Holding onto some old newspapers really paid off for one family in Martinsville.

The newspapers are loaded with headlines from the day before, the day of, and the day after John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

The newspapers from The Dallas Morning News and The Denison Herald, a neighboring town, were the exact papers that landed on the doorstep at Barbara Parker's grandmother's home.

Parker now lives in Martinsville but grew up in Denison, Texas. She's a history buff at heart and considers these a priceless treasure.

"It just gives a little more in depth into what people were feeling and pictures of people crying and it really brings back a lot of memories," said Barbara Parker, who inherited her family's newspaper collection.

Parker's grandmother collected newspapers from the Dallas area of events she thought were important.

Friday marks 50 years since President Kennedy was assassinated. Your Hometown News Leader will have special coverage of this historical event.