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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 UTAH PRESS ASSOCIATION flicts and a major depression, the masthead of the Pyramid bore the name of Burke McArthur. The son of a Sanpete County farm couple, Perry M. and Carrie Jensen McArthur, he was born March 2, 1884. After graduation from Wasatch Academy, one of two high schools in his small (population 2,280) home-town, he served three-and-a-half years in Samoa as a missionary of the Latter-day Saints Church. Upon his return, he became a "printer's devil." It was not unusual in that day for newspaper talent to emerge from some other walk of life. College-trained journalists were rare. Most small town newspapers were products of men with a flair for the printed word. Plus a willingness to labor long hours for a demanding, not-always-rewarding taskmaster; their work commanded by calendar and clock and their product circulated among the populace for whatever praise or criticism it merited. Under McArthur's direction, the Pyramid rarely came off the press without some form of editorial expression. Usually it was his personal, untitled column, which dealt with widely diverse subjects. Through the years a constantly repeated theme was the greatness of Mt. Pleasant, the need for its citizens to spend their dollars at home and the good fortune of "Sanpeters" to live in so bounteous a land. The calm, methodical editorial approach was a cover-up, however. It was commonly known in Mt. Pleasant that Burke McArthur was a prodder; one who conceived improvement ideas, planted them in the minds of civic officials and nurtured them by persistently reminding those officials of what was still left undone. Though no monuments testify to the success of his methods, the hard-surfaced, all-weather highway descending into Mt. Pleasant from the north and shortening by many miles the route to Salt Lake City is labelled his "brain-child." So was Mt. Pleasant's modern electrical power generating and transmission system, well ahead of its time. So, too, was his Pyramid, a printing plant operated by hand-and-foot power when he assumed the reins but constantly 582
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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 416593
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z/416593