1900-1929 Minden High School Obituaries


Dora Dupuy and Theressa Grigsby

Submitted by Tom Carey

Tom Carey writes....I have a commencement program from MHS dated 1900 with 2 names in it...

Dora Dupuy & my grandmother's sister, Theressa Grigsby



5 JAN 1882

18 APR 1965

Jules Louis Dupuy II and Amelia Emilia Berthoulin Dupuy

Children of Jules ame Amelia Dupuy were:

Dora Dupuy Spradley (1882 - 1965)*
Jeanne Dupuy Channell (1888 - 1961)*
Leonce Augustin Dupuy (1898 - 1900)*
Infant Son Dupuy (1910 - 1910)*  



Wingfield, Kenneth Catherine

24 Jun 1914

02 Feb 1918    

GRIGSBY, Theressa                                      Lemuel Tooley

WINGFIELD                                                   Infant

10 Jan 1882                                                   04 Jul  1980

20 Feb 1848                                                   01 Sep 1881 

Buried in New Mexico                                  Buried in Flat Lick Cem.  

Grigsby, Lizzie MYERS

20 Aug 1860

18 Oct   1941  

Grigsby, Dr. Samuel Mays

25 Jan 1860

27 Apr 1892

(Doyline Physician, Graduate of Medical of Ala. 1887)  

Grigsby, Treeby

27 Feb 1883

31 July 1895  

Grigsby, Norma

11 Nov 1891

07 Aug 1892


Class of 1900 - Dora Dupuy                                                                     

Our thanks to James Moorehead,class of 1956 and Linda Holt Moorehead, class of 1961 for these pictures.

Class of 1900 - Theressa Grigsby

Our thanks to James Moorehead,class of 1956 and Linda Holt Moorehead, class of 1961 for these pictures.


Lowe services today,ca Class of 1908
Well-known Mindenite E. Henry Lowe, Sr. passed away Tuesday morning,
April 28, 1981, at the Meadowview Nursing Home after an extended illness.
He was 90.
Mr. Lowe was one of the founding directors of Minden Bank and Trust
Company. A native of Claiborne Parish, he was a retired merchant. He
was a member of the First Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge No. 51, and
the Shriners. He was also one of the charter members of the American
Legion Post.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Rose-Neath Chapel with Rev.
James Poole officiating, assisted by Rev. Kent Kilbourne. Interment will be
in the Old Minden Cemetery under direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
Mr. Lowe is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cecile Cherry Lowe, Minden; two sons,
E. Henry Lowe, Jr. and Cecil C. Lowe, both of Minden; two daughters, Mrs.
George Lambert, Baton Rouge and Mrs. J. B. Smith, Minden; 11 grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.


Ira T. Irby
Services were held at 2 p.m. today for Ira T. Irby, Sr. at the
Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ronald Prince
officiating. Interment followed in the Gardens of Memory.
Mr. Irby passed away on Sunday, November 14, 1982, at
the VA Hospital in Shreveport following a long illness.  He
was 87.
He was a retired blacksmith.
Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Ira T. Irby, Sr. of Minden; four sons,
Ira T. Irby, Jr. of Minden, Charles L. Irby of Opelousas, Connie
R. Irby of Jacksonville, Tx., and Bennie L. Irby of Olla; ten
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Minden Press-Herald, Front Page, Friday, May 29, 1981   Noted Minden native dies

  Noted Minden native, Ben Earl Looney, 76, died in a Lafayette Hospital Monday after a long illness. Looney was an artist known throughout the state for his watercolor drawings of southern life, plants and plantations. He graduated from Minden High School in 1922. He taught art at several schools including the Ringling Art School, Cambridge School near Boston, and was head of the first art department at LSU in Baton Rouge.  His paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and in several foreign countries by the U. S. Information Agency. A memorial service was held in Lafayette on Tuesday, May 26.  Looney gave his body to medical science to better enable them to find a cure for Parkinson's disease which caused his death. Looney is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Roy Miller, Sr. of Minden and Mrs. Dave Mosely of Shreveport; two nephews, Roy Miller, Jr. of Minden and Dr. Robert Mosely of Arizona, and two nieces.


Mrs. Roy Miller Inabnett , 93 (born ca 1910)
Funeral services for Mrs. Roy Miller Inabnett, 93, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2003, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden with the Rev. J. Roddy Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Minden Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. today, May 22, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Inabnett, a lifelong resident of Minden, passed away Wednesday,
May 21, in Minden. She was a member of the Minden Beautification
Council, Main Street Committee, and was Minden Woman of the Year
in 1962.
She was also a member of the Minden Garden Club, the Arrangers
Study Club and the Council Flower Show Judges. Mrs. Inabnett was
a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Minden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lemwood Inabnett and
her daughter, Sallie Inabnett.
She is survived by her son, Joe Inabnett and wife Anne; and their
children, Christian Charlton and Elizabeth Charlton,  son,         

SPC Joshua B. Madden, United States Army, and several nieces and nephews.


  The Minden Herald, front page headline, Thursday, January 8, 1959   M. D. Cheshire Rites Today; Probe Started   Funeral services for M. Douglas Cheshire, 52, who was found Sunday night lying unconscious next to his parked automobile after being either hit or struck severely on the head, were held at 3 p.m. this afternoon at the Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home Chapel   Officiating at the services were the Rev. Merlin Merrill, pastor of the First Methodist Church, and the Rev. A. E. Brown, pastor of the Primitive Baptist Church.  Interment was in the old Minden Cemetery.   Mr. Cheshire died at 12:55 a.m. Wednesday in the North Louisiana Sanitarium where he was hospitalized after being given emergency treatment in the Minden Sanitarium.   He was found lying in front of his parked car near Edmond's Grocery just off Highway 80 by-pass at 11:15 p.m.Sunday. He was unconscious when he was found by the city police.   Sheriff J. D. Batton, who is heading an intensive investigation of the incident, said he was informed by physicians that Mr. Cheshire "definitely had been hit in the head."   Cheshire was found lying in front of his parked automobile. The vehicle lights were out and the key turned off.  City police found, in the initial investigation, that his wallet containing $35 had been taken.   Mr. Cheshire left his home about 5 p.m. after telling his wife he was going to visit his mother, Mrs. Anna J. Cheshire, who resides at 504 Constable.  He did not visit his mother, Batton said, nor was he seen again by anyone in Minden until he was found unconscious.   The sheriff stated that Cheshire had "nearly frozen" lying on the cold ground.  Mr. Cheshire was taken to the Minden Sanitarium where he was found to have suffered a skull fracture. He was transferred to Shreveport for an emergency operation.   Mr. Cheshire was a locomotive engineer with the KCS-L&A Railroad and was co-owner of the Joy and Joy Drive-In Theaters of Minden.  He was a member of the Methodist Church, the Masons and Shriners.   Dr. Thomas Richardson, Webster Parish coroner, has joined the intensive investigation now underway by Sheriff Batton and by Chief of Police Otis F. Minter, Sr. and his department.  The sheriff said this morning he had learned late yesterday that Mr. Cheshire had purchased a package of cigarettes at the Minden Cafe.  The proprietor, Gus Kirkikis, remembered Cheshire coming in his establishment.   Batton said Cheshire's automobile had been fingerprinted from top to bottom.  He pointed out that several fingerprints had been found on the automobile.  Just what extent this will aid in the investigation has not yet been determined.   The sheriff and Dr. Richardson were at work on the investigation late yesterday.  Dr. Richardson said this morning that Cheshire died of cerebral hemorrhage and a fractured skull.  An inquest is being held, he said, with various members of the family and others being questioned.   "It's possible he could have fallen," Dr. Richardson stated.  "It's not a foregone conclusion he was hit in the back of the head.  We do not know whether it was foul play or not."  He pointed out that at this point Cheshire's death appears that it "could have been either way--a deliberate hit on the head or a fall."   Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Ruth Cheshire of Minden; his mother, Mrs. Anna J. Cheshire of Minden; one daughter, Mrs. Peggy Baldwin of Minden; a granddaughter Debbie Baldwin of Minden; four sisters, Mrs. O. F. Baucum of Jacksonville, Texas; Mrs. Jesse Williams of El Dorado, Arkansas; Mrs. Bessie Carter of Ida and Mrs. Martha House of Minden; and one brother, Sandlin Cheshire of Minden.  The Minden Herald, front page, Thursday, March 12, 1959

  Minden Man Doing Well After Suicide Attempt   A Minden service station attendant, who was attacked and robbed several weeks ago, apparently tried to take his own life here early Tuesday morning after calling his wife and telling her he planned to do so.   Duke C. Schultz, 30, shot himself in the abdomen at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday while on the job at the J. W. Dickinson Gulf Service Station on the Shreveport Road.   Chief Otis F. Minter said Schultz was alone at the station at the time of the incident.  He called his wife and told her he was going to kill himself.  Meantime, Mrs. Schultz called city police. When the police arrived at the station they found that Schultz had shot himself in the stomach with a .25 caliber automatic pistol.   Schultz was taken to the Minden Sanitarium where his condition has been described as "good."    The suicide-attempt victim was knocked unconscious and robbed while on the job at Dickinson's service station some weeks ago.  The incident occurred about 8:25 p.m. Saturday, January 31. Schultz told investigating authorities Ira Irby and Kenneth Strong that a man slipped up behind him and struck him on the back of the head.  Thirty-four dollars in cash was taken from Schultz's billfold.  The attendant told police the assailant apparently tried to open the station cash register but was unable to do so.  Schultz had the key in his pocket at the time of the incident. A description of the hold-up man was given police by a passing motorist who witnessed part of the robbery.

    M. D. Cheshire
     Front page of the Minden Press  -  Sept. 14, 1959   Sheriff Holds Cheshire Suspect   Duke Schultz Faces Lie Detector Test   The Webster Parish Sheriff's office is holding Duke E. Schultz, 30, in connection with the death of Douglas Cheshire last January, according to Sheriff J.D. Batton.   Batton said the suspect will be taken to Monroe this week to face a lie detector test in the unsolved mystery surrounding Cheshire's death last winter.   Schultz was arrested in Crowley a week ago on a charge of bigamy, but was later transferred to the Webster jail.  Deputy Sheriff Buster Adkins brought the suspect to Minden from Crowley.   Parish Sheriff J. D. Batton said Schultz is a prime suspect in the death of Cheshire and he expects the lie detector test this week to confirm Shultz's implication in the case.   Batton explained the events leading up to the arrest of Schultz as beginning in January of this year when Schultz reported a faked robbery at a local service station where he was employed.  Three weeks later, according to Sheriff Batton, Schultz attempted to commit suicide when he shot himself in the side with a pistol.   While undergoing treatment for the gun wound, Schultz made several statements which led Batton to link him with the Cheshire death.  One of them, according to Batton, was, "I'm going to join Doug."  This remark, along with later developments in the case, put Schultz under almost constant watch by local deputies.   In May, local deputies picked him up for questioning, during which time he suffered a nervous breakdown and was transferred to the Veterans' Hospital in Shreveport for treatment.  When he returned to Minden, he was again the object of constant surveillance by local officers.   Sheriff Batton reported that residents near where Schultz was living were questioned about three weeks ago and shortly thereafter Schultz left Minden with no trace of his whereabouts.   Last week, local officers learned that Schultz was being held in the Crowley jail on a charge of bigamy.  Deputy Adkins transferred the man to the local jail where Sheriff Batton questioned him further.  After gaining what Batton terms "conclusive" evidence, it was decided to take the suspect to Monroe to face the lie detector test.   Batton stated that FBI records show that Scultz was arrested 12 times during a six-year period beginning in 1951.  Among the charges brought against him during that time was a robbery charge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Schultz, according to Batton, has spent several months in jail in six states during the past eight years.   Batton said Cheshire and Schultz had dinner together the night Cheshire was found.  However, no other details have been disclosed to show the relationship of the two men.  Cheshire was found unconscious on the night of Jan. 4 next to his automobile in the parking area near the Quick-Pak store on the highway 80 by-pass.  He died three days later in a Shreveport hospital.   Batton stated that a rubber body hammer, used by Schultz in his service station work, was the weapon apparently used to deliver the blow causing Cheshire's death.  

 This was where Douglas Cheshire was living when he was killed. The house was new back then.

 The murder of M. D. Cheshire has never been solved.


Eldred Lowe   ca1909-2004
  Funeral services for Mr. Eldred Ford Lowe, 94, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2003, at Lakeview United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lynn Malone officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden.
  Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the funeral home.
  Mr. Lowe, a longtime resident of Minden, passed away Monday, May 26, after a brief illness. He was born in Waldo, Ark., April 12, 1909. After graduating from Minden High School, he went to Louisiana Tech University, finishing with a degree in journalism. He taught at Louisiana Tech and Hot Springs High School before establishing a printing business in Minden. He retired at age 88.
  Mr. Lowe was a faithful member of Lakeview United Methodist Church and a lifetime choir member. He was a past member of the Civitan Club and the Knights of Pythias, where he served in several officer positions.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Eunice Lowe; three brothers, Prentiss, William and Herbert; and a granddaughter, Valerie Tucker.
  He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Clara DeFreese Lowe; two sons, Perry J. Lowe and wife Joy of Ruston, Eldred (Eddie) Ford Lowe Jr. and wife Pam of Minden; two daughters, Myra Turnage and husband Bill of El Dorado, Ark., Linda and husband Ed of Minden; two brothers, the Rev. Winston Lowe, and the Rev. Terral Lowe; three sisters, Lalia Perryman, Mary Cassels, and Margaret Dodez; grandchildren, Chip Lowe, Kira Breczinski, Michelle Thompson, Paul Turnage, Carol Whatley, Greg Turnage, Chad Wilson, Cory Wilson, Lori Branch, Jamin Butcher, Rachel Butcher; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
  Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the Lakeview Men’s Class and longtime friend, David James.
  Memorials may be made to Lakeview United Methodist Church. What people remembered most about Mr. Lowe was that he was always ready to share his knowledge. He was a fine Craftsman.Minden Press Herald

Source: Minden - Press herald

 Ca1928 (ca1927-1929)

 Mary Dulany Braswell  - written by Press-Herald Staff; Monday, 30 July 2007; Graveside sevices for Mrs. Mary Dulany Braswell, 96, of Mobile, Ala., will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at Minden Cemetery under the direction of Osborn Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. today, July 30, at Osborn Funeral Home.

Mrs. Braswell was born in Arcadia to the late Felix C. and Maybell Cathey Dulany and died Thursday, July 26 in Mobile, just 18 days before her 97th birthday.

Mrs. Braswell was a longtime resident of Shreveport where she volunteered for 20 years at the V. A. Hospital and was the former vice president of Braswell Industries. She was a woman of independent means who loved life, her family & a good joke.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Peeples Braswell; her brother, & her sisters.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Ann Braswell Baggett of Mobile; three grandchildren, Jean McAleer Long, Joseph Lee Baggett Jr of Fairhope, Ala. and Allyn Delane Cannon of Savannah, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, Andrew Braswell Baggett, Alexander Jacques Baggett and Annie Kelly Long; and numerous nieces and nephews.