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From the Lafayette Gazette of February 19th, 1898: 



OUR FIREMEN.


 Three Companies to Organize Permanently Monday Night. 

Now that the means to fight that most dangerous of our enemies, known as fire, have been procured, it is only necessary for the citizens of the town to organize in order to have the protection which they should. A few gentlemen having that end in view have the initiative in this matter and we are pleased to state that their efforts have already met with the most encouraging results. Enough citizens have signified their willingness to join the movement to insure its success, and it is safe to say that before the waning of many moons Lafayette will have what it has never had before - fire protection.
 
The committee appointed to solicit the enlistment of members, composed of T. J. Allingham, Felix Voorhies and Felix Mouton, have done good work, enrolling enough names to organize their companies. They have also divided the town into three districts and located one station at the court-house, one at the store of Mouton Bros. and the other at the Moss & Mouton's lumber yard.
 
Lafayette Gazette 2/19/1898.
 
 



This is from the Lafayette Fire Department Official Website.

"A Chronological Record" 1897 - Present"
"According to the most recent published accounts, in 1897 Charles Debaillon, the commissioned census taker in 1900 with the assistance of Judge William Campbell organized the first firefighting group in Lafayette. The membership consisted of twenty-five volunteers. These efforts were greatly assisted by a five-mill tax that was passed one (1) year prior for the development of an electric light system and a water works plant. This group would become known as the “Hobo Volunteer Fire Company” . . . 100 years later the Lafayette Fire Department comprises five divisions with a total personnel roster of about 250 employees.


 Currently we have 13 fire stations-twelve responding stations with station #1 housing Administration, Communications and Arson Investigators. We are presently covering 47.49 square miles with a population of approximately 119,966. Growth has come to the Lafayette Fire Department but dedication remains constant."






 JUDGE DEBAILLON'S CHARGE.
He Suggests to the Jurors the Propriety of Memorializing the Constitutional Convention.

  After delivering the usual charge to the grand jury Judge Debaillon did what some of his confreres in other districts of the State have done since the election of delegates to the constitutional convention. He stated to the jurors that he believed it his duty to express his opinion on the question of the judiciary and to suggest to them the propriety of formulating a memorial to the convention, which has just assembled in New Orleans. Before giving his views on the judiciary the judge stated the great question of suffrage was already receiving the attention of a committee composed of the best men of the State who would settle that vexed problem well and satisfactorily. Judge Debaillon, then gave his views on the movement to change the judiciary, which, considering his long service on the bench, are entitled to no little weight. He stated that with slight changes the present system would be the best the State has ever had; that the trouble was with the mode of procedure rather than with the system itself. He added that he believed the Supreme, Circuit and District Courts should remain as they are new constituted. He stated that he favored the retention of the justice court, but added that this later tribunal should be vested with more jurisdiction which would empower it to dispose of misdemeanors and cases not necessarily punishable at hard labor. He believed, however, that certain qualifications should be required of the justices of the peace. This is, we believe, the substance of the views of Judge Debaillon as expressed to the grand jury in his charge Monday morning.
Laf. Gazette 2/19/1898.



Serious Accident. - Last Saturday afternoon Paul Bailey was thrown from a horse near Mr. Ozeme Leblanc's residence and he received severe wounds from the fall. The injuries were at first considered serious, but we are glad to say that the young man has perfectly recovered.
Lafayette Gazette 2/19/1898. 



From Gay to Grave. 
From gay to grave is the order of entertainment promised at New Orleans. Following closely upon the gorgeous and mirth-provoking pageants and spectacles of Mardi Gras, (February 22,) comes the third session of the Catholic Winter (unreadable words) Thursday (unreadable words) eminent lite raseur, Marion Crawford, will inaugurate the lecture course, (his theme, being of universal interest and one in which he has won conspicuous distinction, "Leo XIII"), Mrs. Frances R. Hayward, Rev. Thomas J. Conatay, D. D. Charles Sprague Smith, Rev. J. F. Mulaney, Prof. Alcee Fortier, Henry Austin Adams, Frank Gordon, Rev. Albert Biever, S. J., and Hon. Patrick Walsh, of Georgia, succeeding him in the order named. This list presents a splendid array of talent, and is most happily diversified in quality and kind - as should be the case to satisfy popular tastes. The Catholic Winter School is a growing power in the work of higher education.


Lafayette Gazette 2/19/1898.
 
 



Retiring from Drug Business.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 9, 1898.
 
I ha
ve retired from the drug business having sold my interest to may partner, Mr. Geo. Doucet, who will conduct the business same as heretofore.
J. E. TRAHAN.
 
I have bought the interest of my partner Mr. J. E. Trahan, in the firm of Trahan & Doucet and will continue the business as heretofore.
G. DOUCET.
Lafayette Gazette 2/19/1898. 



MARRIED. -
Mr. David Mouton, of this town, and Miss Ida Campbell, of St. Martinville, were married at the latter place Thursday morning. Messrs. Ambroise Mouton and Edwin Campbell witnessed the marriage and returned in the afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Mouton, who will make their home in Lafayette.  Lafayette Gazette 2/19/1898.




City Council.
LAFAYETTE, LA., February 7, 1898.

Among other business....

 A communication from the Consolidated Engineering Company, relative to furnishing a marble tablet, with the names of the members of the City Council inscribed thereon, to be used as a corner stone of the waterwork and electric light plant, for the sum of $25 was received, upon motion of Mr. Hahn, seconded by Dr. Martin, that the proposition be approved.

Yeas - Hahn and Martin.
Nays - Hopkins and Mouton.

 The vote being a tie the mayor voted no.

 A communication from Mr. C. Lusted, Sr., withdrawing his application as chief engineer of the waterwork and electric light plant was received and recorded.

 The application of A. R. Lisbony and Albert Singleton for fireman of the water and electric light plant were filed for reference.

 The application of Mr. P. J. Daspit, of Lake Charles, for chief engineer of waterwork and electric light plant was filed for reference.

 The application of the City Clerk for an increase of salary was laid over.

 The following communication was received :

 To the waterworks committed the town of Lafayette, La., -- Gentlemen:  We beg to request that as we are nearly ready to turn the waterwork and electric light plant over to the city of Lafayette, that you cause to be inspected all the work done on this contract, as well as have inspected all material, machinery, etc., which have been used in the construction of the plant.
Yours truly,
  Consolidated Engineering Company Limited,   per H. DASPIT, secretary.

 The above communication was referred to Mr. Zell, city engineer.

 The following communication was then laid before the Council.

 LAFAYETTE, LA., Jan. 19, 1898.--


 Honorable Mayor Caffery and City Council of Lafayette -- Gentlemen: If you see proper to extend to the Consolidated Engineering Company Limited, the advancement of five thousand ($5,000) on account, I do not think you jeopardize the interests of the town by doing so, provided you do  not pay any more until the plant is completed and tested. With this understanding I will be willing to advise the advancement.

 Respectfully submitted,
     ROBERT R. ZELL,
       Superintendent Engineer.

After considering the same the following was adopted:

 Resolved, That five thousand dollars, out of the amount due on third payment to Consolidated Engineering Company, be advanced and paid to them provided that balance of said third payment amount be remitted to the final completion and acceptance of plant.

Yeas - Four.
Nays - None.

 The following resolutions were adopted:

 By Dr. Martin -- Be it resolved that the residence of Father Forge be wired and the supplies purchased therefor at the expense of the town.

 By Mr. Hahn -- Whereas there has been a complaint made about a public nuisance, therefore be it resolved that the mayor appoint a committee to establish a deadline to abate said public nuisance and thereupon the mayor appointed Mr. Mouton and Dr. Martin on that committee.

 By Dr. Martin -- Be it resolved, That the Council give special instruction to the street committee to give the canal in Mill's Addition and the big ditch needful attention, the contract for same to be let to the lowest bidder, any and all bids subject to rejection and that the mayor be added to the committee for this special purpose.

 By Dr. Hopkins -- Be it Resolved, That the mayor appoint an expert electrician to wire the houses under the supervision of the secretary of the waterwork and electric light, also authorize the mayor to procure the necessary fuel to run the plant, to purchase hose of a medium quality, length of hose left to the discretion of the mayor, to purchase the necessary wire for outside wiring and also two hundred 16 K. P. incandescent lights and supplies, that the cost of the two hundred be distributed among the first five hundred subscribers.

 An ordinance relative to issuance of bonds for appliances for waterworks and electric lights.

 Whereas, act No. 90 of 1896, authorizes the City Council of Lafayette, La., to issue bonds to the amount of $38,000 to procure, construct and operate a waterworks and electric light plant in the city and whereas there remains $2,000 of said bonds, unexpended therefore.

 Be it ordained by the Council that for the purpose of procuring a supply of wire, incandescent lamps, etc., also for hose, a tapping machine and other appliances necessary to operate said plants, the said City Council of Lafayette hereby authorizes the issuance of said two thousand dollars of bonds and the mayor is empowered to sign the same, and said bonds to be redeemable March 1, 1906.

 Adopted by the following vote:

Yeas - Hahn, Hopkins, Martin and Mouton.
Nays - None.

 There being no further business to transact the council adjourned.

 C. A. CAFFERY, Mayor.
F. STERLING MUDD, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 2/19/1898.






 THE GRAND JURY
Request the Police Jury to Investigate a Complaint Against Juror Avant. 


The grand jury's report was read in court Thursday afternoon. The jurors report the offices of the sheriff, clerk and treasurer in good order and all public documents well kept and public funds correctly accounted for. The attention of the police jury is called to the general condition of the court-house. The building needs to be painted and other repairs are deemed necessary. An inspection of the parish jail showed it be well kept and the prisoners properly cared for. The attention of the Police Jury is called to the unsatisfactory results obtained from the use of the heating process used to do away with the offal.,
 
In regard to the public roads the jury made the following report:
 
"That Mr. Ben Avant, member of the police jury of this parish, who has in his care oxen belonging to the parish, did on the 9th day of this month, refuse to turn over the said oxen to Mr. Foreman who had instructions from the road overseer of that ward to go to Mr. Avant and get the oxen to do some work on the public road. The reason given by Mr. Avant for not turning over the oxen was that they were not strong enough to do public work, while he, on that very same day was using the oxen to break new land for his own benefit. We would further state that Mr. Forman said that he was satisfied that had he got the oxen he would have been able to do the work required on the public road. We, therefore, request the police jury at their first meeting to give this matter a rigid investigation and have Mr. Avant render an account of his action in refusing to comply with the request of Mr. Foreman"
 
The jurors concluded that their report by tendering their deliberations.

Lafayette Gazette 2/19/1898.








DISTRICT COURT
Convened on Monday Morning -- Criminal Court Unusually Small.

 A regular criminal term of the District Court convened Monday morning, Judge Debaillon presiding.

 The judge appointed Mr. Auguste Mouton foreman of the grand jury and the names of the following gentlemen were drawn out of the box to serve as jurors for this term: Paul Castel, Charles Cochrane, Wm. G. Bailey, Alfred Chargois, Preston Benton, Luc Doucet, F. G. Mouton, Ralph L. Foreman, Arthur Couret, Fedorin Estillette, Willie Creighton, Placide Guilbeau, Frank Guidry, Chas. Jenkins, Ralph Duhon. The jury remained in session until Thursday afternoon, returning fourteen indictments and nine "not true bills." Nearly all the cases examined were for minor offenses. The following indictments were brought in; Joseph St. Julien, using obscene language; Ben Avant, embezzlement; Simeon Bergeron, defamation of character; Joseph Edmond, entering a house without breaking; Tinomme Burnette, stealing a ride; Sidney Foreman, striking with intent to murder; Jno. Baptiste Daily, carrying concealed weapon; Willie Brown, larceny; Teresia Watson, obtaining money under false pretenses; Albert Duhon, selling liquor without license; Fernest Kelly, carrying concealed weapon; Florestal Guidry, malicious slander; A. O. Patureau and Geo. Pefferkorn, carrying concealed weapon.

 In the absence of District Attorney Gordy who left Wednesday to attend the constitutional convention, of which body he is a member, Col. Breaux was appointed district attorney pro tem.

 The petit jurors for the first and second weeks were finally discharged. District Attorney Gordy will  be back in court Thursday when indicted parties will be arraigned, and cases will be tried on the third week of the term.
Lafayette Gazette 2/19/1898.

   


Selected News Notes (Gazette) 2/19/1898. 

 Weather reports are now received daily, except Sunday, at the post office. Reports are sent from the New Orleans Weather Bureau, which is under the able management of Prof. Robert E. Kerkaw. Laf. Gaz. 2/19/1898.

Due to an omission the account of the Ladies' Tea Club held at the home of Miss Leah Gladu did not appear in our local columns last week. Laf. Gaz. 2/19/1898.

 The corner lot near the courthouse, owned by Mr. Chas. A. Mouton, has been bought by Sheriff Broussard, who has had some repairs made to the buildings which will be offered for rent. Laf. Gaz. 2/19/1898.








From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 19th, 1898:
 
Let's Meet Our Firemen!



Last Saturday night at 8 o'clock at Falk's Opera House the B. M. A. was assembled to organize a fire department. The president being obliged to absent himself, the meeting was presided by Wm. Campbell, vice president of the B. M. A.

The committee consisting of Messrs. Felix Voorhies, Felix Mouton, Jno. T. Allingham, Wm. Graser and Sterling Mudd who had been appointed to the enrollment of firemen, reported that a great number had already signed the list.

Judge Debaillon suggested that 4 temporary captains be appointed whose duties would be to apportion the names in 3 different districts viz:

One in Mill's addition, one in Mouton addition, one in the old town, the department to consist of a hook and ladder company and two hose companies.

The suggestion having been ratified by the meeting, Meesrs. Felix Voorhies, Felix Mouton, Jno. T. Allingham and Sterling Mudd were appointed as temporary captains. The enrollment list being opened (unreadable word) a great many of those present at the meeting signed their names.

It was decided that the temporary captains would meet on the next Monday night to assign the members to a district.

We give here below the result of their labors. The list is still open for anyone who wishes to affiliate themselves with the Lafayette Fire Department. The following list shows the assignment of each man to his district, by temporary captains at their meeting held last Monday night. Lafayette Advertiser 2/19/1898.





City Council Proceedings.

The City Council met this evening in regular session with the following members present: Mayor Caffery, Councilmen Hahn, Hopkins, Martin and Mouton.


The minutes were read and after a correction in the treasurer's report they were adopted.


A communication from the Consolidated Engineering (Co.) relative to furnishing a marble tablet, with the names of the City Council inscribed thereon, to be used as corner stone of the W. W. & E. L. plant, for the sum of $25.00 was received upon motion of Mr. Han, seconded by Dr. Martin, that the proposition be approved.


Yeas. - Hahn and Martin
Nays - Hopkins and Mouton.


The vote being tie the mayor voted No.

A communication from Mr. C. Lusted, Sr. withdrawing his application as chief engineer of the W. W. & E. L. plant was received and recorded.

The applications of A. R. Lisbony and Albert Singleton for fireman of the W. W. & E. L. plant were filed for reference.
The application of Mrs. G. W. Smith to remove her household effect from New Orleans to Lafayette was received and upon motion duly seconded it was resolved that the goods of Mrs. Smith be admitted upon certificate from the health authorities of New Orleans that they do not come from an infected residence.

The application of Mr. P. J. Daspit, of Lake Charles, for chief engineer of W. W. & E. L. plant was filed for reference. The application of the City Clerk for an increase of salary was laid over.
The following communication was received: to the Water Works committee of the town of Lafayette, La.
GENTLEMEN:
We beg to request that as we are nearly ready to turn the water work and electric light plant over to the City of Lafayette, that you cause to be inspected all the work done on this contract as well as have inspected all material machinery etc., which have been used in the construction of the plant.
Yours truly,
Consolidated Engineering Company Ltd.
P. H. Daspit, Secretary.
The above communication was referred to Mr. Zell, the city engineer.


The following communication was then laid before the Council:
Lafayette, La., Jan. 19th, 1893.
Hon. Mayor Caffery and City Council of Lafayette.
Gentlemen.

If you see proper to extend to the Consolidated Engineering Co. the advancement of five thousand ($5,000) on amount, I do not think you jeopardize the interests of the town by doing so, provided you do not pay any more until the plant is completed and tested.

With this understanding I will be willing to advise the advancement.
Robert R. Zell.
Supt. Engineer.


After considering the same the following was adopted.
Resolved, that five thousand dollars out of the amount owed in payment to Consolidated Engineering Company be advanced and paid to them provided that balance of said third payment amount be remitted to the final completion and acceptance of plant.

Yeas - Four.
Nays - None.

The following resolutions were adopted by Dr. Martin.
Be it resolved, that the residence of Father Forge be wired and the supplies purchased therefore at the expense of the town.
By Mr. Hahn.


Whereas there has been a complaint made about a public nuisance, therefore be it resolved that the mayor appoint a committee to establish a dead line to abate said public nuisance and thereupon the mayor appointed Mr. Mouton and Dr. Martin on that committee.
By Dr. Martin:


Be it resolved that the council give instructions to the street committee to give the canal in Mill's addition and the big ditch needful of attention, the contract for same to be let to the lowest bidder, any and all bids subject to rejection, and that the mayor be added to the committee for this special purpose.
By Dr. Hopkins.

Be it resolved that the mayor appoint an expert electrician to wire the house under the supervision of the secretary of the W. W. & E. L., also authorize the mayor to procure the necessary fuel to run the plant, to purchase hose of a medium quality, length of hose left to the discretion of the mayor, to purchase a tapping machine, to purchase the necessary wire for outside wiring and also two hundred 16 K. P. incandescent lights and supplies that the cost of the two hundred be distributed among the first five hundred subscribers.
An Ordinance, relative to issuance of Bonds for appliances for water works and electric lights.

Whereas Act No. 90 of 1896 authorizes the City Council of Lafayette La., to issue bonds to the amount of $38,000 to procure, construct and operate a waterworks and electric light plant the city and whereas there remains $2,000 of said bonds, unexpanded therefore.
Be it ordained by this Council that for the purpose of procuring a supply of wire, incandescent lamps, etc, also for hose, a tapping machine and other appliances necessary to operate said plant the City Council of Lafayette hereby authorizes the issuance of said two thousand dollars of bonds and the mayor is empowered to sign the same, and said bonds to be redeemable March 1st, 1906.
Adopted by the following vote:

Yeas - Hahn, Hopkins, Martin and Mouton.
Nays - None.



Lafayette Advertiser 2/19/1898.




Accident on St. John Street. - An accident which could have ended fatally happened to Paul Bailey, on St. John Street, last Saturday afternoon. Riding a fiery horse he was thrown twice upon the ground, the second fall being so violent as to tender him unconscious for several hours but by careful nursing and care he was revived, and we are glad to report that he is now out of danger.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/19/1898: 
 
 
 


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 2/19/1898.
 

 There are in Lafayette Parish 677 registered white voters of this number 590 can read and write and 87 are illiterate so says the rapport of the Secretary of State presented to the Constitutional Convention. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

 We call the attention of our Police Jury to a bridge which has been washed away last Thursday night a week ago on the Breaux Bridge road about two miles from town, leaving a gap quite dangerous to cross. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

 Archbishop Chappelle will in the near future visit Lafayette. We hope that as soon as the date will be ascertained our people will get a get-up on them and that a great reception will be given to the spiritual Shepard of this diocese.

Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.
 
 Mr. Felix Salles, of the firm of Mouton and Salles and Rev. Isaac T. Reams took a trip on their wheels last Tuesday about 33 miles. They report our parish roads in a good condition for "ducks" but not for wheelmen. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

 A number of ladies have already approved the erection of a public market. They reason that their husbands are such poor judges in the culinary art that they will have a chance to buy the necessities and edibles for a good dinner without having to trot all over town and then not get, oftentimes, what they want. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

No more floods. The City Council has taken measures to prevent them. Thanks.

Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

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.


Leopold Lacoste knows how to improve our town in a business way.Let others imitate him. His new store will be one of the largest of Lafayette, being 140 feet long. The building is to be fire proof painted. Mr. Lacoste will soon receive two carloads of buggies, harness, hardware and wooden ware. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

Lucien Allemand, road overseer of the 3rd ward,having requested the wagon drivers of the town to repair the road leading to the refinery, only three of them, Mentor Richard, Louis Chopin, and Ulysee Duhon have heeded this appeal, and Mr. Allemand return to them his sincerest thanks. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

Moss & Mouton have just received direct from the factory, two car loads of wagons, wide and narrow ties of different capacities, and some with bolster springs.

We call the attention or our city subscribers that they will find their "Advertiser" in the Post-office thus obviating the difficulty of knowing if the newspaper was delivered to them. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.

Very often, of late, we received letters of information about Lafayette with request to send a sample copy of our paper. This request proves that a newspaper is the soul of any community and that by its value and enterprise it has the power either to engage seekers to reside in its midst or disgust them to come. But a newspaper is powerless thus to act unless it has the undivided support of the community, therefore it is the duty of our business men and others to encourage the newspaper which represents the spirit of enterprise which exist amongst them and then one may expect a wave of prosperity.
We learn with great pleasure that a great many of our subscribers have taken the decision of not lending the Advertiser to their friends anymore. They understand that it is their interest for our subscription list to be increased as more subscribers we will have and more will we be in shape to give them a larger and better newspaper. Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.




BIRTHS.
Mrs. Jos. Ducote, a son.
Mrs. Chas. Mouton, a daughter.
Mrs. Frank Moss, a son.
Mrs. C. M. Parkerson, a son.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/19/1898:








 From the Lafayette Advertiser of February 19th, 1909:

NUMBERING HOUSES WELL ADVANCED.

 Being Done by Mouton Engineering Co. and They Hope to Complete the Work Shortly.

 Numbers Made of Aluminum and Will Not Tarnish.

 Street Signs Prepared and will Next Be Put Up.

 Town Entitled to Free Delivery.

 The Mouton Engineering Co., under contract with the city, is now well advanced in numbering the houses and designating the streets. Mr. Heard, who has charge of affixing the numbers, reports some difficulties in the execution of his job, but has made good progress notwithstanding. Several householders declare they will not pay for the numbers, but no doubt will eventually see the importance of complying with the regulation. The numbers are quite large and neatly  made of aluminum metal, which gives a silvery appearance and will not tarnish with age. The contractors hope to complete the work shortly and then put up the street sign boards, which have painted and prepared at the home of J. D. Mouton, near town.

 Under the postal regulations the town is now entitled to free postal delivery, and it is hoped that no time will be lost inaugurating the system. The facilities to business men and public generally, as well as steady employment to several young men of the town, are considerations that should prompt us to immediate action in the premises. A necessary prerequisite which Uncle Sam's free delivery system is good side walks, and the authorities should see to it that this provision is complied with and no delay permitted in the matter.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/19/1909.





LAGNIAPPE:
HOW A CAR GOT AWAY.


Engineers Jack West, Bill Gordon and Jack Sprung, yesterday, were talking about old times and the experience they had on different roads, when Jack told the following story:

"It is not necessary to give the name of the road on which I was running, but let me say it was for several miles as a crooked a piece of track as I ever traveled over. One day we started out with forty-seven freight cars, and when we reached our destination we had only forty-six. No trains had been switched, and the affair was a mystery. The conductor and his crew were fired, and for two days no one knew where the missing car was. On the second day the superintendent received a letter from the agent near the worst curve on the road, stating he had found the missing car lying in the ditch. We were going over the line at a pretty good rate of speed, and the train broke in two, the missing car jumped the track, the rear section overtook the first section, bumping into it with just force enough to jar the coupling pin, which had remained up when the train broke, into place, and we pulled into the station as we thought with a full train. 


 From the Leadville Herald and Democrat and reprinted in the Lafayette Advertiser 2/21/1891.
 

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