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Superior Sugar Beet Growers Association records Edit


WASH 007
Finding Aid Author
Amanda M. Reeve
Finding Aid Date
2013 May 9
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  • 1933-1943 (Creation)


  • 0.63 Linear Feet (Whole)
    2 manuscript boxes

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  • Abstract

    The Superior Sugar Beet Growers Association records span the years of 1933-1943 and contain financial records, business records, and correspondence.

  • Biographical/Historical note

    In 1932 farmers of southern Utah began experimenting with beet seed. It was what made the difference between living and existing during the 30’s and 40’s. It gave the farmers of southern Utah a cash crop. The Utah and Idaho Sugar Company built a beet seed plant in St. George soon after because the beet seeds for planting came largely from Washington County. The seed was processed then sent throughout the intermountain west for growing sugar beets. Sugar beets were planted in Washington Fields, St. George, Hurricane, La Verkin, Leeds, and Bloomington in the fall. Due to the mild winter climate in Utah's Dixie, the crop could stay in the ground over winter. In the spring, the plants would be harvested and hauled by wagons to the factory where they would undergo a process to remove the seed and sort it into different sizes and varieties. The seed was cleaned, treated for disease and stored in bins.

    The association of farmers that grew beet seed was originally called the Pioneer Sugar Beet Growers Association, but in 1935 they incorporated themselves as the Superior Sugar Beet Growers Association. This was because their seed was known for its significantly higher production when planted. They worked closely with the Utah and Idaho Sugar Company, the main purchaser of their seed.

  • Scope and Contents

    The records of the Superior Sugar Beet Growers Association span the years of 1933-1943. The records contain the work of the association as they grew and sold their beet seed. The association was closely connected to the Utah and Idaho Sugar Company as they acquired most of their seeds. The growers were monitored by the company and many of them also contracted with the sugar company to haul away the waste from their seed plants.

    The collection is arranged in three series: Financial Records, Business Records, and Correspondence. The Financial Records (1933-1943) contain the association's account books, bank statements, financial statements, and promissory notes of their association with the Utah and Idaho Sugar Company. The Business Records (1934-1942) hold the association's member lists, by-laws, certification of incorporation, and a few of their meeting minutes. The Correspondence series (1933-1943) is arranged chronologically and much of it is between the Utah and Idaho Sugar Company and the association.

  • Arrangement

    Collection arranged by subject within series.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description and date, AC 24 Superior Sugar Beet Growers Association records, 1933-1943, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.