UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT.
SALUTORY: The Advertiser with this issue, appears under a new management, W. A. LeRosen having purchased it from H. A. Van der Cruyssen, the former publisher and proprietor, on May 30, 1903, and then having sold a one half interest to James Alpha.
The Advertiser will continue in the future, as it has in the past, to work steadily for the highest good of the people of the town and of the State; and it hopes, that by an outspoken and fair-minded policy, to increase its usefulness along that line until its influence shall be greater and larger than ever before.
With this purpose in view, its columns will always be used to forward any move that will contribute to the upbuilding of the town or parish, or promote the welfare of the people.
Lafayette is growing, and this paper proposes to assist that growth by all the means within its power.
Educationally our town and parish are recognized as being among the foremost of the State, if not of the South, and The Advertiser will give its best services in aid this cause, believing that the preservation of our democratic institution lies in the proper education of our boys and girls, and that our material property and happiness as a people depend upon the fostering care which we give to our public schools.
Politically this paper will be Democratic, but not partisan, being firmly of the opinion that in the principles of democracy are found the truest safe-guards of the liberties of the people.
The columns of The Advertiser will always be open to a fair and full discussion of all legitimate public question, but articles and communications of a general nature and not calculated to sub-serve the public interest in a wide measure, will be excluded from its columns. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.
...words from Mr. Van der Cruyssen...
To the Public.
Owing to ill health I have found it necessary to retire from the newspaper business, and accordingly I sold to Mr. W. A. LeRosen on May 30, 1903, all my interest and ownership in the Lafayette Advertiser.
In retiring from the business I desire to express my warmest thanks for the kind support I have received from the people of Lafayette during the many years I have had charge of the paper. And I also wish to bespeak for my successor, Mr. LeRosen, a continuance of the support accorded me.
H. A. Van der Cruyssen.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.
Firemen's Annual Parade and Smoker.
At the meeting of Committee appointed by the Fire Department to fix date and make other arrangements for the Annual Firemen's day and parade; the committee met May 29th, and decided on June 18th, as a suitable day.
The Parade will form at the Court House square at 5:30 p. m. taking the following route.
From the Square will take Lafayette St. to Vermilion, Vermilion to Jefferson (Moss' corner) Jefferson to Crescent Hotel St., Crescent Hotel to Vermilion (Post office corner) Vermilion to Washington St., (J. O. Mouton's corner) Washington to Falk's Hall, at which point the parade will disband and allow the "Fire Boys" to attend the "Smoker" which has been arranged for the occasions. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.
Leaves no Room for Quibbling - Brands as False Certain Rumors Being Circulated in the Parish.
Whereas an impression has been created on the minds of some people that it is the intention of the School Board to close a number of primary schools in the parish and establish in their stead a large central school at Scott after the special school tax will have been carried, and whereas this belief on the part of such persons is causing them to look upon the proposed school tax with disfavor; therefore be it resolved, that the school board emphatically denies the allegation there exists on its part of the intention to close, except for cause, any of the primary schools already established in the parish, but declares on the contrary that it will be the aim of the school board to open additional primary schools wherever and whenever needed insofar as the school funds will permit. And the board, rightly recognizing the primary school to be the bed-rock foundation upon which rests the entire superstructure of the our glorious public school system, takes this occasion to pronounce itself unalterably opposed to any policy which might tend to weaken this system at its most vital point.
Be it further resolved, that the board earnestly recommends the adoption of the proposed school of 3 mills as being necessary to provide better school houses and longer terms and to meet the demand for additional school facilities for the rapidly increasing number of school children in the parish because it is known that the school funds obtained from existing sources of (last sentence unreadable).
Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.
Breakfast Invite from Edith Dupre.
The members of the 1903 class which has just graduated from the Industrial Institute accepted an invitation from Miss E. G. Dupre teacher of English, to breakfast with her at her home in Opelousas Monday, after which the day was most delightfully spend pic-nicking in the woods. They all returned on the accommodations freight at 6:30 p. m. The following were in the party: Misses Annie Bell, Ula Coronna, Edith Trahan, Rena Boudreaux, Maxim Beraud, Messrs. Harold Demanade, Willie Mills, Jaque Domengeaux, and Potier Voorhies. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.
Women's Literary Club.
The Women's Literary Club held an interesting meeting with Mrs. O. B. Hopkins on last Saturday. In the absence of the president, Mrs. T. N. Blake, the vice-president, Mill Lea Gladu presided. After the transaction of business matters, the following program was rendered: Reading from Grace King, Mrs. V. L. Roy, News of the day, Mrs. Denbo. The club adjourned for the summer. Next year's study will be American authors.
After adjournment Mrs. Hopkins served dainty refreshments.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.
F. N. B.
At their last regular meeting the directors of the First National Bank declared a semi-annual dividend of ten dollars a share, payable July first. The statements issued by this bank at regular intervals shows its business to be in a flourishing condition. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.
Commissioners and Clerks Elected.
We, the board of supervisors, having this day met, have appointed election commissioners and clerks of elections to serve in their respective wards and precincts in and for the parish of Lafayette, La., for the special election to be held on the 18th day of June, 1903, upon the question of levying a special tax of 3 mills for 6 years, to-wit:
Felix Bernard, Jos. Dugas, Jean A. Begnaud, Clerk Chas. Boudreaux.
Jasper Spell, Wm. Wagner, H. Hutchins. Clerk Nathan F. Broussard.
F. H. Thompson, Sr., Sidney Mouton, J. E. Martin. Clerk R. H. Broussard.
MOUTON SWITCH. J. Ed. Mouton, Wm. Couret, Gabe Martin. Clerk Claude Martin.
Gil. Bonnemaiann, A. L. Dyer, O. H. Theriot. Clerk Ed. Parent.
Alex Billeaud, C. K. Olivier, Augustin Richard. Clerk J. G. St. Julien, Jr.
John Guidry, Arestide Frances, T. J. Breaux. Clerk Geo. Melchoir.
Hervillian Simoneaux, Marion Roger, Edmond Voorhies. Clerk Seymour Broussard.
Ovey Comeaux, J. M. Broussard, Jr., Seymour Broussard. Clerk Pierre Landry.
John Whittington, Pierre Breaux, Sam Montgomery. Clerk Leo Judice.
Assessor's office, Lafayette, La. May 30, 1903.
Arthur Comeaux, Alf. A. Delhomme, members.
A. M. Martin, President of Board.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/6/1903.
The Lafayette Baseball Association has secured a fine park near Surrey Park just back of Mr. J. J. Davidson's residence, and to-morrow, Sunday, at 3:30 p. m., there will be played there one of the best games of the season.
Tuesday Sheriff Broussard arrested a negro by the name of Isaiah Lee, charged with the shooting of another negro some time ago in the Southern Pacific yard.
One of the growing industries of Lafayette is the Lafayette Mattress Factory. The business has increased to such an extent that a new building has become a necessity, and one will be erected in the near future across from the railroad.
A Washington dispatch to the Times-Democrat states that the salary of the postmaster at Lafayette has been raised from $1,600 to $1,700, to take effect July 1.
The Lafayette Juniors played the Crowley Juniors last Sunday on their grounds. The News reports the game as very interesting. The score was four to three in favor of Crowley.
Building continues steadily in Lafayette. There are now some twenty houses under construction, and a large number of prospectives.
Mayor C. D. Caffery as let the contract for remodeling and adding another story to his residence.
Ice Cream soda only five cents a glass at Yandle's.
A grand ball was given by the Brotherhood of R. R. Trainmen June 25, at Falk's Opera House.
The handsome residence of Mr. Ralph Voorhies, next door to Dr. J. F. Trahan is rapidly nearing completion.
There will be a Grand Race Meeting at Carencro on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1903.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 6th, 1903:
An Unfortunate Mistake.
Aladin, a half-witted negro residing in this town, was shot and dangerously wounded by Sheriff Ike Broussard Tuesday night at about 10 o'clock. The sheriff was looking for two boys who had escaped from home in Jennings and while in the railroad yard met a few negroes who acted in a suspicious manner. Aladin was pointe out by these as a partner. The officer told Aladin to halt, but instead of obeying, the negro evidently misunderstanding him, ran away, at the same time giving warning not to advance on him.
Sheriff Broussard naturally believed that the man was trying to resist arrest and several times commanded him to stop. He even shot his pistol into the ground in the hope of frightening him, but at this Aladin made a motion as if to draw a weapon from his inside coat pocket. The sheriff had no idea of the identity of Aladin and in self-defense, as he thought, he shot and wounded him. It is supposed that Aladin was under the impression that one of the railroad employees was running him away from the railroad premises. It was feared he would be injured in the yards, and the employees were in the habit making him leave the yard enclosures.
Mr. Broussard regrets sincerely the occurrence and saw that the unfortunate victim of the mistake received proper medical attention. Dr. Mouton bandaged the wound and the wounded man was sent to New Orleans for treatment at Mr. Broussard's expense. Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.
Lafayette, La., June 4, 1903.
At a special meeting of the School Board held on the above date there were present: Jasper Spell, Dr. N. P. Moss, Dr. Roy O. Young, H. Theall, A. D. Verot and S. J. Montgomery. Absent: A. C. Guilbeau.
President Olivier stated that as certain false rumors are being circulated in different parts of the parish to the effect that the School Board intended to centralize and close the country schools this special meeting of the Board was called to assure the people of the parish that the School Board that the School Board has never considered such an action either with or without the proposed special tax.
Dr. Moss offered the following resolution, which on motion of Dr. Young, seconded by Mr. Theall, was unanimously adopted:
"Whereas an impression has been created on the minds of some people that it is the intention of the School Board to close a number of primary schools in the parish and establish in their stead a large central school at Scott, after the special school tax will have been carried; and wheras this belief on the part of such persons is causing them to look upon the proposed school tax with disfavor; therefore,
Be it Resolved, That the School Board emphatically denies the allegation that there exists on its part an intention to close except for cause, any of the primary schools already established in the parish, that it shall be the aim of the Board to open additional primary schools whenever and wherever needed insofar as the school funds will permit. And the Board rightly recognizing the primary school to be the bed-rock foundation upon which rests the entire superstructure of our glorious public school system, takes this occasion to pronounce itself unalterably opposed to any policy which might tend to weaken this system at its most vital point.
Be it further Resolved, That the Board earnestly recommends the adoption of the proposed school tax of 3 mills as being absolutely necessary to provide better school houses and longer school terms, and to meet the demand for additional school facilities for the rapidly increasing number of school children in the parish, because it is known that the school funds obtained from the existing sources of revenue are wholly inadequate for purposes just named.
Mr. Simeon Begnaud and Mr. Alcide Judice made a proposition to build at their expense, in the first ward, a school house a according to plans furnished by the School Board. The two gentlemen stated that they would charge no interest for the use of the money invested and that they were willing to wait without limit for reimbursement. The School Board unanimously accepted the generous offer of the public-spirited citizens and thanked them for this expression of their interest in the education of the children of the parish.
Dr. Roy O. Young here offered a proposition from his father, Dr. N. D. Young. Dr. Young proposed to give to the parish School Board a lot of equal size with the present Royville school lot in exchange for the present Royville school lot. The lot which Dr. Young offered if situated on the southeast corner of his Royville property. On motion of Dr. Moss the president was authorized to accept Dr. Young's proposition in order that the Board might put into operation a resolution adopted at a previous meeting. On motion of Mr. Spell the motion carried.
The secretary was instructed to notify the people of Milton to get a written proposition from Vermilion parish relative to the location of a school in Milton.
President Olivier reported on the prosperous condition of the Broussard school, stating that the citizens had subscribe $23 dollars in addition to the $162 already reported. This additional money was raised to purchase a globe and other supplies for the school. He stated also that the teachers were preparing an entertainment and that he extended an invitation to the Board to be present.
There being no further business the Board adjourned.
Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.
Century Club Directors.
The stockholders of the Century Club elected a new board of directors Tuesday. The voting was done in J. C. Nickerson's real estate office and Pierre Brun and Robert A. Tierney had been appointed clerks of election. The following members were elected: Chas. DeBaillon, Felix H. Mouton, S. R. Parkerson, Wm. Campbell, A. B. Denbo, Jerome Mouton, Simeon Begnaud, T. M. Biossat, C. O. Mouton, J. C. Nickerson, Leo Doucet, S. Kahn, J. E. Martin, C. D. Caffery. There was a tie between Dr. F. E. Girard and C. M. Parkerson. Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.
Livery Changes Hands.
Messrs. Piat & Theall have bought the livery stable of Ed. Martin in this town and will continue to do business in the same place. Omnibus meets all trains, day and night. Good rigs on short order; baggage transfer; telephone No. 8. Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.
Base Ball Game at Crowley.
The Lafayette Juniors played a good game of ball last Sunday at Crowley. Although they were defeated the boys put up a very good article of the national sport. The following is an account of the game given by the Crowley News:
"Yesterday's base ball game was one of the most exciting contests ever witness in this city. For five innings after the second, the score stood 1 to 1, and the least break on either team would have won or lost the game.
"The principal feature of the game was Guidry's pitching, he striking out twelve men and pitching himself out of holes that at times seemed disastrous. Duke, behind the bat, was there with the goods as usual. Only one man tried to steal second on him yesterday, and he was a stranger. He won't try it again.
Lafayette led off in the first inning with a hit, and the runner eventually scored. Crowley scored in the second, making an even tally. After this it was neck and neck until the last half of the eighth, when a badly fielded ball, followed by a series of errors, enabled Crowley to score three runs. Lafayette seemed to be slightly rattled in this inning and recovered when it was too late.
A rally in the ninth brought their score up two more, and it looked for a few minutes as though the score would be tied. The locals, however, succeeded in holding them down to this."
From the Crowley News and in the Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.
Base Ball To-morrow.
There will be a game of base ball to-morrow afternoon at the new base ball park. The Lafayette Juniors will cross bats with the Iberia boys. The admission is 25 cents, ladies free. A bus will take anyone to the park free of cost.
Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.
Mrs. G. C. Comstock entertained at a musicale Wednesday afternoon in honor of her accomplished sister, Miss Horn, of Keachie, La. The program was one of rare excellence and consisted of piano solos by Miss Horn and Miss Glasdu, a duet by Mrs. Delaney and Miss A. Hopkins, songs by Mrs. F. V. Mouton, Mrs. Crow Girard, Mrs. Blake and a recitation by Miss Hopkins. The parlor and dining room were decorated very artistically with exquisite flowers, the dining table especially eliciting admiration with its magnificent center piece of the most beautiful or our southern blossoms, the magnolia grandi-flora. Dainty ices and cakes were served, and the guests complimented Mrs. Comstock upon her ever charming and gracious manner of entertaining. Besides the ladies taking part in the program there were present: Mmes. Caffery, Mills, O. B. Hopkins, James Parkerson, M. Meriweather, B. Clegg, N. P. Moss, B. J. Pellerin, J. A. Martin, J. J. Davidson, Hulse, A. Bonnet, W. A. LeRosen, A. B. Denbo, Misses Parkerson, Hopkins, J. Torian and V. Young.
Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/6/1903.
C. R. Morril, resident engineer of the M. L., T. Railroad, Steamship Co., with headquarters in Algiers, spent a few hours here last Monday.
The graduating class of the Industrial School went to Opelousas Monday to be the guests of Miss E. Dupre.
Heavy indications of oil were found at the depth of 125 feet in a water well bored by Edgar Kilchrist, Carencro.
A dancing party was given in Theo. J. Breaux's hall in Carencro Wednesday, and a nice time was enjoyed by all.
Cadet Rousseau J. Mouton, of the State University, representing his class on Sub-Freshman night. Lafayette Gazette 6/6/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 6th, 1896:
LAFAYETTE HOLDING ITS OWN.
It always pains us to hear our town "run down" by one of its citizens, an occurrence of too great frequency, unfortunately. It matters not in the citizen happens to belong to that large number who contribute more than any other class to the backwardness of a town, by placing all manner of obstacles in the way of its advancement, it hurts the town. This reflection is suggested by the remarks accredited to a resident of Lafayette, recently, who had anything but good to say of his native town, to a stranger who engaged him in conversation. The visitor, however, had powers of observation of his own and formed an opinion of Lafayette and its future, directly opposite to the view entertained by the resident. This was a fortunate circumstance for the town, but, too often, a stranger is much influenced by the expressions of his informant, in such cases.
This incident, recited as a premise only to our further remarks, created in us a curiosity to look backward and review the history or Lafayette for the past two or three years to ascertain if the town had not made a better record than what many of its own people were willing to allow. In this connection we took into account only such new acquisitions as were entitled to distinctive consideration. We find that during that time Lafayette has a rightful claim to a number of quite substantial improvements, there being included among these a sugar refinery of 300 tons capacity, an ice factory capable of turning our 7 1/2 tons a day, a rice mill, a grist mill, a telephone exchange and a modern system of water works and electric lights soon to be erected. All things considered we have reason to feel well satisfied with the progress we are making and with the bright prospects in store for us we should be more than pleased with our lot. A large cotton seed oil mill and another railroad (T. & P. from Palmett0) are strong possibilities, will add fresh laurels on no mean order, and so we must conclude that Lafayette has no cause for complaint for the progress it has made for the past two or three years. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1896.
The Advertiser has good reason to believe that another and most valuable adjunct to the advancement of Lafayette is going to materialize in the not distant future. The proposition is to organize a local investment company for the purpose of establishing and operating in the interest of the investment company, business and other enterprises partaking of a public character. The plan is to charter the association and issue shares of a fixed value payable in moderate monthly installments, so as to place the shares within easy reach of all persons desirous of placing money at interest in this manner. The affairs of the association would be controlled by the stockholders through a board of directors, and the intention is that the directors should not make investments of the funds of the association, excepting with the consent and by authority of a majority of the members of the association. Whilst it would be the expressed purpose of the company to devote its funds solely to the development of home resources, investors from other localities would not be excluded from purchasing and owning the association's stock. With food management the stock would be made to earn a rate of interest that would cause it to be sought after as a desirable investment and, for we of Lafayette, it would carry a double interest as local investorss would derive, in addition to the regular dividends, a benefit of even greater value; that resulting from internal improvements, each new enterprise or industry inauguratede giving increases valuation to all property in the town.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 6th, 1906:
Every particular stated above was known to the officers within two days after the crime was committed, and Sheriff Lacoste, Chief Chargois and their deputies deserve high praise for the intelligent, systematic and successful manner in which they handled the seemingly baffling mystery that met them Sunday morning a week ago.
Promptly upon arrival on the scene of the crime the officers began a diligent search for a clue to the perpetrator. The blood stains on the floor were examined, showing that they were made with bare feet. They were followed, showing the window where ingress and egress were effected. The open wardrobe told where the thief had searched. The cut in the bar, the position of the body and the bed post, revealed the manner in which the fatal blow was struck and that the unfortunate victim had raised himself to a sitting posture when the axe hurled him into eternity. The neighboring towns were at once warned by Sheriff Lacoste to be on the lookout, and at about half past seven a. m. P. H. Mouton and Judge Felix Begnaud arrested a strange negro hanging around the depot at Scott as it with intention to board the freight due at 8. On searching him they found blood stains on his clothes and being questioned he gave contradictory answers, finally admitting he was from Opelousas, later confessing to criminal assault Saturday on a fourteen year old negro girl. Sheriff Lacoste was notified and immediately sent Deputy Saul Broussard for the prisoner.
Meantime the investigation was continued and it was that the house of Mr. Ludovic Guidry near the Breaux home had been entered and a coat stolen. The axe was recognized by Mr. Guidry as his property as was also the coat worn by the negro when brought from Scott. Examination of the negro disclosed blood upon his shirt, pants, inside of his shoes and between his toes. Putting all these together with a few other details, Sheriff Lacoste formed an unbreakable chain of circumstantial evidence that made conviction absolutely certain. The negro's confession has not made the evidence stronger, but has removed the last vestige of doubt as to the perpetrator of the murder. Lafayette Advertiser 6/6/1906.