Clarion, Utah

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 17
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1985
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title Clarion, Utah
Description would serve the colony; there was a railroad through Gunnison; wealthy Jews in Salt Lake City could be appealed to for support; and Mormons, calling themselves "Children of Zion," could be counted on to be friendly and helpful, not least because both groups had known persecution. In August, 1911, the Colony contracted to buy 6,080 acres of land for an average $11.20 per acre, with a water right of 2-acre-feet per acre at $35 per share. The down payment on the land was $6,815.20. The colony was to be a model which would call Jews back to the land after 2,000 years. They named it Clarion-clear call. In September, twelve young men, armed with pistols and supplied with tents and good equipment, arrived in Clarion to prepare for the following, larger migration. They had been misled about the climate and suffered through a cold winter, with snow blowing into their tents„ Nevertheless, spring planting of wheat, oats, and alfalfa totaled 1,500 acres. The men were paid S15 per day and lived a communal life. Someone cooked, someone hauled culinary water from Gunnison, others plowed fields and removed rocks or started building the houses (or shacks) to house families when wives and children plus other immigrants, joined the colony. Spring was late and then was followed by dry weather. The promised irrigation water did not come and crops suffered. The new canal could not hold water and broke. Also, upstream users took more than their share of the water, even when the canal was policed; unscheduled checks found gates open that should have been closed. The Colony sued the State for $14,250, the amount of the lost crops, but got nothing, nor any satisfaction from an appeal to the Legislature. By fall there were 23 houses and the Colony numbered 60, which included the families of most of the original 12. By that time, also, all funds had been spent and there was a debt of S3,788,13. In Salt Lake City, a new corporation, the Utah Colonization Fund, Inc., was set up to replace the old one. The 152 individual contracts, with an 45
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Date Created 2005-02-23
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