Index to Local Newspapers
created by Marge Owens
Marge Owens spent innumerable hours creating this index of local newspapers. The set is complete to about October 1939. Sadly, Marge passed away and further work on this index has been suspended.
These local newspapers can be viewed on microfilm at the St. Clair County Public Library. If you are unable to visit the library, they also offer research services. Their fees are a minimum of $7.50, research of a half-hour or more ($20), first copy fee ($2) and additional copies ($0.25).
As a local researcher, if you would like to contact me for lookups, please email me for mailing information. As of July 1, 2004, requests for newspaper lookups need to be accompanied with payment for copies ($0.25 per page), and a small fee ($5) to cover travel and postage costs. I hope everyone understands that I can't afford to pay for their copies... :)
This index will be an ongoing project and will be updated periodically.
The current local newspaper is the Times Herald.
Type of Entries (abbreviations used)
|LHO||Lake Huron Observer|
|PHO||Port Huron Observer|
|PHC||Port Huron Commercial (weekly)|
|PHDT||Port Huron Daily Times|
|PHP||Port Huron Press|
|PHT||Port Huron Times|
|PHWT||Port Huron Weekly Times|
|SCR||St. Clair Republican|
|CCD||Congregational Church Deaths - Memorial - 1860-70; (membership type)(death date)|
|CTSCC||Certified Teachers in St. Clair County|
|D||Death (some from Probate Notices)|
|Dut||under 'Notes' section = Dutch|
|FGRL||Fort Gratiot Reservation Landbuyers, giving price & parcel of land|
|For||under 'Notes' section = Foreign|
|Fr||under 'Notes' section = French|
|Ger||under 'Notes' section = German|
|IR||Income Returns (year, if given)|
|July 4||Persons taking part in the July 4th Celebration|
|Legal||Mentioned in Legal Notices|
|LET||Letters left at Post Office (date, if given)|
|mem||under 'Notes' section = member|
|NGS||under 'Notes' section = North Grammar School (grade)|
|PH||under 'Notes' section = Port Huron|
|Reg||under 'Notes' section = Registered|
|RES||Real Estate Sale|
|RRPHBCP||Railroad - Port Huron to Bay City - Signers of Petition|
|RRPHL||Railroad opening - Port Huron to Lapeer - Excursionists|
|RRSS||Railroad - Subscribers - Saginaw Railroad|
|SCCRT||St. Clair County Republicans Who Support the Times|
|SFFS||Sanilac Fire Fund Subscribers|
|w/o||wife [widow?] of|
Why letters were posted as being at the post office...
Letters were sent to post offices where residents would have to pick up their own mail. In 1847, the 5 cent Benjamin Franklin and the 10 cent George Washington stamps were the first stamps issued. Before 1855, prepaid postage was optional. This meant the recipients had to pay to get their mail. After 1855, prepaid postage became mandatory.
Browsing for your surname...
Don't just browse the letter section of your surname. Some names are listed as businesses such as Brockway & Moffat, so use your "FIND" option from your browser to find these other listings.