Walter Bullard "Bunk" Taliaferro
October 15, 1907 - January 31, 1969
Henry Bullard Taliaferro, Jr. and Carrie Mae Dosher
Mary Elizabeth (Huff), Lucille (Randall) and Lottie Mae (Shamblin)
Lake Lovelace (also known as Lake Louie) was named after the first white settlers in this area. They made their homes along the lake.
The actual name of the lake was Lovelace. It ended in a bayou down around the Rocks where it runs into the Ouachita. The bayou was called Bayou Louie.
The Tensas river used to run into Lake Lovelace. Lake Lovelace went on down to the Ouachita. Dams were put in down where Lake Lovelace ran into the Ouachita. I think that's where they ruined the fishing. The dams raised the water levels. Bayou Louie used to get so low at times that it wouldn't be more than eight feet across.
|Lovelace-Peck home - 2011|
One of our favorite swimming places was at the Point. It was a bay out from the Peck home on Lake Lovelace. In low water it would just be a point of sand jutting out into Lake Lovelace.
Bee Bayou runs into Lake Lovelace across the lake from the Peck home. It was the connection to the Tensas river. The fish could swim in and out of Lake Lovelace from the Tensas and from the Ouachita.
Once they dammed up one end, the fishing wasn't as good anymore. The dams could be the same reason why we don't see the huge alligator gar we used to have. We could see them in years past. They would rise up out of the water and flip their tails through the air.
Alligator Gar - Moon Lake, MS 1910
Within walking distance from this little village were several lakes. Twins Lake, Penistons Lake, Browns Lake, Greens Lake, Wells Lake and Tiffees Lake. There was another lake on the Peck Plantation. I didn't know about it until I was a grown man. It was in a hidden away place. If you started walking from the bay on the Peck place and walked towards town you would come up on it about halfway to town. It was called Gillis Lake. I went fishing there one time with Jessie York, Jr.
A person can see where this place must have been like paradise to the Indians. With all these lakes, wildlife and fish, it must have been wonderful hunting and fishing. This island itself, starting with the bluff, is a plateau that goes all the way out to the hills for about four miles. It never goes underwater. The other side of Lake Lovelace goes underwater but not here on the bluff.
|Lake Lovelace - 2011|
This place really is an island. You can tell when the backwater comes in. When the Mississippi flooded years ago you could take a boat from Natchez to Sicily Island.
I've always heard and read that the French and the Spanish explorers used Choctaw Indians as guides. The name Catahoula is a Choctaw Indian word. Tensas is a Choctaw Indian word.
I didn't know that there were Indians still living here on the Island in the late 1860s and early 1870s. A cousin of mine, Mary Smith Rushing, told me that her grandfather, Buck [James William] Smith, told her a story about when he was eight or nine years old. An Indian woman came to their house wanting to trade something for food. Buck's mother, Henrietta, sent him to the Indian camp to take the food down there. Uncle Buck was born in 1862 so that had to have taken place in the late 1860s or early 1870s.
It is both amusing and interesting to see with what great interest some people take in others' affairs to the neglect of their own. If one buys a horse or an article of merchandise it is astonishing to see how many are interested in the transaction. We are often reminded of the old adage that "people get rich by attending their own business." Some prefer, however, to remain poor.
Marguerita Carter Krause
Joy Cotten Ashley
Tommie Jean Beatty and Brian
Raymond and Sue Peace
Bruce A. Edmonds
Judy Wells Carpenter
Olga Knight Seal
Estelle Woodward Peck
Lucille Steele Ogden
Don and Elizabeth Baxter
Yelverton "Yelvie" Bondurant
Walling and Cruse Chisum
Aubrey "Buddy", Marjorie Montgomery and Blair Chisum
Bro. L. W. Taylor
Marvin "Brother" Nolen
Catherine "Kitty" McNair Nolen
Bob and Evelyn Ogden Rife
Jeanette Saltzman Gremillion
Maurice and Gladys Kendrick Saltzman
J. C. "Sonny" and Barbara Jane Peck Gilbert
Barbara Peck Gilbert
Joe Raymond Peace, Jr.
Mary Elizabeth Krause
Bruce Edmonds Family
Willie Evans Knight
Barbara Jane Peck Gilbert
Austin and Steve Minton
O. G. and Kate Wynn
Gloria "Bo" J.
|Courtesy of Chronicling America|
The Natchez Democrat says that a pair of shoes were built for a man who lives in Catahoula Parish, La., which, if they were to be numbered, would be eighteen. It required the best part of a calf-skin for each one, and just twice as much of other material as is necessary to make a pair of ordinary shoes.
|Sicily Island Skating Rink in 2011|
|Sicily Island Skating Rink in 2011|
North of Sicily Island:
East of Sicily Island:
Southeast of Sicily Island:
South of Sicily Island: Little Cash Bayou
Big Cash Bayou
Southwest of Sicily Island:
West of Sicily Island:
School Bus Drivers:
Mr. Leo Nelson, Sr. (Leo Jr. took over the route years later)
Mr. Squyres (Abbott Pearson took over his route)
Bernice Wilkinson (Friley Guice drove her bus)
Mr. Dan Sumners (Cecil Sumners took over when Dan died)
Mr. Rogers (B. K. Miller took over his route)
Mr. Otis Moss
I remember when the school buses didn't have glass windows on the sides. The sides were open and they had long pieces of canvas that ran along the length of the buses. The canvas was rolled up and tied in the warm weather. In the winter or when it was raining, the drivers would roll down the canvas to cover the openings.
The only time I rode a school bus was with the band. We had a little band in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Harrisonburg, Jonesville and Sicily Island had bands. We'd ride the bus back and forth to practice with Jonesville and Harrisonburg before going off to band contests.
|One of my father's trumpets|
We'd leave Sicily Island in the evening, pick up Harrisonburg on the way to Jonesville for practice. Sometimes the practices were held in Harrisonburg or Sicily Island. We had practice about twice a week before going off to contests in Baton Rouge, Alexandria and Monroe. The three little bands played together and we had a pretty good band.
Street scenes along the road to the school house
Bait Stand in front of the Carter's house (Bennett house)
American Gas Station
Johnny Crawford's Barber Shop
Sicily Island State Bank (with its silver Christmas Tree)
Gus Watson, Jr.
Gus Watson, Sr.
Geraldine Cruse Wycoff
Joe Raymond Peace
(LtoR):Others in the video clip:
Catherine "Kitty" McNair Nolen
Dorothy "Bit" McNair Reed Smith
Jessie Chisum McNair
Eva McNair Hair
Thomas Chisum "Son" McNair
Lillian and O. G. Wynn, Jr.
Little Clarendon Peck
Big Clarendon Peck
Mildred Harris Smith
Marvin Nolen, Jr.
O. G. Wynn, Sr.In the second half of the clip you'll see:
Kate Ward Wynn
O. G. Wynn, Jr.
Lillian Young Wynn
Hazel Wynn Dosher and family
Winnie Wynn Taylor Smith and family
Coy Wilton Wynn
William Smith on his motor scooter
Cruse Graham Chisum with grandchildren
Kathe and Steve Jackson
Aubrey Chisum, Jr.
Linda Krause Evans with Joey
Dilly A., 1868-?
James Washington, 1870-1930 (m. Minnie Belle Allbritton, 1872-1952); Both are buried in the Spring Ridge Cemetery in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. Tombstone photographs were taken by FindAGrave member, Tommye Price.
|Record of Death: James McGuffee|
Albert Benjamin, 1875-1961 (m. Margaret E. Allbritton, 1876-1962); Both are buried in the Spring Ridge Cemetery in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Tommye Price.
Robert Franklin, 1878-1956 (m. Sarah Bianca Poole, 1877-1962); Both are buried in the Rosefield Cemetery in Rosefield, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Tommye Price.
L. Suvilla, 1883-1914 (m. Charlie V. Allbritton, 1879-1953); Both are buried in the Spring Ridge Cemetery in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Tommye Price.
Ellis Lee, 1886-1972 (m. Lillie Zeagler, 1886-1972); Both are buried in the Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana. No tombstone photograph is available at this time.
Benjamin Irvin, 1888-1980 (m. Mae Johnson, 1890-1967); Both are buried in the Harrisonburg Cemetery in Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Eva Merryman.