Monday, July 22, 2019

Gibsons Comes To Covington

Back in 1973 the new Gibsons Discount Center opened in Covington, right next to the Bogue Falaya Plaza Mall. 





Nola.com

To see more Bogue Falaya Shopping Center photos and advertisements that were featured on NOLA.com, CLICK HERE.

See also:

 Bogue Falaya Shopping Plaza

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Mandeville Rotary Club

Getting any new community service organization going is sometimes a complicated endeavor. The group of Mandeville area residents interested in starting their own Rotary Club back in 1974 ( some 45 years ago) had a little help, however.

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See also:

Northlake Mandeville Rotary Club

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Winner of Chamber Contest 1982

In June of 1982 the winner of a Covington clean city contest was Steve Reed, center. He is shown being congratulated by city and chamber of commerce officials, from left, Mayor Ernest Cooper, Pat Clanton, Craig Babylon, Carol Jahncke, Walter Reed and Bruce Cornely.


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Friday, July 19, 2019

100 Years Ago This Week

What was going on 100 years ago this week? CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer of July 19, 1919. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

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Madisonville Wins Again


New Train Depot Being Sought




Society News

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Scenes From A Streetcar

In the early 1980's Playmakers Inc. presented "A Streetcar Named Desire" on the local theater stage. Here are some photographs of the actors (and one of the director) going through their paces. Click on the images to make them larger. 










Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Cavendish Portrays McGruff, The Crime Dog

St. Tammany Parish law enforcement officer Winston Cavendish portrayed McGruff, the Crime Dog, many times in the 1980's, helping local citizens "take a bite out of crime." He helped invent the character during a "brain storming" session at a law enforcement conference, and after the costume was decided upon, he put it on many times while promoting community safety programs, as well as providing the voice for the cartoon version of the character. 

Cavendish was quite active in police department community relations work in the 1970's and 1980's, first with the Mandeville Police Department and then with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office. 

Here are a few photographs of Cavendish (as McGruff) with Covington Police Chief Al Strain (left) and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Pat Canulette (right, holding child) in the early 1980's, as well as with President Ronald Reagan. 




McGruff (aka Cavendish) with President Ronald Reagan


Cavendish and friend in 2016
Photo source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook Page



See also:

Voice of the Crime Dog: A Story About McGruff

Cavendish Writes A Book About His Work

Cavendish Gets National Attention

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Pontchartrain Drive - Slidell in 1985

Thirty-four years ago in 1985 I drew a map of Slidell labeling some of the businesses along the major thoroughfares. Here is the section of that map showing Pontchartrain Drive from the Curve Inn down to Eden Isles Blvd. 

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The map was produced for A.G. Crowe, who is now promoting pictorial maps of area communities over at ShopLocalUSA.online

My latest cartoon map of Slidell is located below: 




Monday, July 15, 2019

Oklahoma Comes To Covington

In 1984, some thirty-five years ago, the musical "Oklahoma" came to the local theater stage courtesy of Playmakers Inc.Here are a few scenes from that production. Click on the images to make them larger. 




Sunday, July 14, 2019

Dr. Herbert Cannon

Dr. Herbert Cannon was an important voice in medical matters in St. Tammany Parish in the 1970's, when he ran the parish health unit. 


Those who remembered him tell how he would set a broken arm for three dollars, or in trade for eggs, live chickens and meat from the freezer in return for services rendered. He was widely recognized as "the community's doctor," willing to visit people in their homes in cases of emergency. 

Over in a Facebook post, Mike Pittman said, "In the 1950’s, intestinal worm infestation was common in children in St. Tammany Parish. Through the school system, tin containers were distributed to all children for stool samples. For several years, my father and Dr Cannon worked, through the state health system, to eradicate the problem. The program, and education of the causes, was a success in eliminating this disease process."


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Police Juror Walter Smith

In 1974, Ward Four lost its Police Juror Walter R. Smith Jr., to a heart attack. Here are some news articles about that event and its aftermath. Click on the images to make them larger.





Friday, July 12, 2019

100 Years Ago This Week

What was going on 100 years ago this week? CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer of July 12, 1919. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Lyon High Seniors - 1931

This is the senior class portrait for Lyon High School, 1930-1931. Click on the images to make them larger.



See also:

Lyon High School Commencement Programs 1930's



Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mandeville Harbor - 1974

This picture was published in the Mandeville Banner newspaper back in 1974.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Cartoon Shopping Centers

Here are cartoon maps showcasing shopping centers over in the Slidell area. Click on the images to make them larger,

The Midtown Square Shopping Center is on Gause Blvd. in Slidell, and it has everything a person could ask for: food, wine, music, power tools, haircuts, and gold and jewelry. It's been around for many years.


Meanwhile, over on Fremaux Ave, the Fremaux Town Center shopping area offers quite a few shops with something for everyone. New to the area, Fremaux covers quite a bit of ground. Drawing the map took quite a bit of planning.


Of course, the original "shopping center" of Slidell was Olde Towne, or as it was called in the early days, "town," as in "I'm going to town."


And zooming in even further, there is the old "White Kitchen Shopping Center" on Front Street, which has been extensively renovated and populated with a variety of interesting stores, service parlors, and places to eat.