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History: Two firsts for Bossier Parish

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In an article titled “Farmers and Game” the February 2, 1933 issue of The Bossier Banner explained why it was necessary for farmers to post their property.

“There still are quite a number of people here in Bossier Parish who can remember when there was no such thing as a ‘posted’ farm, and when no one care[d] how much hunting was done on his place. But it has been different during more recent years and each year sees more and more owners of rural acres forbidding hunting on their premises.”

“Hunters do not have to be told what brought about the change. They know that ‘game bags’ and those among their number who are inconsiderate of other people’s property and other people’s rights are the cause of farms being closed to hunting. Careless and inconsiderate hunters often shoot with no regard for the farmer’s livestock. Another type of hunter, not satisfied with a reasonable amount of game, kills everything that gets up before his gun, slaughtering for the mere fun of it—if it can be called fun. Still others leave gates open, and livestock is permitted to pass out onto the highway or into fields where they may do great damage to crops. And still another type breaks down fences or leaves the embers of camp fires where the wind can easily blow them into dry grass and leaves and start a serious conflagration.”

“It is to prevent all this that rural residents have been forced to put up ‘No Hunting’ signs, or to personally order every one off their place who enters it with gun in hand. The farmers are simply practicing self-protection. But they never started doing it until the hunters and game hogs (not sportsmen) themselves forced them to it.”

Another new idea that was being discussed for the first time was preparations for a produce market in Bossier Parish. This idea was presented in the January 26, 1933 issue of The Bossier Banner. A Bossier City candy store called The Flower Pot was to handle the farmers’ produce.

“A plan is being worked on by the Home Agent and Miss Norma Thayer [proprietor of The Flower Pot] of Bossier City to establish a market in Bossier City for Bossier Parish produce, for the purpose of creating an outlet for that produce on hand and what can be produced in the parish to supply local demands.”

“Those who would be interested in selling produce at this market should send in a list of the products which they can furnish, and the amount. Also state whether you can furnish the products each week throughout the year, suggests Miss Van Landingham [Bossier Parish Home Agent].”

“’Each person bringing product to this market must bring a list of his things and the price (minimum) which he will be willing to accept, unless he is willing for those in charge to place a price according to other local prices,’ to quote Miss Van Landingham, and continuing: ‘Each container of food or other produce that is in containers must be properly labeled. This label must bear the name of the product, preservatives used and the name of the producer. For example, Peaches—sugar, and no other preservative—by Mrs. Elberta Tree. Please keep in mind that a tin can must have a label that reaches all around the can.’”

“List all products that you wish to have ready for the opening day, February 4th, with the Agent, or Miss Norma Thayer, not later than February 2d.”

Bossier Parish has had many “firsts.” Find out more at 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