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The Daily Times – April 1896

At one time, the city of Donaldsonville had two newspapers. I’m not sure how long “The Daily Times” lasted, but I went through and pulled the local items from the earlier editions that are available. Please excuse any spelling errors (the newspaper seemed to make a lot of its own spelling mistakes to compound my own typos).

Newspapers in those days (1800s) regularly had personal items recording visits from out-of-towners, births, deaths, etc. Basically, they recorded the local gossip.

These items are a fun read. Apparently the townspeople were so scared of small pox that anyone suspected of having it was shoved into a quarantine house until they recovered. There was great suspicion that Assumption Parish was deliberately sending small pox victims to Donaldsonville.

Entertainment consisted of picnics on the bayou, a traveling zoo and shows at the opera house. Yes, an opera house!

The newspaper really dabbled in muckracking. If your husband abandoned you, the paper printed it along with your family tree so readers could figure out your relatives. If you fell on your face after Mass, the paper printed it.

I’m also including ads that I found in the pages of the newspaper. I find them interesting. The ads shown below are from April 1896, but they should not be associated with the particular date they happen to be near in this blog.

APRIL 8, 1896 

It looks very much now as if Jos. Rodriguez in the event of Marchial Acosta‘s death would be arrested and held to answer the charge of murder. Acosta’s condition being animalsso critical his ante-mortem statement of the shooting has been taken and this with the statement of the witnesses who were present show that the shooting was not an accident as was claimed by Rodriguez.

Acosta’s statement is to the effect that he and Rodriguez quarreled and that Rodriguez pushed him into the canal and when he hit him with a piece of wood Rodriguez shot him.

Joe Delatte who was one of the party say that Acosta was quite drunk and he and Rodriguez quarreled, Rodriguez pushed him into the canal and when he got out pulled a revolver on Rodriguez which he (Delatte) took away from him and found to be empty. Rodriguez again pushed him in the canal and this time Acosta hit Rodriguez with a piece of wood when the latter pulled a revolver and fired, the bullet hitting Acosta in the left side.

Acosta has not shown any disposition it is said to make a charge against Rodriguez and it is probable therefore nothing will be done unless Acosta dies. His condition today is said be still critical.

  • Mr. M. Dupaty left for Assumption for a few days leisure yesterday.
  • Mr. J. E. Tobin of Gouldsboro was a visitor to town on Monday returning home yesterday.
  • Mr. M. Bongas of Plaquemine was in town on Sunday to attend the mass meeting at the courthouse.
  • Mr. Henry Landry the genial clerk of the Welcome saloon made a business tripblouse to St. James yesterday.
  • A little girl came to brighten the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Proffit of Faubourg LaPipe on Wednesday last.
  • Clerk of Court Fred. Landry who was laid up for awhile with the measles is about again. It takes more than an infantile disease like this to keep Fred. down.
  • Mr. and Mrs. M. Johnson and Miss Pauline Weil of New Orleans spent yesterday in our city as guests of Mr. L. Maas and family. The visitors had just returned from a delightful stay with Mr. and Mrs. L. Schuster of Hohen Solms and left for their home on the same evening.

APRIL 9, 1896

Charles Kelley, who said he was a drummer, was arraigned yesterday on a charge of disturbing the peace and assaulting Dan Hall. He was arrested by officer Geotz and ordered to furnish a bond for future good behavior and pay cost of court.


  • Among the visitors to our city today were Messrs. Lehman Schuster and Morris Meyer of Hohen Solms.
  • Miss Lena LeBlanc of White Castle is visiting Mrs. Edgar Fortier at her pretty home on Iberville street.
  • Mr. Camille Vives, manager of the Lauderdale plantation store, we learn with regret is dangerously ill.
  • hatsMr. Joseph LeBlanc and his sister, Miss Regina, of Assumption spent yesterday with the family of Mr. Fred Landry.
  • Mr. G. M. Bowie, one of the main officials of the Donaldsonville Doundry and the Whitecastle Lumber and Shingle Co., was in the city today.
  • Mr. James P. Kock, the proprietor of the magnificent Belle Alliance plantation, is in the city today in attendance on the meeting of the Lafourche Levee Commission.
  • Our genial Deputy Clerk of court, Mr. J. F. Fernandez, has been quite sick with the measles and is still detained at home. His many friends wish him a speedy recovery.
  • Velma, the pretty and interesting little daughter of Albert LeBlanc, we are sorry to announce is quite seriously ill with measles. It is to be hoped that her recovery may be reported soon.
  • Mr. Frank Sims, the talented son of Judge R. N. Sims, arrived in the city last evening from Baton Rouge where he has been a student at the State University. Frank received a hearty welcome from his numerous friends.

APRIL 10, 1896

The lingering illness of Mr. Leon Dossat came to an end Tuesday evening by his death, news of which was brought to our office yesterday. He died at the residence of Mr. Sabin Savoie of Assumption. Mr. Dossat was a young man of probably 35 years and a brother of the Hon. R. H. Dossat of Assumption. Some six years ago, he married Miss Ida St. Martin, a sister of Sheriff St. Martin of this parish, who, with three children, survives him.

Officer George Goetz made a raid on the noisy denizens of Houmas street last night and arrested four men and one woman.




Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Blanc will open shortly a confectionery in their house on Railroad avenue recently occupied by Mrs. Jos. Leumas and family.


Mr. M. Dupaty of the Welcome saloon arrived from Assumption parish last night, after a few days stay there. He reports politics booming in Assumption and he says the Triche ticket is a sure winner.

Workmen are tearing down the old brick house at the corner of Iberville and Lessard streets, which is to give place to a handsome residence to be erected by Mr. Louis Maurin. The house, which was built before the war, was one of the oldest in the city and was at one time owned and occupied by the late Wm. Lawes, who was killed with Mayor Schonberg during the riot in upper St. James in 1870. The property has been in the possession of the Maurin family for the past 15 years.


  • Mrs. Emile Hirsch of Plaquemine was in the city yesterday shopping.
  • Mr. Fred Becker, the genial host of the White Castle Hotel, was in our city yesterday.
  • John S. Lombard of Plaquemine came into the city yesterday on business leaving in the evening.
  • BROWNSbittersMr. H. Chapman, a prominent resident of St. John, was among the visitors seen on our streets yesterday.
  • Mr. Leo Trepagnier, the enterprising front street jeweler, returned last evening from a business trip to the Crescent City.
  • Mrs. Henry Cook, with her children and her pretty sister, Miss Fannie Cantey, of White Castle, were in attendance at the bazaar last evening.
  • Miss Lelia Duffel, one of Hohen Solms’ lovely belles, came down yesterday and will spend a few days in our city as a guest of her aunt, Mrs. Soubra.
  • Mr. E. L. Monnot, the popular and well known planter of Assumption parish, is the guest of his estimable daughter, Mrs. J. A. Lanier of our city.
  • Messrs. Henry Landry and J. F. Lawrence left this morning for Iberville Parish to erect and repair lightning rods on the Tally-ho and Catherine plantations.
  • Miss Ella Gilbert, a young lady who has numerous friends in this city, we are pained to say, is lying dangerously ill with typhoid-pneumonia at her home on the St. Louis plantation, Iberville Parish.
  • Cadet Nic Slater of the State University, who is the intelligent nephew of the Hon. R. N. Sims, arrived here yesterday from Baton Rouge. He reports that the trouble at the University has about completely broken it up.

APRIL 13, 1896

Marshall Acosta, who was shot on Good Friday by Joseph Rodriguez and whom it was expected would die from his wounds, is slowly recovering and will in all probability soon be out again. As he has no inclination to make a charge against Rodriguez, the entire matter will drop and Rodriguez will not have to answer for his act.

We regret to announce that Velma Valerie LeBlanc, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. LeBlanc, who passed peacefully away Friday night. The funeral services were held in the Catholic church Saturday.

At the courthouse today, a Times reporter was told that there are no new developments in the Musumeel murder. Peroni is believed to be in hiding in New Orleans and Sheriff St. Martin has sent the police there a full description of the murderer with a request that they keep a sharp lookout for him. Rossa, who is in jail charged as an accessory, still keeps his mouth closed, although no special effort has been made of late to get him to talk.


  • Sen. Edwin Ferry, the eminent tradgedian, at opera house Wednesday.
  • Mr. M Feitel, who has been visiting friends in Thibodaux, has returned home.
  • Mrs. J. Barre, estimable sister of John Mollere, left for her home in St. John yesterday after a short visit at Mr. Mollere’s home.
  • Messrs. Jos. Verret and Fass Hebert of Napoleonville spent yesterday in our city to attend the “Fast Mail” last night.
  • Mr. Charles Maurin, who won the donkey at the bazaar, has been the recipient of many little pleasantries about his good luck.
  • Lieut. Hubert Treille has returned from a visit to Thibodaux where he had the pleasure of renewing a number of old acquaintances.
  • Mrs. Robert King and her charming daught (sic), Miss Olivia, from New Orleans were visitors to our city, the guests of Mrs. Maggie Tye, yesterday.
  • President Edwards of the Mississippi and Lafourche railway, has been in town a few days. We regret to say that his health is not of the very best.
  • Mr. Aug. Langbecker, son of the popular Mississippi street barber, spent Sunday in this city with his parents, returning to New Orleans yesterday.
  • Rev. Albert Martin leaves today for New Orleans, where he attends the meeting of the Episcopal Council, which meets next Wednesday in Christ Church cathedral for a three-days session.
  • Mrs. Ernest Monnot left on the steamer Louisiana yesterday for her home in Assumption after several days visit to her daughter, Mrs. J. A. Lanier, the wife of our popular coal agent of this city.
  • Misses Carmelite Barilleaux and Pamella Treille were passengers on the steamer Louisiana yesterday. They went to Lockport to attend a fair held there yesterday by the Lockport Cornet Band. The fair closes this evening with a big ball.

APRIL 14, 1896

Henry Woodfork and Achille Jones, colored, were arrested and committed to jail on Saturday on a charge of assault and battery on a white man. Jones was released from prison on Saturday evening, his father, Ramos Jones, entering bail for him. Woodfork has been unable so far to secure a bondsman and still lingers in the prison.


Alex Bohama, alias “Cannon Ball Johnny,” colored, was lodged in jail yesterday on a charge of stealing a skiff on the 29th of February from Mr. Valentine Goetz. After stealing the boat, which contained ropes for collecting logs, Bohoma sold it to a white man residing at Point Pleasant, Iberville parish, for $8.



Mr. Theo Angeron of Houma, Terrebonne parish, has leased the Somerville Hotel from Mr. J.H. Somerville and will reopen it as the Strangers’ Home. Mr. Angeron will conduct it as a dollar day house and as he is thoroughly experienced in the hotel business there’s no doubt but that he will make a success in his new venture. The bar-room will be stocked with the choicest liquor, ice-cold beer and the best of cigars.


  • Mr. J. G. Schmaizrid of Assumption was in our city yesterday.
  • Judge Walter Guion was at the Nicholls Hotel Sunday night.
  • Mr. M. Daniels of White Castle came to our city last evening and left today.
  • Mr. Antoine Pedaux of this city, went to New Orleans Sunday and returned last night.
  • Mr. Felix Hebert and Deputy Sheriff Jos. Gouaux of Assumption were visitors to our city yesterday.
  • Mr. Chas. Triche, candidate for Sheriff of our city parish, Assumption, was a visitor to our city yesterday evening.
  • Mr. Arthur J. Melancon and his esteemed wife, accompanied by Mrs. Melancon’s sister, were visiting relatives in our city Sunday.
  • Messrs. J. Casimano and Paul Parretta, two prominent merchants of New Orleans, are visitors to our city. They are guests of Mr. L. Casso.
  • Mr. A. E. Calogne of New Orleans came up Sunday and will spend a few days as the guest of Mr. Geo. G. d’Autry of Port Barrow.
  • Capt. J.E. Lauve of Assumption was in our city Sunday, having come here to attend the U.C. V. meeting of the Victor Maurin Camp of this city.
  • Mr. Joseph St. Martin, son of our efficient Sheriff, came up yesterday to spend a few days with his parents and attend the blessing of the new Catholic church.
  • Mrs. Mathilde Boudro and Mrs. Louis Cook and son Johnny came from New Orleans by the excursion Sunday and were the guests of Mrs. Jno. F. Terrio.
  • Mr. Wash. Davie, the strawberry blonde traveling man from New Orleans, was here Saturday and says that Tom Cook will be the next Justice of Port Barrow after the election.
  • E. B. Clapp, the well known mechanical engineer was here Saturday and informed us that he has been engaged by the Hermitage Planting and Manufacturing Co. of this parish to look over the mechanical department of the Hermitage plantation. Success to you, Ed.

Yesterday, a colored man, who came from down the bayou, was seen wandering on the railroad track between the two Texas and Pacific depots and his actions being suspicious he was watched. This morning he started to come in the city but was prevented by Mr. A. Gingry, who said the man was suffering from small pox. No time was lost in getting him over to the post office where he is under the care of an attendant. A case of small pox is also reported today at A Bend just below here, but no particulars concerning it are given.

Mayor Leche in speaking of his commendable attempt to prevent the excursionists from New Orleans stopping of here on last Sunday, said today he would quarantine the city against an influx of people from New Orleans as long as the small pox existed there, as he believe that it was a menace against our health. Donaldsonville had fought off the small pox and had been successful and it would be foolish to run any risks now.

APRIL 15, 1896



It appears that the colored man who was taken to our pest house yesterday suffering from small pox was driven out of Assumption parish and headed to this city. Every case at the pest house so far has come from Assumption and the time has come to call a halt on this.

Donaldsonville through its excellent management prevented the small pox from becoming epidemic here and the parish was left singularly clear of the plague while it was quite bad in other parishes. While every other parish made arrangements for treating the cases and established pest houses, Assumption with utter indifference did nothing and with a most monumental gall unloaded all her cases on us.

It is all well enough to be humane but in this care it is not a question of humanity but one of woeful neglect on the part of our sister parish and an injustice to us and the next case that comes from them should be promptly taken back and the authorities there given to understand that they must take care of their own cases.

Mr. George Poche, a popular young gentleman of this city and the son of our distinguished Confederate veteran Capt. S. A. Poche, was married this evening to Miss Regina LeBlanc, the lovely and charming daughter of Mr. D. S. LeBanc of Assumption.

The wedding took place at the St. Elizabeth Catholic church, Paincourtville, which was well filled with the friends of the bride and groom, quite a number of those present being from this city.

The bridal party entered the church at 5 o’clock and were greeted with the strains of the wedding march. The groom was accompanied by Mr. J. Walter Comstock of this city, who was his best man, and the bride was attended by Miss Jeanne Poche, a sister of the groom, as her bridesmaid. Mr. Jos. LeBlanc, brother of the bridge, was the groomsman and her sister, Miss Lillie LeBlanc was maid of honor.

On the conclusion of the ceremonies the newly-made couple and there (sic) immediate relatives and friends returned to the home of the bride’s parents where a collation was served.

This evening the happy couple will come to Donaldsonville where they will make their home with Capt. Poche. The wedding presents were numerous, handsome and useful and Mr. and Mrs. Poche start on their matrimonial life under flattering auspices and with the very best wishes of all their friends for a long and happy life.

At 4 o’clock this afternoon Dr. A. M. Charlet, brother of Capt. Charlet of the steamer Lafourche, was married to Miss Rosa Dugas, daughter of U.B. Dugas, at the home of the latter on Sweet Home plantation, Assumption parish. There were several guest from this city at the ceremony. The wedding presents were many and costly.

This evening Dr. Paul Thibodeaux and Miss Delia Savoie were married at the Catholic church in Paincourtville. The groom is one of the leading physicians of Assumption parish and the bride is one of its most charming belles. The attendance at the solemnization of the marriage rites was large and the presents numerous and handsome.


  • The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bartholemaus of Port Barrow, is quite sick with the measles.
  • Mr. Louis Corde, a popular merchant of Napoleonville, left for New Orleans yesterday via the T. and P. railroad.
  • Mr. J. H. Somerville and family moved today from town to a house in Faubourg LaPipe, adjoining Cire’s brick yard.sconces
  • Hon. E.N. Pugh of our city left here yesterday for Jeannerette, where he will speak there today in the interest of Capt. Pharr.
  • Among the Assumptionites who attended the services at the Catholic church yesterday were Messrs. U.B. Dugas and Honore Dugas.
  • The charming Miss Ella Acosta of Assumption has been the guest of her aunt, Mrs. J. H. Somerville, for the past week. She returned home today.
  • Mrs. Fred Landry and lovely children are spending a few days with the family of Capt. D.S. LeBlanc in Assumption. They will return home next Friday.
  • Beautiful Miss Ida Breaux has been in Donaldsonville several days as the guest of the Misses Comeaux. She returned to her home on the Monroe plantation today.
  • Messrs. John J. Pierson and Walter Ragan were among the visitors to our city yesterday who came on the bayou excursion to attend the ceremonies at the Catholic church. While in the city, they were the guests of Mr. J. P. Kreiger.

APRIL 16, 1896

During the heavy storm of Tuesday the family of Mr. Paul Hebert, employed as a hostler on the Adlard Landry plantation, had a narrow escape from a violent death by lightning.

While the storm was at its height, Mrs. Hebert and other members of the family were seated at a window looking out on the rain. Suddenly there came a deafening crash and the room was illumined with electric brightness that seemed to paralyze them and when they regained their senses from the shock they found that their chimney had been torn down and the mantel was broken and wrecked as was also the window at which they had been sitting.

An investigation, that was at once made, showed that the bolt had entered the chimney, passed out through the hearth and from thence found exit through the window, and it seems a miracle that anyone in the room escaped from death.

They were all shocked and their faculties for a time benumbed but they soon recovered from this and are none the worse for their terrible experience. Some of those who were in the room said that the bolt looked like a ball of fire as it rolled over the floor and shot out of the window and that it left behind a strong sulphurous smell that remained in the room for some time after. While the storm was very severe at that place Mr. Hebert’s house was the only place that lightning struck.

Last evening the authorities were notified that a colored man at the “Buzzard’s Roost” on Houmas street was sick with small pox. An investigation was at once made and the man was hurried off to the pest house. This morning notice of another case, that of a colored woman, also at the “Roost” was sent in to the officials and with as much celerity as possible she was also taken to the pest house and placed under the care of the attendants there. The man is somewhat uncommunicative and claims that he had been in this city for five minutes.

Other inmates of the tenement, however, say that he came here from New Orleans on the excursion on Sunday last and was taken down with the disease on Sunday evening. One thing is evident, however, and that is he had been sick with the small pox for four or five days before the case was reported. Our health officials have had the house thoroughly fumigated and disinfected and the inmates put under quarantine, not being allowed to come outside the premises.


  • Our genial friend, Mr. Henry Cook Jr. of White Castle, was a visitor to our city yesterday.
  • Mr. Leo Marquette of the Dupaty House, Napoleonville, was a visitor to our city on Tuesday.
  • Miss Bertha Keine of Lecompte, formerly of Port Barrow, came up from New Orleans on yesterday morning and left today for Lecompte. During her stay, she was the guest of Jno. Erato and family.
  • Mr. Henry Netter, the bustling shoe drummer, is in our city looking after the interest of the house he represents. He will remain here a few days. Mr. Netter contemplates making a trip to Europe next week to visit friends and relatives in Germany and France, whom he has not seen for many years.

Matt. Diamond, a fugitive from Assumption parish, was arrested yesterday by Constable Goetz and this morning arraigned before Judge Maurin who turned him over to Deputy Sheriff Jos. Gouaux who conveyed his prisoner to Napoleonville.

Maria Mallo, charged with disorderly conduct, was found guilty and ordered to pay a fine of $2 and furnish a peace bond.

John Anderson was found guilty of disturbing the peace and ordered to furnish a bond for good behavior and pay a fine of $2.
Matt Briggs, another brawler, had the same sentence meted out to him.

APRIL 17, 1896

The three small pox patients at the pest house are doing well and it is hoped to pull them all through safely. Of the three the woman’s case is the severest but it seems to be yielding to the treatment nicely.

The patients are receiving every attention and care possible and it will not be from lack of careful nursing and skillful medical attention if their cases result fatally. The old tenement on Houmas street where the cases were discovered is strictly quarantined and there is no danger of the disease being communicated from beyond its walls.

Mayor Leche today said that the authorities were equal to the present emergency and that there wasn’t a solitary reason for any scare over the matter. One thing is certain and that is a spread of the disease is made almost impossible by the advent of warm weather which in itself will kill off the disease. Add to this the careful attention of the authorities and it can be seen that any fear just now would be foolish.

It is yet uncertain whether the man who was taken from the Houmas street home came from New Orleans down the bayou. He insists that he has been here for five months while others say he arrived here on Sunday.

Celestine Matthews was arraigned before Mayor Leche this morning charged with disturbing the peace. She was given the option of paying a fine of $1 or go to jail for two days.

S. King, who was arrested for being drunk and disorderly, was fined $5 or ten days in prison.


  • Miss Emily LeBlanc is visiting friends in this city.
  • Mr. Isaac Heyman of Plaquemine was in the city today.
  • Dr. J. T. Bringier is in New Orleans registered at the Pickwick Hotel.
  • Captain Pharr passed through here this morning on his way to Plaquemine.
  • Mrs. Julius Sternfels and Mrs. Eugene Kahn of Assumption were in the city today.
  • Miss Stella and Mr. Leon Blum of Thibodaux are in the city visiting the Misses Levy.
  • Messrs. Edward Gaudin and Fernandez Landry made a business trip down to Napoleonville yesterday.
  • That hustling drummer, George F. Bourgeois, was in our city today and all his friends were glad to see.
  • Mr. H. Joe Verret came up from Napoleonville on Thursday accompanied by Mr. William A. Jones of Philadelphia.
  • Mr. Gervais Petit ran down from Plaquemine yesterday to get a breath of real city air which he took in on our streets.
  • Mr. Meyer Maas, son of Mr. L. Maas, is to leave on the 28th inst. for Chicago, where he expects to make his future home.
  • Miss Ella Gilbert of Iberville, who was prostrated with a severe case of pneumonia, is much improved and now convalescing.

Sidney J. Zimmer, the infant son of Phillip R. Zimmer and Arthemise Comes, died on Thursday evening, aged 7 months and 8 days, at its parents residence, Marehand, Ascension parish. The funeral took place at the Catholic church in this city at 10 o’clock, the funeral cortege coming over on the 9:30 ferry.

Victorine Johnson this morning made a charge of assault and battery, threats and disturbing the peace against Joe Johnson, an ex-inmate of the Hotel Acosta.

APRIL 20, 1896

  • Dr. B.A. Colomb who has been quite sick is now almost completely recovered.
  • Mr. Browse T. Bringier has been at Burnside on a visit to his mother and brothers.
  • Mrs. Maggie Tye went to New Orleans yesterday morning and returned last night.
  • Mr. Leo Trepagnier, the enterprising Mississippi street jeweler, favored us with a business call this morning.
  • Mr. Harry Aicklin, the popular drummer of James J. Reiss & Co., was in our city Saturday in the interest of his house.
  • The 5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Bartholemaus of Port Barrow has nearly recovered from a severe attack of the measles.
  • Mr. C. Kline returned from New Orleans on Saturday. He had been in attendance upon the Episcopal Church conference that was held in that city.
  • Miss Lilla Beal, the charming daughter of the artist-painter J. R. Beal, is a poetess of rare merit, a number of her verses having found their way to papers throughout the country.
  • Mr. Henry Celestin, who was the able book-keeper of the Esperanza plantation, Assumption parish, came up from New Orleans on Saturday night and will remain there until Wednesday. He is now a resident of the Crescent City and is an ardent member of the Citizens’ League of that city.

It is with regret that the announcement is made of the death of Mrs. John Solozano, nee Lorenza Sourita. For some time she has been quite ill with consumption and her suffering, intense at times, has torn the hearts of her husband, to whom, throughout many years of a noble fought battle with the struggles of life, she has been a worthy help-meet, and of her five children, to whom she has ever proved a fond mother.

Mrs. Solozano died at 4 o’clock this morning and will be buried from her home adjoining the Ascension Academy tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock. The services are to be held at the Catholic church. She was 47 years of age and a native of Port Barrow, this parish. In the death of Mrs. Solozano Donaldsonville loses one of its most esteemed ladies.

Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Richard celebrated last evening the 20th anniversary of their marriage with a pleasant gathering of their relatives and friends at their home in this city. During the evening a grand supper was served to those present. Among those in attendance were Mr. Armand Richard and family, Geo. Richard and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fulgence Bourgeois and family, Mr. and Mrs. Omer Cire and Miss V. Landry. 

APRIL 22, 1896

  • Mr. Fred Spitzheim, a hustling St. Louis drummer, was in the city today talking business.
  • Yesterday evening Deputy Coroner Rider held a post mortem over the body of an unknown negro boy about 7 years old found floating in the river near A Bend. Decomposition had set in and the body presented every indication of having been several days in the water.
  • A bouncing baby boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alcee Rodrigue at 6 o’clock this morning. Mother and baby are doing well.
  • Mr. Henry Keute of White Castle was the guest of Mr. J. P. Krieger yesterday.
  • Mr. W.B. Stuart of the Rearwood plantation was here today.

APRIL 23, 1896

Capt. J. Shaffer, a barber well known in this city where he was in business for some time, ran away from his wife and children in Plaquemine last Thursday. Shaffer came to this city about two years and half ago and went in the employ of Mr. E. Langbecker. While here, he became acquainted with Miss Emily, the daughter of Mr. J. P. Kreiger, the tailor, whom he married about two years ago.

After his marriage, he entered into partnership with his brother in law J. P. Kreiger Jr. but remained with him only a few months opening up another shop on Chatchemache street. He stayed there about two months and then left for White Castle, remaining there about five months. From there, he went to Plaquemine about three months ago. On Thursday of last week, he left there and his wife has not seen or heard from him since and realizing that she and her children had been deserted, she came to this city on Monday and is now with her parents at their home on Railroad Avenue.

Gustave Poydras and Alexander White were fined $2.50 or 3 days in jail on charges of drunkenness.


  • James Strong, a prominent businessman of Shreveport, was among the visitors to the city today.
  • Mr. Philip Comstock of Assumption was in town today on business. He is enjoying the best of health.
  • Mr. Henry Celestin, formerly of Assumption parish, passed through here today on his return to New Orleans.
  • Messrs. Jos. P. Kreiger Jr. and Louis Ohlmeyer of this city went up to Plaquemine on their wheels last Sunday and remained there until Monday, when they returned home in the same manner. It was a pretty long ride, but the boys did not appear to mind it much.
  • Mr. E.V. Brown of Bayou Goula was among the visitors to our city yesterday.
  • Miss Edna Joseph of Edgard is the guest of Mrs. G. Feitel and family of this city.
  • Mr. E. W. Lynch of Philadelphia Point was in our city for a few hours yesterday on business.
  • Mr. W. P. Batts of Hohen Solms was a visitor to this city last evening, leaving for home this morning.
  • Mr. Jos. Keating of Plaquemine was down to our city today for a few hours. He reported the election there quite quiet.
  • Beautiful Miss Edna Bourg of this city returned last evening from a few days visit to relatives and friends in Dorseyville.
  • Lovely Miss Malvina Esncault of Faubourg LaPipe was in town this morning circulating among her numerous lady friends.
  • Mr. Max Dupaty, the genial proprietor of the Welcome Saloon, spent the first part of this week in Napoleonville in the interest of the election.
  • Mr. E. N. Pugh, her beautiful and accomplished daughter, Miss Mattie E., and the other members of the family are again in Donaldsonville after a sojourn in New Orleans since the Carnival.
  • Prof. A. J. Montamat, representing Philip Werlein‘s music house, New Orleans, left here this morning on a business trip to Plaquemine and returned home this evening.
  • Mrs. A. J. Montamut, the estimable and interesting wife of our jovial friend, Prof. A. J. Montamat, who has been on the sick list for a few days, we are pleased to learn is rapidly convalescing.
  • Mr. James Brennan, the popular insurance agent of this city, left last Friday for New river to be at the bedside of his brother, Mr. Sam Barman, who is dangerously ill from typhoid fever, and whose condition is still reported critical.


Mrs. Aristide Genazinni, an estimable old lady, aged about 60 years, met with a painful accident at the Catholic church this morning. Mrs. Genazinni had been at early mass and on leaving the church made a miss step at the entrance and was thrown to the brick sidewalk, a distance of about five feet.

Several gentleman, who witnessed the accident, went at once to her assistance and on raising her found that she was unconscious. She was at once carried to the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John H. Mathieu, which is directly opposite the church, and Dr. J. L. Richard summoned.

By the time the doctor reached the house, Mrs. Genazinni had regained consciousness and complained of suffering great pain in her head and limbs. On Dr. Richard’s arrival he made an examination of the injuries and found them to consist of a severe concussion in the side of the head, a bad bruise on the left leg and a severe cut on the left wrist. After dressing them Mrs. Genazinni felt easier and Dr. Richard expressed the opinion that there would be no serious outcome.


Mr. George Richard of this city this morning received a telegram from New Orleans announcing the death of his cousin, Mrs. Fernand Richard, nee Cora Bourgeois, in that city at 10:30 o’clock this morning, and left for the deceased’s home this evening. Deceased was a resident of this parish as was her husband for many years having removed to New Orleans about three years ago. She was a most charming lady of a most lovable and loving disposition and the news of her death will be recorded with sadness and regret by all who knew her. She leaves a husband, mother, one sister and three children – two boys and a girl.

The colored man, who was taken from the “Buzzard’s Roost” suffering with small pox, died at the pest house last night. The other man and the woman there, it is thought, will recover, although they have not yet passed the danger line. Our authorities still keep an eye on the “Roost” but it is now believed that there will be no further outbreak of the disease at that place.

The case of Sam J. Landry vs. Emanuel Schonberg was tried this morning, several witnesses being examined. Plaintiff sued for $20.45 balance due on a mule alleged to have been sold to the defendant. Defendant claimed that he was acting merely as agent of plaintiff. The evidence showed that defendant paid plaintiff $20.45 and repeatedly promised to pay balance. The mule was sold July, 1895. Court held that it was clearly a sale to defendant and rendered judgment  for $20.45 balance due and costs.

Julia Marlowe, colored, was arraigned before Justice Maurin this morning on a charge of disorderly conduct and was fined $3 and ordered to furnish a bond of $25 for future good behavior.

APRIL 24, 1896

Edward Simoneaux, aged 19 years, employed as clerk in his father’s store at Belle Rose, Assumption parish, is missing and with him $800 in currency and checks belonging to his father.

The young man, up to a few days ago, was in charge of his father’s store, the Welcome. He was an industrious young man and had charge of all the cash and checks. He suddenly left, taking with him $800 in money and checks. Word was sent to the authorities of this city and also to the police of New Orleans requesting that a sharp outlook be kept for him. He is slightly demented and it is believed he wandered away with the money while in a fit of mental aberration.

Young Simoneaux was arrested last night at the Southern Pacific depot at Algiers and was turned over to his brother, who left this morning with him for home. All the money and checks were found on him. His father will not prosecute him as there is no doubt of his being demented.


  • Mrs. W. B. Sharp spent some days with relatives on the Attakapas Canal several days ago.
  • Mr. G. C. Bellocq of Belle Alliance has been quite ill, but is now on the road to recovery.
  • Miss Leila Pike is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. H. Barton of Terrebonne.
  • Mr. H.T. Ayraud spent several days in Thibodaux last week.
  • Miss Adele Landry of Donaldsonville was the guest last week of Mrs. J. M. Barlow having come down to attend the Eureka ball.
  • Mr. Willie Cox and family left Sunday for Prospect plantation, St. Charles parish.
  • Miss V. Landry was another of Donaldsonville’s fair belles who attended the Eureka ball. She was the guest of Capt. J. Dodd. Smith and family.
  • Mr. Carroll Barton of the Ascension Coal Co. was here yesterday.
  • Mr. Charles Schrieber, the well known merchant of Assumption, was a visitor to our city today.
  • Mr. W. L. Creath, of White Castle, was in our city yesterday, returning home on the evening train.
  • Our sanctum sanctorium bloomed with loveliness this morning by the presence of Misses Stella Vega and Irene Landry, who paid us a pleasant call.
  • Mr. Frank Hildago, the well known citizen of Paincourtville, was a visitor to our city today. Mr. Hidalgo reports everything serene in Assumption.


Foreclosure proceedings have been instituted by Mrs. Catherine Webster, wife of J. S. Webster vs. Joseph L. Rolling. The Point Houmas plantation is the property in litigation and the contest will be long and interesting.

The funeral of the late Cora Bourgeois, whose death was announced in the Times yesterday, took place at 4 o’clock this afternoon from the residence of her husband, Mr. F. C. Richard, on Bayou Road and Broad Street, New Orleans, and was largely attended by relatives and friends.

Yesterday The Times was told by two gentlemen, supposed to be in a position to know, that one of the patients in the pest house suffering from small pox had died, and printed this item of news as given. It seems, however, that this was a mistake as there was no death at the pest house and we therefore make the correction.

Hon. Pierre Eagle Dalferes has made himself liable to expulsion from the noble order of Will Nots for this morning in the company with Mr. Robert Babin, he was seen hurrying out of the city in the direction of the country. He held on his arm a tin bucket while Mr. Babin had a wooden pail. When interrogated as to their intention the Hon. Pierre very indiscreetly replied that they were off to pick black berries. There is no doubt that the Will Nots will rule that carrying a bucket and picking back berries is work and hard work at that. we fear that Pierre has made a bad break.

Mayor Leche this morning said that two of the inmates of the pest house who had been confined there with small pox would be released this evening, thoroughly cured and that the other inmate would be let go in a day or two. This virtually stamps out the disease completely in this parish and the thanks of our people are due the Mayor, Police Jurors and Dr. Thibaut for the effective manner in which the disease was handled in this city and parish.

Marriage licenses:
Samuel CarterCelina Thomason
Pasquale PardoMaria Matranza
John OursoEva Gravi

APRIL 27, 1896

On Saturday evening Pietro, the little son of an Italian named Lucas Locaylo, residing at the corner of St. Michael and Lessard streets, went into the yard to feed his dog. When he came within reach of the animal it sprang at him and bit him several times. Pietro ran screaming in the house and his father, going out to see what was the matter, was also attacked by the dog and bitten on the hand and wrist.

The dog at this time was frothing at the mouth and in the acute stage of the rabies and had attracted the attention of several people who were debating how best to dispose of him when Locayo’s wife solved the problem by picking up an ax and braining the animal, narrowly, however, escaping being bitten herself. It was a plucky and brave act on the part of the woman.

Locaylo and his son went at once to the office of Dr. J. D. Hanson where their wounds were cauterized and dressed. Upon the advice of some persons the man and boy left yesterday for St. James parish to have the mad stone applied to the wounds and if this does not work there is a possibility of their being treated by the Pasteur cure. There isn’t the least doubt but that the dog was mad and there is some uneasiness in the vicinity over the probability of his having bitten other dogs before his condition was discovered.

There was a small riot at 6:30 o’clock last evening at the corner of Houmas and Conway streets that at one time threatened to become very serious. The row began over a game of ball that some colored children were playing in the street and during which an Italian named Peter was accidentally hit by the ball. He grabbed one of the boys named Richard Whitaker and began to kick and beat him in a brutal manner. The child’s screams attracted his mother who proceeded to pitch into the Italian who started to secure his pistol. A mob of over 100 colored people and Italians had by this time gathered and a riot was imminent when Constable Edgar Fernandez put in an appearance on the scene and arrested the Italian which had the effect of dispersing the crowd. A bad feeling exists between the colored people and the Italians down in that section of the city and there is a prospect of an outbreak now at the least provocation.


  • Lawrence Sterken, the infant son of A. J. Sterken and Fanny Caillier, aged 1 year and 2 months, died shortly after midnight. The funeral takes place from the Catholic church at 5 o’clock this afternoon.
  • Mr. Numa Lanoux of Faubourg LaPipe spent yesterday in St. James.
  • Mr. Abel Lacoust of New Orleans was in the city today drumming up trade.
  • Mr. Joseph Sanders, a well known citizen of Thibodaux, was in the city yesterday.
  • Charming Misses Bertha and Ida Well of Napoleonville spent yesterday in our city as the guests of the Misses Feitel.
  • Mr. Alex. Robertson, a prominent business man of Mobile, was in the city a few hours today on business connected with his house.
  • Our genial friend, Mr. Jasmin Feitel of the Elm Hall store, Assumption, was a visitor to our city yesterday, stopping with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. Feitel.
  • Friend Meyer Maas left this morning for New Orleans from where he will go tomorrow via the Illinois Central railway to Chicago. Meyer is well liked here and his numerous friends regret to see him leave and trust that he will achieve in his new field of venture the success which he deserves.
  • Octave Mollere, a well known and respected colored man of this city, died this morning after a long business, aged 49 years and 6 months. His funeral takes place at 6 o’clock this evening from the Catholic church. Up to a few years ago, he was the night watchman at the store of B. Lemann & Bro. but had to give it up on account of ill health.

A number of gentleman from this city spent yesterday at Bayou Corne fishing and otherwise having a royal good time, Saturday night part of the party including P. Ganel Jr., Pierre Dalferes, Wm. A Terrio, J. Babin, H. Esneault, Gus and Willie Cire, B. LeBlanc, A. Ganel and J.J. Williams left for the bayou in a hack and were joined there yesterday by Leon Levy, J. R. Duke, Robert Robertson and Antoine A. Pedeaux who went down on their bikes. The fishing was good and the party remained at the bayou until last evening when they returned to the city.

APRIL 28, 1896


  • The name of the steamer Grand Isle, owned by the Donaldsonville Ice Co., has been changed to Virgie B. after the name of the charming little 4 1/2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Braud of Burnside. The change was made by the board of directors of the Ice Co. in compliment to Mr. Braud who is one of its members. The Virgie B. has been fitted out entirely new and starts out on its initial trip tomorrow.
  • Mr. M. Cointment of our city made a flying trip down the bayou yesterday.
  • Mr. C. U. Farrar, a popular drummer, was in the city today hustling business.
    Judge Henry L. Duffel of Woodstock plantation was in our city today on legal business.
  • Capt. Charlet of the steamer Lafourche and his estimable wife was in our city today from Plattenville.
  • Mr. M. Dupaty of this city and Mr. and Mrs. J. Gououx Jr. of Napoleonville are spending a few days at Biloxi, Miss.
  • Miss Hattie Nicholls, the youngest daughter of Gen. Francis T. Nicholls, will be married in New Orleans tomorrow to Dr. Van Franklin Garrett. Miss Nicholls is well known in this city.
  • Charming Miss Annie Schonberg, whose winsome ways win her many friends wherever she goes, is now in our city and will remain here a month with her mother before returning to New Orleans.
  • Gallant Henry Rose, after staying a couple of months with his mother, Mrs. E. Von Hofe, of Darrow, left today for New York, where he goes to resume his position in a large firm there. He has nearly entirely recovered from his recent severe attack of rheumatism.
  • Miss Lena Vega, the beautiful and charming daughter of that enterprising Mississippi street merchant, Mr. A. D. Vega, who is a pupil of the Convent of the Visitation near Mobile, Ala., arrived home last Friday evening to spend a few days of recreation. Her legion of friends here welcome her return home.

Jerry Hall was arraigned before Mayor Leche yesterday charged with fighting and disturbing the peace. He was fined $2.

John Isidore was arraigned before Judge Maurin this morning charged with being drunk and disorderly. The evidence substantiated the charge and his honor imposed a fine of $5 and exacted a bond in the sum of $25 to keep the peace.

APRIL 29, 1896

Mr. Lucien Casso, the Mississippi street oyster dealer, was robbed on Monday of $175 which he had placed in a tin box and hid beneath a sofa in the sitting room oystersback of his store. The discovery was not made until yesterday afternoon when a customer came in and tendered for a purchase a large bill that necessitated Mr. Casso’s hunting up the box and it was then he discovered its loss.

His suspicion immediately fell on Oscar Brickly, a colored boy, aged about 12 years, who had been in his employ about one month. Instead of charging the boy with the theft, Casso used diplomacy and after telling the boy of the disappearance of the box offered him $5 to help him find it.

The boy asked Mr. Casso for a match and starting for the water closet in the yard, lit the match, peered down the vault and exclaimed “here it is.” The box was fished out and it was found that the lid had been cut open with a hatchet, an opening of about three inches long and a half inch wide having been made. There was in the box about $64 and it is believed that considerable money is still in the vault as the box was lying face downward when found.

Mr. Casso at once charged the boy with the theft but he denied it emphatically. A little detective work then revealed that during yesterday the boy had spent considerable money for cake, candy, ice cream and soda water in connection with another little colored boy who was with him.

It was also developed that he had purchased a bicycle. Mr. Casso is in doubt as to what he will do with the boy, being somewhat disciplined to put him in jail on account of his age.


Last night Chief of Police Maher received word from Mr. Louis Verret of Plattenville requesting him to look out for and arrest a white man wanted in Plattenville for swindling. The Chief found the man just as he was about to take the night train and held him until Verret came in. It was then learned that the prisoner came to Plattenville some days ago and complained of being sick. Justice Cazares and Constable Verret took pity on him and gave him a home. They also bought him clothing and fixed him up. He asked one of them to loan him a watch which was done and he was also given $17, saying that he would give it back as soon as he had telegraphed to London for money. Yesterday, he skipped out. All the money and the watch was found on him and returned to Mr. Verret after which the prisoner was released as no criminal charge could be brought against him.


Mr. Samuel Braud of Faubourg LaPipe will be married today to Miss Belle Gilbert Smith, the daughter of Mr. W. B. Smith, a well known planter of Bayou Sara. The wedding will be a quiet one and will take place at the bride’s home, Solitude. The happy couple will make Faubourg LaPipe their home.

The picnic given at Bayou Corne last Sunday by the A.S.C. surpassed all other social events of the season. There was present quite a large gathering of young people. This place can be appropriately termed “the lover’s paradise.” It is made peculiarly attractive by the abundance of its magnificent scenery. All gathered around the beautifully decorated tables and partook of the luxuries spread before them, and after sipping the good old wine all felt happily inspired by its penetrating influence and speech-making was elaborately indulged in by Messrs. Chas. Wortham, A.B. Folse, Jos. Verret and A. J. Lescale, M.D.

Mr. Jos. Verret, a prominent legal light and an aspirant to the Assumption bar, paid a flying visit to the Crescent City this week. He was accompanied on his return by Wm. Jones of Philadelphia, a gentleman of leisure.

Miss Willie Lu Bessonet, a charming and attractive belle of Mississippi, extended a royal treat to the Amaranth and guests at Bayou Corne by contributing recitations. Her natural endowment of grace and beauty combined with her brilliant flow of eloquence won for her the admiration and applause of all.

Last evening an altercation took place on lower Houmas street between an Italian named Fillippo and some colored boys during which Fillippo assaulted a boy named Dick Robertson. A warrant was sworn out before Judge Maurin and Fillippo was arrested by Constable Geo. Goetz who had him arraigned before Justice Maurin this morning. The evidence was all in favor of the Italian and he was discharged. The assault seems to have arisen from the trouble in that neighborhood last Sunday as reported in this paper on Monday.

Our officials now state that it is doubtful whether Peroni, the murderer of Musumeci, will ever be caught as the belief is that he has managed to get out of the country and is now in some out of the way place from which he will never be heard. It is likely, however, that an indictment will be found against the Italian now held in jail as an accessory to the murder. Peroni is supposed to have been taken care of by some friends in New Orleans who managed to get him out of the country despite the vigilance of the New Orleans police.
Lieut. Hubert Treille, the noble old Confederate veteran, and his estimable wife on the 24th inst. celebrated the 40th anniversary of their marriage. During their long and happy married life they have been blessed with eight children – one boy and seven girls – all of whom are now living excepting one girl.


Miss Lelia Duffel, the winsome and pretty niece of Judge Henry L. Duffel, of Woodstock plantation in upper Ascension, is in the city to attend the Leap Year ball this evening. Miss Duffel is the guest of the Misses Soubra.


A large lot of second-hand sugar machinery, consisting of a mill, gearing, etc., passed through the streets of our city for the Costa Natural plantation, Assumption parish, today. The machinery is from Longwood plantation in East Baton Rouge


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