Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
C. C. Allison, editor of the National Democrat, was born in Blackberry, Ill., about thirty miles west of Chicago,
in September, 1840. He came to Cassopolis in 1848, and has since resided here. In 1855, he obtained his introduction
to the printing business, entering the Democrat office as an apprentice. It was in this school that he obtained
the principal part of his education, "picking it out of the case." He' worked for about one year in Dowagiac
on the Cass County Tribune, under James L. Gannt, and on the, present Dowagiac Republican at the time it was founded
by Messrs. Jones & Campbell. In 1862, he took charge of the Natinal Democrat as publisher, and, as a matter
of fact, as editor, for he did all of the writing except an occasional article from Maj. Joseph Smith. When Mr.
Allison first became identified with the Democrat, it was owned by a company of stockholders; but, in 1864, he
purchased the paper. Since then he has edited and published it and with fine success.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.