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Louis F. Babin Collection

Collection 225

Babin, Louis F. (1912–1996). Collection, 1898–1993, n.d.

10 inches

Louis F. Babin was born on a farm between Port Allen and Brusly, Louisiana on 1 September 1912. In 1929 his family moved to Lafayette and he attended Lafayette High School, though he dropped out to pursue a career in firefighting. He married the former Gracie Landry of Plaquemine, Louisiana; the couple had no children. Babin died 8 February 1996.

Babin’s life was dedicated to learning new advances in firefighting and every phase of fire prevention. He eventually became Fire Chief of Lafayette Parish. In 1972 he retired after 42 years with the Lafayette Fire Department. He was a member of the Hobo Volunteer Fire Company, Louisiana State Firemen’s Association, and International Association of Fire Chiefs. He was also an advisor for the Lafayette Fire Protection Association.

This collection consists of biographical information on Babin. Also included are lists of members of the fire department, financial records, correspondence, history, photographs, newspaper clippings, minutes of meetings, and other miscellaneous materials.


A. Personal 1-01
B. General Records 1-02 and 1-03
C. Financial Records 1-04
D. Correspondence 1-05
E. History 1-06
F. Photographs 1-07 and 1-08
G. Newspaper Clippings 1-09 through 1-12
H. Miscellaneous 1-13 through 1-15
5 Volumes Box 1 and Box 2
  Scrapbooks: Ledgers - minutes, etc.  


1-01 Personal: biographical information on L. F. Babin, n.d.
1-02 General records: list of members of Fire Department, n.d.
1-03 General records: lifesaving insurance information, n.d.
1-04 Financial records: Gracie L. Babin statement with Lafayette District Telephone Credit Union, n.d.
1-05 Correspondence: 1962-1993, n.d.
1-06 History: Lafayette Fire Department, 1898-1975; Babin, L. F. “History of Hobo Volunteer Fire Department.”
1-07 Photographs: unidentified, n.d.
1-08 Photographs: scanned, unidentified, n.d.
1-09 Newspaper clippings: 1960s
1-10 Newspaper clippings: 1970s
1-11 Newspaper clippings: 1980s
1-12 Newspaper clippings: n.d.
1-13 Miscellaneous: Souvenir Program, Louisiana State Firemen Association, 27th Annual Convention, Lafayette, Louisiana, 8-10 September 1932
1-14 Miscellaneous: stationary, Hobo Volunteer Fire Company, Lafayette, Louisiana, [1 item]
1-15 Miscellaneous: flyer, 1950; TV Commercial Schedule, 1972; form for newspaper article, Daily News Item, 6 September 1966
Vol. 1 Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1929-1984, n.d.
Vol. 2 Ledger of early 1940s, Hobo Volunteer Fire Company
Vol. 3 Minutes of Hobo Volunteer Fire Company, Book I, 1930-1936
Vol. 4 Minutes of Hobo Volunteer Fire Company, Book II, 1940-1948
Vol. 5 Minutes of Hobo Volunteer Fire Company, Book II, 1949-1976
Plaque: photograph of Lafayette Fire Truck, [color photo], n.d.