Legendary Locals of Metairie

Doerr Furniture Family

This website contains excerpts along with some of the 172 photographs in Legendary Locals of Metairie (Arcadia Publishing, 2013) by Catherine Campanella.
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In 1932 carpenter George Michael Sturm built a cottage on Codifer Boulevard for his young daughter Elizabeth Gertrude, her husband Charles Louis Doerr, and their one year old daughter Marilyn. In 1938 Charles founded Doerr Furniture at 914 Elysian Fields Avenue. He then dedicated much of his time to community efforts as founder of the Metairie Playground Association, chairman of the Metairie Youth Recreational Association (which raised the funds to light and build the football, track, and baseball fields at Metairie Playground in 1946), Community Chest chairman, Director of the Board of the Metairie Kiwanis Club, and president of the Lions Club of Metairie – all the while creating new business enterprises too numerous to name here which included serving as a founding member of Metairie Bank and Trust Company (in 19470) where he served as Chairman of the Board as well as bank President and president of the Metairie Business Men's Association. He died at age 81 in 1990.

His daughter Marilyn married Julian “Lloyd” Mutter in 1949 and they settled into a home a few blocks away on Bonnabel Boulevard. Here were born sons Julian, Gary, David, and Randy. The Mutters moved to the house on Codifer in 1961. Daughter Melanie was born in the house her great-grandfather built.

Lloyd, who had worked for the furniture company since he was a teenages, became president and general manager. Marilyn was an active member and officer of the Beverly Knoll Garden Club which often met in her home to plan community outreach projects. She also served as an officer of St. Catherine of Siena's Co-Op Club and the Charity Crib Auxiliary.

Third generation Melanie and her husband Manuel Giglio bought the house next door to her parents in 1989. Her brother Randy (and his wife Karen Macaluso who grew up across the street) became the other next-door neighbor in 2006. All five siblings have worked at Doerr Furniture beginning, like their father, as teenagers who would become officers and managers. They also formed Bedding Plus and some of their children continue the tradition of working in the family business. The current generation also contributes to the community, most notably after Hurricane Katrina when the Mutters stored furnishings donated from across the U.S. by members of the Home Furnishings Independents Association until HFIA volunteers came to town to await company trucks delivering the much needed goods to awaiting members who uncrated, unwrapped, and arranged them in rooms to make newly restored homes once again habitable. (LDL)

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