Did you know that in the collection of Southern University's Archives, they have a picture of Morris Henry Carroll's mother? I didn't either! You can see it here: http://7008.sydneyplus.com/final/Portal/SouthernUniversity.aspx?lang=en-US . Mrs. Carroll was an educator herself and was involved with many charities in the area. Apparently, she had been a student of J.S. Clark!
Here is a postcard I had never seen before! This apparently was a garden center called Bagwells Gardens, located at 1307 Parnell Street in West Monroe in the 50's and 60's. They were known for their annual tulip display, called "Tulip Time". This is a view of one of those celebrations.
I may have just found out who had the first car in Monroe! It may have happened all the way back in 1901! This little society article appeared in the Times-Picayune (New Orleans) December 9, 1900, page 15: Miss Laura Wright, one of our most popular and beautiful young women, has won an automobile in … Continue reading The First Car in Monroe…Owned by a Woman?
How many of you former NLU/ULM students remember the student newspaper called the Pow Wow? Did you ever want to go back and read some of the articles? Maybe you have a relative or friend who's name appeared in one of the columns. Well, you are in luck! The Special Collections Department at the ULM … Continue reading The Pow Wow Online
Did you know that the great Stevie Wonder came to the Monroe Civic Center in 1970? Yep! Among the hits he sang that night were : "Yester-You, Yester-New, Yester-Day", "My Cherie Amour" and "Up-Tight". Our public computers still don't have internet access, but staff computers can get on the net. Please be patient with us, … Continue reading Stevie Wonder Comes to the Civic Center
Just a little update and some juicy info I found! We hope the library computers and phones will be up next week sometime, but nothing is definite. What is definite, we will have to close the libraries in order to process and shelve all the books that have been checked out since the malware attack … Continue reading Latest News on the Library
Hi all! Just a minor update. The library was hit by a malware attack. No ransomware, but it destroyed our computer system, This includes our phones since they are tied through our internet. We have been down over a month now, but hope to be back up soon. We in the Genealogy Department have been … Continue reading A Minor Scandal in the Jewish Community
Just wanted to let everyone know why I haven't posted for almost a week. Thursday, the Ouachita Parish Public Library suffered a catastrophic network failure. All internet access was lost, as well as our phones and a few other systems. We are unsure as to when things will come up, but the IT team is … Continue reading An Update…
This clipping is from a Florence, AL paper in 1936. Before he became a famous auctioneer, Mr. Hamilton was a famous rodeo clown. He also had a trick mule named Toby that performed with him. This actually is an ad for his final performances as a rodeo clown. At the July 4th performance, a trick … Continue reading Ike Hamilton: Rodeo Clown
How about this postcard? I had never heard of this nursing home before, but I found that it opened at 1000 S. Georgia street (later 2700 Georgia Street) in early 1961. It advertised private, air-conditioned rooms. It was owned and operated by Charles and Camille Poindexter on the southside of Monroe. Previously they had owned … Continue reading Georgia Street Nursing Home