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The Lumberman's Gazette Newspaper (1872-1887).
Newspaper devoted to lumbering established by Henry S. Dow.

The Lumberman's Gazette was founded by Henry S. Dow, a native of New Hampshire, and was first issued as a monthly newspaper, in July, 1872. In 1874 the paper began publishing a weekly. It was the only newspaper devoted entirely to lumbering news, and became the internationally prominent in this regard. Assisting Dow in it's publication was George W. Hotchkiss, who later was an editor at the Bay City Tribune. Mr. Dow died in May, 1875, at Detroit, and Edwin T. Bennett took over the publication, at which time the paper consisted of 16 pages per issue. By 1877 the paper has a circulation of over 5,200.

In 1887, the life of the paper came to an end, when it was acquired by James E. Defebaugh, of Chicago, who asorbed it into his trade paper, The Timberman weekly journal, which he had founded a year earlier.

1894 history. - Added Nov., 2010.

Industrial Chicago, The Lumber Interests
by George W. Hotchkiss.

Page 186.

In 1871 Henry S. Dow established the Lumberman's Gazette at Bay City, and enlisted the assistance of George W. Hotchkiss, who had for twenty years been engaged in various departments of the lumber trade and as an editorial writer, Mr. Dow having no personal knowledge of the business. At about the same time, and in imitation of Mr. Dow, J. Henry Simonds of Boston, began the publication of a journal called Lumber Trade, at that point. In February, 1873, William B. Judson and Benjamin Waite commenced the publication of a monthly journal called The Michigan Lumberman, at Grand Rapids, Mich., removing to Muskegon after the first issue of the paper.

Local news article. - Added Feb., 2007.

The Bay City Journal - Sunday - July 31, 1872.

The Lumberman's Gazette.

The first number of the Lumberman’s Gazette, published by H. S. Dow, Esq., of this city, has made its appearance and is in every respect par excellence. It is a quarto magazine of thirty pages, three columns on a page, and is replete with valuable and interesting reading matter pertaining to the two great interests of the Saginaw Valley. It fills a want among us that has long been felt by every business man in Northern Michigan. The publisher states in his prospectus that it is his object to make the Gazette a periodical devoted especially to the interests of the lumbermen, and if the first number is any criterion for the future issues of the Gazette, the people of the Valley may well be proud of the enterprise, and should do all in their power to push it along. The mechanical work on the Gazette is a mode of neatness in the “Art preservative of art.”

Among the large amount of reading matter contained in the first number of this excellent periodical we find “The Pine Forest of Michigan” graphically pictured by C. B. Beadley, Esa. of the Courier. A very excellent letter on the Muskegon Lumber Region; The Political Interests of Lumbermen, by Hon. W. R. Bates; “The new problem in salt making,” savorily dished up by R. I. Kimberly, Esq., of the Enterprise; an excellent article entitled “Work and its Earnings,” by Rev. I. A. Wight, of this city, and a great deal of other interesting matter.

The Gazette is published monthly at $1.00 a year.

First issue July, 1872. - Added Dec., 2010.

Lumberman's Gazette, Vol. 1 - July, 1872.


The general character of this place is the same as the others. Possessing a population of about 10,000, it has the finest Opera House in the State. Center street has one mile of wood pavement and as elegant business blocks and private residences as either of the cities mentioned above (Ref. is to Saginaw City & East Saginaw). As in both other cities, the business blocks and private residences are built to stay. While Saginaw City has a Street Railway connection it with East Saginaw, and East Saginaw has a two mile track connecting it with South Saginaw, so Bay City has a Street Railway about two miles in length, forming a connection with Portsmouth up the river.

The traveler invariably expresses surprise at the constant succession of small villages and large saw mills as he rides from the Saginaws to Bay City or Winona, and as he sits upon the deck of one of our large steamers, floating downward, he may see on either side of the river the track of a railway traversed by heavily laden cars, either conveying the products of the valley to the other cities of other States, or bringing into the valley the citizens of those States. Our population is cosmopolitan, but the business men are pretty generally from the East, and are as a rule prosperous, energetic and reliable.

So much for the cities themselves; now what have we upon which to base our hopes for permanence “after the lumber is exhausted;” what is there to convince a stranger that investments here are to pay in the future; in other words, “will the growth of these places continue?” It is no longer a question whether the soil of Saginaw and Bay counties is productive. Our annual agricultural fairs and our markets show this beyond cavil. It is a matter of time and of time only, but the time will come, and we think then years will have done much toward making it an accomplished fact, when we shall see our surrounding townships cultivated thoroughly and yielding as rich returns for the labor and capital employed as in older and at present better developed localities. There are many reasons why this will be so, among which is the fact of the adaptabilities of the soil for agricultural purposes and the additional fact that either city of the valley affords as good markets for farm produce as can be found in the State. Various manufactories are being introduced to lumber and salt, and as they attract foreign capital and following them others will come. These are not the mere speculations but the epitomized opinions of sagacious, practical business men, whose judgments are well worthy of attention. With a vast lumber interest, a large production of salt, with an excellent agricultural country surrounding us and with our varied and vast manufactories, we see no reason for fear in the future, but have every reason to expect permanence, wealth and increased importance in the near future of every city of the Valley.

1877 directory. - Added Nov., 2010.

Pettengill's Newspaper Directory and Advertisers' Hand Book - 1877.

Page 149.

Bay City, Lumberman's Gazette; Thursdays; devoted exclusively to interests of lumber and salt; E. T. Bennett, publisher; circulation 5,280.

The Lumberman's Gazette is a weekly class journal, devoted exclusively to the lumber interest of the United States and Canada. It is the oldest journal publication in this interest and has an extensive circulation in every State and Territory in the Union and Provinces of Canada. It is an unrivalled advertising medium among all branches of the trade. Correspondents and canvassers are constantly at work in its behalf, and no pains are spared to make it the representative journal of its class. Specimen copies free. For particulars address, E.T. Bennett, Bay City, Mich. S. M. Pettengill & Co., Advertising Agents.

Lumberman's Gazette end. - Added Nov., 2010.

Historical Review of Chicago and Cook County - 1908

Page 1008.

In 1886 Mr. Defebaugh founded The Timberman, a weekly trade journal, and in connection therewith in 1893 to 1906 became responsible for the business and editorial management of the Young Men's Era, the international official organ of the Young Men's Christian Association. Mr. Defebaugh also acquired by purchase in 1887, the weekly Lumberman's Gazette, of Bay City, Michigan, established in 1873, and the same was asorbed by the Timberman. On January 1, 1899, a consolidation of The Timberman and The Norwestern Lumberman, owned by W. B. Judson, was accomplished, and Mr. Defebaugh became president and editor and Mr. Judson manager of the consolidated paper, which became known as The American Lumberman. In the spring of 1906 Mr. Defebaugh acquired, by purchase, Mr. Judson's half interest in the property and has since been owner and director of its business and editorial policy. As at present constituted, the journal is one of the world leaders in it special province of journalism.

Edwin T. Bennett, second owner. - Added Dec. 1, 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan – 1883


Edwin T. Bennett, the proprietor of the Tribune and Lumberman's Gazette, and part owner of the Evening Press, is one of the representative business men of Bay City. He came here from New York State in October, 1866, and worked on the Lumberman's Gazette for a time, becoming its proprietor in 1874, as already stated. He is a business manager of more than ordinary ability, and has not only made journalism profitable, but has, at the same time, succeeded in giving his papers positions of importance and commanding influence.

  • Note: Bennett was born in April, 1852, at Clayton, N.Y., and on Dec. 4, 1873, and married Ada E. Wilson, daughter of Capt. John S.Wilson. 1880 census lists children as Irene and Fred w.

    Google Book: Full issues for July, August, October, 1872. -- Added Dec., 2010.

  • Related Notes & Pages

    {Lumbering Pictorial}

    The Lumberman's Gazette office was located at 208 Center.
    Related Pages:
    Dow, Henry S.
    Hotchkiss, Geo. W.
    People Referenced
    Bates, W.R. Hon.
    Beadley, C.B.
    Bennett, Edwin T.
    Bennett, Fred W.
    Bennett, Irene
    Defebaugh, James E.
    Dow, Henry S.
    Hotchkiss, George W.
    Judson, William B.
    Simonds, J. Henry
    Waite, Banjamin
    Wight, I.A. Rev.
    Wilson, Ada E
    Wilson, John S.
    Subjects Referenced
    American Lumberman
    Bay City, MI
    Bay City Evening Press
    Bay City Tribune
    Boston, MA
    Chicago, IL
    Clayton, NY
    Detroit, MI
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Lumberman's Gazette
    Lumberman's Trade
    Michigan Lumberman
    M. Pettengill & Co.
    Timberman Journal
    New Hampshire
    Northwestern Lumberman
    Saginaw Valley
    Young Men's Era
    Young Men's Christian Ass.
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