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Rev. Martin Hebert scrapbook

Identifier: SC-MCLC Misc. Mss. 234

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a scrapbook primarily containing newspaper article clippings (1898-1913) documenting the pastoral activities of Rev. Martin Hebert in south Louisiana among French-speaking communities. Hebert wrote some of the articles, which originally appeared in the New Orleans Christian Advocate, a weekly newspaper published by the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The clippings include the following topics: outreach to French-speaking communities in south Louisiana, the popularity of dance halls and alcohol, the lack of Methodist publications written in French, and a devastating hurricane that struck Terrebone Parish in 1909. The clippings include information about the following areas in Louisiana: Lafourche Parish, Terrebonne Parish, Vermilion Parish, Bayou Blue, Bourg, Dulac, Houma, Isle aux Cannes, Jeanerette, and Lacassine. The clippings include information about the following Methodist ministers: Clyde Vernon Breithaupt, Joel T. Daves, O. Derouen, J. C. Duplantis, William V. Falcon, S. R. Henderson, James Mathew Henry, R. E. Martin, William J. Picot, and A. W. Turner. The scrapbook also includes handwritten notes on the following subjects: “revival methods,” “getting men saved,” “inquiry meetings,” as well as specific biblical verses.

The final pages of the scrapbook contain newspaper clippings (circa 1895) about Martin Hebert working as a school teacher in south Louisiana. These clippings include information about the following communities: Grand Chenier, Grand Lake, and Lacassine.


  • 1895 - 1913


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Rev. Martin Hebert (1874-1961) was born in Bell City, Louisiana. He attended Lake Charles College and taught school at Bell City and Grand Lake around 1895. In 1897, Hebert was licensed to preach by the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He was ordained a deacon in 1900, and ordained an elder in 1904. Hebert served the following appointments (some dates are approximate): French mission (1898), Plain Dealing (1899), Plaquemine Brulee (1900), French mission (1901-1911), Saint Martinville (1912), French mission (1913-1916), Superintendent of the French mission (1917), French mission circuit (1918), Abbeville and French mission (1919), presiding elder of the Houma and French mission district (1920-1923), missionary evangelist (1924-1926), Morgan City (1927), Algiers (1928-1930), Epworth of New Orleans (1931-1933), First Methodist Church of West Monroe (1934-1937), and Henning Memorial Methodist Church of Sulphur (1938-1942). He retired in 1942, but continued to serve as a supply pastor at the following locations: Westlake (1942-1953), Community Chapel of Lake Charles (1953-1955), and Fairview Methodist Church of Lake Charles (1955-1957).

In 1898, Hebert married Nettie Clarissa Kingsbury (1877-1967) of Missouri Valley, Iowa. The Heberts had seven children: Lee Beverly Hebert, Guy Kingsbury Hebert, Martin Hebert Jr., Vera Pulliam, Iris Fern Hebert, Mrs. James A. Carlin, and Theodore Girard Hebert.


1 Folders

Language of Materials



Arranged in original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Charlyne Wyche in 2012.

Finding Aid to the Rev. Martin Hebert scrapbook
Chris Brown
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Repository Details

Part of the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections Repository

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