MARKSVILLE BULLETIN NEWSPAPER Jan. 4, 1879---July 9, 1887 Obits

(Transcribed by Ellen Dauzat)




Jan. 11, 1879 p. 4


   Frozen to Death--- Last Thursday morning Resaire McCarthy was found frozen to death about one hundred yards on this side of Mansura. It appears that he had been drinking pretty freely at a grog shop in Mansura the previous evening and on his way home was thrown by his horse. Several citizens of Mansura heard his cries but believing it to be the boys did not pay any attention to them. Resaire was a good hearted and serviceable colored man and we truly deplore his untimely and horrible death.

   An inquest was held over his body by Coroner Clayton.




Jan. 25, 1879 p. 2


   Major Jon H. New of New Orleans, died in that city on the 19th inst. Major New was one of the most distinguished members of the city bar and a profound scholar. Louisiana deeply deplore the death of such citizens.




March 15, 1879 p. 3


  On Tuesday last, early in the morning, Mr. Martin Mayeux, a young man living in Moreauville, in this parish, accidentally shot himself in the abdomen. It appears that he was hauling firewood and carried a gun in which becoming tiresome he tried to push under the wood. In attempting to do so one of the barrels went off and the discharge lodged in the abdomen, killing him almost instantly. The deceased was nineteen years of age, of very good family, industrious and beloved by all his neighbors.







March 15, 1879 p. 3


  On the morning of the 11th inst., Mr.  Martin Mayeux accidentally shot and killed himself, at the residence of his father-in-law Mr. M. M. Dufour, Moreauville, at the age of nineteen years.

  It is painful to announce the death of one so mild and kind as was our young friend Martin. He was beloved by all of his school mates and we were always when meeting him greeted by a bright smile, and we cannot but regret him, and in our young hearts will ever be kept a place for the memory of Martin.

  We extend our sympathies to his bereaved family, praying that his soul be received in God’s sanctuary.

H. P. C.




April 5, 1879 p. 3


  An unfortunate difficulty occurred in this town in the afternoon of Wednesday last between Messrs. L. J. Ducote and Arthur M. Firmint, in which the latter was shot and killed. We forbear any comments, not wishing to influence public opinion.




April 5, 1879 p. 3


  It is with deep regret that we chronicle the death of an old and honorable citizen of this parish—Capt. Downing Glasscock. A resident of this parish for the past forty- five years, and the head of an influential family of this parish, his death has cast a deep sorrow over many hearts. We tender our sympathies to those who feel the great affliction of so great a loss to them.



  Died—At his residence, in Cottonport on Sunday the 30th. Inst. Downing Glasscock, aged 70 years and 3 months.




  On Wedenesday the 2nd inst., at his mother’s residence, in this town, Arthur Michel Firmint, age 19 years and 5 months.




April 19, 1879 p. 3


  We were pained to learn of the death of Mrs. J. J. Normand, which occurred on Wednesday last. Her funeral took place on Thursday and was very largely attended. The deceased was the sister of our accomplished Deputy Clerk, Mr. L. V. Gremillion.




May 3, 1879 p. 3


Died—On the 30th ult., George Billington, aged 27 years.


  While in the prime of life and engaged in his daily occupations he was struck down by the falling of a steam boiler upon him at Barbresh Plantation.

  The death of a mode citizen is at all times a great grief and loss to family, friends, neighbors, and the community in which he lived, but for such anyone in the peaceful pursuits of life to be struck down, suddenly without warning--- at one moment full of life, youth, health and hope, the next mortality stricken—sends a shock of horror and of grief into every breath.

  Mr. Billington was born and reared and lived all his life in this community, where he was loved and respected by all for his truthfulness and integrity of character, the exemplary and even tenor of his life, his industry and usefulness. Brought up as a mechanical engineer there was little in the related branches that he could not do or tell how to be done, and he was in his calling probably more useful to more people than fell to the share of any other person of any calling in the parish.

  Absolutely temperate in all things, woefall of his time and devoting all of it to some useful and good end, living as if convinced that our lives are in God’s hand: the use we make of them, in our own upright, frank, industrious, modest and amiable. He was a model for imitation in his habits and his life.

  His death makes a void in the family circle, in which he was an idol, as heart rending as it is irreparable, and to friends and the community, one, which cannot be filled.





May 17, 1879 p. 1


  We are pained to learn of the death of a child of our friend S. R. Cocks Esq. Of Big Bend.




May 31, 1879 p. 3


   It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mr. Thomas P. Frith, which occurred at his home, in Evergreen, on the morning of Wednesday last. He bore his long and painful illness with Christian fortitude and manly courage. The loss to this parish by the demise of such a man is great and irreparable, and in our next issue we will in an appropriate way, and in fitting terms pay our last homage to the regretted dead. And in the meantime we extend to the bereaved our sincere condolence.




June 21, 1879 p. 3


   On the 14th day of June at Simmesport, La., Mr. J. E. and Mrs. A. Trudeau’s darling little George. Aged three years.


   Dear Parents, do not weep, for he has gone to God. He closed his eyes peacefully, sweetly on father, mother, only to open them in realms above. Yes, he wore a smile in death’s cold embrace. Thus another harp has been added to Heaven’s choir, another bright cherub, to Heaven’s host. It was the good fortune of the writer soon after coming to Simmesport to become acquainted, and attached to little George. And to be suddenly taken from us this, depriving me of the privilege of singing and playing for him, causes my heart to heave with deep emotion, for not to love him, with me twas impossible. He has gone! Dear little George may we meet, and again sing for you on that bright, and beautiful Shore. Farewell.

I.                    S.




Aug. 30, 1879 p. 3


   We are pained to learn the death of Mrs. Alice Owen, wife of Dr. C. D. Owen. Mrs. Owen was the daughter of the late Dr. W. H. Winn, and was a lady much beloved and esteemed in the community in which she lived. We tender our condolence to the family of the deceased lady.




Sept. 27, 1879 p. 3


Lucien D. Coco


   It was our mournful duty to carry to the grave on last Monday the remains of our aged friend whose name heads this feeble tribute.  The oldest of a large, influential and wealthy family of this parish and having lived continuously in our midst, he was known to everyone. Eldest son of a noble father, who transmitted to him those correct habits of life, that purity of mind and that courageous devotion to strictly honest habits it is no wonder that his career has been one of rapid success. Frugal, temperate, energetic he amassed a large fortune which he handled judiciously. The cold exterior of Lucien D. Coco was not a correct reflex of his warm heart, and his death will disclose that his acts of assistance and charity were numerous. We knew him well; we liked him; he was our friend. Twelve years ago when we were but a boy he befriended us, and we say it with pride we retained his friendship to the day of his death.

   I his death a happy and peaceful home is made desolate. A widow and six orphaned children will weep over the wound that contains that which was dearest to them, and memory must fill the void created by his demise. He has lived a life of purity, industry and economy and he has died the death of a good man. The living should not regret the dead; tears may assuage the pangs of the bleeding heart, yet we must remember that in Christ is our faith and in prayer our sweet consolation.

   We extend t the bereaved our sincere condolence.


Oct. 4, 1879 p. 1


Died--- On Tuesday, 23rd September A. D.  1879, at his residence on False River, in this Parish, after a brief illness Saint James Joffrion aged 65 years.

  The deceased was the head of one of our oldest Creole families and was the father of our well known citizens, Ernest, Oscar and Emile Joffrion and of Mrs. L. B. Watkins, Miss B. Joffrion and an infant son, and he was the brother of P. Joffrion, Esq. The funeral ceremonies took place at the church of Immaculate Conception (Chenal) in the grave yard of which is the family burial place. A tender parent, a loving husband, a true friend and an upright man, Saint James Joffrion was consigned to his last resting place amid the tears of many dear relatives and friends in whose hearts his memory.

                                       “Requiescat in Pace.”

Pointe Coupee Pelican.




Feb. 21, 1880 p. 3


Died—At the residence of Fielding Edward, on Red River, on last Saturday at 3 o’clock P. M., William Sloat, aged 63 years.



Died—At the residence of her son-in-law Moise Ducote Esq. On Thursday, January 29, 1880 Octavine Scallan, aged 67 years, relict of Azenor Lemoine and mother of that excellent citizen our valued and esteemed friend Zenon Lemoine of Cottonport. Through many long years of suffering, borne with Christian fortitude and resignation this excellent lady has at last gone forth upon that journey from whence no traveler returns. May the walks of eternity prove easy to her is the ardent wish and hope of those who knew her well and best. To her bereaved son and her many connections and friends we extend our sincere condolence.






March 6, 1880 p. 2


C. E. Frith


   It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mr. C. E. Frith, which said event occurred in the town of Alexandria while on a professional visit.  When the intelligence of the death of our young friend reached this place a general gloom settled over our community, for the deceased was universally liked and his position in society and at the Bar made him a prominent and talented citizen of this Parish.

   Barely twenty -eight years of age death came at a period in life when the future should be big with hope and aspirations. Thoroughly educated, an accomplished lawyer and a polished gentleman, he was the idol of his family and the pride of his friends. Married to an estimable lady a few years ago, he leaves a widow and three children. These will mourn the untimely death of husband and father, and we know how bitter and scalding the tears that well up and flow from the hearts torn into shreds by visitations so desolate and painful. Humanity would be untrue if over the mound beneath which reposed the body of the beloved Edward there did not flow the tears of anguish from eyes that delighted to gaze upon his proud and manly form. In tears there is relief for anguish and in religion we find the consolation denied us elsewhere. Aged mother, devoted wife, beloved brother and sisters and orphaned children let your tears flow without restraint for those who weep are those who feel, and pray permit a friend who was attached to him in life and who honors his memory, to join in dropping the tear of deep affection over the new made grave.





Sept. 25, 1880 p. 3


    It is with regret that we this week chronicle the death of Mr. Emile J. Bordelon, who departed this life on Monday evening last, aged 51 years. The deceased was well and exusively known, the head of a large family, a good citizen and a sincere patriot. He had been in failing health for several months and his death was not unlooked for. Peace to his ashes.




Nov. 27, 1880 p. 3


   The widow of the late Jeff Posey, who lost his life on the Bonnie Lee, of which he was clerk, entered suit against Captains Noah Scovell and C. S. Kouns for $25,000 damages.




Dec. 4, 1880 p.2


Editor Bulletin:  Was murdered on the highway within a mile of Marksville, on the 26th ult, William Pearson.

   He was industrious, sober, peaceable and of a quiet disposition and character. He was very much beloved by his kindred to whom he was very much attached and ever ready to lend a helping hand. He had by his industry and thrift accumulated a sufficiency for independence and was very much esteemed by his own people as well as the whites.

He lost his life through fidelity to the trust confided to him by his employer and friend. Though otherwise out of place here, justice to our community requires it to be stated that his murderers were not of us; one from Texas and the other is stated to be a fugitive from justice of Mississippi.





Dec. 4, 1880 p. 3


   It is with sincere regret that we hear of the death of the estimable wife of our good friend and relative George H. Iriou Esq. Which sad event occurred on Tuesday last. The deceased was a daughter of our venerable friend J. Horace Marshall and had been married to Mr. Iriou for several years. She leaves husband, three children, a large family and a host of friends to deplore her loss and weep over her grave.






Dec. 18, 1880 p. 3


Died----At Bordelonville, on the 2nd inst., Faustin Bordelon, aged 62 years and 11 months. The deceased was well and widely known in this parish; was the head of a large and influential family and in his death the community sustains a severe loss. His life was pure and irreproachable. His many virtues stood forth in bold relief and the general respect accorded him by the community in which he lived for so many years is testimonial sufficient that he was honored by the people, beloved by his acquaintances and almost idolized by his family. When the icy finger of death is imprinted upon the human forehead, consoled must be the man who lays himself down to final rest satisfied that his life has been long and honorable, uninterrupted by aught that could hurt conseience nor bring to the check the blush of shame. Such was the life led by Faustin Bordelon, and the writer knowing him for many years can well attest that he was a good man, a devoted Christian, a sincere friend and a loving husband and father. Peace to his ashes.    L.



Died—On Tuesday, Nov. 9th 1880, at the residence of Dr. Butler, in the town of Natchitoches, Mrs. B. J. Moore, consort of the lat ex-Governor, Thomas O. Moore, of Alexandria, parish of Rapides.

   A happy and peaceful home is made desolate; gloomy shadows are gathered a round the hearth which only a short while since was cheered and brightened by the loving presence of a mother or pained children are weeping over the grave which contains the perishable remains of what was most dear to them; society is bereft of one of her most honored and regal queens; Louisiana mourns the loss of one of her true patriots; and an old and wealthy family becomes extinct—Mrs. B. J. Moore, was the last of the Leonards.  

   Her sterling qualities, rare, mental endowments and unostentations

    manners long ago won our admiration, and we can not on this occasion     refrain from offering a loving tribute to the memory of the whom to us was bound by the closest ties of consauguinity, and who proved herself always our true friend and well wisher—we shall ever remember her with respect, gratitude and affection.

      High toned, cultivated and refined, she sustained all the relations of life with dignity and honor, and her noble heart was sever the shrine of those transcendent virtues which should ever adorn the Christian matron—she was a faithful wife, a tender parent and a sincere friend. Dissimulation held no sway in her frank and loyal nature, and the duties of her position were discharged with scrupulous integrity. The habits of her life were correct—her earthly career pure; she leaves a bright record and an unsullied reputation, which is the most priceless legacy that a fond parent can bequeath its children—a monument which will long survive the sculptured marble which affection’s hand will rear above the dewy sod that marks her place of rest.

   The cold exterior of the gifted Mrs. B. J. Moore, was not a correct reflex of her warm and generous heart—the few select friends who were honored with her confidence and intimacy, and who enjoyed her boundless hospitalities, best know and most keep appreciated the intrinsie value of the treasures which lay hidden beneath a frozen surface! Her kindly act scattered blessings in many poverty stricken homes, and her benefactions invoked the telling prayers of the widow and the orphan. May she reap the reward of her beniticence!

   Those cruel bereavements which shattered all of her earthly hopes, bereft her home of its fairest attractions, and made ruins of her happiness, were borne with fortitude and patient resignation; and although not a professed Christian, was nearer God and heaven than many whose lips proclaim their faith, and whose actions deny the teachings of Christ.

May the crown of a blissful eternity be conferred upon her immortal soul! She died within the folds of the Roma Catholic Church, and on her death bed, received the last sacraments and all the consolations of religion; she was buried according to the rites of that Church, of which she had but recently become a member. On a beautiful knoll in the Cemetery at Pineville, she sleeps by the side of her late gallant husband and children, who some years since preceded her to the land of shadows. May roses, violets and chrysantemums sweetly bloom around her grave! May immortelles here offer their undying chaplets! May the queen of the Southern forest—the stately Magnolia, with its graceful foliage of fadeless green, and its snowy chalice like blossoms, to this sacred deposit bring tokens of remembrance, and around the tomb exhale their most bewitching fragrance. Their beautiful emblem “I change but in death,” is a typical of that brave and loyal heart which lies buried beneath their evergreen shade and may the drooping branches of the weeping willow tenderly embrace the consecrated spot where rest the mortal remains of our dear and lamented, R. J. Moore!               S. L. C.




Dec. 25, 1880 p. 4


   Dead---Last Wednesday, the 22nd inst., Mr. James Satterfield breathed his last in our parish prison. He had but a week ago been tried and convicted of murder, and before the sentence of the Court had been pronounced upon him he has been called to another and higher Tribunal, where the “good are rewarded and the bad are punished.” Mr. Satterfield was 90 years old and a native of North Carolina. He had for many years been a resident of this parish.




Jan. 22, 1881 p. 2



   Died----Evergreen, on Friday the 14th inst., Rose Marshall, consort of   Charles Irion, aged----years.

A sad duty falls upon us this week, that of chronicling the death of this estimable lady. But two months ago her sister, Mrs. George Irion, was laid in the tomb, and today she, who stood vigil at the bedside of a dying sister, is also transformed into the pallid cerements of the grave. This, another bereavement is added to the family whose tears were not yet dry. Of a disposition so kind and loving, Mrs. Charles Irion had won a circle of friends who mourn today wit her disconsolate husband, her aged father and mother bowed down with grief, her sisters, brothers and relatives the loss which has made a wound which time can never heal. Unassuming and modest in manners none knew her but to love her. Like her sister, Mrs. Charles Irion, leaves four children too young, Alas! To ever know the bright and noble qualities of their sainted mother who now sleep in Jesus. Well may we say, “Death loves a shining mark.” To the bereaved and disconsolate we offer our condolence.





 Feb. 5, 1881 p. 3


   Homicide—On last Wednesday evening a very unfortunate affair      occurred at the store of Mr. Edward Coco, at Hamburg, this parish. The clerk Mr. Bruce Denson was killed by Mr. L. Fisher with a mallet, without any grave cause, we have been told. In our next issue we will be able t give the particulars.



Obituary Feb. 5, 1881 p. 3


   Departed this life on Friday night, the 14th inst., Mrs. Rosa Irion, wife, off our friend and brother, Mrs. Charles Irion, and daughter of our esteemed fellow townsman, Mr. J. Horace Marshall. This is the second very sever affliction which has befallen the same circle of loved ones. Mrs. Irion was of a meek, gentle, and loving disposition. A devoted Christian, wife and mother. She is greatly missed. None knew her but to love her. Her death and that of her sister, which occurred recently, have left two sadly bereaved husbands and several little orphans, two of them little tender infants. These two Christian sisters, so lovely in character and useful in their spheres of labor and influence, are safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast. May God comfort the hearts that have so suddenly been deeply grieved, and give them grace to be submissive to his chastening hand.                  H. B.



   Died—At Evergreen on Thursday the 22nd. Ult., Mary Myers, sister-in-law of T. Levy, aged 50 yrs. N. O. Papers please copy.





 Evergreen, Jan. 1881


Died—At Cottonport on the 27th ult., Marie Louise Rabalais, late consort of Appolinaire Bordelon, aged 69 years. The deceased was an estimable lady, a meek Christian and beloved by all who knew her. Mother of several children, she devoted herself to them with that care and close attention characteristic of the true mother and noble woman. In her death our venerable friend Mr. Appolinaire Bordelon sustains a severe affliction, for age is fast creeping upon him and his faithful helpmate preceding him to that “bourne from whence no traveler returns,” leaves him upon earth desolate and inconsolable. He has our most sincere condolence.



Feb. 19, 1881 p. 2




Again death hath entered the family of our friend. D. B. Hudson, of Holmesville, and snatched from their midst one of the brightest Landall—his oldest son. So bright and lively the little boy—so sudden and rapid the ravages of disease, that even those who had watched him closely could scarcely realize that Landall was dead. But this, another jewel is removed from earth to its place in the Heavenly Casket, where together, three little brothers and a sister are free from human sufferings. A large circle of friends offer this, their heartfelt sympathy to the difflieted family.


    A Friend.



Feb. 26, 1881 p. 3


    Mr. Charles Zimmer and his family have our deepest sympathy in the   Florence Minnie, aged 11 years. This sad event occurred on last Wednesday, after a short illness.



March 12, 1881 p. 3




Died---on Bayou Des Glaise on the evening of the 4th inst., at 8 o’clock, Sallie E. Griffin, wife of Charlie George, age—years.

She has left us and our hearts are filled with passionate grief. The dark shadow of death has taken in from our brightest jewel.

   She, who, but a few days ago was so full of life, and health, is gone. A cloud of impenetrable woe has fallen upon the heart of the devoted husband, whose idol she had been. And the lisping lavish voices will receive no answer to their call of “Mama,” for the happy cadence of the sweet voice is forever hushed.

She has gone to that bourne from whence no traveler returns.

Her short journey is ended!

 Another bright life has been taken from its frail casket to shine in the brighter light of glory.

Yet, we must not mourn, or murmur, that we see her here no more, but look toward to the happy reunion in  “That sweet bye and bye” where we will meet to part no more.


We are lonely, oh! So lonely,

And our hearts are filled with pain,

For our brightest light has left us

That will never come again.

The soft dark eyes are closed

In a deep and dreamless rest;

And the weary hands are folded

O’er her still and pulseless breast

But she has only gone before us;

We must stifle back our cries,

And try to meet our loved one,

In the home beyond the skies.





April 16, 1881 p. 3


Died-----At the residence of Victor A. Moreau, on the 14th inst., S. D. Edwards, aged 37 years, 3 months and 4 days, a native of this parish.




April 23, 1881 p. 2

In Memoriam


Died—At the residence of Mr. V. A. Moreau on the 14th inst., Mr. Stephen E. Edwards, aged 37 yrs.

   One of the most painful duties that an editor has to perform is to chronicle the death of a dear and true friend. The deceased was a member of a large and influential family and beloved by all who knew him. Of a disposition kind and amiable he had made a host of friends who today join his grief stricken family in dropping the tear of affliction over his mound. Though transformed into the pallid cerements of the grave his many virtues will never be forgotten.

To his disconsolate wife, sisters and brothers we extend our warmest sympathy. Let the bereaved find consolation in the reflection that the departed relative sleeps in Jesus. May the sod rest lightly on his ashes.


Long, long, will we miss thee, friend,

Long, long, days for thee we’ll weep,

And through many nights of sorrow

Memory will her vigile keep.




April 30, 1881 p. 3


Died—At the residence of Mr. A. Blanchard, in this town, on Monday the 25th inst., Mr. Arthur Gorman, aged 22 years, a native of Texas.

He was followed to his grave by a large concourse of people and the burial ceremony was impressive. Peace to his ashes.




June 18, 1881 p.3


Died—In Marksville, on Sunday, the 12th inst., John Eutrope, son of Esteban Chavez and Angela Chaze, aged 5 years and 3 months.

The darting of fond parents has thus passed away and the  hand of afflection is laid upon them. Never have we witnessed such a heart rending scene as when the coverlid of the coffin closed over the mortal remains of the little Jean. The bereaved have our deepest sympathy.






June 25, 1881  p. 3


Died—In Marksville on Saturday, the 18th inst., Mrs. Caroline Gaspard, consort of Mr. A. Frank, aged 55 years, 9 months and 18 days.

The deceased was greatly beloved in this community where she resided almost all her life. She was a kind, hospitable and Christian woman and her many good qualities tend greatly to assuage the loss which her bereaved family have sustained. To the aged husband, bowed down with grief, and to her disconsolate daughters and sons we offer our condolence. Be consoled in the reflection that the model wife and affectionate mother now calmly sleep’s in Jesus, free from the troubles of this world.




July 16, 1881 p. 3




Delvallade—In New Orleans on Thursday, July 7, 1881, Mrs. Ernestine C. Delavalde nee Peuchene, aged 41 years.


Guillot—At the parent’s residence, Alida, daughter of Azenor Guillot and Josephine Brouillette, aged 7 years.

Stern indeed are the realities of life but oh! How sweet the consolation afforded in the words of Christ when he said “suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not.”




July 16, 1831 p. 3




On, Sunday, the 3rd. inst., Alva G. Pearce at his residence in this parish.

The cruel reaper, Death, has again invaded a happy home and we are left today the painful duty to record it. “Whom the Gods love die young,” can in no instance be more applicably said than in the demise of the friend to whose memory we come to offer this feeble and last tribute. Alva G. Pearce was young, accomplished and possessed of all the virtues of a Christian. Always kind, amiable and courteous he had made a host of friends upon whom death has cruelly inflicted a deep wound. A young wife and child, an aged mother, sisters and brothers are left behind to cherish his memory and wear the weed of grief, sorrow and affliction.

His body lies under the stately magnolias in the cemetery at Evergreen, and the virgin purity of their flowers is no more emblematic of them than of the soul which has just taken its flight to its Maker. Among the blessed in the realms Above he has met the reward which a well spent life on earth was promise.

To the bereaved we offer our condolence.




July 30,1881p. 3


   We are grieved to report the death of Mrs. Aldige Mayeux, which occurred at Borodino, in this parish, on the 24th inst., at the age of twenty years.

   Her sufferings were intense and lasted for five days. Her attending physicians were compelled to resort to surgical instruments, but to no avail, and in the greatest agony her soul passed away. She died at that period of life when the Iris of youth was bending over her in all its loveliness. May she rest in peace.




Aug. 13,1881 p. 3


Died—In this town on Thursday, the 11th inst., Lucile Marie, infant daughter of Albert Goselin and Fideline Bernes, aged 2 yrs. 9 months.

We extend our sympathy to the bereaved parents in this there hour of affliction. Cruel Death has bereft them of the pride of their household but there is consolation to them in the reflection that their little Lucile has joined the angels above where sufferings and troubles are unknown.







Aug. 27, 1881 p. 3


   We were sorry to hear of the death of the estimable wife of Mr. J. S. Hosea. She was a lady of rare accomplishments and leaves sorrowing relatives and friends to mourn her demise. The bereaved have our sympathy.




Sept. 3, 1881 p. 2


   Last Friday evening, James Clarke, a bridge foreman on the Morgan railroad, and who was working between Washington and Holmesville, was run over by a hand car and almost instantly killed. There were it seems several men on the car and whilst passing through a cattle gap he accidentally fell off and was run over by the car. The deceased is said to have been from Maine.




Sept. 3, 1881 p. 3


Died—At the residence of Mr. Homer Armand, at the Junction, this parish, Marie Louise Leandre, wife of Nicholas Claude, aged 72 yrs., and a native of France.

   The deceased had been a resident of this parish for the last 28 yrs.. She was a kind, good and honest Christian and her many friends will sadly miss her. She leaves an aged husband, who has shared with her the vicissitudes of a long life, and two children—a daughter and son. We extend them our condolence.



Died--August 22, 1881, after a painful illness of nine days, Martha J. Hosea, wife of John S. Hosea of Simmesport.

The subject of this notice was born Dec. 16th A.D. 1833, made a profession of religion and joined the Fair View Baptist Church, July 1881 was baptized by Rev. L. K. Branch, pastor of said Church.

Again has death, the busy archer, invaded the threshold of one of our most respected citizens, and consigned to mother earth, one of the noblest and most beloved of sisters.

In the death of sister Hosea, the community has lost an estimable lady, the husband a devoted wife, her children a kind and affectionate mother and it may truly be said the church has lost a consistent member.

It was but a few days ago this Sister stood with us around the sacred altar and joined in the anthems raised to the great Architect.


Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep

From which none ever wake to weep,

That sleep that know no waking in that better land beyond the frigid waters of death, where she will join in the undying anthems and orisona of those purified spirits who dwell forever in the effulgent light of heaven.

   We mingle our sympathies, tender and sincere, with the bereaved relatives and friends who have met with such an affliction and for a higher and holier condolence point them to the reward of those that do the commandments of the Lord that they may have right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city.


There will be no more parting from those that we love

No more sighing and shedding of tears,

For no discord shall ruffle that peaceful repose,

That flows through eternity’s years.





Sept. 10, 1881 p. 1



   In Marksville on Wednesday the 7th inst., Amelie Josephine Mayer, consort of A. D. Derivas aged 29 years and 9 months.

   This estimable lady was born in this parish, and she died at an age when life is inviting and full of promise. Sick for several weeks she bore her sufferings with fortitude and when Death was fast approaching she was aware of the fact and in resignation she gave up her soul to her Creator, trusting to that Divine promise that the good and the pure will sit beside him in the life eternal.

   The loveliest and most tender flowers are the first to wither and to fall before the blasts of the season; so it is with the beloved wife, the loving mother, the dutiful daughter and the cherished sister who has gone forth to that bourne from whence no traveler returns. Wept for by many, regretted by all, her memory will live green in the minds of those who knew her.

   We extend our since sympathies to the bereaved family.




Sept. 17, 1881 p. 1




   Mrs. Claude departed this life, Sept. 1. Her stay here was a prolonged one and filled with care and sorrow. She was liked and highly esteemed by all who knew her. All that is left us now, is to mourn her loss. And we offer up our deepest heart felt sympathy to her fond husband and children.


“Why do we mourn departing friends

Or shake at death’s alarm!

Tis but the voice that Jesus sends

To call us to his arms.”       A Friend.

New Orleans, Sept. 5, 1881




Sept. 24, 1881 p. 3


   Fatal Accident—A colored man by the name of Joe Sinagogue Jr., returning from a hunt, stopped at the store of J. W. Muse & Co. in Holmesville last Saturday and in letting his gun down the hammer came in contact with the floor and it discharged, the contents lodged under his chin. There were fifteen buckshot’s which took effect, breaking his neck and nearly blowing his head off. He was a good man and enjoyed a good reputation among his race.







Oct. 15, 1881 p. 3


Died—In this town on Thursday the 13th inst., Daisy Lucie, infant daughter of James H. and Eugenie Ducote, aged 6 months and 26 days.

Death is remorseless. A tender flower, the pride of a household, has been cut down, plunging in sorrow and mourning a heretofore happy family. We extend our condolence to the bereaved. Remember, grief stricken parents, that


It is her God who loved her who has called,

And she must go,

Oh, weep not, she is happier o’er us all

Than we below

She sees an angel pale, she hears a voice

Bidding her come

Think not of her as dead, but only say

She has gone home.




Oct. 24, 1881 p. 3


Drowned—It is with great regret that we chronicle the death of one young friend Dallas P. Snoddy, which occurred on Tuesday last and under very painful circumstances. The unfortunate young man was on board of one of our packets, destined for one of the sawmills in Rapides parish. It was night and he was asleep. The boat blew her whistle to effect a landing and young Snoddy being suddenly aroused and before being thoroughly awakened it is supposed, must have stepped from the boat into the river. He was an expert swimmer but fell between the boat and a barge which was towed alongside, and it is very probable that he must have either been crushed between the crafts, or else received injuries from the wheel of the boat.

   His body was recovered and buried in this town this morning. The deceased young gentlemen was well liked by our people, was very industrious and member of a large family. We deeply sympathize with the aged father and family in their great grief.



Died—Near Simmesport, La. On Thursday Sept. 15th inst. At 6 a.m. Monetta Stribling, wife of D. C. Robertson, aged 22 yrs.

To die so young, when life begins its most cheering years, when hope beats highest for the future, surrounded by affectionate family ties and the warmest sympathies of friends, to die and lie in the cold earth, is the greatest of all misfortunes to those who weep her untimely taking off.
But a few months ago, a loving husband claimed her at the altar, and today she lies in the cold embrace of death. Cut off in the early bloom of innocent youth, almost at the very footsteps of life’s happiest fascinations she has been transplanted to a happier sphere, where sin and sorrow reach not and where she awaits the coming of the dear ones left on earth. Dear Moneta, daily the sweet flowers of memory bloom in our hearts for thee; daily our orisons ascend to Heaven for thy sweet repose, never to be forgotten while we remain cheerless dwellers upon earth thou hast left fro a brighter and happier home. Father, mother, sisters and brothers hourly weep for thee, but their tears are not sad, for thou art only gone to where eternal joy ever reigns, amidst the loved ones in Heaven. Sweet innocent, thy, life was brief, thy stay on earth short but long enough to embalm thy memory forever in the hearts of those who knew, loved and will ever cherish thee.


“Take her to thy arms, oh, Lord,

And let her ever be,

A messenger of love between

Our human hearts and Thee.”

A Friend.




Oct. 29, 1881 p. 3


   A young man named Morasse, was killed in Holloway’s Prairie in the beginning of the week. Himself and a companion were out riding and their horses being at full speed, a limb protruding from a tree struck the unfortunate young man in the forehead, severing the cap of the head.






Nov. 5, 1881 p. 2


   Old Uncle Josiah Evans, the good old colored man and well know to everybody in our parish, is no more. He died, from typhoid fever, at his home on Choupique, on the 29th of October at 11 o’clock a.m. May he rest in peace.




Nov. 12, 1881 p. 3


   Last Tuesday night the home of our friend, Mr. G. H. Couvillion, was bereft of one of his little darlings, Joseph James Covullion, was two years, 2 months and 27 days old, the pride of a fond father and devoted mother. This it is the most cherished and loved are always snatched away from us by the cruel reaper, Death. The decrees of Providence are inscrutable but we must bow in humble submission to it. Our condolence is tendered the bereaved.




Nov. 19, 1881 p. 3


Died—On Thursday, the 17th inst., at his home near Marksville, Mr. Francois B. De Bellevue, aged 61 years, 7 months and 21 days.

Another family is again plunged in grief and sorrow. Another landmark of the past is gone, leaving behind him a large circle of mourning relatives and friends.

   Mr. Francois B. De Bellevue was a good, kind and Christian gentleman. He was an affectionate father, dutiful husband and a devoted friend. Mr. De Bellevue had held several public offices in this town and parish and always fulfilled them creditably to himself and constitnents. Whether as Tax Collector, Police Juror or Justice of the Peace he was ever the impartial and justice loving officer.

   The aged and grief stricken wife, the dutiful daughters and sons, who now bedew his grave with their tears are subjects of our deepest sympathy. To them the writer extends his condolence, invoking them to remember that the husband and father has gone to a shore where sorrows are unknown.


Nov. 26, 1881 p. 3



Fields—In Marksville, at 8 o’clock p.m., on Monday the 21st. inst., Carrie Sophia, the infant daughter of Theodore T. Fields and Carrie K. Goodwin, aged 4 months and 26 days.

   Death has invaded the precincts of a happy home and taken there from its joy, its treasure.


Early, bright, transient,

Chaste as morning dew,

She sparkled, was exhaled,

And went to heaven.

But weep not, disconsolate parents. Your little angel has but answered the summons of God who said, “Suffer little children to come unto me for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Though bitte is the sting and deep the wound it must be borne with Christian fortitude.



Verdier—In Marksville, on Sunday, the 20th inst., Mrs. Simeon Verdiee, aged 52 years, a native of France.



Monnin—At his residence near Mansura, on Saturday the  19th inst., Mr. Alphonse Monnin, aged 37 yrs.



Tholozan—On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1881, at 5 p.m., Eugene Tholozan, aged 65 years.

   The deceased was formerly a resident of this parish, where he has a wife and two children—a son and a daughter. He had been for many years separated from his family. From the N. O. Times of the 18th inst.




Dec. 3, 1881 p. 2


   We are pained to learn of the death of Dr. J. Haywood Griffin formerly of this parish, which sad event occurred in Natchitoches parish last week. The cause of his death is supposed to have been heart disease. He had but a few years since been admitted to the practice of medicine and had a bright and prosperous future ahead. But alas, death interfered and the friend of our younger days has been laid low in the tomb. May the sod rest lightly on his remains.



Died Nov. 22 at 4 o’clock p.m. of typhoid fever at her residence near Cottonport, Mary wife of John McCoy Esq. At the age of 25 yrs. Deceased leaves behind a family of four little children and a disconsolate husband. We extend to the bereaved family our most heartfelt sympathy.




Dec. 17, 1881 p. 2




   Died at Cloutierville, La. On the afternoon of Nov 21, 1881, of disease of the heart, from which he had long been a suffer Dr. J. Haywood Griffin in the 27th year of his age, son of Dr. J. F. Griffin and Sallie R. Griffin.

   It is with mingled feelings of pain and pleasure that friendships pen comes to record the death of this once loving impersonation of all the true virtues of a yet truer manhood.

   The writer of this last little tribute to his sacred memory, knew him well and intimately and can freely say that the rayless tomb encloses no purer, gentler or chivalrous form, than that of Dr. Haywood Griffin.

   He was perhaps one of the best educated young physicians, in his profession, in the country and his clear analytical mind by the application to practice which constant study taught, would beyond doubt have given him in the near future both tame and fortune. But he is gone and friendships heart yields slowly and sadly to the melancholy conviction.

Rest thee my dear youthful friend in they narrow home, oft in the still twilight of evening or the bush of the gray glimmer of the morn will thy friends repair to thy new grave and drop above it a tear of friendship and love.


S. O. S.




Dec. 31, 1881 p. 4


Died—Near Red River, on the 23rd inst, Minnie, infant daughter of L. F. Johnson and Mary E. Masters, aged 15 months and 6 days.

   The darling of her parents was taken at an age when love is most tender and binding. The crown weaved for Innocence enriches the brow of the angelic Minnie, and the bereaved should not murmur nor sigh, for twas the voice of God that spoke and called her away.




Jan. 28, 1882 p. 3


Drowned—Yesterday whilst Ferdinand Mayeux and his son, aged 12 years, were crossing Spring Bayou, the latter who was on horseback was thrown from his horse and before his father could give him any assistance he was drowned.




Feb. 11, 1882


   Hester Satterfield, better known under the name of “Old Aunt Hessie” died last Saturday and was buried on the following day. Aunt Hessie was a good, kind, Christian colored lady and was held in much esteem by the white people. She was the children’s great friend and always had for them a little present of some kind or other. We have known the old lady from boyhood and a more Christian soul never gave up its life to its Maker than Aunt Hester Satterfield. May the sod rest lightly on her remains.










Feb. 25, 1882 p. 3




Barbin—At the residence of Mr. A. L. Barbin, near Marksville, on the morning of Feb. 23rd., Miss Clotilde Barbin, at the advanced age of 90 years.

The deceased was followed to her grave by a large concourse of people. She was one of the oldest residents of this place and was a model of all that was good, true and pure in heart and mind. Seldom, if ever, seeking the pleasures of this world, her life was spent in retirement. Its long journey had been traveled, and its setting sun sank to rest in the holy calm of a religious twilight, only to rise anew on the evergreen shore of immortality.



Sad Result Of A Deer Hunt

A Hunter Accidentally Shot and Killed.


   Last Wednesday morning while a party of hunters were pursuing a deer in the woods bordering on the Par en haut prairie, Mr. Philogene Mayeux, one of the number, was accidentally shot in the back of the head. It appears that several persons fired at the fleeing deer and Mr. Mayeux, being in the line of the shots, received over twelve buck shots in the head causing a wound of over 2 to 3 inches large. Dr. de Nux was immediately summoned and has continued his visits ever since, but medical aid can do the wounded man but little good, as the brains continually ooze out from the ugly wound. Several fractured bones have been extracted from the head and with all that, the unfortunate being still lives at this writing Friday morning.

   This is a much regretted and sad accident to chronicle, and it will serve as a terrible lesson to hunters who imprudently fire off or carelessly handle their fowling pieces. In this instance the deed was purely accidental, the person who fired the shot that will beyond doubt prove fatal not even being known. His death will be greatly regretted as he was an industrious, energetic gentleman, of steady habits and esteemed by all.

Since the above was put in type Mr. Mayeux has died, having lived over 52 hours after being shot. He leaves a large family.




A Tragic End


A School Girl Finds a Watery Grave in Bayou de Glaises


   The little town of Moreauville, this parish, was the scene last Monday of a tragedy, heart rending in the extreme, and which has cast a gloom of sorrow throughout the whole community. It illustrates too plainly the truth that in the midst of life we are in death. Neither age, sex nor condition is an exception to the rule, for rule it is, and those who least expect it, meet, in a manner totally unlike what our actions of everyday life and condition would indicate, that fate which strikes us unmercilessly and alas! Too often unwanted.

   At half past 12 o’clock, p.m., the two daughters, Marie and Beatrice, of Mrs. Jules F. Gremillion, left their home to attend their evening school with hearts light and gay and happy as only belong to the young. When opposite the school building of Mr. P. M. Gremillion, the youngest girl, Beatrice, aged 8 years, stepped to the bank of the Bayou to wash her hands in the stream. The wind was blowing hard, and the earth being slippery and giving way, she fell or as some say was blown in the Bayou. Her sister, Maria, aged 14 years who in the meantime had slowly proceeded up the road, attracted by the screams of Beatrice ran back to find her sister struggling in the water. With no other thought than to save her sister this heroic girl but a few years the senior of the drowning one, leaped in the Bayou, where soon both clasped each other—one to save, the other with a deathlike grasp to be saved. Their screams brought Mr. Gremillion and few children to the scene. Whilst the former was hunting a boat of some kind to lend assistance, Mrs. Arcade Lacour, arrived and quick as lightning plunged in the water to save, if possible, the drowning girls. They had already sunk but seeing the hair of one he caught it and succeeded in bringing her to land, where in a few moments she revived. She was the youngest and the one who had first fallen in the water. The other, Maria, had sunk to rise no more. About fifteen minutes after sinking she was fished out of the water by the people who had congregated there in numbers.

   This is indeed a painful occurrence to chronicle. Mr. Lacour deserves public commendation for his brave and heroic action on this occasion. Had it not been for him both of the girls would have been drowned.



March 4, 1882 p. 2


   A little angel was laid to rest last Tuesday in our Catholic cemetery. Mary Ida, the infant daughter of Mrs. Schneider, after an earthly pilgrimage of only 15 months, gave up its little soul to its Maker, to join the angel band on high.




March 25, 1882 p. 3


   On Wednesday morning last while conversing with a couple of friends, Col. Peter Nickels was stricken wit what is supposed to have been an apoplectic seizure, surviving the attack only a few moments. The deceased, we understand, was a native of Frederictown, Maryland, and previous to locating here, had been for some years a resident of Brownsville, Texas. Col. Nickels was about 33 years of age, and leaves no known relatives in this State.




April 1, 1882 p. 3


   We are pained to learn of the death of Mr. Sylvert Bordelon, which occurred on the 30th inst.




April 8, 1882 p. 3


Died—In Hydropolis, this parish, on the evening of the 30th of March last, Mr. Sylvert Bordelon, aged 49 years and a native of this parish.

   The deceased was a member of a larger family and leaves many relatives and friends to mourn his death. He was a quiet, peaceable and good citizen and I the loss of such men a community has cause to be thrown in bereavement. The deceased was the father-in-law of that accomplished gentleman, Albert Baillio Esq., who is left together with eight surviving children, all grown, to wear the weed of mourning and sorrow. With unfailing regularity that felt destroyer of the human race, Death, visits every community, enters every home, and does its terrible work on everyone without discrimination. “Dust to dust” explains all. Let the bereaved be consoled in the thought that the departed has entered that realm where sufferings are unknown and where we all one day shall meet together in a blessed resurrection.         FRIEND




April 15, 1882 p. 3


   Mr. St. Ville Couvillion died at Cocoville last Friday night, the 6th inst., and was buried on Sunday in the Catholic cemetery of Marksville. Mr. Couvillion had reached the advanced age of 65 years. He was industrious and successful planter, greatly esteemed by the people, a gentleman of integrity. He was a resident of Big Bend, this parish, but the high water compelled him to seek the prairie, where his spirit passed away to the sphere beyond, surrounded by relatives and friends, Peace to his ashes.




April 29, 1882 p. 2


   Capt. John W. Cannon died last week in Frankfort, Ky., at the age of 62 years. He was one of the oldest, most successful and experienced steamboatmen of the day and his kind heart and generous nature won him friends everywhere.




June 10, 1882 p. 3


Died—At the residence of P. B. Haydel, near Mansura, on the 7th inst. Mr. Gerand J. Gaspard, at the age of 40 years.



Died—On Tuesday, the 23rd day of May A. D. 1882, at her residence in the parish of Natchitoches, Mrs. Alexis Moreau, widow, in her 87th year.




June 17, 1882 p. 1




   After a long and painful illness, Mr. Gerand J. Gaspard, departed this life at his mother’s home, near Mansura, on Wednesday, the 7th, inst. His sufferings were great and it is hoped that in the world in which his spirit has just taken its flight to, he will find that happiness which was denied him on earth.

   Gerand J. Gaspard was a native of Avoyelles, member of a pioneer and influential family of this parish, and was beloved and respected by all who knew him. He has figured prominently in the social and political history of the parish and has bequeathed a name to his sorrowing wife and children spotless and pure. In his death we mourn the upright citizen and accomplished gentleman, the true friend and the Christian. The grave shuts not from human eyes a nobler soul or more refined gentleman. He died surrounded by his relatives and friends—the wife, the aged mother, already bowed down with grief, loving sisters and brothers witnessed with tear dimmed eyes the awful transition from life to death. To the deeply bereaved we extend our condolence, enjoying them to remember that  “all things mortal must end” and that one day we shall all meet in a blessed resurrection. A.




June 17, 1882 p. 2


Died—At the residence of Mr. Celestin Moreau, on Red River on the 11th inst., Mr. Ernest Brideau, aged 77 years.




June 24, 1882 p. 4


Died—At his residence on Bayou des Glaises, on the 22nd inst., Mr. Evariste Paul Rabalais, age 74 years and 11 months.







Died, on June the 4th inst, at the residence of her father, near Simmesport Miss Alice Everatt.




Aug. 26, 1882 p. 4




   At the residence of her son Philocles Gauthier, on Indian Bayou, in this parish, Mrs. Margueritte Juneau, wife of Hypolite Gauthier, aged 83 years.

   We are much pained to record the death of so excellent a person as Mrs. Gauthier and we know of no more beautiful or expressive epitaph than to say of her that she was in the strictest sense a friend, mother, sister and wife. Her remains lie interred in the cemetery at Choupique. She was one of the first settlers of Bayou des Glaises and leaves a large family and many friends to mourn her loss.

   Mrs. Gauthier was born in the years 1799 and her husband served under Jackson in the battle of New Orleans. May she rest in peace.

A Friend,        Moreauville, Aug. 23, 1882.



Aug. 26th 1882  p. 4


   A death occurred in our town this week. Ludger Couvillion, aged 4 years, and grandson of Mr. Leon Gauthier, was the unfortunate victim. He was buried in the Marksville cemetery.



Sept. 2, 1882 p. 3


Died—On Friday the 25th. Ult., near Marksville, Samuel Tilden, infant son of P. H. Edwards and Helena Barbin, aged 7 years, 3 months and 27 days.


   In the midst of life we are in death, we are everyday reminded. In the death of Samuel Tilden, the darling and pride of his parents, were recognize the truth of the saying. It took but a day’s warning for Death to claim its victim. The only consolation we can give the bereaved—whose household now wears the weed of mourning and sorrow, is to say that the little Tilden sleeps in Jesus, his Maker.

Sooner or later we must all travel that unknown bourne. So weep not—God has given, God has taken.



Died—In Cotes Droites, near Mansura, on the 30th inst., Mr. Alphonse Scallan, aged 21 years and 11 months.

   After a long illness Death has claimed its victim. To the aged father the loss of this son must be a terrible blow. One by one he sees his offsprings taken away, and as great as his happiness was when they were ushered in this world must be his sorrow now to witness their final departure to the unknown Beyond. Alphonse was an industrious and promising young man and the community loses in him a useful member. To the bereaved we extend our condolence.




Sept. 30, 1882 p. 3


Died—At her residence in the Corner on Sunday the 24th inst., Mrs. Martin Gremillion nee Clemence Rabalais, aged 83 yrs.

   The deceased was the mother of a large and influential family to whom we tender our condolence. She who led such a pure and holy life on earth must have received her reward on high by being admitted among the blessed in the realm of her God. The loss of another is a grief that none can describe but there is consolation left in the thought that her sufferings are over and that is casting off this mortal coil she has entered another life the elect of God.



Died—At his residence near Marksville, on Monday the 25th inst., Mr. Albert G. Morrow, age 71 years 7 months and 14 days.

   The deceased was an old resident of this parish, loved, honored and respected by all who knew him. No better or more useful citizen ever lived and he was consigned to his grave amid the regret of the whole community. Death is removing in rapid succession from our midst our oldest inhabitants, those who figured in the early history of our parish when honesty and worth were characteristics of the people. It would be well for us to occasionally glance back through the vista of years at the lives of such men and profit by the example of honored simplicity and genuine integrity such they leave behind them.




Oct. 7, 1882 p. 3


Died—At Cottonport, on Friday Sept. 29, 1882, Elphege I. Ducote, infant son of T. J. Ducote and Ida Riche, aged 6 years.



Died—At Cottonport, on Friday Sept. 29, 1882, Samuel Avit Ducote, infant son of T. J. Ducote and Ida Riche, aged 4 years.




Oct. 21, 1882 p. 3


Died—In Marksville, on Wednesday the 18th inst, Louise Ethel, infant daughter of A. H. Bordelon and Eliska Barbin, aged 1 year 10 months and 21 days.


She was but as a smile,

Which glistens in a tear;

Seen but a little while

But Oh, how loved, how dear.


   The pure spirit of dear little Ethel has winged its flight to its Maker mid the tears of grief-stricken parents and mourning relatives. Though she has gained by the transition, for she now wears a crown on High.


She has joined the angel bands,

Where she with her Savior stands,

Waiting for the time to come

To welcome her dear parents home.

May the sod rest lightly over the remains of this lamented citizen, Christian, friend.




Nov. 4, 1882 p. 2


Died—At his residence, near Moreauville, this parish, on  Thursday, Oct. 26, 1882, at 10 o’clock a.m., Filmore P. Bordelon, aged 27 yrs. 5 months and 22 days.

   Death, that mighty severer of true hearts, has laid his scepter on a good man’s brow and robbed a young family of its loved head. Not our will but Thine, oh Lord, be done, admonishes us that we must bow to the stern decree with Christian resignation. Why should we mourn that which must come to all? Leaving no regrets on earth, Fillmore P. Bordelon has gone like a shock of corn full ripe, with the love, the esteem, aflection of all who knew him and of those he loved, to his home—to our home, for our claims upon this world of sorrow and of woe are but as “The hollow music of a shell

Whose tones but mock the ocean’s deeper voice.

   Mr. Bordelon was a promising young man, a good citizen and a true friend. The barbed shafts of Death could not have struck at more shining mark, nor a nobler soul forsake its tenements.

   The wound that has been inflicted on his family by hands Divine cannot be cicatrized by words, yet the writer who feels and can appreciate their deep sorrow, begs the bereaved once to remember the blessed promises of the Savior that “He who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb,” will be a “friend to the fatherless and a husband to the widow.”

   Aged mother, grief stricken wife weep not. Fillmore has gone to that home not made with hands, eternal beyond the sky, where he watches over you and will guide your footsteps t the beautiful realms of peace and love. He has ended his sorrows. A touching funeral sermon truly says, “No Man standing where the horizon of life has touched a grave, has any right to prophecy a future, filled with pain and tears. It may be that Death gives all there is worth to life. If those we press and strain against our hearts could never die, perhaps that love would wither from this earth. May be this common fate treads from out the paths between our hearts, the weeds of selfishness and hate, and I had rather live and love where Death is king than have eternal life where love is not. Another life is naught unless we know and love again the one who live us here. They who stand with breaking hearts around this grave need have no feat. The larger and nobler faith in all that is and is to be tells us that Death, even at its worst, is only perfect rest. There is this consolation—the dead do not suffer.




Nov. 4, 1882 p.2




Died—Georgie E. Hardie , on the 12th inst.,at 5 o’clock a.m., aged three years, one month and eighteen days. She was the fourth the fourth daughter of Maria Billington of this parish, and James Hardie, formerly of Elgin, Scotland, and died after a long and painful illness.


Sweet little Georgie is gone, Death, like a thief in the night, came and took her away, but her sufferings are all over, and she is now a bright star, shining in the bright galaxy of Cherubim and Seraphim around the throne of her Savior, who has said “ Suffer the children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”


Weep not kind father and devoted mother for you little Georgie, for your loss is her eternal gain. The sweet, bright and reseate bud has been severed from its parent stem just as the autumnal leaves were falling. Your beautiful and sweet, golden haired babe has gone to meet her sits on that shore, where pain and suffering are no more, and where the young and innocent are gathered unto their Savior’s bosom, though her absence will leave an aching void in your hearts, which can not be assuaged by the sight of

A pair of little baby shoes

A lock of golden hair,

The toys our darling loved

The clothes she used to wear,

None can more fully appreciate and feel your untimely loss than the humble writer of these ? for this is all there is left of the hope

“That came to bless your home three years ago.

And never again will the little lips

To the words of love reply;

For the silvery voice is blended,

With the miustrelay on high.”


Avoyelles, Oct. 22, 1882

Elgin papers please copy




Nov. 11, 1882 p. 1


Died-On Bayou des Glaises near Borodino, on Saturday 4th inst., Victor Ulysses, infant son of P. P. Normand and Celise Gauthier, aged 3 years 5 months and 14 days.

   Another home is made desolate by the grim hand of Death. Little Vic, who was the joy of fond parents, has been grasped from their loving embrace to be placed in Heaven’s angelic choir, to waft soft strains in harmony with the harps of the little angels.


Weep not fond parents, grieve not loving brothers and sisters, for though the shrine of your hearts be shattered, though your idol be gone, be consoled in the thought that he has only taken flight to higher and brighter realms, where he will be supremely blest in the arms of his Maker.





Dec. 23, 1882 p. 4


   A child of Mr. Leonard Goudeau of Bayou Rouge Prairie, was accidentally killed last week. The father had been hauling lumber and had piled it up. While the family was eating dinner, the little boy, attempting to climb on the lumber, it is supposed, caused it to fall on him, crushing him to death under its weight. He was found dead, his head and shoulders only protruding. Our sympathies are extended to the bereaved family.







Jan. 6, 1883 p. 4


Died—In this town on Sunday, Dec. 31, 1882, at 6:30 a. m., Wilfred Walter, infant son of Leo C. Tarleton and Henrietta Couvillion, aged 13 months and 3 days.

Opelousas and Iberia papers please copy.


We extend our condolence to the bereaved. Sore and tender is the wound inflicted upon them, but it must be borne with Christian fortitude. He who said “Suffer little children to come unto me,” has called your little Wilfred away, and his pure and spotless spirit has been wafted to the God who gave it, while the impress of an angel kiss appeared to have been left upon his quiet, sweet little features.

“Where the soft wind sighs and murmurs

And the weeping willows wave,

In the lonely church yard yonder

There we’ve made the baby’s grave


There the moonbeams, softly falling,

Seem to kiss the lowly mound,

And the pearly dews and flowrets

Droop like shadows o’er the ground.


And the birds, at morn and twilight,

Warble forth their songs of love,

But our cherished, dove eyed treasure

Warbles with the choirs above.




Jan. 27, 1883 p. 4


Died—On the island on the 21st. inst., Mr. Louis Lafontaine, aged 64 years, a native of France.







Feb. 3, 1883 p.4


   Mr. Paulin F. Bordelon died at his home in Big Bend last Thursday, the 1st. inst. He was a good man, upright citizen and true friend. In the prime of life Death struck him. The loss of such a man is deeply felt by the parish.




Feb. 21, 1883 p.2 


   Mr. Henry Renshaw, senior member of the firm of Renshaw, Cammack & Co., died in New Orleans last Monday at the age of 70 yrs.




April 21, 1883 p. 2


Died—At his residence, at Cottonport, in this parish, April 17th, 1883 Joseph Ducote, aged 59 years, 5 months and 17 days.

   The deceased was connected with one of the oldest families in this Parish. He belonged to that numerous class of independent and thrifty farmer, who constitute the real conservative force of

Society, and are the producers of its wealth. The life of such a man is ever a modest and unostentatious one, but none the less useful on that account. Such was the life of him whose death we now record.

   The deceased, we learn, was in failing health for several years previous to his death, and the latter event, therefore, was not altogether unexpected. In his death a wife and numerous children and grandchildren are called upon to mourn the loss of an honored husband and father. Among these is Dr. C. J. Ducote, a leading physician of this parish. The family, have our sympathy in their deep bereavement, in which we are sure the community in which the deceased lived will heartily unite with us.







June 16, 1883 p. 3




   The death of an estimable and highly respected lady occurred near Moreauville on Thursday, the 14th inst., casting a gloom of sorrow over the entire community. After a life of usefulness and Christian devotion, the spirit of Mrs. John V. Rabalais has passed down the river of Time into the great ocean of Eternity. She was 57 years old, yet to the day of her death full of life and vigor, distributing her charities when needed, her many virtues and noble qualities of heart tending to cast a halo of love, of joy and of purity around her. No better legacy, no greater monument could have been left her children, as a memento of her pure and holy life, than the home of peace and happiness, built as it were upon the rocks of love and Christian duty. Her good deeds and exemplary life will remain long after her inanimate form shall have been transformed into the dust from which it sprung.

   Member of the Gauthier family, and allied to another large and influential family of this parish, the Rabalais, she was the head center of a host of relatives and friends, who will sadly miss her now the lark portals of death have closed upon her forever. She leaves five children—a son and four daughters—all grown and married, and worthy representatives of their sainted mother. The son is that esteemed citizen and friend, Dr. Rabalais, of Moreauville. We tender to the bereaved our heartfelt sympathies. Though the affliction is great, it must be borne with fortitude, for God’s will, must be done. It is the common fate of all.




June 30, 1884 p. 2


Hon. Horatio N. Ogden died in New Orleans last week. Mr. Ogden was Attorney General of Louisiana under the administration of Gov. Nicholls. He was a gentlemen of great accomplishments and a lawyer of more than ordinary talent. He was 43 yrs. Old.






July 7, 1883 p.



   John Thomas, or Nauainte, a blind pauper, whilst attempting to get in a pirogue to cross Indian Bayou, near the Indian Village, fell in the water and was drowned. A young girl, his daughter, was in the pirogue and her cries, combined with those of the drowning man, brought several persons to the scene, but too late to give any assistance, as poor John had already sunk to rise no more. He had for many years been blind and was provided for by the parish and his friends.




July 14, 1883 p. 3


George W. Berlin Sr.


   This old and highly respected citizen departed this life, at his residence on Red River, Sunday, the 8th inst., at the age of 72 years. A native of Pennsylvania, he was among the first settlers of this parish, where since boyhood he has been residing. He has filled several positions of trust and among others that of member of the Lower House of the General Assembly. He has been in failing health for several years, but it was only lately that the deceased had developed into a serous nature. He leaves a large family to mourn his loss. To them the Bulletin extends its sympathies.




Aug. 25, 1883 p. 2


   Dr. R. H. Ryland, of West Feliciana, was killed on the 20th inst. By a fall in his gin house, the repairs of which he was superintending. He has been quite prominent in public life and known to many of our people.



   The eminent citizen and jurist of Pennsylvania, Judge Jeremiah S. Black died on the 18th inst. He was one of the ablest men in the United States and was distinguished for faithful services in various offices of trust, which he filled. The country will not see his like soon.



Aug. 25,1883 p. 2



Dr. Thebault Joseph Moncla   


   The unexpected and sudden death of this gentleman, of apoplexy, on the 15th, inst. Near Marksville, was a terrible blow to his family and friends. Dr. Thebault Joseph Moncla was born in Garlin, department of the Basses Pyrenees, France, on the 17th of October 1806.

   His father, who was Secretary of the Commune of Garlin, died when Dr. Moncla was only one year old. Poor, and without any resources whatever, he entered the public schools of his native town, where he followed his studies till far enough advanced to choose a profession. Having a fondness for the study of medicine, he left Garlin for Paris where he began his studies to fit him for the profession he has so worthily distinguished himself in. His assidousness to his studies won him the esteem and friendship of Dr. Richerand, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine, who, recognizing in young Moncla talent above the ordinary, obtained for him soon after his advent to Paris a position in the Charity Hospital of Paris. He was paid only one franc, (20cents) a day for his services at first.

   Just before applying for his diploma the cholera declared itself in Paris. Young Moncla was unremitting in his attention to the sick. For his services in that epidemic Dr. Richerand obtained from the government for the young student a free course of lectures at the school of medicine he was attending. In 1833 he applied for his diploma and passed his examination before the Faculty of medicine of Paris.

   He practiced several years in France and then came to America in 1837. He soon thereafter established himself in Avoyelles Parish, where he has resided ever since.

   In 1841 he obtained from the Louisiana Medical Board of Examiners a diploma in Medicine, Surgery, etc. permitting him to practice in this State.

   He began life here as a physician and ended his career in the same noble calling—dying on the roadside, from apoplexy, a few moments after having administered to the wants of a sick patient.

   Respected, esteemed and beloved by all who knew him, he has left a name behind him, which his family may justly be proud of. Five sons and three daughters, all grown and some of them head of families and his aged wife, survive him. To them we extend our condolence.





Sept. 15, 1883 p. 2


Died—In Marksville, on Monday September 10th 1883, Azelie Roland, consort of Judge Aristide Barbin, aged 53 years and 10 months.

   Our sympathies are extended to the family of Judge Barbin in their sad bereavement. Neither the kind ministerings of a fond husband, nor the tender and aflectionate care of loving children could do aught to arrest the work of the fell destroyer, and the dutiful wife and beloved mother has been called away to that borune where we must all travel never to return.


Death is always sad and heart rending to contemplate and in the instance of the demise of this estimable lady, whose spirit has just passed down the river of Time into the great ocean of Eternity, the sorrows of her family know no bounds. ?  ? why sorrow for what must come to all of us. Why grieve for a soul that, though transformed into the pallid cerements of the grave, has entered a home where sufferings are unknown to the good and pure of heart. The loss is a great one, however. A wife—a mother—is the pillar of a household. Around her cluster a charm that nowhere else can be found. But it is the will of God that she must leave, and God’s will must be done.


To the grief stricken husband, sons and daughters the Bulletin offers its condolence and heartfelt sympathies trusting that the wound made will be sottened by the reflection that your sainted wife and mother slumbers peacefully in the arms of her God.




Sept. 15, 1883 p. 3


   We learned that Mr. Kimball a brother-in-law to our friend Wm. Robinson Esq., of Bayou Rouge Prairie, died last week.




Jan. 5 1884 p. 1


   Archbishop Napoleon Joseph Perche died in New Orleans on Thursday Dec. 23rd 1883 at the age of 78 years. A great man, great patriot and great prelate his loss will be mourned all over the land. The Catholic Church loses a great representative in him.




Feb. 2, 1884 p. 2


   The sad news came to us of the burning of the presbytery of the Bayou du Large church, in Terebonne parish, in which Rev. Joseph Constarto, the priest, was burned to death. Whether the work was that of an incendiary or not, is not known.

   We were a school and classmate of the deceased at Jefferson College, St. James parish. Between us the closest friendship expected, and we record Rev. Constarto’s sad and tragic end with deep sorrow. He had a noble and gifted mind as ever wore the priest’s garb.




Feb. 17, 1883 p. 3


Died—Feb. 6, 1883   Mr. John Lewis Michael age 28 years.


   In view of the loss we have sustained by decease of my friend and associate and ???? (article is torn) dearest to him. It is only a tribute to the memory of the departed to say, that in regretting his removal from our midst, we mourn for one who was in every way worthy of our respect and regards. We sincerely condole with the family of the deceased on the disapensation with which it has pleased Divine Providence to afflict them, and commend them for ? to Him who orders all things for the best and whose chastisements are meant in memory.

A Friend.




Feb. 23, 1884 p. 3


Died—At the residence of Capt. T. C. Robertson, near Simmesport, La., on Sunday, February 17th, 1884, Miss Geneva Bankston. The deceased was a native of Washington parish and only 25 years of age. She was a strict member of the Baptist church. A few minutes before her death she asked to be buried at Evergreen, where all that remained of her was last Monday laid to rest.



   Mr. Terrence Mayeux died at his home near Marksville on Saturday last at the advanced age of 81 years.




May 24, 1884 p. 2




Died—At her residence, near Marksville, on Sunday, the 18th inst, Marie Estelle Coco, aged 36 years, 5 months, 15 days.

   The death of this estimable lady is deeply felt in this community, and to her relatives and friends the loss is irreparable. No Christian woman ever died a more holy death; no saintly heart ever met its end with more fortitude. She saw, and was conscious of the approaching dissolution of her young and useful life, but she complained not and with admirable calmness she prepared her soul for the meeting with its Maker. Her husband—her children—were the objects of her thoughts, and with that pure, that true, that unfathomable love which can alone be found in the heart of a wife and mother, made stronger and deeper as the portals of life were fast closing, she conveyed to them her last wishes. Her dying prayers were for their welfare. She lost all thoughts of herself—she thought only of those she left behind her! Can we imagine the feeling of that wife and mother, who in the presence of Death itself, thinks not of her end, but rather lends her thoughts and prayers to her husband and children whom she was about to leave forever.

   Contemplating the death of such a pure and Christian woman witnessing the final parting of the mother with her children, the last adien of the wife with the husband, we are furnished objects which, though the heart of man dreads to consider, should be made a duty to dwell upon. It is from them we learn what is life—that humanity is taught that this should be a world of love, of peace and religion. Were mankind to study life from its beginning to its end, taking it at the cradle and following it to the grave, there would be less heartrendings, and sorrows, and miseries; there would be more deaths like the one it is our painful duty to record today—a death regretted and mourned on account of earthly attachments and earthly ties, yet triumphant and happy for the many virtues and qualities of the deceased have gained for her everlasting love and happiness in her home eternal. It is of such a death we can exclaim:

“Oh, death where is thy sting,

Oh, grave where is thy victory!”


   As the weight of this new born sorrow is lifted from the hearts of the bereaved family, let there come to comfort them the sweet and happy consolation that the life of Marie Estelle Coco was not spent in vain, for it shines as a bright example of the Christian woman, the true wife and the devoted mother.




June 24,1884 p.2


Capt. Maunsel Bennett


   Death is always attended with sorrow. But when that sorrow is felt beyond the family circle—when an entire community mourns one of its most upright and best beloved citizens, the pang is indeed deep beyond portrayal.

   Avoyelles is thrown in mourning today; she has cause to weep for she loses one of her most prominent and truest sons, a good and staunch citizen, one of Nature’s best and nobles’ works: “An honest man.” The pen trembles as it records the terrible words: CAPT. MAUNSEL BENNETT is dead! The announcement will bring sadness to many homes and many will doubt their senses upon reading it. But alas, it is to true: the desolate wife is in weeds of sorrow, the children are fatherless, the old home is draped in mourning, the void is seen and felt in the community in which he lived, and as the grave is pointed out where are deposited the mortal remains of MANSEL BENNETT, an entire people are thrown in grief.

   Capt. Maunsel Bennett departed life at his home, near Evergreen, on Friday, the 13th inst. Age 47 years. Born in Rapides parish he spent nearly all of his life in this parish, where he was married in one of the most respected and influential families and where he followed the peaceful and quiet vocations of planter and surveyor. He never sought nor would accept political honor. Precise and correct in all his business dealing, kind and generous to a fault, of great energy and strong will, possessing a mind, rich with useful and valuable knowledge, he had built a reputation which few men enjoy and which is the highest and best reward of a life well and truly spent. He died as he had lived: calmly, quietly and with heroic courage. He saw the approach of Death. He realized that he must go, and with that coolness, characteristic of the man, made his final preparations. Nothing escaped his mind, and heaven gave directions as to his burial. What grand and noble soul left this earth when Maunsel Bennett gave his expiring breath! What heroic mind was that which conceived the idea of leaving Sour Lake, where he had been taken to regain his health, in order to be brought back to his old home, to die where he had lived and enjoyed life so long. Alas, that death should be so merciless! There is no expiation—no respite—no communication—when it calls we must answer, we must go, it matters not our condition, our position or our feelings. There is no argument before that dreadful Tribunal to offer to arrest its decree. Maunsel Bennett realized that fact, and knowing him as intimately as we did, we do not wonder at the grand triumph which by the last ? of life he achieved over death itself. He robbed it of its terrors and horrors, and died like a Christian hero.

   The bereaved family have our tenderest sympathy. Let them but remember the noble resignation of their departed husband and father and be comforted.





   On the 11th of July 1865, in the Parish of Avoyelles, Mary Minnie Cole, age 4 years and 10 hours, oldest daughter of Dr. R. S. and Sophia Cole.

   Little Minnie was the idol of her parents and beloved by all who knew her, and a favorite among her little playmates. Little Minnie was the first always to meet her Pa on his return home with something sweet to cheer and attract. She was amiable and amusing in all her little ways. Affectionate and kind to everybody—her intelligence invitiably attracted the attention of any person that she chanced to come in contact with, conversing sensibly on all subjects reasonable to one of her age.







July 26, 1884 p. 2


Died—In Marksville, on Friday, July 25th 1884, Annie C. Hall, oldest daughter of Judge Wm. Hall, ages 11 years, 11 months, 22 days.

   This is indeed a terrible blow to the family of our confere, Judge Hall. Last year, in the same manner and about the same time, they lost a boy, there little Jimmie; today it strikes them deeper and keener, not because they loved their angel boy the less but because on account of the grief they felt at his loss, they loved Annie the more. Accomplished beyond her years, she would have been an honor to society and a pride to her family. Already the idolized of her father and mother, and loved by all who knew her, her lose is great and irreparable.

   Our heart goes to the bereaved in this hour of trial and affliction; we know how deep and poignant is their grief and what a shadow is cast o’er their hearts when peals the requiem of their young, their loved, and their gifted daughter.

“Ah! It is sad when one thus link’d departs!

When Death, that mighty sev’rer of true hearts.

Sweeps through the halls so lately loud in  mirth,

And leaves pale Sorrow weeping by the hearth.


But, grief stricken parents, remember there is consolation in Christ. To him none appeal in vain. May the sod rest lightly over Annie’s grave.




Aug. 30, 1884 p. 2


   Louis Texada, of Rapides parish, died on the 23rd inst., of disease of the heart. Mr. Texada was a prominent Democrat of this State, and in his useful life just now suddenly closed, he rendered valuable service to his State and party. His sterling integrity made him many friends all over Louisiana who now mourn his loss. He was sixty- seven years of age.








Sept. 20, 1884 p. 2


Mayo S. Duke


Died—At his home in Bayou Rouge Prairie, on Tuesday, the 15th inst., Mayo S. Duke, aged 38 years.

   In the prime of his life Mayo S. Duke passed into the deep stillness of that dream less state of sleep, that knows no waking. He has answered the terrible summons, which in time will come to all of us. When such men die there is cause for regret.

   Mayo S. Duke was born in the Parish of Avoyelles and a member of one of her most respected families. It was but a few years ago that he allied himself by marriage to an influential family of our sister parish of St. Landry and he leaves today a widow, the estimable lady who had joined her fate to his. Quiet, unassuming yet accomplished, the deceased was following the avocation of merchant when death claimed him as its owe. Few men knew him well, and those who did, knew him but to love. Of a warm and impulsive nature he was a true friend, a devoted husband and staunch citizen. Few men were more exemplary in their conduct, and few were more conscientious I the discharge of their duties. Regretted and beloved he has left us for the cold grave ? breast, Where sorrow’s tear’s no more are shed. No more the ills of life molest.

   To the bereaved widow our heartfelt sympathy is tendered. We can feel with her the weight of sorrow as her thoughts wander from the knell, the shroud, the mattock, the grave—the deep damp vault and the darkness. Where happiness reigned yesterday, all is dark today. Let consolation come in the reflection that we must all help swell the tide—all must die.

   As the ? drops the tear of regret over a friend’s grave, we have but the power to wish. Peace to his ashes.   A. D. L.




Oct. 4, 1884 p. 2


Mr. Charles Dupaty, editor of the Napoleonville Pioneer, died recently while on a visit to his native France. About four months ago Mr. Dupaty bade adieu to his friends here to recuperate his health on his native soil, but it proved otherwise, and death snatched him away from us. He was a journalist of no ordinary talent and the press sustain a heavy loss in his demise.


Oct. 18, 1884 p. 2




   At Bayou Rouge Prairie, on Monday Oct. 13th 1884, Mary Henrietta Goudeau, aged, one year infant child of Clara and V. F. Goudeau.


“In the midst of life we are in death”—well today, and on the morro, rigid in the cold embrace of that life that is eternal. The love of a father, the devotion of a mother, the prayers of relatives and friends—all these and yet the soul has soared alof to its Maker, and nothing but the little mound is left to inconsolable parents. It is there that their great, their intense sorrows are embosomed; it is there that they come to listen to the chant of the angels and hearken to that voice that has been sounding down through the ages; Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. It is over this precious little mound that their tears will commingle, and though their hearts are now torn in to shreds, it is here that they will discover the rosiness in the East and painted in this beautiful landscape will be seen to arise the angelic form of their precious, their darling little Mary.


A Friend.




Nov. 1, 1884 p. 3


Died—At the residence of T. S. Denson Esq., on Bayou de Glaises, on Wednesday, Oct 22, 1884, Thomas E. Denson eldest son of Alice and Thomas S.Denson, aged 9 years, 5 months, and 19 days.

   The bereaved parents have our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of their angel boy. It is a cruel blow but it must be borne with Christian fortitude. To see our brightest hopes blighted, our dearest ties rent asunder, the object of our tenderest feeling cruelly snatched away from us, are but a few of the many sad misfortunes to which man here on earth is doomed to suffer. Let us hope that the dead and the living may meet again in the house beyond to part no more.




Nov. 8,1884 p. 2


Riot in Iberia


Twenty Men Killed—Many wounded.


   At a Kellogg political meeting at Fausse Point, Iberia Parish, on Nov. 1st a disturbance occurred in which about twenty men were killed and many wounded. Capt. Bell, a prominent sugar planter and Democrat, and Mr. Joe Gilfoux, a leading democrat, were killed. Their friends opened fire, and a number of colored men were killed and wounded. Judge Fontelieu, his son and two brothers who participated at said meeting were arrested and lodged in jail.

   It is said that the first pistol shot came from the Republicans who fired at a man because he was hollooing “Hurrah for Gay.” Nothing definite is learned.



Nov. 8, 1884 p. 3


Died—at Hamburg, on Thursday, Oct. 3rd 1884. Octavie M. Coco aged 12 years.

   Our sympathies are extended our friend, Anatole Coco Esq. And his bereaved family. The loss of a child at that age when she was most interesting is indeed a heavy loss to ? . She was beside endowed with an ____?____ Let her sleep in peace.




Nov. 22, 1884 p. 3


   A Suicide—Last Wednesday, Mr. Vital Ibos, an industrious and hard working Frenchman, living in Choupique, committed suicide by hanging himself behind his field on the limb of a tree. He left home in the morning on horseback, and it seems when in the woods he took his rope and tying it to a limb of a tree hung himself. He was found there by a neighbor. No cause is assigned for this rash act. He was a man of steady habits.


July 18, 885 p. 1


Died—In Rennes, France, on June 26, 1885, Francois Marie Tatin, aged 34 years.

   The deceased was the son of our fellow townsman, J. M. Tatin Esq. He had been formerly a citizen of this parish and was known to be an industrious, and upright young man, His many friends will regret his untimely end. We offer our sympathies to his family.




July 25, 1885 p. 1


Gen. Grant Dead


   From the Capitolian Advocate, received as we go to press, we learn of the death of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, which occurred at ? o’clock Tuesday morning. Thus ends the career of one of the most successful men this country ever produced.

   Gen. Grant will be buried at Riverside Park. The spot selected is very picturesque and is a commanding view of the Hudson River.




Died—At the Junction this parish, on the 18th inst., Mrs. Emilie Eugenia Voorhies, wife of Julien Moreau, aged 34 years and 11 months.

   After months of illness death came to put an end to her sufferings. She leaves a grief stricken family. To them we extend our sympathy.



   The remains of Mr. Moses Levy, of Evergreen, were brought here by T. & P. Train on Monday evening for interment in the Hebrew(? Very hard to read) Cemetery. The deceased was merchandizing at the above named place, and at the time of his death was 65 years of age. He leaves a family to mourn after him.—Alexandria Democrat.






Aug. 8, 1885 p. 1


   We learn with sorrow of the death of Mr. T. O. Pemberton, of New Orleans, so well and favorably known in our parish. Mr. Pemberton had been employed in the commission house of Mr. P. G. Gilbert for the last twenty years and was a man of correct business principles. He was only 31 yrs. old.



   Miss Azeline Desselles, an estimable young lady of this place, died last Sunday of a congestive chill.



   Wednesday night John William attempted to kill his wife, but being too drunk he dropped his knife and she quickly picked it up and stabbed her husband to the heart, killing him instantly.




Aug. 20, 1885 p. 1


   The death of Mr. Jesse J. Toon, which sad event occurred at his home in Evergreen last Friday, the 21st instant has thrown the community in which he lived in gloom and sorrow. He was a good citizen, esteemed and beloved wherever known for his qualities of head and heart. He was yet in the prime of life and his death was a sad and cruel blow to his family and friends. We extend our sympathies to the bereaved family.




Oct. 3, 1885 p. 1


   Last Sunday while running a horse near Enterprise Oneil Roy, a son of Mr. Alcee Roy, of Bayou Rouge, was thrown against a tree and his skull broken. It seems the horse flew the track and threw the rider against the tree, the head coming in contact with the tree first. The young man was about 18 years old.




May 20, 1885 p. 1



   Victor Hugo died at his home in Paris on the 23rd inst. This is a great lost not only to France but to the civilized world. As a poet he ranked greatest of all and among the romanticists he had no equal. Therefore the literary world loses one of her most brilliant gems when she loses Victor Hugo—a name known where ever civilization has left her imprints.




Nov. 7, 1885 p. 1


Died—Marksville, on Friday, Nov. 6, 1885, at 12 o’clock, Arnaud Winonga Lafargue, son of Arnaud D. Larargue and Mary E. Botts, aged 11 years, 2 months, and 9 days.

   We have but time in  this issue to tender our deepest sympathy to our disconsolate brother and family in their sad beverament.




Nov. 14, 1885 p. 1


Died—In Marksville on Friday 6th inst., Arnaud Winonga Lafargue, son of Arnaud D. Lafargue and Mary E. Botts, aged 11years, 2 months, and 9 days.

   After a few days of illness the darling of a father’s heart passed away like one who draws the drapery of his coach  ??? and dies down to pleasant dreams. His Death was a surprise to all and it was not known that his end was so near, when in full consciousness, the God of Hosts claimed the idol of a family to join the cherub home on High. His spirit was ? to the sky without a struggle and the ? of death was spared him-- ? the family. Yet how cruel the blow! How sad the taking of the young and promising. But alas, the mighty server of all time hearts makes it distinction; the rich and poor, the great and small, the old and young a like fall victims to death’s ?.


“Cherie,” as he was lovingly called and known, was a ? and bright child. The rest of the paragraph is very hard to read.


May the flowers ever bloom upon his little grave.





Nov. 14, 1885 p. 1  Marksville Bulletin


Died—At his son’s residence in Par en Haut, on Sunday, the 8th inst., Auguste Voinche, aged 80 years and one day.

   The deceased was a native of France but resided in this country for years. His real name was Odon Deucatte but when he came to this country he assumed the name he bore at the time of his death. He was at one time a large and successful merchant, amassing more wealth in commercial pursuits than any other person here then, but the war ruined him as it did everybody else. At this time there is a suit pending before the United States Court for hundreds of bales of cotton taken from his premises by the Federal Army.

   He was buried in Marksville last Monday. Peace to his ashes.




Nov. 25, 1885 p. 1


   Mr. John J. Craven while fishing in Red River near Ware’s Landing was suddenly taken ill and died instantly. Mr. Craven had been a resident of this parish for years and spent the greater portion of his life at the Sheriff’s Office, ? as a riding deputy of late years. He had married and was following the quiet avocation of a planter. Quiet and unassuming, he was a good and peaceable citizen. May he rest in peace.




Feb. 13, 1886 p. 1


   An infant child of Mr. Paul Goux a resident of this neighborhood, died last Monday night. The parents have our heartfelt sympathy.



   W. S. Hancock, the ranking Major General of the army and Democratic Presidential Candidate in1880 died at Governor’s Island on last Tuesday. Gen. Hancock was much beloved in the State and his death will be greatly regretted.




Feb. 27, 1886 p. 1


   Mrs. Gilbert Mayeux, who lived in the Corner, died of dropsy just Monday and was buried in the Catholic Cemetery of this place.




March 13, 1886 p. 1


   Dr. S. O. Scraggs, of Natchitoches, died last week at his home near Cloutierville. He was 68 years old and one of the most prominent men of his section. In fact he was known all over Louisiana as an accomplished gentleman, learned scholar and doctor, staunch and true patriot. When such men die we have cause to mourn.




April 10, 1886 p. 1


Died—At duck Creek, Dallas County, Texas, on April 1, 1886, infant child of J. Radolph brown, age 1 year, 1 month and 7 days.

   We deeply sympathize with Mr. And Mrs. Brown in their sad bereavement. The loss of their baby boy has darkened the portals of their new home in the Lone Star Sate, but it is the will of Him who doeth all things right, and it must be met with Christian resignation.



   Col. Joseph Collins known to many of our people as the brave Lieut. Colonel of the 18th La. Regiment, died at his home in New Orleans on the 4th inst. During the war Col. Collins distinguished himself as a gallant solider. The close of hostilities found him an ardent Democrat, courageously enlisted in the political contests then agitating the State and which culminated in the overthrow of carpetbag reign in this State. We knew him well, and greatly deplore his death.



Aug. 14, 1886 p. 8


   Mrs. Marie Levy, died in Evergreen, La., on the morning of the 8th inst—one year to the day from the decease of her husband. A devout member of the Hebrew faith, she was esteemed by those who knew her and is much regretted in the community where she lived and died.



   As we go to press we learn of the death of our friend Mr. Anatole Coco, which occurred yesterday evening. In our next issue we will pay the last editorial tribute to our departed friend.