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L.O. Wade was a successful business man and his wife, Nathelie Miller, was also contributing in the community well-being. The following appeared in the Eunice News, September 1932:
“Mrs. L. O.- Wade Entertains With Handkerchief Shower Last Thursday
Mrs. L. O. Wade entertained very beautifully last Thursday afternoon with a handkerchief shower for Mrs. C. W. Finley, who is leaving here to make her home' in Crowley. Mrs. Wade's living room was lovely in Rose of Montana and roses. Mrs. L. E. Wade, in her gracious manner, gave a reading entitled, "Our Old Home Town," and expressed regrets of losing such a valuable woman as Mrs. Finley. She was always ready and willing to help any good cause. Miss Eunice Wade sang very sweetly and Mrs. N. J. Amy gave a reading that was enjoyed by all. Mrs. John White presented Mrs. Finley with lovely handkerchiefs given by her many friends. The hostess served a salad course with ice tea and cake.”
LO. Wade dies at age of 84 Death has claimed Lemuel O. Wade 8 of 401 S. 2nd St., a Eunice man who has played a prominent and progressive part in the community throughout his 60 years of residence here. Mr. Wade died at 10 a. m. yesterday, (Wednesday) June 30, at Moosa Memorial hospital, where he had been admitted for diagnostic surveys. He had been subject to heart ailments for some time.
Wade came to Eunice in 1905. He was a native of Bowling Green. Kentucky. In 1906, he started one of the two first cotton gins, the L. O. Wade Go. In those days 10-cent cotton was viewed as commanding a good price. About 5.000 bales of cotton were ginned yearly in Eunice. Wade ran a farm on which he experimented with cotton varieties and subsequently introduced DPL-4 cotton seed to Louisiana. His cotton gin operations grew until he operated 11 gins scattered throughout Louisiana, at one time.
Progress of Eunice was a prime motive in Mr. Wade's many projects, He drilled the first deep well, installed the first electric plant, and opened the first movie house. He saw Eunice grow from a tiny village of 500 people when he arrived here to a city of 12,000.
Funeral arrangements were pending at press time. Mr. Wade was a member of the First Methodist Church. He is survived by a son, L. D. Wade of Eunice: a daughter, Eunice Wade of Shreveport; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. (Eunice News, 1 Jul 1965)
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