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Ludeau Pitre Papers

Collection 507

Pitre, Ludeau (1897-1962). Papers, 1937-1967, n.d.

1 foot, 3 inches; oversize

Ludeau Pitre, born April 18, 1897, was a farmer and rancher in the Prairie Ronde community of St. Landry Parish during the early and middle 20th century. He manufactured and sold moonshine during the Prohibition era of the 1920’s. Over the ensuing decades, Mr. Pitre parlayed those profits into building Dixieland Ranch, a sizable estate of land and cattle, including prized Angus, Brangus, and Hereford cows. He died on July 8, 1962.

This collection consists of records from the Ludeau Pitre Store and Dixieland Ranch. This includes store ledgers, sharecropper time books, correspondence, receipts, and miscellaneous farm material from the store and ranch.

Boisy Pitre, great-grandson of Ludeau Pitre, donated this collection.

Series:

A. Correspondence 1-01
B. Photographs 1-02
C. Financial Records 1-03 through 2-28
D. General Records 3-01 through 3-12
E. Oversize Box 4

Inventory:

Box 1
  A. Correspondence
    1-01 Correspondence, 1944-1967
       
  B. Photographs
    1-02 Family, unidentified, n.d.
       
  C. Financial Records
    1-03 Ledger, Ludeau Pitre General Store, 1937
    1-04 Time Books, Dixieland Ranch, 1948-1958
    1-05 Ledger, Dixieland Ranch, 1954
    1-06 Journal-Ledger, Ludeau Pitre General Store, 1956
    1-07 Ledger, 1958
    1-08 Time Books, Dixieland Ranch, 1960-1964
       
Box 2
    2-01 Oil/ Petroleum Receipts, 1 October 1949 – 16 October 1959
    2-02 Tax Receipts, 23 November 1949 – 30 November 1954
    2-03 Bordelon Motor Co./Bordelon Chevrolet Co. Invoices, 27 December 1949 – 20 August 1955
    2-04 Diesi Pontiac Company, 27 February 1958 – 1 July 1960
    2-05 Medical Receipts, 30 April 1958 – 21 October 1965
    2-06 A/F Tileboard Co. Inc. Invoices, February 1959
    2-07 Lafayette Wood – Works Invoices, 2 February 1959 – 25 March 1959
    2-08 Tin Shop Receipts, 7 March 1959 – 5 December 1969
    2-09 Contract, Job Welder, and Plumbing Supply Receipts, 31 March 1959 – 6 April 1959
    2-10 West End Gulf Station and Walter’s “66” Super Service Receipts, 13 August 1959
    2-11 Louisiana Agricultural Cooperative, September 1959 – September 1961
    2-12 Dominique’s, Inc. Receipts, 1 February 1960
    2-13 St. Landry Wholesale Grocery Co. Invoices, 22 June 1960 – 25 May 1962
    2-14 Producer’s Loan Statement, A Commodity Credit Corporation New Orleans, Louisiana, 1961
    2-15 Receipts: St. Landry Animal Medical Center, 7 February 1961 – 5 January 1966
    2-16 Receipts, C.P. Aguillard Gin, 20 September 1961 – 10 September 1966
    2-17 Purchase Order for Conservation Materials and Services, 1962
    2-18 Niagara Chemical Division Invoices, 21 June 1962
    2-19 Rex Milling Company, Inc., 28 June 1962 – 2 July 1963
    2-20 Mobil Receipts, 5 November 1962 – 2 February 1966
    2-21 Peoples Moss Gin Co., Inc. 19 May 1966 – 18 August 1966
    2-22 Adler Ledoux Tire & Supply, Inc. Receipts, 8 November 1966 – 5 December 1966
    2-23 Miscellaneous Receipts, 15 October 1949 – November 1966
        a. Ideal Garage
        b. Mouret Packaging
        c. Valrie Strout
        d. Elton Doucet’s Store
        e. Hollier Implement Co.
        f. Walter’s “66” Super Service
        g. Layton Ledou
        h. Deville Mobil
        i. Watkins Quality Products
        j. K. Jennings Commission Barn
    2-24 Varied receipts, 15 November 1949 – 27 March 1959
    2-25 Miscellaneous Receipts [Lumber], 28 December 1949 – 15 November 1966
    2-26 Miscellaneous Receipts [Hardware], 31 January 1950 – 7 April 1959
    2-27 Miscellaneous Invoices, 1 October 1962
    2-28 Pitre’s Service Station Receipts, miscellaneous dates
         
Box 3
  D. General Records
    3-01 Documents, 1943-1961
    3-02 Agricultural Conservation Plan, 1957-1965
    3-03 Livestock, 29 January 1960 – 9 November 1963
    3-04 Leases, May 1960
    3-05 Cotton Producer’s Sales Agreement, 1 September 1960 – 11 December 1960
    3-06 Publications 25, 1962
    3-07 ID Card, Upland Cotton Marketing Card, 1963
    3-08 Miscellaneous Receipts – Medical, 4 April 1949 – 21 August 1966
    3-09 Patricia Pitre Miscellaneous, Homework Assignments, miscellaneous dates
    3-10 Envelopes, miscellaneous dates
        a. United States Department of Agriculture [cotton and rice contracts]
        b. St. Landry Animal Hospital
        c. Larcade Insurance Agency
        d. Louisiana Agriculture Cooperative, Inc.
    3-11 Envelopes, miscellaneous dates
        a. Stock Yards
        b. United States Department of Agriculture [cotton contracts]
        c. Larcade Insurance Agency, Inc.
        d. Corn Soil Bank
        e. Department of Revenue State of Louisiana
        f. The Fulton Insurance Company
    3-12 Miscellaneous
        a. Birthday Card
        b. Cotton Seed Calculator [book]
        c. Individual Report Envelope [church]
        d. Guarantee Certificate [pencil repair]
        e. Flyer [Hereford Fraternity]
        f. Play Money [$10]
        g. Buyer’s Digest of New Car Facts for ’61
        h. Christmas Card
        i. Beginner Bible Story Southern Baptist Sunday School Series
        j. Forms and Instruction for Preparing Your 1963 Louisiana Long-Form Income Tax Return
        k. NOW Student Insurance
        l. Manual to Build Tractor
        m. Sunday School Intermediate Pupil
         
Box 4
  E. Oversize
    4-01 Store Ledger, 1915
    4-02 Store Ledger, November 1947
    4-03 Store Ledger, 31 January 31 – December 1948
    4-04 Store Ledger, 1949
    4-05 Store Ledger, 31 January – December 1949