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It has been said, “Don’t ask a question that you don’t know the answer to”. Historical buffs who follow this article like to read history that they know but certain parts of it had slipped their mind – especially dates. Mansfield’s history is one of the writer’s favorite things to reminisce about.

Shortly after DeSoto Parish was organized at Screamerville in 1843 the La. Legislature designated the site for the Parish Sear of Government to be in the geographical center of the Parish (DeSoto was from the Sabine to the Red River when formed). William Crosby sold his interest in the Crosby-Caruth store in Screamerville and built the first store where the old three- story jail that has recently demolished sat. His own family home adjoined this store to the north. The little log courthouse was built on the northeast corner of Washington and Franklin Streets where the present Police Jury office in located. The courthouse square was left vacant in order to build the two-story red brick courthouse at a later date.

Stores began to be built especially the large C.E. Jenkins General Store, the Wilcox-Wemple Store and on the corner at Adams St. was the Rouse Racket store which was the first out –oftown investor. Washington and Polk Streets became the main business districts. The DeSoto Bank, which is now a Law Office, was the big bank but it closed during the depression. First National Bank was on the corner of Washington and Polk but it also closed. Later a First National opened in the same location but there were no connections between the two banks.

 

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