THE TIME IS OPPORTUNE.
There are some things that become tiresome by repetition, and yet it is sometimes necessary to repeat; and we believe that in calling attention again to the fact that Lafayette is ready for the organization of a Progressive League, it falls under the head of those things which need repetition - and emphasis.
Our little city has taken on new life; progress and improvement is visible everywhere, and now is the time for a progressive league to begin work. There are things for it to do, and it should exist to do them. One of the most important is to consider ways and means to get a railroad connecting us with Baton Rouge. This road is vital. Another is to consider the feasibility and possibility of an electric railway from Abbeville to Opelousas via Lafayette; another is to agitate for industries to provide employment for our young people.
These are three of the most pressing things that need an earnest, active, responsible body to deal with, and the time is now opportune.
Lafayette is on the upward move, but it won't continue unless the proper effort is made; and don't let us forget that "What is everybody's business is nobody's business." A progressive league is the proper body to make the effort and the sooner one is organized the better. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
Praises the Industrial.
Editor Pipes, of the Gueydan News, has the following nice little say about the S. W. La. Industrial Institute and its president, Dr. Stephens, in the issue of April 8.
Through the courtesy of Dr. E. L. Stephens we were shown through the building beginning at the culinary department for the girls, boys' workshop, telegraph department, art department, commercial department, girls' gymnasium, chemistry laboratory, telegraph department, department of science, cabinet and blacksmith department for boys. Dr. Stephens is enthusiastic in his work and book great pains to explain the working of each department.
This school is truly a splendid institution, and is ably presided over by Dr. E. L. Stephens, assisted by a strong corps of teachers. It is an ideal place to fit young girls and boys for the duties of life.
Dr. Stephens and his corps of assistants have won the lasting gratitude of everyone for the numerous attentions and favors shown.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
A BOARD OF WORKS.
Suggestion for Securing Best Results in Road Working.
By J. Nickerson.
If our new police jury, when elected, adopts a new system of taxation and for working our public roads, it will be necessary for them to appoint a board of works, whose duty it will be to see that all the laws, rules and regulations passed by the jury in reference to our public roads are strictly carried out. The board of works will consist of nine members - a chief supervisor of the board of works for the parish of Lafayette, and a local supervisor for each ward in the parish.
The board of works will be a board of arbitrators to settle and decide all disputes and controversies between the different wards and in the wards. If any number of men are dissatisfied with the decision of the board they will have the right to appeal to the police jury whose decision will be final.
The board of works should decide at their semiannual or quarterly meetings what new roads should be build and old ones repaired. All the new roads to be built and all the important repairing of old roads should be done by contract. All contracts should be made in writing and signed by the local supervisor, and countersigned by the chief supervisor, blank forms to be furnished by the parish. No contract for building or repairing the roads should extend over one year - small contracts for repairing can be let for a shorter time.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS.
It will be the duty of the chief supervisor to call the board together at least twice a year or once in six months and not oftener than once in three months; except in extreme cases of emergency, he can call a special meeting of the board to arrange the matters. It will be his duty to preside at all the regular and special meetings of the board. The local supervisor will have a general supervision of all the roads in his ward; he will attend to letting of all contracts for building and keeping the roads in repair in his ward; he will attend all regular meetings of the board called by the chief supervisor; he will make out his report in writing and present it to the board at each regular meeting. No man should be appointed a member of the board of works for a longer term than one year. If he is faithful and diligent in the discharge of his duties, appoint him again. No man should be appointed a member of the board who is not on the assessment roll for $1,000.00 and a resident of the ward that he represents. The appointment of members of the board of works should be made by petition and signed by a number of property and land owners and the police juror representing the ward for which the appointment is to be made.
REMUNERATION OF OFFICERS.
Each member of the board of works should receive at the rate of two dollars per day for the actual time spent in the discharge of his duties as supervisor. All books, papers and blank forms necessary for the use of the board should be furnished by the parish. The duties of the chief supervisor are very important, but limited. It is more of a judicial and honorary position than one of time and labor. The duties of the local supervisor will be much less laborious than that of the road overseer under the present system - as all the road work is supposed to be done by contract and according to contract. The board of works is not supposed to be a money making institution. It should be composed of broad, liberal minded, patriotic men, whose principal object and aim is not to grasp the might dollar, but men who will take pride in helping to build up and establish one of the best and most just systems for working and improving our roads that can be found in the state.
(Signed) J. NICKERSON.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
Examination of Teachers.
On Thursday and Friday, the 21st and 22nd days of April there will be held at the Industrial Institute a regular examination of applicants for certificate to teach in the public schools of this parish. Questions will be given out promptly at 9 o'clock in the morning.
Subjects for the Third Grade Certificate. - Spelling, reading, penmanship, drawing, arithmetic, English grammar, geography, History of the United States Constitution of Louisiana, physiology, with special reference to the effects of stimulants and narcotics upon the human system, and the theory and art of teaching.
Subjects for the Second Grade Certificate: - All of the foregoing branches and in addition grammatical analysis, physical geography, and elementary algebra.
Subjects for the First Grade Certificate: - All branches named in the second and third grade and also higher algebra, nature, philosophy and geometry.
The third grade certificate is valid for one year from the date of the examination: second grade three years; and first grade five years.
E. L. STEPHENS, L. J. ALLEMAN, N. P. MOSS, Examining Committee.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
A Good Move.
Next Friday afternoon at four o'clock, the teachers and pupils of the Primary School will serve ice-cream, cake and other refreshments on the new public school grounds on Main street for the purpose of raising money to paint their new school building. Their effort in this direction is much to be commended; for the Primary School building certainly needs paint and needs it badly. Let everybody help. If you haven't time to go and get the cream, send your money. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
Deputy Albert Trahan arrested C. W. White, colored, Saturday night charged with intent to murder one Wm. Lewis. White during a difficulty with Lewis near the depot the same evening had cut the latter three times. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
We call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of Broussard & Guilbeau, real estate agents, which appears in another column. Both of these gentlemen are enterprising and active in their line of business, and promise thorough satisfaction in handling all matters entrusted to them. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
Mouton Sisters Opening.
The mecca of the ladies last Friday was the Mouton Sisters spring and summer opening. Their handsome new brick store was tastefully decorated and the large show windows trimmed and ornamented with pot flowers. Inside their was bewildering display of beautiful bonnets and lovely feminine headgear of all kinds. From early morning till late in the evening the store was thronged with visitors inspecting, admiring and purchasing, to each of whom a pretty souvenir pin tray was given as a memento of the occasion. The opening was quite a success and was greatly enjoyed by the ladies who attended. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
New Meat Market.
Saturday, J. Doucet will open a meat market in the Castel bakery building, corner Jefferson and Main, which has been remodeled and arranged for a market. Mr. Doucet will keep the best beef to be had and will be prompt and satisfactory service endeavor to merit a liberal patronage. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
Another Brick Building.
New brick buildings are the order in Lafayette and everybody is guessing who is next. So when the Advertiser reporter was given a tip that Judge Julian Mouton intended tearing down his old office on the court house square and building a new brick one, he straightaway sought the Judge to get particulars. He gracefully acknowledged that he was "next on the list" and had given a contract for a brick office one story, 32x32. "Just like Judge O. C. Mouton's" said he, with a twinkle in his eye "only a little more modern, to be in keeping, you know, with the surroundings." Which means, of course, that the office will be very nice indeed, just like the Judge. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
Paving the Sidewalks.
Work on the concrete sidewalks is being pushed by Contractor Massicot. The walks on both sides on Lincoln, Pierce and Jefferson streets have been finished as far as Pellerin & DeClouet's on the north side and The Lafayette Advertiser Office on the south side. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
Recovered His Overcoat.
Assistant Postmaster Frank Domengeaux has recovered his overcoat which was stolen last week by the burglar who robbed the post-office. It was returned by Conductor Williams, who took it from a negro passenger. Mr. Williams, who took it from a negro passenger. Mr. Williams intended to have the negro arrested upon the train's arrival in New Iberia, but when that station was reached he had disappeared, and Mr. Williams supposes he jumped from the train while it was in motion. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
The Cumberland Telephone Co. have issued their new directory. It is a very neat piece of work and well-gotten up. Manager Parker had the work done in Lafayette, which shows that he believes in patronizing home people.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
Women's Literary Club.
Mrs. J. A. Martin was the charming hostess of the Club on April the ninth, where a pleasant afternoon was spent in the discussion of the life and poems of William Cullen Bryan. The program was opened by a paper on the author's life, read by Mrs. B. J. Pellerin, which had been carefully prepared by Mrs. J. A. Martin, and was both thorough and instructive. Miss Dupre gave a synopsis and criticisms on Silla. She also read Thanatopsis.
The story of "Little People of the Snow" was beautifully told by Miss McLaurin. She also gave selections from this dainty poem. Final arrangements were then made for the lecture of Jack Lafaience, which will be given under the auspices of the Club on Friday night, April 15th, at Falk's Hall, for the benefit of a free scholarship to the Industrial Institute, which the Club wishes to give.
Arrangements were also completed for the annual reception which will take place at the residence of Mrs. F. E. Davis on the 22nd inst. The Club then adjourned to meet with Mrs. J. E. Trahan at her country home on Saturday, April 23. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
Friday evening at half past eight Mr. Jas. McLoughlin, who has won an enviable distinction under the nom de plume of Jack Lafaience, will lecture in Creole dialect at Falk's Opera House. Mr. Loughlin was engaged by the Woman's Literary Club, and it is their intention to devote the proceeds of the lecture to a scholarship at the Industrial School to be given to some worthy young man or young woman. The lecture will be very entertaining and those who attend will thoroughly enjoy it, besides aiding a most commendable purpose. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
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Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 4/13/1904.
Falk's Hall has been repainted and a galvanized iron awning substituted for the old wooden one. Its appearance has been greatly improved.
Mrs. G. A. Martin and Mrs. Sidney Veazey visited their uncle, Postmaster O. Martin, in Breaux Bridge, Saturday.
Mrs. Geo. W. Scranton left Saturday for New Orleans, where she will join and return with her daughter, Miss Ruby, during the week.
A party composed of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Pellerin, Misses Z. Christian, Estelle and Aimee Mouton, Messrs. Eben Morgan and J. C. Nickerson went to Crowley Friday night to hear the Gordon Kilties Canadian Band. They say it was fine.
Dr. F. J. Mayer spent several days in New Orleans and was present also at the Good Roads Convention.
M. Billeaud, Jr., P. R. Landry, Alonzo Lacy, Odillon Blanchet, Valery Boudreaux, representing the parish, and Dr. N. P. Moss, representing Lafayette attended the Good Roads Convention in New Orleans Wednesday and Thursday, returning Friday evening.
Judge C. Debaillon left on the evening train Monday for Crowley where he will hold a civil term of court the rest of the week.
Monday Zacharie Comeaux sold to Ambroise Langlinais, through the Real Estate Agency, 24 arpents of land near Pilette for $1,900.
B. N. Coronna visited New Orleans on business Wednesday. While there he attended one session of the Good Roads Convention.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1904.
From the Lafayette Gazette of April 13th, 1901:
A Lion-tamer's Narrow Escape.
The people who were at Spark's show (circus)Monday night experienced the unpleasant sensation that goes through one's anatomy when he is about to see an enraged lion devour a human being.
When the old man who performs with the lions entered the steel cage he was quick to find out that one of his pets was not in a humor to entertain the audience. He was unusually fierce. He had been angry the whole day and when his cage was drawn to the center of the ring, the experience eyes of the lion-tamer soon realized the danger of the situation. The lion-tamer advised the ring-master not to let the lion into the large steel cage. If he did there would be a fight, he said. The ring-master laughed to scorn the fear of danger. He ridiculed the old man's apprehensions. But the latter protested against; then implored the men on the outside not to open the door of the small cage. The appeals of the man who has his life at stake availed not and the raging, roaring beast entered the large cage. Then the audience was treated to an intensely warm performance. The lion and his trainer stood face to face. The beast uttered an unearthly growl which sent a chill through the audience and served as a signal of danger to the showmen who got ready to give all the help in their power. While maintaining a most threatening attitude the lion seemed to be meditation upon the fate of his victim. The man held a chair just in front of him. Twice the lion leaped for his prey, but appeared afraid of the chair. Then it was that the trainer fired three shots with a pistol. The shooting had the effect of cowing the furious beast. He jumped back into his cage. The door was shut. The agony was over. The trainer's life was saved. The audience breathed a sigh of relief - and the band played. Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1901.
Joaquin Miller's Lecture. - The Gazette once more calls attention to the fact that Joaquin Miller, the famous poet and lecturer, will lecture at Falk's hall next Tuesday night. It would be regrettable if the people of Lafayette should fail to show their appreciation of the great intellectual treat which they will be permitted to enjoy. Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1901.
Ticket Nominated. - A Democratic primary was held last Saturday to nominate a municipal ticket. There was only one ticket in the field, which accounts for the small vote polled. Eighty-three votes were cast, and with the exception of a few scratches they were voted straight. There is every reason to believe that there will be no opposition to this ticket at the election next month. The vote last Saturday shows that the ticket is satisfactory to the people of the town. The ticket is printed elsewhere on this page.
Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1901.
The Closing of the Schools.
To the Lafayette Gazette.
The sudden order for the closing of the public schools on the 12th instant has caused great disappointment to teachers, pupils and the public alike, on account of the brevity of the present session, and some are wont to hold the School Board responsible for this condition.
In order to correct any erroneous impressions in the public mind concerning the action of the School Board in this connection it is only necessary to explain that the Board is prohibited by law from contracting debts beyond its present ability to liquidate. It is a wise provision of the law to prevent Boards of Education from becoming involved in debt, often inextricably, and thereby seriously impairing this most important branch of the public service.
It was a source of deep regret to the School Board that the necessity arose for bringing the current scholastic term to such an early close, but the Board is convinced that by placing the public school system of the parish on a cash basis for the future, there will result in longer sessions and more widespread benefit to the people. The Board recognizes the need of an awakening in our parish to the advanced position attained in the work of education the world over, and it shall be the aim of the Board to make the best use possible of the means at its command to equip the youth of our parish for the serious business of life. In its efforts to foster the educational interests of the parish of Lafayette the school authorities are deserving of the highest support of parents and all friends of education, and without the cooperation the best efforts of the school authorities are bound to fall far short of their purpose.
N. P. MOSS,
Acting Parish Superintendent.
Lafayette, La., April 12, 1901.
Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1901.
A Number of Cases Tried During the Week - Ilo Comeaux Acquitted.
The District Court, Judge C. Debaillon presiding, was engaged this week in the trial of criminal cases.
Early Monday morning the case Ilo Comeaux was called up. District Attorney Campbell represented the State and Judge O. C. Mouton and Jos. A. Chargois, Esq., appeared on behalf of Comeaux. The court-room was packed with people from the sixth ward. As was stated in this paper at the time the homicide took place, Ilo Comeaux and Placide Cormier became involved in a difficulty at a wedding ball, near Carencro, on the 24th of last January. The evidence showed that Ilo Comeaux was called out for a fight by Placide Cormier. Comeaux struck Cormier on the head with an empty bottle inflicting a wound which resulted fatally about ten or twelve days later. The plea of self-defense was made in a very skillful manner by defendant's counsel. The trial lasted three days, the attorneys for the defense and the State fighting zealously for every inch of ground. It was one of the most closely contested legal battles witnessed in the Lafayette courthouse in many years. The trial came to an end Wednesday afternoon. The jury remained in the room of deliberation less than ten minutes and returned into court with a verdict of not guilty. Comeaux is a young man of 20 years of age. Cormier, the man who was killed, was about 40 years old and was the father of a family.
Wednesday afternoon C. N. Ogden and C. E. Colgin were arraigned. District Attorney Campbell stated that as it was not possible to try the case during this term it would be continued to the next term of court, which convenes on the first Tuesday in May.
Thursday morning Maxim Foote, colored, was tried for assault with intent to rape, and convicted. As the accused had not employed counsel, the court appointed Mr. John L. Kennedy made an able plea for his client, but the evidence was against him.
Thursday afternoon Eva Smith, a negress, was tried for perjury and convicted. Severin King and Wm. Hamilton was convicted and King was acquitted. Julien Hamilton and Frank Robertson were tried by the judge for discharging firearms in a public road. Robertson was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon. Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1901.
Says There is Oil at Anse la Butte - Prospects Exceedingly Bright.
It is clearly apparent that the oil discoveries will fall short of expectations. If all reports are to be believed oil indications are as plentiful as leaves in a forest. Hardly a day passes without the disclosure of sure sign of the existence of oil somewhere in South Louisiana. We are told that there is oil in Pat Crowley's back yard at Lake Charles and the real stuff has been found in Attorney Pugh's well at Crowley. At Rayne, at Welsh, at Opelousas. Mother Earth has been doing her level best to convince stubborn man that the only thing he has to do to reap millions is to dig for the oily fluid. It is there, willing and anxious to gush out from the bowels of the earth. Of course, these indications are greatly exaggerated. Every greasy spot on the surface of the earth or in a bucket of well water is not the forerunner of an oil lake. But at Anse la Butte the situation is different. Oil has been found there at a depth of 500 feet. Capt. Lucas, who conducted the explorations at that place, expressed himself to a Times-Democrat reporter the other day in a manner that leaves no doubt as to his conclusions. Speaking of his investigations in that locality he said:
"Louisiana and Texas contain enough oil to illuminate, grease and hear the world. Louisiana and Texas will become the noted oil fields of the world in time. In west Louisiana the prospects are exceedingly bright. I bored a well a Breaux Bridge, La., a year and half ago, and struck oil. I didn't finish that well, as the funds of the company backing me suddenly ran short. There was no doubt about my success in that undertaken, if I had only been given proper financial assistance to carry my explorations through to a finish. I discovered enough to satisfy me that there was plenty of oil in western Louisiana."
Anse la Butte is only four miles from Lafayette. The discovery of oil at that place would be, for Lafayette, the biggest thing that has ever happened. Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1901.
Examination of Teachers.
In response to notices sent out by the school authorities thirteen teachers of the parish and three applicants presented themselves before the committee Thursday morning for examination. Under the regulations of the School Board all the teachers, excepting Normal graduates, will be required to stand an examination before the opening of the next term. Those who were not examined this week will have another opportunity next October examination. Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1901.
On Friday, April 19, the representative of Lam & Company, the "Best on Earth" tailors, will be at our store with a large assortment of the latest novelties in suitings, trouserings, overcoatings and fancy vestings. Full pattern lengths will be on exhibition. We guarantee faultless workmanship and a perfect fit.
Leave your measure for immediate or future delivery.
LAFAYETTE CLOTHING HOUSE.
Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1901.
Yesterday Judge Debaillon pronounced the following sentences:
T. E. Ellis, carrying concealed weapon, $75 and costs or three months imprisonment.
Alcide Gordy, colored, assault with intent to kill, $75 and costs or six months imprisonment.
Charles Herpeche, carrying concealed weapon, $50 and costs or three months imprisonment.
Raleigh Avant, carrying concealed weapon, $50 and costs or three months imprisonment.
Henry Guillaume, colored, carrying concealed weapon, $50 and costs or three months imprisonment.
Felix Jenkins, shooting in public highway, $50 and costs, or thirty days imprisonment.
Aston Foreman, discharging firearm in public street, $50 and costs or thirty days imprisonment.
Robert Senegal, colored, assault and battery, $25 and costs or four months imprisonment.
Frank Robertson, colored, carrying concealed weapon, $50 and costs or three months imprisonment.
Tony, colored, carrying concealed weapon, $50 and costs or six months imprisonment.
Eva Smith, colored, perjury, one year in the penitentiary.
Henry Bucklin, colored, manslaughter, 15 years in the penitentiary.
Martin Whittington, colored, horse-stealing, one year in the penitentiary.
Maxim Foote, assault with intent to rape, 15 years in the penitentiary.
Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1901.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 13th, 1901:
ALL ABOUT THE OIL.
"Louisiana and Texas contain enough oil, to illuminate, grease and heat the world," said A. F. Lucas, the discoverer of the renowned "Lucas gusher," in Beaumont, at the St. Charles yesterday afternoon.
"For the present and immediate future we will have to be contented with supplying the world with fuel. We will start in to educate the people of the South to use oil for heating purposes and then other parts of the world will be conquered by the oil producers in a similar manner. It would not pay us to refine the Texas oil for illuminating purposes. We are willing to let well enough alone and have it used exclusively for fuel purposes. Later on we may produce lubrication and illuminating oils."
Mr. Lucas has returned from a trip to Pittsburgh, where he has been in consultation with Messrs. Guffey and Galey, his associates in the oil business in Texas. Mr. Galey is just recovering from a severe illness, and the consultations in Pittsburg were held in his bedroom. At that meeting it was arranged to expend several million dollars in developing Beaumont oil interests by means of pipelines, tanks, tank steamers and barges and cars. Messrs. Guffey and Galey, who are the financiers of the oil operations started in and around Beaumont, advised Mr. Lucas to proceed with the development of their 40,000 acres of oil land property, regardless of expense.
Mr. Lucas talked very interestingly of the oil fields in Louisiana and Texas at the St. Chas. yesterday. He said:
"We have wells at Beaumont that come in 'heads,' or in other words the oil comes in by spurts, which in my opinion assures a long continued flow. Louisiana and Texas will become the noted oil fields of the world in time. In West Louisiana the prospects are exceedingly bright. I bored a well at Breaux Bridge, La., a year and half ago, and struck oil. I didn't finish the well, as the funds of the company backing me suddenly ran short. There was no doubt about my success in that undertaking, if I had only been given the proper financial assistance to carry my explorations through to a finish. I discovered enough in that experience to satisfy me that there was plenty of oil in Western Louisiana.
"After we have developed our interests in and around Beaumont I will seek to discover other grades of oil either in Louisiana or Texas. I expect to find enough of the refined products to light and grease the world. All this will take time - but I am confident this will take time - but I am confident of success in my undertaking.
"The fuel question in the South will soon be eliminated. To that end we are putting up twenty 55,000-barrel tanks in Port Arthur, which port has already been connected with Beaumont by a pipe line. The diameter of those tanks is 120 feet and their height 35 feet each.
"We are spending millions of dollars in developing our interests in Texas and elsewhere, and have just begun.
"We have placed an order for 100 tank cars with a capacity of 160 barrels each, half of the number being already completed. We are having constructed many oil barges.
"Some of these barges are of light draft and will be able to penetrate the bayous and rivers of the Gulf States, where they will supply the wants of the planters and the sawmill owners. We will be able to load a 4000-ton steamer in twenty-four hours. We will soon be in compilation with the Baku, Russia, oil fields, which were the most stupendous in the world up to the present time. Our boats will carry oil to Mexico, Cuba, Porto Rico, Italy, Spain, Central and South America and all other countries where fuel is expensive.
"It is a case now with us of educating the people of the South to substitute oil for the fuel they are now using. We have started to give practical demonstrations of the use of the oil. It dosen't take long for the people on the plantations and in the sawmills to note at once the value of the oil for fuel purposes, from not only a useful but an economical standpoint. The oil will soon be used by all people in this section of the country who have boilers to heat."
Mr. Lucas, in discussing the whys and wherefores of his explorations in Beaumont, observed:
"Chemistry is responsible for my hitting it right in that country. Two years ago science led me to believe that there was oil in or around Beaumont. I experimented around for a year, boring here and there until I thought I had struck the right spot. I wanted very much to have New Orleans capital in my explorations. Men of considerable means in this city were given the first opportunity to aid me in my venture - men who knew me. as to my qualifications of thoroughness and conservatism. They failed to come in. Then I started in to interest Mr. Guffey of Pittsburg, who had been interested in oil wells in Pennsylvania. I was successful, for Mr. Guffey and his friend, Mr. Galey, took great stock in my arguments. With liberal financial backing. I started in to bore for oil near Beaumont. So sanguine was I that I would discover what I was after that I secured a lease of 40,000 acres of land immediately surrounding the oil well I had started.
"It was a hard task from the beginning, for nearly everyone smiled when they found out what I was trying to accomplish, for many had failed during the preceding twelve years. It was an abnormal ground - a great deal of quicksand to penetrate. I had experience in boring down into hard ground, and so made a success where others had given up easily and failed.
"I bored and bored week after week, with no result, and am frank to confess that I was becoming discouraged with the work. Things were looking mighty blue to me.
"I was on the point of giving up, when my wife stamped down her foot and would not allow any such action on my part. She stood by me day after day, and encouraged me in my work. The months passed on, and I was beginning to despair more and more. I fancied I was wrong in my geological calculations after all. But my wife was always on hand to cheer me up, or to make me ashamed of myself for wanting to quit. Thus, in deference to my better half's earnest entreaties and protestations. I continued to bore until that memorable day - Jan. 10 - when the famous gusher started to emit immense volumes of oil. The well was only a mile from our home, which was in plain view. There my wife stood in the door watching the display, and it was a heap of satisfaction to see her from there. She soon came hurrying over to the gusher, and the look of joy which illuminated her countenance was reward sufficient for all the worry and work I had gone through.
"After the delightful experience of witnessing oil come forth from the ground at the rate of 57, 300 barrels a day, fresh worries came to torment me. How to stop that oil from going to waste was the next piece of hard work. There was no rest or sleep for me until the well was closed. I was fearful lest the discovery might eventuate after all into a curse instead of a blessing. If that fluid should take fire it would mean the utter demolishment of the entire town. After ten days of solid torment and anxiety, my experience with hydraulic schemes served me well, and I succeeded in capping it."
Mr. Lucas possessed renewed confidence in the resources yet possible in Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana. He said:
"I want to study the geological formations deeper than down I have already gone with my drills. The gusher at Beaumont is the biggest one known in history, and demonstrates once more that the earth is full of surprises. No one ever dreamed that such a flow of oil was possible in that young country. The geological formation is of recent quaternary, in which oil is not supposed to abound. I believe that I have touched geological strata between tertiary and eocene. The rocks which came out of the gusher when it first 'broke loose' are now being read in Washington. If I have struck the strata, as I believe I have, I expect to make some more startling discoveries in this section of the country in the course of time." Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1901.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 4/13/1901.
Fresh vaccine points received to-day (Friday Apr 12) At the Moss Pharmacy.
Miss Cora Desbrest visited her friends in New Iberia last Sunday.
Divine services at Methodist Church every Sunday at 11 a. m., and 7:30 p. m. C. C. Weir, Pastor.
The Broussardville Brass Band will give a grand ball at Falk's Hall to-night. Our Broussardville friends are always the first to join us in our celebrations and we are pleased to say that a very large crowd will attend this ball given by them, for the benefit of their Brass Band. Good music and an enjoyable time is promised.
Mr. A. J. LeBlanc left Thursday for Cheniere-au Tigre where he will buy 100 fine beeves for his butcher shop. Mr. LeBlanc is always anxious to please his customers and spares no trouble to procure them the best that the market affords.
Misses Ida, Aimee and Estelle Mouton took a flying trip to New Iberia Sunday.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1901.
From the Lafayette Gazette of April 13th, 1895:
MASS MEETING REPORTED "GOOD."
The mass meeting held Wednesday at the court-house did its duty and did it well. It has carried out the purpose for which it was called. A splendid ticket was nominated, a clean-cut Democratic resolution was adopted pledging the nominees to a Democratic administration without any Republican adjunct or Populist attachment, and an executive committee was appointed to look after the interests of the party in municipal matters.
The meeting was largely attended, all classes of business in our little city being well represented, evidencing the truth of our statement last week that the people of this town were eager to elect good men to run their municipal affairs and were of the old order of things. The meeting was harmonious throughout, nothing occurring to mar the perfect harmony which should always prevail among brother Democrats, whose only desire is the success of the party. Everything went on smoothly, the minority submitting gracefully to the will of the majority.
The Gazette believes that the partisans of the defeated faction will give their whole support to the nominees, whose election is now certain. Like good Democrats they will fall in line and do their utmost to give the ticket a large vote.
A most encouraging feature of the meeting was the presence of our best citizens, which augurs well for the future of the town for whenever the best element of a community decide to take a hand in the matters of this kind the public weal is sure not to suffer. Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1895.
Hold a Meeting and Organize a Camp to Join the U. C. V's.
A number of the survivors of the late war met at the court-house last Saturday in answer to the call which had been published. Among those present were men who fought on the bloodiest battles of the civil war. Though upon the youngest of them the hand of time has already begun to show its impress by a liberal sprinkling of gray, they were all young in heart, for a more genial crowd of men never assembled in Lafayette. Only a small number of those brave souls who took part in the great fratricidal struggle are left and the ranks of the true patriots who answered to their country's call in time of danger have been so thinned by death that of the hundreds who enlisted from this section only a few remain.
We give below the proceedings of the meeting given to the Gazette for publication:
The meeting adjourned subject to call by the captain, through the adjutant, when the charter is received.
J. C. BUCHANAN, Capt. Com.
D. A. COCHRANE, Adjutant.
Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1895.
Always in Time.
When the authorities were searching high and low for the negro, Bob Rogers, without finding anything that might give a clue leading to the discovery of the ubiquitous Bob's whereabouts, Sheriff Broussard was quietly but intelligently at work on the case. After obtaining the necessary information the eagle-eyed officer made the promise that ere the sitting of the court the much-wanted negro would be languishing behind the iron bars of our parish prison. And so it was, for Sunday night the sheriff arrived in town having in custody the said Bob who was found somewhere in Lafourche parish. It is said that this negro took a leading part in the robberies committed at P. Demanade's store and the railroad yards. Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1895.
To Protect Game and Poultry.
Gen. F. F. Miles is to be complimented upon his generosity in offering to pay a bounty to the persons killing a stated number of rapatorial birds and animals. This step is taken by the general view of protecting poultry and game from the ravages of the birds and beasts whose deadly work has been the cause of much annoyance among the poultry and game in this parish. Mr. Myles, liberal offer gives a splendid opportunity to our crackshots to make a few dollars and at the same time help to destroy these enemies of birds and chickens.
The following is Mr. Myles' offer:
Heads of the birds of prey and scalps of animals to be delivered to Wm. Clegg who will give receipt for points, no bounty to be paid for less than five hundred points. F. F. MYLES. Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1895.
It is a painful duty of The Gazette this week to announce the death of Mrs. R. C. Greig, born Eliza Jamieson, aged 40 years. For some time past Mrs. Greig has not been enjoying the best of health, but no fatal results were apprehended until last Saturday evening when she was stricken with paralysis. She lingered on, gradually getting worse, until Wednesday evening at twenty minutes past seven she breathed her last.
Mrs. Greig was truly a good woman and well illustrated in her daily life the virtues of a Christian. She will be sorrowed for a host of friends who have loved her for her sweet disposition and kindly ways. She was a most devoted wife and in every way was a comforter and help-mate to her husband. The Gazette extends the most sincere sympathy to Prof. Greig. Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1895.
Lafayette, La., April 6, 1895.
The Board of School Directors of the parish of Lafayette met this day in regular session with the following members present: J. O. Broussard, president; P. A. Chiasson, Jasper Spell, J. E. Trahan, D. Bernard, Dr. W. W. Lessley and A. C. Guilbeau. Absent: J. S. Whittington.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The finance committee reported that they had examined the books of the treasurer and found the same correct with a balance on hand of $1,672.96.
The treasurer submitted the following report which was accepted:
WM. CLEGG, Treasurer.
On motion of Dr. Lessley, duly seconded, Messrs. J. O. Broussard and J. E. Trahan were appointed as a committee to see about the fines due the School Board.
On motion of Dr. Lessley, duly seconded, Mr. J. E. Trahan was appointed as a committee of one to locate a certain lot of ground belonging to the School Board, situated in the town of Lafayette; and to ascertain the value of same.
On motion duly made the schools were schools were ordered to be closed June 15th, 1895.
The following teachers were assigned:
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the board adjourned.
J. O. BROUSSARD, President.
H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1895.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., April 10, 1895.
Pursuant to call a special meeting of the Police Jury was held this day with the following members present: R. C. Landry, president; A. D. Landry, H. M. Durke, Alfred A. Delhomme and C. C. Brown. Absent: J. G. St. Julien, Alfred Hebert.
Owing to the absence of the secretary Homer Mouton was requested to serve in his stead. The meeting was called for the purpose of appointing a commissioner to represent Lafayette parish at the meeting of the board of assessors to be held at Lafayette on the 22nd instant, to fix the assessment on telegraph, telephone and railroad lines.
On motion duly seconded Capt. J. C. Buchanan was elected commissioner from this parish.
There being no further business to transact it was moved to adjourn until the next regular meeting.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
HOMER MOUTON, Sec. pro tem.
Lafayette Gazette 4/14/1895.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 4/13/1895.
Last Wednesday night Gaston Veazey discovered a burglar in the attempt to effect an entrance into his father's home. He secured a gun and fired at the would-be burglar who escaped unknown.
Miss Emma Mouton returned home Tuesday from Duchamp where she was visiting Miss Heloise Olivier.
Hon. Ambroise Mouton, of Lake Arthur, was in Lafayette this week visiting relatives.
Base Ball - The Pilette Union club and the Royville Invincibles played a very interesting game of ball at Royville last Sunday. The score stood 11 to 10 in favor of the Pilette boys.
Mr. England, representing the New Orleans Brewing Association, was in Lafayette this week. He was the guest of Mr. J. Rene Bonnet, the association's local agent here.
The case of Martin Bagley, charged with murder committed in Vermilion parish, has been fixed to appear here next Thursday. Mr. Bagley was in Lafayette Tuesday and returned to Abbeville the next day.
It was our pleasure this week to meet Dr. Fred Mayer, of the Quarantine Station. Dr. Mayer is the same genial fellow that he was when he made the welkin ring in Lafayette parish in the cause of Democracy during the troublesome times of '92.
Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1895.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 13th, 1895:
WEDNESDAY'S MASS MEETING.
Pursuant to the call issued a Democratic mass meeting was held at the Court House last Wednesday night for the purpose of nominating a Democratic ticket for Mayor and Councilmen to be submitted to the voters of the election of May 6th., and to form a permanent organization of the Democratic party for the town of Lafayette. No better proof could be adduced of the wide spread interest felt in the movement than the immensity of the throng of persons present, as participants and spectators. Promptly at 8 o'clock the meeting was called to order by Judge A. J. Moss, who was immediately chosen temporary chairman. W. B. Bailey acted as temporary secretary, in compliance with the wish of the assembly. After being authorized to do so the chairman appointed a committee on permanent organization and resolutions, composed of the following gentlemen; Other C. Mouton, Wm. Clegg, T. M. Biossat, Wm. Campbell and Dr. J. P. Trahan. The committee retired and after a lapse of a half hour presented this as its report, which was adopted without opposition:
1st. Only those Democrats possessing the qualifications hereinafter stated and residing within the corporate limits of the town of Lafayette as fixed by Section one of Act No. 111 of the Acts of the Legislature of the year 1869, shall participate or vote in this meeting - that is, those residing within the old corporation.
2d. No known Republican, or any one who supported Republican, or any one who supported or voted a Republican or any one who supported or voted a Republican State Ticket at the general State election in 1892 shall be allowed to vote or participate in this meeting.
3rd. All persons present and living outside the city limits of the old corporation, and all known Republicans those who voted for Breaux or Leonard for Governor at the State election in 1892, should be seated on one side and separated from the others who are entitled to participate in this meeting.
(Signed) Orther C. Mouton, Wm. Campbell, Wm. Clegg, J. D. Trahan, T. M. Biossat.
The report was reported by Judge Mouton on the part of the committee and on his motion, duly seconded, the report was unanimously adopted.
The chairman then requested all present disqualified to vote to separate themselves from the others, and this being complied with, on motion of Judge Mouton, seconded by Wm. Campbell, the temporary organization was unanimously made permanent.
William Campbell then introduced the following resolution: - Be it resolved, that the nomination of a ticket for Mayor and Councilmen be submitted to a democratic white primary.
Judge Mouton next offered the amendment to the resolution of Mr. Campbell, and that the ticket nominated at said primary be and are hereby instructed, if elected, to appoint or elect no one to any office under their administration except that they be known democrats possessing the required qualifications.
The question was then put to vote on the amendment offered by Mr. Mouton, which after actual count, pro and con, resulted as follows: For Mouton amendment, 68 votes; against it, 41 votes; and the chairman declared the amendment carried.
The question then recurring on the motion of Mr. Campbell as amended by the motion of Mr. Mouton to submit the question to a white democratic primary election, to be or not adopted as so amended, the chairman put the question to a vote, which after actual count, pro and con, resulted as follows: For the Campbell resolution so amended, 44 votes; against it 66 votes, and the chair announced that the Campbell resolution, as amended, was defeated.
A motion to that effect prevailing, the chairman next appointed a committee of three, Messrs. J. E. Martin, Wm. Campbell and F. G. Mouton, to nominate a ticket for Mayor and seven councilmen, to be presented to the meeting.
The committee on nominations, through F. G. Mouton, reported as follows:
Mr. Chairman: - We report the following ticket for nomination for Mayor and Councilmen:
Mayor: A. J. Moss.
Councilmen: J. D. Trahan, Leo Doucet, Ben. Falk, Other C. Mouton, J. O. LeBlanc, T. M. Biossat, Joseph Ducote.
Signed: Wm. Campbell, F. G. Mouton and J. E. Martin.
Which nomination of said committee, being duly seconded, was unanimously adopted, and the chair announced the ticket above as the Democratic ticket to be voted for at the May 1895 election for Mayor and Councilmen of the town of Lafayette.
Mr. Mouton, then offered the following resolution:
Be it resolved, that the ticket nominated at the mass meeting be and is hereby instructed, if elected, to appoint or elect no one to any office under their administration, except that they be known democrats possessing the required qualifications, which resolutions being duly seconded, was unanimously adopted.
Mr. O. C. Mouton next offered the following:
Whereas the democratic party is now organized within the town of Lafayette. Be it resolved that the town Democratic Executive Committee elected by this mass meeting, be and is hereby instructed to call a democratic primary election in all cases where a party nomination in future town town elections will be made; which resolution, being duly seconded, was unanimously adopted.
On motion duly seconded, the Chairmen appointed the following Democrats to constitute the Democratic Executive Committee in and for the town of Lafayette: - Messrs. Orther C. Mouton, J. J. Davidson, Ernest Constantin, Wm. Campbell, and Dr. A. R. Trahan.
The meeting was adjourned chosen at this meeting is a thoroughly representative one and meets with very general approval, and having been regularly and fairly nominated every Democrat is in honor bound to support it, a fact that should ensure the ticket against any successful opposition. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1895.
In answer to call the confederate veterans now residing in Lafayette Parish La., assembled promptly at the Court House on Saturday last April 6th, 1895 and proceed to organize themselves into a camp under the General organization of U. C. V.'s of the Southern States of America, and the following officers were duly elected to serve in said camp.
R. C. Perry, Lieut. and Adjutant of the 8th. La. Infantry, by request his name was duly enrolled as a member of the Camp.
The naming of the Camp being the next thing in order, it was unanimously resolved that in memory of one who so galantly led the boys in grey on so many hare fought battle fields of the late war, and whose spirit has crossed over the river and is now resting unto his comrades, that the Camp is to be known as the General Frank Gardner's Camp, and his surviving widow, Mrs. Gardner, was unanimously elected sponsor of the Camp and the Adjutant is requested to inform her of the fact. The members promptly paid up their yearly dues of 10 cts. per capita, and $2.00 for the charter. The Adjutant was requested to forward the roster as signed to the Adjutant General of the U. C. V. of the State together with the required fees. The meeting adjourned subject to call by the Captain, through the Adjutant, when the charter is received.
J. C. BUCHANAN, Capt. Commanding.
BY D. COCHRANE, Adjutant.
Gen. Frank Gardner's Camp No. 1, of Lafayette parish. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1895.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 4/13/1895.
Easter Sunday, to-morrow.
Dr. Fred J. Mayer was a welcome visitor in Lafayette, lately.
On Saturday the 20th instant, at 4:30 o'clock, the bicycle of Mr. C. O. Broussard will be raffled at the Advertiser office.
We had the pleasure of meeting Hon. Andrew Price shortly after he arrived in our town, yesterday.
The district court Judge Allen, presiding, has been in session since Monday.
Bear in mind the social event of next Saturday and make all arrangements to enjoy it to your heart's content. We refer to the grand dance by the Pelican Brass Band.
Mr. Henry Church has been the picture of contentment for the past three weeks, and its no wonder when it is known that a 13 pounder, a boy, was added to the family circle on the 21st of March.
The miscreants who vented their mischievousness, by tearing down the bridges in some parts of out town Thursday night ought to be dealt with according to law.
Lafayette ought to organize a Bicycle club.
Mr. P. B. Roy, of Royville, was in town attending to some business, Monday.
Twelve milch cows and calves for sale; also two Hay Presses in good order, by J. A. LEBESQUE, Lafayette, La.
Opelousas is trying to get a system of water-works and Electric lights. Why don't we do the same?
Mr. J. J. Davidson is now having a very neat 2 story dwelling house built in the McComb addition. Mr. J. Thomson is the Architect.
Sheriff Broussard returned from Lafourche last Monday with "Bob" Rogers in his custody, the negro wanted here for the burglary committed at P. Demanade & Co.'s store, recently.
It is refreshing to see District Attorney M. T. Gordy in our midst, again. His presence is always reassuring to the law-abiding citizen but it not enjoyed by the evil doer. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1895.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 13th, 1889:
LAFAYETTE BUILDING & LOAN ASSOCIATION.
The Lafayette Building and Loan Association closed its first year's business March 21st. The report of the Secretary shows that shares in the first series have gained $5.45 during the year and those in the second $3.28 for six months; a very favorable showing for a small association in the first year of its existence. Loans secured by first mortgage to the amount of $7,800.00, and an incomplete loan of $1,000.00 shows among the assets. The average rate of premium for the year was 32 3/10 per cent. This association has already done great good in the matter of home getting for those of its members who have secured loans, and we hope its mission in this respect will be continued and enlarged. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1889.
Work upon the Canning Company's factory is about finished, and it is neatly palated. It is truly a handsome building in every respect suited for its purposes. Some minor additions have yet to be made in the way of sheds, outhouses, etc. Then everything will be in readiness and waiting for the fruits and vegetables to grow and ripen. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1889.
Father Forge Plants Eucalyptus.
Last year Father Forge succeeded in growing some sprouts from the seed of the Australian Eucalyptus tree. This winter he planted three of the little trees on each side of the avenue from St. John Street to the front door of the Church, and they are now growing fast and developing beautifully. This is a particularly lofty and graceful tree, with a magnificent display of foliage, and it is said absorbs malaria from the atmosphere acting as a preventive of fever to those who seek shelter beneath its protecting shade. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1889.
Too Many For One?
Last week a couple of our hunter-eaters, to wit: - Col. John Vigneaux and Col. William Campbell, becoming disgusted with Col. Leather Breeches's filibustering tactics, started out to kill something to eat for themselves. They invaded Leather Breeches territory, and cut loose in Mr. Dennis Long's extensive pastures. That evening they returned with 66 papabots. We began to congratulate them, when we discovered that they did not seem to be in very good spirits. We ascertained that the result of the day's hunt had placed them in rather an awkward position, as there were just a little too many for one and nothing like enough for two. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1889.
Still They Come!
The latest is that we will soon have erected a large two-story building adjoining the Moss Pharmacy, which will be known as Photo-Crayon Copying House. The building will be finished in first-class style; the lower floor will be devoted to making life-size crayon portraits, principally; the upper floor will be a fine photographic gallery, employing the very best photographic instruments known to the art. The object of this concern will be to furnish traveling agents with enlarged crayon portraits equally as good and lower in price than those of Northern homes, thus bringing into our midst money that heretofore has been going North, and doing us no good. It will also turn out as fine photos as can be had anywhere. The whole business will be under the supervision of the talented Mr. Geo. B. Petty, who was with us last year, and who we all know is thoroughly competent in every branch of his profession. We understand the building will be commenced immediately and finished in about six weeks.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1889.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 4/13/1889.
The weather during the week has been perfectly lovely, and altogether favorable for farming operations. Our farmers have not been idle. Planting corn and cotton is pretty well over with in this parish, and we are just waiting for a good rain to give the crops a start.
Spring vegetables are plentiful and cheap.
The health of our community, with the exception of a few cases of measles of mild type, is remarkably good.
Mr. Beraud Mouton is building for himself a neat cottage on Julia avenue, McComb addition, just East of Mr. Jack Mouton's residence. It is now nearly completed.
We are glad to note that the streets committee of the city council as commenced the work of cleansing out the ditches and repairing the streets. They have five or six gangs employed in different portions of the town, and the work is progressing rapidly. The weather has been clear and cool, and highly favorable for this work.
Miss Sweetie C. Darling, who has been visiting relatives in the Crescent City has returned home.
Mrs. Frank Gardner departed for Lake Arthur, last Wednesday, on a visit to friends residing in that beautiful health and pleasure resort.
Stated meetings of Hope Lodge No. 145, F. A. M., will be held April 13th, May 11th; June 8th. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1889.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 13th, 1878:
PEACE IN CUBA.
The insurrection in Cuba has come to and end. It was overcome by an offer of amnesty, which reached the insurgents when their resources were exhausted and their cause seemed hopeless. They might have fought on for years perhaps even until they had obtained recognition from the United States - if the merciless policy which formerly animated the Spanish Government had continued to force ; but the prospect of pardon and a restoration to their political privileges was too much even for their stern patriotism, and they succumbed when they were nearest the realization of their hopes. It is unquestionably true that every year which passed and left the insurrection unsubdued added to its moral force. The spectacle of a brave people struggling against frightful odds to assert their independence appealed powerfully to the sympathies of free and enlightened nations. These sympathies could not be repressed by considerations of diplomats relations or the precedents of international law. It was not sufficient to say that the insurrections had no seaports and no navy. The simple fact that the insurrection had been maintained for ten years was enough. People saw that the Cubans, whether they had a national existence or not, had strength enough to keep the Spanish Government fully employed. In ten years they used up 160,000 Spanish treasures. They occupied the mountains of the central and eastern provinces, and were in their own territory practically invincible. They had at least the semblance of a State Government, including a President and Congress. They had also true patriots among them - men who had sacrificed princely fortunes and imperiled their lives in the cause of independence. These men resisted to the last, and were overpowered by the mutiny of their followers, who clamored for the bribes held out by the Spanish Government. - From the Chicago Tribune and in the Lafayette Advertiser of April 13th, 1878.
New Stock. - Mr. Edmond Pellerin, the gentlemanly and popular merchant on Main street, has lately arrived from New Orleans and is now receiving and opening a large and select stock of spring and summer goods, which he is offering at reduced prices. Call and see for yourself.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1878.
No Small Pox.
The report that we have or have had small pox in this town, is entirely erroneous, and we announce with great pleasure, that we are now aware of the existence of a single case in the whole parish. There were two deaths some time ago, and the others who were afflicted with the disease, have all recovered and no new case has occurred within the past three weeks.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1878.
New Store. - Mr. Leon Plonsky has opened a store in this place, in the building near the Catholic Church, formerly occupied by Mr. J. H. Wise. He has a new and select stock of spring and summer goods on hand and invites the public to give him a call. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1878.
Wilson Sewing Machine. - Mr. Edmond Pellerin has in his store on exhibition, the world renowned Wilson Sewing Machine. It is a superior instrument in every respect and possesses advantages that no others have. The ladies especially are invited to call and examine this useful are invited to call and examine this useful and ornamental instrument.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1878.
Brass Band. - The Brass Band of our town has been in existence for several years, has commendably surmounted many obstacles, provided its members with fine instruments, and attained considerable proficiency in executing music. Whilst laudable efforts are being made in other places to organize and maintain Brass Bands, we are sorry to see our young men of the Hyperion Band neglecting that organization and all the advantages it possesses. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1878.
Not On Sunday!
The Police Jury of Vermilion parish have adopted an ordinance to prohibit the sale, gift, barter, or exchange of spirituous and intoxicating liquors and merchandise on Sundays within the parish. This is a gratifying evidence of the onward march of Christianity and Civilization in our sister parish. May the progressive and enlightened spirit of the Police Jury of Vermilion, penetrate this and adjoining parishes. Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1878.
Proceedings of the Parish School Board.
Vermilionville, La., April 6th, 1878.
The Parish School Board met this day in regular session. The following members were present: Dr. T. B. Hopkins, president; R. C. Landry, Will Clegg, Onez Broussard, Joseph Boudreau and Narcisse Mouton.
The minutes of the last session were read and approved.
Committee on the "Vermilion Academy" and Simon's school house, were continued.
A communication was received from Mr. Lusher appointing Messrs. J. J. Revillon and A. Delhomme, as members of the Board, in lieu of Mr. Will Clegg, resigned, and Charles Padillo, deceased.
The oath of office was administered to J. J. Revillon as secretary of the Board.
On motion J. J. Revillon was appointed member of the committee to examine applicants for teachership, in lieu of Will Clegg, resigned.
Communication was received from Mr. Lusher in reference to the appointment of a Head Teacher and Inspector of Schools in each parish, if practicable, and if not, to seek co-operation with the Boards of not more than three neighboring parishes, in order to appoint such an officer.
On motion it was resolved, that the secretary be requested to communicate with the Boards of the parishes of St. Martin and Vermilion, in reference to the above suggestions of Mr. Lusher.
Moved and seconded that Mr. John Torrence, jr., be appointed as teacher of the school near St. Peters, Carencro settlement.
Resolved, that each member of the different wards be authorized to start the suspended schools in his ward as soon as he ascertains that there are sufficient funds to continue the same for the term of five months.
The Board then adjourned.
THOS. B. HOPKINS, President.
J. J. REVILLON, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1878.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Regular Session, April 2d, 1878.
The roll was called and all the members answered to their names.
The minutes of the preceding meetings were read and adopted.
The committee appointed to wait upon the Police Jury in regard to the special tax, reported that they had done so, and the president of said body replied that he would give the committee a written answer at their next meeting.
The committee appointed to cancel and destroy all corporation warrants in the hands of the Treasurer, reported progress.
On motion of Mr. Alpha duly seconded by Mr. Lindsay, it was unanimously.
Resolved, that the regular meetings of the Council be and is hereby fixed for the first Monday of each month.
Resolved, that all resolutions contrary to, or in conflict therewith, be and the same are hereby repeated.
On motion of Mr. Landry duly seconded by J. A. Chargois, it was
Resolved, that the hour of meeting of the Council be and is hereby fixed at 3 o'clock P. M.
The yeas and nays being called on the foregoing resolution, the following members voted yea: Landry, J. A. Chargois. Mouton, McBride, Lindsay and A. Chargois. Nay: Alpha.
The following accounts were presented and approved:
Charles O. Olivier, Jailer fees ... $14.80
Charles O. Olivier, Jailer fees ... $4.20
Jean Vigneaux, removing dead animals ... $4.50
On motion the council adjourned to Tuesday the 3oth day of April, 1878.
JOHN O. MOUTON, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1878.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of April 13th, 1909:
DRILLING BEGUN AT PIN HOOK.
Work Has Been Delayed Because of Inability to Get Machinery on the Ground.
SURFACE INDICATIONS FOR FINDING OIL ARE FINE.
Stockholders of Company Boring Composed of Citizens of Lafayette, Crowley and Other Towns.
Last Wednesday evening Mr. Sigismond Bernard began drilling for oil on his place near Pin Hook bridge under contract with the Lafayette-Crowley Oil Company. The company has been somewhat delayed in its operations by inability to get machinery promptly on the ground, but now has everything well in hand to prosecute the work. Mr. Bernard, as well as experienced oil men declare that the surface indications are as manifest in this locality as the Anse la Butte territory, and the sanguine of developing mineral resources equal to those of any Louisiana field. Gas is reported as being in evidence and oil may be observed on the water flowing from the springs. The company is composed of stockholders who are mainly citizens of Lafayette, Crowley and other local towns. So confident are the projectors of this enterprise, they have already secured leases on all the adjacent lands and are determined to make a thorough exploitation of this entire section. Years ago oil was found by the late Isreal Falk, within the limits of Lafayette city and was noticed in many wells especially during the dry season, but no systematic effort was ever made to ascertain the quantity or extent of the valuable fluid. Everybody lost his head in the great excitement over Anse la Butte expectations and forgot all about home and the possibilities. If inference and analogy are worth anything at all, the probability of success in oil exploitation in Lafayette are most promising and needs only the application of a little pluck, perseverance and and intelligent direction of energy. With vast deposits of gas and oil, discovered north, east, south and west, and strong local indications, the probability mineral resources underlying Lafayette almost resolves itself into absolute certainty. As a boy, the writer recalls hearing, the most intelligent men hoot the idea of Louisiana possessing mineral deposits of any consequence, contending the entire country was alluvial deposit of a comparatively recent date. And yet today, what astounding revelations are almost daily occurring to prove the varied and extensive deposits of oil, gas, sulphur, salt, and other minerals all over the state.
The preset drilllling at Pin Hook is to test whether Lafayette parish is among those containing oil in quantity, and The Advertiser hopes soon to chronicle developments that will prove that this parish is as resourceful below the surface as it is rich and beautiful above.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1909.
BEAUMONT OIL AS FUEL.
The discovery of oil at Beaumont will, it is believed, greatly reduce the cost of fuel in this section of the country.
It is said that the Beaumont oil can not be used for illuminating purposes, but that it is excellent as a lubricant and as fuel. The number of gushers already found indicate that the supply in the Beaumont oil can be used for illuminating purposes, but that it is excellent as a lubricant and as fuel. The number of gushers already found indicate that the supply in the Beaumont fields is inexhaustible. It is the opinion of practical men who have looked into the question that this oil can be used instead of coal in factories and mills and that its cost will much less than that of coal. If theses calculations prove to be well founded, the introduction of the Beaumont oil into the market and its use in the place of coal, will likely be followed by a very pronounced "boom" in the building of manufactures in this section of the country at least. The cost of fuel has been the greatest obstacle in the way of development of this section. Manufacturing enterprises are needed to build our towns, but the inaccessibility of the coal fields has been the stumbling block of nearly all movements started to build manufactures. Should the Beaumont oil be made to supply the demand for fuel at prices far below the cost of coal, it is but reasonable to expect that investors will not be slow to recognize the wonderful advantages offered by this portion of the South for the successful operation of factories - cotton factories especially.
Lafayette Gazette 4/13/1901.