LEVET, Sidney J., St. James Parish, Louisiana
Submitted by Mike Miller

Levet, Sidney J., who resides at Lions, was born in St. James parish, March
31, 1875, and is a son of Xavier and Frances (Donaldson) Levet, the former of
whom was born in the locality in which the son was born, and the mother in St.
James parish.  The paternal grandfather, Xavier Levet, was a native of France. 
The maternal grandparents, David and Amelie (Fargon) Donaldson were natives,
respectively, of Donaldsonville and the Republic of France.  The ancestors of
this branch of the Donaldson family in Louisiana came to this state from
Virginia.  Seven children were born to Xavier Levet and his wife, as follow: 
Sidney J., subject of this sketch;  Amelie, died at the age of 1 year; 
Fernand, married Miss Webre, and is living at Colon, in St. James parish; 
Leonce, married;  Henry, married and living in St. James parish;  Joseph,
married and living in New Orleans;  Adele, was educated at Sacred Heart
academy and Ursulines convent, New Orleans.  Sidney J. Levet attended public
schools in St. James parish, the parochial school of Sacred Heart convent, in
St. James, and the Jesuit college, New Orleans, taking a commercial course at
the last-named institution.  At the age of 20 years he began his life work as
over-seer of Ingleside plantation, in Assumption parish, which was at that
time the property of his uncle, Lezin Ory, who now resides in St. John parish. 
Sidney J. successfully directed the work of cultivating Ingleside until 1904,
when Lezin Ory became interested in the San Francisco Planting & Manufacturing
Co., and Sidney J. went to St. John parish as assistant to the nude in
managing the properties of this company, Lezin Ory being secretary and manager
of the San Francisco Planting & Manufacturing Co. In 1910, associated with
Victor and Felix Loup, Sidney J. bought Viola plantation, consisting of 600
acres, in West Baton Rouge parish, and has since utilized this property in
successfully growing sugar cane.   In 1911, in partnership with Andrew Montz,
he purchased the Greeley place, at Baker, in East Baton Rouge parish, upon
which sugar cane and cotton has since been grown with marked success.  June
27, 1907, Mr. Levet was married to Marie V. Ory, daughter of John L. Ory of
St. John parish, who is one of the largest and most successful planters in
Louisiana and is elsewhere referred to in this work. Five children have been
born to Mr. and Mrs. Levet, namely:  Sidney J., Jr.; Claude Harrod, Marie V.
(the 4th child died in infancy), and Lillian Joy.  Mr. Levet affiliates with
the  republican party in National affairs and with the democratic party in
local affairs. He is a member of the Catholic church.  In public and political
affairs he only takes such part as the obligations of  good citizenship seem
to require, devoting his abilities to his business.  While managing his own
properties, he still fills the important  position of assistant to his uncle
in handling the large interests of the latter, and it is easy to see that he
is one of the busiest men to be found in Louisiana, and his work is of the
kind that counts.  Mr. Levet has accomplished much within his years, and more
will be heard of him as time goes on.  He will bear an important part in
reorganizing the agricultural interests of this state.

Source:  Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events,
Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form, volume 3, pp. 688-689. 
Edited by Alcée Fortier, Lit. D.  Published in 1914, by Century Historical

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