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May 5, 1949- The Immaculate Conception Sodalists are shown above presenting Sister Joan of Arc, of Sacred Heart Parochial School, with a bouquet and gift as she prepares to leave for Mission Work in India. She has taught school here for the past 10 years. She will make the journey by boat and plane. Left to right are: Rita Rae Buller, Norma Latour, Sr. Joan of Arc, Harold Stromer, all of Ville Platte, and Beth Dubus of Lafayette.

Looking Back: May 1929, 1939, and 1949

May 11, 1929
Mrs. W. Harvey and Mrs. F. DeRouen sold hats that were Ladies Hats were $1.29, and children’s hats were .98.

May 25, 1929
The four-mile link of the road running from the Ville Platte-Oakdale highway, near Ville Platte and intersecting the main Eunice-Alexandria highway at Turkey Creek will be completed as fast as the work can be done, beginning this week. The contractor is already here, with his men and equipment and work started on the unfinished link Thursday.
This link of four miles is all that is lacking to make a splendid gravel highway straight through from Ville Platte by way of Chicot, to Turkey Creek and on to Alexandria and all points north. The road is already completed and in excellent condition except this four-mile link, which is on the Turkey Creek end of the road, and, with this finished, the distance from Ville Platte to Alexandria will be shortened for all-weather travel by from seven to nine miles, as the route now available in bad weather around by Pine Prairie is considerably out of the way and a longer route to northern points.

May 13, 1939
At Style Shoppe, beautiful dresses including silks, chiffons, and lace were $4.98.

May 20, 1939
Something like 180 children received First Communion at the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Ville Platte on Wednesday morning at impressive rites which were attended by visiting clergy from nearby communities.
The class was one of the largest to ever receive communion in Ville Platte, it was announced.
Through a judicious system of economics, the Police Jury has affected a mill slash on property assessment in Evangeline Parish with the result that taxes for 1939 will be decreased something like $31,000 according to President Joel Fontenot.
Various curtailments have been made in the parish expenses from time to time during the past few years, Mr. Fontenot said, but it was not until now that a drastic tax reduction could be effected. This $31,000 cut is the result of many little savings all grouped into one large pile of money, police jurors explained.

May 12, 1949
Construction started last week on the Bulldog Stadium according to an announcement made today by J.D. Lafleur, principal of the Ville Platte High School.
According to Mr. Lafleur’s report, the 5,000 seat stadium will be complete and ready for the first football game scheduled for September 23, against Franklin.
Mr. Lafleur said that when the stadium will be fully complete it will have a coach’s office, training rooms, a boxing ring, players’ rooms, and the home team and visiting team rooms, restrooms, and shower baths.

May 19, 1949
It was announced this week that special seats will be reserved for members of the Ville Platte High School Alumni at commencement exercises, May 24th. Since the class is small, and it is not anticipated that parents will take too many of the reserved seats, the faculty of the school will satisfy a desire it has had for years, namely, to reserve special seats for old graduates of the school. The High School Glee Club will dedicate special musical numbers to the Alumni and a distinguished son of the school, who graduated 25 years ago, will give the commencement address.

May 26, 1949
Harvey LeBas, local business man and Mayor-elect, addressed Sacred Heart’s seniors and juniors at their annual banquet recently, giving them a mandate to repay Sacred Heart for all it gave them.
Mr. LeBas spoke to the group as part of a program to acquaint the soon-to-be-graduates with the various aspects of the business world and life that they will shortly enter.
At G. Ardoin and Company, lettuce was .13 per pound, bell peppers were .21 per pound, and mixed vegetables were .13.

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