Monroe in Monroe County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Editor Ellis, 1825
Newspaper history in Monroe has been continuous since 1825 when Edward Ellis, an exceptionally able editor, came west from Buffalo with his press and printing equipment.
Ellisí pioneer paper was unique for that day, holding itself independent of political parties as does its present day successor, The Monroe Evening News.
Ellis became an influential member of Michiganís first constitutional convention. A provision written by him provided for township libraries supported by revenues derived in county courts from penal fines.
By an enabling act of the State Legislature, Monroe has achieved since 1940 Editor Ellisí ideal of a rural library system supported by fines against lawbreakers.
Location. 41° 54.968′ N, 83° 23.937′ W. Marker is in Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of West 1st Street and South Monroe Street, on the right when traveling east on West 1st Street. Click for map. Marker is located on the sidewalk, near Monroe Evening News building main entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 69 West 1st Street, Monroe MI 48161, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monroe's Soldiers (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Crossroad Historical Museum (about 300 feet away); Old Michigan Southern (about 400 feet away); Doctor Eduard Dorsch (about 500 feet away); Old Whipping Post (about 600 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away); Monroe County Since 1817 (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Monroe.
More about this marker. The marker is weathered and faded.
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1. Penal Fines -- The Historical Context. Edward Ellis, editor of Monroe's first newspaper, The Sentinel, was responsible for adding to Michigan's first constitution (1835) a provision that penal fines should be used to support libraries in every township in the state. This Monroe County heritage has benefited Monroe County as much or more than it has benefited any other part of Michigan, but it has also been a source of continual political battles as well. (Submitted on March 24, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Michigan Newspaper History. Michigan Sentinel began publishing on June 3, 1825 (Submitted on March 24, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.