China Grove School

The China Grove school was located some miles southwest of Haile. It served the area until it was consolidated with Linville High in 1923. Viola Harrell is said to have taught at the school. Students brought their lunches to school each day, many in syrup buckets.

Levi Jefferson Cole

Susan Cole

My Grandfather’s Brother Levi Jefferson Cole

Levi Jefferson Cole was the oldest child of Robert Richard Cole and Martha Ann Rebecca Smith Cole. On 29 July 1891, Levi was born in Huttig, Union County, Arkansas. He was named after his Grandfather Levi Jefferson Cole (b. ca. 1832 in NC d. before 1 June 1880 probably in Bastrop, Morehouse Parish, LA). On 12 February 1921, Levi Jefferson Cole and Clara Lee Joiner were married by Alfred Worthington in Union County, Arkansas. This marriage was recorded in Book Y on page 202 of Union County Marriage Records. Clara was from Bolding, Union County, AR. On 29 November 1904, Clara Lee Joiner was born in Union County, AR, and in August 1975, she died in Sheridan, Grant County, Arkansas. Levi was a small timber contractor, and Levi farmed when he did not have timber to cut. The children of Levi and Clara were Levi “L.D.” Duncan, Clayton Murphy and Mildred Haseltine Cole. Levi lived all of his life in Union County, AR except for about the last year of his life. On 6 April 1931, Levi died in Montrose, Ashley County, AR. He was buried at Harper Springs Cemetery in Union County, AR.

Mystery Man

Someone posted this picture on a  Facebook group about Union Parish. Can anyone help identify this man?

“I’m trying to find more information on this man. My grandma called him Uncle Dan but I can not find any connection to the Daniels Family. I can only find him in the 1930 census at Farmville, Louisiana, he was living in an Alma house, on that census. Birth place Georgia, age 68, single, white. Grandma had this picture of him. Any info would be wonderful.”

Robert Richard Cole

Susan Cole

My Great Grandfather Robert Richard Cole (on the left)

Robert Richard Cole was the son of Levi Jefferson Cole and Emily “Emma” Finch Cole. On 4 December 1867, Robert Richard Cole was born in Bastrop, Morehouse Parish, LA. Robert was raised in Bastrop, LA. Robert’s father was a carpenter, and his father died before 1 June 1880. On 15 October 1890, Robert Richard Cole and Martha Ann Rebecca Smith were married in Union County, AR. Robert was a pioneer citizen of Huttig, Union County, AR. Robert and Martha owned a farm about three miles west of Huttig, AR. The farm was located in Lapile Township, Union County, AR. Robert owned well digging equipment that he used to dig wells in Union County, AR. Robert built bridges for Union County, AR, and he also made state roads in the Union County area. Robert and his sons were also in the timber business. Robert and Martha were members of Harper Springs Baptist Church in Huttig, AR, and Robert was a church deacon. He was a member of the Masonic Rowland Lodge, No. 594, F. & A.M. of Huttig, AR. Robert was a 32nd degree Mason. On the evening of 23 October 1942, Robert died at the family home in Huttig, AR. On 25 Oct. 1942, funeral services were held for Robert at Harper Springs Baptist Church. He was buried at Harper Spring Cemetery.

1904 Union Parish Courthouse

The Union Parish courthouse, located at the parish seat, Farmerville. Constructed in 1904, the present courthouse is the third in the history of the parish. It stands on the same site as did the two building that served as the hub of the local government before it. The first court house was torn down in 1870 and another building, of frame construction, was erected. It was replaced by the present structure which is located in the heart of the corporate limits of the town of Farmerville.