“The Bossier Parish Police Jury this week begins the publication of its intention to issue bonds to defray the cost of constructing a new Parish Jail, to be erected in Benton at a cost of between $18,000 and $24,000. The initial step in this matter was taken by the jury at its meeting, held Tuesday of last week, when the Parish Health Officer, Dr. C. H. Irion, informed the jurors that the present jail has become so unsanitary that he would condemn it at once, unless steps to remedy the condition existing are taken.”
|Dr. C.H. Irion; Scanland collection, 0000.004.013|
“Since the jury’s action became known citizens of Bossier City, who favor removal of the parish seat to the city, have voiced their objections to the building of a jail at this time. They hope to secure the delay of construction until such time as a vote on the renewal proposition can be had. This course of action was decided on at a meeting of the newly organized Association of Commerce, held Monday night, at the Bossier City Town Hall.”
“A committee of ten, named at the time by Homer T. Cox, president of the association, headed by J. M. Emmons, called on the Mayor, Tom Hickman, and succeeded in getting him to summon the Town Council into a special session, at which meeting the use of the Bossier Jail was extended to the parish, with the stipulation that the parish defray cost of food and medical attention for its prisoners.”
|Mayor Thomas Hickman; Stella Stokes collection, 1997.042.055|
Even in 1936 the question of the location of the parish seat of Bossier was still an issue. It was not until 1969 that Bossier Citizens voted to build a new court house. Find out more about all the court houses that Bossier has had by visiting the Bossier Parish Libraries History Center.
By: Ann Middleton