CONFIDENCE AND PERSISTENCE WIN.
In his address to the graduates of the Institute last week Lieut. Gov. Sanders said, that nothing worth having can be got without work, and he might have added that no success is achieved without confidence in one's self and persistent effort; but with these two wonderful genii, the seemingly impossible often, becomes not alone the possible, but the practical, a fact which hundreds of men and communities have demonstrated many times.
As an illustration close at hand, Opelousas wants a competing railroad. To want in this case meant to act and she is now in a fair way to get it - indeed, reports from there state that it is an assured fact; but had the citizens of that town, knowing the large amount required to build a railroad, lacked confidence in themselves, had failed of energy and persistent effort, the "want" would still be a want and not even a shadow of fulfillment would exist at the present moment.
Another illustration still nearer is to be found in the wide-awake community of Pilette, who appreciate the value and high necessity of educating their children so well that no sooner did it become necessary to build a modern school to meet the needs of their neighborhood than, notwithstanding the difficulties before them, they approached the undertaking confidently and earnestly and the way has been made easy. The School Board proposed to them that if they would sign a note securing the borrowing of $3,000 and pay the interest one year on that amount that the Board would build a central school at Pilette and next year when the school taxes came in, they would take up the note. We understand that members of the community readily agreed to sign and that the $250 interest has been raised by subscription. These two illustrations out of many happening in various parts of the country daily which teach the lesson, that if you want anything, "go after it", not hesitatingly, not diffidently, but persistently, confidently; if the obstacle looks large, be all the more determined. We many not get all we "go after", but we will get some of them, and it will make us stronger and more able for further effort.
Lafayette needs many things, not the least among them industries to furnish employment for our children. What are we going to do with the young men and women who grow up among us? They should have some useful work to do, work that will give them a livelihood, and make them substantial citizens. It is for us to provide these things and the duty is imperative. Shall we neglect it? Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1905.
Holds Regular Meeting Monday Night. A Number of Matters Receive Attention.
Plant to be Run in Day Time to Furnish Power for Electric Fans. Petition for Water and Electric Lights Filed.
A regular meeting of the City Council was held Monday night with all members present. After reading and adopting of the minutes of the previous meetings the first business take up was the Gueblet suit for damages against the city, and a committee was appointed for the purpose of taking measures to fight the suit.
The subject of the financial condition of the town was discussed at some length, and the members generally ]expressed their uncertainty as to proceeding with business, not knowing the exact indebtedness, the probable revenue and expenses. It seemed to be a unanimous wish to open a regular set of books so as to conduct the affairs of the town in a business way, but with the information in their possession such a set could not be opened, and the necessity of securing and accountant to check up the books was brought up. Secretary Colomb informed the Council that he had been in communication with two accounts, one of them a Mr. Chappuis, of New Orleans, but Mr. Chappuis could not make a price unless he could see all the books. It was stated that the books of the corporation back to 1900 were in possession of the Council, but those previous to 1900 could not be found. In order to assist in locating the missing books the Council sent Mr. D. V. Gardebled and requested him to give them any information he could. Mr. Gardebled stated that he had turned over the books as treasurer to his successor and that was the extent of his knowledge of them.
On motion of Dr. Girard the finance committee was appointed to confer with members of the old Council to see if the missing books could be located. ---------------------
RAILROAD SUPT.'S OFFICE
Moved Here June 1 and Domiciled on Second Floor of Brown News Hotel.
On June 1 Superintendent Shackford, who has succeeded Mr. Owen, moved his entire force to Lafayette and is now domiciled on the second floor of the Brown-News Hotel, part of which has been arranged for offices. The office force is as follows: H. F. Ricker, R. Tierney, M. Tompkins, E. J. Dowling, F. W. Stegelmeyer, H. L. Rencry, P. B. Warner, A. F. Moursund, M. J. Mollor, P. Muntz, C. Gerrets, A. B. Carson, W. C. Yearger, F. S. Porter, P. C. Bennett, B. V. Wright, S. A. Guilbeau, W. J. Finley, Adam Boyd.
The Advertiser extends a cordial welcome to them and hopes that they will find Lafayette a pleasant place to live. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1905.
Lafayette Wins from New Iberia by a score of 6 to 4.
[New Iberia Daily Leader.]
A most exciting and interesting game of ball was played yesterday at the Iberia Base Ball Park between the Lafayette Maroons and Iberias.
The score was tie up to the fifth inning 1 to 1. This kept up the crowd on their feet until finally the maroons cross the rubber for two runs making the score w to 1. In that same inning the Iberias duplicated the act of their opponents again tying the score. The seventh proved disastrous for the home boys, a base hit with two errors clearing two runs for the visitors.
The other innings were in one, two, three order on both sides, making the final score 6 to 4 in favor of Lafayette.
Three base hits were the features of the game.
Lourd and Dauterive had their batting clothes on and each was credited with a three sacker.
Dauterive's hit was one of the longest ever seen on the local diamond. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1905.
U. C. V. Meeting.
The meeting of Gen. Frank Gardner Camp, No. 580, U. C. V. held at the court house Saturday was unusually well attended.
The question of inviting the State encampment here was discussed and it was decided to call a meeting of the citizens to discuss it, a notice of which is published elsewhere.
Dr. P. D. Olivier, of St. Martinville, whose company was composed of Lafayette and St. Martinville young men, was elected an honorary member.
An invitation was received from Prof. Alcibiades Broussard to attend the basket picnic on Saturday afternoon at the J. O. Broussard Woodland place and certain members were delegated to attend. The meeting then adjourned. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1905.
After further expressions as to the inability of the Council to ascertain the financial condition of the town, it was decided to get an expert to check up the books to find out, as Mayor Mouton expressed it, where they were at.
The question of running the electric light plant in the day time to furnish a current to run electric fans, was brought up. The cost of so doing was discussed as was also the advisability of putting the town on the metre system, the town to supply the metres. It was shown that it would cost the town at least $3,000 to install metres, so it was agreed to leave that for further consideration. But it was decided that furnishing current for fans in the day time could be done at a profit and the service was ordered begun at once. As this required the service of an assistant engineer, Mr. J. Ovey Herpin, whose application had been read, was appointed at a salary of $75 per month. The rate for ceiling fans was made $3.50 per month and for rotary fans $2.50.
Mr. H. H. Hohorst requested the Council to place lights in his neighborhood stating that the poles and wires were already up. Also several petitions for water and lights were presented, but were ordered filed for future consideration owing to the city’s lack of funds. A petition for a light at corner near Sunset Hotel was referred to the W. & E. L. committee as was also the advisability of moving light at Bachert’s corner or cutting down the tree which obscured the light.
Dr. Trahan called the attention of the Council to the need of opening the fire plugs often and after some consideration it was suggest that the police be instructed to do so, and it was left with the W. & E. L. committee to act.
A petition was read from residents of the 3rd ward asking the Council to co-operate with the Police Jury in opening a ditch down east side of railroad to drain McComb addition and carry off water coming from the Torian and Buchanan place. The street committee to which the Mayor was added was instructed to appear before the Police Jury in regard to the matter and also act with a committee from the Jury should one be appointed.
A petition from Mr. J. H. Gabriel asking to be commissioned a private detective without pay was ordered filed.
A communication from the Fire Department asking that the Council recognize as chief, Mr. C. W. Breeding, whom the department had elected, was read and the Council by resolution complied with the request.
The application of W. E. Johnson for position as engineer in Electric Light plant was ordered filed.
Petition of Mr. F. F. Carter requesting permission to recover houses on Pierce street with galvanized iron, also to move the small building in rear back and build galvanized room was referred to street committee.
The bad condition of the plank walk down Washington street was brought to the attention of the Council by Dr. Trahan and the matter was referred to the street committee.
The offer of Messrs. Carnes, Bass & Benckenstein to supply oil to sprinkle streets as a test of its efficiency in laying down dust, town to furnish sprinkler, was declined, but secretary instructed to tender thanks for the offer.
Mayor Mouton stated that Messrs. Dalfrey and Hebert, of Whitecastle, had applied for a half year saloon license. After some discussiom of the ordinance on the subject, on motion the license was ordered issued.
A number of bills were presented, but as they had not been approved by the finance committee they were not considered.
Dr. Girard gave notice of his intention to introduce a resolution at the next meeting to have a survey made of the corporate limits of the town.
The Council then adjourned to meet Thursday at 7:30 p. m.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1905.
A Delightful Entertainment.
Mrs. F. E. Davis very pleasantly entertained a few lady friends Friday afternoon in honor of Miss O’Quinn, of Evergreen. Mrs. Davis and Miss O’Quinn welcomed the guests at the door, while little Miss Helen Mouton presented each one with six clothes pins tied with green and white ribbon. Of course each one wondered what she was to do with them, but in a few minutes understood by having to give a clothes pin to the lady she was talking to everytime she said “yes or no”. In a few moments some were without pins, while others had collected quite a number, and were still careful about saying yes or no which made the conversation very interesting. When the time was up it was found that Mrs. Baxter Clegg had collected the most clothes pins, therefore getting a pretty box of note paper as a prize. The guests were then ushered to the gallery where six tables stood upon which were thoughtfully prepared cards to represent the titles of books. In this delightful game Mrs. Alex Mouton scored the moist points and won the prize, a beautiful handmade sofa pillow. Misses Christian and O’Quinn assisted Mrs. Davis in serving delicious refreshments to the following ladies:
Mesdames, Caffery, Demanade, Beraud, O’Quinn, Hulse, Davidson, Olliphant, Winn, McNaspy, Raoul Jeanmard, John Ramsey, Crow Girard, John Givens, E. R. Kennedy, N. P. Moss, A. A. Morgan, F. R. Tolson, J. C. Nickerson, Jr., F. S. Mudd, Alex Mouton, Leo Judice, Baxter Clegg. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1905.
New Dr.’s Office.
Dr. L. O. Clark has taken possession of his office in the second story of Mouton Sisters’ millinery store and will practice his profession in Lafayette in the future. Until further notice his residence will be at Mrs. Blake’s boarding house. Dr. Clark was actively connected with the charity hospital at Shreveport for several months and did some hospital work at New Orleans during and after his graduation from the Medical department of Tulane University.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1905.
Town Schools Closed.
The session’s work of the town schools came to a close Friday. No special exercises marked the closing, the regular work was continued up to the last day and then the children dismissed for a well earned vacation.
The work of the schools last year was fully up to the high standard maintained in the past, and in enrollment a marked increase is shown, there having been over 500 pupils enrolled. Of this number about 40 per cent were from the country.
The growth in attendance has now reached the capacity of the present buildings, in fact, it was necessary during the past year to refuse admission to some pupils in the kindergarten and primary departments, and for next year provisions will have to be made for a larger attendance, which will bring up for present consideration the advisability of increasing the number of frame school buildings or building a large modern brick building which will meet the need of the town for the next ten or fifteen years. Such a building will cost equipped about $30,000.
The Carencro, Broussard and Youngsville schools also closed Friday and at each school appropriate exercises were held. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1905.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/7/1905.
The teachers of the Industrial School and town schools have left for their home excepting Prof. Lillibridge.
O. B. Hopkins, manager of the Vordenbaumen Lumber Co. Ltd., returned Wednesday from Greenville, Tex., where he has been on a visit. Mrs. Hopkins and baby, who accompanied him will remain two weeks later.
The Falk Mercantile Co. have a new rubber-tired hearse and are well equipped to attend to funerals and grave-yard work.
At a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank held this day, a semi-annual dividend of Seven Dollars a share was declared and made payable July first.
Robt. White, an alleged forger who was arrested here by Deputy Chief Veazey and Mr. Albert Trahan and later turned over to Beaumont officers, jumped from the train near Lake Charles Sunday, receiving injuries from which he died in an hour.
Passenger train No. 8 struck a bull at Brimstone Thursday at 11: 40 p. m. and was wrecked. Engineer W. Miller and Fireman Coley Green were killed. No passengers were injured.
The Cottage Hotel, which for years has been popular with the traveling public, closed its doors on June 1. The move will be received with regret by many who have enjoyed its hospitality.
Abramson’s new brick store near the Episcopal church is fast approaching completion and will be ready for occupancy by the 20th.
The fifty seven acres of land recently purchased from Mr. C. D. Caffery by Messrs. T. J. Morse and A. H. Angello, of Morgan City, we are informed, will be cut up into town lots and sold.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1905.
From the Lafayette Gazette of June 7th, 1902:
Program for the First Week – Some Changes.
Owing to circumstances over which the management could have no control it has been necessary to make certain changes in the program originally published for the first week of the chautuqua. The lecture of the humorist, A. W. Hawkes, which was to be delivered next Tuesday has been postponed to Monday night, June 16. Father Biever’s lectures announced for Friday and Saturday have been postponed to future datesm, to be given as soon as possible. The program now stands as follows:
Monday, June 9, 2 p. m., address, President B. C. Caldwell, State Normal School; 8 p. m., Le Romantisme Francais,” (French) Dr. Alcee Fortier, Tulane University.
Wednesday, June 11 8 p. m., “The Single Tax,” address, Mr. M. H. Carver, Natchitoches.
Thursday, June 12, 8 p. m., address, President B. C. Caldwell.
Saturday, June 14, 8 p. m., open air concert, Sontag Military Band.
Sunday, June 15, special services for the teachers in the Catholic church, Rev. Father Forge and Rev. Father Bollard, officiating. Professor Sontag’s choir of fifty voices will sing Gounod’s mass.
Monday, June 16, 8 p. m., “Sunshine,” humorous lecture, A. W. Hawks.
The following correspondence between Father Biever and Mr. Alleman explains why the lectures at the eminent Jesuit priest were postponed.
New Orleans , La., June 3, 1902, Mr. L. J. Alleman. Lafayette, La.
Dear Sir: - An hour after I mailed you a letter by special delivery there comes a telegram from Washington stating that the factory for liquefying air can not be put into operation before the 15th of June. Yesterday’s letter stated that it would be in New Orleans by Saturday, hence my letter to you asking for a change of date. Mr. Palmer, who spoke to you by phone to-day, will wire to-night to see what can be done to enable me to keep my dates. You can easily understand how this matter worries me. We depend altogether on this factory, which would probably not be in operation at all but for the influence of Mr. Palmer who procured liquid air for Prof. Metz of Tulane. Experimental lectures are not like lectures that require naught but the thought of the lecturer. The success of experimental lectures often depend on circumstances not under the control of the lecturer.
As soon as I hear from Washington, I’ll let you know. Meanwhile it would be well to have my lectures pend till dates can be definitely fixed. I think there will be no doubt about getting the liquid air, but it is not in my power to settle as to dates. Should you desire to cancel the lecture altogether, let me know and I will at once cancel the order for the five gallons of liquid air. By to-morrow I hope to have further news.
ALB. BIEVER, S. J.
Lafayette, La., June 4, 1902.
Rev. Albert Biever, S. J.
New Orleans, La.
Dear Sir: - We fully understand your position in this matter and know that the delay is no fault of yours. However, we do not wish to cancel your lectures as the people of the town are all looking forward with pleasure to your experiments. Get the air when you can, notify me and I shall make arrangements accordingly. These experiments will be the drawing card of the season.
Yours very truly,
L. J. ALLMEMAN, Manager.
Lafayette Gazette 6/7/1902.
Will Bore at Anse la Butte.
The Robert Martin Oil Company has contracted with the Heywood Brothers, the latter agreeing to for oil on the company’s holdings at Anse la Butte within the next thirty days. The Heywoods are very successful oil men and it is expected that they will develop the Anse la Butte fields which seem to have the very best surface indications.
It is reported that Mr. Moresi will sink a well on the Pourcio place for the Guffey Company. Lafayette Gazette 6/7/1902.
To Build a Club-house.
The Century Club has bought a lot from Dr. Tolson and will build on it a $8,000 brick structure. The lot measure 96x140. The price paid is $2,300. It is the intention of the club to put up a first class building. The first floor will be rented and the upper story will be used for the club-rooms. The Century will have one of the finest club-houses in the State. Lafayette Gazette 6/7/1902.
A Home on Wheels.
The other day a representative of this paper enjoyed the hospitality of Mr. H. D. Poole, who is supervising the construction of a long distance line for the Cumberland Telephone Exchange from New Orleans to the Sabine river. Mr. Poole, and his assistants, G. F. Tucker, C. A. Purington and Anthony Aments, are very comfortably located in a house built on wheels and hauled by a pair of large mules. In this way some of the discomforts of Bohemian life are obviated while the freedom of the camp is none the less enjoyed. A well-equipped room, with spring beds, cots and folding chairs are among the luxuries of this home on wheels. In the corner is hung a phone, which, by being connected with the long distance line, enables Mr. Poole to hold daily conversations with his family who live in New Orleans. This arrangement also places the camp in touch with the outside world. Several miles of wiring are made every day and the house is hauled to keep up with the work.
This mode of traveling gives one an opportunity to thoroughly familiarize himself with the country, and as Mr. Poole has built telephone lines through a number of States the very favorable opinion that he expressed relative to this section entitled to much weight. Mr. Poole did not hesitate to say that the country between Morgan City and Lafayette is unquestionably the finest that he has ever visited. He was particularly well impressed with the advantages offered by Lafayette for successful farming. As a result of his observations Mr. Poole believes that when its natural resources will be developed this section will be the garden spot of the Union.
Lafayette Gazette 6/7/1902.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., June 2, 1902.
The City Council met this day in regular session with Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: J. O. Mouton, F. Demanade, A. E. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc. Absent: H. Hohorst, F. E. Girard.
Minutes of the last meeting were approved as read.
The street committee reported having examined the records in the matter of street as prayed for in petition of P. Crouchet and other and finds that there is no street according to the map and sale of same.
Moved and seconded that the treasurer’s report be accepted as follows Carried.
Moved and seconded that the bill of Standard Electric Co. for $164.20 be paid; also bill of L. Domengeaux for $49.25, board of electrician in rewinding armature, be paid. Carried.
The chairman of the water and light plant reported the new boiler in the plant had stood the 30 days’ test and appears to come up to contract and specifications, and the committee recommends that the boiler be accepted and balance of the price as per contract, be paid.
Moved and seconded that report of committee be approved and boiler accordingly accepted, provided that all claims for work done or materials of any kind furnished be settled for before any of said balance is paid to Gustave Mass.
Communication from Col. Gus. A. Breaux was referred to water and light committee.
There being no further business the Council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY,Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 6/7/1902.
Regular Monthly Meeting – Parish Business Attended To.
The Police Jury met last Thursday in regular session with all the members present.
Attorney Mouton submitted two opinions concerning the boundary lines between Vermilion and Lafayette and between Lafayette and Acadia. The latter boundary line as fixed by an act of the Legislature 1898, is null and of no effect inasmuch as the change was not made in accordance with constitutional requirement of two-thirds vote of the respective parishes. The lines between Lafayette and Vermilion could be marked out, but not changed, by resolution of Jury giving six months notice to the parishes interested.
By motion of Mr. Mouton the secretary was to communicate with the Vermilion Jury and inform them of the above opinion designating the mode of procedure.
Misses Agnes and Armide Guilbeau were allowed the regular appropriation for attendance upon the Summer Normal at Franklin.
Superintendent Alleman appeared and tendered the members of the Jury complimentary ticket to the Chautaqua lectures and also a special invitation to attend the reception to be given the parish officials on June 25. The Jury thanked Superintendent Alleman and resolved to attend the reception in a body.
Mr. Blanchet reported another conference with Vermilion parish as to the location of the bridge between the two parishes, but no agreement was reached. By motion of Mr. Whittington it was resolved that if Vermilion parish does not accept the proposition by Lafayette to locate the bridge at the point designated by the United States government this Jury will proceed to examine other sites for the proposed bridge.
Messrs. Mouton and Labbe were appointed to paint Pin Hook Bridge.
Messrs. Saul Broussard and Alex M. Broussard reported public roads donated in their respective roads which were accepted.
By motion of Mr. Whittington the roadoverseer of the 8th ward was instructed to notify Mr. Albert Duhon to remove two china trees in the public road within ten days or else the work will be done at his cost.
The treasurer’s reports showed a cash balance of $2,369.72 in the general fund and $3,312.91 in the special road fund.
After the approval of accounts the Jury adjourned.
Lafayette Gazette 6/7/1902.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 6/7/1902.
Ovey Herpin, who was a member of thjs year’s graduating class at the State University, returned home yesterday. It is the intention of Mr. Herpin to take a post graduate course in mechanical engineering.
Alcbiades Broussard, son of Mr. Lucien S.Broussard, returned to his home in this parish last week from the State Normal at Natchitoches. Mr. Broussard was one of the graduates.
Oran Clark, son of Senator Clark of Ridge, this parish, graduated from Centenary College, at Jackson, this week.
The Sontag Military Band will be at the Parkerson grove to-morrow evening.
Mr. C. O. Mouton visited New Orleans this week on business. Lafayette Gazette 6/7/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 7th, 1902:
The popularity of the High School and the interest with which it is regarded was shown last Friday night by the immense crowd that gathered at Falk’s Opera House to witness the closing exercises. The house was packed to its fullest capacity, and it is estimated that more than 200 people were turned away for lack of room to admit them. A very interesting program had been prepared and was executed by the children in a manner to reflect credit upon themselves and their teachers. There was not a dull number on the program, and the singing was excellent, was indeed a surprise to the audience. The drill was a beautiful sight and was one of the most attractive features of the evening. “Selecting a Jury” was a laughable burlesque and was done nicely by the pupils.
The Pantomime from Hiawatha was a piece of real art and showed both excellent training and high intelligence in the children. Mayor Caffery’s address was short and good. He spoke about education and the need of every one to be alive to the necessity of doing more for our schools. In the course of his remarks he paid a deserved compliment to our school board and to the teachers of the High School and urged the people to wake up to the importance of education and the support of good schools.
The Lafayette High School has just closed one of the most successful years in its history. The work in all department has been most excellent as the program Friday night testified.
Great credit is due to the Principal, Prof. W. A. LeRosen and his able assistant Misses Devall and Christian for their splendid years’ work.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1902.
For First Week Beginning June 9th, 1902.
2. p. m. Address – Pres. B. C. Caldwell, State Normal School.
8 p. m. “Le Romantisme Francais” (French) – Dr. Alcee Fortier, Tulane University.
Tuesday, June 10th, postponed to June 17th.
Wednesday, June 11th – 8. p. m. “The Single Tax” – Mr. H. M. Carver, Natchitoches.
Thursday, June 12th, 8 p. m. Address – Prest. B. C. Caldwell.
Friday June 13thm, 8 p. m. Lecture by Father Biever postponed.
Saturday, June 14th, 8 p. m. Open Air Concert Sontag Military Band.
Sunday, June 15th, Special service for the teachers in the Catholic church, Rev. Father Biever, Rev. Father Forge and Rev. Father Bollard officiating. Professor Sontag’s Choir of fifty voices will sing Gounod’s Mass.
Monday, June 16th, 8 p. m. – Humorous Lecture “Sunshine” – Hawks.
Lafayette La., June 4, 1902.
The Primary School closed the session last Friday with a very entertaining program at the school building. The exercises began at 5 o’clock and quite a large crowd was present; in fact the building was crowded to its full limit. The little folks all did well and by their excellent rendition of their several parts reflected great credit upon their teachers. Miss Kate Trichel was principal last year and was assisted by Misses Virgie Younger and Marie Bagnal. These young ladies have done good work during the year, and the presence of such a large and interested audience demonstrates that their work is appreciated and that the people are taking great interest in the education of their children. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1902.
SLI Board Meets.
The Board of Directors of the Industrial Institute met in the office of the president last Saturday at 3 p. m. There were present Dr. J. A. Lee of New Iberia, Prof. Brown Ayres, Hon. J. H. Overton, Capt. James Buchanan, Hon. T. H. Lewis and Hon. Robt. Martin. It is understood that plans were outlined for the work of the ensuing year session as far as this could be done before the appropriations by the legislature are made. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1902.
Dupre to Cornell.
Miss Edith Dupre of Opelousas, teacher of English at the Institute, will leave Cornell University during the latter part of the month to do special work in the department of English in that famous institution. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1902.
First National Bank.
The prosperous condition of the First National Bank of Lafayette is plainly reflected in the dividend notice published in another column of The Advertiser this week. In addition to declaring a semi-annual dividend of five per cent, the neat sum of $10,000.00 had been passed to the credit of surplus fund of the bank now $25,000.00 Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1902.
Work at Anse la Butte.
Races To-day and To-morrow.
The races at Surrey Park to-day and to-morrow will be the most interesting ever held in Lafayette parish, and a splendid exhibition of fast stock. The event will be one to delight lovers of fast horses to stir the blood of every-one. Fast horses as they whirl around the tracks training and excited, possessed by almost human eagerness to distance and excel their rivals, is a sight to move and arouse the slowest. If you want your blood stirred; if you want excitement; if you want to enjoy the stimulant of an exciting race, don’t fail to be at Surrey Park to-day and to-morrow. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1902.
Active work will be begun in a few days at Anse la Butte, Mr. Moresi of Jeanerette has all the necessary machinery on the ground and will go ahead at once. He will sink a well on the Pourcio contract, lease owned by the Guffey Co. He confidently expects a gusher. The Heywood Company have also contracted with the Anse la Butte Company to bore a well within 30 days, at Breaux tract. Mr. Moresi presented us a bottle of oil from the Pioneer well at Anse la Butte. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1902.
The Women’s Literary Club.
Mrs. John L. Kennedy entertained the Women’s Literary Club on Saturday, May 31st. After the roll call, which was anwered by quotations from Meredith’s Lucille, an interesting program consisting of the following was well rendered.
Edward Seventh, Mrs. Kennedy; John Bull and Uncle Sam, Mrs. Denbo; Queen Alexandra, Miss Devall; Events of the Day, Miss Christian. The club was pleased to have Misses Mudd, Cunnigham, Pao and Mesgames Williams and Irion as visitors.
Delicious refreshments were served in the dining room, after which the club adjourned to meet with Misses Hopkins on May 13th. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1902.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 6/7/1902.
Any one desiring to open a store in Lafayette can secure a building in a desirable part of town by applying at this office. The building will be made to suit the tenant.
Lost Friday evening, in the dressing room at Falk’s Opera House one child’s gold chain, with pearl sunburst. Suitable reward will be given if returned to this office.
Dr. F. R. Martin of Crowley, was in town Thursday.
Misses Agnes martin and Monique Lacoste are visiting friends in Carencro.
A cigarette is a little roll of paper tobacco and drugs with a little bit of fire on the front and a great big fool on the rear. It is never known to precede any but a fool.
A man may be ugly enough to stop a clock and still he can marry a woman pretty enough to stop a car.
Look at the bright side of everything and if it is something you are buying it is better to look at both sides.
Many a man fails to get elected to the second term of office because the people find him out during the first term.
About the only use some men have for a head is that it makes a convenient peg to hand their hats on.
A girl sometimes lets a good chance slip while waiting for a better one, but it is different with a widower.
We saw a colored man in town last week so black that the sun has no advantage of him. When the sun shines on him he shines back at it.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 7th, 1879:
The Lake Charles Echo says: Work progresses quietly and steadily. The Alert No. 2, Capt. Thos. R. Reynolds, is delivering at the railroad dock here, on barges, and steel rails and fastenings shipped at New York, and will be so employed for some months. Pile driving continues at Lake Charles and English Bayou. Good teamsters and laborers always find immediate employment on the railroad, provided they remain sober.
Several citizens of Orange, Texas, rode last week miles towards Lake Charles on the Louisiana Western Railroad. The Orange Tribune says the Sabine bottom lands will require piling for five miles, and that it is to be done with cypress trees. The same paper says seven hundred men are at work on the road between Orange and Lake Charles. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1879.
Police Jury Proceedings.
June 2nd, 1879.
Pursuant to adjournment, the Police Jury met at the Court House this day.
Members present: Martial Billeaud, president; Aurelien Primeaux, L. G. Breaux, Jos. L. Prejean and Sebastien Hernandez.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
On motion, resolved, that the Parish license of fifty dollars heretofore imposed on practicing Physicians of this parish be and the same is hereby repealed.
On motion, resolved, that the license of twenty dollars imposed on practicing Physicians of this parish be and the same is hereby repealed.
On motion, resolved, that all public carriers of goods, merchandise, or freight of any kind within this parish shall pay a license of Ten dollars for a four horse vehicle or wagon. It is further ordered that said license when collected, the Treasurer is hereby ordered to add to Road and Bridge fund. On motion, resolved, that a committee of five be appointed to devise some probable plan to meet the payment for the following bridge contractors, viz : Darmeville Olivier; builder and contractor of Pont des Mouton; Dominique Cayret, builder of Pin Hook bridge; J. I. Gardiner, builder of bridge over Coulee Mine. On said contract committee were appointed Messrs. Alex Delhomme, Dr. W. H. Cunningham, Ernest Bernard, Lessin Guidry and Valsin Benoit. Said committee is requested to report at the next meeting of the Police Jury on Saturday the 5th of July, 1879.
On motion, resolved, that as it is the duty of each road overseer to call our all persons subject to work on the public roads in their respective wards.
Therefore be it ordained, that all overseers of roads shall give notice in writing or verbally to each person, what tools each of them shall bring, the place and time of work ; said notice must be given at least three days before the day appointed for said work.
It is further ordered that any overseer failing to do his duty shall be fined in the sum of twenty-five dollars and his salary forfeited ; said fine to be recovered in the name of the Police Jury before any court of competent jurisdiction.
On Motion, the following named overseers were appointed : For the 4th ward Jean Bte. Benoit was appointed road overseer for that portion of the road extending from Emilien Vincent’s plantation to Aristide Landry’s plantation, and Jules Simon is appointed road overseer for that portion of the road extending from Aristide Landry’s plantation to the southern limit of the parish.
5th Ward – Martial Billaud was appointed road overseer for all that portion of the road extending from Pin Hook bridge to Broussardville, and thence to the southern limit of the parish.
On motion, resolved, that hereafter it shall be made the duty of each and every member of the Police Jury, to ascertain in their respective wards the number of unbranded horned cattle, horses, mules or sheep, and upon knowledge of such, cause the same to be advertised 21 days in the “Lafayette Advertiser,” and in a conspicuous place of their ward, and after the expiration of said time, the said member of said ward will proceed to sell to the highest bidder the said horned cattle, mules, horses and sheep. Purchased price made payable in parish script. It is further ordered that the proceeds of said sale be deposited with the parish treasurer upon taking receipt for same.
On motion, resolved, that the ordinance passed on the 24th of September, 1877, relative to the police of cattle in the first and third wards be so amended as to apply to the police of cattle in the fourth and fifth wards.
On motion, resolved, that the Parish Tax Collector be and is hereby authorized to receive in payment of parish taxes ¾ of the amount in parish script and ¼ in legal currency.
On motion, the Police Jury adjourned to the first Saturday of July 1879.
MARTIAL BILLAUD, President.
J. N. JUDICE, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1879.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Special Session, April 28th, 1879.
The Council met this day at the Court House. Present: J. O. Mouton, Mayor and Councilmen Alpha, Landry, Ed. McBride and Vigneaux. Absent: Hebert and Lindsay.
The minutes of the meeting were read and adopted.
The Treasurer presented his annual statement and on motion, the same was adopted and ordered to be published.
Annual statement of H. M. Bailey, Treasurer, in account with Corporation of Vermilionville.
The Mayor appointed Messrs. H. Landry, Ursin A. Hebert and W. H. Williams, as commissioners of election, for the election to be held on Monday the 5th day of May, 1879.
J. O. MOUTON, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1879.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 7th, 1873:
We are taking obligations to our friend Capt. C. T. Patin, for a mess of green corn from his field on the (unreadable word), on Vermilion. The ears of corn were large and well grained. The Captain has fine prospects for an abundant crop of cotton and corn this year, but we fear that the daily heavy rains that we have experienced for several weeks past, will greatly injure his crop as well as that of many other planters in our parish. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1873.
PICTURES ! PICTURES !! – All those wishing to procure good and true likenesses of themselves and families had better call at Kokernot’s Photographic Gallery, near the Catholic Church, without delay, as his stay among us is limited. Mr. K. is a perfect master in the art and never fails to satisfy all those who call on him.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1873.
Wells, Water-Coolers and Lightning Rods.
We are requested by Mr. J. T. Baldwin, the well known, well, water-cooler and lightning-rod man, to inform his numerous friends and the public generally that he will be in Vermilionville on Monday or Tuesday next, fully prepared to do all work in his line of business. All orders left with Mr. T. Hebert, Jr., or at his office will be promptly attended to. Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1973.
To the Editor:
Dear Sir: - Without entering into the private animosities, engendered between contestants for office in the heat of a political campaign, we advocate that is the duty of every citizen of whatever station or occupation to take active interest in politics. The reluctance exhibited frequently by our very best citizens to even take into consideration subjects of a political character, may perhaps be very creditable to their modesty, but is by no means so to a just appreciation of their duties as citizens or privileges as freemen. If one has the capacity to entertain an opinion, be at least should have the independence to express it. A certain degree of modesty, both in language and department, is certainly commendable, but when it descends to such humility as restrains the free expression of our thoughts, or inquiring into matters affecting the interests of the country, we must admit, we fail to appreciate the virtue. No more certain course could be pursued to protract the rule of the present arbitrary government than to quietly acquiesce in its oppressive and unlawful acts. If the rights of citizenship are exercised no farther, than to deposit our ballots, often inscribed with names of parties not of our choice, but by force of circumstances we feel constrained to support, it is not surprising the government should be controlled by reckless adventurers, and that offices are conducted in the private interests of enterprising and unprincipled individuals.
It is a fact noticed and frequently commented upon by intelligent foreigners, that the better class of citizens of this country take no part in directing or controlling the affairs of the government. This previous to the war was not so much the case in the South, but since that period this section has been unable to exercise much discretion in the matter, the North having allowed laws to be held in abeyance, until the general government has assumed all the characteristics of a military despotism of which the South is the chief victim.
In this section, it is the misfortune of almost every community to be afflicted with a few individuals who, failing in satisfying their fellow citizens of their fitness for office, avail themselves of every occasion to proclaim the depravity of themselves and every one else. And in despair of ever having their seeking propensities gratified by the consent of the people, and too indolent to pursue honest calling, rally around some more fortunate political desperadoes, and with them constitute the pillars of the practical governments throughout the South. By openly confessing their want of principle, they mitigates their offence, holding themselves ready to the bidding of their employer regardless of consequences to their country. Such are the characters who those that stand aloof from politics would have rule over them.
The equivocal political relations maintained towards these parties by some who profess still to regard the good opinion of their fellow citizens, if of temporary advantage will, we aver, prove of little service to their political careers. A little reflection it would seem might teach them the unreliability of such characters into whose toils they become enveloped. When the more shrewd of their number will instinctively feel their inability of such characters into whose toils they become enveloped. When the more shrewd of their number will instinctively feel their ability to longer maintain their present course, they will desert and turn upon their associates with all the venom and treachery that recently characterized the conduct of their illustrious prototypes; Bogus Charley, Steamboat Frank and Schack Nasty Jim.
It is evident that until the influence of the law abiding citizens is felt by the office holding community, the welfare of the country will be subordinate to party and private interests. The disposition to infringe upon the rights of the people can only be restrained by a wise supervision of those in authority. “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” is as true to-day, as when first breathed by the patriot who gave expression to the great truth.
From the above remarks you will readily perceive that we do not take kindly to the advice “To let the d____m politics alone.” We consider politics as important to the private citizen of this State, as to the Wisconsin Senator, who fails to profit by his own advice. We have indited our thoughts very much with the same view, that physicians sometimes exhibit their medicines. If they fail to do good, they will do no harm, and have served to while away a tedious hour in the quiet retreat of a country home and kept us
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1873.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Special Session, May 3d, 1873.
Present: W. O. Smith, Mayor and Messrs. McBride, Monnier, Salles, Gagneaux, Landry and Judice. Absent J. J. Revillon.
The Mayor called the meeting to order, and the Treasurer presented his annual report, which was examined and found to be correct and just, it was ordered that the same be published and the Treasurer’s bond cancelled.
Report of Treasurer of the Corporation of Vermilionville for the year ending May 3d, A. D., 1873.
On motion it was resolved, that the resolution passed May 9th, 1859, in regard to leasing the market house, to the highest bidder etc., be and the same is hereby repealed from and after the 27th day of April 1873.
On motion, it was resolved, that it is hereby made the duty of the Constable to collect every morning from any and all persons selling in the market house, the amount as per tariff fixed by law.
On motion, it was resolved, that the Constable be and he is hereby authorized to have two tables made for the use of the market house.
The following accounts were approved: A. Billeaud, $82,00 and $23.00; I. Chapman $8.50.
On motion the Council adjourned sine die.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1873.
City Council of Vermilionville.
On Monday the 12th day of May, 1873, the newly elected Mayor and Councilmen of the City Council of Vermilionville having produced their certificates of election, were duly qualified and took their seats.
Present: Aug. Monnier, Mayor and Councilmen L. P. Revillon, F. C. Latiolais, H. Landry, Jos. O. Girouard and Wm. Brandt. Absent: C. O. Olivier and R. L. McBride.
The Mayor called the Council to order, and they proceeded to the election of their officers for the ensuing year, which resulted as follows:
H. M. Bailey, Secretary and Treasurer.
Treville Bernard, Constable & Collector.
E. E. Mouton, Attorney.
W. B. Bailey, Printer.
The above named officers to receive the same salary as last year.
On motion, it was resolved, that a committee of three be appointed to ascertain what would be the probable costs of flooring in the market house, and to make their report at the next meeting.
The Mayor appointed Messrs. Wm. Brandt, H. Landry and J. O. Girouard on said committee.
On motion it was resolved that the Treasurer’s and Collector’s bonds be and the same is hereby fixed at Fifteen Hundred Dollars each.
On motion it was resolved, that a committee be appointed to receive the bonds of the Treasurer and Collector. The Mayor appointed Messrs. L. P. Revillon, F. C. Latiolais and E. E. Mouton, on said committee.
On motion it was resolved, that H. Landry and T. Bernard, be and they are hereby appointed on the committee of streets and bridges, vice A. Monnier and J. J. Revillon.
The following account was approved:
A. Billeaud, collector, $17.77.On motion the Council adjourned to next regular meeting.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1873.
THE LAMBASTING OF ROCKEFELLER.
[New Orleans States.]
It seems to us that Mr. John D. Rockefeller “is getting more than is coming to him” in the way of excoriation and attack. If he is a rascal there are others of whom he is merely the type, and it is about time that they should be subjected also to the rough handling he has received and is still receiving in the press and the pulpit of the country. It can safely be said that the Standard Oil magnate is not the only pebble on the beach in need of a thorough polishing by those who are now engaged in the crusade against the thievery of corporations. These facts stand out clearly in the light of a recent sermons delivered by Rev. Newton M. Hall of Springfield, Mass., who declared that common honesty is the great moral issue of the day. He contended that the country is cursed by two groups of dishonest men, one who make use of official position to steal from the public, and the other those who are interested in large corporations and devote themselves to plundering individuals. These men, he said, have gained mastery of the affairs of the nation because we have established “one standard for private life and another standard for business life.” Selecting the case of Mr. Rockefeller to illustrate this point the minister said:
“He is a man who is a model Christian in his private life, faithful to church obligation, devoted to his family, irreproachable in his habits. He leads family prayers daily in his home. He has brought up his family in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and yet such a conservative journal as Harper’s Weekly has just printed an article, entitled ‘Why the Public Hates Mr. Rockefeller,’ and the writer of that article specifies with names and dates and documentary, proof instances in which Mr. Rockefeller, through his great company, has robbed widows and children, and behaved more like a pirate than a Christian. We are told by Mr. Hall that Mr. Rockefeller’s theory of life is not only false to morality, it is dangerous to society. A man cannot be a Christian in his home and pirate in his business.”
The Rev. Hall admits, however, that Mr. Rockefeller is no more guilty than a thousand others, which is quite right to hold him up before the public and hammer him all the time, while the other fellows are escaping the punishment they richly deserve.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1905.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of June 7th, 1910:
VERMILIONVILLE'S FIRST FIRE COMPANY.
In giving an account of Firemen's Day we by unintentional oversight omitted to to mention the interesting fact that two members of the first fire company of Vermilionville, of 1876. Messrs. Alfred Hebert and Jean Brun, took part in the parade. We take pleasure in making mention of it now and in giving space to the following letter giving an account of a meeting held on May 28.
Editor - Lafayette Advertiser:-
In your write-up of the Firemen's parade you mention the different fire companies taking part, but omit the name of the oldest in town. The old Vermilion Fire Company held a meeting on May 28, 1910, and roll call was responded to as follows:
M. E. Girard, dead; Edmond Pellerin, dead; John Clegg, dead; P. D. Beraud, dead; H. M. Bailey, dead; M. P. Young, dead; A. J. Moss, dead; Lazarus Levy, dead; Jean Brun, present; Francois Bourges, dead; Alfred Hebert, present J. J. Revillon, dead; C. Debaillon, dead; Jos. Plonsky, dead; Benj. Falk, dead; Jos. L. Mouton, dead; Paul Castel, Sr., dead; W. B. Bailey, dead; Ed. Cain, dead; Jean Gerac, dead; A. Garnier, dead; J. Revillon, dead; Jos. Wise, dead.
Now, Mr. Editor, if you think that the remaining members of Vermilionville (now Lafayette) Fire Company of 1876 ought to be placed on the dead list, please do so and oblige.
(Signed) ALFRED HEBERT,
We are glad to have our friends Hebert and Brun with us on the active list, and trust they will be with us active for many more years to come.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1910.