Saturday, May 1, 2021

This Month In Bossier Parish History

 May: Though the Years

May 5, 1921; Weekly news from 100 years ago.

  •       Ben Keeth was an appreciated caller at the Bossier Banner office.

1906: J.P. Keeth General Merchandise Store. 
South Cotton Belt Street. 
"Cheap General Merchandise Store $1.00 cash for 75c "  
"Located in area of Otasco about 1906 Plain Dealing, La."
To right of Keeth store is the J.A. Mitchell Hardware store.
Left to right J.T. Manry, ? , Benton Boggs, J.T. Dudney, 
boy in front of stool is A.B. Turnley, 
boy with leg crossed is J.B. Turnely, 
unknown, Phill Haskins, A. Dudney.
1997.062.105 Turnley Collection

  •  The switchboard at the local telephone exchange is now in charge of Mrs. Myrtis

C.1900’s:  Plain Dealing telephone operator for Plain  Dealing Telephone Company.  
Her name is Annie Bell.
1997.062.165 Turnley Collection

  • Mr. Will Manry hurt his arm while cranking the motor of a six-cylinder automobile. 

 C.1920’s: Members of the Manry, Banks & Wheeler Families donated by Mary Wheeler Corley.
2003.026.011L  Corley Collection

May 18, 1984: Justin Wilson (1914-2001),  was a Southern American chef and humorist known for his brand of Cajun-inspired cuisine, humor and storytelling helps kick off the summer program.  While at the Bossier City/Central Branch, he read his book “Justin Wilson’s Cajun Fables” to the children and autographed books.   program at the library may 18 1984
Justin Wilson Program, Bossier Parish Libraries Central Branch, 1984
He was known for the catchphrase, "I gar-on-tee!" (I guarantee). 

May 18, 1984: Justin Wilson Program, Bossier Parish Libraries Central Branch

The Times
19 May 1984 

May 22, 1953:  Bossier City was the 10th largest city in the sate of Louisiana. 

The Shreveport Journal
22 May 1953

Aerial view of Bossier City, showing Red River, Texas Street bridge, railroad bridge, Barksdale Blvd in "old downtown" Bossier City, and Bossier High School. 

May 29, 1884: Bossier Parish Medical Society was organized
The Bossier Banner
29 May 1884

Dr. Elisha J. Hall of Bossier Parish.
2005.007.002Hall Collection

1920-1930’s: Mr. Cecil Kelly,  grandfather of Patrick Boggs, in his pharmacy at Stamps, Ark.  Mr. Kelly moved to Plain Dealing in 1931 and went into business with Dr. Bell.
1997.109.001 Boggs Collection

C.1900’s: Dr. Paul Lawrence is shown standing with his family in front of his south Haughton home. From left to right are T. Humphrey Lawrence, Mary Lawrence (sister to Paul), Dr. Paul Lawrence, Eva Lawrence, Myrtis Lawrence, Mary Haughton Lawrence (wife of Paul), Sudye Lawrence (youngest of nine children), and Lucille Lawrence.
1999.089.003 Cardin Collection

1915: Dr. Sidney Gardner when he practiced medicine.  Dr. Sidney Gardner was killed June 1917.
2000.071.089A     Watson Collection

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