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History: BOSSIER SENDS HELP TO 1937 DISASTER AT NEW LONDON, TEXAS

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In its March 25, 1937 issue The Planters’ Press reported that Bossier sent help to a gas explosion in New London, Texas.

“Bossier City and Bossier Parish played their part in sending assistance to the explosion ridden New London community last Thursday [March 18, 1937], when a natural gas blast killed 455 pupils and teachers and injured over 50 others when it wrecked one of the world’s finest rural school buildings.”

“Doctors Scott and Hendrick, local physicians, were among the first on the scene and they did valiant work in trying to relieve the pain and save the lives of the blast victims.”

“Louie Lyons and his first aid crew from the Louisiana Oil Refinery, of this place, motored over post haste to do whatever they could in the emergency.”

“A crew of Bossier City Firemen also were on hand to lend their efforts in doing first aid work and anything else which would be of help at the time.”

“Bossier Parish’s Red Cross Chapter also did its share, sending a carload of medical supplies.  They were taken over by Arthur Raye [sic] Teague, president of the Business Men’s Club, and E. W. Rice, chairman of the Red Cross.”

“The local American Legion Post, through Charles L. Lake, an active member, did its part by providing transportation for several nurses from the Charity Hospital.  These nurses assisted in bandaging up the hurts of workmen engaged in removing the debris at the explosion.  The local firemen also provided transportation for one nurse.”

To discover other ways in which Bossier Parish has proved to be a good neighbor, visit the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center.

Ann Middleton is Director of the Bossier Parish Library Historical Center. She can be reached at (318) 746-7717 or amiddlet@state.lib.la.us.