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Greetings,  I lived in the Minden Hotel with my father and family in 1954-1957.  I would really like to see a picture of that place.  I was a small child of 3-6 years old, and I would really like to see it again.  


Mike Allison

 Would appreciate it if someone would snap a picture and send it to us.

002 on our left, serving punch, Mrs. Ed Wroten,

on our right, serving cake, Mrs. John David, Sr. taken at the

wedding of Joy Garriss and Roy Connell Photo by Mattingly


On our left, Mrs. John David, Sr, middle - Alma Newman Garriss

on right - Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Garriss  

Supt. 03, 1955 Parkway Baptist Church


002 on our left, serving punch, Mrs. Ed Wroten,

on our right, serving cake, Mrs. John David, Sr.

003 on our left, Mrs. John David, Sr, middle - Alma Newman Garriss

on right - Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Garriss

I think these will crop nicely, but in case she was using the whole photo, she would havae the pertinent information.

Submitted by Joy Garriss Connell, Class of 1955


This is in David pharmacy. starting from the left.... John Thomas David Jr.... Yvonne Ross David... John Thomas David Sr.  his wife.. Irma David.. Dina David Mauphin.. .Johnny Ross David

Submitted by Lizzy David Williams

Broadway Street is the extension of Main Street in Minden right after you pass the Business District.

From left: Sallie Hutton(Sentell) front row, behind her, Sister Juliet Hutton Rathbun,middle child: Katie Drew then Gertrude Alsobrook far right I am not sure, could it be Gertrude’s sister, Rolene. It may not But I don’t think it is Mrs. Jean Hinton, please advise. Mrs. Alsobrook was always such a kind person and wonderful teacher.

Submitted by Tom Carey
















Marianne Colvin and Joyce Dulany walking down Main Street around 1952

DSC01144 - Dinah David Maupin, class of 1965, Owner of the Blossom Shop

Compliments of Archives and Special Collections LSU - Shreveport 

One University Place, Shreveport, La. 71115-2399

  Minden, Louisiana, Once voted the cleanest City in the USA 

This article was  taken the Minden Press-Herald

Compliments of John Agan

Webster Parish Historian

Thursday, November 20, 2003 John Agan has identified merchants of Minden the way they looked through the insurance maps. Mr. Agan  is the official Webster Parish Historian See the pictures under his articles.

A look at Minden through insurance maps

One fascinating way to recreate an image of a community in a past time is through the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps. By seeing the kinds of businesses and their locations you get a glimpse of the way of life in a town. When you view a series of maps, the changes are almost a narrative of change and progress. Through the kindness of a friend, I was recently given the chance to access a database containing digitized images of these maps. The collection included 8 maps for Minden, from the years between 1885 and 1927. While the digitized images do not retain the color codes that allow you to ascertain the details of a structure, they do give the outline of the various buildings in the business area of the community and information about the size and in some cases the type and owners of businesses. I am planning on doing at least two columns discussing some of the interesting information I have found on these maps. In today's Echo of Our Past I'm going to talk about the four oldest maps. These maps were made in August 1885, July 1892, January 1898, and July 1903. I hope you find some of the details as fascinating as they were to me.

The 1885 Sanborn map for Minden consists of a single sheet, showing the business district from present day Murrell Street to present day Pine Street, along with the homes located immediately adjacent to the district along Union, Pearl, Putnam, and Monroe Streets. I had never been aware of the largest single enterprise shown in downtown Minden on the 1885 fire insurance map. Located in the area bounded by Dixie, Gleason Murrell and Broadway was the Chaffe and Manley Foundry. Contained in this complex were a machinist and carpenter's shop, the foundry and a cotton gin. Of course the purpose of these maps was to detail the fire risk in a community and a note is made that the Chaffe and Manley firm's property was "uninsurable" as it had no watchman or fire apparatus. Across Broadway, or South Street as it was labeled, was the livery stable of T. H. Carter, this business fronted on Main, or North Street, at approximately the present location of the Tru Tone Hearing Aid Center, just north of the junction of McDonald and Main Streets. Although zoning laws did not exist in those years is interesting that similar businesses often group together, as across North Street from the Carter stable was the Livery Stable of Christopher Chaffe.

On the approximate site of today's Woodard-Walker Insurance Agency was Minden's largest hotel, the Reynolds Hotel. A public lodging house of some kind had been on this site since the 1850s and one of the interesting changes on the different maps is the different owners who would attach their name to this particular structure. Just west and across the street from the hotel, on the corner of North and Monroe was the local telegraph office, which, according to the map labels, also sold "soda water." Just to the west of the telegraph office was the largest building in Minden, the five-year-old Goodwill Building. At the time it housed only the mercantile interests of Captain Alfred Goodwill, but the single firm occupied five storefronts on the north side of the street.

Moving down past its intersection with Union Street, North and South streets melded into a single street, 240 feet wide, labeled South Broadway. The only structure then standing in what is today the "middle ground" between Main and Broadway was the original Webster Parish Courthouse, which stood in the area occupied by today's Hibernia Bank and adjacent parking lot. Across the street from the Courthouse, perhaps where the authorities could keep an eye on the business, was a combination billiard parlor and saloon, on the site of today's Byrd's Floor Coverings. At the extreme western end of the business district, at the corner of Pine and South Broadway, was the Chaffe's Drug Store, which also housed the Minden Post Office. Of particular interest on the map are the public wells, located about 5 feet from the sidewalks in the street. Such wells were located in three locations in front of what are today the Miller Building, Quade's Studio and Hog Heaven. Of interest are the six vacant stores in the downtown business district. In 1885, Minden was still recovering from being bypassed to the south by the Vicksburg, Shreveport, and Pacific Railroad. Even though the "tap railroad" between Minden and Lanesville (Sibley) would be completed that year, Minden's economy was somewhat depressed. The six stores vacant in 1882 were the most indicated on any of the maps, even those from later years when there were quite a few more business structures in our town.

The second map in the series reflected downtown Minden in July 1892. In the seven years since the earlier map, times had improved. Only a single vacant storefront was shown on the 1-sheet map. A new business had emerged on today's corner of Murrell and Main, a blacksmith shop, which was operating in competition with another blacksmith shop, located two doors down, just beyond the still open Carter's Livery Stable. Christopher's Chaffe's Livery Stable was also still in business, although he and his partner had sold the Foundry and Gin, now labeled as the J. M. Robinson Foundry, which was still uninsured. Although the map was only a single sheet, an insert reflected the newest commercial concern in Minden, the Webster Cotton Compress. That structure was of course located on what is today the corner of Sibley Road and Dennis Street. The later buildings of that enterprise still remain as the company founded by Samuel Webb, the inventor of the Webb Cotton Compress, and his brother Robert Webb operated well into the twentieth century. A noticeable omission on the map of 1885 was any building labeled as a bank. On the 1892 map, the Bank of Minden is shown, in the same location where it remained throughout its existence, the site of today's Holland-Crawford Insurance building. However, based on the outlines of the building, it appears that the structure housing the bank was much smaller than the present edifice. The local telegraph office had relocated into the area of the present-day law offices of Campbell, Campbell and Marvin, Attorneys. The post office remained in the Chaffe Drug Store.

By January 1898, the time the next Sanborn map was made, Minden had grown to the point where she needed a two-page fire insurance map. However, economic times were not as good, based on the four vacant storefronts in the business area. The downturn is understandable when you realize that during the years between the making of this map and the 1892 map, our nation experienced the Panic of 1893 and North Louisiana suffered the historic drought of 1894-1895. Among the casualties of that time seems to be the Carter Livery Stable, which is not shown on this map, apparently not only did the business close, but the structures were also removed. Across the street Christopher Chaffe's stable was still in operation. The Reynolds Hotel had been renamed the Taylor Hotel, the first business venture of the beloved local innkeeper, Jacqueline Taylor. The local telegraph office has once again moved and was now located directly across the street from the Taylor Hotel, on what is today the parking lot of the Minden Medical Center. The J. M. Robinson Foundry and Gin remained in operation on South Street and for the first time, a name is given to the street running to the east of the property. The mapmakers call the street, Gin Street. However, they do note that the name has been arbitrarily assigned by them to the roadway. Today we know that street as Murrell Street, although there is still some uncertainty as to the origins of that name. The street ended at the home of Drury Murrell, who pronounced his last name with the accent on the final syllable. Tradition holds the street was named for his family, even though the historic pronunciation of the street accents the first syllable of the name in the manner of the family of Isaac Murrell, who was not related to Drury and lived on the corner of Spann and Pennsylvania. By the way, the foundry still did not have a watchman or fire equipment and remained uninsured.

By 1892, the post office had relocated to a building on North Street near the site of today's Main Street Antiques, so long the site of the City Drug Store. Two large new store buildings had been constructed in the years between 1892 and 1898, both of those buildings, the Drake Building and the Crichton Hardware building, are still standing today. The Bank of Minden building still standing today appears on the map for the first time, suggesting it was built at the same time as the adjoining Drake Building. The map no longer shows the public wells in the streets, although newspaper accounts from earlier in 1898 describe them as still in place. Perhaps they were no longer being used for fire fighting purposes and thus are no longer reflected on the map, or the wells might have gone dry during the extended drought. However, the presence of as many as three functioning wells in a three block area of today's Main Street might be a clue to some of the street maintenance and drainage problems experienced in the downtown area over the years.

By the time of the next map, July 1903, boom times have hit Minden. The Sanborn map now stretches to 4 pages. All of page 4 and a large section of page three are taken up with the property of the Minden Lumber Company, which came to town in 1901. After the lumber mill arrived the population of Minden nearly doubled and other industries opened near the mill and along the new tracks of the Louisiana and Arkansas Railroad. These new properties, including the L&A Depot, the Minden Cotton, Oil and Ice Company and the Minden Brick Company, are the other structures shown on page 3 of the map. Downtown Minden is split onto pages one and two and many changes are shown. The Robinson Foundry was out of business, although the buildings remained in place, but vacant. So apparently the uninsurable state of the facility didn't cause its demise. Christopher Chaffe's livery stable was still operating and he had a new neighbor on a site surrounded by his family's property, the Minden Baptist Church. The church was occupying its first brick structure, located on what is now the front parking lot of the Minden Medical Center, a building better known to longtime Mindenites as the old Rex Theater. Across the street from the church, the hotel's name had changed to the McCrary Hotel. Further down the street, the telegraph office had relocated into a building on the longtime site of Fort's Newsstand, today Radcliff's Insurance, and shares the building with a bottling works.

In 1903, the Goodwill Building housed the Minden Post Office in its easternmost store front, while a bank had been opened in the western end of Goodwill's structure. Down the street, Goodwill's monopoly on the local funeral business seems to have been challenged as an undertaker's parlor stood on the approximate site of the Imperial Hotel building. On what old-timers know as "Back Street" a livery stable had opened in what is today the front parking lot of the Minden Civic Center. Across the wide street, a foundation had been poured for the building still standing today as the Woodard Building, just across the alley from Crichton Hardware. Two new hotels appeared on the map as the first commercial structures emerged between Pine Street and the railroad tracks. On the corner of northwest corner of Pine and Main was the Minden Hotel; the building will remain in that area (albeit moved slightly down Pine Street) until it is torn down in the late 1950s. Near the old Parker Buick/Harper Motors was the new Taylor Hotel, the better-known business locale of Jacqueline Taylor (the park across the street from this site, where our town gazebo sits is named in her honor). Another addition to the downtown area was the new St. Anne's Catholic Church. The church, which was destroyed in the tornado of May 1, 1933, sat where Jack Slaid's law office is located today.

So, there are a few glimpses at the face of Minden in our past. In the next few weeks I will be covering the other Sanborn maps and the Echoes of Our Past they reveal.

John Agan is a local historian and adjunct instructor at Bossier Parish Community College. He also works in the Louisiana and Genealogy Section of the Webster Parish Library and is a published author. His column appears Fridays in the Minden Press-Herald.


    Compliments of Don Gardner












Maddry Drug Work Counter

     Submitted by: Quade Photography

Lydia Pinkham
Blackdraught syrup
Carter little liver pills
Cream of tartar
campho phanauque






Title: Hadacol Boogie
Artist: Bill Nettles
He only had one hit (the title song, a Top 10 country classic from ’49), but this Louisiana-born boogie man was revered and covered by giants like

 Gene Autry, Roy Acuff, Jimmie Davis and more.

 As a small child I took Hadacol for a while for anemia.  I liked it but then Mother realized it had alcohol (heaven forbid!!) in it and I never saw it again.        

It seems that James told me years ago that there used to be a Maddry's Drugs on "Back Street".   

Linda Holt Moorehead

Bill Nettles and The Dixie Blue Boys recorded "Hadacol Boogie" in 1949.

Earlene Mendenhall Lyle


 Senator Dudley J. LeBlanc of Louisiana invented Hadacol!!!  Linda, I wonder if the Maddry Drug on back street was related to

 A. J. Maddry on the Homer Road?  Notice the old car in the picture. Did any of you ever drink an orange squeeze or a jax in Minden?

Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh











Compliments of La. Archives and Special Collections LSU

 Shreveport, 1 University Pl. Shreveport, La. 71115-2399

Does anyone recognize the large home next to this store?

PA2748 A. H. Maddry Store, Homer Road in Minden in 1925






















I like all the old pictures of our area. This is an old picture of my grand-daddy's Nash dealership that he opened in 1950.

 It was located on hwy 80 in the curve before you get to the Webster school. The building is still there and I believe a Mr. Potter owns it.

 Oh, his name was Nelson J. Pevy.

Jeffery Pevy









Compliments of Don Gardner










Compliments of Archives & Special Collections - LSU - Shreveport

One University Place, Shreveport, La. 71115-2399

















Chaffe's Stage Coach

Compliments of Archives & Special Collections - LSU

One University Place, Shreveport, Louisiana 71115-2399

The Rex was located before Fort's newstand  going toward South Broadway






















Compliments of  Quade Studio, 513 Main St., Minden, La.




















The Rex Theatre was located further down North Broadway during the
thirties. It later became the Tower. Sullivan's dress shop is on the left.
A sandwich shop or concession stand was on the right. To the far right
was the entrance to the balcony.                                                                 

 Quade Studio



















Compliments of La. State University Archives & Special Collections La. State University - Shreveport, La. One University Place, Shreveport, La. 71115-2399.

P3004 Minden Express Ofc. Minden, La. 1920 F-307

Air Express Delivery boy is standing in front of the delivery office about 1920. This site was later the home to Fort's Newstand, a Minden landmark for half a century. In the background is the 1902 First Baptist Church building which was later converted into the Texas Theater. See a more recent view of Fort's newstand below.




















During the eighteen eighties a wagon from the Excelsior Steam Laundry of Shreveport

picks up a load of laundry in downtown Minden.

Compliments of La. Archives and Special Collections LSU - Shreveport, 1 University Pl. Shreveport, La. 71115-2399




















This sign is under the Arizona Ash on Broadway

St. just across the street from the Civic Center.

                 Compliments of Ann Mays Harlan                         



















Minden Homecoming Parade

Compliments of Bernard McCoy
















This is the hotel that sold the delicious blue plate specials

Imperial Hotel

From the MHS Grig

















Main Street - Looking at the old pool Hall building. .






























Citizens Bank & Trust Company

704 Main Street

National Register of Historic Places

Erected in 1910 as the Bank of Webster

Renovated and occupied 2001

Contractor - McInnis Brothers Construction, Inc.

Architect - Ballard & Associates, Inc.  

The principal architectural feature is its monumental style in antis Ionic facade, which culminated in a classical shaped parapet with a central bas-relief eagle inscribed in a wreath.The building is locally significant in the area of architecture as a very superior example from among a limited number of historic commercial buildings in Webster Parish.  It is the only building in Webster Parish to feature high style neo-classical articulation.  It is the only commercial use of freestanding columns and use of a full entablature.

Submitted by: Ann Mays Harlan December 2, 2002.

Photo compliments of Gary Mathews, Sept. 2000

















If you look closely you can see the post office next to the court house.

The old  Post Office and Court House were both been torn down during

the fifties.

Compliments of Quade Studio













The is the old City Jail background behind the Minden

Courthouse. Abraham Dow Store is located to the left of the jail.

















                    BACK STREET


















Abraham Dow Family

Minden Cemetery - Section C.

Roy Joseph Dow born 1 June 1891 died 6 April 1972;

Annie T. Dow born 15 July 1888 died 1978

Batrous Dow 1889 - 1929           

Charley Dow 4 July 1893 - 4 Jun 1975

















They sold groceries and kept fertilize in the back for their customers.























They also sold hats and clothing at Abraham Dows





















The row of stores on back street where Abraham Dow was located were torn  down when

the new civic center was built. During the early years of Minden the law enforcement would

not allow the African-American citizens to shop or be seen on Main Street. Their only

access was through the back doors. They were always welcome at the Abraham Dow  store.



















Forts News Stand was on the corner. Bryans Jewelers sign is in the background. Tiny Togs sold clothes. Mrs. Pauline Liner and Mrs. Opal Adams worked there during the 60s.              

     Overview of Minden, La. 2003 Compliments of  Gary Mathews                            




















This is the way the Dothl House looked in the fifties - Notice theopen walk-ways on both sides. There was a parking lot behind the Dothyl House. People would park back here to go grocery shopping, or to go to the show or shop. It also made a nice parking place for those who wanted to  eat at the Dothyl House.



 Quade Photog This is the way the Dothyl House looked in 2000      












Next to Bryan's Jeweler's in the green building was once a Dotyle House Cafe

 "The Dothl House". The name was a combination of the first names of the owners — Dorothy and H. L. Bridges. (From Mrs. Juanita Agan's Cameo's of Minden.)

The large  building was not there during the fifties. That area was an alley to a parking lot where people could park while they shopped for groceries, at ethe Dothl House or went to a movie at the Tower Theatre down the street.

Compliments of  Gary Mathews September 2000



















Main Street Just East of City Drug Store

Compliments of  Gary Mathews September 2000

Mother's business, Don's Record Shoppe, was first located on Union Street next to Lowe's Printing Shop.  Mother started working there in 1958 when it was Sammy's Record Shoppe and bought it two months later. It was later in the teal blue building to the left (looking at the picture) of the cafe, to the right of Gunn's. I MAY have a picture of it as it was in those days but don't know where to look to try to find one. When the shop was in it's heyday on Union Street, we used to have great fun there. Kids would go there during lunch breaks from school and sometimes some would dance in the big open room behind the sales desk. I loved the holidays there. James and Billy Fuller and I and sometimes Vern Stonecipher and David Bailey would work there and get to see former MHS students that were home for holidays and such. It was because of the record shop that I knew as many of the pre-1959 graduates as I did. 

Compliments of Linda Holt Moorehead    

Brumley's Shoe Store was in the Gunn's Shoe Repair shop.(117 North Broadway)  Portia's Dress Shop may have been where the Car Title Loans place  She sold Bobbie Brooks blouses that were popular in the fifties..















Grays Jewelrys - Submitted by Gary Matthews September, 2000    




















Front of City Drug Store

Submitted by Gary Mathews September 2000


















        Does anyone remember what this building was used for? Was it the cab stand?















I was looking at Main St. and I want to tell you where Kennon Grocery store was located.  In the picture where the Rexall sign is the City Drug Store.  Next store going South was Nichol's, next Kennon's Grocery, next Paul Wallace Furniture and Alva Willams GE Appliances, next Tullos Variety and last on the corner was Star Drug Store, both drug stores was owned by Mr. Rollin Williams, one for each son, Rollin,Jr.(Froggie) and David.  Every saturday when I was 7 to 10, I pulled my coaster wagon with my Mother to Kennon's to buy a week's supply of groceries.  We did not have a car.  Mother would spend about three dollars, meat once a week on Sunday.  Keep up the good work.
                                                Dr. Carter Norman

Thank you Dr. Norman. I'll bet he bought meat from my mother and possibly from my Dad. Maurice Whitlow

 Compliments of Gary Mathews, Sept. 2000

On the left was Franklin's Dress Shop. At 207 South Broadway was Grayson's.

The Tower Theatrer was located to the right of the City Drug Store which opened in 1903 buying out the Pharmacy from the Goodwill Store. It closed in 1999. It was operated by David Williams and Rollin "Froggy" Williams Sr. The Imperial Hotel is across the street.

In response to the query about Kennon's Grocery, according to the 1940 Minden telephone directory, which you so graciously published, Kennon's Grocery was at "107 North Broadway" (also called Front Street in those days and now called Main Street). Star drug was at 101 and Exchange Furniture and Electrical Appliances was at 105. Looking at a plat of downtown Minden, and using some memory, I arrive at the location as follows: Star Drug was on the corner of "Front" and Union, across the street from the old Peoples Bank. Then next to the drug store was the appliance store, then Kennon's Grocery. Given a little more time to research, I think I could be more exact, but this must be very close.

Judy Gleason Claason

P2166 ROLLINS THEATRE owned by Rollin Williams Sr. 1938, Photographer   L.M Maddry.

























The theatre picture is taken in either 1941 or 1942 at the Tower theater next to City Drug. Rollin Williams, owner of City Drug owned that theater (thus Rollin's theater). He called it the Scout while he operated the theater. He began leasing it to Edgar Hands in the late Summer of 1938. Hands changed the name to the Tower when he took it over. John Agan.

Compliments of La. Archives and Special Collections LSU - Shreveport, 1 University Pl. Shreveport, La. 71115-2399

This was before there was a Joy or Rex Theatre. The compiler does not have the physical address of the Theatre.    

 Yes the Tower theater first name was the Scout owned by Mr. Rollin Williams.  If you were under six years old you went free.  You paid 10 cents between 6 and 12.  After that you paid the same as adults twenty-five cents. After that most kids kept paying 10 cents until they were 14 or 15. I was drving Dad's car when I was 14 years old but Sue's( 12 years old ) Mother would not let her date at this age.  So one day I asked Sue if I park in your drive-way after lunch would your Mother let me walk you to the picture show. Sue lived at 420 Goodwill St. across from the Coca-Cola plant.  Her Mother said OK but you go when the show opens at 2 and back home at 5. Sue later tells me she will go if I pay 25 cents for her ticket, I am not going if you pay 10 cents.  This is when I started paying 25 cents for her and 25 cents for me. After the show we would go by Thad's Ice Cream to get a double dip and Coca-Cola. Can you imagin just spending 70 cents on a date.  Those were the good old days.  CARTER

















1930's, L-R,  Edward Davis, John Watkins, Lawson Davis and  Walter White.

Notice the glass display cases in the front and the many hardware drawers. Upstairs  fine gifts of silver, china, crystal and stationery items were sold.

Did they sell furniture here also? 

Submitted by John Quade





















Wouldn't you like to know who the Gentleman is in the buggy in front of Captain Alfred Goodwill's Store? There wasn't much this store    did not sell. Some of the things they did sell were  pharmacy supplies, coffins , buggies, funeral services, buggies, hardware and clothes. 


























Main Street   - Partial building to the far left is the old Webb Hardware building which was owned by Will Life.  (See the photo of the interior of Webb Hardware under photo's). The building is located between Fogle and East Union St.

Submitted by Gary Mathews September 2000





















A&P was once housed in this building until the 1970s.  Next door was the Minden Bank & Trust  Co., with its distinctive green tile front and the clock erected in May 1939.  There was once attorneys offices and a beauty shop located in the upper floor of the Drake Building back in the 40s.

Drake Building , North Broadway - Compliments of  Gary Mathews, September 2000Tullu five and dime was also on Main Street which was a popular store to shop in.

Also Ellis five and dime  was farther down from Tullus toward Pine Street. There was also a  Wren Mercantile Store where Miss Maude Bullock worked part time.






                             MINDEN BANK & TRUST CO.  alias  HOLLAND -  CRAWFORD INSURANCE











This was the Minden Bank & Trust Company also known as Holland  - Crawford Insurance Building located at 605 Main Street, Minden, Louisiana.  Historic Significance Significance: Architecture/Engineering Architect, Builder, or  engineer: Unknown Architectural Style: Romanesque Architectural Style: Romanesque Area of Significance: Architecture Perior of Significance: 1900 - 1924 Owner: Private Historic Function: Commerce/ Trade Historic Sub - Function: Commerce/ Trade Historic Sub - Function: Financial Institution : Commerce Trade

The clock stopped years ago


















The store on the right of the clock was once the Brown and Goodwill Store.

Next to that use to be A&P.





















Vivian's is located on the corner of Pearl Street where the Joy Theatre was located in the fifties

 Quade Photo Studio is a few doors down from Vivian's. The old wagon yard is still across the st. 

  The store on the corner of North Broadway and Pine has been torn down and a new building.                

   Submitted by Gary Mathews - Sept. 2000                                      






















The Rex

 On Pearl Street

Submitted by John Quade

Williams Electric Appliance was at 105 North Broadway Broadway.    Boyle Walgreen was at 119 South Broadway. They had free delivery.

Merchants - "The store on the corner of North Broadway and Pine has been torn down and is now a parking for  lot the New Minden Bldg. & Loan across Pine St.

Later the Joy was on Pearl Street.



                 Isn't it interesting to learn the Rex was once located on Pearl Street where the Joy was later located?











 BACK STREET - Looking East toward First Baptist Church   

         See the Western Auto sign by West Brothers (The blue building)  


    Morgan & Lindsey was on the right of West Brothers going toward the

water tower. Both stores had a front & back entrance.



















You can still see the old City Shoe Store Sign on the side of the building.

Back Street - Otis Rea's Appliance Store & Old City Shoe Shop           

  Compliments of Gary Mathews - September 2000                                     




















"Thad Cafe" was a popular restaurant during the fifties is now Jack's Guitar Shop.

I remember Thad's Cafe was another restaurant in town where you could go in, be seated, and order a steak or some other item off a menu. Thad's daughter is Mrs. Kenneth McGowan (Betty) and she owns and operates "Cards and Things" in Park City Shopping Center. (From Mrs. Juanita Agan's Cameo's Of Minden).

Submitted by Gary Mathews Sept. 2000



















The building with the coke sign is an old hotel. Rumor has it that the building had a history. According to some this was Minden's own version of The Chicken Ranch, made famous in "Best Little *****  House In Texas.  Thebuilding is currently being used by Cox Communications Webster Printing is located where A & P Grocery Store was located. Jitney Jungle was down the street.   

Submitted by Gary Mathews Sept. 2000                  


















Corner of Back Street & Dixie Street - Looking West

across street from Western Auto.

This building was once a hotel.

Compliments of Gary Mathews September 2000    



















The blue building was once West Brothers. In 2003 it was "Hers Bridal"

Next door was Morgan and Lindsey's

Both West Brother's and Morgan and Lindsey's had a front and back entrance.

They also had a Fines Men Store that faced Main Street.

Western Auto is still located on Back street

Compliments of Gary Mathews in Sept. 2000


















Back Street looking West toward Shreveport

Hibernia Bank once People's Bank

 You can see the Webster Parish Court House in the distance

Compliments of Gary Matthews September 2000
















Murrell Street toward the Minden Medical Center

Submitted by Gary Mathews, Sept. 2000




















One of the photos of downtown Minden shows the House of Gifts.

This was previously Brown & Goodwill.

Submitted by Gary Mathews, September 2000
























See us for all fishing, hunting and repair needs

Dealer of Scott Attwater

413 Sibley Road

Mr. Trenice H. Ivy. 


 Pat Wilson and Douglas Simolke














Compliments of Ben Hunter      









I don't know what is going in this picture but I know it is my greatgrandpaw John Thomas David Sr. on the left and Jessie butcher on the right shaking heads. as far as the guy in the middle or what they were skaking on I have no idea.

Submitted by Linda David Williams

All I know about this is that my great grandpaw is riding... I think the far passage.. (John Thomas David Sr.)

Submitted by Lizzie David Williams