Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A Hundred Years Ago

The Bossier Banner, April 3, 1919
Bossier Parish locals could always depend on The Bossier Banner for local, national, and world news. A Hundred Years Ago today the following articles are a sampling of some of the news that was reported in the Bossier Banner Thursday, April 3, 1919.

“Big Plantation Subdivided.”

“The Steere Construction Company, with headmasters in Shreveport, has nearly completed the work of subdividing the Potter Palmer plantation, located in Bossier Parish, about eleven miles south of Benton, and will place the 20-acre tracts on the market within a week or ten days.”

“Surveyors have been at work making the subdivisions for several weeks. The land, it is said, will be offered for sale at prices ranging from $175 to $200 per acre.”

“From Sunday’s Shreveport Caucasian.”

“The daylight-saving act is effective in the United States since two o’clock this (Sunday) morning. Had Congress not adjourned abruptly, this act probably would have been repealed. There prevails a great diversity of opinion as to its advantages to which the late risers would not subscribe. The putting the clock one hour ahead of the regular time is a transformation of the old adage. ‘Early to bed, etc.’ By suspending business at six o’clock when it is practically only five o’clock gives one hour for greater recreation, but this is neutralized by rising at six o’clock when it is in reality only five o’clock a.m.”

“The Peace Conference.”

“The Allied nations, as represented at the Peace Conference, have decided, through the Commission on Responsibility for the War, upon an international tribunal before which all those charged with responsibility for the beginning of the World War shall be tried, including the late Kaiser of Germany.”

“The committee appointed recently at the Irish Race Convention, held in Philadelphia, which is to ask for Irish self-determination at the hands of the Versailles Conference, sailed for France from New York on the 1st. The three American committeemen are Frank P. Walch, former Chairman of the War Labor Board: Edward F. Dunn, former Governor of Illinois, and Michael J. Ryan, former Public Service Commissioner for Pennsylvania.”

“President Wilson arose during the session of the premiers and military representatives of the Versailles Peace Conference Tuesday and solemnly warned the leaders that peace must be concluded at once, as the people of the world are demanding a conclusion of debate and a realization of things hoped for from the deliberations. He said he was willing to take his share of the responsibility for the delays that have occurred and that the representatives of no one nation are to blame.”

“Retrospective: Fifty Years Ago.”

“The Banner of April 3, 1869-Bellevue.”

“The editor noted that with the current issue the eighth volume of the Banner was begun. The establishment of the Banner antedated the Civil War, but it’s publication was suspended some time after its owner and editor enlisted in the Confederate Army and was not resumed until several months after the close of that conflict. Therefore, while the Banner has only been actually printed during fifty-seven years, it was established nearly sixty years ago.”

Old newspapers are an excellent source of history. Visit the Bossier Parish Libraries History Center at 2206 Beckett Street, Bossier City for your researching needs. We have many resources to offer including old newspapers on microfilm, access to through ProQuest on any library computer or with your personal computer while connected to our Wi-Fi network.

By: Amy Robertson

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