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H. A. DAVIDSON.
Probably no member of the mercan t.ile family of Welsh has played a m:lore prominent and materially use- er !ui part in the drama of the town ,and country's development and up building than the subject of this m sketch who, albeit a young man in P1 the prime and zenith of physical and NN mental power, is one of the pioneer se merchants of the town, and has been m (onnected with its business world for over a quarter of a century. He began clerking in Welsh in 1887, or 26 years ago, in 1894 engaged in D business for himself and has since tc climbed steadily upward and upward o to the highest rungs of the ladder of mercantile success. And corallory with successfully conducting this business he has found time, chiefly C as senior member of the Davidson- C Martin Real Estate and Loan Com- e pany for four years, to be a potent i factor in peopling the oil, rice and b timber lands of Louisiana and this section in particular and in develop ing these industries. His forceful a l)ersonality has helped develop and si upbuild Sour Lake, Saratoga, Evange- b line, Iowa and other places. Davidson's Cash Store, which is the present firm name of Mr. Davidson's business house, is a corporation and a located in the handsome new David- P son block in Adams street. The offi- s cers are: H. A. Davidson, Mgr., M. E. p Davidson, treasurer, S. A. Davidson, c secre:ary. The store deals in fancy groceries, meats and shelf hardware, guns, ammunition, boats and fishing tackle, handles Austin Western graders, plows and slips, J. I. Case Threshers, engines, automobiles and Gray mot tors, is agent for stationary and trac tion engines, and engines for deep pumping equipment, and is a commis sion agent for all machines used in the rice belt. Davidson's Cash Store is one of the principal spokes in Welsh's com mercial world and its manager has been one of the most prominent fig ures in the making of the towns ma terial history. POSTMASTER WM. TERRY. There are no safer criterions or truer mirrors of the growth and de velopment of a community than the relative gain or loss in its postoffice recipts and the facq that during Mr. Terry's five years capable incumbency of the office of postmaster of Welsh the volume of business in every branch of the postoffice has increased in volume fully one third amply attests Welsh's abundant prosperity during that period. In passing it is perhaps proper to say that Mr. Terry's adminpistration of the postoffice has given great satisfaction to the .town's business world and the people generally and it is a matter of gratification that he was re-appointed in June last and will serve for another four years at least, regardless of the recent switch in national politics. Wmin. Terry was born in Texas 33 years ago but lived in Kentucky prior to coming to the Welsh country thir teen years ago. Before being ap pointed postmaster he was one of the efficient salesman in the popular Martin Bros., emporium for nearly seven years. Every body has a fad or hobby and Mr. Terry's takes a form that is dis tncetively valuable. IHe Js a chicken fancier, the beautiful plumaged, bountiful laying, blue-blooded Barred Plymouth Rock, being his especial favorites. During the five years that he has given play to this fancy he has shipped the eggs and chickens of this pure and profitable breed to every confine of Calcasieu and Jef ferson Davis glarlshes wuith conse quent improvement in the blood strain of their respective poultry stock. 8. E. CARROLL. The beautiful engravings in this SPECIAL ILLUSTRATED EDITION of the RICE BELT JOURNAL tell a tale of peerless proficiency in a pro fsion or calling in which the most ? titanic strides have been recently and are being constantly made-the pho tographic art. The photos from which the engrav ings were reproduced are the worh of S. U. Carroll, the well-known Welsh photographer, and whilst the engravings are the artistic handiwork of a master house in this line, they coald not hold the mirror up to na ture as they do but for the perfection ot the original photographs. Mr. ba : followed this artistic call :uarter of a century, ever of its advancing im H- Is 4 natsiv of lIlnolnM, but caie Wi~~abz h had blong tntllf~~: · CRESCENT DRUG STORE 0. J. TOUPS, ,Owner. The infusion of new blood, of new energy and enterprise into the com mercial current of a community ever makes for the material progress and prosperity and the acquisition by Welsh in the past year or two of several young and active business men has been one of the potent fac tors that has made for the town's rapid growth during that. period. A notable and valuable recent addition to commercial circles was the advent of Mr. O. J. Toups who in February last purchased the handsome, cen trally loca:ed and well appointed Crescent Drug Store adjoining the Calcasieu Trust and Savings Bank east on South street. The Crescent is one of the neatest, prettiest and best stocked drug store in Jefferson Davis parish, a model pharmacy and p a credit to the town, and Mr. Toups b states that since purchasing it his a business has been most satisfactory, exceeding very sanguine expectations. v 0. J. Toups is to the manor born d and first saw the light in Terrebonne 0 parish 28 years ago. After the usual school course he took up the a pharmaceutical calling as his life e career and for several years past has been a prescription druggist. a He is very much pleased with his new home in the winsome Welsh country. CITY GROCERY, LOGNION & ROMERO, Props. That the City Grocery has en joytd a flourishing and ever increas ing business ever since its establish ment on Adams street near South in July 1912 is not a cause of wonder ment. For both of its proprietors were ..l n and raised in Jefferson Davis parish, they are known to everyone ..d have hosts of friends in the 'v elsh country, the precept of the golden rule was and is the guiding 4 star of their curriculum, training and later business methods and this equipment and these assesis have ever been crowned with mercantile succss. The twentieth century is an age of spec.allsm and this firm very wisely confines itself exclusively to staple and fancy groceries, keeping In close touch with the market in this field of necessaries, thereby securing what is good and desirable at the lowest price and consequently frequently changing its stock and insuring fresh ness and purity at all times. The members of the firm, A. E. Lognion and V. Romero, were born on farms near Welsh thirty-two and thirty-four years ago, respectively. They love their native town and par ish and are ever in the vanguard of all movements making for their de velopment and upbuilding. PLANTERS' GROCERY A. BENOIT, Prop. As elsewhere more fully told of in this issue the name of Benoit is indissolubly interwoven with the his tory of Welsh and the Welsh country, the. development of their respective resources, their material upbuilding and moral improvement. The subject of this sketch is a worthy sc:on of this splendid Creole stock of Jefferson Davis parish who have contributed so much to its ma I terial welfare and moral well being. a He first saw the light on the old f Benoit plantation near Welsh thirty ) three years ago and is the head of - the family in point of being tth' - oldest son of the present generation. j He was raised on the farm, educated y In the public schools and followed different vocations until establish ing the Planter's Grocery five years ago. Of this venture he has made a splendid success by keeping the best goods obtainable and by fair and Shonest dealing with his patrons. He does an increasing business each t succeeding year and no doubt his Strade will be still further augmented Sin his new and neat store in the D. C. Hebert building close to the depot, - to which he has just removed. Mr. SBenoit 1 a great lover of and believer l n the future prosperity of his native Stown and parish and is ever to. be Sfound ln the forefront of all move mentas asking for their growth and , jupbuflding. As a snlagle example of his pro gresivemesm in bnIaes ways we - note that Mr. Benolt was the first, r and so far the only WeIsh merchluat - to install an auto delivery. B. meap s of this new venture e is einabild t deliver goods to his tety pseroa s mIuch quicker than kereofoa and 1 .lso to make daily deliver tritPs ~inw l,. surro - n ting o t.. .:: : °L , - < . ' ' Residence of F. S Goodreau, Welsh, La. THE WELSH OIL FIELDS. The pen picture of the preceeding pages of this paper of the great basic industry of rice growing and the wonderous possibilities of profit able diversified farming in this fertile portion of the Gulf Coast country we believe a faithful one not over drawn; that there is here opulent opportunities for safe and profitable land investment and that here the homeseeker can secure productive acreage more advantageously than elsewhere in the sunny southland. Yet it can be said with equal can dor of statement one of Welsh's 4.eatet possibilities of future de vtlopment and rapid growth probob ly lie in the adjacent Welsh oil fields, located three miles westward. This field is second to Spindletop in point of time in the Gulf Coast country being brought in here shortly after the discovery of the great gushers near Beaumont, indeed the I fabulous richness of Spindletop, Sour Lake, Saratago and other fields prob ably retarded the development near Welsh. Small leasers with shallow 3 wells have prevailed in the Welsh s..e'd and not sufficient acreage has been consolidated under one lease e to warrant wild catting for deeper g oil and bigger wells. The principal resent opera.ors in the W\elsh field s are Messrs R. F. Weichert and C. R. e Switzer who sub-lease from the Gulf e Coast .Oil company. These gentle men have sunk and brought in four ,f wells from which they are now pump y ing 80 bbls of crude petroleum per day which is converted into lubri e eating oil at the nearby Rio Bravo d refinery, elsewhere told of, and which ýt is used by the S. P. System. It A few other shallow wells bring y the total daily output of the field up i- to over 100 bbls. daily. Messrs Weichert and Switzer, who are both J. thoroughly experienced oil men, are n firm in their faith that here will be d brought in, when suitable develop ment under right conditions be r come available, cne of the great oil f fields of the Gulf Coast country in . fact that eventually a half dozen highly productive and profitable oil fields will be developed within a radius of ten miles of Welsh. And as a noted geologist con nected with one of the great oil companies, who is familiar'with the full and numerous showings of gas and oil at varying depths, here as ser s that such an abundance of gas and oil showings is a sure indication of a reliable supply of oil in the neighborhood, co-incides with these views, there are the strongest rea sons to place a good deal of depen dence on them. The Rio Bravo Oil company is now sinking a deep well in this field and a local company, the Farmers' Oil company, has just been organized to prosecute further development there. The officers of the last named com pany are: President, R. F. Weichert; Vice-President, C. E. Carr; Secre tary, C. R. Switzer; Treasurer, A. T. Jones, and these, with F. R. Marsh, comprise the board of directors. The stockholders of the last named com pany comprise some of the strongest names in Welsh's business and finan cial world, including W. B. Gabbert, Geo. W. Cozner, W. E. Faught, .S. O. Scoggine and J. F. Peck. THE PLEZOL. The favorite refreshment parlor of Welsh, especiallr of the fair and gentle sex who here delight to fore gather; is The Plezol, on Adams street, so named after one of the de 'liciously palatable and refreshing drinks that it serves. The Plezol was established by Mr. C. V. -Moore, its present proprietor, but scarcely a year ago, has always done a flourishing business and the fame of its cooling, recuperative re freshments have travelled beyond the parish prescincts. All the popular soft drinks of summer are served and its delicious ice cream has an es pecially enviable reputation. The sitting room for ladies and their escorts is furnished and appointed, electric fans generate a cooling cur cent and in all regards the Plezol is recherche, recuperative and metro politan. Residesce of A. T. es, Welshbb, La. A. T. JONES. The engraving of the beautiful residence printed in connection with this brief sketch is characteristic of the citizen of whom this mention treats. It is the most charming and architectually beautiful home of Welsh and by analogy it reflects Mr. Jones' position in the community, for pre-eminent success has perched up on the banners of all projects with which he has been connected during his more than a dozen years of resi deuce in the Welsh country. SA.T. Jones came to Welsh from McPherson, Kansas, in the fall. of 1900, though like so many builders and developers of Welsh and its re sources he is a nativr of Illinois. Until tlhe first of the present year, he su easefully conducted a large feed S". and toal . therewith be came :one of the largest rice ftsritae f this sectloh, operating over `000 ..To this basic industry of the Welsh country he now gives his undivided attention, his farms being widely scattered and demanding his person al supervision and direction. And he is Vice-President of the Welsh Warehouse and Supply Company, elsewhere told of, and interested in other enterprises. He has found time however, at the earnest solicita tion of his fellow citizens to serve the town two terms as trustee and one term as mayor. Mr; Jones has the grit, gristle and gumption of the son of his great na tive prairie commonwealth coupled with the .do-it-now push and hustle of the Sunflower state scions and he combines with these qualifications rare but unassuming executive ability and an unfailing urbanity which dis patches big business with unusual promptitude. He is one of the cap. aluas oidnpaustry who are buildng a new and greater Louisiana. AMERICAN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY. Welsh rejoices in that greatest PC modern boon to the business world, of a perfectly managed and conducted L4 ie:ephone exchange. And Welsh well 15 Inows how to appreciate such ex cýllent service for it has passed in rough all the varying grades of tl .e:elicien:y to be found in the con- Il duct of these great aids and facilities ti of 20th century business ranging from h good, band and indifferent to that de r,tCe of mediocrity which makes im ..;a.e;ti calling for the skill of the medico and the alienist to alleviate I e brain storms which such inferior service inflicts. ei The pleasing metamorphosis that .as taken place in the Welsh ex- i change is due to the experience and skill of the present local manager, b J. C. Bertrand who took charge of C the plant three months ago, coming ti from Lafayette. t4 He has made the service well nigh b perfect so that calling central has a become a pleasure. This has been accomplished by instituting inno- n vations and improvements in the a physical and mechanical equipment it of Lhe exchange and by carrying on L its important business in a sys- o tematic manner. New changing f chords have been installed in the t, -witch board throughout and numer- t ous lesser additions and improve- t ments made making for the desira- e ole end attained, including the re- a modeling and re-appointing of the c Iespective rooms of the exchange, ' affording more room and other con- t veniences. That such down-to-date methods are distinctively to the t company's benefit is evidenced by the fact that twelve new subscribers 1 nave been added during the past three months and in the report mak iag estimates for the future exten sion of the s'witch board it is pre dic.ed that at least twenty new sub scribers will be added in the year following. Mr. Bertrand, the manager, has commended himself to our business Aien by unfailing courtesy in hand ling the business affairs of the com ,any. And not the least of the ,actors that have contributed to the uccess achieved is the fact that he aas surrounded himself with a .horoughly trained, competent and courteous force of employes. These are: Miss Florence Davis, chief and Mrs. Callie Books, night operator. Welsh is one of the most important exchanges of the Bell Telephone Company in this district, having more farmers on the line than any other place in the district and more long distance calls from farmers are made at Welsh than at any other point from Sabine Pass to Morgan City. DR B, R. I ARObENEAUX 'A prophet is ever without honor in his owvn country" runs the ancient adage meaning thereby that the average man seeks the goal of his ambi.ion in a section far removed Irom the place that gave him birth. vWhen the rare exceptions in this re gard occur they bespeak a forceful personaltly and tell of one strong in confidence in his own integrity, in d:atry and capability to climb the rungs of the ladder of success. Such an individuality, unafraid, curageous and modestly conscious oi power is the subject of this sketch. lr on leaving the classic shades of !:is alma mater, Dr. R. R. Arceneaux did not seek pastures new but hung ~ut Lia prefessional shingle in the :a:ming creole state. Aid as a re . r for his affection for and con fidence in his own home people he z s been rewarded by a large and I crative practice in his chosen pro feision in the Welsh country where Le first saw the light. He was born on the old Arcen eaux plantation, January 24th, 1877, . tended the public and high schools of Calcasieu parish and supplement ed this tuition with a 'lassical curric ulum at Bowling Green College, Ky. SChoosing the pracUiCe of medicine as a calling in life he matriculated as a student in the medical department Sof the Louisville University, gradu ated therefrom in 1900 and since that b time has practiced his profession in Welsh. n Dr. Arceneaux comes from one of the old and distinguished French " families of this section of Louisiana. e His father, F. A. Arceneaux, is one ' of the pioneers of Calcasleu parish, was for many years a member of 4 Its police jary, and is now a member - of the same body for Jefferson 4 Davis parish representing Ward 7. HiB*s youngest brother, F. F. Arcen e eaux, is treasurer of Jefferson Davis 5parish and many of his nearest kin y are prominent in commercial cireles - and other walks of life. il Dr. Arceneaux has that affable * urbanity and pleasing personality a jwhich belong to Ithe cultured Creole of French descant. The \Wel . ":: ic League portant enf.t :-e of which the of Welsh justly proud. League Wa: lnized Febr 1911, by a . of ladiest purpose of .. ifying the tor improving sanitary o thereof. \V :,ut express th, meat of tihe .,A:'e city when to that from tart this or has been a a ess in every The The o0lih at present are: ,dent, Mrs. C. \Villard; Sec'y, Mrs. ....if Martin; Cor Ing Sec'y, '::. A. T. Jones; er, Mrs. \V:,,. 'ear. The nmeeta s are held o month, at " ich time the o[ ..lanned anl iaid out to be by the diff:tre.:t committee Cemetery, ,\t:dlitorium, School, Its tary, Clean ( p, Forestry, pry~, tertainment, Lecture Cou, e, d bership and such special co as are appointed from time to th Welsh today boasts of one d most beautiful cemeteries In this tli of the state. This We wish to is due to the efforts of the League, which takes the entire - of its the year around. The ; ful, well kept lawns of the City torium and School are also k the Civic League. A great an the young trees set out in the etery, on the Auditorium and other public places, as weil e on private property, are due to , work of the Forestry committe the Civic League. The fact e Welsh is a clean town is duelard e to the efforts of the San.tar, * e Clean Up committees of the Is s The chairman of these commlttba a member of the State Both Health. Last year through the forts of the Civic League the was removed from the entire to and the bayous at the bridge ,r tering. At least 100 loads of bish were hauled to the d grounds. Since then the uaited 'forts of the council and Civic I have prevented the scattering of bish about the streets. and e lots. e The Lecture Course comelttl been the means of provlding sg a five excellent entertainments the winter months and they that the numbers for the f 'season shall even excel those it Spast. Last year the Welsh Civic became affiliated with the Federation of Women's Clubs. e entitles them to the sending oaft e gates to the state conventloi. gives them splendid opportu lil n enlarging their fields of JOHN J,. ILE - Albeit but lacking three a short two score of life's I t he gentleman above named li e of Welsh's oldest and mot i acnt business men. d He has been identified tl h. mercantile world for 15 YeN - is one of the town's leading U1 vare and furniture merch55 n has one of the best eqau1lPP_ " taking and embalmting ie ments of the parish an beautjul hearse being opn`a-t d, pointments of this branch. In the two lines first h. :arries a most complete stna o he is ever satisfied with art Smargin of profit as is 1o S Sthe safe conduct of bUstS, e patrons in this section 5, numbered in his list of iis Mr. Miller is a great 5 the future of Welsh' il sources of the Welsh OOU to its horticultural poi is enthusiastic and his erience in fruit and be51W. a, mple cause for his 0o optimism. His little Satsuma orange trees at c- 'home speak volumes of of opportunities there of this section in fruit clt trees were set out f8:iv t and although they have tle or no care and h. at through one of the s3 n the southland has ev9fr all have survived and all 35 of and hardy. ci The third year thee ia 350 oranges, the f:fth year 1 ne .his year, when they wlIA h, tained full maturity, Mr. of pects them to yield from er 3000 of the deliciously. on healthful golden . uit. ] 7. similar success 'ith exclII n. and other delici o:s fruitOj ris conviction that tlre is 1500 in earth's footstool superio i lea country for sem ropical ture is fortified l:y the le evidence, that of !,. :sonal ty Mr. Miller is a ,,tive of! le his 37th year bt.' has . Louisiana for 16 ars pa;'s