Back in 2013 just before Halloween, I and three colleagues portrayed four figures in Ouachita Parish History. We performed at the West Monroe Branch library on Cypress Street to rave reviews. Some of the video done of our performances is only just now coming online. Here is the first of the videos, portrayed by Larry … Continue reading Talking Headstones: Mayor Dr. Andrew Alexander Forsythe
Mayor Forsythe's coffin - 1914 The above photo is from the collection of the Ouachita Parish Public Library's Genealogy and Special Collections Department. It shows the coffin and funeral offerings for Mayor Andrew Alexander Forsythe lying in state in Monroe's City Hall. Mayor Forsythe had passed away on September 29, 1914. He was buried in … Continue reading Mayor Forsythe Lying in State
I found the above photo several weeks back. I had never seen a photo of mayor Allen. Lewis was born in New London, CT April 19, 1838. His family later settled in the St. Louis, MO area where he grew up. After coming to Monroe and becoming a successful businessman, he served as Monroe's mayor … Continue reading Monroe Mayor Lewis Denison Allen, Jr.
I found this article several years back in the Ouachita Telegraph. It appeared Saturday, September 13, 1873. I incorporated this story into my Old City Cemetery tour. Harris was Monroe’s first popularly elected Mayor, elected at the youthful age of 23 in 1855. His death, unfortunately, was just a case of being at the … Continue reading The Unsolved Murders of Crawford and Harris
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
A while back, someone asked for a list of all of Monroe's mayors. I quickly realized that wasn't as easy to find as I thought. There is nothing to be found online and outside of Dr. Williams' book on the Founding Families of the Ouachita Valley, very little. West Monroe, forget about it! Here is … Continue reading Mayors of Monroe, LA