Due to COVID-19 the Memphis Public Library website has extra access to the Commercial Appeal archives all the way back to 1894. Every issue from about July 1 of that year. The search feature of the Newspapers.com site, where the archives are actually held, is very good. I’ve spent some time on the site and I can tell you that it is addictive. Searching for a full name or a street address returns accurate results which can lead you down many digital rabbit trails. Here are just a couple of the items I found, and will be doing more posts on in the near future.

My Aunt Dot was an amazing bowler.
Visiting out of town guests made the paper back in 1922.

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