BP Journal Has Launched Bienville Parish Historic Photo Archive

In addition to local news and sports, the Bienville Parish Journal has just launched the Bienville Parish Historic Photo Archive.  The purpose and mission of this archive is for the preservation of local historical photographs, homemade films, and memorabilia, while making them easily accessible.  The collection currently has hundreds of photos dating back to the turn of the twentieth century including vintage family photos, photos of the different Bienville Parish courthouses, festivals, sports teams, schools photos, newspaper clippings, and a collection of Bonnie and Clyde photos.  Hundreds more photos will be added to the collections in the coming days.   

To access the photo collections, click here or go to BienvilleParishJournal.com and click on “Historic Photos.” 

The Bienville Parish Journal encourages everyone to add your historic photos which relate to Bienville Parish to the archive.  It’s free and easy.  Your photos will be preserved for posterity and will be made available for easy access on the website.  To add your historic photos to the archive, please email the Bienville Parish Journal at BPJNewsLA@gmail.com. 

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The following is a sample of what is currently in the archive:

Joe Harper, Lavon Harper, William Velton Harper, and Billy Velton Harper (from the Lavon Harper Sullivan Collection)

“Nig” Thrasher and Charlie Mazie (from the Laron Mazie Collection)

Arcadia High School marching band circa 1933 (from the Brad Dison Collection)

1954-55 Class Picture (from the Wanda Dison Bell Collection)

$10 Bill from Frist National Bank of Arcadia (from the Brad Dison Collection)

Marriage License from 1925 (from the Elaine Dison Collinsworth Collection)

Four RBI Day For Jaxon Page Brings Victory For Redskins Over Homer

Redskins defeated Homer 20-10 on Monday thanks in part to Jaxon Page, who drove in four runners. Page drove in runs on a groundout in the first, a single in the second, and a single in the third.  Homer scored seven runs in the first inning, but Redskins still managed to pull out the victory. 

Redskins pulled away for good with 12 runs in the second inning. In the second Cain Johnston drew a walk, scoring one run, Jacob Grigg singled on a 2-0 count, scoring two runs, Jackson Moore drew a walk, scoring one run, Redskins scored on a stolen base during Teravion Weathers’s at bat. Then Weathers doubled , driving in one, Bradyen Barber singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run, Page singled on a 2-1 count, scoring two runs, and Redskins scored on a stolen base during Monroe McCarty’s at bat. Then McCarty homered , driving in two.

Jarred Durr was credited with the victory for Redskins. The ace lasted one-third of an inning, allowing four hits and seven runs while striking out one. Rylan Parks threw three and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen.

Redskins hit one home run on the day. McCarty had a homer in the second inning.

Redskins racked up 19 hits. Barber, Grigg, McCarty, Page, and Parks each managed multiple hits for Redskins. Barber went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead Redskins in hits. Grigg led Redskins with seven stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 33 stolen bases. Redskins didn’t commit a single error in the field. Grigg had the most chances in the field with five.


Library Offers Small Business Reference Center

DID YOU KNOW… Your neighborhood Bienville Parish Library has access to the Small Business Reference Center Database! This wonderful asset provides up to date information on relevant topics from starting a company, operations management and sales to growing or rescuing a business. The database contains nearly 400 full-text periodicals and over 450 full-text reference books. Items include: “LLC vs Incorporation”, “Starting a 501(c)3” “Dealing with Problem Employees”, “Women in Business” and more!
The section of business videos provides critical information for business owners. Interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos help foster success in all aspects of starting and growing a business.
A collection of state-specific resources, such as demographic data, fastest growing cities, licenses and permits, organizations, and more that are important to the start and development of businesses. So if you’re thinking of a small business start-up or have specific questions about your small business check the SMALL BUSINESS REFERENCE CENTER! You can find this database by going to: http://www.bienvillelibrary.org and clicking the DATABASES quick link. Scroll down the right column until you see the green Small Business Reference Center icon. There you have access to a powerful tool to help you in growing your success in business!


Saline Bobcats Unable to Recover from Montgomery’s Early Lead

Saline Bobcats Varsity fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 3-2 loss to Montgomery on Friday. 

The pitching was strong on both sides. Saline pitchers struck out five, while Montgomery struck out 14.

Shawn Staggs started the game for Saline Bobcats Varsity. The righthander allowed three hits and three runs over six innings, striking out five and walking one.

Logan Parker went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Saline Bobcats Varsity in hits.

Final score, Saline 2, Montgomery 3.


The Unsinkable Ship

by Brad Dison

It was the largest ship afloat. At over 800 feet in length, nearly three football fields long, it was a floating city. Its engineers used cutting edge technology in every facet of its design. It was considered to be the fastest and safest ship afloat. Each officer aboard the ship was hand-picked based on his prior service record and on a rigid seamanship examination which focused on sea currents, tides, geography, and wind. Its crew was also hand-picked based on the strictest of criteria. The ship boasted two brass bands, two orchestras, and a theatrical company. It had a company of physicians and fireman in case of emergencies.

Engineers designed the ship with nineteen water-tight compartments which could be closed in thirty seconds by simply turning a single lever. Engineers designed the doors of the water-tight compartments in such a way that they would close automatically if they came into contact with rushing water. The ship could stay afloat even if as many as nine of the nineteen compartments flooded. Many people, including its designers, builders, and owners, considered the ship to be unsinkable.

Engineers designed the ship specifically for passenger traffic with every known convenience and comfort imaginable. Every possible amenity was made available to first-class passengers, fewer amenities for second-class passengers, and even fewer for third-class. The likelihood of the ship being destroyed by fire was unimaginable because the ship would not transport combustible cargo. Due to all of the ship’s safety features which rendered it practically unsinkable, the ship carried only twenty-four lifeboats, the number required by law. Cumbersome lifeboats detracted from the travelers’ views of the ocean. Similarly, the ship carried only the number of cork lifejackets required by law. Only about two dozen circular life-buoys decorated the decks of the ship. The buoys were almost considered decorations rather than life-saving devices.

Engineers determined that the ship was safest when traveling at full speed whether in calm waters, in fog, or during storms, for at least four reasons. First, if the ship struck another vessel, the force of the impact would be distributed over a larger area if it was traveling at full speed. Due to the strength of the ship’s construction, the other vessel would sustain the brunt of the damage. Second, due to the ship’s speed, weight, and construction, it would almost certainly destroy the other vessel, probably cut it in two, if traveling at full speed while only receiving damages that could be easily remedied with a paint brush. Traveling at only half speed, the ship would sustain more damages to its bows. Third, at full speed the ship could more easily steer itself out of danger than at half speed. Forth, in case of striking an iceberg, the ships bows would only be crushed in a few feet further at full speed than at half speed. At most, only three of the water-tight compartments would flood, which left six to spare before the ship was in danger of sinking.

On a cold, April night, the ship sailed at full speed in a dense fog in the North Atlantic Ocean. In the bowels of the great ship, members of the black gang, crewmen who garnered the nickname because they were covered with sweat and coal dust, moved coal by shovel and cart into one of the numerous furnaces. The passengers, oblivious to the workers toiling away below, enjoyed a variety of music, food, and other forms of entertainment. Some passengers sat in steamer chairs along the decks in the chilly, salty air.

In the crow’s nest, the highest lookout point on the ship, a single crewman struggled to spot any sign of danger in the thick fog. Most of the passengers were well asleep by this point. “All’s well,” the crewman shouted from the crow’s nest at exactly 1 a.m. At 2 a.m., the crewman in the crow’s nest called out “All’s well,” again. He yelled the same at 3 a.m. A few minutes after 3 a.m., the crewman in the crow’s nest yelled that there was something ahead that he was unable to make out. In the thick fog, the crewman could only make out the faintest outline. He yelled to officers below that it must be another ship. The crewmen tried to turn the ship to avoid a collision, but it was too late. Then the crewmen saw that it was not another ship but a large iceberg. The ship made only a slight shudder when it struck the iceberg. Most of the passengers were unaware that they had struck anything. The ship’s crew was only slightly concerned because the ship was unsinkable.

Conditions on the ship quickly spiraled out of control. Water quickly filled one water-tight compartment after another. The ship began to list. Passengers were awakened by the numerous sounds of plates, glasses, and a host of other items as they crashed to the floor. They scurried to the ship’s decks to see what had happened. Few passengers donned life jackets, and even fewer made it into the less-than-adequate number of lifeboats. The ship sank slowly into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. Most of the passengers and crew perished in the sinking of the unsinkable ship.

People around the world know the story of the Titanic, and how the ship sank after it struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean with an enormous loss of life. However, the story you read above was a work of fiction, a novella by Morgan Robertson. The name of the ship in Robertson’s novella was not the Titanic. The fictional ship he created was called the Titan. His book, originally entitled Futility, seemingly recounted the events of the wreck of the Titanic. However, Robertson’s Futility was published … in 1898, fourteen years before the Titanic sank.

Source: Robertson, Morgan. Futility. Rahway, N.J.: The Quinn and Boden Co. Press, 1898.


Ringgold Falls To Mansfield After Sixth Inning Score

Ringgold Redskins stayed in it until the end, but Mansfield pulled away late in a 9-8 victory on Tuesday. The game was tied at seven with Mansfield batting in the bottom of the sixth when #16 grounded out, scoring one run.

Monroe McCarty collected four hits for Ringgold. McCarty singled in the first, singled in the third, singled in the fifth, and singled in the sixth.

Ringgold got things started in the first inning when McCarty singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.

McCarty pitched five and two-thirds innings, allowing 11 hits and nine runs while striking out nine.

Ringgold totaled 14 hits. McCarty, Jackson Moore, Montgomery Durr, and Rylan Parks all managed multiple hits for the Redskins. McCarty led with four hits in four at bats. Ringgold didn’t commit a single error. Jacob Grigg made the most plays with seven. Jarred Durr led Ringgold with five stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 14 stolen bases.

Final score:  Mansfield 9, Ringgold 8.


100 Years Ago in Bienville Parish – Sheriff Arrested Fugitive in Danville

Last Wednesday’s “100 Years Ago in Bienville Parish” article entitled “Man Slain By Son at Danville,” described how a son killed his father in Danville.  During the search for the suspect, Sheriff Currie located a whiskey still which altered the course of the investigation.  Click here to read the article “Man Slain By Son at Danville.” 

According to an article in the March 31, 1921 issue of the Bienville Democrat, “Frazier Williams, who on Sunday night, March 20th, shot and killed his father near Danville, was captured Thursday, March 24th, by Sheriff Currie, four days after the crime was committed.  He was arrest at Danville.  

It is to the credit of Sheriff Currie that the [man] was a prisoner and in jail within only four days after his crime was committed, and the he had also obtained a confession from him, and by doing so, eliminated the expense to the taxpayers of Bienville Parish, of a costly trial by a jury, which might have been anywhere from a few hundred to a thousand dollars or more.

It is to the credit of all of our parish officers concerned that justice in this case has not been delayed.  Following the confession, the [man] entered a plea of guilty in open court and was sentenced by Judge Reynold to serve ten years in the penitentiary at hard labor.”


Will Bradford Drives In Four As Castor Tigers Varsity Wins Over Dodson

Four runs batted in from Will Bradford helped lead Castor Tigers Varsity past Dodson 12-2 on Monday. Bradford drove in runs on a sacrifice fly in the first, a single in the third, a single in the fourth, and a single in the fifth.

Castor Tigers got things moving in the first inning, when Bradford’s sac fly scored one run for Castor.

Castor put up four runs in the fourth inning. Castor batters contributing to the big inning included Drake Freeman, Bradford, and Dylan Waters, all knocking in runs in the inning.

Freeman led things off on the mound for Castor. The pitcher lasted two innings, allowing no hits and no runs while striking out three.

Castor totaled 12 hits. Cade Young, Bradford, and Gage Jordan all managed multiple hits for Castor. Young led Castor with four hits in four at bats. Castor stole eight bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Bradford led the way with two.


Arrest Report

March 21

  • John Lonidier (Arcadia)
    • Simple Battery of the Infirm (Misdemeanor) – Principal

March 22

  • Michael Daniels (Ringgold)
    • Battery of a Police Officer (Felony) Major Injury, 2 counts
    • Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence (Felony) Major Injury, 2 counts
  • Lance Gorden (West Monroe)
    • Child Passenger Restraint System
    • Careless Operation
    • Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated (Misdemeanor)
  • Damarcus Nolan (Minden)
    • Violation of Probation/Parole
    • Failure to Appear – Execution of Sentence

March 24

  • Frances Burge (Ringgold)
    • Prohibited Acts – Schedule II
    • Possession of Marijuana 1st Offense (Misdemeanor)
    • Possession or Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
    • Possession of Methamphetamine Less Than 28 Grams (Felony)
  • Victor Harris (Arcadia)
    • D.W.I – 1st Offence (BAC .08 to .15) (Misdemeanor)
    • Driving on Roadway Laned for Traffic
    • Operating a Vehicle with Suspended License; No License Issued
    • Possession of Alcoholic Beverages in Motor Vehicles

March 26

  • Taylor Smith (Arcadia)
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; Other Offenses