Old Newspapers Online

Yesterday afternoon, I spent WAY too much time on an online site featuring old newspaper articles. If you live in Virginia and would like to check it out, here’s the link: https://virginiachronicle.com/?a=q&e=——-en-20–1–txt-txIN——–

I think I’ve shared here some snippets of articles I’ve found in the past in The Smithfield Times archives, but I’ve recently learned that the Sussex Surry Dispatch is also available for the years from 1933-1963.   Since my family was originally from Surry County, I found quite a few articles of interest.

And I had the aching back and right arm (computer mouse usage) to show for it at the end of the day.

I found three articles I wanted to share with my readers, all relating to  my two  sisters.

The first was in a Surry High School article and featured a poem written by my sister, June. I never knew she wrote poetry.

And the second was an article about the prom from my sister, June’s, Junior year in high school. You may just want to skip down to near the end of the article and the paragraph that begins with the words:  “The room was decorated”. My sister was quite the artist, and it was exciting to read how she contributed to the prom. I would LOVE to see that artwork, but I’m sure the chances of me ever finding a picture of it are slim to none.

And the third article was my sister, Rose’s, wedding announcement. Sadly, that marriage ended tragically, but it was still nice to see her sweet smile in the photo. And I never knew (and wonder why) she was married on a Tuesday afternoon.

My sisters were teenagers when I was born (yes, I was spoiled),  so it was fascinating to discover these mentions of them in our local paper.

My sisters,June and Rose, with me in the 1950’s

~These Days Of Mine~



8 responses to “Old Newspapers Online

  1. How fun that you found some newspaper mentions of your sisters and to find out you had a poet and an artist as family members. Learning about our family past and knowing some of it was “out there” in the newspapers is a gift isn’t it.


  2. What treasures you found! Thank you for sharing your family with us. Each time I read your blog I think of June. I don’t know if you remember, but I am a member of her knitting forum, and friends with Mary and Matthew, also. June was a wonderful part of our online family. Hugs.

  3. For some reason, your blog posts don’t always show up in my WordPress reader, so I’m glad that appear in my email box or I would have missed this one. Isn’t it fun to read those old newspaper articles? You found some true gems. I enjoyed reading a bunch my mom had clipped and put in an old scrapbook.

  4. I know what I’ll be doing for a little while now … !
    It’s good that a local paper will do this , and it’s an added bonus since we have family from the area !
    _ and yes, I can only imagine what that banquet / prom must’ve looked like ..

  5. Oh, how wonderful to find those articles. I LOVE the confirmation of the writing and art talent in your family that you share with June. That makes it all the more special.
    ….Now I’m motivated to spend some/a lot of time exploring too.

  6. I wish I had realized Mom wrote poetry as well dabbled in art. Unfortunately, I suppose keeping up with four children doesn’t always leave you much time for yourself
    Thanks for sharing your finds.

  7. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    What wonderful treasures you found. I found this website a few years ago and found some treasures of my family too.

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