Rev. Martin Hebert scrapbook
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
- Hebert, Martin, 1874-1961 (Person)
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.
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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