Judge Don E. SoRelle Sabine Parish, Louisiana
Judge Don E. SoRelle was born at
Quitman, Wood County, Texas, August 1, 1857. His parents were
Dr. Thomas W. SoRelle, a native of Alabama, and Mildred Ford of
Georgia, he being their fifth child. In 1850 he moved with his
parents to Mississippi, where he remained until 1869, when they
came to Louisiana, locating in Rapides, parish, near the town of
Judge SoRelle received most of his
education under the instruction of his father and mother and
studied law at home. In 1886 he graduated from the Law
Department of Tulane University and located at Leesville for the
practice of his profession. He had formerly been associated with
John F. Smart in the newspaper business at that place.
In 1890 he established a newspaper at
Pelican, Louisiana, but moved to Many in August of that year and
started the Sabine Banner as an anti-lottery organ, and took up
the practice of law. His official record is noted in former
pages of these annals. He has been an untiring and conscientious
worker for an ideal, educational system and citizenship in the
parish, and as the present mayor of Many hopes to do some good
for the town.
He is associated in the practice of law
with Senator John H. Boone. On January 7, 1880, Judge SoRelle
was married to Miss Mattie Self, daughter of Judge Elijah Self,
they have reared a most estimable family, and they have one of
the pettiest and most commodious residences in Many.
Source: History of Sabine Parish,
Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.