Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Paul Cordes

In 1972, Pathways magazine ran an article about Mandeville Mayor Paul Cordes written by Anne Abernathy. To read the article, click on the image below.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Square Dancing

Square dancing is a popular activity in St. Tammany Parish. Here's a photo of some kids getting off to an early start. 

Below are excerpts from the history of the Tammany Twirlers Square and Round Dancing Club, reprinted from their website at http://www.tammanytwirlers.com

CLICK ON THIS LINK for a number of photographs of the Tammany Twirlers taking part in their special events during the year. 

by Pete Lumley

     The Tammany Twirlers Square and Round Dance Club was formed in 1962 in Slidell, Louisiana and quickly grew to over 100 members. Their first festival was held in 1963 at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium with a live square dance band,  four callers from two states, and a  round dance program. This tradition has continued for the past 42 years.  Hundreds of dancers from several states attend the festivals each year to enjoy the friendship, fellowship, and dancing provided by this annual event. 

      In 1990 the Tammany Twirlers purchased nine acres of property on Home Estate Drive in Slidell .These buildings were renovated by club members into one of the finest square dance facilities in the state. The work was finished in 1994 and is now the home and dancing facility of the Tammany Twirlers.

      The regular dance night of the club is Saturday night with alternating square and round dance tips. During the months of September through May the club has a "Dance of the Month" with a nationally-recognized caller and cuer, usually from out of state. 

     In the winter classes are held from October to May each year where we introduce new students to square dancing and develop the skills to square dance at a high level.  On Friday night we have  A1 and Dancing by Definition (DBD) workshops. 

     Square dancing is the official state country dance in Louisiana and many other states.   Square dancing and round dancing is worldwide and the calls are always given in English regardless of the language of the country. So when you travel abroad, look for a club - enjoy dancing the world over."

Sunday, January 29, 2017

With Sawmills Came Prosperity

The early history of St. Tammany Parish deals in a large part with timber. That, combined with sawmills, means lumber, and growing communities throughout the South needed lumber to build homes, businesses and boats. 

Lumber Sawmill

The Poitevent Favre Lumber Co. sawmill in Mandeville. It was located just east of where the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway north toll plaza is today.

In this 1976 article, Polly Morris explains what an efficient operating sawmill meant to a community in particular and what it meant for St. Tammany as a whole. Click on the image below to enlarge the text. There are two pages to the article. 

Page One

Page Two

The Greenlaw Lumber Company saw mill was in Ramsay, just north of Covington

Saturday, January 28, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Every March, about the middle of the month, St. Tammany Parish (and the rest of the Irish world) celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Covington is just one of the many cities that has St. Patrick's Day parades. Here are some photographs from the parade in Covington held in 1997, twenty years ago. Click on the images to make them larger. 

Moss-Picking and Processing

In 1976, Polly Morris of Lacombe wrote a feature article telling the story of a St. Tammany man who, in the early days, made his living picking moss from the many oak trees and selling it to keep his family clothed and fed. 

It was just one of the ways in which St. Tammany folks made their living off the land. Click on the image below to enlarge the text for easier reading. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

100 Years Ago This Week

What was going on in St. Tammany 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 newspaper edition of January 27, 1917. 

Some of the headlines are Covington Asks Railroad Commission for Depot, Oil Well Going Down Into Last Big Rock, and Slidell Visited by U.S. Boat, Machine Gun Exhibited. 

An excerpt from President Wilson's Monroe Doctrine address to the U.S. Senate  was printed in the above edition of the Farmer.

Governor Talks To Retired Teachers

Governor John Bel Edwards and his wife stopped by the Treen Instructional Technology Center in Mandeville yesterday to visit with retired teachers from St. Tammany Parish. His talk to the St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association centered on state budgetary concerns as well as public education funding. More than 120 attended. Here are some pictures. Click on the images to make them larger. 

     Governor Edwards addressed concerns about the state budget, and particularly the funding of public education and state employee pension plans. With more than 120 people in attendance, the Governor explained the challenges for the state over the next few years, the importance of public education, and the dedication and work of school system administrators and elected officials.

     He noted that his success in life was due in a large part to the educators who taught him as a young person. Not only are teachers important in the lives of children, but custodians, lunchroom workers, and paraprofessionals are a key part of he team as well, he stated.  Making sure all those people are acknowledged and appreciated is important, he felt.

     Balancing the state budget while protecting funding for public education is one of his main goals, he said. It has been a difficult year for Louisiana, he reminded the audience, with two major disasters affecting many thousands of residents. Choosing the priorities in cutting expenses and raising revenues is quite a challenge, and there is pain on all sides of that equation, the Governor went on to say.

     STRSEA President Roxanne Lagarde noted that the meeting was the group's annual "legislative meeting" where issues of concern coming up in the next legislative session are explained and discussed. Usually the group invites several area state representatives and senators to join in a forum, but this year the Governor accepted the group's invitation to speak. 

     Among the special guests at the event were Superintendent Trey Folse, District Attorney Warren Montgomery, Louisiana Retired Teachers Association Director Rodney Watson, LRTA President Bertha H. Breland, District III LRTA President Lazette L. Watterson, and Bogalusa Chapter President Alva Martin. 

     Several St. Tammany Parish School Board members were also in attendance.
Christine and Lexie Weber, students from Fontainebleau High School, sang the National Anthem at the beginning of the meeting.  

STRSEA President Roxanne Lagarde, Governor and Mrs. Edwards

Slidell Pelican Art

The "Patriotic Pelican" at 1311 Gause, 
in front of Slidell Athletic Club, sponsored by A.G. Crowe

According to the Pelicans on Parade website, Pelicans on Parade is a public art exhibit decorating the streets of Slidell with 4-foot pelican sculptures hand-painted by over 100 artists.  As a charitable venture, 100% of the proceeds from Pelicans on Parade are given to charity.  Over a dozen local charitable organizations have participated; and net profits of more than $100,000.00 has already been raised and distributed to benefit local children. 

Here's a map of all the pelican art figures in the Slidell area. 

Actors and Actresses from St. Tammany Parish

The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has a list of actors and actresses who were born in St. Tammany Parish. Here is the partial list. Click on the names to go to a webpage with more information about them.


Iam Somerhalder

Addison Riecke

Jessica Heap

Clay Chamberlin

Anthony Michael Frederick

Kristal Kincaid

Kevin Zaideman

Destiny Cambre

Tressler Burton

Brennan Bodin

Van Horsby

Sean M. Blanchard

Spruce Henry


Kennedy Morgan

Tony Canzoneri


Rachel Reynolds

Gaven Tomas Brooks

While she wasn't born in St. Tammany Parish, one of this area's noted Hollywood actresses was Peggy Dow. She was born in Columbia, MS, and went to college in Louisiana. Her films include "Harvey" with James Stewart, "Bright Victory" with Arthur Kennedy, and "You Never Can Tell" with Dick Powell. 

Peggy Dow

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Covington Grammar School Students - 1930's

Here is a collection of photographs showing students at Covington area schools during the 1930's, in the midst of the Great Depression. Click on the images to make them larger. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mayor on the Move

In 1972, Pathways Magazine wrote a feature article about Mayor Ernest Cooper of Covington. Click on the image below to read that article. 

 Ernest Cooper and Pizzie Romano

Mayor Ernest Cooper, right, with Governor Edwin Edwards in 1972.
Today, 45 years later, Mike Cooper, his son, is serving as Mayor for Covington.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

U.S. 190 Time Lapse 1998-2016

Here's a video using images from Google Maps historical timeline photos, showing U.S. 190 between Mandeville and Covington from 1998 to 2016. The view is to the northeast, with Covington in the top left corner and Mandeville in the bottom right corner. Interstate 12 is running on a diagonal from bottom left to top right. 

To view full screen, click on the image below, then in the bottom right corner, next to the YouTube logo, click on the "full screen" symbol [ ].

Monday, January 23, 2017

New Library in Lacombe - 1973

In the 1970's the St. Tammany Parish Library System embarked on an ambitious plan to build new library branches in several unincorporated areas. One of those libraries to be built was in Lacombe. 

Here is the history of the Lacombe library and the construction of its new branch in 1973. It was an interesting new design for libraries to maximize space and showcase the books. Click on the article and images below to make them larger. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Old Town Slidell Soda Shop

Here's an enhanced photo of the Old Town Slidell Soda Shop. Click on the image to make it larger. 

The history of the Slidell Soda Shop is located AT THIS LINK.

For more information about how the Soda Shop recovered after Hurricane Katrina, CLICK HERE.

The Growth of Covington

The growth of the Covington area has always been of interest to those who live here and work here. The following is a newspaper editorial from 1908. Click on the image below for a larger, more readable version. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Fontainebleau Park Beach

Years ago, before all the health clubs and country clubs and municipal swimming pools, folks use to head for the beach at Fontainebleau State Park to cool off on a hot summer day. There were picnic shelters for the occasional family reunion, and enough moss-draped oak trees for climbing to satisfy any city kid. Here are some photographs of the Mandeville area park lakefront from some years back.