I had occasionally gently prodded the owner of the Wilson Daily Times to get their back catalog digitized so that people could use a searchable database instead losing their eyesight futilely searching for articles on microfilm.
And guess what? Yes, you are correct! He finally got it digitized through NewspaperArchive.com
But there is a catch. You can only search it at the Wilson County Public Library. It’s not a bad catch.
Zion’s Landmark is the Newsletter of the Primitive Baptist Church and is a great source of genealogical information. It was printed in this building along with the Wilson Daily Times and you can see their names fading from the brick facade. Image belongs to the NCSU Libraries’ Rare and Unique Digital Collections.
Image belongs to the NCSU Libraries’ Rare and Unique Digital Collections
The great- granddaughter of Pleasant Daniel Gold (founder of the Wilson Daily Times and Zion’s Landmark) was visiting today from Tennessee, so I poked around for some information about him and came across two photographs of the original WDT building. The images are a part of North Carolina State University Libraries’ Rare and Unique Digital Collections. and there are more pictures of Wilson County architecture and agriculture at their site. According to the metadata, P.D. Gold started the the Wilson Daily Times from this building in 1896 and ran it for two years before handing it over to his brother, John Gold, to run while he moved to Greensboro to start the Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company. The building was probably destroyed soon after this picture was taken in 1959.
This month is just about spent but did you know that the first newspaper in North Carolina, The North Carolina Gazette was printed in August 1751? The press was started by James Davis in New Bern and there is an interesting article about the paper over at the UNC Chapel Hill Archives webpage