The Pioneer Newspaper - Independent in all things - Neutral in Nothing
Howard County's First Newspaper
Early in 1848, doctor and businessman Dr. Moses R. Wickersham of New London, Indiana decided to publish a local newspaper. He located a printing press and equipment in Hamilton County and with the help of Daniel Jones, in exchange for medical help, moved it to Howard County. Dr. Wickersham was a strong abolitionist of Quaker faith.
Transcriptions from many 1848, 1849, & 1850 excerpts were compiled by Paul William McKibben in 1995 and were added as digital images to the Howard County Memory Project in 2012.
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This online database contains more than 890,000 historical newspaper pages from Kokomo, Indiana. The full-page newspapers date back to 1860 and are searchable by keyword and date. This site is available through an agreement by the Kokomo Tribune, Heritage Microfilm Inc., and the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library.
The historic Greentown Gem and the current Greentown Grapevine newspapers were microfilmed and digitized for the Indiana Memory digital library. The Howard County Newspapers project was made available by a grant awarded by the Library Services and Technology Act in 2007 to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Greentown Historical Society.
The Russiaville Observer dating 1890 through 1967 can been purchased in digital format from the Russiaville Historical Society. An order form is available on their website.
Newspapers available on Microfilm at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library
Search the catalog of the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library for a wide selection of area newspapers, including some from adjoining counties. Do an advanced search for the name of the newspaper or simply the name of the town, and specify the material type as “microform.” A reading room is located in the Genealogy & Local History department for convenient viewing.