AMERICA

"Stw p wh b. Jeffersonville, Ind., by Howard, 1898. 200 x 38 x 6.5. Engines 18's--8 ft. Three boilers each 44" by 34 ft. An impressive cotton-style packet built for Capt. L.V. Cooley, New Orleans, designed for the Ouachita River trade, Monroe to New Orleans. Along about 1904 she commenced running New Orleans to Vicksburg and Greenville. W.B. Foulke was head clerk for many years. She was chartered for making a movie in January 1924 and was temporarily remained WINFIELD SCOTT: the flick was called "Magnolia." In April that year she made a trip to Monroe after an absence of about 20 years. Her own geographical adventure was a trip in April 1923 to East Alton, Ill., and return, taking up a cargo of smokeless powder. At St. Louis on the return she took aboard five carloads of Anheuser-Busch beer, four carloads of soap, some autos and a camping outfit for delivery south. She was laid up near the foot of Walnut Street, New Orleans, and foundered there on Aug. 13, 1926. Capt. LaVerrier Cooley, native of Savanna, Ill., died on Dec. 19, 1931, and is buried in New Orleans. Over his grave is the roof bell of the AMERICA, his best-beloved boat." (A14)