Earl Long Saga Ended After Victory Nobody Thought He Could Pull Off, But He Did

Jack M. WillisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent By 1959, after serving a fraction of a term, plus two full terms at the helm of state government, Earl Kemp Long probably knew more about how to run the State of Louisiana that any other governor who had ever lived, including his brother Huey. But Long's governmental work … Continue reading Earl Long Saga Ended After Victory Nobody Thought He Could Pull Off, But He Did

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First, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Louisiana Politics Wasn’t Always DirtySometimes It Was Just Deadly In Shakespeare’s Henry the Sixth, a largely forgotten character utters one of the writer’s most memorable lines: “First, let’s kill all the lawyers.” The oft-misinterpreted line was meant to praise attorneys and judges who impart justice in society. But in the … Continue reading First, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers

Villainy In Vienna

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent March 12, 1872Vienna, Jackson Parish, Louisiana Although every community in the South suffered deprivations and despair during the Civil War, some were spared the horrors of armies turning their cotton fields and pastures into battlefields.  North Central Louisiana, between Monroe and Shreveport and from north of Alexandria to the Arkansas … Continue reading Villainy In Vienna

From Louisiana To Little Big Horn

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Custer's Men Rode the Hills of North Louisiana The story of George Armstrong Custer and the destruction of his command at the Little Bighorn in Montana is well known. The “Custer Massacre” has been immortalized in movies, books, and music, albeit often with sensational inaccuracy. But only the most ardent … Continue reading From Louisiana To Little Big Horn

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’

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.

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