The Robert C. Benoit Collection

1912-2001

59.73 linear feet

Collection Number 240

Prepared by Kathie Bordelon
January 2009

 

CITATION: The Robert C. Benoit Collection, Collection No. 240, Box number, Folder number, Archives and Special Collections Department, Frazar Memorial Library, McNeese State University. 

 

Archives and Special Collections Department
Frazar Memorial Library
McNeese State University


Biographical Sketch 

            Educator and historian Robert C. Benoit, who spent three decades with both the American Press and the Calcasieu Parish school system, died Monday (July 2, 2007). He was 74.
            Benoit was the editor of the paper’s “50 Years Ago” column, combing through microfilm for his daily recap of local stories from yesteryear.
            He also was a  newsroom fixture on Saturday mornings – when, as he described in his farewell column, “yours truly edited the mail, pounded out rewrites, and developed a crick in his neck taking telephone obits and last-minute stories from correspondents.”
            He retired from the paper in 1995 after 33 years of service.
            The American Press, however, was a part-time job for Benoit. He was a career educator. Benoit taught at LaGrange High School – his alma mater – and retired in 1987 after 30 years as a classroom teacher.
            Local history was a passion for Benoit. He was the editor of Images of America: Imperial Calcasieu, a picture history of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis parishes published by the Southwest Louisiana Historical Association (Arcadia Publishing).
            He wrote stories about Gerstner Field, an airfield south of Lake Charles, and about the murder conviction and execution of Toni Jo Henry in 1942.
            He also helped write the 50-year history of University United Methodist Church, where he was a member.
            Benoit was president of the Southwest Louisiana Historical Association, which in 2001 honored him with the President’s Award.
            A graduate of McNeese State University, he served in the Army in Korea.
            His funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 5, in University United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Prien Memorial Park under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home.

(Lake Charles American Press, July 4, 2007)


Scope and Content Note

 The collection contains several series representing research interests of Benoit over a period of many years. Of primary interest to Benoit was the material on Gerstner Field (8 boxes) and Edmund G. Chamberlain (4 boxes). Gerstner Field was a WWI aviation training field located near Holmwood, south of Lake Charles from 1917-1921. This series contains newspaper articles written about the field beginning in 1912 to around 1940. It contains information on commanders, instructors, pilots who went on to become heroes of the war, pilots who were from the Lake Charles area or settled here, and military aviation in general. Of considerable interest to Benoit was John Purroy Mitchel, former mayor of New York City, who died while stationed at Gerstner. The collection contains photographs of Mitchel, his crashed airplane, and transcripts of his letters. There are also photographs of the damage to the field caused by the hurricane of 1918. 

While researching Gerstner Field, Benoit became interested in the case of Captain Edmund G. Chamberlain, who had received training at Gerstner Field before transferring overseas. According to the records, then Lieutenant Chamberlain had flown on an “unofficial” mission with the British on July 27-28, 1918 and had proven himself a daring aviator and hero who was recommended for the Victoria Cross and the Congressional Medal of Honor for his exploits during those two days. Later he was brought to trial after an investigation into these exploits and court-martialed. Benoit collected proceedings of the trial, testimonies of the witnesses, copies of the exhibits, and much more material relating to Chamberlain and the case. 

Benoit also collected information on the case of Annie Beatrice McQuiston (Toni Jo Henry), the only woman executed in Louisiana’s electric chair. She was executed in Lake Charles on November 28, 1942 for the murder of Joseph P. Calloway.  

The collection contains Benoit’s personal files, covering a wide range of topics and indicating his interest in local history. He was interested in the missionary work of John A. and Mary Lou Stockwell, Methodist missionaries from Lake Charles. Benoit’s photography includes local youth baseball leagues, his work with the LaGrange High School yearbook, the Resume, and many other local activities.


Container List

Series – Gerstner Field
Gerstner Field was a WWI aviation training field located near Lake Charles – for more information see #053 The Gerstner Field Collection

Box

Folder

Description

1-2

 

Collected newspaper articles from the area newspapers (various titles) from around 1912 to 1940s about Gerstner Field (photocopies)

3

 

FF 6 includes information on the August 6, 1918 hurricane and the damage at Gerstner Field

4

 

Reports, letters, memos, notes, articles, speeches, maps (miscellaneous files about Gerstner Field, 1918-1928)
FF 4 includes articles written by Benoit, names of men who died at the field, other facts
FF 5 contains a record of unique moments, maps of the field then and now

5

1

Personnel lists and information

 

2

People – interviews, articles, clippings, includes civilian instructors, commanders, information on people from this area (E. R. Bradford, John Flanders, James L. McCabe, Joseph B. Milgram, Ozite Primeaux, Roy P. Smith)

 

3

Heroes – Will Couch, Jimmy (J. H.) Doolittle, James Ralph Doolittle, Frederick Gerstner, Kirby Maxwell, John A. Macready

 

4

Bibliography and outline for planned book

 

5

World War I Aviation Books in English: An Annotated Bibliography by James Philip Noffsinger; Kelly Field in the Great World War by Harry David Kroll; other articles on aviation topics

 

6

Essington Air Service Group (served during WWI at Essington, PA and Lake Charles, LA); also Philadelphia School of Aviation, Philadelphia Seaplane Base, Lazaretto, Chambers Field

 

7

John Purroy Mitchel: The Boy Mayor of New York by Edwin R. Lewinson; transcriptions of letters Mitchel wrote from Gerstner Field, information on Mitchel’s flight training and last flight at Gerstner Field where he died on July 6, 1918

6

1

General Kenley’s (William L. Kenly) Diary, 24 June -18 July, 1918; other research materials including “View from Washington;” notes on the selection of sites for aviation training fields, notes on aerial weapons during WWI from I. B. Holley, Jr. book Ideas and Weapons; also notes on Materiel Research and Development in the Army Air Arm, 1914-1945

 

2

Memoirs, general; research notes on Jimmy Doolittle, George H. Beverly, Curtis Edward Presley, publication The Hawks That Guided the Guns by Lawrence L. Smart

 

3

Negatives from Gerstner Field photos including: Curtiss JN-4s, DH-4s, aerial views, Essington, PA (Philadelphia Seaplane Base), Frederick Gerstner, air ambulance, parade, Big Lake, James McCabe album photos, Fred Knispel, John Purroy Mitchel

 

4

Negatives from Gerstner Field photos including: Herman Krause album photos, Gerstner reunion booklet, aerial views

 

5

Negatives  from Gerstner Field photos including: James McCabe album photos, Gerstner Field scenes – various dates, historical marker,  Philadelphia Seaplane Base, Lazaretto at Essington, William Couch

 

6

Photographs: aerial views, air ambulance, Frederick Gerstner, 1918 hurricane damage

 

7

Photographs: Gerstner Field historical marker, Robert Benoit making dedication speech at the ceremony for the marker 9-22-91, tour of the field 3-11-96

 

8

Essington Collection photos, interior barracks, interior mess hall, photo of Gerstner men in truck in front of parish courthouse

 

9

Photos of John Purroy Mitchel, including funeral

 

10

Personnel photos, airplanes

 

11

Photographs and clippings from the historical marker dedication, photographs of the field as it looked in 1969

7

1

Photographs of crashes at Gerstner Field, hurricane damage 1918

 

2

Photographs from Essington Collection including 1918 parade on Ryan Street; Farewell Flying Frolic preparations; Gulf to Pacific Coast Flight, Ellington Field, 1-20-1919

 

3

Grant proposal to Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities for publication of history of Gerstner Field

 

4

Over the Front, vol. 16 # 1, Spring 2001 Robert Benoit’s article “Gerstner Field: Then and Now”

 

5

Research articles on military policy, aeronautics, munitions, airplane development during WWI, women in aviation in WWI, misc. books, pamphlets

 

6

Early aviation in Louisiana, research notes

 

7

Early aviation (not Louisiana), research notes

 

8

American Aviators in the Great War, 1914-1918

8

1

Military aviation and general aviation, newspaper articles

 

2

Military aviation and general aviation, newspaper articles

 

3

Aviation medicine

 

4

American First Eagles: The Official History of the U. S. Air Service, A.E.F. (1917-1918) by Lt. Lucien H. Thayer

 

5

Correspondence

 

6

Planes, motors, research notes

Series – Edmund G. Chamberlain
For an outline of the case concerning Chamberlain, read Benoit’s letter to Fidelio Chamberlain in Box 2 FF 2

Box

Folder

Description

1

1

Outline of “Edmund at War” – life of Edmund G. Chamberlain, family notes, notes on Marine Aviation History, research notes

 

2

Chapter outline of life of Chamberlain, key dates and reference points by chapter

 

3

Research including: photocopies of photos, family notes, History of Marine Corps Aviation in WWII by Robert Sherrod, first marine aero personnel at Gerstner Field, Frazier Hunt article from Lake Charles American Press, 8-30-18 on “Daring Yankee Aviator,” handwritten article taken from The London Times 8-31-18 on “A Daring Airman,” correspondence, notes

 

4

Court martial research, articles, correspondence, reviews of proceedings

 

5

Table of contents and index on Chamberlain hearing including testimonies from Senate hearings

 

6

More Senate hearing testimonies

 

7

More Senate hearing testimonies

2

1

Review of Proceedings of General Court Martial in case of Capt. Edmund G. Chamberlain – argument for Chamberlain by T. W. Gregory and J. W. Cox, attorneys for Chamberlain, 2-2-1921

 

2

Correspondence with nephew of Chamberlain, Fidelio G. Chamberlain, contains overview of Chamberlain court case, information on material requested from National Archives and the Colorado Chautauqua Association

 

3

Book The Western Front at a Glance, booklet of 20 postcards from Lille showing scenes 1914-1918, notes on naval aviation (Marine and Navy fliers, chronological notes on chapter 2 of book planned, Lafayette Escadrille roster

 

4

Photographs of WWI planes from Pensacola museum

 

5

Notes from court of inquiry, testimony during court martial proceedings, other research notes

 

6

Over the Front, v. 6#4 Spring 1991, 1918 calendars, handwritten notes

 

7

Drafts of chapters, chronologies

3

1

Record of proceedings of trial – copy of the copy received by Chamberlain, May 1919

 

2

Copy of record of court of inquiry, may 1919

 

3

Copies of exhibits used by court of inquiry and proceedings of the court martial

 

4

More exhibit material

 

5

Exhibit material (continued)

 

6

Exhibit material (continued)

 

7

General court martial outline and record of proceedings in revision

4

1

Testimony

 

2

Testimony (continued)

 

3

Testimony (continued)

 

4

Testimony (continued)

 

5

Testimony (continued)

 Series – Stockwell Missionary Research

Box

Folder

Description

1

1

- “History of First Methodist Church, Lake Charles 1875-1965,” by Mae Webb Stephens
- Correspondence from Robert Benoit to sources of material and information on 3 couples who founded Wembo Nyama mission in the Belgian Congo (Zaire) in Africa in 1913
John A. and Mary Lou Stockwell (from Lake Charles)
Daniel Leeper and Edith Mumpower
Charles Clinton and Daisy Bush
- research notes, newspaper articles, correspondence

 

2

Correspondence, notes on Stockwells, H. M. Stanley’s diaires, “Civilizations of Black Africa”

 

3

- Article by Robert Benoit, “The Stockwells Versus the Powers of Darkness”
- copies of letters from Stockwells concerning their time in Africa, 1913-1917

 

4

- Photocopy of the photograph album from the Western Historical Manuscript Collection at the University of Missouri-Columbia concerning the mission at Wembo Nyama
- information on William Russell Lambuth

 

5

Additional photocopies of photographs and newspaper articles

 

6

- Information on “The Mumpower Family in the Belgian Congo, 1913-1922
- photocopies of photo album from the Western Historical Manuscript Collection

 

7

Information and photos on Bill and Diana Upchurch and their mission work in Guyana and more notes on Zaire and the Stockwell genealogy, clippings about Rwanda, Burundi, Zaire, and Mozambique

2

1

Slides from book Walter Russell Lambert: Prophet and Pioneer, 1924 by W. W. Pinson and slides from the photo album (see Box 1 FF 4 above)

 

2

Slides – continued from photo album

 

3

Slides – continued from photo album

 

 

I Saw It Happen, 1977 by Lorena Kelly – accounts of mission work in Wembo Nyama in Zaire, 1935-1969 after the work of Bush, Mumpower, and Stockwell

 

 

Bolenge: A Story of Gospel Triumphs on the Congo, 1909 by Mrs. Royal J. Dye – account of missionary work in the Congo

 

 

Appointment Congo, 1985 by Virginia Law Shell – given to Benoit by Bill and Diana Upchurch when they were at the Wembo Nyama mission in Zaire in 1994 – book is about Burleigh Law, missionary in the Congo

 Series – University United Methodist Church

Box

Folder

Description

1

1

Reports of the Bicentennial Committee of the Methodist Church in America which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1984

 

2

Bicentennial timeline information, time capsule contents, capsule contributors

 

3

Information on stained glass windows at University United Methodist Church

 

4

Notes for ministers and local church historians on how to plan for celebration

 

5

Folder originally labeled “Bob Byrd” (minister William O. Byrd, 1947-1952) contains material relating to the Clipper Club, the young adult Sunday School Class 1940s, letters from Major William A. Stephens to the Club 1952-53, clippings, info on building fund for education building, info on dedication of Wesley House on McNeese campus, list of charter members of UUMC, order of services for first Sunday, September 28, 1947

 

6

Clippings on various church members and events including Women’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS), People’s Action Group protest against gambling activities in 1951

 

7

File labeled “Hefley 1952-54” contains 5th anniversary program 1947-52 listing Rev. John B. Hefley as part of committee for general arrangements

 

8

File labeled Emmerich 1954-59, for Pastor Earl B. Emmerich, contains information on groundbreaking ceremony for new sanctuary for May 6, 1956, program for youth activity week 1955, bulletin for April 20, 1958

 

9

File labeled “Stovall 1959-65” Pastor James L. Stovall - contains various clippings on church for time period Stovall served as well as Guth Dairy booklet 1927-1965

 

10

File labeled “Merrill” for Rev. Merlin W. Merrill, pastor 1965-68, clippings, 19th anniversary program, bulletin for April 3, 1966, brochures from church

 

11

File labeled “Fraser 1968-72” Rev. William Fraser, clippings, notes to Ed and Lena Sweeney

 

12

File labeled “Reed 1972-76” Rev. Kenneth Reed, clippings, info on new parsonage at 629 W. LaGrange Street, 26th anniversary article , article on 44th anniversary in 1991, brochures for budget 1975

 

13

File labeled “Lilly, 1976-81” Rev. Sale T. Lilly, clippings, misc.

 

14

File labeled “Smith 1981-84” Dr. Woodrow W. Smith, clippings, program for dedication of stained glass windows, 1984

 

15

Church letters to the future, Dec. 1999, remarks for the time capsule ceremony Jan. 2, 2000, Cornerstone Club, list of members

 

16

Time capsule committee meeting minutes, 1998, Cornerstone Club names, program for 50th anniversary jubilee 1947-1997, notes on disaster/evacuation plan, list of charter members, Reaping the Golden Harvest - 50th anniversary booklet

2

1

File labeled “Jones 1988-93” church officials 1991, 1992, material from retirement of Lael Jones 1993, program from the LA Annual Conference of UM Church, Baton Rouge 1991, misc. articles about Dr. Smith

 

2

File labeled “Caraway, 1994” 1994 church officials, budget and revenue report for 1995, capital improvement program for 1994, 1995 charge conference materials, misc. articles

 

3

File labeled “Jubilee Celebration” 1947-1997, programs, Do You Remember quiz, Benoit’s notes on Part 2:history of the UUMC 1972-1997

 

4

University Jubilee, newsletters of the UUMC from 1968-74

 

5

Wesley Foundation at McNeese, 1990-93

 

6

Photographs and negatives, church building, First Sunday, Groundbreaking, Bishop Oden’s visit in 1988, brush arbor

 

7

Clipping on John Wesley, notes on vacation church school, brochures on Sunday evening worship 1997

 

8

VHS on UUMC-The First Fifty Years, Stratton’s History of the UUMC 1947-1984, article by Benoit on “The Passing of the Adult Bible Class”

 

9

Scrapbook containing photos, clippings on history of church

 Series – Old South Louisiana Churches

Box

Folder

Description

1

1

Information and photographs on old churches in South Louisiana – taken to be used as background (slide/video presentation) to Louisiana Choral Foundation presentation of Missa Pro Pace (Mass for Peace) – a volunteer project of Benoit’s (presentation October 1997)

 

2

Negatives of the photographs taken for the presentation, includes:
Napoleonville – Christ Episcopal
Paincourtville – St. Elizabeth Catholic
Labadieville – St. Philomena Catholic
Convent – St. Michael’s Catholic
Thibodaux – St. Joseph Catholic, St. John Episcopal
St. Francisville – Grace Episcopal, St. John Episcopal, St. Mary Episcopal
Weyanoke – St. Mary Episcopal
New Orleans – St. Louis Catholic, St. Patrick’s Catholic, St. Alphonsus Catholic, St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic
Lake Charles – Good Shepherd Episcopal, Immaculate Conception Catholic, Temple Sinai Jewish
Houma – St. Matthew Episcopal
Plattenville – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic

 

3

Kyrie from Missa Pro Pace, photographs for Parts 1, 2, and 3 from the photos listed in FF 2

 

4

Extra photographs

 

5

More photos of specific churches taken by Benoit as part of the Choral Foundation project
Labeled Mississippi River churches:
St. Francisville – Grace Episcopal
Laurel Hill Plantation – St. John Episcopal
Weyanoke – St. Mary Episcopal 
Convent – St. Michael Catholic

 

6

Labeled New Orleans Churches:
St. Louis Catholic, St. Patrick’s Catholic, St. Alphonsus Catholic, St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic

 

7

Labeled Lake Charles Churches:
Good Shepherd Episcopal, Immaculate Conception Catholic, Temple Sinai Jewish

 

8

Labeled Churches along the Bayous:
Napoleonville – Christ Episcopal
Paincourtville – St. Elizabeth Catholic
Plattenville – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic

 

9

Bayous:
Thibodaux – St. Joseph Catholic, St. John Episcopal
New Iberia – Church of the Epiphany

 

10

Bayous:
New Iberia – St. Martin de Tours Catholic
Franklin – St. Mary Episcopal
Houma – St. Matthew Episcopal
Labadieville – St. Philomena Catholic

 Series – Toni Jo Henry (see also the Pamphlet File 509 for more information)

Box

Folder

Description

1

1

Gungirl: The Trial and Execution of Toni Jo Henry – an album of photographs appearing in the Lake Charles American Press (Toni Jo Henry’s maiden name was Annie Beatrice McQuiston)

 

2

- Photocopy of marriage license of Toni Jo and Claude Henry
- Statement of Anna (sic) Beatrice Henry, alias Toni Henry, Feb. 23, 1940
- Statement of Finnon Burks, Feb. 23, 1940
- Supreme Court of Louisiana, Appeals from the Fourteenth Judicial Court, #36,165 and #36,642 (Benoit states that there was a 3rd appeal)
- Highlights of case (chronological)

 

3

Newspaper articles from the 1940s concerning the case (photocopies)

 

4

Newspaper articles continued

 

5

Newspaper articles continued

 

6

- More recent newspaper articles concerning the history of the case
- information on books and screenplays being written about Toni Jo:
A Savage Wisdom
by Norman German, a fictional novel based on the life of Toni Jo
Stone Justice
by Deborah McMartin and Lyn Morgan, a screenplay
Last Stone
, a book by McMartin and Morgan

 

7

Benoit’s notes, correspondence with Los Angeles producers on their interest in Toni Jo’s story and possible movie, 1995-96

 

8

Negatives and photographs of Toni Jo’s gravesite at Graceland/Orange Grove Cemetery, Goodbye Toni Jo: The Electrocution of Annie Beatrice Henry by Burk Foster – a paper prepared for presentation to the Louisiana Historical Association, March 17, 1995

 Series – Miscellaneous (Benoit’s miscellaneous files on a variety of subjects)

Box

Folder

Description

1

1-2

History of Chennault Industrial Airpark, Lake Charles Air Force Base, Chennault Air Force Base, articles on Boeing Military Airplane Company choosing Lake Charles in 1986 for its maintenance facility, articles on other companies at the field including Lockheed Aircraft Service Co., Dynalectron Corp., articles on aviation in Lake Charles area (Harry Watson, first civilian airport in 1930), Gerstner Field

 

3-5

Photocopies of local newspaper articles 1917-1920 concerning town activities during World War I

 

6-7

Photocopies of local and area newspaper articles on the Mermentau River and Dam, article written by Benoit entitled, Old Mermentau River Dam and Lock at Grand Chenier, includes correspondence from the War Department U. S. Engineers Office, 1910-1913 from the National Archives, photos of lock and dam

2

1

Continuation of articles on the Mermentau River and Dam

 

2

Notes and articles on the murder of African-American (Negro) families 1910-1912; list of murders, clues, theories from Rayne, Crowley, Lafayette, San Antonio, Lake Charles, Beaumont, New Iberia; information on arrests; some titles include “Ax Man;” names mentioned include: Alexander Andrus family, Raymond Bernabet, Clementine Bernabet, Felix Broussard family, Marie Warner family, William Burton family; series of crimes committed in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas along the line of the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Sunset Limited; article by William Ivy Hair entitled, Inquisition for Blood: An Outbreak of Ritual Murder in Louisiana, Georgia, and Texas, 1911-1912 from Louisiana Studies 11 (Winter 1972): 274-281

 

3

Continuation of Ax Man articles from 1912; 1921 articles including names: Joe Berry, Sadie Williams, Frank Scalisi family, Joe Murray family; 1927 articles including names: Neil McLeod, Louis Fleming; Goosport Devil Man articles from 1938-1939; article from Gumbo Ya-Ya on “Axman’s Jazz,” 1945; misc. notes on voodooism and Marie Esperito Santo

 

4

Misc. clippings and notes on the Attakapas Indians, Poverty Point

 

5

Misc. copies of photographs including steamers Hazel, Olive, Borealis Rex, river scenes, old Lake Charles scenes including homes and businesses, Grabow photos, Lover’s Lane

3

1

Material relating to Benoit’s book, Images of America: Imperial Calcasieu, Arcadia Publishing, 2000
Photographs labeled cover choices, photos 1-27 (scans of photographs considered for the book)

 

2

Photos 28-48

 

3

Photos 49-90

 

4

Photos 91-116

 

5

Photos 117-150

 

6

Photos 151-169

 

7

Photos 170-195

 

8

 Photos 196-223

 

9

Copy of Benoit’s book Images of America: Imperial Calcasieu

 Series – Personal Files

Box

Folder

Description

1

1

Abstract – 80 miles

 

2

ACLU

 

3

Archeology

 

4

Archives/Museums

 

5

Art – old

 

6

Airbase

 

7

Agriculture

 

8

Alamo

 

9

American press

 

10

American Press/Echo

 

11

Amusements

 

12

Athletics/Philadelphia/Connie Mack

 

13

Autism

 

14

Beam columns/Kingery

2

1

Bibliography – local

 

2

Block, W. T.

 

3

Burton, W. T.

 

4

Cajuns

 

5

Caldwell, C. C. of Gillis (Mermentau material)

 

6

Calcasieu-Cameron Retired Teachers Assoc.

 

7

Calcasieu, Imperial

 

8

 Calcasieu Parish

 

9

Cameron, Game Refuges, Marine Studies

 

10

Canals, Drainage

 

11

Cemeteries

3

1

Chemical Industries and Refineries

 

2

Christman, J. C. (B. B.) Welsh

 

3

Churches (A. M. Mayo)

 

4

Collins, Ben (W. B.) Firefighter, Electric, Lake Charles Ice, Light, Railroad Co.

 

5

Confederates

 

6

Court Cases

 

7

Crime/Law/Rowdiness

 

8

Education

 

9

Elections

 

10

Entertainment

 

11

Food/Drink

 

12

Famous People

 

13

Friends

 

14

Frazar, Lether

 

15

Gerstner

 

16

Governors

4

1

Grabow/Unions/Leather Britches

 

2

Gray, J. G. etc. (Aladdin Vincent)

 

3

Gulf Biological Station

 

4

Gulf Breezes by Levingston

 

5

Health

 

6

History and Myth

 

7

Holidays

 

8

House, Robert E. “Bob”

 

9

Indians

 

10

Intracoastal

 

11

Japanese

 

12

Jones, Sam

 

13

Kaough, Capt. Tom (disappeared in sea marsh)

 

14

Knapp, Seaman

 

15

Korea/19th Infantry

 

16

Lafitte

 

17

Lake Charles

 

18

1960s

 

19

Buildings, Public

 

20

Brochures

5

1

Business

 

2

Development

 

3

Education

 

4

Organizations

 

5

People

 

6

J. A. Landry/Utilities

 

7

League of World War I Aviation Historians/Over the Front/ Benoit’s article on “Gerstner Field – Then and Now” photos of the field

 

8

Lighthouses

 

9

Lindberghs

 

10

Louisiana – various brochures, pamphlets from tourist attractions around the state

 

11

Louisiana continued (includes article by Truman Stacey on Music in Louisiana)

6

1

Louisiana politics

 

2

Louisiana politics

 

3

Lumbering

 

4

Louisiana Maneuvers

 

5

Masons (Bob House)

 

6

Mayo Family

 

7

John McNeese

7

1

McNeese State University

 

2

Mermentau River and Dam

 

3

Military, Local

 

4

New Llano Colony

 

5

Oil

8

1

Camp Polk (Ft. Polk)/DeRidder Airport

 

2

Port of Lake Charles

 

3

Prairie Land

 

4

Prohibition

 

5

Prisoners of War

 

6

Borealis Rex, Olive

 

7

Rice

 

8

Franklin D. Roosevelt

9

1

Adaline H. Sperry, Lover’s Lane

 

2

Sulphur Mines/Herman Frasch

 

3

Sulphur Mines/Herman Frasch

 

4

Aladin Vincent

 

5

World War I

 

6

World War II

 

7

World War II

 

8

Yellow Fever

 Series – Photographs/Negatives

Box

Folder

Description

1

1-5

1978 baseball (Pee Wee, T-Ball, etc.)

 

6-9

1979 baseball (Pee Wee, T-Ball, etc.)

2

1-5

1980 baseball (Pee Wee, T-Ball, etc.)

 

6

1982 baseball (Pee Wee, T-Ball, etc.)

 

7

1979 miscellaneous photographs/negatives: basketball, swim team, football, cheerleaders (elementary school)

 

8

LaGrange football 1950

 

9

LaGrange football 1950

 

10

LaGrange sports 1951-52 (football, basketball, boxing)

 

11

LaGrange sports 1952 (football, basketball, boxing(52-52), track)

 

12

LaGrange sports 1953 (football, basketball)

 

13

LaGrange sports 1954 (football, basketball, track)

 

14

LaGrange sports 1955 (football, basketball, track)

 

15

LaGrange sports 1956 (basketball, track)

3

1

LaGrange sports 1957 (football, track)

 

2

LaGrange sports 1958 (football, basketball, track)

 

3

LaGrange sports 1959 (football, track)

 

4

LaGrange sports 1960 (football, track)

 

5

LaGrange sports 1961 (football, basketball, track)

 

6

LaGrange sports 1962 (football, track)

 

7

LaGrange sports 1962 (basketball)

 

8

LaGrange sports 1963 (football, basketball, track)

 

9

LaGrange sports 1964 (football, basketball, track)

 

10

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, Nov.-Dec. 1965

 

11

LaGrange sports 1965 (football, basketball, track)

 

12

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, Jan. 1966

 

13

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, Feb. 1966

4

1

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, Feb., April 1968

 

2

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, May 1968, The Key 1968-69

 

3

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, Jan. 1969, others no date, but same time period

 

4

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, Feb. 1969, others no date, but same time period

 

5

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1969

 

6

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1969-1970

 

7

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1970

 

8

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, no date

 

9

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, some 1970, mostly no date

5

1

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1970-1971, some no date

 

2

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, some 1970, mostly no date

 

3

Graduation program, May 1971, photographs with no date, no description

 

4

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1971

 

5

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1971

6

1

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1971

 

2

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1971

 

3

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1971-72, The Key, 1971-72

 

4

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, n.d.

 

5

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1971-72

 

6

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1971-72

 

7

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1972

7

1

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1972-73

 

2

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1972-73

 

3

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 197273

 

4

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1973 Spring Supplement and Mr. Mims retirement

8

1

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1974

 

2

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1974

 

3

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1974

 

4

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1974

 

5

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1974

 

6

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1974

9

1

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1974

 

2

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1974

 

3

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1974

 

4

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1974

 

5

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1974

 

6

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1974

10

1

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1975-76

 

2

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1975-76

 

3

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1975-76

 

4

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1975-76

 

5

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1975-76

 

6

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1975-76

11

1

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1976-77

 

2

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1976-77

 

3

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1976-77

 

4

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1976-77

 

5

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1976-77

12

1

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé,  1976-77

 

2

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1976-77

 

3

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1977-78

 

4

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1978

 

5

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1978

 

6

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1978

13

1

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1979

 

2

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1979

 

3

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1980

 

4

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1980

 

5

LaGrange yearbook, Resumé, 1980

14

1

Key Club Winter Formal, Basketball, January 1981

 

2

Senior Prom, April 1981

 

3

Soccer 1981

 

4

Gatorette Banquet April 14, 1981

 

5

South City T-Ball, May-June 1981, Pee Wee, June 1981

 

6

LaGrange Homecoming October 23, 1981

 

7

Nelson Elementary Football Team, November 1981, T. S. Cooley Bulldogs Football, November 1981

 

8

Sadie Hawkins (Twirp), May 1981

 

9

Gatorettes, October-November 1981

 

10

Twirp, February 27, 1982

 

11

Gatorettes, 1982

 

12

Key Club Winter Formal, January 23, 1982

 

13

Key Club, 1975-76, various sports

 

14

Unidentified slides

 

15

Homecoming, n. d.

 

16

Key Club Christmas Formal, 1973

15

1-8

Unidentified LaGrange negatives and prints

16

1-7

Unidentified LaGrange negatives and prints

17

1

Chi Omega Dance at the Civic Center, March 1978
TKE Dance at MSU Ranch, May 1975

 

2

Football – Prien Lake Elementary 1974
Dolby Elementary, Sept.-Oct. 1978
Barbe Elementary , 1980

 

3

Prien Lake School Spring Festival, May 1979

 

4

YMCA Swim Team, Dec. 1977

 

5

Zeta Tau Alpha Dance, 1974 and 1975

 

6

McNeese Sorority Dance Feb. 1972 and Feb. 1973

 

7

Barbe High School Graduation Dance at Country Club, May 1981

 

8

Baseball – Dixie Youth and Mid City Teams

 

9

Dance Arts Studio 1973 and 1974

 

10

Ged Oil Field - slides

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