“We are favored with a genial climate, and posses a soil, the redundant wealth of which is a sure guarantee of all that is needed to build us up in the enjoyment of comfortable, peaceful and happy homes.”
The following are several news clips relating to the use of German prisoner’s of war that indicates their almost certain presence on Richland Parish farms during World War II. Senator Overton, of… Read More
Prohibition repealed Sat, Nov 11, 1933 – 2 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com
Letter home from Col. W.D. Cotton, in Belgium Sat, Apr 7, 1945 – 3 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com BIRTH 9 Feb 1904 DEATH 23… Read More
Local Elections in 1922 – Election Results for Town of Rayville 1922 Local Elections – Votes Cast In Rayville Election Sat, Mar 11, 1922 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana,… 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.
…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.
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.
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
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
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… Read More
The following column, which ran in the August 10th, 1902 publication of the Shreveport Times, page 6. Special to the Times. Rayville – Glowing Description of the Town’s Prosperity Rayville, La., Aug 9 –… Read More
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
Here is a photograph of the Richland Parish School Board during the 1970’s.
Let’s take a look at some statistics, and the results from every Presidential Campaign since Richland Parish Louisiana was created in 1868.
It is impressive that Richland Parish produced attorneys that did what some of these men have done, and all of them from one firm. Picture of the attorneys of the Cotton &… Read More
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… Read More
Funny Campaign Ad in the local paper for Bubba Thomason
A Fugutive From Murder Charges was Caught in Richland Parish by Federal Agents and Deputy Sheriff William T. Taylor – Monroe News Star, Feb 14, 1947
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