Historical Database

Search a database of more than 60,000 historical events that took place in Jefferson, as reported in the Jefferson Banner newspaper. You can browse by year, view events that took place today in history, or search by key words.

Click here to visit the searchable database.


About the Database

The information in this database was composed by Elmer Waldmann (1935-2012), a member of the Jefferson Historical Society.


For many years, Elmer went to the Jefferson Public Library to read the microfilm copies of the Jefferson Banner. He laboriously summarized thousands of articles.┬áHe’d write the event in a notebook, then return to his store and enter each event into Excel spreadsheets.

This database now contains 61,215 events, although some are duplicates.

The Web version of the database was created by John Foust of goJefferson.com and donated to the Jefferson Historical Society.