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A Legal Holiday. - The post-office was closed Monday, it being a legal holiday. It is the custom in all government departments, when a legal holiday falls on Sunday, to observe the following Monday as a holiday.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/4/1905.

Large Extra Business. -
The Christmas holidays proved a busy season in the local post office; 40 full pouches of third and fourth class matter and 159 registers were received, besides 71 registers and 27 pouches dispatched. The very satisfactory way in which Post master Domengeaux and his office force handled this large amount of extra business speaks volumes of the methods employed and the efficiency of the office force. Lafayette Advertiser 1/4/1905.

Miss May Phillips is now assisting in the post office.
Laf. Adv. 1/1/1898.

Being Used a Great Deal - Those Who Sent and Received First Packages.

 The parcels post, which went into effect on January 1, has met with a prompt acceptance all over the country and the first few days of its operation indicates that it will grow into a big proposition. The law has worked very well so far, but there are a few minor defects that will have to be remedied in order to make it more convenient to the public.

 At the local post office the parcels post is being used quite a good deal and the patronage will increase as people become more familiar with it. From the number of inquiries received by Postmaster Domengeaux, the parcels post will become popular with the farmers of the parish.

 Among the numerous and various articles shipped at this office was a package of eggs, and many kinds of farm produce can be sent as well as other articles.

 L. F. Salles was the first to ship a package by the parcels post from this office, it was a package of films. Mrs. John Montgomery received the first package. T. M. Biossat sent the first insured package and Miss Vienna received the first insured package. Lafayette Advertiser 1/7/1913.

U. S. Mail Stage Lines.
U. S. MAIL STAGES leave here daily for Gote Gelee, St. Martinville and New Iberia and tri-weekly for New Iberia via Royville (now Youngsville), also daily, Sundays excepted, for Grand Coteau, Opelousas and Washington, and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for Mermentau River, Lake Charles and Sulpher Mines.
Through tickets to New Orleans can be had of the undersigned.
M. P. YOUNG, Local Agent.
Vermilionville, La. Oct. 1st, 1872 -tfn.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1873.

Demanade Remains Post-Master.
 Paul Demanade, as is well-known was post-master under President Harrison and is now serving the government in the same capacity under the present reign of William McKinley. Mr. Demanade had both commissions neatly framed and placed in the post-office. The first is dated March 31, 1890, and is signed by President Harrison and John Wanamaker as postmaster-general. The other commission is signed by the present executive and Charles Emery Smith, postmaster-general. Lafayette Gazette 1/21/1899.

The tower designed by Prof. Zell for the proposed waterworks is on exhibition at the post-office. Laf. Gaz. 2/1/1896.

Assistant Postmaster Joseph Mouton was on the sick list this week, but not for long, we are glad to say. Laf. Adv. 2/9/1895.

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

Beginning March 1st, the Cheneyville & Lafayette Railway Post Office will be extended to Alexandria, La. This will prove of great benefit to our people as heretofore a letter mailed to Alexandria was put off at Cheneyville, and the following eve at 3:48 it left Cheneyville for Alexandria, taking over 24 hours to reach a place only 4 to 5 hours distant. The change will be a welcome one. Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1894.

Mail Service.

 The Cheneyville and Lafayette Railway post office has been changed, and it is now the Lafayette and Alexandria will now reach its destination twenty-four hours earlier than heretofore. The change does away with the long delay occasioned by the mail laying over at Cheneyville. Laf. Gazette 2/10/1894.

Italian Rat. - Last Sunday Joe Pizzo, the fruit vendor near the post office made a find. In a bunch of bananas from a newly opened box he discovered an animal that seems to be extremely rare. It is anywhere between a squirrel and a rat - probably leaning toward the latter. Its captor has given it a home in an ordinary bird cage and considers himself on the high road to fortune. It has been a source of no little curiosity and interest. Local natural historians have eyed it very critically; one says it is a ground possum, others that it is a banana rat; whatever it may be Joe wouldn't part with it for much-a-money.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1894.

Rural Free Delivery. 
 The annual report of Postmaster Payne, in speaking of the rural free delivery service, says that it is no longer in the experimental stage, and undoubtedly congress will continue to increase the appropriation for this service until all the people of the country are reached, where it is thickly settled enough to warrant it. The estimates of the department are to the effect that the available territory for this service embraces about 1,000,000 square miles, or one-third of the country's area exclusive of Alaska. The 11,050 routes now in operation cover about one-third of the available territory. From this it will be seen that it will require 27,000 employees additional to those now in service, to cover this territory. If congress shall make the necessary appropriations, it is believed that within the next three years the extension of the service will have been completed.

 The Postmaster General further says that millions of our people live more or less remote from any post office, and a very large proportion of them are not able to buy money orders or bank drafts without great inconvenience. It is not unreasonable to expect from the government that it will provide an easy, convenient and safe method to transmit small sums, say $2 or less in amount, without putting the sender to the inconvenience and expense which now obtains in the purchase of a draft or post office money order.

 The total receipts in 1901 were $111,631,193.39, and in 1902 the receipts were $121,848,047.26. The expenditures in 1901 were $115,554,920.87 ;  and in 1901 the expenditures were $124,685,687.07.

 With the extension of rural free delivery thus actively progressing complaints arise in other communities. Cities of 10,000 population, or $10,000 gross receipts, receive a free delivery service at least twice a day, in many cases oftener. Residents of remote rural districts to which the service has been extended have a free delivery of mail brought within reach of them once a day. Residents of towns of less 10,000 population or $10,000 gross postal receipts, have no free delivery at all. There is a popular demand which is based on equity and reason, that the space which now intervenes between city and rural service should be diminished by extending free delivery to towns of not fewer than 5,000 population or not less than $5,000 gross postal receipts. Lafayette Advertiser 1/17/1903.

Post Office Robbery.
 Sheriff Broussard arrested last Saturday two men named Peter Plant and Kelly Kannette who answered to the descriptions of parties wanted at Crowley for breaking into the post office. Sheriff Lyons came to Lafayette the next day and identified the men as the ones he was looking for. Kanette has a peculiarly shaped artificial foot whose imprints upon the floor of the office the morning after it was robbed furnished the clue which led to his arrest. Sheriff Lyons is sure that Kanette is the right party and he has every reason to believe that Plant was with him when the robbery was committed. Lafayette Gazette 1/21/1899.

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

Post-office Burglary at Grand Coteau. - Burglars broke into the post office at Grand Coteau last Tuesday night and with the use of dynamite or other explosive entered the safe and got away with a considerable booty. Over $200 belonging to the government and $295, the property of Lehman, Stern & Co.,, were stolen. There does not seem to be any clue to the crime. Lafayette Gazette 2/17/1900.

St. Valentine's day has come and gone and with its advent no doubt joy was occasioned to many, as also anger to not a few, if this year was no exception the rule. We know two persons, at least, who are very glad the event is now relegated to the past, and those are postmasters Demanade and Simpson.
 Laf. Adv. 2/17/1894.

East-West Rail Route.   
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.....Northern Railroad is going to build a branch to New Orleans in the near future, which will parallel the Southern Pacific. The route is to be south of the Southern Pacific from Houston to Lake Charles, and then from Lake Charles it will cut across Lousiana and strike the Texas and Pacific at Mellville, saving an expenditure of over a million dollars in building a bridge across the Atchafalaya river.

According to the people who are on the inside the route has already been selected, and the surveys are practically finished. The distance between Houston and (rest is unreadable)

Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1902.

Postmaster Labit Shoots a Negro. 
Crowley, Feb. 15. - Postmaster Frank C. Labit shot a colored man to-day by the name of John Moore. The shooting took place on Second street, near the Crowley State Bank. Moore, on several occasions, abused the postmaster. The trouble first started several days ago when the negro called at the postoffice for mail. On being told by the postmaster that there was no mail for him, he began cursing, and said that "woman in there," meaning the postmaster's wife, who is the assistant, had been telling him for a week there was no mail, when there was a letter advertised. Labit told him the letter advertised was for a white man of the same name, and to satisfy him showed him the letter. The negro snatched the letter and tore it open, threw it on the desk and went off. T0-day more trouble occurred. This evening the negro followed Labit to the office of W. W. Duson & Brother, where an altercation took place. The negro got possession of an iron stove poker, and H. B. Thayer came to the postmaster's aid with a chair and probably saved his life. Labit borrowed a pistol and shot the negro in the thigh. Moore has just sent word that he would kill him the first chance he got.  Lafayette Gazette 2/18/1899.


Vermilionville Post Office.

Opens from 6 o'clock a. m. to 7 p. m. On Sundays from 6 a. m. to 12 noon, and from 4 to 5 p. m. for distribution of evening mail.

Money Orders and Registry business from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Positively no Money Orders or Registry business on Sundays, or before or after regular hours.
Mails going East close at 8 to 8:15 a. m. for local train, and 9 to 9:15 for Texas or through train. Going North at 3 to 3:25 p. m. Going West at 6:30 p. m.

Mails arrive from East at 4 and 7:30 p. m. North at 8:30 a. m. West at 9:30 a. m. Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1882.


 Following is the schedule of the arrival and closing of the mail at the Lafayette, La., post office.

 Arrives from the East twice daily - 6 a. m. and 1:15 p. m. Closes for the East at 1:15 p. m. and 6 p. m. daily.

 Arrives from the West twice daily - 6 a. m. and 1:35 p. m. Closes for the West at 1 p. m. and 6 p. m.

 Alexandria - Arrives at 1:15 p. m., closes at 1 p. m. daily.

 Breaux Bridge - Leaves at 2 p. m., arrives at 12 m, daily except Sunday.

PAUL DEMANADE, Postmaster.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/21/1891.

Vermilionville Post Office.

 Opens from 6 o'clock a. m. to 7 p. m. On Sundays from 6 a. m. to 12m. and from 4 to 5 p. m. for distribution of evening mail.

 Money Orders and Registry business from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Positively no Money Orders or Registry business on Sundays, or before or after regular hours.

 Mails going East close at 8 to 8:15 for local train, 9 to 9:15 for Texas or through train. Going North at 3 to 3:25 p. m. West at 6:30 p. m.

 Mails arrive from East at 4 and 7:30 p. m. North at 8:30 a. m. West at 9:30 a. m. Lafayette Advertiser 2/25/1882.

The post-office, Bank and Public schools were closed last Tuesday on account  of Washington's birthday. Laf. Adv. 2/26/1898.

Doors Open Sunday. - Postmaster Domengeaux requests that hereafter the doors of the post office will be left open on Sundays and that those having lock boxes can get their mail at any time of the day. The regulations require the closing of the doors during the absence of the postmaster and employees, but Mr. Domengeaux desiring to furnish every facility to the public has secured from the Washington authorities permission from the Washington authorities permission to leave the doors open, which will be greatly appreciated. Laf. Adv. 3/2/1904.


 The President of the United States has appointed Mr. J. R. Domengeaux as postmaster at this place, and in regard to this appointment the Advertiser uses this occasion to offer congratulations to the head of the Nation in exercising such good and sound judgement, and to the appointee for the honor conferred upon him. Mr. Domengeaux's appointment gives general satisfaction, he is a young man ripe with experience, his standing in the community is of the highest, and his sterling business qualities fit him most admirably  for the intelligent discharge of his duties as post-master. The Advertiser cannot refrain from giving its readers a short biography of Lafayette's new postmaster. Young Domengeaux was born at Breaux Bridge, St. Martin parish, this State, September 21st, 1871. His education was primarily received at Prof. Duclos' institute in his native town, but owing to family financial reverses he was forced to "paddle his own canoe" in the affairs of this world at the age of 14. After leaving school at that age, he began the study of Pharmacy under the tutorship of Dr. Thos. Stark (now of Thibodeaux). Mr. Domengeaux received his certificate of practice in his chosen profession at the age of twenty-one, after having passed a highly satisfactory examination before the Board of Pharmacy, at New Orleans; his examination papers showed a 93 3-4 percentage.

 Owing to ill health Mr. Domengeaux retired from the drug business in 1900 and established "The J. R. Domengeaux Insurance Agency whose daily increasing business is too well known for further comment. Politically speaking "Cherokee" has been actively connected in every political campaign inaugurated in this parish since 1892, and is a fighter of whom even his political enemies admit as fair and square. He has a delegate represented Lafayette in every Republican Convention since his advent into politics. He has numbers of friends who will watch his future with much pleasure. The Advertiser is positive that its young friend will make an excellent government official, and that his services in that capacity to the patrons of this post-office will be all that will be desired.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/4/1903.

Robbed The Post-office. - Saturday night a burglar entered the post-office through a back window and made an effort to break open the safe. He broke hinges and battered it up somewhat, but did not succeed in opening it. He robbed the cash drawer of sixty cents, and walked off with Assistant Post-master Domengeaux's overcoat. He also attempted to enter Doucet's drug store from the rear. The burglar gave his identity by trying to sell the overcoat. He is a negro whose name is known, and not it is only a question of locating him. Lafayette Advertiser 4/6/1904.

Complaints have been frequent of late against the distributing mail clerk on the Opelousas branch. The mail does not reach the post office here of a half hour or more after the train arrives, owing it is said, to the fact that the Clerk does not distribute the mail until the arrival of the train here. Laf. Adv. 4/7/1894.

Mail by Rail. - A change has been made in the railway postal service on the Morgan tap which gives Mr. Paul L. Burke, who for several years has efficiently served as sole postal clerk on this line, well earned relief. Heretofore Mr. Burke has daily made the round trip between Lafayette and Alexandria. Recently Mr. M. S. Alexander, of Myersville, Avoyelles parish, has been assigned to this route, and this now on duty. This gives each one a lay off every other day. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1890.


Made a Free Rural Delivery Route by the Post-Office Department to Begin June 13.

A short time ago Postmaster Domengeaux received inquiries from the Post Office Department inviting suggestions from him as to how the star route from Lafayette to Andrew could be improved and if it would be advisable to make it a free rural delivery route. In reply Mr. Domengeaux advised that the route be divided into two as it was entirely too long for satisfactory service, suggesting that a carrier be placed between Andrew and Maurice and another between Maurice and Lafayette. He also heartily endorsed the proposition to make the route a free rural delivery one. Yesterday he received from the Department two copies of advertisements for bids for a mail carrier between Maurice and Lafayette in which it is stipulated that the carrier must deliver mail along the route to all persons who may request it of the Lafayette or Maurice postmaster.

 One of these advertisements of bids will be posted in the post office and the other at the clerk's office. All bids must be handed in by May 31 and must cover the period between June 13, 1905 and June 30, 1906.

 The establishment by the government of this free rural delivery will be greatly appreciated by residents along this route, as their mail will be delivered in their boxes daily, and even those living somewhat off the road can enjoy its benefits, for they can place their mail box on the road and have the carrier leave their mail as he passes.

 This rural delivery route is a beginning and it is only a question of time when its benefits will be extended to other routes.

Lafayette Advertiser 5/10/1905.  

New Postmaster.
The new postmaster, Mr. Chas. O. Mouton, assumed charge of the Lafayette post-office on the 15th instant. 

The induction of the new, and the retiring of the old officer was effected so quietly and unceremoniously that but a few people are as yet aware of the change that has been made. The new incumbent is already so well and favorably known to the public that he needs no special introduction at our hands, and no one doubts that he will prove a faithful and efficient officer and worthy of the trust confided in him. The out going postmaster, Mr. Paul Demanade retires from the cares of his charge enjoying the good will of the public he has served for the past four years and with a feeling of satisfaction that can come only from a consciousness of duty well done.

Lafayette Advertiser 5/19/1894.

From now on the lock boxes at the Post office will be accessible all day on Sundays. Good. Laf. Adv. 6/10/1899

Believed to Be the man Who Robbed The Post Office Here.
Wednesday Deputy Alphonse Peck returned from Franklin, bringing a negro by the name of John Harris, charged with having robbed the post office here about two months ago. The Lafayette officers have been on his trail for some time. Sunday a week ago Sheriff Lacoste and Deputy Saul Broussard boarded the excursion and went as far as New Iberia, but owing to the pack and jam on the train overlooked him. They notified the Franklin officers to be on the look out, and sent a man there to identify him. The following dispatch to the Picayune tells of the negros arrest:

 Franklin, La., June 8. - A very important capture of a desperate negro was made here last night by Deputies Charles Pecot and Philip Albares, aided by Deputy Sheriff Peck, of Lafayette. The negro's name is given as John Hays, but this is known to be an alias. The negro was heavily armed, having a big revolver and a dirk, and made every effort to use both on the officers, who were, however too foxy for Hays and succeeded in knocking him down and disarming him before he could do any injury. The negro is wanted at Lafayette for robbing the United States post office at that point a few weeks ago, and also is suspected as one of the gang who robbed the Catholic parsonage of some $8,000 last week. He admits that he has had a number of scrapes in Arkansas and Texas, and claims that he is a native of Alabama. The negro is a heavily pock-marked and very black-looking villain and has all the usual evidences of depravity and viciousness. He has nine buckshot wounds in the body, which he claims her received while stealing watermelons in Texas. The officials think he is wanted at Corsicana, Tex., on a murder charge. Deputy Sheriff Peck who has been on his trail for a week, took him to Lafayette this morning.

 From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/15/1904.

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