Sugar for Sanpete

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 22
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneer
Publisher Snow College
Date 1990
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Sugar for Sanpete
Description FIRST PLACE HISTORICAL ESSAY SUGAR FOR SAHPETE Eleanor P. Madsen 295 East 1st North 87-5 Ephraim, Utah 84627 From the time of the early settlement of Sanpete County, there have been individuals and groups who have taken the lead in developing enterprises which have had far-reaching effects, not alone in the county but in the state and nation. Although some of these industries no longer exist here, they contributed much to the economy and development of the area in their time. Sugar factories in Gunnison and Moroni were among those early industries. In 1851 President Brigham Young and his counselors published an epistle to the "Saints scattered throughout the earth," pleading for the people to make their own sugar and molasses and asking for companies to come to Utah to establish a sugar-making business. In 1855 sugar was selling for §1.00 per pound, which was "far more than the starving pioneers could afford." Bishop C. A. Madsen of Gunnison was one in Sanpete County who led out in developing the sugar industry. In 1875* through the church program, a few pounds of seed were distributed to the farmers in Gunnison for experimental purposes. As early as 1879 Bishop Madsen and others had forty acres of maize and sorghum under cultivation to make sugar, and a cane mill was set up on the Co-op farm. The cane froze three times in June and the maize twice in July. A Gunnison history states, "We had hoped to have been able to present specimens of sorghum and beet sugar at the State Fair, but as long as we have not made any, we shall be very quiet about it." With the desperate need for sugar, "like Moses and the Israelites the Saints were saved by food from heaven." In August 1855 a hard substance appeared on the Cottonwood trees near Provo. The Pioneers shook the white coating off the leaves and boiled it down to 113
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 22
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323853
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