October 1st 1909 - March 5th 1991
Born in Crowley, Acadia Parish, Louisiana
Was the Chief Engineer of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
Died in Metairie, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana at East Jefferson General Hospital.
Born October 1st 1909 to Louis Edmond Forest Sr. and Amy Alida Arcement. The Forest family was living in Crowley when "Junior" was born. The Census of 1910 shows the family resided at 215 16th St., Crowley Ward 4, Acadia Parish, Louisiana.
Name: Junior Forrest
Event Type: Census Event Date: 1910
Event Place: Crowley Ward 4, Acadia Parish, Louisiana, United States
District: ED 11 Gender: Male Age: 0 Marital Status: Single Race: White Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birth Year (Estimated): 1910
Father's Birthplace: Louisiana Mother's Birthplace: Louisiana
Sheet Letter: A Sheet Number: 7 Sheet Number and Letter: 7A Household ID: 127
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Affiliate Publication Number: T624 Affiliate Film Number: 507 GS Film Number: 1374520 Digital Folder Number: 004971620 Image Number: 00676
"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPTD-59K : accessed 26 December 2018), Lena Alexander in household of Louis Forrest, Crowley Ward 4, Acadia, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 11, sheet 7A, family 127, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 507; FHL microfilm 1,374,520.
The only source I have as to where the family lived before moving to New Orleans, is the birth location of the children. This information is from Louis Sr and Alida's 5th child Celia Rose Forest. On August 29th 1911 Ewell Felix Forest was born in Kaplan, Louisiana. On August 25th 1914 Sidney Joseph Forest was born in Kaplan, Louisiana. Next came Celia Rose Forest December 28 1916 she was born in Kaplan, Louisiana. April 6th 1917 Esther Ann Forest was born in Raceland, Louisiana. November 13th 1919 Clifford Ray Forest was born in Kaplan, Louisiana. The rest of the couple's children were born in New Orleans. Louis Sr and Alida had family in Kaplan and Raceland, one of Louis's sisters lived in Kaplan and Alida was from Raceland. It seems that by August 22nd 1922, when Francis William Paul Forest was born, the family had relocated to New Orleans.
The 1930 Census taken April 12th. Shows Louis Sr's family living at 1214 Baronne St., Ward 2 Block 201, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Louis Jr. was a Watchman for a Detective Agency according to the 1930 Census.
Name Louis E Forrest Jr.
Titles and Terms Jr Event Type Census Event Date 1930
Event Place New Orleans (Districts 1-250), Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Gender Male Age 21
Marital Status Single
Race White Race (Original) White
Relationship to Head of Household Son Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Son
Birth Year (Estimated) 1909
Father's Birthplace Louisiana Mother's Birthplace Louisiana
Sheet Letter A Sheet Number 11
|Louis E Forrest Sr||Head||M||47||Louisiana|
|Louis E Forrest Jr.||Son||M||21||Louisiana|
"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XMYY-21Z : accessed 25 March 2018), Louis V Forrest Jr. in household of Louis E Forrest Sr., New Orleans (Districts 1-250), Orleans, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 16, sheet 11A, line 30, family 180, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 801; FHL microfilm 2,340,536.
|30 Jun 1910 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana||08 May 1993|
|1930's in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana||Living|
|1930's in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana||Living|
|19 Nov 1939 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana||30 Oct 2002|
|1940's in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana||Living|
Louis Jr. and Thelma lived in New Orleans where 3 of their 4 children where born. The Census of 1940 taken April 6th shows Louis Jr and family living at 1839 Melpomene St., Ward 1, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana. The census also shows Louis Jr as an Instrument Man in Civil Engineering.
Name Louis Forrest
Event Type Census Event Date 1940
Event Place Ward 1, New Orleans, New Orleans City, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
Sex Male Age 30
Marital Status Married
Race (Original) White Race White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Head Relationship to Head of Household Head
Birth Year (Estimated) 1910
Last Place of Residence Same Place
"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VYP8-W78 : accessed 25 March 2018), Louis Forrest, Ward 1, New Orleans, New Orleans City, Orleans, Louisiana, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 36-12, sheet 1A, line 23, family 6, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1416
World War 2 Draft Registration
Name Louis Edmond Forrest
Event Type Draft Registration
Event Date 1940-1945
Event Place New Orleans, , Louisiana, United States
Nationality United States
Birth Date 01 Oct 1909
Birthplace Crowley, Louisiana
Relative's Name Louis Edmond Forrest
Relationship to Registrant Wife
Relative's Address New Orleans, , Louisiana
"Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940-1945", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KC1T-Y4N : 12 March 2018), Louis Edmond Forrest, 1940-1945
Louis and Thelma owned and ran The "Forest Grocery" Store in New Orleans from about 1945 until about 1947. Located on the SW corner of Music St. and Urquhart St. Memories of son Ron include, Louis cooking the roast beef, for sandwiches sold in the store, all night long. The meat fell apart it was so tender. I am not sure where my grandfather learned to cook, but he was one of the best cooks whose food I have eaten. The family lived in half of the same building as the grocery.
The small corner grocery buisness changed in New Orleans when on August 23, 1946, John Schwegmann and two brothers, Anthony Schwegmann and Paul Schwegmann, opened the first Schwegmann Brothers Giant Super Market, located on St. Claude Avenue near the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue. The small corner stores nearby, including the Forest Grocery, could not compete with the big store, and this encouraged Louis to sell.
After selling the grocery the family moved in temporarily with Louis' mother and family on Baronne St. until a home built by Louis Jr at 181 Woodlawn Ave. in Harahan, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, was completed. Louis was helped with the construction of his home by family members including Brothers, Ewell and Sidney Forest and his father in law Louis Chenevert Sr and his brother in law Louis Chenevert Jr. and Ron his Son.
I am not sure when, but Louis became the Chief Engineer of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. When he retired it was from the parish, and a letter was given to him that reflects how people respected Louis. The list of companies, that endorsed this letter, are the contractor's Louis worked with on road projects throughout Jefferson Parish.
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