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St. Joseph 1986 Baskefl)all Schedule Thursday, January 9 Sacred Heart vs. St. Joseph Thursday, January 16 St. Peter vs. St. Joseph Thursday, January 23 St. Charles vs. St. Joseph Wednesday, January 29 St. Joseph vs. Chanel Thursday, February 6 SJU vs. St. Joseph Wednesday, February 12 St. Joseph vs. Sacred Heart Monday, February 17 St. Joseph vs. St. Peter All games begin at 6 p.m. I St. Joseph St. Joseph St. Joseph Lutcher High St. Joseph Destrehan High St. Charles High / IlflPP00 (00flR Holiday lights brighten the landscape shining a message of brotherhood and love to all the world They express too our thanks for your kindness and trust. Ponchatoula Homestead Association 195 N. Sixth St. Closed Noon New Year&apos;s Eve All Day New Years Day 386-3370 Cat man's bingo endangered Springfield's big cat man Raymond Long appears to be facing opposition from yet another municipality over bingo games used to finance his Exotic Feline Survival Association. Springfield's Mayor Dewey Ratcliff said in a Morning Advocate interview Thursday he expects his Board of Alderman to pass a bingo ordinance which would exclude Long's organiza- tion at the board's January 8 meeting. Since the Feline Association is not expec'ted to fall within the confines of the new law since it is not considered a charitable organization, the mayor said, Long earlier met opposition to his bingo games in Hammond, then in Ponchatoula. but he had continued to hold the games in Springfield. one of .......... v,, .... ,-np held there, Springfield's anticipated bingo or- dinance follows a state law requiring municipalities to set up rules tracking state bingo laws governing the operation of the games within their city limits. Long has won the praise and support of many who applaud his stated goals of helping nurture back to health discarded and mistreated jungle cats on his unique preserve outside of Springfield. He has also had his troubles, Long is currently awaiting sentencing by federal Judge Frank J. Polozola for his conviction on charges of harboring stolen animals allegedly taken from a circus, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. At Jones Intercable, we feel our customers' good will is the foundation of our success. It has been our pleasure to serve you over the past years and it is our sincere wish to continue serving you in the coming new year. HAPPY NEW YEAR! 345-7801 Hammond 748-9837 Amite THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JANUARY 2, 1986, PAGE FOURTEI] Studying pays FROM PAGE ONE Those werethedays contact Eddie Ponds or Bryan T. East Pine next to Branch-Dani . McMahon-at The Ponchatoula Times, lnmwnrp. 1 This hand pump provides watez 386-2877, or drop by the office at 167 year round at the home of Charles' and Gladys Keaghey near Seltzer's PONCHATOULA HIGH SCHOOL - Creek. (Times Photo) HONOR ROI L M II Lions' Pride Milburn Fletcher FROM PAGE ONE is, afterall, Milbum Fletcher's specialty. "When I was 17 at Ponchatoula High School I wrote my graduation theme on family history. My family has been static here for three generations. Before that they came from all over. 1 was interested in why my great-grandfathers came here. I had a motley background with different aditions, from various directions. It made me curious. "1 was able to research the histories of most of the families that live in this area. One history 1 wrote was on the Wesley Chapel where my great-grandfather, a Methodist preacher from Rhode Island, delivered a sermon after the Civil War. "My current project," said the historian, seated in the office he shares with his wife next to their home, "is a history of the local Masonic Temple. Perhaps your readers could help me. 1 am looking for a photo of the Knights of Pythias Lodge which used te be located near the intersection of Southwest Rail- road and West Oak." Fellow Masons Raymond Sharer and Bert Howes are working with Fletcher as a committee on the history project. Fletcher is also conducting a continuing historical study of the Metho- dist Church in Ponchatou]a, where he is the official church historian. He married his'wife, the former Hazel Howes, at the Methodist parsonage in Ponchatoula in 1943. "We got married on a three day pass," his wife laughs today. It was World War Two and love and marriage often had to wait for engagements such as the ones Fletcher faced in New Guinea and in the Philli- pines. With the 5th Air Force where he saw Gen. George MacArthur and other military luminaries. The couple has four children: Robert Milburn. Amanda Louise, Laurie, and Jeff. "I was surprised by the lack of change World War II had on Ponchatoula. Nothing new had been built because there was a shortage of materials. Ponchatoula still looked like it did under the Depression. It had a hard time growing," said Fletcher. His wife. who was Ponchatoula City Clerk during the war years agreed that Ponchatoula suffered a lack of many items during that time. The farmer's son said that strawberry production went clown locally after the war because of the cost of modern farming. "The first to hit was the high labor costs. Then the costs of chemicals and the changing of methods upped costs more. You can't work now with the kind of routine losses we used to have. You have to ship 50 crates per 1,000 plants to make it now. It used to be 10 crates per 1,000 plants," said the historian. Fletcher was asked why he hasn't yet come forth with a comprehensive history of Ponchatoula and he admitted that one reason is that what he has researched would shock many, anger and a few and debunk the accepted longstanding history of the city. For instance, Fletcher says that existing records in the Clerk of Court's office in Amite proves that William Akers "was not the father of the town. He did not own the land. A Mr. James B. Clark, who worked for the Great Northern Railroad, owned the land where Ponchatoula was built." Fletcher says that Akers was a prominent early citizen who lived west of the town. He was a trustee in the Methodist Church, but even church records show that land purchased in downtown Ponchatoula was first owned by the government, then sold to Clark, who sold it to another man connected with the new railroad then being built, a Mr. Hoyt from New England, who transferred ownership to the local Methodist church. "When you abstract the titles you find that Mr. Akers owned land on the western edge of town. The way l figure it Mr. Clark, being a railroad man, knew where the railroad was being built and he got there first and bought up the land. Ponchatoula got going when a bunch of Yankees like Mr. Hoyt came down to push the railroad through, a prodigious effort. "I have stayed away from (publishing) Ponchatoula history because I didn't want to upset anybody. But the history is in the record books in Amite that will bear what I say out," said the historian. content with the scope of his research of the city's earliest history, which he types into a state-of-the-art word processing computer. "History has been very entertaining for me. It can be fun. I would recom- mend it for someone who is curious," said Fletcher. obviously a man pleased to let his curiosity move him from one research and writing project to the next, leaving a well-lit trail for those future .generations who will follow and would otherwise look to the past and see only darkness. "All A's" Ninth Grade: Mary Carol Eubanks, Kristi Kay Larpenter. Lester Joseph Richoux, Elizabeth Pierson Riggs, Jennifer Pilcher, Rebecca Powell, Brenda Provence "All A's" Tenth Grade: Tammitha Aline, Jennifer Flint, David Higgs, Alyssa Palmer. Julie Powell. Mark Scimemi "All A's" Eleventh Grade: Michelle Delaune, Sedley Font, Chris Foster. Sher, Pilcher As ' Twelfth Grade: Gaff Larpenter. Sarah Mitchell, Robin Mor- gan, Jody Neal. Wende Smith "All A's and B's" Ninth: Jason Adams, Kim Barnett. Bobby Blanchard. Darryn Compton. Lorenzo Fox, Jennifer Giannobile. Ginqer Grant, Hank BOOK WORLD By BROOX SLEDGE Thorn In Russia's Side Could the top candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize actually be a top-secret Soviet agent? This is the premise for a new inter- naonal thief, "The Kren ," by ex-Watergate figure E. Howard Hunt, published by Stein and Day. Klaus Werber, former German high official and longtime Soviet agent, is maneuvered into a position where he might actually win the Nobel prize. Ex- CIA agent Nell Thorpe will have to infiltrate the Kremlin and smuggle out a high-ranking Jew and his family. The suspense lies in whether the peace prize will actually be awarded to the Red agent. But you know the answer, don't you? Or do you? Attention Coureasko, Damien Harvey, Nat t" J- Latino, Joshua Lipps, Leigh Ann M ,. tino, Anna Martino, Anna McMahc Michael Morris, Monica Murray, Fort O'Heeron, Amy Palisi, Wilbert Pir Charles Relan. Ward Saunde Stephanie Schaffer. Stuart Sellers, Er Tha Stafford. Andrea Terrio Ponch "Tenth Grade": Lance Stewa John Stone. Dina Todora, Tanya Albl Bernard Braun, Iris Brown, Shelly C/ ter, Scott Castell, Laurie Catalanall Kim Davis. Tanya Davis, Ang Delaune, Sarah Eubanks, Jam Fambro. Leslie Fletcher, Tony Guagliard Jody Honaker. Buffie Hutchinso Mary Hymel, Gennifer Jackson, Yve Jackson, Melissa Ann Jacob, Laurie Johnson, Sharon Jones. Regina I Keubler, Darron Landry. Meghan L penter, Jennifer Lea LaPlante. 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