Raleigh R. Gleason Home,
1106 Broadway St.
The original house was painted white, and the
address was 408 North Broadway Blvd.
The architectural style is Georgian Revival, four
over four construction, with hipped roof and brick
facade. The building contractor was F. C.
Raleigh R. Gleason purchased the property for the
home from the Glass Estate in the late 1930’s. The
“Alberta Glass” home next door once occupied a part
of this lot but was moved over toward the northeast
to allow space for the construction of the Gleason
home. At that time the Glass home was occupied by
the family of Henry Lester. On the other side of
the Gleason home is the house referred to as the
1940’s and early 50’s, the Widow Rathbun and her
daughter lived in the Palmer House; later the family
of Davidson Brown (son-in-law) moved in.
Raleigh Rogerson Gleason was born Feb. 3, 1903 on
his father’s farm about 19 miles north of Minden. He
was employed by the American National Bank in
Shreveport until the Great Depression when the bank
closed. At that time he moved with his family to
Minden and took a position with the Peoples Bank and
Trust Company, newly founded by his father, William
T. Gleason, where he was employed for over 30 years.
At the time of his death on Oct. 24, 1964, he was
vice president of the bank and a member of the
board. His widow, Zelma Judith Goodwin Gleason,
originally of Texarkana, continued to live in the
home until about 1979 when she moved to Shreveport.
The home was sold to the George French family.
Zelma died Mar. 16, 1986.
The Raleigh Gleason family belonged to the First
Baptist Church and was active in many community
affairs. Raleigh, Zelma, and their oldest son
Raleigh Jr., are buried in the Gleason family plot
in Minden Cemetery, just off Pine Street.