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Looking Back: November 1939, 1974, and 2004

November 9, 1939
Sacred Heart’s Trojans continued their winning ways here Friday night by taking care of Catholic High of Opelousas 35-to-18 despite the bitter cold weather which prevailed at the time of fracas.
Saturday the Trojans face what may prove a disastrous upset when they meet the Mamou squad at the Armistice Day celebration in Mamou. Game will be called at 3:00 p.m., according to Father I.A. DeBlanc.
Mamou, highly successful this year, was defeated only through bad breaks. They figure to be in peak condition for the Trojans, and this is set to be one of the entertainment highlights at the annual Armistice demonstration.

November 16, 1939
Members of CCC Company 1427, St. Landry, seem to realize that having an Educational Program is not altogether just a waste of time, according to Wilton Elisar, camp reporter.
What, with the facilities, willing teachers and opportunities offered, can a man expect to gain of he doesn’t even try to better himself? The men are putting their hearts in it, tho, and proof of this is seen in the increased number of attendances in each class.
Men in elementary grades are taught academic subjects. Listed here are a number of subjects taught: Typing, Radio Code, Auto Mechanics, Farm Mechanics, Arithmetic, Shorthand, Carpentry, Cooking, Truck driving, Woodworking, and Reading and Writing.

November 23, 1939
All who have seen the magnificent table recently presented to the Evangeline Parish School Board by the manual arts department of Mamou High School have been unanimous in pronouncing it one of the finest pieces of work they have ever examined.
This table is of horseshoe shape and built of magnolia. The striking patterns formed by the white and black streaks in this wood make it something truly beautiful to see.
The manual arts department was installed by Principal Robert Gahn, through the cooperation of the Evangeline School Board three years ago. Since that time, many excellent pieces of work have been turned out, and Mr. Gahn declares himself more than satisfied with the innovation. The department is in charge of Prof. Calise Gary, a skilled craftsman.

November 30, 1939
Work on the $3,500 Catholic chapel at Belaire Cove began Monday and is expected to be complete by Christmas, according to Lee Aucoin, principal at that place, who has been active in promoting the building’s construction.
Popular subscription to the project has raised an amount of money sufficient to practically pay the building in cash, Mr. Aucoin said. The chapel will be located adjacent to the school house, and a suitable burial site will be arranged at its rear.
While constructed of wood, the building will be quite attractive. A nice alter has been devised, and the chapel will be surmounted with a well balanced steeple. Considerable free labor will be provided and thus reduce construction costs.

November 7, 1974
A new twist has been added to the old Jo Ann Graham, et al versus Evangeline Parish School Board, and board members are determined to take a firm stand against the latest move by the U.S. Justice Department.
In correspondence received last week from Justice Department attorneys, the U.S. District Court has been asked to order the School Board to pick up all books and other materials supplied to Evangeline Academy and demand reimbursement for costs of transportation, books and other services rendered the Academy by the School Board since the private school was organized in 1969.

November 14, 1974
The probability of a new tax to finance the municipal affairs of Ville Platte looms dead ahead following a discussion on city revenues and request for pay raises at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.
Delegations of city employees from the Fire Department, Street Department and Sewerage Department were present to request pay raises to keep up with the inflationary spiral which has everyone in its grip.
Presiding over the meeting in the city courtroom was Alderman George “Bobby” Soileau, mayor pro-tem, who was filling in for Mayor Harold Bordelon. The mayor is recovering from a mild heart attack and is away from his office for a few days.

November 21, 1974
Members of the Evangeline Parish Cattlemen’s Association and their wives heard both the good and the bad reports from the cattle industry and elected a new board of directors at the annual ladies’ night banquet Thursday night in Sacred Heart cafeteria.
Opening the meeting was Aubrey Mire, associate county agent, and Willard “Buzz” Duplechin, president of the association, presided.
Board members elected from Ward One were T.H. Floyed, Woodrow Morein, J. LeRoy Soileau, Pierre Young and Howard W. Pitre: Ward 2, Willard Duplechin and Sidney Pelloquin; Ward 3, Jake Ardoin, Glenn LaHaye, Lee Miller, Bobby Foret and Lee P. Fusilier; Ward 4, Raymond B. Aucoin; Ward 5, Charles LaHaye; and at large Norman Glenn Fontenot.
The new board was elected from a slate of nominees submitted by the nominating committee. Committee members were Gerald L. Fontenot, chairman, J.B. LaHaye and Jerry Dupre.

November 28, 1974
Sixty years ago, on November 19, 1914, the Ville Platte Gazette was born. And as in all births, it came about through laboring and pains. It was a product of pride in the community and a work of labor and love with a mingling of sweat and swearing to punctuate the long and laborious hours necessary to put out a newspaper with the rustic equipment of a by-gone era.
It would be an understatement to say that the newspaper field has seen many changes during the span of years since The Gazette has been in existence. The physical changes in equipment and technology then and now could be compared to the first horseless carriage with the modern supersonic jet and the thundering rockets which carry spacemen to the moon and beyond.
Two years ago, after a prolonged period of transition, the operations of the newspaper were moved in the remodeled J.H. Buller and Sons building. The Gazette and all operations of Evangeline Publishing Co., including the Swap and Shop and Ivan’s Quality Printing, are now located under one roof. The present newspaper plant occupies 4,400 square feet of floor area, compared to the approximately 600 square feet in the old shop which was the first home of The Gazette.

November 14, 2004
Donald Bergeron, representing Credit Union, spoke to the Ville Platte City Council on Thursday, November 11, in regards to renting the city hall building once the city has completed the transfer to its new location.
Bergeron stated Credit Union was in need of a larger building, and he believed the rental of the building by Credit Union would not only be beneficial to them, but also to the city. “It’s (Credit Union) in a cloak room at James Stephens, and it’s hampering our ability to help the city. He also stated the Credit Union was willing to pay $1,500 in rent.
The council also discussed the Jan Theater building on Main Street, and expressed concerns the building could possibly fall on the store next to it. Bill Jeanmard said, “Now that we know it is collapsing, we assume some of the liability.” The council also expressed concerns about the building collapsing into the street.

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