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Spanish Fork Press

1902 - 1930

The area of Spanish Fork, Utah, about sixty miles south of Salt Lake City, was settled in 1850 by Mormon farmers seeking to establish homesteads on the rich bottom land of the Spanish Fork River. A handful of newspapers had come and gone in Spanish Fork before Andrew Jansen, editor and publisher, launched The Spanish Fork Press in 1902. Its first edition boasted a "local and long distance printing office." The Spanish Fork Press managed to succeed where a number of its predecessors had failed. Jensen owned his own printing office as well as a hand-operated press. By carrying a variety of local news items, along with wire service reports from around the world, Jensen garnered the support of an assortment of local businesses. Jensen bucked journalistic trends by making a profit with The Spanish Fork Press, which he published weekly. Read more.

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