Mount Union Had Church in 1888

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Located on the Spearsville-Farmerville highway, three miles south of Spearsville, the Mount Union Missionary Baptist Church was founded the fourth Sunday in June, 1888 with about 25 members comprising the group that met that day. The Rev. Henry Gathright was elected pastor and in the church's first year of existence 15 … Continue reading Mount Union Had Church in 1888

50 Years Ago Ouachita City Was Bustling Community

W. L. GriffinThe GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Fifty years ago Ouachita City was a busy, growing little town located in the trading center of North Louisiana, with all the possibilities of becoming a great and flourishing town. Situated on the west bank of the Ouachita River in Union Parish, where Bayou Bartholomew empties into the Ouachita … Continue reading 50 Years Ago Ouachita City Was Bustling Community

Ramsey Deals In Electrical Supplies

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 The first store of its kind in Farmerville is the Ramsey Electrical Appliances which opened its doors for business in February of this year. Operating on a franchise from the General Electric corporation, the business deals exclusively in General Electric refrigerators, radios and electrical supplies of all kinds. This summer the … Continue reading Ramsey Deals In Electrical Supplies

Prosperity, Rapid Development Marked D’Arbonne Community In Its Early History

Walter HitesmanThe GazetteOctober 5, 1939 In 1878, at the height of the reconstruction era in the South, a merchant, Eli Rugg, wandered in to the land south of Farmerville and established a store where today the community of D'Arbonne is. Rugg erected a blacksmith shop and a residence a short time later. His store began … Continue reading Prosperity, Rapid Development Marked D’Arbonne Community In Its Early History

Alabamians Settled Haile Community Early Last Century

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Like most of Union Parish's settlements, Haile was settled early in the 19th century by immigrants from Alabama. Some of those old families were: Johnston, Thomas, Toler, Wheeler, Stringer, Edwards, Williamson, Beasley, Striping, Jordan, Randall, Lee, Pace, Haile and Day. The town was a typical small settlement. There were a few … Continue reading Alabamians Settled Haile Community Early Last Century

Marion’s Citizens Founded Baptist Church Nov. 20, ’90

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Rev. A. J. Calloway Was Instrumental in Founding of Church On November 30, 1890 a group of Marion citizens met to form the Missionary Baptist Church of that town. At 11 a.m. on that brisk, fall morning, the Rev. A. J. Calloway preached using as his text, "I command you, brethren, … Continue reading Marion’s Citizens Founded Baptist Church Nov. 20, ’90

Oakland Settled In Early ’40’s By Few Pioneers

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Union Cross Roads Was Name Of Place In The Early Days The present community of Oakland, in the extreme northern part of Union Parish, is credited with having been settled in the early 1840's by the same general wave of settlers from Alabama and Georgia that settled many other towns in … Continue reading Oakland Settled In Early ’40’s By Few Pioneers

School System at Marion Started Before Civil War

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939  Bell Academy  Was First School; Present Building Erected 1922 Shortly before the Civil War, the townspeople of Marion gathered together to try and solve the problem of schooling for their children. Thrashing out the problem, they decided to erect a building which was to be called the Bell Academy. work was … Continue reading School System at Marion Started Before Civil War

Two Of The First Union Parish Officials, First Woman Resident

The Gazette October 5, 1939 Pictured above are two of the first officers of Union Parish and early settlers of Farmerville. Left to right: W. C. Carr, first sheriff and tax collector; his wife, Sallie Wood Carr; and John Taylor, first parish judge. Mr. Carr built the first house in Farmerville. It was at this … Continue reading Two Of The First Union Parish Officials, First Woman Resident

Old “Union Record” Was Town’s First Paper

The Gazette October 5, 1939 Old 'Union Record' Was Farmerville's First Newspaper; Lasted Eight Years Was Founded in 1870 by J. M. Rabun, Later Sold to J. E. Trimble; Changed to 'Gazette' Farmerville 'Gazette' Established in 1878   The newspapers of a community reflect the life of that community. They are the recorders of every … Continue reading Old “Union Record” Was Town’s First Paper

Parish Police Jury Composed of Seven Men 100 Years Ago

The Gazette October 5, 1939 William Wilkerson's Home Was Meeting Place of the Group   The men who formed Union Parish are worth remembering. The group that gathered at the home of William Wilkerson on May 16, 1939 near the mouth of Bayou Cornie were seven men "tried and true". They were John N. Farmer, … Continue reading Parish Police Jury Composed of Seven Men 100 Years Ago

Thomas Was One of Union’s Most Distinguished Son

The Gazette October 5, 1939 Lee Emmett Thomas, one of Union Parish's most distinguished sons, was born at Marion, Sept. 23, 1866 and died New Orleans February 16, 1935.  His paternal grandfather was Rev. Sampson B. Thomas and his maternal grandfather was Rev. Elias George, both pioneer Baptist preachers of Union Parish who immigrated here … Continue reading Thomas Was One of Union’s Most Distinguished Son

Marion Is Considered One Of Oldest Towns

The Gazette October 5, 1939 Town Named After County In Alabama Early Settlers Made Start At Present Site Another one of Union Parish's earliest settlements -- Marion -- was settled, named and developed by settlers from Alabama. Working their way back from Alabama Landing and the Ouachita River, these settlers are supposed to have stopped … Continue reading Marion Is Considered One Of Oldest Towns