Local Newspaper

The local newspaper for Peru is the NewsTribune (formerly the Daily News-Tribune and the La Salle Daily Tribune). The library has back issues on microfilm or CD-Rom for the years April 1906 to present.

Two indexes have been created for the NewsTribune, the first covers years 1888-1890 and 1906-1915 and is available in only print format; the second index covers 1983-July 1997.

A third index covering the News Tribune between February 1916 through June 30, 1917 available. The indexing is a current project created by volunteers with the La Salle County Genealogical Guild (Rachael Mellen, Alice Mellen, Jenan Jobst, Ruth Dipple, and Susanne Beguin). As years are completed they will be added to the index, so check back to see the progress.

The index  to the Louis Shadensack Journals is a substitute for the years 1908 to 1945, as he noted deaths in his journals. Mr. Shadensack did not note births or marriages.

We have portions of various area newspapers on microfilm in our collection, click for a complete list of the Historical Newspapers we have.

The La Salle Genealogy Guild has indexed the obituaries from several southeastern La Salle county newspapers; their online obituary index is posted on the Guild’s website.

News-Tribune: A Year in Memoriam
In 2004, the News-Tribune began compiling a yearly listing of area obituaries.  The names are compiled by month, and provide a great starting point when trying to pin-point the date of a loved one’s passing.