Fred Endom

Fred Endom

Many people cross the Endom bridge in Monroe every day, but are unfamiliar with who it is named for.  Endom bridge is named for two German immigrant brothers, named Fred and Robert Endom.  Fred was Monroe’s mayor in the late 1800’s and Robert was a judge.  Both men were held in high esteem by the citizens of Monroe.  While browsing through the 1893 World’s Fair edition of the Monroe News, I found this great little article about Fred!  Enjoy!

F. L. ENDOM.

            One of our oldest and best known citizens is Fred Endom (Note:  Mayor Fred Endom was born October 22, 1834 and died August 13, 1921.  He is buried in Monroe’s Old City Cemetery.)

.  If there is anybody in Ouachita or the adjoining parishes that don’t know him, or of him, they are comparative strangers in their communities.  And best of all Mr. Endom’s notoriety is not of the baser sort, but comes from long residence and work well done. 

            A native of Westphalia, Germany, he came to Monroe in 1857 and engaged in the business of carriage making and repairing, carrying on this concern till 1861.  When the war broke out he enlisted in the Seventeenth Louisiana Regiment, but was detailed to manage government shops until 1863, and from that time till the close of the war run his own shops for the Confederate government account.  After the war he started again in the carriage business which he is still running.  He is also running a large livery and drayage business.  This he has run for a great many years, and he has been eminently successful in both of his undertakings.

            As might be expected a man of his business activity and ability has been more or less of a public character, in proof of which is the fact that he served the city as Mayor for twelve years, and as a member of the council for three terms.

            In Masonic circles Mr. Endom occupies an exalted position, being the High Priest of Monroe Chapter Royal Arch Masons.  He is also a member of the American Legion of Honor.

            While proud of his business success, he is more proud of his boys and girls, of whom he has four and three respectively.  One boy is going to the public school at home, one to the Tulane University at New Orleans ; Gus is secretary at Ouachita Excelsior Saw and Planing Mills, while Allie is in charge of the livery stable business.  Right here allow us to say that they have the finest lot of carriages and livery turnouts generally to be found in North Louisiana.  Ever alive to the needs of the Parlor City Mr. Endom took a prominent part in securing to Monroe the Houston, Central Arkansas and Northern Railroad.  In the light of the past it is fair to predict that he will never be absent when it is necessary for Monroe’s business men to “give her a push” either with their influence or their dollars.

            Alouse Endom (Note:  Alouse “Allie” Endom died in the 1950’s and is buried in an unmarked grave in the Endom family plot in Monroe’s Old City Cemetery.), manager and transfer agent Monroe livery and sale stable, is one of the best known characters in town.  Arriving here in 1872, he commenced to hustle and is a hustler yet.  Then, he hustled for existence, now for business in his line, such as trunks and passengers.  

            For this position he is certainly the right man in the right place, and his success is equal to his abilities, which is saying a good deal.

            Drummers (Note:  Salesmen.)  from Cape Cod to Denver, and from every intermediate point have ridden in Allie’s hack, and if you dropped him down in a baggage room in any city between the Atlantic coast and the Rocky Mountains, he would find sample cases that he had wrestled with.

            To the newspaper fraternity he is always liberal and many a “print” has had a lift along life’s journey behind his team.  To the public he is business from the ground up, and calls in his line are promptly attended to.  He can furnish any kind of a vehicle, from a road cart to a fine carriage.

            It is a little bit sad reading about how proud Fred was of his kids.  He and his wife had over a dozen children. Not one of them lived to have children themselves, even though some reached childbearing age.  Such was life in late 1800’s Monroe.

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