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Wed
23
Oct

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

A tribute to the family of Mr. Riemer Calhoun, Sr. is long overdue for the presentation of the Mansfield Female College buildings and property to the State of Louisiana as a museum to be enjoyed down through the years. The Mansfield Female College, oldest female college west of the Mississippi River and the “Jewell of DeSoto Parish”, was presented to Secretary of State Fox McKeithen from the front steps of the Museum’s main building in 2002. A large crowd of Mansfield and DeSoto Parish citizens was present and recognized the tremendous donation and its future value to the area. The Calhouns had developed the former three story Administration Building which was now a single story into one of the most gracious homes in the parish.

Wed
23
Oct

The Farm Wife

Tip 16 – Homestyle entertainment

I don’t know about you, but $40+ dollars just to watch a movie is a little rich for our pocketbook. Instead, we rent one, or even watch the prices in the stores and buy our favorite ones when they are on sale.

Need some inexpensive entertainment tips? Rent a movie. Go fishing. Take a walk. Cook together. There are so many things you can do to entertain yourself at home, and save that money you would otherwise spend on going out. It will also bring you and your family closer together, giving yourself an opportunity to talk more.

 

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Wed
16
Oct

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Questions concerning the Great Depression are frequently asked about conditions in DeSoto Parish. This writer is not an authority of course due to his young age at the time having been born in 1924. It is interesting to reflect on how it affected DeSoto since we were an agricultural economy based society there were two items that particularly affected us – plowing under growing cotton and killing of healthy cattle. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s plan was to reduce the amount of cotton so the price would increase and killing cattle would increase the value of beef. Of course, in areas where other crops like wheat or hogs were staples the same principle was utilized. Since DeSoto had only two cash crops they were the only ones that came under the program.

Wed
16
Oct

The Business Doctor

The Business Doctor

Fixing A Broken Store

Wed
09
Oct

Pat’s Chat

Pat’s Chat

Velinda and I babysat this weekend with Jax Arbuckle. His parents, Jason and Erin, went to the LSU game. I was afraid he would cry but I couldn’t ask for a better baby. We took him to a friend of Velinda’s birthday party for 5-year olds. He thought he was as big as they were.

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Wed
09
Oct

Hey, Let’s Talk! No Strings Attached

Hey, Let’s Talk! No Strings Attached

I’d heard that the great Rhythm & Blues Soul artist Ben E. King had died and I wanted to look that up on the internet. His lovely poignant song “Stand By Me” from 1961 is one of my top five favorite songs of all time and is one of those perfect combinations of lyrics and melody I know. When it comes on the radio you want to turn up the volume to hear one more time …. Everytime.

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Wed
09
Oct

Along the Way

Along the Way

There’s just no telling what I’ll say or do when I’m in my mid-sixties when it comes to technology, but it’s foreshadowing (and often comical) to witness how some of today’s Baby Boomers handle different aspects of our ever-increasing technological advances.

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Wed
09
Oct

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

While reminiscencing about the Red River Campaign some additional information from old letters was found. This Campaign towards the end of the Civil War is one of my favorite and in order to understand the Red River Campaign some background is necessary.

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Wed
02
Oct

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Most people do not give much thought to names but that is one of the most important things about a person. His parents gave a lot of thought before naming him as a baby. The same thing is true about a place or town. So where did DeSoto Parish get its name? Down through the years many thought the name was in honor of Hernando DeSoto the explorer, however, he never came near DeSoto Parish. The closest was probably Fulton, Arkansas where he died and was thrown in the Mississippi for burial. A better candidate is Marcelo (Marcel) DeSoto who brought the first thirty families to what is now our parish. He received a grant of land along the bayou that later became known as Bayou Pierre. He was half French and half Spanish and the grandson of St. Denis who established Natchitoches. His mother was the dynamic Mariede St. Denis DeSoto.

Wed
02
Oct

Along the Way

Along the Way

We were standing with our hands over our hearts, facing the flag, listening to the National Anthem being played by an orchestra over the loud speakers. It was just before one of my son’s football games a couple of weeks ago.

Suddenly, toward the end of the Anthem, something happened to the sound system and the music stopped.

The crowd in the stands stood silently for a couple of seconds before singing in unison a cappella, “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

 

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