Erath, Louisiana is a small town with a very unique line of history. It was founded by August Erath. He purchased land from the Primeaux family to begin a community in 1892. He helped Erath by bringing the railroad through Erath in1893. The railroad ran from New Iberia to Abbeville. Then in 1899, Erath became a village. A sugarcane refinery was built in 1909. Sugar Cane became one of Erath's biggest resources. Other resources were seafood and hunting.
Dr. Joseph Kibbe
was the first
Doctor and is called "The Father of Erath" because he helped establish Erath in
the beginning. Erath's first Mayor was
The Williams family helped
education in Vermilion Parish long ago. He became the
Mayor in 1899 when Erath became a village. By 1923 the town had grown and
Erath became a town. Many people helped build Erath during those early days.
Now Erath has 2,187 people.
Dozier was a tiny
wooden building and in
1954, Dozier's brick building was built. Erath Elementary
was built in
1957. From 1911 until 1941, the African American children went to
school in the home of Robert and Frances Dozier. Integration of Erath
schools happened in 1968. Dozier closed then.
in 1972 for all Erath children in
grades 1, 2 and 3. 1974 was the year
On March 7, 2000, Erath Middle School
and the fourth
grade students were moved to
Dozier Elementary. Pre-K children began
coming to Dozier in January of 2001.
is now a Pre K-4th Grade
School. Erath Middle
6th and 7th Grade. Erath High
School has 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
tragedies too. On September 24, 2005,
Hurricane Rita's storm surge flooded Erath. The three schools were
damaged and had to be platooned to other schools in the parish. In
March 2006, all three schools went back to the "home" schools. In June
2006 Dozier Elementary was placed in
FEMA buildings on the Matte
Property on Hwy 331.
On May 16th, 2008, Erath became 109 years old. The small town of Erath, Louisiana has had an interesting life!
Revised October 19, 2008
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