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 The court-appointed receiver for the colony believed they owed 575,000 in addition to that owed to the state, bringing total indebtedness to $500,000 or more. The appraised value of buildings, livestock and equipment was only $14,000. The board permitted the improvements to be sold separately, with proceeds going to the colonists' creditors. Colonists were allowed to keep their livestock, which many sold to pay for fare to Los Angeles or elsewhere. Only some half a dozen families hung on to land and livestock.4 Some reasons for the failure of Clarion are obvious, chiefly the unsuitability of the site.^ Rainfall averages eight inches a year; 2-acre-feet of water per acre is inadequate- Irrigated land be twice as productive to be competitive. Most Clarion lands are not rich enough to produce grains profitably. The soils produce good crops of alfalfa, but with hay selling then for $5.00 a ton, 40 acres was too small a farm to support a family decently. Host of the colonists were tradesmen untrained in any kind of farming and the women were not skilled in such tasks as bread-making. The writer asked Ben Brown why the Colony failed and he answered unhesitatingly, "We failed because of our religious differences. Some of us were orthodox Jews; others unorthodox, We were unaDle to umte m a coT^non cause ^ Ask6d why he stayed, he said, "I stayed on principle to demonstrate that Clarion was a viable project " Only a small fraction of the 3,000 acres the Jews cultivated is now in use. There are remnants of foundations, of ditches and furrows. Two graves, one a child's, are disappearing into a hillside. To many of the failed farmers, the painful loss of their hard labor and precious finances was nothing compared to the shock of realizing that the dream of being prosperous farmers in the Promised Land had vanished like a rainbow. ^Jewish Agricultural and Industrial Aid Society; Baron de Hirsch Farm School. 48
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Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
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