A Fascinating Scrapbook For Our Collection

Last week, a scrapbook full of pristine candid photos was given to the library. It was about to be thrown into the garbage when it was rescued. What it contained were the personal photos of Inez Marie Schneider Dickinson, taken between 1927 and 1932. Inside were scenes of the 1927 and 1932 floods in Monroe, … Continue reading A Fascinating Scrapbook For Our Collection

A Yankee Buried by Confederate Veterans

One of the sweetest stories I have found, concerns the burial of a Union veteran handled by the Henry W. Allen Camp of United Confederate Veterans.             Fifteen or so years ago, a lady contacted me for information on a Union soldier that had been buried in the Old Monroe City Cemetery.  She was indexing … Continue reading A Yankee Buried by Confederate Veterans

The Founders of the Young Catholics’ Friends’ Society of Monroe, Louisiana – 1870

Here is another little gem I found, in the collection of Villanova University in PA. It is the "Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and By-Laws of the Young Catholics' Friends' Society of Monroe, Louisiana". A librarian there was kind enough to scan the little pamphlet and send it to me. One thing I loved was that … Continue reading The Founders of the Young Catholics’ Friends’ Society of Monroe, Louisiana – 1870

“Dr. Box” The Apple Man: Mr. Thomas “Tom” Davidson Reid

Among Monroe's beloved colorful characters was a fruit salesman named Tom Reid. When Mr. Reid could no longer walk the streets of Monroe peddling his wares, he ran errands for Mr. Noe at KNOE and Albert Thibeaux to earn his keep. They ended up serving as pallbearers at his funeral in July, 1948. The Apple … Continue reading “Dr. Box” The Apple Man: Mr. Thomas “Tom” Davidson Reid

From Indian Trails to Modern Highways: A History of (the) Ouachita Parish Road System

In 1939, a little informational magazine was put together about the history of Ouachita Parish roads and their development. Sprinkled throughout the document are Griffin photos taken all over the parish. You will be amazed at what once passed for roads here! This is another part of the Library's collection that was added to the … Continue reading From Indian Trails to Modern Highways: A History of (the) Ouachita Parish Road System