Monroe Enquirer’s first issue was May 27, 1873.
Published once a week, it was founded
The Union County Public Library had original bound copies of The Monroe Enquirer for the years between June 1875 and June 1880*. Patrons enjoyed researching through them but the constant use began to take toil on the fragile pages. Some articles were even cut out of issues. At some point in the 1980s the decision was made to have these microfilmed. We do not know what became of the original bound copies
In 2008 the library had the microfilm
digitized by Virtual Image Technology, Inc. (
Each issue is a pdf image and text searchable (OCR) using the binoculars icon or the "find" box above each image. Because of the occasional odd fonts that were used a word you are searching may not be found. You may then wish to do a general read-over of an issue – most are only four pages with much of the local information found on page three.
We have created a
database of names for the obituaries published in these issues. We focused on
To learn more about the history of
The Monroe Enquirer or
The Monroe Journal please visit the
Pages from the 100th anniversary issue of the
Enquirer-Journal (5/28/1973) describing the history of the newspapers in
*Please contact “The Heritage Room” for
some (hard copy) issues between 7/24/1880 – 8/10/1882.
Their phone number: 704-289-6737 .
Note: The 1875-1880 Monroe Enquirer is also available for viewing on microfilm at the main library branch.
PDF of all papers 1875-1880 (1037 pages)
1875 | 1876 | 1877 | 1878 | 1879 | 1880
1875 (125 pages)
1876 (201 pages)
1877 (205 pages)
1878 (200 pages)
1879 (207 pages)
1880 (104 pages)