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Re: 1870 Sugar Baker in New Orleans
Posted by: Richard lake (ID *****8414) Date: February 16, 2011 at 05:54:42
In Reply to: 1870 Sugar Baker in New Orleans by Ramona Hamilton of 746

Ramona: The NO Public Library is a good starting point. In their special collections they have a huge number of city directories and will do look-ups for a very modest fee. There is also an online biographical/obituary index. I did a search and found a Mrs. Marie Auge, died 1873, her obit published in the "Bee", 24 December 1873, pg. 1, col. 5. You can obtain a copy of the obit for $2, maybe it has worthwhile info. I'm guessing that you found his occupation on the 1870 census. I'm sure there are books on the history of the sugar industry in Louisiana, I've just never looked. Try Goggle Books or search the online catalog at NOPL. All I know is that a sugar baker is someone who refined raw sugar, in this case probably from sugar cane. It was a big industry back then in south Louisiana. Here is a link to the library's website:

http://nutrias.org/~nopl/spec/speclist.htm

Rick


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