Pearl Harris This nice cool fall weather makes me want to get out and hike in the woods. But the last time I did that I found out I was allergic to something. So, I haven't done that - but it isn't because I don't think about it and wish I could. It reminds me … Continue reading Let’s Take A Hike In The Woods!
Pearl Harris Have you heard on the news that New York and other places are being invaded by Bedbugs? Well, that's just what we need in the good ole USA - another pest. They even have the audacity to invade the upscale hotels, they say, Well, when I was a kid- I guess, 7 or … Continue reading Bedbugs! Again!
Pearl Harris How long does it take you to go to the supermarket and pick up a gallon of milk and a pound of butter? If you don't have to spend too long at the check out, it will probably take you 10 or 15 minutes. Well, I can tell you when I was growing … Continue reading A Gallon of Milk and A Pound of Butter
Pearl Harris Have you been to a farmer's market lately? If you haven't you should go. It is a sight to see all the fresh produce they have there. Yeah! I know we can go to the grocery store and find all sorts of produce there, but when you go to the farmer's market it … Continue reading The Farmer’s Market
Pearl Harris I was just reminiscing about how we spent our summer after we got out of school. We had chores to do even when we were small, but we did not seem to mind doing them - I guess we knew the consequences if we didn't. But I remember the long hot days - … Continue reading The Good Ole’ Summertime!
Written by Jon R. McKinnie Spearsville plantation owner Sidney H. Griffin raised a company of men from the northwestern portion of the parish for the Confederate service in early 1862; the men styled themselves the "Sparrow Cadets". The unit elected Griffin captain, and they entered the service of the Confederate States in Monroe, designated as Company … Continue reading Lt. Col. Sidney H. Griffin, 31st LA Infantry
Pearl Harris What in the world has happened to our footwear? I remember when we could buy such pretty shoes. I've always had to be so practical about shoes - "they just aren't practical" my Dad would say. But when I shopped for shoes I always liked the neat ones that made my feet look … Continue reading What Happened to our Shoes?
Written by Jon R. McKinnie Ward Camp Historian Jon McKinnie’s wife, Phyllis Richardson, has an amazing family history of military & public service. Her 2nd great grandfather, Dr Thomas Parker Richardson and two brothers served as surgeons during the Civil War. Another brother fought the entire war (1861-1865) under General Robert E Lee, surrendering with him … Continue reading Dr Thomas Parker Richardson, Surgeon for 17th La Infantry Regiment
Pearl Harris How may times have we seen those signs on lawns, both residential and commercial lots? I wonder how much we spend just to keep our lawns pretty and green -- I expect it is a "pretty penny". When I was growing up it was all together different. If you had grass in your … Continue reading Keep Off The Grass
Written by Jon R. McKinnie Ettienne Andrew Reppond was born in Dean Community, Union Parish, La on July 13, 1830 to Louis & Henrietta McCormick Reppond. Etienne’s grandfather, Estevon Reppond, was born 1765 in Marseille, France, came to Louisiana before 1783, and traveled up the Ouachita River with Jean Baptiste Filhiol in 1783 and assisted Filhiol … Continue reading Ettienne A Reppond – 31st La Infantry
Pearl Harris It seems as if I spend a lot of time buying groceries these days. When I was a child I never remember my mom going grocery shopping. Oh, she went in the fall to buy material to make our school clothes, but I never knew her to buy groceries. All that we had … Continue reading Grocery Shopping vs. No Grocery Shopping
Written by Dr. Timothy D. Hudson Submitted by Jon R. McKinnie The birth of David Ward and Cynthia Seale’s eldest son Elijah Hubbard Ward occurred on 13 July 1830, just a few months after the January 20th creation of Lowndes County Alabama from the northern portion of Butler. When he was about seven years old, Hubbard … Continue reading Lt. Elijah Hubbard Ward
Pearl Harris I am sitting here reminiscing about last week at our church. We had Holy Week Services each day Monday through Friday from 12 noon until 1 o'clock. Thirty minutes was devoted to a message leading up to the crucifixion and the resurrection. A different speaker spoke to us each day and each message … Continue reading Slow Down and Enjoy Our Blessings
Pearl Harris As most of you know I recently lost my husband of over 71 years. I think it is normal as we get older that we think about what it will be like when we lose a love one. It is a fact that when we are born that one day we will die. … Continue reading When We Lose a Loved One
Pearl Harris These are some of the "old sayings" used when I grew up. There are a lot of different "sayings" in different communities. These are strange to young people, as they do not know what they mean. But the young people today have a way of communicating with each other that we do not … Continue reading Expressions Used by My Parents
Pearl Harris I think perhaps what made me write about this is that two of my husband's buddies from the Air Force visited us. One was from Kentucky and one from Texas. It has been quite a while since we had seen them. I fixed a nice lunch for them and their wives and we … Continue reading Memories of WWII
Pearl Harris A few weeks before Christmas, I went shopping for gifts for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They all want toys for Christmas, so I went to Toys R Us and Wal-Mart. Well, of course, I was over whelmed with all the toys in the stores. I didn't know what most of them were - … Continue reading Toys, Toys, Toys Everywhere
Pearl A. Harris One morning a few weeks ago I waked up feeling somewhat "Lousy". I had not slept well, and I thought, well, I wonder what frustrations are in store for me today. So I pulled myself out of bed, put on my robe and slippers and thought I would go out on the … Continue reading How To Make Every Day A Great Day!
Gerald Thurston came across these while working and shared them.
Cathy Buckley From the book: A Louisiana Memory: The Story of the Union Parish Town of Shiloh It was 1849 before the jury authorized the construction of what would eventually become Louisiana State Highway 2. In that year the jury authorized "construction of the Farmerville-Homer highway through Shiloh, to begin at the Cornie Ferry crossing … Continue reading The Town of Shiloh
James R. Harty A Brief History of Bernice, Louisiana On the east side of Louisiana Avenue and just north of the Old Mayor's Office is a squatty thick concrete walled building. Its only door (iron) is on the west side facing the street. One window is on the south side and one window on the … Continue reading The Bernice Calaboose
Dr. Timothy Hudson George Washington Albritton was born in Wilkinson County, Georgia in 1810, the son of Enoch Albritton and Penelope Frizzle. Enoch and Penelope had both been born in Pitt County, North Carolina in 1771 and 1772, respectively. They married there about 1792 or 1793, but left North Carolina in 1806 or 1807 and moved to Georgia. … Continue reading George Washington Albritton & Sarah Ann Fowler
Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #11 As early as 1914 the citizens of Bernice began a fight for good roads leading into and out of town and would yearly hold “good roads” day when all the businesses would close and men would work on improvement of the roads. In 1916 forty of the citizens … Continue reading Bernice Dots #11
Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #10 Baseball seems to have always been a favorite sport among the small towns of Union Parish. In the mid 1880’s a traveling evangelist who often spoke at tent revivals in our parish made this remark about the game –“if I had a dog and he were to get out … Continue reading Bernice Dots #10
Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #9 In February of 1914 citizens in and around Bernice and the eastern part of Claiborne Parish considered the possibility of forming a new parish with Bernice as the parish seat of government. The local paper in Bernice ran an article stating one possible reason was the difficulty of … Continue reading Bernice Dots #9
Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #8 When Capt. Henderson was establishing the town lots in Bernice he set apart lots for churches and schools.. The Baptist congregation which was established in 1899 with William Cooksey as pastor for one service a month would meet inside the building used as a school until 1902 when … Continue reading Bernice Dots #8
Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #7 An early history of Bernice published in a catalog prepared for Bernice High School in 1909 states this fact: “Bernice has always taken a deep interest in the education of her children and from the very beginning she has fostered private and public schools. Soon after her foundation a … Continue reading Bernice Dots #7
Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #6 By 1903 Bernice was making rapid progress with new businesses popping up almost weekly. The depot handled a steady supply of staples and merchandise that streamed into town from commercial outlets both north and south of town. The first of two destructive fires occurred in June of 1903 … Continue reading Bernice Dots #6
Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #5 The first business establishment in Bernice was located in a tent and run by a man named Nelson. The first sale made in that store was a box of matches purchased by R.T. “Uncle Dick” Moore. Shortly afterward Will Martin of Shiloh operated a general merchandise business out … Continue reading Bernice Dots #5
I posted this way back on December 21, 2012. While looking for something else I ran across it again and thought it is time for a repost. The Fall 1996 issue of THE UPPER CUMBERLAND RESEARCHER contained the following note from THE LEFTWICH HERITAGE on common naming practices: The 1st son was usually named after … Continue reading Common Naming Patterns of Anglo Families