Early Roads Were Among First Acts of Police Jury

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 One of the first things the organized government brought in this parish was good roads. This cry, incidentally, has not slackened during the rising century for bigger and better roads is just as lusty. But, improvement of roads was not the main trouble facing the first parish police juries. They had … Continue reading Early Roads Were Among First Acts of Police Jury

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’

Parish Fair Great Asset to Parish Agriculture

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Although the Union Parish Fair is called an annual event, it is only since 1932 that the event has really been held annually. This year's fair is heralded as the twenty-second annual Fair, but it has only been since 1932 that a group of citizens organized the UNION PARISH FAIR ASSOCIATION, … Continue reading Parish Fair Great Asset to Parish Agriculture

State Officers From Union Parish Were Always On The Job

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Back in the "good old days" when Union Parish was furnishing Louisiana a state official occasionally, they had the reputation in Baton Rouge of staying on the job and giving their full time to the duties of their respective offices, giving efficient, honest service. As one old-timer remarked back in 1912 … Continue reading State Officers From Union Parish Were Always On The Job

Only One Confederate Vet Left Here in Union Parish

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Gen. W. C. Stuart Is Commander of the La. Division of U. C. V. The Louisiana commander of the United Confederate Veterans sits bedside his radio these days, eagerly absorbing every word of the European war news. But the names Chamberlain, the Rhine, Poland, Hitler -- they mean little to this … Continue reading Only One Confederate Vet Left Here in Union Parish

Oakland Region Proves Fertile For Rearing Governors

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 The present village of Oakland is an old established community of Union Parish. Its name until after the Civil War was Union Cross Roads, and was said to have been named by Reverend George Everett, one of the first settlers. In the early days, both ante-bellum and post-bellum, the community was … Continue reading Oakland Region Proves Fertile For Rearing Governors

Schools, Churches Early Concerned First Immigrants

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 The establishment of schools and churches were among the first acts of the early settlers of this parish after they had carved their homes from the forests. Firm believers in worship and education, records show that they looked to the construction and provision of these institutes almost as soon as the … Continue reading Schools, Churches Early Concerned First Immigrants

First Court House Ordered Built At Police Jury Meet Sept., 1839

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 Parish Jail Construction Was Given Much Consideration; Was Referred to As "Goal" At the meeting of the parish police jury on September 2, 1839, at the home of William C. Carr, the body voted approval for the first parish court house. The plans as adopted called for the building to be … Continue reading First Court House Ordered Built At Police Jury Meet Sept., 1839

School Building in Downsville Started in Late 1880’s

The GazetteOctober 5, 1939 In the late 80's the first indication of the present day school system in Downsville made it s appearance with the erection of a building east of the Baptist church. This building was an eight-room two-story structure and the second story was used as an auditorium and lodge hall. Early teachers … Continue reading School Building in Downsville Started in Late 1880’s