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The Hays Free Press Archive

  • Hays, Kansas
  • 18821922

About

The Free Press was founded on September 29, 1888, in Hays, Kansas as the successor to a number of newspapers starting in 1882 with the German-American Advocate, catering to Volga Germans settling in northwestern Kansas. The Advocate underwent several name changes thereafter including the Hays City Times, the Ellis County Democrat and Advocate and its alternate the Advocate and Ellis County Democrat, and the Ellis County Free Press and Democrat, before becoming the Free Press in 1888. The Free Press was a Populist title until it became politically independent after 1901. It ran with the banner "Advocating the best interests of Ellis County all the time," and then later the headline: "Ellis County's Best Local Paper." Continuing from the Ellis County Free Press and Democrat, Harry Freese was both editor and publisher of the Free Press; his son John Freese became editor and business manager in July 1907. The Free Press covered local and national news and included classified ads, legal notices, church notes, and a large amount of genealogical material.

Archive Info

  • 11,602
  • Hays, Kansas
  • 18821922

Paper History

  • Free press
  • Ellis Co. Democrat and Advocate
  • Ellis Co. Free Press and Democrat
  • German-American Advocate

Source Information

The Hays Free Press, 1908–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 15, 2018

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The Hays Free Press
Hays, Kansas
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widow's pension for (Mrs. David H) Amanda Early
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David H Early obituary The Hays Free Press  February 5, 1916
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Obituary for Charles Treat

Obituary for Charles Treat

The Hays Free Press
Hays, Kansas
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DEATH OF J. H. HOGG:

DEATH OF J. H. HOGG:

The Hays Free Press
Hays, Kansas
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Obituary for M. J. K. Treat

Obituary for M. J. K. Treat

The Hays Free Press
Hays, Kansas
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Archive Info

  • 11,602
  • Hays, Kansas
  • 18821922

Paper History

  • Free press
  • Ellis Co. Democrat and Advocate
  • Ellis Co. Free Press and Democrat
  • German-American Advocate

Source Information

The Hays Free Press, 1908–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 15, 2018