The Front Street Ghost

Do you believe in ghosts?  They say that old soldiers never die.  Perhaps it’s true.

Old Natchitoches Parish entertains readers with stories and tall tales of Natchitoches Parish, Northwest Louisiana and the Old South – stories that you probably won’t find in most history books.

They Remember Old Peg-Leg’s Ghost

by Mrs. F.A. Leaming copied 10-8-58

They tore down most of the building brick for brick.. They sold off the sanctums and scattered the textbooks far and wide. But they never laid the ghost of Peg- Leg. And a thousand girls who shivered deliciously through his annual visitations for 76 years hope they never will.

The story of Peg- Leg is chronicled in no book, yet he has an important place in the history of a famous old DeSoto Parish School. His biographers are the thousand of men and women who lived and studied on the campus of the Old Mansfield Female College. His memory has persisted long after the lessons taught by the genteel ladies of the college were forgotten. – “Peg” was a young Confederate soldier who was severely wounded in the bitter fighting of spring, 1864. His leg was amputated and he died in the college when it was pressed into use as a hospital preceding the famous Battle of Mansfield April 8 of that year.


Halloween by Father Martyn Douglas

Who among us isn’t intrigued by the mysterious, the unexplained, and ideas that test the limits of our imagination? The one event of the year that incorporates these, and yet allows adults to somehow relive our youth with society’s blessing, is Halloween. Few know the true origins of Halloween and the many influences that have caused the evolution, as well as the misunderstanding, of the night of fun.

Halloween, which falls on October 31st, and its associations with the supernatural, derives from the Celtic Old Year’s Night, the night of all witches, when spirits were said to walk the Earth. It is one of the oldest holidays in Britain with origins going back thousands of years. The holiday we know as Halloween has had many influences from many cultures over the centuries from the Roman’s Pomona Day, to the Celtic festival of Samhain, to the Christian holidays of Saints’ and All Souls’ Days. Hundreds of years ago in what are now Great Britain and Northern France, lived the Celts. The Celts worshiped nature and had many gods, with the sun god as their favorite. It was the sun god who commanded their work and their rest times, and who made the Earth beautiful with nature and the crops grow.

Buried Alive – from an 1878 newspaper

It is always with a feeling of horror that we read of a grave being opened and the finding of the fact that a burial had taken place before death had actually claimed its victim; and yet such cases are of more frequent occurrence than is generally supposed. Some very strange cases of persons being buried alive, and the manner in which the facts were brought to light, have recently been made public. One of the most remarkable of these is now presented as showing to what an extent this blunder has of late been carried on in the United States.