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Local Newspaper & Indexes

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

There is not a complete index from 1906 to the current date. However, over the years various groups and invididuals have indexed portions of the newspaper. What indexes that are available are listed below.

The newest index is to John Barron’s newspaper columns, scanned and added March 2022. A popular columnist,   John Barrow frequently wrote about local history and/or local residents during the 1970-1980s. Checking this index might provide clues for family and/or local history research.

If you are researching a local resident’s World War 2 miliary history, use the indexes to the annual Victory or Stars and Stripes editions of the Daily Post-Tribune. Each know person (male or female) serving in the armed forces is listed in the three editions.

We purchased a new microfilm machine in April 2019. The Scan Pro3000 allows patrons to save newspaper articles to a flash drive (memory stick), email and/or traditional paper prints. Staff are available to start you with the microfilm machine, a  short instructional guide is available at the library and through our website.

Indexes to the News-Tribune

Remember, there is not a single, inclusive index to the various historical newspapers serving the Peru area. The following indexes cover portions of the newspapers. The following newspaper indexes are listed in chronological order by publication date.

Other historical newspapers in our microfilm collection.

The La Salle Genealogy Guild 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
Since 2004, the News-Tribune compiles a yearly listing of area obituaries, providing a starting point when searching for a recent obituary.

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