From the memoirs of C.C. Davenport, concerning the areas of Richland Parish formerly part of the Morehouse Section See Full Memoirs Here …To continue my Memoirs of the early settlement of Morehouse… Read More
“The Beale Family Settles on Clear Lake” as told by Mr. Ernest Cook, ca., 1965
“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
“Etier’s Bend” as remembered by Will Etier, ca., 1964
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….
“Viewing the Boeuf River Weir” as written in “By the Boeuf with Beth” ca., 1963
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
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.
“The River Au Boeuf” – 53,000 acres of land advertised for sale ca.,1813
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
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
Post Offices Along the Bouef
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
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
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.
The Naming of Boeuf River
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.
“Richland Parish” – A WPA Era Written History (ca., 1935)
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
Harry W. Addison Narrates History of Richland Parish, ca. 1991 – AUDIO
Included in this oral history, which was recorded back in 1991, is a history of each community and the history of their names.
Remembering Mrs. Mary Mhoon (Noble) Ball, of Charlieville (1918-1993) – AUDIO
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)
The Big Creek-Boeuf River Country Before 1843 (By Bennie McLain Hixon, ca.,1959)
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
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 Charles P. Balfour, of Girard (1849-1921)
Planter, Police Juror, State Representative, and President of the Tensas Basin Levee District “The Balfours of Boeuf” Written by Stella Balfour Jack, Deceased. Excerpted from Richland Memories, Volume 1. page 13-14 Charles… Read More
Pickin’ and Ginnin’ in Richland Parish and A Short History on the Subject
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.
1814 Map of Louisiana. Boeuf River Labeled As “Ox River”
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