Opelousas Patriot (Patriote des Opelousas) – 1855-1863. A bilingual paper issued every fortnight (two weeks) until 1859, when it became a weekly. In 1855, the paper was stared by Mr. Dejean, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Livingston. In 1857, the office of the Opelousas Patriot newspaper was located in the Ealer building on the corner of Main and Landry streets (called the Ealer Corner), with Chas. N. Ealer as editor. Whig and Native American views were expressed. This paper took the place of the St. Landry Whig. In 1858, Mr. Elbet Gantt, who was the president of the St. Landry Parish Police Jury, owned the Opelousas Patriot. In January of that year, Mr. William R. Spencer was the editor. By April the paper had a new editor, Mr. S. B. Nolley from Calcasieu. The Opelousas Patriot changed hands in 1860 with Mr. R. Chachere being the sole proprietor. The editorial staff in the 1860s were John E. King, Caleb L. Swayze and Thomas A. Cooke, MD.
This is the Business Guide that appeared in late 1859 editions of the Opelousas Patriot.
Opelousas had a Fencing Room that opened in 1861 on Main Street, next to the Union Hotel. This is the ad that appeared in the Opelousas Patriot several times that year, beginning on March 2, 1861.
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