The North Bend Eagle


 

Old Eagles now online

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 7/30/14

The first North Bend Eagle published Nov. 4, 1897, had the headline “WE ARE IN LINE THIS WEEK.” Now the Eagle can proclaim “We are ON line this week.”

Thanks to funding from the North Bend Library Foundation, all the Eagles at the library have been bound, digitized, and put on microfilm. So whatever way you want to search old Eagles, the library can help you out, or you can do it in the comfort of your own home.

To maneuver to the site to read old Eagles, type in www.libraries.ne.gov/northbend on your web browser, or if you’re at the library, click on the “Eagle Search” icon. Once you are on the library web site, scroll down to where it says “North Bend Eagles on the web” on the right hand side.

Library computerLinda Larson uses a computer at the North Bend Public Library, where you can now search through Eagles back into the 19th Centrury.

Now here is the only glitch in the whole works – most of the the papers are listed under Argus, which was one of the two papers that joined together to make the Eagle in 1897.
The digital issues cover 1891 to 2011, so there is plenty to search.

The process to complete this digitalization goes back more than a year. Amy Williams, director of the library at the time, attended a directors’ meeting in Wahoo where it was discussed. The Wahoo paper had digitized its hometown newspaper, as well as other towns, and Williams brought the information back to North Bend.

When Williams started looking into digitizing the Eagle, she looked at the companies that could do the process, and one company stood out because it was more user friendly.
Williams took all the boxes of newspapers (from 1977 on) and sent them to the company to have them digitized and bound. Issues older than 1977 were digitized using microfilm from the Nebraska Historical Society.

“It was quite a process,” Williams said.

The job was accomplished, and the North Bend Library Foundation paid $10,130 to cover the cost.

Library director Amy Reznicek said she has already heard comments from users.

“One lady called and thanked us for having this,” Reznicek said. “She said she would probably never get back to North Bend but she had family buried at Purple Cane. Now she can look online to see any place her family name is listed, get the obituaries and other information about her family.”

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