The Smithville News


A Digital Collection of Smithville's History 1897 - 1915

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Local merchants most likely published Smithville's first newspaper, Name It & Take It, in 1897.

Smithville News - Ralph CarterLater it was named The Smithville News.

Destroyed in a fire in 1901, the newspaper was revived in 1908 by Ralph B. Carter, a local telephone exchange pioneer.  Under Carter, The Smithville News covered local business, limestone, railroad news, and happenings--society news, church events, obituaries, the occasional criminal mischief, and gossip about who was courting whom--in Smithville, Harrodsburg, Sanders, Fairfax and Clear Creek. Marketed as politically independent, the newspaper took editorial "digs" at some hot-button Progressive Era issues such as prohibition, teacher pay, fair business practices, transportation, and rural mail service.

A Timeline of Smithville Events is also available.


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