Perry Lang and Sons Photo

William Perry Lang and his sons

Perry Lang and sons, retouched

Bob Ann Breland writes, “A distant cousin in Huntsville, Al, found this photo among her late aunt’s things and sent Bob Ann Breland a copy. It is a photo of William Perry Lang and his four sons. Shown in front, Albert Winston Lang (Bob Ann’s grandfather), William Perry Lang and Charles F. Lang. In back are William Lucien ‘Will’ Lang and Oscar L. Lang.”

The ages of the men seem to would have it taken at a later date than this photo which is perhaps circa 1898. I’m going to go with about 1905 though I’ve no idea of the date of this photo.

Image courtesy of Bob Ann Breland.



Bob Ann Breland

On September 13, 1892, twelve of God’s consecrated ones joined themselves together in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and formed Union Baptist Church. Those members were: W.A. Phelps and wife L.J. Phelps, I.M. Phelps and wife Anna A. Phelps, Albert W. Lang ,and wife Narcissus Lang, Jim M. Simmons and wife Mary P. Simmons, John C. Lang and wife Ruby A. Lang, Will P. Lang, and I.E. Phelps. From these, W.A. Phelps, J.M. Simmons, and W.P. Lang were appointed to prepare rules of decorum and an abstract of faith. Rev. Isaiah Allmand and Rev. J.M. Hutson acted as moderator and clerk.

The Lord blessed this group with two acres of land for a church building and cemetery given by J.M. Simmons. Construction soon began on a one room structure made of rough lumber given by church members. Windows were wooden shutters. Slab benches, made by members, kerosene lamps, and a wood heater provided comfort for these early Christians. The church began with a revival preached by J.M. Hutson. Twelve members were added to the services of the Lord as a result of this meeting.

Even though they were off to a good start, circumstances kept meetings to once a month. The first pastor, Rev. E.M. Schillings, was elected in 1892 for one year and his salary was set at $40.00 per year. The first deacon elected was W.A. Phelps, already an ordained deacon from another church. Elected in 1893 were the first clerk, John C. Lang, and the first treasurer, John B. Simmons.

In 1895, the first Sunday School was organized with John Lang as superintendent. Two deacons, John Lang and J.M. Simmons, were ordained. Prayer meetings also began this year with the meetings held on Thursday nights. It was a service for young men only. These meetings resulted in seven men feeling the call to preach. They were the following: Martin, Lewis, Jasper, and Collie Alford, Charles Schultz (all Methodist), Frank Hutson, and Van Walker (Baptist).

Many people recall early years of the church without any musical instruments; however, beautiful voices sang the first song, “I’ll Go With Him All The Way”, led by the first song leader, John Lang. Later in 1905, an organ was purchased by the church, and Bettie Simmons Page became the first organist. The church became known as a singing church and many singing schools and singing conventions were held at the church from 1927 to 1940. A.A. Lang served as choir director during this time from 1920 to 1942.

A W.M.U. program was organized in 1925, with the encouragement of the pastor’s wife, Mrs. A.D. Muse. The first president was Mrs. Dudley (Sophia) Simmons followed by Mrs. C.F. (Aunt Rosa) Lang who was also mother of the church. Mrs. Amon (Emma) Lang, Vert Simmons, Julia Rebold, and Ella Stafford were faithful members. Later, Mrs. Dudley (Aunt Mamie) Simmons served as secretary for twenty-four years.

1892 E.M. Schilling
1895 Jim R. Reeves
1896 J.M. Hutson
1900 J.M. Cook
1902 J.E. Thigpen
1905 1907 Isaiah Allmand
1909 L.F. May
1910 C.S. Calendar
1913 R.L. Bunyard
1914 A.D. Muse
1920 W.R. Haynie
1921 Van C. Walker
1923 A.F. Davis
1926 W.A. Gill
1927 J.B. Hemphill
1928 V.C. Walker
1947 W.E. Sloan
Nov. 1948 Landrum Leavell
June 1951 A.V. Epperly
Aug. 1952 Carroll Bowman
Sep. 1955 Paul Brown
June 1956 Hollis Todd
Jan. 1957 Billy Ray Simmons (Associate)
July 1957 John 0. Hemphill
Nov. 1961 E.M. Fleming
Oct. 1964 Bobbie Hill Belcher
Sep. 1966 Fred Bookter (Interim)
June 1967 Wilmer Goodwin
Mar. 1969 Marvin Magee (Interim)
May 1969 Cecil Hubbard
Dec. 1972 Wayne Hart
Apr. 1975 Joe Jackson (Interim)
May 1975 Roger Wilkins
June 1981 Wilmer Goodwin (Interim)
Oct. 1981 Terry Blair
Dec. 1983 Ed Campbell (Interim)
Apr. 1984 Dale Wilson
July 1988 Farris W. Smith (Interim)
Apr. 1990 Charles D. Grant, Jr.

Sept.1892 John C. Lang (deceased)
Aug. 1895 Jim Simmons (deceased)
Aug. 1895 J.E. Lang (deceased)
1905 C.C. Johnston (deceased)
1908 A.A.Lang (deceased)
Mar. 1933 R.U. Stogner (deceased)
mar. 1933 Dudley Simmons (deceased)
Mar. 1933 C.W. Lang, Sr. (deceased)
June 1939 Alton Lang (deceased)
June 1939 Joe Purl (deceased)
June 1939 E.P. Jenkins (deceased)
Jan. 1948 Frank Johnson (deceased)
Jan. 1948 Hollis T. Lang
Nov. 1949 Therrell Simmons (deceased)
Nov. 1949 Eugene Simmons (deceased)
May 1952 Malcolm Simmons (deceased)
Feb. 1965 Dardanelle Durham (deceased)
Feb. 1965 Elmo Allmand (deceased)
Feb. 1965 Britt Simmons
Feb. 1970 Virgil Hamilton (deceased)
Feb …1970 Roy Lang (moved)
Oct.1, 1978 Carl McDaniel (deceased)
James Hucabee
Harold “Snuffy” Smith
James Frank Williamson
Wayne Skipper (moved)
June: 1991 Billy Morgan

1895 John C. Lang
1920 A.A. Lang
1942 Alton Lang Jones
1954 Alton Lang
1957 Malcolm Simmons
1966 Roy Lang
1968 Britt Simmons
1971 Imogene Hubbard
1972 Hollis Lang

1933 Emmett O’Quin
1934 E.L. Helton
1935 Discontinued
1955 Byrant Hucabee
l957 Dardanelle Durham
1958 Alton Lang
1959 Robert Earl Allen
1960 Elmo Allmand
1961 Lavada Allen
1964 Patsy Simmons
1965 Annie Allen
1966 Byrant Hucabee
1968 Nancy Rowley
1971 Holiis Lang
1972 Dorothy Parsons
1976 Iris Hucabee
1982 Ozzie Ford
1986 Dorothy Parsons
1989 Jim Waller
1990 Billy Morgan
1991 Joan Waller

Sept.1892 John C. Lang
Oct. 1893 Robert “Babe’ Simmons
Jan. 1897 W.F. Hutson
Oct. 1900 A.A.Lang
1915 I.W. Lang
1920 N.C. Reabold
1921 D.I. Reeves
1923 Alton Lang
1924 Eugene Simmons
Frank Johnson
1926 Byron Lang
1928 Ella Stafford
1929 Ellis Simmons
1932 Eugene Simmons
1935 Ethel O’Quin
1936-1945 Hollis Lang
1946 Elizabeth Lang
1947 Ray Lang
1949 Gladys Simmons
1950 Houston Rebold
1954-1965 Therrell Simmons
1965 Joyce Allmand
1969-1976 Clara Simmons
1976- Wyleene Williamson

Oct. 1892 John B. Simmons
1920 D.I. Reeves
1921 Sam T. Simmons
1924 Ella Stafford
1925 Dudley Simmons
1928 R.U. Stogner
1932 E.L. Helton
1933 D.I. Reeves
1934 Dudley Simmons
1938 Milton Simmons
1940 Ollie Simmons
1943 Dorothy O’Quin
1944-1974 Hollis Lang
1974-1988 Patsy Skipper
1988- Sue Smith

Nov. 1906 Betty Simmons
1907 Mollie Lang
1923 Irene Lang
1925 Vivian Reeves
1930 Myra D. Stogner
1933 Vivian Reeves
1934 Myra D. Stogner
1948 Ora Johnson
1954 Mary Nell Simmons
1957 Patsy Skipper
1964 Kitty Fleming (organist)
1964 Cheryl Jo Allmand (organist)
1965 Patsy Skipper (organist)
1965 Mary Simmons (pianist)
1965 Mary Anne Simmons (assit.)
1966 Mary Anne Simmons
1966 Clara Simmons (assit. organist & pianist)
1987 Joan Waller (assit. organist & pianist)

Nov. 1895 John C. Lang
1920 A.A. Lang
1942 Alton Lang
1965 Hollis Lang
1968 Lonnie Wascom (paid)
1969 John Hemphill
1972 Billy-Ray. Simmons (paid)
1974 Alton Lang
1974 Roy Lang
1976 Gary Miller
Hollis Lang
1981 Kathern Miller
1982 Hollis Lang
1984 Carl McDaniel
1989 Philip Alford (paid)
1990 Danny Creel (paid)
1991 Janis Grant (paid)

Some notes from Bob Ann Breland: My Dad, Seldon Lang, was very disappointed that he didn’t find out about the 100th anniversary of the Union church until it was over. His parents, Albert W. Lang and Narcis Simmons Lang, had been charter members. He would dearly have liked to have been there, he found out a week too late. One of his cousins sent him a copy of the church history and these notes have been scanned from that copy. It is interesting to note the many Langs, Phelps’ and Simmons’ who have been involved in the history of this church.

Albert and Narcissus Lang, “Steve” and John B. and Lou Simmons

Lou (Brown) Simmons, John B. Simmons, Narcissus (Simmons) Lang and Albert Lang

Lou (Brown) Simmons, John B. Simmons, Narcissus (Simmons) Lang and Albert Lang

Lou (Brown) Simmons, b. 1873 July 2, died 1949 Dec 5, was the wife of John Benjamin Simmons b. 1862 June 16 in Mississippi, died 1946 Feb 26. John Benjamin’s sister is Narcissus b. 1870 Jan 5 in Mississippi, died 1944 Sept 25 in Washington Parish, Louisiana. Narcissus was married to Albert Winston Lang b. 1869 Oct 20, died 1959 Feb 17 in Washington Parish, Louisiana.

Multi-generations xerox.

Image courtesy of Bob Ann Breland.

John B., Narcissus “Aunt Dink” and Murdock Middleton Simmons

John B., Narcissus “Aunt Dink” and Murdock Middleton Simmons

Murdock Middleton “Steve” Simmons was born 1860 Oct 4 in Mississippi and died 1936 April 21 in Washington Parish, Louisiana. Murdock Middleton, John B. and Narcissus were children of Robert “Reuben” Simmons and Frances Smith.

As Murdock died in 1936, this picture could be no later than that year. I’m going to date this pic as being circa 1936.

Multi-generations xerox.

Image courtesy of Bob Ann Breland.

Photo Albert Winston Lang and Narcissus Simmons Lang Photo, circa 1930s

Albert and Narcissus Lang

Albert Lang b. 1969 Oct 20, died 1959 Feb 17, married 1888 in Franklinton, Washington, Louisiana to and Narcissus Simmons Lang b. 1870 Jan 5, Mississippi, died 1944 Sept 25 in Washington Parish, Louisiana.

Having seen photos of the couple at their 50th wedding anniversary, I’m guessing this was taken before then and so am putting a date circa early 1930s.

Image courtesy of Bob Ann Breland.

Photo of Albert Winston Lang and Narcissus Simmons Lang

Albert Lang and Narcissus Simmons Lang

A multiple generations xerox.

Image courtesy of Bob Ann Breland.

Albert Winston Lang b. 1869 Oct 20, died 1959 Feb 17 in Washington Parish, Louisiana. Abt 1888 he married Narcissus “Narcis” “Dink” Simmons, b. 1870 Jan 5, Mississippi, died 1944 Sept 25 in Washington Parish, Louisiana.

This appears as if it could be a wedding photo.

Photo Annie Brown Lang Phelps and children

Phelps family

Bob Ann Breland writes:

This is a photo of a photo…It is Annie Brown Lang Phelps with four of her five Lang sons. (She was married to James Lang and when he died, she married Marshall Phelps, who was the father of Albert Winston Lang’s mother, Sarah, who was married to William Perry Lang. It’s a pretty confusing story, but apparently several of Annie and Marshall’s children from their first marriages were already married to each other before they got married.)

In back, left to right: John Lang, Christopher “Kit” Lang and William Perry Lang.

Front row: left to right, first girl unidentified, probably a granddaughter; granddaughter Eula Belle Lang, daughter of William Perry and Sara Phelps Lang, Annie and Columbus “Lum” Lang.

Not shown is her fifth son, James Lang.

Image courtesy of Bob Ann Breland.

Eula was born in 1887. Guessing that she is about 10 to 12 years of age in this photo, the photo was perhaps taken about 1898.

Entire Albert Winston Lang Family

Albert Winston Lang family

Bob Ann Breland didn’t know the occasion for this photo but says this is the entire family except for Clyde, who died as a child. Front row, left to right: Narvil, Seldon, Norman, Fannie Lang Smith; back row, left to right: Iva, Evie Lang Knight, Lillian Lang Lowe, Leslie, Narcis and Albert. (Narvil and Norman were twins, as were Lillian and Leslie.)

I’m going to guess a date somewhere around 1942 based on styles and a 1938 reunion photo.

Albert Winston and Narcissus Simmons Lang’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Photos

Albert Winston and Narcissa Lang

Fun with color

Albert and Narcis on their 50th wedding anniversary about 1938. The little girl is Euna Claire Rhodes, daughter of Walter and Margie Rester Rhodes. Margie Rhodes is the daughter of Euna Simmons Rester, who was the daughter of Murdock Middleton “Steve” Simmons.

Albert Winston Lang family

Front row, left to right: Leslie, Seldon, Fannie Lang Smith and Narvil. Back row: Albert, Narcis, Iva, Evie Lang Knight and Lillian Lang Lowe.

Photos from Albert Winston Lang’s 80th Birthday Dinner

Albert Winston Lang

Albert Winston LANG at his 80th birthday dinner in Oct 1949. Bob Ann Breland writes, “Grandpa had a birthday dinner every year his father, William Perry, died (1936). The family always met for ‘Grandpa Bill’s’ birthday too.”

Family of Albert Winston Lang at his 80th birthday party

Albert Winston Lang’s 80th birthday dinner. A professional photographer from Bogalusa took the photos. Front, seated: Leslie, Seldon and Iva O. Standing: Evie Lang Knight, Fannie Lang Smith, Albert, Lillian Lang Lowe, Norman and Narvil Lang.

The 80th birthday celebration photos were made in 1949 in Washington Parish, Louisiana.

Photo of Sheridan, Washington Parish, Louisiana Elders

Sheridan Elders

This picture was taken by a professional photographer at Albert Winston Lang’s 80th birthday celebration. The date would be 1949.

Front left to right: Warren McNeese, Norman Lang, Marshall Richardson, Albert W. Lang, John “Red John” Thomas and Willis Q. McKenzie.
Back row left to right: John Simmons, the Rev. Guy Barkdull, Frank Douglas, Lucious (Lucius) Simmons and Wyman Lang.

Bob Ann Breland comments (also saying not everyone was of Sheridan):

“Warren McNeese was a very respected head of the McNeese clan at Sheridan. He had a great big old house that sat at the top of a hill that was fun to go and visit. He and most of his children are buried in the McNeese Cemetery at Sheridan, which was close to his home.

“Norman Lang, one of my Dad’s brothers, lived at Varnado.

“Marshall Richardson was from a very distinguished family, early settlers of the Bogalusa area. He has a street in Bogalusa named for him. His wife was named Maggie and I think she was an Ard, another large parish family, also early settlers. Their daughter, Hebe Yarborough, just died this past week (Dec. 2001) in her late 90’s.

“John “Red John” Thomas, so called because he had a red face and very pale skin, was a very good friend of my grandfathers’.

“Willie Quitman McKenzie was my mother’s step-father, and was also a very stern man. He was the only father my mother ever knew and he raised her from about the age of 10. Her father died in the great flu epidemic of 1918 when she was only a year old.

“In back, John B. Simmons, brother to Lucious. He and Aunt Daisy (Bookter) were some of my favorite people. We called all these cousins aunt and uncle because they were all so much older than we, and my mother had a dim view of calling them “Cousin John” etc. She thought aunt and uncle was more respectful for children.

“The Rev. Guy Barkdull was a Pentecostal preacher who often preached at the little church Lucious established in Sheridan. He was the father of Louree Barkdull Lang, who was married to Iva’s oldest son, Alton Lang.

“Frank Douglas was our neighborhood curiosity (character). Frank lived in a little one-room shack on an abandoned highway right-away near the store at Sheridan. He was sort-of a handyman in the community, but was noted for being slow…not slow-witted, just slow moving. My dad had dozens of stories about Frank Douglas and his mother, Mag Douglas, who was also very slow, but alas, most of them died with him.

“Next is Lucious Simmons, and this is really a good picture of him.

“The last person, Wyman Lang, wasn’t old, but just got on the picture. He is the son of Iva, my Dad’s brother.”

Images courtesy of Bob Ann Breland.