Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Notary & the Tudury family

There is an interesting connection between a prominent notary, the Tudury family, and the establishment of the modern Civil District Court building located at Exchange Place in New Orleans. Oscar Drouet was a friend of Raphael Tudury, and later advised his widow Dorothea Paderas Tudury. Drouet died in March 1889, revealing a long running history of mismanagement and irregularities.
The last paragraph of an article in the Times-Picayune said this about him:

The top of the article took a different tone:
Times-Picayune, 30 Mar 1889

In April 1872, Drouet bought lot #111 and 113 Exchange Alley in New Orleans (which became Square 39, 407-409 Exchange Alley). He used this as his office. According to the Vieux Carré Digital Survey, Drouet paid $2825 for the plot of land. He transferred the land to Celeste Drouet for $2500 in June 1879. She in turn transferred the land to Peter Tudury in July 1881. Peter, also known as Pierre Tudury, was the son of Antonio Tudury (brother of Raphael Tudury). He transferred the land back to Oscar Drouet in September 1881. In February 1890, Drouet sold the land to Dorothea Paderas. She kept the land until her death in March 1900. After becoming the successor to Dorothea's estate, her daughter Martina Antoinette Tudury sold the land to Paul Rousset for $1100 in April 1900. Rousset sold the land to the City of New Orleans in June 1903. A photo of the building now on the land is below:
Vieux Carré Digital Survey, 407-409 Exchange Alley.
On the same day as the Times-Picayune published its article on Oscar Drouet, the Times-Democrat published a longer article, referencing Dorothea Paderas and the Tudury family.
Times-Democrat, 30 Mar 1889 via Newspapers.com

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