Negro Lynched

The Ouachita Telegraph July 8, 1881 At the last term of our District Court a negro named Jeff was in jail awaiting trial on the charge of committing rape on an old negro woman. This woman was said to be crazy, and hence the State could not obtain the evidence necessary to go to trial. … Continue reading Negro Lynched

Jack Overstreet Hung for Murder

The Ouachita Telegraph  November 7, 1879 Jack Overstreet, who murdered a man in Alabama about two years ago and fled to Louisiana, and who about two weeks ago murdered his wife in Union parish, was captured and given his just dues, "a short shrift and a long rope," at Farmerville, Wednesday night of last week. Judge Lynch presided.

Alexander Wilson Upshaw & Zilleann Frances Barron

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson Alexander Wilson Upshaw was born about 1826 in Walton Co., GA, the son of Richard Upshaw and Rebecca Elder. Little is known about his early life as his father left very few records. It appears they lived in Walton County until about 1840, and sometime between 1840 and 1850 Richard Upshaw died. By … Continue reading Alexander Wilson Upshaw & Zilleann Frances Barron

Greed, Betrayal and Eviction of the Elderly at Shiloh Louisiana 1876 – 1882

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson Between 1876 and 1882, a sad drama played out on the McLelland farm located two miles northwest of Bernice near the Claiborne Parish line. The saga occurred between an elderly couple, David Ward and his wife, Ellen Brazeal McLelland Ward, and the step-father of Ellen’s grandchildren, Thomas N. Bailey and … Continue reading Greed, Betrayal and Eviction of the Elderly at Shiloh Louisiana 1876 – 1882

A Brief History of the European Settlement of Union Parish Louisiana 1540 – 1850

Researched and Written by T. D. Hudson French & Spanish Control of Louisiana (1540 – 1803) After Hernando De Soto's exploration of the Mississippi Valley during the 1540s, we have little evidence of any European activity in the Ouachita River valley until the latter 1600s. European interest in the region then came in three distinct … Continue reading A Brief History of the European Settlement of Union Parish Louisiana 1540 – 1850

The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou: The Opening of the Vicksburg Campaign December 1862

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson One hundred fifty years ago this winter, Union and Confederate forces began the struggle for control of Vicksburg, known as the Gibraltar of the Confederacy. Located on the bluffs high above the Mississippi River, Vicksburg's natural defenses afforded the Southern troops command of the river, blocking Union navigation on the … Continue reading The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou: The Opening of the Vicksburg Campaign December 1862

The Ida Schuster Story: Love, Betrayal, Tragedy in 1885 Farmerville

Written by Dr. Timothy D. Hudson In 1884, Mr. Samuel S. Kirkpatrick moved to Farmerville from Monroe and secured employment as a druggist at the Farmerville Drug Store. Within a few months, he and Farmerville native Abraham Stein had purchased the drugs portion of the store, and they operated it under the name S. S. … Continue reading The Ida Schuster Story: Love, Betrayal, Tragedy in 1885 Farmerville

Colonel Daniel Stein: Farmerville Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson During the latter half of the nineteenth century, Daniel Stein was one of the most prominent citizens of Farmerville and most well-known businessmen of north Louisiana. During the 1860's, Stein worked in Louisiana's  thriving steamboat industry, served in the Confederate Army's Quartermaster Department, and then assumed ownership of Farmerville's two … Continue reading Colonel Daniel Stein: Farmerville Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

Elder Lawrence Scarborough – Earliest European Settler on Bayou Corney

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson Elder Lawrence Scarborough arrived in the Bayou Corney area about 1825, the earliest American to settle there. He chose a spot on the Corney where today's Barnes Bridge Road crosses the bayou, then eastward to Ten Mile Creek. When he arrived on the Corney his only neighbors were a small … Continue reading Elder Lawrence Scarborough – Earliest European Settler on Bayou Corney

The Taylor-McQueen Saga: Murder and Retribution

Six Daniel(s) Brothers (L-R back) Andrew Willis (Will), Guthrie, Oliver, (L-R front) David Richard, Floyd, Joe   Written by Dr. Tim Hudson This violent saga resulted from the ill-fated 1898 marriage in Farmerville of  Sudie McQueen and James Marion Taylor, Jr. Both Sudie and Jim came from well-known pioneer families who arrived in the Bayou … Continue reading The Taylor-McQueen Saga: Murder and Retribution

Osage Indian Attacks on the Ouachita

Written by Dr. Tim Hudson A complex sequence of events following de Soto’s brutal foray across the southeastern portion of our continent in the early 1540s resulted in the virtual depopulation of the Ouachita Valley of northeastern Louisiana by 1700. The earliest French explorers found the mere remnants of the once populous Ouachita Indians living along … Continue reading Osage Indian Attacks on the Ouachita