The Rayville college boys and girls are home for the holidays. Among the number who have come to spend Christmas with their parents and home folks arc John and Hugh Walker Whatley,… Read More
George B. Franklin as Santa Claus back in 1948
LOUISE HICKS, one of the thousand guest children at the big Christmas celebration given by George B. Franklin & Son at Holly Ridge, receives a gift from Santa Claus.
John L. Brice, of Rayville KIA in France, WWI, ca 1918.
John L Brice, of Co. M. 163rd U. S. Infantry, was killed in action July 24, 1918. The young man enlisted from Bienville parish in 1916, going overseas on June 2nd, 1916, from Camp Beauregard. He also saw service on the border of Mexico.
An Easter Reflection from Richland Parish, ca. 1897
The following was printed in the Richland Beacon News on April 24, 1897. DEATH A GLORIOUS MORNING As long as the race continues, as long as the moon pursues her silvery course… Read More
Cpl. John R. Durham of Rayville Injured, Captured, Escapes, During Battle of Chosin Reservoir, in 1950 #KoreanWar
The Richland Beacon printed the following account of Durham’s participation in the massacre. Written from Yokohama, Japan, Dec. 11, 1950. Letter from John Durham during Korea Sat, Dec 30, 1950 – ·… Read More
“Auld Lang Syne” A look back at the ‘New Year’s celebrations, resolutions, tragedies and regrets in Richland Parish
We have recently taken time to bid farewell to 2018, while looking forward to all that awaits our future in this last year of our “teens,” 2019. I recently looked back to… Read More
First Lieutenant Ray A. Boyd Declared Missing In Action on Christmas Eve, over Germany. WWII 1944.
Missing in action, First Lieutenant Ray A. Boyd. Sat, Feb 24, 1945 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com FIRST LIEUTENANT RAY A. BOYD January… Read More
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
Winter’s Work – Local Richland Parish Editor Pens ‘Farm Advice’ for Richland Residents During the Christmas Holidays, ca. 1876
There is always plenty of winter work: we never saw a farm so complete that no improvement could be made on it, and there is not one in Richland, that even approaches such perfection, and winter is the time to improve and beautify the farm. Make your farm look like a home; make it attractive to your children, and they will not want to wander off to seek happiness elsewhere; cultivate in them a taste for the beautiful, and they will not be apt to stray from the path of virtue and morality, bat will be not only a help but a comfort and source of happiness to you in your old age.’
A Merry  Christmas In Richland Parish
Here’s some good Christmas clips from the Richland Beacon Newspaper back in 1876, which included worthy advice that “sensible turkeys” should probably roost high. Readers were also reminded that the “Christmas Drunks”… Read More
The Wynn Island Plantation, The First 150 Years
I recently came across an old printed copy of this story, and decided to transcribe it for interested readers. Many of the people mentioned as living are now deceased. The article was… Read More
Old Mount Zion Cemetery
Recently, while driving a long the banks of Boeuf River over the Christmas holidays, I spotted a cemtery, and as I went to look it up online, I could find little, to… Read More