“Auld Lang Syne” A look back at the ‘New Year’s celebrations, resolutions, tragedies and regrets in Richland Parish

We have recently taken time to bid farewell to 2018, while looking forward to all that awaits our future in this last year of our “teens,” 2019. I recently looked back to see how past generations chose to talk about the changing of the year. I found it fascinating to look at the highs and lows of the decades. Prior to the great depression, there was much to celebrate and be amused by. During World War II, there was considerable reservation in the expressions of celebration. The following is a chronological snapshot of several items I thought stood out.


1875

New Year’s eve, New Year’s day mentioned in local brevities

1975 New Year's Eve Remembered1975 New Year’s Eve Remembered Sat, Jan 1, 1876 – Page 3 · Richland Beacon (Rayville, Richland, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com

1909

YEAR ENDS WITH CHRISTMAS DAY SHOOTOUT IN MANGHAM

Christmas Day shootoutChristmas Day shootout Sat, Jan 1, 1910 – 3 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1909

J.B. DUNN LOSES HOME IN TRAGIC FIRE AT END OF YEAR

Residence of J B Dunn announced as destroyed by fire.Residence of J B Dunn announced as destroyed by fire. Sat, Jan 1, 1910 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1922

JESS E. STODGHILL BORN ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

Jess Stodgehill bornJess Stodgehill born Sat, Jan 7, 1922 – 3 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1930

RICHLAND HAS FIRST HANGING IN MANY YEARS

Richland parish hangingRichland parish hanging Sat, Jan 4, 1930 – 2 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1931

RUTH COCHRAN HOME FOR HOLIDAYS FROM DODD COLLEGE

Ruth CochranRuth Cochran Sat, Jan 3, 1931 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1942

JON COENEN IN USAF, WRITES HOME, WISHES NEW YEAR GREETINGS FROM ACROSS THE ATLANTIC #WWII

New Year Card from Jon CoenenNew Year Card from Jon Coenen Sat, Jan 2, 1943 – 3 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1943

PASTOR JOHN HOOKS URGES “PRAYER WITHOUT CEASING” FOR 1943

Pray without ceasingPray without ceasing Sat, Jan 2, 1943 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1945

BEULAH WILLIAMS OF ALTO WRITES LETTER SENDING SOLDIERS A NEW YEAR’S GREETING

Beulah Williams New Years's Greeting for SoldiersBeulah Williams New Years’s Greeting for Soldiers Sat, Jan 6, 1945 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1947

RESOLUTIONS SHOULD INCLUDE A BETTER GARDEN

1947 Resolution to grow a better garden1947 Resolution to grow a better garden Sat, Jan 4, 1947 – 2 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1950

KOREAN WAR SOLDIER ENDS 1950 WITH LETTER HOME DETAILING HARROWING ESCAPE

Letter from John Durham during KoreaLetter from John Durham during Korea Sat, Dec 30, 1950 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1963

YEAR KICKS OFF WITH LSU VS TEXAS IN SUGAR BOWL

COTTON BOWL LSUCOTTON BOWL LSU Sat, Dec 29, 1962 – 3 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1976

BICENTENNIAL YEAR ONE FOR CELEBRATING IN MONTHS AHEAD

NEW YEAR 1976NEW YEAR 1976 Thu, Jan 1, 1976 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1910

JANUARY 1ST ANNOUNCEMENT OF RECENT COCHRAN/HIXON MATRIMONY

Cochran-Hixon WeddingCochran-Hixon Wedding Sat, Jan 1, 1910 – 3 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1925

D.B. McKay raffles away a 1917 model Ford

D.B. McKay Car GiveawayD.B. McKay Car Giveaway Sat, Sep 4, 1926 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1929

HENRY EARLE DIES AT CLOSE OF YEAR

Henry Earle DiesHenry Earle Dies Sat, Jan 3, 1920 – 9 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1939

DELHI CITIZEN FATALLY SHOT ON LAST DAY OF YEAR

Delhi Citizen Fatally Shot on Deer HuntDelhi Citizen Fatally Shot on Deer Hunt Sat, Jan 6, 1940 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1946

REFLECTIONS ON THE LOUISIANA AGRICULTURAL HARVEST OF 1945

Year in Review of 1945Year in Review of 1945 Sat, Jan 5, 1946 – 2 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1952

NEW YEAR RUNG IN WITH NEW PARISH COURTHOUSE

New courthouse completedNew courthouse completed Sat, Jan 5, 1952 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1957

“OKLAHOMA” TO PLAY AT RAYVILLE’S JOY THEATER ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

Oklahoma at jOY THEATEROklahoma at jOY THEATER Sat, Dec 28, 1957 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1959

DR. PURVIS ENTERTAINS GUESTS IN FRONT YARD FOR SUGAR BOWL

PURVIS . SUGAR BOWLPURVIS . SUGAR BOWL Sat, Jan 3, 1959 – 5 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com

1972

LOOKING BACK OVER 1972 IN RICHLAND PARISH

1972 IN REVIEW1972 IN REVIEW Sat, Jan 6, 1973 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com






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