The role of an early Salt Laker in furthering the use of typewriters in the late 1800s is recounted in the current edition of Smithsonian Magazine.

Frank McGurrin, a court stenographer in Salt Lake City, challenged Louis Taub, a Cincinnati typing teacher who claimed to be the fastest typist in the world. McGurrin had taught himself a 10-finger method for using his Remington. Taub used a more widely accepted four-finger method to produce typewritten documents on his Caligraph, a machine with one set of keys for upper-case letters and another for lower case.The two engaged in a type-off in Cincinnati and, in the words of Jake Page, the Smithsonian article's author, McGurrin "clobbered Taub." Historian Bruce Bliven is quoted by Page as saying the event made it "clear that a good four-finger man didn't stand a chance against a good 10-finger man.

And that's how a Utahn contributed to the growing use of typewriters, a historical reality that, in fact, met with a lot of resistance and took awhile to catch on, according to the article.