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
This first photo shows a float lined up waiting to start the parade. From the angle of the photo, they were parked along Elysian Fields, next to the Old City Cemetery. https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A544 This next photo shows the same float, now on DeSiard Street between the Palace and the Style Shop. Notice the banner over the … Continue reading Christmas Fiesta Parade Float – 1939
This is just beautifully described! The descendants of the wedding party still live in Monroe and are members of Temple B'Nai today! The American Israelite (Cincinnati, OH) April 27, 1888, Page P3 MONROE, LA. It is seldom in the history of Monroe that events affecting the interest of Israelitish circles are of sufficient importance to … Continue reading A Description of a Monroe Wedding in 1888
On May 11, 1965, the Stella Street interchange on I-20 was dedicated. We have a rare program from that day in our collection. You can view it here: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-orv%3A82 . this was the last part of I-20 to be opened in northeast Louisiana.
Have you ever wondered what Selman Field Army Navigation School looked like? We have a scrapbook full of photos that have been digitized and you can see them here: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/search/Selman%20Field?type=dismax&ns%5B0%5D=oplib-%2A&islandora_solr_search_navigation=0&f%5B0%5D=mods_subject_topic_ms%3A%22Military%5C%20bases%22
https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-orv%3A109 This little booklet was published by the Paramont Theater back in 1936. It was published by theaters all over the country, and included photos of the biggest silver screen stars of the day, along with various recipes. What is particularly interesting are the ads on the front and back covers for local businesses!
This little rare gem from the library's collection shows what courses you could take at the brand new college that had just opened! https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-orv%3A110 ULM now offers hundreds of classes and dozens of degrees. What a difference 90 years makes!
The Monroe News-Star, December 16, 1911. GREEK-AMERICAN CONFECTIONERY. One of the well known, old established, and well patronized confectionery establishments in the city is the Greek-American Confectionery which is located at 236 DeSiard street. This is one of the best places in the city to come for home-made candies, etc. A full line of chocolates … Continue reading The Greek-American Confectionery Company – 1911