Historically Speaking: Christmas in Minden, 1929

By Jessica Gorman

The following is a description of Minden during Christmas in 1929. It was published by the Signal-Tribune on 18 December 1929.

“Trees and Lights Add Much To Christmas Spirit In City

Minden is all aglow for Christmas.

The Courthouse surrounded by shapely pine trees decorated with colored bulbs while the dome of the building gleams with myriads of lights of many hues, forms a fitting center for the great number of Christmas trees the city has placed through the parks and at various other vantage points.

Seen from Afar

All these lighted trees and buildings may be seen for miles around Minden, and seem to express a wish that all might enjoy the merriest Christmas ever. Their presence throughout the city adds just the right quantity of Christmas Cheer to make the hustle of last minute shopping pleasant.

Visitors Comment

Visitors, especially, seem pleased with the decorations and are lavish with their praise. 

‘Minden,’ they say, ‘is noted for its hospitality. These trees seem to have captured that spirit and are perpetually extending a welcome.’

Stores Decorated

Practically every store in the city has also decorated for Christmas. Miniature trees, effigies of Santa Claus, special displays featuring Christmas gifts, vari-colored lights, and a vast stock of Christmas goods the stores carry make Minden a shopper’s paradise.”

This column is intended to share snippets of Webster Parish history. Please direct any questions or suggestions to dorcheatmuseum@yahoo.com or visit us at the museum. 

(Jessica Gorman is the Assistant Director and Archivist for the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum in Minden and is an avid genealogist.)

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