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

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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

The Doodlebug

Bernice Historical Society People and Places "The Doodlebug" Last week I posted on “Bernice Remember When” asking for any memories of the passenger train known as The Doodlebug. Thanks to all who shared.  I started out not knowing much about the quaint rail vehicle I had heard so much about. I know now that it operated through … Continue reading The Doodlebug

Earl Long Saga Ended After Victory Nobody Thought He Could Pull Off, But He Did

Jack M. WillisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent By 1959, after serving a fraction of a term, plus two full terms at the helm of state government, Earl Kemp Long probably knew more about how to run the State of Louisiana that any other governor who had ever lived, including his brother Huey. But Long's governmental work … Continue reading Earl Long Saga Ended After Victory Nobody Thought He Could Pull Off, But He Did

Experience Says ‘Don’t Trash Your History!’

Mary K. HamnerPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Local history is a great avenue for learning. Digging through family stories/genealogy and church history is encouragement for extending knowledge as you travel back through the ages to learn about the local folk. Their stories speak of a different time, an age that causes us to laugh and sometimes … Continue reading Experience Says ‘Don’t Trash Your History!’

Flatboat Incident On River At Lake Providence

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Vigilantes Demand Immediate Justice for Murders by Rowdy Potato Boat Crewmen Although American railroads expanded rapidly after the Civil War, many goods were still transported through the nation's waterways. Barges loaded with coal, corn, cotton, lumber, and other goods and products moved slowly down the Mississippi and its tributaries to … Continue reading Flatboat Incident On River At Lake Providence

Alberta Founded Around Sawmill In The 1890’s

Mary K. HamnerPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Alberta was located a mile south of Castor on the former Louisiana & Arkansas Railroad. E. M. Werkheiser of Arcadia had moved his sawmill from Arcadia to this new location in 1899 and he named the settlement that developed there for his daughter. As time moved on, Bienville Lumber … Continue reading Alberta Founded Around Sawmill In The 1890’s

End of the Nightriders – Winn Parish Destroys Outlaws

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent After the Civil War, some men in Winn Parish banded together to form what was to be a home guard, serving as "regulators" to control the behavior of recently freed slaves and oppose the Republican government of "carpetbaggers" and "scalawags." Before long, some elements of the group turned to banditry … Continue reading End of the Nightriders – Winn Parish Destroys Outlaws