Friendship Church and School

Bernice Historical Society People and Places Friendship Church Five miles east of Bernice on Louisiana Highway 2 in the little community of Shiloh you will find a cemetery on the north side of the highway and a wooden one room frame building to the south. These two places are all that remain of a community … Continue reading Friendship Church and School

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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

Bernice Dots #24

Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #24 By Cathy Buckley An article appeared in the September 5, 1948 Dallas Morning News entitled, “Pastor’s Prayer Finds Faith Kept”.  The article told the story of Reverend Henry Washington Jordan, whose first pastorate was at the Bernice United Methodist Church in 1923. “On November 1, 1923 I took charge … Continue reading Bernice Dots #24

Bernice Dots #23

Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #23 By Cathy Buckley The air war against Germany led by the 8th Air Force dropped almost 5,000,000 bombs and destroyed almost 16,000 enemy aircraft.  A Bernice pilot would go down in history as being the American who shot down the last Nazi fighter plane on April 25, 1945.  Hilton … Continue reading Bernice Dots #23

Bernice Dots #21

Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #21 By Cathy Buckley 1940 - 1941 Bernice began its 41st year with both excitement and sadness.  The town had a reputation from its earliest years of being a town where drunkenness often ended badly for the consumer of such substances.  On this particular night a 25 year old resident … Continue reading Bernice Dots #21