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 19 when Garrett was born. To the best of my knowledge, Garrett had no middle name, and he'd never know either of his … Continue reading The Life of Mr. Garrett Sullivan (1894-1968)
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 - The Journal of Kate Stone (1861-1868). A beautifully written account of what life was like from day to day for her family and … Continue reading Local Book Review: Kate Stone’s Brokenburn, with Mentions of Delhi and Crew Lake
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 daring holdups of the past few months, Brant Seaman, lumberman, was robbed of approximately $40, on the La Fourche swamp on the Dixie … Continue reading Aug 22, 1925 – Dixie-Overland Bridge Is Scene of Successful Road Hold-Up
This is a great story written by a local historian, Lora Peppers, about a convict camp that was once located in Crew Lake. It ran in Louisiana Road Trips and was titled the Crew Lake Horror. Thanks Lora! Be sure to check her column out! Here's an excerpt. Back in November, a friend named Marlon … Continue reading The Crew Lake Horror
Crew Lake (Richland) - The Crew Lake community, just east of Monroe, was named for the lake near which it is situated. The lake—actually a small river—was once a popular fishing spot. The town of Crew Lake was small but had its own post office, which opened in February 1875 with Thomas Sorg as postmaster. … Continue reading How Richland Parish’s CREW LAKE Got It’s Name
Start Train Derailment Twenty-Six Rail Cars Quit Tracks Near Start, Gas Evacuates Town Monroe Morning World, Monday, December 1, 1969 By Deidre Cruse, World Staff Writer Three railroad cars carrying toxic chlorine gas posed a threat to the area Sunday when an Illinois Central train derailed at Start. Late Sunday, crews had … Continue reading Start Train Derailment, Twenty-Six Rail Cars Quit Tracks Near Start, Gas Evacuates Town Monroe Morning World, Monday, December 1, 1969
This was a great article i came across in the Monroe Daily News about the Post Office and store there being robbed. This was in 1921. See below.
"Mrs. Dot" -- as many of us knew her, was a true gem for the Start/Richland Parish community. Like many others, I am so genuinely thankful to be counted as one of her former students. She was always a warm and loving person, while at the same time expecting great order and structure when it … Continue reading Remembering "Mrs. Dot"
Obituary for Richard Henry "Papa Dick" TaylorServices for Richard Henry "Dick" Taylor, 86, of Start, will be held at 10:00AM Friday, May 31, 2013 at Woodlawn Baptist Church with Rev. Pat Lofton and Rev. Roger Johnson officiating. Interment to follow in Start Cemetery under the direction of Mulhearn Funeral Home-Rayville, LA. Born on February 19, … Continue reading Obituary for Richard Henry "Papa Dick" Taylor
Here is a write up in the Monroe News-Star from May 16th, 1927, that gives a journalistic view of what the northern half of Richland Parish was like during the great flood. The journalist writes about taking a trip from Monroe to Delhi, and of the unconventional mode of transportation to make the trip.Hop, Skip … Continue reading The Great Flood of 1927 – A Journalists’ Point of View
A local researcher and historian recently pointed out to me that he had come across several interesting articles that indicated that, during the late 1800's, a prison camp was located in the area of Crew Lake, in Richland Parish. After quizzing several locals, none of us knew much about the history of this. Will be … Continue reading Prison Camps in Crew Lake?
Richland Parish History in Photos, a group on Flickr.Here is a cumulation of several old Richland Parish photos I've come across over the years.I've created it on flickr as a group, so that others can contribute their own collection.Enjoy!