The New Orleans Bookfair and Media Expo 2012 will be located in a new venue this year. Instead of being primarily a street fair, the event is more structured and will be held indoors at 725 Magazine Street in the Warehouse District, on Saturday November 17th, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The beautiful poster for this year is by artist Harriet Burbeck. Enjoy the day!
Clifford H. Stem (1893-1963), an engineer and
businessman, was also a veteran of two wars.
Born in New Orleans, he attended Boys' High School and Tulane University.
after graduating, and during his first month on a telephone company job, he was
involved in assessment and repair work after the major hurricane which hit Pass
Christian, Miss., in September 1915. He
briefly worked in New Orleans city government as an engineer in the Dept. of
Public Property. Clifford Stem served
overseas and stateside in World War I as a captain and later entered the United
States Engineering Reserve Corps. He
also served during World War II, and afterwards retired from the Army as a full
colonel. At home, he was a tractor dealer, and proprietor
of the New Orleans Equipment Co. until around 1960. Col. Stem was a lifelong
participant in the Mardi Gras festivities and was named King of Les
Marionnettes in 1933. He was married to Nellie Williams Stem, and lived prosperously
to the age of seventy.
LaRC Manuscripts Collection 523 consists
of Clifford Stem’s personal and professional papers. It includes handwritten and typed
correspondence, financial documents, a post card, numerous family and military
photographs, invitations to weddings and graduation exercises, certificates,
Carnival ephemera, greeting cards, business cards, newspaper clippings and
other printed items such as the Dec. 1915 issue of Southern Telephone News, which describes the aftermath of the 1915
hurricane. The New Orleans Carnival items in this collection relate to the
Krewe of Iridis, the Krewe of Aparomest, and Les Marionnettes. The collection also includes the letter of
condolence sent by President Johnson to the family after Clifford Stem's death.
Captions: Clifford Stem in 1917 (with penciled
inscription: “Son of George Wood Stem and Marion Hoey, born July 4th,
1893. Clifford Hoey Stem, New Orleans,
La., December 1917, taken N.Y. City, World War”); the certificate sent to the
family by President Johnson, “in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration
to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States.”; 2012
Veterans Day poster of the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Please do not
republish the Louisiana Research Collection images without permission.