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THE TIMES, JULY 31,2014, PAGE 4 - Like us on Facebook Orleans. The 61-year-old Emma Ful- da Bailey died a painful death a few hours later and was bur- ied the following day in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in New Orleans. John was not able to Notable Ponchatoula Fires attend his wife's funeral as he was hospitalized with his severe The Bailey family ay burns. John and Emma hadno children but lived very happily By JIM PERRIN Educator and Historian (Part 6 of 6 in a Series) (EDITOR'S NOTE: This final story in a series on fires in Ponehatoula history was inadvertently truncated when it was originally published, leaving readers dan- gling with the image of a woman in flames. This is, as they say, the full account including, "the rest of the story.") Families have had many reasons to move to Ponchatoula over the years. Some families stay but a short time and move on to another location, while others live the balance of their lives in our community. The story of the Bailey family of Ponchatoula should have had a happier ending, but sadly did not. John Edward Bailey and his wife decided to leave New Or- leans and live in the little coun- try town of Ponchatoula about 1906. John, a native of England, came to New Orleans as a sev- en-year-old boy, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bailey. He learned the trade of gun making and repairing from his father and worked in that craft for many years. During the War Between the States he served the Confederacy by making and repairing guns for military use. Because he had aided the Confederates, the Union troops that occupied New Orleans con- fiscated his tools, machinery, and supplies and left him pen- niless. After the war he worked as an engraver for a time, and then learned the trade of a watchmaker. He worked for many years as a watchmaker at a shop on Camp Street, near Canal. John married but was di- vorced, working as a gun mak- er, and living with his father on Rampart Street in June 1880. John married 1 May 1890 in New Orleans to Emma Fulda, the widow of George A. Meister. Emma Fulda was born in July 1848 in New Orleans and was the daughter of German immi- grant Julius Fulda (1815-1902) and French immigrant Anna Margaret Mohr (1821-1891). Emma had brothers and sisters among who was Louis P. Fulda (1845-1930) who became a resi- dent of Ponchatoula. Emma married George A. Meister, who was born about 1836 in Prussia. Emma and George were living on Rampart Street in New Orleans in 1880 and George was working as a city tax collector. George died in February 1889 in New Or- leans. Emma and George had no known children. John and Emma Bailey were living on First Street in Jeffer- son Parish near New Orleans in 1900. Emma's aged father Ju- lius Fulda was living with them when the census was conducted that year. John and Emma decided to move to Ponchatoula about 1906, perhaps because Emma's brother Louis Fulda and other relatives were living here. John opened his shop in Ponchatoula doing watch making and re- pair, and probably doing some gunsmith work when needed. John was reportedly prosperous in his business and the couple seemed content to live out their remaining days in the quiet piney woods town. One October morning in 1909, John was working at his bench in the shop repairing a clock while Emma was ironing some clothes in the residential rooms behind the store. Con- centrating on her ironing, Em- ma's apron came too close to a lighted furnace and caught fire. She called to John for help but he did not hear. Emma tried to beat out the fire on her apron and when that failed she tried to remove it. The apron string was knotted and the flames quickly spread to her blouse. She rushed from the residence into John's shop screaming for help. John jumped up from his work bench but at age 76 could not move quickly. He tried to beat out the flames on Emma's clothing but the fire was now engulfing her. Suffering severe burns to his hands and other areas of his body, John was finally able to put out the fire as the clothing was consumed, but the damage to Emma had been done. She was burned from head to foot. The neighbors were there by this time but there was little they could do. John and Emma were brought to the train depot and sent to the hospital in New together. John said Emma was the dearest woman in the world and without her he had noth- ing more to live for. John died a little over two weeks later in Charity Hospital, from his burns, but probably mostly be- cause of a broken heart. He was buried beside his dear wife. The preceding accounts of forest fires, home fires, indus- trial and municipal fires should remind us to be as careful as possible when using fire and to appreciate the efforts of our excellent fire department when everything goes wrong and the flames unexpectedly appear. THE END Tickfaw couple make jewelry, and music Katan Yada is the name of David and Videt Catania's unique jewelry business. The musical couple also per- form as Vida Duet. Saturday they had on their jewelers hats at Hammond Farmers' Market. (Times Photo) Classical music and Irish jigs You never know who might turn up at Saturday's 8-Noon Hammond Farmers' Market. In this case it was violin in- structor Olena Ivariokka of the Ukraine and Bulgarian violinist Javika Jeleva from the Southeastern Community Music School. (Times Photo) Family from Louisiana gathers in Florida for christening Jacob Albert Heneghan son of Jeff and Barbie Heneghan, was christened at St. Ann Catholic Church in Debary, Florida on June Garden of the Month The Gardenettes' Garden of the Month for July is Cyn- thia and George Orgeron's of 206 S. Fifth St. Their yard is filled with ginger plants, elephant ears, nandina, swamp mallow, Louisiana iris, various ferns and bromeliads, just to name a few. They also have a vegetable garden, they have a rock garden with cactus, and in their patio is a fairy gar- den. Pictured (left to right): Libby Barr0n, Anna Poland, Cynthia and George Orgeron, and Margtret Bailey. (Gar- denette Photo) u Official Journal 00'onc00tou00 Times PUBLIC NOTICE An application for rezoning at the corner of East Beech and North Fourth St, in the City of Ponehatoula, Louisiana - West 100 Ft of Lots 15 & 16, Square 28, Lot meas 100 x 100, has been submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission. A public hearing to decide on this matter will be held on July 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. by the Commission at Ponchatoula City Hall, 125 W. Hickory Street, Ponchatoula, Louisiana. All interest parties are invited to attend. Questions or comments re- garding this matter may be presented to the Commission at this time. Tracie Howes Zoning Chairperson Publish: July 10, July 17, July 24, 2014 7. He is the little brother of Blake Michael, 6. In attendance for this special occasion were his parents, Bar- bie and Jeff; and big brother, Blake; his godmother, Leigh Ann (Martino) Partridge, his mother's sister; grandparents Francis and Barbara Martino, and cousin Chloe Frances Par- tridge from Ponchatoula. Present from Florida were Godfather Tony Biondi, (father's cousin) Grandmother June Heneghan, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Collinswood Museum benefitted by recent event The Friends of the Col- linswood Museum recently staged a benefit at Roussel's Antiques in Ponchatoula to raise money and public aware- ness for the museum. The benefit, held July 12, fea- tured live music by members of the highly-regarded local group of musicians "The Porch Rock- ers," as well as "The Traveling Bluesman" David Tyree, who was also the inspiration for the event, and several other talent- ed local musicians. Food was generously pro- vided by Paul's Caf and liquid refreshments were supplied by the gracious hosts of the event, Roussel's Antiques. Local merchants such as C. J.'s Antiques and the Pon- chatoula Pub supplemented the array of silent auction items provided by the Friends of the Collinswood Museum, David Tyree, and others. The Friends of the Col- linswood Museum would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped make the benefit so suc- cessful. Funds raised at the benefit will be used for improved sig- nage and to enhance some of the museum displays. Besides raising money, the event highlighted the need for additional museum volunteers to keep the museum open for more hours during the week. Anyone interested in becoming a museum volunteer may call 386-4476 for additional infor- mation. Heneghan, Patrick Heneghan, Mrs. Bobby Heneghan, and Mrs. Ryan all present and all from Florida. A reception fol- lowed at the parents' home with finger food and a beautifully decorated christening cake. A blessed event Among those pictured for the Christening of Jacob Al- bert Heneghan, are godmother Leigh Ann (Martino) Par- tridge; mother, Barbie (Martino) Heneghan; baby Jacob Albert; big brother Blake; father Jeff Heneghan; and godfa- ther Tony Biondi. (Courtesy Photo) Gift Subscription $25 year CALL 386-2877 PUBLIC N()TI('t( TAN(;IR'HOA RURAL FIRE PROTECTION I)ISTRI('T NO. 2 2014 Business Expo $120 Chamber Members $180 Non-Members Request information on our special value package for new business members who join at this time! ALL BUSINESSES WELCOMED! $:;gJ -. 8j:;j PI For information on attending or exhibiting at the event, please call or email the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce. h://ponchatoulachamber.com (985) 386-2536 chamber@lnchatodachamber.c0m ARROW ENGINEERING AND CONSULTING, INC. CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING PO BOX 881 MADISONVILLEA SPRINGS, LA ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS OWNER: The 8 TM Ward Volunteer Fire Department, 42832 Highway 445 Rob- ert, LA 70455, BID FOR: NEW FIRE STATION, HWY 22, BEDICO, LA Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of the NEW FIRE STATION, HWY 22, BEDICO, LA will be received by Arrow Engineering and Consulting, Inc. at the Eighth Ward Volunteer Fire Department 42832 Highway 445 Robert, LA 70455 on August 12, 2014, at 2:00 PM and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. The designer's construction cost estimate shall be read aloud upon opening of the bids. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be examined at the Eighth Ward Volunteer Fire Department 42832 Highway 445 Robert, LA 70455. Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained from Arrow Engi- neering and Consulting (Darrell Fussell, P.E., 985-237-3908) or from the 8th Ward Volunteer Fire Department (985-542-6417) upon payment of $40.00 for each set. Any BIDDER, upon returning the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS promptly and in good condition, will be refunded the payment. NOTE: In accordance to the Public Bid Law, the Project shall be advertised once a week for 3 different weeks and the first advertisement shall be a minimum of 25 days prior to bid opening. The first ad shall not occur on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday Publish July 17, 24, 31 andAugust 7, 2014 NOTICE OF HEARING REGARDING ISSUANCE OF PROPOSED FINANC- ING CONTRACT BY EIGHTH WARD VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, INC. Pursuant to the Tax Equity Fiscal Responsibility Act and Internal Revenue Code, as amended, notice is hereby given that a hearing will be held by the Eighth Ward Volunteer Fire Department regarding the proposed adoption of a resolution authorizing the execution and issuance by the VFD of its Financing Contract (the "Agreement") in a total principal amount not to exceed $420,000 for the purpose of building a fire station. Any person interested may appear before representatives of the VFD on the 12th day of August, 2014 at 7:00pm CST at the Eighth Ward VFD Station, 42382 Highway 445 Ponchatoula, La. 70454. 70455 and be heard for or against the adoption of the resolution and the execution of the Agreement. At such hearing, all objections and suggestions will be heard and considered and the VFD will take such action as is deemed proper under the circumstances. Eighth Ward Volunteer Fire Department By: Nathan Sticker Title: Fire Chief Publish July 17, & 24, 2014 MARY BIRD PERKINS ?: i TM !!(ii :  FRI DAY-AUGUST "1 Skin Cancer Screening ] 2:30- 330 p.m; i!: VALGREENS ] ] O0 W. PINE ST. PONCHATOULA : i , Screenings are free if you have not been screened within the last  2 months. Made possible by donor gifts. EMAIL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -- editor@ponchatoula.com SUBSCRIBE ONLINE -- www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes P i i