Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron: Baseball Superstar, Humanitarian—& Gentleman

As regular readers of this blog know, GenealogyBank’s historical newspaper archives are a great resource to research your family history and fill in details on your family tree. These newspapers are also a terrific window into the past, letting us learn more about important people and events in our nation’s history.

For example, let’s see what these old newspapers have to tell us about one of the outstanding athletes in American history: Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron, the superstar who played baseball in Milwaukee and Atlanta for 23 seasons, from 1954 to 1976. Aaron is famous as the baseball player who broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record of 714—and, as expected, there is plenty of newspaper coverage of his historic home run and other baseball exploits.

The newspapers also tell us much more about his life than this: in addition to being a rare and gifted American athlete, Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron was a humanitarian—and a true gentleman.

The sports media and baseball fans were whipped into a frenzy as Hank Aaron approached Babe Ruth’s magical number in the 1973 Major League baseball season. Although 39 years old that summer (an age when most baseball players have retired) Hank Aaron was on target, hitting 40 home runs…but ended the year with 713 home runs, still short of the goal of 715. He had to wait all winter for another opportunity to break baseball’s home run record the next spring.

When the 1974 season began, Aaron wasted no time. He hit the record-tying 714th home run on his first at-bat that year, in Cincinnati. On April 8 the Atlanta Braves returned to Atlanta for their home opener, and 53,775 wildly cheering fans attended the game hoping Aaron would get the record that night. Hammerin’ Hank did not let the crowd down, hitting home run number 715 in the fourth inning. He received a thunderous standing ovation from the Braves’ baseball fans while fireworks lit up the sky above the stadium.

Hank Aaron hammers historic 715 homerun

Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia), 9 April 1974, page 1.

In addition to details of the baseball game itself and Aaron’s record 715th home run, the newspaper article provides this detail:

Aaron broke away from his mates and rushed to a special box adjacent to the Atlanta dugout where he clutched his wife, Billye, and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Aaron, of Mobile, Ala.

“I never knew she could hug so tight,” Aaron said of his mother.

The following newspaper article tells us something about the character of Hank Aaron. Although he was one of the greatest American baseball players ever, he kept his ego in check; Aaron was widely recognized as a good teammate and a quiet, respectful man—a true gentleman.

Hank Aaron kept his word on the 715th homerun

Wichita Times (Wichita, Kansas), 2 May 1974, page 5, (African American Newspapers).

As this newspaper article relates, Hank Aaron was sensitive to the disruption his teammates had to endure while the press thronged around him night after night in 1973-74 covering his chase of the home run record. When it was finally over and the champagne celebration in the Atlanta locker room after the game was ready, Aaron thought immediately of his teammates:

The Braves had opened the champagne and were ready to pour, but Hank Aaron had something he wanted to say first to all his teammates.

“Thank you for being patient,” he said, his sincerity moving them. “Thank you for putting up with all that you have—the newspapermen, the photographers and all the other distractions. I know how difficult it was sometimes, and I appreciate the patience you’ve shown.”

Hank Aaron doesn’t make many speeches. Everybody in the room knew he meant this one.

Away from the spotlight and the glare of media publicity, Aaron had another career: he was a great humanitarian. He devoted countless hours to helping others, especially children, as shown in the following newspaper article.

Hank Aaron Goes to Bat for Easter Seals

Milwaukee Star (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), 9 August 1973, page 8, (African American Newspapers).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newspaper archives provide all sorts of surprising stories about the life of the person we’re researching. How many people know that Henry Aaron was once a mayor?

All Black Alabama Town Makes Hank Aaron Mayor

Wichita Times (Wichita, Kansas), 13 March 1975, page 1, (African American Newspapers).

Hank Aaron was born in Alabama, and in 1975 he was:

…sworn in as honorary mayor of Hobson City during ceremonies in which 75-year-old northeast Alabama all-black town dedicates new Town Hall.

There was a dark side to Hank Aaron’s pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record—and the newspapers covered that as well: racism raised its ugly head. Throughout the 1973 Major League baseball season, during the offseason, and again in 1974, Aaron received hate letters mixed in with the supportive letters that were pouring into the Atlanta Braves’ mailbox. Some even sent him death threats.

What pursuit of baseball homerun record has meant for Hank Aaron: People listen

Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia), 9 April 1974, page 11.

In the above very revealing newspaper article, Hank Aaron opens up about the threats he’d been facing:

Aaron’s hero off the field is Dr. Martin Luther King. “He could walk with kings and talk with presidents,” said Aaron. “He wasn’t for lootings and bombings and fights but he wasn’t afraid of violence, either. He was 20 years ahead of his times.”

King’s death by assassination cannot, of course, be forgotten by Aaron. Sometimes Aaron wonders about that, too. He says that among the hundreds of letters he receives weekly, many are threats on his life.

“But I can’t think about that,” he says. “If I’m a target, then I’m a target. I can only worry about doing my job, and doing it good.”

This same newspaper article says of Aaron:

He has recently become identified with black causes. For example, he is now a close personal friend of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a leading young black spokesman. Aaron, in winter, now is the organizer of a celebrity bowling tournament in Atlanta with proceeds going to research on sickle cell anemia, a disease that afflicts black people.

And this:

Aaron is also outspoken on the progress, or lack of it, for blacks in baseball. He says that blacks are stagnating. “Whatever so-called progress there is—like blacks staying in the same hotels with the white players—this came about from civil rights legislation, not from any leveling action by baseball,” says Aaron.

“Why aren’t there even no black managers? Why aren’t there even no black third base coaches? There are token first base coaches—a few. But what does a first base coach do? He has no duties. No responsibilities. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. He’s not expected to have any intelligence.”

Aaron still feels some of the clichés of being black. He remembers that once blacks were considered “too gutless” to be able to take the pressures of day-in, day-out major league baseball.

“Jackie Robinson changed a lot of those beliefs,” says Aaron. “His courage and intelligence showed what the black man could be made of.

Hank Aaron’s stance on black rights is explored further in the following newspaper article.

Hank Aaron: Baseball Still Not Doing Enough To Give Equal Opportunities To Minorities

USA Monitor (Fort Worth, Texas), 1 March 1993, page 17, (African American Newspapers).

As you can see, newspaper archives are filled with stories you may never have heard before. You can discover little known facts, view pictures and learn more about the personal lives of famous people and your family members with newspapers.  Have fun searching our newspaper archives for details about celebrities and your own ancestors—you never know what you might find!

 

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Mobile Register. 1980-10-16 to 1983-05-30

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Twin Falls News. 1919-06-20

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Journal-Press, The* 5/13/2010 to Present

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Vindicator*. 1904-12-23 to 1906-02-09
Kansas, Kansas City
Topics* . 1895-05-16 to 1895-12-07
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Parsons Weekly Blade. 1900-03-02
Kansas, Topeka
Kansas Sentinel*. 1960-07-07 to 1960-11-26
Kansas, Topeka.

Kansas Watchman*. 1905-05-25 to 1905-11-17
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Wichita Protest . 1920-08-20

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Bossier Press-Tribune*. 2/4/2010 to Present
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New Orleans Tribune. 1864-08-02 to 1869-02-14
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Times-Picayune. 1848-01-04 to 1886-12-02 and 1973-10-02 to 1978-08-15

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Andover Townsman*. 4/20/2010 to Present
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Gloucester Daily Times*. 5/12/2010 to Present
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Greenfield Gazette. 1792-11-08 to 1809-07-31
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Hampshire Gazette. 1786-09-20 to 1843-03-28
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Springfield Union. 1964-05-16 to 1969-02-20
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National Aegis. 1821-01-10 to 1854-10-04

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Jackson Citizen. 1868-10-06 to 1870-05-31
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Jackson Citizen Patriot. 1865-07-01 to 1868-12-09

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Mesabi Daily News*. 3/17/1999 to Present

New Hampshire, Concord
New Hampshire Observer. 1825-01-03 to 1826-12-29
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New Hampshire Patriot . 1879-06-12
New Hampshire, Exeter.
Freeman’s Oracle . 1788-01-18

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Fort Lee Suburbanite*. 11/5/2009 to Present
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Montclair Times, The*. 4/1/2010 to Present
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Trenton Evening Times. 1883-07-22 to 1885-08-02

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Albany Evening Journal. 1856-09-15 to 1876-12-29
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New York Herald-Tribune. 1878-01-19 to 1896-12-07
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Chronicle Express, The*. 3/27/2010 to Present

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Sampson Independent, The*. 4/18/2010 to Present
North Carolina, Pilot Mountain
Pilot, The*. 3/27/2010 to Present

Ohio, Canton
Repository, The*. 10/1/1999 to Present
Ohio, Cincinnati
Cincinnati Daily Gazette. 1868-09-07 to 1871-01-17
Ohio, Cleveland
Plain Dealer. 1858-11-02 to 1866-09-11 and 1971-01-31 to 1981-10-20

Oregon, Portland
Oregonian. 1969-09-01 to 1972-09-15

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Aurora General Advertiser. 1797-01-02 to 1797-12-30
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Inquirer. 1829-06-01 to 1849-12-31

Rhode Island, Pawtucket
Pawtucket Times . 1920-01-10 to 1921-02-08

Tennessee, Sweetwater
Advocate and Democrat, The*. 12/8/2009 to Present

Texas, Dallas
Dallas Morning News. 1980-07-23 to 1980-12-19
Texas, Fort Worth
Bronze Texan News*. 1969-05-02 to 1969-10-16

Virginia, Alexandria
Alexandria Gazette. 1821-04-12 to 1852-06-30

Vermont, St. Albans
St. Albans Daily Messenger. 1870-02-25 to 1898-07-02 and 1869-07-16
Vermont, Windsor
Vermont Republican . 1809-01-30

Washington, Seattle
Seattle Daily Times. 1957-10-06 to 1984-04-17

Wisconsin, Ashland
Daily Press, The*. 1/2/1999 to Present
Wisconsin, Hartford.

Times Press*. 3/29/2010 to Present
Wisconsin, Madison
Wisconsin Free Press*. 1984-05-10 to 1990-01-12
Wisconsin, Mukwonago
Mukwonago Chief*. 3/28/2010 to Present
Wisconsin, Oneida
Kalihwisaks*. 3/27/2010 to Present
Wisconsin, Wauwatosa
Wauwatosa NOW*. 3/27/2010 to Present

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St. James Plaindealer (St. James, MN)
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Hackensack Chronicle (Hackensack, NJ)
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Juneau
Daily Record-Miner. 1911-01-05 to 1911-05-04

AL
Birmingham
Wide-Awake*. 1900-01-24
AL
Mobile
Mobile Register. 1970-01-04 to 1978-11-30

AR
Garden City
Jonesboro Evening Sun. 1905-12-02 to 1921-08-18
AR
Little Rock
Arkansas Gazette. 1846-11-02 to 1872-05-19

AZ
San Manuel
San Manuel Miner, The. 03/27/2010 to Current
AZ
Tucson
Amigos. 1976-08-03
AZ
Tucson
Tucsonense. 1917-01-03 to 1922-12-23

CA
Benicia
California Gazette. 1851-08-23 to 1852-01-24
CA
Los Angeles
Prensa. 1932-04-03
CA
Los Angeles
Regeneracion. 1913-01-25 to 1914-02-14
CA
Oakland
Oakland Sunshine*. 1915-03-20 to 1922-02-25
CA
Sacramento
Sacramento Weekly Union. 1851-10-31 to 1853-04-15
CA
San Francisco
Grafico Internacional*. 1937-02-01 to 1937-04-01
CA
San Francisco
Hispano America. 1923-08-25 to 1925-10-10
CA
San Francisco
San Francisco Vindicator*. 1887-05-02 to 1889-02-16
CA
San Francisco
Weekly Pacific News. 1849-12-31 to 1851-04-01

CO
Colorado Springs
Gazette-Telegraph. 1904-09-29 to 1907-08-02

CT
Hartford
Hartford Daily Courant. 1868-04-07 to 1876-12-30
CT
Hartford
Hartford Daily Courant. 1852-02-20 to 1866-05-29
CT
New London
New London Daily Chronicle. 1850-09-03 to 1852-06-23

DC
Washington
Leader*. 1888-12-08 to 1889-12-21
DC
Washington
Washington Bee. 1882-06-10 to 1920-06-26

FL
Jasper
Jasper News, The. 03/27/2010 to Current
FL
Mayo
Mayo Free Press, The. 03/17/2010 to Current
FL
Tampa
Internacional. 1941-02-27
FL
Tampa
Traduccion Prensa. 1946-05-06

GA
Americus
Americus Times-Recorder. 2010-05-06 to Current
GA
Augusta
Augusta Chronicle. 1841-10-19 to 1860-12-30
GA
Augusta
Loyal Georgian*. 1866-01-20 to 1868-02-15
GA
Savannah
Savannah Weekly Echo*. 1883-08-26 to 1884-02-10

HI
Homolulu
Afro-Hawaii News*. 1987-06-01 to 1991-12-31

IA
Des Moines
Iowa State Bystander*. 1896-11-13 to 1900-12-28
IA
Des Moines
Weekly Avalanche*. 1893-01-20
IA
Oskaloosa
Oskaloosa Herald. 2010-03-24 to Current
IA
Ottumwa
Ottumwa Courier, The. 2010-03-05 to Current

IL
Chicago
Latin Times. 1958-10-04 to 1972-05-05
IL
Chicago
Sunday Times. 1874-07-19
IL
Effingham
Effingham Daily News. 2010-01-29 to Current

IN
Indianapolis
Freeman. 1899-08-17 to 1916-11-25
IN
Indianapolis
Recorder*. 1899-01-07 to 1900-12-29
IN
New Albany
Weekly Review*. 1881-04-16

KS
Baxter Springs
Southern Argus*. 1891-06-18 to 1892-02-04
KS
Coffeyville
Afro-American Advocate. 1891-09-02 to 1893-09-01
KS
Coffeyville
American*. 1898-04-23 t0 1899-04-23
KS
Coffeyville
Kansas Blackman*. 1894-04-20 to 1894-06-29
KS
Lawrence
Historic Times*. 1891-07-11 to 1891-11-14
KS
Leavenworth
Leavenworth Advocate. 1888-08-18 to 1891-08-22
KS
Leavenworth
Leavenworth Herald*. 1894-02-07 to 1896-12-26
KS
Nicodemus
Nicodemus Cyclone*. 1887-12-30 to 1888-09-07
KS
Nicodemus
Nicodemus Enterprise*. 1887-08-17 to 1887-12-23
KS
Parsons
Parsons Weekly Blade*. 1892-09-24 to 1900-12-28
KS
Topeka
American Citizen. 1897-01-29 to 1902-05-23
KS
Topeka
American Citizen. 1889-01-11 to 1889-06-21
KS
Topeka
Benevolent Banner*. 1887-05-21 to 1887-10-22
KS
Topeka
Colored Patriot*. 1882-04-20 to 1882-06-22
KS
Topeka
Evening Call*. 1893-06-13 to 1893-07-08
KS
Topeka
Herald of Kansas*. 1880-01-30 to 1880-06-11
KS
Topeka
Plaindealer. 1900-01-26
KS
Wichita
National Baptist World*. 1894-08-31 to 1894-11-23
KS
Wichita
People’s Friend*. 1894-05-24 to 1894-05-24
KS
Wichita
Wichita Times*. 1972-01-11 to 1977-09-22

LA
New Orleans
L’Union*. 1862-09-27 to 1864-07-19
LA
New Orleans
Times-Picayune. 1940-06-22 to 1975-07-28
LA
New Orleans
Times-Picayune. 1866-02-13 to 1879-12-16
LA
New Orleans
Weekly Louisianian. 1882-01-14
LA
New Orleans
Weekly Pelican. 1887-01-29 to 1889-08-31
LA
St. Martinville
Echo*. 1873-03-15

MA
Amherst
Amherst Bulletin. 2009-10-02 to Current
MA
Boston
Boston Daily Advertiser. 1874-01-01 to 1874-04-30
MA
Lawrence
Eagle-Tribune, The. 2010-05-12 to Current
MA
Provincetown
Provincetown Banner. 2009-10-02 to Current
MA
Springfield
Springfield Republican. 1925-02-01 to 1946-09-26
MA
Springfield
Springfield Republican. 1886-12-02
MA
Springfield
Springfield Union. 1947-04-01 to 1963-02-15
MA
Worcester
National Aegis. 1825-01-12 to 1827-12-12

MD
Baltimore
Afro-American*. 1893-04-29 to 1898-03-26
MD
Baltimore
Baltimore American. 1905-06-18 to 1910-04-24
MD
Baltimore
Race Standard*. 1897-01-02 to 1897-01-16

MI
Detroit
Plaindealer. 1889-09-27 to 1892-11-18
MI
Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Press, The. 2010-05-12 to Current
MI
Holland
Holland Sentinel, The. 2009-10-02 to Current

MN
Minneapolis
Afro-American Advance*. 1899-05-27 to 1900-11-17
MN
Sleepy Eye
Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch. 2009-10-02 to Current
MN
St. Paul
Broad Axe. 1894-02-01 to 1902-06-12
MN
St. Paul
Negro World*. 1900-03-10 to 1900-06-09
MN
St. Paul
St. Paul Daily Pioneer. 1855-11-01 to 1855-12-22
MN
St. Paul
Western Appeal*. 1885-06-13 to 1888-12-29

MO
Kansas City
Cosmopolita. 1917-12-08 to 1919-11-15
MO
Kansas City
Kansas City Times. 1891-12-23 to 1895-10-16
MO
Kansas City
Rising Son*. 1903-01-16 to 1907-12-28
MO
Sedalia
Sedalia Times*. 1901-08-31 to 1903-12-19
MO
St. James
St. James Leader Journal. 2009-10-02 to Current
MO
St. Louis
St. Louis Palladium*. 1903-01-10 to 1907-10-05

NC
Asheboro
Courier-Tribune, The. 2010-04-06 to Current
NC
Boone
Watauga Democrat, The. 2009-10-02 to Current
NC
Littleton
True Reformer*. 1900-07-25
NC
Nashville
Nashville Graphic, The. 2010-01-28 to Current
NC
Raleigh
Gazette*. 1893-12-16 to 1898-02-19

NE
Omaha
Afro-American Sentinel. 1896-04-25 to 1899-03-25
NE
Omaha
Enterprise*. 1895-08-10 to 1897-07-03
NE
Omaha
Progress*. 1890-03-22 to 1891-03-07

NH
Concord
New Hampshire Patriot. 1879-06-26 to 1881-02-17
NH
Exeter
Freeman’s Oracle. 1786-07-01 to 1789-07-28

NJ
Flemington
Hunterdon County Democrat. 2009-10-02 to Current
NJ
Wayne
Wayne Today. 2009-10-14 to Current

NM
Albuquerque
Bandera Americana. 1903-10-01 to 1903-11-06
NM
Albuquerque
Daily Citizen. 1887-03-16 to 1892-12-31
NM
Albuquerque
Daily Times*. 1893-06-14
NM
Albuquerque
Evening Citizen. 1893-06-29 to 1893-06-29
NM
Las Cruces
Labrador. 1904-12-30
NM
Las Cruces
Tiempo. 1885-04-30 to 1902-04-02
NM
Las Vegas
Misionero Bautista: Organo Oficial de la Convencion Bautista Hispano-Americana de Nuevo Mexico. 1943-12-21 to 1951-08-21
NM
Mesilla
Mesilla News. 1879-04-19 to 1884-02-09
NM
Mountainair
Independent. 1918-02-02 to 1920-09-25
NM
Santa Fe
Daily New Mexican. 1871-04-15 to 1875-06-30
NM
Santa Fe
Santa Fe Weekly New Mexican and Livestock Journal. 1888-05-31 to 1895-09-26
NM
Socorro
Defensor del Pueblo. 1924-12-19 to 1938-02-11
NM
Springer
Colfax County Stockman. 1910-07-23 to 1911-06-10

NY
Albany
Albany Evening Journal. 1857-07-23 to 1876-12-13
NY
Brooklyn
Colonia Latina*. 1938-01-08
NY
Garden City
Eco. 1930-11-15
NY
New York
Morning Telegraph. 1877-12-09
NY
New York
New York Herald-Tribune. 1874-11-02 to 1888-11-02
NY
New York
Cosas*. 1931-12-03
NY
New York
Doctrina de Marti. 1897-04-30 to 1897-08-31
NY
New York
Ecos de Nueva York. 1954-10-10
NY
New York
New York Age*. 1889-11-02 to 1892-11-19
NY
New York
New York Freeman*. 1886-01-02 to 1887-10-08
NY
New York
Western Star*. 1900-01-27

OH
Cincinnati
Cincinnati Daily Gazette. 1867-04-13 to 1881-02-03
OH
Cleveland
Cleveland Gazette*. 1883-12-01 to 1941-08-09
OH
Cleveland
Plain Dealer. 1947-11-23 to 1975-12-10
OH
Cleveland
Plain Dealer. 1846-02-27 to 1858-10-30

OR
Portand
Oregonian. 1917-07-03 to 1918-08-12
OR
Portland
New Age*. 1900-01-27 to 1902-09-20
OR
Portland
Oregonian. 1925-08-22 to 1971-11-20
OR
Portland
Portland New Age*. 1905-12-23 to 1907-03-30

PA
Harrisburg
State Journal*. 1883-12-13 to 1885-01-24
PA
Philadelphia
Aurora General Advertiser. 1796-03-24
PA
Philadelphia
Philadelphia Inquirer. 1830-01-08 to 1831-12-28

SC
Charleston
South Carolina Leader*. 1865-10-07 to 1866-05-12
SC
Columbia
Southern Indicator*. 1921-02-21 to 1923-02-03

TN
Knoxville
Negro World*. 1887-10-15 to 1887-11-26

TX
Beaumont
Beaumont Enterprise and Journal. 1906-04-11 to 1911-09-23
TX
Brownsville
Cronista del Valle. 1925-01-23 to 1929-09-06
TX
Brownsville
Daily Cosmopolitan. 1884-09-10 to 1885-07-11
TX
Brownsville
Heraldo de Brownsville. 1937-12-30 to 1940-02-28
TX
Brownsville
Puerto. 1959-03-21
TX
Dallas
Dallas Morning News. 1979-11-11 to 1980-07-20
TX
Edinburg
Defensor. 1931-07-10
TX
El Paso
Clarin del Norte. 1906-08-11 to 1906-10-06
TX
El Paso
Continental. 1935-12-31 to 1960-03-08
TX
El Paso
Defensor*. 1894-09-24 to 1895-03-03
TX
El Paso
Sunday Herald. 1888-10-28 to 1889-05-18
TX
Fort Worth
Torchlight Appeal*. 1890-01-17 to 1890-02-22
TX
Houston
Gaceta Mexicana. 1928-05-15
TX
Kingsville
Notas de Kingsville*. 1957-05-16 to 1960-08-18
TX
Kingsville
Tex. Mex. Reflector. 1922-04-21 to 1939-01-21
TX
Laredo
Evolucion. 1917-06-30 to 1918-08-11
TX
San Antonio
Epoca. 1919-03-23 to 1927-05-08
TX
San Antonio
Pan American Labor Express. 1918-08-28 to 1918-11-13
TX
San Antonio
Regidor. 1913-08-14 to 1915-06-30

UT
Salt Lake City
Broad Ax. 1897-02-06 to 1899-12-23
UT
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Telegram. 1907-10-04 to 1922-11-12

VA
Richmond
Reformer*. 1900-01-27
VA
Richmond
Richmond Planet*. 1895-03-02 to 1900-01-13

WA
Seattle
Seattle Daily Times. 1936-10-20 to 1984-12-31
WA
Seattle
Seattle Republican*. 1900-01-19
WA
Seattle
World*. 1899-01-04

WI
Milwaukee
Guardia. 1969-10-21 to 1975-08-01
WI
Milwaukee
Wisconsin Afro-American*. 1892-08-13 to 1892-11-19

African American newspapers going up on GenealogyBank

GenealogyBank is adding over 280 fully-searchable African American newspapers with coverage from 1827 to 1999. GenealogyBank released the first 50+ newspapers this month.

This is an exciting new addition to GenealogyBank – we are pleased to make these resources available -opening up family history information just not found anywhere else.”

Alaska Spotlight (AK). 1956-1968

Homeland (AR). 1991-1999

Southern Mediator Journal (AR). 1962-1966

Inter-Faith Churchman (CA). 1941

Los Angeles Tribune (CA) 1943-1960

Teller (CA). 1946

Black Networking News (DC). 1989-1990

National Chronicle (DC). 1990-1991

Washington Bee (DC). 1914-1915

Florida Tattler (FL). 1934-1945

Savannah Tribune (GA). 1875-1922

Bags and Baggage (IL). 1937-1943

Bulletin (IL). 1968-1969

Central South Sider (IL). 1929

Chicago Courier (IL). 1974-1975

Chicago Metro News (IL). 1973-1990

Chicago World (IL). 1925-1935

Illinois Sentinel (IL). 1937

Metropolitan Post (IL). 1938-1939

Olivet Baptist Church Herald (IL) 1936

Freeman (IN) 1897-1899

Indianapolis Ledger (IN). 1918-1922

Advocate (KS). 1904-1926

People’s Elevator (KS). 1937-1940

Wyandotte Echo (KS). 1936-1937

Freeman’s Lance (KS) 1891

Plaindealer (KS). 1912-1921

Negro Star (KS). 1939-1952

Community Leader (LA). 1985

Inside New Orleans (LA) 1965

New Orleans Daily Creole (LA) 1856-1857

St. Louis Clarion (MO). 1920-1921

Mississippi Free Press (MS) 1961-1964

Mississippi Weekly (MS) 1935

Mound Bayou News-Digest(MS) 1950

People’s Community News (NY). 1970

Rights of All (NY) 1829

Minority Report (OH). 1969-1970

North Philly Free Press (PA) 1982-1983

Political Digest (PA) 1937

Memphis Triangle (TN). 1928-1929

Brotherhood Eyes (TX). 1936

Fort Worth Mind (TX) 1943-1947

USA Monitor (TX) 1992-1993

Soul City Courier (WI) 1976-1977

Wisconsin Labor Advocate (WI) 1886-1887

Milwaukee Defender (WI) 1957-1958

Milwaukee Star (WI) 1968-1977

Soul City Times (WI) 1968-1971

Racine Courier (WI) 1988-1992

Advocate (WV). 1904-1926

GenealogyBank adds 190 newspapers this month

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And, the month’s not over yet – there are still more newspapers going online before the year is over.

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AK. Anchorage. Alaska Spotlight. 7/28/1956 to 11/30/1968
AR. Forrest City. Homeland. 6/1/1998 to 7/1/1999
AR. Little Rock. Southern Mediator Journal. 6/22/1962 to 2/25/1966
CA. Los Angeles. Heraldo de Mexico. 5/12/1925

CA. Los Angeles. Inter-Faith Churchman. 4/20/1941
CA. Los Angeles. Los Angeles Tribune. 1/3/1958 to 4/22/1960
CA. Los Angeles. Teller. 3/20/1946
CT. New London. New London Gazette. 1827-01-03 to 1837-12-13
DC. Washington. Black Networking News. 1/1/1989 to 8/1/1990
DC. Washington. National Chronicle. 7/6/1990 to 9/20/1991
DC. Washington. Washington Bee. 1/3/1914 to 9/25/1915
FL. Jacksonville. Florida Tattler. 12/1/1934 to 9/29/1945
GA. Augusta. Augusta Chronicle. 1/1/1982 to 12/31/1996
GA. Savannah. Savannah Tribune. 1875-12-04 to 12/28/1922
IL. Chicago. Bulletin. 9/11/1968 to 12/3/1969
IL. Chicago. Central South Sider. 7/6/1929
IL. Chicago. Chicago Courier. 4/13/1974 to 11/15/1975
IL. Chicago. Chicago Metro News. 11/3/1973 to 12/26/1987
IL. Chicago. Chicago World. 10/29/1925 to 6/15/1935
IL. Chicago. Illinois Sentinel. 11/20/1937
IL. Chicago. Metropolitan Post. 9/10/1938 to 6/3/1939
IL. Chicago. Olivet Baptist Church Herald. 11/29/1936
IN. Indianapolis. Freeman. 1897-06-12 to 1899-02-04
IN. Indianapolis. Indianapolis Ledger. 4/13/1918 to 10/28/1922
KS. Kansas City. Advocate. 1/6/1922 to 4/23/1926
KS. Kansas City. People’s Elevator. 8/19/1937 to 9/19/1940
KS. Kansas City. Wyandotte Echo. 1/3/1936 to 12/24/1937
KS. Peru. Freeman’s Lance. 1891-02-20 to 1891-12-25
KS. Topeka. Plaindealer. 7/5/1912 to 4/29/1921
KS. Wichita. Negro Star. 1/5/1939 to 12/26/1952
LA. Baton Rouge. Community Leader. 6/13/1985
LA. New Orleans. Inside New Orleans. 5/1/1965
LA. New Orleans. Times Picayune. 12/7/1942 to 4/4/1950
LA. New Orleans. Times-Picayune. 1870-04-09 to 1899-02-06
MA. Boston. Boston Journal. 1870-07-01 to 1871-06-30
MI. Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Gazette. 1876-06-07 to 8/31/1907
MO. St. Louis. St. Louis Clarion. 12/18/1920 to 4/2/1921
MS. Jackson. Mississippi Free Press. 12/16/1961 to 8/1/1964
MS. Jackson. Mississippi Weekly. 5/18/1935
MS. Mound Bayou. Mound Bayou News-Digest. 5/13/1950
NY. Harlem. People’s Community News. 5/10/1970
NY. New York. New York Herald. 1879-02-1 to 1895-01-26
NY. New York. New York Herald-Tribune. 1856-07-14 to 1875-06-30
NY. New York. Nueva Democracia. 1/1/1947 to 10/1/1948
NY. New York. Prensa. 10/9/1923 to 9/16/1927
NY. New York. Rights of All. 1829-05-29 to 1829-10-09
OH. Dayton. Minority Report. 1/1/1969 to 12/18/1970
OH. Sandusky. Sandusky Register. 1848-04-24 to 1867-04-24
PA. Philadelphia. North Philly Free Press. 3/23/1982 to 1/18/1983
PA. Philadelphia. Political Digest. 10/31/1937
SC. Charleston. City Gazette. 1825-01-01 to 1826-08-31
TN. Memphis. Memphis Triangle. 11/17/1928 to 7/27/1929
TN. Murfreesboro. Murfreesboro Union. 6/6/1939
TX. Brownsville. Cronista del Valle. 10/12/1928
TX. Dallas. Brotherhood Eyes. 10/31/1936
TX. Dallas. Dallas Morning News. 7/31/1978 to 12/28/1978
TX. El Paso. ontinental. 11/17/1936 to 1/2/1938
TX. Fort Worth. Fort Worth Mind. 11/13/1943 to 9/13/1947
TX. Fort Worth. USA Monitor. 8/1/1992 to 3/1/1993
WA. Seattle. Seattle Daily Times. 12/1/1938 to 12/31/1952
WI. Beloit. Soul City Courier. 10/12/1976 to 1/18/1977
WI. La Crosse. Wisconsin Labor Advocate. 1886-08-20 to 1887-06-06
WI. Milwaukee. Milwaukee Defender. 1/3/1957 to 2/1/1958
WI. Milwaukee. Milwaukee Star. 10/19/1968 to 2/10/1977
WI. Milwaukee. Soul City Times. 9/14/1968 to 12/16/1971
WI. Racine. Racine Courier. 9/3/1988 to 7/25/1992
WV. Charleston. Advocate. 6/9/1904

Tracking down Family Bibles ….

Family Bibles have been treasured by families for generations, but finding them today can be difficult.

It was common for families to have a family Bible – a large bound book that was prominently displayed in the family parlor – “…a large octavo volume, with a more or less ornate binding, with blank pages inserted on which to record births, marriages and deaths, and sometimes the near-slaying of Isaac, Moses in the bulrushes, the infernal regions and other interesting dramatic and historic incidents narrated in the [Bible]“. (Boston Journal 13 May 1908).
(Image from Antique Holy Bible Item #330235937204 – Ebay.com)
I spotted quite a few newspaper articles that cited the old family Bibles and who their current owners were.

For example – Henry Peters of Trenton, NJ used his family Bible to prove that he was “sixteen years old and two months older than that” so that he could get in to the show at the Trent theater. (Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram. Nov 4, 1909).
An article in the Columbus (GA) Enquirer (2 Sep 1898) tells us that “Mrs. Billard, the daughter of the late Rev. Edward Oldrin, who lives on Bank Street [Stamford, CT]” … and that she got it “by inheritance from her father. … The book is in the original binding and well preserved, the Old Testament part having been printed in 1597 and the New Testament in 1596. The covers are of wood.”

This is an important point. Always check the dates that each of the Testaments was printed. Printers often printed them separately and then joined them together when they published the Bible. This is a way to date a family Bible.

“Inscribed on the yellow fly-leat are the words: Edward Oulldron owns this book and after his death to his son Edward Oulldron, given by his grandfather – 1651.” Elsewhere it states “Edward Oldrin’s [note the change in spelling] book, given by his father on is deathbed in the 1827, July 28, to be kept in the family.”

Mrs. Jennie Fairbanks Milligan of Springfield, Ohio brought the family Bible when she was called to testify in a case trying to break the will of the late Delavan Smith of Lake Forest, IL. (Dallas Morning News. 1 October 1921).

John M. Butler of Ocean Grove, NJ found out by double checking his family Bible that he was 101 and not 100 years old when he went to celebrate his birthday. He said it was a “pretty tough job trying to keep track of so many birthdays.” He said with a smile … “I must have lived two years in Brooklyn [NY, the] one year that I was there. That’s the only way I can account for the discrepancy.” (Evening Times – Pawtucket, RI – 17 jan 1901).

But you won’t find the Belin family Bible. It seems that in November 1908, Joseph Belin of Wilkes-Barre, PA “came home intoxicated and threatened [his mother] and then burned the family Bible.” There were 7 prisoners in court that day for “being drunk”. Six of them were fined $1.00 but Joseph Belin was fined $5.00. (Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times Leader – 18 Nov 1908).

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