I was aware of a site entitled Small Town Papers at the time I was researching and writing these articles, and in fact I looked at several of the over 250 newspapers available on that site. Apparently the ones I looked at only had papers from 1995 on - not what I would call "historic." Thus these newspapers were not included in my articles and link lists.
But thanks to a loyal reader, my mistake has been rectified. Indeed there are historic newspapers available for you to browse and search, some as early as 1846.
Lastly, sorry for my omission. I hope that use of this site helps you find some interesting articles about your ancestors.