Spirit of Erath Centennial Series
In 1892, August Erath bought land from area landowners, Patrick O'Toole and Marie Zulma Primeaux Gary. On November 15, 1892, August Erath bought twenty acres of land from Marie Zulma Primeaux Gary for three hundred and forty dollars. That day he bought nine acres from Patrick O'Toole for one hundred and thirty eight dollars. The deeds were dated at the court house on November 17,1892. (These purchases involved the land, that now surrounds Erath's railroad tracks). At that time, August Erath and the Southern Pacific Railroad made arrangements for a railroad to be built from New Iberia to Abbevi1le. Once the railroad was complete in 1893, plats were drawn up by Erath and he sold plots of land. The community eventually grew and prospered.
By 1899, Erath had became a village and in 1923, Erath became a town. During the latter part of the nineteenth century, the prairie land surrounding Erath was considered a business risk. Through early visionaries such as August Erath, the community of Erath became a reality. Without a doubt, this man and the railroad played instrumental roles in the establishment of the Erath community in the 1890's. August Erath will be remembered as a man of vision who took a risk at the end of the nineteenth century. August Erath is a man whose name will remain forever alive in the community.
Spirit of Erath Articles (Keys to the Past Series)
Written by Stacy Bodin, Erath's 100th Anniversary Erath Centennial Historian (1999)
A Special Thank You
goes out to Attorney Warren Perrin;
the Acadian Museum in Erath;
Curney Dronet, (Erath Author);
the Abbeville Meridional (Local Newspaper);
(The late) Clement Bourgeois Jr., (Erath Historian);
John LeBlanc (Town Official);
The 1999 Centennial President Jackie Vincent;
Robert Vincent (Acadiana Museum Director);
and my parents Larson "Cap" and Gertie Hebert Bodin
who assisted me in my research in this project.
The articles presented in memory of
Relie LeBlanc III
whose enthusiasm and love of Erath
inspires me still today in my quest of
researching and writing about our community.
His "Unity in the Community" motto
will forever remain in my heart.
Photo of LeBlanc is
Courtesy of Dickie Durr's Thrifty Way of Abbeville
Questions or comments?
Email Stacy Bodin