Maynard, a resident of Doyline, Louisiana, was born in Shreveport in a shotgun house near the old Kickapoo Drive-In to Lewis and Rose Maynard, both of Sicilian descent. He was one of nine children. They included Rose, Roy, Joe, Dotty, Margaret, Mary, Mamie and Sadie. Maynard attended Byrd High School for two years, then Fair Park High School. He had no time for sports or other activities. "I had to work," he says. He sold newspapers, collected scrap, and picked cotton, which is a painful experience, cutting his fingers and bruising his knees. Like other cotton pickers, he crawled along rows rather than bending over. His father farmed "on halves", meaning he tilled other owners' land and kept half his crop. The family also raised sugar cane and owned a cane mill. Maynard's job was to "make the mule walk around and make the grinder go." He and his mother fished at Cross Lake to provide for their dining table. Breakfast was usually milk and bread; dinner often was sweet or Irish potatoes they had raised. On Sundays the family attended St. Johns Catholic Church. Maynard graduated from high school in 1934. To read the entire bio, click the link above.
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A large part of the Norton’s Rare and Antiquarian Book Collection is dedicated to first-hand accounts of American history. The first Eyewitness to History exhibit features reports and stories from the American Revolution by those who actually participated and/or witnessed the events they describe. From scholarly accounts of the issues involved to stirring depictions of actual warfare, these works provide a “you were there” sense of history and remind us that what we think of as the natural course of events could, in fact, have had many outcomes.
From prehistoric times onwards, artists have been fascinated with the world around them. The earliest art usually depicted animals and it is still flora and fauna of the natural world that is most often painted today by professional and amateur alike.
Come join us at The R.W. Norton Art Gallery and enjoy a delightful brew of art, history, and select beer tastings as we journey on a tour highlighting beer through the ages.
Soldiers, Statesmen, and Ghosts
The Norton's Soldiers and Statesmen Gallery offers contemporaneous images of some of the great figures in American history. Men of intellect and power, they stamped their unique personalities on the fabric of America. Perhaps it's not surprising that those whose will was strong enough to forge a nation might have trouble leaving it behind: several of them are said to haunt some of their old, eh, "haunts". Take, for instance, the mischievous Benjamin Franklin, apparently as irrepressible in death as in life. Some say hes made his ghostly home in the Philadelphia Philosophical Society's library where in 1884 his zeal to consult a particular book left a cleaning woman sprawled on the floor in his wake. Fortunately, our bust of Franklin by Jean-Antoine Houdon has no legs to take it ambling. To read the whole article, please click on the link above.
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Zephyranthes are commonly called rain lilies because they often bloom after it rains. White Rain Lily is the most popular species of Zephyranthes. Native to the southeastern United States & Central and South America, the plant's foliage resembles monkey grass. It works well as a border and in small garden spaces. The White Rain Lily tolerates drought, heat and the clay soil common to this area. This evergreen plant is covered with large white flowers in early fall. Heat stressed plants recover from underground bulbs when water is applied or temperatures cool off. Start rain lilies from bulbs, planting them in full sun, partial shade, or even full shade in moist, well-drained soil. Under very hot, dry conditions, rain lilies prefer some shade. Once established, rain lilies need little care and will survive on rainfall alone. White Rain Lilies obtain optimal growth with minimal care. If you want to divide them, wait until after the flowers have bloomed in the fall, just before the plants go dormant for the winter.