The above home was built in the 1830's by Mr. Copley. It is named for the succession of owners it has seen. It is still standing in West Monroe and is one of the oldest private homes in the Parish.
Ouachita Parish Public Library's second home on Jackson Street. The above photo was taken probably in the 1940's in front of the former home of Anna Ruth Meyer. She had donated it to the city of Monroe for use as a public library. It was eventually torn down in the 60's and a new facility … Continue reading Ouachita Parish Public Library
The above photo is of the West Monroe State Bank building, which is now known as Hatchell's Building on Trenton Street in West Monroe. It was built around 1900 by G.B. Haynes. The building is now being remodeled as retail space and apartments.
This is the only view of Trenton, LA that I have ever seen. It was taken in 1874 during a major flood. None of the building in this photo stand today. The area is now nothing but houses and is part of West Monroe.
Back in 1962, Mrs. Melvin B. Short (Hazel) compiled a history of the area and families that comprise the area we know as Sterlington, in northern Ouachita Parish. It had a minor revision in 1990 and in 2001, a colleague of mine compiled an index. To see the actual book, come by the Genealogy Department … Continue reading History of Sterlington by Hazel Smith Short
Thompson Wood Lee Monument - Old City Cemetery Back in 1996, I had a college B & W photography assignment and I chose cemetery markers as my subject. One of the markers that drew my attention was Woodie Lee's marker in the Lee family plot. It is huge. It shows a scabbard and two crossed … Continue reading Thompson Wood “Woodie” Lee
Mayor Forsythe's coffin - 1914 The above photo is from the collection of the Ouachita Parish Public Library's Genealogy and Special Collections Department. It shows the coffin and funeral offerings for Mayor Andrew Alexander Forsythe lying in state in Monroe's City Hall. Mayor Forsythe had passed away on September 29, 1914. He was buried in … Continue reading Mayor Forsythe Lying in State