Hoo-Hoo knows the history of the black cat?


Carolyn Roy | News Editor
The Bank of Winnfield’s black cat logo is getting on in years but its still the symbol according to a history of the bank.
“Over the years, the Bank of Winnfield has gained attention throughout the US for our black cat logo which can be found on our stationary and checks,” according to the bank’s history found online at bankofwinnfield.com.
Indeed, the pitch-black feline still graces the ads in the Winn Parish Enterprise-News American as well as its stationery and checks.

The bank history cites “an interesting story behind this symbol of a hump-backed black cat.” When J.R. Heard became associated with the bank, about 1907, the bank decided to adopt the black cat as a logo. Heard and H.T. Pye, president, were experienced lumbermen and members of a national lumberman’s association call the “Hoo Hoo.” The history says the emblem of this group was the then famous Hoo Hoo Cat, which was adopted as the bank’s official symbol. “The now famous crouched cat is still a fixture at the bank.”

This article published in the May 5, 2022, print edition

When the symbol was adopted, the International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo Inc., was and still is a fraternal and service organization whose members are involved in the forest products industry. Founded in 1982, Hoo Hoo has members the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malayasia and South Africa. At the time Hoo Hoo was founded, the term became synonymous with the term lumberman. The first meeting was held at the St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans.
Hoo Hoo, now in its 125th year, will hold its 2022 convention in May in Sacramento, Calif.