I have found that LSU has digitized some of their thesis books and have made them available for free download. One in particular has caught my attention. In about 1937, a Doctoral student named Grace E. Ingledue, decided to study the speech patterns of six life-long Monroe residents. The six persons she studied (all white) … Continue reading A 1938 Speech Study in Monroe
A few years ago, I told you that the University of Alabama had a Ledger book that once belonged to Isaiah Garrett. The library has digitized his materials and you can view them here: https://cdm17336.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/u0003_0004211/search/searchterm/isaiah%20garrett%20business%20records/field/source/mode/exact/conn/and It appears to be the account of all expenses Isaiah charged his clients for when he was a lawyer. If … Continue reading Isaiah Garrett’s Ledger Book and Business Records 1838 – 1861
I found the above drawing of the layout for Fort Miro in our vertical files. A newspaper clipping in another file showed the same drawing and states it was found in the archives in Seville, Spain by Dr. Russ Williams. He redrew the original to better show the details.
This is a little bit frightening. This ad was run in the News-Star in 1912.
Another map to come out of the 1976-77 Historical Preservation Study, showed the plantation homes that stood along the Ouachita River. A lot of them are still standing.
I was reading a thesis about the effect of human settlement in Ouachita Parish on the landscape (read the whole thing here: https://shareok.org/bitstream/handle/11244/31625/Thesis-1974D-A425s.pdf;jsessionid=4D09B04F0C16F02D4D42C72D2C4605FE?sequence=1 ) when I found something I hadn't heard before. This thesis claimed that in 1719, France decided to set up a colony on the Ouachita river. The site selected was the bend … Continue reading A Ouachita Settlement Before Fort Miro?
Wednesday, my boss found a map of Ouachita Parish pasted in the front cover of one of our Peters Funeral Home Records books. It appears to be hand drawn and shows all the little communities that were here in the early 20th century. Did you know where Breard Springs was? I didn't either, but it … Continue reading Map of the Small Communities of Ouachita Parish
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?