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The Daily times. : (Donaldsonville, La.) 1896-1909
Place of publication:
Donaldsonville, La.
Geographic coverage:
  • Donaldsonville, Ascension, Louisiana  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Daily Times Pub. Co.
Dates of publication:
  • Began with Apr. 7, 1896 issue; ceased in 1909.
Daily (except Sun.)
  • English
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 2 (Apr. 8, 1896).
  • Issue dated Feb. 1898 is "Trade edition-special number."
sn 88064311
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The Daily Times

In the late 1890s, the editors of the Daily Times of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, described their town as the "metropolis of the Sugar Belt and a center of the lusty New South." The surrounding area had been settled in the late 18th century by French Acadians and Spanish Isleños(Canary Islanders); immigrants from many other parts of Europe and the United States arrived throughout the 19th century. Planning of the town itself began around 1806, and it briefly served as the capital of Louisiana in 1830-31. Located along the Mississippi River at the heart of Louisiana's sugar-growing district, much of Donaldsonville was destroyed by the Union navy during the Civil War. Though sugar continues to be an important part of the local economy, today the area is mainly known for its petrochemical industry.

The Donaldsonville Daily Times was founded in 1896 by James Von Lotten (1868-1955). Born in Louisiana to German immigrants, Von Lotten apprenticed at the Donaldsonville Chief before starting the short-lived Ascension News, a gubernatorial campaign paper, in 1892. With Von Lotten as publisher and Richard McCulloh and J. P. Campbell as editors, the Daily Times carried mostly local news. The four- to eight-page journal avoided the political struggles of previous generations, focusing instead on advocating for civic improvements and portraying Donaldsonville as a progressive community- hence the paper's French motto, "En avant" ("Forward").

In addition to news, the Daily Times carried brief personal notes; advertisements; a directory of town and parish officials, doctors and lawyers, and African-American clubs and associations; agricultural advice and information on the Ascension Parish sugar and cypress industries; a "Woman's World" column and other domestic advice; news of local entertainments, especially horse and bicycle races; and a wide selection of fiction and general-interest essays. A special "trade edition," dated February 1898, contains photographs of prominent Donaldsonville buildings and biographical sketches of the town's leading businessmen, including James Von Lotten and Richard McCulloh of the Daily Times.

The Daily Times was published until 1909, when it was consolidated with the Donaldsonville Chief.

Provided by: Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA