George B. Campbell

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George Barnes Campbell

(The Hammond Vindicator)


Born June 10, 1879
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Died February 27, 1967
Hammond
Tangipahoa Parish
Louisiana
Spouse (1) Laurice Brasseaux Campbell
(two daughters)

(2) Stella Bickham Warner Campbell
(one stepson)

Religion Methodist

George Barnes Campbell (June 10, 1879[1] – February 27, 1967), was a journalist who in 1919 launched the former The Hammond Vindicator newspaper in Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish in southeastern Louisiana, published every Thursday.

A native of the capital city of Raleigh, North Carolina, he was the son of John M. and Mary Moore Campbell. He attended public schools in Newburn in Dyer County in northwestern Tennessee, and attendended Vanderbilt University in the capital city of Nashville, Tennessee. From 1902 to 1905, he was a reporter for The Nashville American. He then became the compositor for the former New Orleans States in New Orleans but moved to Hammond in 1907 to be editor of the former Louisiana Sun, a position he held for a decade. From 1917 to 1919, he was assistant city editor of the San Antonio Express-News in San Antonio, Texas, but soon returned to Hammond to establish The Hammond Vindicator, a revised weekly paper from the former The Southern Vindicator, previously The Hammond Graphic.[2]

Under Campbell, The Vindicator posted two mottoes on its front-page banner: "Land of Sunshine, Moonshine and Flowers" and, to show that Campbell was willing to step on toes, "Let the Fur Fly."[3]

He was best known for his folklore column called "The Stroller", which chronicled life in Hammond over four decades, often informing readers of such mundane topics as who had purchased a new automobile or had a child or did not cut the grass. He wrote about potholes, locomotive noise and new dishes at local eateries. C. Howard Nichols, a retired professor of Louisiana history at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, said of The Vindicator: "Well it really was, in its hey-day, a wonderful window on life in Hammond." Campbell sold The Vindicator in 1966, but it was not obtained by The Hammond Daily Star, the current newspaper in Hammond, until 2003.[3]

In 1907, Campbell married the former Laurice Brasseaux of St. Francisville in West Feliciana Parish, by whom he had two daughters, Mary C. Zulma and Mildred C. Furbos (1908-1997),[4] who subsequently worked with her father on The Vindicator and inherited his concern for the community.[3] From the second marriage to Stella Bickham of Warnerton in neighboring Washington Parish, he acquired a stepson, James W. Warner. A Methodist, Campbell died at the age of eighty-six in Hammond and is interred there at Greenlawn Cemetery,[2][5] as is his daughter Mildred.[4]

References

  1. George B. Campbell. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on September 24, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Campbell, George Barnes in A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Louisiana Historical Association (1988). Retrieved on September 24, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 David J. Mitchell (September 8, 2003). Daily Star acqiuires Vindicator. Hammond Star. Retrieved on September 24, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mildred Furbos. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on September 24, 2017.
  5. New Orleans Times-Picayune, February 28, 1967.