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M-061 Earl R. Hester (d. 1970), Collection, 1850-1965.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

Collection of records and papers relating mainly to the history of Arcadia and Bienville Parishes, Louisiana; includes files on Allen Greene, Huey P. Long, and other materials on Louisiana history. 3 boxes.

BOX:001

FOLDER:001
DESCRIPTION:
Brief history family outline.

FOLDER:002-003
DESCRIPTION:
Arcadia, Louisiana:
Legal and historical records; writings by Hester on the history of Arcadia; records and histories of Arcadia churches; correspondence and notes on Arcadia banks; notes and newspaper articles by Hester based on old clippings from 1894 and 1895 Arcadia newspapers and other sources.
Correspondence and records on the Buys family.
Printed materials on the history and description of Arcadia.
Map of Old Arcadia as retraced from map by George N. Clampitt, 1885 [shelved with map collection].

BOX:002

FOLDER:001
DESCRIPTION:
Arcadia High School alumni and school publications The Alumnus September 1912; Fiftieth Annual Commencement programs (2); Fifty-Eighth Commencement programs (2);Sixty- First Annual Commencement program (1).
The Campus Talk, April 1938; photograph, 1931; two typed and one printed histories; newspaper articles; Hester's correspondence mainly concerning former principals.
Louisiana Municipal Review dated June, 1959.

FOLDER:002
DESCRIPTION:
Bienville Parish, Louisiana: Act of incorporation; printed and typed histories; articles, notes, and statistical reports on early population;
Maps of old Claiborne Parish and population flow to North Louisiana; photographs of old Claiborne Parish Courthouse.
Records and papers about individuals, 1888-1907; Hester's notes on officials and other persons; three newspaper clippings; Hester's correspondence about Bienville Parish history, 1937-1965.
Map of Bienville Parish, 1957 [shelved with map collection].

FOLDER:003
DESCRIPTION:
Brummett, D.E.: Abstract of title to the lands of D.E. Brummett in Bienville Parish.

FOLDER:004
DESCRIPTION:
Bossier Parish: Historical sketch and accompanying letter.

FOLDER:005
DESCRIPTION:
Civil War: List of members of Gen. Grant's Military Academy class of 1843; four pamphlets on the Civil War.

FOLDER:006
DESCRIPTION:
Claiborne Parish: Census schedules, 1830, 1840; five letters about history of Union Grove Church of Christ; letter about early Baptists in Claiborne and Bienville Parishes.

FOLDER:007
DESCRIPTION:
Borman, Ruth Marsalis: Ten letters to Hester about Ruth Marsalis Dorman, the first graduate of Arcadia High School; two articles by Hester, with photographs, on Ruth Marsalis Dorman.

FOLDER:008
DESCRIPTION:
Egan, James C.: Letter from Dr. J.C. Egan to Allen Holland, July 23, 1872, concerning political matters.

FOLDER:009
DESCRIPTION:
Elections, Parish: Records, articles by Hester, and notes on national, state and/or local elections in Bienville and Union Parishes, 1860, 1863, 1876, 1892, and 1893.

FOLDER:010
DESCRIPTION:
Fort Jessup, Sabine Parish: Four clippings.

FOLDER:011
DESCRIPTION:
Gee, Sack Pennington: Will and cemetery records; letters, notes, and articles on Gee by Hester and others.

FOLDER:012
DESCRIPTION:
Grand Jury: Copies of Bienville Parish district grand jury reports, 1860, 1861, and 1867.

FOLDER:013
DESCRIPTION:
Greene, Allen: Papers concerning land transactions by Greene and other records on him; abstract of affidavits (1875?) Concerning voter registration in Lincoln Parish; five letters from Greene to Allen Holland and others, 1873-1875; political letter by E.M. Graham (1874?); article on Greene by Hester.

FOLDER:014
DESCRIPTION:
Lights, Electric (Arcadia): Papers concerning the installation and operation of the Electric Light Plant in Arcadia.

FOLDER:015
DESCRIPTION:
Lincoln Parish: Copy of act creating Lincoln Parish and a history of "The Bench and Bar of Lincoln Parish".

FOLDER:016
DESCRIPTION:
Long, Huey P.: Newspaper articles and circulars printed during the political campaigns and careers of Huey P. Long, O.K. Allen, and Earl K. Long.

FOLDER:017
DESCRIPTION:
Masons (Bienville Parish): Copies of records, correspondence, and notes on the founding of Masonic lodges in various towns in Bienville Parish.

FOLDER:018
DESCRIPTION:
North Louisiana Historical Association. Seven issues of the North Louisiana Historical Association Newsletter.

FOLDER:019
DESCRIPTION:
Public Affairs Research Council: Letters and statements about the appraisal by PAR of schools in Louisiana, including Franklin High School and certain trade schools.

FOLDER:020
DESCRIPTION:
Police Jury: Copy of Bienville Parish Police Jury records January 23, 1871, and a legal case involving the Police Jury, 1893.

FOLDER:021
DESCRIPTION:
Post Office: Letters from the National Archives, the Library of Congress and others to Hester with records and other information on post offices and postmasters in Bienville Parish and also Farmerville and Vienna in Lincoln Parish; notes and articles on early post offices by Hester; copy of Bienville Democrat March 18, 1965, featuring the history of Arcadia's post office [filed with newspaper collection].

FOLDER:022
DESCRIPTION:
Schools (Bienville Parish): A mid-nineteenth century broadside advertising the Arcadia Male and Female Academy; articles and notes on the Arcadia Male and Female Academy; charter, notes, and articles on the Arcadia Male and Female College; notes on the E.A. Seminary in Arcadia; notes and correspondence on early schools and teachers in Bienville Parish; manuscript by Miriam G. Reeves entitled "Education in Louisiana, 1803-1953."

FOLDER:023
DESCRIPTION:
Union Parish: Lists of postmasters, 1851-1955; lists of pupils in Downsville schools, 1882-1887: Act of Incorporation of the Downsville Circuit.


BOX:003

FOLDER:001
DESCRIPTION:
Veterans, Confederate: Cemetery records of Bienville Parish Confederate veterans, presumably compiled by Hester's students at Arcadia High School.

FOLDER:002
DESCRIPTION:
Miscellaneous: Circular announcing Hester's candidacy for presidency of the Louisiana Teachers' Association; newspaper article on the Twitchell Papers.

FOLDER:003
DESCRIPTION:
Newspaper articles on Bienville Parish. Articles from the Bienville Democrat, some signed by Hester.

FOLDER:004
DESCRIPTION:
Mississippi Miscellaneous.
Robert Hester Rev. War Pension – Georgia.

FOLDER:005
DESCRIPTION:
Notebook and newspaper clippings.
Lincoln Parish Map – 1880.

FOLDER:006
DESCRIPTION:
History of Bienville Parish.

FOLDER:007
DESCRIPTION:
Civil War.
Battle of Mansfield.

FOLDER:008
DESCRIPTION:
Civil War.


BOX:004

FOLDER:001
DESCRIPTION:
John S. Mosby.

FOLDER:002
DESCRIPTION:
Jefferson Davis and publications.

FOLDER:003
DESCRIPTION:
Shreveport 1837-1839 maps.
Shreveport First National Bank 100 years in Shreveport.

FOLDER:004
DESCRIPTION:
Jamestown Festival 1607-1957.
Official Map of Yorktown.
International Military Trials Nurnberg.
Germany Exchange of Communications 1939.
Louisiana in the Spanish-American War.
Young Germany Apprentice to Democracy.

FOLDER:005
DESCRIPTION:
Central Germany
International Military Tribunal Nurnberg Germany
1945-1946.
Time 1940.
Real America.

Memorandum By The German Ambassador Stohrer to Spain. Strictly Secret.

FOLDER:006
DESCRIPTION:
History of Natchitoches.
Historic Claiborne 1965.
Claiborne Parish Sketches.


BOX:005

FOLDER:001-002
DESCRIPTION:
Randolph Hester of Sumter County, Alabama.
Correspondence, Newspaper clippings, and official Papers.

FOLDER:003
DESCRIPTION:
Sumter County Alabama.
Deeds, Correspondence, Genealogy, etc.
Alabama Highways, The Wire Road.

FOLDER:004
DESCRIPTION:
The state of Alabama Deed Book.
Genealogy.
Correspondence.

FOLDER:005
DESCRIPTION:
York, Alabama.
A Short Sketch of Old Gaston by: Wilbur Dearman.
Correspondence.
Alabama Directory 1954.
Flora D. England.
List of Alabama Ancestors and correspondence.

FOLDER:006
DESCRIPTION:
Genealogy and Correspondence.

FOLDER:007
DESCRIPTION:
Note Book with documentations.
Records from the National Archives dated 1850.
Census Records.

FOLDER:008
DESCRIPTION:
Genealogy and Correspondence.
Succession of Randolph Hester.
Handwritten Genealogy notes.


BOX:006

FOLDER:001
DESCRIPTION:
State of Alabama, Sumter County.
James A. Auld.
Family of Joseph Hester.
Genealogy and Correspondence.

FOLDER:002
DESCRIPTION:
Genealogy and Correspondence.
Military Bounty Land Warrant, 35,508.
Legal Papers.
Census Extracts from Union Parish, LA. 1870.
Handwritten Genealogy notes.
Correspondence.
Petition filed by Robert S. Hester dated 1868.
Legal Papers.

FOLDER:003
DESCRIPTION:
Georgia Hester’s – Relatives and Descendents.
Correspondence.
Stephen Hester Will dated January 1824.
State and Counties, Georgia.

FOLDER:004
DESCRIPTION:
John Randolph Hester and Robert Hester.
Correspondence and legal papers.

FOLDER:005
DESCRIPTION:
Correspondence
Seminole War 1817-1818.
Minutes – Northeast Louisiana Shrine Club,
West Monroe, Louisiana July 17, 1966.

FOLDER:006
DESCRIPTION:
Correspondence, Genealogy chart and newspaper
clippings.

FOLDER:007
DESCRIPTION:
Louisiana miscellaneous. Court Records.
Parish Court Records.
War Records.
Walter Stevens Hester Born: August 13, 1871
Died: 1942
Married: Curmeler Lawrence: Nov. 19, 1893.
John Randolph Hester
Born: June 19, 1846.
Died: April 19, 1922.
Married: Zilphia Ann King: Sept. 3, 1877.


BOX:007

FOLDER:001
DESCRIPTION:
Correspondence files:
Mrs. Hearne Harper.
Mrs. Sally H. Bruner.
Celia Hester.
Henry W. Hester.
Mrs. Daisy Hester Vidrine.
Mrs. Ora H. Huskey.

FOLDER:002
DESCRIPTION:
Kings.
Hesters in Kentucky.
Fred S. Reynolds.
Odis Littleton.
Ruth Tidwell.

FOLDER:003
DESCRIPTION:
Marriage Records Union Parish, LA 1839-1857.
Lincoln Parish, LA 1873-1874.
Hester Families Mississippi.

FOLDER:004
DESCRIPTION:
Sack Pennington Gee.
Football photographs.

FOLDER:005
DESCRIPTION:
Photographs.

FOLDER:006
DESCRIPTION:
Information for Parish Civil War Centennial Committees.
Newspaper clippings, written notes and legal papers.

FOLDER:007
DESCRIPTION:
History notes, newspaper clippings and handwritten
notes.

FOLDER:008
DESCRIPTION:
North Louisiana History.


BOX:008

FOLDER:001
DESCRIPTION:
North Louisiana History.
Elections.
Railroads.


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