Lafargue family papers, 1813-1917 | Louisiana Research Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Lafargue family papers, 1813-1917

Predominant Dates:1813-1870s

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 932

Primary Creator: Lafargue family.

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically. The collection consists of one box and one oversize folder.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1995

Subjects: French -- Louisiana -- History., French Americans -- Louisiana -- History., Journalists -- Louisiana., Lafargue, Adolphe Jolna., Lafargue, Annie Winn Irion., Lafargue, Arnaud., Lafargue, Pierre-Adolphe., Lafargue family., Louisiana -- History.

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Marriage certificates., Military records.

Languages: English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of correspondence, military records, marriage licenses, and other papers of the Lafargue family, noted for its contributions in a number of areas, including government, journalism, justice, law, medicine, and politics. The papers include the military records of Arnaud Lafargue (1775-1850); correspondence from Arnaud to his son, Pierre-Adolphe Lafargue (1818-1869); correspondence of  Adolphe Jolna Lafargue (1855-1917) and Annie Winn Irion Lafargue (1860-1899); as well as other documents.

Biographical Note

The Lafargue family is a distinguished French Louisiana family known for its contributions in a wide variety of fields, including government, journalism, justice, law, medicine, and politics. Arnaud Lafargue (1775-1850), from the southwest corner of France, had a distinguished military career, participating in campaigns in Italy, Germany, Russia, Prussia, Bohemia, and Belgium. He was a lieutenant in the twenty-sixth regiment, rose to captain in the seventeenth, and served as colonel of the twelfth. After retiring from active service, he became adjutant-major of the National Guard of the Department des Basses Pyrénées. His son, Pierre-Adolphe Lafargue (1818-1869) participated in one of the last waves of direct French immigration to the Avoyelles and Natchitoches Parishes areas. He settled in Marksville and became superintendent of Avoyelles Parish. Later, he became publisher and editor of the Pelican, which later became the Marksville Villager; he also served as mayor of Marksville. One of his sons, Adolphe Jolna Lafargue (1855-1917) studied law at the University of Louisiana in New Orleans, then returned to Marksville and published and edited the Marksville Bulletin. He married Annie Winn Irion (1860-1889), the daughter of Marksville congressman Alfred Biggs Irion. His brother, Arnaud D. Lafargue, a state legislator, arranged for him to be named clerk of a legislative committee. In 1884, Governor McEnery, for whom he campaigned, appointed him parish assessor. Adolphe Lafargue then received a gubernatorial appointment as clerk of court. In 1899 Governor Foster appointed him judge of the tenth judicial district, and in 1912 he was elected judge of the fourteenth. His son, Alvan Henry Lafargue (1883-1962) became a noted physician, civic leader, and politician in Sulphur and Lake Charles, Louisiana. After receiving his education at Louisiana State University, Tulane Medical School, and the Memphis Hospital Medical School, he served as a parish and city health official, was a director of Lake Charles Charity Hospital, and served as a Southern Pacific Railroad physician.

Subject/Index Terms

French -- Louisiana -- History.
French Americans -- Louisiana -- History.
Journalists -- Louisiana.
Lafargue, Adolphe Jolna.
Lafargue, Annie Winn Irion.
Lafargue, Arnaud.
Lafargue, Pierre-Adolphe.
Lafargue family.
Louisiana -- History.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Acquisition Source: Jeron LaFargue.

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: Lafargue family papers, Manuscripts Collection 932, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011.

Other Note: OCLC Number: 264802204

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1: Lafargue family papers
Folder 1: Document naming A.M. Lafargue Captain of the 17th Regiment du Ligne, 1813 August 2
Folder 2: Service record of Captain Arnaud Lafargue of the 12th Regiment du Ligne Infantry, 1815
In pieces, see photocopy.
Folder 3: Place d'Agen, service record of Arnaud Lafargue, Captain, 12th Regiment, Line Infantry, Orthez, France, 1815 October 1
Folder 4: Arnold(?) Lafargue Captain to General Chauvigni-de Blat, Commandant of Department of Basses-Pyrenees, 1817 February 17
Folder 5: Account of Captain Arnaud Lafargue's military services and campaigns, 1817-1819
Contemporary copy.
Folder 6: Pierre Adolphe Lafargue family history, 1818-1869
Oversize folder.
Folder 7: Village of Orthez, Commune of Orthez, Garde Nationale, Arnaud Lafargue elected Adjutant Major of the Battalion, certified by the Department Prefect, 1830 August 22
Folder 8: Garde Nationale certificate, Arnaud Lafargue, 1832
Oversize folder.
Folder 9: Marionnine Lafargue, sister, Orthez, France, to Pierre Adolphe Lafargue, New Orleans, 1838 March 26
Folder 10: Marionnine and father, France, to Adolphe Lafargue, Natchitoches, New Orleans, and Plaisance, 1938-1846
Folder 11: Father, Orthez, France to Pierre Adolph Lafargue, New Orleans, 1839 January 20
Folder 12: Unknown first name Lafargue, to "Cher Ami" Adolphe Lafargue, New Orleans or Baton Rouge, 1839 January
Folder 13: Father, Orthez, France to Pierre Adolphe Lafargue, Cloutierville, Louisiana, 1839 April 23
Damaged; missing part of last page.
Folder 14: French passport of Pierre Adolphe Lafargue of New Orleans, 1840 June 22
In pieces. Fragile.
Folder 15: Servants and subjects to Citizen Prince Louis Napoleon, Strasbourg, petition, 1848 September 12
Folder 16: Marriage contract of Pierre Adolphe Lafargue, son of Arnaud Lafargue and Marie Henga, and Marie Zepherine of Natchitoches Parish, 1840 May 7
1849 copy and English translation.
Folder 17: A. Lafargue, Marksville, to Mademoiselle Parla Bagretti and friends, New Orleans, 1857 November 4
Folder 18: B. Labat, St. Charles Parish, to Dartlys, 1858 August 22
Folder 19: Pen and ink drawing: "A fancy scene exhibited in Avoyelles, the dream of two months duration", 1858
Fragile; use photocopy, oversize.
Folder 20: F.S. Cara (unknown last name), Pointe a la Hache to Lafargue, director of high school, Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, 1859 January 9
Folder 21: Proposition made by A. Lafargue to C.O. Dugue‛ about reopening of Marksville High School in 1869, 1868 December 31
Folder 22: Contemporary copy of the obituary of Adolphe Lafargue by John N. Carrigan, of Marksville, which appeared in the New Orleans Picayune, 1869 August 27
Folder 23: Annie Pearce to father from Georgetown Seminary, Kentucky, with note from Aunt Emma, 1876 February 2
Folder 24: Marriage license of Adolphe Jalsneus Lafargue and Annie Winn Irion, 1878 March 2
Folder 25: Annie to Adolphe, 1882 February 26
Folder 26: Adolphe to Annie, 1883 October 22
Folder 27: Annie to Adolphe, 1884 April 9
Folder 28: Adolphe to Annie, 1884 May
Two letters.
Folder 29: Annie to Adolphe, 1884 December 16
Folder 30: U.K. Irion, Zurich, Switzerland to sister Annie Lafargue, Marksville, 1885 July 31
Folder 31: Baptism of Henry Alvin Lafargue and typed application of Alvan Henry Lafargue to the Sons of the American Revolution, 1884 February 6, 1929
Folder 32: Annie to Adolphe, 1889 May 10
Folder 33: H.P. Andebut(?), Washington, Louisiana to cousin Alfred B. Irion, Eola, Louisiana, 1902 October 20
Folder 34: Certificate of election for Adolphe Jolna Lafargue as judge for the fourteenth judicial, 1912 December 6
Folder 35: Adolphe Jolna Lafargue death notice, 1917 January 25
Folder 36: Blanche Griffin Prudhomme to Emma, letter of condolence about Adolphe's death, 1917 January 26
Folder 37: Resolution of Avoyelles Bar on the death of Judge Adolphe Jolna Lafargue, 1917 January 29
Folder 38: Paper about Grand Jury charges, undated
One page, part of paper.
Folder 39: Dedication of American Legion Home, speech by Dr. Alvan Henry Lafargue, Sulphur, Louisiana, undated
Folder 40: Part of paper on the role of women, undated
Incomplete, pages 7-10.
Folder 41: Poems, Undated
In French.
Folder 42: Belle Bordelon to Adolphe Jolna Lafargue regarding Annie's illness, undated
Folder 43: Letter of welcome to Right Reverend Bishop (?) from Adolphe Jolna Lafargue, Undated
Unsigned, unfinished draft.
Folder 44: Note of Annie L.C. to Adolphe about loss of child of Annie and Adolphe's in childbirth, undated
Folder 45: Annie to Adolphe, undated
Folder 46: Alfred Biggs Irion to Adolphe, Marksville, undated
Folder 47: Other pieces, envelopes, et cetera
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1818-1869. Pierre Adolphe Lafargue family history.

1832. Garde Nationale certificate, Arnaud Lafargue.

1858. Pen and ink drawing: "A fancy scene exhibited in Avoyelles in 1858. The dream of two months duration." Fragile; use photocopy.

1912 December 6. Certificate of election of Adolphe Jolna Lafargue as judge for the fourteenth judicial district.

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