Fabacher Settlement 6 sep 1874

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Fabacher Settlement   6 sep 1874 - x 31umea.--t-r. WESTERN LOUISIANA Prosperity of...
x 31umea.--t-r. WESTERN LOUISIANA Prosperity of the settlsments Already Formed. SECOND ARTICLE. In my last article I promised a description of that portion of Louisiana lyingeast of the Mississippi river and west of Pearl river. 'But before doing so I thought I would add a feremarks feremarks on Western Louisiana which will give the reader some idea of the fast growth of that country even under such obstacles as I referred to last week; for necessarily, after painting in such glowing terms the true advantages existing existing here, it may be asked where is the proof 1 I confined my remarks to the territory lying armtitlion siver and east of the Sabine, Sabine, and-4-will now give you a of some of the fruits of industry that ate to be seen on every band through this espanse. I will not, however, occupy your valuable space with a description of the vicinities in which no public lands lie, as my motiveis principally to induce, if possible, actual settlers upon a cheap basis, viz., under the homestead laws before referred to. The first settlement ire come to is Poupperville, Poupperville, lying on the line of the New Orleans Mobile & Texas Railroad, at about fifteen miles west of Vermillionville. It cottains some two or three stores and a post office, and is aLoot two and a half miles from the Pisquemine Brulle and a mile from the Que Tortue. Here may be seen two or three flourishing farms all obtained under the homestead law-within the last three years. We next come to Plaquemine Brulle, another post office; here too are to be seen two or three saw mills doing a thriving business, also several comfort able farms, nearly all obtained under the homestead law; the community here is selfsustaining, and although although it seems isolated is us independent a community as can be met in Louisiana. Further Further on we have the settlements on the Nezpique. Here too are several saw mills and flourishing farms; the English speaking element is fast settling here, and their thorough knowledge of farming is easily perceptible; there are a few German families who have come here but a year ago who already excel their neighbors in comfort. At the head waters of the Nezpique, Nezpique, known as the Cannes and Mallet, we find what is known as the "German Settle ment," or " Fabaoher." This place is situated about twenty miles southwest of Opelousas and about fifty miles north of the Gulf. Three years ago it was entirely unkown, when a wealthy German citizen of New Orleans adopt. led the idea of settling here, and with that i purpose in view be sold out his possession in New Orleans, and, inducing twenty or thirty German friends in Germany to immigrate here with their families, he secured homesteads for each and immediately commenced a settlement settlement that, comparativelyspesking, cannot be seen in many older settled districts. There are several saw mills, grist mills, etc., doing a splendid business, and each of these twenty or thirty families have their own log cabins, and are living in perfect comfort; a post office is also here and one or two stores. Leaving Fabacher, Fabacher, we will now cross over the Calcasieu prairie to Lake Charles, but as enough is already already known of this place, we will travel further further on and go to " Vincent Settlement," on the Calcasieu river. Here there is already a voting population of sixty or seventy; the farmers here are also solf-sustaining, not having having any means of transportation by which they might be enabled to ship their produce to market, they raise their own vegetables and other necessaries. This portion of Calcasien parish is covered with "sloughs," which the farmers use to great advantage; they erect, during the wet season, a kind of reservoir by daming the slough at certain places, thereby procuring land for rice, which, when necessary, can be flooded from the reservoir. It produces suflicient Lice for their families for the year, and leaves enough to feed their oxen with, in fact they find this a much cheaper escunent escunent than corn or oats, and as equally nutritious. nutritious. We next come to " lig Woods," about two miles from the west fork of the Calcasieu

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  1. The Morning Star and Catholic Messenger,
  2. 06 Sep 1874, Sun,
  3. Page 5

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