Saturday, May 30, 2020

St. Tammany Parish Enters Computer Age

The first computer bought and put in operation by St. Tammany Parish  was spotlighted in a January, 1977, edition of the News Banner Newspaper. Click on the image to make it larger.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Seniors Enjoy 1976 Christmas Party

Here's an article from the News Banner newspaper printed in January of 1977.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Front Page News in February, 1915

Here are a few of the top stories from the front page of the St. Tammany Farmer newspaper on February 27, 1915, some 105 years ago. Click on the images to make them larger.

Abita Springs News

Ben Williams School News

News from Bush

Strawberry Crop Doing Well Despite Drought

Fair Association To Reorganize

New Southern Hotel News

New Orleans Team May Train at Covington

Fine Clay Makes Pottery Industry Possible

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The 1981 Senior Class Favorites at CHS

Here they are, the senior class members of Covington High School, 1981, voted outstanding favorites by their classmates. Click on the images to make them larger.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Tea Time

Back in September of 2011 Covington Elementary School second graders Calli Flocke and Abigail Byron enjoyed reading the story “Mr. Poppers Penguins”.  In the story Mr. Poppers enjoys having tea and crumpets at tea time each day. 

Ms. Scherer  decided having tea and crumpets, sugar cookies would be a wonderful experience for her children.  They discussed and charted how their experience was the same and different as Mr. Poppers.  They discussed the difference customs and location  of Mr. Poppers home.  The class also worked on good table conversation and table etiquette.  

A “jolly” good time was had by all.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

CHS Yearbook 1981

From the 1981 Covington High School yearbook come these photos of the Administration, Staff and Faculty. Click on the images to make them larger.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Mandeville Kiwanis Club

Some 44 years ago the Kiwanis Club organized in Mandeville. Here's an article from 1976 telling about that event. Click on the image to make it larger and more readable.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Lakeshore's First Yearbook

Lakeshore High School celebrated its first yearbook distribution and signing party in September of 2011.  Students are always excited to see and sign yearbooks when they are first distributed each year, but these Lakeshore yearbooks from the 2010-2011 school year were the very first ones ever for the new school which had opened up in 2010.

Here are some photos from the distribution event, accompanied by looking, sharing and signing among friends and faculty.

 Pictured above: Cole Freeman, Jamie Hauptmann, Kendall Scheurermann, Makayla Soileau, and Raven Daniels.

Taylor Fournier, Kristen Fayard and  Ashley Zitzmann

Thomas Malborough, Richard Sabatier and Shane Richard

Mrs. Drewes, LHS librarian

 Frank Plia, Jacob Vigh and Sean Ellington

Robbilyn Verges and Ehtan Leger

Chris Gonzalez and Matt Giangrosso

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Food Bank Collections

In 2011, nine years ago, the Fontainebleau Jr. High National Junior Honor Society was active in collection food items for the Covington Food Bank. Pictured are members Christian Thibodeaux, Hannah Campo, Haley Fremin, Catherine Scallon, Abby Shannon, Jordan Cross, and Olivia Najolia.  The NJHS spearheaded the school food drive in conjunction with the Covington Junior Corps 9/11 Food Drive to help benefit the Covington Food Bank.  The FJH community collected over 500 food items.

The following 8th grade students were elected as Officers of the Fontainebleau Junior High National Junior Honor Society for 2011-12.  Shown left to right are  Brittney Freeman, Historian; Blair Kent, Secretary; Whitney Ward, President; Paige White, Vice President; and Abby Shannon, Treasurer.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

High Spirit Day at Clearwood Jr High - 2011

Here are a couple of pictures from Clearwood Junior High in Slidell celebrating High Spirit Day back nine years ago in September of 2011.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Senior Citizen News from 1976

This article appeared in the St. Tammany News Banner on February 4, 1976, sharing the latest news from the Lacombe senior citizen club. Click on the image to make it larger and more readable.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

1970s Krewe of Slidellians Parade

Max Rodriguez Jr. posted a video on Facebook showing a silent 8mm film featuring the Krewe of Slidellians Parade in the early 1970's. This is footage from Front Street near the train station. The man in the beginning is his father, Max Rodriguez Sr, who later became police chief. 

 To view the video of the Krewe of Slidellians Parade, CLICK HERE

Cultus Pearson - The Crab Man of Lacombe

In 2013 Cultus Pearson took to the microphone at a Louisiana Sea Grant presentation and told about his life catching crabs in Lake Pontchartrain. The video of his talk is on YouTube, and a link to view that is presented below. In his talk, he shared his efforts to protect the crabbing industry, the shell dredging challenge and the legislative visits that it involved.


Click on the play triangle above to view the video.

In the description of the YouTube video is the following biographical information:

Cultus Pearson, commonly known as "The Crabman of Lacombe," lived within the Pontchartrain Basin, since the 1930s. He grew up in South Point, La., a small fishing community on the Southshore near Irish Bayou, and learned crabbing from his neighbor.

His father worked as a bridge tender at the south drawbridge of the Southern Railroad, but always supported his sons' fishing efforts. Learning all he could about the habits of blue crabs, Mr. Pearson and his brother created a very successful crab supply business that later included a refined softshell crab process that is still used today.

Mr. Pearson served in WWII as a Sergeant in the Army and was awarded the Bronze Star for service in the South Pacific. After returning from the war he finished high school and earned a degree in Forestry from LSU. He was married to his wife Frances Davis for 63 years and they raised nine children. Mr. Pearson owned a service station in Lacombe and built fiberglass pirogues and lake skiffs while his children were growing up, but continued to crab throughout his life.

He died on February 2, 2020.   

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Aerial Photo of Lacombe 1970

Thanks to NASA, we have this high-altitude photograph of Bayou Lacombe taken in February of 1970. The original was an infrared photo that showed the trees as orange-red, but I have adjusted the hue to make it look like more natural colors. Click on the image to make it larger.