Ruston Leader’s Injustice

The GazetteAugust 31, 1904 EDITOR GAZETTE: -- We take this method of correcting certain disreputable statements made by some correspondents of the Ruston Leader in regard to the candidacy of Fred F. Preaus. From reading these articles one would be made to believe that Mr. Preaus had aligned himself with the "blind tigers" and "boot-leggers" … Continue reading Ruston Leader’s Injustice

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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

Oakland Region Proves Fertile For Rearing Governors

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 The present village of Oakland is an old established community of Union Parish. Its name until after the Civil War was Union Cross Roads, and was said to have been named by Reverend George Everett, one of the first settlers. In the early days, both ante-bellum and post-bellum, the community was … Continue reading Oakland Region Proves Fertile For Rearing Governors

Schools, Churches Early Concerned First Immigrants

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 The establishment of schools and churches were among the first acts of the early settlers of this parish after they had carved their homes from the forests. Firm believers in worship and education, records show that they looked to the construction and provision of these institutes almost as soon as the … Continue reading Schools, Churches Early Concerned First Immigrants

Edward’s Station Dealers in Mobiloil

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Edwards' Service Station, dealers in Magnolia Petroleum Company's products, offers one of the best complete automobile service stations in this section. Beginning operation in 1938, the business has been well received here and made many improvements. Today, they offer a complete lubrication with the finest products being used. They are dealers … Continue reading Edward’s Station Dealers in Mobiloil

Farmerville High School Organized In Early 1900’s

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Preceded by several academies here, including the Union Male and Female Academy and the Farmerville Institute, the present day Farmerville High School was not organized until 1908 when a brick building was completed in 1909. E. E. Keebler was the first principal with the faculty including Miss Bertha Cobb and Mrs. … Continue reading Farmerville High School Organized In Early 1900’s