Wednesday, my boss found a map of Ouachita Parish pasted in the front cover of one of our Peters Funeral Home Records books. It appears to be hand drawn and shows all the little communities that were here in the early 20th century. Did you know where Breard Springs was? I didn't either, but it … Continue reading Map of the Small Communities of Ouachita Parish
Every October, Ms. Antley posts nightly stories about local graves in North Louisiana. I look forward to her posts every October! They are well researched and interestingly written. This post is about a local victim of the Jonestown Massacre. I was the librarian she mentions in this post. It was very moving for me and an honor to have a hand in finding Miss Willis’ grave again.
November 18, 1978 is one horrifying date in world history. It will forever be marred by the remembrance of Jim Jones and the demise of the residents of his “Jonestown” settlement in Guyana. His followers had joined him in hopes for a better future, instead they had no future. In that day, he convinced over 900 people to willingly drink poison (or in some cases—force feed it to their children). Days later, the U.S. and Guyanese government took over the brutal task of identifying the dead and returning them home.
Initially, the United States had felt it was best to dig a mass grave and bury them there but Guyana officials refused to entertain that idea. This tragedy may have taken place in their soil but they did not want the burials or bad energy left behind.
Jones had followers from all over the United States. In fact, he had…
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Last year, the Ouachita Parish Public Library’s Genealogy and Special Collections Department applied for and won a Rebirth Public Library grant* from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our project was to create a virtual cemetery tour of some of the burials in Hasley cemetery, West Monroe. The fruits of that labor are now available to the public. … Continue reading HISTORIC HASLEY: Secrets From The Grave
If you moved to Monroe around 1961, you would probably be given a little welcome to the town magazine, compiled by the Letter Service Bureau. It was filled with letters of welcome from churches, businesses and organizations in the town along with a few coupons. It is amazing that one was preserved! It is now … Continue reading Welcome to Monroe Packet.
While browsing along the other day, I stumbled across this little document found in the Boston Anthenaum. It has no date on it, but it clearly was printed during the Civil War. It was calling on local men in the Monroe area to organize a rifle company to fight the Federal army (I won't use … Continue reading The Red Knights: An Unknown Confederate Unit
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