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Wednesday, 19 September 2012
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Sego Milk Products Company
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This week I received several questions about the Sego Milk Products Company, a company of tremendous local significance during the early twentieth century. Finding answers to these questions has led me to better understand how the dairy industry impacted Cache Valley.

Dairy manufacturing business ventures in Cache Valley go back to 1870's. However, as dairy productions and marketing became more specialized and the market grew, companies created solely for these purposes were created. By the 1890 creameries were common throughout Cache Valley, but many were trying to discover a use for the rising surplus of milk production in the valley. One solution was found by the Utah Condensed Milk Company when in 1903 they build the first condensed milk factory in Utah, producing what they called "Sego Milk".

By 1925 the Sego Milk Products Company had become the largest dairy processor in the intermountain territory and was acquired by Pet Milk Company. Over time Sego Milk became part of what has become Pet Incorporated, a major international food producing company with a variety of products it produces.


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~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian
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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 5:53 PM
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Friday, 10 February 2012
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A trolley car in Logan?
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This week a Logan City employee showed me an antique bond she had purchased. Printed in January 1913 for the Logan Rapid Transit Company, this is a beautiful piece of pre-World War I locomotive and local history.

Founded in January of 1910 by several prominent business men including David Eccles, the Logan Rapid Transit Company established a trolley car that went from the train depot (now Cafe Sabor) east to Main Street, north to 4th North and from there up to College Hill. By 1912 the route had been extended to stretch north to Smithfield and south to Providence. In 1914 a additional track was laid westward to Box Elder County where it connected with other tracks that had already been laid. In the days of slow and tedious horse and buggy travel, one could travel to Salt Lake in only 5 hours!

By the mid-1920's the train system began to suffer when it came into competition with automobiles. By 1926, some of electric rail lines had already been discontinued. Although it hung on for a couple of more decades, the last of the electric rail lines was abandoned in March of 1947.


[Select Bond 1, Bond 2, and Bond 3 to see scanned images of the Rapid Transit Company bond.]

Jason, Special Collections Librarian

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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 4:55 PM
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Monday, 19 December 2011
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Logan Historical Newspapers
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Recently an editorial in the Herald Journal revealed the existence of the Cache-American Newspaper which ran during the 1930's and 1940's here in Logan. As was reported, the Logan Library has the newspaper on microfilm for patrons to use. What was not mentioned was that there have been a number of newspaper titles in Logan over the years.

Check out the list of titles below:


  • The Logan Leader (1879-1882)
  • The Utah Journal (1882-1889)
  • The Logan Journal (1889-1891)
  • The Journal (1892-1931)
  • The Herald Journal (1931-current)
  • The Cache American (1931-1949)
  • The Cache Valley Daily Herald (1928-1931)
  • The Logan Republican (1902-1924)
  • There likely were other titles which ran for a short time. Many of the titles listed above are available in the library on microfilm.


    ~ Jason, Special Collections Librarian
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Posted By Logan Library - Logan History Blog at 1:02 PM
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