The Ephraim Relief Society Granary The Central Utah Art Center

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title The Ephraim Relief Society Granary The Central Utah Art Center
Description known as The Granary of the West" while the Co-op and the Relief Society were engaged in storing and dispensing grain. The wheat was milled into flour in Marcus Hermansen's water-powered Climax Mill, eat of town on Mill Hill. On one occasion, mice invaded the wheat bins, contaminating the grain, thus making it unfit for human consumption. It was sold to John Otterstrom for planting, with the agreement that the full price of the wheat be paid, plus 7% interest in the fall. Mr. Otterstrom became ill and suddenly died. The general public was loud in its denouncement of the unwise officers. When the Otterstrom's estate was settled, creditors received a percentage on the dollar but the Relief Society received a "Preferred Customer" designation. They received the full price of the wheat plus the 7% interest; they came out 300 bushels ahead. The granary bins were carefully cleaned, reinforced and cemented before being refilled. The arrival of the railroad in May. 1869, greatly facilitated the sale of wheat. In 1896 the granary was at the height of productivity. This project was regarded as a sacred trust and the income derived was used for charitable purposes. The combined Relief Societies sent flour to San Francisco for earthquake and fire relief in 1906. and to alleviate famine in China in 1907. World War I in 1917 and a devastating "Spanish" flu epidemic in 1918 caused great distress. The flour, wheat, and income were freely dispensed on every occasion. In June 1918 the Relief Societies, with the consent of local priesthood members and the Presiding Bishopric, sold 205,518 bushels of wheat to the United States government to assist in the war effort. President Woodrow Wilson, accompanied by Mrs. Wilson, stopped in Salt Lake City and called on the General Relief Society President, Emmeline B. Wells. He extended thanks to all Relief Society members on behalf of the United States government for making wheat available. The money received from the wheat sale was placed in a bank to draw interest that was apportioned out appropriately to those who had been involved. 19
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326768
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