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
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
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)
Alto Cultural Club History Inseparable From That Of Alto, written by Mrs. Daniel Ryan Sartor, Assisted by Mrs. Earl Thomason, ca 1969
The history of Alto Cultural Club is intertwined with that of the picturesque and historical village it serves. One of northeast Louisiana’s first known pioneer communities. Alto is located near the center of Richland Parish and situated on the high east side of a beautiful curve in Boeuf River.
Aux. Harvey Belle Nugent / Women’s Auxiliary Corps / Daughter of Harvey Bacle, of Mangham Sat, Apr 10, 1943 #WWII
Aux. Harvey Belle Nugent / Women’s Auxiliary Corps / Daugter of Harvey Bacle Sat, Apr 10, 1943 – 6 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com
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
WWII – Ten Young Men & Nurse Leave For Military Service – July 5, 1941
From the Richland Beacon News, July 5, 1941. Ten Young Men & Nurse Leave For Military Service in WWII. Pictured here, in front of the Rayville Bus Station, are the following: Left… 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.
Former Richland Clerk Haire Never challenged in 30+ years of elections
…she might just hold the record in Louisiana for serving the most number of years in one office without ever having her name on the ballot for voters to pull.
Richland Parish loses life-long resident, prominent educator and Louisiana’s first female high school principal, Camille C. Newsom
A native and life-long resident of Rayville, Camille C. Newsom was a graduate of Rayville High School and Louisiana Tech University. As an educator, she began her career as a math teacher… Read More
New Deal Art in Louisiana
The next time you are in the Post Office in Rayville, be sure and check out the large artwork on the all. LA Road Trips posted a few years ago about how… Read More
“Hattie Jane” Boies – Born Feb 2, 1874
On February 2, 1874, Harriet Jane “Hattie Jane” Boies, was born to the parents of E.A. Boies, Sr. and Sarah E. Prewitt Boies. She was a direct descendent of a Revolutionay War… Read More