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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.


Student, Louisiana State University, 1959;student, McNeese State University, 1961-1962;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.


No one is less important than another, and no one can be thought of as unnecessary. Every single person is vital to God and to each of us.


Christians should exercise vigorously their responsibilities to participate in the political process by registering to vote, educating themselves about the issues, and voting according to their biblical beliefs, convictions, and values.


Anyone may appear in hardship and poverty. Never give up in pursuit of happiness and one day you will find yourself in the right place, where God gives the sense of joy and assurances you are looking for.


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).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: camping, fishing, cooking, painting, raising roses and camellias.


Married James Murphy Johnson, July 11, 1938. 1 child, Don.

Jesse Hiram Orr

Kathryn (Jones) Orr

James Murphy Johnson

Don Johnson