From the blog, “A World Apart, A World Within”
“The Beale Family Settles on Clear Lake” as told by Mr. Ernest Cook, ca., 1965 in “By the Boeuf with Beth” ….Mr. Ernest Cook and his wife of Baton Rouge came back… Read More
Seated by the open fireplace where a log burned slowly, we sipped black coffee Mrs. Etier had served us. Mr. Etier spieled off some French and momentarily I felt like I was in south Louisiana….
The Richland Beacon-News, Rayville, Louisiana03 Aug 1963, Sat • Page 6 ….On a beautiful sunny day when there’s not a cloud in the sky, take a trip over to Morehouse Parish and… Read More
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 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.
One of the earliest references to the Boeuf River, this advertisement printed in New Orleans sought buyers for lands in the parish of Washita. Boeuf River is not located in present day… Read More
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
Back in the days when Boeuf River was an important means of transportation, it is safe to assume that the river was also an important means of communication. Because I thought it was, I wrote to the Post Office Department for a list of Post Offices along the Boeuf. From the National Archives and Records Service comes the following names:
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
Boeuf River steamboat days were happy days. I can tell by the twinkle in Doctor Jordan’s eye as he relates about the Era 10, the steamboat with the most beautiful whistle he’d ever heard. Some weeks he said, as many as three steamboats came up Boeuf River. Besides the Era 10, there was the Tom Parker, the Saline and the Stella Black.
Do you know how Boeuf River got its name? Or, have you been like me and though the French word for beef sounded pretty ritzy and appropriate too, with the herds of cattle that drink of its water and seek out its cool, refreshing shade in the hot summer. Today that seems logical, but it isn’t the authentic reason for the name of Boeuf.
Boeuf River curves for six miles bordering the 1,500-acre plantation known as Trio and established by Dr. Harrison Jordan I, in 1842. Its name is derived from three towering cypress trees on the bank of the river, standing like sentinels to guard the entrance of the front yard.
“The passing of this kindly and illustrious citizen, a true Southern Gentleman in the finest sense of the word, has left a void that can never be filled. But the community is richer for his having lived.”
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
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.
Included in this oral history, which was recorded back in 1991, is a history of each community and the history of their names.
Listen To The Recorded Story By Mary Mhoon (Noble) Ball, ca., 1991. Recorded as part of a collection created for the first annual Pickin’ and Ginnin’ Festival, entitled “A Great Place to Call Home” (Originally compiled by Amelia Grace Jordan)
It’s difficult to find a better source than the works of Bennie McLain Hixon (1923-2014), when it comes to research on Richland Parish and particularly, the first settlements along Boeuf River. Thanks… Read More
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