Mrs. Morton Writes Short, Interesting History of the Town of Bernice from Its Foundation Nearly Forty Years Ago

Written by Mrs. C. J. Morton The GazetteFebruary 22, 1939 The site where the town of Bernice now stands was originally a huge forest known as "the big woods." There large virgin pines stood and it was only natural that the lumber industry looked upon this site, together with those that surrounded it with a … Continue reading Mrs. Morton Writes Short, Interesting History of the Town of Bernice from Its Foundation Nearly Forty Years Ago

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!’

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

Bernice Dots #21

Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #21 By Cathy Buckley 1940 - 1941 Bernice began its 41st year with both excitement and sadness.  The town had a reputation from its earliest years of being a town where drunkenness often ended badly for the consumer of such substances.  On this particular night a 25 year old resident … Continue reading Bernice Dots #21

Shiloh

Written by Dr. Timothy D. Hudson During the latter half of the nineteenth century, Shiloh formed the commercial center of the western portion of Union Parish, attracting extensive business from not only the surrounding countryside of southwestern Union, but also from portions of Claiborne, Jackson, and Lincoln Parishes due to Shiloh’s role as a gateway … Continue reading Shiloh

Nick Ramsey

The Gazette October 19, 1898 Nick Ramsey was convicted last Wednesday at Homer of manslaughter for the killing of S. J. Maffett about two years ago. The case had been before the courts five times.

History of the Alabama Landing

Written by Jon McKinnie - 2013 Above is a photo of the Alabama Landing today, quite different from the thriving port in the 1800's (below) In 1541-1542, Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto's expedition included the first white men to explore this particular area of north Louisiana. They had traveled throughout mid-America from the Mobile, Ala., starting … Continue reading History of the Alabama Landing

James Russell Coplen and Sarah Ann Elizabeth Eady

My third great-grandparents, James Russell Coplen and Sarah Ann Elizabeth Eady, are another family mystery that has the other side of my mom’s family searching high and low.  They are the great-grandparents of her dad.  Like the Butler/Webb family they have descendants all over the country digging for even the tiniest bit of information. According … Continue reading James Russell Coplen and Sarah Ann Elizabeth Eady

History of Bernice and Farmerville, Louisiana

by Edna Matthews Liggin 1939 In the 1790's when Union Parish grew wild and was roamed by Indians (there is found today an Indian burial mound on the old Scott Hamilton place), John Honeycutt, trader and trapper, did business with the Indians from the present site of Camden, Arkansas to Biloxi, Mississippi and assisted the Spanish government … Continue reading History of Bernice and Farmerville, Louisiana