History: The 1928 building boom in the parish

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The May 24, 1928 issue of The Bossier Banner carried two accounts of new structures in the parish.

“The reporter had the pleasure Tuesday forenoon of inspecting Sheriff and Mrs. J. Hall Nattin’s handsome new residence, just completed here in Benton, Mr. E. L. Harkness, of Shreveport, contractor.  It is pretty and of good appointment throughout.  It is, we believe, the first brick-veneer residence to be erected in Bossier Parish.”

“The recently acquired residence property is a three-acre lot located just to the south and adjoining that of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Ivey, who some months ago completed an exceptionally pretty home and are now occupying it.  The Nattin residence is of six-room construction, sun porch, one fire-place, built-in furniture and fixtures with hardwood floors throughout.  Also, there are to be noted about all city conveniences, such as sewerage, running water, gas and electric lights.  On the premises there are a double garage and a servant’s house.  Oak and pine trees surround the home and the plot of ground is soon to be leveled and otherwise beautified.  Added attractiveness is loaned by a string of electric lights in the trees on the front lawn.”

“The Banner wishes to congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Nattin upon the erection of such a pretty appearing residence in our town, and hopes and believes there are many more to be built here.”

In addition to reporting the newly constructed homes, this issue of The Banner announced that Dr. Bell of Plain Dealing was rebuilding his drug store.

“The reporter learned this morning, from Mr. J. D. Fenet, of Plain Dealing, who was a business visitor here, that Dr. F. W. Bell, who lately lost his brick business building in that town by fire, is to have it rebuilt.  In fact, the work of replacing the building is now under way.  The contractor is Mr. J. M. Brown, of Shreveport, who says the new building will be ready for occupancy within thirty days.”

“Mr. Brown also has the contract for erecting the new school building in Plain Dealing, which is said to be going up fast, and which he is under contract to complete by August 15th.  It occupies a site within 100 feet of the town’s present school building.”

To see photographs and read more about Plain Dealing and Benton in the early years 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 by e-mail at amiddlet@state.lib.la.us