The Vance - Sugg Home

1111 Broadway




This home is reported to have been built before Civil War and purchased in 1870 by Doctor T. J. Vance.
This was reported in the Minden Signal Tribune, Tuesday, September 25, 1934: Vance Home Bought By W.C. Sugg“Old House Has Witnessed The Growth of Minden.”  W.C. Sugg, local merchant, has purchased the Vance house, and will begin work of remodeling at once. He intends to use the house as his residence.
The Vance home is one of the old land marks of Minden, and was constructed before the civil war. According to Alberta Glass, Minden confederate veteran, when he returned from the war, the house was occupied by a Mr. Lanchester. It was then sold to Tom Carter, who remodeled it and lived there. Carter sold it to Dr. Vance when the doctor moved to Minden from Red River. It has been in the possession of the Vance family until the recent sale. Dr. Vance was prominent in the life of Minden and Webster Parish. The old house has seen Minden grow from a small village to one of the most progressive little cities in North Louisiana. Dr. T. J. Vance was a doctor in the Civil War his wife was Belle Pratt Vance: script from Minden Cemetery Ghost Walk Tour. I don’t like to admit it, but my parents were Yankees. My father, Luther Pratt, was born in New Hampshire and Mama, she was Dorliska Rathbun, was born in New York state. They came to Louisiana after they married and had a store down in Overton, , it was the town on the Bayou back before Minden was here. Folks kept dying from the Yellow Fever and eventually that town just disappeared. They tell me that you can’t even see where it was anymore, it’s under those pits they dug the gravel out of, they call them bar pits. Anyway, our family moved to Homer for a while, and that’s where I was born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1852. But we moved back to Minden and I went to school here. In fact, I was the valedictorian of my class at the Minden Female College, the class of 1869. I remember the big party we had after graduation at my parent’s house. I wanted it to be done with because my brother promised he’d give $100 dollars to the first girl in our family to graduate with honors from the college. That was a lot of money in 1869. After I married Dr. Vance – my husband was Dr. T. J. Vance of the Bossier Parish Vance’s and we married on May 4, 1875 – we came back to live in Minden. We built a nice house up there on Broadway. People seem to want to call it the Sugg House, but it was really the Vance home, my nephew Mr. Sugg inherited it after I died in 1933. I saw a lot of things change in Minden; I remember telling the newspaper about that just before I died. They interviewed me on my 81st birthday; it was just before we had that awful fire and the bad wind storm. I told them that there wasn’t half as much meanness when the people were permitted to have whiskey. There was nothing I liked better than some whipped cream flavored with whiskey. But I really loved Minden; I thought we were the prettiest town in the state, especially that boulevard around my home. I’ve enjoyed visiting with you folks come back and see me again.


Clarence Pratt

Nina Vance Sugg Age 18