Monday, July 16, 2018

Farmer Special Edition 1926 -3

On September 4, 1926, a huge special issue of the St. Tammany Farmer newspaper was published with dozens of articles on the progress being made on several fronts. For the past few Mondays, I have been running selected clippings from that edition.

Here is the batch for this Monday. Click on the images to make them larger. 

Knott Plantation is now known as Fontainebleau State Park

St. Tammany Has Most Strategic Location: Land of Wonderous Beauty; unexcelled in climate lies at the door of Metropolis

An article from the Sept. 4, 1926, issue of the St.Tammany Farmer

Trunk Line Railroads Give Direct Connection to Cities North, East, and West; Modern Highways Run to Four Points of Compass

Washed by the blue waters of Lake Pontchartrain, shaded by forests of stately pines and oaks and cypress and gum; rolling in fertile fields along swiftly running streams or stretching for miles across green prairies of cut-over land, where wild fowl congregate in countless thousands, is the land of St. Tammany.

This wonderful region which is known as "Where the South Is At Its Best," is the extreme southeastern parish of Louisiana. It borders on Lake Pontchartrain, an arm of the Gulf of Mexico, a navigable body of water which connects with the Gulf through canal to the Mississippi River. Its longitude is 90 west of Greenwich, latititude 30.

St. Tammany's south boundary is just twenty-three miles north across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, the South's greatest city. Both railroad and boat lines connect St. Tammany with New Orleans and soon a bridge will be built across Lake Pontchartrain which will create St. Tammany Parish into a wonderful suburb to the southern metropolis.

Even now, many business men of New Orleans make their home in St. Tammany, going to and from work every day on the trains or boats, an easy, comfortable ride. For those who have automobiles drive their cars on to the boats and then on to their offices in the city.

It seems no more to them, from a standpoint of convenience, than to thousands who drive from the suburbs of Chicago, St. Louis, New York or Philadelphia, to their offices. 

Three Great Railroads

Over the Illinois Central System St. Tammany parish is only 22 hours ride from Chicago, besides being shorter in time from St. Louis,Kansas City, Indianapolis, and other mid-western cities. It is connected with the east and northeast by the Southern Railroad with fast schedules to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington and other eastern cities.

In addition to these two great trunk line railroads, St. Tammany is directly connected to the north by the New Orleans Great Northern Railroad, which railroad has just completed a merger of traffic arrangements with the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad whereby that great system of railroads will run through passenger and freight trains to St. Tammany and New Orleans from the north and west.

In conjunction with the splendid rail service given to St. Tammany, the parish boasts fo a splendid highway system, upwards of 20 miles of hard surfaced roads transverse its territory and connect it north, east, south and west with the world. It is easy for those who wish to drive their cars to New Orleans to do so, and also to Baton Rouge, the state capital, Vicksburg, Jackson, Meridian in Mississippi and the Gulf Coast and Mobile, Alabama.

Modern standardized highways stretch all the way from St. Tammany to these points. Running through St. Tammany is the Old Spanish Trail, forming connections for all points east to Florida and west to California.

A Delightful Climate

The climate of St. Tammany is temperate. It never gets too hot in summer or very cold in winter. Roses bloom out-of-doors in December and snow and ice are seldom seen. The winter season is short and not uncomfortable, and, on the other hand, the temperature in summer seldom gets beyond the point of comfort. According to the records of the United States Weather Bureau, the mean annual temperature is 66.9 degrees. An outdoor life can be enjoyed the whole twelve months of the year. 

Rainfall is fairly well distributed throughout the year, so that there is no "rainy seasons" and no "dry seasons." The average annual rainfall, according to the United States Weather Bureau, has been 61.21 inches. Out-of-door work and the sports and activities are carried on at all seasons. Nature is indeed kind to St. Tammany.

Beauty Spot and Pleasure

The beauty of the scenery throughout St. Tammany Parish is equal to that anywhere in the United States. Besides beautiful Lake Pontchartrain, there is a network of creeks and rivers rippling and laughing with swiftly running water, and near the lake is the lazy bayou.

These streams are lined with magnificent oaks and gum, perfumed magnolias and health-giving pine trees, while along the lake shores in the lagoons forests of splendid cypress greet the eye. One of the things first noticed by those who come to St. Tammany is the luxuriant foliage and the great abundance of flowers. Both soil and climate induce their growth to a marked degree.

It is a proven fact, say doctors, that the proper amount of diversion is just as necessary to men and women and children as food and drink. St. Tammany has an unlimited choice to offer, both in itself and in New Orleans, "America's Most Interesting City," just a short ride away.

St. Tammany offers fishing and hunting that can hardly be surpassed anywhere. Thousands of people come from New Orleans and other nearby cities just to spend the weekends, during the summer months, where they may enjoy bathing, boating and fishing at the lake shore or at points on the many fresh water streams in the parish.

The rolling country back from the streams offers a great variety of games birds, squirrel and rabbit. Beside out-door life and sports all of the larger centers in the parish offer picture shows, dances at regular intervals, and other amusements. In addition, for those who want the pleasures offered by a big city, New Orleans is just a short ride away with its metropolitan theaters, libraries, parks, art galleries, museums, famous restaurants, boxing and wrestling matches, racing and baseball.

Schools and Churches

St. Tammany Parish has its full quota of fine, modern schools.There are 20 motor bus routes that cover the parish. Every day, rain or shine, buses carry hundreds of children to school. There are twenty-four White schools and 15 Negro schools. The larger number of the school buildings are built of brick, are large and commodious and of most modern design.

They are equipped with electric lights, have sanitary plumbing and are supplied with health-building artesian water. All of the schools encourage athletics. In fact, St. Tammany's school system has reached such a high state of development that the parish was asked to send and exhibit to the National Convention of the Superintendents' Division in Washington, D.C. in February, 1926.

St. Tammany has three State approved senior high schools, one at Covington, one at Mandeville and one at Slidell. Graduates from these may enter any college in the Southern District. There are also two state approved junior high schools, one at Madisonville and one at Pearl River.

Three of the parish schools offer domestic science departments. Two of the high schools offer four-year commercial courses. One junior high school offers an agricultural course. Teachers are carefully chosen and are of the best types. Thy have a 100 percent membership in the Louisiana State Teachers' Association. St. Tammany won the 1924 and 1925 pennants for this record. Besides the public schools St. Tammany has a number of private schools and colleges for boys and girls.

Churches of all denominations are found throughout St. Tammany. The people of the community are tolerant and believers in religious liberty and one can find his own house of worship nearby any place in the parish. Of course, new churches are being built, from time to time, throughout St. Tammany Parish by members of the different congregations.

As noted representatives and speakers of the various denominations are in New Orleans almost every week, those who live in St. Tammany are able to meet with them and hear them speak with no inconvenience and very little expense. This is one of the many advantages of living within easy riding distance of a big city. 

Public Utilities

Electric light and power is supplied to all the larger cities and towns in St. Tammany Parish. Only recently the Louisiana Public Utilities Company has taken over the larger plants in the territory and under the consolidations, arrangements are being made to furnish additional lines along the highways so as to offer cheap electrical power to homes and farms outside of the larger communities.

Ice is manufactured and distributed in all of the larger towns and at a reasonable price. Waterworks operate in the larger cities which give an ample distribution to the homes in their corporate limits, while outside of the cities the famous pure water of this district can easily be had by means of a private well.

In fact, St. Tammany Parish offers everything to promote good health and the joy of living. It has really just been discovered and people are just beginning to appreciate its wonderful natural attractions. Attractions that have an irresistible appeal to the home-seeker, the farmer, the business man with taste for country life, and the pleasure seeker who wants to combine the pleasures of the country with those of the city and live outdoor life the year round. 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

History of St. Tammany Churches

Several church histories were part of the St. Tammany Farmer special edition on Sept. 4, 1926. Here are the items, some with photographs and some with links to more detailed church histories. This listing is by no means comprehensive of all churches. As more information comes in on other churches, they may be added to this posting. 

Click on the images below to enlarge the view of the pictures and text articles.

Bayou Vincent Catholic Church

First Baptist Church, Covington 


Covington Presbyterian Church


Lutheran Churches

Covington Methodist Church

Methodist Churches

Bonfouca Mission


Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Slidell



Above, the chapel at Chinchuba Deaf-Mute Institute

Pine Grove Presbyterian Church


Slidell Episcopal Church

Slidell Presbyterian Church


St. Francis Xavier Church, Madisonville



St. Peters Church, Covington

St. Peter and St Paul's Church, Pearl River

The Mission at Lacombe

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Summer Camp 1972

Here's a couple of pictures of children from Our Lady of the Lake School attending Summer Camp for 4-H Club members, way back in 1972.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

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 July 13, 1918. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

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