Memories of life on Byron St. in North Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The House on Byron Street
William Tennyson Arnold (W.T.) and Marcia Broome Guice Arnold lived in a quaint little brick house on Byron St. in Baton Rouge, LA.
The house was directly behind W.T.’s store on Plank Road.
Walter Eisworth married W.T. and Marcia’s daughter in 1965 and spent a good amount of time in their home on Byron St. (pictured) throughout the 1960’s.
This video is a compilation of several Byron St. home movies from that era.
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Arnold’s Toy Store
In the 1960’s, W.T.’s store on Plank Rd. was Arnold’s Toy Store (pictured). Before that, it was a Plee-zing Food Store. In addition to groceries, he sold general store type items and “Esso” gasoline out front (Esso stood for S.O. – Standard Oil, which later became Exxon). [Courtesy: Tales in the Tree)
An advertisement for his store from the October 17, 1959 newspaper lists the weekly specials.
Walter’s brother-in-law, Ray Hinson, owned an adjacent hardware and garden supply store named “Hinson’s Hardware and Garden Supply” (pictured).
Walter’s niece, Melinda Hinson Holloway, writes about W.T.’s and her father’s store in her blog post, A Tale of Two Stores.