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Brimstone!

The History of Sulphur, Louisiana

By  Erbon W. Wise

 

$20.00

 

Brimstone! The History of Sulphur, Louisiana

By Erbon W. Wise

This book reprints the history and pictures of the city of Sulphur as published 26 October 1980 in a 50th Anniversary edition of the Sulphur newspaper, The Southwest Builder .

We express our deep appreciation to the many individuals, public officials, organizations and churches, who answering to our call for historical material, came forward with the wealth of pictures and stories filling this volume. We regret that we could not find more include.

Miss Lynda Levy, a temporary member of our staff, was in charge of this special edition of the paper.

With the anniversary edition and this book The Southwest Builder marks a half-century of publishing in West Calcasieu. We look forward confidently to the future of Sulphur and West Calcasieu.

About the Author

Retired Major General Erbon Wise remembers his days in World War II like they were yesterday. He was stationed in England with the same B-17 unit as the Memphis Belle and was part of the Normandy Invasion.

General Wise has written 24 books. Some on his military years and this one's called "Some Characters I've Met." Wise retired from the newspaper business in 1998.

 

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 87-51644

Publisher: Wise Publications

First Printing: 1988

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Hardcover

Pages: 124 • Black and White Photographs and Documents

Other Titles by General Erbon W. Wise, The Wise Family of Louisiana (1960), Bob (1965), Tall Pines, The Story of Vernon Parish (1977), ‘29 Was a Good Year in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1975), ‘30 Was a Good Year in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1976), ‘31 Was a Good Year in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1977), “Bold As a Lion” Country Journalism (1977), Huey P. Long and Vernon Parish (1977), The Bridwell Family in America (1977), Brimstone! The History of Sulphur, Louisiana (1980), Remembrances of Edmond and Eula Wise (1983), Sweat Families of the South (1983), Erbon’s Hunting and Fishing Tales (1985), Tall Pines II, A History of Vernon Parish, Louisiana (198 [8), Norris, Jones, Crockett, Payne, Blanchard (1994), Wise Footsteps from England and Ireland, Vol. I, (1995), A Maverick Builds Newspapers in Louisiana (1997), My Military Years 1941 - 1969 (2002), Wise/Wyse/Bonaparte Wyse Families, Found Early in England and Ireland (2004), Some Characters I Have Met (2010), Wise Family Footsteps from Europe, Vol. II, (2014)

Tall Pines II
A History of Vernon Parish Louisiana and Its People

By Erbon W. Wise

The compiling and publishing of this book on history (and may I say also the romance) of Vernon Parish, was occasioned by the celebration in April 1971 of the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of this parish.

Plans were made in late 1970 to print a Historical Edition of The Leesville Leader of which the undersigned is publisher. When I began digging for historical material, I found a wealth of it in old newspaper files and in the records of many history-minded citizens of the parish.

I made a decision to prepare the stories and pictures for the newspaper in a style and manner that would permit me also to use it for this book. Herein you will find perhaps the best, though certainly not all, the history I printed in the special edition of The Leesville Leader . I felt that this collection of Vernon Parish history was of such importance that it should be made into a  bound book and not left to the impermanence of our newspaper files.

About the Author

Retired Major General Erbon Wise remembers his days in World War II like they were yesterday. He was stationed in England with the same B-17 unit as the Memphis Belle and was part of the Normandy Invasion.

General Wise has written 24 books. Some on his military years and this one's called "Some Characters I've Met." Wise retired from the newspaper business in 1998.

 

Other Titles by General Erbon W. Wise, The Wise Family of Louisiana (1960), Bob (1965), Tall Pines, The Story of Vernon Parish (1977), ‘29 Was a Good Year in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1975), ‘30 Was a Good Year in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1976), ‘31 Was a Good Year in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1977), “Bold As a Lion” Country Journalism (1977), Huey P. Long and Vernon Parish (1977), The Bridwell Family in America (1977), Brimstone! The History of Sulphur, Louisiana (1980), Remembrances of Edmond and Eula Wise (1983), Sweat Families of the South (1983), Erbon’s Hunting and Fishing Tales (1985), Tall Pines II, A History of Vernon Parish, Louisiana (198 [8), Norris, Jones, Crockett, Payne, Blanchard (1994), Wise Footsteps from England and Ireland, Vol. I, (1995), A Maverick Builds Newspapers in Louisiana (1997), My Military Years 1941 - 1969 (2002), Wise/Wyse/Bonaparte Wyse Families, Found Early in England and Ireland (2004), Some Characters I Have Met (2010), Wise Family Footsteps from Europe, Vol. II, (2014)

Tall Pines II

A History of Vernon Parish
Louisiana and Its People

By Major General USAR
(Ret.) Erbon W. Wise

 

$25.00

 

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 87-51644

Publisher: Wise Publications

First Printing: 1988

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Hardcover

Pages: 124 • Black and White Photographs and Documents

'30 WAS A GOOD YEAR

IN VERNON PARISH, LOUISIANA

By Major General USAR
(Ret.) Erbon W. Wise

 

$20.00

 

'30 Was a Good Year

In Vernon Parish Louisiana

By Major General USAR (Ret.) Erbon W. Wise

This book, the second in a series of three, records in condensed form, the 1930 news of Vernon Parish, Louisiana as it was reported that year in the news columns of The Leesville Leader , the parish weekly newspaper located in Leesville.

Reverend Andrew Allen Veatch, who called himself "The Leader Man" but widely known as "The Country Parson", was the tireless reporter of much of the news printed during the years of 1921-1933 in The Leesville Leader . His writings, as you will note herein, were always optimistic, straightforward, moralistic and colorful. In the midst of the Great Depression, which Vernon Parish experienced most severely, his reportings were generally of the finer qualities of the community and of its people and he tried to give hope and inspiration in those trying times. Thus the book name "30 Was a Good Year", is a tribute to Reverend Veatch who tried and did make 1930 a somewhat better year in Vernon Parish.

About the Author

Retired Major General Erbon Wise remembers his days in World War II like they were yesterday. He was stationed in England with the same B-17 unit as the Memphis Belle and was part of the Normandy Invasion.

General Wise has written 24 books. Some on his military years and this one's called "Some Characters I've Met." Wise retired from the newspaper business in 1998.

 

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 76-11261

Publisher: Wise Publications

First Printing: 1976

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Hardcover

Pages: 79 • Black and White Illustrations

Other Titles by General Erbon W. Wise, The Wise Family of Louisiana (1960), Bob (1965), Tall Pines, The Story of Vernon Parish (1977), ‘29 Was a Good Year in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1975), ‘30 Was a Good Year in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1976), ‘31 Was a Good Year in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1977), “Bold As a Lion” Country Journalism (1977), Huey P. Long and Vernon Parish (1977), The Bridwell Family in America (1977), Brimstone! The History of Sulphur, Louisiana (1980), Remembrances of Edmond and Eula Wise (1983), Sweat Families of the South (1983), Erbon’s Hunting and Fishing Tales (1985), Tall Pines II, A History of Vernon Parish, Louisiana (198 [8), Norris, Jones, Crockett, Payne, Blanchard (1994), Wise Footsteps from England and Ireland, Vol. I, (1995), A Maverick Builds Newspapers in Louisiana (1997), My Military Years 1941 - 1969 (2002), Wise/Wyse/Bonaparte Wyse Families, Found Early in England and Ireland (2004), Some Characters I Have Met (2010), Wise Family Footsteps from Europe, Vol. II, (2014)

'29 WAS A GOOD YEAR

IN VERNON PARISH, LOUISIANA

By Major General USAR
(Ret.) Erbon W. Wise

 

$10.00

 

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 75-18256

Publisher: Wise Publications

First Printing: 1975

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Paperback

Pages: 84 • Black and White Illustrations

'29 Was a Good Year

In Vernon Parish Louisiana

By Major General USAR (Ret.) Erbon W. Wise

Professional journalism virtually has disappeared from the American scene. An entire generation of newspaper readers has missed the opportunity to enjoy a style of newswriting once common with community newspapers--and with some big city papers.

It was said of Horace Greeley, for example, that he was bigger than his newspaper, the New York Tribune . People did not talk about the Tribune ; they talked about Horace Greeley. The editor was such a dominant personality that he overshadowed the newspaper institution. Greeley practiced personal journalism, as did William Allen White, the famous Kansas rural journalist. People still talk about White, but how many remember the name of his Emporia Gazette?

Today the institution overshadows the editor. Aside from an occasional byline (and that begrudged!) the reporters and editors of newspapers are an anonymous, faceless, colorless lot. That's in keeping with the cold, impersonal, mechanized, computerized society we live, I suppose. Some might argue that anonymous, impersonal journalism is the best kind; others might offer this as one reason for the documented decline in newspaper credibility.

This book is about a personal journalist--the Reverend Andrew Allen Veatch. There must have been hundreds like him, scattered around the country in hundreds of rural counties like Vernon Parish, Louisiana.

Veatch will not go down in history as another William Allen White or Horace Greeley, but he deserves a place in the history of Vernon Parish. This book's sampling of his writing captures not only the color and style of Veatch as a personal journalist, it also captures the life and spirit of Vernon Parish during the Great Depression.

About the Author

Retired Major General Erbon Wise remembers his days in World War II like they were yesterday. He was stationed in England with the same B-17 unit as the Memphis Belle and was part of the Normandy Invasion.

General Wise has written 24 books. Some on his military years and this one's called "Some Characters I've Met." Wise retired from the newspaper business in 1998.

 

Other Titles by General Erbon W. Wise, The Wise Family of Louisiana (1960), Bob (1965), Tall Pines, The Story of Vernon Parish (1977), ‘29 Was a Good Year in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1975), ‘30 Was a Good Year in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1976), ‘31 Was a Good Year in Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1977), “Bold As a Lion” Country Journalism (1977), Huey P. Long and Vernon Parish (1977), The Bridwell Family in America (1977), Brimstone! The History of Sulphur, Louisiana (1980), Remembrances of Edmond and Eula Wise (1983), Sweat Families of the South (1983), Erbon’s Hunting and Fishing Tales (1985), Tall Pines II, A History of Vernon Parish, Louisiana (198 [8), Norris, Jones, Crockett, Payne, Blanchard (1994), Wise Footsteps from England and Ireland, Vol. I, (1995), A Maverick Builds Newspapers in Louisiana (1997), My Military Years 1941 - 1969 (2002), Wise/Wyse/Bonaparte Wyse Families, Found Early in England and Ireland (2004), Some Characters I Have Met (2010), Wise Family Footsteps from Europe, Vol. II, (2014)

Mardi Gras in
Calcasieu Parish

By Nola Mae Wittler Ross

 

$10.00

 

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 1991

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Hardcover

Pages: 85 • Color and Black and White Photographs

Mardi Gras In Calcasieu Parish

By Nola Mae Wittler Ross

"If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it."

-Herodotus

 

Ask any five people what Mardi Gras means and you'll hear five different versions.

"It's a religious holiday."

"It has something to do with the Lent."

"It has kings and queens and king's cakes."

"It's beautiful pageants and fantastic parades."

"It's masking and costumes and lots of fun."

About the Author

Nola Mae Ross took up a career in writing after the closing of the McFillen Air Park. She has written many titles about Louisiana and its unique history. She has twice won the Donald J. Millet Historical Award, plus the numerous other awards and certificates with her writing.

 

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History.

Louisiana Homes

If Walls Could Talk!

Text By Nola Mae Ross

Photography By Harold Mangum

 

$30.00

ISBN #: 1-887144-09-9

Publisher: Wise Publications

Size: 12 x 9 • Hardcover

Pages: 107 • Color and Black and White Photographs

Louisiana Homes

If Walls Could Talk!

Text By Nola Mae Ross, Photography By Harold Mangum

So much of Louisiana's heritage is tied up in its beautiful old homes and buildings. This book presents photographs of 90 of these in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vernon parishes. These homes personify the wide cultural range in Southwest Louisiana. With its photographs and backgrounds of original landowners, this book reveals distinct personalities, yet certain similarities, which, when blended together, make up our unique Louisiana Heritage.

About the Author

Nola Mae Ross took up a career in writing after the closing of the McFillen Air Park. She has written many titles about Louisiana and its unique history. She has twice won the Donald J. Millet Historical Award, plus the numerous other awards and certificates with her writing.

 

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History.

Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History

Text By Nola Mae Ross

Photography By Harold Mangum

 

$20.00

Publisher: Wise Publications

Size: 12 x 9 • Paperback

Pages: 72 all with Color Photographs

Louisiana Acadian Homes and Their History

Text By Nola Mae Ross, Photography By Harold Mangum

About the Author

Nola Mae Ross took up a career in writing after the closing of the McFillen Air Park. She has written many titles about Louisiana and its unique history. She has twice won the Donald J. Millet Historical Award, plus the numerous other awards and certificates with her writing.

 

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History.

Airplanes for Breakfast

By Nola Mae McFillen Ross

 

$20.00

 

ISBN #:1-887144-12-9

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 2000

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Hardcover

Pages: 93 • Black and White Photographs

Airplanes for Breakfast

By Nola Mae McFillen Ross

From the 1940's to the mid 80's, Nola Mae McFillen Ross, was part of the operation of McFillen Air Park, a small Grassroots airport in Lake Charles, LA. A commercial pilot, Ross, describes in this book the escapades and adventures of pilots who flew at McFillen Air Park.

"Flying was as different from today," says Ross, "as driving a horse and buggy, compared to driving the modern car. Rules and regulations were whatever the pilots deemed best. Small airports were the focal point where pilots got a chance to fulfill their dreams, to break the surly bonds of earth and to soar off into the uncharted, uncluttered sky.

"But the day of the little Grassroots airport is gone forever. The old grass runways, in the midst of cows and wide-open pastures, have been replaced with miles of cold, hard concrete. And planes, with electronic gear are now so computerized that those pilots of the old Cubs, without lights, starters, radios and almost no instruments, can only stand and gaze in wonder.

"So for those who never experienced pioneer aviation, this book paints a picture of how flying used to be and of the many escapes that took place on the typical small airports."

About the Author

Nola Mae Ross took up a career in writing after the closing of the McFillen Air Park. She has written many titles about Louisiana and its unique history. She has twice won the Donald J. Millet Historical Award, plus the numerous other awards and certificates with her writing.

 

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From the 1940's to the mid 80's, Nola Mae McFillen Ross, was part of the operation of McFillen Air Park, a small Grassroots airport in Lake Charles, LA. A commercial pilot, Ross, describes in this book the escapades and adventures of pilots who flew at McFillen Air Park.

"Flying was as different from today," says Ross, "as driving a horse and buggy, compared to driving the modern car. Rules and regulations were whatever the pilots deemed best. Small airports were the focal point where pilots got a chance to fulfill their dreams, to break the surly bonds of earth and to soar off into the uncharted, uncluttered sky.

"But the day of the little Grassroots airport is gone forever. The old grass runways, in the midst of cows and wide-open pastures, have been replaced with miles of cold, hard concrete. And planes, with electronic gear are now so computerized that those pilots of the old Cubs, without lights, starters, radios and almost no instruments, can only stand and gaze in wonder.

"So for those who never experienced pioneer aviation, this book paints a picture of how flying used to be and of the many escapes that took place on the typical small airports."

Nola Mae Ross took up a career in writing after the closing of the McFillen Air Park. She has written many titles about Louisiana and its unique history. She has twice won the Donald J. Millet Historical Award, plus the numerous other awards and certificates with her writing.

ISBN #:1-887144-12-9

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 2000

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Hardcover

Pages: 93 • Black and White Photographs

 

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History

 

 

Hurricane Audrey

By Nola Mae McFillen Ross

and Susan McFillen Goodson

 

$24.00

 

ISBN #: 978-1-887144-08-0

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 1997

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Hardcover

Pages: 233 • Black and White Photographs

Hurricane Audrey

By Nola Mae McFillen Ross and Susan McFillen Goodson

On June 27, 1957, Hurricane Audrey hurled a deadly raging ocean of water over Cameron Parish. Audrey killed 425 people, 154 of whom were under the age of 9. She wiped out every movable object in her path and forver changed the lives and souls of Cameron Parish residents. Yet 40 years later, the true story of Hurricane Audrey had not been written.

This book tells that story. It contains the accounts of the families of the victims. A memorial to those who lost their lives, it is a testimony of those who overcame their devastation; a story of courage, faith and strength; an overcoming story that needs to be preserved for those Audrey victims and for their children's children.

About the Author

Nola Mae Ross is the author of 26 books about Southwest Louisiana and it’s people, including the classic stories of Hurricane Audrey and Hurricane Rita. On the last five books, her daughter, Susan McFillen Castleberry has joined her in these efforts.

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History.

Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember

A 50th Anniversary
Remembrance of World War II

Volume 2

By Nola Mae Wittler Ross

 

$20.00

ISBN #: 1-887144-07-2

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 1995

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Hardcover

Pages: 255 • Black and White Photographs

Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember

A 50th Anniversary Remembrance of World War I Volume 2

By Nola Mae Wittler Ross

For 50 years after World War II, veterans of Southwest Louisiana were virtually ignored. Records of their involvement in that war were almost non-existent. It was a time of "War Hibernation" with war memories lying dormant, waiting for the right time to come forward and become a vital par tof our history. That time came during the 50th anniversary celebration of World War II, when everyone suddenly realized that our veterans were quietly slipping away to resting places under marble headstones, their stories of involvement in World War II soon to be forever lost to history.

And so, in 1991 I began recording their stories for a series of articles which I wrote for the Lake Charles American Press, never dreaming that this would become  a full-time project, stretching nearly five years.

I spent endless hours researching, delving through old family scrapbooks, hounding our genealogical librarians -- Shirley Burwell, Anna Hayes and Jeanne Farque -- reading old newspapers, studying endless World War II books and going through veterans files and records. After interviewing thousands of Southwest Louisiana veterans, I managed to record the stories of almost 4000 of them. But I missed many more, whom I could not locate information on. My apologies to them. My sincere hope is that someday, someone will take up the torch and finish this work.

Today we recognize how important it is to remember these veterans and the enormous contributions they made to our history. They left warm, loving homes and went off to fight a war they neighbor started, nor understood. They did it because they loved freedom, they loved their country, and they were loyal, even to the point of death. Becuase of them we live in a free land today.

And so the purpose of these two volumes about Southwest Louisiana Veterans of World War II is to keep their memories alive to record them so that they will forever be a part of the pages of Southwest Louisiana's history. May their memories live forever in the hearts of their fellowmen.

About the Author

Nola Mae Ross took up a career in writing after the closing of the McFillen Air Park. She has written many titles about Louisiana and its unique history. She has twice won the Donald J. Millet Historical Award, plus the numerous other awards and certificates with her writing.

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History.

The Devastation of Hurricane Rita

A Pictorial Log of Hurricane Rita's Path of Destruction through Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes

 

Compiled and Written
 By Nola Mae Ross

 

Graphic Design
By Marcy Lee Perkins

 

 

$20.00

About the Author

About the Graphic Designer

The Devastation of Hurricane Rita

A Pictorial Log of Hurricane Rita's Path of Destruction through Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes

Complied and Written By Nola Mae Ross, Graphic Design By Marcy Lee Perkins

This book is a Pictorial Log of Hurricane Rita’s Path of Destruction through Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes in Southwest Louisiana. On the never to be forgotten date of September 24, 2005, the worst destruction ever to strike Southwest Louisiana, Hurricane Rita, came barreling ashore, blasting everything in her path. The empty slabs where large substantial homes had once stood in Cameron Parish were examples of Rita's fury. The piles of debris which had once been banks, post offices, schools, churches and businesses, were shocking.

The first sight of this destruction seemed like a nightmare. By the second and third viewing, the mind finally accepted the devastation as real. “At least no one died,” were the key words spoken by the victims. And while it's true, no lives were lost in the actual wind and water, many deaths within the next weeks and months, especially among the elderly and ill, were blamed on the stress caused by this destruction.

This book includes photographs taken in all sections of the parishes by many different people. These pictures tell the real story that often cannot be captured in words.

Nola Mae Ross is a native and long time resident of Calcasieu Parish and has published a book entitled Hurricane Audrey, with personal accounts from the families of the 425 victim's of that holocaust on June 27, 1957. Her book about Hurricane Audrey has since become a classic, having won several writing awards. Included in the Rita book are stories from many of the same families who suffered through Hurricane Audrey, only to face more devastation in Hurricane Rita.

Ross began her writing career, 20 years ago, when she was 60, after operating McFillen Air Park for 30 years. Since then she has written 20 books, all about Southwest Louisiana.

 

 

 

Marcy Lee Perkins has resided in Calcasieu Parish for 40 years moving to Lake Charles with her meteorologist husband, Rod Perkins in 1966. Perkins began writing stories for her students while teaching in elementary school and published two of the stories, The Happy Hive and Buster Bat. Photography has always been her hobby and after retirement she found herself fascinated with the many computer-photo related programs. In the past three years she has been involved in the design and graphic editing of three of Ross' previous books. Perkins says, "I am especially proud of this book, as I think Nola Mae Ross has again captured and preserved history, as she did in her book, “Hurricane Audrey”.

ISBN #: 1-887144-20-X

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 2006

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Paperback

Pages: 216 • Black and White Photographs

 

 Cameron Pioneers

By Nola Mae Ross
and Susan McFillen

 

$20.00

This book contains the stories of the first Pioneers entering Cameron Parish - those courageous settlers who came to this isolated wilderness of Southwest Louisiana in the late 1790s to 1890s seeking freedom and a better life. They came from Acadie, Nova Scotia, France, the Basque Community, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Wales, England, Haiti, Spain and Czechoslovakia. They conquered the isolated South Louisiana Coast, with its treacherous bayous, swamps and marshes, and created crude but sturdy homesteads along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. They laid the foundations for their descendants, who still live in this area, and cling to this magnificent land of their heritage, in spite of many devastating hurricanes which have threatened their own existence through the years.

About the Author

 Nola Mae Ross took up a career in writing after the closing of the McFillen Air Park. She has written many titles about Louisiana and its unique history. She has twice won the Donald J. Millet Historical Award, plus the numerous other awards and certificates with her writing.

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History.

ISBN #: 1-887144-23-5

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: December 2012

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Hardcover

Pages: 122 • Black and White Photographs

Footprints of the Kilties

Compiled and Written
By Nola Mae Ross
and Susan McFillen

 

$20.00

ISBN #: 1-887144-22-6

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: April 2009

Size: 12 x 9 • Hardcover

Pages: 175 • Black and White and Color Photographs and Document

Footprints of the Kilties

Compiled and Written By Nola Mae Ross and Susan McFillen

The Kilties were a highly unusual and quite famous drill squad at Lake Charles High School from 1939 to 1983. The brain child of several Latin teachers and Principal G.W. Ford, the Kilties, as their name implies, wore a Highland Scottish uniform of Kilts made from Tartan wool plaid, looking for all the world like the famous World War I Scottish Regiment, named "The Ladies From Hades".

The Kilties' performance of a fast stepping (220 steps per minute) drill, attracted national attention and won them many awards. Perhaps the most unique thing about the Kilties was how two high school teachers, Iris Murphy and Lucille Leaton, worked with the group for 23 years, and molded the characters of these young high school girls into a unique team, which still today, 26 years after their demise, happily recall and respect their fellow Kilties.

This book contains photos, special memories and funny moments of the Kilties. There are stories on G.W. Ford, Iris Murphy, Lucille Leaton and many more. There are stories about train rides, bus rides and popular hang outs.

About the Author

Nola Mae Ross is the author of 26 books about Southwest Louisiana and it’s people, including the classic stories of Hurricane Audrey and Hurricane Rita. On the last five books, her daughter, Susan McFillen Castleberry has joined her in these efforts.

 

David Martin is a resident of Lake Charles, Lousiana and the owner of Video Creations & Productions, LLC

 

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History.

 Jean Laffitte

The Louisiana Buccaneer

By Nola Mae Wittler Ross

 

$15.00

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 1990

Size: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 • Paperback

Pages: 107 • Black and White Photographs and Illustration

Jean Laffite

The Louisiana Buccaneer

By Nola Mae Wittler Ross

Contraband Bayou : Jean Laffite headquartered on Contraband Bayou where he held auctions. Treasure was said to have been buried there in 1819. Although concrete streets finally covered over the area, it had been completely dug up by frenzied treasure hunters.

Many Laffite relatives still live along the Sabine River, in Lafayette and in New Orleans.

When the Golden Age of Piracy was over, Laffite faked his own death and, disguised, moved to St. Louis and began a second life.

Charles Sallier : Laffite visited Charles and Catherine Sallier, who lived on the lake. Sallier shot his wife, Catherine, because he thought she was having a love affair with Laffite.

Arsene LeBleu who had a large homestead east of Lake Charles, at Chloe, was a former Captain of Laffite’s. He built a log cabin by his home for Jean Laffite.

About the Author

Nola Mae Wittler Ross is a native of Lake Charles, LA. She has written a number of books about the history of Louisiana and has won several awards for her writing.

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History

Marsh Gator Mystery

Murder in Cameron Parish

A Suzette Benoit Murder Mystery with The Holy Trio and Auntie Marie

By Nola Mae Ross

 

$15.00

ISBN # 978-1-887144-15-3

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 2004

Size: 4 1/8 x 7 • Paperback

Pages: 252 • 10 Cajun Recipe

Marsh Gator Mystery

Murder in Cameron Parish

By Nola Mae Ross

Nola Mae Ross is a native of Lake Charles, LA. She has written a number of books about the history of Louisiana and has won several awards for her writing.

Sheriff Suzette Benoit of Cameron Parish is set to marry her fiance’, Deputy Phil Theriot, when an aircraft crashed in her front yard, with a load of drugs on board, stops her dead. In addition, her fiance’ disappears in “The Big Swamp”, the most dangerous swamp in the parish. It is also the base for the drug runners who are using alligators to hide their drug supply.

This time the three old men, Grandpere, Father John and Louie, known as the Holy Trio, are joined by an old woman, Auntie Marie, unbeknownst to Sheriff Suzette, to help solve the case. They use weapons like Rosaries and Strawberry Kool Aid to stave off the killers until the Sheriff Department arrives.

Ten Cajun Recipes from the best cooks in Cameron Parish are included in this book, ranging from Crab Casserole and Stuffed Shrimp to Fig and Old Fashioned Tea Cake.

 

 

 

About the Author

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History

Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders

They Traveled by Horseback Through the Wilderness of Louisiana During the Early 1800's

These are the True Stories of Their Travels and Their Sufferings

By Nola Mae Ross

 

$20.00

Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders

By Nola Mae Ross

These diaries and letters from early Methodist Circuit Riders “God’s true heroes” who rode horseback through swamps, bayous, and the desolation of Louisiana, are more exciting than fiction. Their lives were so harsh and cruel that most of them died before they were 30 years old.

About the Author

Nola Mae Ross is a native of Lake Charles, LA. She has written a number of books about the history of Louisiana and has won several awards for her writing.

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History

ISBN # 1887144-17-X

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 2004

Size: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 • Paperback

Pages: 221 • Black and White Photographs

Food, Faith & Family

Recipes, Faith and Traditions of Southwest Louisiana

Presented by the Samaritan Counseling Center of Imperial Calcasieu, Inc.

Stories Compiled and
Written by: Nola Mae Ross

 

 

$20.00

Food Faith & Family

Recipes, Faith and Traditions of Southwest Louisiana

Stories Compiled and Written By Nola Mae Ross

Southwest Louisiana is so richly populated with people from all over the world. We have so much to learn from each other, and what an adventure in diversity appreciation it is to know each other's family stories and to share those recipes that repeat themselves at important family gatherings. It is to this hope and purpose that Samaritan Counseling Center dedicates this anthology of stories and favorite recipes of families of Southwest Louisiana.

About the Author

Recipe Editor: Pauline "Bo" Rentrop

Book Design & Format: Marcy Lee Perkins

Photography: Liz Mueller

Author's Assistant: Susan McFillen Castleberry

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History

ISBN #: 1877144-21-8

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 2006

Size: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 • Paperback

Pages: 230 • Black and White Photographs

Crimes of the Past

In South Louisiana

By Nola Mae Ross

 

$20.00

ISBN # 978-1-887144-16-1

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 2004

Size: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 • Paperback

Pages: 319 • Black and White Photographs

Crimes of the Past

In South Louisiana

By Nola Mae Ross

This book tells the complete true stories of fourteen famous crimes and murders in South Louisiana, from 1896 to 1940. Compiled from newspapers, court records, successions, obituaries and Supreme Court summations, they present a fascinating picture of the way the lawmen used to be, and of the antiquated court procedures in the early part of the century. It seemed that in those days you merely had to be somewhere near the victim to be chosen as the murderer.

There was no confusion about who else might be guilty, no wasting time checking alibis of bystanders, no searching for vital clues. It was just first chosen, final candidate. Circumstantial evidence was usually the final method of conviction by the district attorneys.

These crimes took place in Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis and Beauregard Parishes and involved many early day lawmen and courtroom figures. There are actual photographs of judges, district attorneys, sheriffs, and in some cases of the victim and the criminal.

Nola Mae Ross is a native of Lake Charles, LA. She has written a number of books about the history of Louisiana and has won several awards for her writing.

About the Author

Other Titles by Nola Mae Wittler Ross: Southwest Louisiana Veterans Remember Volumes I and II; Louisiana Homes, Volume II; Marsh Gator Mystery; Lost at Sea; Diaries of Louisiana Circuit Riders; Crimes of the Past; My Name is Shane and I Have a Mental Disorder; Airplanes for Breakfast; Food, Faith, & Family; Pioneers of Calcasieu Parish, Volumes I, II, and III; Marsh Music; Jean Laffitte - The Louisiana Buccaneer; Footprints of the Kilties; Cameron Pioneers; The Devastation of Hurricane Rita; Hurricane Audrey; Louisiana's Acadian Homes and Their History

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Behind the Bricks

Inspiring Stories and Words of Patriotism by Americans with Bricks at Veterans Memorial Park, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Second Edition

By Scott E. Raymond with a foreword and chapter by Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., USN, (Ret.)

 

$16.00

ISBN #: 978-0-9675107-1-6

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: August 2001

Size: 6 x 9 • Paperback

 Pages: 158 • Black and White Photographs

 

 

 

 

Share Voices Behind the Bricks

Inspiring Stories and Words of Patriotism by Americans with Bricks at Veterans Memorial Park, Lake Charles Louisiana, Second Edition

By Scott E. Raymond

"I think their intention was to kill us, but let nature do it for them. They killed a bunch of us. If you fell, they killed you."

-Senator Jesse Knowles

 

"While I was still transmitting, I landed in a rice paddy in water up to my thighs. A militiaman, who had apparently watched the whole event, was waiting for me with an armed rifle. Thus began my six years of captivity in North Vietnam."

-Vice Adm. William P. Lawrence

 

"I went to Vietnam specifically to care for the guts that I felt, with my knowledge of what was going on, were getting a very raw deal."

-Lt. Suzanne McCall, R.N.

 

" Voices Behind the Bricks takes a personal, firsthand look at the sacrifices made by others in our behalf. Stories about patriotism are told by ten Americans who share the common bond of brich ownership at Veterans Memorial Park, Lake Charles, Louisiana, and who also share a love of country through their oral prose and poetry."

-Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., Admiral, USN (Ret.)

 

About the Author

Scott Raymond served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation from 1972 to 1974 as Special Programs Personnelman and made Constellation’s final combat deployment to Vietnam in 1973. Also in 1973 and at the age of 20, he was awarded a citation by the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. P. H. Speer, “For exceptionally meritorious skill and dedication to duty while assigned as Special Programs Personnelman within the Educational Services Office, Executive Department.” In 1977, Raymond was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and that same year graduated from McNeese State with a degree in Business Administration.

While studying writing at McNeese State in 1993, Raymond began his freelance writing career. Since that time, he has written and published numerous features and articles for Louisiana newspapers and magazines. He has also professionally freelanced as a public relations writer and photographer.

Scott Raymond presently serves in law enforcement as a Public Information Officer. He makes his home in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with his wife, Sherrie, and their son, Jason. Their older son, Eric, is an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

Other Titles by Scott E. Raymond: Going Home

A History of Cajun Quarter Horse Racing

Tales from the Cajun Countryside that produced more fine, quick racehorses per square foot than any place on earth!

By Lynn Richards

In the early 1900s, some match race jockeys rode bareback. Blackstrap molasses was smeared on the horse’s back to help the jockey stick onto a fast breaking horse. No rules, no electric timer, no programs, no stewards.. I never saw anybody handicapping. When the jockeys did weigh in, they used an old bathroom scale.

There were races matched “turn loose” (no jockeys) just empty beer cans with rocks inside, tied to the saddles. I’ve even seen a rooster tied to the saddle by his legs, with wings flopping all over and feathers flying everywhere...I remember watching a race with a monkey riding.

For a long time, my desire was to write a book about the history of the old bush tracks in Louisiana. My quest began with talking to the old-timers, their relatives and finding some who have long since moved away. The stories are true to life as they were told to me and there are humorous antics as well

A History of Cajun Quarter Horse Racing

By Lynn Richards

 

$25.00

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 2014

Size: 6 x 9 • Hardcover

Pages: 168 • Black and White Photographs and Documents

 

About the Author

I have been involved with horses all my life - rodeo and quarterhorse racing. For a long time, my desire was to write a book about the history of the old bush tracks in Louisiana, the race horses and the stories and facts about the people, places, and events. The stories are true to life as they were told to me or as I witnessed them and there are humorous stories as well. So, my quest began with talking to the old-timers, their relatives and finding some who have long since moved away. Tons of stories were given to me along with pictures. I have enjoyed this venture tremendously learning so much along the way and my only hope and wish is that you, the reader, enjoy this book as much as I have had writing it.

 

DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution

Live Oak Chapter - Jennings Louisiana

Mary Sue Lyon, Live Oak DAR Veteran Chairman

J. Anne Hoffpauir, DAR Pictorial Directory Chairman & Editor

 

$20.00

DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)

Live Oak Chapter - Jennings Louisiana

Mary Sue Lyon, Live Oak DAR Veteran Chairman

J. Anne Hoffpauir, DAR Pictorial Directory Chairman & Editor

The members of the Live Oak Chapter, Louisiana Society of Daughters of the American Revolution set out to record the names of all United States Military Veterans, who had lived or are now living in Jefferson Davis Parish, or have relatives living in Jefferson Davis Parish. The chapter acknowledged America’s military victories were made possible by these brave men and women who seldom receive praise for their military service.

Live Oak Chapter planned to develop a valuable resource book and to preserve this information with the National Society DAR. This will be of irreplaceable value which those scholars, students and family members can refer to for years to come.

This pictorial directory is an outgrowth of the book printed by Acadia Chapter DAR comprised of Acadia Parish, Louisiana Veterans. Our efforts were encouraged by the articles written by Rebecca Chaisson, Jennings Daily News Editor and other articles printed by the Jennings Daily News - newspaper

A special thank you to Charlene Lacombe and the Acadia Chapter DAR, Rebecca Chaisson, Chuck Davidson, and the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home’s staff for their help and encouragement in compiling this book. We have the veterans and their families to thank for their submissions. Due to the detailed information listed for each veteran, please excuse any errors made.

This book is dedicated to our Jefferson Davis Parish Veterans - and all those brave men and women, who helped in their own ways to ensure that America remains a land of freedom.

This book was completed by the Live Oak DAR Book Committee, Anne Hoffpauir and Patricia A. Vinson, Melba Bagwell, Regent and Gwen McMillin assisted in the projec

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 2009

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Comb Bound Paperback

Pages: 277 • Black and White Photographs

 

Herman Frasch

The Sulphur King

By William R. Sutton, Ph. D

and L. Russell Keene II

 

$19.95

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 2013

Size: 6 x 9 • Hardcover

Pages: 192 • Black and White Photographs and Illustrations

Herman Frasch

The Sulphur King

By William R. Sutton, Ph. D and L. Russell Keene II

Herman Frasch, best known as the inventor of the hot water process for pumping melted sulphur from underground that freed America from dependence on foreign suppliers of that important mineral, was also the recipient of more than sixty patents for inventions in areas as diverse as oil refining and hydraulic fracturing, salt and soda manufacturing, and oil-based wax paper. Among the greatest American inventors of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, he is little known today, but his life as a young immigrant from Germany who made himself the “Sulphur King” is a great American success story. This book, by William Sutton and Russell Keene, is a long overdue telling of his story.

About the Authors

William Sutton was born in San Antonio Texas, attended public schools, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. Following military service he enrolled at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he earned his Ph.D. in History. He has taught at the University of the Orange Free State in South Africa and the Alamo Colleges and the University of Texas in San Antonio. He is currently retired and lives in Prague, Czech Republic and in San Antonio.

 

 

 

Russell Keene is from Sulphur, Louisiana and has had a life long interest in Herman Frasch and the many innovations he created, patented and are currently still used around the world. Russell attended McNeese State University and LSU. He has been in a number of successful businesses including insurance & real estate, home building, owner of multiple restaurants, radio stations, publishing businesses and the co-founder of the Direct Broadcast Television Industry. He has been married to Lynn Keene for 27 years.

Journal of the Seventeenth Louisiana Infantry Regiment in the Civil War

By Joe David Pool

 

$15.00

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 2014

Size: 6 x 9 • Paperback

Pages: 120

 

Journal of the Seventeenth Louisiana Infantry Regiment in the Civil War

By Joe David Pool

I truly believe that you will enjoy reading this unique book on the American Civil War. It is written through the eyes of one individual soldier of the Louisiana 17th Infantry Regiment. It is not written from the commanding officers’ viewpoints, but from the common combatant. You will experience camp life, death in all forms, and battle for places like Shiloh, Corinth, Chickasaw Bluffs, Port Gibson, and Vicksburg. In the appendix, you may find the name of your ancestor as an enlistee or on the list of the dead.

About the Author

Joe David Pool has published five books and four magazine articles. He likes to write about the people of his home state of Louisiana in which his family has lived for over 200 years

 

Other Titles by Joe David Pool: A History of the Indians of West-Central Louisiana: The Ca hainin; People of Providence; Shepherd's Notebook - New Book About Kiko Goats; The Kiko Goat in America

Austin's Book of Presidents

By Austin Fisher

 

$15.00

Austin's Book of Presidents

By Austin Fisher

Austin Fisher lives in Sulphur, Louisiana. He wrote this book when he was 4-years-old. Austin was born with a love of learning. He also enjoys playing outside with his friends and spending time with his family. Whenever Austin gets a chance he likes to play Montessori learning games on the computer or IPad. Austin enjoys maps and exploring states and he researched the information for this book about our nations leaders

About the Author

Austin Fisher lives in Sulphur, Louisiana. He wrote this book when he was 4-years-old. Austin was born with a love of learning. He also enjoys playing outside with his friends and spending time with his family. Whenever Austin gets a chance he likes to play Montessori learning games on the computer or IPad. Austin enjoys maps and exploring states and he researched the information for this book about our nations leaders.

Publisher: Wise Publications

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 • Paperback

Pages: 22 • Black and White Photos

 

America's Youngest Women Warriors

Edited by Dorothy Hinson Brandt

 

$23.00

America's Youngest Women Warriors

Edited by Dorothy Hinson Brandt

“I have personally met many of the veterans whose stories have appeared in our books. This book, America’s Youngest Women Warriors , will take its place not only in collections and major libraries in the United States but in the hearts and souls of all those who are privileged to read this book. Yes, women are veterans too and each has a story to be told. In this book, Dorothy Brandt, has done a great job to capture and record some of these stories.”

 

Dr. Wm. C. Morgan,

National VUMS Commander, 2011

 

 “It is well known that throughout the history of our country young men have ”adjusted” their birth date in order to serve in the armed forces of the United States before attaining legal age. What is less well known is that many young women also chose to serve their country before they could legally do so. This book remedies that situation by telling the stories of some of these young women. Dorothy Hinson Brandt, an underage veteran, has done a magnificent job of editing the stories into a very interesting, readable, book. It should be on the bookshelf of everyone who is interested in the contribution of women to our country, especially those interested in military history.

 

Ray D. Jackson,

Co-editor, America’s Youngest Warrior

 

Foreword

By: Mary Carmel Hoffman

ISBN #: 10-0-615-52017-0

ISBN #: 13-9780615520179

Publisher: Wise Publications

Released: 2011

Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 • Hardcover

Pages: 98 • Color and Black and White Photos

 

-Mary Hoffman is the executive director of Adams State College’s Community Partnerships. In that capacity she assists the community of the San Luis Valley of south central Colorado in business development, financial counseling and community organizing. Ms. Hoffman also serves on the board of the directors for the San Luis Valley Museum with Dorothy Brandt

In this book, women tell their personal stories of joining the military, when they were not legally of age. Many of these stories have common threads such as overcoming diversity, the overwhelming urge to contribute and the drive to make something of themselves. These women tell of motivating factors such as being from families of divorce or even homelessness, while others took the leap because of a strong sense of patriotism.

A person does not have to have ever served in the military in order to be inspired by these women in this book. Although never having served in the military myself, I have been fortunate to have had a glimpse of the camaraderie and spunk demonstrated by women veterans. This experience came from working with Dorothy Brandt on getting this book published and many other projects; including working with women veterans aspiring to become entrepreneurs. It takes special kind of woman, not only to enter a male dominated world, but to take that direction at such a young age.

 

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