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“I Take Up My Pen”: Utah-Posten, 1914

By: Ardis E. Parshall - December 02, 2013

The Utah-Posten was one of several foreign-language newspapers published in Salt Lake City in the early 20th century, subsidized by the Church for the benefit of newly arrived immigrant converts. These newspapers were sometimes also distributed in the relevant European Missions as a missionary tool, and to dispel rumors about the horrible conditions of immigrant Mormons, especially women, that sometimes ran rampant in the missions.

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5 Comments »

  1. “Lessee”?? Odd choice of titles for the proprietor of a newspaper.

    Comment by Mark B. — December 2, 2013 @ 11:40 am

  2. The Church owned the paper — its name, subscribers’ list, printing equipment, good will, everything — and rented it out to Dahlquist by the year to make what profit of it he could. I’m not sure why he didn’t use the title “editor”; I’m also not sure how much editorial control the Church maintained.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 2, 2013 @ 11:47 am

  3. Aha. Well, too bad he wasn’t aware of how debased the language would become, because he could have called himself the “Rent-a-Editor.”

    Comment by Mark B. — December 2, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

  4. Any idea what “large circulation” might have meant?

    Comment by Gary Bergera — December 2, 2013 @ 2:41 pm

  5. No idea. I know they (all the LDS foreign language newspapers in Salt Lake) were struggling in 1924, and were sold off in 1933, but I don’t have any numbers.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 2, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

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