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W JOcI EDITIONH P I 193 N WELSH, JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, LOUISIANA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 1913. A Special Illustrated Edition setting forth, in part, the numerous golden opportunities Davis Parish, the garden spot of Louisiana and the Eden of the entire South the laborer, the homeseeker and the capitalist, who casts his lot in this land of gmshine and refreshing showers. Here one avoids alike, the frigid cold of the North the sultry heat of the summers of the Middle and Eastern States, the devastating -d the Middle and Western States, and the cyclonic disturbances that are so destruct and property in many sections of the country. With the mildest of winters and in which even the warmest days are cooled by the gentle breezes blowing from the a few miles distant, the average annual temperature of Jefferson Davis Parish is but degrees, while her sixty inches of rainfall is so uniformly distributed throughout the that a crop failure from drouth is almost unknown, and the long growing season, to ten months each year, permits such a continued rotation of crops that there no day in the year but that the farmer or trucker can take something from his soil, m supply his own table or that of others at a good compensation In this most delightful section of the Southland is found such a salubrious and salutary that the death rate in Jefferson Davis Parish is among the lowest to be found in the ln fact, so infrequent does the death messenger call here that in a parish (county) than 625 square miles and nearly ten thousand population, there is but two hearses undertaking establishments, and even these would go into bankruptcy in six months ent solely upon that line of business for their financial support. Here men .without losing their youth and women acquire years without losing their charms. Men and women of seventy-five, eighty and even ninety years, who are still active in the pursuit of business and pleasure, is no rarity here. Here soil, climate, moisture, and in fact, every element of nature joins in an effort to make the most ideal conditions possible for mankind to live and enjoy life In the following pages we have endeavored to portray by word and pictures some of the abundant opportunities that the unlimited resources of this locality offers to the men and women who are wise enough to cast their lot here. Here a competency can be acquired by leaps and bounds. The young man of today, who brings his bride to the sun-kissed prairies of Jefferson Davis Parish and devotes the same energy toward making him a home, that his father did in the Northern States, can accumulate as much in the next five years as his worthy sire did in a lifetime. Here the doors of opportunity are standing open awaiting for the strong man to come in and possess himself of her abundant riches. To all such, both men and nature issue a cordial invitation to come and partake freely of the wealth an indulgent Parent has stored here for you. Both the Editor and Publisher of this Special Edition have spared neither time, labor nor money to make this as an exact portrayal of conditions and incidentally some of the men who have helped develop them, as it is possible for writers and printers to do. And as an evidence of our own good faith in the veracity of the statements hereinafter contained, we herewith invite you to make inquiry of any or all of the men whose lives or business is here inafter discussed, regarding the truth of any statement herein contained, or for a fuller description upon their especial line of work. ous Welsh Country Jefferson Davis Parish ikugPeerlessly Prosperos Portlsiof Jefferson Davis Parish l f Cast Country ofothe Charninl Creole State--Redundant in SaEihrious in Climte, Scenlcall Beautiful and Opulent in t Apprelatlo of its Chars and Chances, destlnies I, coni une on my foot- Coa L palace, mart and owi late, stol once at every gate. era If feasting rise be. pro up( o follow me reach nat pee ad conquer evel eta saI who doubt or hoes- op wa alure, penury and bul .and uselessly im- we ipi return no more." pe unity--Ingalls. er, e over populat- 50 o expand. The al n which for Gi oted to the ol forever set. s last west, the T the Gulf Coast B ling to the cap- a, of opportunity A investment; to g its alluring ad- , acquirement of is of which the im- a dearingly sang, is calling in its t salubrious cli- r uty. Its giant insignificance ent on either titers." pi the greatest l galaxy of the awnds are the the staples that e human fam 'among the oil .She has the of the world, many regions, als and those and industries, ble streams--. to levellers so ul commerce- and she has, in try at least, a n healthfulness ozone of the golden Califor hreeses that fan; med Florida. wealth and re-. Is calling to all Panama canal` winged sait all nations will shores, ' comi the earth to contribute of its wealth to our Gulf Coast Ports. Loulesiana will then come to its duc own and the vast treasure in its tion storehouses of agricultural and min eral wealth will be developed and ally drought forth. For consequent upon the completion of this giant gro national enterprise the fame of the peerless advantages of the Pelican state will be heralded afar and thou sands will flock thither to sieze that opportunity which the gifted Ingalls warned the world in words of genius but seldom knocked. And we of the cem Welsh country, which is redundant in ma well nigh every resource, will partic- ua ipate to the full in this era of pros- pe perity. ha of The Gulf Coast Country, as gen erally understood, is a stretch of land 50 to 75 miles in width running par- ala allel with the meanderings of the so Gulf Coast shore line and comprised to of the counties of Chambers, Jeffer- i, son, Newton, Hardin and Orange in o, 1Texas, and Cameron, Calcasieu, w t Beauregard, Jefferson Davis, Vernon ri and Allen parishes in Louisiana. c( Almost in the exact east to west geo- t( graphical center of this fertile, fa- d vored of nature section lies the par- u lash of Jefferson Davis, which leads f. Lalmost every other parish of the !state in the production of agricul s tural products and in many other - - Iregards. -t While it is impossible to give ex -e act statistics of the crop values of r Jefferson Davis parish alone, for the year 1912, as the parish at that time i was a part of Calasieu parish, the gt separation having existed only sincee IJanuary 1, 191S,-the agricultural srta e tistics of Calcsaien as a whole will at enable one to form a pretty good - idea of what Jefferson Davis parish's l share will approximate, when it ;is re be Inembered that this parish conitains, d, not, only by far the rithest, but-also the largest acreage of tillable lands w of ay of the new parishes created a ot of Calesili fact, pctic ally every acre thi tlbh I a me so able to-the plw, 'while .bt a. i portion,; commp e-T,. of sitb t 0 n the other iatt ai n, ben ultyA A 60bile, M* #6 alt 3 "ýF_'7_ . ý . 5:7 a t ducing 250,000 bushels, worth $105,- d 000. ti 350 acres of Irish potatoes, pro- r. ducing a crop worth $20,000.00. e 16,550 acres of hay, yielding 26,- 1 600 tons, worth $320,000.00. t 3,000 acres of oats, yielding an av- e erage of 40 bushels per acre. t 30,000 boxes of oranges. 700 acres of truck gardens. 12,000 horses. 5,200 mules. 18,000 hogs. 46,700 sheep. 127,000 head of cattle. Every crop of importance pro duced in the South, with the excep tion of hemp and tobacco, was rep resented in this parish, and pract'c ally every crop produced in the northern states, except wheat, is grown in paying quantities here. There is no question but that with n proper care, Jefferson Davis parish could surpass any parish or county in the Unfted States, in the diversity and extent of her crops. s Add to all these advantages, an ex ee ceptionally mild and salubrious cli n mate, where the roses bloom in Jan c- uary and the cooling sea breeze tem s- pers the heat of summer, and you have Jefferson Davis parish the Eden of America. d Close to the center of this proliflc r- ally productive parish lies the win be some, wondrously resourceful, plen ed teously prosperous, climatically Br- ideal and scenically charming town in of Welsh, in the country tributary to Bu, which are the richest lands of rarell on rich Jefferson Davis parish. Thf aa. coastal prairies surrounding th: 8o town of Welsh have a rich, dark fa- deep sand loam soil of great fertility ar- underlaid with clay, and well suite: de for general farming, for growinl h.e semi-tropical fruits and for the pro 3u1-__ _ fu he co Mi 01 fi In t I s ^rY I'r-· ··II Is'l gk /( -~~!- ·· i;Y. -, ^C1^±}-!ý"- :GSJi- '1~c "'y' - ýJ )J ý ý :ý ý' >ýý. <'ý'ý. _ ·1. _ ...'` :.:== - ia'kY ýi :rr- _' ·ý:%:` " ; ý - .Y`Fvý'°;ýrA.'ý :,:i:'a . ,:,. f$f'%``!:;'.,':v%'ýt_--r:,~w"&'.ýt.:1a'ýý"x'ýafrsý "9'yfý'ý"'- . duction of crops of early commercial truck. This prairie land is slightly rolling and ridge dotted, affording L excellent drainage, and yet sufficient ly level to be ideal for rice cultiva tion, 'to which use much of it is gen erally put, but it has been proven that it also produces excellent crops of corn, oats, cotton, sorghum, for- Pr age crops, cow peas, sugar cane, etc. Along the streams and bayous that ohre abound is found a red or choc olate alluvial soil capable of pro ducing prolifically, indeed prodig iously, all the standard field crops, commercial truck and most of the de ciduous and citrus fruits. And all of st the prairie country around Welsh is bi is abundant in rich nutritive native grasses and affords pasturage for r I thousands of head of cattle. One of the factors aside from its fertile and adaptable soil, that has had much to do with building up the high repute of Welsh country is the fect that the neighboring farmers are much more intelligent than the p.verage soil t'ller and they lend and - bend their inteligence to the cultiva tion of their farms along approved, modern, scientific lines. They are u mostly men of the north who mi a grated here ten of fifteen years ago and almost without exteption they own their own homes. There are, however, many success ful native farmers and it can be truthfully said of 'the Creole soil ly tiller that he best understands the ln value of diversification and he is to scarcely ever without his vegetable ly truck patch and a piece of ground he planted to forage crop and hence is he often found with a larger purse than .k' h!s more extensive farmer neighbor. y, Of this there is a surety, that there ng is always a good living and oftimes ro- tremendously large profits in rice farming in the Welsh country. ml Rice is a great staple, its culture C furnishes the food supply of fully fu half the people of the world and its consumption is annually increasing. f It will abide. It 14 a basic industry ca of this banner wealth producing sec-la tion of Louisiana, but after all, it is t0 but a back ground for the small w farmer whom Welsh leans on and W must look to as her hope to expand. w Nowhere in all the rich and af fluent state of Louisiana does the sun h stream down from the azure sky of h cloudless blue of the Creole State upon a more fertile soil, or fairer section than the country tributary to the prosperous town of Welsh. And nowhere in the Gulf Coast country can productive lands be secured so cheaply. The present prevailing price of virgin prairie land, with natural drainage and ready for the plough share, is $30.00 an acre, sometimes a fraction more and sometimes a little less, and anything that will grow in the ground can be produced in this amply yields acreage In prolific pro fusion. The man of merger means, the poor man, who will come to this land of perpetiual:5bis And balmy, ag irt , where outdoor g* y day in the. f wty acres ot land anJI 14 fi ( twirith reasonable intelligence and industry, growing corn, oats, sweet and Irish potatoes and vegetables has assured for his future an easy livelihood and a competence or modest fortune for his family. He should have as many cattle as he can afford for on the luxuriant growth of native grasses that here abound everywhere they will fatten themselves for market without a dollar of expense for grain, winter or summer. The first year he should have a few hogs and increase their number as his farming widens and expands. The item of hogs and cattle should never be overlooked for as above truthfully told of, they afford a cer tain cash revenue at a minimum ex pense. To him who will meet these but 1 lightly cumbersome conditions, suc cess is a certain as the sunshine that follows night in a country where ex istence is a pleasure and, delight, a climate unsurpassed, and indeed, i scarcely equalled in any other spot in . the round world. Adjectives and cuperlatives add but little to the strength of any statement but it is difficult indeed for one who has tasted the delight of living and breathing in this fragrant scented e. land where the "Sun erer shines ad and flowerse ever bloom" to refrain de (Cotasnd on Paass T) Louisiana Products Over $200,000,000 Annually Practically EveryProductofAmerica Product d America Produced Here in Commercial Quantitles-While Development is Just in its Infancy-Louislana Can Feed and Clothe Half the United States if Properly Tilled-With a Climate Unsurpassd Anpyhere-Its Future Possi iblities Are Beyond the ComprehensIon of the Most Optimistic. The Louisiana Bureau of Agricul ture a little late in submitting its P statistical and crop report for 1912, but the department thought it better P to postpone it until practically cor rect data could be obta'ned. Every a parish responded to the commission er's call except Iberville and La- 4 fayette. According to the report the following is the crop and resources for the year: 368,217 bales of cotton valued at i $18,200,439. 25,455,086 bushels of corn valued at $15,035,489. 256,7706,740 pounds of sugar, val ued at $10,507,942. 289,281 barrels of syrup and mo lasses, valued at $2,781,818. 406,374,350 pounds of rough rice, valued at $8,273,901. 439,850 bushels of peanuts, valued at $332,205. e 2,948,630 bushels of sweet pota I toes, valued at $1,251,542. 1,125,900 bushels of irish potatoes valued at $1,015,613. .e 322,840 tons of hay valued at .d $3,653,527. 1s 791,410 bushels of oats, valued at n $432,470. 208,050 boxes of oranges, valued at $258,025. e 192,900 pounds of tobacco, valued es at $96,450. e ____-- 981 carloads of vegetables, ship ped, valued at $263,980. 605 carloads of strawberries, ship ped, valued at $582,050. 12,516,400 barrels of oil, valued at $9,387,300. 475,000 tons of sulphur, valued at $9,500,000. 200,000 tons of salt, valued at $1,000,000. 4,246,775 gallons of milk, valued at $1,293,925. 799 carloads of cattle shipped, val ued at $448,760. 129 carloads of hogs, shipped, val aed at $77,830. 3,944,316,786 feet of lumber, val ued at $39,962,135. Output of 159 other factories, val ped at. $15,067,000. Output of 21 canning factories, valued at $392,100. Total, $140,314,591. The above are the products of the farms, factories and mines exclusive of the two parishes which failed to send their data, and from New t Orleans, whic4 !q neler included in the country statistics. Stock, food, t dairy products, vegetables, melons, fruits, cotton seed with its by-pro d ducts, (oil, hulls and meal) and seed of lespedeza are not included in d the above statement, but which will aggregate fully $227,150,000.