This edition of Press-Herald is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Press-Herald’s birth as a daily newspaper. In this article I hope to briefly examine the “family tree” of today’s local publication.

The name Minden Herald goes back more than 160 years in local history, exactly how far back is hard to tell. The first Minden Herald was the product of a fascinating character in local history, W. Jasper Blackburn.

Early Days Were Rocky

William Jasper Blackburn came to Claiborne Parish in the late 1840s from Arkansas. He settled in Minden and became publisher of the Minden Herald. Politically, he was a Democrat,

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