1940-02-29 Youreeka

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1940-02-29 Youreeka - spring held on r-TITE SltnEVEPOnT TIAIEK....
spring held on r-TITE SltnEVEPOnT TIAIEK. STWEVEORT. U TrtrRSDAV. FFRRrARY 21), mi was Twenty the city "I It," J i 'i Magnificent Youree Home Stood On Present Site of Gas Building SS Older Shreveport People KecalJ Gay Days of Past Years When 'Youreeka' Was Social Center The site of the new $750,000 United Gas building where 500 executives and employees now toil busily day in and day out in carrying on the activities of one of the largest industrial organizations in the southwest, once was the scene of Shreveport s most lavish social entertainment. To old-time Shreveporters, the building site at 1515 Fair field still is "hallowed ground" for they vision there the stately white mansion built by Capt. Peter Youree, the gay and lavish entertainmerc of the fabulous '90's and the early 20th century, with lovely Southern belles and their swains strollincr beneath great oak trees, some of which had to be removed to make way for the present structure Older citizens, many of them de scendants of pioneer North Louisiana families, experience conflicting emotions as they view the latest achievement along Shreveport' forward-pushing commercial frontier. True, their is the natural healthy vision of a great city of the future. But this vision la Intermingled with their wistful memories of smaller city of the past.- A past in which now-demolished "Youreeka" waa show-place and the center of the town's famed social activities. "Youreeka" Grew Gradually Peter Youree was a captain in the Confederate army. Soon after the Civil war he came to Shreveport from his home In Missouri. In. the middle 1870's he married lovely convent- reared Susie Scott, whose family had moved from Tennessee and estab lished Scottsville near Marshall, Texas. The Yourees came to Shreveport and began housekeeping on Jordan street, a block west of Fairfield. The little house in which they spent their early married life is still known as "Rose Cottage." Here, their two chil dren, a son and a daughter, were born "Youreeka" was not the product of some brilliant architectural design but the gradual outgrowth of a ser ies of changes to keep pace with the growing responsibilities and increasing hospitalities of Its owners. The original dormer-windowed structure twice changed styles before settling down to a glorious career as a stately white Southern colonial beau ty spot widely known as "Youreeka.1 Noted for Hospitality Later residents recall only the lat ter, which crowned a gentle slope of green acres where glossy magnolia trees mingled their fragrant blossoms with the bristly needles of tall pines, and the thorny burs of the sweet gum. Mocking birds sang here the year 'round; and tourist, when "Youreeka" was pointed out to them, knew that they were in the Deep South of song and story. Through the fabled Gay Nineties and the first two decades of the Twentieth Century, "Youreeka" was noted southwide for Its lavish hospitalities. Many of Its brilliant en tertainments have never been equaled even in a more sophisticated day, and in a city now several times the size of it was then. One of these affairs which stands out vividly In the memories of sev eral friends of the Yourees, was the unique "baby party" with which the sub-deb daughter of the house was honored. Guests were requested to come attired as infants. When the company had assembled, the honoree was wheeled into the parlors in her perambulator, attended by a "nurse" in uniform. The attendant was Mrs. John Scott, aunt of the young host ess. Player Piano Shipped In Susie Rose, from all accounts, must have been a beautiful baby in her exquisite handmade dress and dainty cap, as she cooed a greeting to friends between her sips of milk from a realistic nursing bottle. One of the highlights of this same party was the player-plan) a thoughtful friend had shipped to Shreveport especially for the occasion, from Atlanta. It was the first of these mechanical Instruments ever seen here, and attracted widespread interest. The Yourees' china-wedding celebration on their 20th anniversary Is another event still recalled here. Festoons of colorful Japanese lanterns were strung through, the trees, and swayed overhead on the wide verandahs of "Youreeka." Hundreds of friends attended the reception and remained for an elaborate banquet and the anniversary ball. Guests followed an old custom and presented their host and hostess with handsome gifts of china. A Brilliant Coming Out Still talked about as perhaps the most formal and magnificent affair ever held in Shreveport, however, was the brilliant "coming-out" party with which the Yourees presented their beautiful daughter, Susie Rose, and four other local belles, to society. Guests conducted down that impressive receiving line heard the names of Susie Rose Youree, now Mrs. R. Lloyd of Daila3, Texas; Bel-more Utz, now Mrs. B. A. Koblcr of 759 Olive street, Shreveport; Florence O'Leary. now Mrs. Robert Ward, also of Shreveport; Robbie Lindsay (Mis. Walter Stewart, or Memphis, Tenn.) and Emily Kretz (a niece of Mrs. Youree), who as Mrs. Malone Calloway lives in Fort Worth, Texas. This was In 1898. The debs "put up" their hair for the gala occasion, and their expensive decollete gowns featured trains which swished Importantly. Like all well-bred young ladles of that time, the five girls make their pains-taking toilettes without benefit of either rouge or lipstick. The only concession to artifice was a discreet use of face powder. "We didn't need cosmetic," one of the group recalled recently; "excitement 'colored our cheeks and lent sparkle to our eyes." A Center or culture Visitors here 60 year ago were al ways Impressed by the formal trend of the social nattern for a town the size Shreveport was then and took home with them glowing reports of the rounds of gaiety In the small village on the western bank of Red river. The Youree family played an lm- portant part in Ihe more serious side of life in the community. Their charitirs and philanthropies are well remembered today, and Included numerous unpubllcized deeds which are proof of this family's whole hearted Interest in the welfare of the underprivileged. "Schools at that time were few and far between," one of their Intimates pointed out. "So educational opportunities were rare. I cannot recall a time, however, when there were not two or more young men or women In the Youree home attending school in Shreveport. Several owed their success la later life to thi chanc to acquire an education." Mrs. Youree was herself educated at old St. Vincent's here, and afterwards "finished" at Sacred Heart convent In New Orlean. Built First "Skyscraper" Captain Youree gave Shreveport Its first "skyscraper," the 10-story Commercial National Bank building. Another of his many successive ventures was the former Youree hotel, merged In later years with the Washington. His business acumen amassed for him a comfortable fortune dur-his residence In Shreveport. "He was a handsome man, even in his later years," a local contemporary of the genial host of "Youreeka" remarked admiringly. "When he wore formal clothes, his erect figure and snow-white hair and Van Dyck beard gave him distinction in any company. His danc)ng was perfect, the equal in his advanced age, of many younger men." The Yourees lost their only son, William Scott Youree, who died In early manhood at the turn of the century. To his memory his parent erected the Methodist church at Scottsville, where the Scott private cemetery Is located. The daughter has made her home In Dallas since her marriage more than 30 years ago to Alfred Tennyson Lloyd of that city. Yourees Would Approve "Youreeka" passed into local his tory last summer, when It was demolished to make way for the erec tion of the present quarters of United Gas company. "There," sighed some of Shreve- port's older residents, "goes the city's most glamorous landmark.' CEDAR GROVE NOVENA WILL OPEN FRIDAY Father Jerome Mee Will Conduct Services At St. Catherine's A nationally ramous perpetual novena, or series of prayers, to Our Sorrowful Mother will be opened at St. Catherine's Catholic church in Cedar Grove Friday at 7:3C p.m., with Father Jerome Mee, Servite missionary priest of Chicago, in charge. Father Mee recently conducted thl novena at the Chicago shrine, where more than 150,000 worshiper Joined in the ervlces, Monslgnor J. V. Plauche, pastor of St. Catherine', said Tuesday. ' The novena Is a aerie of nine prayers offered as an act of faith with the hope of gaining either material pr spiritual reward. Copies of a British-Columbia daily paper are now being delivered on rainy days wrapped In waxed paper. Martha Washington was small and plump, with dark hair and hazel eyes. ':VvkMA if v mm CAR I 1 Congratulations and a hearty to UNITED an d Querbes & "INSURANCE SHREVEPORT 212-214 MILAM ENGINEERS NATIONWIDE FACILITIES IN

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  1. The Times,
  2. 29 Feb 1940, Thu,
  3. Page 28

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