Acadia Parish Description

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Acadia Parish Description - ACADIA. j.ouiiiana'a . Lst and Liveliest...
ACADIA. j.ouiiiana'a . Lst and Liveliest Parish. yfotn the Northwestern Immigrants ixe Making" Their Homes. -qa. -qa. ClOn Fmitful Soil and Prairies Saeenlcnt. Acadia pariah the very name is syn-TmoM syn-TmoM syn-TmoM P0' Plenty happiness !!d all that makes life worth living is youngest pariah in the state. It Lu formed of the southwest portion. f St. Landry, and ia bounded west by rslcasiea. north by St. Landry, east by cLLandry and Lafayette, and south It Vermilhon. The land is nndnlatine Drairiea, traversed bv heavily wooded !eaaa or bayous, and tbe soil is PKODCCTIVK AND FERTILE. Th elimate is mild throughout the tZ, tue wmtt-rs wmtt-rs wmtt-rs beirn? comparatively inlrm the taenuumeter rarely falling JLlow'sU degree, freezing point, and in hide, and this very rarely. The aver-ITaammer aver-ITaammer aver-ITaammer temperature is about 88 de-"Zcj. de-"Zcj. de-"Zcj. hence a home in Acadia parish is Kjentful throughont the year com-?!red com-?!red com-?!red to the climate of less favored localities localities in the north and west. The land is specially well adanted to tock-raising. tock-raising. tock-raising. the berbane on the Juries being excellent tor fattening thaberds of cattle which roam at will broach the land, winter and summer, without shelter. The soil is clay loam, md bears tine crops of corn, cotton. 04t8, cane, sweet and Irish potatoes andhay. while fruits of every species -omraon -omraon to the United States and ironical climates can easily be grown. Tne bayous or streams are bordered with hue timber, principally oak, pine, cypress, hickory, gum and ash. It ia only WITHIN THE PAST TWO YEARS that any attention has been paid to uncnltnre. but since then the growth of the parish in population baa been wonderful. Five years ago tbe re-aources re-aources re-aources and productiveness of Acadia parish or, rather, of what now ia Acadia parish were comparatively unknown; but an influx of farmers Irom the cold northwest, bringing with ttem their thrift, energy, strength and enterprise, have converted these wild prairies into fruitful farms, while the toek of eattle already shows marked tigns of improvement. Where neglected cows and oxen, scarcely larger than small ponies, and lean and scraggy, were tbe only horned cattle that could be found, and ponies scarcely larger tban big Newfoundland dogs were tne only excuses lor horses, large oxen ad cows, fat and sleek, and heavy draft horses and mmes are now seen ou the prairies. THE MEBMEXTKATJ RIVER ia the western boundary of Acadia parish parish and on its eastern banks ou tbe line of the Texas and .racinc itauroaa is me little town of the same name. Mermen- Mermen- teaa does a large timber business ana several line saw mills are located on the banks of the river. The Mermen tea u nver flows inro the galf through lake Arthur and Grand lake. Mermenteaa appears to be quite a thriving place, aud. in tbe town, in plain view from the .ear windows of tbe passing trains of the Southern Facino ltaiiroad. is an orange grove which attracts considera ble attention from strangers passing through the country by rail. A few miles east of Mermenteaa is the thriving village of stherwood, which is growing rapidly. THE BOOMISG TOWN OS CROWLEY is the next point of interest on the line of the road towards the east, and here ia an evidence of what thrift, enter prise and industry can do. A year and two months ago the first nail was driven in the future county seat of Acadia parish, and now a fast-growing fast-growing fast-growing town is spreading out ail around the little depot. Street have been laid out. oak trees planted and nearly every lot in be town has been purchased, and that by parties who will improve tne crounda. The main thoroughfare ia Parkerson avenue, which is laid out as ia Canal street in New Orleans in the center a neutral ground bordered with oak trees and on either side a broad, well drained road. Hutchinson avenue crosses this in the center of the town, and this also is a remarkably fine street, planted with oaks and similar to Park - erson avenue. At the junction of Hutchinson and Parkerson avenues is located THE COURTHOUSE. nearly completed and a very handsome and substantial bnck building it is. A lares aud excellent hoteL the Crowlev House, ia located a square from the de pot on rarkerson avenue and numerous tores and dwellings surround it. It is estimated ttrat during the past year fully 500 northern and ' weatern farmers with their families have moved into Acadia and 500 others have purchased purchased land and will move there the oonung summer or faiL Every train brings in people from the northwest, avast couriers of others who will follow. follow. About two weeks ago Messrs. Alonzo Parkins. J. M. Jackson and A. J. Hanry, the former a county judge and ths two latter thrifty and wealthy fanners, vial ted Crowley for the purpose purpose of seeing for themselves the ADVANTAGES OFFERED TO FARMERS ia Acadia parish. They came in the very worat season of the year, purposely se-ieetmtthat se-ieetmtthat se-ieetmtthat in order to seethe country t its Terr worst. Thev urnrmuH themselves aa very well pleased, and no wiu make a most favorable re-Pert re-Pert re-Pert to their friends and neighbors in .Nebraska. Irom whence they came. Lvery facility is offered parties designs designs of purchasing landa in the vieimty. Uesira. C.;C. Dason. the sherirf. and hu brother. W. W. Dason, gentlemen whom in a great measure the pron-,J1T pron-,J1T pron-,J1T o the parish ia due. are most Uble and polite to strangers, offering tk ,TerT facility tor traveling eountry in search of lands n, u tot tfl Pnrposes of the parties. iThave a lot of horses, mules and Ini! Wlta sTMdea always on hand. niraiah transportation to vim tors use of charge. THE XIW COMERS Aeadia pariah will devote oonsider-attention oonsider-attention oonsider-attention to fruit raising, and .T0u or pear, peach, apricot, neo-Re, neo-Re, neo-Re, Quince and tig trees are being nave been planted, whilst senpper-ftaad senpper-ftaad senpper-ftaad catawba grapes, and biack-"T biack-"T biack-"T and rasp berry bushes are being thl h-T?4, h-T?4, h-T?4, In ODe eek the register of rtor.TJ Crowley showed that vis-t?had vis-t?had vis-t?had been there from the following VvUi llbe" Station. Hall. Hutt, EdTUr Manenester and Miuden, Iowa : pWen, Miuneaota; Mendota and ?a hfld. Illinois ; Westminster, Mary-Leroy. Mary-Leroy. Mary-Leroy. skiridy and Sterling. Kansas Kansas .?milu?n.; hio; St. Louis, Mis-tr' Mis-tr' Mis-tr' 0nd Rapids, Michigan : Ever-Alabama; Ever-Alabama; Ever-Alabama; Olivette. Dakota; mT00' Maryland; Gainsville, Tex-llirtirlr,-bra: Tex-llirtirlr,-bra: Tex-llirtirlr,-bra: Tex-llirtirlr,-bra: Tex-llirtirlr,-bra: Pass Chrisfian, taaippi, and Berry Lick, Kentucky. Con.,,, "hweM,t,rn Louiaiana Land d2e office in Crowley, AKK kept COXSTAXTLY BUSY ll0weruig letters asking informa- informa- eiarrhif cellent school, three aotsla. iTiwo Sabbath schools, two Wmb S, about eight stores, aot at-. at-. at-. T'- T'- hlacksmith. and paint tewJV' Printing office, two meat ke4-r: ke4-r: ke4-r: k yd nd a liverr stabie, "Uuieroua d weilm g-houses. g-houses. g-houses. The 6s?aiiT5ew!iiB,T healthy, and a wiuffbi Vlaoe to live in oould sdsTVM louna anywhere. Bayous i aabont l'" nnd i'aquemine Brulee ) ?a each I111'! the railroad, one nnre mil-- mil-- mil-- thre miles eait of Crowley ia h..THK TOW! of batse. ntJ Zil,2rcTT Tidence ef proa-StTSZX1. proa-StTSZX1. proa-StTSZX1. Bre is aome- aome- ,3Tnred ro"rlev'- ro"rlev'- and is more us number or - -u-niaowiu -u-niaowiu -u-niaowiu -u-niaowiu raoid- raoid- ly ami will soon attain to the dignity of eiry. , Duson Sidmgisthenucleusof atonw, aud is situated inst east of Ea yne station. The town of Dason has already been laid out and in a short time lots will be sold and buildings erected. THE TOWS OF FABACHER is located in the northern portion of Acadia parish, and the inhabitants are principally Germane. The town is on tbe high road to prosperity and the farmers in the vicinity are not only well satisfied with the results ot insula insula bore but are really prosperon. The only compiaint which tlie people have is tue baa condition of tne roads, which in a manner prevents them from marketing marketing their products, but this will in a short time be obviated, for the conntrv is settling np so rapidly that good roads will of necessity be built. The parish of Acadia was created on tbe 6th of October, imi, and has an aiea of ti35 win a re miles. THE GULF COAST is about 30 miles from the southern boundary, and nearly all the streams flowing through tne pariah hnd an outlet outlet in the gulf. Lake Arthur, a beautiful beautiful sheet of water, touches the southwestern southwestern corner of the parish, and ia destined to become quite a resort. There is no doubt but that southwestern southwestern Louisiana is on the eve of an era of great prosperity, aud Acadia Priu is in particular auvancing rapidly. J. here is only one danger to be apprehended, aud that ia that the owners of laud, rinding a great demand for the same, wiii INCREASE TIIE PRICE to such figures as will tend to drive away immigration. In Calcasieu parish parish a large tiuautity of land was purchased purchased at from 10 to 25 cents per acre and the owners now demand $ and So an acre for the same laud, and can at this comparatively hign figure find many purchasers. The soil in Acadia is all that can be desired, the climate is pleasant, the inhabitants inhabitants hospitable to strangers and desirous of seeing the vacant lands brought uuder cultivation. The new settlers in Acadia are enthusiastic m their praises of the country, and as they are generally in correspondence with relatives or FRIENDS IN THE BLEAK NORTHWEST from whence they came, their reports will certainly have a good influence upon others and induce them to come south to live. There is a tendency among these farmers to improve their lauds aud make their surroundings precisely siiui lar to tbe homes in the uorthwest which they nave abandoned to the sieet. snow and ice. They build their dwellings, comfortable, neat houses, similar to tnose they have left. The vast expanse of praines around them is very much like those they have left ; ail appears to be the same save the climate and the products. FOR FRUIT they have in addition to the apples, pears, peaches aud berries of the uorth the hg. the orange ana other luscious southern products. Lumber is very cheap, and therefore the construction of nouses, barns, outhouses, outhouses, fenomgs. etc.. can be put up at comparatively trifling cost. A great niauy pecan trees are being planted, and when these attain tbe age of 8 years they are a snre source of revenue, revenue, while the trees themselves atford grateful shade and shelter from the suu in the aummer time. Acadia parish nas made more progress within the past two years than any other section of the south. A House for Mrs. Hancock. One Purchased for Her In TVaahioston, Bat Not Yet Paid For. Shortly after tbe death of the distiu- distiu- smahf-d smahf-d smahf-d soldier. Oeneral V . a. tlaucock. the Democratic candidate for the presi dency in l$s0, a movement was set ou foot by bis friends aud admirers for the purchase of a home for his widow in the city of Washington. A committee was formed, with Mr. Stilson Hutcbins of Washington as chairman, and comprising, comprising, among others. Hon. W. L. Soott of Pennsylvania. Senator McPher-son McPher-son McPher-son of New Jersey, General Wheeler of Alabama. General Albert Ordway. General General John G. Parke and General Horatio G. Wright, to solicit subscriptions and invest the sum obtained. Iu their circular circular the committee stated that it was General Hancock' iuteutioD when retired retired from active service to have made Washington his home, and that it was known that such ar testimonial "would be peculiarly grat ifying and acceptable to Mrs. Haucock." It was proposed to raise tbe sum ot 2a,utKi. The committee being satisfied that the amount could readily be obtained; proceeded to take the necessary steps to secure a proper rendence for the dead soldier's widow, bin. Hancock selected selected the house out of a large number that were sbown to her over a year ago, while it was in process of construction. So confident were the committee that they would secure the subscription that they gave ner authority, with the consent consent of the builder, to make such interior interior changes as she desireiL The house therefore." says a member of the committee, "might be said to have been built for her. as it is in great part constructed constructed according to the special needs of her family." The house is situated at the corner of Twenty-third Twenty-third Twenty-third .and R streets, and faces the Kalorama addition addition to Washington, one of the most attractive sections of the city. Mrs. Hancock's frieuds. it is stated, axe greatly pleased with the situation. The original price to be paid for the house was (17.000. Of this amount the person owning it subscribed 3J000. Mr. W. W. Corcoran 2000, Stilsou Hutchins $1000, and these, with other subscriptions subscriptions varying from $j00 down to grjo, amount to a little over $13,000. Tue subscriptions received from Baltimore hare been $230 each from Mr. A. S. Abell and Mr. T. Harrison Garrett and $125 from Ex-Governor Ex-Governor Ex-Governor Whyte. Great dithcnlty. it is stated, has been experienced in obtaining subscriptions in Washington, notwithstanding General General Hancock's popularity in that city. The 1 ailure to raise the amonnt needed to pay for the house has placed Mr. Hancoek in au embarrassing position. Expecting the subscription to be fin ished three months ago she broke np her house at Yonkers, 5i. Y., and ordered her carpets to fit the floors of the new house. Her furniture has remained packed meanwhile and she has resided witn ner nepnew. Mrs. Hancock, it is understood from a member of the committee, has not com plained, but tne delay and uncertainty, it is added, "have seriously incommoded and distressed her." The sum required to put Mrs. Hancock in almost immediate immediate possession of the house is about $4000 and this amount, we are sure, can easily be made up if the hosts of friends and admirers of General Hancock, of whom there are a large number in this city, where he was so well and favorably favorably known, will come forward promptly promptly with the means to rescue bis widow from a peculiarly embarrassing situation. situation. If anv man ever deserved well of hia country General Hancock was such a man. A fearless soldier and a generous and chivalrous enemy, with a spotlesa personal character, he rendered con spicuous services to his section and was Ueld in deserved respect and esteem by the people of the v south, against whom he tougnt and afterwards so nobly befriended. befriended. .Baltimore Sun. THAT HIGHWAY OP NATIONS, Toe broad Aiiaatle, is ever a- a- stormy thor- thor- oognrare. Yet blow the winds ever ao nereely, and nde the waves ever so lordly. seamen muat man the good ahlpa, to una la wiu brave the passage and commercial travelers aud buyers muat visit the centers or roreign trade and manufacture. That atroetoo malady. aeaaloKoeas. tontker witn colicky palna and much Inward uoeaal- uoeaal- ueaa. la often endareU when Hosteuera tjium aeh Bitters would have Xortined the voy-agera voy-agera voy-agera aainat toem. Men captains, ana la lact ail old salts and veteran travelers, are acquainted witn tbe protective value of thla estimable preventive aud rwmedy. maa are rareir unprovided witn it. mlarants to tne Xarweat alio old use it as a saieiraard agatnat malaria. 8eek tbe aid of tne Blttera tor dyapepatar eonatlpellon. liver complaint, kidney troubles and ail ailments tkat impair tn luiiaoiuu aud rigor-us rigor-us rigor-us action oX tne vua Dowera,

Clipped from The Times-Picayune05 Mar 1888, MonPage 7

The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana)05 Mar 1888, MonPage 7
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