Every year on Army day in the 1940's, the military would parade down DeSiard Street. This is a photo from the Digital Library That I think shows one of those parades: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A36 You can see the Phoenix Drug Store, People's Homestead, the Alexander Hotel and Primos Cafe in the shot!
This is a photo of a parade entry in Monroe's Water Carnival Parade held by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1948: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A246 I wish I knew the gentleman driving the Model T! This was held on DeSiard Street and you can see some of the businesses that were there, such as Howard Brothers Jewelry, … Continue reading The 1948 Water Carnival Parade
This shows the 300 block of DeSiard Street, looking west towards the river. The first building on the left was T. John, which was a clothing store. It was located at 328 DeSiard. Of course, the prominent buildings in the shot are the Theater on the right and the Ouachita National Bank Building on the … Continue reading DeSiard Street Circa 1926
On March 15, 1918, the LSU Glee Club arrived in Monroe for a performance the next day at the City High School Auditorium. This photo of a street performance: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/state-lhp%3A10138 was shot probably on the 16th in front of Wexler's Cigar Store. It's address was 206 DeSiard Street, which is now a parking lot next … Continue reading LSU Glee Club Performs in Monroe – 1918
...or about to be! Back in November, 1898, Mayor Dr. Andrew A. Forsythe had just been elected. It seems he hit the ground running! This appeared in a New Orleans newspaper: MONROE.Dirt Broken for the First of Many Improvements. Monroe, La., Nov. 23. - At noon to-day, Mayor Forsythe broke the first dirt on DeSiard … Continue reading DeSiard Street is Paved!
Back on December 31, 2018, I posted this postcard: At the time, I dated it to circa 1910. Well, I was close. I found this exact same image (although very grainy) printed in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, August 19, 1906, Page 27. It had the following article with it: Monroe, La., Aug. 18. - The … Continue reading Hay on DeSiard Street.
What you are looking at is a view up DeSiard street circa 1920. It is the 200 block of DeSiard. To get a sense of where you are, Art Alley is on the left just off this view. The most obvious building is on the right, the Busy Bee Cafe. The site later became the … Continue reading 200 Block of DeSiard, circa 1920
This one stumped me, until a colleague looked at the sign in the photo and said, "Swap Shop". She was right! https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/lsu-sc-p16313coll52%3A1166 The Swap Shop was located at 905 DeSiard Street, at the corner of 9th and DeSiard, across from the City Cemetery. It was just down from the Miller-Roy building. WOW! Love the Chesterfield … Continue reading The Swap Shop
I am discovering a treasure trove of photos from 1947! https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/lsu-sc-p16313coll52%3A1175 This one was taken in front of the two above named businesses. They were located at 607 and 605 DeSiard Street respectively.
This building was another one that stood in the 600 block of DeSiard Street, right at the corner of 6th: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/lsu-sc-p16313coll52%3A1162 I am guessing that window is where African-American clientele picked up their prescriptions, since they were not allowed under Jim Crow laws to enter the whites only front entrance. I am not sure though. … Continue reading Collens Five Point Pharmacy