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 Boyce.

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.

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Source: History of Sabine Parish, Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.


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