Two brothers who immigrated to Utah from Sweden as teenagers and went on to became successful journalists will be enshrined in the Newspaper Hall of Fame Saturday during the annual Utah Press Association Convention in the Hilton Hotel.
The late Ernest R. Rasmuson, who was associated with the Provo Daily Herald for nearly 40 years and was its editor much of that time, and the late Nils Gunnar Rasmuson, whose newspaper career was launched with the former Provo Post in 1921, will be the 42nd and 43rd journalists to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.Others to be honored during the convention will be former Logan newsmen Charles England and Jess Earl of the Journal and two former Provo journalists, John C. Graham of the former Daily Enquirer and Nephi C. Hicks of the Post.
Nils Gunnar Rasmuson arrived came to Utah from Ystad, Sweden, in 1905 at age 16. His brother, Ernest, came with the remainder of the Rasmuson family a year later when he was 14.
Both attended elementary school to learn English and graduated from Pleasant Grove High School with honors. They continued their education at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University and became teachers.
The older brother was principal of a Springville elementary school, but left education to become a Post reporter. A year later he moved to the Herald and within five years became its managing editor.
He supervised operations of both the Provo and Logan dailies for Scripps League Newspapers throughout the remainder of his career and retired in 1949. He died in Hyrum in 1965.
Ernest Rasmuson quit teaching at Provo High School to become a reporter at the Daily Herald in 1928. He was managing editor from 1932 to 1954 and wire and editorial director for the next 13 years. He died March 15, 1968, just a few months after retiring.