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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 first paper established in the county was in 1839. It was called The Flint River Gazette. It was democratic in politics, J. K. Averill was the publisher, and the paper lived about six months only.
The Northern Advocate succeeded the pioneer paper. It was published by W. A. Morrison, and was discontinued after two years' existence. It was followed by several short-lived papers, among which, were The Genesee Herald, published by Perry Joslin, and The Western Citizen, owned by O. S. Carter. From the office of the latter, after its death, emerged February 23, 1850, the first issue of The Wolverine Citizen, F. H. Rankin editor and publisher. And it is worthy of special record that Mr. Rankin still continues in sole charge of the paper. It is republican in politics.
About 1854, R. W. Jenny published for the proprietor. Gen. C. C. Hascall, a democratic paper called The Flint Republican. When its publication was discontinued, Mr. Jenny started a paper of his own, The Genesee Democrat, and continued its publication until his death. The paper is still published.
The other paper published at Flint, for the city has three, is The Flint Globe, republican in politics. It was established in August, 1866, by Charles F. and Robert Smith, and H. S. Hilton. The present proprietor is A. L. Aldrich.
At Fenton is published The Gazette, an independent paper. It was established October 17, 1865, by W. H. H. Smith, and the projector and his son are the present proprietors. At Fenton is also published The Independent. It was established in May, 1868, by H. X. Jennings, who still continues the proprietor.

MICHIGAN PRESS


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