The Internet Archive of
Yesterday's Review and Hampshire History
The Archive Project
The Hampshire Review and the South Branch Intelligencer, the area’s weekly papers which eventually merged, have been a source of local news for almost 200 years. Destroyed by Union forces at the beginning of the Civil War for its Southern views, the paper rebounded when the conflict was over and continued where it had left off recording life in Hampshire County.
Fortunately for students of history, some years ago the publisher of the Hampshire Review hired Kathee Rogers to search out and publish interesting articles from past issues. This project produced Yesterday’s Review from 1996 to May, 1999 and then Hampshire History from August, 1999 to February, 2003. Kathee's work is a treasure trove of stories and photographs that capture life in Hampshire County and includes letters and journals with personal recollections of life in the county.
A Cooperative Effort
We appreciate the cooperation of Cornwell & Ailes, Inc., the publisher of the Hampshire Review, in allowing us to reproduce both of these papers for your enjoyment and edification.
Through the scanning work of Dan Oates and his talent for indexing the papers we can present the viewer with a wonderful experience of glimpsing the past of Hampshire County, its families, friends and visitors. The index contains over 7,000 lines of entries. Although modern technology allows digitally converting images to text for word searching, this "back of book" type index allows the reader to see connections and relationships that simple word searches may miss.
Articles spanning the days of the South Branch Intelligencer before the Civil War up through athletic activities at Capon Bridge, Romney and Hampshire High School can be found in these pages. In some cases, there is information on the parents, children and grandchildren in the articles spread through the issues.
Editor Rogers also included the Journal of George W. Washington, Gentleman Farmer of the South Branch (1868), and the Journals of George Montgomery French, a prosperous farmer on the South Branch of the Potomac. His journals spanned March of 1893 to December of 1895 with, in many instances, daily entries. Both Mr. Washington and Mr. French paint a picture of life on the South Branch that one can only get through these first-hand accounts.
As the project progressed Kathee Rogers covered many family histories and solicited inquiries and pictures that led her into other topics of interest. As the supplement grew, subscribers submitted old pictures so the public could aid in identification. In almost every instance, the persons in the pictures were identified. Subjects of pictures included athletic team pictures, one-room school class pictures, businesses, parades, and others subjects too numerous to mention.
Other topics of interest are:
- Family Genealogies
- One and two-room schools with map
- Business ads from around the county
- Local area news of different communities in the county and surrounding area
- Obituaries, Anniversaries, and Marriages
- Editorial comments by local attorney and former governor, John J. Cornwell
- Articles by local historian Rob Wolford
- Stories of the Hampshire Southern and the South Branch Railroad
- Special features of World War I
- South Branch Telephone directories in the 1940’s & 1950’s.
- And so much more…..
How to Search
This was an extensive project. The index itself took Dan Oates over 9 months to complete. We are hoping that we have found all the copies of both papers. We used Charles Hall's and Roberta Munske's collections and queried the Hampshire Review for any it still had. Editor Rogers was kind enough to lend us her copies, but there are still some gaps in the supplements. We present a digital image of each page identified in the index by the year, month, and page number. This was a quarterly supplement and most of them were released in February (02), May (05), August (08), November (11). Therefore, if you are looking up a name and find the index listing, 0308-06, that refers to the 2003 August edition, page 6. Be sure to scan the entire page because there are some instances where the name may be listed twice on the same page. Also check all spellings of a name, i.e. Wolford, Wolfred, Woolford, etc.
If you have some time and want to take a stroll through the history of Hampshire County and the surrounding area, relax and click away. Be sure to thank Kathee Rogers and the publishers of the Hampshire Review for an amazing job of preserving our history!
Links to Index and Images:Index listing for Numbers and "A"
Index listing for letter "B"
Index listing for letter "C"
Index listing for letter "D"
Index listing for letter "E"
Index listing for letter "F"
Index listing for letter "G"
Index listing for letter "H"
Index listing for letters "I" & "J"
Index listing for letter "K"
Index listing for letter "L"
Index listing for letter "M"
Index listing for letter "N"
Index listing for letter "O"
Index listing for letter "P"
Index listing for letter "Q" & "R"
Index listing for letter "S"
Index listing for letter "T"
Index listing for letter "U" & "V"
Index listing for letter "W"
Index listing for letter "Y" & "Z"
Access to Images from November 1996 to May 1999 from Yesterday's Review
Access to Images of August 1999 - November 2002 from Hampshire History
Access to Images of February 2003 to November 2006 from Hampshire History
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