Dykes Taylor

The GazetteSeptember 28, 1932 Dykes Taylor of the Truxno community was shot and almost instantly killed at 7:30 o'clock Saturday morning September 24th as a result of a difficulty with S. J. Slade of the same community. After receiving a telephone call notifying him of the incident Sheriff Pat Murphy and deputy George M. Edwards … Continue reading Dykes Taylor

Fake News’ Is Not A Recent Development

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent C. C. Nash, Deputy Sheriff, Led Possie In 1897, when Mark Twain's cousin was seriously ill, reporters confused the two men,announcing the great writer had died. Twain famously responded,"The report of my death was an exaggeration." It was not the first time, nor would it be the last, that the … Continue reading Fake News’ Is Not A Recent Development

Jesse Walker

Unknown NewspaperMay 21, 1878 FARMERVILLE, La. -- Jesse Walker, colored, who was indicted by the grand jury of Union parish and found guilty at the April term of the district court of the murder of Violet Simmons, on the nineteenth of February last, was executed here today. He was brought out of jail at fifteen … Continue reading Jesse Walker

Lawman John Ferguson Did His Duty, Died For It

Wesley HarrisPiney Woods Journal Correspondent The office of constable is unknown to most Louisianans. While the elective office appears on the ballot of each parish every four years, most citizens have little idea what constables do. Each ward in every parish elects a justice of the peace and a constable. The "JP" is essentially the … Continue reading Lawman John Ferguson Did His Duty, Died For It

Farmerville Law Officer Shot Monday Night

The Gazette June 22, 1972 Speculation continues to persist following the murder of Farmerville Deputy Town Marshal Leroy Odom, Jr., but to date, no concrete evidence has arisen which points to any suspect or suspects responsible for the killing and the circumstances surrounding the murder  are still sketchy at this time. Odom, 29, was found … Continue reading Farmerville Law Officer Shot Monday Night

Deadly Confrontation at a Farmerville Saloon

Written by Dr. Timothy D. Hudson Fate brought two single young men to a Farmerville saloon on the evening of Monday, 7 November 1853: James McBride and Alonzo S. Lewis. We know little about the men’s backgrounds, although it appears neither had families or close connections in Union Parish. Born in about 1832, McBride worked … Continue reading Deadly Confrontation at a Farmerville Saloon

The Assassination of Shiloh Constable John Nimrod Ferguson

Dr. Timothy D. Hudson John Nimrod Ferguson was born in Butts County Georgia on 2 October 1838, the son of Thomas Jefferson Ferguson and Hannah McCallum. The family moved to Spalding County Georgia in the 1840s, and John married there in 1862 to Martha Rebecca Weldon. After service in the Confederate Army during the War, … Continue reading The Assassination of Shiloh Constable John Nimrod Ferguson

Horrible Deed

The Gazette January 8, 1902 An Alexandria, La., special to the Shreveport Times, dated Jan. 6, says: "A very deplorable affair occurred yesterday about 12 am, near Forest Hill, a small station situated about fifteen miles below here, on the Watkins road, in this parish. Two little children were murdered by being knocked in the … Continue reading Horrible Deed