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A HISTORY OF THE PRESS OF MICHIGAN

PREPARED FOR THE CENTENNIAL BY ORDER OF GOV. JOHN J. BAGLEY TOM S. APPLEGATE, COMPILER
Section I

The Benton Harbor Times was established July lo. 1875, by Thomas B. and William Hurley. A. H. Potter is the present proprietor. The Three Oaks Echo was established by its present proprietor, L. S. Boynton, August 27, 1875.
The New Buffalo Independent was established by its present proprietors, J. R. & A. H. Hill, September 1, 1875.
The Niles Mirror was established by D. B. Cook, March 22, 1876, who is the present proprietor.
The Berrien Springs Era was established by Fred McOmber, January 5th, 1876, and he still owns it.
BRANCH COUNTY
This county, with a population of 25, 726, has one semi-weekly paper, three weekly and one monthly. The semi-weekly is the Republican, Coldwater, republican in politics. The weeklies are The Reporter, Coldwater, independent; The Register, Union City, republican; and The Times, Quincy, republican. The monthly is The Literary Reporter, and is published at Quincy.
The compiler desires to acknowledge his indebtedness to a history of the press of Branch county, contributed to the Coldwater Republican by Hon. Harvey Haynes, for most of the facts which follow:
The first paper printed in the county was issued about July 1, 1837, at Branch, then the county seat. It was called The Michigan Star, was issued by the Branch County Printing Company, and was edited by Charles P. West. It was democratic in politics, and after struggling for a few months, died. The rival village of Coldwater was in the field with a paper about the same time, called The Coldwater Observer. The name was subsequently changed to The Branch County News; it was neutral in politics, and its publication was not long continued. The office was. however, owned by the solid men of Coldwater, and some months after The Branch County Democrat was started, but some misunderstanding occurred, and the second Coldwater paper gave up the ghost. In 1841, The Coldwater Sentinel was started, and continued eight years under the control of its founder, E. B. Pond, now of The Ann Arbor Argus, was his successor. After sundry changes of proprietorship, the office was finally moved to Port Huron and there printed The Port Huron Press.

MICHIGAN PRESS


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