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The Kent Tribune Project is now online. To get an idea of what is posted click the link below. You will now be able to search this wonderful newspaper that documents our city between the years 1917 and 1929. It is filled with the comings and goings of the citizens of Kent as well as how world events affected us. All you will need to do is click the link and you will magically be taken to the Kent Tribune. You will be able to do a word search as well as just browse the pages. Find out about who in Kent served in the Great War as well as search the police blotter. It was through your generosity that made the success of this project possible and the Kent Historical Society sincerely thanks you. If you didn't contribute toward this project and you find yourself using it then think of becoming a member of the KHS and help us with our future Kent centered projects.

Click the link below and start searching this great newspaper

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Portrait of John Paxton in his prime.
The Kent Tribune was founded by John G. Paxton and Sam Baker in 1915. The first issue appeared on November 18, 1915. In the spring of 1917, Paxton bought out Baker’s interest. He continued as sole owner of the paper until 1929 when he sold a half interest to J. B. Holm. This rare photograph just recently discovered shows John Paxton (arms folded) standing in front of the Tribune office.
A young John Paxton standing in the doorway and Wm. Kent sitting in the chair. All dressed so well and in their prime. Who is the guy on the left with bare feet. Possibly the paper boy.

Look what's in these 6,655 pages! The Kent Tribune microfilm and digitization is the most comprehensive project ever undertaken by KHS. The Kent Tribune filled its weekly pages with the life of this community as well as documenting the changing world. Some of the areas covered include:

  • Kent in World War I and its aftermath
  • Social service and women's clubs and their activities and memberships
  • Kent companies such as Gougler Machine, Lamson & Sessions, Fageol/Twin Coach, Davey Tree
  • Advertisements for all the local stores and popular products
  • A who’s who of our town fathers and mothers
  • Beginning of St. Patrick's School
  • Growth of Kent Normal (Kent State University)
  • Political developments including local Kent, Ohio and National elections
  • About our neighborhoods
  • Crime blotter
  • Women's suffrage
  • Lindbergh flies the Atlantic
  • Families researching genealogy under sections called “Social Events” and “People you Know”
  • Sports
  • All the going-on’s – and so much more
  • Once these pages are uploaded to the Ohio Memory Project I guarantee you’ll spend hours perusing these pages.