I have opened a boarding house at the residence formerly occupied by Dr. P. M. Girard, and solicit the patronage of the the public.
T. S. SINGLETON. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904
Mr. T. S. Singleton has moved into town and is occupying the Dr. P. M. Girard residence. Mr. Singleton has decided to take boarders, as will be seen by a card elsewhere in the paper.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.
Three white families arrived here from the Lafourche country, last Wednesday, to locate on Col. Gus A. Breaux's fine farm near the town. We learn that these people are experienced cane growers who have come to this parish specially to cultivate that crop. They have heard much of the great fertility of our lands and the peculiar adaptation of this soil for sugar cane, and , no doubt, will reap abundantly from their labors. Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1894.
Selling Rice Mill.
In another column appears the advertisement of Mr. F. G. Mouton who offers to sell his rice mill. As can be shown to the mill's business is in a prosperous condition and a splendid opportunity is offered to anyone with a little cash. Mr. Mouton wants to sell because he wishes to retire from the business. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.
To Promote the Cane Industry.
A corporation has been organized with the purpose of building a tramway through the parish intersecting the Southern Pacific near the refinery and running North and South from this point. Active steps have been taken to obtain the necessary right-of-way from the farmers whose lands the proposed road will pass. Such a means of easy transportation of the cane crop will undoubtedly develop that great industry in Lafayette parish. During the out-going season the cane raised here was not adequate for consumption of our local refineries. A great deal of it was shipped to other parishes. The road will run to Carencro North and in the direction of the Verot place South. We do not know the exact directions but were informed that the above would be about the sections visited. Our soil is unsurpassed for the cultivation of sugar cane, and this undertaking will, we hope, prove beneficial both to the farmers and the company instrumental in its organization. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.
Our lumber yards are still doing a rushing business. We notice that frequently they have to hire extra help to handle their lumber. This shows that there is no cessation of the improvements going on in our town. Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.
The Gazette wishes to compliment Dr. Mudd upon the splendid streets he has opened in Mudd's addition. The streets are all sixty feet wide and well graded. The grading was done by J. C. Nickerson, the real estate man, who is agent for Dr. Mudd in the sale of lots. We undertand that several new homes will soon be built in Mudd's addition, which is already one of the most attractive portions of the town. At its last meeting the Council recognized the growth of that neighborhood and decided to run a water main to the end of Sterling avenue. Lafayette Gazette 1/18/1902.
Many New Buildings.
The number of buildings going up in town and the continuous demand by people who want to rent dwelling houses, may be taken as a sure sign that Lafayette is forging ahead very rapdily. Lafayette is the coming town of Southwest Louisiana. There isn't the least doubt about it in the minds of those who take notice of current events. It isn't McKinley's spasmodic wave of prosperity that has struck us, it is a healthy, steady and substantial growth that Hanna himself couldn't stop if her dared. Lafayette Gazette 1/21/1899.
The Gazette is informed that contracts have been made for the erection of four cottages. Mr. D. J. Veazey has contracted with with Mr. B. F. Anderson to build two houses in McComb's addition and Mr. P. B. Roy will build two more houses on the vacant lots near Moss & Co's store. There are more buildings going up in Lafayette than in any other town in Southwest Louisiana. There is no doubt about the correctness of this statement. We are not on a boom, but we are forging ahead at a pretty fast gait. Lafayette Gazette 2/4/1899.
Work at the ice factory is advancing rapidly, and the plant will be put in a first class condition. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.
The Building Continues. - There is a steady continuation of building in Lafayette and all over town new houses are going up, among the number being some very nice cottages. There is a good strong demand for lots and and they bring fine prices. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902.
New buildings in the neighborhood of the depot have been pushed forward rapidly. Schayot Bros. large building, just East of the Racket House, is finished on the outside, and Mr. Beber Eastin has got the first coat of paint on. It looms up well, and adds much to the appearance of the block. Further out, on the opposite side of the avenue, Mr. Degrez's cottage is about completed, and Joe Villere is flopping a brush on it like an Atchafalaya swamper fighting mosquitoes. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890
Improvements the year 1893 will give Lafayette:
A New Railroad,
A Sugar Refinery,
A Cotton Factory,
A Street Car Line,
A Graded School,
A Rice Mill,
A Cotton Seed Oil Mill,
An Ice Factory,
and a dozen minor industries.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/25/1893.
Lafayette On the Way.
here a good many improvements going about our wide-awake city and if our business men keep a sharp lookout they can secure their shares of prosperity. We are glad to inform our readers, that on last Wednesday, a special train from New Orleans, having a board Meesrs. Owen, Gumble, Wessinger, Godchaux and several civil and mechanical engineers stopped at our refinery. The object of the visit was to investigate and formulate plans of the construction of a large refinery, which will have a full capacity and will be furnished with all the latest improvements. The old mill and refinery attachments have been sold to a planter of Lafourche.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/26/1898.
Took a Bird's-Eye View. - An Advertiser man had the pleasure of a bird's-eye view of Lafayette from the roof of Pellerin & DeClouet's mammoth store Thursday. It was a pleasant experience, and enables one to thoroughly appreciate the fact that Lafayette is growing. The view down Pierce street was very attractive, the new concrete walks with the clean looking wide street showing fine and bearing eloquent testimony that "we do move." As the eyes swept over various parts of the town new buildings appeared in every direction, and the bright green of the newly budding trees lent a graceful charm to the houses which seemed to nestle among them. Some of the streets shaded with almost enfolding branches invitingly enticed one to a delightful promenade. Lafayette Advertiser 3/16/1904.
Evidence of Progress.
Mr. Ed Vordenbaumen, formerly of this town, but now of Shreveport, was in Lafayette this week on business connected with his lumber yard. Mr. Vordenbaumen was pleased to note the many evidences of progress in Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 1/19/1901.
"That Plucky Little City."
From the Baton Rouge Advocate.
Hon. W. W. Heard returned Saturday from his visit to Lafayette and New Iberia whither he had gone at the invitation of the Democrats of that section of the State. Mr. Heard was greatly pleased with his visit and was especially gratified with the warmth of the welcome which was extended to him as the nominee of the party for the Governorship, as well as with the evidences of substantial progress which he witnessed on every hand in this section. He was profoundly impressed by the zeal and public spirit manifested by the citizens of both Lafayette and Iberia in their friendly rivalry for the location of the new Industrial Institute, and he believes that this interest shown in the matter is the best possible guarantee of the success of the school after it shall have been established. From other sources the Advocate hears that the distinguished head of the Democratic ticket met with a very flattering reception at the hands of the citizens of both these enterprising cities, and that the impression he produced upon them greatly strengthened the ticket throughout that section of the State. The selection by the Board of Lafayette as the seat of the Industrial School, Mr. Heard observed, was in no sense due to favoritism or any bias on the part of the board, but it was adjudicated in strict accordance with the terms of the law which required that the school be located at that point offering the most favorable inducements. Lafayette offered a bonus which, it is said, will aggregate a sum somewhere in the neighborhood of $90,000, and this being the largest sum offered the prize was awarded to that plucky little city.
Lafayette Gazette 1/20/1900.
Buildings Mean Prosperity.
Quite a lot of buildings are going up in various parts of the town. When the saw and hammer are in motion there is prosperity about.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/20/1900.
Mrs. G. M. Esswein is having a new building erected on the lot adjoining her dwelling. Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1893.
Quite a number of our citizens have been renovating and cleaning up their premises during the past fortnight and as a result our town looks brighter and cleaner. If more would only follow the good example set, and introduce some of the fences and out-buildings to Mr. Whitewash Brush, Esq., and encourage an intimacy between them, our town would present a still better appearance and create a more favorable impression on strangers visiting us.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1893.
Mr. B. Falk has erected an apparatus in the rear of his Opera House, and had made the necessary arrangements to have gasoline lights both in the Opera House and in his store. This is a big improvement over coal oil lamps.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/24/1891.
The stock pen adjoining the depot warehouse at this place has been put in thorough repair, which would argue that much more stock is expected to be shipped to or from Lafayette than has been done in the past year or two.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/24/1891.
A Board of Trade.
New Iberia, Lake Charles, St. Martinville and a number of other Louisiana towns have well-organized boards of trade, but we are sorry to say that Lafayette is behind her sisters in this respect. And why haven't we one? Certainly not because our town is not large enough to support it, but simply because our business men seem to lack the spirit of unity so necessary to the prosperity of all communities. Towns less pretentious than ours have boards of trade, and we regret to say that here not even an effort has been made to organize one. All those acquainted with the rapid and substantial growth of towns know how much good is to be derived from an organization of this kind. It would be the means of bringing to our section men of wealth who would help to develop our manifold resources. It would disseminate throughout the Northern States valuable information concerning our soil, climate, crops, and people, and it would also fall within its province to reply to the numerous inquiries from prospective settlers which now remain unanswered.
At the present time there are in the New England States a number of cotton mills which will be moved to the Southern States in the near future. Perhaps with reasonable inducements the proprietors of one of these plants could be persuaded to select a site in our parish. Our natural advantages for the manufacture of cotton goods are unequaled anywhere, and with a little exertion by our people, they would doubtless receive the proper recognition at the hands of manufacturers.
Our good neighbors in Breaux Bridge are clamoring for a railroad to this town, and so far they have received but little encouragement from the people here. This seeming indifference is due to a lack of unity and organization which would not exist with a board of trade.
The urgent need of an organization of this sort to represent the town in all matters wherein the welfare of the whole community is involved, is aparent to all thoughtful men, and it is indeed unfortunate that our more public-spirited citizens do not take the matter in hand at once. Other societies flourish in Lafayette and there is no reason why a board of trade should not meet with the same success.
Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895.
The natural advantages of soil and climate of Lafayette parish are bound to attract the attention of people seeking new homes, sooner or later. We predict that ere many years have passed that our town will have outgrown even the expectation of the most confident. Laf. Adv. 1/28/1899.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE.
We believe that the assertion can be truthfully made that a very large majority of our people are beginning to see the "error of their ways," and regret deeply the lack of public spirit and enterprise that has prevailed in the past in Lafayette ; that they realize that the only way to make a live town is for the people to become imbued with public spirit, and grant heavy support to new enterprises, as they from time to time are introduced.
Many of our best citizens determined that something shall be done to advance the interests of Lafayette and the surrounding country at once. Something that will inaugurate a movement that shall tend to induce a healthy growth of the town, and induce new people to move in and cast their lot with ours. This feeling should be encouraged and developed and until each and every man, woman and child become permeated with an unselfish public spirit that will not only make them a willing but anxious to work, shoulder to shoulder and hand in hand, to advance the growth, wealth and prosperity of our fair country, and the ADVERTISER will be found at all times ready and willing to do all within its power to encourage and help a movement tending in that direction.
But it will be utterly impossible to make any material headway toward building up our city until a different feeling shall be engendered in the hearts and minds of our people in regard to educational matters. We not only need better schools but we need to have a fuller realization of the advantage to be gained by educating the youth of our country. Parents must have a "change of heart" as it were, and become anxious and determined that their children shall have good educational advantage offered them, and then compel them to improve such advantages. Lafayette should, owing to its geographical situation, be an educational center, and it could be made so very easily.
Almost the first questions a person will ask who is looking up a new location and examining the advantages offered by different localities is: "What are your school facilities? Can I education my children at home if I move to your city and not be compelled to send them away to school and thus deprive them of the help and guidance of their parents just when they most need it?"
At the present time only a negative answer could be returned to such inquiries, therefore we say, let us get our high school opened at once and it possible for people to locate here without being compelled to sacrifice the future welfare of their children by doing.
We often hear of the "hustling" spirit of western town, but we can assure you will find, if you visit one of those some western towns, that a good public school was almost the first thing established. We have seen new towns, only a few months old, containing not over a hundred people, that had a fine two-story school house, capable of accommodating three or four hundred scholars. They know and realize that without school advantages people will not settle in a new place. But aside from the question of building up the town, it is a duty we owe to ourselves and to our children, to afford them the advantage to be derived from good schools. The best interests of our town demand that the high school building be completed, and a school opened therein, not necessarily a high school at once, for our wants hardly demand that as yet, but a graded school, with a high school grade or academic department.
Were such a school opened and conducted as it should be, we believe that many people living in the surrounding country would send their children here to school, and be willing to pay a fair sum for their tuition, following in this way, additional boring towns are awake to the results to be obtained from good schools and are building them. Yet here is Lafayette, with a school building nearly completed, upon which work has been stopped, through lack of funds, pursuing the even tenor of her way without a thought or care, whether it is ever finished or not. We do not mean that there are not some who care, but the majority seem perfectly indifferent to the fact that the building stands there a monument to the ignorance and lack of public spirit of our city. Lafayette Advertiser 2/4/1893.
Lafayette continues to have a steady and healthy growth. Persons who return after an absence of a few months are strongly and favorably impressed with the fact.
Laf. Adv. 2/4/1893
Let Us Fall In Line.
We desire to direct the attention of the people of Lafayette to a fact over which there can not be any division of opinion: in just the same way we have found it possible to secure some substantial improvements by co-operative moves, in the recent past, we can add valuable acquisitions in the future. We have not unduly exerted ourselves along this line in times gone by and yet, within the comparatively short space of three years, we can point to no less than four very substantial enterprises that owe their existence in our midst to co-operative movements on the part of citizens. First came the Sugar Refinery at the eastern limits of the town; next followed by the Ice Factory; then, the Cotton Oil Mill and lastly the Water Works and Electric Light Plant. This is certainly a most gratifying showing and stands as indubitable proof of the great good to be accomplished by public spiritedness and co-operation.
If we have done well in the past may we not do even better in the future? The same forces we utilized before are still ours to command. They need only to be put in operation and kept in operation to bring grand results. Why not be up and doing then? Ours is a country of inexhaustible resources, a country of surprising possibilities - if the people who inhabit it will only develop the field. There will be a good opportunity afforded to the citizens of Lafayette to come together next Monday night to make common cause of the future progress and prosperity of Lafayette town and parish. We refer to the meeting of the Business Men's Association announced to take place at Falk's Opera House, the 7th. instant. The efforts of this organization in the past have been of particular value to the community, and are fully recognized.
Every citizen of Lafayette who has the interest of the community at heart, should not fail to attend this meeting and join in the movement, well remembering the Providence only helps those who help themselves.
We must get in line, forthwith, in order that we may not get left in the rapid march of progress that has seized upon the entire country. Lafayette Advertiser 2/5/1898.
An editor who has the best interest of his town must now and then point out its resources, embellishments, enterprise and show also to the naked eye its weak spots. Since the beginning of the new year we have suggested some of the needs of our town. How our suggestions have been received, we know not. We have, so to speak, cleared our skirts, feeling that we have done the duty incumbent upon us as guardian of our town and that the responsibility or inaction will rest hereafter in higher circles. Not discouraged in the least, we shall continue to show how to improve our town and to give her the necessaries that civilization requires, and we are prompted to thus act because we wish to see this community keep its renowned name as the garden spot of Louisiana, and we would feel very backward if towns East and West of us would beat us in the race of progress. The "need" that we shall introduce to our readers is one of great use both for rich and poor, more so for the latter class thus making it more imperious upon us. All comforts and requisites that will brighten and enliven the lives of the poorer classes ought always to be primarily in mind of those who are placed above them in authority. Every citizen of whatever race he may be has a right, under the constitution, to be partaker of the quota levied by taxes and special levy. To satisfy people it is not always necessary to give them great things. The toiling classes are exhausting themselves daily by inquiring about this time. Lafayette is the first town, that we have visited in this XIX Century of progress and civilization, without a town clock. Do we need this extravagance, as some, will surely call it. Let us look at the benefits derived by a "people's clock". No more inquiries about time, and therefore no wear and tear of vest pockets pulling out watches to give necessary information. Dinner time would be revealed by the twelve strokes. This charming novelty would be a boom to the school boys. The termination of the pedagogue reign would be heralded by the clock. No more excuses for the tardiness of the cook at noon-day meals. Our electricity could be connected with our clock so as to give us time by night, thus saving a great number of matches. No more reasons to be behind time at the office or at church. It's hourly merriment would bring to our mind all of our engagements. In the still hours of the night, our nervous sleepless citizens longing for the return of day would have a friend in the town clock bringing to them from hour to hour the hope of a speedy relief. Our young men paying night calls would be reminded of saying "au revoir" before the ire of the father is raised. Our loafers could find ready employment watching the great hands moving on the dial. The only objection in sight could come from those who are despised to relegate Morpheus back to his kingdom.
Various persons have tendered us their opinion for the cause of our recent flooded streets. We thought like everybody else that the quantity of water that has descended upon us was the only cause of our flood, but after investigation we found that we were mistaken. At the time, we had called the attention to our sewers but we ought to have said our ditches. These latter ones are the main cause why our streets were transformed into bayous. We took a survey of the drainage water ditches in some portions of our town and we find them in a deplorable condition, especially would we call the attention of our street committee to the ditch which is located on the upper side of Mr. Chas. Caffery's residence. This ditch is entirely out of date for this section where the quantity of rain is far above the average. It ought to be broader, deeper and some means could be devised to keep it from caving. If planks were not sufficient to protect its banks from caving in, bricks ought to be used. At the intersection of this ditch and the one running in front of Judge Parkerson's house is almost all level with the street; going by the judge's house we found this ditch filled up with obstructions of various kinds and to our mind a cleaning up is greatly needed. Crossing, Lincoln Avenue, this ditch is continued through a channel which is too narrow for the quantity of water it is expected to carry; this continuation is like the main part of the ditch filled with obstructions of various kinds, old cans, etc., etc.
We hope our street committee will look after this matter, without delay, and a general overhauling of these ditches and others prevent another flood in our streets.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/5/1898.
We call the attention of our readers to the business card of Mr. J. C. Nickerson in this issue of The Advertiser. Mr. Nickerson is one of Lafayette's most active and enterprising business man and we take pleasure in commending him to the public in his new field of work. A live real estate agency plays an important part in the upbuilding of a community, and we do not doubt that Mr. Nickerson will do full justice to all business entrusted to him in this line.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/9/1901.
Necessitates More Room and New Machinery - Small Factories Indicate Municipal Growth.
Geo. DeBlanc is on the eve of increasing the capacity of his grist mill and adding a lot of new machinery. A large building is being erected to receive the new machinery which is expected to be here within the next few days.
Mr. DeBlanc was the pioneer in the grit and meal business in Lafayette and the improvements that he is now making prove that he has made a success of it. Heretofore he has dealt only in what are known as Creole corn products, but in the future he will grind and sell the commercial grits, made of white corn. Mr. DeBlanc will try to buy the corn required for commercial grits from local farmers, but should that be impossible he can easily procure it elsewhere. It is his intention to supply the retail dealers of this and adjoining towns with this commodity. He has bought the best and most improved machinery, as he is determined to send out corn products that will compare favorably with those ground at any other mill North or South. He will also supply the trade with meal, white or yellow. As the Creole hominy is very popular he will continue to handle it, as in the past. The increased power of his new machinery will enable him to provide the people with the wood for fuel as he has done heretofore.
The Gazette is pleased to note the success of this industry. It is an evidence of the growth of the town. Small factories of this character are great factors in the upbuilding of a town and the way to encourage them is to patronize them. They help to keep the money in local circulation. They employ home labor and nearly every cent that they make finds its way back into circulation.
Lafayette Gazette 2/9/1901.
600 Rail Cars at Lafayette.
Conductor Bright, who was arrested yesterday morning at Crowley for blockading a public crossing, informed a Signal representative that the report that the Southern Pacific has six hundred cars of freight in the yards at Lafayette was perfectly correct. Agent Porter was asked how this could be accounted for and he replied that it was due to the prosperity of the country and nothing else. From the Lake Charles Press and in the Lafayette Gazette 2/9/1901.
With the rapid increase in the population of Lafayette, there are constantly occurring cases of needy distress for which an organized society could render timely and much needed relief. All ladies interested in this matter are requested to meet at the residence of Mrs. W. W. Wall on Monday evening, Feb. 11th, at 4 0'clock, to consider the advisability of forming a "Ladies nonsectarian Aid Society." Laf. Adv. 2/9/1889.
DEPENDS ON GOOD SELECTION.
It sometimes happens that with the very best of intentions, just the opposite result is obtained from that expected or desired. This is equally true of public bodies as of individuals. Success can only be obtained by a very careful consideration of the end which is sought to be obtained. A false start is often made, and experience has demonstrated that it is hard to overcome, for which reason it is much better to make haste slowly.
And it also frequently happens with public bodies as with individuals, that the false start and the mistakes develop through a poor selection of those whom they may choose to serve them.
It is certainly to be hoped that this will not be the case with the recently elected Police Jury, who can be of such great aid and assistance in many ways to the parish. The Advertiser believes that a a fine selection has been made and that as a body we many expect good things from them; but to just what extent, depends largely upon their selections of those who shall serve them. And we think there need be little doubt upon that score, as we feel convinced that the gentlemen of the Police Jury will exercise due care, and let their choice be governed strictly upon fitness and merit. With a good Police Jury and assistants, it remains for the citizens to unite and give them their fullest and heartiest support that we may all together do everything that can be done for the welfare and best interests of the parish. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904
Nine Dwellings have been built in town during the last few weeks and we are informed that contracts have been made for the construction of several more.
Laf. Gaz. 2/10/1900.
We have learned of a movement that is now being agitated by members of the order to bring together in general convocation, every six months, the membership of the several local lodges Knights of Honor, of adjoining towns for purposes of sociability and improvement. We consider the suggestion a good one and believe that both the order and its members would be directly benefited by regular conferences of this kind as the natural consequence of the travel and interchange of ideas that would be occasioned by this means. Also, closer friendly and business relations would be established between members residing in neighboring towns, the results of which would prove of mutual advantage. The ADVERTISER wishes success to the movement. Laf. Advertiser 2/10/1894.
As We See It.
It has occurred to us that while we have been claiming needed innovations and practical benefits for our City, at the hands of our City Council, that after mature deliberation upon what we have urged we came to think think that the principal element to carry them into execution is an outlay of money; - we think that our city treasury is kept empty by an expense which being borne wrongly by our municipality, keeps a constant drain upon our municipal funds; and while money thus employed is a necessity in a certain point of view still our city funds could be employed in a way that would benefit more of our people. We refer to our plank side-walks. We offer the suggestion that the construction and repair of our plank sidewalks ought not to be a burden on the whole taxpaying community. It may be that our city fathers have their hands filled keeping in repair what we have now. Without entering more deeply into an argument of the favored few against the masses, we are nevertheless constrained to say that in streets where our people reside they have not that convenience, and yet, they pay, we suppose, their taxes just like others do.
What then would be the proper remedy to relieve our City Treasury of this constant drain and at the same time satisfy all of our people. To our mind there is but one solution of this question, - let the landlords build the side walks wherever they have their houses bearing all the expenses as it is done in many other towns. Now this may be called, by some, a radical suggestion but let us see if it is or it it would be rather a benefit to them. Their houses would rent more readily, and the expense would be very slight, - then our municipality relieved of this care could employ their funds in a manner that would be beneficial to our people at large. We may add, without fear of being contradicted, that hundreds of dollars, yes, thousands of dollars have been spent by the City in constructing what we have now and that a great deal of money is disbursed every year for the repairing. This is a question that we can well afford to study, and therefore we submit it to all parties interested.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/12/1898:
The Reason of Our Success.
The substantial progress Lafayette has made in recent years is the subject of much favored comment at home and abroad. There was a time when our people remained content to drift along with the natural current, and in those days our progress was on par of that of the snail. Several years ago however, we discovered that we could help our condition very materially by all pulling together in matters affecting the public welfare and for the purpose of establishing industrial enterprises, and we have been "pulling together" ever since ; and the results are so apparent on every hand that it is not necessary to enumerate them.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/14/1903.
The Veteran Painter. Mr. H. A. Eastin, is at work painting the houses which are being erected by Mr. J. E. Trahan. Mr. Eastin says that he will have finished painting one of the buildings by the 1st of March and we have no doubt that he will as "Bebert" is a hustler as well as a competent workman. Lafayette Gazette 2/16/1895.
ONE VIEW OF IT.
The establishment of a cotton and sugar refinery in Lafayette parish, together with the building of a railroad from here to Vermilion bay, via Abbeville, would without question bring other industries, build up the town of Lafayette and add a great deal to the taxable property in the parish, therefore we believe it to be a sound deduction that notwithstanding a tax of 3 mills be levied in favor of the railroad, that the amount of taxes the property holders would be less five years from now than at the present time.
The cost of running the parish would be no greater with these and other industries added than it is to-day, and as new industries would add to the assessable property of the parish, the percentage of taxation would be reduced. The assessed valuation of taxable property in the parish is now $1,894,572.00 and the tax levied 10 mills ; if the railroad is built, we are certain of having a cotton factory and sugar refinery, besides other industries and mercantile establishments, new residences in town and parish, which would add at least $1,000,000 to the assessable property, giving a total of say $3,000,000 as against $1,894,572 at present. The expenses of the parish are not increasing, the tax would be lowered and instead of paying 10 mills you would not pay over 6 or 7 mills, therefore, even if no other benefits were to be derived, it would be a paying investment to vote the railroad tax.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1893.
A RAILROAD ITEM.
Every business man in town should help along the Abbeville railroad scheme. -- Lafayette Advertiser.
It was once stated by a distinguished English nobleman that a railroad laid down in any part of the United States would prove a paying institution, and the truth of this statement is being almost daily, fully confirmed by practical experiment. It is a known truth that railroads create and develop the resources of a country by opening up all the avenues to the wealth of its productions, and give life and animation to dull and dormant communities; but alas! we have too many in this section, we regret to say, are so blind to the advantages of a railroad to this place, and prompted solely by their own selfish motives, prefer to favor the old, slow and expensive mode of locomotion than to hear the lively snort of the iron horse in their midst. While we have some enterprising men in our community, who favor improvements of all kinds and wish to see the country prosper, it seems that we have others who prefer to remain and die in the old rut of ignorance than to follow in the wake of enlightenment and civilization. Under these circumstances we do not, nor can we expect, if the co-operation of our citizens is relied upon to effect that purpose, soon to see a railroad running to within a few miles of Abbeville, on its way to the seashore.
From the Abbeville Meridional and in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1888.
Leopold Lacoste knows how to improve our town in a business way.Let others imitate him. His new store will be one of the largest of Lafayette, being 140 feet long. The building is to be fire proof painted. Mr. Lacoste will soon receive two carloads of buggies, harness, hardware and wooden ware. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.
New residences will be erected in Lafayette very shortly. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.
Mrs. J. J. Revillon has built a commodious and handsome stable upon the rear of her residence lots. Laf. Adv. 2/21/1891.
As one evidence of the solid growth of Lafayette there is not a dwelling house in town for rent. Laf. Adv. 2/21/1891.
CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE.
It is a source of pleasure and satisfaction to see the numerous and substantial improvements which are being made in Lafayette. They are a gratifying evidence that the citizens of the town have confidence in it, and that is a most valuable asset. Capitalists seeking investments are greatly influenced by the estimation in which local moneyed men hold their own town, and consider a proposition in proportion to the amount of cash home people are willing to put up. And as outside capital is needed to fully develop opportunities, it is fortunate that the spirit of confidence is so pronounced among our citizens.
The next step, and the obvious one, would be to take advantage of the favorable conditions and make an effort to secure the necessary outside capital in order to make the growth of the town permanent, for it is certain that without it, a point must be reached where growth must stop. This effort, of course, will not be made, if it is left to individuals acting their own initiative; it must be done through an organized body of substantial citizens. There are enough public spirited men in Lafayette to make an effective body of the right kind, and who, we are sure, would not hesitate to assist along these lines. All it needs is for some one to take upon himself the responsibility of calling for an organization.
Let some one of our business men take the lead.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/24/1904.
Lafayette is Improving. - At present Lafayette is experiencing a period of steady and substantial improvements. The principal business street has just been widened, and concrete sidewalks are being rapidly placed on both sides. A number of two-story brick buildings have been and are being erected, with others
Lafayette Advertiser 2/24/1904.
If a rapid natural increase of population is a good sign for a town then Lafayette is to be congratulated. Laf. Adv. 2/26/1898.
Lafayette is on a quiet boom. How much better pleased we would be it we could state it a little differently by saying Lafayette is "on quite" a boom.
Laf. Adv. 2/26/1898.
NINE YEARS OLD.
T0-day The Gazette issues the first number of its tenth volume. In other words, the paper is nine years old.
The Gazette enters upon its tenth year with confidence of increased prosperity. It has, since its foundation, enjoyed a fair measure of success as a public journal. We believe its growth has been commensurate with the advancement of the community, and we hope it has merited, if it has not always received, the approbation of well-thinking people. It claims no great credit for having contributed its humble efforts toward the success of worthy movements, but it feels a reasonable degree of pride that it has espoused every cause which, in its opinion, was calculated to benefit the people.
During the last nine or ten years Lafayette has forged to the front in rapid strides. In that period the people have awakened to a realization of their opportunities. In a material sense this community has more than kept up with the pace of progress. The establishment here of a cotton seed oil factory by local capital was a splendid beginning. Later on New Orleans capitalists availed of the advantages afforded by this section and built the sugar refinery which is easily one of the largest manufacturing plants in the State. Then came the compress which has been such a powerful factor in the increased commercial prosperity of the town has made in recent years, are the large number of new store building and residences. The improved quality of these structures maybe taken as an indication of the prosperity of the people. Excepting Crowley, Lafayette has put up more buildings in the past five years than any other town in this section of the State.
The erection by the town of a system of waterworks and electric lights was a long step forward. Nothing has done more to secure for this town its rightful position among the progressive communities of the State than the building of these improvements. Without them the town might have jogged along in poky sort of way, but it could never hope to take its place in the front rank of up-to-date municipalities. All this and much more is to the credit of Lafayette, but the culminating point in its growth - one which is not be considered from the standpoint of dollars and cents but to be measured by a higher standard - was reached when the Industrial Institute reared its walls in mute but eloquent tribute to that new spirit of progress which had quickened the slumbering intelligence of the people and marked out for them the path which leads to intellectual development. Henry Watterson said that the idiosyncrasy of the nineteenth century was liberty and that of the twentieth century is commerce. If Lafayette is to have an idiosyncrasy let it be education and let it be given expression in a new modern school building. The past decade has been a notable one in the history of the town, but let it be only a forerunner of what is to come. Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.
Lacoste Hardware Store.
Among the most prominent and substantial business houses of Lafayette is the Lacoste Hardware store, a cut of which appears elsewhere. The business which was established by Mr. L. Lacoste a number of years ago in a modest way has grown steadily until at present it is one of the largest concerns in Southwest Louisiana, and occupies an immense building with a forty foot front depth of 300 feet, extending from Madison (now Buchanan) to Jefferson street
This remarkable growth can be ascribed to their strictly honest basis of doing business and the uniformly courteous treatment shown to all.
The business now is in charge of Messrs. Louis Lacoste, Jos. Lacoste, Jos. Colombe, and Ernest Mouisset, sons and sons-in-law, of the original founder of the business. They are all young men, probably the youngest in charge of such a large business in the State, and are progressive and liberal. Under their management the business has grown considerably and with the growth of the business they have made additions and put in conveniences for the prompt and ready and handling of goods, so that in the matter of facilities it is thoroughly equipped. In order to accommodate their extensive trade and extend their business, they have established branch stores at Broussardville and Carencro, both of which are in a prosperous condition.
The Lacoste Hardware store is an institution of which the people of Lafayette can well be proud, because of its size, its high standard of business methods, and the enterprising spirit manifested by the young men composing the firm.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.
Patronize Home People. - If you want to build your town patronize home people. Do not send to neighboring towns for workmen when those at home are just as competent. If you have anything to sell do you go to a neighboring towns for buyers? Certainly not. Then why patronize people who do not patronize you? Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1895.
An Opposition Town.
Speaking of the inclination of some people to oppose every public enterprise, a certain well-known gentleman expressed himself the other day in the following language:
"Lafayette may well be called the great opposition town of Louisiana. Some of its citizens seem to delight in opposing anything and everything. It matters not what it is, they bob up as opposers. They are opposers by nature. They feed on opposition. They are happy only when they are opposing something. They are in favor of nothing that may benefit the town. Should one of these peculiar beings ever reach the celestial abode of the blessed, which is a debatable question, it will not be long before he has established an opposition place of his own."
Lafayette Gazette 3/2/1895.
Notwithstanding complaints of dull times, improvements in our town continue. Mr. John O. Mouton lately built a warehouse on Vermilion street, opposite his store, and repaired two other buildings on the same lot. Mr. Keyes has the contract for building a church for the Presbyterian congregation, and is now engaged in its construction. Mr. Theodule Hebert, Jr., has contracted for the building of a family residence on Madision street. Among the projected improvements, we learn that Dr. J. D. Trahan intends erecting a neat and commodious dwelling house on Washington street. Laf. Advertiser 3/2/1878.
The separate government of the original corporation of Lafayette and the Mills, Mouton and McComb additions, as obtains since their severation by the recent discussion of the supreme court, must necessarily militate against the interests of the one as much as the other. The situation is a most unfortunate one and should be relieved at the earliest moment possible. If, as it is represented, the annexation can be made under a law now in force that was framed to meet just such an emergency as Lafayette finds itself placed in, the initial move should be made without delay to bring about a reunion of the old corporation and its lately dismembered additions. The subject calls for immediate action in the interest of all.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/6/1895.
Lincoln avenue, East of the railroad, is steadily developing new buildings. During the week Mr. Auguste Degrez had erected the frame for a cottage on the North side just beyond the Racket house, and Mr. John Allingham's new residence on the same side of the street, a couple of blocks further East, is rapidly nearing completion.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/6/1889.
ANOTHER SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT TO BE ADDED TO LAFAYETTE.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/14/1894.
We'll "Get There."
The conditions that make Lafayette a peculiarly desirable location as a business center and point of distribution, are attracting increasing attention from capitalists. This fact is becoming more and more evident from the growing frequency of inquiries and personal visits on the part of prospective investors, some of which promise results of no small importance to us. A large cotton compress is under serious consideration at present, with very fair prospects of success. This point is an ideal one for a cotton compress, which would command in almost unlimited source of supply of cotton. As an investment the compress could not fail of being highly remunerative. and as a magnet for business it could not well be surpassed. A number of smaller manufacturing industries are in contemplation by interested parties, and it is reasonable to infer that by the close of the present year Lafayette will have several new enterprises place to her credit.
It is due in a great measure to the efforts of the Business Men's Association that the town's advantages is a business center are coming to be more fully recognized, and the association should not let up one iota in its endeavors to bring Lafayette into its proper position in the line of forward march. We may have to wait a little longer than we would like to witness the realization of our hopes, but we will surely shorten the time by trying to help ourselves. Lafayette Advertiser 5/8/1897.
On What Must Our Future Growth Depend?
If Lafayette is to grow and become a city of any size or importance, to what must we look to foster and encourage such growth?
Lafayette of the present is as large as the surrounding agricultural country will support. The area that is supplied by Lafayette is very small. Scott, Carencro, Royville, Broussardville and Cade are all points of supply for the farmers of this parish. It is therefore safe to say that we cannot look to the agricultural interests to contribute in any large degree to the future growth of our city.
The next factor to be considered is that of manufacturing or industrial enterprises. What inducements can Lafayette offer to manufactories to locate here? Can we offer cheap fuel and good and cheap shipping facilities? We are compelled to answer no to both questions. In neither of these respects can Lafayette offer advantages equal to those possessed by some of our neighboring towns, who have the advantage of water transportation, which gives them much lower freight rates than we can possibly secure. It is true we could give free building sites, but that alone would not be sufficient to induce factories to locate here. It will therefore be seen that there is not much prospect of Lafayette with her present railroad facilities, becoming much a manufacturing town. We will probably get a central sugar refinery but aside from that we do not see the likelihood of any other industrial enterprise being established here.
To what then must we look for the future growth and prosperity of our town? There is one channel through which our town could be pushed ahead and become known all over the South, and that channel is education. Lafayette owing to its location should be made an educational center for Southwestern Louisiana, and it could be made such by a properly directed effort.
Another thing, with our climate no more delightful spot could be found for winter homes by the people of the north, and if our educational facilities were placed on a high plane many families could be induced to move to Lafayette and build winter homes here. But we must state frankly that we see not other prospect for Lafayette to become any more than it is at present, except by making it an educational center and building up first-class schools and colleges.
Of course it we should get a north and south railroad, this giving us lower freight rates through competition, it would change the entire outlook and Lafayette would then stand some chance of becoming a manufacturing point of some importance. But until we get such a road it will be of very little use to try to induce industrial enterprises to locate here, because with existing freight rates they could not afford to do so. Let us, therefore devote our entire energies toward the establishment and building of educational institutions in our town.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1893.
Mr. Jos. Plonsky intends having his building thoroughly overhauled, renovated and repaired, and will substitute the present roof with an iron one.
Laf. Adv. 5/17/1893.
[For The Advertiser.]
May 18th, 1869.
"Agriculture is one of the best allies of virtues and happiness."
Mr. Editor, The resources of agriculture are incalculable ; and on this fertile soil especially, there is no occupation by which man can accomplish so much as by tilling the earth. From time immemorial agriculture has held the supremacy in wealth and virtue ; it is coeval with man's existence and con-natural with his being, it is truly said by a cultivator of the land. "Respect me, for I enrich the soil; I fertilize the land which without me would remain uncultivated ; I employ hands which otherwise would remain idle, in a word, I solve one of the greatest problems of modern society ; I organize and moralize labor." The celebrated "Bascom," said agriculture has furnished not merely the antecedents of important events in history, but of great historical eras. It claims an originality, combination, and permanence of relation, to which no other art or pursuit of man, can lay claims. It may be depressed in a thousand ways, but can only be destroyed by the extinction of our race. As the central point of unity in the whole internal economy. It must be relieved as the genus with regard to every species of productive labor. To every man it is nature's just mandates and obedience always practicable. It marked the dawn, had distinguished the progress, and is destined to crown the last stage of human improvement. It has ever been the grand school of invention, the birth place of all the useful, and nearly all the other arts. It is the great regulating principal of vitality in the growth of nations, and the enlargement of civil improvement. All history shows it to be true ; and the only universal nursery of civilization ; and in every respect, the most fundamental arrangement in the economy of human life, such are the words of a man who has known the worth and value of agriculture.
Now, Mr. Editor, the cultivation of the useful arts has certainly proven beneficial to mankind, especially when we reflect upon the important influence they have exerted upon civilization, as Franklin with the printing press. Whitney with the cotton gin, Arkwright with the spinning jenny, Watt with the steam engine and Fulton with the steamboat. But when the immortal Lieberg discovered and applied the aid of chemistry to agriculture, by giving renewed life and vigor to worn out land, dilapidated trees and plants, etc., he certainly became as much of a benefactor to mankind, and aided as much of the progress of civilization and the happiness of man as any of the sages above mentioned.
Lieberg's application of carbon, lime, plaster and salt to refresh and improve worn out lands, and to restore fruit trees and plants have had wonderful effect wherever they have been judiciously applied. These chemicals, when properly strewn on the land, will give new vigor to the earth, and make it as productive as ever. I was an eye witness to a case in the parish of Point Coupee, some years ago, where a planter redeemed twenty acres of worn out land by the application of two barrels of lime, one of plaster and two of common salt, the cost of which was eighteen dollars and the benefits derived were these ; the said twenty acres of land, heretofore unproductive, were so refreshed by this process that they became highly productive, giving the first year after it applications, a yield of one thousand, five hundred pounds of sugar to the acres, and the land kept for several years in a good state of cultivation. A. L. P. Lafayette Advertiser 5/21/1869.
The "Pest Hole" Moved.
The Old Town Hall, which has lately been so eloquently described a pest hole by the Gazette, has been moved to another part of the new public school grounds. The move was made by Sontag's Concert band to clear the view and ground in front of the music stand.
The Old Town Hall is not a building of pretentious or prepossessing in appearance, it is true, but The Advertiser prefers to apply a less harsh epithet to it than that of "pest hole." We would rather speak of the Old Town Hall in more considerate terms, remembering as we do its close association with the past history of the town, always gladly and uncomplainingly serving as a place of meeting and of shelter for many of our most respected and faithful public servants, who labored often and planned well within its walls for the public weal.
There will come a time, we know, when the Old Town Hall will have to be laid aside, and in its place our eyes shall rest upon an enduring structure of graceful and imposing lines; but we shall never think anything less of the Old Town Hall that our fathers thought good enough for a meeting place for them so long as the public revenues were all needed for the more pressing public necessities of streets, sidewalks, schools. etc.
Yes; we feel most kindly toward the Old Town Hall - and may be fast reaching an end, for the sake of the service it has rendered we will watch its passing with a grateful sense of its past usefulness. Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.
Lafayette Holding Its Own. - It always pains us to hear our town "run down" by one of its citizens, an occurrence of too great frequency, unfortunately. It matters not if the citizen happens to belong to that large number who contribute more than any other class to the backwardness of a town, by placing all manner of obstacles in the way of its advancement, it hurts the town. This reflection is suggested by the remarks accredited to a resident of Lafayette, recently, who had anything but good to say of his native town, to a stranger who engaged him in conversation. The visitor, however, had powers of observation of his own and formed an opinion of Lafayette and its future, directly opposite to the views entertained by the resident. This was a fortunate circumstance for the town, but, to often, a stranger is much influenced by the expressions of his informant, in such cases.
This incident, recited as a premise only to our further remarks, created in us a curiosity to look backward and review the history of Lafayette for the past two or three years to ascertain if the town had not made a better record that what many of its own people were willing to allow. In this connection we took into account only such new acquisitions as were entitled to distinctive consideration. We find that during that time Lafayette has a rightful claim to a number of quite substantial improvements there being included a sugar refinery capable of 300 tons capacity, an ice factory capable of turning out 7 and half tons a day, a rice mill, a grist mill, a telephone exchange and a modern system of water works and electric lights soon will be erected. All things considered we have reason to feel well satisfied with the progress we are making and with the bright prospects in store for us we should be more than pleased. A large cotton seed oil mill and another railroad (T. & P. from Palmetto) as strong possibilities, will add fresh laurels of no mean order, and so we must conclude that Lafayette has no cause for complaint for the progress it has made for the past two or three years. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1896.
Vermilionville Is Beginning To Grow.
To amend an act entitled "an act to incorporate the town of Vermilionville, in the Parish of Lafayette," approved March 11th, 1836.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Louisiana in General Assembly convened, That the limits of the town of Vermilionville be and are fixed as follows: Beginning at a point on the Coulee west of town, at its intersection with street running east and west in the Mill's addition, between lots twenty and twenty-three, in the plan made by John Campbell, United States Surveyor, March 19th, 1856, and running east to to the intersection of said street running east to the intersection of said street with Jefferson street thence South Jefferson street to Mrs. Charles Mouton's line and following that line to the western limits of A. Mouton's field, enclosure or ditch, and following that ditch south to its intersection with the line of Third street ; thence following westerly the said Third street and its continuation to the Coulee west of the town, and following the middle of said Coulee to the point of beginning.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/12/1869.
Growth and Development.
Grow and development are two most desirable things in the life of a community, and it is not inopportune at the present time to consider their causes.
The support of a town comes primarily from the agricultural country surrounding it, and the first effort toward growth and development should be to render communication between this natural territory and the town as easy and rapid as possible by means of good roads. This accomplished, the territory should be enlarged again and again by more dirt roads, motor roads or railroads that all highways should lead to Rome; but never bearing in mind that the interests of this tributary territory is the town's interest and that at all times and at all seasons their friendship should be assiduously cultivated.
The second cause is the establishment of good schools, both primary and advanced. Every facility for the proper education of the children should be provided - suitable buildings, superior teachers and trained supervision - and a generous welcome to all who may desire to come and avail themselves of the town's educational advantages.
The third is a liberal support the their newspapers; for to them fall the task of advertising the advantages of the town, the quality of its citizenship and its desirability as a home, besides recording all progressive movements, expressing suggestions for the general welfare and giving generously and willingly its space and influence for the public good.
A fourth cause is the making of the town a shipping and distributing point to the establishment of commission and wholesale houses, both of which add materially to the town by furnishing employment, by placing money in circulation, and by augmenting its commerce.
A fifth and most important cause is railroads, because they add to the population, disburse considerable sums in the town monthly and furnish employment. To this is added the fact that they make possible the extension of the town's territory for trade.
Another and vital cause is manufacturers and industries, valuable because they furnish employment, thus adding to the population and increasing business, resulting in an augmentation of property values.
These are the six chief causes of development and growth briefly stated and a recognition of these is a requisite before steady and successful efforts can be made to that end. But with knowledge of these causes and an active, earnest progressive league loyally supported by a progressive public sentiment, large things are possible. Lafayette Advertiser 6/14/1905.
To Expand Laf. Corp. Limits.
An election has been ordered by the council of the town of Lafayette and will be held at the Court House Monday the first day of July, 1895, by the qualified electors residing in and upon the lots or lands which are adjacent and contiguous to the territorial corporate limits of said town, the land aforesaid lying and being situated between the territorial corporate limits of said town and the boundaries of said lots or lands established and accurately described by the survey made by Romain Francez, parish surveyor, on the 18th day of May, 1895, and hereafter officially described:
Boundaries of said lands proposed to be annexed, fixed by said survey of May 18, 1895. Starting at the bridge on the coulee west of town, between the properties of Henry Hohorst and Anita Hohorst wife of Dr. Franklin Mouton, and running from thence along said coulee N 87 1/2, E a small ash 83ft., N 76 E a small 36 ft., thence N 1/2 E 300 ft. in Hohorst's pasture thence N 27 1/2 E 300 ft., thence 12 1/2 E 170 in cemetery 200ft., thence N 15 E 389 ft., thence N 18 1/2 E 110 ft. going from cemetary to Mrs. Judice's place 470 feet thence N 7 1/2 W 800 ft., thence N 20 E 300 ft. to southeast corner of Arthur Greig's property, then N 1/2 E 623 ft. to the big ditch 1600 ft. to public road leading to Scott 2553 ft. to the La. Western Railroad 2653 to the north side of said Railroad, thence E 1024 ft. thence S 77 E 660 ft. to the Morgan Railroad (L W division) 1250 ft. to center of Morgan road 1760 ft to the public road leading to Breaux Bridge 1810 ft. into Dr. Mudd's field 3820 ft. to the southwest corner of Dr. Mudd's garden 3900 ft., south about 75 ft. beyond Dr. Mudd's residence 4300 ft. in Dr. Mudd's back lot, thence S 43 1/2 E. from Dr. Mudd's to the public road leading to Breaux Bridge 940 to Mentor Richard's lot 1050 into Crow Girard's land 1790 ft. to stake thence S 55 degrees W 70 ft. between the properties of Nickseron and D. A. Cochrane 840 ft. to Dowdell's property 864 ft., to stake, thence S 27 W 890 ft. to public road leading to J. A. Chargois 950 ft. to red oak (2 ft. in diameter) thence S 46 W, 1050 ft. to northeast corner round-house yard 1520 ft. to main line of Morgan Railroad 7820 to Mouton addition, thence 29 W 1413 ft. to Oak Lane 2650 to public road leading to Pin Hook thence N 49 W including Pin Hook road and following same 1900 ft. to a coulee in front of the residence of Mrs. M. E. Girard, thence S 54 to the southeast corner of her garden, thence S 76 W in Mrs. Girard's pasture 1000 ft., in Dr. Franklin Mouton's field, thence N 85 W 462 ft. an oak ( 2 ft. in diameter) south of Dr. F. Mouton's barn 500 ft. to a coulee, thence following said coulee to the bridge the original starting point N 1/2 586 ft.
Territorial corporate limits of the Town of Lafayette. Beginning at a point on the coulee west of town at its intersection with the street running east and west in the Mills addition, between the lots twenty and twenty-three, in the plan made by John Campbell, United States surveyor, March 1856, and running east to the intersection of said street with Jefferson street to Mrs. Charles Mouton's line, and following that line to the western limits of A. Mouton's field, enclosure or ditch, and following that ditch south to its intersection with the line of Third street and its continuation to the coulee west of the Town, and following the middle of the said coulee to the point of beginning.
To the qualified electors residing in and upon the lots or lands lying and being situated between the limits and boundaries aforesaid, the following proposition is submitted, to be voted on at said election.
Whether they desire that the foregoing described lands shall be annexed to and included in the territorial corporate limits of the Town of Lafayette, so as to constitute a part thereof, and be subject to the jurisdiction, control, and authority of said Town, as fully and and to all intents and purposes as if the same had been originally included in the territorial corporate limits thereof as fixed by act of the Legislature of 1836, incorporating said Town.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/15/1895.
Work on the First National Bank building, the hotel and the opera house is going forward rapidly. A large force of men is employed and that corner presents a lively appearance. The concrete walk on both sides of Moss & Co.'s store is about completed. There are now concrete walks finished from the Crescent News Hotel on both sides of the street to Moss's corner, and on Vermilion street, north side, from Morgan & Debaillon's to Dr. J. F. Mouton's office.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/22/1904.