The bell, from 1881 to 1950, hung in the belfry of the old courthouse building and it was almost lost when the old building was demolished to make way for the present structure. For the price of $50.00 it was redeemed from the contractor and has been stored in the parish highway barn awaiting the time when sufficient public Interest would demand Its restoration.
Luke J. Letlow
Winning the day since 1979. Politics, History, Travel, Writing.
From Start, Louisiana
Lists of African-American Schools in Richland Parish.
NATCHEZ — After spending seven hours in the cold waters of Old River, Richard Taylor thought he was near the end of his life. “I had already begun to shake from hypothermia,” he said. Taylor said he was looking for a strong branch to tie himself to, so his body could be found….
Eula D. Britton Elementary Champs: Morehouse and Richland – “Boys” 1959-1960. Photo includes NBA great “Elvin Hayes” and Rayville Mayor Harry “Kayo” Lewis.
RICHLAND PARISH, La. (KNOE) – A historically black school in Rayville is making its mark in the community. After years of reunions, 1960 graduate Quincy Mason took it upon himself to preserve the school’s rich history.
The following works were written in conjunction with the WPA (Works Progress Administration of Louisiana), ca., 1935. These documents have been recently digitized as part of the Louisiana Digital Library, and are… Read More
Family of Edwin Augustus Boies, Sr. (1841-1922), and Sarah Emmaline (Prewitt) Boies (1849-1929), of Alto, ca., 1895
Photograph of E.A. Boies, Sr., and Sarah Emmaline Prewitt Boies, ca., 1895, near Alto, Louisiana
The Clement family was lead by Joseph S. Clement and Mary Hill Clement. Joseph and Mary lived in Newton County, Mississippi, while all of their ten children were born. In 1900, the patriarch, Joseph S. Clement, died there. Mary Hill Clement then moved to Northeast Louisiana, along with 8 of her ten children.
The following post is not about someone with Richland Parish roots, but he did make an impact in Tensas Parish. I found his story interewsting, so decided to make a post on… Read More
Alto Presbyterian Church – Est. 1873 This church building was built in 1873. The church is both on the Presbyterian Historical Register. The church first belonged to Central Mississippi Presbytery then to… Read More
Dr. Beck was born in Gainesville, Alabama in 1896 and moved to Mangham, Louisiana at an early age where he received his elementary education and later entered Homer College, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, prior to entering Meharry Medical College in 1918. Dr. Beck was a professor of clinical medicine at Meharry for 25 years prior to having a successful private practice in Los Angeles for 23 years.
Early school experiences remembered: Mrs. Mae McIntyre, of Snake Ridge, ca. 1986 – Foreward by Evelyn Cochran
This story by Mrs. May Mclntyre is told with love and feeling and understanding of her rides to school in a “school bus” of the times, the early 1920s. Getting to school was not easy as you can tell by this delightful story. “Out in the rural” where most of Richland’s citizens lived and worked there were few roads and these were mud-rutted trials. If to school you went, you walked.
Mrs. Evelyn Cochran DEFINITELY was a trailblazer in recording so much priceless history, and we owe her and her family much gratitude for all they contributed through the years. Sadly, I did not personally know Mrs. Evelyn, but I cherish the work she did over the course of her life. She also wrote many columns for the Beacon, and I look forward to sharing those in future posts as well. – Luke
From The Richland Beacon-News, Rayville, Louisiana. 31 Oct 1953, Sat • Page 7 “We are indebted to Mr. I. G. Foster for a glimpse into the old Rayville, as he supplied us… Read More
J. Richard Griffin Dies (age-105) – January 26th, 2020. Former Crew Lake Native, 1934 graduate of Start High, and “The First Mayor of Sarepta, Louisiana”
John Richard Griffin, extraordinary, special, intelligent, respectful, thoughtful, grateful, modest, determined, devoted, courageous, strong-willed, eternally optimistic – that’s how anyone who knew Richard would describe him.
Mr. Kalil, the son of immigrant parents from Lebanon, held the mayor’s post from 1970 until 1994. For ten years prior to that, from 1960 until his election as mayor in 1970, he was a member of the Board of Aldermen. Active in state levels as well, Mr. Kalil was a member and leader of the Louisiana Municipal Association, serving in 1974 and 75 as its president. For the remainder of his life, he was a valued member of the LMA Executive Board. In addition, he served on the Louisiana Municipal Retirement System and had been chairman of that board for the past 20 years.
The family often joked that going anywhere with “Pa” would take ‘ forever because he would stop and talk to everyone he saw. But that was part of Harry’s charm. A noted and gifted writer, Mr. Addison authored three great books, Write that Down for Me Daddy, RFD 3, and Mama Was a Con Man, Papa Was a Christian. He also spent many years traveling the south as a guest speaker. Hearing Harry speak was a treat; his humor and wit will go unmatched.
The Tragic Death of Rayville Native Hervey Mangham: LSU Baseball Star Dies From Accident On The Ball Field (ca., 1908)
Hervey Mangham was born the tenth of ten children. His mother and father faced heartbreak after heartbreak earlier in their marriage. All five of their first five children died in infancy or at a very young age…. Read More
Personal Remembrances of Mrs. Dolly Sapp The communities of Start and Crew Lake were saddened with the loss of Mrs. Dolores “Dolly” Sapp, on December 28, 2019. I’ve known Mrs. Dolores my… Read More
Included in this oral history, which was recorded back in 1991, is a history of each community and the history of their names.