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 By autumn of 1913 there were 33 houses and a combined church and school. Children were taught in Yiddish and English and there was a choice of specifically Jewish or international-socialist s tudy. Filled with both hope and doubt, the colonists clung desperately to the ideal of a farmer's life. The sore trials of climate, water problems and poor crops made them doubt they were in the right place. World War I was approaching and cities were offering jobs paying wages which allowed a richer life. Some colonists left Clarion, but new ones arrived to pursue the dream. There were happy days, such as the Sunday morning they climbed into wagons and went into the mountains to gather firewood. Overcome by the marvels of nature, they shouted, sang and danced. Brown, filled with a divine presence, mounted a stump, raised his arms in prophetic stance, and extolled the goodness of God. They had a glorious day, though not much wood was gathered. A picture of well-being belying their financial state was shown to visitors. An official high in the forestry department reported finding the men busy in the fields and women in their homes made attractive with flowers. Vegetables and trees were growing. First-crop hay was beginning to blossom, attended by humming bees. The visitor wrote in the 1915 issue of the Breeders' Gazette that Benjamin Brown was a modern Hoses who had led some of the Children of Israel from the tenements of the cities to a land of milk and honey. J, H. Cribble of Gunnison promoted a banquet at which Jews and valley residents exchanged compliments. At the dance which followed, the Jews watched wistfully, feeling out of place. In 1914 the Land Board served notice on the Utah Colonization Fund that it owed $60,000 and payment had to 5e made by January 1, 1915, or the hoard would take steps to make collection. On November 5 of that year the Land Board revoked water rights. The lands at Clarion were offered for sale at puhlic auction on January 18, 1916. 47
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Date Created 2005-02-23
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