October 5, 1939
Back in the “good old days” when Union Parish was furnishing Louisiana a state official occasionally, they had the reputation in Baton Rouge of staying on the job and giving their full time to the duties of their respective offices, giving efficient, honest service.
As one old-timer remarked back in 1912 at Baton Rough: “There’s one thing that can be said about the men from Union Parish that have filled state offices, they are always on the job serving with honor and integrity.”
As an example, here is what “The New Advocate”, Baton Rouge newspaper, said about Edward Everett upon his leaving the secretary of state’s office in 1912:
“Mr. Everett’s record in the office of secretary of state has bee a splendid one. He has been in Baton Rouge constantly and attended to the duties of his position. He has become during his short period in office, one of the most popular men in the state house, and one of the most efficient secretaries of state Louisiana ever had. The many personal friends he has made during his term in office will regret his departure from the city, which will probably be about June 1.”