John L. Latham Sabine Parish, Louisiana
John L. Latham, member of the Police
Jury for Ward Six, was born in Webster County, Mississippi,
September 7, 1859, where he grew to manhood.
In 1881 he came to Sabine parish and
entered the employ of his uncle, James L. Latham, on Bayou San
Patricio, and remained with him two years, receiving $150 a
year. He then worked for H. H. Cassell two years, after which he
was in the employ of R. G. Brown for five years.
On October 10, 1889, he started to
farming on his own account, built the house where he now lives,
and was married to Jennie Paul, sister of G. I. Paul of
Converse, Rev. S. S. Holliday officiating at the marriage. Five
children have been born to them, three of whom are now living.
Mr. Latham is a splendid example of a
man who has made a success by his own determination and
industry. He owns 520 acres of land near Noble as well as some
property in that town, and he believes there is yet plenty of
room in that section for energetic farmers to settle and soon be
living under their "own vine and fig tree." Mr. Latham aided in
the erection of the first school house at Noble and has always
worked for better educational facilities.
He is a member of the Baptist church
and the Masonic order. As a member of the Police Jury he is
naturally partial to the interests of the constituents of his
own ward, yet there is not to be found a citizen who is a better
booster for the entire parish and more ready to do something for
the good of the country.
Source: History of Sabine Parish,
Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.