The Stephenville Empire newspapers from 1882 to 1900 are now online at the Portal to Texas History! The remaining issues of this early title (through 1917), as well as the early Stephenville Tribune (1905 through 1922) will appear in the future, so keep checking the Portal. Please keep in mind that there are many gaps in those early years. All Stephenville newspapers the Dick Smith Library has on microfilm through 1922 are being digitized.
This project was funded through a grant provided by the Ladd & Katherine Hancher Library Foundation in September 2016, awarded to the Stephenville Public Library, our partner in this project (they were eligible to apply for the grant; we were not!).
Already users are finding items of interest for their family history research:
"I found an article explaining when my 3X great-grandfather came to Texas from Mississippi!"
"I found my great-great-grandfather telling tall tales about his wheat crop."
"My great-great-grandfather was a member of the Morgan Mill Democratic Club in 1898."