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Louisiana. Civil District Court (Orleans Parish)
Suit #107982
Mrs. August Lafon vs. United Firemen's Insurance Company
2 folders

This suit was filed on March 24, 1914. Mrs. Lafon was the owner of the property at 3804 Cleveland Avenue (corner South Cortez) that was damaged in a fire on June 26, 1913. She apparently sued the company for $2000 over a claim arising from the fire. The surviving suit records do not include pleadings or a final judgment. The matter was assigned to docket 4 of the Court; NOPL's Civil Courts Collection does not include the docket 4 docket books.

The record includes:

  • transcripts of testimony by four witnesses for the plaintiff and twelve for the defendant.
  • transcript of an investigation of the fire by the State Fire Marshall (with testimony from thirteen witnesses).
  • record from the First City Criminal Court in the matter of the State vs. Albert Bousha for arson
  • letters relative to estimates for repairs to the property, other fires and weather conditions around the time of the Cleveland Street fire
  • two photographs of the property taken on November 16, 1914 (photographs removed to the Louisiana Photograph Collection; for online versions see recent811 and recent812).

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