Chee Chee: A Real Jailbird!

Back in 1930, the following article was published in the News-Star. It tells about an unlikely mascot of the Ouachita Parish jail! News-Star, June 27, 1930, Page 14 CHEE CHEE HAS FINISHED TERM IN PARISH JAIL Chee Chee, pet of the Ouachita parish jail, has gained his freedom. He finished serving his term yesterday afternoon … Continue reading Chee Chee: A Real Jailbird!

A History of the Jewish Community in Monroe

I found this great little article about the history of the Jewish faith in Monroe! https://www.isjl.org/louisiana-monroe-encyclopedia.html To view a great photographic slideshow on the history of the Jewish Community, check out the Temple B'Nai Archives web page here: http://www.bayoujews.org/precious-legacy-museum.html . I particularly love the photo of DeSiard and Grand streets and the photo of Sig … Continue reading A History of the Jewish Community in Monroe

Ouachita Parish Public Library Historical Photos

I just wanted to take a moment and highlight what my boss has been working on. She has set up a new section on the Louisiana Digital Library to upload historical photos of the Ouachita Parish Public Library. I especially love the photo of Carver Library with the Miller-Roy Building in the background! Check it … Continue reading Ouachita Parish Public Library Historical Photos

Smoot Field

https://cdm16631.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/charm/id/13509 This photo was found in the collection of Mississippi State University. It was taken in August, 1926. Another photo showing a group of men posed around one of the planes is also in the collection: https://cdm16631.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/charm/id/13510 And an aerial view of the field: https://cdm16631.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/charm/id/13928 There are several other views in the same collection. Just … Continue reading Smoot Field

Rare letters from a Former Monroe Mayor to his Brother.

This letter comes from the collection of the Tennessee State Library. https://dp.la/item/7e8ec396f9f15af0fd3f96f41953b620?q=Monroe%2C%20LA&page=6 It is a two page letter from Arthur Hambleton Harris to his brother George Carroll Harris in Nashville. The Civil War had just broken out and he was trying to get his brother in a regiment with his relatives. You really see how … Continue reading Rare letters from a Former Monroe Mayor to his Brother.