BIZ OF MONTH

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Clark Caras

J-Mart Pub­lish­ing Com­pany in Span­ish Fork has been named the De­cem­ber Busi­ness of the Month by the Span­ish Fork Salem Area Cham­ber of Commerce.

One can­not think of one with­out think­ing of the other - that is, his­toric Span­ish Fork Main Street and J-Mart Pub­lish­ing Com­pany, which came into be­ing in 1962 when J.C. Hen­der­son and his wife, Mau­reen, bought a small print­ing busi­ness and a web press. Through the years, J-Mart, as it af­fec­tion­ately be­came known, has printed lit­er­ally thou­sands of an­nounce­ments for wed­dings, baby births and mis­sion­ary farewells as well as fam­ily his­to­ries and ev­ery­thing from school to Sun­day school lessons. For decades, J-Mart also pub­lished the news of the com­mu­nity in the Span­ish Fork Press.

To­day, the web press is gone; sadly, J.C. is as well, and Mau­reen is rarely seen in the shop. In their places, how­ever, are son Lane Hen­der­son and his wife, Les­lie Money Hen­der­son, along with equip­ment that in­cludes both dig­i­tal laser prin­ters and off­set presses ca­pa­ble of ac­com­mo­dat­ing print jobs as small as a few scrap­book pages or as large as thou­sands of busi­ness forms. J-Mart can pro­vide copies on de­mand or pro­duce hard­bound books.

A vet­eran of the Span­ish Fork Salem Area Cham­ber of Commerce, Lane Hen­der­son has served on the cham­ber’s board of direc­tors and as pres­i­dent of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. His mother and fa­ther were also ac­tive in help­ing the com­mu­nity’s cham­ber come to­gether and work for the good of the cus­tomer.

When the Hen­der­son fam­ily was pub­lish­ing the Span­ish Fork Press, the news­pa­per was the win­ner of many lo­cal, state and na­tional re­port­ing awards. Dur­ing the floods of 1983, it was in­stru­men­tal in help­ing res­i­dents keep up to date on the This­tle Slide and make prepa­ra­tions for what might come with ris­ing river and lake wa­ters.

J-Mart has been ac­tive in the com­mu­nity in ev­ery­thing from Scout­ing to Fi­esta Days and most es­pe­cially in help­ing keep the city’s his­toric Main Street vi­brant and cus­tomer friendly. Both Lane and Les­lie Hen­der­son have been and are ac­tive in many civic and com­mu­nity du­ties and af­fairs.

J-Mart Pub­lish­ing Com­pany has been named the De­cem­ber Busi­ness of the Month by the Span­ish Fork Salem Area Cham­ber of Commerce.

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