I found this little booklet in an antique shop last month and knew we had to add it to our collection! Apparently, the city issued booklet invitations to the schools who participated in the 1939 Christmas Fiesta parade to come back for the 1940 parade. Included were actual photographs of their school's entry in the … Continue reading St. Matthew’s High School and the Christmas Fiesta Parade
A couple of years ago, I found a photo for sale on Ebay of a Monroe team called the "Monroe Outlaws". I posted the photo and then the next day I had found and posted the above photo, stating I didn't know who they were but wondered if they were also the Outlaws. Last month … Continue reading Monroe Hill Citys Baseball Team
Another magazine photo I found shows some local men being hazed as they are initiated into the Shriners. The News-Star's front page article on that date was about the Shriner's convention that day and reported about 30 men were initiated into the Shriners. I will be away on vacation the next couple of weeks so … Continue reading 1915 Monroe Shriners Initiation
I found this photo in an old magazine. It shows some area Shriners riding horseback down DeSiard Street in the 1961 Monroe Rodeo Parade. The man with his back to the camera is identified as Noble M.A. "Doc" Ehrhardt. One of the men riding in the front may be Assistant Rabban Ed Clark, who was … Continue reading 1961 Rodeo Parade on DeSiard Street.
The last map from the book I would like to highlight shows the location of all known cemeteries (at that time) in Ouachita Parish. None are labeled, but you could probably figure out most of them!
Another map to come out of the 1976-77 Historical Preservation Study, showed the plantation homes that stood along the Ouachita River. A lot of them are still standing.
Have you ever been curious as to where some of the steamboat landings were along the Ouachita river? Back in 1976, the Ouachita Council of Governments and the Monroe-Ouachita Regional Planning Commission did a two year Resource Survey study of Historic Preservation in Ouachita Parish. They were given a funding grant from the Housing and … Continue reading River Landings and Ferry Locations Along the Ouachita River
I was browsing through the Genealogy Department's collection, when I found a book called "Bibliographic Checklist of African American Newspapers" by Barbara K. Henritze. It was published in 1995. It is basically a list of all known Black owned newspapers that had been published in the United States. There were a few from Monroe that … Continue reading A List of Monroe’s African-American Newspapers
A few weeks ago, a member of the Fort Miro Chapter DAR brought to us a yearbook they had found for the organization that was over 90 years old. It shows the programs they had lined up for the year as well as the names of members of the group. The names are impressive, since … Continue reading Daughters of the American Revolution Yearbook 1929-1930
Like a lot of you, I went to the Kitchen estate sale a few weeks ago. I bought the below picture due to it being taken in West Monroe. I really don't know much about it. When I think West Monroe gravel pits, I think of the one that is now Restoration park. I can't … Continue reading Arthur Allen Lasyone and the West Monroe Gravel Pit