Person:Alvan Lafargue (1)

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Alvan Henry Lafargue
m. 2 Mar 1878
  1. Walter Strong Lafargue1878 - 1951
  2. Edwin Louis Lafargue1881 - 1922
  3. Alvan Henry Lafargue1883 - 1963
  4. Sidney Eustis La Fargue1885 - 1942
  5. Martha Lafargue1888 - 1970
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Name[1][2][3][4][5][6] Alvan Henry Lafargue
Gender Male
Birth[1][3][4][5][6] 14 Oct 1883 Marksville, Avoyelles, Louisiana, USA
Residence[7] 1900 Avoyelles, Louisiana, USAMarital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son
Residence[8] 1910 Marksville, Avoyelles, Louisiana, USAMarital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Son
Residence[4] Bet 1917 and 1918 Calcasieu, Louisiana, USA
Residence[3] 1920 Sulphur, Calcasieu, Louisiana, USAMarital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head
Residence[1] 1930 Sulphur, Calcasieu, Louisiana, USAMarital Status: Divorced; Relation to Head of House: Head
Residence[6] 1935 Sulphur, Calcasieu, Louisiana, USA
Residence[6] 1 Apr 1940 Sulphur, Calcasieu, Louisiana, USAMarital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head
Residence[2] 1953 Lake Charles, Calcasieu, Louisiana, USA
Death? 11 Feb 1963 Sulphur, Calcasieu, Louisiana, USA
Burial? Lake Charles, Calcasieu, Louisiana, USA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvan_Lafargue Lafargue was educated in the Avoyelles Parish schools, Louisiana State University, the Tulane University Medical School, and the Memphis Hospital Medical School, since the University of Tennessee Medical Center, from which he graduated in 1910. He married the former Florestine Richard of Baldwin in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, daughter of Arthur Richard, a sugar planter, and the former Blanche Dumesnil. The couple had four children, Alvan, Jr. (1913–1994),[10] Myron J. Lafargue (1914–1973), Irene L. Owens (1917–1969), and Prudence L. Burns (1924–2009).[1][11]

An active Democrat, Lafargue was the mayor of Sulphur from 1926 to 1938, only the second mayor to be elected to a four-year term, first in 1926, then 1930 and 1934.[14] during which time he initiated many municipal improvements. The town was in debt, and he made so many visits to a bank in Lake Charles that some said with humor that the people there thought he worked at the bank. In time, Sulphur was put in the financial black.[6] He also served on the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee.[3]

A Roman Catholic, Lafargue was a member of the men's organization, the Knights of Columbus. He was active in Rotary International and Woodmen of the World. In 1925, Dr. Lafargue founded the bi-parish Calcasieu-Cameron Fair and served many years afterwards as president of the organization. From 1932 to 1934 and again in 1949, Dr. Lafargue was president of the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals. He was the founding president of the organization in 1932. His daughter, Prudence Burns, was the state fair president in 1984.[15] In 2008, a Lafargue grandson, Gerold J. LaFargue (with capital "F"), a former assistant Attorney General of Louisiana, was named grand marshal of the parade.[16] In 2014, the fair begun by Dr. Lafargue was moved from its 12-acre site at 923 Lewis Street in Sulpuur to the West Calcasieu Events Center near Interstate 10.[17]

Lafargue developed the Businessmen's Club of Sulphur, which later became West Calcasieu Association of Commerce. He won the Silver Beaver award from the Boy Scouts of America. He was a director of the American Red Cross. He was president of the Gulf Beach Highway Association, which promoted the construction of U.S. Highway 27. He was vice-president of the Louisiana Division of the Old Spanish Trail Association, which lobbied for the extension of U.S. Highway 90 from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts.[3][1]

Lafargue died in Sulphur at the age of seventy-nine. He is interred at Orange Grove Cemetery in Lake Charles.[1] He once said that his great accomplishment was having never turned away a patient in need.[6]

The Lafargue Family papers are deposited at the archives of Tulane University.[3]

The Dr. Alvan LaFargue House at 210 West Lincoln in Sulphur (built 1918) is among the sties of the Sulphur Historic Area Tour.[18] The Lafargue House is also included in the Historic Calcasieu Parish Guide, 2013.[19]

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 United States of America, Bureau of the Census. 1930, Fifteenth Census of the United States. (Name: Ancestry.com; Location: Washington, DC; Date: 2002;)
    Census Marksville.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT; Date: 2011;)
    1953 Alvan H. Lafargue.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States of America, Bureau of the Census. 1920, Fourteenth Census of the United States. (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT; Date: 2010;)
    Census Sulphur.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.Original data - United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Admini;)
    WWI Alvan Henry Lafargue.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ancestry.com. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data - Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls;)
    Alan Henry Lafargue (older application).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 United States of America, Bureau of the Census. 1940, Sixteenth Census of the United States. (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT; Date: 2012;)
    Sulphur Calcasieu Parish Census.
  7. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. 1900, Twelfth Census of the United States. (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;)
    Year: 1900; Census Place: Police Jury Ward 2, Avoyelles, Louisiana; Roll: 558; Page: 39B; Enumeration District: 0013; FHL microfilm: 1240558.
  8. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. 1910, Thirteenth Census of the United States. (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT; Date: 2006;)
    Year: 1910; Census Place: Marksville, Avoyelles, Louisiana; Roll: T624_508; Page: 29A; Enumeration District: 0014; FHL microfilm: 1374521.