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About The Weekly Iberville south. (Plaquemine, La.) 1881-1936
Plaquemine, La. (1881-1936)
- The Weekly Iberville south. : (Plaquemine, La.) 1881-1936
- Alternative Titles:
- Iberville south
- Place of publication:
- Plaquemine, La.
- Geographic coverage:
- William A. Bryan
- Dates of publication:
- Vol. 5, no. 36 (July 16, 1881)-v. 63, no. 43 (Aug. 14, 1936).
- Plaquemine (La.)--Newspapers.
- "Official journal of Iberville Parish. Official journal of town of Plaquemine ..."
- Title varies: Iberville south, May 3, 1884-Jan. 31, 1885.
- sn 88064393
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The Weekly Iberville South
Plaquemine, Louisiana, is the seat of Iberville Parish. Settled in the 18th century, this part of Louisiana developed into a rich sugar-growing region over the next 100 years; its cypress swamps were also an important source of rot-resistant lumber, which was used for house construction and shipbuilding. Located along the Mississippi River, today Iberville Parish is at the heart of Louisiana's petrochemical corridor.
Clarence Ward began publishing the Iberville South in 1865. It changed ownership and titles several times between then and 1881, when it was being issued as the Weekly Iberville South and edited by William A. Bryan. Subsequent editors and publishers included A. J. Reynolds, Charles E. Schwing, and W. S. Hart, among others.
Published on Saturdays in four pages, the South was a typical small-town Louisiana newspaper that reported a mix of news from around the world, with a strong emphasis on state and local politics. Other content included articles on the sugar and lumber-milling industries; the construction and maintenance of roads, railroads, and protective levees; the minutes of the Iberville Parish police jury (similar to county councils in other states); personal notes, marriage notices, obituaries, and advertisements; and a wide selection of general-interest essays and fiction. Of special interest are reports on the Gay family. Edward J. Gay, a prominent local planter and businessman, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1885 to 1889. His grandson, Edward J. Gay III, was U.S. Senator for Louisiana from 1918 to 1921.
Provided by: Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA