Mary K. HamnerPiney Woods Journal Correspondent I knew something was up when the old woman brought me inside the house for my breakfast. Snert and his family had cleaned out my feeding dish overnight and I wondered if she thought I might need protection as I dined. Course the coons don't worry me none and … Continue reading He’s a Cat n’ a Half!
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!’
Mary K. HamnerPiney Woods Journal Correspondent This is a story passed down and cemented in by the grave. Daddy always took particular care of the 'robber's grave' back when the family, once a year, scraped off residue, and then mounded up the family graves at Old Castor Cemetery. The guy got shot, after he had … Continue reading Unknown ‘Mother’s Son’ Gets Gravestone
Mary K. HamnerPiney Woods Journal Correspondent Alberta was located a mile south of Castor on the former Louisiana & Arkansas Railroad. E. M. Werkheiser of Arcadia had moved his sawmill from Arcadia to this new location in 1899 and he named the settlement that developed there for his daughter. As time moved on, Bienville Lumber … Continue reading Alberta Founded Around Sawmill In The 1890’s
Mary K. HamnerPiney Woods Journal Correspondent The four children were scrubbed and combed and cajoled into their Sunday best. Ranging in age from the terrible twos to twelve, they presented quite a challenge for a young couple on their way to church. While one gets dressed, the others get dirty but a determined Mother met … Continue reading Good Advice Came After Cranking The Dodge
Mary K. Hamner Piney Woods Journal Correspondent Louise Cooke Townsend Louise Cooke Townsend has lived a life packed full of adventure. She was born in Alberta, Louisiana around the turn of the century, (June 22, 1913), and recalls the now nonexistent saw mill town as if were, just yesterday. Alberta was located about a mile south … Continue reading At Age 100 – Louisa Remembers Alberta
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