The First Settlement of Union Parish

T. A. BricelandFarmerville GazetteJanuary 1, 1930 Many, in search of romance, go back to the days when “Knighthood Was in Flower” or to the days of the Pilgrim Fathers, or to the lands toward the sunset, where buffalo and antelope once roamed over unmeasured plains.  These have not learned that Louisiana is rich in the … Continue reading The First Settlement of Union Parish

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Jesse Walker

Unknown NewspaperMay 21, 1878 FARMERVILLE, La. -- Jesse Walker, colored, who was indicted by the grand jury of Union parish and found guilty at the April term of the district court of the murder of Violet Simmons, on the nineteenth of February last, was executed here today. He was brought out of jail at fifteen … Continue reading Jesse Walker

Early Roads Were Among First Acts of Police Jury

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 One of the first things the organized government brought in this parish was good roads. This cry, incidentally, has not slackened during the rising century for bigger and better roads is just as lusty. But, improvement of roads was not the main trouble facing the first parish police juries. They had … Continue reading Early Roads Were Among First Acts of Police Jury

How Louisiana Got The Name ‘Parishes’

Names Indicate French and Spanish Influence The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 The State of Louisiana is peculiar in that it is the only one of the United States whose political subdivisions know as counties in the other 47 states are called "parishes". Louisiana at present has 64 parishes. The name Louisiana's parishes, especially in the case … Continue reading How Louisiana Got The Name ‘Parishes’

Parish Fair Great Asset to Parish Agriculture

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Although the Union Parish Fair is called an annual event, it is only since 1932 that the event has really been held annually. This year's fair is heralded as the twenty-second annual Fair, but it has only been since 1932 that a group of citizens organized the UNION PARISH FAIR ASSOCIATION, … Continue reading Parish Fair Great Asset to Parish Agriculture

State Officers From Union Parish Were Always On The Job

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Back in the "good old days" when Union Parish was furnishing Louisiana a state official occasionally, they had the reputation in Baton Rouge of staying on the job and giving their full time to the duties of their respective offices, giving efficient, honest service. As one old-timer remarked back in 1912 … Continue reading State Officers From Union Parish Were Always On The Job

Only One Confederate Vet Left Here in Union Parish

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Gen. W. C. Stuart Is Commander of the La. Division of U. C. V. The Louisiana commander of the United Confederate Veterans sits bedside his radio these days, eagerly absorbing every word of the European war news. But the names Chamberlain, the Rhine, Poland, Hitler -- they mean little to this … Continue reading Only One Confederate Vet Left Here in Union Parish