Ballou's Pictorial, Boston, MA, January 20, 1855, Page 46, "Editorial Melange." A panther entered the dining room of a house in Ouachita Parish, La. a short time since, while the family were seated at their meal, and after upsetting the table and nearly killing two dogs, made good his retreat. He was followed, however, and … Continue reading A Panther Upsets a Family Meal
I have seemed to come to a dead end in this wild goose chase. I happened to stumble across a book digitized on Archive.org entitled, "Minutes of the Louisiana Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church South, Held in Waterproof, Louisiana February 4, 1857". On page 7 of the booklet is a report from a committee called Monuments … Continue reading A Lost Methodist Preacher
How about this photo of a bridge at Travelers Rest in West Monroe? Wonder which bridge it was?
I found this online in a book published in 1912 by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Immigration called, "A hand-book of Louisiana". I'll be posting a couple more photos from it over the next few days. The front yard of Ingleside looks very different today!
This ad for a local horse race meet, appeared in the Ouachitta Banner in October, 1839. It is not know where this race course was, but the stakes were pretty high in 1839 money. A rich man's sport to be sure!
Postcard of the P.M. Atkins Bridge shortly after it was built. Did you know that the Lea Joyner bridge was actually originally named for someone else? In 1931, Monroe and West Monroe decided they needed a new bridge across the Ouachita to connect the two cities. On April 30, 1936, Governor James A. Noe declared … Continue reading The P.M. Atkins Bridge
The week previous to last week's ice storm, I was asked by Vantage Health to be filmed giving a lecture on the history of Mardi Gras in Monroe. It premiered last Friday on Facebook and was placed on their YouTube channel as well. Check it out! https://youtu.be/rcPIgIGRJig
In 1939, a little informational magazine was put together about the history of Ouachita Parish roads and their development. Sprinkled throughout the document are Griffin photos taken all over the parish. You will be amazed at what once passed for roads here! This is another part of the Library's collection that was added to the … Continue reading From Indian Trails to Modern Highways: A History of (the) Ouachita Parish Road System
Sylvester Q. Breard, "Syl" to his friends, was a regular patron of the library. Being descended from one of Monroe's earliest families, he had a deep love of local history. Before he passed away in 2018, he wrote two published local history books that you can look at in the Genealogy Department of OPPL. The … Continue reading A Historical Author With Deep Roots in Monroe
These were done in the 1980's by the West Monroe Historic Preservation Project. Each month featured a photo and info about the area's past. They are rare, but if you would like to see them, come by the Special Collections Department at the Ouachita Parish Public Library and ask!