Sunday, December 20, 2020

Lake Traffic 1847

 These two items appeared in the August 10, 1847, edition of the Picayune newspaper in New Orleans, LA. One dealt with boats providing service to and from the city and the other dealt with the effects of yellow fever in the city.

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Flashback: New Orleans a Century Ago: August 10, 1847

Boat Service

Excursion boats in operation here were the Oregon, for Mobile and the crack places on the lake; the Hempstead and the Delaware, for Covington, Mandeville, Lewisburg and Madisonville, and the Mobile and Beaufort District, for Biloxi, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian and Mississippi City. The money expended annually in travelling by New Orleans citizens was estimated at $1,000,000.

Yellow Fever

The yellow fever was on the increase. The Second Municipality followed the First in appointing physicians at $100 per month and apothecaries for the indigent poor—the latter including J. L. Dufilho, Jr., 140 Chartres street, and Sickles and Company. The Second Municipality Council directed that four properly constructed hand-barrows be kept at the watchhouses to convey the sick to the hospital. Deaths included Dr. Gustavus M. Taft, and William Smith, a comedian of 20 years' stage experience.