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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Rigues Hotel Out, J. B. Leger In. - We are happy to see the spirit of progress in our midst. Where once stood the Rigues Hotel, is now to be seen growing up a shop of most respectable dimensions, to be occupied after its completion by our friend J. B. Leger. Within that shop will soon be found Mechanics of No. 1 ability, ready at any time to do all the work presented to them, such as wheelwrights, carpenters, carriage makers and trimmers, painters, etc. The shop under the able and energetic supervision of Mr. Leger will make a most valuable improvement to our town and community and we sincerely hope that it will be liberally patronized.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1869

Madame Amae.

The celebrated spiritual, trance and business medium is in the city and has rooms at Mrs. Alfred Chargois' City Hotel, where she can be consulted on all affairs of life. Madame Amae has had 35 years' experience as a medium and has been very successful in healing family differences, giving valuable advice in business and locating and recovering lost or stolen property as well as hidden treasure. She reads life from cradle to the grave with absolute correctness and can give full name and description of future husband or wife with exact date of marriage. All in trouble are especially invited to call. 
Lafayette Gazette 1/25/1896.  

A First-class Hotel.

We have heard some very high praises of the splendid management of the Orleans Hotel by Mrs. A. D'Orsay. This lady has has had extensive experience in hotel keeping and knows exactly hot to provide for her boarders and consequently never fails to please them. It is therefore not surprising to hear the boarders of this hotel speak so highly of the excellent treatment they receive. The Gazette recommends this hotel as first-class in every particular. Lafayette Gazette 2/2/1895.

Mrs. Alex Delhomme of Breaux Bridge removed to Lafayette and rented the second story of the building occupied by Messrs. Begnaud and Comeaux near the Court House. Mrs. Delhomme will keep furnished rooms and board and the traveling public and others will find there besides all conveniences, a good board.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1900.

Grand Ball.
 Invitations are out for the Grand Ball on the 18th inst. at the La. W. Hotel, the ladies being generally invited,--with their escorts who, by the way, must provide themselves with a piece of metallic substance commonly known as the American dollar, or--it's equivalent--a ticket, before they knock for admittance. This much for the door, and when you get in--well, you mustn't know to fix yourself in such a way that should you grow Shakespearean and say "he who steals my purse, &c.," you would, more than anything else, resemble a harp struck by lightning. Lafayette Advertiser 2/4/1882. 

Enjoyable Time.

 One of the most thoroughly enjoyable social events in the history of our town was the informal dance given on Friday, January 28, at the Cottage Hotel. The warmth of a most genial hospitality was evinced by the charming hostesses, Mesdames A. Young and T. N. Blake, Misses Young and Littell. The dance music was furnished by a quartette of traveling musicians whose efforts, to judge from the faces of the merry dancers, were much appreciated. This delightful entertainment will linger long in the memory of the many participants, among whom were the following:

 Mesdames T. N. Blake, B. Clegg, F. E. Girard, A. Denbo, N. P. Moss, R. Delaney, A. Bonnet, S. R. Parkerson and E. Trahan. Misses L. Gladu, E. and S. Hopkins, P. Harmanson, P. Gueriniere, B. Cornay, L. and C. Mudd, Haydee Trahan and Molly Wartell. Messrs. B. Clegg, F. E. Girard, A. Denbo, A. R. Trahan, F. S. Mudd, R. E. Cunningham, Chas. F. Trudeau, Ralph Squires, O. B. Hopkins, J. C. Nickerson, A. Morgan, F. O. Cornay, Kinney Zell and P. L. Caillouet. Lafayette Gazette 2/5/1898.


SUNDAY- Dr. J. Holman, P. E. Hinkson, Chicago; Geo. W. Walker, Butin; A. E. Whittington, city; C. S. Chapman, Galveston; Henry D. Blanchet, J. H. Beckman, F. S. Perry, New Iberia; Jno. A. Lloyd, Meridian, Miss.; E. Mouisset, city.

MONDAY - E. S. Lyne, Dallas; A. Gamard, New Orleans; B. D. Manger, Houston; E. J. Higginbotham, city; W. A. Pipes, New Orleans; J. E. Brady, Cincinnati; W. P. Brady, M. G. McCoradorff, New Orleans; Sydney Amy, Opelousas; Chas. H. Tiersor.

TUESDAY. - Sol Miller, New Orleans; F. A. Apfelbaum, Cincinnati; Thos. H. Charles, New Orleans; J. E. Barry, Crowley; B. B. Cross, Chester, S. C.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/8/1905.

Gordon Hotel Acquires Hotel Bus.
The handsome new Gordon Hotel bus was put in service for the first time Monday night. It is strictly up-to-date and of the same pattern and class used by the best hotels in bigger cities. Lafayette Advertiser 2/8/1905.

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. 

Robert Richard and family, of Gueydan have moved to Lafayette. Mr/ Richard has accepted a position in the Gordon Hotel bar. Laf. Adv. 2/8/1905

Orleans Hotel - First Class Room and Meals at all hours.
Laf. Adv. 2/9/1895. 

Mrs. Rigues has added much to the attraction and comfort of her hotel by the addition of a handsome parlor. The further addition of a sample room, corresponding with the front of the parlor, at the West end of the building, will be made shortly, and will make her grounds the most beautiful upon Lincoln Avenue. Laf. Adv. 2/15/1890.

Mr. L. Grenard, agent of the new American Barrow Co., of Detroit, Michigan, can be found at the Cottage Hotel. He will remain in Lafayette for awhile attending to the sale of its agricultural machines etc., etc. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

Mr. Hahn, of the Crescent Hotel, is taking a break to raise his own bananas. He has planted eight or ten trees in the plot of ground between the hotel and J. O. Mouton's corner, which seem to be thriving. With proper protection during winter they ought to bear in two or three years, at any rate, their luxuriant foliage for eight or nine months of the year will be an ornament and an attraction for Northern visitors. Laf. Adv. 2/21/1891.

Capt. Ross and his bridge gang are now making repairs and improvements about the Crescent and News Hotel. The elevated cistern was found to be unsound, and had to be taken down and renewed. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890

Jas. J. Corbett, the California prize fighter, who beat Jake Kilrain in a six round sparring match at New Orleans a few days since, passed through here on his way home Wednesday night, and took lunch at the Crescent. But few knew it, or he no doubt would have had a crowd to see him, after his wonderful achievement. He has a smooth, rather pleasant face, without a bruise to show for the fight. Laf. Adv. 2/22/1890


 Capt. R. T. Vinson, of Shreveport, Arrived in Lafayette Saturday in Apparently Good Health, But it Found Dead Monday Morning. 

 Last Saturday night Captain R. T. Vinson, ex-mayor of Shreveport and a prominent State politician, died suddenly at the Crescent News Hotel of apoplexy. Deceased arrived in Lafayette Saturday representing the distilling establishment of Goodman Brothers, of Memphis, and Sunday evening retired in apparently good health. Monday morning Captain Hahn called his lodger in vain and on going into the room found him rigid in death. Coroner Mouton was summoned and gave certificate of death from apoplexy.

Sheriff Broussard, who was personally acquainted with the deceased, and Manager Hahn, whose kindness and chivalry needs no commendation, took charge of the body and notified friends and relatives of the sad event. Mayor Querles, of Shreveport and Judge Blanchard wired instructions to prepare remains and ship to that city, which was accordingly done. Mr. Nathan Broussard kindly volunteered to accompany the body home. Captain Vinson was a man of family, much popularity, and about sixty years of age.

The Advertiser extends to his friends and relatives expressions of sincere sympathy.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/24/1904.  

The business of the Lisbony hotel has increased to such an extent as to compel Mr. Lisbony to secure more commodious quarters afforded by the Vezay building, formerly occupied as a hotel by Mr. J. C. Clark.
Laf. Advertiser 2/25/1893.

 We can say without contradiction, that the ball last Saturday evening was a success - even beyond the expectations of its managers, - and surely we can say again, that much of the beauty and chivalry of Attakapas was gathered here. The spacious and tastily adorned hall of the La. W. Hotel was soon comfortably filled, - including young ladies and gentlemen of this community and many from Opelousas, New Iberia, Abbeville, and other places. There were also among this gay assembly many of maturer years, who though not being adept in the Terpsichorean art, are far from being unknown in some other spheres.

Promptly at a signal from one of the floor managers, the Breaux Bridge string band sent strains of delightful music vibrating through the hall, and many who, till then, stood listlessly around or were otherwise engaged, proceeded hastily to secure partners for the first waltz, and thus it went, - from the fascinating waltz to the elegant lancers, - from the sedate quadrille to the rather more lively "heel and toe." There were several among the "trippers" who danced gracefully and with ease, and were much admired. In this connection we may state that we heard of complaints from two quarters, - one from those on the floor to the effect that the music did not last long enough, and another from a few young men not dancing who seemed to think the dances tediously long. The latter might be made to think otherwise by means of a proper course of treatment.

The refreshments were abundant and nicely arranged. The table presided over by Mrs. J. O. Mouton, assisted by Mrs. F. K. Phillips, was well patronized, in fact the returns show that numbers made engagements on this part of the programme "early and often." We learn also, that the confectionery department under the management of Mrs. Jos. Plonsky and Mrs. L. Levy was satisfactorily remunerative.

In an adjoining room, where among other things, the institution of a post office department in connection with the ball. This was superintended by Miss F. Bendel assisted by Mrs. J. Frank. Several young ladies were organized as a corps of letter carriers, and these bore epistles of the most amatory order, with a slight advance up on U. S. postage, to those they thought likely to expect communications of that character.

We are glad to be able to say that the ball was a financial success; but leaving that view out of sight, think that an entertainment of the kind once in a while would do the whole community good.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/25/1882.

The attention of the street committee is called to a dumping ground on Lincoln Avenue opposite the Landry Hotel. This speaks very badly to a stranger walking this main thoroughfare. Laf. Adv. 2/26/1898.

Mr. Jno. H. Conniff, General Manager at the Crescent and News Hotel Co., stopped over Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Hahn at the Crescent, on his way over the line to the West. Laf. Advertiser 2/28/1891. 

Gordon Hotel. - The handsome new brick hotel in Lafayette, The Gordon - so named in honor of the late lamented Confederate her0- is a really great and meritorious improvement to the town. A mighty effort was made to get it ready in time to serve the convention; and although it was not quite sufficiently organized the first, evening, it got bravely into action the next morning and did splendid service thenceforward. So large and well appointed a hostelry will play a conspicuous part in the great career of progress upon which Lafayette is entering. Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.

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

New Boarding House. -J. W. Burrow, an experienced hotel man, has opened a boarding house in the building next to Vic Levy's residence. Mr. Burrows announces in this issue of The Gazette that he is now ready to accommodate the public.
Laf. Gazette 3/1/1902.

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



The ever attractive appearance of the Crescent and News Hotel dining room has been greatly enhanced by a brand new suit of glossy white paint. This hotel, noted as being one of the most comfortable and inviting on the line of the Southern Pacific, is being renovated and made more attractive than ever.
Laf. Adv. 4/5/1890.

  Mme. Robichaux, lately of St. Martinsville, has leased the Lafayette Hotel on the corner of Madison and Vermilion streets, and is now fully prepared to receive and accommodate the traveling public. Laf. Adv. 4/6/1899.

 At the raffle of Mrs. Jeffers' velvet quilt, at James Hannan's hotel, last Saturday night, No. 66 was the winning number. We learn that Mr. Arthur Hebert was the holder of the lucky ticket. Laf. Adv. 4/6/1899.

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

McDaniel Hotel. - The McDaniel Hotel, formerly the Sunset Hotel, has been renovated and painted, and I am prepared to serve the public with short orders, dinners and board and lodging, or will rent rooms. A share of the public patronage is solicited. Laf. Advertiser 4/12/1905. 

Henry Gerac, who has been manager of the Field Hotel, Beaumont, for the past two years, has been secured by Proprietor Salles of the Gordon to assist him as manager.
 Laf. Adv. 4/12/1905

The Crescent News Hotel.

 Possibly not many of our home people have given more than a passing thought to what a truly valuable acquisition to Lafayette is the stately and very commodious hotel at our railroad station, controlled by the Crescent News and Hotel Company. This hostelry of imposing mien with its spacious grounds rendered doubly attractive by perennial flower beds and pretty evergreens and its elaborate furnishings can leave none other than favorable impressions of the locality on travelers and guests alike. It has been our pleasure to hear on many occasions strangers testify to the praiseworthiness of the Crescent Hotel, and much of the credit for this is due to the accommodating and genial manager, Mr. John Hahn, and his worthy wife, whose greatest delight seems to be in securing pleasure and enjoyment to others.

 It may be, also, that few of us realize the important position this enterprise fills as a contributor to the support of our town. Regular employment is given to a large number of persons who live and spend their earnings in this community, and although the principal demand for the most excellent table of this hotel is, of necessity, made on New Orleans, the butcher, the dairyman and many other local dealers receive a liberal and constant patronage for regular supplies, as is shown by the monthly payroll, the average disbursements per month in the town of Lafayette alone amounting to $900, we have learned from a responsible source.

 It is institutions of this kind - business enterprises that bring in outside money on a large scale for circulation at home - that are of the greatest advantage to a town, and when, as in the present instance, the management of these is conducted in a way to reflect credit on the entire community, such acquisitions do the greatest good to a locality. Citizens of Lafayette should have only kind words for the Crescent Hotel of this place.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1894. 

   Mr. A. J. Ross', Foreman bridge gang, is here doing general repairing, and erecting a bath room addition to the Crescent News Hotel.
 Laf. Adv. 4/18/1896

Mrs. M. F. Rigues has found it necessary to enlarge still further the accommodations of her well known and popular hotel on Lincoln avenue, and is erecting a handsome and commodious room onto the West end. The work is rapidly progressing under the skillful supervision of Mr. Fred Mouton. Laf. Adv. 4/19/1890

Railroad Moguls Stop in Laf. - President Chas. A. Whitney, Mr. R. Morgan and Mr. J. Krutchnits, C. E., of the Morgan Company came up on the local train last Wednesday evening and passed the night at the La. Western Hotel. They left Thursday morning for Texas with the regular train and had in use Supt. Swanson's handsome private car.  Lafayette Advertiser 4/29/1882.

Mizpah Lodge Ball at Gordon Hotel.

 The ball given last Tuesday at the Gordon Hotel by Mizpah Lodge No. 300, Ladies Auxiliary to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen proved a success financially as well as socially.

 Promptly at 9:30 sweet strains of music were heard from the "Billeaud Band," and the grand march was gracefully led off by Miss Alice Lalanne, of Washington, La., and Mr. C. W. Breeding, of Lafayette. As they marked time to the music, other couples joined in, forming an attractive scene, blended with youth, beauty and gallantry.

 Sixteen couples entered the contest walk. The judges appointed were: Messrs. Baxter Clegg, Felix Salles, R. J. Pellerin, Octave Guilbeau and Dr. G. A. Martin. After careful observation, decision was rendered in favor of Miss Ruby Scranton for the ladies' prize, and Mr. F. E. Wagner, of Houston, Texas, for the gentleman's prize.

 Mr. Philip Mouton carried off the beautiful point lace handkerchief, which was raffled.

 The members of Mizpah Lodge express many thanks to the public for liberal patronage, and particularly to Mesdames C. H. Lusted, Geo. Montgomery, J. B. Coumes, W. H. Adams and D. Delahoussaye. Messrs. T. M. Biossat, H. F. Limerick, A. Bonnet, B. Schmalinski, F. Salles, F. C. Triay, Morgon & Debaillon, B. Negrotto, Morgan Lodge 347, Bayou City Lodge 145, B. R. T., The "Lafayette Advertiser," and "Lafayette Gazette," for contributions and assistance; the enthusiasm shown was received as a token of (unreadable words) for the organization. 
                        A. MEMBER.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/3/1904. 

Dentist Now at Gordon.

 Dr. Smith, the Dental Specialist now at the Gordon Hotel, comes well recommended, having practiced in Southern Louisiana during the winter season for the past five years.
Laf. Adv. 5/10/1905.

Hotel Guest Commits Suicide. - He came to Lafayette Tuesday and registered at the Star and Crescent Hotel as H. L. Jantzen, Houston." He is said to have indulged freely in drink the day, but behaved as a gentleman. The next morning, he ate breakfast, settled his bill with the clerk of the Crescent Hotel and walked away. Shortly afterward he was seen on Oak Avenue, leading to the Protestant Cemetery. Not long after he was seen the report of the pistol was heard, and his body was found by a young man who was riding into town. Coroner J. F. Mouton held an inquest over the body. As it was clearly a case of suicide, the jury so decided. His brother, Mr. Julian Jantzen arrived Wednesday and had the unfortunate young man buried in the Protestant cemetery. Rev. Weir officiating. Lafayette Advertiser 5/18/1901.

The thief who robbed several rooms at the Crescent hotel last Saturday night also paid his compliments to Dr. Mouton. He too with him as a souvenir of his visit to the doctor a case of fine surgical instruments. Laf. Adv. 6/3/1893

Morgan Railroad's Offices Move to Lafayette.

Moved Here June 1 and Domiciled on Second Floor of Brown-News Hotel.

 On June 1 Superintendent Shackford, who has succeeded Mr. Owen, moved his entire force to Lafayette and is now domiciled on the second floor of the Brown-News Hotel, part of which has been arranged for offices. The office force is as follows:

 E. E. Shackford, R. M. Glover, H. F. Ricker, R. Tierney, M. Tompkins, E. J. Dowling, F. W. Stegelmeyer, H. L. Rencry, P. B. Warner, A. F. Moursund, M. J. Mullor, P. Muntz, C. Gerrets, A. B. Carson, W. C. Yeager, F. S. Porter, P. C. Bennett, B. V. Wright, S. A. Guilbeau, W. J. Finley, Adam Boyd.

 The Advertiser extends a cordial welcome to them and hopes that they will find Lafayette a pleasant place to live. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1905.

Sad Event. - A sad event happened at the depot in this city yesterday. A Mr. McCormick, of Beaumont, Texas, was taking his little six-month-old baby to New Orleans to place it in a hospital for treatment for intussusception. While enroute the child became worse and at this place Dr. G. A. Martin and Dr. T. B. Hopkins were called, but the little was beyond help of professional skill and expired in a few moments after their arrival. The little body was laid out in one of the rooms of the Crescent Hotel to await the afternoon train for Texas. Lafayette Advertiser 6/8/1895.

Abramson - Coronna.

 On Last Thursday evening there took place in the parlors of the Crescent News Hotel one of the prettiest weddings that Lafayette has never known. The contracting parties were Mr. Nathan Abramson, and Miss Ula Corrona, the charming and winsome daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. N. Corrona. The rooms were beautifully decorated and the large bay window had been transformed into a fairy bower by the use of evergreens and ferns. Garlands were gracefully festooned from the walls, and a wedding bell green and white, studded with electric bulbs, was suspended just above the improvised altar Green and white ribbons were stretched across the room forming a semi-circle, within which stood the relatives of the young couple. To the strains of Mendelsohn's wedding march, played by Prof. Sontag and Mr. Stevens, the bridal party entered, led by the ushers, Messrs. Ben Schmalinski, S. J. Leblanc and A. M. Clark. Dr. Lewis Abramson, of Shreveport, was best man. The groom was accompanied by his mother. Walking alone, preceding the bride, was Mrs. Lewis Abramson as matron of honor, who was very handsome in a gown of white embroidered crepe-de-chine. With stately dignity came the bride, a perfect dream of loveliness as she leaned on the arm of the father, and queenly grace, took her place by the side of her betrothed, into whose keeping she gave her happiness. As the last strains of the wedding march died away the eloquent words of Rabbi Max Heller were heard, and the sweet simplicity of the Jewish ceremony, was impressively spoken. After his final blessing rested upon them, they turned for the congratulations of their friends. Many from a distance mingled their good wishes, with the friends from this, their adopted town. A dainty course supper was served on the broad galleries, which had been screened in for the purpose. The color scheme, green and white, was carried out in the most minute detail. The bride's table was exquisite in its daintiness. The center piece of white carnations and ferns, the silver candelabra with white rose shades, the green and white ribbons, hanging from the chandelier, all contributed to form a lovely picture, which will long linger in the memory of those present.

 The bride was handsomely gowned in white organdy over white taffeta silk, and carried a shower bouquet of bride roses, carnations and ferns. The long graceful veil was pinned to her hair by a spray of orange blossoms and only half concealed the sweet face beneath. She is possessed of a most charming personality which has endeared her to her numerous friends, who sought to show a little of their appreciation by the handsome presents that were showered upon her.

 Her going away gown was a becoming creation of navy blue eta mine, with trimmings of Persian embroidery and taffeta, with a becoming suit hat.

 Mr. and Mrs. Abramson left the same night to be absent two weeks or more, after which they will be "at home" with their friends in Lafayette.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/8/1904.


At the Gordon. - A Mechanical Harp at Gordon Hotel.  So many and various are the drop-a-nickel-in-the-slot machines that it is hardly proper to say that a new specimen is a novelty, nevertheless the one recently placed in the lobby of the Gordon Hotel almost deserves the term, for it is certainly a most ingenious mechanical-musical device. It is a harp played by automatic fingers. Drop a nickel in the slot, push the button at once harp music is a most pleasing kind entertains you. It is well worth seeing and hearing.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/14/1905.

Crowley and New Iberia both are to have handsome brick hotels in the near future. When is Lafayette's turn coming. Mr. W. W. Duson spent a few days in town Saturday. Laf. Adv. 6/20/1903

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