“The Racket Settlement” Racket’s Past Brings Memories to Residents, ca., 1982
The place had several names; Holly Wood, since holly trees grew on its ridges and The Sticks because it was out in ’em. It was called the Robinson Settlement because three brothers of that name played a prominent part….
J. Richard Griffin Dies (age-105) – January 26th, 2020. Former Crew Lake Native, 1934 graduate of Start High, and “The First Mayor of Sarepta, Louisiana”
John Richard Griffin, extraordinary, special, intelligent, respectful, thoughtful, grateful, modest, determined, devoted, courageous, strong-willed, eternally optimistic – that’s how anyone who knew Richard would describe him.
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
Samuel Mason: The Cave-In-Rock Pirate Who Prowled the Region’s Waterways (Podcast #2)
Many historians believe that Samuel Mason spent time on the eastern edge of present day Richland Parish, during the early 1800’s. Hence the likely namesake of what became known as Bayou Mason. Today this bayou is known by some as Bayou Mason, while others refer to it as Bayou Macon.
Leary Boys of Crew Lake shown displaying fashion at the turn of the century
In the early 1900’s, this was the clothing style favored by the parents of young boys. Standing is Wilburn Leary, who was born in 1907 and passed away in 1982, and seated… Read More
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
A Map Of The “Upper Boeuf River Settlement,” ca 1850
The following map shows the northwest portion of present day Richland Parish, as it was in 1850.
Removing the rails from Crew Lake “dummy line” through Lafourche Swamp in 1942
Prominent Ouachita Businessman Uriah Millsaps Dies at Crew Lake plantation home in 1935
Uriah Millsaps Sun, Mar 3, 1935 – Page 1 · Monroe Morning World (Monroe, Ouachita, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com
Known Confederate Soldier Burials in Richland Parish
This list is a compilation of several lists. It is without question an incomplete list. If you know of additional confederate burials in Richland Parish, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Updated May 14, 2019… Read More
Leonard B. Sullivan (1934-2018) Richland Parish loses prominent citizen.
Leonard Sullivan was a graduate of Start High School in 1954. Rayville – Funeral services for Leonard Sullivan, 84, of Rayville, LA will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, December 3, 2018… Read More
Start community loses longtime citizen, Jackie Lee Henry (1936-2018)
1955 Graduate of Start High School Funeral services for Jackie L. Henry, 82, of Start, LA were held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, October 21, 2018 at the Crew Lake United Methodist Church,… Read More
The story of my START – Celebrating 100 years of the Start community.
On September 8, 2018, the community of Start, Louisiana will celebrate its centennial birthday. This date marks 100 years since Start was officially recognized as “our name.”
Old Crew Lake Methodist Church
Crew Lake Has Active Church For Methodists Sun, Jan 31, 1954 – Page 26 · Monroe Morning World (Monroe, Ouachita, Louisiana) · Newspapers.com
Old School at Crew Lake
Old School at Crew Lake
The Life of Mr. Garrett Sullivan (1894-1968)
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
Local Book Review: Kate Stone’s Brokenburn, with Mentions of Delhi and Crew Lake
If you are interested in Civil War or local history in Northeast Louisiana, a really good book I recently read is one that was originally written during that time, called Brokenburn –… Read More
Aug 22, 1925 – Dixie-Overland Bridge Is Scene of Successful Road Hold-Up
From the Monroe News-Star, August 22, 1925; page 1 MONROE MAN AIDS COUPLE; MONEY TAKEN; ROBBERS IN BREAK Man and Woman Escape; All-Night Search Is Without Result. In one of the most… Read More
Remembering Richland’s Soldiers Lost on Memorial Day
The following is a list of known soldiers lost during times of war, from Richland Parish. If you know of additional soldiers that should be added to this list, please email email@example.com… Read More