy O. Young, vice-president; Sam P. Brown, secretary; and C. I. Young, treasurer.

 The capital stock has been placed at $15,000, which will be increased as the growth of the business requires. The firm name will be the Young-Comeaux Drug Co., and Mr. R. H. Comeaux, of the company, who is an experienced drug salesman will occupy the entire building corner of Vermilion and Washington streets, part of which they have occupied up to the present.

 The success which Messrs. Young and Comeaux have already met with in the wholesale business encouraged them in the formation of a stock company, and now with a larger capital, the prospect for a rapid growth is fine. Lafayette Advertiser 6/22/1904.


 THE insurance rates in Lafayette are not only exorbitant, but they borrow on robbery. It is true that we have no fire protection and that the business houses are mostly frame, but it is also true that they are not compact and the risk is not great as one would believe be referring to the rate sheet. Just what reason the insurance companies have for placing such a rate on property in Lafayette is not clear to me, for to our knowledge we know of towns where the risk is just as great and the rates are not half as high as here. To cut the rate half would yet leave it high. To pay the high rate now asked by insurance companies is like paying a good rate of interest on all the money invested in buildings and stock of merchandise, for in many instances the rate paid is as high as the interest asked on borrowed money. Just what the remedy is for this outrage is a hard problem, but it is something that should receive the attention of our people. If water-works will reduce this rate to what it really ought to be, our people can hardly afford to be without a water-works system. If after getting water-works the rate is not reduced to a reasonable extent, (unreadable words) that our citizens organize a mutual insurance company. These local companies have been conducted in many places for years and are very successful. But let the remedy be what it may, the high rate now charged should be done away with. Our citizens should not sit still and without a murmur or effort pay out thousands of dollars each year just because a "compact" says it should be so.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/22/1895.

Candidate For the Pen.

Thursday night Mr. Leon Plonsky's store was burglarized and a number of articles taken. Early in the evening while the children were talking of meeting some friends on the 12 o'clock train Mrs. Plonsky told them that she would leave the hall door unlocked that they might enter home upon their return with disturbing Mr. Plonsky and herself. When closing up time came Mr. Plonsky could not find the key to the door leading from the store-room to the hall, but thinking that it would only be a short time before the hall door would be locked, he latched the store-room door and retired. Later in the night Mrs. Plonsky felt someone touch her feet and she awoke to find the room in darkness, although a lamp was always left burning. She awoke Mr. Plonsky and he went into another room for his revolver and at the same time heard some one going down stairs and slam the hall door when down. It seems that a negro was near when Mrs. Plonsky made the remark about leaving the door unlocked and this lead to trouble. Yesterday morning a new pair of pants and fan were found on Mr. Salles' lot, which Mr. Plonsky's coat-mark upon them.

 About nine o'clock Sheriff Broussard arrested two negroes named Desire and Edward Arcenaux, father and son, for the crime. He searched the son and found a pair of pants, two cravets and two rings which were recognized by Mr. Plonsky as his property, while searching the son the old man mnade his appearance at the back door. He had an overcoat rolled up under his arm and at being questioned he said it contained old clothes to be used in working in the swamp. The sheriff was a little curious as to how swamp clothes looked and made him unroll the overcoat. The "swamp-clothes" consisted of a new coat and vest, neckties, etc. The coat and vest matched the pants found in Mr. Salles' yard and were recognized by Mr. Plonsky as his property.

 While searching the house of the suspects a pair of pants, gloves and shoes were found which were identified by Mr. Henry Crouchet, of Carencro, as his property. He was robbed about midnight April 27th. A foot print left on a counter by the burglar measured 11 inches, which is just the size of the son's foot.

 It looks like a clear case and the father and son will doubtless be doing some time for the state for sometime to come.

LATER - The son confessed that he broke into Mr. Plonsky's store at Carencro April 27th. He gave Mr. Plonsky's servant, a negro boy, 50cts. to steal the store key for him, the boy has also been arrested.  Lafayette Advertiser 6/22/1895.

A Change of Business. - On Wednesday Mr. E. Constantin sold his livery and feed stable to Mr. D. Englemann, of New Orleans. Mr. Constantin will open a bar-room in his building west of the court house. Mr. Englemman is pretty well known in this vicinity as a traveling salesman for Jos. Schwartz, of New Orleans. He is a prominent member of the T. P. A., of Louisiana and now holds the office of vice-president. He will remove his family from New Orleans to Lafayette within a few weeks. Lafayette Advertiser 6/22/1895.


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