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The Rice belt journal. (Welsh, Calcasieu Parish, La.) 1900-19??, August 01, 1913, Image 6

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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
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.
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
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
The beautiful engravings in this
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~~: ·
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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 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
Residesce of A. T. es, Welshbb, La.
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.
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
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
'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
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
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
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

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