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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 application/pdf
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 Page594
Description UTAH PRESS ASSOCIATION The lot of a forthright newspaper editor in those frontier times was fraught with peril. Though Utah was relatively calm, a war was being fought between the Army and the Plains Indians not far away. So it's not surprising that Editor Penrose was accosted on the street one July day in 1872 by W. R. Keithly, an Ogdenite who was enraged by a Junction story he said reflected on him. The Salt Lake Herald, in reporting the incident, referred to Keithly as "a pettifogging lawyer" who "gripped him by the coat collar and muttered, with an oath, something about taking something back." The Herald's description continued, "Mr. Penrose, whose left hand was encumbered with a small box, demanded Keithly to take away his hand, at the same time disengaging himself from him. Keithly then drew back and struck Penrose a heavy blow with a cane he carried, the blow taking effect on the cords of his neck behind the left ear, and the force breaking off the head of the cane. "This stunned Penrose," the article added, "and rendered him measurably helpless. But the brute, not satisfied, struck him another heavy blow with the stick across the left temple, this time breaking it in two and leaving a rather ugly gash." Four days later the Herald reported Keithly had been fined $100 for his unprovoked attack -- a rather sizeable sum in that time. Few Ogden people shared Keithly's opinion of their editor. He was a Weber county delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1872 and though no political activist, he enjoyed the respect of residents of the city which was Utah's railroad hub. Editor Penrose went though a change of ownership at the Junction in 1877 and continued to produce a newspaper which other editors said "contained good news, service and good advertising patronage." By 1878, shortly after his departure, the publication was being printed in its own newly constructed building and the Deseret News observed, "The Ogden Junction is greatly enlarged and improved and now makes a handsome 594
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Identifier 600-UPA_Page594.jpg
Source Original Book: UPA A Century Later
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416605
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z/416605