Last week I had the opportunity to visit the old Georgia Tucker Elementary building and I made sure to hunt for the grave of the sled dog Unalaska. I was VERY happy to find it at a prominent place in the flowerbeds! The current property owners have done a fantastic job of preserving these pieces … Continue reading The Grave of Unalaska
This article was written by me for the July, 2007 issue of Louisiana Road Trips magazine. It was later republished in the September, 2016 edition of Southern Calls: A Funeral Director's Perspective. Tucked away in the flowerbeds of the old Georgia Tucker schoolhouse, is a large tombstone, which marks the final resting place of Admiral Richard Byrd's … Continue reading Unalaska: the Sled Dog Buried in Monroe
https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A488 This shows Mrs. Mabel Lippmin in front of her Fifth Grade students at Georgia Tucker Elementary. By the way, if you are interested in Georgia Tucker, we have their Attendance and Grade Rosters from 1923-1925. Mrs. Lippmin would later become principal of the school!
This is a wonderful documentary on the history and restoration of the old Georgia Tucker Elementary School, located in Monroe's Historic Garden District. https://youtu.be/W9SklTbAkHI
Myrtle was born in Alabama and moved to Louisiana as a young girl. She received her degree from Northwestern and masters from LSU. Upon completion of her degree, she taught school at Grayson before coming to Monroe to be the first Principal of Georgia Tucker elementary. As principal, she loved the song, "Sunny Golden Rod" … Continue reading Myrtle Rodgers