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The Rice belt journal. (Welsh, Calcasieu Parish, La.) 1900-19??, August 01, 1913, Image 9

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NUnicipal Officers of Welsh, La.
rfolow g pictvrcs represent the City Officials of Welsh, in
o office on the Third of June, 1913, for a term of two
W oald he hard to find a more cosmopolitian group of
 lng greater differences in occupation, religion and
' so few differences when it comes to their work in
the Council Chamber, if you look the state over. Mayor, R. S.
Greer is a jeweler, a Presbyterian, and a native of Tennessee. W.
E. Faught is a lumberman, a Presbyterian, and a native of Illinois.
Chas. Dautel is the Owner of a profitable dray business, affiliates
with the Baptist church and is a native of Pennsylvania. E. E.
Kimball, a baker, Methodist and native of Louisiana. A. R. Arcen
eaux, warehouse owner, Catholic and a native of Louisiana. A. G.
Fontenot, has been a farmer, is a Catholic and a native of Louisi
ana. One and all are citizens of Welsh whose interest they have
have at heart first, last and all the time.
f.tal figure of thtl .;tO Y- l el
ing. of Welsi's City Welsi
the recently elect':t mayor, the i
G wer, Who combines l'nserva- man.
basiness prudence \it ll pub- Mr
iIt and modern prouressive- he
ad democracy with love Of just
als and law and order. nearl
Ger has been a recidtent of the t
ofor eleven years past dur- price
vi time he has contlucted a binal
stablishment which in its coup
d appointments has kept and
- the towns titanic strides enco
Ite pathways of progress and
advancement. He carries M
og silverware, hand-painted vani;
-, designs and stock in whe
at will compare favorably Kan
W slmilar store in the parish beer
lhIs 22 years experience in lie
S he has few peers in the vicil
o the intricate mechanism o year
Swatch or the delicate set- grat
acostly gem. ma
& is a native of Tennessee,
uima and zenith of physicai
l power, being in his 43d
Sof tie polce jury and
~ish oficials and our own
would be wholly inadequate
plate did it not include
:the capable City Marshal
. G. Fontenot. It is uni
'i'4needed, regardless to
or faction one many train
Ili r. Fontenot is the best
the town ever had. It
Is a Christian, peaceful
happily free from a dis
?llnal element, but it is
Ssaource of satisfaction
citizens to feel assured,
t so long as Mr. Fonte
*: marshal's baton, that
their place of busi
se of day and retire -
secure in the knowl
Iroperty will be pro
and order conserved
utnhstances that may
t" t served as mar
. 1902-03, retiring
gained control with
nilt sympathize. He
* the city fathers
-June, 1911, and
uously, conscien
y performed the
dthose of C1t?
,I. an ideal peace
, ^tempermentally
Rage, being in his
of our oldest and
families, being
Fontenot, and
ty Sheriff Isaac
rtant of these t
, rice ware
c:ompanies of
h, is the Globe u
It stores vast e
food cereal in
sequipped for (
Precleaning- s
1 an extensive o
rough rie *t
ticeunaux, en- L
~;being one of .
SWelsh's busi
i. He first i
ii Davis par-i
ucated in the
:and at the ,
Iege at Rus
in life was
he S. P. four.
ears he was
.the Welsh
r engaged in
ful under
.fleld. Seven
Globe Ware
its volume
uently pur
iIs essentially
Osive, has
Peace and is
the inherert
entleness of
push au(
.of the me
and greatftr
The Nestor and oldest serving B,
member of that important body, the
in Y
Welsh city fathers is Charles Dautel,a bi
the well known and popular dray- a br
man. and
Mr. Dautel is just beginning his that
fourth term in this capacity and at Eng
he end of the term to which he has to t
just been re-elected will have given havi
nearly a decade of years of service to Feli
the town without money and without ago.
price. He possesses that rare com- whe
bination of caution and conservatism was
coupled with modern progressiveness I
and all his official acts have won the sine
encomium of "well done thou good bee
and faithful servant."
Mr. Dautel is a native of Pennsyl
vania, took Horace Greeley's advice
when a young man and hiked to
Kansas, but for 25 years past has
been a respected resident of Welsh.
He farmed foi many years in this
e vicinity, run a livery stable for eight
years, was wiped out by the confla
gration that nearly put Welsh off the
map and for three years past has
d, -
er e :
and n by u rea .cres
lone the town's main drayage busne
ness-which embraces the transfer
of freight, baggage and the moving
>n furniture, pianos or most anything
ese that can be transported on trucks.
are- For this indispensablY utilitarian
of :alling he is thoroughly equipped
lobe with strong teams and a frce of
vast careful emploYes.
Sin Mr. Dautel has a charming home
forl fronted by umbrella and cypress
g- shade trees of wide spreading foliage
sive on the bankts of Bayou Lacassie in
rice the southern portion of town.
. An adoaining big red barn .x07
en- feet in tdimeasiole and a mule barn
e of g86x80, which latter useful quadru
busi- peds he souietimes bmrs and sells, is
first 1 dicative b- his ld rereat calling and
par- a large tank on a water tower up
the reared. Ifty fiee skyward to give
the necessary pressure for 'the flow of
Rus- water to his stock, to irrigate h'
was well cultivated garden and to fuirni
four. the domestle supplY for his residence
was is an importhat adjunpt of his well
Velsh appolited place.
Bd in
GWR~ WARU 5 Ar. t MICU4RA13U, Ptophte
I 4
Back in Boston and other places
in Yankeeland one can hardly throw
a brick without hitting a Kimball cim]
and from the name one might think der
that Councilman Kimball was of New tice
England extraction. He is, however, law
to the manor born and native here, chan
having first seen the light in East its i
Feliciana parish thirty-even years Mtorn
ago. H;s parents removed to Welsh closE
when he was a little lad and here he T
was raised and has since remained. Lave
Mr. Kimball haelbeen in trade best
since a toddler of twelve and has are
been successful in the marcantile that
lI. Don
. offie
A iprol
f ec
t way
held wa nowe onduct the Wetls
a A t . S. GREEn mncpl. le
Sof ta ffice last month.
h sef
P'roprietor Model Grocery.
This is an age' of specialism. The TI
p)rofessional man who is ambiti-us to notl
climb to the highest rung of the lad- a pri
der does not essay a general prac- try
tice but chooses some 'Ine branch of past
law or medicine. Li!ikewise the mer- for t
chan(ising house that best pleases nish
its patrons is not the big department nug
Store but the one that has made a Ti
close study of one particular line. Irg
Thus it is, as good housewives ago,
lave long since learned, that the ful
best, purest and freshest groceries of i
are always to be had at the store tent
that handles these necessities exclu
sively. A notable instance of the
truth of this is the Model Grocery,
on South street, adjoining the post
office of which P. H'. Goodreau is
proprietor. It knows nothing of
other lines but all about groceries,
fiequently changes its goods and al- an
ways has them pure and fresh, is, in
hort, a model caterer in this line. ;fr
Its proprietor, Mr. P. H. Goodreau
came to Louisiana from Nebraska
is 1
W. E. FAUGHT. pa
£,+b :"y h rs _o. e p y
ucht at the ModeleGrocely tei
nounl thah impot atrn to e
o, llsn wth a t and tthesa
while residing in this communitY
built up an enviable reputatlonias a
careful, conservative, and with all, a
iprogressive citizen. .o well is he
thought of by the citizens ofa Welsh,
that at the city election held a fe
first ballot as a member of the city
council, which important position he
is filling with ability and to the sat
_ isfaction of his numerowus conestit
taet that the Model Grocery now enjoys,
bs hs sons, especially his elder son,
known to aill its parrtons to be.
W. E. Faught, Manager. Natiol
The above named company is n(d o
nother enterprise that has played ion a
a prominent part in the Welsh coun
try drama of development during the
past decade the brains and energy )f thi
for the furtherance of which was fur- said:
nished by another son of the push- "It
,ng prairie state of allinois. Louis
The Faught Lumber company was and 1
organized by Mr. Faught ten years oran
ago, has been an eminently success
ful business enterprise, the volume
of its business and ramifications ex- place
tends all over the Welsh country. side
It carries, of course, a very conm- ably
jplete line of everything in lumber bette
and building material and its broad for 1
policy has ever been to assist the rher
builder of either a business structure
or a home by fair-and generous treat
.nent and terms. And a lumber com
any that hues to the line of this often
;principle wields a potent influence Neat
for good in a growing community. 'lor
The officers of the Faught Lumber Orai
Jo. are: President and Manager, W. do n
E. Faught; Secretary and Treasurer, Loui
C. C. Burgess. an c
The manager of the company who, if
as before stated, is-a native of Illinois, grov
from which state he came about the
.on years ago, is an ardent lover of your
and believer in the prosperous future lime
of his adopted home. Yet his intelli- dlatl
gence does not permit him to be pur- neit
blind to the opportunities that are Oess
here being neglected. To quote him
as near literally as possible he said
to the Journal man in this regard
somewhat as follows: "This is a
splendid country, the healthiest and ais
most delightful place in the land to and
live in and rich in resources. Never- Pior
theless, we are not utilizing or de- Jed
veloping a tithe of them. We must 8sor
avoid the mistake the Southern Cot- will
ton planter made for years of raising dre
a splendid fleecy staple crop and then con
paying all his profits out for what E
he had to eat and wear. You will Dai
notice in the Welsh country a good Dai
many r!ce farmers who handle a tur;
whole lot of money, but very little of the
it sticks. They pay it out to feed and
horses and cattle where they ought res
to have a silo and raise their own bla
fodder. They pay it out for corn and plo
oats and vegetables when their own pal
fertile soil would give them all of of
these they needed for scarcely little thi
more than the trouble of planting. of
The wonderful returns Welsh soil thi
will give on crops other than rice is ple
shown in the huge oat crops of 0. coi
N. England, and other crops by other
persons. We Welsh people must 18
learn many lessons probably the most he
important of which is diversification lei
of crops." ac
It must not be considered from the Ca
above that. Mr. Faught is pessimistic, es
on the contrary, he is optimistic in ri,
the extreme as to the future, and a 20
publie spirited progressive citizen ye
as whose purse and influence is ever to Ar
lt be found behind any movement mak- tb
ia ng for either the material welfare 1
, a or moral uplift of Welsh and the ti
Welsh country. His remarks just
sh, quoted, however, seemed to the writer th
e saliently, sage and full of wisdom (i
the and are hence here published. tr
;i Orangep tGrowing Coming
Source of GreatWealth
sted Jefferson Davis parish and the im
son, mediate contilnguous territory, co
Ithe taning some of the finest orange
of groves in the state is rapidly becom
reral ing a Citrus fruit growing section.
arl As shown elsewhere in this issue,
ion- this section produced 30,000 boxes
nan of oranges in 1910, and the yield is
ern constantly and rapidly increasing as
e it new trees are being set out, and those
now growing are coming into better
bearing. A number of large orange
groves have been set out in this I
locality within the past few years andi
_re coming into rapid and prolifice
bearing. 'Two of the most important
of these groves is, the Woodiawn
Citrus Pl'uit Gardens about ten
miles north of Welsh, and Dr. Per
kins ane orange grove about 15
miles west of Welsh.
TWO varieties of oranges are
principally grown 'sere, namely, the
Loui5sfnR Sweets and the Batsumas
No better orange than these can be
ath anywhere in the worth. In
Ithis eaonectiolL we quote the opin
ions of President I'ennington of the
National Fruit Growers' Association,
tnd other members of that organiza
ion as given at their National meet
ing held in New Orl ans in January
)f this yoar. P'resident i'ennington
"It is an undisputed fact that the
Louisiana orange is better, sweeter
and more firm than the Florida
orange. It is heavier and is a bet
ter packer as well. The test is to
place the fruits of the two states
side by side in the market. Invari
ably the Louisiana Iruit brings the
better price. In fact, it is too good
for the average dealer to handle.
there is one marlked advantage that
the Louisiana produt L has over the
F'lorida orange, and that is that
often times there is moist, muggy
weather during shipping season in
Florida, while in Louisiana the ship
ping season is sunshiny and cool.
Oranges shipped in sunshiny weather
do not rot as soon as others. I think
Louisiana has a manificient future as
an orange growing section.
If you are looking for an orange
grove, don't go to California where
t the cost of water equals the cost of
your lands, or to Florida where un
timely frosts have ruined many.
- ather come to Louisiana where
neither the lack of moisture or ex
e ýessive frosts prevale.
a "Dad" Powers has gone-Peace to
d nis ashes-"Aunt Lett," the loving
o and faithful helpmate of his hardy
. pioneer heart during 45 years of wed
,dd joys, hardships and sometimes
t sorrows is, praise be, still with us and
t- will be, it is the hope of her hun
g dreds of friends, for long years to
n come.
it E. M. Powers was kin in spirit to
11 Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, Frank
d Davis, who preceded him half a cen
a tury and saved the richest portion
of the Mississippi valley to the nation,
4d and to the other hardy pioneers of
it restless spirit and daring souls who -
in blazed the pathways that led to the
id ploughshare and the furrow. Any
rn paper purporting to recount anything
of of the agricultural development of
le this section during the past quarter
ig. of a century without saying some
oil thing of the worthy part Mr. Powers
is played therein would be palpably in
0. complete.
.er He came to Welsh in the fall of
1st 1884 from Sac county, Iowa, where
)st he had put in six years of that rest
on less, tireless development that char
acterized h!s thirty years of life in
the Calcasisu and Jefferson Davis parish
tic, es. The very next year after his ar
in rival here found him developing a
a 200 acre farm to corn and other di
en verslfied products, he being the very
to first of the soil tillers to demonstrate
ik- the fecund fertility of the amply
are yielding acreage of this section. Soon
the th!s farm was sold and others bought
ust and developed, the Hawkeye ranch,
ter the Calkins-Powers rich rice planta
om tion .and other properties being in
turn brought into cultivatidn and d:s
posed of, th'h transmigration of ef
tor t not being part of a conceived
purpose or strategetic plan, but an
It inherent quality of his pioneer, devel
oping nature. He no sooner had the
I4st nail drove in a new building
1m· than he was off plowing a tract of
on raw land and it was this very qual
aie ity that made his industrious citizen
om- hip so valuable to the community
ion and his sudden taking off a few days
sue, ago a loss to be deeply deplored. And.
oxes in all his many deeds and transac
d is tions during his three decades of life
g as in Calcas'eu and Jefferson Davis par
hose ishes, he was honest, loyal and true.
utter For 20 years Mr. and Mrs. Powers
ange resided in Welsh. For 17 years of
this that time, Mrs. Powers, "Aunt Lett,"
and as her friends---wr'ch means every
oilic body in the parish-call her, has
rtant kept a boarding house for the sole
lawn reason that she, also, l:ves to work
ten and loves to be surrounded with the
Per- company of those who are friends as
15 well as business acquaintances.
And In the years to come as this
are fertile par~sh and fair town continue
, the to grow and flourfsh, she can find
nmas. much just satisfaction in the refle&
a be tion that she and "Dad" were the
In first builders of the cornerstone that
in' .was the foundation of this prosperity.

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