Louisiana College Wildcats Football Now and Then

Since moving from Pineville, Louisiana to Knoxville, Tennessee in August of 2007 we have lost track of how the Louisiana College football team has done this season.

It was good to see that they compiled a 7-3 record in 2009 when I checked online to see how they played in 2009. They not only won seven games but scored 42 or more points in five of those wins plus scored 44 points in a 54-44 loss to Mississippi College.

Memories From Past Wildcats Football History

Henry Walden was the athletic director for Louisiana College from 1921-1961. He coached the Wildcats in the first international football game in 1929 against the University of Mexico.

I can remember going to the games on campus and made a huge mistake at my first game by thinking when teams left the field at halftime that the game was over so walked the four blocks home only to find out the game was still being played.

As a teenager I would follow the action walking along the sidelines on the far side of the field away from the main grandstand and can remember Dick Lawrence the owner of Dick’s Bait Stand being a regular in the sideline patrol following the action.

If I recall correctly the Wildcats and Northwestern played to a 0-0 tie once at Bolton Stadium. I was there because my dad was selling tickets at the entrance to the stadium.

The win I remember the most was when Charles “Tank” Tolar was stopped from scoring for Northwestern on a play late in the game that gave the Wildcats the win. Tolar would go on to become a star for the Houston Oilers in the American Football League.

I can still remember some of the players from the old days like:

Keith “Moose” Munyan

Ernie Duplechain

Clayton and Gene Bullard

Mal Sistrunk

Bob and David Corley

Bill Mount

Clifton “Monkey” Randall

Hamburger Harrison (don’t know his real first name but remembered he weighed 314 pounds)

Frank Mobley

Gene Southern (would later coach the Wildcats)

Jim Jossick (who I found on Facebook and living in Connecticut and remember him being from Connecticut when he attended College Drive Baptist Church.

Jimmy Trotter (also attended College Drive Baptist Church)

Joe Stewart

Les Patrick (coached the Wildcats and lived on Burns Streets in Pineville in a 1100 square foot house with only 1,100 feet of heated area) You would think a football coach would be living in a larger house than that. He was the first to live in the house in 1958 and we bought it 21 years later for $24,000 so he must have bought it for a lot less than that in 1958. I had my first crush on his daughter, but doubt that she knew it. I went to Pineville Elementary and since she lived on the other side of the street she went to Woodland Elementary. Funny thing is our house was on Woodland side of the street and hers was on the Pineville Elementary side of the street, so went to two different schools. 

List of members of the Louisiana College Sports Hall of Fame:


No Football For 32 Years

The attendance at the football games dwindled and I can recall my dad saying they were barely selling enough tickets to pay the electricity bills for a game.

By this time I was working for the Town Talk and can remember going to games on Saturday afternoons with few fans in the stadium.

Eventually the football program was halted and 32 years passed with no football until in the early 2000’s it was revived and the fans supported the team well. I went to as many games as possible when I wasn’t working on Saturdays. It was great to see a game with no television timeouts to stop the action.

I can remember one game being stopped because of  an intense lightning storm. I can remember the Wildcats having a quarterback who was among the leaders in the country in passing yards but can’t remember his name now.


Senator Dudley “Hadacol” LeBlanc: 20th Century Medicine Man

Hadacol was marketed as a vitamin supplement by Senator Dudley J. LeBlanc of Louisiana but was 12 percent alcohol which made it popular in dry parishes of Louisiana.
Senator Dudley J. LeBlanc invented the dietary supplement Hadocol after stealing a bottle from his doctor's office and based Hadocol on the ingredients in that bottle.

Senator Dudley J. LeBlanc had a pain in his right big toe in 1943 and it spread to his arms, legs and neck and three doctors couldn’t relieve the pain.

He escaped from a hospital and a doctor told him on the way out that he looked like walking death but that he had something that might give him some relief from the pain. The medicine worked and LeBlance sneaked a bottle of the medicine out of the doctor’s office so he could examine it and it would later become Hadocol a dietary supplement marketed by LeBlanc.

The Hadocol name was derived from the first two letters of each name in his Happy Day Company plus adding an L at the end for his last name of LeBlanc.

12 Percent Alcohol Content

Hadocol which contained an alcohol content of 12 percent was used as an ingredient in cocktails sold in French Quarter bars in New Orleans and was only sold in liquor stores in Northbrook, Illinois a suburb of Chicago.

People who had holes in their shoes were buying Hadocol for $3.50 a bottle. The sales of  Hadocol increased as testimonials to its healing power told of its recuperative powers with one customer who had crippling rheumatism but was walking again after using Hadocol.

Switched Coffins For Deceased Blacks

LeBlanc had established a burial company during the 20’s and was alleged to have used expensive coffins as deceased blacks laid in funeral homes but then would switch them to pine boxes when they were actually buried.

In 1950 Hadacol grossed $20 million in its 22 state sales area. One thirteen year old who didn’t have the energy to ride a bike became a football player after taking Hadacol. It is questionable to me why a teenager would be allowed to partake of a medicine that contained 12 percent alcohol. An Illinois official stated that teenagers could get plastered on Hadacol.

1950 Hadacol Caravan

Connie Boswell, Carmen Miranda, Roy Acuff, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Minnie Pearl, Mickey Rooney, Chico Marx, George Burns, and Gracie Allen were some of the celebrities that traveled with LeBlanc in a 1950 caravan that traveled 3,800 miles. LeBlanc said the trip cost a half million but that sales were $3 million on the trip.

The next caravan would travel to the west coast with the caravan staying in Los Angeles for a month and the caravan introduced the dietary supplement to the west. Groucho Marx and Judy Garland headlined this caravan.

One mother said her two and three year old daughters took Hadacol when their stomachs were upset. The American Medical Association urged its members to not endorse Hadacol as a medicine that could heal medical problems.

Diabetic Patient Switches From Insulin to Hadacol

An Arkansas doctor told of a diabetic patient that stopped taking insulin and started taking Hadacol instead and went into a diabetic coma and almost died.

LeBlanc  would run for governor of Louisiana in 1952 but he sold Hadacol and the buyers said LeBlanc had sold them a company that wasn’t as financially solvent as he had told them before he sold the company for $8 million. In addition he was $650,000 behind in his federal tax payments.

New Owners Declared Bankruptcy

The new owners would have to declare bankruptcy. LeBlanc sold out just in time and the resulting bad publicity about the sale caused him to finish seventh in the voting for governor in 1952.

LeBlanc’s answer to Groucho Marx when asked what Hadacol was good for showed he was more interested in padding his bank account than caring whether it actually healed anyone :

When Groucho Marx asked him what Hadacol was good for, LeBlanc gave an answer of startling honesty. “It was good,” the senator said, “for five and a half million for me last year.”

LeBlanc died on October 22, 1971 at the age of 77. LeBlanc may have been a state senator but he will always be known better as the Hadacol pitchman who parlayed a stolen bottle of medicine into a multi-million dollar empire.

For more information on Hadacol and Senator LeBlanc:


Watkins Products: Still Around 142 Years Later

J.R. Watkins started selling Watkins products in 1868 by horse and buggy and now 142 years later the company is still in business.

Watkins products were first sold in 1868 as the salespeople used a horse and buggy to visit the homes on their route. The company was founded by J.R. Watkins who started the company in Plainview, Minnesota. Watkins died in 1911 forty five years after he founded the company.

Their products include home health care products like liniments and seasonings for cooking.

I can remember Watkins salespersons going door to door selling their array of products. The company thrived for many years until changes in buyer’s habits during the 40’s and the company filed for bankruptcy protection in the 1970’s and was bought by investor Irwin L. Jacobs in 1978.

Wal-Mart has sold some Watkins products in their stores along with Walgreens who have also sold the Watkins products on their shelves.

Watkins today has an internet presence as it has evolved from a horse and buggy operation to using modern computer technology to sell their products.

The prognosis for the company does not look good if they don’t price their products more reasonably. One Watkins website is selling an 11 ounce bottle of vanilla priced at $14.99. A four ounce can of black pepper is being sold for $5.99 which seems very pricey to me.

Watkins products and prices can be found at this website:


How Many With Same Name?

There is a website named howmanyofme.com that lets users type in their name and instantly receive results of how many people with that name live in the United States.

You can type in Brett Favre and find that there is only one person in the United States named Brett Favre. There is also only one Drew Brees in the country.

There is also only one Peyton Manning but there are 2,376 persons named Mark Sanchez.

There are 111,035 persons with the first name of Arnold but only 114 have the last name of Shwarzenegger but only one Arnold Schwarzenegger.

There is only one person named Kellie Pickler.

There are 172,721 persons named Bill and 58,022 with the last name of Gates but only 32 Bill Gates.

If you want to find how many people have the same name as you go to:


Dairy Queen: Founded 70 Years Ago

These ice cream treats at Dairy Queen represent the soft serve ice cream served in their stores seventy years after being founded in 1940 and is one of the oldest fast food places.

The first Dairy Queen opened in Joliet, Illinois in 1940. For many years Dairy Queens were the only fast food place in many cities before the advent of McDonalds, Burger Chef, Burger King and many other fast food places.

2010 is not only the 70th anniversary of Dairy Queen but also is the 25th anniversary of the Blizzard.  The Blizzard is my favorite ice cream treat especially any Blizzard that has pecans.

I can remember the Dairy Queen close to the L&A railroad track in Pineville and many fast food places have opened in the same spot over the years since the Dairy Queen moved to another site on Main Street and is now located adjacent to Pineville Park Baptist Church.

We don’t have a Dairy Queen nearby in Knoxville so we haven’t been to one lately here but I am really missing the steak finger baskets so may have to see if the steak finger baskets in Knoxville taste as good as the ones in Pineville, Louisiana.

The steak finger baskets have been one of my favorite foods at Dairy Queen and not found at most fast food places.
Dairy Queen store located in Iowa City, Iowa in 1988.

Passenger Train Memories

A railroad pocket watch that dates back to 1901.
The front of a railroad pocket watch which could be bought at Wal-Mart for under $10 a few years ago but may cost more today if available.

One of my fondest memories of the past is traveling on a Kansas City Southern passenger train named the Southern Belle from Alexandria, Louisiana to Kansas City, Missouri when I received a trip to Kansas City as a high school graduation present to see the Kansas City Athletics play the New York Yankees in 1962.

I can still remember some of the cities where the train stopped on the way to Kansas City….cities like Shreveport, La., Texarkana, Arkansas, Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Neosho and Joplin and Grandview, Missouri.

Several cities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas were named after Dutch investors in the railroad including cities like DeRidder and DeQuincy in Louisiana.

Railroad conductors pictured in this 1946 photo.
The inside of a Piedmont passenger train which runs from Raleigh to Charlotte in North Carolina.

White Castle Hamburgers

White Castle was founded in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas by Walter A. Anderson and is known to be the first fast food place built in the United States.

Walter A. Anderson c9-founded the White Castle chain selling small square hamburgers. The store offered a special in the early days selling five hamburgers for 10 cents. Billy Ingram was the cook and partner but later bought the White Castle company from Anderson in 1933.

Anderson is credited with being the inventor of the hamburger bun. The White Castle hamburgers. He instituted the assembly line that is used in fast food places today. He used fresh ground beef and fresh onions but today the company uses small frozen patties in the production of the hamburgers.

A menu from an early White Castle hamburger place. Try finding a place today that sells six hamburgers, french fries and a large cold drink combo for only 45 cents and where you could play 10 songs on the jukebox for only 25 cents.
A White Castle combo of today.

When I was stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana I can remember the White Castle hamburger place downtown. I never saw another White Castle store while living in Louisiana and Tennessee. However they can be found in some grocery stores in the frozen food section.

Krystal’s Similar To White Castle

Rody Davenport Jr. and J.Glenn Sherrill founded Krystals in 1932 after studying some White Castle hamburger places in operation. Their hamburgers are very similar to the White Castle hamburgers.

I have eaten the Krystal’s hamburgers here in Knoxville. The burgers are small but still the most I could eat at one sitting is five.

Joey Chestnut a professional eating contestant holds the current record for most Krystals eaten having eaten 103 in eight minutes. I don’t think I could eat eight in eight minutes.

The small hamburgers are a welcome change from the Big Mac’s and Whoppers we find at McDonalds and Burger King.

There are only 392 White Castles compared to 13,000 McDonalds. Krystals has 380 stores.