Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Covington Country Club Brochure

One of the first country club subdivisions in west St. Tammany was Covington Country Club. Here are some pages from an early brochure promoting the development and its amenities. 

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Covington Country Club

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

CHS Clubs From 1968

Here are four pictures from the 1968 Covington High Yearbook, some 50 years ago. The first is the Art Club. Jerome Culbertson was the president, Bill Cummings was vice-president, Martin Cox was treasurer, and Susie Core and Joan King were reporters. Click on the image to make it larger.

The second is the Spanish Club. Mrs. Broocks was sponsor. 

The third and fourth pictures are the staff of the Lion's Roar student newspaper.

From left to right, Adele Gitz, Linda Broocks, JoEllen Fahey and Mike Davis.

From left to right, Jerome Culbertson, Cheryl Hodgson, Bill Cummings, and Ron Barthet. 


River Flooding - April 1983

One of the worst floods ever to hit Covington came in April of 1983. Here are some photographs. 

Holden's Gulf Station viewed from the overpass

Monday, November 19, 2018

Covington Sesquicentennial Program - 1963

The City of Covington observed its Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) in 1963 with a week-long program of a variety of events. The Program for that series of celebrations is provided below, outlining the events that took place between June 30th and July 6th of the year 1963.

The program is a great record of who were important community leaders at that time, 55 years ago.
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Photos from the Covington Sesquicentennial - 1963

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Ronnie Pogue

Ronnie Pogue was one of the persons interviewed on the "Reflections" television program produced by the St. Tammany Parish School System several years ago. Pogue, a well-known educator for years, has been a Playmakers little theater favorite as well. Here is a video of the interview program, hosted by Marian Arrowsmith.

Click on the "play" triangle in the center of the picture below to start the video. 

To make the video go "full screen," click on the [ ] symbol in the bottom right corner. 

Above is a group photograph of the Lyon High 1945 Boys Varsity Basketball Team in Covington. On the bottom row, jersey number four, is Ronnie Pogue. Coach Hubie Gallagher is back row, at left.

Ronnie Pogue, Jack Loup and Troy Jackson

Ronnie Pogue and Louis Wagner 

The dedication of the C. J. Schoen Administrative Complex in 2007 also brought together some former principals who served as administrators during the history of the building. Principals who came to see the results of the renovation of the building included, front row, left to right, Ralph Menetre, Roxanne Lagarde, Ronnie Pogue, and back row, left to right, Lawton McKee, Jack Loup, and Henri Ferrer. 

In an old photograph showing the entrance to Bogue Falaya Park in Covington are C. J. "Cyp" Schoen at left, Ronnie Pogue on top, and Beverly Thibodeaux. 

Ronnie and Betty Pogue

Cornerstone Laid for New High School - 1973

The cornerstone for the new Covington High School building on Hwy. 190 Bypass was set into place in mid-October of 1973. The local Masonic Lodge was involved in the ceremony.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

CHS Class of 1968 Plants Poplar Trees

Two tulip poplar trees were planted near the commemorative bell tower at Covington High School Friday morning, a gift from the Class of 1968 which held its 50th annual class reunion recently. A number of members of that class were on hand for the occasion, an event spurred by the first line of the high school's alma mater song which mentions "the stately poplars" near the school.

A couple hundred dollars were left in the reunion fund after the September 22 gathering, so class leaders decided to donate the two trees, together with an engraved monument designating the class donating the trees as well as the first line of the song. 

Here are some pictures of the planting and the group attending the event. Click on the images to make them larger. 

Landscape Designer Gretchen Smith and her crew, shown at right, handled the actual planting chores.

Several school administrators came to take part in the event.

Also on hand were current CHS students who were related to the Class of '68 members present.


100 years ago this week

What was going on 100 years ago this week? The Farmer put out two editions this week: the first on Nov. 11, 1918, to announce that World War I had ended, and the second to announce that the parish fair was back on. 

Here are lots of personal and society news, obituaries, and a birth or two.

CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer of November 11, 1918. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

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CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer of November 16, 1918. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

A Poem About Covington