“I know, our grandfather, Ruben Scott, came here in the 1830s from North Carolina. He was with a group that banded together and came south. They stopped in Arkansas, and a Scott went to Natchez, Miss., and a Jones went on to New Orleans.”
American Legion Members, ca. 1919 The old photograph above was generously loaned to the Beacon by Mr. Leon Moreland. It is of the first members of the American Legion Post after it… Read More
Lists of African-American Schools in Richland Parish.
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
This photograph shows all but one person attending Rayville High School during the 1913-14 school year. Included in the group are grades seven through 11. Teachers that year were Professor L.A. Smith,… Read More
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.
The following map shows the northwest portion of present day Richland Parish, as it was in 1850.
From Richard Nance Hixon’s thesis, The Antebellum History of Richland Parish. Northeast Louisiana University, 1990 – Richland Parish (La.) – 384 pages This map shows the now extinct community of “Ion” which was located on… Read More
Through the medium of a telegram the first of the week from the War Department at Washington, D. C, the family learned the distressing news that Sergeant Noble E. Ellington, 25, of… Read More
Left to right, bottom row: James Hutson, Tim Fife, David Thomason, J. C. Clingfost, William Garsee, Wilfred Burgess, Paul Etier, Oliver Williams, Carl Pitman. left to right second row from bottom :… Read More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Updated May 14, 2019… Read More
This church was destroyed within the last twenty-five years, but it’s history was and still is a cherished one. It was placed on the National Register of Historic places back in 1989…. Read More
MENTION AND PHOTO OF CLAUDE M. FINKLEA IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC, 1945 LETTER FROM CLAUDE M. FINKLEA, SEAMAN SECOND CLASS January 8, 1944. MENTION OF CROSSING THE EQUATOR 32 TIMES, 1945 Claude… Read More
Richland Boys Leave For Military Training Sat, Nov 22, 1941 – 6 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com Above are pictured the ten Richland parish young… Read More
Former Sheriffs of Richland Parish 01.) 1866-1878, A.J. Liddell, Democrat 02.) 1878-1896, Lem Scott, Democrat, Girard 03.) 1896-1912, William Neal Traylor 04.) 1912-1916, W.T. Oliver 05.) 1916-1924, Mark A. Cooper 06.) 1924-1936,… Read More