Of all of the interesting old articles that I've found
while reading through my newspaper collection, some stand out above the rest
for one reason or another. I have begin keeping a list of these more notable
stories, which you can browse through if you like.
Why would any of these stories have made the Favorites
It might be a great example of the genealogical clues
one can find in these old newspapers.
It might feature news about early "fair and balanced" journalism. (Yeah, right.)
It may be unusually descriptive, rivaling anything
you'd see today on TV for the inducement of a cringe.
It might be especially true to its time and place.
It might be really weird.
It might be a real tear-jerker.
It might be doggoned FUNNY!
I won't try to explain myself any more than that. You might agree
with me on some of them, and you might not on others. I won't argue with
Do you have a personal favorite page on this website?
Is it one of your formerly-slippery ancestors
(genealogically speaking, of course), finally pinned down to some actual paper
evidence? Or a news story that happened in their hometown at the time
they lived there, so that you know you're reading the hot news of their
Is it something that made you smile, or something that
brought tears to your eyes, even after all these years?
Is it a story that reminded you of everything our ancestors
went through so that we could have such wonderful lives today? Personally, I'm
not just proud to be an American, I'm humbly grateful to be an
Or is it a story that made you laugh so hard that you were
in danger of snorting coffee or OJ through your nose at the breakfast
If you have a favorite story, ad, recipe, photo, or
postcard on this website (or two - who's counting?),
me here with the link and tell me why you like it. I'd be
positively tickled to know what's caught your eye!
My Favorite "Antique" News Stories from This Site:
in Willard, Ohio, 1920
F. S. MONROE Requests Return of Borrowed Iron Mortar, Taunton,
Massachusetts, 1837. Imagine having to take out a newspaper ad to get your
Robert HOWARD's Lament, or Lawyers Will Be Lawyers! Maidstone, Kent, England, 1840
William PELKY Ordered to Re-Marry Wife he Abandoned, Battle Creek, 1909
NORTH, FURNER, BURKE
Charles FLORRA Arrested at Edith TERRY's Bawdy House, 1889
McDONALD Arrested as Vagrant After Strange Behavior on Street Corner, Omaha, 1889
A Loafer and a Lady.... Or... A Hymnal Makes a Fine Weapon, NY, 1881
William BROWN Gets a Day Job, Indianapolis, 1874
And from the "Why Are We Not Surprised?" Department, Franz BERNARD Refuses to Answer Census Enumerator, IL, 1880
Hanged Man Resurrected! CO, 1880
Barefoot Bride, TN 1887
Couple Elopes to Washington, 1875
Judge WILSON Sentences Richard WILSON, the "Latchkey Man," 1893
Outlaw Frank MORRIS Tried, Philadelphia, 1866
SMITH, CREGG, ALLISON, PERRY, McMULLEN
What Happens When You Play with Guns? 1916 Imagine how this would be reported today.
Republican Riot in Louisiana, 1874 Dickens himself couldn't have picked a better name for the arrestee...
What's in a Name? New Orleans, 1871
STARKAIATAWKWA, SMITH, BINGMAN
WESTLY & COWLES Tie the Knot in Jail, AL, 1876
BANDY, SULLIVAN, BEAL, ROBINSON, BARBER
W. NURSE Residence Burns Down; Neighbors Help Rebuild, Townsend, 1825
Galvanic Belt Restores Lost Manhood! 1888
Homicide in Philadelphia: Hugh MEERTHA hit by Passing Stray Bullet, Rival Hose Companies, 1853
Luigi Likes Ice Cream, so... 1911
Mississippi Editor DUFFIELD Attacked by SMITH Brothers, Gets Best of Them, Claiborne County, 1840
Macon, GA BBQ - Including the Biggest Opossum Ever Seen in Macon! 1876
Missing Person: James HUNTER, son of John & Joanna HUNTER of Prince William County, Virginia, Last Known to be in Charleston, SC, 1830
John J. PENDERGAST, alias George PERRY, dies at Kansas City, MO, 1888
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Journalism's Early Ventures into Offending the Public
(Or being otherwise odd)*:
Mississippi Editor DUFFIELD Attacked by SMITH Brothers, Gets Best of Them, 1840
Little Rock Editors Quarrel, 1887
A Tax on Editors is Proposed, VA, 1855. Sounds reasonable to me.... most editors I know are in favor of raising taxes!
Vermont Editor gets Beating, 1877 Hmph. I know a Vermont Senator who needs one...
Arkansas Editor Driven out of Town, 1881 No, not the one who backed Bill Clinton.
Offensive Iowa Editor Targeted in Shooting, 1857
Another Editor Gets a Beating, 1895
MAYFIELD to be Tried in Plot to Kill Editor, TX, 1920
Pennsylvania Editor Suffers "Sympathetic Death," 1881
Another Newspaper Editor Shot and Killed, AL, 1861 McMURRAY, DuBOSE
More Sobering, in the "Here & Now:" Journalists in the Line of Fire
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