The Murder Of John Cherry and The Tragedy of Billy Melton, Spearsville, LA

Erin Antley - For The Love of HistoryOctober 28, 2018 Those who have followed me in the past have heard tell of this dark convoluted tale of Union Parish past. I can honestly say that I have studied up one side and down the other and I have no real good explanation for why the … Continue reading The Murder Of John Cherry and The Tragedy of Billy Melton, Spearsville, LA

Native American Tribes & the Indian History in Farmerville, Louisiana

Ahote Cooper Native Americans of Louisiana January 10, 2019 Long before the terms Native American or Indian were created, the tribes were spread all over the Americas. Before any white man set foot on this territory, it was settled by the forefathers of bands we now call Sioux, or Cherokee, or Iroquois. For thousands of … Continue reading Native American Tribes & the Indian History in Farmerville, Louisiana

Little Chicago

T. L. BowenJune 1971 It is not mentioned in any official report of Central Louisiana State Hospital, yet is was an interesting part of the institution’s past and developed early in the hospital’s history. “Little Chicago”  was the name of a special area of the hospital, the trash dump, the name deriving from the fact … Continue reading Little Chicago

Earl Long Saga Ended After Victory Nobody Thought He Could Pull Off, But He Did

Jack M. WillisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent By 1959, after serving a fraction of a term, plus two full terms at the helm of state government, Earl Kemp Long probably knew more about how to run the State of Louisiana that any other governor who had ever lived, including his brother Huey. But Long's governmental work … Continue reading Earl Long Saga Ended After Victory Nobody Thought He Could Pull Off, But He Did

Experience Says ‘Don’t Trash Your History!’

Mary K. HamnerPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Local history is a great avenue for learning. Digging through family stories/genealogy and church history is encouragement for extending knowledge as you travel back through the ages to learn about the local folk. Their stories speak of a different time, an age that causes us to laugh and sometimes … Continue reading Experience Says ‘Don’t Trash Your History!’

Alberta Founded Around Sawmill In The 1890’s

Mary K. HamnerPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Alberta was located a mile south of Castor on the former Louisiana & Arkansas Railroad. E. M. Werkheiser of Arcadia had moved his sawmill from Arcadia to this new location in 1899 and he named the settlement that developed there for his daughter. As time moved on, Bienville Lumber … Continue reading Alberta Founded Around Sawmill In The 1890’s

Louisiana ‘Maneuvers’ Bought ‘War’ to Region

Mary K. Hamner Piney Woods Journal Correspondent She was just a little girl and she was scared! The old kerosene lamp didn't make much light and that light flickered and caused eerie shadows across the walls of the room. Why was her Mother putting quilts over the windows? Was it to keep something or someone … Continue reading Louisiana ‘Maneuvers’ Bought ‘War’ to Region

The Old Timer Knew – It Rains On 4th of July

Jack M. WillisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Recently I had the occasion to visit a dealership which sells and services timber-harvesting equipment. In chatting with the receptionist, she related she was from the little hamlet of Gaars Mill in Winn Parish, Louisiana. Instantly, with the mention of that little community, my mind reverted to an incident … Continue reading The Old Timer Knew – It Rains On 4th of July

The Shooting Death of Albert A. Carroll

Written by Robert A. Carroll A few years ago I began searching for information regarding the shooting death of my great grandfather Albert A. Carroll (1857-1893) in Marion. My father (Robert Lee Carroll, 1920-1989) related to me a story told to him by his father (Robert Garland Carroll, 1885-1944) about the shooting. According to the story … Continue reading The Shooting Death of Albert A. Carroll