The following post is not about someone with Richland Parish roots, but he did make an impact in Tensas Parish. I found his story interewsting, so decided to make a post on… Read More
Early school experiences remembered: Mrs. Mae McIntyre, of Snake Ridge, ca. 1986 – Foreward by Evelyn Cochran
This story by Mrs. May Mclntyre is told with love and feeling and understanding of her rides to school in a “school bus” of the times, the early 1920s. Getting to school was not easy as you can tell by this delightful story. “Out in the rural” where most of Richland’s citizens lived and worked there were few roads and these were mud-rutted trials. If to school you went, you walked.
Remembering Mrs. Evelyn Griffis Cochran (1919-1996) – AUDIO Included
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
J. Richard Griffin Dies (age-105) – January 26th, 2020. Former Crew Lake Native, 1934 graduate of Start High, and “The First Mayor of Sarepta, Louisiana”
John Richard Griffin, extraordinary, special, intelligent, respectful, thoughtful, grateful, modest, determined, devoted, courageous, strong-willed, eternally optimistic – that’s how anyone who knew Richard would describe him.
Remembering Former Longtime Rayville Mayor, Joe Kalil (1922-1996) – AUDIO
Mr. Kalil, the son of immigrant parents from Lebanon, held the mayor’s post from 1970 until 1994. For ten years prior to that, from 1960 until his election as mayor in 1970, he was a member of the Board of Aldermen. Active in state levels as well, Mr. Kalil was a member and leader of the Louisiana Municipal Association, serving in 1974 and 75 as its president. For the remainder of his life, he was a valued member of the LMA Executive Board. In addition, he served on the Louisiana Municipal Retirement System and had been chairman of that board for the past 20 years.
Remembering Harry Wayne Addison (1920-2003) – AUDIO
The family often joked that going anywhere with “Pa” would take ‘ forever because he would stop and talk to everyone he saw. But that was part of Harry’s charm. A noted and gifted writer, Mr. Addison authored three great books, Write that Down for Me Daddy, RFD 3, and Mama Was a Con Man, Papa Was a Christian. He also spent many years traveling the south as a guest speaker. Hearing Harry speak was a treat; his humor and wit will go unmatched.
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)
Remembering Bennie Robinson, of Start (1928-2019)
Remembering Bennie Charles Robinson, Sr., (1928-2019) Staying busy was always Ben’s way of life. While living in Alexandria, he developed an interest in restoring a 1929 Ford Model A car with a… Read More
Remembering C.M. Noble, Sr., of Charlieville (1851-1924)
Successful Planter, Mercantile Businessman, and Esteemed Citizen of Richland Parish Mr. Noble was born in Ouachita parish in 1851, and removed to Richland Parish in 1875, where he has resided ever since…. Read More
Remembering Carl W. Earle, of Clear Lake (1891-1966)
50+ Year Member of Richland Parish Police Jury. C.W. Earle (1891-1966) Louisiana’s Police Jury Association elected Earle as “Mr. Police Juror” and was named “Mr. Local Government” by the National Association of County Officials.
Remembering Charles P. Balfour, of Girard (1849-1921)
Planter, Police Juror, State Representative, and President of the Tensas Basin Levee District “The Balfours of Boeuf” Written by Stella Balfour Jack, Deceased. Excerpted from Richland Memories, Volume 1. page 13-14 Charles… Read More
Remembering Ken Booth (1943-2019)
“It is imperative that those in high elective office not only hear what the people are saying, they must listen.” “Men must be decided,” he pointed out, “on what they will not… Read More
Remembering Korean War Casualties of Richland Parish
“Our Nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met”-Korean War Memorial Eight heroic soldiers are on record… Read More
Former Confederate Captain R.H.G. Gaines Dies, 1922.
He has lived an exemplary life of honesty, faithfulness and service for good, and his influence will long be felt. He was as brave and unselfish and generous, a man as we have we have ever known, and his charity knew no bounds. His fearless and spotless manhood should be an inspiration to all his young friends.
The Last Confederate Veteran of Richland Parish – David Corbin Ker (1847-1940)
Concerning the joint convention of Union and Confederates veterans at Gettysburg in 1838, he stated: “My wife don’t want me to go, she thinks I’ll get in another fight with them d—Yankees, and maybe I would, Mr. Ker said.” David Corbin Ker
Known Confederate Soldier Burials in Richland Parish
This list is a compilation of several lists. It is without question an incomplete list. If you know of additional confederate burials in Richland Parish, please email email@example.com Updated May 14, 2019… Read More
Leonard B. Sullivan (1934-2018) Richland Parish loses prominent citizen.
Leonard Sullivan was a graduate of Start High School in 1954. Rayville – Funeral services for Leonard Sullivan, 84, of Rayville, LA will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, December 3, 2018… Read More
Ballas Brothers George and Pete, of Rayville, Give Update On Assignments In War – WWII – 1945 (George Ballas later becomes the inventor of the weed eater.)
Georg Ballas would also have an interesting career following the war. He is the original inventor of the Weed Eater.
Nolan R. Goodson Sees Much Excitement In Pacific Battles, Including Okinawa and Iwo Jima – WWII – 1945
Aboard the USS Petrof Bay in the Pacific. Nolan R. Goodson, seaman first class, USNR, Route 2, Rayville, La., helped polish off Japanese planes and shipping when this small aircraft carrier fought… Read More