Ben S. White
Captain Ben S. White was the skipper of the first steam ferryboat to
operate between Shreveport and Bossier Parish. He was a member of the
Shreveport city council and acted as mayor when Ernest Bernstein was ill.
He was born in 1854 in Bayou Sara, a now extinct community near St.
Francisville, Louisiana, and began his work on steamers as a lamp tender
on his father’s boats. He married Lillie LaPlace of Shreveport on January
29, 1884. Shreveport’s last steamboat captain, he died at the age of
eighty-seven on March 31, 1942 and was buried in the Masonic plot in
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