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
Murphy J. Barr John Murrell was living in Carthage, Tennessee, with his wife and six children when he decided to seek a new area of the country in which to live and farm. He placed his household goods and tools on a flatboat and floated down the Tennessee River to Nashville. In Nashville he met … Continue reading Murrell Family Pioneered in Claiborne Parish
Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent 1943. The world was at war. The needs of the American military diverted resources once devoted to building cars and feeding families to the war effort. People dutifully supported the fight by purchasing bonds, recycling scrap metal, volunteering, and knitting socks for soldiers. With much of the country's processed food … Continue reading Home Gardeners Helped Win Victory in the War
I need some help so tonight we are going in a different direction. About a year ago I kept running into the name Miears/Myers in my DNA matches. That name had never come up before. After a while all the matches ended up at Nancy Schuler Clowers and Jarred/Jarrett/Jerard Solomon Miears/Myers. Yes, you did read … Continue reading Taylor, Wright and Butler
The Gazette October 5, 1939 Farmerville Mercantile Chartered in 1913 Farmerville Mercantile Company, Ltd., is one of Farmerville's oldest business establishments. Chartered December 13, 1913 with the doors opened for business on January 1, 1914, this general mercantile store has grown to be on of the town's largest business establishments. The Stockholders in the beginning … Continue reading Farmerville Businesses 1939
The Gazette October 5, 1939 An unusual event last Friday, September 29, was a reunion of the Williams family held at the home of Mrs. S. J. Williams, seven miles north of Farmerville, honoring Mrs. Williams and her twin brother, S. L. Tubbs, on their 80th birthday. Among the relatives and close friends who were … Continue reading Twins 80 Years Old Honored at Family Reunion
Written by Martha R. Field Published under the pen name "Catharine Cole" The New Orleans Picayune November 6, 1892 Union Parish I began this letter in a tiny, rather ramshackle hotel, a hundred miles of wilderness away from the parish of which I am to write. There is a big fire on a big … Continue reading Martha R. Field’s Visit to Union Parish Louisiana – 1892
Come out and help The Spearsville Photo Gallery & Museum
Come out and help The Spearsville Photo Gallery & Museum
This is one of my favorite candies, but it is my Mama's all time favorite candy. They are hard to find now so every time she sees them she buys a bag.
What God did at Pearl Harbor that day is interesting and I never knew this little bit of history: Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes. I went into a small gift shop to kill time. … Continue reading Pearl Harbor
Written by Kitty Werthmann What I am about to tell you is something you've probably never heard or will ever read in history books. I believe that I am an eyewitness to history. I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide … Continue reading America Truly is the Greatest Country in the World
Vina Greer Henry December 8, 1941, 11:30 AM Central Standard Time, Athens High School, Athens, Louisiana. I will never forget this day, no matter how long I live. Mr. Whatley, the principal, called an assembly and turned on the radio for all to hear. The President of the United States was scheduled to address a … Continue reading Memories of One Woman’s Contribution to the War Industry Following Pearl Harbor
Written by Thomas Van Hyning From the Society for American Baseball Research Soft-spoken Richard Atley Donald once threw 95-mile-per-hour fastballs for the 1939 New York Yankees, the first major league team to win four straight World Series. He won 12 straight games for them, to set an American League mark for rookies. Atley was a star … Continue reading Atley Donald – Yankee from Downsville
Good Ole' Corney Creek Cookin' Bernice, Union Parish, Louisiana Corney Creek Festival was started in Bernice, Union Parish, Louisiana in 1976. Today it is one of the most unique and well-know festivals in Louisiana. Lack of funds and the desire for individuality prompted the originators to capitalize on the bountiful heritage and natural resources of … Continue reading Brief History of Corney Creek Festival
I am going to be honest and admit I found this on Facebook. It's cute and sometimes you need a laugh. ‘You might be a Louisianan if…’ 1. You can properly pronounce Lafayette, Bossier, Natchitoches, Opelousas, Shongaloo, Pontchartrain, Ouachita, and you know that New Orleans doesn’t have a long “e” sound anywhere in it. 2. … Continue reading You Might Be
Author Unknown One of the first settlers of record in the area that became Union Parish was a Mr. Linville from North Carolina. The area was still owned by the Spanish, but the governor of the Louisiana Territory had sent letters to Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama encouraging pioneer families to move … Continue reading Linville
Amazon has their DNA Kits on SALE again for Valentines Day. If you need or want one now is the time to order it. $69
I am posting this book on here as well as the book page because so many people are asking for it. So here it is. I have this book and use it frequently. It is a must have for Union Parish researchers. This is a book of maps, 98 maps, from the U. S. Bureau … Continue reading Family Maps of Union Parish, Louisiana
The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1892 The soil of Union parish for the most part is a rich, sandy loam, varying in color and tenacity in different localities. There is some red land, a moderate area of outcropping of iron rock. Less than one-fifth of the parish is cleared for cultivation, the remainder being covered with timber. The first settlement … Continue reading Biographical And Historical Memoirs of Louisiana
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Like the branches on a tree We reach out and we grow Spreading in the warmth Putting roots down as we go The tree of life is everything It gives and also takes Just like the changing seasons It sleeps and then it wakes For the family tree is central Just like the gnarled oak … Continue reading Tree Of Life
From Facebook: At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. However, at some station our parents … Continue reading The Train
The Search for James Russell Coplen and George E. Copeland Facebook Group is looking for a male Copeland or Coplen who has done or would be willing to do a yDNA test. We are trying to prove a relationship between James Russell and George. It may not prove they are brothers, but it would confirm (or … Continue reading The Search for James Russell Coplen and George E. Copeland Facebook Group
DNA is not going to fill in your tree. It will tell you who your relatives are. That is if they take the test also. You will have to do more than a little work to connect them to your tree. If you have a tree like mind that can be a chore. Both of … Continue reading DNA and Genealogy
Ancestry DNA is an autosomal DNA test and will provide an ethnicity breakdown. It will also show relative matches to anyone in the database whom shares DNA with you. All of your family lines will be represented. It doesn’t matter about the gender. Everyone receives approximately 50% of their DNA from each parent; 25% from … Continue reading Ancestry DNA Kit
https://youtu.be/jPHljc-4BtA The video is available for a $10 donation to the Union Museum of History and Art. The Museum will also mail the video for an additional $4 for shipping and handling. Union Museum of History and Art 116 N Main Street Farmerville, LA 71241
Bernice is wonderful little town in Union Parish. Please consider making a donation and/or joining the Bernice Historical Society. Individuals can join for $15 and a family for $25. Send to Bernice Historical Society at PO Box 524 Bernice La.
The Gazette April 4, 1900 And they think all of us in the south are ignorant heathens!
To the NFL players who took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. So, you want to take a knee? Take a trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won't be a doctor or … Continue reading Take a Knee