In 1884, an article was published in The Fowlerville Review as follows:
Mrs. Ben. Curtis has two well-preserved copies of the Livingston Courier, published at Howell by N. Sullivan, and bearing date November 12, 1845. It is a five-column folio and is very peculiar in its 'makeup' differing very widely from the journals of today. They are entirely without local matter, with the exception of the election returns, which are very meagre, and the census report of the county which had just been taken, giving Unadilla 945, Brighton 922, Howell 708, Handy 301, being the smallest population of any town in the county except Conway, which contained 269. It is democratic in politics and rejoices in the fact that Chas. P. Bush was elected to the senate by over 100 majority and that the state had given so far as heard from over 100 majority and that the state had given so far as heard from 300 majority for Alphens Fitch for governor, and winds up the article by saying that 'in the legislature, the democrats have elected 25 and the coons 12 members in the house. The coons will probably have 15 of the 53 members.'