The Kent Tribune collection includes the years 1917-1929 and more than 6,600 pages.
This complete set of newspapers was collected by its editor, John Paxton, and passed on to his daughter. His granddaughter donated the bound volumes to the Kent Historical Society in 2006 to preserve and share.
John G. Paxton was born on January 27, 1872 in Houston, Pennsylvania. He was familiarly known as “Johnnie” ever since he worked in a print shop at the age of twelve washing rollers and learning the art of setting print by hand. At the age of 19 he came to Kent, Ohio, to be a reporter on the Courier. W. S. Kent was the owner and Charles H. Scott was the publisher and editor. Scott left abruptly and Paxton became the editor. He was twenty-four years old.
When W.S. Kent sold the paper to A.N. Lawson, Paxton started the Kent Tribune in 1915 with S.W. Baker. A year and a half later, Paxton bought Baker out and ran it alone for seven years. He was respected as an editor. Later, I. B. Holm bought a half interest. In 1929, the Kent Tribune was sold to M.L. Davey and transferred five months later to E.V. Dix of Wooster.
The Kent Tribune, a weekly newspaper, featured news from around the world, the nation and locally. This particular period of time includes World War I and ends just before the collapse of the stock market and economy in 1929.