Andrew C. Querbes, Sr.
|Mayor of Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA|
|Preceded by||Benjamin Holzman|
|Succeeded by||Ernest Ralph Berstein|
|Member, Caddo Parish Police Jury|
|Born||July 10, 1864|
|Died||May 24, 1939 (aged 74)|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Spouse(s)||Alexandrine Ricou Querbes (married 1889)|
|Children||Andrew C. Querbes, Jr.|
Justin R. Querbes
Randolph A. Querbes
Querbes was born in New Orleans, the son of Antoine Querbes and the former Louise Alterieu. He was educated in New Orleans public schools and then the private Harvey School in Mandeville in St. Tammany Parish. In 1886, Querbes moved to Shreveport, where he entered the retail grocery business. He expanded into the wholesale grocery operation in 1896. Querbes' wholesale operation was among the largest in North Louisiana. By 1906, Querbes had left the grocery business to become vice president of the First National Bank of Shreveport. In 1909, he was elevated to the bank presidency.
As mayor, Querbes emphasized law enforcement and reform of municipal finances. Prior to his mayoralty service, which consisted of two two-year terms, Quebes was from 1896-1900 a member of the Caddo Parish Police Jury, now known as the Caddo Parish Commission, the parish governing body.
Querbes was a cotton planter and president of the interest group, the Louisiana Cotton Growers Association. He was also president of the Shreveport Ice Delivery Company. He was a director of Shreveport Mutual Building and Loan Association, the Louisiana State Fair, the City Savings Bank and Trust Company, the International Banking Corporation, the Continental Flat Glass Company, and the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Rotary International.
Querbes Park, off Fern Avenue in Shreveport, is named in his honor.
In 1927, Querbes and Shreveport Times publisher John D. Ewing co-chaired a committee of prominent Shreveport citizens that began correspondence with the United States Department of War in Washington D. C. to sell Shreveport as the site for a planned Army airfield that would serve as an expansion of the Third Attack Group, then located in Galveston, Texas. The group originally proposed land adjacent to Cross Lake but this location was deemed unsuitable by the War Department. Instead, approval was given for unincorporated land located in nearby Bossier Parish, which the City of Shreveport annexed through a municipal bond and donated to the federal government for construction of the facility, now known as Barksdale Air Force Base.
- "Querbes, Andrew". Louisiana Historical Association, A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
- "Mike Miller, Biography of Andrew Querbes". usgarchives.org. Archived from the original on March 17, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
- Usgarchives.org bases its biographical of Querbes from Henry E. Chambers, A History of Louisiana, Vol. 2, pp. 253-254, published by the American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York City in 1925.
- Veta Samuels, Caddo Parish, "The History of the Caddo Parish Police Jury - Caddo Parish Commission since 1840"
- A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography uses as sources for its article on Mayor Querbes: Lilla McLure and J. Ed Howe, History of Shreveport and Shreveport Builders (1937) and J. Fair Hardin, Northwestern Louisiana (1939).
- "Eric Brock's Shreveport".
| Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana
Andrew C. Querbes, Sr.
Ernest Ralph Berstein