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  • Saloon Token - Jesse Hagar, Prop Favorite Saloon Lake Charles, LA
    Saloon Token
    Jesse Hagar, Prop Favorite Saloon
    Lake Charles, LA
    1880s to 1906

    Louisiana Trade Tokens Published in 1982

    Louisiana Trade Tokens
    Copyright 1982
    By
    Louis Crawford
    Glyn Farber
    Ed Tylenda

    Louisiana Trade Tokens Published in 1996

    Louisiana Trade Tokens
    Second Edition
    Copyright 1996
    By
    Louis Crawford
    Glyn Farber

    The 1982 First Edition of
    Louisiana Trade Tokens
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    The 1996 Second Edition was published by the Token and Medal Society, TAMS. As of November 2006 new copies are available from TAMS.
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    Lake Charles, Louisiana is the parish seat of Calcasieu Parish, it is situated on the Calcasieu River where it widens into a beautiful lake named Lake Charles. Jacob Ryan was responsible for obtaining the parish seat at this location in 1851. Lake Charles was incorporated about 1857 and named Charleston after the Charles Sallier one of the first settlers. Charleston was renamed Lake Charles in 1867.

    Lumbering was the major industry in the early days of Lake Charles. The Louisiana Western Railroad was built in 1870. By 1910 Lake Charles had a population of over 11,000, electric street cars, electric lighting, city water.

    The following is a list of known Lake Charles, LA trade tokens, amusement tokens, car wash tokens, transportation tokens or bus tokens, food stamp tokens and parking tokens.

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    ATLANTIS / ARCADE
    No Cash Value No Refund
    Alpert LA 490-ATL. A 1980s video arcade owned by Bill Breaux, Atlantis Arcade was located at 4319 Common Street.

    BELAIRE'S / SMOKE / HOUSE
    Good For / 5 / Cents / In Trade
    Rene Belaire moved to Lake Charles from Gueydan (see listing there) about 1920, opening a billiard parlor and cigar store at 903 Ryan Street. About 1930 he moved to 808 Ryan and acquired a partner, Felex Mogoire. Belaire's Smoke House closed about 1936.

    REDEEMABLE / ONLY IN / ELIGIBLE / FOODS AT: / JACK BOUTTE / PACKAGE / LIQUOR / GROCERY
    Food / Stamp / 1 / Credit
    [Same, but 5]
    [Same, but 10
    [Same, but 25]
    In business at 1217 Mill Street.

    BULLOCH'S / CIGAR / STORE / LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Good For / 50 / In Merchandise
    Nicholas D. Bulloch opened a cigar store at 829 Ryan Street about 1910. Three years later he took on a partner and the operation was known as Bulloch & Volquardsen, but the partnership dissolved after about two years. The store reopened (with billiard tables) as Bulloch's Cigar Store but ultimately closed in 1921.

    CALCASIEU LONG LEAF / LBR. CO. / LAKE CHARLES / LA.
    The Bearer Has Purchaed [sic] / 54 / In Merchandise / From Our Stock Which / We Will Deliver / On Demand / And / Surrender / Of This Check
    Calcasieu Long Leaf Lumber Company was a branch of the Long Bell Interests. The firm operated band and circular saws and a planing mill, with a capacity of 250,000 board feet. They also had a logging railroad, the Lake Charles and Leesville Railroad, which had forty-four miles of track. The mill was in business from about 1906 until 1922.

    CHARLES CINEMA / ADMIT 1 CHILD
    [Blank]
    ADMIT 1 ADULT / CHARLES CINEMA
    [Blank] CHARLES / CINEMA II
    Admit / One / Child
    CHARLES / CINEMA III
    [Blank]
    Admit / One / Adult
    4788-C/4a is a child's admission. Charles Cinema opened at 115 West Sale in 1968 and added two screens in the late 1970s. Undoubtedly an adult admission exists for Cinema II.

    CHARLESTON / HOTEL / LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Good For / $1oo / In Trade
    The Charleston Hotel, located at 909 Ryan Street, was built in 1929 and was closed by the State Fire Marshall on May 7, 1973. The hotel had 175 rooms with a coffee shop, dining room, roof garden, and a cigar stand. The remodeled structure is used today as office space.

    CITY / DELIVERY / CO.
    Sawdust / Check
    Joseph Alfred Landry was among the many pioneers coming to Lake Charles in the late 1880s. In 1890 he entered the ice business, and by 1903 the company was known as City Delivery Company. City Delivery Company had nine delivery routes, utilizing horse-drawn wagons. Landry died in 1923 and this company, along with several others he owned, were sold. The tokens were a way of accounting for the sawdust used to pack the ice and for bedding down the horses used for delivery. This sawdust was obtained from one of the many sawmills operating in and around Lake Charles during this time.

    COCA-COLA / COCA-COLA [fax] / BOTTLING COMPANY, INC.
    Lake Charles / Louisiana [1mm center hole]
    These were distributed to employees for use in vending machines. The bottling plant was located at 408 Lawrence Street in the 1930s through the 1950s, when this was likely used. Please see listing under New Orleans for a similar token.

    COURT / JESTER / ELECTRONIC GAMES
    No / Cash / Value
    [Same, but painted red]
    [Same, but nickel plated]
    COURT / JESTER / ELECTRONIC GAMES
    [Eagle & Stars]
    4788-C/8a was for general use, C/8b was put in change machines and was good for various prizes, and C/8c was used to indicate non-revenue plays, either due to machine malfunction or from two-for-one promotions. The use of 4788-C/9 is not known; it may have been used at a branch in the Moss Bluff community five miles north of Lake Charles. 4788-C/8a, C/8c, and C/9 are Alpert 490-COU, COV, and COW respectively; C/8b is unlisted.

    FAVORITE / SALOON / JESSE HAGAR / PROP. / LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Good For / One / Drink
    The only known example is tin-washed. Jesse Hagar is listed as a saloon keeper in 1882. Hagar and Lyons are listed in 1883 and Hagar is again listed independently in 1886 and 1888. An article dated July 11, 1906, in the Lake Charles Press states, "With the razing of the Bloch Building on Ryan Street, one of Lake Charles' historic landmarks has gone. Jesse Hagar put up his two story frame structure for saloon and billiard hall purposes. Here it became the center for border crowds, and the lumber jacks and was the scene of many police disturbances."

    FIRST FEDERAL / SAVINGS / & LOAN / ASS'N / LAKE CHARLES
    [Blank]
    Feisel LA 3490-A. Used when the bank was located at the corner of Moss and Kirby in the 1960s and 1970s.

    DALLAS GROSS / SMOKE / HOUSE / LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Good For / 5 / Patd July 1899 / In Merchandis
    DALLAS GROSS / SMOKE / HOUSE / LAKE / CHARLES, / LA.
    Good For / 10 / In Trade
    This was a pool hall at 819 Ryan Street from circa 1910 to 1923, when Gross moved to Baton Rouge. It was in the capitol city he eventually partnered with Allen and issued tokens (see listing). The bimetallic issue is listed by Schenkman as G215.

    IRVINE & IRVINE, / LAKE / CHARLES, / LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    Opening circa 1906 at 725 Ryan Street, Irvine & Irvine was a newsstand that also sold stationery and cigars. By 1909 the firm had become Irvine's Book Store, Ltd., and it closed about 1914.

    TWENTY-FIVE CENT / 254 / ISLE OF / CAPRI7 [PARROT] CASINO / LAKE CHARLES, LA / RWM / GAMING TOKEN
    Twenty-Five Cents / [Tropical Scene] / Not Legal Tender / Isle of Capri7 Casino

    FIFTY CENT / 504 / ISLE OF / CAPRI7 [PARROT] CASINO / LAKE CHARLES, LA / RWM / GAMING TOKEN
    Fifty Cents / [Tropical Scene] / Not Legal Tender / Isle of Capri7 Casino

    ONE DOLLAR [i] / $1 / ISLE OF / CAPRI7 [PARROT] CASINO / LAKE CHARLES, LA / RWM / GAMING TOKEN [i]
    One Dollar [i] / [Tropical Scene] / Not Legal Tender / Isle of Capri7 Casino [i]

    FIVE DOLLAR [i] / $5 / ISLE OF / CAPRI7 [PARROT] CASINO / LAKE CHARLES, LA / RWM / GAMING TOKEN [i]
    Five Dollar [i] / [Tropical Scene] / Not Legal Tender / Isle of Capri7 Casino [i]
    This casino opened in the fall of 1995.

    JAY'S / CAR WASH / & / CONOCO SERVICE / 2636 RYAN-LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Good For / Free / Autos Only / Wash Job
    Ford LA 490-A. Issued in the late 1960s by Jay R. Baker.

    JEWELL / & / RACHAL
    Good For / 5 / In / Merchandise
    Ferdinand F. Jewell and Paul M. Rachal operated a domino parlor and newsstand at 831 Ryan Street circa 1928.

    KOERNER'S / SALOON / LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Good For / 8 1/3 / In Trade
    KOERNER'S SALOON / LAKE CHARLES / LA. Good For / 12 1/2 / In Trade Henry Koerner closed this saloon at 631 Ryan Street in 1908 after less than three years in business.

    A CENTURY OF ACHIEVEMENT / AND A DYNAMIC / TOMORROW / 1867 / [LOGO] / 1967 / LAKE CHARLES CENTENNIAL
    Good For / 50 / In Trade / At Centennial / Headquarters. / Redeemable / On Or Before / April 20, / 1967
    This promotional item was distributed by Centennial Incorporated; Oliver Stockwell, President; L. Lee Welch, Vice-President; Robert G. Jones, General Chairman; and James E. Sudduth, Mayor.

    LAKE CHARLES / PLANING / MILL.
    25
    Grant Mutersbaugh began operation of a planing mill on Bilbo Street about 1900. Between 1906 and 1911 the firm moved to 1121 Ryan Street and was incorporated. The company closed in 1926.

    LAKE CHARLES STEVEDORES, INC. [i] / [NUMERALS] [c/s] / TIME CHECK [i]
    [Blank] [holed for suspension]
    Lake Charles Stevedores, Inc. provides contract stevedores for the Port of Lake Charles. Their offices were located at the west end of Shell Beach Drive in the late 1920s and they are still in business today.

    LAKE CHARLES TRANSIT COMPANY / [BUS] [two slots]
    Good For / [Bus] / One Fare [vars]
    Atwood-Coffee LA 490-A. Twenty thousand of these were struck December 23, 1949, and ten thousand more on March 2, 1950.

    B. MANCUSO
    Good For One / Loaf Of Bread [8mm center hole]
    Biaggio Mancuso opened a grocery and saloon at 1217-1221 Lawrence Street circa 1894. By 1909 he had moved to 326 Boulevard, and by 1914 opened the "New Orleans Bakery" at 502 Boulevard. Some directories indicate that he relocated to Port Allen in 1917; others show him to have remained in Lake Charles until 1919. It is possible, but unlikely, that he used the tokens following the move to Port Allen.

    MUDGETT'S / BAKERY / LAKE CHARLES
    Good For / One Loaf / Bread
    Isaac N. Mudgett opened a bakery at 719 Ryan Street about 1900. After a few years he either moved to another town or entered another profession until about 1917, when he had a bakery and a popcorn dealership at 836 Ryan. He was again out of business by 1922.

    BOYS COUPON BRAND CLOTHES / MULLERS
    Mullers / 25 / Lake Charles, La.
    Same, but 50
    Same, but $1oo
    Mrs. Julia Muller was a young widow who opened a millinery in 1882. Her small shop grew to one of the largest retail clothing stores in Lake Charles. In 1893 Mrs. Muller married Simon Marx, who managed the business until his death in 1901. At this time Julia's oldest son, Maurice, took charge of the store, which was then located at 703 Ryan and known as Muller Company, Ltd. In 1913 a new store was constructed at 625-31 Ryan. Julia Muller Marx died in March 1924 and five years later the operation was bought out by Allied Stores of New York. In 1986 Mullers closed its doors for the last time.

    ELIAS NAGEM / LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Good For 5 In Trade / [8mm center hole]
    Elias Nagem was a Lebanese immigrant who came to Lake Charles in 1901. He operated a restaurant at 105 Hodges Street from about 1908 until about 1925, when his brother, T. S., joined him in the business. His brother took sole control by 1930. Elias Nagem also owned and operated the Calcasieu Confectionery and Ice Cream Plant in the 900 block of Ryan during the 1910s and early 1920s. It is not known for which business the token was issued.

    A. H. / NEWMAN
    Good For / 12 1/2 / In Trade / At The Bar
    Axel H. Newman had a saloon at Welsh in 1905. In 1908 he was proprietor of the Lake City Saloon, located at 817 Ryan Street in Lake Charles, and of the Cherokee Hotel at 303 Iris in Lake Charles from 1909 to about 1930. In 1910 and 1911 he is also listed as a Lake Charles soft drinks dealer. It is not known when the token was issued.

    OLYMPIA CONFECTIONERY / LAKE / CHARLES, / LA. / CO.
    Good For / One / 5 / Cigar
    George H. "Guy" Shropulos was manager of this bakery which was located at 727 Ryan Street. It is listed in directories from 1908 to 1918; no listing appears from 1919 to 1923, then it is listed again in 1924 and 1926.

    PARK-N-SHOP / FOOD / MART / LAKE CHARLES / LA
    Food Stamp Credit / 1 / In Eligible Foods G-*
    [Same, but 5]
    [Same, but 10]
    [Same, but 25]
    [Same, but 50]
    This business had two outlets in Lake Charles: 2204 Highway 171 and 2900 Kirkman.

    PARKER'S
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    [Same, but 104]
    Luther J. Parker opened a cigar store, newsstand, and billiard hall at 815 Ryan Street about 1912. The store remained in operation into the 1950s, although it was only a newsstand in the latter years. Tokens were used in checker and domino games in the 1920s and 1930s.

    ACCEPTABLE ONLY AT PLAYERS RIVERBOAT CASINO / [SLOT MACHINE] / TWENTY FIVE CENT / GAMING TOKEN / LAKE CHARLES, LA
    Twenty Five Cent Gaming Token / {Players / Riverboat / Casino [In Logo]}K / GDC / Not Legal Tender

    ACCEPTABLE ONLY AT PLAYERS RIVERBOAT CASINO [i] / ONE DOLLAR GAMING TOKEN / {PLAYERS / RIVERBOAT / CASINO [IN LOGO]}K / LAKE CHARLES, LA
    One Dollar Gaming Token [i] / {Players / Riverboat / Casino [In Logo]}K / GDC / Not Legal Tender [i]
    Five and twenty-five dollar denominations also exist.

    PORT CITY POOL HALL [i] / GOOD FOR / 5 / CTS / IN TRADE
    A. E. Schmidt Co. / St. / Louis / Mo.
    Port City Pool and Domino Parlor was in business in the late 1930s and the early 1940s. It was located at 829 Bilbo Street. An apparent successor, and the likely token issuer, Port City Pool Hall opened in 1946 and was in business for at least ten years.

    W. F. RACHAL, / LAKE / CHARLES, / LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    This restaurant and confectionery, located at 412 Bilbo Street, was in business from the late 1890s to about 1910.

    RIGMAIDEN & CO. / BAKERY / LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Good For / One Loaf / Of Bread
    Albert Rigmaiden began Rigmaiden & Company as a grocery and bakery in 1881. Albert's son James J., apparently took over the business on Railroad Avenue a few years later. About 1905 James moved the bakery to 825 Ryan Street, where he also built the Rigmaiden Hotel. The bakery closed about 1914 while the hotel was sold in 1936.

    ROLLOSSON / STATIONERY / CO. / LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    Frederick A. Rollosson opened his business at 314 Pujo Street in 1913. Rollosson Stationery Company moved to 905 Ryan Street in 1917 and to 728 Ryan in the late 1940s. The company closed in the mid-1950s. In 1924 Rollosson Stationery opened a branch in Crowley which operated for over twenty years.

    ST. PATRICK'S HOSP.
    [Same as obverse]
    Feisel LA 3490-B. These were used in the employee's parking lot from 1966 to 1968 and were distributed in the paychecks. The hospital is located at 524 South Ryan Street.

    SANITARY / BAKERY / LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Good For / 1 / Loaf Of Bread
    Edward Leleaux owned this bakery, which was in business from about 1912 to 1953. It was first located at 834 Seventh Street and later at 824-28 Railroad Avenue.

    ALEX SAULTER / 121 / HODGES ST. / LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Good For / 2 1/2 / In Trade
    Saulter had a grocery, restaurant, confectionery, and billiard room from 1908 to 1928.

    GOOD FOR-5-MINUTES ANYTIME AT / 4400 COMMON STREET / LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Coin-Op / 25 / Sofspra [In Logo] / 5 Minute / Car Wash
    Description taken from manufacturer's records and may not be accurate since no example has been found. City directories list this car wash at 4433 Common Street from 1966 to 1970.

    ONE DOLLAR GAMING TOKEN [i] / [STAR] / STAR CASINO / GDC / NOT LEGAL TENDER [i]
    Acceptable Only At The Star Casino / [Star] / Star / Casino / $1 / Lake Charles, La

    FIVE DOLLAR GAMING TOKEN [i] / [STAR] / STAR CASINO / GDC / NOT LEGAL TENDER [i]
    Acceptable Only At The Star Casino / [Star] / Star / Casino / $5 / Lake Charles, La
    The Star Casino moved to Lake Charles from New Orleans (see listing there) in 1995.

    VON PHUL & GORDON / REXALL STORE
    Good For / $1.00 / In Cigars
    Von Phul & Gordon were in business from the 1890s to 1914 at Pujo and Ryan streets. They were one of the largest drug establishments in Southwestern Louisiana. In addition to a complete line of drugs, chemicals, and patent medicines, they were manufacturers of a line of remedies known as Dr. Saugrain's Family Medicines.

    A. L. YOUSE, / LAKE CHARLES, LA.
    Good For / 5 / In / Merchandise
    Youse was a dealer in cigars and tobacco at 319 Broad Street circa 1913 and 1914.

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