Date of Award:

1987

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Arts (MA)

Department:

Journalism and Communication

Department name when degree awarded

Communication

Advisor/Chair:

Dr. J. Jay Black

Abstract

The effort here, compiled over a nearly three-year period, is simply to encourage reporters of the mass media, those recorders of instant history on a daily basis, to take the time to put down in print somewhere the memories of old-timers everywhere. While centered in Corinne, Utah, the last rabble-rousing boomtown along the first transcontinental railroad to span the United States, this work is a collection of feature articles, laced with anecdotes and perhaps tall tales, of the type old-timers are eager to tell. It is a renegade mixture of oral and written histories and probably breaks most of the rules of structures research, but it attempts to add a little color, a little life, between the cold letters chiseled into cemetery headstones. If these stories are not put down for generations yet to come to read, to ponder and possibly to enjoy, they will be buried -- quite literally -- forever. Whether these stories are true or have been "blossomed" by retelling over the years is not the question here. Such stories add a perspective, and may haps a better understanding, to the dusty and often dry dates recited by children in elementary school. In this regard, these children will grow up, wed and work, and they will have their stories to tell, hopefully before they, too, die.

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This work made publicly available electronically on December 17, 2012.

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