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

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

In 1908, LSU Baseball Star from Rayville dies from tragic baseball accident.

While researching young Hervey Mangham, I realized that his story happened 99 years ago this week. So here's an attempt from me to tell his story. If you're native to Richland Parish there's a chance you've heard the name Wiley P. Mangham. An early post-civil war settler in this parish, he and his brother helped found … Continue reading In 1908, LSU Baseball Star from Rayville dies from tragic baseball accident.

RAYVILLE – Glowing Description of the Town’s Prosperity (from 1902)

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 - The enterprise of this thriving little town previously described in this paper continues with renewed activity. No better location can be found for … Continue reading RAYVILLE – Glowing Description of the Town’s Prosperity (from 1902)

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 during the depression, the New Deal provided jobs related to improving government buildings.  New Deal Art in Louisiana The painting in Rayville was … Continue reading New Deal Art in Louisiana

Carole Cotton Winn to make presentation on her book, “My Darling, A World War II Scrapbook” at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21. In Rayville

Rhymes Library will host a presentation by Carole Cotton Winn about her book, "My Darling, A World War II Scrapbook, at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21. She will also speak at the Richland Parish Library in Rayville at 5 p.m. Feb. 21. This full color hardcover volume is a personal account of World War II as … Continue reading Carole Cotton Winn to make presentation on her book, “My Darling, A World War II Scrapbook” at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21. In Rayville

Wiley P. Mangham – The Tragedies and Success of a Soldier, Pioneer, and Publisher

Wiley P. Mangham, the namesake for the Town of Mangham, Louisiana, was an instrumental figure in late 19th century Richland Parish. Mangham was well known across the entire state, and established the first newspaper in Richland Parish, affectionately known, as the Richland Beacon News. Wiley P. Mangham was born in Georgia near the Alabama border … Continue reading Wiley P. Mangham – The Tragedies and Success of a Soldier, Pioneer, and Publisher

Cotton & Bolton Law Firm, circa 1975

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 & Bolton Law Firm, circa 1975. Depicted are from left to right; standing, Judge Glenn D. Roberts and Johnny Hoychick, Jr., seated, W. Davis … Continue reading Cotton & Bolton Law Firm, circa 1975

How Richland Parish’s RAYVILLE Got It’s Name

Rayville (Richland) - Rayville, the parish seat of justice, was named for John Ray, a citizen of Monroe who had large land holdings in this section. Ray was more than a landholder; he was a politician. He was, in fact, the Republican leader from Ouachita during Reconstruction. In 1868, Ray introduced a bill to the … Continue reading How Richland Parish’s RAYVILLE Got It’s Name

How Richland Parish’s LITTLE CREEK Got It’s Name

Little Creek (Richland) - Rayville was originally known as Little Creek, which took its name from the creek that flows through the town. James Ray established a store on the east side of the Boeuf River and west of Little Creek. Several settlers built houses near the store. After James Ray’s brother John succeeded in … Continue reading How Richland Parish’s LITTLE CREEK Got It’s Name

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