June 4, 1922
June 4, 1922 -- Times-Picayune
Note the "Enameled
Tank Closet" -- a toilet in todays jargon.
Marcus Babst, Sr. opened his plumbing business in 1904, using a horse and wagon to get to customers' homes. It was in
the early years that he adopted the slogan, "The Plumbers Who Work With a Vim".
By 1930 his business had grown to include eight trucks and "none but the best and most experienced plumbers",
headquartered at 1050 Camp Street where fixtures and supplies were also offered.
Construction of the new Mississippi River Bridge resulted in the loss of his Camp Street location. After
52 years in business, on Saturday, July 2, 1956 he moved his company to 4034 Tchoupitoulas Street. He was still active
in the business which now included his son Emile, Jr. and grandson Emile III. The company, at this time, was installing
plumbing and air-conditioning systems at the new City Hall and Civic Center complex.
Emile Sr. died on Saturday, July 2, 1967. He had been a director of Eureka Homestead and Southern Heater
His son and grandson moved the business out to
Jefferson, locating on Central Avenue, and continued to remain active working on large projects including public works projects
such as plumbing and air-conditioning work on the East Jefferson Sewage Treatment plant.
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WGSO radio was originally an AM daytime station. In the 1950s it used the call sign WJMR owned
by George Mayoral and broadcast from the Jung Hotel. WJMR would become the sister station of WJMR-FM and WJMR-TV (New Orleans
second television station in 1953). In the mid-1950s it was home to "Poppa Stoppa" whose program featured
long runs of uninterrupted Rock and Roll music. When WJMR-TV was sold the station call sign was changed to WNNR (Winner
Radio). The station briefly became WLTS in the fall of 1984. On June 4, 1985 it became WYAT, broadcasting
a syndicated Oldies format with some local DJ's during the day. On December 1, 1993 the station became WGSO. In 2001,
WGSO introduced New Orleans' first Business Talk format.
The Territory of Louisiana or Louisiana Territory existed from July 4, 1805 until June 4, 1812,
when it was renamed to Missouri Territory after Louisiana had been admitted to the union as a state. The Louisiana Territory
was formed out of part of the lands acquired by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase, in which French Louisiana was
bought from France.
On June 4, 1977, 40,000 fans watched Jimmy Weinert win the sixth of twelve races for the American Motor
Cyclist Association $250,000 Supercross series. 20,000,000 pounds of dirt were piled into the center of the Superdome for
Suspecting Congressman Willian Jefferson of bribery, the FBI raided
his Congressional offices in May 2006, but he was re-elected later that year. On June 4, 2007, a federal grand jury indicted
Jefferson on sixteen felony charges related to corruption. Jefferson
was defeated by Republican Joseph Cao on December 6, 2008, being the
most senior Democrat to lose re-election that year. In 2009, he was
tried in Virginia on corruption charges. On August 5, 2009, he was
found guilty of eleven of the sixteen corruption counts. Jefferson's
lawyers have promised to appeal, a gesture which New Orleans former U.S. attorney Harry Rosenberg told the Times-Picayune
may work in Jefferson's favor because the jury failed to convict him on all sixteen of the indictment counts.
Jefferson was sentenced to thirteen years on November 13, 2009, the longest sentence yet handed down to a congressman for
bribery or any other crime.
On March 26, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit affirmed Jefferson's conviction and sentence on ten of the eleven counts on which he was convicted.
The Court of Appeals vacated and remanded the conviction on one count of the indictment, involving alleged wire fraud, holding
that venue on that count was improper in the federal court in Virginia.
On April 20, 2012, U.S. District Court judge T.S. Ellis
revoked Jefferson's bail and ordered that he report to prison to begin serving his thirteen-year sentence by May 4, 2012.
On May 4, 2012, Jefferson surrendered to the Bureau of Prisons
facility in Beaumont, Texas to begin serving his 13-year sentence.
He is scheduled for release on August 30, 2023.
$5 million in legal fees and has filed for bankruptcy.