There has been much discussion over the years about a mysterious well made of stone located on US Hwy 80 on the east side of Ouachita Parish. If you’re traveling east leaving Monroe, it can be seen
“The Beale Family Settles on Clear Lake” as told by Mr. Ernest Cook, ca., 1965 in “By the Boeuf with Beth” ….Mr. Ernest Cook and his wife of Baton Rouge came back… Read More
Seated by the open fireplace where a log burned slowly, we sipped black coffee Mrs. Etier had served us. Mr. Etier spieled off some French and momentarily I felt like I was in south Louisiana….
Train Depot at Holly Ridge, on the I.C. Line, between 1940 and 1960
Column from 1963: “By the Boeuf with Beth” – Boarding a steamer at Dave’s Bayou for Mardi Gras, ca., 1912 The Richland Beacon-News, Rayville, Louisiana11 May 1963, Sat • Page 2 ….Traveling… Read More
Charlieville Post Office, est. 1877 The Richland Beacon-News, Rayville, LA., 27 Apr 1963, Sat • Page 6 BY THE BOEUF WITH BETH – With Charlieville the next Post Office on my list,… Read More
Boeuf River steamboat days were happy days. I can tell by the twinkle in Doctor Jordan’s eye as he relates about the Era 10, the steamboat with the most beautiful whistle he’d ever heard. Some weeks he said, as many as three steamboats came up Boeuf River. Besides the Era 10, there was the Tom Parker, the Saline and the Stella Black.
A low fence encloses the yard and a giant pecan tree with boughs bending near the ground stands guard at the gate to the well-kept Alexander place. Bolivar Alexander was the first to come in the early 1870s, migrating from Mississippi. Later, his brother, R. S. (Dick) Alexander, joined him and bought the present farm from a Mr. Collins in 1876. Since then, four generations have lived here and the family continues to hold deep sentiment for their home pecal beside the Boeuf.
Boeuf River curves for six miles bordering the 1,500-acre plantation known as Trio and established by Dr. Harrison Jordan I, in 1842. Its name is derived from three towering cypress trees on the bank of the river, standing like sentinels to guard the entrance of the front yard.
“The passing of this kindly and illustrious citizen, a true Southern Gentleman in the finest sense of the word, has left a void that can never be filled. But the community is richer for his having lived.”
The following works were written in conjunction with the WPA (Works Progress Administration of Louisiana), ca., 1935. These documents have been recently digitized as part of the Louisiana Digital Library, and are… Read More
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)
It’s difficult to find a better source than the works of Bennie McLain Hixon (1923-2014), when it comes to research on Richland Parish and particularly, the first settlements along Boeuf River. Thanks… Read More
I. C. Freight Train Plunges Into Boeuf River Near Girard Workman Left Switch Open; Fireman and Brakeman Only Slightly Injured In One of Most Costly Wrecks In History of Railroad The Richland… Read More
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
Back in August of 1991, many Richland Parish residents will remember the excitement and buzz about the first annual “Pickin’ and Ginnin’ Festival.” The festival always drew large crowds, but after a while, the work involved to pull off a successful festival became too great, and the festival eventually ended. Jennie Joe Siscoe, who often wrote several great historical columns for the Beacon, penned this history about growing cotton in Richland Parish.