Margaret Haughery entered the baking business after lending a friend a few hundred dollars to start a bakery. His business did not go well, and she took over the bakery in order to save her investment. Her baked goods were soon known throughout New…

19th century New Orleanians knew Margaret (Gaffney) Haughery by several endearing terms. The "Bread Woman," "Friend of the Orphans," "Mother of the Orphans," "Our Margaret," and "Angel of the Delta" are the best known. Personal tragedies experienced…

From the late 1800s through to the mid-1900s, the old Carrrollton Courthouse served as the site of McDonogh 23 public school. On February 10, 1889, McDonogh 23 became the first school in Louisiana to observe Arbor Day, which they did for many…

Several years after the Town of Carrollton was annexed by New Orleans in 1874, the former Carrollton Courthouse began to be used as a public school. The city was able to make the purchase because of the generous donations of John McDonogh. In 1889,…