|Description:||The oldest business in San Diego County and the second-oldest newspaper in Southern California, The San Diego Union-Tribune is the product of a merger of The San Diego Union, founded Oct. 10, 1868, and the Evening Tribune, founded Dec. 2, 1895.
The two newspapers merged into a morning newspaper Feb. 2, 1992. They had been published by the same company morning and evening since 1901 by two distinguished newspaper families -- the Spreckels family (until 1928) and the Copley family (1928-present). John D. Spreckels, who purchased The Union in 1890, was a pioneer developer (land, transit, buildings). Spreckels died in 1926, and his estate sold the newspapers in 1928 to Ira Clifton Copley of Illinois (public utilities, newspapers).|