The Destruction of Spencer 1921

Written by W. Gene Barron Just past midnight on Saturday, December 24, 1921, a devastating storm originating in Crittendon County, Arkansas tore through the village of Spencer, virtually destroying the entire town. The Missouri Pacific Depot, a store and five homes were destroyed. It was reported that not a tree nor a fence was left … Continue reading The Destruction of Spencer 1921

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The Murder of Union Parish Deputy Sheriff Robert V. Taylor

Written by Gene Barron In the 1970's it was common practice of the Union Parish Sheriff's department to make arrests on Saturday nights. Their reason was that the perpetrator would be subjected to spending two nights in jail before they would be able to get out of jail on bond until Monday morning. When attorney … Continue reading The Murder of Union Parish Deputy Sheriff Robert V. Taylor

The Killing of John Jackson (Former Bernice Town Marshall)

Written by Gene Barron John T. Jackson was born about 1875 in Alabama. On May 25, 1893 he married Harriett Ponder of Union Parish. In about 1910 Harriett died leaving John with 6 children. Due to his dire circumstances, the children were placed in the Methodist Children Home in Ruston, Louisiana. In about 1916 John … Continue reading The Killing of John Jackson (Former Bernice Town Marshall)

The Murder of George Archimedes “Arkie” Pryor

Written by Gene Barron William Stokes Pryor (November 15, 1811 – February 2, 1898) along with his wife, Talithia Killgore Pryor (April 15, 1823 – August 27, 1869) and ten of their children, nine boys and one girl, came to Union Parish from Selma, Alabama shortly after the Civil War and settled near the Zion Hill Community. … Continue reading The Murder of George Archimedes “Arkie” Pryor