Utah Printers Hall of Fame
The inaugural group or players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 was the greatest class in the Hall's history. Ty Cobb. Babe Ruth. Honus Wagner. Christy Mathewson. Walter Johnson. The inaugural class of the Utah Printers Hall of Fame will be inducted Tuesday and includes a similar lineup of heavy hitters from the state's printing history. The class consists of LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson and six others:
Publisher, Tooele Transcript
Dunn began working for a newspaper in his native Scotland at the age of 10, setting type and writing poetry and stories. As captain of the Tooele Company of the Nauvoo Legion, he crossed the plains five times in nine years, bringing Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley. He bought the Transcript in 1897 with a down payment of $10, money he borrowed from a local businessman. That decision launched a family dynasty now in its fourth generation.
James H. Wallis
Publisher, Vernal Express
Apprenticed to learn the art of printing in England at age 12, Wallis was the pressman at the LDS Church's printing facility in Liverpool when the Millennial Star, a Latter-day Saint publication, reported the death of Brigham Young in 1877. In the United States, he worked for, edited or published newspapers in 22 different cities in Idaho and Utah, the last one the Vernal Express, which he acquired in 1917. Family ownership of the Express continued for four generations.
Brigham Hamilton Young
Utah's first printer
B.H. Young became the first person to use movable type and a crude, homemade press when he printed 50-cent notes on Jan. 23, 1849. Young unloaded and assembled the Ramage Press that arrived via wagon train in Salt Lake City in August 1849. He produced the first printed sheet in Utah history. The nephew of then-LDS Church President Brigham Young also set the type and printed the first edition of the Deseret News on June 15, 1850.
Roy T. Porte
Creator, Franklin Price List
Porte founded the world-famous Franklin Price List, which helped printers set price estimates for different types of printing. The government required printers to use the catalog's prices during the Great Depression so they wouldn't underbid each other. Porte had a small job press at 12, worked full time as a printer at 14 and was known as the "boy editor of Hunter," North Dakota, where he founded and edited the Hunter Herald. He launched the Franklin Price List in Utah.
Loren L. Taylor
Publisher, Moab Times-Independent
By the time Bish Taylor began to set type and run presses in Price at age 14, he already had worked for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and in Carbon County coal mines. He started working as a printer with the Grand Valley Times in Moab at 18 and soon was the owner. He merged the Times with the Moab Independent and continued as editor or publisher for about half a century. Taylor family ownership of the Times-Independent is in its third generation.
John C. Graham
Publisher, Daily Herald
One of Utah's most famous actors, Graham's printing career began at 17, when he set type and printed the Millennial Star in England. He later became a secretary to Brigham Young in Salt Lake City, where he conceived the idea of a Provo newspaper, along with the shop foreman of the Salt Lake Daily Telegraph. Four years after the Provo Daily Times launched, the owners sold it to Graham, who for 30 years published the paper that would become the Daily Herald.