Legendary Locals of Metairie

Fagot Family

This website contains excerpts along with some of the 172 photographs in Legendary Locals of Metairie (Arcadia Publishing, 2013) by Catherine Campanella.
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First Modern Subdivision

Frank Fagot settled in Metairie around 1900 on some 200 acres. In 1911 he sold 87 acres to Fidelity Land Company which, with him, developed the first modern subdivision in Jefferson Parish. Named Metairie Heights it consisted of 100 lots 25 feet-wide and 120 feet-deep. Frank, a major stockholder, proclaimed that he would move his general merchandise store to a different location on the property and would add another story to the building. (TP)

Streetcar Named Royal Blue

As early as 1912 allegations were passed that Fagot had been running a “blind tiger” (illegal bar) out of his store. That same year he ran for the position as school director but was beaten by Alfred Bonnabel by eight votes. In 1913 he was appointed parish commissioner of tax collection and advocated for a street railway to Kenner and New Orleans (the Orleans-Kenner Traction Company's O-K line) which came to be in 1916 – in Metairie it was called the Royal Blue Line.


First Postmistress with Gambling Upstairs

In 1914 the 4th class Metairie Post Office was established in Fagot's store with his wife, Florida I. Hanna, serving as Metairie's first postmistress. In 1928 Governor Huey P. Long sent the National Guard to raid his Metairie Inn – a gambling hall, which was on the second floor of his business which was built on his property bounded by Metairie Heights, Fagot Street, and Metairie Road. Fagot leased the store to A&P in 1934.


Frank Fagot Jr. was an agent for the Parish Department of Conservation (a game warden). On November 29, 1927 he was shot and killed at the age of 37 while chasing a man in Crestmont Park who was allegedly shining rabbits. Younger brother Allen was a deputy sheriff at that time. 

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