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Title UPA A Century Later
Subject Newspapers; Newspaper publishing; Journalism
Creator Utah Press Association
Publisher Utah Press Association
Contributors Cornwell, J. M.
Date 1996
Type Text
Format image/jpeg
Identifier PN4844.U8 U8 1996
Source Original Book: UPN A Century Later
Language eng
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2005, University of Utah. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution University of Utah
Source Physical Dimensions 14 cm x 21.5 cm
Metadata Cataloger Kelly Taylor
ARK ark:/87278/s6319w0z
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416710
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z

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Title Page174
Description UTAH PRESS ASSOCIATION the Council Bluffs Press a year later, then moved in 1859 to the tiny community of Shelton, not far from Ft. Kearny in what is now central Nebraska. There he began publishing The Huntsman's Echo, continued blacksmithing, operated a ranch, a bakery and a saloon. On September 27, 1861, Johnson and his family arrived in Salt Lake City with that season's final emigrant company. In the following year he moved to Spring Lake, midway between present-day Payson and Santaquin, for reasons disagreed upon by historian Anna Moore and J. Cecil Alter. Miss Moore quotes Johnson's autobiography, saying he moved there to work on The Farmer's Oracle, which Johnson described as "a small agricultural sheet." Alter, on the other hand, credits Johnson with creating The Oracle on May 2, 1863. In any event, the publication was the first country newspaper in the territory. Johnson was a trifle pessimistic at the outset. "We have commenced the Oracle under circumstances rather discouraging to the dollar-and-cent interests of the publisher . . . many will argue since they have got along first-rate without it, they can continue without it." Its publisher also established in Spring Lake what Miss Moore explained was "A very pretentious drug store, the stock comprising practically every existent patent medicine and known home remedy. The latter were largely prepared and bottled or packaged by J. E. Johnson himself and bore his name." It was also significant that members of the family were known as florists and farmers, for articles on the front page of the early Oracle were on such subjects as growing early celery, onion culture, cheese-making, how to kill lice on calves and a treatment for kicking cows. Advertisements included assorted flowering plants and feeding of sheep "on the shares," both bearing Johnson's name. As the founder had feared, the Spring Lake venture didn't succeed and he moved his press to St. George early in 1868 after closing the file on The Farmer's Oracle. His first St. George paper, Our Dixie Times, was renamed three times before February 24, 1877, when Johnson unveiled the Silver Reef Echo, a daily serving a booming mining camp 174
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Source Original Book: UPA A Century Later
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416185
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z/416185