First newspaper in Catahoula in 1854


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert “T-Bob” Cassels, Jr., 78, of the Rosefield Community, passed from this life on Sunday, Sep

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chuckey Marvin Foley, 57, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Jena, LA, passed away to be with th

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shirley Beth Hatten, 77, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the LaS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor, 94, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Wedn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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The other day I was reading “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, written by H. Ted Woods, the late editor of The Caldwell-Watchman Progress in Columbia.

I cut my teeth in the newspaper business under the leadership of Woods, starting to work at the Watchman when I started my freshman year at Columbia High School in 1955. Years later, Woods wrote two editions of “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, of which I have both copies.

I had never noticed the article about the first newspaper in Catahoula, which reportedly was started in 1854. It was The Harrisonburg Independent published by J.Q.A. Taliaferro, who was also president of the Catahoula Parish Police Jury.


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