CARY (SYLVESTER L.) SCRAPBOOK

Mss. 2337

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2011

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
CROSS REFERENCES .................................................................................................................. 5
CONTAINER LIST ........................................................................................................................ 9

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SUMMARY

Size.

1 manuscript volume on one microfilm reel

Geographic locations.

Jennings, Sulphur City, Iowa, New Orleans, Louisiana; Houston, Texas; Arkansas; Kansas

Inclusive dates.

1864-1930

Bulk dates.

1872-1915

Language.

English

Summary.

Microfilm reel of scrapbook concerning history of rice production in southwestern Louisiana and other topics.

Restrictions on access.

If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

Curtis Clinton Cary and Sylvester L. Cary Collection, Mss. 851

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

Sylvester L. Cary Scrapbook, Mss. 2337, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack locations.

Mss.MF:C

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Sylvester L. Cary was an emigration agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, a founder of Jennings, Louisiana, and "father" of the southwestern Louisiana rice industry. Cary actively solicited Iowa farmers to immigrate to southwestern Louisiana.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Scrapbook consists largely of newspaper clippings concerning Cary genealogy, rice and fruit tree cultivation, the settlement and development of Jennings and southwestern Louisiana, Holstein cattle, farming associations and fairs, national financial issues, the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, and Sylvester L. Cary. The clippings are pasted over the 1864 accounts of a general store in Iowa, La.

CROSS REFERENCES

Subject

Date

Description of relevant documents

African Americans--Education.

1894

State Superintendent of Education Lafargue comments on African American population and small contribution of African American taxpayers for school purposes, p. 423.

African Americans--Louisiana--New Orleans.

undated

Cary’s comments on visit to the Colored Orphans’ Home operated by Lena Saunders, p. 178.

Agriculture.

1880-1895, undated

Diversified farming, undated, p, 374-375;

2nd annual Agricultural Fair, Jennings, July 28, 1886, p. 406; Attakapas Fair, undated, p. 432-433;

Organizations include Farmers’ Institute, Gueydan, undated, p. 102; and Vicksburg, Feb. 23, 1895, p. 186; Howard County (Iowa) Agricultural Society, Jan. 5, 1880, p. 230; Southwestern Louisiana Horticultural Society, Jennings, July 4, 1885, p. 368-369; Farmers and Fruit Growers Convention, Hammond, Feb. 12-14, 1890, p. 461; Interstate Agricultural Convention, Lake Charles, undated, p. 504; Louisiana State Horticultural Society, New Orleans, 1892, p. 537 and 550; and Audubon Agricultural Association, December 1892, p. 567.

Algiers (New Orleans, La.)--History--19th century.

undated

Comments on appearance and occupation of inhabitants, chiefly farmers, p. 178-179.

American Anti-Slavery Society.

undated

Final meeting, p. 1.

Blind Tom, 1849-1908.

1903

Article comments on family, childhood, and first concert, Feb. 10, p. 393.

Calcasieu Parish (La.)--History--19th century.

1879-1915, undated

Influence of railroads on emigration and land values, the Iowa Colony, development of rice industry, natural resources, and agricultural societies and fairs in farmers’ education.

Chinese Americans--Louisiana.

undated

Cary’s comments on education of Chinese in New Orleans by Lena Saunders and celebration of Chinese New Year, p. 178.

Subject

Date

Description of relevant documents

Cholera.

undated

Printed article by Cary, p. 294.

Diphtheria.

undated

Cure, p. 84 and 215.

Formulas, recipes, etc.

undated

Making vinegar, p. 30; Restoring rancid butter, p. 202; Recipe for killing ants in lawn, p. 266.

Fruit trees--Louisiana.

1893, 1895, undated

Comments on the introduction of the black fig originally from Japan, p. 91; Eisen’s article on fig culture, p. 270-271, 273, 275, 277, and 279;

Fig testing and culture, p. 313 and 356; Nov. 13, 1895;

Orange culture discussed at Audubon Agriculture Association, Dec. 1893, p. 567.

General stores--Louisiana.

1864

Journal entries for country store in Iowa, La., give prices for groceries, cloth, shoes, hat and hardware in “bits,” p. 50, 52, 60, 72, 158-159, and others.

Holstein-Friesian cattle.

1876-1877, 1883, undated

Stockmen’s comments on pure bred cattle, selling price, and sale; exhibit at 8th annual fair of Iowa Agricultural Society, p. 114-115, 142-143, 145-147, 186-187, 214, and 399.

Jennings (La.)--History--19th century.

[1879], 1881-1915, 1930, undated

Newspaper clippings concern local history, development of rice industry, influence of railroads on population growth and land values, the Iowa colony, and agricultural advantages and crops.

McDonogh, John, 1779-1850.

undated

“Rules for Guidance of My Life, 1804” engraved on tomb, p. 130.

McEnery, Samuel Douglas, 1837-1910.

1887, undated

Commended for work in agriculture and emigration, undated, p. 416-417; Address at Attakapas Fair, undated, p. 432-433; at Jeanerette Fair, Oct. 29, 1887, p. 465; and at Interstate Agricultural Convention, undated, p. 504.

Migration, Internal--United States.

1887, undated

Comments on enthusiasm of Iowans for new home, expected arrival of emigrants from north, west, and east, progress of Jennings, July 9, 1887, p. 113;

W.H. Harris, State Commissioner of Immigration commended for work in agriculture and emigration, undated, p. 416-417

Subject

Date

Description of relevant documents

Oaklawn Plantation (La.)

1894

St. Mary Parish plantation, comments on sugar yield, p. 389.

Railroads--United States.

1872, 1930, undated

Construction of Detroit and St. Paul Railroad, undated, p. 28, and Grinnell, Cedar Falls and Winona Railroad, Apr. 18, 1872, p. 30; General Rosecrans’ views regarding influence of railroads on land development, undated, p. 59; Governor Beveridge’s address concerning railroad charters, undated, p. 73; History of railroad construction between 1827 and 1880, undated, p. 243; Railroad accidents, 1930. No page following index.

Illinois Central Railroad: General Western Passenger Agent’s comments on return from South, p. 386; Emigration to Southwestern Louisiana by Northwesterners, p. 453.

Kansas City, Louisiana and Gulf Railroad Company: Gift of 175 acres from town of Boyce, p. 474.

Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri Railroad: President Hoyt outlines route to connect with Vicksburg, Shreveport, and Pacific Railroad bypassing Natchez, p. 295.

Missouri Pacific Railroad: Construction between Coffeeville, Kansas; and Wagoner, Arkansas completes line between Kansas City and Little Rock, p. 456.

Rice--Louisiana.

1887-1903, undated

Newspaper clippings of articles, printed letters, reports, and comments on the rice industry include its culture, yield and cost per acre, land values, machinery, irrigation methods, and influence on progress of Jennings, p. 26-27, 36, 40, 78, 113, between 114-115, 148, 150, 197, 260, 296, 320, 345, 390-391, 393, 424, 436, 438, 455, 462, 471, 475, 479, 484-485, 487, 541, 550.

Silver coins--United States--Law and legislation.

1878-1896, undated

Comments on political and economic implications, the greenback question, and bimetallism, p. 224-226, 228-229, 282-283, 319-320, 322.

Southern Pacific Railroad Company.

1883-1895, undated

Appointment of S. L. Cary as station agent for Louisiana Western Division, 1883, p. 339; and Northern Emigration Agent, Nov. 15, 1886, p. 402;

Influence on naming emigration, development and progress of Jennings and surrounding area, 1883-1895, undated, p. 112, 216, 320, 336, 363, 442, 259-460;

Subject

Date

Description of relevant documents

Comments on route of Sunset train between Algiers and Jennings, undated, p. 178-179, and luxurious accommodations of train to California, Oct. 1895, p. 430.

Spanish-American War, 1898--Campaigns--Cuba.

1901

Admiral Schley’s story of the Cuban campaign, between p. 222-223.

St. Landry Parish (La.)--History--19th century.

1886, undated

Description of vegetation, soil, rural Creoles and newcomers, Plaquemine Brule country, Apr. 24, 1886, p. 293; Survey of Church Point area includes population, prairie, and wooded country, undated, p. 427.

Sulphur (La.)

undated

Herman Frasch’s explanation of sulphur mining in Lake Charles, p. 86; Futile attempts at mining cause Standard Oil to abandon field, Sulphur City, p. 568.

Yellow fever.

undated

Printed article by Cary, p. 294.

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Contents

Mss.MF:C

1 microfilm reel: Sylvester L. Cary Scrapbook (1864-1930)