One of the places you can do free research online is the Library of Congress Chronicling America site at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/. The Search Pages option at that location will search all of the papers now available. For a state-specific search, click on the View Newspaper Pages link. You can search by a person’s name or a location or by any words that might have appeared in the newspapers scanned.
The results will let you see images of the newspaper pages with your search terms highlighted. Use the magnify button to make the type large enough to read. Then you can print out the pages or save a .pdf file to your computer.
The story below is an example of one story I found after searching on the word “Quitman.”
SHOT FROM AMBUSH.
TWO MEN SUPPOSED TO HAVE
COMMITTED THE DEED.
Jim Hale a Young Farmer Loses His
Life as He was Returning Home — Dogs
Were placed on the Track of the
Murders at Once.
Mineola, Tex., Jan 9. — Jim Hale a young farmer living near Quitman was shot and killed about 6 o’clock Thursday evening.
Hale had been in Quitman Thursday and had a difficulty with a man who lives there. About 6 o’clock he left for his home on horseback
The horse reached home and was found at the lot gate about 10 o’clock with the bridle rein securely tied around the pommel of the saddle. This excited Young Hale’s father who immediately started for Quitman to look for his son. On the road he called on some of his neighbors who went with him. When about two miles east of Quitman they found Young Hale lying in the road shot through the head.
The ball entered the temple passing through the brain and came out on the opposite side of the head. He was taken home and died about 8 o’clock yesterday morning. A telephone message from Quitman just received stated that two men on horseback were seen riding hurriedly away from the place where Hale was found immediately after the pistol shot was heard and one of the horses had been identified. Also that an arrest would be made in a few minutes. Hound s were placed on the trail of the horses and tracked them by a circuitous route into the town of Quitman.
Shiner gazette. (Shiner, Tex.) 1893-current, January 13, 1897, Image 2. Image and text provided by University of North Texas, Denton