August 25, 2015

The Great Show Visits Harrisonburg, 1861

The Independent - 3/6/1861

Dan Rice - circa 1840s

Dan Rice, owner of The Great Show, was born in Manhattan, New York in 1823.  For more information on his colorful life, click on the links below and enjoy the read.

Dan Rice Days Festival

Dan Rice Tent

Dan Rice

August 24, 2015

Military Monday - POW Vernon Carlton Released, 1953

Monroe News Star - 8/26/1953

Vernon William Carlton

Born on May 14, 1930

Son of
Edward and Vera Carlton

United States Army
Korean War
Repatriated Prisoner of War

Enlistment Date:  October 28, 1947
Release Date:  October 20, 1953

Sgt. Vernon William Carlton died on November 10, 1997.  He is buried in the Carlton Family Cemetery in Jonesville, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.

National Archives  Records Administration [online database/]
Korean War Data File of American Prisoners of War [online database/]

August 23, 2015

Sunday's Obituary - Olga Seal

Monroe News Star - 6/23/1977

Olga Laura Knight

Born on February 24, 1903

Daughter of
John Henry Knight and Lillie Margaret Ballad

Sister to
John Barkley, Margaret "Maggie", Sallie, Coan Ira, Rufus and
Ione Nellie "Babe" Knight

Wife of
Alvin Lewis Seal

Mother to
Ouida, Juanita, Patsy and Carolyn

Died on June 23, 1977
Buried in the Old Pine Hill Cemetery
Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana

August 22, 2015

Shopping Saturday - David Marks' Store in Harrisonburg, 1857

The above advertisement was found in the September 16, 1857 edition of Harrisonburg's newspaper, The Independent.

David Marks was born on December 25, 1820 in Ingenheim, Rheinish, Bavaria, Germany.  U. S. census records for 1850 show him living in Harrisonburg with his occupation listed as merchant.

David Marks married Caroline Newman circa 1854.  Caroline was born on March 20, 1835 in Kaiserslautern, Germany.  She was the sister of Isadore and Henry Newman.

Children born to this marriage were:
Theodore David
Lewis Newman
David Marks died on September 30, 1868 and Caroline Newman Marks died on January 21, 1899.  Both are buried in the Hebrew Rest Cemetery in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana.

August 20, 2015

Catahoula Put In Quarantine, 1936

In the Spring of 1936, residents of Catahoula Parish suffered from an influenza epidemic.  All public gatherings were prohibited until the quarantine was lifted.  

From an article appearing in the March 29, 1936 edition of the Monroe Morning World we find that not everyone agreed with the call to quarantine the parish.  Ultimately, the parish board of health ruled that an emergency existed and the entire parish was placed in quarantine.

Monroe Morning World - 3/29/1936