“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
Remembering Charles Titche (1861-1932) of Rayville
TITCHE FUNERAL PLANNED FOR TUESDAY MORNING Will Be Conducted at Residence; Was Prominent Locally The funeral of Charles Titche, 70, will be held at 903 North Second street tomorrow morning at 10… Read More
Judge William N. Potts (1841-1913) of Hudson, Potts & Bernstein, began his career in Rayville
Judge, Louisiana Fifth Judicial District Court, 1894-1900. First practiced law in the town of Rayville, Richland Parish, where he was associated with former Associate Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Robert B. Todd. Elected Parish Attorney and subsequently District Attorney. Formed the firm Potts & Hudson in 1883, remaining senior member there until elected Judge of the Fifth Judicial District in 1894. Appointed by Governor Sanders to revise the Civil Code of Louisiana as a member of the Civil Code Commission. Died at his home in Monroe, Louisiana, April 26, 1913.
The Vickers House in Alto, ca., 1870; and the Obituary of H.F. Vickers (1836-1889)
The Vickers House (c.1870) is a story-and-a-half frame late Greek Revival residence located in the small rural community of Alto. Although there has been a rear addition, the house itself has been little altered over the years. The Vickers House is constructed with a pegged frame; however, much of the actual structure is board and batten.
“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
William A. Beck, Sr., M.D., of Mangham (1893-1969) – “A Pioneer In Medicine”
Dr. Beck was born in Gainesville, Alabama in 1896 and moved to Mangham, Louisiana at an early age where he received his elementary education and later entered Homer College, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, prior to entering Meharry Medical College in 1918. Dr. Beck was a professor of clinical medicine at Meharry for 25 years prior to having a successful private practice in Los Angeles for 23 years.
Remembering Mrs. Evelyn Griffis Cochran (1919-1996) – AUDIO Included
Mrs. Evelyn Cochran DEFINITELY was a trailblazer in recording so much priceless history, and we owe her and her family much gratitude for all they contributed through the years. Sadly, I did not personally know Mrs. Evelyn, but I cherish the work she did over the course of her life. She also wrote many columns for the Beacon, and I look forward to sharing those in future posts as well. – Luke
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.
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
Remembering C.M. Noble, Sr., of Charlieville (1851-1924)
Successful Planter, Mercantile Businessman, and Esteemed Citizen of Richland Parish Mr. Noble was born in Ouachita parish in 1851, and removed to Richland Parish in 1875, where he has resided ever since…. Read More
Remembering Carl W. Earle, of Clear Lake (1891-1966)
50+ Year Member of Richland Parish Police Jury. C.W. Earle (1891-1966) Louisiana’s Police Jury Association elected Earle as “Mr. Police Juror” and was named “Mr. Local Government” by the National Association of County Officials.
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
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.
The Fafar Grant & Early Marriages in Present-Day Richland Parish
Originally written by Benny Hixon, as reported in The Richland Beacon-News, Rayville, Louisiana. Sat, Aug 13, 1960 · Page 8 According to the official survey of this area, completed in the 1830s, there was… Read More
A “Pre-America” Map of Richland Parish
Preceding the time that Louisiana joined the United States, the following map shows an early look at land holdings, boundary names, etc
1939 Leaders of Colored Baptist Association, In Session at Mangham
This organization has for one of its arms the raising of the educational standards in the colored schools of the parish. Leaders of Colored Baptist Association in Session at Mangham This Week… Read More
Miss Edith Dixon of Rayville Takes Flight Lessons at Selman Field | 1940
Local Girl Taking Aeronautical Course – Miss Edith Dixon Sat, Apr 13, 1940 – 5 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com
William Douglas Humble – Biographical Sketch
The following was written in A History of Louisiana, (vol. 2), p. 226, by Henry E. Chambers. Published by The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, 1925. William Douglas Humble, of… 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.
The Liddell Families in Richland
General Liddell did send this cousin up to Richland Parish to manage the 2000+ acres of timber that had been seized by the Freedmen’s Bureau, post Civil War. J.A. Liddell went on to become the first Sheriff of Richland Parish.