LaBriere House built in 1883
It was October 2006 and the Progressive
Study Club gathered to celebrate a Project
they began over a year before that....to
restore the LaBriere House which was the
first one built in Haskell County.
period clothes with bonnets and long
dresses, the women met in the little frame
house they had worked so hard to restore.
Quaint curtains, a quilt, some old dishes
and embroidered dresser scarves had been
donated along with an old washstand and
were welcomed and two elementary school
teachers in attendance asked to speak.
They had applied for a grant which was given
to their classes and they wanted to use the
money for landscaping the house.
speaker was Dr. David Ballard, great nephew
of the couple who built the house, John
Leonard LaBriere and his wife, Sallie
Ballard LaBriere. A history of
the family and why they had settled here was
given by this descendant who said he was
happy to see the home restored....that it
looked just as it had when he was a child.
Progressive Study Club will continue its
work on this project as the organization
puts lights and more trees in the yard.
From Information provided by Member
Dorothy Hartsfield of Haskell