Sunday, December 31, 2017

Fifth Grade at Covington Grammar School 1927

This photograph shows what is believed to be the fifth grade at Covington Grammar School in 1927. Click on the image to make it larger.



Among those who were identified were, front row kneeling, left to right, Flo d'Aquin Hebert, Johnnie Mae Mizenko and Sydney Nicolle. Second row, (first person unidentified), Holly Louise Frederick, Inez Elmer, Laura B. Blattner, (next two unidentified), and Beryl Dutsch. Third row, Clara Mae Jones, Wallace McDougall, Emile Davis, L. J. Broussard, Clarence Heintz, (unidentified), Pete Smith, (next two unidentified), and teacher Miss Christine Fitzsimons. Top row, Ruth Schonberg, Norma Addison, Wilda Fontenot, Cleo King, (unidentified), Ruth Letten, (unidentified twins), L. J. Heintz, (next two unidentified), and Sam Shortridge. 

The next picture shows the first grade at Covington Grammar School in 1929.

 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Principals Appointed 26 Years Ago

Twenty six years ago, in 1991 the St. Tammany Parish School Board appointed the pictured individuals as new principals.



They are, from left, Marietta Landor, Elaine Motte, Willie Jeter, Mary Ann Koon, Susan McManus, Clarence Washington, and Jane Freeman. Click on the image to make it larger. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

100 years ago this week

 What was going on 100 years ago this week?

CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer edition of December 29, 1917. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

Click on the images below to see larger versions of the pictures.



Thursday, December 28, 2017

Abita Springs Town Ad from 1973

In 1973 the Town of Abita Springs ran the following advertisement about its community, filled with information about the historic village. Click on the images to make them larger. 



 



Cooperation Proclamation

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Chinchilla Fur Big Business

At one time, raising rabbits for Chinchilla fur was a thriving business in St. Tammany. Here's a 1928 article from the St. Tammany Farmer that gives the details. Click on the image to make it larger. 


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Les Amis Portrait

From time to time I would take pictures of musical groups to put on the cover of their CD's. Here is a photo session I did with the group "Les Amis."
 




Monday, December 25, 2017

Covington Area Church Histories

In 1973 the St. Tammany Farmer compiled a historical overview of several of the major church denominations in the Covington area. Here is a copy of that article. Click on the image to make it larger. 







Sunday, December 24, 2017

TammanyFamily Blog Reaches 1000 Entries

Well, that was interesting. With this entry I have reached one thousand blogs on the TammanyFamily  blog. I hope there were some good things to look at and read in the past year and a half. 


For a general overview of the most well-received blog entries, CLICK HERE. 

We've scanned phone books, maps and historical documents, drawn cartoons, rendered photos as watercolor paintings, colorized old black and white photos, digitized hundreds of old negatives and slides and even covered some current day events that I just happened to be attending (block parties, car shows, and artwalks come to mind.) I have also digitized a number of audio recordings made on reel to reel and cassette tapes over the years. Those were speeches I taped, WARB radio programs, and interviews with some of St. Tammany's leaders.

Every Friday I spotlight the St. Tammany Farmer newspaper issue from 100 years earlier, with some of the more interesting news items and advertisements front and center.


The most popular entries have been the following:
Of course, showcasing history is one of the prime goals of this blog, and we have tried to give a good cross-section historical overview of the communities and public interests across St. Tammany. Most all of it has come from my four filing cabinets full of 40-year old papers and pictures that I collected over my newspaper and website manager careers (not to mention my career as a cartoon cartographer.)


There's a companion blog, the Barthet Gallery, that features stuff I have come across and created that does not have a direct connection to St. Tammany Parish. It can be viewed by CLICKING HERE

So if you just want to explore the Tammany Family, click on one of the labels to the right, or do a search in the search box in the upper right hand column.

And if you have a couple of hours to just look at pictures, a Google image search of "TammanyFamily.blogspot" results in the following random selection of photographs from the blog: CLICK HERE to go to that image collection. 

TG&Y In Mandeville

Many Mandeville area residents remember the TG&Y Variety store at the intersection of Hwy. 22 and U.S. 190 (North Causeway Blvd.). That was back when there was no overpass,  just a "four-way stop." TG&Y shared the shopping center with a Winn Dixie Supermarket and a Three Hour Martinizing shop.The variety store was a young child's favorite destination, filled with all kinds of toys and fascinations, from books, school supplies, shoes and pets to clothing to snacks. 


According to an advertisement in the St. Tammany Farmer published in 1973, TG&Y first came to Mandeville in 1966 with a small store having only 6,000 square feet. In less than five years the growth of the area and the demand for greater variety in merchandise encouraged the store owners to triple the size of the facility to 18,000 square feet. "V.L. Rhoades, manager of the local store, and J.N. Pulley, co-manager, see even greater success ahead for the new facility, as more and more people move into our area and find that TG&Y provides everything they need for the home, hobby, yard and shop," the article stated.

Here are some photos of the people who worked there in 1973. Click on the images to make them larger.




The TG&Y brand of variety stores started in November of 1935 when three variety store owners (R.E. Tomlinson, E. L. Gosselin, and R. A. Young) sat down to discuss the possibility of forming a corporation in order to increase their buying power. An agreement was reaching that night, and plans were formulated to pool all their resources and set up offices and warehouse facilities in Oklahoma City.  In 1973, TG&Y operated a chain of 839 variety stores in a thirty-state area.


The Mandeville TG&Y Store

Causeway Groundbreaking Ceremony

Here is the program for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway back in 1955. Click on the images to make them larger. 






In 2013 the Causeway was honored as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark


Photo: Brown & Root

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Businesses Inside the Southern Hotel Building

There have been many businesses located inside the Southern Hotel in Covington over the years. Here are some of them: Tim Wilson Jewelers, a barber shop, the St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Court's Office, the Ground Floor Restaurant, the Greyhound bus station, Tugy's Bar, Col. and Son Restaurant, Citizen's Finance,  the Dollar General Store, Kenwins, World of Sports, Commercial Bank and Trust, Rexall Drug Store, Jones Drug Store, J. P. Bouvier News Stand, Duke's Formal Wear.... and on and on.
















Above, Fair Parade October 5, 1979




See also:

The Saga of the Southern Hotel

Collection of Photographs & Postcards Showing the Southern Hotel