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Octave Placide Guilbeau
Mar. 1900-Sept. 1900

Octave Placide Guilbeau

Octave Placide Guilbeau, son of Alphonse Guilbeau and Blanche Guidry, was born Oct. 11, 1870, in Breaux Bridge, LA.  He was educated at St. Charles College in Grand Coteau, studying in both English and French.  Guilbeau married Sidanie Robicheaux May 12, 1891.  They were the parents of two children:  Lillian (Mrs. Thomas Christian Odderstol), and Thomas Jennings Guilbeau.

Guilbeau was active in having the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute (now called the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) located in the City of Lafayette.  He was a member of the committee at the laying of the cornerstone of the building of Martin Hall, the first building at the college.  He was a cotton broker and at one time served as District Judge.

Guilbeau was appointed Superintendent of Education to succeed Latiolais in Mar. 1900 and served until Sept. 1900.

He died May 17, 1918 in Lafayette.

At the time of Guilbeau's appointment, Dr. T.B. Hopkins was President of the Lafayette Parish School Board.  In July 1900, Aurelien Olivier was elected to succeed Dr. Hopkins.