Liberty County History

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Kevin Ladd is director of the Wallisville Heritage Park at Wallisville, Chambers County, TX and lives in Hardin, TX. He is chairman of the Liberty County Historical Commission and writes for "Texas Illustrated," a monthly publication of the Liberty Gazette newspaper, which is devoted to local history and folklore.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Obituary of Gilbert Azenor LaCour Jr. (1894)

T. Jeff Chambers, the legendary founding editor of The Liberty Vindicator newspaper, could write the best obituaries. They were succinct, fact-filled, and straight from his heart. The following obituary was published immediately after the sudden death of Gilbert Azenor LaCour, Jr.

The Liberty Vindicator
Friday, April 20, 1894

SUDDEN DEATH

Mr. Gilbert LaCour, an old and respected citizen of this county, died suddenly Wednesday morning, at 9 o'clock at the home of his son, Mr. Bab LaCour, near Moss Bluff. The deceased was apparently in good health, having been engaged, but a moment before incleaning a fish, walked into the house and washed his hands and remarked that "his head was swimming," and for them to catch him. Before the family could place him comfortably in bed he expired, doubtless from heart disease. He was 76 years old, was a native ofLouisiana, but had lived here many years. His remains were brought to this place and interred in the Catholic cemetery, followed by a large concourse of relatives and friends. The Vindicator condoles with the family in their great distress.

Note: Gilbert was the son of Gilbert Azenor LaCour, Sr. and his wife Helen (Joffrion) LaCour. He was married to Aurelia LaCour, daughter of Leon LaCour and Heloise (Gillard) LaCour.

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