Monday, October 15, 2018

Covington Junior High Cheerleaders - 1962

Here's a group photograph of the Covington Junior High School cheerleaders in 1962-1963 school year. Click on the image to make it larger. 


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Lacombe History Highlights

A rather detailed accounting of how people settled in the Lacombe area, who they were and why they were there, has been posted over at Donald Sharp's history blog. 

CLICK HERE to go to that "Lacombe History Highlights" article.  

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The 1971 Parish Fair Booklet

Here are several pages from the 1971 official program of the St. Tammany Parish Fair. Click on the images to make them larger. 






 Source: Doug Harrison-Remember Covington Facebook page

Friday, October 12, 2018

100 years ago this week

What was going on 100 years ago this week?

The flu, the Spanish influenza. Schools were closing, church services were cancelled, businesses everywhere were affected, and on top of all that, World War I was still raging.

CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer of October 12, 1918. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

Click on the sample images below to see larger versions.




Flu can be fatal, patients are quarantined


Theaters, schools, churches closed




Schools and universities closed


Society news




Thursday, October 11, 2018

Maritime Museum Unveils New Jahncke Shipyard Model

An intricate scale model of the Jahncke Shipyards in Madisonville, as they were around 1918, was unveiled at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum Thursday morning by Director Don Lynch and the model maker Lowell Ford, 75, from California. 


The diorama, some three feet by five feet in size, and 24 inches tall,  features shipways, sheds, old trucks, and railroad tracks, as well as a highly-detailed model of the "Bayou Teche" shown as it was being launched amid gala festivities. 



Ford said that building the model took three years, 1400 hours of actual handwork labor and $2000 in expenses. 

Special guests for the unveiling ceremonies included, from left, 
Covington Mayor Mike Cooper, Madisonville town council member Brad Haddox, former Museum director Allen Saltus, and Madisonville Mayor Jean Pelloat. 




From left, former Mayor Pete Gitz, Allen Saltus and Mayor Pelloat

In attendance were a number of the members of the Jahncke family: among them being Steven Grant Jahncke,  Davis Jahncke, Edward Jahncke, Robert Jahncke, Lorraine Jahncke Ownby, and Laurie Leonard. 


Jahncke Family members

Lynch stated that the museum has close ties with the Jahncke shipyards since it is located on the southern boundary of the former shipyard site.  He noted that Ford is a member of the Schrieber family, who are descendants of the lighthouse keeper who maintained the Tchefuncte River lighthouse. 



Don Lynch

"We want to thank Lowell for his contributions to the museum, many more than just the one today, but in the past he has also done for us the steamboat "New Orleans," and he has rebuilt a steel Liberty toy ship. He brought it back to California with him, re-worked it, and then brought it back to us." 


Lowell Ford was presented with a token of the museum's appreciation by Director Lynch.



Ford Gives Background


Ford stated that World War I, the "war to end all wars," was a very vicious thing and supplying that war with the necessary supplies was very critical. "Because of undersea warfare, submarines, there became a shortage of transport ships to get the necessary supplies to Europe. So the federal government had one of its architects design a ship made of non-critical materials that could do the job, a wooden ship."


That's how they arrived at the date of 1918 for representing the shipyard, when Jahncke was getting government contracts to build several of the vessels. The model is built to the  scale of 1/8 inch representing one foot.




The model was built using Louisiana cypress and jelutong, a wood used by model makers for its durability. The diorama displays two "shipways," one holding a half-finished ship that shows the interior framing, and the one a fully constructed "Bayou Tech" as it was being launched. Some storage sheds and Jahncke office buildings were also included.





Ford explained that "it started out with a tremendous amount of research on the internet to find the drawing plans for the ships, and then to scale them, and then to fill in all the gaps." 


He said that the photographs of the Jahncke shipyard in action were indispensible, although he did remember many of the buildings from seeing them when he went to high school in the town.



He used a large number of photographs of the shipyard as a guide, high-quality photographs that showed almost every aspect of the operations of the facility during the height of World War 1 when up to two thousand men worked to build ships needed for the war effort. Many of those workers were housed near the site in dormitories. 


The photographs of the shipyard on display in the room were provided by the photo collection of the late Rusty Burns, the archives at Southeastern Louisiana University, and the Walter F. Jahncke collection. 


"It's been a labor of love, building this model, as well as a desire to support this museum," he said. "This museum provides extraordinary educational opportunities for young people, which is what we need more of in this country. "



Lowell Ford

"I have had so many people compliment me on my ability to build models," Ford went on to say. "I'd like to say that the person who taught me how to do all of that was Joseph Schrieber, and he was born right here in Madisonville in the lightkeeper's cottage.  He was an excellent model maker. He started building model airplanes and ship models and taught me how to do it."


"He was a real mentor to my cousin Bobby Schrieber and myself," he explained. "We both learned a lot from him. What you see here today is a result going all the way back to those days with my family, and I hope you enjoy it." 


Joseph Schrieber was lightkeeper at the Tchefuncte lighthouse between 1920 and 1935. 


Members of the Schrieber family

In telling about how the high-resolution Jahncke shipyard photographs were discovered and saved, Steven Grant Jahncke explained that after he moved into his grandfather's home at Waldheim Gardens near Covington, he went through some boxes in the attic of the old carriage house and found dozens of glass negatives, pictures that were taken by the U.S. Navy to document the construction of the ships and the development of the Jahncke Shipyard in Madisonville in the very early 1900's.



Not having the technical gear needed to print the negatives, he gave them to Allen Saltus with the maritime museum who forwarded them to the archives at Southeastern Louisiana University where they were digitized and preserved. Copies are available if  a person wants a print, he said.


Mayor Pelloat welcomed those present to Madisonville and said that the unveiling today represents the town's past, when skeletons of large ships towered above the landscape, and but it also represents the present as master carpenters continue the boat building tradition at the museum.



Mayor Jean Pelloat

 The Jahncke Shipyard was a major producer of navy and merchant ships for many years up to and including the mid-1950's when they were still active in building ships and dismantling ships.

Ford's diorama was constructed in his workshop at his home in Torrance, California. The diorama was brought to Madisonville from California in his truck and will become part of the museum's permanent collection.

On display in the back of the room was a rowing skiff that was believed to have been built at the shipyard. 



 A large number of persons turned out for the unveiling ceremony. Here are some photos. 












The Shipyard model maker Lowell Ford



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Elmo Koschel

One of the most popular "motivational" speakers in the area back in 1985 was Elmo Koschel. His "Man of Many Hats" talk was always a hit with local clubs and organizations. Here is a Talent Bank article I wrote about him and his expertise at entertaining, motivating, and causing folks to think about their own personal salesmanship. 

Here is the text of that article:

The Talent of Elmo Koschel

Elmo Koschel is a name that's quite well known in certain circles, the sales and management circles of local and regional corporations. Koschel, a Mandeville resident, has many irons in the fire, one of which is area chairmanship of the Institute for Management Studies, a membership organization which produces seminars and workshops for management level personnel.

But Koschel's real fame arises from his "Man of Many Hats" routine, a talk that he has given over 800 times. Sometimes it's about the many hats a salesman wears, other times it's about the many hats some other professional wears, but it's always an interesting presentation, one that has been delivered to many groups, conventions, associations and Rotary Clubs worldwide.

He wrote the talk In 1962 while flying on a plane, and has since refined it and improved it and narrowed it down to 22 hats, doctor's hats, chefs hats, hard hats, soldier's hats, etc.

Basically, the talk deals with the talents and characteristics of a good salesman. The professional sales person is one who is able to tell the truth in an attractive manner, Koschel said, and getting people to change as a result of it

Since then, the talk has been put on a filmstrip and shown all over the place. He feels the hat talk is so popular because people tend to remember funny looking hats. They remember only a small percentage of what they hear, but a large percentage of what they see.

Sales talent is something that is natural born, he said, and although it can be taught to a degree, the real salesman needs a certain in-born capacity. It's partly communication, it's partly the personal approach, and it's partly integrity and trust.

The hat talk raises one's consciousness of the sales process, separating the natural-born sales ability from the learned sales technique. Koschel even took his hat talk into parish prison in New Orleans once, giving the inmates a look at sales techniques and attitudes. There, in prison, he found an inmate with the most natural sales talent he had ever seen.

Part of the program involved the inmates presenting a sales talk with Koschel judging their delivery. "If that man would turn his bead just one quarter turn, I'd hire him in a minute." he said. "He really impressed me with his natural flow of communication, his timing, his attention to benefits, his painting word pictures, everything," Koschel explained.

In the world of sales and management, the gap between natural talent and learned talent can be somewhat enhanced through seminars and workshops, only (and it's a big only) if the particular people are willing to use what they've learned in actual day to day problem situations.

And that's the key to developing talent- the willingness to use that talent when it is needed. Having the information and knowing what to do isn't worth much if one doesn't have the timing and the ability to put it to use when the circumstances call for action.

No matter what hat, or how many different hats, we are all called upon to wear, it still takes that unique individual talent of good timing and sensitivity to the needs and desires of others for one to be productive in sales, management or whatever. Koschel has spent a good part of his 67 years helping others make that realization.


Courthouse Staff - 1962

Here is the Christmas group portrait of the St. Tammany Parish Courthouse staff and administrators back in 1962, some fifty-six years ago. 


Click on the image to make it larger.