Reynolds and Dr. Hunt as he said he was sure they were looking down with their approval, once again. And so these two ladies live on in the memories of those whose lives they touched.

Richard Carey, whose mother was a Drew, is interested and has tried to help preserve the site of Overton, a small community near Minden, where his forbearers established Drew’s Mill early in the nineteenth century. He is vitally interested in preserving the history of this area.

There are others who have a vast amount of knowledge about long ago events because of their families. One who comes to mind is Frank Griffith. His father, B. F. Griffith, was sheriff of Webster Parish when some of the most notorious of criminals roved here. He was a part of the search for Linc Waggoner. Frank has shared many stories with us along with pictures of those we wrote about. He is helpful to correct errors in stories that have been handed down, sometimes incorrectly. Griffith Stadium is named in honor of Frank’s father.

Joan Wiley Luck has been so helpful with stories of her ancestors, and with pictures. She is such an encourager to both my son and to me

Many people have stories that their parents told them of local history. Perhaps they may have letters from soldiers, or written records that need to be preserved. In my own family I listened as I heard my mother talk to her siblings about events that occurred just after the Civil War. The other grandchildren did not listen. Now they wish that they had listened. So I have repeated the stories they told to those of my generation.

Please preserve any old documents, letters, pictures or whatever you have that tells of life in Minden in the past one hundred and fifty to two hundred years. When the museum is completed, please take these items to be preserved so that our descendants will know how life was way back then.

We owe a debt of gratitude for those who went before, for those who encouraged others to write our history, and to those who contributed to the written word. Personally, my son and I are so grateful for those who went before; those who were our friends and helped form the word pictures of life back then. While my son was writing the three books that he has published, many people shared pictures and stories and I am grateful for all these folks. Many whose names I have not included in this list. Thanks to you!!!

Just keep watching the Museum, and keep on supporting it any way that you can. You will be proud to be a part of this endeavor. Someday future generations will appreciate the efforts of so many who have helped bring this museum to a reality.


Submitted by John Aagan, Webster Parish Historian and written by Juanita Aagan in one of her columns.