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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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Description THE UTAH NEWSPAPER HALL OF FAME While something of a "late starter" in Utah, Illinois-born William Epperson was a leading figure in the state's newspaper fraternity for 18 years. Though he was past 70 when he suffered a fatal heart attack, contemporaries insisted it had cut his career short for his enterprising guidance of an outstanding newspaper and a sizeable commercial printing establishment was at its height. The only child of Hiram Perry and Suzanna Richardson Epperson, he was born in Abingdon, Illinois on September 23, 1859. His father was also an Illinois native, born in Green County in 1830. He spent most of his life as a merchant, rancher and farmer in Missouri and in the Western states, including Colorado and Montana. At one time he was president of Alma, Colorado's Town Board. William finished high school, which was an accomplishment in that day. After graduation at the age of 17, he went to work as a printer's devil on the Abingdon Express in nearby Galesburg. Three years later, in 1879, he left the Express and in partnership with W. H. Clark started his own paper, the Abingdon Argus. The venture lasted two years, then failed. William gave up journalism and followed Horace Greeley's advice to "go West." Settling in Colorado City, later to become part of Colorado Springs, Epperson engaged in farming and ranching for almost ten years. But he couldn't forget his first love and became associated with A. E. Benedict in publishing the Colorado Iris in Colorado City. In 1891 he assumed full ownership of the paper. Under his management, the Iris was a successful newspaper. In addition to operating it, Epperson became the proprietor of a mercantile business in adjacent Colorado Springs and a leader in community affairs. He was married on May 10, 1888 to Leonara Ash, a Colorado City resident. They became par- 493
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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 416504
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z/416504