If you have ever stopped into the Indiana Room on the second floor of the Main Library, you might have spotted Alan Daugherty. Alan is a library patron and supporter. He is usually in around 10 hours a week doing research on various historical projects and books. Currently, he is working on compiling a list of Wells County banks going back to the 1850s and researching the family history of the numerous owners and staff of the different banks, many of whom were stakeholders in more than one local bank.
He’s pictured here looking at local newspaper archives on microfilm that date back to 1851. The library has archives for numerous newspapers, including the Bluffton Banner, Bluffton Chronicle, Evening News, Bluffton News-Banner, Ossian Journal, and more.
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