Author of Peck's Bad Boy

Author, Politician, Publisher, and Statesman

Symes, Swain and Co., Milwaukee 1879

John Symes was born in Ohio in 1842. His family moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1853. He worked with M. M. Pomeroy on the La Crosse Democrat and when Pomeroy moved to New York, Symes along with George Peck became the owners of that newspaper.

In 1877 Symes became a partner with W. C. Swain in a publishing office in MIlwaukee. This firm was succeeded by Swain and Tate Company in 1892.

William Swain originally learned the printer's trade in Vermont. In the 1850's he was employed by the New York Post. After working in the trade in Albany, New York, he enlisted in the army and fought heroically in the war. After the war he farmed for several years in Sauk County, Wisconsin. He subsequently worked in Milwaukee editing a newspaper until forming his partnership with John Symes in 1877.

This firm published only one Peck book- Peck's Fun. Peck's Fun consists of extracts from the writings of George Peck that were found in the La Crosse Sun and Peck's Sun. The vignettes were compiled by V.W. Richardson and published first this Milwaukee printer.


Last Revision: July 14, 2013