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
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.
This is an account of an encounter by a young woman who claims to have seen Jesse James and to have had an encounter with him in Delhi, Louisiana. The Times-Democrat. New Orleans,… Read More
This church was destroyed within the last twenty-five years, but it’s history was and still is a cherished one. It was placed on the National Register of Historic places back in 1989…. Read More
1929 Rayville Hornet State Championship Football Team Sat, Jan 11, 1930 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com In the picture standing, left to right:… Read More
Acele F. Stephens, Mrs. George Wesley Smith of Rayville was the First Elected Female Alderman in Louisiana
Her name was Acele F. Stephens/Smith. She was the wife of a prominent attorney in Rayville who had previously served the town as Mayor. On several of her campaign cards and letters in the paper, her candidate name was actually listed as Mrs. George Wesley Smith.
From the Ouachita Telegraph, August 2, 1878, page 3. “Various reports of the affair have reached us, no two of which agree, except that all the observers were looking heavenward, some of… Read More
The Hon. John Ray, James Ray, Henry Bry, and Other Early Distinguished Settlers in Northeast Louisiana
The article below was printed originally in The Ouachita Telegraph on August 25, 1888. It details how this early settler in Northeast Louisiana came in contact with Davy Crockett in Little Rock… Read More