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There is a geographical as well as commercial reason for grouping these two important sugar States together, for practically they comprise one vast sugar beet area quite distinct from other sections of the country. Besides, they are two of the richest producing sugar States we have, at least so far as proportion goes. The history of these two States is that of the pendulum from one extreme to the other. It was not many years ago--in fact, scarcely more than half a decade that Utah and Idaho had to send out of their borders $2,000.000 every year for the sugar consumed by the populace. To-day more than four times the home consumption is manufactured within the two States and sent out to the very marts where their money formerly went for the purchase of that commodity now exported. This after supplying the home demand, mind you. Two million dollars kept at home, and four millions brought in to be distributed among the beet growing farmers and laborers. Such history spells industrial romance. Ten factories rear their walls within the confines of these two States, grinding the beets raised by seven thousand farmers. These factories will in one year grind 700,000 tons of beets, for which they will pay the farmers nearly four millions of dollars, in addition to paying their factory employees $750,000.   The combined factories of this group have a total yearly output of at least 150,000,000 pounds of clear granulated sugar, representing a value of $8,000,000, at the prevailing price. In the southern part of one county alone, in Utah, farmers raised sugar beets to the value of half a million dollars in one season. Their beets went to a single factory, which paid out additionally ? 100,000 for labor. The story of beet sugar in these two States can not be better told than to take for example a representative season and show the results. The nine factories, located at Ogden, Utah; Logan, Utah ; Lewiston, Utah ; Lehi, Utah ; Idaho Falls, Idaho ; Sugar, Idaho ; Blackfoot, Idaho, and Nampa, Idaho, ground, within an outside limit of 120 days, 590,000 tons of beets produced on 48,100 acres of land by 6,700 growers, who received for their beets $2,775,000 in cash. Utah was the third State in the Union to enter upon the production of beet sugar, and built a factory at Lehi in 1891. Five factories are now within the State, controlled by two companies, the Amalgamated and the Utah-Idaho concerns. The Utah-Idaho Sugar Company is the principal factor in this two-State group, and in addition to their four plants in Idaho, have two in Utah at Lehi and Garland, with three tributary slicing stations, one each at Springville, Spanish Fork and Provo. In the year 1907 an important deal was consummated whereby several independent concerns were consolidated, the Western Idaho Sugar Company, the Idaho Sugar Company and the Utah Sugar Company being merged into the new "Utah-Idaho Sugar Company," now one of the most important concerns in the United States. The Snake River Valley Sugar Company was also included in this deal, and contributed its plant at Blackfoot, Idaho.

Source:  The Louisiana Planter and Sugar Manufacturer By Louisiana Sugar Planters' Association, American Cane Growers' Association -- Published by Lousiana Planter and Sugar Manufacturer Co., 1909

Submitted by Kim Torp


Mrs. Catherine R. Athey, Secretary, Idaho Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, Boise, Idaho

-State Sanatoria
Idaho Tuberculosis Sanatorium ( Not yet in operation)
A bill providing for two state Tuberculosis Sanatoria was passed by the legislature in 1919.
For Lapwai Indian Sanatorium (1910)
For tuberculosis Indians only.
Capacity: 100
Rates: Free to Indians
Superintendent: Dr. Jacob Breid
Medical Director: Dr. Claude B. Sims
Application should be made to the superintendent.
Hw to Reach: Camas Prairie Branch, Northern Pacific Railroad.

Source: National Tuberculosis Association; Directory of Sanatoria Hospitals and Day Camps, For the Treatment of Tuberculosis; New York;  August, 1919

Submitted by Candi Horton

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