This Italianate style two story commercial building was built circa 1893. The entire facade is covered with Mesker press metal topped by an ornate projecting metal bracketed cornice.
First occupant for 519 we could find was Lonergan & Son. Dr. Albert Caesar Lonergan and his brother William V. Lonergan joined together in 1879 to form the firm of Lonergan & Bros’. 1 Albert continue on with the drug store after the death of William April 30, 1884. 2 Albert’s son John Milroy Lonergan graduated from the Dentistry department of Washington University3 . He sets up his dental practice on the second floor of 519 Georgia while his father operates his drug store on the first floor.4
Francis X. Teasdale is pictured below in front of 519 Georgia when it was his drug store circa 1911.5 Per his obituary he and Mrs. Teasdale lived in Louisiana for several years. He was a resident of DeSoto when he died.6
1928 Louisiana telephone directory lists the business occupying 519 Georgia as “The Leader,” a variety store owned by Mrs. BEW Price.
1937 Louisiana City directory has the Pike County Chronicle on the 1st floor and S.A. Goodin & Son Barber Shop on the second floor.
1944 Louisiana telephone directory shows the Pike County Chronicle office being the only occupant at 519 Georgia.
1951 Louisiana City directory tells us the Louisiana Sweet Shop owned by William and Ruth Gardner is now in residence.
1The History of Pike County, Missouri. 1883. Des Moines, IA: Mills & Company. P. 702
2 Louisiana Journal. 1884. “Death of Wm. V. Lonergan,” May 1
3Louisiana Press Journal. 1953. “J. M. Lonergan Dies At Home New Year’s Day,” January 01
4 1903- Prather, Charles E. n.d. “Louisiana City Directory (1903-1904).” Louisiana, Missouri.
51911- Hackman & Co., R. E. n.d. “Louisiana City Directory (1911).” Louisiana, Missouri.
6Louisiana Press Journal. 1952. “F.X. Teasdale Died In Desoto Recently,” November 4.
7 Logan, Clay. 2018. “K. L. Teasdale Drugs :: Preserve Louisiana’s Images.” Missouri State Archives – Governors Records. Accessed July 24. http://cdm16795.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/louispl/id/136/rec/1.