September 2, 1903
The Confederate veterans of Union Parish held their annual reunion last Thursday at Bernice. The occasion drew people from all the surrounding country, making one of the largest gathering of the kind held in the parish for a number of years. The veterans assembled at the Baptist church, where they formed in line and, headed by the Farmerville brass band, marched to the city park. Here a splendid arbor had been erected, and under it’s protecting shade the exercises of the day were begun. The preliminaries were interspersed with music, and then Capt. J. D. Hamilton was introduced and made the welcome address. He was responded to by Hon. E. T. Sellers. After the addresses dinner was announced and the people gathered around the most bounteously supplied table it has been our pleasure to see for several years. Here everything was so nicely arranged and well managed that all could fully satisfy the inner man without that crowding, pushing and grabbing which too often characterizes our picnic gatherings. After dinner, the time was spent as the individual chose until the hour came for departure. Everybody spent a pleasant day and with one accord sing praises of the Bernice people for their genuine hospitality.