Fulton County Newspapers - Fulton County Historical Society

Fulton County Newspapers - Fulton County Historical Society

FULTON COUNTY NEWSPAPERS The Fulton County Historical Society in McConnellsburg, PA, has the best collection in the world of the three Fulton County n...

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FULTON COUNTY NEWSPAPERS The Fulton County Historical Society in McConnellsburg, PA, has the best collection in the world of the three Fulton County newspapers published in McConnellsburg since Fulton County was formed in 1850. The FULTON DEMOCRAT and the FULTON REPUBLICAN papers were very political as their name suggests, and subscribers were often so loyal that they might send personal information to one paper and not the other! After Fulton County was officially divided from Bedford County in April 1850, the JACKSON DEMOCRAT newspaper moved from Bedford to McConnellsburg and in September 1850 began publishing the paper as the FULTON DEMOCRAT. The newspaper ceased publication on June 29, 1983. The last owner, Lee Oakman, donated the entire collection to the Fulton County Historical Society in December 1983. The bound volumes begin in 1866 but a break occurs from August 6, 1944, through the end of 1946 when copies were apparently donated to the paper drives of World War II. On January 17, 1851, the FULTON REPUBLICAN newspaper began publication in McConnellsburg and continued until the paper closed in 1921. Bound volumes beginning with January 1865 were stored in the attic of the bank in McConnellsburg and donated to the Fulton County Historical Society after the Fulton House was opened and dedicated in 1976. Since the State Library in Harrisburg did not have copies of the FULTON REPUBLICAN, Glenn Cordell was given permission to use the microfilm camera at the Fulton County Courthouse to film these

newspapers about 1980. Some reels are in negative format (white letters on black background). No copies are known to exist for the first 15 years of publication prior to 1865-66. The assumption is that paper was useful and was taken by Confederate soldiers during one of their raids in the town during the Civil War. Sometimes other newspapers picked up articles printed locally during this period and reprinted the article in their paper. Researchers have sometimes found local information by searching various newspaper archives on the internet. On September 21, 1899, the FULTON COUNTY NEWS began publication and continues today as the only newspaper printed in Fulton County. The papers were all professionally microfilmed. So researchers would not need to contact the NEWS office for older editions, the microfilm reels were first loaned and then donated to the Fulton County Historical Society where they are available for public use in the Society’s library. The collection is complete except for missing years 1912-1913 and years 19811987 although the Society began subscribing to the NEWS and has original paper copies bound at the Fulton House from 1980 to the present. A microfilm reel is also missing for January-June 2004. NEWS articles can be searched on the internet from your home computer at www.fultoncountynews.com for issues since September 24, 2005. The original newspapers are stored in the Fulton House. During the years when the Society’s research books were housed on the second floor of the Fulton House and open to the public every Thursday evening, the newspapers received hard use from

genealogists and began to deteriorate, especially as the bound volumes were turned upside down to be photocopied. A few articles were cut although this may have happened before the Society received the papers. After the Society’s library collection was moved to the Fulton County Library, 227 N. First St, McConnellsburg, in 2001, the newspapers remained in the Fulton House with instruction from the Board of Directors that they remain closed to the public without specific permission for handling under supervision. The originals cannot be replaced.

Microfilm Collection Fulton County Historical Society, Inc. Box 115, McConnellsburg, PA 85 reels - FULTON COUNTY NEWS Roll 1 begins September 21, 1899; ends December 2010 Missing 1912-1913; 1981-87 Donated by the Fulton County News See www.fultoncountynews.com for recent newspapers

26 reels - FULTON DEMOCRAT newspapers Roll 1 begins July 3, 1889; Roll 26 ends December 25, 1975 Missing July 1893 through June 1894; all of 1913 through 1917; all of 1941 through 1950; all of 1967 through 1971

15 reels - FULTON REPUBLICAN newspapers Roll 1 begins January 5, 1865; Roll 15 ends October 21, 1921 Missing all of 1888, all of 1890. Many issues are missing after 1903. It was sometimes common to have only 50 issues per year with no newspaper printed the week of July 4 or December 25. The years available are as follows: 1865 – complete 1866 - complete 1867 – complete 1868 – ends on August 13 1869 – begins on April 15 1870 – missing issues #8, 25, 29, 32, 39 1871 – missing issues #5, 20, 22, 23, 25, 30, 44 1872 – missing issue #16 1873 – missing issue #1 1874 – complete 1875 – complete 1876 – complete 1877 – complete 1878 – missing issue #28 1879 – complete 1880 – complete 1881 – complete 1882 – missing issue #33 1883 – complete 1884 – missing ALL issues except #26-38 and #41 1885 – missing issue #14 1886 – complete 1887 – missing issue #35 1888 – missing ALL issues

1889 – complete 1890 – missing ALL issues 1891 – missing issue #38 1892 – complete 1893 – complete 1894 – complete 1895 – missing 3 issues 1896 – missing 4 issues 1897 – missing 4 issues 1898 – complete 1899 – complete 1900 – missing issue #4 1901 – missing 2 issues 1902 – missing issues #27, 30, 33, 42, 43, 47 1903 – missing 3 issues 1904 – incomplete – only 15 issues 1905 – incomplete – only 9 issues 1906-1907-1908 – incomplete, only 1 issue each year 1909 through 1914 – no issues at all 1915 – incomplete – only issue #47 to end of year 1916 – missing 2 issues 1917 – missing issues #16, 34, 36, 37, 42, 44, 47, 49, 50, 51 1918 – missing issues #21, 31, 32, 33, 35, 37, 39 to end 1919 – missing 21 issues 1920 – missing 16 issues 1921 – ends October 21 – end of publication