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Etienne J. Caire

Etienne Joseph Caire, I
Born

(1868-09-17)September 17, 1868
Edgard,

St. John the Baptist Parish,
Louisiana, USA
Died July 16, 1955(1955-07-16) (aged 86)
Edgard, La.
Resting place St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Edgard
Residence Edgard, La.
Alma mater Jefferson College in Convent,
St. James Parish, Louisiana
Occupation

Businessman, proprietor of the E. J. Caire & Co. store

Sugar cane farmer
Banker
Political party Republican gubernatorial nominee, 1928
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Laura Hymel Caire (married 1889-1942, her death)
Children Etiennette Marie Caire
Dennis F. Caire
Sidney Caire, Sr.
Parent(s) Jean Baptiste Caire
Felicie Burcard (later Mrs. Graugnard)

Etienne Joseph Caire, I, (September 17, 1868 – July 16, 1955),[1] was a businessman, pharmacist, planter, and banker from Edgard in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, who was the Republican nominee for Governor of Louisiana in 1928.

Contents

  • Background and E. J. Caire & Co. 1
  • 1928 gubernatorial campaign 2
  • Death and family 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Background and E. J. Caire & Co.

Etienne Joseph (E. J.) Caire was the son of Jean Baptiste Caire (1823-1879) and the former Felicie Burcard (1841-1911). He attended the former Jefferson College in Convent,[2] a census designated place and the seat of government of St. James Parish, Louisiana. In his working career, he operated the E. J. Caire & Company store, a business begun by his father in downtown Edgard. The store was originally known as "Caire's Landing," the name given by Jean Caire, an immigrant who journeyed to Louisiana from France in 1842. Jean Caire (aged 55) died when his son Etienne was only ten years old.

The business was a multi-purpose general store, a pharmacy, a dry goods store, and a hardware store, before it was turned into an early department store. For a time, the store was the pay station for area sugar cane farmers. The brick structure, built in 1850, became a store in 1860. A wooden structure was later added, and the brick building became a warehouse. The store obtained business locally and from patrons riding on passing riverboats. After many changes in venue, it closed in the middle 1970s.[3]

In 2001, the buildings were added to the Knights of Columbus. In 1922, he established the Jesuit retreat program for Catholic laymen called Manresa and located in Convent, Louisiana. In 1929, Pope Pius XI declared Caire a Knight of St. Gregory.[2]

In addition to the store, E. J. Caire was one of his state's leading sugar cane planters[4] and frequently assumed ownership of failing plantations.[3] He was president of the Bank of St. John and the Bank of Ascension, as well as a director of the former Hibernia National Bank in New Orleans.[2]

1928 gubernatorial campaign

Caire polled 3,733 votes (4 percent) of the ballots cast in the 1928 general election to 96,941 (96 percent) for the Democrat Huey Pierce Long, Jr.,[5] a member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission known for his flamboyant, popular oratory. A full slate of Republicans, the first since Reconstruction, ran unsuccessfully for statewide office with Caire, including subsequent party chairman John E. Jackson, a New Orleans lawyer originally from Palestine, Texas, for lieutenant governor[6] against Democrat Paul N. Cyr, a dentist from Jeanerette in Iberia Parish, Judson M. Grimmet of Shreveport for secretary of state, J. A. Peyrefitte of New Orleans for state treasurer, John P. Conway of New Orleans for state auditor, U. G. Neuhauser (1864-1941) of Slidell for register of the state land office, Mary Ann "Molly" Hans Janssen (1875-1945) of New Orleans[7] for state education superintendent against incumbent Democrat T. H. Harris, and E. J. Rodrigue (1878-1970) of Assumption Parish against Democrat Harry Wilson for state agriculture commissioner.[8]

Dr. Warren Francis Caire (born January 1934), a registered Democrat in St. John the Baptist Parish,[9] recalled that his grandfather often talked about the gubernatorial race: "He would recall the story with sincerity, but we all knew that he knew he had no chance of beating Huey."[10]

Caire was the last Louisiana Republican Party gubernatorial nominee for twenty-four years. In 1952, Harrison Bagwell, a Baton Rouge lawyer, carried the party's banner in the general election against the Democrat Robert F. Kennon, a judge from Minden in Webster Parish in North Louisiana.[11]Bagwell like Caire coincidentally also polled 4 percent of the vote in another low-turnout contest.[12]

Death and family

Caire and his wife, the former Laura Hymel (1869-1941), are entombed at the St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Edgard, along with two of their children, Etiennette Marie Caire (1889-1970), and Dennis F. Caire (1899-1974).[1]Another child, the late Sidney Caire, Sr., was the father of twelve children, including E. J. Caire's namesake grandson, E. J. Caire, II (1921-2012). Caire, II, was a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, a United States Navy aviator in World War II, and a long-term resident of Metairie in Jefferson Parish. He and his wife, the late Inez Sylvia Songy, had seven children.[13]

Another grandson, Gerard Walton "Ton" Caire (born April 2, 1931), is a Republican voter in St. John the Baptist Parish[14] and a judge of the 40th Judicial District Court.[10] Judge Caire in 1986 ordered former state attorney general, to represent John Francis Wille pro bono in a murder case because of Oubre's conviction for bank fraud.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Etienne J. Caire". findagrave.com. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Caire, Etienne J.". A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography from  
  3. ^ a b c David Vitrano (July 31, 2010). "E. J. Caire's legacy lives on: Historic Edgard store turning 150". lobservateur.com. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ The Louisiana Planter and Sugar Manufacturer, Vols. 50-51.  
  5. ^  
  6. ^ "Jackson, John Ellett".  
  7. ^ "5. Mary Ann "Molly" Hans" (PDF). freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ballots Cast in Louisiana: General Election of State and Parish Officers For Four-Year Terms Being Held Today". Biloxi Daily Herald. April 17, 1928. p. 2. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Warren Caire, January 1934".  
  10. ^ a b Robin Shannon (August 3, 2010). "Historic Edgard family remembers its roots". Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ Christopher Freeman (formatter) (2006). "Bagwell Collection" (PDF). lib.lsu.edu. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  12. ^ Michael J. Dubin. United States Gubernatorial Elections, 1932-1952: The Official Results by State and County.  
  13. ^ "Etienne Joseph Caire, II".  
  14. ^ "G. Caire, April 1931". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  15. ^ "G. Walton Caire and George Oubre". topics.nola.com. May 1, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
Preceded by
James S. Millikin (1924)
Louisiana Republican Party gubernatorial nominee
1928
Succeeded by
Harrison Bagwell (1952)
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