Charles Franklin Hildebrand

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Charles Franklin Hildebrand

(American journalist and newspaper publisher)

Born November 19, 1893
Wabash, Indiana, USA

Resided in Jennings
Jeff Davis Parish, Louisiana
(1930 to 1957)

Died December 14, 1966 (aged 73)
Peterborough, New Hampshire
Spouse Mildred May Brown (married 1920)

Franklin Hildebrand and Elizabet (last name unavailable)
Charles and Sarah Jane Spencer Hildebrand
Alma mater:
Manchester University (Indiana)
University of London

Charles Franklin Hildebrand, usually known as Franklin Hildebrand (November 19, 1893 – December 14, 1966),[1] was an American journalist who from 1930 to 1957 published the Jeff Davis Parish News, subsequently renamed the Jennings Daily News and located in Jennings in Jeff Davis Parish in southwestern Louisiana.[2][3]

Biographical sketch

A native of Wabash in Wabash County, in northern Indiana, Hildebrand was the son of Charles Hildebrand and the former Sarah Jane Spencer. He was educated in the Wabash schools, Manchester University in North Manchester, Indiana, and the University of London in London, England.[2]

During World War I, Hildebrand served in the Third Infantry Division of the United States Army. He fought in the battles of the Second Marne and the Argonne Forest and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for gallantry in action.[2] On November 10, 1920, he married the former Mildred May Brown in Maryland. She was a daughter of Isaac Theodore Brown and the former Sarah Elizabeth Sibley. The couple had two children, Franklin (born 1929) and Elizabeth (born 1933).[2]

Hildebrand owned newspapers in Portland, Indiana, and Elkin, North Carolina, prior to his purchase in 1930 of The Jeff Davis Parish News. In 1948, he converted the Jeff Davis newspaper to The Jennings Daily News. He sold the paper in 1957 and retired to New Hampshire. A public lecturer, Hildebrand was also active in civic affairs. He helped to organize the Jennings Production Credit Association. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the World War II Selective Service System board, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Masonic lodge, Rotary International, and the Jennings Chamber of Commerce.[2]

On retirement, Hildebrand wrote 104 newspaper columns about the history of Jefferson Davis Parish, which were published after his death in book form entitled As I Remember. He died in Peterborough in Hillsborough County in southern New Hampshire, and is interred in nearby Temple, New Hampshire.[2]


  1. Social Security Death Index. Retrieved on June 22, 2011; under pay wall.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Hildebrand, Charles Franklin. Louisiana Historical Association: A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Retrieved on November 14, 2019.
  3. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography uses Hildebrand's As I Remember and his obituary from The Jennings Daily News (December 15, 1966) as sources for its sketch of the subject.