This one is dated February, 1965. I did find another photo in the News-Star that month which was captioned with the statement that the St. Christopher Day School at Grace Episcopal was visiting Ruston via a train! You can see the T.M. Parker building (New York Hardware) in the background located on DeSiard street. https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-bsc%3A32
The Imperial Gas Station was located at 621 Jackson Street. Behind it through the trees, you can just make out the top floor of the Roland Filhiol house on Stone Avenue! This photo was taken circa 1965. When the Interstate was built nearby, residents were complaining that the off ramp was too steep and cars … Continue reading Imperial Gas Station
Anyone remember the old Fields Department store at it's DeSiard Street Location? Here is a picture showing a window display in 1959. How many people bought their Sunday best clothes inside those doors? https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-bsc%3A29
This photo was dated in 1962. The church building on DeFreese Rd. in West Monroe now houses a church called "The Gathering". https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-bsc%3A25
Here is another photo we have showing a group of children with their care givers in front of the doors of First Baptist Church, Monroe in 1964. You can see St. Matthew in the background, looking down Grammont Street. None of the people in the photo are identified. https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-bsc%3A30 This second photo shows the interior … Continue reading First Baptist Church Monroe
Anyone remember the old Clover Leaf Dairy which stood in the 1800 block of Louisville Avenue? In the 1960's or so, the Monroe Boy's Club took a tour of the facility and had their picture taken in front of the building. You can see that picture here: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-bsc%3A10 .
I have seen this book several times before. If you are interested in the architecture styles of some of the buildings in Ouachita parish, this book is for you! It is now digitized here: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/65859/65859-h/65859-h.htm There are several historic Ouachita buildings profiled in this book along with drawings.
A few years ago, the Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group created a pamphlet guide to the historic buildings and sites in the Antique Alley area of West Monroe. The pamphlet is online here: https://www.downtownwestmonroe.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Walking-Tour-Brochure_FINAL.pdf . It is chocked full of historic data! I encourage you to print out the guide and take a walking tour … Continue reading Walking Tour of old Cottonport
In 1970, the Queen of Gospel herself, Mahalia Jackson sang at the Monroe Civic Center. Mayor Jack Howard presented her with a Pacemaker Bracelet and rolled out the red carpet for her. Mrs. Irma DeTiege took her around town and they made visits to several local pastors in the area. Among the songs Mrs. Jackson … Continue reading Mahalia Jackson Comes to Monroe
I was flipping through Gilbert Faulk's book "Twain" when a cute little section he apparently wrote in 1973 caught my attention. He talks about a visit from a group of Russian visitors during the height of the Cold War. For you "youngins" that may be reading, this would be like if some visitors came in … Continue reading Russians Visit Ouachita Parish