The Richland Parish Beacon reported the first bale of cotton had been ginned for 1967 on August 6th of that year. (Bonus points: The #1 song on the radio that week was… Read More
Congressman Passman Discusses Issues, Political Frustrations With Setting Up Initial Poverty Point “Deal.” May 11, 1963
This was an interesting article detailing some of the early challenges and the politics involved with the creation of Poverty Point as a historic park. Poverty Point has now become known as… Read More
This is an interesting map from 1814, though much of Northeast Louisiana looks pretty barren. Interestingly, the river east of the Ouachita river, is labeled Ox River. Boeuf in French, means “bull”… Read More
Old home place of Henry Taylor. It’s location was approximately in the northeast corner of the cloverleaf interstate exchange on I-20 in Start, Louisiana.
A letter from Lieutenant Clinton J. Greene, Chaplain with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, to Mr. Elbert Hill, of Archibald, telling how hi. brother, Private Matt Hill, gave his life for his country. Young Hill had made his home with his brother in this parish for the past five year and was universally loved just for the same virtues he displayed at the time of his great sacrifice.
This young Richland Parish patriot was killed in action in the Beaumont sector in France, being wounded on March 22nd, 1918, by German shell, and died in hospital on March 24th. 1918. His remains found temporary burial in the Sebastopol Barracks cemetery in France, and were returned to his native soil the other day to find final renting place in the great military cemetery which overlooks the Potomac across the river from Washing ton, D.C.
John L Brice, of Co. M. 163rd U. S. Infantry, was killed in action July 24, 1918. The young man enlisted from Bienville parish in 1916, going overseas on June 2nd, 1916, from Camp Beauregard. He also saw service on the border of Mexico.
My friend Lora Peppers who writes the blog OuachitaParishHistory.com posted a link this week with an AWESOME map of the Ouachita River from even before Fort Miro was founded. There as a… Read More
From the Library of Congress, this map shows roads to Memphis, along with rail lines and transportation routes during the Civil War. To download the full map of Arkansas and Louisiana, visit… Read More
The following is a directory of Riverboat landings and Ports, ca 1877. A search for Boeuf River and Bayou Macon will each turn up a high number of locations that show where river boats stopped, with Point Jefferson primarily being the final stop possible, due to high and low river levels.
“All the front line soldiers live in bunkers, as you know, and these bunkers require periodic repairs because of the damage caused by heavy rains and the consequent soil erosion. John was working on the improvement of this bunker when enemy morter fire began falling on his company’s position. An enemy shell exploded very close to the bunker on which John was working, and he was killed instantly.” Mr. and Mrs. Livingston have received information that the body of their son is expected to be returned home about the middle of October.
What began as basic research into the name of a little known community in Richland Parish, Louisiana, led to the discovery of a man whose life story demonstrated great success; but ended shockingly different than I might ever have imagined. It is a story of much more than a place name, and one that I hope will now be around for a long time.
Pfc. James E. Kimball, of West Carroll, Son of Robert Kimball of Richland, Killed in Action In Korean War, ca 1953
James E. Kimball KIA – Korean War Thu, Apr 2, 1953 – 1 · The West Carroll Gazette (Oak Grove, Louisiana) Pfc. James E. Kimball, 21, a former resident of West Carroll… Read More
Corporal Wisenor was a member of the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on August 13, 1950. Corporal Wisenor was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Family Told Lt. Driskell Killed in Korean War. Driskell was forced to march to North Korea on the “Tiger Death March”, and shot by a guard on a train to Manpo, North Korea on September 7, 1950.
Pfc. Monroe Cater, Jr. first Richland Parish casualty of Korean War
Ted enlisted in the Marine Corps early in 1943 and participated in the battles of two Jima and Sai-pan and was a member of the occupation forces in Japan. He was discharged from the service in 1947 and re-enlisted in February, 1948. As a private first class, he accompanied his unit when it sailed for the Korean conflict on’ August 17. On September 8 he wrote from Pusan to tell his parents that he had not yet been in battle but that he believed he would be within a short time. No further news was received of him until the official notification of his death.
Cpl. Glynn Ray Biggs, of Delhi Killed During Korean War, ca 1950. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Corporal Biggs was a member of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded in action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on August 7, 1950, and died later that day. Corporal Biggs was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876: Testimony of Richland Parish Residents Before Select Congressional Committee
Congressional Oversight committee hearing interviews with white and black residents of Richland Parish, concerning the highly disputed election results in the 1876 Presidential Election.
Cpl. Billy F. Reddick, age 19, Makes Supreme Sacrifice in Korean War. Reddick’s Heroism and Bravery Recognized In Numerous Press Reports, ca 1952
The following clips include several references to Billy Reddick, of Rayville, who was ultimately killed in the Korean War at the young age of 19. The following articles are in chronological order, and tell of Reddick’s Bravery, Heroism, and Ultimate Sacrifice.