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Preparations for the establishment of the most desirable industry in this place are progressing most favorably. The machinery is here, and is sufficient for conducting the business on quite a large scale. It is the property of Messrs. Clark Bros., experienced canners from Kansas, who have been farming with us for the past year, and who have every confidence that such an establishment here would pay well. It is necessary, to start operations, to raise a cash capital of $2,000. This is divided into 80 shares, at $25.00 a share. So that each and every one who desires to aid the enterprise can at least afford to take one share. There is no doubt but that all the shares will be rapidly taken. The benefits to be derived from the establishment of this industry here are cumulative, and extend far beyond the mere profits derived from the working of the factory. It will bring increased population, require extended production of fruits and vegetables to supply the growing demand, put more money in circulation in our town, and attract wide-spread attention to our developing resources. It is eminently a step in the right direction, and will redound to the credit and benefit of the entire community; and as enterprise and success ever command emulation, we may expect soon to find other ventures following in the wake of this one, which will not fail to add greatly to our prosperity. This is an enterprise which appeals directly to the good sense and generous aid of our people, and we are confident all the requirements in the case will be met promptly and heartily.

On Thursday afternoon, pursuant to a call, a large number of citizens of the town and parish assembled at Falk's Hall. Dr. T. B. Hopkins called the meeting to order. W. B. Bailey was requested to preside, and in a few words explained the object of the meeting. Dr. N. P. Moss was elected Secretary. Mr. Chas. Clark was then introduced and read a very interesting address explanatory of the canning business. On motion a committee of three was appointed to draft a charter and by-laws for the stock company. Dr. Hopkins, Chas. Clark and Wm. Clegg were appointed upon said committee. On motion of Mr. Vordenbaumen, a committee of six, to work by twos, was appointed to solicit subscriptions to shares sufficient to complete the required number of shares. Messrs. E. H. Vodenbaumen, Ad. von Klackstein, Dr. N. P. Moss, Dr. P. B. Beraud, Albert Delahoussaye and R. C. Landry were appointed upon this committee. On motion, the meeting adjourned to Monday next, the 14th. inst., to meet at the Town Hall at 3 o'clock p. m., at which time the committees are expected to report.

The spirit of the meeting was highly enthusiastic, and at its close it was found that 65 shares had been taken. This assures the success of the enterprise, as 40 shares would have been sufficient to effect an organization. Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

The establishment of the canning factory here has opened a new avenue to wealth for the juvenile blackberry picker. The little fellows will have a regular "picknic" this summer.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

We expect this spring to see numerous plots of ground about our town luxuriant with vegetables raised for the canning factory. A great author has said, "He who causes two blades of grass to grow where only one grew before is so much a public benefactor." See what a public benefactor the canning factory will be to our community. Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.

The Canning Factory.
The "Canning Factory" meeting, at the City Hall, last Monday afternoon, was well attended, and the discussions evoked showed a warm and growing interest in the enterprise. It was clearly demonstrated that aside from the lateral benefits flowing from such an institution here, it is of itself a good paying investment -- the more extensive the operations the better the returns. It was determined to postpone a permanent organization until last Friday evening, and to raise the number of shares to 250, or more. This factory movement is of vital importance to Lafayette, which we are glad to note is fully appreciation by its enterprising citizens. Lafayette Advertiser 1/19/1889.


LAFAYETTE, La., Jan 11th, 1889.

Pursuant to adjournment a large number of the stock-holders met at the Town Hall at 3 o'clock p. m., W. B. Bailey in the chair.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

In answer to the president's call for a statement from the committee appointed to solicit further subscriptions, Dr. Beraud reported 27 shares placed by him; Dr. Moss 4; Mr. Kalckstein 12, conditionally; Messrs. Delahoussaye and Landry none, for reasons given; Mr. Vordenbaumen, absent. Making a total of 112 shares subscribed up to date.

On motion of Mr. Clegg, the committee was requested to continue its efforts in that direction until next meeting.

Before presenting their report, Dr. Hopkins, of the committee on charter, asked permission to read comparative estimates of the cost of operating the factory to a given capacity for the term of 60 days.

After a lenghty and intersting discussion on the advisability of organizing permanently at once, or not, it was decided, on motion of Mr. Kalckstein, that the meeting adjourn to 2 o'clock next Friday evening, when this question might be fully and finally considered.

In the meantime everybody present was requested to earnestly canvass the country with a view of doubling, if possible, the amount already subscribed.

W. B. BAILEY, Chairman.

N. P. MOSS, Secretery.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/19/1889.

At the Canning Factory. - Mr. Alfred Hebert one of our most enterprising citizens, has erected a large warehouse adjoining the canning factory, for the storage of corn. In connection with this is a feed grinding mill. The corn is run through this mill and comes out corn, cob and shuck all ground into a conglomerate mass like coarse meal or any degree of coarseness desired. It is claimed that this feed is very nutritious, and that stock are very fond of it. It is certainly economical, as all the cob and shuck are utilized. The mill is worth investigation. Our farmers should look in their interests in this matter.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/24/1891.


Lafayette, La., Jan. 18th, 1889.
[Following is a synopsis of what was done at the meeting which was held this day, pursuant to adjournment,]:

The Committee on Charter having reported, the Charter was taken up and adopted article by article. It limits the capital stock to $15,000-600 shares at $25 per share.

The election for Board of Directors was then ordered, and the following gentlemen were elected: Wm. Clegg, Sr., L. Doucet, Dr. P. B. Beraud, Ad. von Kalckstein, Dr. T. B. Hopkins, A. J. Moss and E. H. Vordenbaumen.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1889.

Canning Co. Election. 

The Board of Directors of Lafayette Canning Company, elected at the last meeting of the stockholders, met at the Town Hall Saturday, January 19th, 1889, for the purpose of electing officers and appointing committees. The following officers were elected: Wm. Clegg, President; Ad. von Kalckstein, Vice-President; O. J. Sprole, Treasurer; C. O. Mouton, Secretary. The following committees were appointed.

On Charter - Judge John Clegg and Chas. D. Caffery.

On Selecting Site for Factory - Dr. Beraud, Dr. Beraud, Dr. Hopkins and Ad von Kalckstein.

On Building - Judge Parkerson, Judge Moss and Chas. Clark.

On Plant - E. H. Vordenbaumen, A. Brower and J. C. Buchanan.

On vegetables to be Raised and Contracted For - Dr. Hopkins, Chas. Clark, L. Doucet and W. B. Lindsay.

On Stationary and all Printed Matter - Wm. Clegg, Sr., Ad. von Kalckstein and C. O. Mouton.

On By-Laws - Judge C. Debaillon, Dr. Beraud and Dr. Moss.

Chas. D. Caffery was elected legal adviser, and C. Girard notary, for the Company.

Dr. Hopkins was requested to go in behalf of the Company, to Crystal Springs, Miss., to gain by personal observation and interviews at the canning factory there all points bearing on the successful management of canning factories. W. Clegg. Sr., kindly volunteered to accompany Dr. Hopkins on the trip, and both gentlemen departed Monday. They spend several days at Crystal Springs, and make a thorough inspection of the Canning Company's works there. Our home undertaking will undoubtedly be benefited by the information gained.

Quite a number of shares have been taken since last report, and if continuing at the present rate all the available stock will be placed very shortly. Everyone wishing to take shares should do so at once, or they may be too late.

The Board of Directors adjourned to Friday, the 25th inst., when the various committees were expected to report.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1889.

Laf.'s Canning Business.

The town of Lafayette, in the parish of Lafayette, is preparing to go into the fruit and vegetable canning business on an extensive scale this year. The necessary outfit has been received and the work of setting it up in preparatory to beginning operations when the season opens will be pressed to a speedy completion. A half dozen other towns in the State could profitably do like-wise. From the Ruston Caligraph and in the Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1889.


Through the courtesy of the efficient Secretary of the Board of Director's, Mr. O. C. Mouton, we gain the following synopsis of their meeting, held at the Crescent News Hotel on the evening of January 30th:

Four lots were bought, next to the freight depot, upon which to build the factory.

A plan of the factory building, made by Mr. Wm. Clegg, was adopted.
Sealed bids will be received from contractors for the building complete as per plan and specifications at Clegg's drug store.

The Company has decided to plant for itself and cultivate at least seventy-five arpents of vegetables.

Mr. Chas. Clark was appointed manager or overseer, in the cultivation of vegetables for the company.

Dr. Hopkins and Mr. Wm. Clegg made a report of their trip to Crystal Springs, Mississippi.

On motion, a vote of special thanks was tendered the President, Manager Huber, and other officers of the Crystal Springs Canning company, for the very kind and courteous reception tendered Dr. Hopkins and Mr. Clegg, and for the valuable information and favors bestowed upon them on a visit to their establishment.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/2/1889. 

THE LAFAYETTE CANNING CO. - The Lafayette Canning Company have leased about seventy arpents of land from Mrs. Albert Judice, adjoining the town on the West, and have already commenced farming operations under the management of Mr. Chas. Clark. Forty arpents will be planted in tomatoes. Besides this, arrangements are being made with some of our farmers to cultivate vegetables for the Company. Lafayette Advertiser 2/9/1889.

The Right Men. - The Board of Directors of the Lafayette Canning Factory held another meeting yesterday. This Board is decidedly composed of "the right men in the right place." The manner in which they have taken hold of this enterprise and steadily, resolutely and systematically developed it is indeed most gratifying. They have strengthened confidence not only with the stockholders, but with the community at large. When Lafayette makes up her mind to do anything, she is just "as good a man as ever cotched a coon," or "stole cracklins out of the old fat gourd." Lafayette Advertiser 2/9/1889.

Our Canning Factory.

 Tuesday night a gentleman came in on the train from Opelousas, and happening to run up on our reporter remarked that four years had passed since he had been in Lafayette. He had heard that they intended establishing a canning factory here, and wanted to know if they had yet commenced the building. Our reporter pointed the direction of the new building, about two hundred yards off, and told him he would see it there in the morning. In the morning when the gentleman came down from his room, and gazed around upon the wonderful development that could be observed from the depot, he was perfectly astonished, and expressed his conviction of a solid and rapidly growing prosperity for Lafayette. This is but one of many similar instances which have come under our reporter's observation. It serves to show how even one well conducted enterprise, properly advertised, will bring a town into inquiry and repute. This gentleman in his journeys will speak in high terms of the enterprise of our citizens and the rapidly growing prosperity of the town of Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 4/6/1899.

 All the affairs of the Lafayette Canning Company are progressing steadily and smoothly. The central building is now nearing completion, and meets the high approval of the Board of Directors. They state that not only has the work been done in first class workmanlike manner, but the material used is as fine as any they have ever seen put into a building in Lafayette. Mr. Fred Mouton, the contractor, is faithfully doing his part of the contract, and exhibits those commendable qualities always found in a true mechanic - an interest in his work and pride in his success. Laf. Adv. 4/6/1899

 It is a pleasant walk, and would be both interesting and instructive, to step over to the Canning Company's extensive garden, and see how vegetable farming is conducted on a large scale. The farm is neatly kept, and the plants are growing finely. Laf. Adv. 4/6/1899.

Canning Co. Nears Completion. - Work upon the Canning Company's factory is about finished, and it is neatly painted. It is truly a handsome building in every respect suited for its purposes. Some minor additions have yet to be made in the way of sheds, outhouses, etc. Then everything will be in readiness and waiting for the fruits and vegetables to grow and vegetables to grow and ripen. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1889.


 The canning company has received a fine lot of can making machinery, and a large shipment of tin, solder, etc. The machinery is in daily operation turning out a superior quality of cans. The Company also received a large shipment of lumber for manufacturing its packing boxes. When it commences canning operations it will have in advance cans and boxes sufficient for a couple of weeks run. The drought has proved a serious set back to the company's vegetable farm. Laf. Adv. 6/8/1889 

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