The Road leading to the Cemetery 7 miles out of Ruston going toward Farmerville


Notice the fence in the background and the beautiful crepe myrtle trees surrounding the graveyard.



There are 16 marked graves in this cemetery

We first read about this cemetery from a history written by Mary Frances Fletcher and Ralph Rabb around 1969. It has been over a decade since we visited the cemetery but some of your readers might find these pictures interesting.

This cemetery has one of the earliest marked monuments in the parish, only three years later than the 1826 at Katy.

Many histories have been written about the John Stow Cemetery but these may be the first pictures you have seen of the small family graveyard of John Stow, an early settler of Lincoln Parish.

The cemetery is located seven (7) miles from Ruston on highway 33 going toward Farmerville on private land. We obtained permission to enter the property to take pictures the day we visited. The cemetery had just been restored and a new home was being built on the property. Beautiful Louisiana Iris and Crepe Myrtles were in bloom.

It is surrounded by an old four-foot wall of flat iron rocks, laid one upon the other built by slave labor. The cemetery is about 75 feet by 95 feet and was in excellent condition. A beautiful gate has a marker which reads STOWCEMETERY which bears evidence of wealth of days gone by.

When they were new, the cemetery show evidence of wealth and loving care. The plantation was once owned by Willis Wood son of Hannah Payne Wood and Matthew wood. The graves are side. They are almost identical, with built up concrete sides and marble slab tops.

1. To the memory of JOHN STOW
a native of South Carolina
Born 3 Jan 1780 Died 28 July 1861

"To the Memory of John Stow a native of South Carolina" one of the earliest settlers of Union Parish Louisiana - now Lincoln Parish

2.Roane , Mary J. C. Born 9 Feb. 1811 Died 26 July 1850

"Sacred to the Memory of Mary J. C. Roane, daughter of John and Dorcas Stow"

3. Anderson, Talitha Cumi Born 5 Dec 1805 died 5 Feb 1830
"To the memory of Talitha Cumi Anderson, dau. of John and Dorcas Stow;
Remember as you pass by, you

4.Stow Abraham born 2 Apr 1802  died 7 Nov 1829   
"Sacred to the Memory of Abraham Stow, son of John and Dorcas Stow; Aged 27 years"       

5. "Sacred to the memory of Dorcas STOWE, WIFE OF JOHN STOWE"
born in 1780 died Nov. 8, 1856


6. Mitchel, Talitha E. J. Born 16 Feb 1858 Died 13 Jul 1861 "daughter of John B. and Josephine M. J. Mitchell"

7. Pipes , Sarah Angeline Born: Jan 1849 Died 8 Oct 1882 "wife of A. J. Pipes"
8. This stone is an upright one of marble elaborately carved and decorated, black with years from the element.

May ,Alexis H. Born 29 Jun 1845 Died 11 Jan 1875 "There is a voice from the grave of a loved one sweeter than song. There is a remembrance of the dead to which we turn ever from the charms of the living.
Erected by his wife
9. Matthew' and Hannah's daughter Mary, wife of Henry P. Anderson died in childbirth
around 1850 giving birth to her only child, William Henry Anderson in Union Parish, La.
Matthew Wood was a son of Abraham Woos(s) of Pulaski and Washington Co. Ga.
William Henry Anderson was the father of Wiley Abraham Anderson

Wood Matthew, Born Born 29 Jul 1791 Died 20 Oct 1855 Colonel Matthew Wood was one of the earliest settlers of Union Parish and helped for build the new parish and Town of Farmerville. He arrived in north Louisiana from Lowndes County Alabama in 1835.

10. Wood, Hannah Payne born 17 May 1791died 9 Feb 1864 "To the memory of Hannah Wood, wife of Matthew Wood.

11.WOOD, WILLIS has the most ornate grave in the cemetery...At the top ...marble slab rests eighteen rests inches high; At the head stands an upright marble stone which is seven feet tall, richly, with flowers ,etc. This marker is for Willis Wood who is believed to have once owned a home and plantation this cemetery is located on. Willis was a son of Hannah Payne and Matthew Wood who are also interred in the Stow Cem

Willis Wood
Born Dec. 5, 1815 died Dec. 1, 1877
63 yrs. 11 mos. 26 days
Masonic Emblem
An honest man

12. Wood, Talitha Cumi Born 29 Jan 1830 died 2 Jul 1906 "Wife of Willis Wood

13. Roane, John born 26 Jun 1850 died 15 Feb 1930

14. Gibson, Elizabeth Born 9 Jan 1853 Died 24 Jun 1918 "Wife of J.S. Roane"

15. Roane, James A. Born 28 Oct 1874 14 Jan 1928 "To the Memory of my Husband; Married to Miss Florence L. Smith Sept. 29, 1912"

16. The last grave is an upright standing marble bearing the Masonic Emblem
To the Memory of
Grove S. Fitch
born in Lenox, Berkshire Co, Mass died in Lincoln Parish, La.; 50 yrs., 3 mos. 3 days.
born 11 July 1832 died 14 Oct.

                                        The Cemetery Gate


The Rock gate built by slave labor.


Take US Highway #371 south from US Interstate #20 at Minden  for approx. 11.5 miles                                                                  

 to Franklin Road, turn right and go about .03 miles. The cemetery will be located on the left.

Compliments of Ann Mays Harlan




Antioch Baptist Church  Cemetery is located on a one acre plot of ground                                                           

 four miles west of Minden  on U.S. Highway 80, donated  by Mrs. Lizzie Stevens, grandmother                                         

 of Tully C. Franks. The Antioch Baptist  Church was organized February 25, 1872.                           

The church first built a small house of worship in 1882. It was destroyed by fire. 

See Antioch Baptist Church history.   

Compliments of Ann Mays Harlan


One story I recalled.. a child from this school was buried near by.. but I could not remember all the story, no names would come to mind or what cemetery ...After finding this web-site I click onto cemeteries... Here's what I found...it was 2 students.. This would have been my Uncle Sid Miller relative on his Mom's side.. She was a Maddry... My Uncle Sid and Aunt Ethel Langheld Miller are buried in this cemetery along with my Langheld grandparents and a host of other relatives on my Dad's side..llk


Bethlehem Cemetery
Claiborne Parish, Louisiana



Here's a couple of pictures of the old church, that may be disbanded, of the cemetery across the road.

Bethlehem Cemetery

Bethlehem Church

Submitted by LeVerne Langheld Kidd

Bethlehem is the Cemetery where Jack Moreland was interred. Here is a photo of amd and jos Wade grandparents headstone.

Jack Wade Moreland -Mar 11, 1938 died Dec. 19, 1971


Overall View of the Moreland -Wade grave plots in the Bethlehem Cemetery

Edd  Wade 1891-1965 and Ola Wade 1878-1975




  Matthew Bloom
     Born in Germany
         Died Oct. 15, 1847
Here I lay my burden down change the cross into the crown

There are three markers in this pasture, the grandfather and two grandsons. They are buried on the property line Leverne and Billy Kidd share with Richard and Stanley Sanders. The grandfather's photo was made in Sept of '94 compliments of LeVerne Kidd.

See the Bloom Home under residential.

The Bloom Markers have been submitted by LeVerne Langheld Kidd



















Matthew L. Bloom  and James Bloom sons of Sebastian Bloom













 Look closely. You can see the tombstones in the picture.


























The location of Matthew Bloom's grave is not what I would call a cemetery.  If you'll look dead center,  (no pun intended.. ha!), you'll see some light green bushes.  To the left of these little bushes, look closely and you'll be able to see the little boys 2 grave markers.  Now, over a little way to the right of the other very small green bush, still looking at the center of the picture, between a very tall skinny tree and a somewhat crooked tree, you should be able to make out just the upper white top of Grandpaw Matthew's marker.  You have to look really close!  These graves are on a small hill.  The hill starts getting higher back toward the West where our house sits. You remember how the hills around here just roll one right after another.  Our house sits atop one of these hills.  The hill pitches off sharply toward our creek then rises right back up to Country Club Circle. The pasture you see in the other picture belongs to the Sanders and the creek in the pasture runs into Cooley Creek, not far away. This property has been our "Grand Kidds" heaven and haven. There are no close neighbors for them to bother. They pretty much have the run of 40 acres.  Even the Sanders allow them to hunt on the 600 acres next to us. And they have LOVED it.

Compliments of LeVerne Langheld Kidd


Brushwood Cemetery - Dubberly, Louisiana











See Stories. Louisiana Ordinance Plant

for more pictures and history on this site

Compliments of B. D. "Doyle" Walker










Located in Doyline, Louisiana, Webster Parish on College Street from the Methodist Church. This Cemetery was established in 1885. 











       Fellowship Cemetery Tabernacle In Memory Of Jessie Price 1966


                          FELLOWSHIP CEMETERY, DUBBERLY, LA.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              






















FULLER MEMORIAL SHRINE CEMETERY: Located on Gladney Street, Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana.  From Homer Road, turn onto Gladney (between Brookshire's and Hibernia.)  Cemetery is on the right, across from Victory Park.  The Cemetery was revised and edited for errors in 2003.

Located in the 800 block of Gladney Street in Minden, la.






















Fuller Cemetery is across the street from the Community House at Victory Park

                      GARDENS OF MEMORY











Gardens of Memory is Located on the

Lewisville Road, Highway 159, Minden, Louisiana




The Germantown Cemetery

is located about 7 miles NE

on Minden Parish Road 114


See the History of Germantown

Under Places on this Site.






                                                                               Homer Cemetery Gate

Compliments of Herbert "Pete" Browning



















Here is the picture you wanted of the gate to the cemetery where Pat Garretts parents are buried.  This is a very old cemetery, and is not kept up.  I walked around and took three other pictures of the tall monuments. The Garrett graves are just to the right of this gate, and are close to the fence











Don't believe this cemetery is used too often.  I did not see any new graves, the latest one was 1967.  Of course I did not cover the  whole cemetery, even though it is not too large, probably no more than two acres or maybe less. Herbert





















I think that sometime ago I mentioned going to The Ford Museum in Homer, and discovered that Pat Garret's parents were buried there. Here is a picture of the monuments.

Pat Garrett, a Sheriff, that killed William Bonney, better known as Billy The Kid.    If I remember correctly, the museum information said  he was born in Alabama and grew up in the Antioch Community, which was a few miles from Homer on the road to Summerfield.

The Garrett's are buried in The Old Homer Cemetery in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.


John L Garrett, born Aug.13, 1822 died Feb. 5, 1868

Elizabeth A. Garrett, born Sept. 28, 1829, died March 25, 1867

This cemetery was also featured in a story in the Shreveport Times a few years ago.  The reason was because of the size of some of the monuments.  If I remember correctly, some of them are 11 feet tall. 

Just in case anyone is interested in visiting the Old Homer Cemetery, here are the directions and location.


Coming from Minden, go 3/4 of the way around the square. Turn right, as if going to Haynesville.  At the next traffic signal signal, turn left, go just past West 3rd. street to a small gravel road on your left.  I think you will be able to see the cemetery as you top the little hill.  The cemetery is small and just behind the residences on W. 3rd. st. The Garretts's are just to the right of the gate. where the fence has been pushed over.


I just sent an e-mail to The Times, inquiring about the article on this cemetery.  If I have any success in obtaining a copy of it, I will send it on. 

 Compliments of Herbert Browninng















Pat Garrett, 1906, 2 years before he was murdered.

Compliments of Tommy White

  Pat Garrett was the Sheriff that killed "Billy the
Kid" whose real name was William H Bonnie.  Tommy White visited
Billy the Kids grave in Ft Sumner, NM which is about 50
miles west of Clovis, NM on Hwy 60.  He learned Billy the Kid's
tombstone has been stolen so many times that it is now
enclosed in a jail-like cage of bars

Real Stuff on Pat Garrett
by Leon Metz
author of Pat Garrett - Story of a Western Lawman

JUNE 5, 1850 - Pat Garrett is born in Chambers County
Alabama, one of seven children, the son of John Lumpkin
Garrett and Elizabeth Ann Jarvis Garrett, farmers. In
1853, John Garrett purchased a Louisiana plantation in
Claiborne Parish. Pat went to school and grew up there.

JANUARY 25,1869 - Pat Garrett leaves Louisiana to
become a buffalo hunter in Texas.

1878 - Garrett settles down in Fort Sumner, New Mexico
after the slaughter of buffaloes became unprofitable,
where on January 18, 1880, he marries Apolinaria
Gutierrez. The couple had 9 children.

JULY 19, 1878 - The Lincoln County, New Mexico, War
draws to an end following the Five Days Battle at
Lincoln. Billy the Kid is one of many outlaws still
loose and running. While Pat Garrett likely knew Billy
the Kid, saying they were friends is an overstatement.
Neither had much in common, except both were expert
with guns. (Garrett was not in the Lincoln County War.)

NOVEMBER 2, 1880 - Pat Garrett, a Democrat, is elected
sheriff of Lincoln County. He vows to bring the current
reign of lawlessness to an end.

DECEMBER 15, 1880 - New Mexico Governor Lew Wallace
through a newspaper notice, puts a $500 reward on the
head of Billy the Kid.

DECEMBER 20-21, 1880 - Pat Garrett and his posse trap
Billy the Kid and others in a one-room rock house at
Stinking Springs, near Fort Sumner. the posse
mistakenly kills Charlie Bowdre (one of Billy's most
loyal friends). The Kid and the others surrender that
afternoon. Garrett takes the shackled prisoners by
buckboard into Las Vegas, where Garrett has to fight
off a mob at the train station before he can move on to
the state prison at Santa Fe. (The mob was after one of
the prisoners, Dave Rudabaugh).

APRIL 15, 1881 - At Mesilla, New Mexico, a judge turns
the Kid over to Sheriff Pat Garrett, after a trial, and
orders that he Kid be hanged in Lincoln on May 13.

APRIL l 28, 1881 - While Sheriff Pat Garrett is in
White Oaks, N.M., Billy the Kid escapes the Lincoln
jail after killing both his guards, James Bell and Bob

JULY 13-14, 1881 - At midnight, Sheriff Pat Garrett
shoots Billy the Kid dead at Fort Sumner, N.M., when
the Kid walks into Pete Maxwell's darkened bedroom.
Garrett was squatting alongside the mattress talking
with Maxwell as the Kid entered. the Kid saw Garrett
but did not recognize him due to the darkness and the
fact that Garrett was sitting or stooped down. The Kid
cocked his revolver and hoarsely whispered "Quien es?"
("Who is it?"). Garrett fires twice, one bullet
striking the Kid squarely in the heart. The other shot
goes wild. (Some believe that the Kid only carried a
knife into Maxwell's room.)

1882 - A book is published entitled "The Authentic Life
of Billy the Kid, the Noted Desperado of the
Southwest". Garrett's name is on the cover as author,
but Ash Upson, a close friend, newspaperman, and
notary, said he (Upson) wrote every word of it. The
book sold poorly, but it was also poorly written.

1890 - Garrett runs for sheriff of newly created Chaves
County, N.M. He is defeated and bitterly leaves New
Mexico and lives in Ulvalde Co., Texas for some time.

1899 - Garrett purchases a ranch in the San Andres
Mountains, N.M.. His family lives there while Pat works
in Las Cruces, Mesilla and Dona Ana, N.M.

DECEMBER 16, 1901 - President Theodore Roosevelt
nominates Pat Garrett as United States customs
collector at El Paso, Texas. He is a controversial

DECEMBER 1905 - President Roosevelt refuses to
reappoint Pat Garrett as El Paso collector of customs,
there on the border with Old Mexico. Garrett and his
family return to their ranch in the San Andres

JANUARY 1908 - James P. Miller, a hired assassin now a
claiming he is a Mexican cattle buyer, offers to
purchase the Garrett ranch. However, Miller doesn't
want the goats, and Wayne Brazel, who has leased
Garrett's ranch, refuses to either move them or cancel
the five-year lease.

FEBRUARY 29, 1908 - Pat Garrett and Carl Adamson, a
brother-in-law of Miller, are in a buckboard and bound
from the Garrett ranch to Las Cruces for a con-ference
with Miller. Wayne Brazil rides alongside on horseback.
Within a few miles of town, they stop in the desert to
urinate. Garrett is shot and killed. Wayne Brazel
confesses to the slaying, is tried for murder and

The authority on Pat Garrett is Leon Metz of El Paso
(also an Outlaw Gang member), who wrote the definitive
book on Garrett, called "Pat Garrett: The Story of a
Western Lawman.

                                                              Pat Garrett was killed in 1908


Garrett, an Alabama native, was killed in 1908 from ambush (while he was urinating on the trail) by a man or men who coveted his ranch land.


Garrett was buried in the Odd Fellow's Cemetery at Las Cruces. It seemed like everyone in southern New Mexico had wanted to get a look at Pat Garrett's body resting in its oversized casket. To accommodate the large crowd of curious, and the few true mourners, Garrett's body was publicly displayed at Strong's Undertaking Parlor.

Pat Garrett was an atheist or Free Thinker so there was no religious ceremony at the grave site. Tom Powers, Garrett's controversial gambler friend and owner of El Paso's Coney Island Saloon, used the agnostic Robert Ingersoll's words as part of the old manhunter's grave-side commemoration. Another friend read a eulogy that William Jennings Bryan had written for a friend and then Pat Garrett was left alone for his long sleep.

Submitted by Billy Hathorn


Minden Cemetery, page 72 - John Lamar Garrett and Helen Burleigh Garrett


      John Lamar Garrett is descended from the same family as John Lumpkin Garrett   

      in the Old Homer Cemetery.   Helen Burleigh Garrett is Catherine Spitzfaden's

      sister (p. 113) and Judy Spitzfaden's aunt.


Gardens of Memory, page 50 - Felix Garrett is the son of John Lamar & Helen

       Burleigh Garrett, and he is Judy Spitzfaden's first cousin.


Per phone conversation with Judy Spitzfaden Craton this morning.


Ann Mays Harlan

RE: Pat Garrett. He lived just over the Organ Mountains from us here. John had to drive over the Organ Pass when he worked at White Sands Missile Range, and could see the old ranch site of Pat Garrett's at one time. Pat was ambushed just this side of the Pass. There used to be a marker showing about where he was killed.

La Mesilla, about six miles from my house, has a number of historic buildings involving Billy the Kid. La Posta is a well known restaurant that used to be a stagecoach stop. Both men could have possibly eaten there.

Note of interest: The Odd Fellows Cemetery in Las Cruces, NM was just behind the house we once lived in. The family plot was limited by a concrete curbing. Later Pat was moved across the street to the Masonic Cemetery where more of the family could be laid to rest together.
Dottie Adcock
Las Cruces, NM

Feb. 20, 2008... just read a short article in our local paper stating that this year is the 100th anniversary of the killing of Pat Garrett in the Alameda Arroyo leading into Las Cruces

from the Organ Mountain Pass.


Dottie Day Adcock


                                                                         LANE MEMORIAL CEMETERY


                                                                                   Lane Memorial Cemetery is in Sibley, Webster Parish, Louisiana

                                     :Located in Sibley, Louisiana. Take US Hwy. #371 south from I-20 exit #47 for 3 miles. The cemetery will be on the east side of the highway.






MAXEY, BARNEY, PVT. CO. H. 28th. (Gray’) La Inf En Monroe, La. May 8, 1862 Roll July and August 1863, Present On Roll of Prisoners of War of furloughed and detailed men, C. S. A. , Paroled Shreveport, Louisiana, June 13, 1865. On Roll of Prisoners of War, C. S. A., Paroled Monroe, Louisiana June 16, 1865. Resident of Bienville Parish, Louisiana


Graveside Ceremony held June 21, 2008 at 1p.m. at Lane Cemetery in Sibley, Louisiana


Married Angeline Ham and to this union was born ten children.  See biography of Barney Maxey on the Minden Memories webpage. 

Submitted by Melba Newsom Bair, Class of 1956



                                                    Parents of Mrs. Larry (Gladys) Hunter




                                 EMMALINE LANGHELD CEMETERY


                              There is only one grave in this cemetery. Read the story

                                                    under Journey of A Wheel


                                 MINDEN CITY CEMETERY



                      This Cemetery is located along Bayou Ave. & Goodwill St. near Minden.

               Below is the grave for Sarah Emily Pennal. She died when she was only nine months old on 13 September 1843.

                   The oldest grave is unmarked. Mary A. Smith died on or about 22 April 1840.



 The third oldest grave is for Sam Harper born 24 May 1796 and died 5 Dec. 1853.

        The older part cemetery is located on the south side of Bayou Ave.


These are the Shuttleworth graves & this the tree Sarah Pennal is buried under.


Louis Davis, Blanchard, died 21 January 1931 in a Shreveport hospital and was buried at the Minden City Cemetery. He was the son of Laura Davis and brother of T. C. Davis.

Fred Crestman, 68, died in the Minden Sanitorium 5 January 1930. No relatives were located, and he was buried in the City Cemetery.

10/6/1929: Opal Marie Kellebe, age 2 years, infant daughter of M/M J E Kellebe, died Friday morning, 4 Oct 1929 after an illness of 3 weeks. She was buried at the City Cemetery.

5/1/1930: Mrs. A. C. Ulmer was buried in the local cemetery after a funeral at Will Aycock’s home. Mrs. Ulmer is remembered as Mrs. Jasper Taylor, nee Miss Emma Aycock.

Denver Brennan, 20, was killed 16 July 1931 when his head struck the side of a concrete bridge. He had asked for a ride and, the car being full, asked to ride on the car’s running board. His hip and leg hit the bridge first. He was instantly swept off and hit his head, dashing his brains out. He was buried in the Minden City Cemetery.

Helen Biles, d/o Johnnie Biles, 13 months old. (No death date noted/ failed to record paper date)

Thomas L. Malloy, 223 Pine St., contractor, fell unconscious and died near the L&A depot. He died while being carried to the Minden sanitorium, and was buried at Minden Cemetery. Mr. Malloy, husband of Emma Cook Malloy, died of a heart attack. No date noted.

Arthur Tinnell, 46 years old, died 5 May 1935. He was the Paint Shop foreman for the L&A Railway. Born in Gorman, TN, he came to Minden in 1924 from Stamps, AR, married Cora McKesic, and had a daughter, Mary Donna, aged 6.

Corrie Lena Barnes, 66, died Saturday, 16 Nov 1935, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. L. Williamson. She was born in Homer to M/M S D Spann, now deceased. She was the widow of H. A. Barnes. She was buried in the Minden Cemetery. (Husband, Hugh A. Barnes, and daughter, Corrie Lena, are listed on page 7. She is probably buried here, also. Her parents, Sumpter D & Mary E. Spann are also listed on page 7.)

11/5/1937: L. H. Howell, was killed in an automobile accident. His funeral was held 2 Nov 1937, and he was buried in the Minden Cemetery. No death date listed. (I believe this is Lee D. Howell, Jr., listed on pg 100; died in 1937)





                            The gate is on Goodwill Street in the newer section of the cemetery between E & H.

                            Mardi Gras by Juanita Agan , published in the Minden Press-Herald

The Shreveport Times has carried a description of the terms associated with Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is a French phrase meaning "Fat Tuesday," and this is the day before Ash Wednesday which is the day Lent begins. When the French founded Louisiana in the early 1700s this celebration became a part of our culture. In the last few years have seen a renewed interest in celebrating Mardi Gras in this part of the state, especially in Shreveport. Perhaps you did not know that Mardi Gras was a big celebration in Minden during the first quarter of this century. As far back as Friday, February 14, 1902, the Webster Signal carried the following account: "Tuesday was Mardi Gras day and the very spirit of carnival gaieties extended far and near.

The street pageants were more gorgeous than ever and the balls were brilliant social events.

In 1917 on Friday, February 16, the Webster Signal carried the following: "Mardi Gras will be celebrated next Tuesday beginning with a grand parade at 2:30. Everybody is invited to take part and join in the parade. The Civic Clubs offer two prizes of $2.50 each for the best decorated automobile and vehicle consisting of carriage, buggy, wagon, etc."

"An evening entertainment will be given at the picture show consisting of crowning the queen and several very enjoyable numbers of home talent as well as a choice 4-reel picture will be presented.

The entertainment will begin at 7:30 - 35 cents for grown-ups and 15 cents for children. The parade is to be formed near the compress.
Everybody cordially invited to join in the parade and don't forget the evening's entertainment at 7:30 at the picture show."

Thursday, February 10, 1921, the Webster Signal announced: "the high school has combined Mardi Gras queen with Valentine queen to be held February l4th at Minden High School."

Also in 1921 the following account appeared in the Webster Signal: "Mardi Gras has always been an occasion of much festivities in Minden, but seldom has more enthusiasm and true enjoyment been exhibited than on this year The old and young alike took part in the masking, making the afternoon and evening affairs much more spectacular. Never before has there been such a variety of costumes for knights and ladies and natives of every country were there in plenty. Little children of every size and age contributed to the spirit of the day and were extremely happy in their bright colored effective costumes. The afternoon from 3 to 5 o'clock was their time.

On account of the rain it was impossible to have the parade. However, the crowd gathered in the American Legion Hall where an excellent program was rendered. It was there that the lovely little Queen and her chosen King were crowned with all due to honor and dignity. The throne was most attractive indeed, in all the regal tapestry and canopy. It was there that Mary Lewis Fort, as the most popular little girl, was crowned Queen of the younger set and Elliot Howe was crowned King.

"Roy Miller ( Mrs. J. Lenwood Inabnett) and Nancy Belle Lee, ladies-in-waiting, escorted by the knights of the court - Minden Fitzgerald and Clarence Wiley (who later served as Webster Parish Clerk of Court for many years). Page was Wilbur Lowe, Crown-bearer was Ethel Moore. A dance by Gwendolyn Youngblood, Tom Glass was a clown, Connell Dupuy, James Reagan and Ben Wiley were a minstrel act.

Ivan Lowe and Zoulana Barnett came as Maggie and Jiggs, followed by a grand march and refreshments. Proceeds went to the Civic Clubs.

"Evening program was a combination program and a dance. Queen was Miss Beatrice Lee, Daughter of Mrs. J. B. Lee. (In later years, she married Eugene Houston and moved to Bossier City. Her son was the late country music star David Houston.) The King was Eddie Bryan (this is the Eddie Bryan who was the husband of Elsie Bryan and the father of Mrs. Jo Ann McKinney), son of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bryan (he was chosen by the Queen). Their attendants were: Mabel Life and H. L. Bridges; Maurice Barnes and Julian Means; Katherine Lunsford and Louie Bryan. Little James Nelson sang 'Hail to the King and Queen.'

James Knighton served as Jester and Wilbur Lowe was the crown bearer."

The band was composed of J. N. Koch, Leland Mims (long-time Webster Parish Police Juror), Courtland Murph, and Earl Looney (who later gained international fame as an artist). Miss Esther Evans (later daughter-in-law of Congressman John N. Sandlin) gave readings entitled "Just a Wearying for You" and "French Doll." Miss Gladys Durham's dance pupils - Sybil Winn, Nina Wiley, Olive Roberts, Dorothy Goodwill, Treeby Miller and Maud Dickens performed interpretive dance. (Please notice the name Olive Roberts, that was the mother of Governor Mike Foster, and Treeby Miller is the mother of Thad Andress.) Mrs. Walter Webb, Jr., (Postmistress of Minden) who was dressed as an Irish Lassie and Attorney W. W. McDonald dressed as winter, won the best costumes. After expenses the Civic Club donated the proceeds to the starving children of Europe.

In 1922, Mardi Gras was observed on Tuesday February 28. Attendance in the 3 - 6 year section were: Miss Martha McDade, Queen; Mr. Harry McInnis, King; Knights were Aubrey Hough and Wilkins McDade; Rollin Williams, Jr. was Crown-Bearer; Thomas Crichton, Jr. and McVoy McIntyre were Train Bearers; Rolene Rathbun (later Mrs. Davidson Brown who taught English at Minden High School for many years) and Jane Goodwill were Maids; Horace Thomasson was Jester and Ernest Smith was the Herald.
The program was as following: Crowning of the Queen, and an Orchestra Selection; Dance by Louise Denmon. There was a balloon dance by: Rolene Rathbun, Mable Ruth Coombs, Jane Goodwill, and Jamie Garrison. The Blue Bird Dance was performed by Onie Stephens, Viginia Bullock, Virginia Miles, Nancy Belle Lee, Roy Miller (Mrs. Inabnett), Pauline Dickens, Ruth Reagan, Ida B. Mixon and Leila Sandefur.

There were sketches from childhood, with the artist Helen Nelson. Sight - Grace Virginia Rathbun; Touch - David Williams; Smell - Ann Howe; Taste - Jimmie Chaffe; Hearing - Sallie Hutton (later the wife of Dr. C. S. Sentell) A chorus was sung "Ain't We Got Fun." A dance ensued. That evening King James Davis and Queen Maude Dickens were crowned. Lords and Ladies were: Burgess White and Dorothy Goodwill and Earl Looney and Treeby Miller. Crown bearer was Robert Semmes Webb; Train bearers were Jack Connell (local dentist for many years) and Laura Harkness; Jester was Horace Thomasson; Herald was Ernest Smith. The program consisted of a selection by the "Beer Bottle Band" trained to play the bottle by Mrs. J. B. Snell (Ada Jack Carver) and led by Elliot Howe. The Gypsy Trail was a dance and song in costume by: Gladys Durham, Helen Brown, Jessie Mae Sullivan, Marjorie Ogden, Susanella Schoenbrodt (who taught elementary grades in Minden for over 30 years), Valrae Farrar (Mrs. N. C. Strange) Jacqueline Taylor (Mrs. Will Davis), Miriam Fuller and Ruth Mims.

Also Miss Mabel Hickman (the following year, 1923, she lost her life in the fire at the Mardi Gras program) gave a reading. A minstrel comedy was performed by Charles Dutton, Wood Brown, Robert Watkins (later City Judge), John Fort (who ran the local newsstand for so many years), Mack Dunlap and H. L. Bridges (son of one of Minden's mayors). The Glow Worm Dance line included Lilla Stewart, Ruby McDonald, Eugenie Burt (she was another casualty of the fire the next year at the Mardi Gras program) Mary Em Phillips, Georgia Howe and Nell Gray. Piano selection by Mrs. L. H. Denmon and an Irish song and dance by Ruth Mims, along with History of the Dance by Mabel Winn and Dan Stewart (later a local lawyer). Miss Zenia Fuller and Lillian McCoy in gypsy costumes had a fortune telling tent. The Civic Club committee was composed of Mrs. R. A. Baker, Mrs. Donald Goodwill, Mrs. Felix Drake, Jr., Mrs. A. D. Turner, Mrs. Joe R. Miller, Mrs. W. B. Wiley and Mrs. P. A. Rathbun. The Civic Club received the proceeds from this event.

But the Mardi Gras event of 1923 was not the happy occasion it had been in prior years, rather it was the cause of sadness and mourning here in Minden for many years. The Bossier Banner (Minden papers for the period of time from November 1922 through May of 1923 were lost) of February 15, 1923, carried the following account of the tragedy. "Keenest regret is felt here in Benton because of a tragedy of the week occurring in Minden. Tuesday night eight young ladies of that place who were taking part in a Mardi Gras play, and a little girl of eight years who was behind the scenery on the stage, were severely burned and four of them have since died. The dead are Miss Dorothy Cheshire, a daughter of Mrs. Dolly Cheshire, a former resident of North Bossier, Miss Eugenie Burt, Miss Mabel Hickman, ranging in age from sixteen to seventeen years in age, and the little girl who was mentioned above, Eva Eleanor Lowe, whose clothes were ignited as the older girls ran by her. The names of the others burned are: Miss Ruth Reagan (we know her as Mrs. Ruth Reagan Baird who so many of us remember from her years of service in the Parish Library), Miss Vashti Bullock, Miss Vallye Watson, Miss Alma Sullivan and Miss Eloise Hough, aged from fifteen to seventeen years. The fire originated when the dress of Miss Alma Sullivan caught fire from a sparkler which was being used to enhance the effect of a snow scene in the culminating act of a snow scene of a Mardi Gras play. The other girls ran to the assistance of their companion and their dresses caught fire from the flames of her dress. The play was being held in the Minden High School auditorium under the auspices of Civic Clubs of Minden. The girls ran from a single exit trying to escape the flames. The wind, as they ran, fanned the flames. Their dresses were of flimsy material, bearing specks of cotton in imitation of snow. Young men ran after the girls and tried to extinguish the flames. However they were all badly burned and others are expected to die." Another girl later succumbed to burns received that night, bringing the dead to five from the fire.

Bill Luck was there that night as his sister, Miriam Luck Hutchison was to be crowned Queen. This was the high school building that was on the site of the present high school. He was about twelve and he saw the balls of fire out the window of the auditorium but did not know that was the girls with their dresses aflame. Bill later remembered that it was such a terrible tragedy. When he went downtown the next day people were in groups of two and three all along the streets, each group talking over the events that caused such a sadness in Minden. Mrs. Lenwood Inabnett was there that night, too.

She said that they had daubed the cotton with black shoe polish to make it look like ermine. That shoe polish made it even more volatile. Those who were burned but lived bore the terrible burn scars for the remainder of their lives. The memories are still vivid with those who were here at that time. I am indebted to my son, John, who researched this tragedy a number of years ago and loaned me his notes to write the article.

The picture accompanying this article belongs to Mrs. Cynthia Garrison Payne who said that this was made the year of the fire before the performance.

















From Sarepta, go east On La. Hwy 2 for 1-1/4 miles and turn left on Parish Rd. The church and cemetery can be seen

from hwy. 2. The cemetery is located in Section 7, Twp. 22, Range 10 W.

Submitted by Herbert Browning


                                             Another gate to the Old Sarepta Cemetery.



Hortman, Louisiana

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan

Rev. Joe Hunter was the Preacher when Ann Visited the Church

The Church and Cemetery were organized in 1872. The cemetery is well kept

Located in Webster Parish, La. on Hwy. 7 about 7 miles north of Dixie Inn

















Reeves, John N., Maude, David, Woodrow, Alto (Marker donated by great-granddaughter

 Mrs. J. E. Platt - Texas City, Tx.)  A brass plaque for the Reeves family, all murdered on Christmas Eve, 1916.

  The book about the Minden murder is SONS OF DARKNESS, SONS OF LIGHT by Marilyn Miller


Sikes Ferry Cemetery Gate and Overview of the Cemetery


                                                                                             BOUCHER GRAVES

                                                                                 AUGUSTUS M. BOUCHER 1850 - 1890

                                                                                   JENNIE COX BOUCHER 1958 - 1885


                                                    The first picture is of the complete marker, and the second is a close up of the headstone.     

                                     This a very small cemetery right by Dorcheat Bayou where Hwy 2. Crosses the bayou, about 5 miles from Sarepta.


                                              The cemetery where the Bouchers are buried is Sikes Ferry Cemetery. If you still have the Webster

                                                             Cemetery brochure, it is No. 63. Years ago this cemetery was north of hwy.2. 

                                                        Now, since they have erected a new bridge over Dorcheat Bayou, it is south of hwy.



Compliments of Jerry Frasier

Timothy Cemetery Gate

Compliments of Herbert "Pete" Browning

Overview of Timothy Cemetery

Photograph's Compliments of Herbert "Pete" Browning


David and Martha Frasier

compliments of Herbert "Pete" Browning

Photograph's of Frasier graves compliments of Herbert "Pete" Browning

David Frasier's monument is broken and is now in three pieces.

David and Martha Frasier

Compliments of Herbert "Pete" Browning.

 The church and cemetery were formed in 1894.

                                                     It is West of Leton, but not on Hwy.2;  It is actually between Hwy. 2 and Hwy.160.

                                                     Hwy. 2 goes from  Sarepta thru Shongaloo to Homer.

                                                    Hwy. 160 goes from Cotton Valley to Homer, joining 2 at Leton.-----

                         To see pictures of Union Springs Church  look under Towns, villages and streams also on this site.



Entrance to the Walker Community Cemetery on Iron Bridge Road at the corner of Hwy 154 in Bienville Parish near Athens, La.



As Ann and Bill were driving away they noticed stairs leading to the tree trunk.    

 Do you think the pastor stands on the steps when he preaches the funerals?  Union Grove

 Baptist Church and Mr. Jim Lyons.

                                                                                                                          IN MEMORY OF JIM LYONS

Minden Press-Herald, Wednesday, July 30, 1986

The man who peddled hot tamales through the streets of Minden for decades and was an "institution" at Minden's Community House has died.

James "Jim" Lyons passed away Monday, July 28 at Minden Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized for several weeks.  He was 85.

His services will be Friday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Union Grove Baptist Church.  Rev. Billy Hawkins will officiate.  Interment will be in the Wilson-Walker Cemetery under direction of Kennon & Sons Mortuary.  The quiet hour will be observed Thursday from 7-8 p.m. with Masonic rites to be delivered by Banner Lodge No. 77.

Mr. Lyons served members of the Woman's Department Club at the Minden Community House for 34 years.  He was a retired city employee and was a deacon in the Union Grove Baptist church.  In 1968 he was the recipient of an award by the department club and in 1976 he was honored by the Minden Beautification Council for his work in the city's parks.

He is survived by his wife, Mattie Lyons; a sister, Carrie Morgan; a brother, Pat Lyons, Jr.; several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.


Overview of Walker Cemetery


Here Lies Jim Lyons


Walker Community Cemetery is a very large and well maintained cemetery. Our thanks to Bill Funderburk and Ann Mays Harlan for the pictures of Mr. Lyons markers. Maybe someday someone will submit a picture of Mr. Lyons to go with his marker.








Walker Cemetery has this nice outhouse. It is kept very clean.

I wish all cemeteries had one like this.


                                                                 Sherry Gritzbaugh, 4507 Verone St., Bellaire, TX77401