This & ThatOld Butler newspaper is interesting to read

Over the years I have received a number of old newspapers from various sources. Occasionally it is kind of fun to open up one of those old newspapers and let it be a lens through which we can view a chunk of time in the area where these papers were published. Newspapers record history. Some folks read old newspapers just for entertainment while others glean a bit of history from those printed pages. Old advertisements and how prices have changed over time is always interesting to me.

A few years ago I received a unique newspaper. It was published from Butler, Tennessee. It was Volume II; Number 18 of The Holly Leaf dated Friday May 26, 1899. Now, that’s a long time ago — 115 years actually. I have kept it in a plastic sleeve to protect it and although the type has faded, it is readily readable. It is one of my oldest newspapers. The motto of the paper was “Energy Means Success.” On the front page of the 4-page paper were a lot of strange, humorous and short articles. A front-page ad touted a company that specialized in patents. C.A. Snow & Co. was the firm and the ad stated that it was opposite the U. S. Patent Office.

An interesting blurb from the front page of the paper headed “Town Killers” is as follows. More...

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