On last Saturday, the 15th inst., there was an affray at Rayville, Morehouse parish, which resulted in the killing of Mr. Henry Kelley, a well-known citizen of the vicinity.
Luke J. Letlow
Winning the day since 1979. Politics, History, Travel, Writing.
From Start, Louisiana
The Rayville college boys and girls are home for the holidays. Among the number who have come to spend Christmas with their parents and home folks arc John and Hugh Walker Whatley,… Read More
Richland Parish has had a total of three courthouses since it’s founding in 1868. All three of these courthouses were located in the same location as the present courthouse.
LOUISE HICKS, one of the thousand guest children at the big Christmas celebration given by George B. Franklin & Son at Holly Ridge, receives a gift from Santa Claus.
E.G. Overton of Rayville And Formerly of Monroe Is Slain
https://richlandroots.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/William-B.-Hatcher.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Back in 2012, I was asked to give the commencement speech for the 8th grade class of Start Jr. High. I took that opportunity… Read More
Back in August of 1991, many Richland Parish residents will remember the excitement and buzz about the first annual “Pickin’ and Ginnin’ Festival.” The festival always drew large crowds, but after a while, the work involved to pull off a successful festival became too great, and the festival eventually ended. Jennie Joe Siscoe, who often wrote several great historical columns for the Beacon, penned this history about growing cotton in Richland Parish.
From the Richland Beacon News, 17 Oct 1964, Sat • Page 1 Pictured during a visit to the parish sheriff ‘s office last week is Waldorf S. Traylor, son of the late… Read More
In 1896, Richland Voters Elected This Young Drug-Store Salesman From Alto As Their New Sheriff: The Story of William N. Traylor
In 1896, Richland Parish elected its third Sheriff, William N. Traylor. The election however, was one of the closest elections in parish history, where communities divided and rival accusations reached a boiling… Read More
Originally written by Benny Hixon, as reported in The Richland Beacon-News, Rayville, Louisiana. Sat, Aug 13, 1960 · Page 8 According to the official survey of this area, completed in the 1830s, there was… Read More
From The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana) · 6 Jun 1924, Fri · Page 1 DUNCAN BUIE, PROMINENT IN POLITICS, DEAD Former State Highway Engineer Succumbs to Brief Illness at Capital. Baton Rouge, June… Read More
From The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana) · 21 Mar 1964, Sat · Page 1 The Frazier Bailey family of Rayville (at right) are the proud owners of a 1964 Ford Galaxie 500… Read More
The Richland Parish Beacon reported the first bale of cotton had been ginned for 1967 on August 6th of that year. (Bonus points: The #1 song on the radio that week was… Read More
Congressman Passman Discusses Issues, Political Frustrations With Setting Up Initial Poverty Point “Deal.” May 11, 1963
This was an interesting article detailing some of the early challenges and the politics involved with the creation of Poverty Point as a historic park. Poverty Point has now become known as… Read More
This is an interesting map from 1814, though much of Northeast Louisiana looks pretty barren. Interestingly, the river east of the Ouachita river, is labeled Ox River. Boeuf in French, means “bull”… Read More
Old home place of Henry Taylor. It’s location was approximately in the northeast corner of the cloverleaf interstate exchange on I-20 in Start, Louisiana.
A letter from Lieutenant Clinton J. Greene, Chaplain with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, to Mr. Elbert Hill, of Archibald, telling how hi. brother, Private Matt Hill, gave his life for his country. Young Hill had made his home with his brother in this parish for the past five year and was universally loved just for the same virtues he displayed at the time of his great sacrifice.
This young Richland Parish patriot was killed in action in the Beaumont sector in France, being wounded on March 22nd, 1918, by German shell, and died in hospital on March 24th. 1918. His remains found temporary burial in the Sebastopol Barracks cemetery in France, and were returned to his native soil the other day to find final renting place in the great military cemetery which overlooks the Potomac across the river from Washing ton, D.C.
John L Brice, of Co. M. 163rd U. S. Infantry, was killed in action July 24, 1918. The young man enlisted from Bienville parish in 1916, going overseas on June 2nd, 1916, from Camp Beauregard. He also saw service on the border of Mexico.
My friend Lora Peppers who writes the blog OuachitaParishHistory.com posted a link this week with an AWESOME map of the Ouachita River from even before Fort Miro was founded. There as a… Read More