Thomas Beary, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

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Thomas Beary         Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
    Thomas Beary, planter, Thibodeaux, La.  This prominent and very
successful planter, who is at the present time manager of Senator
White's plantation, is a native of the Empire state, born in the town of
Rye in 1853.  He was reared there and educated in New York city, where
he served an apprenticeship at the carpenter trade.  He only followed
his trade a short time in New York and then, in 1874, came to Louisiana
to build a residence.  Shortly after reaching this state he became
manager of Magnolia Grove plantation and was connected with this nine
years.  He subsequently became manager of Senator White's plantation and
still holds that position.  Besides this he manages the LaFourche sugar
refinery and superintended the erection of the same.  This refines and
granulates about 11,000,000 pounds of sugar annually. It is a refinery
of such grade as to make clarified sugar and was erected at a cost of
$150,000.  It is one of the largest refineries in the state outside of
New Orleans, and refines more sugar than any other plant outside of that
city last year.  Mr. Beary selected as his life's companion Miss
Swartenbroek, a native of New Orleans but of Belgium descent.  Mr. Beary
is a thoroughly enterprising and thrifty business man.  When he assumed
control of Senator White's plantation it had been yielding about fifty
hogsheads of sugar yearly, but by his judicious management the same
place yielded last year about 2,000,000 pounds.  The erection of the
LaFourche refinery is greatly due to his having constantly agitated the
question.  He is active in all matters of progress in the parish.

From Biographical and Historical Memoires of Louisiana, volume 2, p.
Submitted by Mike Miller

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