Also available on Microfilm 6061, Series B, pt 2

OZEMÉ FONTENOT FAMILY PAPERS

(Mss. 3248)

Inventory

Compiled by

Rose Tarbell

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Revised 2004

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

Summary

3

Biographical/Historical Note

4

Scope and Content Note

5

List of Series and Subseries

6

Series and Subseries Descriptions

7

Index Terms

12

Container List

13

APPENDIX: Calendar of Correspondence

15

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SUMMARY

Size

1148 items, 49 mss. Volumes, 5 printed volumes

Geographic Locations

Louisiana, Texas, St. Landry Parish (La.)

Inclusive Dates

1834-1949, n.d.

Languages

English, French

Summary

Plantation and business records, and personal correspondence of Ozemé Fontenot, planter of Grand Prairie, St. Landry Parish (La.), and members of his family.

Access Restrictions

None

Reproduction Note

Copies must be made from microfilm.

Copyright

Physical rights and copyright are retained by the LSU Libraries

Related Collections

none

Citation

Ozemé Fontenot Family Papers, Mss. 3248, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Stack Location(s)

UU:190-194; O:21; OS:F; Microfilm 6061, Series B, pt 2

Filmed as part of UPA Mf. 6061, Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 2, Reels 3-6.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Ozemé Fontenot (1846-1928), son of Alexandre Fontenot and Hyacinthe Jaubert, was a planter and prominent citizen of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. In 1862, at the age of 16, he enlisted in the Confederate States Army, joining Company A, Second Louisiana Cavalry, and served until his unit surrendered in Washington, Louisiana. After the war he returned to Grand Prairie, St. Landry Parish, and ran his mother's plantation, which he purchased in 1881.

After his 1865 marriage to Ernestine Debaillon, Fontenot fathered one child, Alma, who eventually wed Dr. James H. Parker of Ville Platte and produced a son, George H. Parker. Alma experienced chronic mental illness and was eventually divorced from James Parker in 1907. Ernestine Debaillon Fontenot died in 1887 at the age of thirty-eight.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Plantation and business records of Ozemé Fontenot and members of his family; his mother, Hyacinthe Jaubert Fontenot; his sister Octavie David Fontenot of Houma; his daughter Alma and her husband, Dr. James H. Parker; and several nephews and prominent planters, politicians, and businessmen in the area, including Samuel Hess and Leon Wolfe.

Personal and business correspondence concern family relationships, especially the marriage and divorce of the Parker’s, and document Alma Fontenot Parker’s mental illness and hospitalization. Other topics concern current political issues, mainly of local interest; finances and banking, health, travel, and United Confederate Veterans’ pensions and reunions. Some letters describe lynchings and shootings of African Americans in Louisiana (1909, 1911), and trials of African Americans in Louisiana (1902, 1905).

Letters exchanged between Ozemé Fontenot and his son-in-law (James Parker) and grandson (George Parker) follow the latter’s frequent moves from the South to the Midwest to the south of California, ending in George’s eventual settling in Grand Prairie.

Cotton gin and farming record books span the years 1873-1921. Other manuscript volumes document the plantation economy from 1864-1928, including cash books, daybooks, and blacksmith account books (1880-1882). Also included are eight property census books recording personal property, newspaper clippings and printed items.

LIST OF SUB-GROUPS AND SERIES

Series I. Personal and Business Papers, 1834-1949, n.d.

Series II. Manuscript Volumes, 1864-1928

Subseries 1. Blacksmith Account Books, February 1864 – February 1885

Subseries 2. Account Books, June 1857 – January 1919, n.d.

Subseries 3. Plantation Daybooks, November 1867 – December 1923

Subseries 4. Cotton Gin Books, December 1870 – December 1904, n.d.

Subseries 5. Cashbooks, November 1872 – September 1928

Subseries 6. Miscellaneous Volumes, February 1873 – October 1875, n.d.

Subseries 7. Property Census Books, n.d

Series III. Printed Volumes, 1875-1924

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Series I. Personal and Business Papers, 1834-1949, n.d. Consists of business records for the plantation, correspondence (business and personal), printed items, and newspaper articles and magazines. Arranged chronologically.

Box 1: Personal and business papers dated April 1834 – December 1897. Items of interest include a birth register, voter registration, wills, plantation inventories, and an auction record of the Fontenot family; an account of the assassination of James McDaniel (27 June 1869); correspondence concerning Fontenot and J. H. Parker family relations (1887, 1896); “Fosterism” (referring to Governor Murphy J. Foster) mentioned in connection to “Regulatorism” (2 May 1894); the boll weevil present in Texas and Louisiana (1895); Alma Fontenot Parker letters concern her health and marital problems (1896); yellow fever rumors (25 Sept, 7 Oct. 1897); correspondence between Samuel Haas and Ozemé Fontenot (1887-1897). (.3 linear feet). See Appendix for contents of specific letters.

Box 2: Personal and business papers dated January 1898 – December 1901. Items of interest include a United Confederate Veteran delegate certificate, and a Hope Hook and Ladder company No. 1 Honorary Membership Certificate (Opelousas, La.); correspondence concerning Fontenot and J. H. Parker family relations, including Alma Fontenot and the impending divorce, with letters from Fontenot to a detective agency in Philadelphia concerning the divorce settlement and whereabouts of grandson, George (1898-1902); Governor Foster is said to ignore economic depression in the state (23 Nov. 1898); yellow fever rumors (12 Oct. 1898); Louisiana parish prisons (1899); correspondence between Samuel Haas and Ozemé Fontenot (1901-1912); African Americans (21, 30 July 1901); small pox reported among caucasians (16 June 1901). (.3 linear feet). See Appendix for contents of specific letters.

Box 3: Personal and business papers dated January 1902 – December 1904. Items of interest includes United Confederate Veteran alternate certificate and a postcard with a view of the Cabildo (New Orleans, La.); correspondence concerning trial of “compromise negroes” (17 May 1902); Fontenot and J. H. Parker family relations, including the divorce settlement between Parker and wife Alma Fontenot Parker, with the final settlement on 18 March 1907, also letter to her father and son from the insane asylum where she resides in New Orleans (1902-1934); correspondence between Samuel Haas, Leon Wolff, and Ozemé Fontenot. (.3 linear feet). See Appendix for contents of specific letters.

Box 4: Personal and business papers dated January 1905 – December 1910. Property and personal insurance policies (1904, 1905, 1908); yellow fever confirmed in Texas and New Orleans (4 , 15 Aug., 27 Sept., 14 Oct. 1905); letters concerning African Americans, law enforcement, and violence against them (16, 22 July 1905; 2, 14, 17, 20 Aug 1909); Louisiana politics (1904, 1906, 1910-1920); mention of the boll weevil being present in Texas and Louisiana (1907, 1909); efforts by the governor to create Evangeline Parish without due legislative process (28 Feb. 1910); recollections of the Civil War (2 Oct. 1905); Confederate Veteran reunions, a letter describing the plight of handicapped veterans (15 Aug. 1905), and UCV pensions enlarged through efforts of Thomas Shaffer (21 July, 10 Oct. 1910); correspondence between Samuel Haas and Ozemé Fontenot, also concerns financial help for confederate veterans; Knights of Columbus initiation ceremonies (1 April 1909); corrupt political practices in Opelousas (23 March 1910). Letter to A.B. Anderson from General Leon Jastremski discussing state politics (4 Aug. 1907); correspondence concerning Fontenot and J. H. Parker family relations, including Alma Fontenot Parker’s mental illness (1902-1934); sugar production in Louisiana (1910). (.3 linear feet). See Appendix for contents of specific letters.

Box 5: Personal and business papers dated January 1911 – November 1919. Items of interest include a postcard with a bull fight scene (Tia Juana, Mexico), an ad for Archibald Gracie’s book The Truth about Chickamauga, a petition to release George Parker from the army and recollections of Civil War conditions in Louisiana. Correspondence includes letters concerning African American lynchings in Louisiana (14 Feb. 1911); government job hunters (1 July 1913), ballot box stuffing and improvements in police jury system (4 May 1914), on the state of Louisiana politics and graft (1 Nov. 1915), and thanks from Luther E. Hall to Ozemé Fontenot for support of his senate campaign (20 Sept. 1918); letters from Ladislas Lazaro regarding his candidacy for the Senate (18 July 1912) and the local political race between Pavy and Garland against Lazaro (6 Sept 1916); letter from Helen Longstreet to U.S. Congress protesting false rumors about her record as postmistress in Gainesville (14 may 1913); flu epidemic (9 Oct. 1918); George Parker’s military duty and discharge (1918, 8, 18 March 1919); insurance policies (1918); correspondence concerning Fontenot and J. H. Parker family relations, including Alma Fontenot Parker’s mental illness (1902-1934). (.3 linear feet). See Appendix for contents of specific letters.

Box 6: Personal and business papers dated March 1920 – October 1932. Flu epidemic (1925); insurance policies (1926); oil exploration in Montana (14, 18 March 1927); correspondence concerning Fontenot and James H. Parker family relations, including Alma Fontenot Parker’s mental illness, education and visiting rights for son George, James H. Parker’s frequent moves, and his final illness in California (1921 1934). (.3 linear feet). See Appendix for contents of specific letters.

Box 7: Personal and business papers dated February 1933 – June 1949 as well as undated items. Includes an ordinance relative to the sale of unbranded stock. (2 folders). See Appendix for contents of specific letters.

Record Booklets from gin and farming records dated February 1873 – November 1878. Accounts of Widow Alexandre Fontenot's plantation and cotton mill contain information on operational expenses, supplies (bags, ties, and twine), workers, ginning and cotton regulation, a plantation book, work done, and records of cotton ginned and sold. Accounts for Ozemé Fontenot's plantation operation include his expenses, regulation of labor, and general accounts. (15 booklets arranged chronologically)

Box 8: Record booklets from gin and farming records dated August 1876 – February 1881. Accounts of Widow Alexandre Fontenot's plantation and cotton mill contain information on operational expenses, supplies (bags, ties, and twine), workers, plantation accounts and cotton regulation, ginning and baling, pickling, and a charity record. Ozemé Fontenot accounts included. (19 booklets arranged chronologically)

Box 9: Record booklets from gin and farming records dated September 1901 – January 1904, and booklets with no date. Accounts of Ozemé Fontenot include a gin book, record of cotton ginned with names of owners and number of bales, record of tenant’s cotton including tenants’ cotton sold, Fontenot’s share, the store’s share, and ginning costs. Undated record booklets include information about cotton baled and a record of cotton ginned and sold. (5 books arranged chronologically).

Unbound items dated 1872 - 1921 consist of records of expenses, names of owners next to the number of bales, and lists of figures. (Some items in French).

Box 10: Unbound items (no dates) consist of records of expenses, names of owners next to the number of bales, and lists of figures. (Some items in French).

Various printed items dated 1872 – 1913.

Political printed items consist of a state ticket for John McEnery, president and fusion state ticket for Horace Greeley, address of Theophile T. Allain, C. C. Duso’s letter of acceptance (pamphlet) and a poem compliments of J. H. Paschal on a facsimilie Confederate bill.

Ten printed items pertaining to farm equipment depict cotton gins and condensers, a revolving head cotton gin, a flexible rubber paint, Aerometer, Hancock Inspirator, Puroline and Portable Gas Light Company.

In addition to the six printed items for the United Confederate Veterans, there are miscellaneous items consisting of a Texas State Fair and Dallas Exposition catalogue, St. Landry Parish fencing ordinance; New Orleans, Atchafalaya, Bayou des Glaizes and Washington freight tariff, and a Cooper’s Well Hotel pamphlet. (15 items)

Newspaper clippings dated July 1875 – May 1904 are comprised of articles, poems, and classifieds. There is also one undated photograph of a woman, negatives of a man and a car, and 33 empty envelopes dated 1864 – 1931. (14 items).

Fontenot Newspaper Box: Newspapers and half-sheets, August 1876 – July 1916, n.d.

(20 items)

Geographic Location

Title

Dates

Geographic Location

Title

Dates

Opelousas

Journal

25 August 1876

New Orleans

Daily Democrat

1 September 1877

Opelousas

St. Landry Democrat

9 November 1878

New Orleans

Weekly Times –Democrat

4 December 1881

Opelousas

St. Landry Democrat

4 November 1884

Opelousas

St. Landry Democrat

21 May 1887

Opelousas

St. Landry Democrat

28 April 1888

Houston (Tx)

Daily Post

24 May 1895

Opelousas

Courier

23 November 1901

New Orleans

Times-Democrat

7 December 1902

New Orleans

Times-Democrat

13 December 1902

Opelousas

Courier

2 April 1904

Opelousas

St. Landry Clarion

24 June 1905

Opelousas

St. Landry Clarion

15 July 1905

Opelousas

St. Landry Clarion

9 September 1905

Shenandoah (Iowa)

Ratekin’s Iowa Grown Seed Corn

1907

New Orleans

Item

17 August 1909

New Orleans

Times-Democrat

24 July 1910

Opelousas

St. Landry Clarion

8 July 1916

Washington

Post, Artgravure Section

n.d.

Series II. Manuscript Volumes, 1864-1928

Subseries 1. Blacksmith Account Books, February 1864 – February 1885

One account book called “Forge Daybook,” February 1864 – 1871, includes succession sale of Homer Guillory’s effects, cotton gin accounts, records of stock branding, accounts with workers and relatives, signed receipts of workers for shoes and hats. The second item is the Gustave Fontenot Blacksmith Account Book, January 1880 – March 1882.

Subseries 2. Account Books, June 1857 – January 1919, n.d.

Eight account books that are general or particular to Ozemé Fontenot. Volume 3 includes absences, work done and purchases made, and an account of James McDaniel’s assassination. Remaining volumes consist of Ozemé Fontenot’s savings account book, and books containing accounts with plantation workers and cotton gin records; information on supplies and accompanying prices; deals with cords of wood, bales of cotton, and supplies such as corn. Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 3. Plantation Daybooks, November 1867 – December 1923

Three account books that are general or particular to Ozemé Fontenot. Volume 11 Includes worker’s accounts with Fontenot, record of work done, items bought from Fontenot, and cotton gin records. Other volumes cite worker’s earnings and goods sold to them, horse breeding, and car repairs. Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 4. Cotton Gin Books, December 1870 – December 1904, n.d.

Twenty account books that are general or particular to Ozemé Fontenot. Information includes worker’s accounts, items sold to workers; names and number of days / hours worked at the gin; supplies purchased (mostly bag and tie accounts), record of branded animals and butchering; accounts for ginning, wood cut for the gin, store accounts, and number of bales and bale marks. Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 5. Cashbooks, November 1872 – September 1928.

Two cashbooks. One for Ozemé Fontenot includes records, debt, receipts, and items bought and sold (1872-1874). The second cashbook includes sales of land and animals, Ozemé Fontenot’s accounts with various banks and individuals (1916-1928). Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 6. Miscellaneous Volumes, February 1873 – October 1875, n.d.

Four volumes of miscellaneous topics. A J. Mingoe and Company daybook (1873) contains accounts of various people for supplies and equipment. A Tax Receipt Book (1875) lists accounts and an entry of cotton shipped to J. C. Denis. A Memorandum Book (n.d.) includes the price of lightening rods and notes on Louis Fontenot’s children. The fourth is a supply list (n.d.).

Subseries 7. Property Census Books, n.d.

Eight property census books that include lists of names and improvements, stock, vehicles, capital investment, and jewelry.

Series III. Printed Volumes

Five printed volumes include the titles Almanach Francais D’Ayer, by Dr. J.C. Ayer; Family Almanac, by Dr. J.H. McLean; the C&C Cotton Calculator; The Modern Business Speller, by D.D. Mayne; and Confederate Veteran.

INDEX TERMS

Terms

Series

African Americans – Crimes against - Louisiana

I

Blacksmithing – Louisiana

II.1

Boll weevil - Louisiana

I

Cooper’s Well Hotel

I

Cotton gins and ginning – Louisiana

I, II

Evangeline Parish (La.) – Politics and government

I

Fontenot family

I, II

Fontenot, Alma (1887-1934)

I

Fontenot, Ernestine Debaillon

I

Fontenot, Hyacinthe Jaubert (d. 1887)

I,II

Fontenot, Octavie David

I

Foster, Murphy James (1849-1921)

I

Haas, Samuel

I

Hope, Hook and Ladder Company

I

Insurance, Life – Policies

I

Insurance, Property - Policies

I

Knights of Columbus – Rites and ceremonies

I

Lazaro, Ladislas, (1872-1927)

I

Longstreet, Helen Dortch (d. 1862)

I

Louisiana – Politics and government – 1865-1950

I

Lynching – Louisiana

I

McDaniel, James

I, II.2

Mentally ill – Family relationships – Louisiana – 20th century

I

Mentally ill women – Louisiana - 20th century

I

Parker, George H (b.1888)

I

Parker, James H. (d. 1929)

I

Plantation owners – Louisiana

I,II

Plantations – Louisiana – Saint Landry Parish

I,II

Presidents – Election – 19th century

I

Prisons – Louisiana – 19th century

I

Saint Landry Parish (La.)

I,II

Smallpox - Louisiana

I

United Confederate Veterans

I

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

I

Wolff, Leon

I

Yellow fever - Louisiana

I

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents

Series I. Personal and Business Papers

U:190

1

1-8

April 1834 – Dec. 1897

2

9-18

Jan. 1898 – Dec. 1901

UU:191

3

19-25

Jan. 1902 – Dec. 1904

4

26-32

Jan. 1905 – Dec. 1910

UU:192

5

33-41

Jan. 1911 – Nov. 1919

6

42-48

March 1920 – Oct. 1932

UU:193

7

49-50

Feb. 1933 – June 1949, n.d.

51-54

Record booklets, Feb. 1873- Nov. 1878

8

55-59

Record booklets, Aug. 1876 - Feb. 1881

UU:194

9

60-61

Record booklets: Sept. 1901 – Jan. 1904

62-63

Records, Sept. 1872 – 1921.

64-65

Records, n.d

10

66-68

Records, n.d.

69

Political Printed Items, 1872-1913, n.d.

70

Printed Items Pertaining to Farm Equipment, 1880 1911, n.d.

71

United Confederate Veteran Printed items, 1985-1900, n.d.

72

Miscellaneous Printed Items, 1985-1900, n.d.

73

Newspaper clippings, July 1875 – May 1904, n.d.

74

Photograph of a woman, n.d.

75

Negatives of a man and a car, n.d.

76

Empty envelopes

OS:F

78

Ozemé Fontenot’s Assessment Sheet, 1926

79

Newspaper Magazines:

1) North West and Far West via the Shore Lines of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad, winter edition, 1884-1885.
2) Texas Topics, Devoted to Immigration and the Development of Southwest Texas, May 1895.
3) Le Sourire, June 16, 1900
4) Modern Farming, the Louisiana-Mississippi Farm Paper, Oct. 25, 1921.

98:F

Fontenot

Newspapers and Newspaper half sheets, Aug 1876 – July 1916, n.d.

Stack Location

Volume

Contents

Stack Location

Volume

Contents

Series II. Manuscript Volumes

O:21

1-2

Blacksmith Account Books, Feb. 1864 – 1885

3-10

Account Books, June 1857 – Jan. 1919.

11-13

Plantation Daybooks, Nov. 1867 – Dec. 1923.

14-35

Cotton Gin Books, Dec. 1870 – Dec. 1904, n.d.

36-37

Cashbooks, Nov. 1872- Feb. 1874; Oct. 1916 – Oct. 1928.

38-41

Miscellaneous Manuscript Volumes, Feb. 1873, Oct. 1875, n.d.

42 - 49

Property Census Books, n.d.

Series III. Printed Volumes

50

Ayer, Dr. J. C. Almanach Francais D'Ayer. Lowell, Massachusetts: DR. J. C. Ayer and Cie., 1875

51

McLean, Dr. J. H. Family Almanac. St. Louis, Missouri: 1876.

52

Clark and Courts. C&C Cotton Calculator. Galveston, Texas: The Texas House, 1900

53

Mayne, D. D. The Modern Business Speller. Chicago: Lyons and Carnahan, 1901.

54

Confederate Veteran, Vol. XXXII, No. 12 (December, 1924)

APPENDIX: Calendar of Correspondence

DATE

CONTENTS

DATE

CONTENTS

23 October 1875

Paying taxes, land seizures

27, 29 August 1884

Sheriff’s election

21 September 1887

Defense attorney, electioneering

14 June 1895

“Texas insects” – boll weevil

2 May 1894

Sheriff’s election, “Regulatorism”, “Fosterism”, governor’s seat

14 July 1896

Presidential election

5 October 1896

Mentions Seventh Day Adventists, Bryan / McKinley presidential election

23 June 1897

Trouble with farm labor, Confederate veteran reunion

25 September 1897

Yellow fever in Louisiana

7 October 1897

Yellow fever in Louisiana, family bicycling

30 December 1897

Constitutional convention, Frank Wharton stands for office

21 March 1898

William Jennings Bryan speaks

12 May 1898

Confederate Veterans Association; belonging to the “Southern Association.”

15 June 1898

Reference to the Spanish-American War

4 August 1898

Confederate reunion in Atlanta

12 October 1898

Yellow fever

10 November 1898

Local election, collecting rent - “the worst since the war.”

13 November 1898

Voting in local election

15 November 1898

More on collecting rent

22 November 1898

More on collecting rent

23 November 1898

Depression, Governor Foster

2 October 1899

Mentions Populist Party, local politics

3 November 1900

Local politics

10 May 1901

Confederate reunion

16 June 1901

Smallpox

21 July 1901

Letter from “Your very respled [sic] old neggro Jeff Peters.”

30 July 1901

Same

16 February 1902

Mardi Gras parade

2, 17 April 1902

Confederate reunion

10 April 1902

Economic book in Crowley

17 May 1902

Trial of “the compromise Negroes.”

21 September 1902

Election of Judge Dupre, local politics, Lewis Sterling mentioned

20 January 1904

Local elections, pensions

22 January 1904

Voting, pensions

16 July 1905

White jury/Negro defendant, Railway survey and possible construction.

17 July 1905

Police jury voting, judge’s decision on taxes.

18 July 1905

Tornado

22 July 1905

Anthony Mannuel Case (See 16 July 1905), economic boom in Opelousas

15 August 1905

Yellow fever, religion, pensions

27 September 1905

Yellow fever quarantine in Texas

2 October 1905

Civil War recollection from Louisiana

14 October 1905

Economic situation, yellow fever

14 March 1906

Crowley politics, municipal elections and election fraud

21 October 1906

Politics – Duson wants support

17 April 1907

Dejean running for sheriff and wants support

24 July 1907

Texas economy, boll weevil

14 August 1907

Leon Jastremski letter on Louisiana politics, “redemption of Louisiana next year.”

1 April 1909

Knights of Columbus

18 April 1909

“Bole Weavil”

10 June 1909

Memphis Confederate reunion

21 June 1909

Boll weevil

2 August 1909

Shooting of Negroes after they were taken from custody of deputies.

20 August 1909

More on “Opelousas affair,” mob in Grand Prairie, more on detectives and whisky men (see august 14 and 17, 1909)

6 September 1909

City officers, politics – Shelley Taylor from Kentucky

28 February 1910

Apparently a form letter about conduct of governor

23 March 1910

On voter registration practices and election practices

21 July 1910

From Thomas Shaffer showing politicking for pensions among UCV

30 August 1910

Local politics, mention Confederate veterans and “league for reform”

23 September 1910

Governor Sanders; lack of support in upcoming election

10 October 1910

Describes getting sugar-making hands, gives wages

14 February 1911

Violence against Negroes, election

4 December 1911

Foster – “General of the Political ring of Louisiana”, elections

25 April 1912

Abolish Registrar of Voters office

14 July 1912

Lazaro’s candidacy and political

18 July 1912

Johnny runs for Congress, Lazaro

18 July 1912

Lazaro – “Italian hand of Sanders and his St. Landry Lieutenants”

14 May 1913

Helen Longstreet to Congress, defending her actions as postmistress

1 July 1913

Government job hunters, by Governor Hall

23 September 1913

Race for delegates to constitutional convention

1 October 1913

Recollection of Civil War conditions in Louisiana

4 May 1914

Ballot box stuffing

7 August 1914

On state legislature

25 September 1915

Campaign against the convention

17 November 1915

From Hall on the state of Louisiana politics and graft

12 January 1916

Voting for governor in primary

22 March 1916

To New Orleans Item on Parker for governor, Confederate Veteran politics and taxes

6 September 1916

Local political race between Pavy and Garland

18 February 1918

Information on Louisiana Exemption Board

8 October 1918

Spanish flu epidemic

18 March 1919

Autographed letter from General Pershing

29 May 1920

From state Senator Moutin, mentions political appointments

7 June 1920

From state Senator Homer Barusse about helping confederate veterans

14 June 1920

About the state Senate voting on a Federal amendment

22 May 1922

From U.S. Representative, mentions Uncle Joe Cannon

3 January 1923

Brief mention of unions and IWW

24 August 1927

Mentions execution of “assassins”