One of the regular readers of this blog suggested I check out this article posted to another blog about a "Hurricane" that struck the area in the 1800's. I really think this was a strong tornado rather than a hurricane! I recognized several of the plantations hit, such as Travelers Rest. https://louisianagenealogygirl.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/a-hurricane-in-monroe/
A booklet was recently rediscovered which contains a lot of photos and information on the old Navigation School. If you are interested in the field, you can check it out here: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-orv%3A129
In the past, I have told you about the Chronicling America site, which has newspapers digitized from the 1800s. The Louisiana Digital Library, in cooperation with LSU, is now digitizing state newspapers and has them organized by parish! Here is a link to Ouachita Parish's: https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/louisiananewspapers-ouachita:collection. Right now, the Ouachita Citizen is digitized and searchable … Continue reading Ouachita Parish Newspapers Searchable for Free!
I have a personal subscription to Newspapers.com and have noticed that they have now digitized the Ouachita Citizen from 1925 to 1976. While playing around with search terms, I found an article in the April 16, 1931 edition which talks about Travelers Rest plantation. The following paragraph caught my eye: Perhaps the outstanding historical spot … Continue reading A Lost Grave at Travelers Rest Plantation
When I saw this photo come up for auction on Ebay, I knew I had to have it! The Hotel Alvis Barber Shop, 1939. Glued to the back , on Hotel Alvis letterhead, was the following description. Bracketed names are who I have identified with research. Hotel Alvis Barber Shop. This Picture taken Aug. 17 … Continue reading Hotel Alvis Barber Shop
Did you know at one time, Monroe had a red light district? It was in the area of Breard street and 16th and 17th streets. Prostitution was frowned upon of course. Preachers preached against it from local pulpits but the community tolerated it in the early 20th century as a necessary evil.
I have found another digitized thesis! This one was written in 1967 by Ms. Shirley Rush at Atlanta University. It details the history of the establishment of the Carver Branch library on a level I have never seen before! Many influential names in the African-American community are mentioned. https://radar.auctr.edu/islandora/object/cau.td:1967_rush_shirley_c
I have found that LSU has digitized some of their thesis books and have made them available for free download. One in particular has caught my attention. In about 1937, a Doctoral student named Grace E. Ingledue, decided to study the speech patterns of six life-long Monroe residents. The six persons she studied (all white) … Continue reading A 1938 Speech Study in Monroe
A few years ago, I told you that the University of Alabama had a Ledger book that once belonged to Isaiah Garrett. The library has digitized his materials and you can view them here: https://cdm17336.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/u0003_0004211/search/searchterm/isaiah%20garrett%20business%20records/field/source/mode/exact/conn/and It appears to be the account of all expenses Isaiah charged his clients for when he was a lawyer. If … Continue reading Isaiah Garrett’s Ledger Book and Business Records 1838 – 1861
Take a look at this old photo of the W.L. Morris building I just found in our files! It stood on Commerce street at the corner of Natchitoches (Alley Park now). Beautiful!