Sunday, June 10, 2018

Crowd Enjoys History of Columbia St. Businesses

The Covington Heritage Foundation took center stage in the 300 block of Columbia St. in Covington Sunday afternoon, with a variety of presentations aimed at unlocking the mysteries of the legendary main thoroughfare. Approximately 100 persons attended the informative event.

Several historical talks were given, showcasing the history of the St. Tammany Art Association building ( formerly Nichols Toy Store), the Haik Department store, Dependable Glass, and City Drugs (the current location of Roy's Knife and Archery Shop.)

Mayor Mike Cooper was on hand to join with the discussions, and people in the audience offered their own remembrances of the businesses that populated the busy street. H. J. Smith's Sons General Merchandise opened the doors to its museum.

  C. Howard Nichols

Speakers included C. Howard Nichols and Mark Johnson and others connected with the stores being spotlighted. To read about how Nichols has contributed to the writing of St. Tammany Parish history, CLICK HERE. 

The new animated history of Covington was shown at the Art Association house, and a "live shoot-out" was billed to represent the Bossier-Bradley feud of 1899. 

Here are some photographs of the event. Click on the images to make them larger. 

In front of the St. Tammany Art Association building

In front of Dr. Theriot's City Drugs Store

Lanell Theriot, Mayor Mike Cooper, and Lynn Theriot

Mark Johnson, at right, tells about the far-reaching market served by Dependable Glass.

In front of Dependable Glass Works

Carolyn Talley Pearce talks about Haik's Department Store

The Haik's presentation drew a sizeable crowd, with several persons offering their individual memories of shopping at the department store.

The H.J. Smith's Sons Museum was open, starting with some old stagecoach and wagon small scale replicas.

Inside the museum

A display of old brick styles

Residents sharing stories about H.J. Smiths Sons General Merchants

Historian C. Howard Nichols telling of the old Nichols Toy Store

The animated cartoon about Covington history was enjoyed by many.