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Town of Addis



Historical Timeline
1700
St. Delphine, a Spanish land grant of 218.2 acres is given to Valery Bergeron

1831
Isadore Daigle acquired St. Delphine land which contained 1200 acres and named it St. Delphine for his wife. The mansion was built in 1859.

1871
August Levert purchases St. Delphine

1881-1882
Texas & Pacific constructs a railroad through Addis to New Orleans. The area becomes known as Baton Rouge Junction.

1890
Levert School established at St. Delphine.

1894
A Post Office on the river road at Mark, Louisiana is established with August Levert as the first Postmaster.

1908-1910
Baton Rouge Junction becomes Addis for John Wesley Addis, an official of Texas & Pacific.

1915
Addis incorporated as a Village. George Booksh is elected as the first mayor. John Wesley Addis, founder, died in Marshall, Texas.

1916
Addis Ice Company is established to serve the railroad and the community (owned by Edward Bird).

1918-1919
Bank of Addis is chartered, organized by William Gassie, Jr. with 400 stockholders who invested $75.00 each.
The Bank of Addis was originally built to serve as the Bank of Addis, chartered in 1919. The bank failed after the Stock Market crash of 1929. J. H. "Doc" Hebert bought the building and used it as a Post Office and store. The U. S. Postal Service continued to use the building until 1981. The Bank of Addis was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1982. The original bank vault is still in the building. The Bank of Addis is now home to the Addis Museum.
1925
The People's Hotel- Addis' first hotel was located on the corner of Main Street and the railroad tracks. The structure was destroyed by fire in 1931.

1927
Greatest Flood on lower Mississippi River Delta on record-400 are killed and 700,000 are left homeless.

1933
Excursion train Round-Trip Specials from Addis to New Orleans, cost $1.00.

1940
T & P began construction of a new depot and hotel.

1942
A canning Center is opened in conjunction with the Food-for-Freedom Project. Carmen Caldwell, the custodian, was paid one can of fruit and two cans of vegetables for every ten that were canned.

1943
St. Delphine land is sold to James Laws of Cinclare.

1945
World War II: Three Addis citizens receive the Silver Star posthumously:
George Edward Lejeune: Gunner and engineer on B-24 Air Force-killed at Casablanca on October 9, 1943 at the age of 23.
Ray Anthony Rivet: Killed at Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands on November 20, 1943 at the age of 18. Hubert J. Dupuy: Killed in France on September 15, 1944 at the age of 31.

Thelma Eads taught in West Baton Rouge for a total of 27 years. Mrs. Eads first taught at a one- room school for black children ages 1-7, which was located on the present sift of the Addis VFW Hall. She later served as Principal of the Addis Elementary School. Her husband, like many residents, was employed by the T & P Railroad as a mechanic in the Motor Transport Garage.
1950
One of the early projects of the Town Council in the 1950s was to install street lights.

1956
Dow Chemical breaks ground, employing many, and increasing railroad traffic.

1957
"Band of Angels" begins filming on location in Addis. Many Addis residents work as extras with Clark Gable and Yvonne DeCarlo in the lead roles.

1959
Addis Volunteer Fire Department was established with $1.00 lease-purchase and restoration of a 1924 American LaFrance fire engine. Leon Caldwell becomes the first Fire Chief. The American LaFrance fire engine still rides proudly in the Addis Volunteer Fireman's Parade.

1960
The four-lane highway (LA-1) through Addis is completed.
September 15, 1960, Addis Recreation Commission, Inc. Established consisting of Edward Seneca, Freddie Martinez, Betty Chustz, Irene Parrish, Roy Mouch, Leslie Ramagos, W. J. Goodwin, and Lytle Chustz, as first Board of Directors.

1962
First Addis Mardi Gras Parade is held. The parade consisted of children of the community pulling their decorated wagons. First King and Queen - Hunter Miller and Donna Breaux

1965
March 27, 1965 George Booksh cited by the Louisiana Municipal Association as the oldest serving Mayor in the state.

1966
Copolymer begins construction

1969
October 10, 1969 Ground breaking for the New Addis VFW.

1977
August 26, 1977 Addis becomes a Town with a population of 1,245.

1980
April 5, 1980 Myhand Park dedicated

1981
New Post Office opens at its current location.

1990
September 1, 1990 Addis celebrates their 75th Birthday

1991
April 21, 1991 The Solid Waste Treatment Facility is dedicated.

1992
April 5, 1992 The Addis Municipal Center is dedicated.

1999
June 27, 1999 Dedication of the Memorial Tree at the Addis Municipal Center, sponsored by the Addis Civic League.
August 7, 1999 The Town of Addis in conjunction with the Addis Assemblee' Reunion Committee and the Congres Mondial Acadien hosted the Bergeron, Caillouet, and Gauthreaux Family Reunions.

2000
Addis Museum opens
2000 census shows population of 2,238

2004
Acadian Crossing Subdivision begins
River Land Subdivision begins
Missouri Acres Subdivision begins

2005
Sugarmill Plantation Subdivision begins

2008
Sunset Place Subdivision begins
Plantation Ridge Subdivision begins

2009
Town of Addis Railroad Museum and Park Phase 1 is started
2nd Phase 2010
3rd Phase 2011
4th Phase 2012

2010
Street Lights on LA 1 installed on entire stretch in Addis Town limits.
2010 Census show population of 3,593

2012
Crystal Lakes Subdivision (to be known as Sugar Mill) begins
Addis Volunteer Fire Department's 50th Annual Parade Celebrated

2013
Town of Addis Website Updated

2014
Acadian Crossing 2nd Filing
Sugar Hollow Subdivision Begins
Sunset Lakes Subdivision Begins
Myhand House moved to New Roads
Deblanc House moved to Bayou Grosse Tete
West Baton Rouge Parish Government takes full control of Fire Departments in Parish

2015
Town of Addis Celebrates Centennial was celebrated on Friday, September 11, 2015 and Saturday, September 12, 2015.  On Friday, September 11, 2015, the Pavilion at the Town of Addis Railroad Museum and Park was renamed to the Carroll P. Bourgeois Pavilion in honor of Mayor Bourgeois for his 32 years of serving the Town of Addis and for his dream of the park.  A night time parade then went through the Town of Addis in celebration of 100 years as a municipality.

2016
Town of Addis Celebrates its first Live @ 5 concert series.