Way Back When (September)


“Way back when” is a monthly feature in the Natchitoches times that reflects on important, nostalgic or just interesting happenings in editions of the Natchitoches Times 40, 30, 20 and 10 years ago!

40 years ago (1978)

  • Nettie Winston, teacher at Weaver Elementary, is shown on the front page teaching her students at their first day of the new school year (Aug. 24)
  • An advertisement a
    nnounces “Grease,” hit musical of the decade starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, announces show times at the Don Theatre on Front Street (Sept. 3)
  • The NSU Mascot is shown standing next to football coaches in a photo. The article announces that NSU’s TV Network has expanded to include two of the state’s newest stations, both members of the LPB network (Aug. 27)
  • Natchitoches Area Jaycee president Rick Harrington gets a coconut pie to the face from Jaycee Muscular Dystrophy drive chairman Dan McDonald to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The drive raised $10,000 (Sept. 7)


30 years ago (1988)

  • Dolly Parton, star of “Steel Magnolias,” makes a guest appearance with the Spirit of Northwestern during the halftime show at the NSU-Southwest Missouri State University football game. She sang her title song from the movie “9 to 5” (Sept. 8)
  • NSU students in the Personal Fitness and Lifetime Sports Class enjoy their class on Chaplin’s Lake, where they learned paddle boarding, canoeing and sailing (Sept. 25)
  • Cody Nelson of Marthaville is shown on front page standing on a bucket as he readies his Brahman for the Natchitoches Parish Fair, along with other 4-H students (Sept. 29)

20 years ago (1998)

  • A sculpture by NSU professor of art Rivers Murphy, “Dignitas,” is unveiled during a ceremony at the Bossier City Municipal Complex (Sept. 11)
  • NSU freshman kicker Thomas LaToof is held up by teammate after he kicks a 24-yarder with two second left on the clock at the NSU-USL football game, giving them a come-from-behind win (Sept. 15)


10 years ago (2008)

  • Old Courthouse Museum features Creole Heritage Exhibit through October on the front page. The photo shows a replica of St. Augustine Church in Melrose being created by Gary LeBlanc (Sept. 9)
  • The originator of the Santa House, Jeanette Katherine Maggio Gunter, is remembered and honored by St. Mary’s by inducting her into the St. Mary’s Academic Hall of Fame (Sept. 24)
  • NSU faculty members Malena McLaren, Douglas Bakenus and Dennette Derby McDermott perform and present master classes at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England (Sept. 30)