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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

*** EARLY LAFAYETTE RICE INDUSTRY

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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