Just wanted to post a quick notice that tomorrow I will be giving a Facebook Live program about Sidney and Annie Saunders. Just go to the Ouachita Parish Public Library's Facebook page, click the follow button and you will be notified when it goes live! Later on, it will be available for viewing from our … Continue reading Sidney and Annie Saunders talk tomorrow!
This photo is interesting due to what is in the background! The monument, of course, is the Sidney W. Saunders monument in the Old City Cemetery. What strikes me about it are all the buildings in the background that are no longer there! The only one still there is the Miller Roy Building, which is … Continue reading Sidney Saunders Monument, circa 1930
Today is the day that one of Northeast Louisiana's most respected investigative journalists is laid to rest. I remember seeing Mr. Booth on my TV screen as a kid. I knew he was a reporter for KNOE and had seen some of his reports on the news. When I started working for the library, I … Continue reading Ken Fletcher Booth
This was my performance of Annie Saunders, Monroe's black sheep. She has been a lot of fun to do! This little performance has led into me portraying her life in a one woman play about her life! Some of the info, such as Annie's middle name and how she met Sidney, are made up for … Continue reading Talking Headstones: Annie E. Livingston Saunders Hardin
Back in 2001 I was very interested in Monroe's black sheep couple! Their story fascinated me. I had access to a very bad copy of what looked to be a marriage license for them. Local historians claimed it was a fake. They had searched in the county courthouse in St. Louis but found no license. … Continue reading Sidney and Annie’s Marriage License
Annie Saunders had now lost her husband and son. She was inconsolable. Rumors that Sidney and Annie were never married were still active among Monroe society. When Sidney’s brothers and sisters demanded proof of their marriage, Annie was so distraught that they understood her to say they were married in New Orleans. When the marriage … Continue reading Sidney and Annie Saunders Part III
Annie was born to the union of Alfred N. and Catherine Livingston in Bastrop around the year 1852. One of the rumors was that Annie was of mixed race. From census records, her father Alfred was from a very well-respected family in Georgia and Catherine, called “Kate”, was an Irish immigrant. The couple had … Continue reading Sidney and Annie Saunders Part II
I wrote about Sidney and Annie over three issues of Louisiana Road Trips Magazine in 2012. I put most everything I knew about Sidney and Annie Saunders in those articles. They are two of the most fascinating characters in Ouachita Parish history! Back in March, 2007, I wrote my very first Road Trips Article about … Continue reading Sidney and Annie Saunders Part I