Lincoln County Kansas
Lincoln County has been served a number of newspapers since the early 1870s. The earliest, the Lincoln County News, began publication in 1873. The county’s newspapers were partisan in the early days, with both a Lincoln Democrat and Lincoln Republican in operation at various times. Another paper, the Banner, was co-edited by the Waits, a husband and wife team who advocated strongly for suffrage, among other issues.In the late 1920s, the county’s two surviving publications merged to form the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, which is the county’s only paper today.
A full listing of Lincoln County newspapers available on microfilm – at the Lincoln Carnegie Library or through interlibrary loan – is available in the Lincoln County research guide.
Old editions of the county’s newspapers have been culled for news and society items, as well as items that show a flavor of the times. Those can be found on the Newspaper gleanings page.
Obituaries and indexes of obituaries can be found on the Obituaries and death notices page.
Below are some articles relating to the history of journalism in Lincoln County.
Lincoln County Newspaper History
"1998's the centennial year for Sentinel-Republican," Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, Jan. 28, 1988
The Barnard Bee
The Bee ceases publication; from the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, Nov. 12, 1942
The Lincoln Sentinel-Republican's website
Lincoln County Newspapers
A history of newspapers in Lincoln County up to the early 1900's from the book, Souvenir History of Lincoln County, Kansas (1908)
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