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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Fire at Carencro.

 The Catholic church at Carencro was completely destroyed by fire last Wednesday afternoon. The origin of the fire is unknown. The only insurance on the building was for $1,000 in one of the companies represented by Parkerson & Mouton of this town. Within the last fifteen years Carencro lost two churches by fire and two were destroyed by the wind. Steps will be taken immediately to rebuild the church. Lafayette Gazette 1/4/1902.

Last Tuesday evening a carload of cotton in the Southern Pacific yards was considerably damaged by fire. The fire is believed to have originated from sparks from a locomotive. Laf. Gaz. 1/4/1902.

The Home Fire Co. will give its annual supper next Tuesday.
Laf. Adv. 1/5/1901.

A chimney on fire at Mr. Chas. D. Caffery's residence last Saturday night occasioned no small amount of anxiety and but for timely assistance would have resulted in certain ignition of the house roof.
Laf. Adv. 1/5/1895.

The procession and ball of our Fire Company on last Saturday, was quite a success, considering the disagreeable weather which prevailed on that day and and previously. The neat uniform, and handsome truck of the company, attracted general attention and admiration. The juvenile firemen with their little truck, were entitled to and received also, due attention. The attendance at and success of the ball exceeded all expectations.

Valuable assistance was contributed by many friends at home and abroad, for which we are requested by Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1, to extend many thanks, and that their kindness will be remembered and appreciated.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/5/1878

The first day of the year was clear, pleasant and lovely. There was much friendly greetings and social cheer.

 We are requested to announce that Prof. F. A. Rogan will open a private school, next Monday the 7th inst. The Professor's tact and ability in conducting a school and imparting knowledge to his pupils is well known in this community.

 The procession and ball of our Fire Company on last Saturday, was quite a success, considering the disagreeable weather which prevailed on that day and and previously. The neat uniform, and handsome truck of the company, attracted general attention and admiration. The juvenile firemen with their little truck, were entitled to and received also, due attention. The attendance at and success of the ball exceeded all expectations.

 Valuable assistance was contributed by many friends at home and abroad, for which we are requested by Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1, to extend many thanks, and that their kindness will be remembered and appreciated. 
Lafayette Advertiser 1/5/1878  

Moved by J. O. Mouton seconded by G. A. DeBlanc that at appropriation of $360.00 be made for purpose of enlarging and improving the Fire Department if this town as outlined by chief of the fire department F. V. Mouton in a statement made in open session of the Council, carried.

A committee of two composed of Messrs. A. E. Mouton and G. A. DeBlanc were appointed and authorized to disburse above appropriation.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.

Made by City Council to Better Equip the Fire Department.

As may be seen in the proceedings of the City Council, published in this paper, that body has appropriation $360 to better equip the fire department of the town. The improvements are to be made along the lines suggested by Mr. F. V. Mouton in the following address to the Council. Mr. Mouton, who was spokesman for the joint committee accompanied by the three fire companies said:

"Your Honor and Gentlemen of the City council -- I have the honor to appear before you this evening as the representative of the fire department of Lafayette to request an appropriation for the purchase of more new equipment for the fire department. On account of the growth of our city it has become a necessity to increase the means of fighting fire. With this end in view the three companies appointed three committees composed of the following citizens: Dr. G. A. Martin, Jerome Mouton, Gus Schmulen, George DeBlanc, Abram Hirsch, Paul Castel, Arthur J. Leblanc and myself. At a meeting of these committees plans were discussed and an agreement reached by which the present Hook and Ladder Company will become a hose company and a new hook and ladder company formed from contingents of firemen from Home Fire Company and Fire Company and Fire Company No. 1, bringing the ladders in a more central and thickly settled that part of the town. In order to effect these changes and bring about this necessary and important increase in the fire department and after reducing the cost to the strictest lines of economy consistent with the good of the service, we will need and respectfully request of you an appropriation of $360. This amount is to be placed in the hands of one or a committee of your Council for its proper disbursement.

"The history of our fire department should receive the highest commendation from every citizen of Lafayette. On two notable occasions, the Ross Lumber Yard fire and the Veazey Stable fire, the prompt and splendid service of the fire boys averted serious calamities. We want to keep up the record.

"We want to prepare and equip ourselves to meet any emergency. We can not do so without your help. We hope, therefore, that will make the appropriation we request and thereby secure for Lafayette the fire protection which it should have."
Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

In Memory of Ambroise Mouton:

To the President and Members of Home Fire Co.

 On the morning of December 17th, 1902, Ambroise Mouton, member of the Fire Company, called to the discharge of his duties as an employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad, left his family and friends, full of hope and in the pride of a vigorous young manhood, and in a few short hours he was brought back, but his spirit had passed to the great beyond, showing again, what we are so loathe to learn, that, "In the midst of life we are in death." It is always sad to part thus from those who are near to us but for one to be taken by a stroke, so sudden and untimely, is enough to make us pause and wonder at the decree of the almighty and all merciful ruler of the universe.

 Therefore Home Fire Company of Lafayette, La., feeling a sense of deep regret over this untimely loss of our fellow member, adopts the following:

 Resolved that by the death of Ambroise Mouton we deplore the loss of a useful member of the Fire Department of this town; that we recognize also that a young man of exemplary conduct, a devoted son and brother, a young citizen indeed, of promise, has been taken from us.

 Resolved further, that we extend to the family of the deceased our sincere sympathy in this time of their distress, and that a copy of this memorial be furnished them.

 Resolved further, that the Lafayette Advertiser and the Lafayette Gazette be requested to publish these proceedings.
     Respectfully submitted, J. Alfred Mouton,
 Committee :  Gus Schmulen, Chas. D. Caffery.
 Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.

Fire Dept. Responds Promptly. - A negro cabin at the rear of the Sprole Hotel, the property of Mr. Alfred Hebert, caught fire last Tuesday, but then prompt work of our splendid fire department, soon had the fire under control, and saved a considerable portion of the house. The cabin was occupied by a negro family. The mother was away at the time, and had left two children in the cabin, but the children were rescued and received no injury.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

Raffle. - The silk quilt presented to Home Fire Co., by Miss Aimee Mouton will be raffled at the Advertiser office on Wednesdays Jan. 15. Tickets are 50 cents, but after 12 o'clock Wednesday the price will be 75 cents. Get your Tickets at once and help the "fire boys."   Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

A Small Blaze.

 There was quite a stir in town last Tuesday morning caused by a very small but exceedingly stubborn fire which partially destroyed one of the cabins belonging to Mr. Alfred Hebert. In a short while after the alarm had been given the firemen and a large crowd of other people were on hand to battle with the flames. Just at that time it happened that there was but little pressure from the power-house and it required a large volume of water to extinguish the flames. A thrilling incident which lent the unusual interest to the fire was the announcement that two children were inside the house. This naturally urged the firemen on to heroic efforts and several of the boys rushed to the rescue of the supposed victims, but fortunately before the rescuers had exposed themselves to the flames some one yelled out that it was all a mistake and the children were not in the house. This second renouncement was quite a relief to the crowd who expected to see the roasted forms of the pickaninnies carried out of the seething furnace. Aside from the discomfort occasioned to the corpulent members of the fire brigade, and the destruction of some old furniture, the fire did not cause much damage. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.

Last Tuesday evening a carload of cotton in the Southern Pacific yards was considerably damaged by fire. The fire is believed to have originated from sparks from a locomotive. Laf. Gaz. 1/11/1902.

City Council 12/7/1872.
 On motion it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution, any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off fire-crackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., &c., within the limits of Vermilionville, and any person or persons violating the provision of this resolution, will be fined in the sum of Five Dollars, for each and every offence.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1873.


 Home Fire Co. Meets at the Banquet Board.

 Last Wednesday evening that worthy association, the Home Fire Company, held its third annual reunion at a supper given at the Domengeaux restaurant, and both the invited friends and members of the company seemed to appreciate the good things which were spread before them.

 Appropriate toasts were drunk to the prosperity and long life of the company and the fire department of Lafayette.

 Among those present were Ben Falk, J. E. Olivier, Louis Mouton, J. Alf. Mouton, Joseph Ducote, Dr. J. A. Martin, John Bowen, O. P. Guilbeau, Jerome Mouton, Judge Julian Mouton, P. Torian, Archie Morgan, Jim Marsh, Dr. G. A. Martin, Leo Doucet, Joe E. Mouton, J. Armand Martin, Pierre Brun, John Vandergriff, Sidney Mouton, J. J. Mouton, J. A. Deffez, H. A. Vandercruyssen, A. V. Labbe, Judge Monnier, Ned Voorhies, W. A. Broussard, Gus Schmulen and Homer Mouton. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.


This valiant organization entertained its members and guests to its third anniversary supper on Tuesday night of this week, about 50 covers were served. The choice viands, the sparkling St. Julien, the good fellowship existing, the wit and humor of the toasts made a tout-ensemble most pleasant and agreeable. "Home" has a membership of nearly 73 members, is still increasing, and bids fair to become the largest company of the department. The Advertiser wishes it continued growth, and to its members much prosperity.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1901. 

 Firemen J. E. Pefferkorn made a flying trip to Houston lately.
Laf. Adv. 1/12/1895.

We hear of an organization among the boys of a minstrel company. We understand it is their intention to give an entertainment for the benefit of the fire company.  Lafayette Gazette 1/13/1894.

Fire on Lincoln Ave.
On last Monday afternoon the floor of the attic in the residence of Mr. Blanchard on Lincoln Avenue was found to be partially on fire. Fortunately the fire being in its incipience a few buckets of water were all that was required to extinguish it. Lafayette Advertiser 1/14/1899.


Last Monday morning, 13th inst. at about 2 o'clock, the Sugar house of Messrs. Hopkins & Kennedy, near town was discovered to be on fire, but before any one could reach the spot the large building was enveloped in flames. Their entire sugar and molasses crop was lost together with the machinery and buildings. We understand that these gentlemen were insured, but their insurance will not cover one half of their losses. This is a severe stroke on Messrs. Hopkins & Kennedy, who, by their energy and industry, were striving to stem the tide of ill-fortune, which they have met with in their previous crops, and now when about to their hopes realized, and once more placed in an independent position, the foul disaster appeared and scattered their hard earned game to the four winds of heaven. Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1873.

On Tuesday night, at about 9 o'clock the alarm of fire was given by the ringing of all the bells of town, and in a few moments, our little burgh was in commotion, and the streets crowded with men hurrying in the direction of the light caused by the burning building, all believing the lurid glare and lit the heavens, that the Northern portion of the town was on fire. On arriving at the outskirts of the town, we discovered that the fire was on Mr. Veazey's plantation about two miles north, which proved to be a lot of cotton in the seed, from six to eight bales. Mr. Veazey's loss is estimated at from six to seven thousand dollars. Insurance only three thousand dollars. These fires are supposed to be the work of a band if incendiaries, and we warn the citizens of our town to keep vigilant watch on their property. Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1873.

Fire on Lincoln Ave.

On last Monday afternoon the floor of the attic in the residence of Mr. Blanchard on Lincoln Avenue was found to be partially on fire. Fortunately the fire being in its incipience a few buckets of water were all that was required to extinguish it. Lafayette Advertiser 1/14/1899.

Barn Burned. - Saturday afternoon about five o'clock a barn belonging to W. G. Webb, living about two miles from town was burned. The barn contained over 100 barrels of corn, six tons of cotton seed hulls and a quantity of pea hay. Mr. Webb can not account for the fire, but thinks perhaps it may have been caused by his dropping some matches in the barn out of his pocket, which were afterwards gnawed by rates and so ignited. The total loss is estimated at $400.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/16/1907.


Last Monday morning, 13th inst. at about 2 o'clock, the Sugar house of Messrs. Hopkins & Kennedy, near town was discovered to be on fire, but before any one could reach the spot the large building was enveloped in flames. Their entire sugar and molasses crop was lost together with the machinery and buildings. We understand that these gentlemen were insured, but their insurance will not cover one half of their losses. This is a severe stroke on Messrs. Hopkins & Kennedy, who, by their energy and industry, were striving to stem the tide of ill-fortune, which they have met with in their previous crops, and now when about to their hopes realized, and once more placed in an independent position, the foul disaster appeared and scattered their hard earned game to the four winds of heaven. Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1873.

On Tuesday night, at about 9 o'clock the alarm of fire was given by the ringing of all the bells of town, and in a few moments, our little burgh was in commotion, and the streets crowded with men hurrying in the direction of the light caused by the burning building, all believing the lurid glare and lit the heavens, that the Northern portion of the town was on fire. On arriving at the outskirts of the town, we discovered that the fire was on Mr. Veazey's plantation about two miles north, which proved to be a lot of cotton in the seed, from six to eight bales. Mr. Veazey's loss is estimated at from six to seven thousand dollars. Insurance only three thousand dollars. These fires are supposed to be the work of a band if incendiaries, and we warn the citizens of our town to keep vigilant watch on their property. Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1873.

Fire Alarm to Be Ready Soon.

Contractor Chachere has completed the bell tower and the bell now stands ready to summon the fire department to duty. The bell is hung 60 feet from the ground and weighs 950 lbs. The thanks of the fire department are extended to Bill Lewis for drayage done by him free of charge in connection with this construction.

We re-publish herebelow a list of the fire districts.

1st. District, 2nd, District, 3rd. District, 4th. District, 5th. District, 6th. District & 7th District.

NOTICE: All Persons who will ring the bell without any 'cause thus created a false alarm will be punished to the full extent of the law.

J. T. Allingham, Chief Fire Dept. to include the Northern portion of McComb's addition on the East side of the Railroad: Bounded South by Lincoln West by the Railroad. Lafayette Advertiser of January 21, 1899. to include the Southern portion of McComb's addition on the East side of Railroad: Bounded North by Lincoln avenue: West by the Railroad. to include the Western portion of McComb's addition: Bounded North by Buchanan Street, starting from the Railroad to E. G. Voorhies, thence Garfield St. to the Railroad. Bounded East by the Railroad. to include Mouton's addition Bounded North by Lee avenue, starting from Lilly Bennet to Jewish Cemetery: East by Garfield Street, from Lilly Bennet to the Railroad. to include Mills addition. to include the Northern portion of the old Corporation of Lafayette together with the first addition thereof and a small portion of Mill's addition: Bounded North by ________Street starting from _______Street running from Rev. Reams' residence to J. A. Delhomme's residence. Bounded East by McComb Addition: South by Vermilion Street, starting from G. C. Mouton to F. Demanade: West by St. John St.

All firemen are requested to meet at the Bell Tower to-morrow
J. T. Allingham, Chief Fire Dept.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1899.

Laf.'s Fire Alarm Bell. - The fire alarm bell has been placed on the tower built for that purpose. As soon as we can procure the system for sounding alarms adopted by the fire companies we will publish it in the Gazette. Lafayette Gazette 1/21/1899.

Mardi Gras Ball.

Strict investigation will be made of the Masquerade Ball to be given by the Fire Department at Falk's Opera House on Mardi Gras. Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1899. 

One day last week a fire destroyed the corn house of Mr. Henry Bernard near Broussardville. He lost all his corn and a very fine hog that was in a pen near by. The fire was started by a burning hedge.

Last week a fire occurred at Mr. Alex Hoffpauir's plantation on Queue Tortue, which was destroyed his corn house with its contents: 300 barrels of corn, 50 sacks of rice, a lot of hay, and all the harness of the place.On Saturday last at about 2 o'clock p. m., a fire broke out in the residence of Judge Sidney Greig, on Cote Gelee, and in a short time the residence, kitchen and corn house were destroyed. There was no one on the place when the accident occurred and everything was consumed, even to the furniture and clothing. This is a heavy loss to Mr. Greig, as it is the second fire that has destroyed his property.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1893.


We are informed that Mr. Jos. A. Chargois intends rebuilding at no distant date, the dwelling adjoining Mr. E. Romero's store, that was destroyed by fire not long since. Laf. Advertiser 1/21/1893.

Dr. F. S. Mudd reports an exciting time extinguishing a prarie fire, no doubt, was a cigar or cigarette thoughtlessly thrown on the tall grass by some passer-by. Laf. Advertiser 1/21/1893.

Where is our firemen's company? Is it organized? Or, do we need such an organization.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/22/1898.


 The fire Wednesday again emphasized the urgent need for an electric fire alarm system. Immediately upon the alarm being given everybody began to ask where is the fire. People stood uncertain which way to go. Some firemen ran to the hose & cart house and started with a horse pulling the cart - for the depot. Why? Because the wild cat whistle blew and they guessed the fire was down towards the railroad. They hoped by the time they reached the railroad to find out the direction of the fire. All along Jefferson and Lincoln avenues the people stood on the sidewalks or in their doors and yelled to the onrushing hose cart men, "Where is the fire". "Don't know" and on they went rushing to the depot.

 This was a striking illustration of the delay which can not be avoided where there is no fire alarm system. And delay, in case of fire is a very important matter. A question of a very few minutes often decides whether a house and contents shall be a total loss or not. If you happen to be insured (being one of the fortunate ones who can pay the exorbitant and robber rates of the insurance companies), you can possibly stand being burned out, but if you are not insured and lose all you have, you will find it hard that the Council did not provide the town with an alarm system that would have prevented the delay that cost you your all.

 Lafayette is now too large to depend on guess work to locate fires and it covers too much territory to permit delay in locating them. This fact should be realized and a unanimous demand made upon the Council for an electric fire system.

 An electric fire alarm system may be somewhat costly in installing but the cost will be more than saved to the tax payer in reduced insurance rates and the certain saving of property from burning because eliminating the delay in fighting fire.

 The time has come for us to make an improvement in our method of handling fires. Lafayette covers too much ground and the houses are too numerous to longer risk delay. A fire that might be extinguished if reached in time many now easily on a windy night not alone burn the building first caught, but sweep on the other buildings and destroy thousands of dollars of property. Without a certain system of fire alarms, the kind to have with an electric fire alarm system, the delay is sure to exist and every day such conditions exist is a menace to property.

 To save this unnecessary risk and to reduce the high rate of insurance at the same time, a general demand should be made by the people on the Council to put in an electric fire alarm system.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/24/1908.     

Colored Fire Dept. - The fire department held a meeting in Falk's hall last Thursday night. A proposition from W. D. Skinner and other colored men to organize a fire company to be under the supervision of the chief was considered and acted upon favorably. A resolution was adopted forming four instead of seven districts. Dr. Moss was appointed to look into the question of a fire alarm system.
Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1902.

Barn Destroyed. - Wednesday at 2 o'clock in the morning a barn on Mr. Ludovic Billaud's plantation was discovered on fire and as there was no means at hand to combat the flames the building with all its contents were soon consumed. Over 200 barrels of corn, several plows and other farming implements were lost. Mr. Billaud cannot account for the origin of the fire, but fears it was the work of an incendiary.
Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895. 

Fire broke out in the home of Mrs. S. R. Wallis on day this week, destroying some bed clothing and doing limited damage to a bed-sted before it could be extinguished. Laf. Adv. 1/26/1895.

Mr. Ludovic Billeaud of this parish shortly after midnight the 24th inst., about 50 barrels of corn and a lot of farm implements were consumed by flames. No plausible explanation has been offered for the accident. Lafayette Advertiser 1/26/1895.

Another Fire. - On last Thursday evening, about 5 o'clock, the store of Levy & Son had a narrow escape from destruction by fire. A hanging lamp began to flare up, and fearing that it might explode, Mr. Levy got up on a step ladder to it but being unable to do so, decided to take it down and remove it to the street. He called his son to take the lamp, which he did and started for the front door. When he had gone about half way the lamp began to flare out all over and burned his hand, and finally the globe breaks and the lamp exploded, the oil running out and igniting. They at once went to work with blankets and comforters to put it out, and soon had it out. The alarm, however, had been given and the court house bell rung, which caused a large crowd to congregate. Very little damage was done by the fire, the greatest loss being the blankets and comforters used in putting the fire out. The loss will not probably exceed $50. This is the second incipient blaze that has occurred in Levy's within a month, and they have escaped both times with slight damage. Lafayette Advertiser 1/28/1893.

 Strict investigation will be made on the masqueraders at the Masquerade Ball to be given by the Fire Dept. at Falk's Opera House on Mardi Gras.
Laf. Adv. 1/28/1899.

Water Works & Fire Dept.

Lafayette is on the eve of being in full possession of a thoroughly modern and efficient system of waterworks, and, as yet, her citizens have not taken the first step toward utilizing so valuable an agent in combating fire. If we mistake not, it was the urgent need of our people for a means of protection against fire that caused them to take up and pass favorably on the question of waterworks. Now that we are on the point of attaining the object our desire is it not well nay necessary, to consummate arrangements without further delay, to enjoy every possible benefit connected with an up-to-date system of waterworks? Water, and plenty of it, was what avail will all the water in Christendom be if we lack the means of utilizing it? Let us get to work immediately and prepare ourselves to get the fullest benefits from the waterworks plant. As soon as the fire companies are organized and equipped for action the town authorities should have the town of Lafayette re-rated for fire insurance, under the new order of things; another valuable benefit pertaining to waterworks will have many hundred dollars each year to the property holders of the town. We cannot get the lower rate of insurance, however, until we have the necessary facilities for combating fire. As soon as we can show this will be entitled to and will receive a material reduction in fire insurance rates, and this reduction will apply on old policies now in force as well as on all future policies written for the town, a rebate being made on all insurance already in force, for the unexpired term of the policies. This means a large saving especially to our merchants, making it of particular interest to them to see a good fire department organized and maintained. All classes will be benefited in this matter of fire insurance, directly or otherwise, and it behooves all citizens to enter earnestly into the movement.

The man who carries no insurance on his buildings should feel even more interested than the man who insures, for the former is indeed in great need of fire protection. When his home burns up he loses all, while the man who carries fire insurance has his policy to fall back on. An efficient fire department is needed for the protection of all alike, and it behooves every good citizen to fall promptly into line at the first call that will be made to organize a fire department, and the call must be made without delay. Let somebody speak first, and at once. The Advertiser suggests that the Business Men's Association take up the matter and rush it through. The move cannot be delayed any longer.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/29/1898.

Laf.'s Fire Alarm System.

Until further order the Fire Department of Lafayette and the public will be guided by the following fire alarm system:

Court House and vicinity - 1 tap of bell or 1 long continued blast from power house.
Mills Addition and vicinity - 2 taps of bell or 2 distinct blasts from power house with 10 seconds interval.

Mouton Addition and vicinity- 3 taps of bell or 3 distinct blasts from power house with 10 seconds interval.

McComb Addition and vicinity - 4 taps of bell or 4 blasts from power house with 10 seconds interval.

That any fire occurring in the neighborhood of these points be telephoned directly to Cumberland exchange, Mouton Bros., and power house.
That a placard of the new system be placed in every truck house, the telephone exchange and power house.
Dr. G. A. Martin, Chief of Lafayette Fire Department.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1902.

FIRE. -A fire cccurred on Mr. Perry Moses' plantation near Pinhook last Saturday night which destroyed his blacksmith shop. By the prompt action of Mr. Moses and his employees, the sugar house, which was near the burning building, was saved.
 Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1879.

City Council of Vermilionville.

 At a special meeting of the City Council of the Corporation of Vermilionville, held December 7th, 1872, were present: W. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. J. J. Revillon, H. Landry, J. N. Judice, Aug. Monnier and R. Gagneaux. Absent: B. A. Salles and R. L. McBride.

 The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and 
  On motion it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution, any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off fire-crackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., &c., within the limits of the Corporation of Vermilionville, and any person or persons violating the provisions of this resolution, will be fined in the sum of FIVE DOLLARS, for each and every offence.

 The following account was presented and approved :

 W. O. Smith,       $6.80.

 On motion the Council adjourned.
  H. BAILEY,               W. O. SMITH,
    Secretary.                            Mayor.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1873.

Grand Masquerade Ball given by the Fire Department of Lafayette for the benefit of the Bell Tower.


.FLOOR MANAGERS:  E. Pellerin, Felix Mouton, O. B. Hopkins, B. Coumes, A. J. Alpha, Dr. G. A. Martin.

RECEPTION COMMITTEE: F. G. Mouton, C. D. Caffery, O. C. Mouton, C. Debaillon, A. E. Mouton, J. T. Allingham.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/4/1899.

Elects New Officers. 

 Thursday night Home Fire Company held their annual election resulting as follows:

 C. O. Mouton, President; Jerome Mouton, Vice-President; F. E. Voorhies, Secretary; S. R. Parkerson, Treasurer; Gus. Schmulen, Foreman; O. C. Broussard, 1st Assistant; J. E. Mouton, 2nd Assistant.

 Ed. G. Voorhies, B. J. Pellerin, Geo. Doucet, Finance Committee.

 Pierre Guchereaux, P. J. Voorhies, Nozzlemen.

 Plugmen - Dolze Broussard, F. V. Mouton.

 Housekeeper - Luc Martin.

 After the announcement of the result the members adjourned to the Gordon Hotel and did full justice to a splendid supper prepared under instructions by the committee on refreshments. Lafayette Advertiser 2/8/1905.


The silk quilt donated by Miss Aimee Mouton to the Home Fire Co., was raffled last Tuesday at the Mardi Gras ball and Mr. Sidney Mouton, brother of Miss Aimee Mouton was the lucky winner. Laf. 2/8/1902

A Terrible Accident.

 A terrible accident occurred on Monday evening, 3d inst., at the residence of Mr. Ozeme LeBlanc, in this parish, about five miles west of Vermilionville. The particulars of the accident, as near as we have been able to learn, are as follows : Mrs. Leblanc, late in the evening with candle in hand, was filling a lamp from a can filled with coal oil, when her little son, aged about two years, ran into the room and striking his mother's arms knocked the candle and can from her hands on to the floor, the candle struck the oil and in a second the floor was ion flames. Mrs. Leblanc's dress having caught fire, she rushed from the house the room into the yard, forgetting her child, where her husband extinguished the fire, but not until her arm was severely burnt. Mr. LeBlanc immediately ran into the room to extinguish the fire there when he found his little son enveloped in flames ; by his efforts he succeeded in extinguishing the fire, alas ! too late to save the poor little creature, the devouring elements had pierced its tender vitals and in a few minutes its young soul took its flight to heaven.

 Mr. LeBlanc's hands were also badly burnt, but we are happy to learn to-day, Friday, that both Mr. and Mrs. L. are long well. This is another warning to parents to be careful how they use coal oil or lamp oil of any kind ; lamps should be cleaned and filled during the day and not wait until night to fill them. So many accidents from coal oil and other lamps should be a warning to all.  

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/8/1873. 


City Council of Vermilionville.

 At a special meeting of the City Council of the Corporation of Vermilionville, held December 7th, 1872, were present : W. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. J. J. Revillon, H. Landry, J. N. Judice, Aug. Monnier and R. Gagneaux. Absent: B. A. Salles and R. L. McBride.

 The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and

 On motion, it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution,  any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off firecrackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., within the limits of Vermilionville, and any person or persons violating the provisions of this resolution, will be fined in the sum of Five Dollars, for each and every offence.

 The following account was presented and approved :

 W. O. Smith          $6.30.
 On motion the Council Adjourned.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Laf. Advertiser 2/8/1873.

Notice to Firemen.
 The annual meeting of the Fire Department will take place at Falk's Opera House, Monday, March 11, 1901, 8 p. m., for the election of officers.
   F. V. MOUTON,
 Secretary Fire Department.
 Laf. Gazette 2/9/1901.


There was the beginning of a fire at Dr. Mudd's house, Friday of last week; but fortunately the flames were extinguished before they were able to pass beyond control of the present to combat them. Master Armand and Iphis Deffez, Don Greig and Allen Sprole deserve special mention for the valuable services they rendered on this occasion, and Dr. Mudd is very lavish in his praise of the young men. Laf. Adv. 2/9/1895.

 Fire communicated to the clothing of the little son of Mr. John Bowen, Olivier, yesterday morning, and before extinghishment inflict painful burning of the lower half of the body. The child had been left alone in the room but a few moments later when the mother was attracted to the scene by its agonizing screams and was horrified to see its clothing ablaze, Mrs. Bowen quickly carried the child out of the house into the snow and succeeded in thus smothering the fire. Dr. A. R. Trahan administered to the wants of the little patient.
Laf. Adv. 2/9/1895.

HE IS HERE! - Prof. W. A. Bonnet, the well known artist and photographer, is now permanently located in Lafayette. He is at his former stand in the second story of Moss Bros. & Co.'s store building. He regular price for a dozen extra finish cabinet photographs is &8.00, but for a limited time he will charge ONLY $2.00 A DOZEN. No doubt many persons will want to take advantage of this special offer which is good only UNTIL FEB. 15th. So don't all wait until the last day and run the risk of being shout out by a crowd.
 Lafayette Advertiser 2/9/1895.

The barn of Mr. W. D. Huff was discovered to be on fire the 4th instant, but before much damage had been done the flames were promptly extinguished with the valuable assistance of a switch engine crew that went to the rescue.
Laf. Adv. 2/9/1895.

An Early Blaze.
 At about 3 o'clock Tuesday morning Mr. Wm. Huff was surprised to discover his barn on fire. Though the flames had already consumed the upper portion of the building prompt and intelligent work saved the balance of it. Mr. Huff was fortunate in receiving the assistance of the "crew" from the railroad yard who worked hard to put out the fire. Mr. Huff desires to thank these gentlemen for their efficient work, especially to the old veteran railroader, Henry Church. Lafayette Gazette 2/9/1895.


Alarm of Fire. - An alarm of fire, a few days ago, created a momentary excitement in our town. The kitchen of Mr. V. Sonnier was discovered on fire, and was fortunately extinguished in its incipiency and before the arrival of the firemen. The cause of the accident is attributed to the carelessness of a servant, who after sweeping the ashes and fire from the hearth, placed the broom in a corner, from which the fire communicated to the building. The damage was very slight. Lafayette Advertiser 2/9/1878.

There will be a meeting at Falk's Opera-house to-night. All interested in the organization of fire companies are requested to be present.
Laf. Adv. 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.

At Work. - They have also made an estimate of all things needed to supply two hose companies and a hook and ladder company.
Let the good work go on. Lafayette Advertiser 2/12/1898.

Fire Company No. 1. Elects Officers.

 The annual election of officers of Fire C. No. 1 took place Monday night. The fire boys took advantage of the occasion to give a smoker. Several guests partook of the hospitality of the company. The following members were elected to the respective offices: President, Wm. Campbell; Vice-President, Judge C. Debaillon; treasurer, D. V. Gardebled; Secretary. Felix H. Mouton; Foreman, Paul Castel; First Assistant Foreman, Abe Hirsch; Second Assistant Foreman, Albert Trahan; House-Keeper, Eugene Ducharme; First Nozzlemen, Theodore LeBlanc; Plugman, Willie Adams; and Keyman, Felix Meaux.

 This company is one of the strongest of the department and numbers among its members some of the best fire-fighters. The officers elected have always shown active interest in the town's organizations for protection from fire and they will no doubt exert themselves to promote the welfare of number one during the ensuing year.
Lafayette Gazette 2/14/1903.   

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.

February 8th, 1879.

 Among other business....

 On motion resolved that any person who shall shoot, kill or disable, any horned cattle, mule or horse found roaming in his field or his premises shall be fined in the sum of fifty dollars. The amount to be recovered by the owner before any court or competent jurisdiction. Any law in conflict with the above is hereby repealed.

 On motion resolved that the use  of the court house shall be tendered the (unreadable word) Hook & Ladder Co. for the purpose of giving a ball on the 25th of February or on the 4th of March. Lafayette Advertiser 2/15/1879.  


Heroic Conduct of Boys Saves a House. 
Last Saturday at about 12 o'clock young Iphis and Armand Deffez, though at a considerable distance from the residence of Dr. Mudd, saw that the roof of the house was on fire, and losing no time started toward the doctor's house to inform its occupants of the impending danger. It is needless to say that it required prompt and efficient work to put the fire out as it had already burned several feet of the roof. Don Greig and Alley Sprole climbed upon the roof and with the assistance of the Deffez boys and other persons about the premises, succeeded in extinguishing the flames which would have soon enveloped the house had not the timely action of the boys impeded their course. Dr. Mudd speaks very highly of those who saved his house from the fire, and says that the Deffez boys deserve special mention for their heroic conduct.
Lafayette Gazette 2/16/1895.

There will be a celebration of the anniversary of Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1, at this place, on Monday, March 4th next, by a Procession, Christening of the Truck and Grand Calico Ball. For programme,  and handbills. Laf. Adv. 2/16/1878.


M. S. Alexander's House Burned.

 The many friends of M. S. Alexander, the efficient railway postal clerk from this place to Cheneyville will be pained to learn that his residence was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning. The house and contents, including some very expensive furniture, were totally destroyed. The fire originated in the kitchen. The property was partially insured. Lafayette Gazette 2/17/1894.

Three Companies to Organize Permanently Monday Night. 

Now that the means to fight that most dangerous of our enemies, known as fire, have been procured, it is only necessary for the citizens of the town to organize in order to have the protection which they should. A few gentlemen having that end in view have the initiative in this matter and we are pleased to state that their efforts have already met with the most encouraging results. Enough citizens have signified their willingness to join the movement to insure its success, and it is safe to say that before the waning of many moons Lafayette will have what it has never had before - fire protection.
The committee appointed to solicit the enlistment of members, composed of T. J. Allingham, Felix Voorhies and Felix Mouton, have done good work, enrolling enough names to organize their companies. They have also divided the town into three districts and located one station at the court-house, one at the store of Mouton Bros. and the other at the Moss & Mouton's lumber yard.
Lafayette Gazette 2/19/1898.

Let's Meet Our Firemen! Last Saturday night at 8 o'clock at Falk's Opera House the B. M. A. was assembled to organize a fire department. The president being obliged to absent himself, the meeting was presided by Wm. Campbell, vice president of the B. M. A.

The committee consisting of Messrs. Felix Voorhies, Felix Mouton, Jno. T. Allingham, Wm. Graser and Sterling Mudd who had been appointed to the enrollment of firemen, reported that a great number had already signed the list.

Judge Debaillon suggested that 4 temporary captains be appointed whose duties would be to apportion the names in 3 different districts viz:

one in Mill's addition, one in Mouton addition, one in the old town, the department to consist of a hook and ladder company and two hose companies.

The suggestion having been ratified by the meeting, Meesrs. Felix Voorhies, Felix Mouton, Jno. T. Allingham and Sterling Mudd were appointed as temporary captains. The enrollment list being opened (unreadable word) a great many of those present at the meeting signed their names.

It was decided that the temporary captains would meet on the next Monday night to assign the members to a district.
We give here below the result of their labors. The list is still open for anyone who wishes to affiliate themselves with the Lafayette Fire Department. The following list shows the assignment of each man to his district, by temporary captains at their meeting held last Monday night. Lafayette Advertiser 2/19/1898.

Let us work as fast as possible on our firemen companies and have a big parade on the fourth of March. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

One hundred and thirty-eight citizens have already joined the fire department. There is plenty of room for others.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/19/1898.

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 

POLICE JURY  On motion, resolved, that the use of the court house shall be tendered the firemen Hook and Ladder Co. for the purpose of giving a ball on the 25th of February or on the 4th of March.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1890.

The town was thrown into quite a furor on the 14th inst., by the cry of fire. The roof of the building occupied by F. Lombard, had been ignited by sparks from the chimney and had burned a considerable hole before the fire was discovered. The prompt action of the Fire Company, however, soon extinguished it ; and we take it, that the manner in which it was done is enough to convince the most skeptic, as to the utility of a fire department. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1879.

FIREMEN ATTENTION!  - The annual meeting of the Fire Department of Lafayette will take place at Falk's Opera House, Monday, March 12th, 1901, at 8 - p. m.
F. V. Mouton, Sec. F. D.

Lafayette Advertiser 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.


The celebration of the anniversary of our Fire Company, on next Monday week, the 4th of March, will be a grand affair.  The preparations of the occasion are charge of committees, whose activity and zeal will leave nothing undone that may contribute to make the day long remembered in this community.
Laf. Adv. 2/23/1878


Pelican Grist Mill Completely Destroyed Last Saturday Night, and An Attempt to Burn Mr. F. Demanade's Store.  

Last Saturday night at ten o'clock fire broke out in the Pelican Grist Mill near the depot and before the department could respond had attained such headway as to be beyond control. The building, contents and machinery were entirely destroyed and will prove almost a total loss as there was but $1000 insurance on the establishment which was owned by Mr. George DeBlanc and occupied by Mr. Adolph Mouton as a feed store and fuel supply. Mr. DeBlanc';s loss will aggregate $2000, but Mr. Mouton will lose but little as there was only a small lot of hay and feed-stuff on hand at the time. The firemen saved a carload of wood just switched into the yard.

Hardly had the flames been subdued than a second alarm was sounded about midnight and Mr. F. Demanade's store was discovered afire. This, however, was put out before serious damage, but on close examination it was found that the fire had been set by some miscreant, a lot of oil and cotton waste being discovered on the spot. No doubt exists that both fires were of incendiary origin and the only regret generally expressed was that the friends escaped detection. It is to be hoped that the officers may yet find some clue to fix responsibility for the crimes that the criminals may receive their just deserts.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/24/1904.  


Home Fire Co. - At a regular meeting last Thursday night the members of Home Fire company proceeded to elect officers for the ensuing year. Over 40 were present and it was ordered that besides new hooks, hose, and other appliances the company should have a grand supper Thursday, March 3. The following were the officers elected: Chas. O. Mouton, president; Jos. Ducote, vice-president; F. E. Voorhies, recording and financial secretary; S. R. Parkerson, Treasurer; Gus. Schmulen, foreman; C. O. Broussard, first assistant foreman; Joe E. Mouton, second assistant foreman, E. G. Voorhies, B. J. Pellerin, and Joe E. Mouton, finance committee, Sidney Mouton, O. P. Guillbeau and Pierre Guchereau, nozzlemen; Sidney Mouton and Dolze Broussard, keymen; Lue Mouton, house-keeper. Lafayette Advertiser 2/24/1904.

The Firemen. - Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1 will hold a meeting to-night at 8:30. Officers will be elected to serve during the ensuing year. After the election there will be a smoker and a good time will be had by the boys. Lafayette Gazette 2/24/1900. 


Home Fire Co., will elect its officers on March 2nd. After the election a supper at Louis Domengeaux's restaurant will be the attraction.
Laf. 2/25/1899


 The three fire companies held meetings Thursday night and elected the following officers:

 First District - Wm. Campbell, president; Judge C. Debaillon, vice-president; Felix Mouton, foreman Paul Castel, 1st. assistant; Jno. Graser, second assistant; Henry Gerac, secretary; D. V. Gardebled, treasurer; Wm. Graser, first nozzle man; Geo. Scherer, assistant; Jno. Marsh, key-man, Ed Lehman, plug man; Louis Hebert, stewart; Judge O. C. Mouton, J. P. Revillon, B. Falk, finance committee; Pierre Gerac, S. B. Kahn, Edward Judice, investigating committee.

 Second District - Dr. G. A. Martin, president; T. M. Biossat, vice-president; Frank G. Mouton, foreman; Gus. Schmulen, 1st assistant; Jno. L. Kennedy, 2d assistant; O. B. Hopkins, recording secretary; A. V. Labbe, financial secretary; S. R. Parkerson, treasurer; Crow Girard, H. VanderCruyssen, Jos. Ducote, executive committee; C. D. Caffery, G. A. Martin, H. A. VanderCruyssen, J. Alf. Mouton, Gus. Schmulen, Jos. Ducote, on by laws; F. G. Mouton, H. A. VanderCruyssen, Dr. Martin, Uniforms.

 Hook and Ladder and Hose Co., No. 3 - A. E. Mouton, president; vice-president, M. Rosenfield; secretary and treasurer, Geo. A. DeBlanc; Emanuel Pellerin, foreman; S. W. McFaddin, 1st assistant;  L. A. Veazey, 2d assistant; Jno. Hahn, J. Nickerson, J. A. Delhomme, trustees; A. J. Comes, Marshal; McFaddin, Allingham, DeBlanc, committee on truck; Rosenfield, Allingham, Comes, on by laws. Lafayette Gazette 2/25/1898.        

Lafayette Fire Department. The organization of the Fire Department took place last Thursday night. The Home Fire Co. assembled at the First National Bank. 30 members were present. It was resolved that all persons desiring to become members are required to pay their initiation fees (50cts) within one week from publication. Monthly dues 25cts. This Company will meet next Thursday night at 8'oclock sharp at First National Bank, at which time all committees are expected to report.

 Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1 met at the Opera House with good attendance. It was resolved that the election and installation of officers be held on the 24th day of February of each year and in case of a Sunday, then on next day.

 Lafayette Hook & Ladder Co. met at their hall in Racke's building at 8 o'clock. An initiation fee of 50cts and monthly dues of 25cts was unanimously adopted. A committee composed of S. W. McFadden, J. T. Allingham and Geo. A. DeBlanc was appointed to wait upon the City Council and investigate everything concerning the truck now at the Court House.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/26/1898.


Dr. G. A. Martin, President;
T. M. Biossat, Vice-president,
Frank. G. Mouton, Foreman,
Gus. Schmulen, 1st. Asst. Fireman,
Jno. L. Kennedy, 2nd Asst. Fireman,
O. B. Hopkins, Recording Secretary; A. V. Labbe, S. R. Parkerson, Financial Secretary; S. R. Parkerson, Treasurer.

 Crow Girard, H. A. VanderCruyssen and Jos. Ducote.


 Chas. D. Caffery, Dr. G. A. Martin, H. A. Vander Cruyssen, J. Alfred Mouton, Gus. Schmulen and Jos. Ducote,


 F. G. Mouton, H. A. Vander Cruyssen and Dr. G. A. Martin.

 Wm. Campbell, President;
Judge. C. Debaillon, Vice-president, Felix Mouton, Foreman;
Paul Castel, 1st Asst. Fireman, John Graser, 2nd. Asst. Fireman, Henry Gerac, Secretary; D. V. Gardebled, Treasurer; Wm. Graser, 1st. Nozzleman;
Geo. Shear, 2nd. Nozzleman;
John Marsh, Keyman;
E. J. Lehman, Plugman;
Louis Hebert, Steward.


Judge O. C. Mouton, J. P. Revillon, and B. Falk.

Pierre Gerac, Edward Judice and S. B. Kahn.


Judge C. Debaillon, Judge O. C. Mouton, D. V. Gardebled, J. P. Revillon and B. Falk.

A. E. Mouton, President,
M. Rosenfield, Vice-president;
Geo. A. DeBlanc, Secretary and Treasurer; Emmanuel Pellerin, Foreman; S. W. McFadden, 1st Assistant Fireman; L. A. Veazey, 2nd. Asst. Fireman; John Hahn, Trustee;
Jack Nickerson, A. J. Coumes, Marshal.

M. Rosenfield, J. T. Allingham and A. J. Coumes.

A vote of thanks to Mr. A. E. Mouton, was ordered spread upon the minutes, for the free use of a house for the truck and hose. This company will meet the first Wednesday night of each month at 8'oclock at their hall.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/26/1898. 

Two carloads of cotton near the depot caught fire Sunday about one o'clock and considerable damage was done before the flames were extinguished. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

Election of Officers.

 A meeting of Fire Company No. 1 held a special Monday night and elected the following officers to serve during the ensuing year: President, Wm. Campbell; vice-president, Judge C. Debaillon; secretary, Felix Mouton; Treasurer, D. V. Gardebled; foreman, Abram Hirsch; house-keeper, Eugene Ducharm; nozzleman, Wm. Graser; assistant nozzleman, B. F. Anderson; plugman, P. Krauss; keyman, Willie Adams.

 The meeting was largely attended and the collection of fees and fines showed that the boys are still taking an active interest in the company. The Lafayette firemen are not only among the best to be found anywhere, but they are always willing to put up the sinews of  war.
Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.

Home Fire Co. - Officers Elected.

 Wednesday night Home Fire Co., No. 1 held their annual election for officers. An enjoyable smoker followed the completion of the balloting. The following officers were elected:  President, Wm. Campbell; Vice-President, F. O. Broussard; Secretary, F. H. Mouton; Treasurer, D. V. Gardebled; Foreman, Paul Castel; First Assistant Foremen, Jno. Graser; Second Assistant Foreman, Abraham Hirsch; Housekeeper, Eugene Ducharm; Nozzleman, Wm. Graser; Assistant Nozzleman, Theodore LeBlanc; Plugman, Willie Adams; Keyman, Felix Meaux. Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.   

The Advertiser acknowledges with thanks an invitation to be present at the Fourth Annual Banquet of the Home Fire Co., at Falk's Hall, Thursday evening March 3.
Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1904.

Fire Company No. 1. - On last Monday night a meeting of Fire Co. No. 1 was held for the purpose of electing officers, but owing to the small membership present, it was deferred until the next regular meeting, Monday March 4, when the consideration of a new chief will also be taken up. This organization is a splendid one and quite prosperous, having $82.58 in the treasury and being free from all indebtedness. Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1901.

The annual meeting of the Fire Department of Lafayette will take place at Falk's Opera House, Monday, March 12, 1901, at 8 p, m. for election of officers.
Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1901.

The annual election of officers for our Fire Company will take place next Thursday the 7th inst. Laf. Adv. 3/2/1878.

 Admission tickets to the Firemen's ball at Hebert's Hall next Monday night, can be obtained at the principal stores and public places in town. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1878.
The anniversary celebration of Lafayette Fire Company No. 1, next Monday the 4th inst., will be very attractive and arrangements for the occasion, have been perfected. We expect to see people pouring into our town from all directions, to witness the procession, the ceremony of christening of the Truck, and to participate in the Grand Calico Ball at Hebert's Hall. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1878.

The Christening of Clara.

 The anniversary celebration of Lafayette Fire Company No. 1, on the 4th, instant, was successful beyond the most sanguine expectation.   This company was organized one year ago, and is incorporated under the general law of the State and numbers thirty-five active members. Since its organization, the company has already succeeded in raising sufficient funds to purchase a No. 2 Babcock Hook and Ladder Truck and Engine Combined, and to erect a Truck-house of suitable dimensions for their meetings also. The energy and perseverance of the members, encouraged by the kindness and liberality of our citizens, has placed the organization on a solid and permanent basis and assured its prosperity. It is to be hoped that it is usefulness and efficiency will seldom be tested by misfortunes of fire. Our citizens feel more secure now in their property and are justly proud of this band of noble and disinterested firemen.                                                             

 Last Monday during the morning, a number of ladies were engaged in decorating the Truck, which was done in a very neat and tasteful manner. At 2 o'clock p. m., the procession formed at the Truck-house and proceeded to the Catholic church, keeping step to the lively music of our Hyperion Brass Band. The company presented a fine appearance, being in full uniform, consisting of blue flannel shirts trimmed with white and white cuffs, red leather belts, black pants and glazed leather caps, with the number of the company on the caps and belts in white figures on red ground. After entering the church, Truck and all, the interesting ceremony of christening was performed by Rev. H. Gonzales officiating, assisted by the Rev. B. Branche, in the presence of a large and attentive audience. The Rev. Father dignified the occasion by the delivery of an appropriate discourse, in which a happy reference was made to the union of all creeds, professions and occupations for a common purpose and recognizing the Supreme Architect of the Universe as the Author of all things and acknowledging dependence on, and necessity of, Divine assistance and blessings in all human undertakings. [The substance of the whole discourse will be found on our French page.]
Mr. Jean Gerac was God-father and Miss Clara Girard the God-mother, and our handsome truck emerged from the church with the name "CLARA." The procession was reformed and with music and flying colors, marched through the principal streets and was finally disbanded at the Truck house. One of the pleasing incidents of the day, was an impromptu speech of Edward E. Mouton Esq. Standing on Madison street, a quiet spectator of the procession, and our gallant firemen knowing that he was like themselves, "always ready", the foreman called a halt. A speech was wanted and although it was a complete surprise, Mr. Mouton was equal to the occasion and acquitted himself in his usual happy and eloquent style.

 During the procession, stores were closed and business was suspended. There was a general turn out of the community and all portions of our parishes were represented. The ceremonies of the day were concluded by a ball at Hebert's Hall, which was well attended and the pleasure and enjoyment of the gay and festive party was complete.

 The day was clear and beautiful and the whole celebration passed off without a single unpleasant incident. The spectators attracted here seemed gratified and our firemen had the pleasure and satisfaction of successfully inaugurating their anniversary celebration, which has marked en epoch in the history of our town. May they give in the future, many repetitions of similar celebrations.

Lafayette Advertiser 3/9/1898.

Be on the alert for the squad of Home Fire Company.
 Laf. Adv. 4/9/1898.

A Communication From J. C. Nickerson.

To the Editor of the Advertiser.

 Will you kindly allow me space in your valuable paper to ask a few questions, that very much interest every real estate and property owner in the city of Lafayette? I see in your issue of March 29 that the annual meeting of the fire department was held at the court house on the 20th of March and after the regular routine of appointing officers and committees for the ensuing year, the committee on resolutions submitted the following resolution which was unanimously adopted. 

 Resolved, by the Fire Department of the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, that for the purpose of aiding, equipping and maintaining the said Fire Department, that a call be made on every male citizen within the corporation limits of the city of Lafayette, La., owning real estate within said corparative limits, and who are not members of said fire department, to subscribe an annual fee of not less than five dollars, and that said amount when paid to be turned over to the Treasurer of the department, and to be used in aiding, equipping and maintaining the said Fire Department for the purpose of fighting fires.

 Be it further resolved, that said resolution be printed in the city papers, The Lafayette Advertiser and The Gazette for a space of sixty days.

 Be it also further resolved, that a copy of said resolution be mailed to each male citizen of the city of Lafayette who are not members of the Fire Department, and also to all non-residents and corporations owning real estate within the city of Lafayette, La.
   Respectfully submitted:
Lafayette Advertiser 4/12/1895.

 The above resolution is a move in the right direction, but I think that it requires a little alteration or should be more fully described to be properly understood.

 First question: According to the resolution it is proposed to make a call for a subscription of not less than five dollars from every male free-holder within the corporate limits of the city.

 If a man owns a vacant lot worth forty or fifty dollars he is a free-holder. Is it right and just that he should be called on to subscribe at least five dollars a year to the fire department when he receives no protection from them whatever?

 Second question: If a man owns a small house and lot worth two or three hundred dollars, is it right that he should be called on to pay five dollars a year to the fire department.

 He should be willing to pay his proportionate part, two or three dollars a year.

 Third question: The resolution only asks male free-holders to subscribe to the support of the fire department when it is well known that a large proportion of the real estate is owned by females, who receive the same protection from the fire department as the males do. Why shouldn't all the household property in the city pay its proportion alike? It all receives the same protection.

 I again say I think that the resolution is a move in the right direction and with a few amendments it will meet with a general response.

I would suggest that the committee on resolutions amend the original resolutions by adopting an equitable sliding scale. That every real estate or property owner in the city male or female, company or corporation be called on to subscribe from two to five, ten or fifteen dollars a year according to circumstances and the proportionate value of their property towards the support of the fire department.

 I think that such an amended resolution would raise a much larger revenue to the fire department than the original resolution.
         J. NICKERSON.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/12/1905.


Given by Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1, at Falk's Opera House.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/16/1898.
Let our people be out in full force to-night at the ball. A worthy cause and help must not be lacking. Lovers of the dance will be gratified. The Breaux Bridge band will be on hand.

The following are the committees:

Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1.

 B. Falk, Jno. Marsh, Homer Mouton, J. P. Revillon, Ike Plonsky, A. J. Le Blanc and Chas. Debaillon.

Home Fire Co.Dr. G. A. Martin and T. M. Biossat.
Lafayette Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1.A. E. Mouton and M. Rosenfield.

LAFAYETTE FIRE CO. NO. 1.Gus Lacoste, F. E. Moss, Judge O. C. Mouton, Dr. F. E. Girard and A. J. Sprole.

 Home Fire Co.
Frank G. Mouton and Gus Schmulen.
Lafayette Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1.Emmanuel Pellerin and Geo A. DeBlanc.


 Gala Day in Lafayette was a great success. The firemen ought to be proud of their achievement. It shows what a united people can do. Last Sunday will for ever linger in the memory of every one who participated in the ceremonies.
 As arranged, the fire department met at the Court House Square at 12:30 and went in a body to welcome the excursionists who reached Lafayette about 2 o'clock. The fire trucks were gayly decorated for the occasion.

  Home Fire Co.'s truck was a canopy of flowers pulled by three white feathered birds and driven by a little girl (Lillian Van der Cruyssen) who was surrounded by three others, (Michael Martin, Bessie Trahan and Hinder Schmulen.)

 Lafayette Fire Co. No. 1 showed apparatus as a bower of flowers surmounted by a golden and silver arch under which was a little fireman (Antoine Lacoste.)

 Lafayette Hook and Ladder Co.'s apparatus was not in the parade owing to lack of time in decorating it.

 As soon as the large crowd of excursionists arrived the parade was formed marching towards Falk's Opera House where the address of welcome was delivered by Mayor Caffery.

 The militia and a fireman company of New Iberia, the Breaux Bridge's band participation in the parade.

 The Century Brass Band of Lafayette, organized a few years prior of Gala Day decided not to take part in the parade not having a reasonable time to present itself.

 The matinee began soon after the address of welcome was delivered and not a corner was to be found which was not occupied. The Matinee and banquet were well patronized by an appreciative (unreadable word) audience.

 To enliven the afternoon an impromptu ball was organized between the matinee and 6 o'clock the time of departure of the excursionists.

 At 6:30 p. m. the fire department met again in body to assist at the christening of Home Fire Co.'s Hose apparatus which took place at St. John Catholic church.

 To the pealing of bells a vast crowd estimated at 2,000 entered the edifice. There is no recollection of such a crowd ever having entered St. John's.

 The christening of Home Fire Co. celebrated with great pomp. The sponsors were Mrs. John O. Mouton and Dr. G. A. Martin.

 As soon as this vast crowd was seated and if by magic the whole church poured forth a river of variegated electric lights whose brilliancy and beauty had never been witnessed and the surprise was so genuine and intense that the vast throng gave vent to its feelings by a well hearted exclamation.

 This fairy scene will be engraved in the memory of all those who had the privilege of being present.

 The choir sung the Veni Creator after which the Rev. Father Forge delivered an address suited to the occasion.

 "The City of Lafayette," said he, "has a right to be happy to-day."

 Since a long time our city was at the mercy of an element which though necessary to human life becomes, when unrestrained, a danger ;  an element which in its rage spread desolation and ruin.

 Whilst enjoying sleep to obtain new strength for the next day's work a cry in the silent hours of the night awakened us to find our ourselves surrounded by smoke and columns of fire.

 In a few minutes the labor of good many years were reduced to a pile of ashes.

 Happy, yet, if we had not deplored the loss of a dear one.

 To-day the city of Lafayette welcomes a friend, a powerful friend who will fight advantageously the common enemy.

 Powerful as they are, these apparatus are useless, they have need, to conduct and direct them, of an intelligence and will. The guns need soldiers, you are, gentlemen of the fire department, that intelligence and will. While forming three you must walk but under the same flag and upon it I would like to see inscribed:

 'Union, Courage, Devotedness.' The wisdom of the nations, said, "Union is Strength" and if I would employ a more authoritative voice than the one of the wisdom of the nations, the voice of Him whose resurrection we celebrate today. It would say: "ANY HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST CHIEF WILL FALL," It is Him who to unite men has brought with him this heavenly daughter that St. Paul put above all virtues, CHARITY. Courage, - I will not make insult to your generous heart in defining it I am speaking to brave men, to volunteers; are you not, gentlemen, at least some of you, heroes sons who fought and spilled their blood to defend a principle, are you not the sons of those who in their defeat were more glorious than their victors. Devotedness, - it is not of this world which is essentially selfish, it comes from above.

 It is a mixture of spirit, of sacrifice and love for his neighbor. I am assured that this noble sentiment beats in your hearts, but gentleman, if guns can't peel forth their thundering sounds without intelligence and will which directs them; neither can guns, intelligence or human will do anything without the superior intellect and will of Him who spoke to the Ocean. "Thou shalt go no further," and who by His will can command the destructive element.

 You have understood this, gentlemen, and your presence here in this building is an act of faith, a grateful act to Him who is the creator and preserver of all things.

 With gratitude and confidence, the city of Lafayette, put into your hands to-day this apparatus blessed of God, to be used for its protection and prosperity.

 The great concourse of people who came from neighboring towns and parish to take part in this gala day renders Lafayette twice happy and I believe to be only its interpreter when I say "Thank you."

 I will conclude, gentlemen, by a vow from the bottom of my heart as a priest and citizen:

 May these powerful means to be always as to-day decorated with flowers, may they be used as to-day to triumphantly ride about these earthly angels who are the future of Lafayette and who like our city throw themselves trusting into the arms of its protectors."

 The christening ceremony which was very elaborate and imposing was performed by the Revs. Father Forge, de Stockalper, Baulard and Grimaud.

 Two large blue ribbons descending from the canopy were held by each of the sponsors.

 The night concert was also a great success. There was an immense and appreciative audience. This terminated one of the most beautiful and successful of gala days.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/16/1898.

Opponents of Gala Day. 

 It is with regret that we are obliged to relate that some persons were opposed to gala day and that they have worked to lessen the success which was desired by the majority of the population.

 As to us, we don't believe there was ill will, but only a lack of knowledge or lack of reflecting. But if with a full knowledge they have worked in opposition to the success of gala day, we will say that they have acted without judgement that they have shown to be devoid of sentiment and above all they have been guilty of laboring against a people who in case of conflagration is ready to sacrifice itself not only to save the property but the life of others; against a people that sustain a cause which has for object to fight the most destructive element which sometimes brings death and consternation.

 These persons knew perfectly well that the fire department had for a long time planned the program of gala day and that to assure the success of it a great outlay of  one had been disbursed without counting the trouble occasioned. Until the day before no other advertisement had appeared besides the firemen's gala day, when all of a sudden and underhanded came the advertisement of a baseball game to be held at Oak Avenue Park. All arrangements had been made by the promoters of this underhanded process, to allure the most people at the track to the detriment of the firemen, but we are happy to say that their success has been very lean and that the only thing they can boast of is the rebuke given them by the population and if we speak thus it is but what we have heard repeated a thousand times during last Sunday.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/16/1898.

Mr. Grenard, agent for the American Harrow Co., of Chicago, will please accept the heartfelt thanks of Home Fire Co. for the loan of his stylish turn-out in the parade Laf. Adv. 4/16/1898.

 Home Fire Co. returns thanks to all persons who have participated and contribute to the success of gala day. To the musical talent are they more specially indebted for their help in the concerts which were a musical treat. Laf. Adv. 4/16/1898

PUBLIC SPIRIT. - We took a peep at the truck house built for the Home Fire Co. and found it completed. Upon inquiry we found that a dozen or more of our public spirited citizens had volunteered their services to build the same free of charge and under the leadership of Mr. Jno. Broussard the task has been accomplished. This speaks highly for those who have been engaged in the work and it is an act of commendation worthy of publicity. Lafayette Advertiser 4/29/1899.

Largest Ever Known in Lafayette.
Willie Otto Burned to Death.

 One of the most destructive conflagrations that have ever visited Lafayette occurred last Saturday night about one o'clock in the morning and nearly three hours raged with resistless fury, becoming bent upon lapping up with greedy tongue the entire block. Fortunately the wind was slight and this alone saved widespread destruction.

 The fire originated in the Nicholl's building across the railroad on Lincoln Ave. occupied by Messrs. Meyers and Long as a saloon and hotel, and when discovered was under such headway as to preclude any possibility of saving the building. A number of guests of the hotel had narrow escapes, many of them being forced to fly in their night clothes, and losing all their belongings.

 The town was alarmed immediately upon the discovery of the fire by prolonged whistling of the switch engines, followed at once by the wild cat whistle of the waterworks, and the discharge of fire arms. In a very short time an immense crowd was assembled, and among the first among them the gallant firemen with their hose and fighting apparatus. An attempt was made to confine the fire to the Nicholls building, but it was soon realized that the adjoining home of Mrs. Nicholls was also doomed. All the streams of water were then concentrated on Rosenfield's store in order to save it if possible. But such was the intense heat that the firemen were unable to stop the flames and soon the Rosenfield store, a large two story building just nearing completion was wrapped in the midst of flames. The intense heat had set a telegraph pole near the depot on fire. This was extinguished to keep the road from being obstructed with fallen wires. By this time DeBlanc's Meal and Grist Mill, a two-story structure across the alley from Mrs. Nicholl's home was becoming dangerously hot, and with dauntless bravery notwithstanding the fierce heat, the firemen rushed the hose in position and began playing water upon the smoking and charring sides of the building. Seeing their terrible exposure several men tore up a bridge and carried it to these intrepid men almost roasting in the intense heat, and placed it before them as a shield to the awful heat pouring upon them. To the Spartan like endurance of these men at the nozzle is due the safety of DeBlanc's mill, and the arrest of the grasping, hungry flames in that direction. It was a noble fight and well fought.

 Realizing the magnitude of the fire and the necessity for every stream that could be thrown on it, a wagon was hurriedly sent to the Industrial School to procure the hose kept for their protection of the school. It was quickly brought and served to good purpose. While the brave fight was being made to save DeBlanc's mill, an equally courageous struggle was going on in Lincoln Ave. to save the Delhomme buildings adjoining Rosenfield's. The terrific heat seemed irresistible and not withstanding every effort two more buildings became the prey of the flames before their progress was stopped. At three o'clock the fire was under control and further danger removed. The fight began at 1 a. m. and for two hours with courage, perseverance, and bravery the gallant firemen contested every step of the way with the searching flames and won a splendid victory, and this notwithstanding the fact that the water pressure was woefully inadequate and a sufficient quantity of hose was not available.

 It was learned shortly after an investigation was made as to whether all the guests of the hotel had escaped, that one could not be found. It was Willie Otto, a young man about 30 years old engaged in the butcher's trade. Later it was ascertained beyond a doubt that he had been cremated. Sunday morning about ten o'clock his charred remains were found in the burned debris.

The cause of the fire according to a consensus of opinion, seems to be that it ignited in the room of Otto probably from a match or cigarette. Mr. Bodenheimer who occupied rooms near him states that Otto retired under the influence of liquor, and that the fire started in that part of the building. All the other guests escaped without injury.

 Several of the firemen had narrow escapes from falling walls, but two were injured, Willie Graser and Joseph Mouton, by falling from a ladder.

 The losses are approximately as follows:

 Mrs. Nicholls' building and furniture, $10,000; J. A. Delhomme, building, $1,000; Dan Meyers, stock and fixtures in Nicholls' building, $3,000; Long's Restaurant, $500; DeBlanc's mill, damaged $300.

 The insurance is about as follows; Nicholls' buildings, $5,000; Rosenfield, stock. $5,000; Meyers, $1,000.

 Mr. A. E. Mouton, who had the contract on the Rosenfield building lost heavily as he had a light insurance. Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1903.

Investigation of Lack of Pressure at Fire.

 Wednesday afternoon a committee of firemen made a test of the waterworks in order to determine the cause of the lack of water pressure during the big fire Saturday night. With 120 feet of water in the stand pipe the pressure from it alone was 56 1/2 pounds to the square inch. After using two feet, pressure fell to 54 1/2. With the main closed and pressure given directly from the pump, only 35 lbs pressure could be given. With all the mains closed, the pump gave a pressure of 95 pounds.

 It is evident from the examination that the employees at the water works were not in fault, but that the difficulty was somewhere in the plant. Just what the difficulty is, has not been positively determined. A number of causes have a hearing, but without doubt one of the chief causes is that the pump is too small for the work required on it. When first put in it was sufficient, but since the great extension of the mains and heavy demand on the water supply, a (unreadable) 6 in pump is inadequate, whatever other causes may be certainly the town will have to purchase a much larger pump and the sooner it is done the better. The condition of the hose is very bad, an entirely new supply being needed. Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1903.

Card of Thanks. - The undersigned respectfully tender their heartfelt thanks to the brave Five Boys, who notwithstanding the unbearable heat and the danger of falling timber wrapped in flames in the little alley separating the building so nobly and valiantly saved our mill and warehouses, and to our lady and gentlemen friends and relatives who so kindly lent their untiring effect to save and to soothe in the early hours of that morning of April 29, and whose kindness will ever remain fresh in our memory.
      Geo. A. Deblanc,
       Mrs. Geo. Deblance,
        Miss Lelia Deblanc,
          and Little Emily.
  Lafayette Advertiser 5/2/1903.

The Pelican Fire Co., will give a grand ball on Thursday, May 28, at Falk's ball. Everything will be done to enhance the pleasure of those attending, and it is hoped that a large crowd will be present. Our Fire Companies are in every way deserving of the greatest encouragement, and merit the full and hearty support of our citizens. Laf. Adv. 5/2/1903



Two Story Frame Building, Corner Sixth and Railroad Avenue Burned. No Insurance. Loss about $1,200.

 Monday about 1:30 p. m., the two story frame building corner of Sixth street and Railroad avenue, was discovered on fire. The alarm was given by the whistling of the engines in the Southern Pacific yard and in a few moments an immense crowd had gathered. The fire department got on the scene promptly and by two o'clock had the fire well under control, placing some more fine work to their credit. Owing to the fact that the wind was blowing in the opposite direction from it, the Sunset hotel, which was not more than 30 or 35 feet away, was saved, but it required the hardest kind of work by the firemen to do it. Praise is due those who stood in the narrow space between the buildings, notwithstanding the intense heat, and fought the fire at close quarters, and its doubtful if they could have remained there, had they not thought of taking some of the doors of the hotel and using them for screens.

 Beyond considerable damage to the roof of the Sunset hotel was not much injured, but some loss was occasioned by the hurried removal of the furniture. The other building was completely burned.

 The front of the building was occupied by negroes and in the rear was a fruit store. The property was owned by a colored woman, the widow of Eugene Vallette. No insurance. Loss about $1,200.

 The only casualty during the fire, as far as could be ascertained, was suffered by Mr. Felix Mouton who was accidentally struck just above the eye by a plank. The injury was painful but not serious. Lafayette Advertiser 5/10/1905.

Bad Fire At Magnolia Plantation. - It is with the feelings of the deepest regret that we chronicle the destruction by fire of the Elliot home at Magnolia Plantation this parish last Thursday noon. The fire originated from the explosion of a gasoline stove and so very rapid was the progress of the flames, that none of the household effects could be saved. Mrs. Cartwright one of the ladies of the house is still suffering from the terrible burns she sustained last winter was removed from the house with much difficulty. Not only do we regret the personal loss to the Elliot family, but the old home was a land mark in our parish. Its dimension, the general plan of the house and particularly its spacious gallery recalled another epoch. One had but to view the old place and at once visions of old southern hospitality and ease dawned across the imagination. It is to be hoped that the cruel flames did not destroy the majestic magnolias that towered above the house for now that the old building is gone, they in their proud grandeur would be a fitting reminder of the days that are gone, and of the brave southerners who have passed away. The place originally belonged to Valerien Martin, father of Mrs. Wm. Campbell, Sr.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/11/1901.

Hook and Ladder Co. - The young men of our city have determined to organize a hook and ladder company, and some of them have been busy the past few days cleaning up the old truck and putting it in shape for use. They are going right ahead and organize a company and put themselves in readiness to fight the fire fiend should he again make our town a visit. We are glad that a move at last has been made to organize a fire company, and hope that in the near future some action will be taken by our city authorities looking toward a supply of water and the purchasing of a fire engine. The time is ripe to push the matter and the movement should not be allowed to "flash in the pan," as has so often been the case in Lafayette with different movements that have been started. Let us all determine that we will have a system that will give us ample protection, and then go to work and keep at it until the thing is an accomplished fact.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.

Lafayette Needs A Fire Alarm System. 

 The concert to be given on Saturday May the 28th and the matinee on Sunday the 29th by Miss Richard and pupils assisted by local talent promises to be the hit of the season. Not only will a grand success be scored artistically but we do hope that the financial side will not be overlooked, as the proceeds of both Concert and matinee are to form a nucleus to provide Lafayette with fire alarms; consequently it behooves every citizen to be present and help to start this fund.

Excuses of continuous money demands must not even be heard as every one realizes that in case of fire time is salvation and we never can expect the fire department to respond quickly on the very spot unless there is an efficient system of fire alarms.

This is a cause that affects every body and we therefore sincerely hope that Falk's Opera House on Saturday night and the matinee will be filled to overflowing.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/14/1898.


Lafayette has a fire company.
  Laf. Adv. 5/17/1893.


Re-organized and Thirty-three New Members Taken In.

 Pursuant to call issued a large number of our citizens met in the court house, on last Tuesday evening, for the purpose of organizing a fire company. Mr. Crow Girard called the meeting to to order, and in a few words stated the object of the meeting and called upon Mayor Campbell to act as temporary chairman. Mr. A. C. Ordway and called upon to act as temporary secretary.

 After a general discussion it was decided that the best course to pursue would be re-organize the old fire company, and thus save the time and expense that would be necessary in the organization of a new company. In accordance with the decision of the meeting, members of the old company who were present got together and elected Mr. Wm. Campbell as temporary president and Mr. Chas. D. Caffery as temporary secretary and passed a resolution to open the roll for new members. They then made their report to the general meeting and a recess was taken to allow those who desired to sign their names to the roll of members and thirty-three responded to the call.

 After all who cared to had signed, the meeting was called to order and proceeded to the election of permanent officers, which resulted in the following officers being chosen for the ensuing term:

President: Wm. Campbell.
Vice-President: Albert Dalahossaye.
Secretary: Samuel Plonsky.
Treasurer: Crow Girard.
Foreman: I. N. Sattefield.
1st. Asst. Foreman: Wm. Graser.
2nd Asst. Foreman: L. Bagarry.
Keeper: John Glaser.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/20/1893.

 Don't forget the meeting of the fire company to-morrow afternoon at 4 o'clock in the court house. Laf. Adv. 5/20/1893. 


The question of Water Works Being Earnestly Discussed by the People Generally.

 Several Different Plans Suggested Which are Worthy of Consideration.

 The question of Lafayette putting in a system of water works is beginning to be discussed on all sides, and the universal opinion seems to be that the time has arrived to take some decisive action in the matter. That we stand badly in need of some protection against fire is an indisputable fact. That a system of water works would greatly reduce the present insurance rate will readily be admitted by all. The only question to be decided on is, what system shall be adopted. Several different plans have been suggested, and all of them possess some good features. In deciding upon a system the question of cost will prove an important factor. Of course if Lafayette could afford it the best system would be to put in a first-class hydraulic system, with a stand pipe at some central point in town and a pumping station at the bayou, and although such a system would cost in the neighborhood of $30,000, it is advocated by quite a number of our prominent citizens, who argue that if we are to put in water works, it should be a system that would furnish through and ample protection; and to a certain extent we believe they are right.

 If the expense could be met without becoming too severe a burden on our people, we believe it would be the wisest plan, and prove the cheapest in the end, to put in such a system. If this plan were to be adopted an electric plant could be run in connection with it at a very small additional cost; lights and power could be furnished to business houses and light manufacturing establishments, and the railroad would probably take a number of lights for use in the yard as well as the hotel. Our town could be lighted by electricity instead of oil, and we believe many private citizens would take incandescent lights for their houses. In this way the city would receive quite a revenue which would help materially in paying the expense of running the plant. Besides, in the course of time our people would grow into the habit of using the water furnished by the city, and would gradually put pipes in their houses, which would be another source of revenue for the city.

 Whether a plan can be developed that will enable the city to put in such a system remains to be seen, but the matter should be thoroughly canvassed and well considered before a less effective system is adopted.

 Another plan that has been suggested, that would cost a great deal less, is to sink a number of wells in different parts of the city and put up wooden tanks at an elevation of 40 feet, using a windmill at each tank to pump the water into the tanks. If this plan were to be adopted it would be necessary to have a number, if not all, the tanks connected, for a fire might break out on a night when there would not be sufficient wind to keep the pump going, and the water in one tank would soon be exhausted. The advantage of this system would be in its cheapness, as it would only cost about $200 for each tank, windmill and pump. The cost of digging the wells and the necessary piping would be additional.

 Another plan, which we consider the best cheap one so far mentioned, was suggested by out fellow-townsman, Mr. John Nickerson, who as seen it in successful operation. The plan consists of having a large well with a steam pump at or near the center of town, with brick cisterns located in different parts of the city, sunk below the surface of the ground. These cisterns or reservoirs would be kept filled with water by the steam pump, which would only be run when needed; in case of fire steam could be got up and the pump started long before the water in a tank would be used. The plan would necessitate the purchase of a fire engine and two or three thousand feet of hose, and would in probability prove the most effective cheap plan that could be adopted.

 It would be a good and wise move to have committees appointed by the City Council and Business Men's Association to thoroughly investigate the different plans suggested, and report the same to a general meeting of our citizens. The matter should be taken up at the first meeting of both bodies, as delay is dangerous. Because we have escaped any large fire in the past is no reason that we will always be exempt from such a visitation.

 As soon as we have a system of water works, no matter what that system may be, we could have the streets sprinkled, which would save our merchants a great deal of money in the course of the year by preventing their goods from being damaged by the dust, as is now the case. We have faith to believe that our citizens have taken hold of this matter with a firm determination to push it through to successful completion and that ere long work will be commenced.

 It is altogether too dangerous to go on as we are doing, with no protection whatever, for should a fire occur on a windy night we would be completely at the mercy of the flames, and the loss would be enormous. Let us move at once. Lafayette Advertiser 5/27/1893.

At one o'clock this morning the large barn and corncrib of Mr. Pierre Gerac, situated about 100 yards from his dwelling, was discovered to be on fire. The inflammable nature of the contents of the building caused the flames to spread with lightning rapidity and with dire effect.  The structure and 400 barrels of corn together with a quantity of peas quickly passed away into smoke in full view of over a hundred spectators who were powerless to stay a fire so far advanced, with means at hand. Fortunately the burning building was isolated besides being completely surrounded by green trees, and the night was an unusually calm one, or we might have had a far different tale to relate to our readers.
 The origin of the fire can be only theoretical, as no one is known to have visited the barn later than about 7 o'clock last evening, and it is not probable that the structure was set on fire.

  In the absence of a more plausible explanation it is not unreasonable to suppose it was caused by one of those dangerous combinations of a match and mouse, or rat, that are so often responsible for most destructive conflagrations.

 The loss is a total one as there was no insurance on the property destroyed.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/2/1894.

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.

On last Friday night, the cotton compress was winding down the season, and as is very often the custom the engineer made his piercing whistle resound for a space of time. These shriekings were understood as an alarm of fire and therefore the fire bell was tolled. A great number of firemen with their apparatus responded to the call and hurriedly repaired to the cotton compress where they found out the facts as explained above. Laf. Adv. 6/10/1899

Fire Protection. - Why is it that an alarm of fire causes a panic among our men, women and children? Even a chimney on fire creates a commotion, and why? It is because we have no water supply, no fire engine, no trained fire company. It is because we are almost perfectly helpless, even when a small building is on fire. Our town is built almost entirely of wooden materials. The burning of a large building in certain localities during a high wind, would certainly cause the destruction of perhaps one-half of the town.

 Towns of less size and importance than ours, have long since raised the means by taxation, or otherwise, and protected themselves by efficient and approved methods. It would be an insult to the intelligence of our people to say that they do not appreciate the importance of fire protection. The apathy upon the subject has existed long enough, and can be broken by well directed and harmonious efforts. Let us do something before we experience a great conflagration. A movement has been set on foot, which we heartily approve. Let us make a beginning - better late than never. Lafayette Advertiser 6/15/1889.

Fire of Unknown Origin.
 By some strange fatality Mr. Pierre Gerac has suffered loss by fire twice within the short space of thirteen days. It was during the night of June 1st. that his large barn and corn-crib was completely destroyed by fire, and on Wednesday night just past a small house near Mr. A. M. Martin's home owned by Mr. Gerac was reduced to ashes before anything could be done to save it. The latter building was occupied by a negro woman. The exact cause of the fire is not known.

Lafayette Advertiser 6/16/1894.


Force Pump. - The City Council has about decided to purchase o force pump capable of throwing four streams of water seven eighths of an inch in diameter 70 feet high, and to construct a reservoir to hold sufficient for fire purposes. Specifications have been submitted to various firms, for estimates in order to ascertain the cost. The growth of the town has out grown our present waterworks plant, and there is a pressing need for an enlargement of it, if an adequate protection against fire is to be had. The additions contemplated by the Council are, we believe, what are needed. Lafayette Advertiser 6/20/1903. 

Firemen's Parade. Thursday the firemen, assisted by the Breaux Bridge fire department, gave their annual parade. A large crowd gathered along the streets to witness the parade. The Breaux Bridge firmen preceded by the Breaux Bridge Band led the parade, followed by the Sontag Military Band and the Lafayette firemen. After passing over the principal streets, the parade disbanded in front of Falk's Opera House , where a "smoker" was given the firemen, at which they all had a most agreeable time. At night there was a dance at the court-house for which the Breaux Bridge and Sontag orchestra furnished inspiring music.  Lafayette Advertiser 6/20/1903.

J. Alfred Mouton Laid to Rest - 2 Articles. 

J. Alfred Mouton, a well known and highly esteemed citizen and prominent merchant, died at his residence in this city at 3 p. m. Sunday, after a lingering illness, aged 39 years. 

 Mr. Mouton was a member of a distinguished family, prominent both in State and local affairs. He was a grandson of Gov. Alexander Mouton and a nephew of Gen. J. Alfred Mouton, for whom he was named. His father was the late Major J. Sosthene Mouton, who did gallant service for the Lost Cause. His brother, C. O. Mouton is the present mayor of Lafayette.

 He was born and raised in this parish and has taken an active part in its affairs. He entered the mercantile business in a small way at first with his brother C. O. Mouton, under the firm name of Mouton Bros. and by careful management and good judgement they built up a business which to-day stands among the first in Lafayette.

 Mr. Mouton was a good man, a splendid citizen and a devoted husband and father. His sterling worth was truly appreciated by his fellow citizens both in the town and parish who admired and esteemed him for his many fine qualities.

 Twelve years ago he was married to Miss Mix Judice, who survives him with five small children. He also leaves his mother, three sisters and five brothers. Funeral services were held at 5 p. m. Monday. The remains were accompanied to the church by the Fire Department, of which he was a member, in uniform, and a large concourse of relatives and friends. Sontag's Lafayette Concert Band preceded the funeral cortege, which was the largest in the history of the town. At the church the solemn impressive services of the dead were read, and then after a tribute to the deceased by Father Charles, the body was borne to the cemetery and consigned to its last resting place.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.

Death of J. Alfred Mouton.
From the Home Fire Co.

 Whereas God in his infinite wisdom has taken from us J. Alfred Mouton, a member of the Home Fire Company.

 The members of the Company offer heartfelt sympathies to those in the bereavement of death. To his stricken widow and little children and to others bound to him by life's sweetest ties, is extended the sincere condolence of every member of the Home Fire Company, who had come to love his departed brother for sterling qualities of a true heart.

 To the Company, J. Alfred Mouton always proved a brave and vigilant fireman, but his death means a greater loss, as in the performance of his duties he had won the friendship of all his brother firemen. The deceased held positions of trust in the Company, which he filled with faithful zeal, and to his interest was due in a large measure the maintenance of our organization.

 By Alfred Mouton's death a generous heart and a gentle spirit has gone, and the sorrow wrought by his absence will be soothed by the memories of treasures of friendship and the doing of good deeds enshrined in our hearts.

 To the inscrutable ways of the Master all must bow with Christian resignation, and there remains but these memories of the life of a Christian soul.

 Resolved, that these expressions of sorrow be sent to the bereaved family, that they may be The Lafayette Advertiser and The Lafayette Gazette for publication, and that they be spread on the minutes of the secretary of the Company.

Lafayette, La., June 20, 1905.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.

Fine Work by Fire Department Saved Adjoining Buildings.

 About five o'clock Wednesday afternoon a stable in the rear of Mouton Bros.' store caught fire and in a few moments was in full blaze. Rapid work on the part of the fire department confined the flames to the stable, and prevented the spread of the fire to the adjoining buildings, which were within forty feet. The bursting of the hose several times greatly hampered the firemen, and for the greater part of the time only one stream could be used. Had a larger building been ablaze the chances are there would have resulted one the biggest conflagrations in the history of the town.

 The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is supposed to have been caused by someone dropping a lighted cigarette or cigar or perhaps a lighted match in among the straw. The peddling cart, which was in the stable, had matches in it and it is barely possible that a mouse may gnawed them, causing ignition of a box.

 The building and cart were uninsured and were a total loss. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.

New Hose Ordered.  - Home Fire Company held a meeting Wednesday night to consider the serious situation created by the demonstration of the undependable condition of the hose shown by its repeated bursting during the fire in the afternoon. After discussion Messrs. F. V. Mouton and Felix Voorhies were appointed a committee to see about procuring more hose at once. They called upon Chief W. Breeding, upon mayor Mouton each member of the Council that night. At 8:30 Thursday morning Mayor C. O. Mouton, Chief A. E. Mouton, Assistant Chief Breeding, F. V. Mouton and Felix Voorhies held a meeting and it was decided to telegraph for 1100 feet of hose fitted with patent couplers, which was done.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1905.

Presented A Banner. - Fire Company No. 1 was presented with a beautiful silk banner last week by its generous member and treasurer, Mr. D. V. Gardebled. A special meeting was called to accept the banner, and suitable resolutions were passed extending the hearty thanks of the Company to Mr. Gardebled.

 Mr. A. J. LeBlanc was appointed custodian of the banner and authorized to have a glass case made in which to keep it. Lafayette Advertiser 6/21/1902.  

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.

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