An Account of a trip to Morehouse Parish

I found this very interesting due to the prominent Ouachita parish names and events alluded to in this article.

Richland Beacon-News

Saturday, May 18, 1895

Page 1, Column 6

            The following is the historical account of a trip in Morehouse parish by the editor of the Monroe Bulletin:

            *   *   *   Wednesday morning Judge Richardson adjourned court sine die and invited us to accompany him in a drive down the bayou to visit the Phifer plantation, where he lived when a boy.  It was the first of May and the drive was most delightful along the swift bayou, through picturesque forests, decorated with moss and flowers, among which we noticed gorgeous festoons of wild wisteria.

            At the Phifer place, we were met by Mr. Moses Flewellen, the courteous and intelligent manager for Dr. Allison, who now owns this splendid property, and shown the residence which is the same that Judge Richardson’s father bought in 1826.  The house is built of hewn heart pine logs and seems to be good for fifty years more.

            Judge Richardson had not entered this house since 1827, but he recognized the rooms and many points about the grounds.

            Capt. R.D. Richardson, a native of Virginia, was an officer in the regular army of the United States.  He resigned early in the twenties and became editor of the Louisiana Gazette of New Orleans.  Hence he came to Ouachita in 1826 to act as second in a duel between General Hug[h]es and Dr. Hamelin [sic Hamblen].  The result of this visit was that Captain Richardson and General Downs bought this plantation on the Bartholomew, which was then a part of Ouachita parish that extended from Red to the Mississippi river.

            Judge Richardson says the first year his father lived on the Bartholomew, he went to school at Prairie Mer Rouge and there was not a house on the road.  Bastrop was still slumbering in the womb of time.  He pointed out the spot where his father and Downs practiced pistol shooting just before the duel between Downs and Morgan in which the former was shot through the body with a musket ball.  A silk handkerchief was drawn through the hole to stop the bleeding.

            Captain Richardson died on the Bartholomew in 1831 and is buried on Bon Air plantation.  His place on the Bartholomew passed through several hands until it reached the present owner.  It is operated now pretty much after the same fashion it was seventy-five years ago.  The regime of the cotton plantation has continued a long time, but it will gradually give way to the small farm.  This will be brought about through the instrumentality of the loan companies.  Out of 55 acres in cultivation, Mr. Flewellen has over 200 in grain.

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