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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

Now its weekly circulation approaches 20, 000, besides large daily and triweekly issues, while its buildings and land, together with its equipments, represent a value of $100,000.
Among the calamitous incidents which have characterized the history of the journals that were consolidated into the Advertiser and Tribune, were four destructive fires. The Advertiser office was burned on December 31, 1841; the Tribune building was destroyed by fire in 1856, and again in 1858, and the Advertiser and Tribune building, on its present site, on Larned street west, Nos. 42, 44, and 46, was totally consumed by an unusually destructive conflagration, on April 13th, 1873.
THE DETROIT FREE PRESS
The Detroit Free Press was born into the world on the fifth day of May, 1831, and ever since that date has been doing as well as could be expected. The paper was established four years before the Territory of Michigan was made a State, and before railroads, canals, and telegraph lines were of public service. There was only a sparse population, but the Weekly Free Press received such encouragement for the first four years of its existence, that, September 28. 1835, the Daily Free Press was issued, being the first daily in the State, and the first in the northwest. It had the first power-press used in the west, and newspaper men came to Detroit from Chicago and other cities, to see the press work before they would invest. The F*ree Press office has been burned out only twice since the first copy was issued, having, in comparison with other old dailies, a remarkable streak of luck in escaping such disasters. The Free Press is, and always has been, a leading exponent of democratic principles.

MICHIGAN PRESS


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