Editor’s Note: We asked Webster Parish Historian John Agan to share this tribute to Minden resident and philanthropist Thad Andress, who passed away this week.

Tuesday night, I lost a friend and encourager, but so did the city of Minden with the death of Thad Andress. For me, Thad was always like a member of the extended family.

My father went to work for Thad’s father, Harry, at Andress Motors in 1936, when Daddy was 18. My mother, went to work for Mr. Andress in 1940, when she was 17. Thad was a

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