90 years ago today - Jan 3, 1934

[Heber J. Grant]
Richard W. Madsen called and said he hoped we would not issue a license to an individual to handle beer in the Hotel Utah but have the license issued to the hotel itself.

At 11.15 this morning there was a meeting of the Presidency and Apostles in the Presidency's office, and the matter of my continuing as President of the Utah Hotel in view of the fact that the hotel is selling 3.2 beer was discussed, and the brethren felt that as it was legal and declared by government chemists to be non-intoxicating it would be best for me to remain as President of the company, that it would create more comment if I resigned than if I were to stay with it.

The question of advertising Anheiser Busch beer in the Deseret News was discussed and it was decided not to accept this advertisement. The general feeling was that we ought to make some disposition of the News, change its policy and make it a Church magazine or get rid of it to Latter-day Saints, to be run as a newspaper, taking advertisements the same as any other newspaper. We are spending $50,000 to $60,000. a year with little advantage. It was considered a very serious matter. There were some pretty severe criticisms of the editorial policy of the News. ...

[The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

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