11 04, 2017

Spreading Information About Utah

By |2017-04-11T14:52:21-07:00April 11th, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

The early Chamber and its predecessor, interested in sharing information to entice business, as well as chronicle Utah’s business climate, began with book publishing. Here are some selected titles found in archives: 1888. Salt Lake City: a sketch of Utah’s wonderful resources, prepared and published by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. “This publication is [...]

10 04, 2017

1922: “I am for Utah” Button and Billboards

By |2017-04-11T14:52:33-07:00April 10th, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

Never short on promotional ideas, the Club sponsored a fundraising campaign with chambers and commercial clubs throughout Utah. Sales of the “I am for Utah” button were intended to boost advertising for the state. In another move, Ogden and Salt Lake Commercial Clubs agreed to co-sponsor billboards promoting Utah at Echo, Utah; Granger, Wyoming; West [...]

9 04, 2017

1921: Buy Some Copper

By |2017-04-11T14:53:01-07:00April 9th, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

In an effort to boost the flagging copper market, a large player in Utah’s economy, the Salt Lake Commercial Club urged Utahns to “Buy Something Made of Copper.” Club members voted to print 5,000 labels, bearing this slogan, to attach to outgoing mail. Club members who operated local movie theaters also promised to display pre-show [...]

8 04, 2017

1918: Suburban Shopper Sales’ Day Causes Controversy

By |2017-04-11T14:53:11-07:00April 8th, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

In an attempt to draw suburban shoppers to downtown businesses in 1918, the Salt Lake Commercial Club’s Retail and Wholesale Trades Department designated Wednesdays as "Sale Days." Calling on the patriotism for World War I, an advertisement read, “You want to save every dollar you can, especially at this time, when careful shopping is just as [...]

7 04, 2017

1915: Buy it Now

By |2017-04-11T14:53:18-07:00April 7th, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

In May 1915, the Salt Lake Commercial Club supported a movement to “Buy it Now” to help get more money into the economy. May 3 was designated as “Buy it Now Day,” and people were asked to speed up their shopping for significant purchases.

6 04, 2017

1911: President William Howard Taft at the Commercial Club

By |2017-04-11T14:53:25-07:00April 6th, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

When President William Howard Taft came to Salt Lake City in 1911, it was at the Commercial Club where Taft chose to defend the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1911 landmark decisions to dissolve the Standard Oil Company and the American Tobacco Company; both considered in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. While Taft had intended to speak [...]

5 04, 2017

1910-1919: Standing up for Utah’s Good Name

By |2017-04-11T14:53:31-07:00April 5th, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

Although Mormons and Utah had always been a target of incendiary press coverage up until statehood, numerous publications attempted to discredit Mormonism through scurrilous accounts at the beginning of the 20th Century. In 1910- 1911, muckraking magazines took on Mormons and the State of Utah, attempting to expose new polygamist marriages and un-American disloyalty to [...]

3 04, 2017

1909-1912: Boosters of a New Statehouse

By |2017-04-11T14:54:48-07:00April 3rd, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

Salt Lake Commercial Club members were among the primary supporters to build a new State Capitol. It didn’t come without some initial failures. In 1909, most rural Utahns voted against building the “People’s House,” while Salt Lake City and County voters supported the move. The final tally was 4,160 in favor - 7,633 against. The Legislature [...]

2 04, 2017

1906: Getting Americans to Visit America

By |2017-04-11T14:55:14-07:00April 2nd, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

As noted in the earlier edition, Salt Lake Commercial Club leader, Fisher Harris, spearheaded the effort to attract Americans to “See America First.” While the wealthy boarded steamships to spend summers in Europe, Fisher led the efforts to get Americans, particularly those living in the East, to come visit America’s western treasures. The Club sponsored [...]