George Purvis was a native of England but settled in the Ouachita Parish area before the Civil War. He married Carolyn K. Morrison (from a very old Ouachita Parish family) and they were the parents of several children. When I was inside Grace Episcopal Church earlier this year, I saw a painting of George hanging … Continue reading The Tragic Death of George Purvis and his Children
Hi all! Just a minor update. The library was hit by a malware attack. No ransomware, but it destroyed our computer system, This includes our phones since they are tied through our internet. We have been down over a month now, but hope to be back up soon. We in the Genealogy Department have been … Continue reading A Minor Scandal in the Jewish Community
Grace Episcopal Church has always been a beautiful building in the Garden District (Corner of North 4th and Glenmar). This building is still there although it has been greatly expanded and modified. It will turn 100 years old in 2025.
Well, no. The title is a bit misleading. The pictures were probably taken from the top of the old Monroe City High School, which is where Anna Grey Noe park is now. You can see Grace Church, The Methodist Episcopal Church and St. Francis Hospital pictured. I haven't quite figured out what the bottom left … Continue reading 1922 Squeedunk – Views above Anna Grey Noe Park
This very beautiful church stood on the corner of St. John and Oak streets, right across the street from the Courthouse. The cornerstone was laid with great pomp and ceremony on March 29, 1871 by the Masons. It was completed at a cost of $10,000. The first services were held on December 8, 1872. A … Continue reading Grace Episcopal Church