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Sheriff Broussard went to Baton Rouge this week to settle with the State for collections made during the last quarter. December was a very busy month in the sheriff's office, the collections amounting to $38,879.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.

Police Jury.
The president of the Jury was authorized to grant a certificate to the effect that Ex-Sheriff I. A. Broussard has settled in full for all taxes and licences collected during his tenure of office from 1866 to 1904.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.

 Sheriff Broussard has returned from Baton Rouge where he had gone to make a settlement with the State.
Laf. Gaz. 1/11/1902.

Mrs. I. A. Broussard returned home Monday after an extended visit to relatives at Karnes, Texas. Laf. Gaz. 1/12/1895.

Sheriff Broussard left Thursday afternoon for Jackson having in charge the unfortunate insane, Julien Duhon, who will be place in the asylum.
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1895.

Sheriff I. A. Broussard left Thursday night for Baton Rouge to make his quarterly settlement with the State Auditor. Laf. Adv. 1/12/1889.

Tramps. Our friend "Ike" has a novel way of heading off tramps, viz: by sending his bear to the door. They barely get in the gate before "Ike" makes the "cub" show up. Needless to say, they don't want anything. Laf. Gazette 1/13/1894. 

 Sheriff Broussard went to Houston this week.
Laf. Gaz. 1/13/1894.

Public Funds.

The collections by Sheriff Broussard during October, November and December have exceeded those made in the same time in any previous year. The sheriff has turned over to the parish during the three months mentioned $16,347.79 and in his quarterly settlement which he has just made with the State he paid in $10,704.34, making the total collections $27,052.13. Of the amount paid the parish there were 1856 poll taxes and $472,50 from licenses. The sheriff is to be congratulated upon his good work and the tax-payers for their prompt payments. The showing made is certainly a splendid one. Lafayette Gazette 1/14/1899.

Sheriff Broussard returned Sunday after spending several day in New Orleans. Lafayette Gazette 1/17/1903.

Broussard Back From B. R.
 Sheriff Isaac A. Broussard returned from his trip to Baton Rouge last Sunday. He was among the first sheriff's of the State to "walk up to the captain's office and settle." He holds receipts as follows:
Lafayette Advertiser 1/19/1889.

Hoodlums on the Train. - Last Wednesday afternoon, while returning from the Sheriff's meeting in New Orleans, sheriff Broussard was a passenger on the train and during the trip chanced to observe that three individuals, passengers on the train, would get off at stations and gather rocks and pieces of coal, and while the train was running on its way, they would throw at people along the track for amusement. So when the train crossed the line into this parish he paid close attention and saw the same three young hoodlums apparently trying to leave their mark in this part of the State. One little negro was sitting on a fence post, and one of the throwers sent a piece of coal after him which struck the post and scattered into the smallest pieces. On arrival of the train here the sheriff placed them under arrest without ceremony, and brought them before Judge Martin, where the proper charge was made against them and the case fixed for hearing at eleven o'clock Wednesday morning.

 The prisoners were all young men and gave their names as J. T. Martin, E. S. Summerford and F. M. Saurrels. Bond was fixed at twenty-five dollars for each accused, and we learned was procured by placing the sum of forty-seven dollars and two silver watches in the hands of a citizen who signed as security. On Wednesday morning however, the prisoners were conspicuously absent, but as they did not say "farewell" to any one so far as we know, we are unable to give their present address, and likely they will never be heard of again, especially throwing at people from a train. We desire to commend the course of sheriff Broussard in this matter. He did just what an officer should do under the circumstances. The result of the missiles thrown by these people might have been most serious; it is said that a missile thrown from a running train moves with a peculiar velocity. When rocks are thrown at trains much indignation is felt and justly so. The reason is the same when the conditions are reversed. Lafayette Advertiser 1/20/1894. 

Our worthy young sheriff, Mr. Isaac Broussard, was in New Orleans for several days the early part of this week attending to official business.
Laf. Adv. 1/21/1893.

Always on Time.

 Our popular tax-collector, I. A. Broussard, and his deputy, Ozeme LeBlanc, have not been idle of late as evidenced by the following statement which speaks for itself. Mr. Broussard is not only one of the best executive officers in the State, but as a collector of taxes he has made a record second to none. He is always prompt to make his settlements and is ever ready to account for every cent collected from the people. He holds receipts for the following amounts turned over to the State and parish treasurers:


Lafayette Gazette 1/26/1895.

Nabbed By Sheriff Broussard.The young negro, Derbes, who is wanted for waylaying and robbing in Iberia parish, is, from all accounts in jail at Crowley. Yesterday morning Sheriff Broussard heard that Derbes was in town and at once started out to catch him. He heard that Derbes had boarded a freight train, and communicated with the authorities of Acadia by whom he was arrested at Crowley. Lafayette Gazette 2/4/1899.

The Shooting of Laughlin.
John Laughlin was shot by Arsemus Spell Thursday, Jan. 19, at the home of the latter in the second ward of this parish. It appears that both men, who were apparently on friendly terms, went to Rayne on some business, where they drank freely. They returned to Spell's home in the afternoon. When they arrived at the house Spell proceeded to exhibit his pistol, frightening his wife and children out of the house. Laughlin remonstrated with him whereupon he (Spell) fired two shots at him, one entering his back and following the abdominal wall and lodged itself near the eight or ninth rib.
The next day Sheriff Broussard arrested Spell and brought him in town and placed him in jail.
Dr. Trahan visited the wounded man last Sunday and reported him as doing well. He was attended by Geo. C. Mouton, of Rayne. Lafayette Gazette 1/28/1899.



Sheriff Broussard submitted a statement of taxes collected for the year 1892, and asked for a quietus for taxes of that year. By motion, Messrs. E. G. Voorhies, J. C. Buchanan, and Alfred Hebert were appointed to investigate the said statement and report thereon at the next meeting. Laf. Gaz. 2/3/1894.


Paid Our Efficient and Able Sheriff I. A. Broussard.

 We take pleasure in reproducing the following handsome compliment paid Sheriff Broussard by the New Orleans States of Sunday:

 "After a service of many years as sheriff of the parish of Lafayette, and the winning of a reputation as a tried, true and fearless officer and a detective, the fame of whose abilities and success transcended the bounds of his State. Hon. Isaac A. Broussard was defeated for re-nomination in the late primaries in his parish. We have no doubt that his successful competitor is an able and most worthy gentleman, for the highest compliment that could be paid to anyone in Lafayette, we imagine, would be to say of him that he was strong enough before the people to defeat Ike Broussard.

 "We very much doubt if the State of Louisiana has ever had in her service one who was the superior in all that goes to make up the successful criminal officer of Sheriff Broussard. His skill and resources in apprehending criminals of the most desperate character and bringing them to justice are matters of common knowledge to the people of Louisiana; and if a truthful account of his many adventures and successes in that field of endeavor were written the story would possess the fascination of a Sherlock Holmes romance. None of the arts and tricks would be required to make such a history of story of entrancing interest, but the simple facts, recited in a plain unvarnished way would serve to place the name of Ike Broussard high among those of the great conservators of law and of the dignity of the commonwealth who have ever brightened the pages of American history.

 "Ike is a product of Southwest Louisiana. As a boy he knew almost every foot of its soil, its people and their habits and customs. It was then that he formed those qualities of character determination, acuteness of perception, personal courage, the ability to depend upon his own resources, together with those old time accomplishments of the innate gentleman; to ride, to shoot straight and to tell the truth, that made his name for so many years a tower of strength in support of law and order in his section.

 "Mr. Broussard is yet, comparatively speaking, a young man, not nearly so old as his achievements and the fame he has won would indicate to the ordinary observer. Local causes, the clamor for rotation in office, the envy of that class who dislike one because he succeeds, combined with the fact that he espoused in the State election the that was weakest in the parish, contributed to bring about his defeat. In the hot fight that was waged against him, his character, public and private, was not assailed, and the administration of his responsible office was conceded by his opponents to have been clean and able.

 In his defeat a brave, chivalrous and true man retires from the public service, one the like of whom we have too few. His host of friends throughout the State will wish him the widest success in whatever field of effort he may now direct his splendid faculties and energies."

 From the New Orleans States and re-printed in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.

Lafargue's Record.

 Sheriff Broussard has received a letter from Mayor Labbe, of St. Martinville, giving the record of the man Ben Lafargue, who was arrested last week by the sheriff for the theft of a horse and buggy from Mr. Veazey. It appears that Lafargue was made to leave St. Martinville by the authorities of that town. A letter written to Mayor Labble by Chief Gaster states that Lafargue served three terms in the penitentiary for thefts committed in New Orleans. He is said to be wanted in New Iberia.
Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900.

 Sheriff Broussard and Abram Hirsch left last Thursday to take John Webb to the insane asylum at Jackson. Webb became violently insane a couple of weeks ago. Laf. Gaz. 2/10/1900

Pardoned. - Elijah Hornsby, who, it will be remembered, was captured in this parish about a year ago by Sheriff Broussard, has been granted a full pardon. Hornsby had several years more to serve out his sentence.
Laf. Gaz. 2/11/1899.

Mrs. I. A. Broussard returned home Monday after an extended visit to relatives at Karnes, Texas. Laf. Gaz. 1/12/1895.

Tom O'Chilktree. - Col. Tom O'Chiltree, the famous yarn-spinner and ex-congressman from Texas, passed through Lafayette on Wednesday night's train. Ike Broussard happened to be on the same train and we expect to hear some wonderful stories.
Lafayette Gazette 2/16/1895.

Sheriff Broussard and Harry Durke Sell 846 Acres of Land for $21.50.

 Sheriff Broussard returned from Abbeville Wednesday where he had gone to sell a portion of the rice land owned by him and Mr. H. M. Durke. The day before Sheriff Broussard and Mr. Durke closed a deal, selling 846 acres to Wesley Shriefer and J. T. Alvez, of Illinois, for $21,150. The rice lands in Vermilion are the biggest kind of a boom and this is one of the money deals which show the great demand for real estate in that parish. Messrs. Broussard and Durke still own several hundred acres in that section which they cultivate in rice.

 Sheriff Broussard informs us that Marsh Island, which he and Mr. Fabacher purchased some time ago, is attracting the attention of investors everywhere. Every mail brings inquires as to the adaptability of the island to stock-raising. A recent cash offer shows how rapidly it is increasing in value since its advantages have been given publicity.
Lafayette Gazette 2/22/1902.


More Clever Work by Sheriff "Ike."

Sheriff Broussard did some clever and quick work last Monday. One Jacob Buack, an agent for a patent spring lock, who was stopping at one of the principal hotels, had left an east bound train without settling his board bill. The sheriff boarded the 1:10 train and located him at New Iberia where he was arrested. The sheriff returned on the 3:35 train having in custody the man Buack who paid his bill and was released. Immediately upon his arrival the Sheriff received a telegram from Deputy Sheriff Read, of St. Landry, telling him to watch for Batiste Hill, wanted for horse stealing. Before 4 o'clock Hill was behind bars. Sheriff Broussard had found him seated in one of the coaches of the west-bound train having a ticket for Lake Charles. Lafayette Gazette 2/24/1894.


Just ask Sheriff Broussard to tell you his experience in beating a train.
Laf. Advertiser 2/25/1893.

Sheriff Isaac A. Broussard.

Elected President of the Sheriff's Association of Louisiana.  

 [From the Daily States.]

  Popular and fearless Isaac A. Broussard will preside over the Sheriffs' Association for the ensuing year. The organization held its annual election of officers in the rooms of the Jefferson Club yesterday, and Ike's popularity among his colleagues was demonstrated by their making him their chief executive unanimously and by acclamation. It were just as superfluous to state that "Ike" Broussard is sheriff of the parish of Lafayette as it would be to set forth that William McKinley is president of the United States. His people have shown their esteem and confidence in him by re-electing him to this responsible office for many terms past an has faithfully discharged the duties thus imposed upon him, gaining new friends, not only in this parish, but throughout the State and in the adjoining ones for that matter, during every successive term.

 Aside from the election of officers, there was considerable discussion of the lessening of the expense of the different parishes in respect to criminals.

 The new officers are: Isaac A. Broussard, president; C. T. Cade, vice-president, and Frank Marquez, secretary and treasurer.

 Among those present were : R. F. Pleasant, Union parish; L. H. Marrero, Jefferson parish; A. V. Saucuier, Avoyelles parish; W. S. Franzee, St. Landry parish; J. V. Young, Baton Rouge parish; Chas., I. Frische, Assumption parish; Frank Marquez, Orleans parish; Louis Ory, St. Charles, parish; J. W. Connerly, Sabine parish; A. R. Thompson, Bossier parish; J. W. Womble, Franklin parish; J. W. Freeman, Natchitoches parish; Chas. Kilbaum, East Feliciana parish; L. D. Allen, Livingston parish; D. A. Johnson, Quachita parish; Frank C. Mercers, Plaquemines parish; E. W. Lyons, Acadia parish; F. J. Davis, Vernon parish; C. H. Lucas, Madison parish; W. F. Pegues, De Soto parish; J. H. Crawford, Winn parish; W. E. Uniacks, Orleans parish; Joihn Doehr, Catahoula parish; A. L. Lyons, Calcasieu parish; I. A. Broussard, Lafayette parish; John J. Stroble, St. Tammany parish; C. T. Cade, Iberia parish.

 Lafayette Gazette 2/26/1898.

School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 7th, 1898.

Among other business...

 The school board met this day with the following members present: Messrs. Delhomme, Hopkins, Durke, Olivier, Dupuis, Broussard, Whittington and Clegg. Absent: W. G. Bailey.

The report of the Sheriff's collection of poll taxes was accepted as follows and a quietus granted him.

 The Committee consisting of Ed. G. Voorhies, chairman, J. O. Broussard and Baxter Clegg reported that they had examined the account of I. A. Broussard sheriff, for the collection of poll taxes for the years 1893, 94, 95, 96, having found some duly accounted with proper vouchers thereof recommend that he be given a quietus for same for the years herein mentioned.

 The following committee consisting of Messrs. C. D. Caffery, J. O. Broussard and W. G. Bailey was appointed to try and secure cooperation from the police jury in draining Sec. 16 T. S. 10 S. R. 8 of the public school land.

 This committee is also to ask an increase in the appropriation made by the budget committee for school purposes.

 The bill of Hon. C. D. Caffery for one hundred dollars fees in renting school lands was approved.

 The bill for a black board laid over at the last meeting was approved.

 Mr. Ben Avant account laid over at the last meeting was also approved.

 It was resolved that no accounts for improvements or fixtures on school properties should be approved in the future unless previously authorized by the Board. 
Lafayette Advertiser 2/26/1898.

Sheriff Broussard went to Baton Rouge last Saturday to take two prisoners to the penitentiary. Laf. Adv. 5/17/1893.

Sheriff I. A. Broussard. - Last Wednesday after a continuous service of sixteen years, Sheriff I. A. Broussard turned over the sheriff's office to his successor. Mr. Broussard withdraws to private life leaving a splendid record of efficiency behind him, both as a criminal officer and a tax-collector. As sheriff he has done his duty fearlessly and conscientiously, and the wholesome terror in which law-breakers hold him testifies to the thoroughness with which he performed the duties of his office.

 As a tax-collector he has made one of the best records for the State, always collecting closely and accounting for every dollar collected. He leaves the office with his books in fine order, and has unfailingly received a complete quietus for every year of his long term. He becomes a private citizen with every obligation of his office discharged and with a record perfectly clean in every particular.

 Mr. Broussard has been a good officer, and it gives us pleasure to make this expression of our appreciation of his services, and wish him the fullest measure of success in whatever new line of business he may engage. Lafayette Advertiser 6/8/1904.

Long in His Accounts.
From the Baton Rouge Advocate.

 Occasionally we hear of an unfortunate public official "short" in his accounts and a scandal follows that is heard all over the land, but it is exceedingly rare to find a man who has held an important position for a long term of years, with large sums of money entrusted to his care, who comes out "long" in his accounts.

 Such was the case with faithful and reliable Ike Broussard of Lafayette parish. He was sheriff for nearly a score of years, was on hand to look after criminals when they were needed, handled hundreds of thousands of dollars of the public money and when he surrendered his trust the police jury passed a unanimous vote of thanks and commendation and ordered the parish treasurer to refund $1,178.87 which he had overpaid the parish.

 This was an unusual and extraordinary incident. He had often paid 100 per cent on his tax lists to the State, but it seems that he was about $1,200 on the safe side of the ledger with the parish. We congratulate the ex-sheriff and the parish of Lafayette upon such a sheriff and such a record.

From the Baton Rouge Advocate and in the Lafayette Advertiser 6/15/1904.



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