Last week, a scrapbook full of pristine candid photos was given to the library. It was about to be thrown into the garbage when it was rescued. What it contained were the personal photos of Inez Marie Schneider Dickinson, taken between 1927 and 1932. Inside were scenes of the 1927 and 1932 floods in Monroe, … Continue reading A Fascinating Scrapbook For Our Collection
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!
This one comes all the way from Missouri. A radio host asked for people to submit letters from service men writing to the folks back home for a collection. This particular letter was submitted by Mrs. E.C. Mallett, a West Monroe Mother. It was written by her son Earl from the Pacific theatre during WWII. … Continue reading A Letter to His Mama
I have always wondered what happened to all the buildings that once made up the town of Trenton. The town was so important before and after the Civil War and then one day, *poof* it is gone. All that is there now are family homes and a historical marker. I happened to stumble across a … Continue reading The End of Old Trenton
The Daily Telegraph (Monroe, LA) October 3, 1883 Page 2 "West Monroe." Why should not Monroe and Cottonport [Note: where Antique Alley is today.] be consolidated? The Railroad Company has christened its depot in the latter place "West Monroe" and that is a step towards it. The old name may cling to the place for … Continue reading Cottonport becomes West Monroe
Perhaps you have wandered around Kiroli park near the amphitheater. On the right side of the amphitheater, past the end of the sidewalk is a grave marker marked with the following: BUDDIE1928 - 1941Born a dogDied a gentleman The legend goes that back in the early days of the park, it was known as a … Continue reading A Very Good Boy – The Legend of Buddie The Dog
The Monroe Register, February 9, 1860. And to go along with yesterday's post, here is another from the same newspaper, different day, for a slave market in the town of Trenton, which is now part of West Monroe. I have no idea where in Trenton this was.
Cover of "Whiskey, Pistols & Religion" by Andre' Cajun What you are looking at is the little book that started the wild tale about how West Monroe got started. I have written a summary about the Trent brothers legend before. I won't rehash it again. (Link to a cartoon drawn and published in the News-Star … Continue reading Andre Cajun and the tale that refuses to DIE!
Over the next few days, I will share a few photos I found in a rare 1916 magazine I found about Ouachita Parish. Enjoy! The first view is of the "new" West Monroe Grammar School!
I have also made a virtual version of my West Monroe history tour.