March 16, 2012
While poking around the other day in old newspapers and looking for something entirely different, I came upon a really sweet little treasure. Actually 3 little treasurers in a row that really make a big impact on the overall picture.
No matter how many different ways I search in old newspapers, the OCR process and the often extremely poor quality of the print, pretty much guarantees my searches will miss things. Today’s post is proof of this. I had already used every trick I could think of to root out the names I was looking for in this particular paper. Since the newspaper was in exactly the right place and time period, I decided to take the time to learn what I could about the “Indian” issues of the day of concern to local citizens. Entering “indian” as a key word turned up a huge number of hits over a very short time span. I used exclude with a few key words and whittled it down to a couple hundred. I got myself comfortable and began reading them one by one.
After several hours of reading and with tired eyes struggling to focus, there it was. I almost missed it - then I just stared in numb disbelief. Perhaps my mind was playing tricks on me? How could my previous searches have missed this?
March 14, 2012
I would like to thank Lori A. Bimber, Warren County Clerk, for her prompt and professional assistance.