His lifelong occupation was that of planter in addition to having been engaged in business and having served in public office. He was an elder in the Rayville Presbyterian Church and was a past Worshipful Master of the R. F. McGuire Masonic Lodge of Rayville and a Shriner…
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.
The bell, from 1881 to 1950, hung in the belfry of the old courthouse building and it was almost lost when the old building was demolished to make way for the present structure. For the price of $50.00 it was redeemed from the contractor and has been stored in the parish highway barn awaiting the time when sufficient public Interest would demand Its restoration.
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.”
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.
Letter home from William F. Jordan, Jr. S 1/C Sat, Jun 2, 1945 – 1 · The Richland Beacon-News (Rayville, Louisiana, United States of America) · Newspapers.com