Submitted by Molly Liggin Rankin To the Editor: In 1850, my Grandfather Elijah Tabor moved his family to Shiloh from Winston County, Mississippi. His home, which is pictured below, took two years to build because, he explained, everything had to be done by hand. The two-story log cabin was put together with pegs and is … Continue reading Letter to the Editor
Written by Edna Liggin Submitted by Molly Liggin Rankin The Gazette October 28, 1976 The Story of Eugene Pearson "We don't know what happened on this earth long ago," Eugene Pearson told us as we gazed at his collection of varied and unusual rocks and petrified wood. We marveled at the beauty of them, and … Continue reading From Watermelons to Rocks
Written by Edna Liggin Submitted by Molly Liggin Rankin The Bernice News Journal October 4, 1979 James Edmunds was a man who traveled many miles going from Georgia to Alabama as a young man, then perhaps back to Georgia as a married man. He brought his family to Union Parish in the mid 1840’s. He … Continue reading James Edmunds: The Man and The Legend
Written by Edna Liggin Submitted by Molly Liggin Rankin The Gazette February 16, 1978 "The best and only place to live" is the theme of every statement Leon Austin makes about his 80 years of living near Lowery's Ferry, his beloved spot on Cornie Creek. Here is his home, his natural environment, here he still … Continue reading Leon Austin – Woodsman of Old Lowery’s Ferry on Cornie Creek
Written by Edna Liggin Submitted by Molly Liggin Rankin The Bernice News Journal September 23, 1976 One of the oldest, and most certainly the best preserved of Shiloh's homes of yesteryear is lived in today by Mrs. Chloe Moore and sons. It is at least 120 years of age, maybe more, and is situated a … Continue reading Generations Have Lived in Shiloh Home
Written by Edna Liggin Submitted by Molly Liggin Rankin One of the last genuine old country stores is the background for Mrs. P. K. Hudson's way of earning pin money "at home". Since 1917 she has been coming to this store, located at Litroe. She has sold goods to the same area through a rich … Continue reading Old Home Store Earns Pin Money
Molly Liggin Rankin Published in 1960 Bernice News Journal Wouldn't you like to have these prices now? McMurrian's was in Farmerville, Smith's was in Bernice and Oglesby's was in Dubach.
Molly Liggin Rankin can take some of the most wonderful photos. This is from a recent trip home to Union Parish.
A few days ago Molly Liggin Rankin took a trip back to Shiloh and her childhood home. She came back with some some very good pictures and she is sharing them with you.
Written by Edna Liggin - 1939 Granddaughter of Mary Ann Chavers Matthews Submitted by Molly Liggin Rankin Her father abided by the law, "The show must go on" and she abides by the one "Life must go on". Her father was Jesse Chavers, actor on a showboat of long ago that plied the muddy Mississippi. … Continue reading Mary Ann Chavers Matthews
Molly Liggin Rankin Celebrating our Independence Day. We honor our brave ancestors who fought to obtain our freedom. My 4X great grandfather William Tabor (born Jan 4, 1761) enlisted in the Army at age 14 and was advanced to the rank of Lt. by age 20 (service # WF 6245)...while fighting in the battle of … Continue reading Celebrating Our Independence Day
The Banner – 27 May 2010 Banner: I've been enjoying the letters to the newspaper from Pearl Harris and that spurred me to send in a letter my mother wrote to her mother 64 years ago. (This is a letter written by Edna Liggin to Laura Matthews Smith, postmarked July 11, 1946. This is one … Continue reading Oh Those Good Ol’ Days!
The Gazette - 25 Apr 1991 Dear Editor: All across America the "old timers" gather in the local cafes to begin their days. Admittance to these groups is by word-of-mouth and RETIREMENT is the common characteristic. On a recent visit I discovered that Bernice is no different. At The Kitchen last Friday morning I observed … Continue reading Letters to the Editor
Written by Molly Liggin Rankin Helen Maxine Liggin, born 12-30-1917 and died 9-29 2008. She was 5 years younger than my dad. I'm not sure if she was the oldest girl in the family or not. She went to nursing school at Confederate Memorial, probably in late 20's, early 30's. She became a nurse … Continue reading Helen Maxine Liggin
This is the mural on the side of the Bernice Bank honoring Willis Reed. A big Thank You to Molly Liggin Rankin for the picture.
Mollie Liggin Rankin explains V Mail also known as Victory Mail that was used during WWII. There was no real secret to the v-mail process; in fact it was simple, the soldiers wrote their letters on a form provided and it was then photographed onto microfilm which was simply flown to the USA. A … Continue reading Victory Mail
submitted by Molly Liggin Rankin My daddy, Malvin, drove a school bus and he'd use the bus to haul groups of people to nearby destinations, like Vicksburg MS and Hot Spring AR. Here's a Bernice newspaper clipping about the group he took to Hot Springs, sometime in the late 1930's or early 40's (before WWII)