The Lafayette Advertiser, 11 November 1903

Front Page: Includes long biography and picture of JR Domengeaux. Also, a pictue and bio of Lola Pharr. Also, picture and information on Frank S. Domengeaux.

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Lafayette has lost a good citizen in the death of HA Vandercruyssen, which took place Saturday night at 11 o'clock. The announcement Sunday morning of his passing away was a painful shock to his many friends, who although they recognized that the end was near, nevertheless, never suspected it would come so soon. He had been a sufferer for a long time and lately has suffered a great deal, but he bore his affliction in a manly way. Knowing that the invevitable would happen he some days before his death received the last sacrament of the church.
He was born in Ghent, Belgium, fourty-four years ago, and when quite a young man left his parental home and came to America. He spent a short time in New Orleans, and then settled in Breaux Bridge where he entered newspaper work. During his residence there he met and married Miss Constance Broussard, the daughter of Mr. Olivier Broussard of that place. Having burned out, he moved to Lafayette about ten years ago, and took charge of The Advertiser, which paper he owned until five months ago, when he was forced to sell because of increasing ill-health.
During his residence in Lafayette, he has identified himself with the best interests of the community, and was ever an earnest worker for the betterment and upbuilding of his adopted town. HE was a sincere friend of education, which he recognized as the chief matter of import to the people of his parish, and he lent both his personal aid and The Advertiser's influence to the cause. In him the children of Lafayette had a good friend.
In his social relations he was a man of affable and kindly dispositions, winning many firm and lasting friens who feel his loss deeply and sincerely. At home he was a kind and loving husbandm finding in his family his greatest pleasure and happiness, and his loss will indeed be a heavy one to his wife and five little children, who survive him. To them the sincere sympathy of the entire community is extended in their great bereavement.
A large number of friends accompanied the remains to St. John's Catholic church, where funeral services were held. Father Forge conducted the services, assisted by Rev. PE Mattern, SJ, president of St. Charles, College, Grand Coteau, who also paid a last sad tribute to the worth of the deceased. At the conclusion of the services, the remains were taken to Breaux Bridge for interment.


Mrs. OB Jenkins has returned home after a visit of nine weeks spent most pleasantly in Canada and Massachusetts.

Dr. and Mrs. Terry of Jennings were in town last week and took in the show.

Mrs. Felix Demanade visited her son Harold in New Orleans Friday. Mr. Demanade joined her there Saturday. They returned Sunday.

Dr. and Mrs. RB Raney and Dr. Raney's mother and sister, who are visiting them, spent Thursday in Lafayette.

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Judice arrived home Wednesday after taking an extensive bridal trip through the North and Canada.

Smith M. Alpha and Chas. May, of Franklin, were in Lafayette for the Sells and Downs shows.

Mrs. CP App and daughter, Mamie, of Evansville, Ind., arrived in Lafayette Wednesday to spend a few days with relatives and friends.

Prof. Alcibiades Broussard was in town Friday.

Attorney Johnson, of New Orleans, was in town Monday on business.

Dr. Louis Prejean, of Scott, visited Lafayette Monday.

Mr. Wade Andrus spent Sunday in town as the gurst of Mr. FK Hopkins.

Albert Delahoussaye, who has been quite ill for some time, is improving, which will be good news to his many friends, who wish him a speedy recovery.

Alf. Broussard, of Breaux Bridge, was in Lafayette Sunday.

Paul Dubernard and Miss Lelia Guidry, of Breaux Bridge, took in Josh Spruceby at Falk's Monday night.

Cards are out announcing the marriage of Miss Cora Martin to Mr. AL Preager, which will take place Tuesday morning at half past ten, Dec. 1, 1903, and will be a home wedding.


Dr. Courtney visited Houston last week.

A Broussard and Bro. have ginned one thousand nine hundred and sixty nine bales of cotton this season and are still crowded.

Dr. Courtney is making preparations to start boring for oil on his plantation two miles from town. The doctor is very sanguine, and says he is sure of a gusher in the near future.

Miss Kate Hayes has accepted a position as teacher at Rayne.

Miss Lilias Lazaro spent a few days in Lafayette last week with her brother Joseph.

Mrs. DA Dimitry, of Jeanerette, and little daughter Celeste, spent a few days last week with friends.

Miss Jeanne Domingue visited friends in Lafayette last Friday, and reports having a nice time.

TO the delight of his many friends, TJ Breaux, after being confined to his bed for two weeks, is out again.

Dr. ZJ Francez visited Lafayette last Monday.

Louis Lacoste, of Lafayette, with his usual pleasant smile, was shaking hands with his old friends last week.

Miss Swett visited Lafayette last Saturday.

Miss Carrie Lessley visited Rayne last week.

After a few days of illness, though he never left his post of duty, the many friends of Mr. Beatty are pleased to see him enjoying good health as usual.