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St. Joseph Gazette

 

The Gazette was the first paper published in St. Joseph and began publication in 1845 by William Ridenbaugh.   Ridenbaugh stated in his first editorial that the weekly paper would be Democratic in politics and “will give a steady support to the administration of James K. Polk.” St. Joseph was a “jumping off” point for some of the migration to the West and so the paper advertised the town’s qualifications as an outfitting post for the emigrants. It would also give estimates on how many people were moving through to the West.  Eugene Field, noted poet, was editor of the paper in the 1870’s.  The paper for many years published as both a daily and a weekly paper and continued until 1988 when it joined the News Press.

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