Saturday, August 1, 2020

This Month in Bossier Parish History

August: Through the years

Aug. 1902:  Benton was incorporated

Bellevue, Louisiana
14 Aug 1902

W. Benton Boggs became the first mayor of Plain Dealing on April 5, 1890.   He was also a founder and the 1st president of Plain Dealing's first Bank, and he later became a state senator.
1997.062.332 Turnley Collection
Old Jailhouse at side of old Benton Courthouse.
1968: Map of Benton.
2005.006.001: Jennings article

Aug 4, 1951:  In Memory of Rev. John J. Harris (1887 - 1951)

Aug. 15, 1966: Bossier city's first link to I-20 was near completion. 

The Shreveport Journal
15 Aug 1966
June 19, 1962  I-20 Bridge Construction

Aug. 26, 1920: 100 years ago today 
              · Mr. W.E. Swindle secured a contract for the Heifner school building
              · About everyone has gone fishing
              · Mr. Tom Stinson was reported on the sick list
This picture of students and instructors of the Heifner School at Chalybeate Springs was taken in approximately 1900. It was submitted by Jean Barr whose mother, Ruth Heifner Brown; grandfather, Charles Andrew Heifner; and grandmother, Alice McLemore Heifnes; are all pictured: Front row, left to right, Robert Malone, Sammy Malone, Dayton Rodgers, "Dec" Charles Wright, A.S. "Dick" Wright, Mamie Malone Covington, Treebie Barnette, Lula Malone Morgan, Pearl Johnston Hudson (holding Fannie Mae Heifner), Ruth Heifner Brown, Lilla Daws Davis, Ottalee Heifrier DeMoss (holding Clotile Rodgers,) Bessie Barnett DeMoss; second row, left to right, Joe Rodgers, Willie Johnston, Harvey Malone, Henderson Brock, Jenny Brock, Letha Brock Collins, Viola Allen Caraway, Alena Rodgers Montgomery, Vera Rhodes; Auri Mae Rhodes, Maggie Nabors Turnley, Leora Nabors, Jim Johnston; third row, left to right, Charley Heifner, Ruby, Rodgers, Emma Daws DeMoss, Eleanor Allen Gleason, Zuma Malone Chamlee Gilford Wright, Gid Robertson, Abner Heifner, Dan Rodgers, unidentified, Johnnie Walker; Dallas Allen, Alice McLemore Heifner, Mrs. Cora Coile; fourth row, left to right; Jeff Malone, Wash Malone, Mattie Malone, Nancy Brock, Pearl Barnett, Professor Jess Cheshire, Pauline ' Allen Wingate, Frankie Lester Malone, Bertie Barnett and Mary Rodgers Sprouce.
2003.026.134  Corley Collection 

C.1950’s: Vara (Farrington) and Marie (Roberson) fishing at Crawford Camp.
1999.141.051 Hart Collection 

C.1910’s. Thomas W.W. Stinson was the third generation Stinson to live in Bossier, but the first born here. His father, Robert, established the Rough and Ready Plantation that is still owned by the Stinson Family. T.W.W. Stinson was primarily a farmer and rancher, but was also a founding member of the first public school in Benton in 1890 and served on the Levee Board in 1900.
0000.004.010 Scanland Collection 

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