Indexed Decatur Newspapers

Indexed are all local names and stories of interest in the older papers, but only the local births, weddings, deaths, pictures, and stories in the newer papers.

Newspaper Abbreviation Years Available Transcribed Indexed
Wise County Messenger WCM 1880-Present 1880-1910 1880-85+1899-1939
Decatur News DN 1893-1934 1893-1910 1928-1934

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A-B   C-D   E-G   H-J   K-L   M-N   O-R   S-T   U-Z

Click here for an index of the 1969 Wise County Messenger
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Table of Papers That Are Included in Index of Names

Year

Paper

Pages

Condition

Description

Indexed by

1880

PM

150

Good

Paradise Messenger-Some torn, some light

 Edna Wood

1881

PM

208

Good

Paradise Messenger-Some light

 Edna Wood

1883

AM

210

Good

WCM-Aug starts Alvord Messenger-Some torn, some light

 Edna Wood

1884

AM

233

Good

Alvord Messenger-Some torn, some light

 Edna Wood

1885

WCM

396

Good

Few torn

 Edna Wood

           David Pitts is currently working on these skipped years in the late 1800s

1899 DN  420 Fair  Some too light, a few dark corners   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  419 Fair  Many torn   Dr. David Pitts 
1900 DN  412 Poor  Many dark corners and fold through center   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  430 Fair  Some torn, a few too light   Dr. David Pitts 
1901 DN  426 Fair  Many split at center fold, some with dark backgrounds   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  404 Good  A few torn, a few too light   Dr. David Pitts 
1902 DN  414 Poor  Some faded-out unreadable pages, many dark corners   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  388 Fair  Some torn, a few too light   Dr. David Pitts 
1903 WCM  383 Fair  Some torn, a few too light   Dr. David Pitts 
1904 DN  478 Poor  Many torn at center fold, few halves don't match, dark corners   Sally Stokes 
WCM  410 Good  A few too light   Dr. David Pitts 
1905 DN  400 Poor  Torn at center fold, several dark corners   Sally Stokes 
WCM  419 Good  A few torn   Dr. David Pitts 
1906 DN  442 Poor  Some torn in center, some dark corners   Sally Stokes 
WCM  427 Good  A few torn  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1907 WCM  405 Fair  Some torn  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1908 DN  438 Fair  1 paper from 1907, few torn, some dark corners  Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  408 Poor  Some torn, some too dark  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1909 DN  422 Poor  Many torn in center, some halves don't match, some too dark  Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  414 Fair  A few torn, some backgrounds are dark  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1910 WCM  412 Fair  Backgrounds are a little dark, a few pages too light  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1911 DN  388 Poor  Some half pages, few too light, some with dark backgrounds  Dr. David E. Pitts 
WCM  411 Good  No microfilm at museum, a few torn, a little dark  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1912 WCM  423 Fair  Some torn, backgrounds are a little dark  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1913 WCM  368 Fair  Many torn edges, backgrounds are a little dark  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1914 WCM  362 Fair  Some torn, backgrounds are a little dark  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1915 DN  530 Fair  Many dark corners   Sue Tackel 
WCM  390 Fair  Some torn, some backgrounds are dark  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1916 DN  440 Fair  A few torn, some dark corners, a few faded   Sue Tackel 
WCM  378 Fair  Many torn edges  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1917 DN  354 Poor  Many torn and half pages  Dr. David E. Pitts 
WCM  386 Fair  Some backgrounds are too dark  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1918 DN  488 Fair  A few torn, some dark corners, some backgrounds are too dark  Dr. David E. Pitts 
WCM  380 Fair  Several torn edges, backgrounds are a little dark  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1919 DN  570 Fair  A few torn, a few dark corners  Dr. David E. Pitts 
WCM  434 Fair  Some torn, some backgrounds are a little dark  Dr. David E. Pitts 
1920 WCM  373 Fair  Some torn, some backgrounds are a little dark  Sue Tackel &
David Pitts 
1921 DN  422 Fair  Some dark corners and fold in center   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  412 Fair  Some torn   Dr. David Pitts 
1922 WCM  375 Fair  Some torn   Dr. David Pitts 
1923 DN  418 Fair  Some dark corners, background is a little grainy   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  420 Good  A few torn, a few a little too light, arsenic in well in Paradise  Donna Weeden 
1924 WCM  381 Good  A few torn, a few a little too light  Donna Weeden 
1925 DN  437 Good  Some dark corners  Donna Weeden 
WCM  404 Poor  Too much contrast in microfilm  Donna Weeden 
1926 DN  416 Good  Some dark corners  Donna Weeden 
WCM  431 Poor  Too much contrast in microfilm  Donna Weeden 
1927 DN  419 Good  Some dark corners   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  436  Very Poor  Too much contrast in microfilm, some too dark or out of focus  Donna Weeden 
1928 DN  416 Fair  Some corners too dark   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  403 Very Poor  Too much contrast in microfilm, some out of focus   Dr. David Pitts 
1929 DN  404 Good  Some corners a little dark   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  412 Good  Pictures are dark   Dr. David Pitts 
1930 DN  410 Fair  Some too light, background is grainy   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  408 Good  A few torn, some a little light   Dr. David Pitts 
1931 DN  406 Good  Print is a little grainy   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  334 Good  Ends in Sept. Dec was on the Decatur News microfilm   Dr. David Pitts 
1932 DN  369 Fair  Corners a little dark, some torn   Sally Stokes 
WCM  151 Fair  No microfilm at museum. Only on newspaperARCHIVES.com   Dr. David Pitts 
1933 DN  384 Good  Some corners a little dark, a few pages printed off paper   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  400 Good  A few torn corners, some X's written over ads   Dr. David Pitts 
1934 DN  380 Poor  Many dark corners, some print is off the edge of the pages   Dr. David Pitts 
WCM  410 Fair  Many torn corners, some X's written over items   Dr. David Pitts 
1935 WCM  407 Good  A few torn, many X's written over ads   Dr. David Pitts 
1936 WCM  411 Good  Many X's written over ads   Dr. David Pitts 
1937 WCM  400 Good  Many X's written over ads   Dr. David Pitts 
1938 WCM  404 Good  A few torn, some X's written over ads   Dr. David Pitts 
1939 WCM  404 Good  A few torn edges   Dr. David Pitts