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Live Oak daily Democrat. : (Live Oak, Fla.) 190?-190?
Alternative Titles:
  • Daily Democrat
  • Evening Democrat
Place of publication:
Live Oak, Fla.
Geographic coverage:
  • Live Oak, Suwannee, Florida  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Live Oak Pub. Co.
Dates of publication:
Daily (except Sunday)
  • English
  • Florida--Live Oak.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01215211
  • Florida--Suwannee County.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01215228
  • Live Oak (Fla.)--Newspapers.
  • Suwannee County (Fla.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 239 (Aug. 27, 1906).
  • Editor: Chas. W. Irvin, <1907>.
  • Latest issue consulted: Vol. 3, no. 26 (Dec. 7, 1907).
  • The Live Oak (FL) Daily Democrat [LCCN: sn95026788] began publishing in 1906 as a daily (except Sunday) and continued at least into December of 1907. This brief-run title supplemented the weekly edition, the Suwannee Democrat [LCCN: sn95026787], begun in 1884. The Live Oak Daily Democrat, describing itself as a "Democratic" newspaper, was edited by Charles W. Irwin. Very little is known about Charles W. Irwin. Live Oak is the seat of Suwannee County (FL) government. Suwannee County is surrounded on three sides by the Suwannee River. And, its karst topography gives the area an abundance of natural springs and fresh water. Industries of the region, particularly during the Live Oak Daily Democrat's years of publication, were lumber, turpentine and cotton. Live Oak was known for its grist and lumber mills. The character of these industries and the regional economy survived through the 1920s, when economic down-turn resulted in change. Because of its brief run, these changes cannot be seen in the Live Oak Daily Democrat. Instead, more of the local and rural character of early 20th century Suwannee County and Live Oak in particular is seen in its pages. --E. Kesse, University of Florida Digital Library Center.
  • Weekly ed.: Suwannee Democrat.
sn 95026788
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Suwannee Democrat and Live Oak Daily Democrat

The Live Oak Suwannee Democrat is one of the oldest continuously published weeklies in the State of Florida. It began in 1884 in Live Oak, which at the turn of the century was the fifth largest city in Florida, preceded only by Jacksonville, Pensacola, Tampa, and Key West. The Suwannee Democrat enjoyed a corresponding reputation as a journalistic leader in the state.

As its name suggests, the newspaper in its early days was affiliated with the Democratic Party. Its first editor hid under an assumed name when he was suspected of murder. A deathbed confession by the actual perpetrator allowed him to resume his true identity: F.R. McCormack, about whom, however, little else is known. From 1906 through 1907, the Suwannee Democrat was supplemented by the Live Oak Daily Democrat, edited by Charles W. Irwin.

The rural character of early 20th-century Suwannee County, well known for its grist and lumber mills and poultry farms, is visible in the pages of the Suwannee Democrat. Indeed, over the years the newspaper has won numerous awards from the Florida Press Association for the quality of its agricultural reporting.

Fires have taken their toll on the Suwannee Democrat. In 1906, a disgruntled printer left Live Oak by railroad on the night that the newspaper’s offices were burned to the ground. In October 1995, a fire destroyed a historic block of Live Oak’s downtown, and the newspaper’s office was one of the casualties. Lost in the fire were the last known issues of the Suwannee Democrat dating from 1897 through 1900.

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