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Plain Dealing family featured in 1951 magazine

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In its June 7, 1951 issue The Plain Dealing Progress reported that the Doles family of Plain Dealing had been featured in a Houston magazine.

“In an issue just released, the ACCO Press, official organ of America’s greatest  Cotton Factors, the Anderson Clayton Co., Houston, Texas, is devoting the first five pages to the Doles family of Plain Dealing, centering same about John J. Doles, Sr., prospective candidate for Governor of Louisiana.”

“Bill Tipton, staff writer of the ACCO Press, is the author of the vividly written article.  Mr. Tipton spent a day with the Doles family at about the same point of the now much heralded Plain Dealing Dogwood Drive and the first picture of a splendid repertoire of views caught by the camera man is a striking reproduction of a dogwood scene, with Mr. Doles an intent admirer of same.  Aside from placing its unqualified endorsement on our honored townsman as a real potential candidate for Louisiana’s highest office, a boost for the Dogwood  Drive enterprise is also inherent in this article.”

“The story is unquestionably one of the finest commentaries ever issued to Plain Dealing and environs, and apart from its comprehending the personal element in mentioning various members of the Doles clan, a true impression of the stalwart heritage that the iron impregnated hills of North Bossier has bequeathed us, runs thru the entire story.  Several hundred copies of the journal containing this dynamic article reached Mr. Doles this morning and no doubthe will cheerfully  place them in the hands of those who have the same interest  that was ours.  The first one pulled from the bundle became our prized possession.

In the same issue, making big news, and also on the front page was an article announcing that Cecil Kelly had negotiated a deal with Mrs. W. F. Bell to purchase her two-story drug store and office building in Plain Dealing.

“One of the largest business deals effected in Plain Dealing in recent years was consummated last week when Cecil Kelly, druggist and owner of the Kelly Theatres at Plain Dealing, La., and Stamps, Ark. Bought outright the two-story drug store and office structure, Lynch and Palmetto Streets, the W. F. Bell building.”

“Mr. Paul Allen, Sr. is at present domiciled in the ground floor and will continue in his drug business there for an undisclosed period.  Mr. Kelly will also remain at his present location, McKellar building on Palmetto Street.”

“As announced last week, Dr. Armistead will occupy the former office space of the late Dr. W. F. Bell and he has already begun to move in.”

“The Progress takes pleasure in announcing this big deal and wishes for all concerned continued success in their efforts.”

The Bossier Parish Library Historical Center is filled with interesting history facts about Bossier Parish.  Visit us soon.

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