Monday, February 15, 2010

More information about Boutte & Hahnville, Louisiana in 1875

St. Charles Herald Newspaper, 25 Sep 1875

There is now a saw mill at Clark's Plantation, formerly Blanton's, near Boutte Station. The new owner's name is J.R. Wilcox. A new store is opened at Boutte Station by August Wilbratte. He will have groceries, notions, boots and shoes, hats and dry goods, pickets and clapboards. Moss and cotton will also be bought and sold here.

The Hahnville Dramatic Association meets the first and third Mondays of each month. Officers and committee members are Joseph Stein, president; Horace Vallas, secretary and treasurer; Marcellus Vallas and Dr. Charles Hubachman, stage managers; A. Peperkorn, stage carpenter; A Schneider and A. Almstedt, assistant stage carpenters; Anthony Weinners, property manager; Horace Vallas, chairman of the invitation committee; and F.B. Earhart and A. Peperkorn, committee members.

The Hahnville Concert Hall has been leased by A. Peperkorn and he will rent it out for concerts, balls, exhibitions, parties, singing and dancing schools, public meetings or caucuses. The hall has an excellent floor and is in the best condition for dancing, no dust. It is brilliantly lighted with new chandeliers of the latest and most approved pattern.

The church directory showed three churches; a Catholic Church--There will be a divine service of the Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary at the Star Plantation every Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev.
Father (Surray)? officiating. Baptist Church--Divine services every Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, at the church of Rev. Lewis (Muffia)? at Hahnville. Methodist-Episcopal--at James Chapel on the Fashion Plantation. Divine services every Sunday morning at 11 o'clock and in the evening at 7 o'clock, James Henderson, pastor.

The mail arrives every Monday and Friday nights and leaves every Monday and Thursday mornings. J.A. Burbank is postmaster. This is at Hahnville.

Some of our citizens, unacquainted with the law governing the disposal of carcasses of dead animals, are in the habit of hauling the bodies of their dead beasts on the batture in front of this village. When decomposition  takes place, there arises a disagreeable sickening stench, which is productive of pernicious fevers and malignant diseases, which may, at anytime seriously disturb the public health. The law imposes a fine and imprisonment on all who offend the public welfare in this manner and we would advise the community to carry their dead animals to the woods, the proper place for internment. 

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