Jefferson County Historical Society

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This list gives the newspapers being published in Jefferson County through the years.

In 1913, the newspapers of the county were the Jefferson Democrat, Jefferson County Record, Festus News, Tri-City Independant, DeSoto Press and the Jefferson County Republican.

Newspapers images are available on Microfilm at DeSoto, Festus, Jefferson County (High Ridge) libraries, and at the Missouri Historical Society (interlibrary loan) (by subscription) now has a searchable digital collection from the following Jefferson County newspapers:

Festus - Tri-County Independent (1913-1952) and the Twin City Advertiser (1943)

DeSoto - the Jefferson County Republican (1906-1946)

Hillsboro - the Jefferson Democrat (1866-1940)

Charlotte's Pearls Newspaper Transcriptions, Jefferson County, Mo

*NEW*   Charlotte Maness (1938-2015) contributed greatly to our county history by transcribing interesting "pearls" she found in our local newspaper microfilm while researching her family history. Although Charlotte lived in Colorado, her GG-Grandfather Elijah Maness Jr., along with his father, Elijah, and two of his father's brothers, Ephraim and Elisha Maness, settled in Jefferson County around 1833-35.

Lisa Gendron has reconstructed and formatted these transcriptions for the Jefferson County Heritage and Historical Society website, and they are presented here in memory of the wonderful work that Charlotte did in preserving our county history. Please note that this is only a portion of the total number of transcriptions done by Charlotte. The others are housed in notebooks at the De Soto MO library.

Clerc's Specifics Newspaper Transcriptions, Jefferson County, Mo

Kay from Florida, and a team of volunteers from all over the United States have been transcribing historical newspapers for Jefferson County, MO. While working on this project, products manufactured by Kay's g-grandfather, Pierre L. Clerc were discovered among the advertisements. As a tribute, this project has been named "Clerc's Specifics" after one of Pierre's products, which sold for 35 cents in 1893. These transcriptions may be used by all researchers freely, but may not be redistributed, sold or published without written permission. These older newspapers were often blurry/difficult to read. An emailed copy of an original newspaper page may be requested from Kay at:

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