Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Toolchest of a Cabinet Maker

In 1975 writer Polly Morris wrote an intriguing article about an old toolchest in which treasured woodworking tools were kept. 

It reminded us of a day when the tools of a tradesman, or any homesteader, were truly appreciated, never misused, always dutifully cared for and maintained, and handed down from generation to generation.

Click on the images below to enlarge the view. 






Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Lyon High Senior Class 1944

This is a photograph of the senior class at Lyon High in Covington in 1944, some 73 years ago. Click on the image to see a larger version. 


Monday, August 28, 2017

School Board 1978 Portrait

Here's a group portrait of the St. Tammany Parish School Board in 1978, thirty nine years ago. 

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Bridge Over The River

In the early 1970's construction on the Covington section of Interstate 12 was underway. Here is an aerial picture of the work being done on the bridge over the Tchefuncte River. Click on the image to make it larger. 


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lee Road Cafeteria Staff 1971

The women who served in the Lee Road Cafeteria in 1971. Click on the image for a larger picture. 


Lee Road Junior High School Cooks
March 22, 1971
Front Row: Lillie Bell Thompson and Marie Jenkins
Back Row: Etta Keating, Claire McKee, and Beulah McClain

Friday, August 25, 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 August 25, 1917. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

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Some items of interest from the August 25, 1917, edition

Funds Sought for Beach Upkeep


Why not a fire department?


Charter of Mackie Pine Oil Specialty Company


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Covington Carriage Photo

An often seen photo from Covington history is this picture of a woman in a horse carriage with a child standing next to the horse. The picture was taken near the edge of the Bogue Falaya River at the foot of Columbia Street. Rusty Burns and others noted that the first "St. Peter's Church" was in the background. The photograph came from the Norma Depriest Core Collection, and she told viewers the fire of 1906 or what she called the "great fire" started in this church. Featured in the photo is Minnie Depriest Coltora and her son Frank. 



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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Napoleon House

One of the oldest structures in Covington was the Napoleon House, located on the southwest corner of Columbia and Gibson Streets. Here are some photographs. 






With the "Little Napoleon Bar", corner of Columbia & Gibson Street, in the background, the dapper gentlemen on horses are Ulysses Depriest, Mr. Zenyer (sp) and Henry Camatte. In the background at right is the old "Mason Nez" building, which was the first telephone building, and railroad switch light in Gibson Street. This photo came from the Norma Core Collection.


In 2018 the same corner is occupied by a two-story office/residence with balcony. 


An ad for the "Little Napoleon" in the 1947 phone book. 



In the 1950's

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Man Who Brought Mardi Gras to Covington

In 1985 the St. Tammany Farmer ran this article about Oliver Wagner, the man who brought Mardi Gras to Covington. Click on the image to make the text larger. 



Monday, August 21, 2017

Mandeville 1947 Phone Listings

Here are the 1947 Mandeville Phone Book listings. To view images that are zoomable to a larger size, CLICK HERE and follow instructions. 



Sunday, August 20, 2017

St. Paul's Parade

Here are two pictures from St. Paul's School parades through downtown Covington in the late 1970's.

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Source: St. Paul's School History Webpage

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ben Guerra Heads Council on Aging

For several years Ben Guerra was project director for the St. Tammany Parish Council on Aging. In 1973 he stepped down, citing health issues. Here is an article about him. 




Click on the above image to see a larger version. Article from Sunday News, August 5, 1973

Friday, August 18, 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 August 18, 1917. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service. 

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Items of interest in the August 18, 1917, edition:

Editorial: Bathing in Covington


Editorial: The Birth of Vocational Education In Covington






Thursday, August 17, 2017

Madisonville Phone Book Listings 1947

Here are the Madisonville Phone Book Listings in 1947.Click on the images below to make them larger and more readable.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

West St. Tammany Phone Book Ads - 1947

Here's the advertisements that appeared in the 1947 West St. Tammany Phone Book. To view images that are zoomable to a larger size, CLICK HERE and follow instructions.













Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Covington Phone Book 1947 - Second Half

Here's the second half of the 1947 Covington Phone Book. It includes listings for Abita Springs. To view images that are zoomable to a larger size, CLICK HERE and follow instructions.