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    Old City Cemetery - Ouachita Parish Louisiana http://www.thenewsstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/201012310115/LIFESTYLE/12310303 December 31, 2010 NELG&HS
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      Old City Cemetery - Ouachita Parish Louisiana


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      December 31, 2010

      NELG&HS discusses cemetery restoration

      The Northeast Louisiana Genealogical and

      Historical Society met Nov. 14 in the Louis Locke

      Room of the main branch of the Ouachita Parish

      Library.

      James Free, president, told of the restoration of the

      old Baughman house in Farmerville. Nyleen Bell

      offered an unusual anecdote, saying that Charles

      Lindburg's plane once landed in the front yard of

      the home.

      Lois Ferguson, first vice president, introduced a

      member of the society, Mary K. Berry, whose

      program was about the restoration of a cemetery in

      her home town of Williamsburg, Miss. She lived

      near the cemetery and played there as a child. The

      county genealogical society completely restored

      the cemetery, including fencing, cutting trees and

      cleaning monuments. Several people who fought

      in the War of l812 and the Civil War are buried

      there. The govermment furnished monuments for

      those graves.

      Two guests from the Friends of the Old City

      Cemetery in Monroe attended the meeting. Colleen

      Stewart introduced Terry Ford, treasurer of the

      group. He said the local cemetery is in poor

      condition and had pictures to show that much

      needs to be done.

      It is presently being taken care of by the city of

      Monroe. He has visited the city council meetings

      to get support from the city for restoration and

      better upkeep. He said five mayors of Monroe are

      buried there, along with many other notable people

      of historical significance. Night lights have been

      installed because of his efforts. He told about a

      project at the Natchez City Cemetery, Angels on

      the Bluff, that begins in March each year and raises

      money to help with perpetual care of the cemetery.

      Ford is hoping to enlist community support for the

      restoration of the Monroe Old City Cemetery. The

      group meets the second Friday of the month at the

      main branch of the library. All interested are

      invited to attend.

      Twenty-six members were present, with eight

      visitors and one new member.

      Submit anecdotes or items about local people to

      Jes' Ramblin', c/o The News-Star, 411 N. Fourth

      St., Monroe, LA, 71201; or e-mail them to

      accent@.... Personal comments for

      Hope Young can be called in to 362-0278; e-

      mailed hyoung@...; or sent to

      the address above.


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