Interesting Things

By Ray L. Bellande

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EDITORS TIME LINE

 

1911

 

 

 

1914

Pizarro K. Mayers [1833-1914]

 

[The Times-Picayune, July 29, 1914, p. 16]

 

1915

George Washington Wilkes [1854-1915], native of Indiana, died 29 March 1915 at Biloxi.  He had survived, murder of a fellow editor; major Biloxi conflagrations; multiple office relocations; and several hurricanes, had left his newspaper in the capable stewardship of his widow and children.  He had opened a Gulfport office in 1911 and was printing his newspaper there as well.  Son, Eugene ‘Gene’ P. Wilkes, would lead The Daily Herald until it was sold in July 1968 to the State-Record Company of Columbia, South Carolina.[The Daily Herald, August 24, 1911; July 10, 1968; and October 15, 1973, p. 14]

 

M.A. [Mark Ashley] Dees [1840-1915], native of Cottage Hill, Alabama expired at Dayton, Ohio on 7 June  1915.  He had been an owner of The Pascagoula Democrat-Star, entrpreneur, inventor, and State Representaive from Jackson County.[The Daily Herald, June 10, 1915, p. 2]

 

 

 

1951

George P. Money

George Pierson Money (1867-1951), the elder brother of H.D. Money, was born in Hinds County, Mississippi.  Like his brother, George P. Money was a lawyer having studied for the bar examination in Carrollton, Mississippi.  In 1891, he was admitted to the bar there and practiced law for twenty-five years.  When his father was in the Senate, young Money resided in Washington D.C. and worked as a file clerk in the House of Representatives document room and was chief clerk in the folding room of the House of Representatives.  He also worked on a USGS survey team, which was mapping the region near the District of Columbia.(The Daily Herald, March 7, 1951, p. 1)           

 

George P. Money’s law experience was quite varied.  From 1893 to 1900, he worked as the assistant U.S. attorney for the Territory of New Mexico.  In November 1904, he ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for the position of delegate to Congress from the New Mexico Territory.  In 1905, the G.P. Money family relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  He was the deputy clerk and U.S. commissioner at Biloxi from 1918 until 1949.(The Daily Herald, June 3, 1948, p. 6 and March 7, 1951, p. 1)               

 

At heart, George P. Money was a newspaperman.  His early experience was with The Chattanooga Evening News and The Greenwood Enterprise, where he co-published with Governor James K. Vardaman (1861-1930).  During WW I, Money became associated with The Daily Herald.  He was with this journal for thirty-two years and was its longtime editor.(ibid.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BILOXI NEWSPAPERS

 

The Seashore Sentinel-The Biloxi Sentinel

 

 

[The Daily Picayune, April 2, 1851, p. 3]

 

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The Biloxi Mirror

August 1875-November 1876

1875-1876            

[The Orangeburg News and Times [South Carolina], August 14, 1875, p. 4]

 

 

[The New Orleans Republican, November 5, 1876, p. 5]

 

 

REFERERNCES:

 

The Daily Herald 50th Golden Jubilee Number Biographical and Historical 1884-1934, (The Daily Herald: Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi-1934).

 

Twentieth Century Coast Edition of the Biloxi Daily Herald: Historical and Biographical(George W. Wilkes & Sons: Biloxi-1902).

 

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1884

The Biloxi Herald

 

G.W. Wilkes                                           M.B.Richmond

George Washington Wilkes [1854-1915] and Marion Berry Richmond [1846-1930], a veteran of the Siege of Vicksburg and Wilkes’ partner at The Pascagoula Democrat-Star, relocated to Biloxi from Pascagoula in 1884 and commenced a new weekly journal, The Biloxi Herald.  By 1898, Wilkes was the sole proprietor of the paper and on August 16, 1898, printed his first daily issue, The Biloxi Daily Herald.[The Daily Picayune, September 6, 1884, p. 2 and The Biloxi Daily Herald, August 16, 1898, p. 1]

 

Before his 20th year, G.W. Wilkes was engaged in printing in the Hoosier State.  He came South and was a resident of Pascagoula as early as January 1877.  He advertised as representing The New Orleans Times where at his office the latest telegraphic news could be acquired for a nickel.[1870 Gibson Co., Indiana Federal Census R M593_316, p. 305A and The Pascagoula Democrat-Star, January 12, 1877, p. 5]

 

Anecdotal history relates that he had been domiciled at New Orleans prior to relocating to the Gulf Coast. It is known that his sister, Ada Jane Wilkes Klocke [1859-1878], wife of Gustave A. Klocke [1860-1908], former printer for The Daily Picayune, expired in the Crescent City on 16 October from Yellow Fever.[The Pascagoula Democrat-Star, October 18, 1878, p. 4 and The Daily Picayune, July 26, 1908, p. 4]

 

Before G.W. Wilkes embarked in the newspaper and printing business at Pascagoula, he was the proprietor of a clothing store.  This was short lived as in September 1881, he and Marion B. Richmond acquired one-half interest in The Pascagoula Democrat-Star from M.A. Dees.  Captain P.K. Mayers, their partner, remained a business manager of the journal.[The Pascagoula Democrat-Star, March 25, 1881, p. 3 and September 30, 1881, p. 3

 

By the time of his demise on 29 March 1915, George Washington Wilkes, who had survived, murder of a fellow editor; major Biloxi conflagrations; multiple office relocations; and several hurricanes, had left his newspaper in the capable stewardship of his widow and children.  He had opened a Gulfport office in 1911 and was printing his newspaper there as well.  Son, Eugene ‘Gene’ P. Wilkes, would lead The Daily Herald until it was sold in July 1968 to the State-Record Company of Columbia, South Carolina.[The Daily Herald, August 24, 1911; July 10, 1968; and October 15, 1973, p. 14]

 

Under the aegis of Roland Weeks Jr. who became president of Gulf Publishing, a State-Record subsidiary, The Daily Herald continued to prosper.  Today, the printed word has reached a nadir not ever seen in American journalism.  Contributing factors are television, social media, aging Baby Boomers [who can read], apathetic Generation X and Millennials, and the recent advent of ‘fake news’.  What’s in your information repertoire?

 

 

1891

The Biloxi Herald moved into its new office building adjacent to the Masonic Opera House on Pass Christian Street about April 15, 1891.  The structure was built by John R. Harkness and was central and desirable than their last quarters.(The Biloxi Herald, April 4, 1891, p. 4)

 

THE BILOXI HERALD

$2.00 Per Year

OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF HARRISON COUNTY.

OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF TOWN OF BILOXI.

OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF HARRISON CO. FARMERS’ ALLIANCE.

George W. Wilkes, Publisher

(T.H. Glenn, 1893, advertisement)

 

1896

Captain John H. Miller (1847-1928) assumed editorial control of The Biloxi Herald on October 31, 1896 from George W. Wilkes (1854-1915).  Captain Miller left the journal on May 1, 1898 when the co-partnership, G.W. Wilkes & Company, was dissolved leaving G.W. Wiles sole owner of The Biloxi Herald.(The Biloxi Herald, June 11, 1898, p. 1 and The Daily Herald, April 23, 1928, p. 2)

 

Captain John H. Miller

 

John Henry Miller (1847-1928) born December 14, 1847 at Paulding, Jasper County, Mississippi.  During the Civil War, he enlisted in ‘The Jasper Grays’, Company F of the 16th Mississippi Regiment serving three year as a Lieutenant Robert E.  Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.  Returning from the conflict, he married Alice Sophie Miller (1852-1916) circa 1871, and they were childless. During and post-Reconstruction, J.H. Miller was a newspaper man. (The Biloxi Daily Herald, 1902, p. 52)

William F. Gray, editor.

 

THE BILOXI DAILY HERALD

1898

 

 

 

1902

H.S. Evans, editor and E.H. Benedict, manager of the Herald Printery.

 

 

The Daily Herald

 

 

Editor George P. Money

George Pierson Money (1867-1951), the elder brother of H.D. Money, was born in Hinds County, Mississippi.  Like his brother, George P. Money was a lawyer having studied for the bar examination in Carrollton, Mississippi.  In 1891, he was admitted to the bar there and practiced law for twenty-five years.  When his father was in the Senate, young Money resided in Washington D.C. and worked as a file clerk in the House of Representatives document room and was chief clerk in the folding room of the House of Representatives.  He also worked on a USGS survey team, which was mapping the region near the District of Columbia.(The Daily Herald, March 7, 1951, p. 1)           

George P. Money’s law experience was quite varied.  From 1893 to 1900, he worked as the assistant U.S. attorney for the Territory of New Mexico.  In November 1904, he ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for the position of delegate to Congress from the New Mexico Territory.  In 1905, the G.P. Money family relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  He was the deputy clerk and U.S. commissioner at Biloxi from 1918 until 1949.(The Daily Herald, June 3, 1948, p. 6 and March 7, 1951, p. 1)               

At heart, George P. Money was a newspaperman.  His early experience was with The Chattanooga Evening News and The Greenwood Enterprise, where he co-published with Governor James K. Vardaman (1861-1930).  During WW I, Money became associated with The Daily Herald.  He was with this journal for thirty-two years and was its longtime editor.(ibid.)

 

 

 

REFERENCES:

 

The Biloxi Daily Herald, Business and Professional Men, (The Biloxi Daily Herald: Biloxi, Mississippi-1902), p. .

The Daily Herald 50th Golden Jubilee Number Biographical and Historical 1884-1934, (The Daily Herald: Gulfport-Biloxi, Mississippi-1934).

Charles L. Dyer, Along The Gulf, (Women of the Trinity Episcopal Church:  Pass Christian-1971.  Originally published in 1895).

T.H. Glenn, The Mexican Gulf Coast on Mobile Bay & Mississippi Sound Illustrated, (Graham-Delchamps: Mobile, Alabama-1893).

Journals

The Biloxi Herald, “Removal”, April 4, 1891.

The Biloxi Herald, “A statement”, December 12, 1896.

The Biloxi Daily Herald, “Captain J.H. Miller acquitted”, July 10, 1897.

The Biloxi Daily Herald, “Result of unfortunate newspaper controversy”, July 10, 1897.

The Biloxi Daily Herald, “Unwarranted insinuation”, November 21, 1896.

The Biloxi Daily Herald, “Recorder’s Court”, December 12, 1896.

The Biloxi Daily Herald, “A statement”, December 12, 1896.

The Biloxi Daily Herald, “Not Guilty”, July 3, 1897.

The Biloxi Daily Herald, “Captain J.H. Miller acquitted”, July 10, 1897.

The Biloxi Daily Herald, “City News”, March 3, 1903.

The Daily Herald, ‘The Daily Herald will make improvement’, August 24, 1911.

The Daily Herald, “George Washington Wilkes”, March 30, 1915.

The Daily Herald, “Funeral of G. W. Wilkes conducted from late Howard Avenue residence”, March 30, 1915.

The  Daily Herald, “Tribute to memory of  G. W. Wilkes by editor of “The Coast Advertiser”, March 30, 1915.

The Daily Herald, ‘Diamond Jubilee’, October 3, 1959.

 

The Daily Herald, ‘Announce sale of The Daily Herald’, July 10, 1968.

The Daily Herald, ‘The Daily Herald nears century of service’, June 3, 1973.

The Daily Herald, ‘Herald celebrates 89th anniversary’, October 15, 1973.

The Pascagoula Democrat-Star, ‘Personal’, October18, 1878. 

 

The Pascagoula Democrat-Star, ‘A Change’, September 30, 1881. 

 

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1893

The Biloxi Blizzard

Louis Rosenthal (1851-1942), an 1853 Prussian immigrant, commenced The Biloxi Blizzard in February 1893.  From comments about his newspaper, it appears that it’s early months were difficult and there were times when The Biloxi Blizzard was not published.  The Biloxi Herald, a competitor, wrote in April 1894, that “after a suspension of several months, The Biloxi Blizzard made an appearance on April 1st.  L. Rosenthal appears on the masthead as editor and proprietor

The Biloxi Blizzard advertised in 1893 as follows:

 

THE BLIZZARD

Published every Wednesday by the Biloxi Publishing Company

Louis Rosenthal, Editor and Manager

Subscription $1.50 per year

(T.H. Glenn, 1893, advertisement)

 

Family

Louis Rosenthal married Brunette Levy (1868-1956) at New Orleans on February 19, 1888.  They were the parents of seven children and six sons survived to adulthood: Seligman T. Rosenthal (1889-1973); Leon Rosenthal (1890-1920+) m. Fannie Heymann; Aaron Rosenthal (1893-1917+); Jacob Rosenthal (1895-1972); Marcus Rosenthal (1902-1970); and Ezra Rosenthal (1904-1994)

 

The Mandeville Wave

The Rosenthal family left Biloxi for Mandeville, Louisiana before 1900.  Here Louis found employment with The Mandeville Wave, a small journal, as a journalist.

 

REFERENCES:

 

Charles L. Dyer, Along The Gulf, (Women of the Trinity Episcopal Church:  Pass Christian-1971.  Originally published in 1895).

 

T.H. Glenn, The Mexican Gulf Coast on Mobile Bay & Mississippi Sound Illustrated, (Graham-Delchamps: Mobile, Alabama-1893).

The Biloxi Herald, “Local Happenings”, February 4, 1893.

The Biloxi Herald, “Local Happenings”, April 7, 1894.

The Biloxi Herald, “Local Happenings”, May 25, 1895.

The Biloxi Herald, “Local Happenings”

The Biloxi Daily Herald, “City News”, March 3, 1903.

 

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1895

The Biloxi Banner

 

Biloxi Banner

[fo Along The Gulf, Dyer, 1895]

 

[The Biloxi Herald, March 16, 1895, p. 1]

 

William Edward Champlin [1866-1911]

W.E. Champlin married Rosa A. Leger in November 1891.

 

The Biloxi Banner was founded by W.E. Champlin on March 9, 1895.  Mr. Champlin was born at Handsboro, Mississippi to Lewis Champlin and Sarah

 

 

Died June 23, 1911.

 

 

REFERENCES:

The Clarion Ledger [Jackson], 'Orange Bloosoms', November 7, 1889, p. 8.

The Biloxi Herald, 'Biloxi Banner', March 16, 1895, p. 1.

The Daily Herald, 'Biloxi Banner', June 27, 1911, p. 4.

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1896

The Biloxi Review

The Biloxi Review published it first weekly newspaper on July 25, 1896.  It was commenced by H.S. Evans.

 

H.S. Evans

H.S. Evans had relocated to Gulfport by August 1897 and had taken the reins of The Gulfport Southward.  It had shown improvement under his managing skills.(The Biloxi Daily Herald, August 7, 1897 p. 1)

 

Joseph D. McKie

Joseph D. McKie (1858-1907) bought the Biloxi Review circa 1906.  He was born in Tennessee.  J.D. McKie and family arrived at Biloxi circa 1895, probably from Birmingham, Alabama.  He had married Lura McKie (1859-1919+), also a Tennessee native, who bore him two daughters, Laura J. ‘Nita’ McKie, Mississippi native, and Ernestine McKie (1881-1919), born Alabama.  Before his career as a publisher, J.D. McKie had been a druggist and have practiced his trade at New Orleans and Birmingham.(The Biloxi Daily Herald, November 5, 1907, p. 2)

 

Biloxi

At Biloxi, the McKie family was domiciled at 627 East Howard Avenue on the corner of Keller Avenue.  The Biloxi Review was moved to Gulfport and called the Gulfport Review.  The McKie women were quite industrious as Lura McKie worked as a reporter; Nita McKie was a stenographer for a naval stores company; and Ernestine McKie kept books.(1910 Harrison Co., Mississippi Federal Census T624_740, p. 9A, ED 33)

 

Demise

Joseph D. McKie expired at Biloxi, Mississippi in early November 1907.  He was a personal friend of James K. Vardaman (1861-1930), Mississippi governor from 1904 to 1908.  The body of J.D. McKie was interred in the Biloxi Cemetery.  When a Woodmen of the World monument was placed on J.D. McKie’s grave in late February 1908, former Governor Vardaman gave a speech.(The Biloxi Daily Herald, February 29, 1908, p. 4)

Nita McKie developed an illness, possibly tuberculosis, which resulted in the family relocating to Del Rio, Texas.  Lura McKie sold the family home to Joseph Comber, Biloxi merchant, for $2600 in December 1912.  Nita died at Del Rio, Texas in December 1919.  Her corporal remains were sent to Biloxi for burial near her father.(The Daily Herald, December7, 1912, p. 4 and February 4, 1919, p. 3)           

 

REFERENCES:

Twentieth Century Coast Edition of the Biloxi Daily Herald: Historical and Biographical(George W. Wilkes & Sons: Biloxi-1902), see page 48.

The Biloxi Herald,“City News”, August 1, 1896.

The Biloxi Herald,“Biloxi Review and Ocean Wave”, October 24, 1896.

The Biloxi Herald, “A heavy suit for libel”, September 12, 1896.

The Biloxi Herald,“An open letter”, September 26, 1896.[W.F. Gray, editor’s reply to Sivad [Davis] of the OS Wave]

The Biloxi Daily Herald, “Necrology”, November 5, 1907.

The Biloxi Daily Herald, “City News”, February 29, 1908.

The Daily Herald, “Several sales of Biloxi property”, December 7, 1912.

The Daily Herald, “Miss Nita McKie dead”, February 4, 1919.

 

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1939

The Gulf Coast Examiner

The Gulf Coast Examiner, a weekly journal "dedicated to Good Government" and published by the Gulf Coast Publishing Company and located at Lameuse and Washington Streets, published its first issue on June 15th.  E.J. Hosch, formerly assistant publicity director at Mississippi State College was editor and publisher.  Edward Brumfield, formerly of the Mississippi Guide, was advertising manager and superintendent of the mechanical engineering department. Other employees were: Virgil England, fomerly with the Miami, Oklahoma Daily News Record; Samuel Wells; Clyde Campbell; and Mrs. E.J. Hosch.(The Daily Herald, June 15, 1939, p. 3)

 

REFERENCES:    

The Daily Herald, ‘New weekly to be published at Biloxi’, June 15, 1939, p. 3)