On Monday, August 19, 2019, Evangeline Maid bread celebrated their 100th year in business.
The company started in 1919 when Jospeh Huval started traveling around Youngsville selling his mom's fresh bread.
Slowly, Huval began expanding his business and eventually built a bakery at its current location in 1937.
Since then, Evangeline Maid has been making its signature soft bread in downtown Lafayette and has become a staple on dinner tables in Acaidana.
Even with all their success, they continue to make their bread just as they did when Huval started the company.
It's that quality that General Manager Farley Painter believes is why the company has been able to last so long.
"Once you have a good product, why change it?" Painter said.
To celebrate their centennial, a mural is being painted on the side of the factory facing Simcoe Street and should be finished in fall 2019.
A VIEWER REMEMBERS
After seeing the story above a viewer shared some memorabilia from Evangeline Maid Bread. The photo below from Brad Breaux shows a school crossing sign belonging to Breaux's grandfather.
The sign was used in the 1960s according to Breaux to help cross students going to school near the Pontiac Point area of Lafayette.