Take a look at this picture of Sterling Plantation taken in 1941 before the plantation burned November 2, 1944! It was built by John Taylor Sterling in the early 1800s and was the seed that planted the town of Sterlington! This is the first photo of it that I have ever seen. It was the … Continue reading Sterling Plantation
Royal Confectionary Interior
Here is another rare postcard showing the interior of the Royal Confectionary in the 200 block of De Siard Street. Look at that tin ceiling!
The Ball Park and Race Track at Forsythe Park – 1911
Here is a rare postcard showing the old Baseball field and race track at Forsythe park where the old golf field is now! Very few photos of this section of the park exist.
A Burglar at the Slagle Home
In February, I was researching the history of the Masur Museum building, which was originally owned by the Clarence E. Slagle family. Clarence founded the Slagle lumber company. I suspect he was the original builder of the house. He named it Grey Gables, which the Masur family continued to call it when they bought it … Continue reading A Burglar at the Slagle Home
January, The Tailor Ad – 1929
How about his ad, also from the 1929 phone book. Mr. Ibra B. January needs no introduction. He was the best tailor Monroe has ever seen and was a pioneer in the early Civil Rights movement in Monroe.
Joe Messina Seafood ad – 1929
From the 1929 telephone directory, I saw this little ad. Joe came to Monroe from Cefalu, Italy in 1906 (according to his obituary). For fifty years he ran a local grocery store. He was one of the early Italian immigrants to settle in Monroe and his descendants still are well known in Monroe today!
Norris Syrup Company Ad – 1931
I found two old phone books from Monroe for sale on Ebay and bought both for the library. This ad from the 1931 phonebook caught my eye. Keep in mind, America was still under prohibition. To name your syrup, "Moon Shine" had to have been a swipe at the law! I love it! Looking around … Continue reading Norris Syrup Company Ad – 1931
Everett True Teaches People the Value of Politeness!
Back in the 20's, the News Star ran a comic strip called "Everett True". The plot of each strip was always about Mr. True bringing punishment down on someone who had a severe lack of manners! The usual lesson involved a severe beat down! The News Star even wrote an article once stating True was … Continue reading Everett True Teaches People the Value of Politeness!
Eddie Cantor Performs at Neville
The above ad appeared in the News Star in 1950. From about the 20s - 40's, Eddie Cantor was a HUGE Hollywood star! His singing and comedy routines were legendary. Those in the Greatest and Silent generations adored him. Those big eyes were as familiar to America as Jimmy Durante's nose! Eddie founded the March … Continue reading Eddie Cantor Performs at Neville
Natchez Catholic Sisters Come to Help in Monroe
Another book I have found on the Internet Archives site is a book called, "Angels of the Battlefield: A history of the Labors of the Catholic Sisterhoods in the Late Civil War" by George Barton done in 1897. On pages 120 - 123, there is a brief mention of the Monroe Confederate Hospital during the … Continue reading Natchez Catholic Sisters Come to Help in Monroe