Could it be?

I visited with a good friend at the Kent House today.  I shared some geneology documents with her regarding the Hynson and Ringgold families.  They were kind enough to let me take a picture, with my digital camera, of Sarah Hynson Ringgold (the builder of my house and last owner of the Kent Plantation) so I will have it to go along with all of the documents about her.  As far as I knew, this was the only one in existence in Cenla.  I am sure some of her family members have retained pictures of her.  What is interesting though is that I bought a packet of black and white pictures from Miss. Lily’s Antiques about four years ago, and among them was the second photo.  I like old pictures and think it is sad that they end up in a flea market or antique shop.  Someone did not care enough to pass on their family heritage….or maybe other things came to pass for them to end up there…regardless…

Could this be Sarah Hynson Ringgold?  The two women favor….is it a younger Sarah?  She was blind so that may account for why: A. She was not looking straight at the camera and; B. Why she does not look so solemn like many other portraits of that time.  I am going to try to find out when the first picture was taken so I can date the second one and see if it could possibly be Mrs. Hynson….a mystery to be sure!

Sarah Hynson Ringgold

Sarah Hynson Ringgold

Could this be Sarah Hynson Ringgold?

Could this be Sarah Hynson Ringgold?

 I also know Sarah had two daughters and several grandchildren.  I will also have to research to see if two of her grandchildren were born around the same time.  I am having a hard time dating this photo.

Are these two women one and the same?  Or not?  Help me solve the mystery. 


New-Old picture of my house

I just received this.  When I get more details, I will edit this post.  This is a picture of my house sometime in the early 1900’s.  Note the horse and buggy parked out front.  I am soooo thrilled to have this picture!  The turret (the cone) is long  gone and I have had an architect draw up some plans to restore it.  This picture is better than the other one I have.  I hear rumors that there are several pictures in existence, just tracking down who has them has been the hard thing.

Here is the only other picture I have of this house:  Click Here.

Mary Green Dolls- The Barretts of Wimpole Street

A good friend gave me a set of Mary Green dolls crafted around 1931 (if the original tag is to be believed).   Mary Green was a well known theatrical stage and costume designer in the 30’s  She often made dolls of famous characters in movies.  The one I have a tag on says it is Katharine Cornell in the Barretts of Wimpole Street.  I do not see tags on the other dolls, so I do not know which characters they are and whether or not they are characters from the same movie.  They all have similar era clothing on, presumably Victorian.  I have, as of today, donated them to the Louisiana History Museum on 503 Washington Street, downtown Alexandria.  They will be on display in the children’s section if anyone would like to view them.  If you have not yet been, the museum, along with the genealogical library, is a very neat place to visit.

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Thursday at 1:24 p.m.

All right, so I admit it, I am a nosy old broad.  Unfortunately, the way my mind works, I cannot get something out of my head until I reconcile it one of two ways.  1: That it makes sense, factual sense; 2. The mystery gets solved.  So, what is truck 1301 doing in front of my neighbor’s house at 1:24 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon?  The driver (not my neighbor), retrieved a blue ice chest from the porch, stuck it in the back of the truck, then got back in the truck and drove away.  Is my neighbor ministering to the trash men by providing respite and water?  Is he perhaps peddling drugs?  Are they friends?  Is this the end of their route?  If so, then why do they arrive here at different times during the day?  A different truck picks up our regular refuse on Monday and Thursday and it is early in the morning.  I note that our trash was picked up early on Thursday, so this truck was not there to pick up our trash.  Yes, I am too nosy for my own good.  Maybe when summer is over and Vivi and I both go back to school, I will be more consumed with my studies rather than the strange goings on of the trash men of Alexandria… 🙂  Until then, I will just obsess about it.  

The time

The blue ice chest

The truck number

The driver

I can’t help but laugh at myself.  I am reminded of old black and white movies where old ladies watch their neighbors through lace curtains thinking the worse and imagining bodies being hauled off and evil things afoot.  Then it all turns out to be perfectly innocent in the end.  Which is probably the case here.  Still…it has me curious…. 🙂

Since I have not renovated much in a while, I need to change my name from perpetualrenovator to obsessed-trash-man-watcher!  Ok, enough of this absurdity!  Its getting late.  Gotta go to bed!


Alexandria City Truck 1301

Upon closer perusal, I note that the truck parked in front of my neighbor’s house periodically is not a regular trash truck.  It appears to be a special trash truck, maybe for special pick ups.  Not sure.  Anyway, they were parked in front of my neighbor’s house today, talking to him.  My neighbor went in and out the house several times and then finally brought the driver a tennis racket.  I noticed them at 11:35, not sure how long they had been there already, and they pulled out at 11:55 a.m.  To his credit, the man sitting in the passenger seat was eating.  Apparently it was HIS lunch break.  Not sure about the driver (he stood outside the truck the whole time he was here, not eating, so can’t say he was on his lunch break), or why they were in front of my neighbor’s house again.  In all fairness, it may be their lunch break and this is where they land.  I sure would like to know, especially after tree limbs and yard waste sitting in front of my house going on five weeks now.

Truck 1301 parked in front of my neighbor's house

The driver of the truck hanging out

 My neighbor is in the doorway

My neighbor on the left talking to the driver, gave him a tennis racket

My neighbor hanging outside the truck door


Four weeks and counting….

This has sat in front of my house for over four weeks.  This past weekend was four weeks exactly.  I believe all grass underneath that pile is thoroughly dead.  Not sure who has been contracted to do it, but they need to get after it.

On another note, my neighbors across the street are friendly with the trash men.  More than once I have seen the trash truck parked in front of their house and the driver outside shooting the breeze on the porch.  I guess what really disheartens me most about it is when I see the trucks on the side of the road, men outside chatting with their friends instead of doing their job, I know it is costing the city money and residents irritation.  I know it is probably a thankless job, but nevertheless, a job. 


***Update:  Now, thanks to this sitting so long, people have taken the liberty to dump chairs, trash and all sorts of other things on top of the limbs.  Argh!

***8/2/10 Five weeks later, it is gone!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for picking this stuff up!!!!!!

House For Sale 3BR/1.5 Baths


We decided to put Bungalow number 2 up for sale.  I am sure some of you followed its 10 month gut and reno.  If not, you can click on the tag “Bungalow” to see all the before and after.  Anyway, here are the details:

3 bedrooms

1 full bath

1 half bath in the master bedroom

Living Room


Dining Room (which looks more like an office)

Kitchen, with refrigerator and stove less than a year old and under warranty.

Small laundry room in the back with a washer and dryer that is less than a year old and still under warranty.

HUGE backyard

Alarm system

The number one reason to buy this house: close to the BEST neighbors in town! (us!)

1700 sq. feet

ASKING PRICE: $65,000.00

It appraised for $78,000.00 January 2010.

Click here for before and after pictures.

More info to come about when we will be having the open house.


G.A. Mangun, “Shepherd to Thousands”

Tomorrow, we gather to honor our Bishop’s life and to celebrate his new life in heaven.  The Town Talk wrote a beautiful article and I thought I would repost here.

Longtime Pentecostal pastor Gerald A. Mangun of Alexandria dies at 91

Central Louisiana lost one of its most notable spiritual figures when the Rev. Gerald Archie “G.A.” Mangun died Thursday. He was 91.

Mangun, the longtime pastor of The Pentecostals of Alexandria, helped grow the church from less than 40 members when he arrived in Alexandria in 1950 to about 4,000 at the time of his death.

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the main sanctuary of The Pentecostals of Alexandria at 2817 Rapides Ave. The memorial service will follow at 6 p.m.

Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Pineville. A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m.

“To me, he was a great mentor, a great person and a bigger-than-life spiritual leader,” said Charles Charrier, who met Mangun in 1966 and credits the late pastor as a major influence in his life. “He represented everything good, true, honorable and honest. His passing grieves me deeply.”  Read the rest of the story here.

The Town Talk Photo Gallery..>Click Here

June 17th Town Talk Article

Our View: On G.A. Mangun, a shepherd to thousands in Central Louisiana

Obituary: Gerald Archie Mangun

***All of the above articles and pictures are from the Town Talk.  I reposted the pictures here.  Our church submitted them to the Town Talk, so I believe I can repost them without any copyright violations.

Youtube videos of graveside service.

This is so awesome, Sis. Shoemake singing “Oh What Singing…”  This gives me chills.  I would love to have her sing at my graveside!