LaSalle Parish, Louisiana
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LaSalle Parish History

In 1910, LaSalle Parish was formed from the western half of Catahoula Parish.
Jena, being the largest town in the newly formed Parish, was named as the county seat. 

Eden Methodist Church, located on La. Highway 8 west of Jena and founded in 1788, is said to be the oldest Methodist church west of the Mississippi River and south of the Mason-Dixon line. 

Hunt Watson, alias "Jimmy Yarrell," originally from Beaumont, Texas, twice robbed the Olla Bank in the summer of 1932 while he was a fugitive, having escaped from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola in April of that year. He had been sentenced to 9-14 years for a Union Parish bank robbery in 1931. Watson allegedly robbed the bank of Lecompte and was implicated in several other robberies throughout the state and other parts of the country. He was killed in 1933 when he tried to escape a third time from Angola. 

In 1918, LaSalle Parish made history when Lula Coleman was elected as the first female deputy sheriff in the parish and is believed to be the first in the United States. Two years later, in 1920, Miss Coleman was elected as mayor of Jena, with the distinct honor of becoming the first female mayor in Louisiana. 

From January 1945 to May 1945, German prisoners, captured in North Africa during World War II, lived in a POW camp in Whitehall. The camp's water tank can still be seen at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 and La. Highway 460.

Towns
Jena (parish seat) ~ Olla ~ Tullos ~ Urania ~ Midway

Other Communities
Belah ~ Blade ~ Cane ~ Chickasaw ~ Eden ~ Fellowship ~ Ganeyville ~ Good Pine ~ Hester ~ Little Creek
Magnolia ~ Nebo ~ Nickel ~ Rhinehart ~ Rogers ~ Routon ~ Searcy ~ Sharp Town ~ Standard ~ Summerville
Trout ~ Webb Quarters ~ White Sulphur Springs ~ Whitehall ~ Zenoria


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Native American Data

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Website Updates:
Feb 2017:  Burials in
Eden Methodist Church Cemetery

 

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Surrounding Parishes and Counties
Caldwell Parish (north)
Catahoula Parish (east)
Avoyelles Parish (south)
Rapides Parish (southwest)
Grant Parish (west)
Winn Parish (northwest)


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