Looking back over 150 years

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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:51 pm

The earliest archives at the Elk Point-Jefferson Community Library begin in November of 1877. Those first editions were heavy on national news and fiction. The front page included General News, Foreign News, Wars, Washington, The East, The West and The Markets. Each paper carried the full railroad time tables and usually a map of the routes in the midwest.

The Nov. 21, 1877 edition of the Union County Courier stated the U.S. Treasury had built up a surplus of $60 million in gold coin, up from $41.5 since July of that year. The national news focused on a war between Russia and Turkey.

Local group announcements included the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) meeting on Tuesdays and Elk Point Lodge #3, which met the first Monday of each month on or before the full moon.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.