Local History and Genealogy

     The J. R. Clarke Public Library has several items of interest in our local history and genealogy room.  Those items include:

  • The personal collection of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Clarke including his documented scrapbooks displaying events of his life and the lives of citizens of Covington.
  • Obituaries of local citizens beginning in 1981 through 2006.  Some people may have been omitted due to missing newspaper publications. All obituaries have been entered in the Rutherford B. Hayes Obituary Index.
  • The Parl "Bud" Wineland Civil War Collection.
  • The Miami County Census from 1820 through 1910 on microfilm.
  • The Franklin County Census for the year of 1900 on microfilm.
  • The Montgomery County Census for 1850 through 1870 and 1900 on microfilm.
  • The Stillwater Valley Advertiser from July 9, 1926, through December 27, 2000, on microfilm.
  • The Stillwater Valley Gazette from July 14, 1870, through June 20, 1872, on microfilm.
  • Covington Enterprise 1888 with J. R. Clarke as editor on microfilm.
  • The A. B. Cole Newspaper War History on microfilm.
  • The Miami Helmet from August 4, 1879, through August 4, 1881, on microfilm.
  • A genealogy file on many local families.  An index of  these families may be searched through our catalog.