Wilson Daily Times is Now Digitized

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.

 

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The Wilson Daily Times and Zion’s Landmark Started Here

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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.

Wilson Daily Times

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.