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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

*** EARLY LAFAYETTE RICE INDUSTRY


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.


(Vermilionville, La.)


We would call the attention of our planters to the article "subscriber" in our last number; if they had read the short article and weigh it well, they will readily perceive the importance of the move proposed, they will readily understand the necessity of regulating free labor by fixed rules, and how far the interests of all would be benefited by concert of action on the part of inhabitants holding real estate. We then again invite the planters of the Parish, to answer call made upon them, but in so doing, and to carry out the objects and purposes aimed at, they must be unanimous as to the rules of labor to be established, and these once established they must be unanimous in the enforcement of them, otherwise, the attempt to ameliorate our condition, and improve the country, would prove abortive. Lafayette Advertiser 1/9/1869.


Not S. P.'s Intention. - Some days ago the Crowley Signal remonstrated with the Southern Pacific Company for the apparent desire of the latter to induce Acadia rice growers to settle in Texas. Such was not the intention of the Southern Pacific, however. Press Agent Henry Mayo explains that the purpose of the company was merely to get the Acadia rice planters to "look at the Texas rice lands" and then go back home.
 Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.



Will Plant Rice. - Messrs. Overton Cade and H. Theall, of Royville, were in Lafayette this week. Mr. Cade informed The Gazette that he and his son, Smedes, are going to plant several hundred acres of rice this year. They will use wells to irrigate the land. The Messrs. Cade are the first in Lafayette to engage extensively in the cultivation of rice and it is to be hoped that they will make a success of it. Diversity of crops insures the prosperity of any country, because, while one or two crops may fail, it is not probable that all will prove unsuccessful. That the soil of this parish is adapted to rice culture is reasonably certain, though it has not yet been given a fair trial. Should the Messrs. Cade succeed in this undertaking it is safe to say that others in this parish will follow their example. The use of wells as a means of irrigation enables farmers to plant rice in sections where there are no canals to furnish the water. Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901. 




Crowley Perturbed. - Crowley is much perturbed because the Southern Pacific is offering inducements to Crowley-ites to visit the rice lands in Texas. It strikes us that Crowley is unnecessarily alarmed, for surely that town's prosperity does not rest upon so unsound a foundation as to be injuriously affected by cheap excursion rates. The people of Lafayette could not be induced to emigrate by a thousand excursions to Texas or anywhere else. Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1901.



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.

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