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Bess Orr Johnson

Bess Orr Johnson was American librarian.


  • Johnson, Bess Orr was born on February 12, 1917 in Forest Hill, Louisiana, United States. Daughter of Jesse Hiram and Kathryn (Jones) Orr.

  • Education

    • Student, Louisiana State University, 1959. Student, McNeese State University, 1962. Student, Louisiana College, 1968.


    • Branch manager Oakdale (Louisiana) Branch Library., 1957-1979. Interim systems manager Allen Parish Library., Oberlin, Louisiana, 1990. Assistant in establishing Allen Parish Library., Oberlin, 1947-1957.

      Board directors, advisor Friends of Library., Oakdale, since 1989.


    • Author: History of Oakdale, 1980. Artist collage, watercolor and acrylic painting.


    Manifestations religious freedom include supporting separation of church and state, advocating for people everywhere to be guaranteed the right to worship free from discrimination, and lifting up respectful dialog as a healthy means to understanding.

    Party affiliation: Democrat


    The committed individual Christian can and should approach God directly, and individual gifts of ministry received from God should be shared with others.

    Denomination: Baptist


    All Christians should study Old and New Testament, which texts were written and gathered together over a long period of time. It is important to find out as much as we can about the original contexts in which texts were produced.


    Leader Cub Scouts, 1946-1949. Active Little League Baseball, 1949-1950. President Oakdale Parent-Teachers Association, 1954-1955.

    Assistant in establishing Allen Parish Trade School, 1954-1956. Dramatizer of books and stories for children and adults, Oakdale, since 1960. Volunteer library First Baptist Church, Oakdale, since 1970, member church council, since 1991.

    Organizer, cataloger, board directors Leatherwood House Museum, Oakdale, 1988. Member Primetimers Adult Senior Organization (president 1991-1992).



    Camping, fishing, cooking, painting, raising roses and camellias.


    • Married James Murphy Johnson, July 11, 1938. 1 child, Don.
    • father: Jesse Hiram Orr
    • mother: Kathryn (Jones) Orr
    • spouse: James Murphy Johnson
    • child: Don Johnson
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    Born February 12, 1917
    • 1959
      Louisiana State University
    • 1962
      McNeese State University
    • 1968
      Louisiana College
    • 1957 - 1979
      Branch manager, Oakdale (Louisiana) Branch Library
    • 1990
      interim systems manager, Allen Parish Library
      Oberlin, Louisiana, United States