Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Show Streets of Rayville in 1944
Johnny Letlow: Bronze Turkeys New Interest, ca., 1960
From the 4-H files… back in 1960 Now here’s a guy I know pretty well. Don’t think I knew dad raised a cow and some turkeys when he was 15 though! –… Read More
To the Grads of 2020, Meet the Graduating Class of 1927
The City high school annual class play, which is ready an institution, will perhaps have to be abandoned this year and consequently there is a feeling generally of disappointment.
The Fountain on the “Dixie Overland Highway” near Stubbs Plantation
There has been much discussion over the years about a mysterious well made of stone located on US Hwy 80 on the east side of Ouachita Parish. If you’re traveling east leaving Monroe, it can be seen
Remembering Former Richland Parish Sheriff, Mark A. Cooper (1916-1924)
His lifelong occupation was that of planter in addition to having been engaged in business and having served in public office. He was an elder in the Rayville Presbyterian Church and was a past Worshipful Master of the R. F. McGuire Masonic Lodge of Rayville and a Shriner…
The Quarantine of 1930 in Richland Parish for Infantile Paralysis
As one might expect, there was more than a fair share of opponents, including the editor of the Richland Beacon-News. Here’s an editorial that ran, questioning the wisdom and need for quarantine.
Photo: Crew Lake Train Station/Depot, ca., 1927 Flood
Photo: Delhi Depot, ca., 1966
Photos: The Train Depot at Rayville, ca., 1930s
“The Scott Family and the Scott-Wright Ford” as remembered by Yorkie O’Neal, ca., 1963
“I know, our grandfather, Ruben Scott, came here in the 1830s from North Carolina. He was with a group that banded together and came south. They stopped in Arkansas, and a Scott went to Natchez, Miss., and a Jones went on to New Orleans.”
Members of the R.F. McGuire Lodge, No. 209, in 1903
R.F. McGuire Lodge No. 209, Chartered February 15th, 1871
Remembering Charles Titche (1861-1932) of Rayville
TITCHE FUNERAL PLANNED FOR TUESDAY MORNING Will Be Conducted at Residence; Was Prominent Locally The funeral of Charles Titche, 70, will be held at 903 North Second street tomorrow morning at 10… Read More
Photo: American Legion Members, ca., 1919
American Legion Members, ca. 1919 The old photograph above was generously loaned to the Beacon by Mr. Leon Moreland. It is of the first members of the American Legion Post after it… Read More
Remembering the Life of Joe Caspari (1874-1947), “America’s Good Neighbor” – AUDIO
His good deeds to the servicemen aboard troop trains during World War II brought him the honor of being named “America’s Good Neighbor” in a contest on the Tom Brennaman Radio Show. This information was heard by a local resident who regularly listened to the popular radio program…
“Where Does Boeuf River Begin?” By the Beouf with Beth, ca.,1963
Where Does Boeuf River Begin? By the Beouf with Beth, ca., 1963 The Richland Beacon-News, Rayville, Louisiana29 Jun 1963, Sat • Page 3 ….The beginning of Boeuf River has baffled me. You… Read More
The Naming of “Lucknow and Mhoon’s Landing”
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.
Boarding a steamer at Dave’s Bayou for Mardi Gras, ca., 1912
Column from 1963: “By the Boeuf with Beth” – Boarding a steamer at Dave’s Bayou for Mardi Gras, ca., 1912 The Richland Beacon-News, Rayville, Louisiana11 May 1963, Sat • Page 2 ….Traveling… Read More
Descriptions of Boeuf River, as written in “By the Boeuf with Beth,” ca., 1963
Descriptions of Boeuf River, as written in “By the Boeuf with Beth,” ca., 1963 The Richland Beacon-News, Rayville, Louisiana16 Feb 1963, Sat • Page 5 BY THE BOEUF WITH BETH – About… Read More
The Story of the Bell at the Richland Parish Courthouse
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.
African-American School History in Richland Parish
Lists of African-American Schools in Richland Parish.