More than a Century of Leadership
Early Davis County entrepreneur Lamoni Call bought a printing press and some type in 1890, which he installed in his basement. The press was a small, hand-fed platen model that could print a maximum sheet size of 7 by 11 inches.
About 1891, Call started "The Little Clipper," a small paper that — true to its name — contained clippings of interesting articles from a variety of other published sources.
At one point, the printing press was mounted on a wagon and paraded through Bountiful, with Call printing and throwing out the papers as he went.
About a year later, Call invited John Stahle — a young man with a university education and some money — to become his partner in an effort to improve the quality of writing and news content. About this time, the paper's name was changed to the Davis County Clipper, by which it is still known today.
The partnership between Call and Stahle was dissolved by mutual agreement about six years later, with Call taking the printing operations and Stahle the newspaper.
Today, the printing shop that Call retained is still operating as the well-known Carr Printing Co. Stahle, meanwhile, ran the Davis County Clipper for many years, finally passing it on to his son John. It is now operated by Gail Stahle, grandson of the founder.
The Davis County Clipper is published every Thursday, reaching 10,000 subscribers in South Davis County.
In recent years, the company has added the Today in Dixie magazine, which is distributed to the majority of residents in Washington County. The newspapers and magazine are printed by a sister company called Spectrum Press, also owned by Gail Stahle. It is one of the largest printers in Utah and features several modern, high-speed web presses. It prints magazines, catalogs, brochures and marketing publications for companies throughout the Western United States.