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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
ARK ark:/87278/s6k64g79
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323884
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6k64g79

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Title Sugar for Sanpete
Description to the proposed factory site* A factory was purchased at Waverley, Washington, and the first carload of machinery arrived in Centerfield in the fall of 1914. The shipment of machinery was completed in 1917 and the new million-dollar plant was completed in time for the harvest* On September 19, 1919, a huge celebration was held to commemorate the formal opening of the Gunnison Sugar Factory. Promptly at midday the wheels of industry throughout the valley ceased and everyone assembled at the factory. A fine program was held, and dinner and dancing concluded the day's activities. The factory then began its operation. In the early 1°20's the William Wrigley Company of Chicago acquired control of the Gunnison Valley Sugar Company and introduced an extensive program which greatly increased the capacity of the plant. In 1922 Hart J. Sanders became chief chemist at the plant and in 1925 he assumed duties as Plant Superintendent, He served in that capacity until 1944 when he became District Manager. Charles Embley was Dean of Qnployees, Other veteran plant employees were 0, J. Tolck, D, Ray Goates, William H. Farr and Roy Darlington. L. J, Arnold whose service also began in 1922, was Agricultural Superintendent. The annual tonnage of beets harvested at the plant varied from practically none in 1926, due to the white fly or leaf hopper, to some 120,000 ton in 1946, Developments including segmented seed and modem machinery opened up a new era in the industry. During the booming years, Spearmint was the railroad, switch to the sugar factory. Some of the area street names suggested economic growth, ie. "Sugar factory Lane." A large neon sign was placed at the entrance to the factory in 192?. Other industries were also benefited by the production of the sugar beets, especially in meat and dairy production, through the use of the pulp, molasses and the beet tops. Additional taxes paid by the industry aided in maintaining schools and roads. 116
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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 323856
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6k64g79/323856