Dots From Dubach

The GazetteJanuary 4, 1905 Editor Gazette: As it has been some time since I saw any thing in print from this part of the country I will drop you a line or two. Times are very dull here as the saw mill is shut down for repairs. The planing mill is running with a small … Continue reading Dots From Dubach


RUSTON’S CHAUTAUQUA: Louisiana’s Cultural Epicenter

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Toma Lodge in Ruston is a quiet upscale neighborhood of fine homes, towering pine trees, and well manicured lawns.  Right away, visitors note the subdivision is unlike most contemporary growth in which lots are razed to facilitate construction and then replanted with spindly trees and shabby shrubs, giving the landscape an … Continue reading RUSTON’S CHAUTAUQUA: Louisiana’s Cultural Epicenter


Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent The year 1955 saw American consumerism skyrocket with the opening with the first McDonald’s Restaurant and the debut of Disneyland. Fast food, including the first TV dinners, and canned Coca-Cola attested to the growth of the country’s standard of living since World War II. Ownership of a car became the … Continue reading 1955: COLD WAR COMES TO LOUISIANA

The First Shots Of Pearl Harbor

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Most people who know about Pearl Harbor, the battle that brought America fully into World War II, believe that the Japanese attack was completely without warning.  The common misconception is that the first indication of attack occurred when Japanese bombs starting raining from the skies. But before the planes of … Continue reading The First Shots Of Pearl Harbor

1944: Navy Saves Small Town College

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent In 1944, the Navy rescued Louisiana Tech and its football program. World War II turned collegiate athletics upside down as young men swapped athletic uniforms for military ones, joining the service to fight in North Africa, Europe and the Pacific. Louisiana Tech was not immune. Student athletes, who would have … Continue reading 1944: Navy Saves Small Town College

Union Expositor

Union Expositor Earliest Newspaper in Union Parish Union Parish had its own newspaper as early as 1848 with the publication of the Union Expositor.  Clips from the 1848 Expositor appeared in newspapers across the state. January 27, 1848 –New Orleans Times Picayune TO MERCHANTS AND OTHERS:  Merchants wishing to avail themselves of an opportunity to … Continue reading Union Expositor


Weekly Times Democrat (New Orleans) Saturday, June 9, 1883 BUSINESS POINTS ON THE BAYOU AND ITS TRIBUTARIES Stein’s Bluff, Shiloh and Other Landings-Their Trade, Social Features and Other Matters of Interest On Board the Times Democrat Steamboat Susie B Farmerville, May 28, 1883 On Friday morning last the Susie B. left Ouachita City and proceeded … Continue reading ON THE D’ARBONNE

Letters to the Editor – Grandfather Elijah Tabor

The GazetteNovember 21, 1974 To the Editor: In 1850, my Grandfather Elijah Tabor moved his family to Shiloh from Winston County, Mississippi. His home, which is pictured above, took two years to build because, he explained, everything had to be done by hand. The two-story log cabin was put together with pegs and is still … Continue reading Letters to the Editor – Grandfather Elijah Tabor

Court Items

The GazetteOctober 26, 1904 The past session of the district court of Union Parish was rather a heavy one as here were several cases of a serious nation to be tried. The petit jury was discharged last Saturday and the most of the present week was taken up with civil matters. The following cases were … Continue reading Court Items

Bernice School Building Lost in Sunday Fire

Bernice Historical Society People and Places Education In Bernice Farmerville Gazette - March 3, 1960 The elementary school building and the Bernice High School gym burned to the ground late Sunday evening, causing an estimated $250,000 in damages.  No one was injured in the blaze but all school supplies, equipment, books, school records, athletic and … Continue reading Bernice School Building Lost in Sunday Fire