Monday, October 31, 2016

P&W Industries, Origins and Growth

In 1972 Pathways Magazine ran a lengthy article about one of Covington's largest industries, P&W Industries. The salvage steel recycling plant was located on Jefferson Avenue where the new courthouse is today. In the years since this article appeared, the company has moved to La. Hwy. 59 south of Abita Springs.

Click on the image of article below, as well as the photographs, for a larger version. 








Jeff Schoen, Mark Schoen and Glenn Warner stand near a pile of scrap at P&W Industries in June of 1974. 

Historical Photos From St. Paul's High School for Boys

St. Paul's High School in Covington offers a great selection of historical photographs from throughout the years at the following link: https://www.stpauls.com/about-us/history-pictures/



A building on St. Paul's campus in the 1960's

An article from 1926

Sunday, October 30, 2016

1946 Covington Area Phone Book

The 1946 Covington area phone book has been scanned and is available in a PDF file by clicking on THIS LINK. The first several pages are ads, then the residential listings begin. There is no alphabetical business listing section (yellow pages).

The phone book features both the business ads and residential listings for Covington, Madisonville, Mandeville, as well as Abita Springs. 



Saturday, October 29, 2016

Wings & Wheels Show at St. Tammany Regional Airport

A combination aircraft show and car show took place at St. Tammany Regional Airport just east of Abita Springs Saturday, October 29, 2016. Dozens of show cars were on exhibit, along with a large number of planes and Auto Gyro gyrocopters, at the fifth annual "Wings and Wheels" event put on to promote public awareness of general aviation and bring classic aircraft together with classic cars. 


The family-oriented event featured informational booths about the local St. Tammany Composite Civil Air Patrol and Pilots for Patients.  Airplane rides were available from Air Reldan, as were rides on the two-seater autogyros provided by Auto Gyro of Louisiana


A ceremonial flag jump was planned by members of Gold Coast Skydivers.  Raffle tickets were available for a variety of prizes of aviation and car products and services, and food and drink for the occasion were provided by Abita Bar-be-que. Educational displays included information on ADSB by Auric Avionics/Garmin, MSY Controllers, and CNC Custom Wood Working. 


Daniel Oppenheim, coordinator of the Wings & Wheels, said the event was sponsored by the St. Tammany T Hangar Pilots Association, Air Reldan (the fixed based operator at St. Tammany Regional Airport), and the Parish of St. Tammany. The local Civil Air Patrol has 43 members, and there are 10 members in the T Hanger Group. 


The Wings & Wheels featured exhibits on the many facets of general aviation, which focuses on small aircraft that carry four to six people, aircraft considered experimental, and even homebuilt aircraft, anything that is not airliners or military. When asked about the growing popularity of general aviation, Oppenheim noted that the interest in experimental aircraft was growing by leaps and bounds primarily because it is easier to get into at a slightly lower cost. 

More Photographs Available At Link Below

CLICK HERE for more pictures from the Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, "Wings and Wheels" show at St. Tammany Regional Airport east of Abita Springs. 



Civil Air Patrol


From left to right, Cadet 2nd Lt William Wicker and Major Chris Sturm, both with the Civil Air Patrol, and Daniel Oppenheim, coordinator of the Wings & Wheels.

Civil Air Patrol Cadet 2nd Lt. William Wicker said he had been with the Civil Air Patrol for two years and found it rewarding and educational. "My best friend joined first, and he told me it was all about aviation and learning leadership skills, and I wanted to get involved. I've learned many different skills as a result, and I'm glad I joined."" 

The Civil Air Patrol is part of the United States Air Force, and it takes part in search and rescue missions over land and other important activities. The St. Tammany Composite CAP Squadron has been in operation about four or five years, although there was an earlier Civil Air Patrol group some 40 years ago. Overall, the national Civil Air Patrol is 75 years old and has 30,000 members nationwide, just over 500 of those in Louisiana. The Air Force provides aircraft and a van for each squadron, as assigned by the state CAP Wing.

Major Chris Sturm said that the Civil Air Patrol was at one time an auxiliary of the Air Force but was elevated two years ago to being a part of the total force. "We perform 90 percent of all inland search and rescue operations, are sometimes assigned homeland security and DEA counterdrug missions, and work with many different agencies in emergencies. They can call us at anytime."

During the recent flooding in southeast Louisiana, the Civil Air Patrol provided key photographs of the flooded areas that Louisiana disaster response agencies used to allocate resources, Sturm stated. The local group meets weekly for training in leadership skills, character development, emergency services, and aerospace education. "We are continually training," Sturm said. "Going out on practice missions and teaching Cadets how to use radios and direction finding equipment and how to be a part of a search team."

"I've been told by national Civil Air Patrol leaders that the Louisiana Wing uses Cadet members more effectively than many other states. We are relied upon by law enforcement agencies in air searches because we are more efficient dollar wise. It costs us $120 an hour to fly in our fixed wing aircraft versus the $6000 an hour it costs to fly a National Guard helicopter," Sturm noted. "Our job is to find people who need help, radio their location, and then they send out the Army National Guard helicopters to do the job of picking them up. We each do the job we are most efficient at doing."

For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com. 




First Annual St. Tammany Collectors Con

The St. Tammany Collectors Con (STCC) took place Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center near Covington, drawing hundreds of visitors from around the area to check out the tables for comic books, costumes, artwork and collectibles, everything ranging from Star Wars and Ninja Turtles to well, everything in the Marvel Universe. 

Ben Robert, coordinator of the event, said the first annual collectors con attracted a lot of dealers with comics and toys, especially the newer shops interested in reaching fans from throughout St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. 



"It's the first event of its kind in the area," Robert said. "We saw an opportunity to put this together and chose the Clarion Inn because it's centrally located, easy to get to, and a great space for something like this. "

Ben and his wife have been collectors since they were kids, noting that its a lifelong hobby for many people. "It's something we really enjoy," he noted.


Meeting other collectors and comparing notes and collections is just one of the attractions, but networking among vendors is also a plus. Just trying to keep ahead of the curve on what is continually popular is always a challenge, not to mention trying to forecast what is going to be the big new thing whenever a new movie comes out. 



Star Wars coming back online has given the hobby a tremendous boost, and each new Marvel motion picture also introduces many new opportunities. 


"Most popular is the Star Wars stuff," Ben said, but a quick walk around the vendors tables showed a wide variety of oldies, goodies, and new gotta-have its.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS from Saturday's collectors event. 

For more information about the event and organization, visit http://facebook.com/StTammanyCollectorsCon



Florence "Winky" Chesnutt

Covington and Mandevillle are home (and have been home) to hundreds of unique artists working in a variety of media. In the 1970's, Florence "Winky" Chesnutt made quite a name for herself locally in art circles, and although she moved to Missouri many years ago, she remains in the hearts and minds of many here in St. Tammany.  Her artwork graces the walls of many local residences, and she has made a name for herself up there in Missouri as well, written about and photographed for a number of newspaper articles and magazine profiles. 

In 1972, she was featured in the Pathways Magazine published in Covington. Here is a copy of that article. Just click on the images below to make them larger. 




In his all-encompassing book on the history of St. Tammany Parish, Frederick Stephen "Steve" Ellis gave Winky Chesnutt the credit for persuading him to become a historian in the first place. His historical research, writings and personal lectures have been greatly appreciated by scores of organizations and young people interested in preserving the history of this area.


Bertha Neff and Winky Chesnutt receiving historic preservation plaques. 

Winky Chesnutt's pen & ink sketch of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse


Mandeville Union Protestant Church

The Mandeville Union Protestant Church was established in 1876. Located at 217 Carroll Street in Mandeville, it is currently known as the Mandeville Bible Church.


The following historical account of the church is reprinted from the congregation's website

"Mandeville Bible Church has its roots in the Mandeville Union Protestant Society, which began in 1876 with the hope of being a source of strength, unity and inspiration to the people of Mandeville, Louisiana. The society was born out of necessity, because at that time there was no place for non-Catholics to worship.

On February 28, 1876, several leaders in the Mandeville community organized and obtained a 90-year charter for the Mandeville Protestant Church Society which provided a place of worship for people from any Protestant denomination. On May 6, 1876, the board authorized the purchase of the property on Carroll Street for one hundred dollars. This is where the church building stands today. The community o
f Mandeville, including blacks and whites, and those of the Protestant, Jewish, and Catholic faiths, contributed money, materials, and labor to build the church building.



The belfry and bell, which are still in use today, were installed in 1886. Since church growth was hampered by a lack of proper church facilities, an education building/fellowship hall was approved in May, 1953, and completed in April, 1954, for the cost of $25,000. Another major addition to the church came in 1978, when the church building was extended by forty feet, and a choir loft and a baptismal pool were built for the cost of $53,000. God provided for the debt to be paid in three years. In response to repeated flooding of the Fellowship Hall over the years due to tropical storms, in 2013, the church members voted to have the building raised. A lift was added in 2014 to assist those unable to navigate the stairs into the building.

In the early years, the church building was used by different denominations at various times. Because the people had to wait until the minister of their preferred denomination came to Mandeville, weddings and baptisms often had to be delayed for weeks.

No fewer than 54 ministers from Covington and the surrounding towns, representing five denominations, faithfully served the church as part-time ministers until 1955, when the first full-time resident minister, Rev. Joseph K. Pinter, was called.

Following is a list of the full-time pastors from 1955 to the present:

Rev. Pinter
(1955-1956)
Vincent Titterud (1956-1959)
Julian Burke (1960-1986)
Tim Carroll (1986-1996)
Dr. Nick Greco (1996-2015)
Eric McNeil (2015-present)

In 1893, an attempt was made to organize a Sunday School, but met with little success. In March, 1894, Dr. R.B. Paine, a medical doctor, came to Mandeville, and was instrumental in establishing a successful Sunday School program,.and in soliciting contributions to pay the visiting ministers..

Mandeville Union Protestant Society continued to grow, and on November 6, 1951, the society reorganized under a new charter, changing the church's name to Mandeville Union Protestant Church. A new constitution and by-laws were adopted and the church began with 75 charter members.

Mandeville Union Protestant Church, though a small church with a small congregation, was a blessing to its members through the years. As the Mandeville area grew, the members of various denominations began to leave the church and build their own church buildings. Eventually, the church ceased to be a "union of Protestant churches" and became a group of independent believers who were committed to the study of God's Word, the Bible. On April 6, 1997, the congregation at 217 Carroll Street changed the church's name to Mandeville Bible Church. But to remember the fine history of the Mandeville Union Protestant Church and its contribution to the Mandeville area, on October 19, 1997, this building on 217 Carroll Street was dedicated as the "Mandeville Union Protestant Church" building."


For more information about the history of the Union Protestant Church in Mandeville, CLICK HERE for a NOLA.com article.






Friday, October 28, 2016

Final Block Party for 2016 - Halloween Theme

Here's a bunch of family fun pictures of tonight's Final Block Party for 2016, complete with a Halloween Theme. CLICK ON THIS LINK to go to a photo album full of new cars and old cars, skulls, and superhero costumes.




100 Years Ago This Week

What was going on 100 years ago this week? The following link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service. CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer edition of October 28, 1916. Some of the headlines are 2000 Children March In Line To Fair Grounds, Sugar Cane Mill May Be Erected In Covington, and Good Roads of Parish Discussed As To Upkeep.



Click on the images for a larger view.



Restaurants Over The Years

Here is a collection of restaurant photos and advertisements in the Covington/Mandeville area over the years. 





The Claiborne Inn




Below is a list of the business directory listings for Restaurants from the 1959 Covington area phone book. Click on the images below for a larger view. 


Below are some advertisements of other restaurants.




Interior of Tony Pedone's




Forest Steak House, late 1970's, above




Sammy's Fried Chicken (Above)


From 1986











The front room at Rip's Restaurant on the Mandeville lakefront








CLICK HERE for more information about Bechac's Restaurant
















Morton's












Morning Star Cafe, Covington


Fred's (Above)

And below is a list of the more popular restaurants in 1972...