Dedication page photo from the 1951-52 Smithy yearbook. Some of you from the Sterlington area may have had this gentleman as a principal. Mr. O.K. Bailey, Sr. served for 43 years as principal of Sterlington's elementary, Jr. High and High School. The above photo was taken when he served as principal for A.L. Smith School. … Continue reading Beloved Sterlington Principal Leaves Behind a 43 Year Legacy in Education.
Going north on 165 to Sterlington, you may notice a large stone cross with a few low headstones around it. This is a family cemetery for a very powerful family in the area during the Civil War and into the turn of the century. The Phillips family were the owners of the Lonewa plantation in … Continue reading The Phillips Family of Sterlington
How about another one from the Vernon Parish Library? (I had no clue they had so many photos from Monroe!) https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKX396i This shows the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Sterlington taken January 8, 1940. If you have any family in that area in that time, take a look and see if you know … Continue reading First Baptist Church Sterlington, 1940
One of the jewels in our crown here at the Ouachita Parish Public Library is a ledger book. Back in 2016, if I remember correctly, a gentleman brought in a ledger book found in the walls of a house down in Logtown. He was representing the owner, who wanted to know if we would like … Continue reading The Ledger Book of George Hamilton (1801 – 1839)
The following beautiful article was written in 1890 by a female resident of the "Island" this area is roughly where Sterlington is now. The island is bordered by the Ouachita River and Bayous Bartholomew and DeSiard. Be warned: There is some racially insensitive language towards the end. The Times-Democrat (New Orleans, LA) April 13, 1890, … Continue reading A Description of Island DeSiard
Back in 1962, Mrs. Melvin B. Short (Hazel) compiled a history of the area and families that comprise the area we know as Sterlington, in northern Ouachita Parish. It had a minor revision in 1990 and in 2001, a colleague of mine compiled an index. To see the actual book, come by the Genealogy Department … Continue reading History of Sterlington by Hazel Smith Short