NEWSPAPER HAS 109TH BIRTHDAY Woodville Republican Is the Oldest Publication in Mississippi NATCHEZ, July 17 With the recent recent issue of the Woodville Republican, Republican, -weekly -weekly newspaper published at Woodville, in Wilkinson county, 40 miles north of Natchez, the editor editor and proprietor, Robert Lewis, announces that the paper celebrated celebrated its 109th birthday. He adds that so far as he knows the paper has never missed an issue and that it is doubtless the oldest paper and the oldest business Institution in the state of MississippL Editor Lewis said that the first record he has found of the Woodville Woodville Republican is contained in a deed of trust in the chancery clerk's office in Woodville. This deed which was filed November 27, 1823 was given to Andrew Marchalk of Natchez, by William A. A. Chis-holm Chis-holm Chis-holm of Woodville to secure an indebtedness indebtedness of one thousand dollars for the purchase of a printing press, fonts of Brevier. Pica, Long primer Double Pica and German Text type for stick galleys, cases, etc., and "all other articles" and implements of printing material owned by C. C. Mills In printing the Monticello Gazette, loies for the purchase of this material, which were given by Mr. Chisholm, were all paid and the deed had been cancelled on July 18, 1827. There has been considerable argument argument as to who published the first newspaper in Mississippi. Some say it was Colonel Andrew Marchalk, while others contend it was not and that there were others who published papers before Mar-chalk's Mar-chalk's Mar-chalk's time. However, he is generally generally recognized as the father of the press in Mississippi. His newspapers newspapers were published here under th enames of the Natchez Gazette, Mississippi Herald, Washington Republican Republican and the Mississippi state Gazette.