Sunday, July 1, 2018

This Month In Bossier Parish History

This Month In Bossier Parish History

July: Though out the years

July 1, 1859:  Mr. William H. Scanland arrives in Bossier Parish and published the first issue of the Bossier Banner. He rented the paper's equipment form A.A. Abney, T.M. Fort and B.F. Fort. 

 July 1. 1859: Image of the first "The Bossier Banner" 

Mr. William H. Scanland standing by his printing press
1999.136.034 Abney Dell Scanland -Flynn Collection 

July 2, 1908: Bossier Banner.  Heavy rains and overflow from the Red River causes widespread damage through out Bossier Parish.

c. 1900's J.P Keeth General store in Plain Dealing du
1997.062.013 Bryce Turnley Collection

c. 1900's North of Cotton Belt Rd. in Plain Dealing.
1997.062.045 Bryce Turnley Collection

July 4, 1895: A Fourth of July Baby girl, Mattie Belle, weighing 10 pounds was born to the proud parents of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Scanland. 

c. 1890. William H. Scanland is standing on the porch of their home in Benton holding Mattie Belle, while an older son sits by the steps. 

July 4, 1912: Bossier Banner.  Fourth of July celebration were held in the community of Alden Bridge with a barbecue an dance

 c. 1910. Alden Bridge's Fourth of July dance.
1997.054.119 Bryce Turnley Collection

c. 1910. Alden Bridge's Fourth of July dance. 
1997.054.118 Beulah Findley Collection

July 26, 1967: The Times. Bossier Parish Community College initially started as a pilot program with 13th and 14th the grade levels at Airline High School. The purpose of the program was to determine the feasibility of a two year commuter college. The College held its first class in the fall of 1967 with 101 students, 5 full-time instructors and 3 part-time instructors. 

As of 2016 - 2017 academic year the student population was 6,714. 

Image: Bossier Post; April 7, 2004. The Bossier Parish Community College under construction at the new location off HWY. 80. 

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