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Thank you for visiting the Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum Blog. The Dorcheat Historical Museum is the only museum inside the city limits of Minden, Louisiana. The museum opened June 10th, 2008. Admission Free with donations welcomed. Our hours are, Tuesday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., closed for lunch from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., open again from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday we are closed but open by appointment for special showings and meetings. We would like to invite you to visit our location at 116 Pearl Street in Minden, Louisiana. We look forward to sharing our history with you. For more information please contact museum director Schelley Brown Francis at 318-377-3002 or 318-423-0192.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Juanita Agan

Juanita Agan succumbs
Written by Press-Herald Staff
Monday, 13 October 2008
She always had the words.
She always had the smile.
And Minden will always have the memories.
Mrs. Juanita Agan, a fine writer and even finer friend to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her, passed away Sunday afternoon.
She was 85 years old.
Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Arrangements are being handled by Rose-Neath of Minden.
Agan wrote a weekly column, “Cameos”, which focused on “older times” or “Americana”.
To say she was a big part of the Minden Press-Herald is an understatement.
“Mrs. Agan was one of a kind,” Press-Herald Publisher Josh Beavers said. “We will never be able to replace Mrs. Agan.
We wouldn’t even be able to try. Minden has lost one of its best citizens."
“I cannot express to you how much she will be missed,” he continued.
With her tales of memories past, Mrs. Agan was a popular columnist for the Press-Herald.
“I have always written stories, mostly about our family’s experiences — things that my mother told me and then my own life experiences. I have written volumes of pages about my mother’s family and about her life. This was just for my children and grandchildren,” Mrs. Agan said during a previous interview with the Minden Press-Herald. “Some of my writing was just about my feelings — joy, sorrow, happiness, funny experiences and so on. Only in the last few years have I written about other people and events. I am not a story writer. I am just an old lady with lots of happy memories that I write about.”
Mrs. Agan was born June 28, 1923, in Shreveport to Louannie Longino Murphy, who would have been 40 on her next birthday, and James Allison Murphy, who was in his early 50s.
Mr. Murphy died of a heart attack when Mrs. Agan was just three years old.
“My mother devoted her time to me and told me the stories that her mother had told her of the Civil War and life after the war,” Mrs. Agan said. “My grandmother was 11 when the war was over, and her two brothers that had fought in the war never came home.”
In the early 1930s, Mrs. Agan and her mother moved a lot, going wherever a woman of nearly 50 could find work. In 1936, when Mrs. Agan was almost 13 and her mother was 52, they moved to Minden.
“Many of my mother’s friends were older than she was, and many knew much about the history of this area,” Mrs. Agan said. “We listened as they told us of their forbearers and about many funny incidents in the history of this area.”
Many of those friends were descendants of the original Germans who settled the Germantown area. Mrs. Agan was able to put those accounts into stories.
Mrs. Agan finished high school in 1939 at the age of 15. Due to the generosity of friends, she was able to borrow money from the Women’s Department Club to further her education.
“This was just a continuation of the love that Minden has shown me since I was the little girl of 13,” she said.Mrs. Agan’s interest in history was inherited by her children, Suzanne and John, and shared by her husband J.C.“My mother, who was very intelligent, instilled a love of history in my heart that was also passed on to my son and my daughter,” she said.
As soon as Suzanne was old enough to travel, the family began visiting historical sites in Louisiana, eventually traveling across the South, with trips planned to include historical stops.
When Suzanne was in fifth grade, her teacher, Ruby Salmon, announced that the class was about to begin a new subject — history, promising her students they would love it.
“Mrs. Salmon was a gifted teacher who instilled a love of history in these students, especially in my daughter Suzanne,” Mrs. Agan said. “Suzanne shares our love of history and especially this history of this area.”
Cameos of Minden was published in the Minden Press-Herald on Wednesdays.





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