Union Parish Louisiana
Of the numerous newspapers published in Union Parish prior to 1900, we only have surviving issues of three papers published in the Town of Farmerville:
Two of most colorful characters in nineteenth century Union Parish were undoubtedly Thomas Charles Lewis, III (30 July 1838 – 12 Jan 1900) and Yankee-born James Etherington Trimble (22 Feb 1834 – 19 Dec 1887). Both men had outstanding careers as judges, lawyers, and school teachers. They also both founded and edited newspapers in Farmerville for extended period of time, making them Union Parish's two leading newspapermen of their era. Lewis and Trimble were also political archrivals and bitter enemies. Vicious political differences arose during the Reconstruction Era (1868 – 1876) among Union Parish citizens, and Trimble and Lewis served as the leaders and spokesmen for two opposing factions. For more details, see this Brief History of Union Parish Newspapers.
Union Parish's pre-1900 Surviving Newspapers Newspaper Name Date Founded Founder Union Record Feb 1866 Thomas C. Lewis, III Gazette 1878 James E. Trimble Home Advocate Feb 1885 Thomas C. Lewis, III
To read some of the barbs traded in print by Lewis and Trimble in 1885, scan the July and August abstracts of the "Home Advocate" below. To read about the shootout in Farmerville in December 1887 that took the lives of both Judge Trimble and Judge Lewis' friend, Farmerville attorney James A. Ramsey, read the articles published in the "Ouachita Telegraph", the "Daily Capitolian Advocate", the "New York Times" dated 20 December 1887 and 21 December 1887, or in other nationwide newspapers.
Abstracts of Early Union Parish Newspapers
|Newspaper||Dates of Paper||Item Submitted||Contributor|
|Union Record||14 March 1873||Nov 2001||T. D. Hudson|
|16 Jan 1874||May 2004|| Stephanie
|26 May 1876||Nov 2001||T. D. Hudson|
|Jan – Feb 1886|
|4 June 1886|
|10 June 1887|
|Gazette||2 July 1884||Oct 2006|
|3 Mar 1886||Nov 2006|
|23 Feb 1887||Dec 2006|
|14 Mar 1888||Nov 2006|
|March 1894||Oct 2006|
|April 1894||Nov 2006|
|May 1894||Dec 2006|
|June 1894||Apr 2008|
|July 1894||coming soon|
|Aug 1894||coming soon|
|30 Dec 1896||Nov 2008|
|11 Jan 1899|
|8 Mar 1899|
|22 March 1905||Nov 2006|
Stephanie Odom-Robertson secured these photographs of the 16 January 1874 issue of the Union Record for us from the Center for American History at the University of Texas – Austin.
Go back to:
Union Parish Louisiana USGenWeb Archives Main Page
This page was last updated on 6 March 2010.