WAGUESPACK, Henry J., St. James Parish, Louisiana
Submitted by Mike Miller
Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and
Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), pp. 677-678. Edited by Alcée
Fortier, Lit.D. Published in 1914, by Century Historical Association.
Waguespack, Henry J., planter and merchant at St. Patrick, was born in St.
James parish, Jan. 23, 1883, and is a son of Leonard and Alice (Monier)
Waguespack, who were natives respectively of St. James and St. John the
Baptist parishes. For further details as to ancestry, see sketch of W. J.
Waguespack, cousin to Henry J., elsewhere in this volume. Leonard Waguespack
since early manhood, has devoted his abilities to the vocation of sugar
planting, and he and his wife now reside at the family home on "Succeed
Plantation " near St. Patrick, at which place he conducts a large general
merchandise business. In addition to the home place, he owns Union
plantation, the 2 properties embracing more than 2,500 acres, on each of which
he operates a modern sugar mill. Mr. Waguespack is one of the largest sugar
planters in Louisiana, and is most uniformly successful. Henry J. received
his early education at private schools in the vicinity of his birthplace.
Later he attended Stanislaus college, Bay St. Louis, Miss., where he received
the degree of A. B. with the class of 1900. Shortly thereafter he entered
commercial life as assistant to his father in the general merchandise
business. After 3 years he became assistant manager for E. J. Caire & Co., at
Edgard, remaining in that connection 9 years. He then embarked in the general
insurance business and has so continued to the present, making his office at
his home on "Goodwill Farm," where he has recently completed a beautiful
modern residence. In addition to growing sugar cane, Mr. Waguespack is
raising fine cattle and hogs, "Goodwill Farm" being conducted along the most
approved scientific methods. Dec. 22, 1903, Mr. Waguespack was married to
Antionette Graugnard, daughter of Camille and Felicie (Burcard) Graugnard, of
St. John the Baptist parish, the former of whom was born in France, and the
latter in Louisiana. Mr. Waguespack is a member of the Catholic church.
Politically, he is affiliated with the democratic party in local affairs, but
otherwise votes the Republican ticket. He enjoys the esteem of an especially
large circle of acquaintances. Ten children were born to Mr. Waguespack's
parents, and their names are given in the sketch of Dr. Lionel Waguespack.
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