Help Us Keep History Alive In Webster Parish
In return for your support, you will receive not only a tax deduction, but also, invitations to all museum activities. Please give every consideration to helping with this endeavor. Be a part of Webster Parish history by becoming a proud supporter of the Webster Parish Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum.
All contributions may be mailed to:
Dorcheat Historical Association Museum
PO Box 1094
Minden, Louisiana 71058.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
will hold its 2nd “Night at the Museum” for the 2012 series of speakers on the second Monday night in March, 2012. Siblings, Mrs. Gloria West Evans and Mr. Claude O. West will speak at the Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum on Dorcheat Historical Association Museum March, 12th, 2012, about The West Family history, why they came to , growing up in Minden , the days of West Brother’s Department stores and West Gibson's. Minden
Both Evans and West graduated from
. Mrs. Evans graduated Minden High School , did graduate work at Louisiana Tech to earn her certification to teach computer literacy. Mrs. Evans would later teach at Louisiana College . Claude West graduated LSU, worked two summers at New York University School of Business. Glenbrook School
Gloria married her high school sweetheart, David Evans, and the couple will celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2012. They have lived in
, Pineville, La. , Mobile, Alabama , before moving back to North Little Rock, Ark. in 1966. Gloria and David have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. Minden
Claude married his high school sweetheart, Leatrice David, and celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2011. They have lived in
, Springhill, Baton Rouge , Homer, Bastrop and De Ridder, Louisiana before moving back to Stuttgart, Arkansas in 1955. Claude and Leatrice have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren with two more on the way. Both families are members of the First Baptist Church Minden. Minden
Don’t miss your chance to hear about one of
’s well known families. The museum events will be held in the Media/Learning room at the Minden , Dorcheat Historical Association Museum 116 Pearl Street, Minden, La. Museum doors will open at , with first-come, first-serve seating. Program begins at , admission is free with potluck desserts and snacks welcome.
For more information contact Schelley Brown Francis at 318-377-3002 or visit www.museuminminden.blogspot.com to sign up for the museum email blast. You can also find the museum on Facebook. To learn more about Webster Parish’s rich history visit the
located at Dorcheat Historical Association Museum 116 Pearl Street in . Museum hours; closed on Monday, Tuesday-Friday (closed from 1-2 for lunch), Saturday - . The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment. Minden
Friday, February 17, 2012
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The following description of the Chaffe family is from the Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana printed in 1890; Christopher Chaffe, proprietor of
foundry and livery stable, Minden Among the enterprising, pushing, thoroughgoing and public spirited citizens of Minden, La. and Webster Par., Minden the above mentioned gentleman ranks among the first. He is a native of Louisiana , born in England on Devonshire County January 8, 1818, and his parents, John and Johanna (Skelton) Chaffe, were natives of the same country.
John Chaffe was a blacksmith and farmer, and carried on a prosperous business until his death in 1848. His widow survived him several years, and died in her native country when eighty-two years of age. Christopher Chaffe learned the blacksmith's trade with his father, and remained with him until twenty-nine years of age, at which time he started out for himself. He remained in his native country until 1840, and then immigrated to the States, locating at
, where he has since resided. Here he has met with varied success. Minden, La.
He built a shop and started in business here in 1851, but an enemy burned his shop in the same year. He soon bought out a foundry, established himself here, and also built a barn in 1854 in order to engage in the livery business. He has been carrying on a successful business here for years. In 1880 he met with another loss by fire, his gin house being burned. In 1887 his residence was burned. He rebuilt the house the same year, but this too, was destroyed by fire in 1888, together with his livery barn and office.
At no time has Mr. Chaffe been discouraged, but began anew with renewed energy and determination, being better fixed to-day than at any past time. He has a large, new, substantial residence, a farm of about 500 acres with 300 acres under cultivation, the gin is kept busy and he is doing a fair livery business. In 1854 Mr. Chaffe took a mail contract and started a mail line to
from Monroe . In 1856 he also took a mail contract from Minden to Shreveport , and established a daily line. He had several mail contracts during the war, and is still in the Government service as a mail contractor. Vicksburg
Mr. Chaffe was married in
on England May 29, 1848, to Miss Jane Farley, a most estimable lady, who died here in 1867. She was his devoted wife and helpmate for nineteen years, and was a faithful and consistent member of the Episcopal Church. To his marriage were born six children, viz.: Charles (married, resided in ), Arthur (married and resides in Texas ), Clarence, Jeanette, Lizzie and Trebly. Mr. Chaffe and family are members of the Episcopal Church. Minden
To learn more about the museum you can visit the web site at www.museuminminden.blogspot.com or find
on Facebook. The museum is the perfect place to learn a little about Webster Parish. Dorcheat Museum
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
“WWII War Stories”
held its 1st “Night At The Museum” for the 2012 series of speakers on Monday night, Dorcheat Historical Association Museum February 13th, 2012. The event highlighted the WWII memories of Mr. Jack Holman. The evening began with opening comments and welcome by museum director Schelley Brown Francis. Dorcheat Museum Association President, Mr. Thad Andress then introduced the guest speaker.
Holman told of his journey from the halls of his college days at Ole’ Miss to going into the Navy soon after the attack on
Pearl Harbor. Hobson Holman attained the non-commissioned rank of Fire Controlman Second Class Petty Officer onboard the destroyer USS HOBSON, the lead ship for the Utah Beachhead at on D-Day. HOBSON took Holman to Normandy in Utah Beach on D-Day, southern Normandy for the invasion, the sinking of U- 571 and to France in the Pacific Theatre where his ship was under daily Kamikaze attacks. Holman’s vivid memories mixed with a little humor made the night special to everyone in attendance. Holman has also written several books about WWII that anyone interested in the subject would enjoy. Okinawa, Japan
Even with the cold and rainy weather, the museum was standing room only with a little over 100 people attending the evening. “I am so glad I was able to attend tonight.” commented one of the guests who had never been to a museum event.
The museum is open free of charge Tuesday-Saturday. The next museum event will be held Monday, March 12th, with Gloria West Evans and Claude O. West as guest speakers. The Nights At The Museum events are something that anyone interested in history and the
area will not want to miss. Minden
If you would like to hear the story as told by Mr. Holman or any of the other speakers you can contact the museum for your copy of the
DVD for $10 each. For more information contact Schelley Brown Francis at 318-377-3002 or visit www.museuminminden.blogspot.com . You can also find the museum on Facebook.