Barton Bulletin and Barton Historical Society Newsletter
The Barton Bulletin was published from 1959 through 1989 with just three editors: 1959 - A two-page Christmas letter from William P. Barton, 1960 - 1976 Eleanor (Keese) Barton (wife of William P. Barton), 1977 - 1989 Thelma (Barton) Stephens Gilbreath. Those thirty-one years saw growth from a simple 2-page letter, to a 7-page mimeographed Bulletin printed on legal-size paper and published twice a year, to a lengthier 67-pages printed on letter-size paper, booklet-folded and stapled, and printed two or three times a year, to a much longer 90 to 142 pages, booklet-folded and stapled, and printed once a year using commercial offset printing presses.
Both Cousin Eleanor and Cousin Thelma employed a folksy, chatty style addressed to "cousins" with news about current happenings in readers' lives, family history, legends, genealogical data and speculations. Many readers were reported to have written to each editor indicating how much they enjoyed receiving the Bulletin.
Apparently for lack of a replacement editor The Barton Bulletin ceased publication after the 1989 Edition. It resumed in December 2000 appearing as a 4-page 11x8-1/2 photocopied newsletter renamed Barton Historical Society Newsletter as part of an effort to revitalize Barton Historical Society and was expanded in 2007 to a 12-20 page quarterly edition.
Fortunately for all Bartons one copy of every issue from 1959-1989 and 2000-2011 has been found, scanned, digitized and indexed and is available for purchase from Barton Historical Society on a single DVD from the Barton Store.
Contact our current Newsletter Editor here
Sample Bulletins and Newsletters from Bygone Years(downloadable PDFs)
|Thelma Barton Stephens, Editor, (large 47MB file)|
|Kathy Barton Leckie, Editor, (large 33MB file)||
Gary Barton, Editor, (2MB file)
- 1959 William Perry Barton
- 1960 - 1976 Eleanor Keese Barton
- 1977 - 1987 Thelma Barton Stephens
- 1988 Mary Barton Hitt
- 2000 - 2001 Jean Brockman
- 2002 - 2005 Kathy Barton Leckie
- 2006 Richard Barton M.D.
- 2007 - 2011 Gary Barton
- 2012 - 2013 Sterlin Barton
- 2014 - now Peggy Smith Ph.D.
The Barton Bulletin & Newsletter DVD is the only known source for reading all of the issues in one place. A large number of the older issues, though, are available in the Reading Room of the Greenville Public Library, Greenville, South Carolina, USA.