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Woman's enterprise. (Baton Rouge, La.) 1921-19??, July 03, 1922, Monthly, Image 2

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THIRD STREET
AS IT HAS BEEN
AND IS TODAY
(By Capt. John McGrath.)
Had any man or woman as late as
1852 predicted that in years to come
a massive seven story building would
crown the site at the corner of Third
and Florida streets he would soon
find himself in the asylum at Jackson
and yet the writer has lived to wit
ness Third street converted from a
place of gardens, yes and a peach
orchard, to its present condition of
fine buildings with no open spaces.
Every one of the present buildings
from Boulevard to North street, with
the single exception of the old house
at the corner of Third and Conven
tion, has iwen erected or remodeled
and modernized since 1852 and only
one or two have been remodeled, one
at the corner of Third and North and
it has yet I believe some of the orig
inal timber used in its construction.
The original house was the house of
Governor Walker during his occu
pancy of the Executive office.
Now let me present a picture of
Third street when I first knew it. Be
ginning at Boulevard there was on
the wept side at the corner of the
first block an old building of two
stories and with wide galleries front
and rear. This building must have
been constructed during the reign of
the Spaniards and as I have been
told, was the quarters of the first
United States troops to arrive in this
territory who came before the penta
gon buildings of the barracks now
L. S. U. were constructed. The old
property was purchased by the late
Abe Abramson who caused it to be
demolished to make way for the X
present building.
The next house on that side of the *
street was the home of Judge Sher
burne who was lost when the Prin
cess, on which he had taken passage, a
was destroyed by fire. This residence h
sat back some distance from the s
street and was surrounded by flowers P
and shrubbery. No other buildings t'
were on that side of the street. t
On the opposite side where the
Boulevard building stands was a va
cant lot but the remainder of that
side of the street was fairly well h
covered with small houses.
On the west side of Third and a
Convention was a residence and this
with one about the center of the F
block, now covered by the southern
end of the Reymond building, was all.
The last named was a boarding house
owned by the first Philip Burg. Op- r
posite the east side of Third street f
the entire block was vacant and was 01
the ground upon which every circus tE
arriving spread its tents and gave
exhibitions. *
On the next block north there were ci
but a few buildings of any kind. a;
Pike's Bank, afterwards and until I"
quite recently known as the Hausey r(
House, and a long wooden building at 01
the corner of Laurel, the store of Mr.
Samuel Isett were all. o0
On the west side of that block a
where Elks Theatre now stands was k
an old building and about the middle t
of the square a peach orchard with a"
small brick house on the rear of the 0
lot. ti
On the square between Laurel and h
Main, on the east side, nothing but atl
one story at the corner of Main and a
a wooden box house about the cen
ter. On the west sidle a garden filled t
with flowers and shrubbery at onet
corner, a stable where the Knox
building opposite the Bank of Baton '
Rouge is located and a two story t:
brick on the corner of Third and
Main. tl
The square between Main and tl
North was fairly well covered, the t
principal residences being those of c
Dr. Harney on the river side and s
Governor Walker on the east side.
Front and Lafayette streets, as
well as the side streets, were so con- b
gested that it became imperative to n
seek quarters elsewhere or go out
of business. With such conditions n
staring him in the face one Fielding a
Musselman, a confectioner, purchased a
a site at the corner of Third and
Laurel and had erected thereon the g
small two story just torn down to a
permit Mr. Robert Hart to have it re- e
placed by one more in keeping withn
the present souroundings. k
Mr. Musselman was quickly follow- 0:
ed by a Frenchman named Dupuy *
who had constructed the two story d
brick removed to make place for the
Roumain building. Mr. George A.
Pike then chopped away his peach
trees and contracted for the building A
now the property of Judge Brunot, A
and occupied by Woolsworth. With A
these buildings furnished and occu- D
pied old Red Stick took a rest until Ig
1858 when another little boomlet was It
launched as the result of the construe- H
tion of the Baton Rouge, Grosse Tete
and Opelousas railroad which brought
to Baton Rouge the trade and prod
ucts of a large section of a rich and
fertile section. During that year the
Sumter, Verandah, Pike's Row, Mc
Cormick and other buildings appeared
on Third street and about the same
time Duncan, Mather and Hickey
threw the circus square upon the mar
ket when one or two rather small
houses appeared where the Istrouma
hotel now stands.
The Burke, Fisher and all other
buildings now strung along Third
street have been erected since the
Civil war and many of them within
the memory of the youngest inhabit
ants.
It is a great pleasure to those of
the older generation to gaze upon
handsome buildings where they once
saw coffee weeds to the height of
one's head flourish in profusion and
to find a seven story with a ground
floor of one half block rising sky
ward where once they beheld empty
space. Tear down the shack at Third
and ('oivention. raise up the proposed
sky scraper and we of earlier (late
may then exclaim "finis."
- 0o
.t WELL DESERVED TRIBUTE.
(By Virginia Bransford.)
The has been so little written about
those faithful body servants of our
fathers -those negroes, who through
the years of the bloody conflict, which
tore our country apart, followed their
masters, with a devotion and loyalty
seldom found on earth, that to find a
monument to them is indeed rare.
There stands in the little progress
ive city of Canton, Mississippi, just
a few miles above the state capital,
a marble shaft dedicated to the body
servants of the Harvey Scouts and
especially to the faithful servant of
William Howcott.
Mr. llowcott, whose home is in
New Orleans. and whose deeds of
generosity and charity are well known
in the South, erected this well de
served tribute to this negro, and the
servants of his beloved company.
Standing in the center of a large
and beautiful square, surrounded by
heavy iron chains, and resting upon a
solid foundation, it lifts its head
proudly. No doubt had it the power
to speak, it would say in the words of
the Master:
"To the least of these my
brethren."
Near by a large tree stands spread
ing its branches near the shaft, and
here the southern mocking bird sings
a requiem to the faithful ones.
FOR WHOM THE STREETS WERE
NAMED.
Dufrocq street was named as a
memorial in honor of John R. Du
frocq, at one time editor of the Bat
on Rouge Gazette and for several
terms mayor of this city.
Lewis street was named after Tra
vantion D. Lewis, a popular young
citizen and native of this city who
as Colonel of the Eighth Louisiana
Infantry was killed while leading his
regiment in a charge on the heights
of Gettysburg.
Stuart street was so named in hon
or of Capt. J. D. Stuart, captain of
a local cavalry company who was
killed on the Plank Road some ten or
twelve miles above Baton Rouge
while attacking a force of the enemy
on its way to Port Hudson. At the
time of the breaking out of the war
he was district attorney, elected to
that position shortly after arriving of
age.
Leon Gusman killed while carrying
the flag of the Eighth Louisiana over
the Federal fortification at Winches
ter, Va., is remembered by old resi
dents whenever "Leon" street is men
tioned.
While Dr. Beauregard, an uncle of
the illustrious Confederate General of
that name, laid out and threw upon
the market all that portion of the
city below North Boulevard, not a
single street bears his name.
What was Carmeno Real during the
Spanish occupation afterwards known
by Americans as Spanish town road is
now Boyd avenue.
Uncle Sam street of former days is
now known by the more appropriate
as well as euphonious name College
avenue.
A name that should never be for
gotten was bestowed upon the street
adjoining the corporation line on the
east, that of Allen. It was in that
neighborhood the gallant Henry Wat
kins Allen while leading his brigade
of Louisiana soldiers received the
wounds from which he subsequently
died.
SMILES.
A poet swore he'l suicide,
And many means he vainly tried,
And as a last resort, I think,
Drank down a quart or so of ink.
t wholly failed to turn the trick
it didn't even make him sick,
lad he spilled half that ink in verses
We'd one and all have needed hearses! *
12-314 MSi St. Batn Rous La.
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