Inter-Mountain Farmer

1902 - 1903

Ever since Utah was settled in the mid-1800's, agriculturalists strived to make a living from the stingy soil. Farmers discovered methods for dry land farming, and by 1902 Utah boasted more than 10,500 farms with four million acres dedicated to crops such as sugar beets or alfalfa. Others started dairies, poultry farms, or cattle ranches. The Inter-Mountain Farmer and Ranchman was introduced in February 1902 by Perry S. Heath, publisher of the Salt Lake Tribune. Heath had purchased the Tribune as a front for U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns, who had long wanted to buy the "anti-Mormon" publication. As part of the restructuring of Tribune Publishing Co., an evening edition and later, The Inter-Mountain Farmer and Ranchman, were introduced. Though published in urban Salt Lake City, rural farmers in Utah and the surrounding states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho were the paper's readers. Articles like, "Keeping the Dairy Clean," "Hatching Time in the Poultry Yard," or "The Pear Blight," were regularly featured. Readers could buy a yearly subscription for $1, while another fifty cents would buy a dual subscription with the weekly Tribune. The newspaper was rechristened the Inter-Mountain Farmer on December 2, 1902. Read more.

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