This digital collection of Logan's local newspaper spans 1879 to 1898 when Logan is busy building its infrastructure of roads , waterworks, and public buildings. During these years, Logan builds its Mormon temple, Ogden installs gas street lights, and the Territory of Utah becomes a state. The Utah and Northern Railway is the area's railroad while Utah Agricultural College is its first state college. Logging, railroads, and runaway horses account for most of the reported accidents. People entertain themselves with balls, lectures, traveling circuses and dramatic productions, as well as Mormon church activities.
Ads are replete with miraculous curatives: cancer can be cured by drinking red clover tea; hop bitters can revitalize "feeble ladies"; Warner's "safe" remedies are good for just about everything, from constipation and diabetes to nervous prostration; and $10 audiophones can help the deaf hear through their teeth! The fashions, culture, and economy of the times can be gleaned from both articles and ads. Logan businesses tout their goods alongside ads for San Francisco hotels, retail stores, and professional services. In addition to news and ads, the paper offers cautionary tales, romances, and other stories to entertain and educate its readers. Quotations and sayings liberally sprinkle its pages. National and foreign news items cover politics, trade, trials, and wars, as well as chatty gossip about English royalty and the troubles in Ireland.
Before becoming today's Herald Journal, Logan's newspaper had four different titles: Logan Leader (1879-1882), Utah Journal(1882-1889), Logan Journal (1889-1891), and Journal (1892-1931). This digitized collection begins in 1879 with the Logan Leader and ends in 1898 with the Journal.
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Volunteer to transcribe:
To get the most out of this unique historical record of Logan and Cache Valley, volunteers from the Library and community are busy reading and transcribing these scanned pages, article by article, ad by ad, so that every single word possible is searchable and readable. Volunteer to join us! All you need to participate is a web browser, computer with internet access and email, and either Word or WordPerfect. Volunteers read articles and rekey them word for word into a file, then save & send the typed articles to us via email. We will replace the old poor-quality computer-generated transcript with the new version and credit the transcribers in each article’s metadata record (optional; transcribers can remain anonymous).
Register as a volunteer. Instructions and Repeat Text (1879-1881) / Repeat Text (1882-1884) files are available to assist in this work.
Currently we have more than three years done (1879-1882). As Library staff upload the improved transcriptions, they also enhance tables of contents and tag articles with topics and categories specially created to help readers browse this newspaper collection.
This collection was created through a collaboration between Utah State University, the University of Utah's Utah Digital Newspapers Project, and the Church History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who generously lent some original print newspapers. Volunteer transcribers are generously contributing their time and effort in improving the transcriptions and are credited in "page description" view of each article.