This first photo shows a float lined up waiting to start the parade. From the angle of the photo, they were parked along Elysian Fields, next to the Old City Cemetery. https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A544 This next photo shows the same float, now on DeSiard Street between the Palace and the Style Shop. Notice the banner over the … Continue reading Christmas Fiesta Parade Float – 1939
Among Monroe's beloved colorful characters was a fruit salesman named Tom Reid. When Mr. Reid could no longer walk the streets of Monroe peddling his wares, he ran errands for Mr. Noe at KNOE and Albert Thibeaux to earn his keep. They ended up serving as pallbearers at his funeral in July, 1948. The Apple … Continue reading “Dr. Box” The Apple Man: Mr. Thomas “Tom” Davidson Reid
Yesterday's post got me thinking about another photo I posted in the past, but it was taken with my cell phone. It is a photo of Governor Noe escorting a beauty queen at a ball. It is another one that has been digitized into our online collection: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-pho%3A271 Love the fake beard! BTW, both this … Continue reading James A. Noe
This one was brought to my attention in one of the Facebook groups I am a member in. Back on October 5, 1954, a ten year old boy named Joe Cooper took his bike to school at Ransom. Following along behind him was his mutt Tippie. According to the boy, he tied his pet to … Continue reading A West Monroe Boy Separated From His Dog Outrages the World
A month or two ago, I told you that my boss was working on getting some of our photos and documents published online at the Louisiana Digital Library site. The first batch of documents are now online. They are WPA documents that we have pulled from our files. All date between 1936 and 1937. I'll … Continue reading The James A. Noe Fish Hatchery
This one made me smile! Who is that under that fake beard? Yes, that is former Governor and TV/Radio station founder, James A. Noe! I would guess the "King" was trying to emulate the King of Carnival himself, Rex! His queen is just gorgeous!