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.
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.