Did You Know?

Did You Know?

In an attempt to give a history of newspapers in DeSoto Parish vari ous solid walls have been encountered and some newspapers could have been omitted. According to an article in an early edition of the Mansfield Enterprise Peter Shearer was reported to have published a paper in Logansport before 1843, which is the founding date of DeSoto Parish. Peter was born about 1820 in Berks Co., Penn. One of 11 children, Peter was descended from German and French Huguenot stock (most Huguenots became Methodist upon arrival in this area.) He studied law and led a pretty questionable life. His paper was called Newsboy, which was moved to Grand Cane then to Mansfield and possibly became the Advertiser.

J.W. Parsons and W.I. Hamilton published the first newspaper in Mansfield in 1849 the Mansfield Advertiser – Volume No. 6 was dated May 19, 1849. Local news was not as important in the early papers because the local news was scattered among the residents much faster than it could be printed. Front page news was usually national, state and agricultural news.

 

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