Anyone remember the old Clover Leaf Dairy which stood in the 1800 block of Louisville Avenue? In the 1960's or so, the Monroe Boy's Club took a tour of the facility and had their picture taken in front of the building. You can see that picture here: https://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/islandora/object/oplib-bsc%3A10 .
On September 2, 1967, the Monroe Civic Center formally opened to the public. I found the following program for sale on Ebay and bought it. The small strips were flaps on the end of the back page/cover. I will be donating it to the library for preservation. Front Cover Inside First Page Inside second page … Continue reading Dedication Program for the Monroe Civic Center
I don't know why this stuck out for me. Maybe it is because I have such a deep interest in cemeteries. I have loved them since I was a kid. All the stories for all the people buried in them just fascinate me. Anyway, I was reading the book on the 1975 excavation of where … Continue reading The Excavation of the Fort Miro Site and a Forgotten Grave
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
Last week, a hint popped up on my Ancestry tree I have created for Sidney and Annie Saunders' son Willie. It stated there was a birth record in New Orleans for Wm. L. Saunders, born March 27, 1874, son of S.W. and Annie "Loving". Close. Very close. I sent off a request to the State … Continue reading Willie’s Birth Certificate?
If you moved to Monroe around 1961, you would probably be given a little welcome to the town magazine, compiled by the Letter Service Bureau. It was filled with letters of welcome from churches, businesses and organizations in the town along with a few coupons. It is amazing that one was preserved! It is now … Continue reading Welcome to Monroe Packet.
I wrote this for Louisiana Road Trips Magazine back in 2013: In late spring of 1878, Monroe experimented with a new invention called the telephone. The April 26th edition of the Ouachita Telegraph describes the fascination locals had with this new “toy”. The manager of the telegraph office and a few others rented “a couple … Continue reading The First Telephone in Ouachita Parish
This next photo is the Salt Water Natatorium from an angle I have never seen before. You can clearly see the Pavilion off to the right. I think in the background you can see the Ouachita River, which gives you an idea how close it was to the river!
What you are looking at is page three of a four page newspaper called the Daily Electric Letter, published at Monroe November 13, 1877. This is the local news section. It is the only issue of it that I have ever seen. This newspaper only lasted about two and a half months (Nov. 2 - … Continue reading The Daily Electric Letter
I found the above article in an 1825 Washita Gazette. It basically ordered Monroe citizens owning town lots to maintain the roads and ditches around their lots. Kinda wish they did this today!