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Gaston Newspapers History

Gaston County was created in 1846 from Lincoln County which had been created in 1779 from Mecklenburg County.   Below is a list of "local" newspapers for this area which have survived.  Newspapers in the 18th and 19th centuries reprinted many of their articles from other newspapers.   Therefore searching all the newspapers available for the time period may help in locating news items.

Dates given here are the earliest and latest available for each title, but there may be missing issues in any newspaper.

During the early years, the nearest newspaper was in Salisbury.  Even though this was more than 50 miles away, occasional Lincoln County court-ordered notices were published there as the nearest newspaper.  
Go to:  North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project to search.

Charlotte newspapers

These Charlotte papers contain many mentions of Lincoln and later Gaston Counties, both official notices and news items.

The Charlotte newspapers below can be searched at the Chronicling America site at the Library of Congress:

  • Charlotte Journal, Jul 3, 1835 - Dec 17, 1851
  • Western Democrat, Jan 28, 1853 - Dec 29, 1868.
  • Charlotte Democrat, Dec 22, 1870-Sep 30, 1881.
  • Charlotte Home and Democratt, Dec 22, 1870-Sep 30, 1881.
  • Charlotte Democrat, Jul 15, 1887- Oct 7, 1897.

Lincoln County newspapers

Online:

Microfilm at the Jonas Library, Lincolnton:

  • Lincoln Republican, Jan 23, 1840 - May 25, 1842.
  • Lincoln Courier, 1845-1851 and 1867.
  • Carolina Republican, Sep 5, 1848 - Jan 27, 1853.
  • Lincoln Progress, May 17, 1873 - Mar 11, 1882.
  • Lincoln Courier, Sep 16, 1887 - Sep 20, 1895.
  • Lincoln Democrat, Sep 27, 1895 - Dec 24, 1896.
  • Lincoln County News, Jan 2, 1925 - Dec 29, 1939.
  • Lincoln Times, Jan 3, 1938 - Dec 30, 1940.
  • Lincoln County News, Jan 2, 1941 - Sep 30, 1965.
  • Lincoln Times News, Jan 3, 1963 - May 27, 1985; Jan 1, 1986 to date.
  • "Miscellaneous" issues of papers including: Lincoln Transcript, 1836; Western Whig Banner, 1840; Hokeville Express, 1855; The Trumpet, 1887; The Constitution, 1880; The Plow, Forge & Grip, 1891; and the Lincoln Journal, 1898-1901.

Gaston County newspapers

The Gastonia Gazette (later The Gaston Gazette starting January 2, 1989).  The Main Library has the Gastonia Gazette on microfilm beginning with the February 21, 1880 issue. However, there are many missing issues in the early years. 

The Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection has digitized online content from some of the issues of the Gastonia Gazette. Log in to NC Live with your library card number.

The Gastonia Gazette has three issues:  Nov 2, 1893; Dec 6, 1894; Mar 18, 1897, that are only available online at DigitalNC North Carolina Newspapers Collection.

  At this time, there is only limited indexing to the Gazette and/or to the obituaries:

  • 1880 - 1889.  929.5 GAS NCC. The Gastonia Gazette Obituary and Marriage Index: “Gaston in the Eighties” (1880s).  From 1915 to 1919 the Gazette occasionally reprinted notices from its earlier issues in the 1880s. These are useful because in some cases the original issue no longer exists.
  • 1880 - 1899.  929.5 GAS NCC. The Gastonia Gazette Obituary and Death Notices Index, 1880 - 1899.
  • 1900 - 1969.  No indexing.
  • 1970.  Ask at the Reference Desk at Gastonia Main Library.
  • 1971 - 1979.  No indexing.
  • 1980 - Present.   Ask at the Reference Desk at Gastonia Main Library.

Miscellaneous Gaston County papers in order by earliest date:

  • Gaston Progress, Gastonia (1 issue) Jul 4, 1912.
  • The Kings Mountain Herald, Jul 9, 1914 – Dec 30, 1954 (892 issues.) Kings Mountain is in both Gaston and Cleveland Counties.
  • The Gastonian, Gastonia (5 issues)    Jun 3, 1915; Nov 22, 1915; Nov 25, 1915, Nov 29, 1915, Feb 28, 1916.
  • The Eagle, Cherryville (4 issues) Nov 18, 1915;  Dec 9, 1915;  Jan 6, 1916;  Jan 27, 1916.
  • Gaston Republican, Gastonia (2 issues)  Apr 27, 1916, May 1, 1916.
  • Gaston Citizen, Oct 25, 1951 - Mar 21, 1956. Microfilm only at the Main Library.  There is no index.
  • Firestone News, May 5, 1952 -- May 1, 1993.  Newsletter of the Firestone Mills, Gastonia.   
  • Gaston College Student Newspaper, Oct 1, 1964 through May 1, 1984.  Also titled The Gas Light.

See also our current newspapers page.

Newspapers on Microfilm

Microfilm copies of the following newspapers are in the North Carolina Collection at the Gastonia Main Library.

  • Charlotte Observer, April 1, 1929 - September 30, 1929;
  • Gaston Citizen, Oct 25, 1951 - Mar 21, 1956;
  • Gastonia Gazette, 21 Feb 1880 - 1 Jan 1989 (minus some issues in the early years);
  • Gaston Gazette, Feb 1989 - Nov 2012;
  • Greensboro News (NC), March 1929 - October 1929;
  • Wilmington Daily Herald (Wilmington Daily Journal), April 9, 1857 - July 14, 1866.

 

Visit the Newspapers - Historical LibGuide for more print and online historical newspapers.

North Carolina Newspapers Online

Digital collections:

Find what North Carolina newspapers were printed in a county or city: North Carolina Newspapers Index, a pdf file.
This is NOT an index to newspaper contents.
Go to: http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/ref/collection/p249901coll22/id/18084

Also search the North Carolina Newspaper Locator for newspaper microfilm by county, town, title, or date range.
Go to: http://cinch.nclive.org/newspaper/

Search the State Library of North Carolina's Genealogical Indexes and Abstracts of Newspapers to find indexes to genealogical information in Newspapers. These indexes are located in the State Library's Genealogical Research Room unless otherwise indicated.

Citation

Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Newspapers -- Historical
URL: http://gastonlibrary.libguides.com/serials/historical-newpapers
Revised: 15 August 2017

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