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

The Baron de Bastrop

In a great article a few years ago in the Bastrop Daily Enterprise, Wes Helbling wrote a great article commemorating the 250th anniversary of The Baron de Bastrop's birthday. Much can be said about this mysterious land shark today, and the impact he had on how current land use has developed from generation to generation can often be dated … Continue reading The Baron de Bastrop

“Hattie Jane” Boies – Born Feb 2, 1874

On February 2, 1874, Harriet Jane "Hattie Jane" Boies, was born to the parents of E.A. Boies, Sr. and Sarah E. Prewitt Boies. She was a direct descendent of a Revolutionay War patriot, and the daughter of a decorated confederate soldier. Her life was cut short due to contracting "dengue fever" at the age of … Continue reading “Hattie Jane” Boies – Born Feb 2, 1874

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

Mrs. Earline Williams Sartor (1891-1963)

A name I've come across often while researching history in Richland Parish is Mrs. Earline Williams Sartor (1891-1963). In addition to stories she retold that were passed down to her, in reference to Frank and Jesse James hiding out in Richland Parish, she also wrote numerous histories about the region. She was married to Frank … Continue reading Mrs. Earline Williams Sartor (1891-1963)

History of Providence Baptist Church of Alto

There is an old jingle that goes like this, “Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight, Make me a child again, just for tonight.” May we paraphrase this by saying, Backward, turn backward, O time, just for today, Give us a view of Providence Church along history’s highway.

How Richland Parish’s GIRARD Got It’s Name

Girard (Richland) - Girard is on the west bank of the Boeuf River, where it is crossed by Highway 80 and the Illinois Central Railroad. Girard has the distinction of being the oldest settlement in the parish. Henry Bry, a land agent for Stephen Girard, an American financier from Philadelphia, established it in 1821. Girard … Continue reading How Richland Parish’s GIRARD Got It’s Name

Peter Oliver – Deerfield (Delhi) Post Office – 1840’s

This information is courtesy of William Eugene Griffin, of Palm Springs, CA.One of the earliest post offices in what is now Richland Parish was established by Peter Oliver at Deerfield (now Delhi) in the 1840's:Oliver, Peter - “Roads had begun to improve, and freight wagons were in vogue during dry weather. Overland mail routes were being … Continue reading Peter Oliver – Deerfield (Delhi) Post Office – 1840’s

How Richland Parish’s WARDEN Got It’s Name

Warden (Richland) - Warden was previously known as Richland. Its name was changed because its mail was being sent to other places in Louisiana named Richland. The name was changed to Warden, after a Mr. Warden who lived there. The name changed from Richland to Warden in August 1933, while Mary Southall (who was appointed … Continue reading How Richland Parish’s WARDEN Got It’s Name

How Richland Parish’s START Got It’s Name

Start (Richland) - Start is on Highway 80, six miles west of Rayville, the parish seat. For a number of years James Madison Morgan was postmaster of the Start post office, which was in his store. Nearby was a small rail station, Crew Lake, where most of the trains stopped. The people there decided they … Continue reading How Richland Parish’s START Got It’s Name

How Richland Parish’s MANGHAM Got It’s Name

Mangham (Richland) - Mangham was incorporated in 1907, but a community was there as early as Reconstruction days. In 1915, fire destroyed blocks of the town. The great flood of 1927 brought further catastrophe. The town survived the flood, a later tornado, and the Great Depression. Mangham was named for Wiley P. Mangham because he … Continue reading How Richland Parish’s MANGHAM Got It’s Name

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