Monday, June 12, 2017

Marsolan Feed & Seed

A landmark business in downtown Covington, LA, was Marsolan Feed & Seed located at 316 East Gibson Street. Its main building burned down the night of Monday, November 15, 2021.

 
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Founded in 1939 by Norman Marsolan, it was being operated by his son Harvey Marsolan. Marsolan's sold products for pet care, gardens, lawn, and landscaping services. And on certain days it hosted a music show. 


 Hundreds of Covington area residents have fond memories of the establishment, its seeds, garden tools, straw hats, its selection of washtubs and buckets. They recall going there as children, mesmerized by the sights and smells. Farmers and ranchers frequented the place, not only for the fertilizers and gear, but to visit and check on what's new.
 
In recent years, the business was the site of occasional entertaining music programs, featuring a wide variety of bands. 


 
In 1947, the business was located at 425 N. Columbia Street


 
Taking part in community festivities


 An advertisement from 1918





 
Photo by Google street view


 

 
The Old Feed Store Music Series
 
 
 
 
 
Performing live on stage- The Necessary Gentlemen 

To view videos of the music being performed at Marsolan's



 Photos from their Facebook page








 
For information on the devastating fire, CLICK HERE. 
 
The morning after the fire...

 

 





Memories of Marsolan's

Marsolan's was the place to go
For feed and seed and more
You could search both high and low
And not find a better store

Gardening and farm supply
Was their stock in trade
Suggesting what's best to buy
On every purchase made

Youngsters thrilled to baby chicks
The rabbits and the rest
Hard to choose among the picks
Which birdhouse was the best

The hanging chimes would surely bring
A smile each time they're hit
A golden sound, a lasting ring
A memory exquisite

The chickens clucked as they do
Their antics will be missed,
They laid their eggs right on cue
For tomorrow morn's breakfast

The rows of seeds went on and on
The veggies and flowers too
And don't forget the organic
Is mighty good for you

It was a place to meet a friend
And enjoy the old time songs
The toe-tapping would never end
Where everyone belongs

The music and musician
Meant so much to many
Where everyone joined right in
And fun they had a'plenty

Memories of Marsolan's
Will bring a tear to some
Others will think of bands
That will never get to come

Farmers fed their families
The finest food on earth
From seeds they bought at Marsolan's
And got their money's worth

Many ranchers got their gear
Their livestock feed and more
From the fine people here
At Marsolan's great store

A fond farewell to Marsolan's
Eight decades of service
Brought lots of joy to lots of fans
And you surely will be missed

 Eighty years of helping their
Customers to know
What they needed to begin
To see what they could grow

Spring will always come again
And gardens are what we need
That's why we hope they'll build a new
Marsolan's Feed & Seed
 
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