Picayune Main St, Inc

200 Highway 11, South
P.O. Box 1656
Picayune, MS  39466
Phone: 601-799-3070
Fax:  601-749-3319
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City of Picayune Map

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Eliza Jane

Eliza Jane Poitevent Holbrook Nicholson, 1843-1896 was raised by relatives in Hobolochitto, MS.  Eliza- “Pearl Rivers” was the first woman publisher of a United States  newspaper

Colonel Holbrook, Publisher of The Picayune, a New Orleans Newspaper named after a Spanish coin, named Eliza literary editor. The Picayune later merged with The Daily Times now Times Picayune.

Holbrook married Eliza in 1872. At Holbrook’s death in 1876, the paper was $80,000 in debt. George Nicholson, business manager, assisted financially.

Eliza paid off the debt and married Nicholson. They had two sons, Yorke Poitevent and Leonard Kimball Nicholson.

In 1877, Eliza encouraged private donations to help complete the railroad line to New Orleans. Eliza named two the spurs along the line in 1883- Nicholson & Picayune.

Board of Directors

- Tom Milar
Vice President:
- Jessica Tebo
- Suzan Wilson
- Tim Hart
- Bill Edwards
- Gidget O'Daniels
- Norman Howell
- Eric Morris
- Byron Hill
- Ted Barze'
- Raquel Theriot


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Jo Scheel


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