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LOUISIANA VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

ANNUAL BANQUET                                                  2014 Volunteers Of The Year

                                                                First place: Michael Murphy, 978 hours at Central

Volunteers will be honored at the annual banquet in             Louisiana Red Cross and Rapides Regional Medical
January 2017 and the service of the members of the              Center.
Louisiana Volunteer Program during 2016 will be
recognized. The banquet is held each year to recognize          Second place: Jackie Taylor, 948 hours at Greater St.
the hours given to local hospitals and agencies and those       Lawrence Food Pantry and
volunteers who have given the highest number of volunteer
                                                                Third place: Wayne Wells, 898 hours at Rapides Regional
                                                                Medical Center.

hours. Plaques, certificates and cash awards are given to       2015 Volunteers Of the Year
first, second and third place winners at the annual event.      First place: Jackie Taylor, 2023 hours at Greater St.

Volunteer of The Year award winners since 2012 were:            Lawrence Food Pantry.
                                                                Second place: Wayne Wells, 924 hours at Rapides
                                                                Regional Medical Center and
2013 Volunteers Of the Year                                     Third place: Mary Beebe, 847 hours at CHRISTUS St.
First place: Wayne Wells, 994 hours at Rapides Regional         Frances Cabrini Hospital.
Medical Center.

Second place Mary Beebe, 886 hours at CHRISTUS St.
Frances Cabrini Hospital and

Third place Bennie Holmes, 840 hours at Pinegrove
Apartments.

Continued from page 2                                           navigable. Bolton Avenue was the main thoroughfare. In
                                                                   the 40s MacArthur Drive was constructed.
To pay for the military effort, we all bought Savings Bonds.

We loaned money to the government.                              We were a railroad hub: L&A,T&P, Rock Island and
                                                                Southern Pacific – branch line from Lafayette. Passenger
Everything was rationed: gasoline, tires, shores, etc. I got a  trains were full. One morning a troop train of sailors had a
little extra gasoline because I hauled four women in the        head on at New Roads. Trains were re-routed. Due to the
Terraplane (Hudson).                                            urgent need, the Army built a railroad between Camp

We began to work some of the POWs. Some of those                Claiborne and Camp Polk which is on the Kansas City

German prisoners were superb mechanics. However, they Southern. Roads needed improvement. You had to go
would not work on anything that carried a gun. They were down to Lecompte and through the swamp to get to Lake

a real asset to us. Some did not speak English, but usually Charles. Highway 1 from Alexandria to Marksville was a
there was an interpreter in each group. We needed their gravel road along the levee. Every effort was to get the

help before the Normandy invasion because we often              Army trained. Everybody was of one accord. To pay for all
worked 18 hours a day. After the war, America helped other the military effort, we bought Savings Bonds – actually

nations and we were not aggressive as Russia claims.            loaded money to the government to pay for all this effort.

I have lived through one of the most interesting periods in We cashed them in much later. Up until that period of time
history. When I was a boy, we didn’t have lights, radio or the Army was on a cash basis. Everything done was relat-
telephone. I appreciate so much being able to live in this ed to the government and the Army. It was an experience
period of time and drive around the city. There have been I hope we never have to go through again.”
a lot of changes. When we came here, only Horseshoe
Drive was an option. MacArthur Drive was pretty cotton Our appreciation to Richard Herring, a student who wrote

fields and Texas Avenue was a dirt road out in the country. this informative interview in 1944 to learn more about the
Street car lines were on Second Street. Southern Pacific Depression and WWII.
Railroad came into town on the levee. Red River was

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