Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The 1856 Failure of the Sugar Beet Experiment

With the failure of the sugar beet experiment, how much money did Utah spend in importation cost of sugar for the next forty years?
a.                  $2 million
b.                  $5 million
c.                   $7 million
d.                  $1 million
Yesterday’s answer:
B.   The dedication of their new home
From the life of Isabella Gray Park:   “Like a bright star shining in the firmament, the dedication of our home will live in my memory.” So wrote Maude Kenner, daughter of Isabella Gray Park. It was the gift of a wonderful pioneer, Hamilton G. Park, to his daughter Isabella and all who dwelt therein reflected the spirit of their pioneer ancestry. My mother was a woman of great faith. She believed that every home should be dedicated. Therefore, when her home was set in order and properly prepared, as she thought it should be for such a sacred occasion, she selected a day in the lovely spring and invited about fifty of her friends to attend the dedicatory service.
   The rays of the glorious sun seemed to penetrate every nook and corner of the house, and I can see my mother now receiving her guests at the door and showing a few who whispered, “We would like to take a peek around the house.” One of these was Zina Card, and she said to Mother, “Belle, this seems like your mother’s house, and I feel like she is here today.” Happy laughter rang out through the rooms, and there was a hum of voices when friends greeted friends and enjoyed little informal chats. Then the clock struck two, conversation ceased, a reverential silence fell over the little group and the dedicatory service began.
   Beautiful hymns were sung, and a musical program was given by members of the family. Outstanding, of course, was the dedicatory prayer offered by Patriarch James R. Martineau.
   Among the many beautiful and prophetic things he said was: “This home will be protected from the elements, and no evil disposed persons will have power to enter; and also there will be many important events held there, and prominent people will come, and they will feel a good influence and be reluctant to leave.”
   His words were literally fulfilled. Not so long after, Utah experienced one of the worst storms in the history of the state. Trees were uprooted; telephone poles were blown over; the Goddess of Liberty statue was blown from the City and County Building and dashed to the ground. People prayed who had never prayed before, and it was said that some knelt in the street.
   Mother remained quietly in bed; and when we children rushed into her room, she said, “Don’t be afraid. The storm will not harm us.” And it didn’t. The next morning when we went downstairs to see what havoc the storm had wrought, the sidewalks and street were completely blockaded with poles, trees, and so on, but our premises were undisturbed. 

Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Chronicles of Courage (Salt Lake City: Utah Publishing Company, 1994), 5:253-254.

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