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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

Concerning the press history of Hillsdale county, James I. Dennis, of The Jonesville Independent, has favored the compiler with some interesting facts. The first printing press brought into the county of Hillsdale, was purchased of the widow of one L. C. Clark, who had, in his life-time, owned a printing office at the village of Branch, then the county seat of Branch county. Mr. Clark had, by will, left his personal property to his wife, and, in 1839, she sold the press and type to W. W. Murphy (late U. S. Consul at Frankfort-on-the-Main). and James K. Kinman, both residents of Jonesville. The purchasers had loaded the material on wagons and were ready to move, when a difficulty arose in the shape of an attachment issued by the circuit court of Branch county against the property of the previous owner (then deceased), of the office, on the ground that the said L. C. Clark "had absconded from the county to the injury of his creditors. " There was no lawyer then at Branch, but three prominent citizens of the town, holding the positions of County Clerk, County Register, and Judge of Probate, looked up the law in the case, and concluded they could hold the printing office on an attachment against its dead owner. These citizens, learned in the law, were Jared Pond father of Ashley Pond, of Detroit, C. P. West, and A. Burlingame, father of the late Minister to China. The trouble with the Branch people was, that they had paid the dead printer for some papers he had not issued, and at length a compromise was effected, by Messrs. Murphy & Kinman agreeing to print 200 copies a week of the Branch Gazette, to complete the term of the expired subscription. The Hillsdale County Gazette was then, April, 1839, established at Jonesville.

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