To go along with Tuesday's post, the library has two photos in our collection of Reverend Hastings and one has his wife Cora as well! https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A667 https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A668
Last month, I stumbled across this website, which transcribed the remembrances of former First Baptist Church pastor, the Rev. L.T. Hastings. He served Monroe between 1925 and 1949. His time in Monroe seems quite the saga! His beginnings in Monroe remind me of the opposition to Father Gergaud when he first came to Monroe! I … Continue reading Autobiography of Rev. Luther T. Hastings
This is a great shot of the First Baptist Church building when it was brand new. Of course, it is now well over 100 years old! https://louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-orv%3A55
I love this old photo! It was taken looking up St. John street near the intersection with Grammont Street. You can see the old post office, First Baptist Church and the old City Hall.
This is an old postcard that shows the First Baptist Church of Monroe not long after it was constructed in 1911. It was built on the site of the original church and still stands on the same site.
From the look of the cars, the above photo would have been taken in the 20's. On the west side of the street we can see the old City Hall, the Virginia Hotel and Ouachita National Bank building. On the East side are First Baptist Church, the Old Post Office, Monroe Office Supply/Durrett's Furniture and … Continue reading St. John Street Looking North
Very long photo, and unfortunately, I had to make it very small to get the whole thing in! This was taken at the state confederate reunion in Monroe, September, 1913. You can see the whole thing up close and personal in the Ouachita Parish Public Library's Special Collections Department. I know a couple of the … Continue reading Confederate Reunion in Monroe, 1913
I was fascinated when I first saw this old postcard. You are looking straight up Grammont Street around 1907 or so. The little church in the center of the photo is First Baptist Church. It was torn down in 1911 to make way for the rotunda that sits there now. Across Grammont from the Baptist … Continue reading Grammont Street at the Turn of the Century