The following five pages were found in the files of Dr. E. Russ Williams. It is a wonderful history that Courtland Frantom Landreaux and her father John Robert Frantom wrote about the Old Fenner Road in Ouachita Parish. There is no date on it, but I do know Mr. Frantom died in the early 1970's. … Continue reading A Detailed Description of the Old Fenner Road
The driver is identified as John Rigsby, who was also Captain of the Company and Ed Johnson is in the white shirt next to the driver. No one else is identified. There is a date attached to the photo of May 13, 1913. The only problem with this is that if the man driving the … Continue reading Monroe Hook and Ladder Company, No. 1
This once stood at the corner of 3rd and Louisville around WWII. When I zoomed in on the sign in the window, it gave me the name of the gas station: Using that name, I found an ad for the grand opening of the station in 1935. Grand opening ad in the March 1, 1935 … Continue reading The North Side Service Station
Oh this one is super frustrating. A label on the photo states it was the photo of Maude Rogers, Parish School Graduation. There is where the trail runs cold. I've tried imputing Maude's name in the Newspapers.com search to see if there are any graduation announcements, but no luck. The Ouachita Parish High School (original … Continue reading An Early Ouachita Parish Graduating Class
When you drive south down Highway 557 in Southwest Ouachita Parish, you may see a sign for the unincorporated community of Luna. Have you ever wondered how the community got it's name? Among Dr. Williams' papers I found a one page document written by Ms. Eva J. Gewin about how Luna got it's name. Back … Continue reading How the Community of Luna Got It's Name.
Nice little photo of one of the Trolley line cars that once ran up and down Jackson Street, and all over downtown Monroe. The tracks were laid down in 1906 and were taken up around WWII. No one in the photo is identified. I LOVE the label along the side of the car, "Jackson Street … Continue reading Jackson Street Trolley Car
All I can say is, "Mea Culpa". For twenty years or more, I was convinced that the "Girl in the Iron Coffin" dug up in Lakeshore in the 1950's was Mary Catherine St. Clair Morrison Wade. Dr. E. Russ Williams convinced me of it. I patted myself on the back that I was one of … Continue reading A Correction to the Girl in the Iron Coffin Story.