The Gretna Glance

A Quick Glance

Updated: January 14, 2020

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An educated guess says that residents back, circa 1913 were probably as unhappy about paying taxes as we are today. The very first law passed following Gretna’s incorporation provided for much needed taxes for schools, roads and city expenses. Assessor William White, whose salary was $1,200 per year, and his assistant set out immediately to collect taxes.           

Update!!  Eric Gegenheimer had a dream and blogged about his dream on June 3, 2020.

This exemplary young man from Gretna had earned an appointment to the prestigious United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. After the Midshipman completed his first semester, he visited home during the holidays.

Eric’s commitment started last July 1 and to-date, all has gone well for him despite Covid-19 complications throughout the country. Annapolis offers a tough, rigorous program, but Eric is excelling there as he did at Brother Martin High School.

As he starts his second semester, Midshipman Gegenheimer has tried out and been accepted to the Mock Trial Team, Color Guard Squad and Rifle Drill Team. Kudos to him!

Eric is the 6th generation of Gegenheimers who came to Gretna in the 1850’s.  His dad, Mark Gegenheimer owns Geg’s Auto Repairs in Old Gretna and his mother is Katherine Hale Gegenheimer.

Old Gretna‘s Yaaasss Kween!

Still time to participate in Mardi Gras from your own front door!

The Krewe of House Floats offers a pandemic-safe alternative to Carnival despite the cancellation of parades. Carnival-goers will drive by and enjoy seeing your castle of which you are king and/or queen!

The Old Gretna subkrewe includes McDonoghvillle and its theme is “Yaaasss, Kween,” with 87 registered!

Join up now and get your house ready for display on Feb. 1. To register, go to https://kreweof

For more about the Old Gretna krewe, go to Facebook: The Old Gretna Krewe of House Floats or email to:

Brrrr! Imagine being Homeless!

The homeless need extra help during this spell of cold weather. Chris Ziifle and her Angels distribute backpacks and backpack refills to the homeless with badly needed items of warmth, supplies and food stuff.  

To drop off donations, go to 618 3rd St. in Old Gretna and place in the box on the side of the building. Text 504.864.3660 to let Chris know to pick up the package.

To make a monetary donation, make check payable to Chris Ziifle and mail to 618 3rd St., Gretna, LA 70053 or just drop it in the mail chute.