Dedication Program for the Monroe Civic Center

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

The Excavation of the Fort Miro Site and a Forgotten Grave

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

The Tragic Death of George Purvis and his Children

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

The First Telephone in Ouachita Parish

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