From the Lafayette Advertiser of May 21st, 1909:
ELKS DAY A BIG SUCCESS.
Fine Parade Over Principal Streets and is Witnessed by Large Crowds.
TOURNAMENT PROVES ENTERTAINING FEATURE OF EVENT.
Circus Exhibits Enjoyed by Large Numbers and Cause Much Amusement - Fun for Everybody.
The grand parade, tournament and circus exhibition given by the Elks Wednesday afternoon, was a most successful affair from every point of view and afforded any amount of pleasure and recreation to hundreds of people who joined in the festive occasion. The weather was ideal and the streets were in fine condition for the march to the grounds at Surrey Park. As might have been expected the train bearing several of the monstrosities was wrecked and the sacred white elephant captured by Mr. Roosevelt in the jungles of Africa under the potent influence of the "Big Stick," was lost in a storm off the coast of Madagascar. Despite all of these unavoidable mishaps, the show was good, for who could help admiring those (two) wonderful Siamese Twins, the wild man from the Atchafalaya swamps and other equally great attractions! Many stores and business places had been decorated with the colors of the order and the streets lined with expectant crowds presented a gala scene indeed.
The parade formed at 1:30 p. m., in front of the court house and proceeded up Lafayette street, up Vermilion to Jefferson to the Park in the following order: Mayor G. A. Martin, as grand Marshal on a fine charger assisted by Chief J. S. Martin and F. Sontag, also mounted; the Institute Cadet Corps with band; a self propelling automobile containing Sheriff Lacoste and L. F. Salles with two donkeys attached; Joseph Lacoste, as lion tamer in a big cage with his two fierce animals under perfect control; Little Warren Lacoste, as a clown, driving a chariot with an Irish pug in a cage below; Crowley Lodge, No. 745 seated on a wagon load of boxes attracted much attention; then came the big man Mr. Bruns, in charge of two sprites, C. I. Young and Dr. R. D. Voorhies, Elks' band; Antoine Lacoste, dressed, in a barrel, because of trouble with his tailor caused much fun; mounted Elks and Knight for the tournament about 75 strong; Little Warren Mouton, mounted on a pretty Shetland pony rode gallantly among the Knights; Supt. E. L. Wright and Charles Richard acted as clowns in a manner in the circus ring.
The procession was followed by a long line of footmen, horsemen and carriages, making a most imposing demonstration. "Bill" Montgomery as a Texas cowboy made things lively all along the route and displayed almost as much skill as "Buffalo Bill" in daring and dangerous feats. M. Myers carried the Elk's flag and Frank Patin the United States flag.
Arriving on the grounds the great throng estimated at nearly one thousand people, were attracted to the pavilion and dens in which were confined the wonderful prodigies and monstrosities gathered for exhibition from every quarter of the globe. A skeptical little boy said he wanted his dime back if the "wild man," was not really wild; but every one seemed to enjoy the sights and forgive any defects in the makeups.
The circus consisted of the following exhibits; Irish farm, wild man, mummy, skeleton, Siamese twins and surgical department.
The tournament was announced and sixteen Knights entered the ring. Judge O. C. Mouton and Mr. L. G. Stelly were appointed judges and Dr. Boyd time keeper and S. J. Breaux, starter; T. M. Biossat, Jr., won the prize, a fine saddle, getting eight rings out of a possible nine. Jules Arceneaux and Elias Spell tied for second place. Each Knight was allowed three trials at three rings each time. The following were those taking part in the tournament and the total number of rings each secured out of a possible nine:
J. W. Bassett 2, Dr. F. E. Girard 6, Dr. J. O. Duhon 5, Jules Arceneaux 7, F. H. Barry 1, Eucharist Duhon 6, Elias Spell 7, Antoine Lacoste 5, Galbert Comeaux 3, Leon Monte 8, T. M. Biossat, Jr. 8, Willie Roy 6, Felix Foreman 5, T. A. Montgomery 5, Jules Guilbeau 7.
After the tournament the Knights all ran a race around the track, Leon Monte winning by a neck. First race for fat men was won by J. P. Colomb, over L. G. Stelly, Jos. Lacoste and Frank Patin; the second race was won by J. S. Martin, over Fernand Mouton and Rousseau Dugas. The donkey race was won by Antoine Lacoste, Dr. Girard coming out close second. L. Francois won the ten acre race over Dr. Jeanmard and L. Lacoste, Martin Goodman, a negro rode Mr. B. N. Coronna's bucking horse and created much fun.
Only two accidents or serious nature occurred, but the Elks had anticipated this by providing an emergency hospital with several experienced surgeons and trained nurses. Supt. Wright as clown in vaulting a fence in front of the grand stand got his right femur in contact with his left maxillary gland and for a while suffered greatly. Fortunately Sheriff Lacoste and a few friends were close at hand and conveyed him to the hospital where medical science soon alleviated the pain. Later Mr. J. D. Morgan while strolling around the grandstand filled with beautiful ladies, got his feet entangled in some way causing ligamental collapsibility; his life was only by the prompt and skillful work of the surgeons.
Mr. David Pelletier had charge of the dog cage and the following obstreperous Elks who refused to join the parade were captured and locked in this canine receptable to growl out their hard fate until the journey's end. Sidney Mouton, Frank Jeanmard, Dr. Boyd, Abshire, Hebert Billeaud and a stranger whose name could not be ascertained.
A marvelous stunt of the occasion that excited the wonder of everybody was the demonstration of some "impossible" shots by "Bill" Montgomery, cowboy, who riding at full speed, shot to pieces with a six-shooter, eggs lying on top of the exhibit booths, and never spilled either the white or the yellow.
During the events the ladies of the School Improvement League sold refreshments and took in $103.
This first effort of the Elks to entertain was a big success and very creditable to them.The financial returns were very good. Lafayette Advertiser 5/21/1909.
From the Lafayette Gazette of May 21st, 1898:
Pilette Again Defeated.
Pilette presented a crippled team for work on last Sunday and was easily defeated by the fast playing Dixies. Broussard, the well-known captain of the Pilette boys, being indisposed, could not give his valuable help to the team. The Dixies have improved wonderfully both in team work and batting.
Only a handful of the faithful were present to enjoy the game but those who attended witnessed a pretty game of ball. Certainly, the sport deserves better patronage. Nickerson's second base playing was a distinct feature and it is doubtful to the practiced base ball eye if his equal as a second baseman exists among Southern amateurs. He gathered in three seemingly impossible hits. Gonzales also caught in his old time brilliant form, playing a most beautiful game. The new short-stop, Hebert, showed up splendidly and should prove a valuable acquisition to the team.
The team's new uniforms have arrived and are very pretty. Final score: Lafayette 15, Pilette 7.
Lafayette Gazette 5/21/1898.
Session of District Court.
Article thirty-seven of the new judiciary ordinance reads:
District courts shall hold continuous sessions during ten months of the year. In districts composed of more than one parish the judge shall sit alternately in each parish as the public business may require. Until otherwise provided by law, judgments shall be signed after three days from the rendition thereof and become executor ten days from such signing; these provisions shall go I into effect upon the adoption of this constitution. The general assembly shall provide for the drawing of civil and criminal cases. A grand jury of twelve, nine of whom must concur to find an indictment, shall be impaneled in each parish twice in each year, and shall remain in office until a succeeding grand jury is impaneled; except in the parish of Cameron, in which at least one grand jury shall be impaneled each year. The district judges shall have authority to try at any time all misdemeanors and where the jury is waived all cases not necessarily punishable at hard labor, and to receive pleas of guilty in cases less than capital. Lafayette Gazette 5/21/1898.
- OF THE -
Lafayette Sugar Refining Company Limited.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
STATE OF LOUISIANA,
Parish of Orleans,
City of New Orleans.
BE IT KNOWN, That on this second day of the month of April, in the year of Our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight, before me, JNO. G. EUSTIS, a notary public, duly commissioned and qualified, in and for the city of New Orleans, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana, and in the presence of the witnesses hereinafter named and undersigned, personally came and appeared the persons whose names are hereunto subscribed, all of lawful age, who severally declared:
THAT availing themselves of the provisions of the constitutions and laws of this State relative to the organization of corporations, and specially availing themselves of the provisions of Act. No. 36 of the session of the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana; and for the year 1880, they do by these presents, for and organize themselves their successors and assigns into and constitute a corporation, for the objects and under the conditions hereinafter set forth, which they adopt as their charter, to-wit:
ARTICLE I. The name of this corporation shall be the LAFAYETTE SUGAR REFINING COMPANY, LIMITED: and under that name it shall have and enjoy corporate succession for the period of ninety-nine years from the date of this act, and shall have and enjoy all the powers conferred by law on corporations, including the power to sue and be sued, to contract, to acquire, encumber and alienate real of personal property for the objects hereinafter stated, and generally to do all things lawful for a corporation to do.
ARTICLE II. The domicile of this corporation shall be in the town of Lafayette, in the parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana; citation and other legal process shall be served on the president of the corporation, or, if he be absent from the parish, then on the secretary of the corporation.
ARTICLE III. The capital stock of this corporation shall be seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000.00), represented by seven hundred and fifty shares of the par value of one hundred dollars each; certificates for said shares shall not be issued as fully paid; until they have been fully paid for in property, services or money. The certificates for shares shall be signed by the president and by the secretary of the corporation, and shall be entered on the transfer book kept by the corporation and no transfer of shares shall effect the corporation until it has been entered on the transfer book of the company.
ARTICLE IV. The objects and purposes of this corporation and the nature of the business to be carried on by it are declared to be, to erect or to purchase, own and operate, one or more sugar refineries, or sugar mills; to purchase and grind cane; to purchase crude sugars; to manufacture and sell sugars from the cane juice or crude sugars; to purchase, own or cultivate, or to lease and cultivate, or to rent out sugar lands; to construct, own and operate tramways or railways, or pipe lines, or other methods of transportation; to own and operate boats for the same purpose and to use such means of transportation to carry passengers and freight; to purchase, own and operate, or to lease and to sell, rent out, mortgage, or pledge, any property, real or personal required or convenient for any of the purposes hereinabove stated; generally to make any and all contracts required or appropriate for any of said purposes, including the power to borrow money for any of its purposes, and to issue therefore its promissory notes or bonds secured by mortgage or pledge or pawn or privilege on any of its property, real or personal.
ARTICLE V. All the powers of this corporation, shall be vested in and exercised by a Board of Directors, composed of five shareholders, who shall be held on the second Monday of April every year, after notice published once a week for three successive weeks in a newspaper published in the said town of Lafayette. At all meetings of the shareholders the majority of votes cast shall elect, and each shareholder shall be entitled to cast, in person or by proxy, one vote for each share of stock owned by him, but not vote shall be cast on shares transferred within twenty days before the meeting. The Board of Directors shall have full power to provide in what manner special meetings of the shareholders shall be called, provided, that not less than ten days notice of the calling of said meeting shall be given by mailing to each shareholder a notice of said meeting, and of the purposes thereof to the address left by him with the secretary. The following named persons shall serve as the first Board of Directors, and until their successors shall have been elected and qualified, to-wit: Isidore Hechinger, Edward Godchaux, Horace Gumbel, J. B. Craven and Leo Judice; Isidore Hechinger shall be president, J. B. Craven, vice-president, and Horace Gumbel shall be the secretary and treasurer. At the first meeting after their own election the Board of Directors shall elect one of their own number to be president, and one to be vice-president, and they shall also elect a person to be secretary and treasurer, who need not be a shareholder. All directors and officers, both those named in this charter and those hereinafter elected, shall continue in office until their successors shall have been elected and qualified. The persons hereinabove named shall hold office until the first annual election on the second Monday of April 1899, or until their successors shall have been elected and qualified. The Board of Directors of this company shall have power to exercise all of the powers of this corporation without in any case referring to the shareholders for authority, and especially shall have power to make all contracts required in the business of the company; to borrow money; to execute the notes or bonds of the company and mortgages or pledges and generally to enter into all contracts and do all acts in any manner pertinent to the objects of this corporation, which are, or may be permitted in the laws applicable to corporations. And in exercising these powers the said Board of Directors may act either directly or through such officers and agents as it may appoint, which general or special authority in what relates to contracts and the administration of the affairs of said corporation. Three members shall constitute a quorum of said Board. Should any vacancy or vacancies occur in the Board of Directors, remaining members shall have the right to fill such vacancies, until the next ensuing general election actually held. Said Board shall make all such by-laws as they shall deem proper.
ARTICLE VI. Whenever this corporation is dissolved either by limitation or for any other cause, the affairs of the company shall be liquidated and its debts and liabilities paid, and the balance of its funds, if any, shall be divided pro rata among the stockholders, under the charge and superintendence of three commissioners to be appointed for that purpose at a general meeting of the stockholders, convened for that purpose after fifteen days prior notice shall have been given in one of the newspapers published in the town of Lafayette. Said commissioners shall remain in office until the affairs of the corporation shall have been fully liquidated; and in case of the death of one or more of said commissioners, or other vacancy occurring in the their number, those who shall remain continue to act. Such vacancies may be filled at a general meeting held for that purpose, after notice as hereinabove provided.
ARTICLE VII. No stockholder or this corporation shall ever be held liable or responsible for its contracts or faults in any further sum than the unpaid balance date on the shares of stock owned by him, nor shall any mere informality in organization have the effect of rendering this charter null, or exposing a stockholder to any liability beyond the amount his stock.
ARTICLE VIII. The charter of this corporation may be modified or altered, or this corporation may be dissolved with the assent of two thirds in amount of the capital stock actually issued, at a general meeting of the shareholders, convened for such purpose, after thirty days notice of said meeting, shall have been given by publication, once a week in a newspaper published in the town of Lafayette, provided, however, that any such change, alteration or dissolution may be accomplished immediately with the unanimous consent of all the shareholders. Any changes in reference to the increase or decrease of the capital stock shall be made in the manner provided by law.
Thus done and passed in my office in the city of New Orleans, parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana, on this second day of April, 1898, in the presence of Julius Kahn and Daniel S. Kelly, competent witnesses of lawful age, and me, notary.
EDWARD J. GODCHAUX,
J. B. CRAVEN,
DANIEL S. KELEN,
J. G. EUSTIS, Notary Public.
A true copy. Filed 4th day of April, 1898, and recorded same date in Book of Miscellaneous Acts, T 2, page 236 et. seq.
F. K. HOPKINS, Deputy Clerk of Court.
Lafayette Gazette 5/21/1898.
News Notes (Gazette) 5/21/1898.
The Postal's office will be opened in a few days in the bank building.
Mr. Jildes, of the Teche and Vermilion Telephone Company, was in Lafayette this week putting up wires and a larger switchboard in the central office.
In another column appears the announcement of P. Krauss that he will open a jewelry store in the room adjoining Mouton Bros.' Mr. Krauss has served his apprenticeship at a school for watchmakers in Geneva and is a thorough workman.
After a most exciting chase Deputy Sheriff Mouton captured Francois Clairville, a negro who stole an umbrella from Plonsky Bros. Clairville has served one term in the penitentiary.
All members of Camp Frank Gardner, No. 580, are requested to meet at the court-house on the first Saturday in June, 1898. T. A. McFaddin, Adjudant.
Lafayette Gazette 5/21/1898.
DRAWING THE COLOR LINE.
White men have been discharged by the Federal Authorities at New Orleans to make room for negro laborers. This is in line with the policy of the Republican party and no one acquainted with the history of that party should be surprised at this outrage perpetrated upon white men by the agents of the Republican administration.
The Screwman's Benevolent Association, an organization composed of white men, held a meeting on the 17th and adopted resolutions expressive of its feelings in the matter.
It is hard for white men to submit to such unjust treatment. The negro will continue to be a political pet of the Republican party so long as his vote is needed in nominating conventions. Demas has been turned down by the Senate, but he is still a powerful factor in the Republican politics in Louisiana.
Lafayette Gazette 5/21/1898.