More early obits from Louisiana papers

The weekly Thibodaux Sentinel – Dec. 20, 1902

The Sentinel regrets to have to chronicle the death of Miss Mary Gentry Pugh, the third daughter of Mrs. Richard L. Pugh, of this parish, which sad event took place in New Orleans on Tuesday, December 16, 1902, at 11:40 p.m.

Besides a host of friends, the deceased who was young and prepossessing, leaves a loving mother and several brothers and sisters to mourn her sad and untimely death.


Joseph Molaison, formerly a prominent planter in the Parish of Lafourche, who had resided in this city for the past 12 years, died here yesterday at 11 o’clock, aged 65 years. Mr. Molaison acquired a considerable fortune before coming to the city, and has since been engaged in the money brokerage business in Lafourche, Acadia and Vermillion Parishes. He leaves a large family including his wife, who was Miss Marie Alzina Lafort; five daughters, Mrs. J.N. Green, wife of the District Attorney of the Parish of Vermilion; Mrs. Thomas LeBlanc, Mrs. E. Cadeux, Mrs. A. Legendre and Miss Celeste Molaison, and a son, Joseph Molaison Jr. Mrs. Molaison was well known throughout southern Louisiana and was a man of good business ability and had many friends – Picayune.


On Tuesday morning last, Dec. 16, 1902, at 1 o’clock, Joseph Molaison, a native and former resident of this parish, died at his residence in New Orleans, aged 66 years.

The deceased was until 12 years ago a resident of this parish where he accumulated considerable property, having been a successful merchant and planter. he was a good citizen and a devoted husband and father. His wife and several children survive him and mourn his loss.

We believe he also leaves some collateral relations in this parish among whom Mrs. Frank Legendre, of this town, who is a sister.


The weekly Thibodaux Sentinel – May 17, 1902  

This community was terribly shocked last Thursday afternoon by the sudden death of the venerable Mr. Joachim Badeaux, one of the oldest citizens of this town. The blow was as unexpected and as terrific as a bolt of lightening from a clear sky on a joachimbright day. Hale and hearty and apparently in the best of health, Mr. Badeaux was sitting on his rear porch, and had just exchanged a few pleasant remarks with Mr. Charles A. Badeaux, his grandson, when the paralitic stroke which ended his life came on and he dropped in his chair. Help was at once summoned and loving hands soon tried to relieve him the priest and the physician were called and responded without delay, but it was too late, the venerable old man had obeyed the dread summons and gone to his Maker.
To make this event still sadder for the family, Mr. Edward Badeaux, a son of the deceased, had gone to New Orleans that very afternoon, having left his father in good health just a few hours before. Fortunately he was advised in time to return by the night train.

Mr. Badeaux was 82 years and five months of age when he terminated his long and useful career. He was a native of the Lafourche valley, and descended of the good and sturdy pioneer stock of the country. He was a long time resident of this town where he engaged in mercantile pursuits and even before the civil war had become one of the leading merchants and taken his place in the rank of the prominent and influential citizens of Thibodaux. After the war, he continued in business for a short time and then retired on a modest competency, living a quiet life with his life companion at their home on Jackson street until her death which occurred a few years ago. After his wife’s death, he continued to live the same quiet, retired life, with his devoted daughter, Miss Eliska, who tenderly gave him all the love, care and attention that a dutiful daughter can bestow upon and aged and beloved father.
Mr. Badeaux was an upright man, admired and respected by all who knew him – and he had large acquaintance – for his rugged honesty and integrity. He has now gone to his eternal reward, after a long and useful life, leaving to his children the fair inheritance of a good name and spotless reputation. Three sons, Hon. Thomas A. Badeaux, Edward and Clayton Badeaux and one daughter, Miss Eliska, survive him – all respected and useful members of the community. Of his grandchildren, Mr. Charles A. Badeaux is a prosperous young merchant of our town, and the Reverend Francis Badeaux is a worthy minister of God and a zealous young priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The Donaldsonville Chief – Jan. 4, 1919

The following death notices appeared in Wednesday’s Times-Picayune and Friday’s States, respectively, with the request appended that they be reproduced in the Chief:

Dominque – On Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1918, at 7:55 p.m., Philip E. Dominique, beloved husband of Ezilia Veron, aged 32 years, a native of Louisiana and a resident of this city for the past 24 years.

Duffy – On Friday, Jan. 3, 1919, at 5:40 o’clock a.m. Frank C. Duffy, beloved husband of Rowena Barlow, aged 34 years; a native of Morgan City and a resident of Algiers for 30 years.
Oct. 24, 1896, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. E. Doherty, Mrs. Sarah Scally, aged 96, a native of Westmeath County, Ireland, and a resident of Lafourche for a period of 44 years.

One by one, they are passing away from our midst, those landmarks of a former generation; our superiors in strength, in vitality and perhaps in nobleness of purpose and achievements.

Nearly a century spent in the fulfillment of all the duties incumbent upon a true christian, such is the record to be made in noting the death of the estimable lady whose obituary is given above.

Like many self-exiled from an oppressed land, she and her worthy husband left their native land as early as the year 1852 and from that time on resided in the Parish of Lafourche, where, with industry, perseverance and true Catholic piety, they worked their way through the difficulties surrounding them; succeeded in bringing up their children according to their own precepts and examples and soon found themselves on the road to prosperity. In 1872, Mr. Scally died. His widow with her children continued to walk in the path of success and long before her death she had the pleasure of seeing her family reap the reward of honest toil.

But, in the transitions of fortune, Mrs. Scally never lost the sense of her responsibility toward those who needed her assistance. Like a true disciple of Him who said: ‘Let not thy right hand know what the left hath done,’ most of her good deeds were done in silence, but there are many also who can say that her purse was always open to the calls made upon her sympathy.

Her life is an example; her memory a consolation to those who mourn her loss, for, in the soft repose of her features, after that long lease of life was ended, could be read the serenity of a pure spirit that wings its way above to meet the reward that awaits him who has walked through life in company with those sweet handmaids of the Christian: Faith, Hope and Charity.
In the death of Mrs. Hermogene Bernard, which took place last Saturday at the residence of her daughter Mrs. Oscar Himel in Assumption, another christian spirit took its flight to its eternal home.

Mrs. Bernard belonged to the large and respected Webre family, being Eugenie, one of the many children of the late John Webre, and was about 76 years of age at the time of her demise.

Her remains were transported to this parish for interment in the family vault and her funeral which took place last Sunday after high mass was one of the most largely attended ever seen here.

She leaves to mourn her loss, her devoted spouse, Mr. Hermogene Bernard, a venerable and highly respected citizen, a son Mr. Victor Bernard, three daughters, Mrs. Oscar Himel, Mrs. Rodolphe Hebert and Mrs. Laureut Francionni, and numerous grandchildren.
Frank L. Himel – this young citizen of Assumption, son of the venerable Drozin Himel, died last Sunday at his father’s house at the age of 26 years. His funeral took place the following day from St. Philomena’s Church, Labadieville.



The weekly Thibodaux Sentinel – Dec. 1, 1896

Jean Lemuel Thibodaux – this well known citizen of Lafourche died last Wednesday at 1 o’clock p.m. at his home, seven miles below this town at the age of 44 years and 6 months.

The deceased was a native of Lafourche and lived his whole life within a short distance from the house in which he first saw the light of day. He lived and died a good christian, being a member of the Society of St. Joseph and a devoted and zealous son of the Catholic church.

He was a good citizen, a loving husband and kind father. Starting in life as a poor boy, he had succeeded by hard work, vim and push in securing a good home for his wife and children, besides setting aside something for a rainy day.

The death of such a man in the prime of his life is a loss to the community, and a heavy blow to the loved ones he leaves behind. To his sorrowing widow and children and his aged mother we extend our heartfelt symathy and condolence.

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