We have a notebook/binder authored by Frank Simmons, publisher of the Plaindealer, full of historical details from the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Provided by the Will County Historical Society.

Here is the first page.

October 1890

History of Marseilles Notebook

We are very fortunate the Marseilles Public Library preserved copies of the Marseilles Plaindealer newspaper.  These newspapers, going back to 1890, were microfilmed and then digitized by the Oklahoma Correctional Industries. 

Here is a sample of what was going on in Marseilles in October of 1890.

You can download and read complete newspapers with the above articles by clicking these links

These are a small fraction of the Plaindealer newspaper digitized archives.   We are working to make more digitized issues accessible on-line. 

Early Marseilles Newspapers