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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

He had himself had fourteen years' connection with the Detroit press. The new paper was thoroughly advertised in advance of its publication, a strong corps of assistants was secured, and a four-cylinder Hoe press purchased—the second ever brought to Michigan. The paper was popular from the start. Ere five months had passed it had an actual circulation of over 5,000 copies, and was fully paying expenses. In July, 1874, The Daily Union, a democratic paper of ten years standing, was purchased and merged into the Evening News. By the end of the year the circulation had increased to over 10, 000 copies. The year 1875 was marked by many exciting events, under the stimulus of which the circulation made rapid strides, and the year closed with an average of about 16, 500 copies daily. Since then the increase has still continued, and the first of May, 1876, finds the Evening News with a bona fide circulation of about 18, 000 copies. Mr. Scripps attributes the remarkable success of his journal—1st, to its cheapness, it being sold to the public at two cents per copy, and 2dj to the great care taken to make its contents pithy and readable. Its original size was 20x28 inches, and two successive enlargements have made it 22x32 inches, seven columns to the page. It circulates largely throughout the entire State. In politics it is strictly independent. Its present proprietors are James E. and George H. Scripps.
ALLEGAN COUNTY
This county, with a population of 32,381, has five weekly papers; two, The Allegan Journal and The Allegan Democrat, being located at the county seat —Allegan—and the others being located, The Lake Shore Commercial (democratic) at Saugatuck, the Plainwell Republic (republican) at Plainwell, and the Union (independent) at Otsego. The politics of the papers published at Allegan are indicated by their names.

MICHIGAN PRESS


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