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The infamous McDonald family trial

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While on occasion criminal trials grip the attention of the entire area, it is extremely rare that a civil case will gain such attention. While it was more common in earlier years when Minden had a smaller population, today’s Echo of Our past will look at a civil trial that garnered an amazing amount of coverage by both the local and Shreveport media. That trial, held here in Minden in June 1921, involved a dispute among the heirs of the late John W. McDonald over the terms of Mr. McDonald’s will. Before it was over the trial involved a physical

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