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About The Home Journal (Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, V.I.) 1951-1973

The Home Journal was published by Earl B. Ottley from 1951 to 1973 in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Initially, the newspaper was published on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, with four pages on weekdays and six pages on Saturdays. However, by 1953, Fridays were also included in the publication schedule.

The newspaper included a weekly supplement titled “Focus,” which was released on Sundays until November 1971, after which it was released on Saturdays from December 1971 to December 1973. During the period of 1968-1969, the Saturday edition of The Home Journal was distributed and sold separately on St. Croix as The Crucian Journal. Additionally, the volumes from October 1969 to March 1971 included a monthly supplement called “Carib.”

The Home Journal was a regional newspaper that included comprehensive coverage of Puerto Rico through its columns, “Puerto Rico Notebook” and “Puerto Rico Potpourri.” In addition to its weekly comics section, “the Funny Page,” the newspaper also featured the column “Clocking the Town,” which provided candid perspectives from residents on various community happenings. The publication also included public notices, calls for bids, and comprehensive legislative proceedings through its “Journal of the Legislature” and “Journal of the First Legislature of the Virgin Islands.”

Editorials and open letters by Crucian labor leader Ashley Totten were a prominent feature. Totten helped to unionize the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first African-American-led labor organization to receive charter in the American Federation of Labor. Another recurring column, “Mortar Pestle” by V.I. Unity Party, provided political and legislative editorials on the latest laws and bills under consideration. The syndicated column “My Pet Peeve” by Mike Bennett was also featured. On May 18, 1956, the newspaper added the syndicated column “Across the Desk,” which offered insights from editors of other newspapers across the US.

In June 1956, the Saturday issue of The Home Journal was expanded to include additional syndicated columns such as “Sunday Sermon,” “Sports Corner,” “Scanning the News,” “Easy Does It” (recipes), and celebrity news, among others. In the same year, the publication also added “Undah De Markit,” which was written in vernacular English. The “Women’s League Newsbox” provided updates on the latest happenings within St. Croix and St. Thomas’ women’s leagues.

In 1973, The Home Journal became The Weekly journal and ran under that title for one year. After that, the newspaper split and became The St. Croix journal and The St. Thomas journal, both published until 1974. The Weekly journal reemerged and remained in print until 1975.

Provided By: University of the Virgin Islands

About this Newspaper


  • The Home Journal (Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, V.I.) 1951-1973

Other Title

  • Sunday issues for have title: Sunday journal


  • Ottley, Earle B.

Dates of Publication

  • 1951-1973

Created / Published

  • Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, V.I. : Earle B. Otley, 1951-1973.


  • -  United States Virgin Islands--Newspapers
  • -  United States Virgin Islands
  • -  United States--Virgin Islands--Saint Thomas--Charlotte Amalie


  • Newspapers


  • -  Daily (except Sun.), Dec. 1971-1973
  • -  1st year, no. 1 (Jan. 25, 1951)-21st year, no. 6144 (Jan. 12, 1973).
  • -  Vols. for Oct. 1969-Mar. 1971 include a monthly supplement called Carib.
  • -  Includes a weekly supplement called Focus, Sundays to Nov. 1971; Saturdays, Dec. 1971-Dec. 1972.
  • -  Available on microfilm from Library of Congress Photoduplication Service.
  • -  Saturday edition, 1968-1969, distributed and sold separately on St. Croix as the Crucian journal.
  • -  Weekly journal (Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands : 1973) (DLC)sn 84037504


  • 21 volumes : illustrations ; 38 cm

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn84037503

OCLC Number

  • 10443618

ISSN Number

  • 2996-9158

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Chicago citation style:

The Home Journal Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, V.I. -1973. (Charlotte Amalie, VI), Jan. 1 1951.

APA citation style:

(1951, January 1) The Home Journal Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, V.I. -1973. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

The Home Journal Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, V.I. -1973. (Charlotte Amalie, VI) 1 Jan. 1951. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,