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    Lake Charles, LA
    1880s to 1906

    Louisiana Trade Tokens Published in 1982

    Louisiana Trade Tokens
    Copyright 1982
    By
    Louis Crawford
    Glyn Farber
    Ed Tylenda

    Louisiana Trade Tokens Published in 1996

    Louisiana Trade Tokens
    Second Edition
    Copyright 1996
    By
    Louis Crawford
    Glyn Farber

    The 1982 First Edition of
    Louisiana Trade Tokens
    has been out of print for many years. However, copies do show up on eBay at times. To search for a copy of this book
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    The 1996 Second Edition of
    Louisiana Trade Tokens
    is still available and can found on ebay or purchased from the publisher, TAMS. To search for new and used copies of this book

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    The 1996 Second Edition was published by the Token and Medal Society, TAMS. As of November 2006 new copies are available from TAMS.
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    Monroe, Louisiana Tokens

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    Monroe is the Ouachita Parish seat and was named for the first sidewheeler steamboat to reach this point of the Ouachita River. The Steamboat James Monroe under the command of Capt. J. A. Paulfrey made her first appearance in southern water November 26, 1817. The Monroe was named after President James Monroe who was president at the time. James Monroe was also a key figure in the Louisiana Pruchase.

    Monroe was was called Fort Miro. The area was called Praire des Canots (Prairie of Canoes) before that.

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    ABE'S DOMINO & LUNCH / 118 / SO. GRAHAM / MONROE / LA.
    Good For / 5 / In / Merchandise
    An enigmatic piece. Monroe directories prior to 1961 do not indicate the existence of a street named "So. Graham." Beginning in 1961 a "Graham Street" appears, but this street had only a 1900 block. It is possible that the street name was changed after a short time due to confusion with Grand or that the token is an error. No listing for Abe's has been found in available directories, nor were any bars, cafes, etc. listed at 118 South Grand.

    ARCADE / [MAP OF UNITED STATES] / AMERICA
    Monroe / [Map of Louisiana with Star Over Monroe] / Louisiana
    Alpert LA 620-ARC. This was a 1980s video arcade located at 2000 Center Street. Alpert also lists a brass piece (620-ARD) but since none were obtained from the arcade itself, it is believed to be a plated issue with the plating removed privately.

    S. C. BLACKMON / LUMBER / CO. / MONROE, LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Merchandise
    Trantow LA 880-C. Blackmon had a fuel dealership from 1913 to 1919 and sold cars from 1919 to 1922. From 1913 to 1916 he also had a woodyard and, in partnership with a McLeod, a hardwood lumber company. This company manufactured wagon and automobile stock, employing thirty-nine people. Blackmon probably operated the sawmill independently at some point for a short time.

    BON AIR / PLANTING CO., LTD. / GENERAL / MERCHANDISE / MONROE, / LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Merchandise
    In business circa 1907. An area in northeast Monroe is known as the Bon Air Addition, so it is likely the plantation was located in this area.

    BRODNAX LIQUOR CO. / 305 / DE SIARD / OPERA / HOUSE / BAR
    Check / And / A / Dime / Good / Next Time.
    H. Jack Brodnax operated this saloon from 1910 to 1916.

    J. Y. C. / MONROE, / LA.
    Good For / 25 / In Trade
    John Y. Covington; see listing and additional information below.

    CARDS@COINS & COMICS PECANLAND MALL MONROE, LA / MARDI GRAS [fax] / 1993
    Cards@Coins & Comics Pecanland Mall Monroe, La / Present This Token / For A Free Pack Of / Baseball Cards & A / 10% Discount On Your / Next Purchase. / Offer Expires / May 31, 1993

    IF PRESENTED WHEN ORDER IS TAKEN / CHICAGO / TAILORS / BIGGEST & BEST / 515 DE SIARD ST. / ONE BLOCK FROM / V. S. & P. SHOPS / MONROE, LA.
    Good For / $1.00$ / On A Suit
    "V. S. & P." signifies the Vicksburg, Shreveport, & Pacific Railroad. James Calloway was proprietor of Chicago Tailors in 1921 when the business was located at 112 South Sixth. The token was likely issued between 1918 and 1925.

    CITY BAKERY / MONROE, / LA.
    Good For / 5 / Loaf Of Bread

    CITY / BAKERY / FIVE POINTS
    Good For / 5 / Loaf Bread
    Located at 425 DeSiard in 1921 and at 320 North Fourth in 1942; this bakery was in business from about 1914 through the 1960s. It was owned by the McCarthy family.

    COLLENS' FIVE POINTS PHARMACY, INC. / GOOD / FOR ONE / 54 / ROOT / BEER / MONROE, LA.
    Good For / 25 / On Any Two / Prescriptions / Filled At One Time / Phone / 17
    This store was established by J. W. Collens in 1919, incorporated in 1925, and closed in the 1950s. It was located at 601 DeSiard. Reportedly, the token was used for only a short period because the State Pharmaceutical Board said it was illegal and/or unethical to give discounts on prescriptions.

    COMMERCIAL / SALOON / HENRY KLINE, / PRO. / MONROE, LA.
    I O U / One / Drink
    This saloon was in business from 1888 to the late 1890s.

    THE / CONSOLIDATED / ICE CO.
    Good For / 5 / Cents / In Ice
    The Consolidated Ice Company was located at the corner of Walnut and Breard. It operated from 1888 until about 1930.

    J. Y. COVINGTON / MONROE, / LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    John Y. "Bose" Covington was proprietor of the Silver King Saloon, which operated at 121-129 North Grand Street from about 1903 until Prohibition. He also operated a large mail order liquor business.

    EMERSON / GROCERY / 3101 / BURG JONES / LN
    Food Stamp Credit / 1 / In Eligible Foods
    [Same, but 5]
    [Same, but 25]
    [Same, but 50]
    Grant Emerson issued these tokens in the mid-1970s.

    ENCORE ROOM / RAMADA INN / MONROE / 325-2341
    This / Entitles / You / To A / Complimentary / Drink / One More Time
    This motel was located at the intersection of Highway 165 and Interstate 20 and closed in the late 1980s.

    FASER / DRUG / STORE
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    Based on a verbal description; may not be accurate. Faser Drug Store operated at 229 DeSiard from about 1920 to the late 1930s.

    FOX-RENAUD / 5 / GROCER / CO. LTD.
    [1909 Ingle reverse]
    [Same, but 50 both sides]
    Louis Fox and Armand Renaud operated this grocery located at South Grand at DeSiard from about 1907 until 1914.

    GEORGIA ST / GROCERY / 2501 / GEORGIA ST / MONROE, LA
    Food Stamp Credit / 1 / In Eligible Foods
    [Same, but 5]
    [Same, but 10]
    [Same, but 25]
    [Same, but 50]
    Earl K. Burke issued these phase III food stamp change tokens between 1973 and 1978.

    C. H. GODWIN /
    Good For / 5 / In Trade

    GOOD FOR / 5 / IN TRADE / GODWIN'S SALOON
    [Blank]
    Listed as TAMS maverick 8211 and may not be a correct attribution. Charles H. Godwin operated the Iron Mountain Saloon, which was located at 519 Ouachita Avenue in 1908 and at 315 South Second in 1912, from about 1907 until Prohibition. In 1905 a C. H. Godwin is listed as operating a grocery and saloon in Mer Rouge; one or both of these tokens may have been used there. The name "Iron Mountain" does not refer to a geographical feature but to the Iron Mountain Railroad, later known as the Kansas City Southern.

    GORDONS CASH / AND / CARRY / GROCERY, / 521 DE SIARD / ST., / MONROE, LA.
    This Is Not Money, / But Is / To / Remind / You
    The phrase on the reverse probably indicates that this piece is strictly for advertising. Johnston B. Gordon's Grocery was in business from about 1908 to 1918.

    GRAYLING / LUMBER / COMPANY / MANUFACTURERS / MONROE, LA.
    Time Check / 50 / Not / Transferable

    GRAYLING LUMBER CO. / MONROE, LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Merchandise
    Good For / 1 / In / Merchandise
    Trantow LA 880-A and B. This company was in business from about 1908 until 1925, with headquarters in Grayling, Michigan. They also had another mill at Arkansas City, Arkansas, in 1917. When it was built, the mill was located at 3000 St. John Street. The company, which cut yellow pine and oak, had a capacity of 150,000 feet per day and owned a standard gauge logging railroad, the Monroe & Southwestern Railway, which extended from West Monroe twenty miles to the south and west.

    C. P. GUERRIERO /
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    Charles P. Guerriero was proprietor of the Manhattan Bar, a saloon and boarding house located at 324-326 DeSiard from the late 1890s until about 1919.

    J. D. HAMILTON / MONROE, / LA.
    Good For / 10 / In Trade
    J. David Hamilton operated a cigar stand in the Virginia Hotel, located at 122 St. John, from 1925 to 1934.

    JACKSON ST. DRUG STORE / GOOD FOR / PLAYER / PIANO
    [Blank]
    In business in the late 1920s at 2107 Jackson Street.

    1810 GLENMAR / LEGACY'S / 325-1300 / MONROE, LA.
    Free / Drink / Happy Hour / Only
    In business briefly in the late 1980s.

    W. S. LEYENS / MONROE, LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    Walter S. Leyens operated a saloon at 141 DeSiard from about 1907 until Prohibition.

    GOOD FOR / 22 / BEN LIEBER / MONROE, LA. / IN TRADE
    2 1/2
    Ben Lieber opened a saloon and cafe at 209 South Grand in 1912 and though forced out of the saloon business by Prohibition, kept the cafe open until 1925. He was also a wholesaler of beverages following Prohibition.

    L. L. MARX. / MONROE, LA.
    Good For 5 In Trade / [9mm center hole]

    L. L. MARX. / MONROE, / LA.
    Good For / 254 / In Merchandise
    Leon Marx was in business from 1914 to 1932, having several establishments dealing in cigars and billiards. His holdings included Stag Billiard Hall and Leon's Restaurant at 137 DeSiard in 1921 and Union Billiard Hall at 1022 North Second in 1929.

    MONROE BASEBALL PARK / H & M
    Blank
    In 1936 the Monroe Baseball Park was located at the end of North Sixth. Max Moses was president of the Monroe Baseball Club, Inc. in 1940 so this could possibly be the "M" of "H & M." The use of this token is unknown; it may have been an admission pass or a rain check.

    MONROE / HOTEL
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    The Monroe Hotel opened about 1905, replacing the Grand Hotel which burned after five years in operation. In 1908 Charles L. Bradley was manager of this business, located at 311 South Grand. The hotel was enlarged in 1923 and again in 1927 when it became Magnolia Manor. Later the place became Penn Hotel and finally once again took the name Grand Hotel.

    MONROE HOTEL / BAR
    Good For / 12 1/2 / In Trade
    This bar was owned by E. L. Owens from 1905 to 1910.

    MONROE / MERCANTILE CO. / GENERAL / MERCHANDISE / MONROE, / LA.
    Good For / 25 / In Merchandise
    [Same, but 1oo]
    Monroe Mercantile Company was in business from the late 1890s until about 1907.

    MUNICIPAL BUS & ST. RY. DIV. / [BUS] [two slots]
    Monroe / Half-Fare / Louisiana
    [Same as above] C-2
    Exists in both bronze and brass. These are Atwood-Coffee LA 620-A and C, respectively, while 5936-M/7b is Atwood-Coffee LA 620-B. Thirty thousand of the bronze tokens were struck in eight orders beginning in 1936 while fifty thousand brass tokens were made in ten separate strikings beginning in 1942. Twenty thousand 5936-M/7b were struck in 1943 and 1944. Since streetcars were abandoned in 1938, only the bronze issues were used on them. These tokens, used for school fares, were taken out of use in 1955.

    MUNICIPAL STREET [i] / RAILWAY [i] / EMPLOYEE'S PASS [i] / [NUMERALS] [i]
    [Blank] [holed for suspension]
    MUNICIPAL STREET RWY. [i] / EMPLOYEE'S PASS [i] / [NUMERALS] [i]
    [Blank] [holed for suspension]
    5936-M/8 is oval, not round, and 5936-M/9 has a tab which contains the hole for suspension. These are known only from a photograph, so the sizes are not known, and it is assumed that the reverses are blank. The Municipal Street Railway began operations on June 15, 1906; becoming Municipal Bus & Street Railway Division when the first buses began operation in 1930.

    NEW / SOUTH DRUG / STORE
    10
    This store was in operation from 1906 until the 1940s. In 1908 it was owned by R. L. McHenry and located at 110 South Grand; in 1945 the owners were L. J. Hays and W. W. Chapman and the address was 100 DeSiard. The token likely dates from the 1910s or 1920s.

    NORTH LOUISIANA SHINGLE CO. / ONE / M
    [Blank]
    Trantow LA 880-D. This was a check for a bundle of one thousand shingles. North Louisiana Shingle Company began operations in 1898 and closed about 1925. The mill, located at 1350 Front, manufactured pine and cypress shingles with a daily capacity of 200,000 board feet.

    PALACE BILLIARD HALL /
    Good For 5 In Trade / [8mm center hole]
    In operation at 237 DeSiard from 1913 to 1918.

    {POPEYES / FAMOUS FRIED / CHICKEN / & BISCUITS [ON SIGN]} / 7KNOE / AM-FM
    Mardi Gratis Chicken / Get / 3 Fried / Chicken Free! / (When You Buy A 2 Piece Dinner) / With This Doubloon. / Offer Good / Thru 3\15\87 Only. / 1 Per Customer / Per Visit. / KNOE - AM-FM & PopeyesR

    ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL / MONROE / LA.
    Parking / Token
    Feisel LA 3620-A. St. Francis Hospital is located on Jackson Street. This token was reportedly obsolete by 1980.

    SHAMROCK BAR [i] / GOOD FOR / 10 / CTS / IN TRADE / MONROE, LA. [i]
    A. E. Schmidt Co. / St / Louis / Mo.

    SHAMROCK / SALOON / L. GUERRIERO / PROP.
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    Louis Guerriero opened the Shamrock Saloon at 500 DeSiard in the late 1890s. Prohibition forced him to convert to selling soft drinks and operating a pool room. After Prohibition his sons (John J., Anthony M., and Francis A. Guerriero) resumed the liquor trade, opening the Shamrock Bar. The bar remained in business into the 1970s.

    SPENCER & BOURKE / 5 / MDSE.
    The Brunswick-Balke / Collender / Compy / [Pool Table] / Check

    SPENCER & BOURKE / 22 / MDSE. / MONROE / DRUG
    [Blank]
    Although Monroe Drug Company began operations in the 1890s, James W. Spencer and E. Bourke were in partnership only briefly circa 1911. In 1912 Bourke was manager of Stag Smoke House at 216 DeSiard and is not listed in directories after this date. Spencer continued to operate the Monroe Drug Company, located at 212 DeSiard, until about 1915.

    STAR HOTEL / CIGAR / AND / NEWS / STAND / G. A. BLAKE, MANAGER
    Good For / 10 / In Trade
    The Star Hotel was located at 211 DeSiard in 1909, while Blake was in business from the late 1890s until about 1912.

    STATE TRAINING / AND / AGRICULTURAL / SCHOOL
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    Unverified. This was found near Monroe, where the Louisiana Training Institute is located.

    E. L. WEBBS BAR. / MONROE, / LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    Webb had a saloon from 1913 to 1918.

    GOOD FOR / ONE / DRINK / 1224 / R. P. WEBB
    [Blank]
    Rufus P. Webb had a saloon at 105 DeSiard Street from the late 1890s until Prohibition. Webb also operated a wholesale liquor dealership, R. P. Webb & Company, Ltd.

    WEBB BROS. / MONROE, / LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    Although no listings appear for "Webb Brothers" in any directories researched, Rufus Webb (see above) had two brothers, Robert C. and E. L. (also see listing above), who both were at one time or another in the saloon business or involved with his company.

    WELB BROS. / MONROE, / LA.
    Good For / 5 / In Trade
    No listings have been found for any "Welb" in Monroe; it is therefore believed this to be an error and that it is another Webb Brothers issue.

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