Jan. 1, 1937
ENGINEERS ORDER LEVEE RIGHT-OF-WAY
District Engineers Push Ring Levee Project at J’ville
Copy of a letter to Mr. D. W. Gibson, levee board member from Catahoula, relative to the building of a ring levee around Jonesville. Letter is from J. W. Summerlin, President of the Tensas Basin Levee Board. Summerlin calls for a meeting on Tuesday, December 29, 1936, for the purpose of taking action in the matter of furnishing right-of-way for the proposed ring levee to be constructed around the town of Jonesville.
“SAYING WHAT WE THINK” COLUMN
Charles A. Phillips, editor of The Booster, mentions that King Edward the Eighth renounced his throne recently. He also mentions the proposed right-of-way for the ring levee around Jonesville saying that the proposed levee is far insufficient for our city and jails to take in all of the present city limits and would bottle our people up in such a small area that there would be no chance for growth.
“The Cheapest Thing You Buy Is Electricity” Ouachita Ice & Utilities
“Mules - Mules, For Sale or Trade” John Knight’s Barn, Sicily Island. Free Truck Delivery
Jan. 8, 1937
LEVEE BOARD WILL PROVIDE RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR RING LEVEE AT JONESVILLE
Mr. Robert Swayze and Miss Ernestine Gill, last week were married in the control room on top of the Black River traffic bridge.
Jan. 15, 1937
B.H.S. PUBLISHES STUDENT PAPER; OFFICERS NAMED
First Copies of “The Bears Growl” Are Distributed This Week
TO COMPLETE BRICK WORK ON NEW SCHOOL BLDG. SOON
Rapid Progress Being Made Now; Foundation and Frame Work in Place
Construction engineers for Tudor & Ratcliff, building contractors, who are erecting the new $90,000.00 high school at Jonesville, told School Board officials this week that with ordinary weather conditions they expect to complete the brick work on the new building within the next thirty days, which will be around February 15th.
The new structure will be equipped with running water and a modern heating plant.
Jan. 22, 1937
FARMER SUPPLY CO. TO HAVE NEW HOME
New Building Will Be Located Across Street from Post Office
Work was started this week by Mr. Bill Harper, local building contractor, preparatory to the building of a new commercial building on Mound Street in front of the post office. This building will house the Farmers Supply Company, local International Harvester Company dealers, and according to information given to press representative by Mr. Dewey Parrish, business manager of the local company, the erection of the new building is estimated to cost approximately $4,000.00.
The new structure, which is being erected on a corner lot, purchased from Mr. Ernest Young, Sr., of Utility, will afford both a front and side entrance and will be forth feet wide by one hundred twenty feet long. The front will be plate glass, with brick venier.
The company expects to be in their new quarters by March 1st.
The Farmers Supply Co. Established in 1934 is composed of the following stockholders: Dewey Parrish, and R. B. Fritz, of Jonesville, and Geo. L. Dillon of Ferriday.
BROWN BROS. REMODELING RETAIL GROCERY DEPT.
Workers Installing Concrete Floor in Grocery; Will Rearrange Shelving
Feb. 5, 1937
LOCAL SAWMILL AND WAREHOUSE BURN LAST WEEK
Fire losses Estimated at Approximately $8,000.00 When C. E. Caskey Mill Burns
Local fire fighters were helpless to extinguish a fire which destroyed the C. T. Caskey sawmill early last Saturday morning, together with the warehouse of A. M. Beard at the foot of First Street on the river front.
Feb. 12, 1937
CAPT. J. W. SWAYZE DIES; LAID TO REST ON LAST TUESDAY
Was Pioneer Citizen of Catahoula Parish and Business Leader in This Section for Years
Funeral services for Capt. J. W. Swayze, 80, who died Sunday at 10:40 p.m., at his residence in Baton Rouge, were held in that city at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Feb.9th.
The deceased was born in Catahoula Parish, Sept. 9th, 1856, and lived in Catahoula practically all of his life until 1924, when he moved to Baton Rouge.
Mr. Swayze was a veteran river man, having been active in the steamboat business, timber business and various other enterprises. He was a civic leader for years and was instrumental in the organization of the Catahoula Bank at Jonesville, of which he was president for a number of years. We are informed also, that it was largely through his efforts and support that the Block High School was first erected in Jonesville and put into operation.
With boat and barges Mr. Swayze was of great service to the people of the low lands during high water periods, and they always found him at their service, willing and able to take them and their livestock to places of refuge.
Feb. 26, 1937
FLOOD CLAIMS FIRST LIFE IN CATAHOULA
Bride of One Month Meets Death in Effort to Save Pig; Boat Overturns
The first loss of life, directly traceable to the 1937 flood in Catahoula Parish, occurred on last Monday when Mrs. Cy Kitchens, a bride of one month, was drowned near her home in the French Fork section, while attempting to save a pig from the same fate.
While placing some hogs on a log raft in order to prevent their drowning in high water, one of them became frightened and jumped into the water. In an effort to get the pig back on the raft Mrs. Kitchen’s boat overturned and she was drowned in about ten feet of water.
March 5, 1937
RIVER NEARING STAND HERE; EXPECT 56 FEET
Water to Crest Approximately 5 Inches Above 1932 Stage; All Highways Closed
Highways leading to Jonesville remained closed to all incoming traffic as The Booster prepared to go to press, although a few people residing in the low lands are still allowed to travel over the Jonesville-Harrisonburg highway. This road, however, is covered with water for several miles and in places is almost impassable, having been badly cut up by the heavy traffic which poured over it in a steady stream for more than a week after it was covered in many places by the flood.
“SAYING WHAT WE THINK” - COLUMN
The flood through which we are passing offers a fine example of what an adequate levee system around Jonesville would mean to local people.
With a levee surrounding Jonesville and embracing several square miles in area, Jonesville would be in position to offer a place of refuge to the people of the lower river sections, together with sample pasture for livestock, and business would continue very much as usual.
March 12, 1937
PARISH SCHOOLS TO OPEN MONDAY WEEK, MARCH 22
Schools Closed on Account of High Water to Resume Work After 3 Weeks
BACK WATER IS FALLING RAPIDLY IN LOW-LANDS
Highways Are Being Opened to Traffic Between Harrisonburg, Jonesville, Ferriday
March 26, 1937
300 HOGS SURVIVE BACKWATER BY LIVING IN TREES
Catahoula Residents Finds Profitable Way of Protecting Hogs from Flood Waters
A tree full of hogs is probably a sight no one ever expected to see, but to people in the Island Bayou section of this parish it became commonplace during the recent flood.. In fact, the sight was not confined to one tree alone, but to several, and they were really full of hogs, reminding one of a tree full of black birds, according to Mr. Leon Kirby, local tick eradication official, who say the sight himself.
Mr. Dick Trisler, of Island Bayou, was responsible for this very unusual sight. When the high water began to encroach on his hog range and it became evident that he would have to find some place of refuge for them if they were to be saved from drowning.
He decided to build scaffolds in a number of trees near his place and place the hogs in them above danger of the flood.
April 16, 1937
DRY FORCES WANT ELECTION TO DECIDE QUESTION ON LIQUOR
Rev. Miley Addresses Letter to Booster on Question of Prohibition in Catahoula
R. E. WEBBER ADDS NEW DEPARTMENT TO STORE HERE
Variety Store and Light Hardware is Added to Line Handled
Located in C. F. Farrar Building
April 23, 1937
Front page has the 3rd local picture. It is of the B.H.S. Graduates Attending College.
They are listed as: Fred Yancy, Jr. Howard Wright, Jr., Elizabeth Spencer, Wedon Smith, Effie Elaine Young, Robert Scott, H.P. Wheeler, Jr. Lillian Young, Bernice Arnaud, Neva Thelma Forman, Wille Stroud, Sibyl Wurster Rosa Geraldine Snyder, and Lois White. Other graduates not in the picture are: Doris Kirby, Dorothy Kirby, Reece Breithaupt and Kelly Breithaupt.
MILK COWS BY ELECTRICITY IN LOCAL DAIRY
Electric Milker Makes for Sanitation in Dairy Barn; Power is Aid to Farmers
The Roseland Dairy, located just south of Jonesville, owned and operated by Mrs. J.A. Wurster, has just recently installed such equipment and it is working very satisfactorily.
May 7, 1937
SEWER SYSTEM FOR JONESVILLE IS BEING CONSIDERED
Mayor Foster Authorized to Seek Permission of State Tax and Bond Board for Bonds
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen took up the matter of the installation of a modern sewerage system in Jonesville with the project to be under PWA supervision.
A tentative estimate of the cost was $28,000.00 and if approved by PWA officials the federal government would contribute 45 percent making the cost to the Town of Jonesville approximately $16,000.00.
It was the opinion of Mayor Foster and certain other members to the council that it would not be necessary to collect additional taxes and that the present revenue of the town would be ample to take care of the expenditure.
May 14, 1937
JOHN A. SNYDER, LOCAL MERCHANT DIES VERY SUDDENLY ON TUESDAY
Deceased Was Widely Known and Death is Severe Shock to His Many Friends
NEW OFFICE BUILDING
Dr. Levy Nearing Completion on First Street
The new building being constructed this week on First Street, and which joins the C. F. Farrar Building, occupied by R. E. Webber, has a very dressy appearance, the front being constructed of brick and the back and side walls being constructed from sheet iron.
According to Mr. C. F. Farrar, who owns the property, the new building is being constructed especially for Dr. M. L. Levy, of Shreveport, who is expected to take up residence here within a short time.
The construction work has been under the direction of Mr. Bill Russell, local building contractor.
May 21, 1937
Takes Up Residence in Jonesville; Will Have Office in New Building
Dr. M. L. Levy, formerly of Shreveport, has taken up residence in Jonesville and will practice medicine here. Workmen have been at work constructing a new building between Yancey Brothers Drug Co., and R. E. Webber’s grocery, which the doctor will use as an office and place of residence as soon as it is completed.
June 25, 1937
SHIPMENTS BRING OVER $5,000 TO JONESVILLE
Fills Farmers’ Pockets, Rids Countryside of Debris
Scrap iron by the ton has been shipped from Jonesville --- to take “plow shares and mould them into swords” for Oriental countries, and as some have said old automobile frames and broken pieces of iron are being shipped away to be “shot back at us”.
But according to C. E. Foster, agent for the La. & Ark. Railroad here, a great amount of the scrap iron being shipped from Jonesville is going to Youngstown, Ohio, where it will be used in the manufacture of steel products right here in the United States. About 1/3 of the scrap iron loaded here has been sent to Mobile, Alabama, for export, another 1/3 to New Orleans and the remainder to Ohio.
Mr. Foster said a total of 595,000 pounds of scrap iron has been shipped from Jonesville.
It is estimated that approximately $5,000 has been spent in Jonesville for scrap iron, labor in hauling the iron and rent on trucks, gasoline and other incidentals.
While much of this scrap iron will be used for munitions, great portion of it will be used in the manufacture of various products and shipped back to America to compete with American goods.
Japan has paid America to clean up its highways even though it is defeating America in the manufacture of cheap merchandise.
July 9, 1937
JONESVILLE HAS NEW CHEVROLET DEALER
Carload of New Automobiles Unloaded this Week, Another to Arrive Next Week
Jonesville has been chosen as the site for a new Chevrolet dealership, which has already been set up in the old C. W. Yancy store building on Mound Street, which was occupied until recently by the Farmers Supply Co., before they moved to their new home at the corner of Second and Mound.
The new business is under the personal management of Mr. V. R. Purvis.
FARMERS SUPPLY CO. ERECTING NEW FILLING STATION ON MOUND ST.
Two Automatic Gasoline Dispensers Have Been Installed; Will Open Soon
It is being erected principally to accommodate their farmer friends and when completed it will be found as modern as anything in this section, with concrete drive-in, free air and water service, two automatic gasoline dispensing pumps, rest rooms and accessory department.
No official announcement has been made but it is understood that Wilbur Knight, now employed by Foster Knight Motor Company, will have charge of the new place.
Purvis Chevrolet Company
V. R. Purvis, Manager
Located in C. W. Yancey Store Building
July 20, 1937
BUILDING NEW HOME
Mound Street Near home of Lee Arnold
A new home is being erected on Mound Street in the vicinity of the newly erected home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Arnaud, and will be occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Barney Atkins. The new structure, according to Mr. Atkins, will include five rooms and a bath, and is being erected by Bill Russell, local contractor.
August 6, 1937
NEW RESTAURANT WILL OPEN ON MOUND STREET
Building Now Under Construction; Expected to Be Ready in About Three Weeks
A new building is being erected on Mound Street adjacent to the Catahoula Bank, which we understand is being built for a restaurant, and will be operated by Mr. and Mrs. Bob Butler.
The new building is being erected of brick veneer and is on the property of the Jonesville Building Supply Co.
Delmel gas is being installed in the new restaurant and the place will be equipped with most modern fixtures, according to Mr. Butler.
August 13, 1937
JONESVILLE TO HAVE SCHOOL BAND FOR 1937-1938 TERM
According to Prof. Frank Mc Kay, Music Director for Catahoula Parish schools, a movement is on foot for the organization of a high school band here for the coming scholastic season, and which is expected to become a regular study each year in the future.
August 20, 1937
SNAKE BITES LOCAL MAN
On Hand, But Proves to Be Non-Poisonous Variety
Excitement reigned in the “Casino Poco”, local night club operated by Mr. S. L Marvin, Tuesday night when a pet snake became angered and struck Mr. Marvin on the hand and also attacked another man who was present.
September 3, 1937
BUILDING NEW RESIDENCE IN JONESVILLE ON FIRST STREET
New Building Will Be Modern Town House; To Be Completed in Short Time
A new residence building is going up this week on First Street, adjacent to the home of Mrs. H. S. Bennett, and is being erected for Mr. W. R. Mophet.
We understand that the new building will be a modern town house with five rooms and a bath, and will be equipped with running water and electricity.
Opposite Catahoula Bank
October 1, 1937
Wanted, names, MEN under 26 who are willing to work for $75.00 a month while training to become aviators or ground mechanics. One year’s training given by U. S. Air Corps.
Flying Intelligence Service.
October 8, 1937
W. P. FOSTER ATTENDS AUTOMOBILE SHOW IN NEW ORLEANS
Local Automobile Man Says Many Improvements to Be Offered in New Models
W. P. Foster, mayor and owner-manager of the Foster Motor Co., of this place, is back from a trip to New Orleans, where he went to attend a preview of 1938 model automobiles.
October 15, 1937
YOUNG COUPLE IN SURPRISE MARRIAGE
According to friends they decided to be married late Saturday night while in attendance at the “Casino Poco”, nightclub at the foot of the Black River Bridge, across from Jonesville.
The marriage was performed in the romantic setting of the nightclub with Rev. Chas. Fairbanks having charge of the nuptial ceremony.
October 22, 1937
THE QUEEN OF BLOCK HIGH SCHOOL AND HER ATTENDANTS
Local picture in article
Selected to rule over the activities during the 1937-1938 session. Miss Alyne Ledford, crowned Queen. Her attendants are: Miram Yancey, Rose Mary Wurster, La Vernge Phillips, and Betty Owen.
December 17, 1937
FIRE AT HARRISONBURG DESTROYS NEWSPAPER PLANT
Store Housed in Same Building also Destroyed; Paper Being Published at Jena
Mrs. C. E. LAZARUS ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NEW STORE
Store Building Recently Erected in Lower End of Town
Mrs. C. E. Lazarus announced that she has opened a new place of business which is located on the cross street in the rear of the W. C. Stroud & Co. Wholesale grocery.