The following was written in the March 16, 1895 Beacon. Interesting to note the attention given to propaganda and fear, as it relates to making life decisions…
The romantic names, Lucknow and Mhoon’s landing, lured me to Ward Six this week. I’m delighted that I went! I saw and learned more in my recent jaunts to the west side of the Boeuf, than I’ve known in all the years we’ve lived so close to Ward Six, on the east side of the Boeuf.
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
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
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
Successful Planter, Mercantile Businessman, and Esteemed Citizen of Richland Parish Mr. Noble was born in Ouachita parish in 1851, and removed to Richland Parish in 1875, where he has resided ever since…. Read More
50+ Year Member of Richland Parish Police Jury. C.W. Earle (1891-1966) Louisiana’s Police Jury Association elected Earle as “Mr. Police Juror” and was named “Mr. Local Government” by the National Association of County Officials.
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
The following was printed in the Richland Beacon News on April 24, 1897. DEATH A GLORIOUS MORNING As long as the race continues, as long as the moon pursues her silvery course… Read More
This church was destroyed within the last twenty-five years, but it’s history was and still is a cherished one. It was placed on the National Register of Historic places back in 1989…. Read More
A J Clack lived around the Mann community, and was married to Emma Ivy McKay. Andrew J. Clack was the grandson of Thompson T. Clack, who moved to the Prarie Jefferson in the 1810’s or earlier. Andrew J Clack is the nephew of Andrew Benjamin Clack, b 1815, who did the most extensive first surveys of Richland, Morehouse, and surrounding parishes.
The following was written in A History of Louisiana, (vol. 2), p. 226, by Henry E. Chambers. Published by The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, 1925. William Douglas Humble, of… Read More
Garrett Sullivan was born on Friday, July 27, 1894. He was the eldest of seven children born to Henry Graton Sullivan and Lillie Eliza (Liza’) Smith. Graton was 23 and Liza was… Read More
In 1890, Rayville was almost renamed Chenault City. Note that this Chenault only has one "L". Apparently this was to honor and impress a mover and shaker in the railroad industry. It… Read More
Wiley P. Mangham, the namesake for the Town of Mangham, Louisiana, was an instrumental figure in late 19th century Richland Parish. Mangham was well known across the entire state, and established the… Read More
A name I’ve come across often while researching history in Richland Parish is Mrs. Earline Williams Sartor (1891-1963). In addition to stories she retold that were passed down to her, in reference… Read More
There is an old jingle that goes like this, “Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight, Make me a child again, just for tonight.” May we paraphrase this by saying, Backward, turn backward, O time, just for today, Give us a view of Providence Church along history’s highway.
Let’s take a look at some statistics, and the results from every Presidential Campaign since Richland Parish Louisiana was created in 1868.
Mangham (Richland) – Mangham was incorporated in 1907, but a community was there as early as Reconstruction days. In 1915, fire destroyed blocks of the town. The great flood of 1927 brought… Read More
Rayville (Richland) – Rayville, the parish seat of justice, was named for John Ray, a citizen of Monroe who had large land holdings in this section. Ray was more than a landholder;… Read More