A town named for a horse, LeComte.
TOWN NAMED gEVENTY-FrV'E or eighty years ago l a man named White established a pading post in Rapides parish, Louisiana, sixteen miles south of Alexandria, jpthers located there and in a few years ?t became an Important center. I In those days all of the freight for jthat section was carried on the Mississippi and Red river boats. It was Jiauled to or from the river banks by Inules. The people In the White settlement ind on the plantations near it were ignore progressive than their neighbors, s in a few years they built a railroad to "Alexandria. The roadbed which they inade la now used by tho Texls and Pacific. - I The White trading depot was near the Wellswood plantation, where Gen. vVciis and his brother Montfort had a : Stable of race horses. Among others they had a chestnut colt by Boston out . f. the celebrated mare Reel. This eolt as foaled in 1850. He owed his existence to the fancy which Ambrose Le- pomte. a neighbor of Gen, Weils, toolc v to Eostoa while he waa la Kentucky in FOR A HORSE 1848. On his suggestion Reel was mat-cd with the sire of Lexington. When the colt showed that he possessed the qualities whi6h go with a great race horse Gen. Wells named him Lecomte after his friend. Everybody in Rapides parish was proud of his colt. This pride almost became hero worship when- Lecomte defeated Lexington at four mile heats in 7:28, a new world's record. In order to give expression to their feelings, the good men in the settlement met at White's store, and by a unanimous vote decided to name their town after the horse. This was in 1854. From that date the place was known as Lecomte. Later on the postoffice department and tho railroad when it came through from New Orleans changed the spelling to Lecompte. Bruce made the same mistake when he' entered this colt among the produce Of Reel in the American Stud Book. The error is a peculiar one. Lecompte does not mean anything, but in good old Anglo-Saxon the name of Ambrose j Lecopiw would re&d Ambrose lho Count '