The Bordages family settled in Southeast Texas in the 1800s. This small collection contains photographs of the Bordages and Herbert families, including pictures from trips to Galveston and to New York City. Also included is a photograph of members of the Catholic Daughters of America.
Phillip Bordages was born in France circa 1840. He immigrated to the United States at age eighteen, arriving in New Orleans on February 22, 1858. He settled in Jefferson County, Texas, and began working as a farmer and a merchant. He ran a general store in Taylor's Bayou, which was was located approximately ten miles south of Beaumont between Sabine Pass and Fannett. He married Ellen Elliott (born in 1846) on January 9, 1863, and they had six children: Louis, Isidore, Mary Belle, Nora, John (Asa?), and Joseph. Phillip died on July 17, 1891, and is buried in the Broussard Cemetery, southwest of Beaumont. Ellen died in 1889, and is also buried in Broussard Cemetery.
Mary Belle Bordages (1868-1961) married Joseph Eloi Broussard (1866-1956), who founded the Beaumont Rice Mills, the first successful rice mill in Texas. He was president of the Rice Millers' and Dealers' Association (the forerunner of the current Rice Millers' Association of America), from 1907 to 1918. He and Mary Belle had nine children.