I have been reading your post about the Robertson County Newspapers. If you are the same
Jim Dempsey that I met a few
years ago at the Ballingal picnic I am sure you would remember in coping the newspapers if
there was very much on the Ballingal name in them. Was there very much about the
Ballingal family in the papers?
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Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2007 10:59 PM
Subject: [KYNICHOL] Robertson County Newspapers Again
I wish to thank all of you who responded to my request
for interest in a microfilm of Tribune-Democrat from 1882-1919.
I have inspected the roll and unfortunately there is 1 issue
(4 pages) and 6 other pages too faint so I will need to redo those
before I can reproduce the roll in quantity. The good news is how well
all the rest turned out considering the deterioration of almost 90 years.
In my haste, I did not make it clear about what issues we were
able to find. I thought it best to give you the introduction that is
on the roll so that those interested would know exactly what it covers.
In this period, the obituaries of the local people are quite detailed -
about their parents, marriages, children, etc. Some marriages are covered
in detail while in general, births notices give just the child and parents
Once I am ready to get the copies made, I will let you all know.
ROBERTSON COUNTY NEWSPAPERS
The TRIBUNE was published between 1874 and 1888 by John W. Zoller. Another paper, the
DEMOCRAT was published here between 1883 and 1885 when it sold out to Zoller. Mr. Zoller
ran the combined TRIBUNE - DEMOCRAT until his death in 1933. It was continued by his son
John Zoller, jr. until his death in 1953.
In the years 1955 -1958, "It Was Yesterday" articles were written from previous
issues in the possession of the publisher. The Tribune-Democrat ceased publication in
1959. Its successor, the ROBERTSON COUNTY NEWS, contained content from 1909-10
Tribune-Democrat issues in "Days Gone Bye" columns. The successor to the NEWS
was the ROBERTSON COUNTY REVIEW. Between 1974 and 1976, Deming High School history
teacher, T. Ross Moore, sent content for a new "Looking Back" column from old
issues in his possession.
In the 1960's, those Robertson county newspapers in the Margaret King Library at
Univ. of Kentucky were microfilmed. No attempt was made to contact anyone in Robertson
county about additional papers not in their collection. In 1995, when the Robertson
County Historical Society was formed, papers left in the court house attic &
accumulated by history teacher, T. Ross Moore, were collected and inventoried. Donations
were solicited and the collection grew.
Because vital records in Kentucky did not begin until 1912, Bill Wheaton and Jim Dempsey
began to index all the old papers and the "It Was Yesterday", "Days Gone
Bye" and "Looking Back" columns. The index will be put on the front of this
microfilm to be made of the old newspapers. The period of 1879 to 1919 was chosen.
Another newspaper existed from 1890 to 1917, the ADVANCE. To follow library standards, it
was decided not to intermix the issues from the two papers except for some in the
'years ago' columns. Another microfilm will have early issues of the Advance.
There was not time to index the issues of the Tribune 1875-1885 on the microfilm done by
Univ. of Ky. Bill Wheaton has abstracted those papers as a separate project. This
extract is available at the Mt. Olivet library.
The index is arranged in the following way -- Last name, first name, so as to facilitate
a computer sorted alphabetical list. Entries were classified as "b",
"m", "d", "L", "p" and "art" for birth,
marriage, death, living spouse, personal article and general articles.
In obituaries, where the spouse is named, an entry was also made for them with a
reference to the deceased, that is, "see Doe, John Mrs.". To assist
researchers, if the deceased was a wife, an entry under her first name and her maiden name
was also made if known. For example, "Watson, Elizabeth, see Bramel, Elizabeth
If the spouse was also deceased, this entry was made a "d". If spouse was still
living, an "L". Any other evidence of interest for a person that was chosen to
be indexed was classified as a "P" for personal. Entries about towns,
businesses, etc. were considered an article. These entries begin with a keyword of most
interest such as town name, activity - baseball, fair, etc. or topic such as Railroad,
There are 3 separate indexes to facilitate use of the papers. First, chronological by
date, second for persons in Last name, first name order, and third, articles of interest
alphabetical by keyword.
There are many, many items of personal interest in these papers, especially in
neighborhood columns. The creators of the index tried to spot significant life events but
illnesses, accidents, purchases, visits, etc. would have taken too long and made the index
too large. If the reader feels that an event should be there but is not in the index, he
or she is encouraged to look in those issues about that time because it may have been
It was attempted to microfilm all papers but in some cases, only a copy on the microfilm
done by UK was available. To provide maximum flexibility, an entry may indicate it is
available to be seen, not only on this film, but the original paper deposited at the
Robertson County Library in Mt. Olivet, on a microfilm done by UK, on a later original
issue of the NEWS or REVIEW or on microfilm of the NEWS or REVIEW. In addition, Bill
Wheaton extracted many of the entries in a book available at the library. If that entry is
there, it is indicated as such in the column "WW Ext."
Robertson Co. Historical Society
Over the last 10 years, 190 issues (or partial issues) were found that were not
microfilmed by the University of Kentucky and therefore are believed to be the
only ones that still exist anywhere. The distribution of the issues is listed below.
To supplement these, 107 "50 years ago" columns were copied.
On the microfilm just produced:
YEAR # of # of 50 yr ago
Issues pages (issues)
1901 0 24
1902 1 45
1903 19 5
1904 27 1
1905 0 46* (some issues covered twice)
1906 0 63* (some issues covered twice)
1907 30 1
1908 42 0
1909 8 14
1910 37 16
1911 19 0
1912 0 0
1913 2 0
1914 0 0
1915 0 0
1916 1 0
1917 0 0
1918 1 0
1919 2 0
TOTAL 191 107
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