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Dr. Thebault Joseph Moncla
Posted by: Ellen Dauzat (ID *****2642) Date: February 10, 2003 at 08:34:20
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Dr. Thebault Joseph Moncla Aug. 25, 1883 p. 2 Marksville Bulletin

The unexpected and sudden death of this gentleman, of apoplexy, on the 15th, inst. Near Marksville, was a terrible blow to his family and friends. Dr. Thebault Joseph Moncla was born in Garlin, department of the Basses Pyrenees, France,on the 17th of October 1806.

His father, who was Secretary of the Commune of Garlin, died when Dr. Moncla was only one year old. Poor, and without any resources whatever, he entered the public schools of his native town, where he followed his studies till far enough advanced to choose a profession. Having a fondness for the study of medicine, he left Garlin for Paris where he began his studies to fit him for the profession he has so worthily distinguished himself in. His assidousness to his studies won him the esteem and friendship of Dr. Richerand, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine, who, recognizing in young Moncla talent above the ordinary, obtained for him soon after his advent to Paris a position in the Charity Hospital of Paris. He was paid only one franc, (20cents) a day for his services at first.

Just before applying for his deploma the cholera declared itself in Paris. Young Moncla was unremitting in his attention to the sick. For his services in that epidemic Dr. Richerand obtained from the government for the young student a free course of lectures at the school of medicine he was attending. In 1833 he applied for his diploma and passed his examination before the Faculty of medicine of Paris.

He practiced several years in France and then came to America in 1837. He soon thereafter established himself in Avoyelles Parish, where he has resided ever since.

In 1841 he obtained from the Louisiana Medical Board of Examiners a diploma in Medicine, Surgery, etc. permitting him to practice in this State.

He began life here as a physician and ended his career in the same noble calling—dying on the roadside, from apoplexy, a few moments after having administered to the wants of a sick patient.

Respected, esteemed and beloved by all who knew him, he has left a name behind him which his family may justly be proud of. Five sons and three daughters, all grown and some of them head of families and his aged wife, survive him. To them we extend our condolence.

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