The Downtown Covington Butterfly Garden, donated and maintained by the Clearwater Sanctuary.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
The annual Folsom Spring Plant and Garden Festival was held on at the north end of La. Hwy. 25 in Folsom on April 10, 2021. Click on the images to make them larger.
Friday, April 9, 2021
This group of Catholic Church Clergy and Laymen were guests at a luncheon for persons interested in supporting and promoting a major expansion program for St. Scholastica Academy in Covington back in 1949, some seventy-two years ago.
1. Mayor Emile Menetre
2. Meredith Lyons
3. Dr. Henry Eugene Gautreaux
4. Pete Pravata
5. Louis J. Smith Sr.
6. Charles Morse
7. Lawrence Frederick
8. E.J. Fielding
9. Edward Alba
10. Bryan Burns
11. Theodore Dendinger
12. Brother Cassian (Principal at St. Paul's)
13. George Naquin
14. Guy Deano, Sr.
15. Emmett Hudson
16. Feltus Folkes
17. Louis Ross
18. Hebert Frederick
19. Fr. Stephen Muller, O.S.B., Pastor at St. Peter Church
20. Father O'Meara
21. James Burns
22. Abbot Columban Thuis, O.S.B.
23. His Excellency, Joseph F. Rummel, Archbishop of New Orleans
24. Father Henry Bezou, Superintendent of Catholic Education in New Orleans
25. Oliver Hebert
26. Father Maur Robira, O.S.B
Thursday, April 8, 2021
What was going on 100 years ago this week? CLICK HERE for a link to the St. Tammany Farmer Issue of April 9, 1921. The link is provided by the Library of Congress and its Chronicling America service.
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Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Over the years it has intrigued many Slidell area residents, especially when aerial photos became available showing a perfectly round water pond on the property.
A new fence has been placed around the portion formerly known as Weems', and contractors will soon complete a dwelling for employees, and an artesian well.
The Island, with its splendid live oak trees and expanse of prairie and marsh is naturally a most picturesque place. Mr. Prevost has many co-parish neighbors who wish him success.
Among the persons who frequently take a buggy trip to Salt Bayou to fish,are Misses Olivia and Lena Provost of this ward. St. Tammany Farmer- June 3, 1899.
Prevost Island, comprising about 7000 acres, on which there is one of the finest orange and pecan groves in the country, has been leased by the Pontchartrain Company, composed of Western agriculturalists, with the proviso that the lessees will purchase the property before the end of the year's lease.
The purchase price is said to have been agreed upon between the owner of the property, James Prevost, a local insurance agent and capitalist, and the lessees, is considerable more than $100,000. The lease has about nine months more to run. The lessees propose after purchasing the property to dike the island and reclaim the low portion of it.
The property is about twenty-seven miles from New Orleans. It is two miles from the Louisville and Nashville (railroad), and four miles from the Queen and Crescent Railroad. The property is bounded by Salt Bayou,the Rigolets, Pearl River and Lake Pontchartrain. About 4000 acres of the tract is high land, in an excellent state of cultivation. The rest is marsh land.
The lessees already have put up three new portable houses on the property and in addition to the two residences and three other buildings already there. They have spent a considerable sum in improving the place to meet their ideas. Mr. Prevost, the owner, in the last several Iyears, also has expended a considerable amount on the property now.
As it stands now the property has 3000 pecan trees, of which 200 are bearing. The pecans and oranges grown on the property are considered among the best in the State, and the oranges are said to weigh from ten to eleven pounds more to the box than the ordinary output. Mr. Prevost claims that anything can be grown on the property, and has demonstrated already that rice, Sea Island cotton, sugar cane and other products can be raised on it.
The lessees, who are expert fruit growers, are managing the plantation themselves and market the crops under a special "Prevost Island" brand. The new managers are using a traction engine on the property, which pulls eight gasoline plows, and can plow thirty acres of land per day.
There are five artesian wells, having an average depth of a little more than 200 feet, which give each about eighty gallons a minutes. On the island there are shell and sand banks. In the nursery are 800 small Pecan and 20,000 small orange trees ready to set out. The island is well stocked with cattle, horses and mules. There are 200 Wyandotte and Leghorn chickens, and 100 geese and ducks on the place, and 500 pear and Japanese plum trees.
End of 1911 Article
Prevost Island—Leaving St. Joe, the way lies through a splendid pine forest, good hard road, and then on through stately oaks with clinging moss, lights and shades always a cool spot on the hottest day, passing from swamp to a magnificent pecan grove of over 16,000 trees.
Growing between the trees and over other parts, intensive cultivation is the order of the day, and oats, corn, velvet beans are seen in all stages of growth, and at the proper time harvested by five hundred head of well-bred hogs. The place is owned by Messrs. Geoghagan, of New Orleans.
Mr. George Ciko is manager, and he seems to have a thorough knowledge of hog raising. All the herd have been inoculated by the simultaneous treatment, which renders the hog immune for life from cholera. Labor shortage is felt very keenly here, as in other places, and crops are grown that the hogs can gather, with homemade self-feeders, running water, oiled bathing places, and above all water transportation.
A short run of four hours will place the farm product in New Orleans, and less by rail north. There is in addition some five or six hundred fine, healthy chickens in all stages of growth, five hundred laying hens, five hundred goats and a fine stock of cattle. Mosquitoes are very bad at times, but the stock are protected by screened quarters, have plenty of good hay, etc.
Every kind of up-to-date farming implement is here from the caterpillar tractor that roots up trees and stumps to the small walking plow.
Cultivation among the pecan trees requires careful work, and it is very questionable if the growing of crops like oats do not injure the trees. There are few crops that take more plant food from the soil than oats, and nothing is 'better for the trees than legumes. particularly cow peas. 'the writer has seen such splendid results from growing cow peas in a pecan grove and it is a pity that it is not more widely practiced.
There must be over 150 acres in food crops and it looks like a successful business proposition and may we have more farms like this in the parish.
Want to take an aerial drone tour of Prevost Island, complete with music? CLICK HERE for a YouTube video.