Thursday, April 30, 2020

100 Years Ago This May 1

What was going on 100 years ago this week? CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer Issue of  May 1, 1920. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

Click on the sample images below to see larger versions.




Ruth Frederick and Philip Burns Wedding



Bush Community News


Clerk of Court has new indexing system in mind


Electric lights for Abita hotel






CHS School Competes At Baton Rouge


Human Voice or Victrola? Hard to Tell the Difference


Society News - Weddings and Visits


Donations to Bogue Falaya Park rebuilding


Victory Farm cattle dipping success publicized

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Masonic Lodge in Pearl River

The Masonic Lodge in Pearl River, LA, was chartered on February 8, 1960. It was called the Pearl Lodge No. 456, Free & Accepted Masons (F&AM)



Here are both sides of a souvenir coin issued for donations for that event.



A Google Street View Photo of the Masonic Lodge

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mandeville Society News Summer 1929

Society news from the Mandeville area was printed in the May 25, 1929, issue of the St. Tammany Farmer newspaper. Click on the image below to make it larger and more readable.  



Monday, April 27, 2020

Victor Doucette Reflections

Several years ago Marian Arrowsmith interviewed Victor Doucette, a retired educator from Slidell. He worked with the St. Tammany Parish Public School System for 33 years as a teacher and administrator, and this portion of his interview deals with the Slidell area in his early years and his educational journey. 

The interview was broadcast on one of the "Reflections" programs produced by the Public School System's educational television channel.

CLICK HERE to see the video interview. 






Slidell News Summer 1929

Here is weekly society news focusing on the Slidell area as printed in the St. Tammany Farmer newspaper on May 25, 1929. Click on the image to make it larger and more readable. 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Alice Twillie Reflections

Several years ago Marian Arrowsmith interviewed Alice Twillie, a retired librarian from Florida Avenue Elementary School in Slidell. A fifth generation native from Slidell, she grew up in the Bayou Paquet area.The interview was broadcast on one of the "Reflections" programs produced by the St. Tammany Parish Public School Systems educational television channel.

CLICK HERE to see the video interview. 




Saturday, April 25, 2020

Madisonville News Summer 1929

Society news from the Madisonville area was printed in the May 25, 1929, issue of the St. Tammany Farmer newspaper. Click on the image below to make it larger and more readable.  

 

Friday, April 24, 2020

100 Years Ago This April 24

What was going on 100 years ago this week? CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer Issue of  April 24, 1920. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.

Click on the sample images below to see larger versions.














Thursday, April 23, 2020

Covington Elementary Dance

Here's a picture of students at Covington Elementary School square dancing in the gymnasium some years ago. Click on the image to make it larger. 


Square dancing was taught in many physical education classes, at various times from elementary through high school. 

See also:

Square Dancing

Square Dancing Club Histories

New Square Dancing Club Organizes in 1973

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Folsom News Summer 1929

Society news for the Folsom area printed in the St. Tammany Farmer newspaper on May 25, 1929. Click on the image to make it larger. 


Monday, April 20, 2020

Lee Ferry Road

Lee Ferry Road started in the middle of Washington Parish, crossed the Bogue Chitto River at Enon, then wound through the hilly pine country before heading straight southward through Barker's Corner towards Covington. It ended at its intersection with Kirkland Street.

A block later it became Kemper street, a two block stretch that is the first cross street when one enters Covington from the east.

Lee Ferry Road eventually became known as Lee Road, and Kemper Street became known as Lee Lane, home to a number of quaint shopping venues.Many legal property descriptions still refer to Lee Road as Lee Ferry Road.

Lee Ferry Road is named in honor of the ferry which helped travelers get across the wide Bogue Chitto River, not General Robert E. Lee as some had come to believe. 

Here are some maps.  


Lee Ferry Crossing on the Bogue Chitto River north of Covington


The Covington Sanborn Map of 1909 shows Lee Ferry Road coming into town


Lee Ferry Road became Kemper Street (as shown in this 1934 map)
 

And Kemper Street became Lee Lane


Google Earth aerial photo of Lee Ferry location

 
Here's a trace in red of Lee Road from Covington to Hwy. 439 in Washington Parish as labelled by Google Maps. Many land ownership maps and records still refer to Lee Road as "Lee Ferry Road."



See also:


 
 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Bogue Falaya River 1920's

Here are some photographs of the Bogue Falaya River in the area of Covington in the 1910's and 1920's. Several of these were taken by noted Louisiana biologist Percy Viosca Jr. Click on the images to make them larger. 







  
  


 

 

This photo shows the Tchefuncte River in 1922 

See also:

Bridges 

Sulphur Springs  

Charropin Beach

Bogue Falaya Park