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|Article Title||'Utah County, the Mother of Sugar Beet Industry, Now is Mother of Steel Industry'--President Creed|
I mHCOUOTY, THE MOTHER OF SUGARBEET INDUSTRY, NOW IS MOTHER OF STEEL INDUSTRY-PRESIDENT CREED ! the products to that state. The - time will come when the large iron and steel plants of the coast stutes i will be erected on the shores of . Utah lake and the Great Salt lake. . God speed the day !" . As President Creed was introduced intro-duced and arose to make his ad-, ad-, dress, the entire audience led by . President Heber J. Grant arose and uncovered their heads in a most ; magnificent tribute to the head of ' the new great industry, i "It is more than kind of you to , welcome us to your great state with such whole-heartedness," said President Pres-ident Creed, apparently deeply touched by the unusual demonstration demonstra-tion that had been given him. "From the bottom of our hearts we express our greatest gratitude to you. "To meet the needs of this western west-ern country the Columbia Steel Corporation Cor-poration was organized in 1910. During the war we supplied the de-Tinrp.'is de-Tinrp.'is --nr- steel castings of the navy as well as for the great Stripping Strip-ping industry on the Pacific coast. We also sent steel castings to the Atlantic coast on orders from the U. S. navy. "Then we began to realize that we would never meet the needs of the constantly growing western country until weu sed the raw materials mate-rials in the manufacture of iron and steel. So began a long search for the raw material, the coal and the iron needed to make the pig iron. The search for these materials mate-rials ended in your state and as a result we have here today the plant of the company. "The iron industry in your state dates back to the early pioneers, these men poor in purse but rich in spirit and in character. It is to the pioneers that we must look for the building of the foundations for this industry. "We are not trying to make a record. Our purpose is to rear on that foundation a superstructure that can properly develop the resources re-sources of the state. "Capital follows character more readily than it follows natural resources. re-sources. One of the greatest resources re-sources in this state is that of character. "It is a happy circumstance that we have made of this a western enterprise. en-terprise. We fonud hero the natural nat-ural resources and we said,' Let us make a western enterprise, directed by western men, financed by western west-ern capital, and operated by western west-ern labor.' "The men who are the leading spirits in this organization are sons of (he men who built tiie railroads, rail-roads, who laid the foundation for agriculture, who founded the shipping ship-ping interests, who established the mercantile business of California. "Capital follows character more readily than it follows natural resources," re-sources," said Wigginton E. Creed president of the Columbia Steel Corporation, at the Steel day celebration cele-bration Saturday in honor of the beginning of the activities of the corporation's plant at Ironton. The statement was given as one reason whv the corporation had decided de-cided to establish its plant in Utah. President Creed spoke in glowing terms of the integrity and the high character of tbe "Mormon" pioneers who settled this state and who were the real beginners of the iron and steel industry in the intermoun-Jjountry;.. intermoun-Jjountry;.. He was roundly applauded and was frequently stopped in the course of his address by the hearty cheers of large throngs of people who had gathered to hear and see the men who had brought the industry in-dustry to the state of tUah. The ceremonies were heTd-Nf&-the hillside east of the state highway from which point an excellent birds-eye birds-eye view of the Ironton plant was obtained. During the exercises the hum of the machinery at the plant and the sounding of the plant siren were fitting accompaniments to the addresses that related to the new great industry of the intermountain section. Several thousand people had climbed the short hill and had gathered around the improvised speakers' stand, which faced the mountain so that the audience was continually beholding the plant. Among the officers of the Columbia Colum-bia Steel Corporation present with Mr. Creed were L. F. Rains. D. H. Botchford, Joseph Sloss, W. W. Armstrong, A. C. Ellis, and others. A. S. Kennedy, personal representative representa-tive of President Creed in the construction con-struction of the Ironton plant, and W. R. Phibbs, superintendent of the Ironton plant, were also on the stand. President Heber J. Grant of the Latter-day Saints church honored the occasion with his presence on the stand. With him were Charles W. Kibley, presiding bishop of the church ; Junius F. Wells and B. F. Grant, general manager of the Deseret News. The Union Pacific system was represented by a large number of its officials coming from Omaha, Los Angeles and Sal Lake City. Among them were F. W. Robinson, freight traffic manager of Omaha ; George E. Smith, general counsel, Salt Lake City; M. De Brabant, assistant as-sistant traffic manager, Los Angeles; An-geles; H. E. Goodwin, assistant general gen-eral freight agent, Salt Lake City ; A. V. Kipp. assistant general freight agent, Salt Lake; W. F. Lincoln, general freight agent, Los Angeles; E. J. Hansen, general agent, Salt the machinery of the steel plant," said Mayor C. Clarence Neslen of Salt Luke City. "This plant spells prosperity not only for Provo and Springville but for the entire state. The remotest nooks in the state will feel the influence of this industry. "This is a new epoch iu the industrial in-dustrial development of the state. In future Utah will not only be referred re-ferred to as the state of scenic wonders but will be pointed to as the industrial center of the western United States. The wonderful natural resources of Utah have been laying untouched! long enough. They have long enough been hidden in the mountains of the state. They must be developed. The pioneers of the state did their work in establishing the fundamental funda-mental industry, the agriculture, in the state. Had they not done this, Utah might never have existed. "The Lord was gracious indeed to our state in planting so many wonderful things here for us. We Tust take these crude raw products ami make them into beautiful prod-ucts.- "I beTieXeI know the sentiment of the state weVr enough to justify me in making the statement that we welcome with open hearU new industries, new developments aYld new finances. And I desire to assure as-sure the men who have made this industry possible for Utah that their investment here will be safe. Their success will be our success and their failure, our failure. "They will find that a fine spirit exists in this state between capital and labor and that there is less trouble here between these factions than in any other section of the country." Mayor Neslen paid a warm tribute to L. F. Kains of Salt Lake City, vice president of the Columbia Steel Corporation, for his untiring efforts in interesting the Pacific coast financiers in establishing the steel industry iu Utah. "I don't know what the initials L. F. st,and for in his name," continued con-tinued . Mayor Neslen. "I have thought that they stood for 'Long Foresight' ; then again I have thought that they stand for 'Legiti-j mate Finance,' but after a close. I association with him I believe they j slaiv: rr 'Loyal Friendship.'" , President Heber J. Grant expressed ex-pressed a keen appreciation for the remarkable and wonderful tribute that President Creed paid to the Utah pioneers, and to which he said he had been listening with interest in-terest and satisfaction. He said that the people of Utah were staunch believers in co-operation and that everything worth while that has been accomplished in the state is the result of co-operation. President Grant expressed delight in the co-operation that has always existed between California and Utah and said that such co-operation would continue as the years went by. He said that the feelings against the people of Utah are constantly changing in the world and that they are becoming known more and more in their true light and are rapidly taking their place among the leaders lead-ers of the world. He voiced a strong disapproval and denial of the wrong impression that has gone out to the effect that i Their background is your background. back-ground. We have added a bond between be-tween two great western states. "This unity of purpose between Utah and California wilt become more apparent as the years go by. If we glance into the future we can understand that this must be . only the beginning of greater things. Patience is a great quality. The pioneers labored for the future generations and so we must do also and continue to have patience. "We can have no hothouse growth, in this business. We must have the same steady development ns the work of our pioneer fathers. Lake ; W. H. Lee, traveling freight agent, Salt Lake; B. F. Prescott, traffic agent, Los Angeles. The Union Pacific party arrived at the plant site on a special train containing contain-ing two cars. Other leading citizens of Utah present were A. N. McKay, general manager of the Salt Lake Tribune ; Garrett S. Wilkins, of the Cullen company, Dr. F. S. Harris of the Young university, Mayor O. K. Hansen Han-sen of Provo; W. C. Orem, president presi-dent of the Salt Lake & Utah railway; rail-way; W. D. Sutton, state treasurer: W. B. Robbins, district traffic agent of the Denver & Rio Grande railroad. The ceremonies at the steel plant were conducted under the direction of Secretary E. S. Hinckley of the Provo Chamber of Commerce, who called the meeting to order by ringing ring-ing the iron bell made in Cedar City in 1855 from pig iron produced in the first blast furnace in the intermountain in-termountain country. He traced the earlv history of the iron industry the leaders of the dominant church of Utah are against the coming here of large industrial concerns. "We have been accused that we as a church have not welcomed the new industries to our state," said President Grant. "It is an absolute falsehood. We gladly welcome all But as you look back you cannot help but be astonished in what has happened in the west during the past ten years. . What has happened is really the establishment of economic eco-nomic independence of the west. We are producing the things in the west that the people of the section need. Year from year we are shipping into this section less of the industrial indus-trial products that are needed here. industries that will develop Utah's resources." Although thousands of automobiles automo-biles traveled along the state highway high-way to the steel plant, not an accident acci-dent was reported. The policing of the roads by the deputy sheriffs and marshals of the county under, the direction of Sheriff J. D. Boyd had a great deal to do with the orderly manner iu which the traffic was handled. Following the ceremonies at the steel plant, thousands of people gathered in the Springville city park and participated at the big free barbecue and strawberry festival. fes-tival. A continuous musical program and baud concert on the park.; a basebal game. Springville vs. The National Copper bank of Salt Lake City: a boxing match and an outo-mobile outo-mobile daredevil stunt at the Springville high school campus provided pro-vided entertainment and amusement during the afternoon. S50 couples attended the dances in from the settling of Iron county and the beginning of the blast furnace fur-nace there in 1S55 down ot the present pres-ent time. ' "Little, perhaps, did Brigham Young realize the importance of his statement, 'This is the place,'" said Mr. Hinckley. "Utah is without ' doubt the center of the richest un-! un-! developed resources in the entire nation." Thomas E.' McKay, president of the Utah state utilities commission, representing Governor Charles R. Mabey, expressed the congratulations congratula-tions of the governor to the gentlemen gentle-men who made the iron nnd steel industry possible in Utah. He spoke of the early history of the iron industry, how Erastus Snow made an intensive study of the iron industry in England, Wales and Scotland, bow machinery was brought from Europe for the industry indus-try nnd how the first blast furnace "There are two great points which we must keep constantly and religiously in mind in our effort to develop this section. We are after the creation of a better state, the creation of an empire where more progress, more industry will be in evidence. "Iu doing so we need to develop the spirit of co-operation. Co-operation means nothing more than the working together for the common good. I preach co-operation as a high standard of ethics. It means nothing more than the subserving of the purely selfish interest to the common good. - "We must be concerned nbout the common good. It should be the beacon light to the west. As we serve the common good, as we practice prac-tice co-operation, capital will flow here to develop this community, and don't you fear it. "This Utah valley is the mother finally was established in Cedar City. He then reviewed the unsuccessful unsuccess-ful efforts that had been made iu more recent years to interest eastern east-ern capital ln the developing of the iron industry in Utah. He declared that it was not until those pushing the development turned towards the west that assistance came. "Some disappointment has been expressed by some icople because the pig iron from this plant is being sent to the steel plants of California rather than have such plants stablished here," said Mr, McKay. Iron idunstry in the future will be so important in the near future that California will not be large enough to hold the large industrial plants that will be needed to supply of the sugar beet industry and now today it is also the mother of the steel industry. The industry is as enduring as your broad fields and the water that flows down your canyon streams. "We want to be considered the sons of the valley with you. We desire to share your sorrows, your joys, nnd we want to be looked upon as the sous of the valley." As President Creed sat down after concluding his address, President Presi-dent Grant arose and shook his hand heartily. Mrs. Cora Thome Bird of Springville Spring-ville sang two solos in her usual artistic and professional manner. "Never has a speech been delivered deliver-ed that has been accompanied by sweeter music than that heard here today from the clanging noise of I the evening at the Springville Opera House and Glengarry resort. Among the early arrivals for the steel day celebration were the officials of-ficials of the Columbia Steel corporation, corpor-ation, headed by President Wigginton Wiggin-ton E. Creed, who is also president of the Tacific Gas and Electric company of San Francisco. The other officials of the corporation accompanying President Creed to the celebration were J. D. Grant of : San Francisco, vice president of the Columbia Steel corporation; Joseph Sloss, vice president and treasurer of the corporation ; W. P. Roth, Louis Sloss and Louis Sloss, Jr. With L. F. Rains, W. W. Armstrong, Arm-strong, Utah officials of the Columbia Colum-bia Stwl corporation, accompanied the Pacific coast men to the steel celebration.