The local newspaper for Peru is the NewsTribune (formerly the Daily News-Tribune and the La Salle Daily Tribune). The library has back issues on microfilm or CD-Rom for the years April 1906 to present. The library also has online access to the NewsTribune via our Newsbank database back to 1996. Accessing the online NewsTribune version requires a valid Peru Public Library patron card.
Two indexes have been created for the NewsTribune, the first covers years 1888-1890 and 1906-1915; the second covers 1983- July 1997. Click here to access the second index.
A third index covering the years 1916 and later is being created by volunteers with the La Salle County Genealogical Guild (Rachael Mellen, Alice Mellen, Jenan Jobst, Ruth Dipple, and Susanne Beguin). As years are completed they will be added to the index.
We have portions of various newspapers on microfilm in our collection, click for a complete list of the newspaper listing.
The La Salle Genealogy Guild has indexed the obituaries from several southeastern La Salle county newspapers; their online obituary index is posted on the Guild’s website.
News-Tribune: A Year in Memoriam
In 2004, the News-Tribune began compiling a yearly listing of area obituaries. The names are compiled by month, and provide a great starting point when trying to pin-point the date of a loved one’s passing.