Vietnam Memorial

Bernice Historical Society People and Places Vietnam Memorial This past week the Traveling Vietnam Memorial made a 4 day stop in Ruston and a special program honoring those who lost their life in Vietnam was held. There are two names on that wall that everyone in our small town should know and never forget. The … Continue reading Vietnam Memorial

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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

Marching Through Louisiana’s War History

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent North Louisiana’s Military Museums Exhibit Mementos of Area’s Participation One way to tour the great state of Louisiana is to plan stops around a theme. You can visit a selection of state parks, art galleries, or antebellum homes. A number of planned tour routes are available online, including at louisianatravel.com, a … Continue reading Marching Through Louisiana’s War History

West-Kimbrell Clan Terrorized North Louisiana

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 West-Kimbrell Clan Terrorized North Louisiana

Vigilantes Imposed Law in Post War Louisiana

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent March 12, 1872; Vienna, Jackson Parish, Louisiana Although every community in the South suffered deprivations and despair during the Civil War, some were spared the horrors of armies turning their cotton fields and pastures into battlefields. North central Louisiana, between Monroe and Shreveport and from north of Alexandria to the … Continue reading Vigilantes Imposed Law in Post War Louisiana

Ulysses Grant – Civil War General, U.S. President

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent President Ulysses S. Grant There has been a resurgence of interest in America's eighteenth President, Ulysses S. Grant. Better known for his victories during the Civil War, particularly the acceptance of Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865, Grant's Presidency has garnered increased attention. … Continue reading Ulysses Grant – Civil War General, U.S. President

Fake News’ Is Not A Recent Development

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent C. C. Nash, Deputy Sheriff, Led Possie In 1897, when Mark Twain's cousin was seriously ill, reporters confused the two men,announcing the great writer had died. Twain famously responded,"The report of my death was an exaggeration." It was not the first time, nor would it be the last, that the … Continue reading Fake News’ Is Not A Recent Development

Mistrust of Justice Led to Lynching For Stealing

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent The end of the Civil War did not bring peace to Louisiana. Local and state governments, which had been controlled by white Democrats for decades, were held during Reconstruction mostly by the Radical faction of the Republican Party. To bolster local Republican loyalists, new parishes were created to provide them … Continue reading Mistrust of Justice Led to Lynching For Stealing

First, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Louisiana Politics Wasn’t Always DirtySometimes It Was Just Deadly In Shakespeare’s Henry the Sixth, a largely forgotten character utters one of the writer’s most memorable lines: “First, let’s kill all the lawyers.” The oft-misinterpreted line was meant to praise attorneys and judges who impart justice in society. But in the … Continue reading First, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers

Allen Greene: Lincoln Parish Scalawag

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Allen Greene typified the Reconstruction-era “scalawag”—a local citizen who allied himself with the Radical Republicans who controlled national and state government to achieve personal political and financial aspirations. Scalawags were considered traitors to the South. They were just as bad, if not worse, than the carpetbaggers from the North. Allen … Continue reading Allen Greene: Lincoln Parish Scalawag