The Farmerville Enquirer

The Farmerville Enquirer And Other Union Parish Newspapers Known Prior to the Civil War The second known newspaper in Union Parish was the Farmerville Enquirer. Presently no known copies of the paper are in existence although in 1942 there was.  The Farmerville Gazette of September 10, 1942 records an event in Farmerville at which a … Continue reading The Farmerville Enquirer


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

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

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

Bernice Dots #31

Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #31 By Cathy Buckley In the early 1960’s the Bernice Industrial Development Corporation was developed in Bernice with the hope of attracting new businesses to help the town grow.  Dr. W.C. Reeves served as president of BIDCO during its earliest years and the group sported a membership of 85 members … Continue reading Bernice Dots #31