Research and Local History
Pemiscot County Historical Society
The Historical Society is housed in our building and is open to the public on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. You may e-mail them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. See our home page for articles from the archives of the PCHS.
For more information or more stories like this, join the Pemiscot County Historical Society for only $10 a year (which includes four quarterly issues filled with local history) Mail to: Pemiscot County Historical Society, P.O. Box 604, Caruthersville, MO 63830.
Caruthersville Public Library features the Kaye Norton Gill Genealogy Room. Contained here are her personal genealogy books, as well as many others that have been donated to the library or purchased for memorials and honorariums.
There is a microfilm reader in the room and microfilm containing valuable records of Pemiscot County. They include marriage records from 1882 through 1996, real estate records from 1882 through 1930, swamp land patent records, a register and receiver’s book.
The local newspaper houses bound volumes of The Democrat-Argus in the Pemiscot County Historical Society room in the library and microfilm from the years 1891 until 1940 are available. The newspaper can be found at the following link – containing the years 1891-1966.
The first of our Pemiscot County newspapers have been digitized and are being added to our library’s website in the “Online Resources” tab. This project was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. An LSTA Digital Imaging grant was applied for by Caruthersville Public Library and supported with letters by several community residents.
The papers currently online are:
The Critic (from 1/1/1915 – 5/7/1915) Hayti, MO newspaper
The Gayoso Democrat (from 11/6/1891-12/25/1891) Gayoso, MO newspaper
The Democrat-Argus and the Twice-a-Week Democrat (from 1/26/1900 – 12/29/1966) Caruthersville, MO newspaper
The Pemiscot Argus (from 1907-1921) Caruthersville, MO newspaper
The Pemiscot Press (from 1901-1908)
The Hayti Herald is digitized from 1908-1922 and is freely available on the Library of Congress’s website, Chronicling America. This paper was digitized as part of a national grant in 2008-2010.
The Missouri Herald (Hayti) (from 1909-1966) (from 1929-1966)
The Steele Enterprise (from 1929-1966)
(Click on link to access resources)
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