Cumi and Liss – Granddaughters of Daniel Lowery

Written by Edna Liggin The GazetteMay 4, 1978 (Author's Note: This is the third in the series of articles of families living near Lowery's Ferry on Cornie Creek. These families are the Austins, Youngbloods and Lowerys.) Living in the area today are two sisters, granddaughters of Daniel Lowery, who grew up on Cornie Creek near … Continue reading Cumi and Liss – Granddaughters of Daniel Lowery

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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

1955: COLD WAR COMES TO LOUISIANA

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

ON THE D’ARBONNE

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

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

Little Chicago

T. L. BowenJune 1971 It is not mentioned in any official report of Central Louisiana State Hospital, yet is was an interesting part of the institution’s past and developed early in the hospital’s history. “Little Chicago”  was the name of a special area of the hospital, the trash dump, the name deriving from the fact … Continue reading Little Chicago

Physicians in the Earliest Years of Bernice

Bernice Historical Society People and Places Physicians in the Earliest Years of Bernice Introduction:  A 1939 article on the history of Union Parish states “Dr. George Carroll was the first physician to take up residence in Bernice.  He was shortly followed by Doctors Dendy and Garland.” The census of 1900 ( the first taken in … Continue reading Physicians in the Earliest Years of Bernice

Uncle Tom Phillips

Bernice Historical Society People and Places Uncle Tom Phillips Barbara Green Pilgreen recently shared with me an article about “Uncle Tom Phillips” of Bernice.  The article first appeared in the Farmerville Gazette on the occasion of his 88th birthday and was entitled “Oldest Bernice Business Man Celebrates His 88th Birthday”.  Going back through my files … Continue reading Uncle Tom Phillips