Andrew Querbes

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Andrew Querbes ​

In office
1902​ – 1906​
Preceded by Benjamin Holzman ​
Succeeded by Ernest Ralph Berstein ​

Member, Caddo Parish Police Jury​ (now Caddo Parish Commission)
In office
1896​ – 1900​

Born July 10, 1864​
New Orleans, Louisiana​
Died May 24, 1939 (aged 74)​
Shreveport, Louisiana​
Resting place Forest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport
Nationality French-American
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Alexandrine Ricou Querbes (married 1889-1939, his death) ​
Children Andrew C. Querbes, Jr.
Justin R. Querbes
Randolph A. Querbes​

Parents:
Antoine and Louise Alterieu Querbes

Alma mater Harvey School (St. Tammany Parish)
Occupation Businessman
Banker
Religion Roman Catholic
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Andrew Querbes (July 10, 1864 – May 24, 1939) was a businessman, banker, planter, and civic figure who served from 1902 to 1906 as the mayor of his adopted city of Shreveport, Louisiana.​[1]

Biography

​ Querbes was born in New Orleans while the Crescent City was under occupation by the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was the son of Antoine Querbes (1814-1884) and the former Louise Alterieu (1822-1899). He was educated in New Orleans public schools and then the private Harvey School in Mandeville in suburban St. Tammany Parish, where Querbes' father is interred.[1]

In 1886, Querbes relocated to Shreveport to enter the retail grocery business. A decade later, he expanded into the wholesale grocery operation in 1896. Querbes' wholesale operation was among the largest in North Louisiana. By 1906, Querbes had left the grocery business to become vice president of the First National Bank of Shreveport. In 1909, he was elevated to the bank presidency.[2][3]

Mayor Querbes emphasized law enforcement and reform of municipal finances. Prior to his mayoralty service, which consisted of two two-year terms,[2] Quebes was from 1896-1900 a member of the Caddo Parish Police Jury, now known as the Caddo Parish Commission, the parish governing body.[4]

Querbes was a cotton planter and president of the Louisiana Cotton Growers Association. He was also president of the Shreveport Ice Delivery Company. He was a director of Shreveport Mutual Building and Loan Association, the Louisiana State Fair,[2] the City Savings Bank and Trust Company, the International Banking Corporation, the Continental Flat Glass Company, and the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Rotary International.[2]

Querbes was Roman Catholic.[2] On February 12, 1889, he married the former Alexandrine Ricou (1869-1957). The couple had three sons: Andrew Querbes, Jr. (1889–1964), Justin Ricou Querbes (1892-1954), and Randolph A. Querbes (1894-1954).[2] Justin and Randolph Querbes both died in the crash of a small plane on January 10, 1954. They and several other key financial leaders in the South were returning from a duck hunt. Their plane crashed and burned on the shore of Wallace Lake, fourteen miles south of Shreveport. All aboard were killed.[5] The older brother died exac tly ten years and one week after the crash claimed his younger brothers.

Andrew Querbes died at the age of seventy-four. He is interred along with his mother, wife, and three sons at Forest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport.[1] Querbes Park, a 160-acre recreational facility located off Fern Avenue at 3500 Beverly Place in Shreveport, is named in his honor. The facility has a golf course, tennis courts, and a swimming pool.​[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Andrew Querbes. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Querbes, Andrew. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography: Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved on June 26, 2020.
  3. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography uses as sources for its article on Mayor Querbes: Lilla McLure and J. Ed Howe, History of Shreveport and Shreveport Builders (1937) and J. Fair Hardin, Northwestern Louisiana (1939).
  4. Veta Samuels, "The History of the Caddo Parish Police Jury -- Caddo Parish Commission since 1840.
  5. Justin Ricou Querbes. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on June 26, 2020.
  6. Querbes Park Community Center. Shreveport-bossier.org. Retrieved on June 26, 2020.

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