RICHLAND PARISH’S SCHOOLS & TEACHERS IN 1925

RICHLAND PARISH’S SCHOOLS & TEACHERS IN 1925. Schools in Nearby Parish Open Monday for Full Sessions. Special to the News-Star. RAYVILLE, Sept. 9, 1925 - The Schools of Richland parish will begin the 1925-1926 term next Monday morning, Sept. 14th, and the following is a list of teachers who will guide the destinies of the pupils during the … Continue reading RICHLAND PARISH’S SCHOOLS & TEACHERS IN 1925

An Account of the Solar Eclipse of 1878 in Northeast LA

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 them for the first time in their lives" "The cocks crew once, twice and thrice, and the chickens, guineas and other fowls sought … Continue reading An Account of the Solar Eclipse of 1878 in Northeast LA

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 while traveling south to Monroe; met Jim Bowie in Monroe, and helped connect Bowie to Crockett in his company heading west to the … Continue reading The Hon. John Ray, James Ray, Henry Bry, and Other Early Distinguished Settlers in Northeast Louisiana

Aug 22, 1925 – Dixie-Overland Bridge Is Scene of Successful Road Hold-Up

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

Col. S. W. Hill – An Irish Confederate engineer, lain to rest in Richland.

Col. S.W. Hill, the oldest and one of the most respected citizens of Ouachita Parish, died at his home on South Grand Street, near the parish High School shortly before 2 o'clock this afternoon. He was 91 years old.

The Crew Lake Horror

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

Winter’s Work – Farm Advice for Richland Residents During the Holidays | Ca. 1876

Here's a column written in the Richland Beacon on the week of Christmas in 1876, titled "Winter's Work." Clearly the author here was not a fan of "sitting around" during the holidays if the sun was shining! Posted with Blogsy

A Merry [1876] 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" had officially commenced, the parish had a little rain that week, a Capt. Crosley of Trenton died, and Santa Claus was "on his … Continue reading A Merry [1876] Christmas In Richland Parish

Start Train Derailment, Twenty-Six Rail Cars Quit Tracks Near Start, Gas Evacuates Town Monroe Morning World, Monday, December 1, 1969

  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

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