100 E Beach
Front Footage and owners from left to right in 1930s
Current Residential addresses to right
MARKET AVENUE (North Side of Beach Avenue)
108 Farrel's Grocery (Currently Adolph Bourdin/Griffon bldgs.) 101/107
62 H Dedeaux 111
87 DF Rafferty (Currently the Exchange Bldg) 115
32 E Wood (Currently the Exchange Bldg) 115
32 HN Bohn 121
65 EJ Adam 125
MARKET AVENUE (South Side of Beach Avenue)
108 M Bussey (Currently Business and Apartment Structure)
62 G Monteleon (Currently Perry's on the Beach)
32 French Estate
32 French Estate
32 EJ Adam, Jr
City Hall was located at foot of Market Street south of Beach Avenue
When first built as Town Hall it was wooden, replaced by brick building that was demolished by Camille, 1969.
Wooden Town Hall at left in 1916, Brick City Hall at right during 1940s
Boarded up for approaching Hurricane Ivan in 2004
1965 Aerial scene of 100 E. Beach Blvd. and Hwy 90 shoreline.
The copy below and in following pages was found by researching some of the hanging folders at the PC Public Library.
The author is an Anonymous Lady perhaps written some time in the 1970s)
On the beach side of Market Street and Scenic Drive was the Second City Hall as built in 1928, (and which replaced the former wooden Town Hall). Behind the City Hall facing the highway was the Chamber of Commerce building which was washed away by Camille. The brick City Hall was badly damaged and termite eaten, so it was torn down. The Ellis Real Estate currently occupies part of the former City Hall property.
The NE corner was the Farrell Grocery Store (#101) for many years. It was later bought by Adolph Bourdin and used as a plumbing and heating business. Later, the front part became the Book Boat, and today is the Morning Market.
Next, the small space (xxx) between the Drug Store and the next door grocery was rented for a barber shop. It later became an Antique Shop. (and continues as a retail store)
The space between the Rafferty Building and Griffon’s Drug Store was bought by Rudolph Schmidt of New Orleans. He built the Avalon Picture show (#111) and the candy shop next to it. After the Movie house closed, the building was converted to office space and the candy shop became a beauty shop (later, the Black Orchid, and in 2002, a gift shop).
Next, there was a small building (#107) used by Marie Straub for a bakery. She sold to a Mr. Smith who operated it for a while. The property was sold and built for the Lazar Drug Store which was later taken over by the Griffons.
Next, was a small tan cottage in the middle of a large strip of ground which ran to Second St. Behind this cottage was a livery stable operated by Marshal Dedeaux. With horses and carriages for hire, the Black Hack drivers met the passenger trains and brought tourists to the hotels and commuters to their homes. When the Hacks were replaced by automobiles, the Dedeauxs went out of business and placed their home out for rent. Dr. Rafferty bought the property and built the present building (Exchange Bldg). He used part of the bldg for his office and the second floor was leased to Bish Mathes for a Business School.
Next, a light-colored cottage owned by Mrs Lillie Woods and three sons.
Next, was a small yellow cottage (#121) occupied by the Leo McDermotts and son. Mrs McDermott was a court reporter and Leo was the Pass Tax Collector. (Their son is Leo "Chipper" McDermott, Jr.)
Next, the Amiel/Adam property (at #125). Mr Adam was a lawyer and County Supervisor. He owned the Beacon newspaper and operated it in a building on the beachside where part of it was used as a Book Store to sell school books before the State gave free text books.
A story about the first occupant and builder is related as follows:
There had been a fire in the block now occupied by the Catholic Church, when seven or eight buildings, including the church, had been burned by an incendiary.
After the fire, Nicholas Butchert, bought a lot, adjoining what is now the Exchange Building. He employed a half-breed Indian/Negro, named Narceise, to plow the ground upon which to grow vegetables. One day, while plowing, he struck an old earthen pot containing quite a sum of gold and silver coins. He took the pot in his arms and at once proceeded to Butchert's place of business and turned the contents over to Butchert, who immediately counted the coins and equally divided the number with Narceise. However, he kept the gold half and gave the silver to Narceise.
Like all Indians, Narceise was fond of his liquor and proceeded to have a general good time. He would have a dance at his house every night for quite a spell, and would shout, "Dance, my children, dance! Papa got plenty money!" The silver coins soon disappeared, but he began producing gold coins instead. So it appeared, that he had made a division even before going to Butchert. Therefore, no one ever knew the total amount of money that was found in this old earthen jar.