DeTiege, Irma Hall

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Irma Hall DeTiege


**A newspaper editor and church woman

Irma Hall DeTiege was a woman of many talents, but was known mostly for her publishing, civic and religious activity.

Mrs. DeTiege, the daughter of Belton Hall and Florence Harris Hall or Riverton, was an elementary school teacher who helped shape and mold the lives hundreds of school children over the span of her teaching career. She retired as a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School.

In the mid 1960's Baton Rouge publisher J.K. Land expanded his chain of African-American oriented newspapers to Monroe. The new Monroe paper was called the "Monroe News Leader." The late Henrietta George served as its editor, David Ellis was advertising director, Roosevelt Wright, Jr. was the teen reporter, and Mrs. DeTiege was the religious and social editor.

She wrote inspirational commentaries that highlighted the activities of local churches and provided encouragement for believers and insights into the Christian life. It was a column that she wrote for over 50 years.

In 1974 the News Leader went out of business, but tried to continue for a few months as the Monroe News Weekly. After a few months its owners could not sustain its operation and it failed as well.


In 1975 she and husband the late Frank DeTiege published the first edition of the Monroe Dispatch. Over the next 39 years she and Frank reared a son, Frank DeTiege, Jr., and continued publishing the Dispatch as their family expanded.

Her large expansive house was a landmark on Renwick Street. From that home she and Frank assembled their weekly paper, received guests and circulated their paper well until their senior years. Her den became the office in which she entertained political hopefuls and listened to those with complaints.he late Frank DeTiege published the first edition of the Monroe Dispatch. Over the next 39 years she and Frank reared a son, Frank DeTiege, Jr., and continued publishing the Dispatch as their family expanded.
She and Frank were an inseparable team, but in 2004 he died. She was frustrated with the loss of husband and best friend, but continued her publishing work with the help of her son, daughter-in-law and others.


In the interim, she was a faithful member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she faithfully supported the church, promoted its growth and contributed to its fellowship as a choir member and membership secretary. She was often a key leader of the church's Family and Friends Day activities that attracted elected officials and politicians from around the area happy to bring contributions and receive her "Thank you my brother."

As a publisher, she played influential roles in the elections of several mayors and scores of local politicians. Over the years the Dispatch served as the Official Journal of the Monroe City School Board, Town of Richwood and the auxiliary journal of the City of Monroe. She was considered a major influence in political affairs of the local Black community and was listed as one the 50 people who most influence local Black community decision making in 2012.

She was an active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Louisiana Black Publishers Association.

Irma Hall DeTiege died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 after a lengthy illness. She was 83 years old.