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History: 1948 investigation agency under investigation

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The Planters’ Press November 18, 1948 edition reported that a new business in Bossier City was operating under suspicious circumstances.

“A new business which opened in Bossier City Monday and ran advertisements in Shreveport newspapers under the name of ‘Commercial and Personal Investigations, Inc.,’ has been closed down. Deputy Sheriff Steve Norris of Bossier Parish has reported saying it lacks a city and state license necessary to operate.”

“The business will remain closed pending completion of an investigation of the would-be investigator, according to the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office.”

“Norris and City Marshal Ray Festervan ordered the office, located in the Wilder building on Barksdale Boulevard, closed down Tuesday afternoon following a conference with Frank Mason, manager of the Bossier City Chamber of Commerce, Harold Bryant, manager of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, R. A. Booth, manager of the Better Business Bureau of Shreveport, and Caddo Parish Sheriff J. Howell Flournoy.”

“Meanwhile, the operator of the business, John W. Corpier, Jr., 25-year-old corporal stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, was being investigated by military and federal authorities. A member of the Barksdale legal office told Bossier authorities that Corpier is confined to the base pending his discharge as an undesirable airman.”

“The Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau evidenced interest in Corpier’s case when his advertisement in a Monday morning newspaper asserted that the two organizations were included ‘among our many satisfied clients.’”

“The statement was retracted in an advertisement running the following day.”

“Norris said his office had refused a request by Corpier for deputy’s commission to carry out criminal investigations, and Sheriff Flournoy stated that no request had been made for a commission at his office.”

“Corpier formerly was married to an English girl, but later was divorced and married a Shreveport girl.”

Whether Corpier was discharged is debatable because his headstone asserts that he was a member of the Army Air Corps who had served in World War II. He died in Texas in 1992.

Reading old newspapers is entertaining and educational. Old newspapers can open new windows on events, people and places. Pay a visit to the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center and take a look.