Tuesday, July 31, 2018

When Playing Outdoors was the Norm

In the old days, playing indoors was rare and sometimes wasn't even an option. Playing outdoors was the thing to do. In Covington that meant several things, with skating high on the list if (1) one had a pair of skates and (2) one could find a place flat enough to skate. Here's an article from 1979 recalling the days of outdoor play and particularly skating.

See also:

Norma Core, Covington Trailblazer

Monday, July 30, 2018

Farmer Special Edition 1926 - 5

Today's posting on the Tammany Family blog is dedicated to the September 4, 1926, issue of the St. Tammany Farmer newspaper. It was a special edition focused on the progress being made on several fronts, economic development, transportation, and agriculture. Here are a few articles from that issue. Click on the images to make them larger. 


Fine Locations for Industries in St. Tammany

Charter a Schooner for Sailing On The Lake

Strawberries Are A Big Money Crop

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Horseshoes As An Occupation

At one time St. Tammany Parish had enough horses to keep a horse-shoer busy. In fact, there are still enough horses in the parish to keep a horse-shoer busy. 

This article, from about 25 years ago, told the story of one such farrier, Ed Glockner. Click on the image to make it larger.

An advertisement from 1955


Saturday, July 28, 2018

The History of Abita Water

The history of St. Tammany Parish is intricately entwined with its water resources, Lake Pontchartrain, the Rigolets, the Pearl River and the numerous bayous, rivers, and swamps that make up its varied terrain. 

Over the centuries, water has played a major role in scenic beauty, fishing, commerce, trade and recreation, but when it comes to its legendary health-enhancing characteristics, the history of water's influence in the area is nowhere more important than in Abita Springs. 

Here is a history of water and Abita. Click on the text to make it larger.

See also:

Brief History of Abita Springs

Abita Springs History Survey 1980

Abita Springs Water Festival





Friday, July 27, 2018

100 years ago this week

What was going on 100 years ago this week?

World War I news, country home for sale with 20 acres and livestock for $2000, bad news for Trolley railroad line, Abita dance, Society news (lots of names), and some vintage advertisements.

CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer Special Patriotic Edition of July 27, 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.

Bankruptcy Sale of Trolley/Motor Car Railroad


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Heritage Celebration Photos

Here are some additional pictures of the Our Heritage Celebration held at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds in 1986, 1990, and 1994. Click on the images to make them larger. 


See also:

Our Heritage Celebration Memories

The Heritage Celebration Presentation