Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Show Streets of Rayville in 1944
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…
African-American School History in Richland Parish
Lists of African-American Schools in Richland Parish.
William A. Beck, Sr., M.D., of Mangham (1893-1969) – “A Pioneer In Medicine”
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.
Remembering Harry Wayne Addison (1920-2003) – AUDIO
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.
Remembering Dolores “Dolly” Sapp, of Start (1933-2019)
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
Train Derails, Falls Into Boeuf River Near Girard, (ca., 1940)
I. C. Freight Train Plunges Into Boeuf River Near Girard Workman Left Switch Open; Fireman and Brakeman Only Slightly Injured In One of Most Costly Wrecks In History of Railroad The Richland… Read More
Remembering Bennie Robinson, of Start (1928-2019)
Remembering Bennie Charles Robinson, Sr., (1928-2019) Staying busy was always Ben’s way of life. While living in Alexandria, he developed an interest in restoring a 1929 Ford Model A car with a… Read More
Remembering Ken Booth (1943-2019)
“It is imperative that those in high elective office not only hear what the people are saying, they must listen.” “Men must be decided,” he pointed out, “on what they will not… Read More
George B. Franklin as Santa Claus back in 1948
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.
How Sacksonia, Louisiana Got It’s Name; An Immigrant Story Of Bountiful Success and Tragic Loss
What began as basic research into the name of a little known community in Richland Parish, Louisiana, led to the discovery of a man whose life story demonstrated great success; but ended shockingly different than I might ever have imagined. It is a story of much more than a place name, and one that I hope will now be around for a long time.
The Last Confederate Veteran of Richland Parish – David Corbin Ker (1847-1940)
Concerning the joint convention of Union and Confederates veterans at Gettysburg in 1838, he stated: “My wife don’t want me to go, she thinks I’ll get in another fight with them d—Yankees, and maybe I would, Mr. Ker said.” David Corbin Ker
Removing the rails from Crew Lake “dummy line” through Lafourche Swamp in 1942
Letter Home from Captain A.P. Parham, with a tank force in Italy. WWII 1945
Letter home from Capt. A. P. Parham with tank force in Italy Sat, Jan 6, 1945 – 3 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com
Sgt. Noble E. Ellington Killed In Action #WWII 1945
Through the medium of a telegram the first of the week from the War Department at Washington, D. C, the family learned the distressing news that Sergeant Noble E. Ellington, 25, of… Read More
Ward Bush of Delhi Completes boot training WWII 1944
WARD ELLIS BUSH, F 2C, U. S. Navy, who has just completed his “boot” training and spent a brief leave at home with his mother, Mrs. A. E. Bush, of Delhi. While… Read More
Marine Sergeant John C. Lindow of Rayville, La., awarded the Purple Heart WWII 1944
Somewhere in the South Pacific Marine Sergeant John C. Lindow of Rayville, La., has been awarded the Purple Heart medal “for injury received as a result of enemy action in the South… Read More
German POW’s utilized for farm-labor and flood protection work during WWII.
The following are several news clips relating to the use of German prisoner’s of war that indicates their almost certain presence on Richland Parish farms during World War II. Senator Overton, of… Read More
“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… Read More
Letter home from PFC. D. N. Grashot; Sat, Nov 20, 1943; #WWII
Letter home from PFC. D. N. Grashot Sat, Nov 20, 1943 – 5 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com