25 years ago
The Star Theatre, once the largest of three cinemas in downtown Covington, will reopen Friday April 25 with two films in first broadcast.
Although “Shine” had a good national run, interest in the film is high due to Geoffrey Rush’s Oscar performance. For an actor in a lead role. “Shine” is the story of an Australian piano virtuoso who descends into madness after being dominated in his youth by an overbearing father.
However, the main opening night film will be “Paradise Road,” a recently released film starring Glenn Close and Frances McDormand, Oscar winner for an actress in a lead role in “Fargo.” “Paradise Road” is from the director of “Driving Miss Daisy” and depicts the plight of women in a Japanese detention camp during World War II.
The Star opened its doors on April 25, 1945, 55 years ago. On the bill that evening, “Argentina Nights”, featuring the Ritz brothers and the Andrews sisters. Also in this film was George Reeves, who later rose to fame as Superman on television. The star will be owned and operated by Phillip and Warren Salles Jr. with Norman Levinson as managing partner. The theater was built in 1945 by Warren Salles Sr., who operated several theaters in New Orleans before moving to Covington.
50 years ago
Substantial additions to St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington are currently being investigated, with a full and comprehensive report written by Paul C. Kiene & Associates, Baton Rouge Hospital Consultants. With 104 beds currently in use, the survey predicts that 165 beds will be needed by 1975 at 85% capacity and 223 will be needed by 1980. However, another estimate goes as high as 247 beds by 1980. The report shows that the hospital recorded 4,824 admissions. in 1971 and that the 104 existing beds were sometimes insufficient for the load.
75 years ago
On Friday, March 28, when milk strikers stationed a group of men near Slidell, Sheriff Moise and two of his deputies. Jas. Galouye and Clarence Howze, went to the scene and ordered the men off the road and thus broke the blockade. At the moment. Sheriff Moise said when he asked the men to leave, they did so without hesitation and appeared willing to cooperate with local authorities. … Luckily for all, the strike is over, and while farmers may not be getting what they are looking for, they are at least letting New Orleans dairy manufacturers know that they are and will continue to be on their guard to prevent further wrongful actions. reductions in their workforce, while manufacturers obtained price increases.
100 years ago
St. Tammany Parish’s rice industry, especially around Madisonville and surrounding areas, faces a very encouraging prospect, according to members of the Truck Growers’ Association, individual farmers and dealers, as figures from several shipments clearly show. About 8,000 sacks of rice, which fetched $3.90 to $4.10, passed through this port in the past week, bound for New Orleans, with more yet to be shipped.
125 years ago
A miscreant floated in the lake about two weeks ago an iron box containing a note stating that the schooner Josie Weaver had struck a log and sunk with all aboard, seven in number. The note was found floating by a fisherman and its contents published in the Daily States. It is dated March 17 and retrieved March 29.
The Josie Weaver schooner has made a few trips to Covington since March 17 as it arrives promptly each week. If the note had been found earlier, it would have caused great anxiety, alarm and mental suffering. It is obviously the work of a prankster who did not have the sense to realize the gravity of his act.
Nothing happened to the trusty schooner Josie Weaver, and her gallant master and owner, Captain Weaver, is one of the liveliest men in the state today.