Recently I had an online chat with Minden native Hooker Campbell. He mentioned an interesting story about his grandmother, Minden historian Thomas Campbell, and her service as an air raid watcher locally during World War II.

The story involved Mrs. Campbell using the walkway around the cupola of the old 1905 Webster Parish Courthouse in her duties to look out for enemy planes. Now to some that might seem silly, right out of Steven Spielberg’s movie 1941, with west coast residents fearful of a Japanese invasion. However, the fear was real in our area, heightened by the nearby Barksdale Field

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