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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 II

In 1849, Mr. Ingalls was elected State Printer, the first and only one ever elected in Michigan. As State Printer he put the first steam presses in Lansing. After serving the term for which he was elected—two years—he received the contract for furnishing the printing, and did so for two years. He continued, however, to own and print the Watch Tower, establishing a daily edition June, 1853, and. with occasional change of partners, continued to publish it until October, 1863, when he disposed of an interest in the paper to George W. Larwill and Tom S. Applegate. Subsequently they formed a partnership with Dr. J. H. Champion, who had long officiated as editor, and purchased Mr. Ingalls' interest. Mr. Larwill retired from the firm after some ten months, and Champion & Applegate published the paper until September 9, 1865, when Champion disposed of his interest to Gen. William Humphrey, who in conjunction with Tom S. Applegate, established The Times, daily and weekly, September 11, 1865. With a change of name came a change of politics. The Times was a republican paper from the start. In November, 1866, Gen. Humphrey was elected Auditor General, and disposed of his interest to A. H. Lowrie and Rev. Z. Ragan, who were then proprietors of The Michigan Expositor, and the two papers were consolidated under the name of The Times and Expositor. In March, 1867, Rev. Z. Ragan sold his interest to Capt. Jerome H. Fee, and August 5, 1869, A. H. Lowrie disposed of his interest in the paper to his partners, Applegate & Fee, who still continue the publication. Having thus followed out the history of the pioneer paper of this county, through its lineal descendant, it is only necessary to add that its founder still resides in Adrian, though not engaged in the printing business.

THE PRESS OF MICHIGAN


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