The man known as Peg, an elderly black man who operated a shoe shine stand on Third Street from the 1940's to 1960's has been identified, said Mary Cleveland, curator for the Museum of West Louisiana.
Cleveland initiated a hunt for information about Peg, so called because of his wooden leg, more than three months ago, including an article in the Leesville Daily Leader which ran in late March (go to and search for "Peg").  The results not only identified the man known as Peg, but also sparked more memories for area residents and Cleveland herself.
"He called me 'gal,'" Cleveland said. "He'd say 'Gal, come over here and watch now,' and he'd do a fancy shoe shine, popping his rag and keeping time with his whistle."
Cleveland remembers making the rounds as a child on Third Street visiting her grandparents in their shop and seeing Peg who, she said, was always very nice and sometimes gave her a bag of peanuts.
But she could never locate enough information to identify who he was or where he came from.
After the article ran, however, Cleveland learned that Peg's real name was Albert Kingston. Former Oakdale resident Cleo Dunlap told Cleveland that his grandmother, Laura Henry Oliver, raised Peg, along with Peg's half-sister, first in Oakdale and later in Delhi. When he was grown, Peg moved to Vernon Parish.
Other area residents also remembered Peg, including Sammy Fertitta who told Cleveland that Peg also maintained people's yards.
He had acquired some metal from the rail yard with which he made a tin whistle, Cleveland said. He used the whistle to alert his customers of his presence and that he was about to start work on their yard. In between yards, he'd operate his shoe shine stand.
He transported his yard tools in a wagon that he pulled with a bicycle.
The shoe shine chair was given to him from someone affiliated with the courthouse, Cleveland said.
"He built a box for underneath, trimmed the legs and bolted it to the stand," she said.
Another resident remembered that Peg always got his shoe shine supplies from the Pollacias who operated a shop in Leesville. 
"He was a fixture here for years," Cleveland said of Peg. The circumstances surrounding his death remain a mystery, and Cleveland believes that Peg's body must have been taken back to Oakdale because no one has been able to locate a grave for him in the Leesville area.
Anyone with any information about Peg should call the Museum of West Louisiana after 1 p.m. on week days at 337-239-0927.