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Above, former Ville Platte Mayor LeRoy Veillon, wearing the costume of 1858, poses beside the granite monument of the time capsule which is set to be opened in 2058. This massive stone sits atop a concrete box that has a copper container inside preserving things from the past such as newspapers, photographs, and tape recordings. The photo was taken by Johnnie Quinn and was published in the September 18, 1958, edition of the Ville Platte Gazette. (Gazette archive photo)

A bearded centennial

On March 16, 1858, Act Number 97 of the Louisiana Legislature was approved by the Speaker of the House of Representatives William W.

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