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About this collection

Monroe County Public Library

Local merchants published Smithville, Indiana s first newspaper, Name It & Take It, in 1897.  Later it was named The Smithville News.  A fire suspended publication in 1901, but the newspaper was revived in 1908 by Ralph B. Carter, a local telephone exchange pioneer. 

Under Carter, the paper covered local business, limestone, railroad news and happenings - society news, church events, obituaries, the occasional criminal mischief, and gossip about who was courting whom - in Smithville, Harrodsburg, Sanders, Fairfax and Clear Creek. 

Only three copies of this newspaper were thought to exist until 75 issues were discovered in the Fox Family collection in 2011.  This digital collection of newspapers and period photographs provides a unique window on Smithville life and families, the early limestone insustry in Monroe County, and the rise of the telephone, automobiles and railroads at the turn of the 20th century.

For more information about the collection contact the Monroe County Public Library

This project is part of the Indiana Memory Digital Library and is made possible by a grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Indiana State Library.

 
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