The Daily Herald was moved from Biloxi to Gulfport in 1909, 25 years after the paper was established in 1884.|
The Gulfport building housed the newspaper offices and press. It was home to the newspaper, then an afternoon edition, until 1970, when the paper moved into its present location on DeBuys Road.
The law firm Bryant and Stennis bought the downtown Gulfport building in the early 1980s and had been there until Hurricane Katrina destroyed the building. The south half was "darn near obliterated," said partner Bill Whitfield, by water and storm surge, but the facade, including The Daily Herald symbol, is intact.
A story about Bryant, Dukes and Blakeslee is in the recent issue of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association magazine, "Quarterly," which tells what happened to the firm during Hurricane Katrina and where they are now.
The building at 1639 E. Pass Road (formerly housing the Thrifty Nickel) is now home to the law offices of Bryant, Dukes and Blakeslee, which actually is in three separate buildings because all 25 lawyers, plus staff, were sardined in the Pass Road office.
As for the downtown location, its future is under consideration. Options concerning location and relocation are being weighed, but no decisions have been made and will be put off until the practice is fully staffed and they have fully regrouped, Whitfield said.