|Paper||Beaver County Monitor|
|Rights||In Copyright (InC)|
|Rights Holder||Alice Smith, Milford, Utah|
|Publisher||Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah|
|Paper||Beaver County Monitor|
P.O. Box 224 Milford, UT 84751 Mr II M r rM III II 11 FEBRUARY 20, 1997 Po&age Pad Mdfwd. UT. 84751 Perm No 15 am VOL. VII NO. 8 Russell Mayer came to the Milford Valley almost 50 years ago to raise irrigated crops. Growing up during the depression years made him appreciate the value of water. Water is still his major interest! Milford High Activities Historical Tidbits V'"!1"' :i Z iiimiwmnw Week of Feb. 18-2- 4 Beaver Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Active and Involved Participants The Ofweetiaul (6aUvA Almost By Norman Baxter: , all of my memories of growing be Friday Feb. 21st. The time is 8:00 p.m. to Midnight. up were pleasant. But, there were times of pure agony. Such Boys Basketball will play at as the times Mom said that I Escalante Wed. Feb. 19th. To me, had to dress up! The Tigers last home game dressing up was to have a clean will be Friday Feb. 27. shirt, bib overalls and clean bare Senior players will be feet. Mom would have none of honored at this game. that! She meant that I had to Next ACT Test is April put on those 12th at SUU. Register by knickerbockers. How 1 hated those tilings! March 14th. See Mr. Jensen for more information. My older brothers didn't have to wear them. And no man would "Motivational Assembly be caught dead in them. I was Feb. 20 at 11:00 a.m. just beginning to sprout so felt without awkward enough terrible those Minersville things. wearing Mom and my older sister (she was old enough to think Benefits from Fine she was my boss, too) Don Ostler represented supervised the dressing. I can Joanna Bceson (left), Beaver chamber of Commerce president, at the Milford City council DWQ still remember how I felt: Rob Adams, Circle Four Farms general manager, as pest welcomed to evening Tuesday meeting Larger at the bottom than at the the Circle at the clarification on February 12 meeting. The El Bambi Cafe convention was speaker provide top. There I stood with a flat Four Farms violation He packed as Adams gave a brief history of the Circle Four's establishment cap, white shirt with a tight told the council that water testing in western Beaver County. With approximately 20,000 sows in collar and tie, then those awful, on February 10 shows the well production, the company ships 20 loads per peck to market. At the end baggy, blousy knickerbockers free of contaminants to drinking of 19 they employed 2 6 workers, with a base starting salary of $7.22 with cuff buttoned below die water An per hour. Medical benefits are added after 90 days, and employees who standards. knee. Long spindly legs environmental have been with the company for a year are invited to participate in a 40 K near project encased in knee high stockings Minersville may be the recipient plan, where the company pitches in 500 for every dollar of employee shoes. I still of a portion of the $6,800 fine investment. The company projects expanding personnel to 300 by the and think I about it! levied against the company for end of 1997.. ..with $8 million budgeted for payroll. They have invested when squirm gosh-awf- L US Utah Press Association 307 West 300 South, Suite 5005 Salt Lake City UT 84101-121- 2 r n Standard Rate All interested individuals are invited to attend the Annual Hospital Board Meeting Friday, February 21, 1997 at 8:00 p.m. at Milford Element ul 96-0- 1. 1 1 high-topp- ed PhotobyC. C. Chapman'Courtesy ofRussell Mayer In 1951 Russell Mayer had an outstanding 500 acre crop of irrigated spring wheat... .in addition to 60 acres of White Rose seed Six years later, in 1957, the Milford Jaycees sponsored potatoes. the Junior Chamber of Commerce Russell as a contender for Dr. Symond, president of the Milford award. Farmer Outstanding Young in convincing Russell to submit instrumental at that was time, Chapter the application. It proved to be a beneficial decision: After winning state honors, Russell was selected as one of the four national winners. By 1957 Russell's main crops were alfalfa, grain, potatoes, permanent pasture and corn. He had developed an adequate water supply to convert desert wasteland into prime production land. In 1949 he developed a new practice of furrowing the soil for irrigation and planting the grain on top of the furrows, all in one operation, increasing wheat yield. In 195 1 he built his own mechanical rig for gathering baled hay in the field and placing the bales in the stack, requiring only the rig operator and one man on the stack. In 1955 he developed and built a new Quonset type potato storage warehouse with insulated interior lined with plastic, and equipped with a ventilating system to force moisture and temperature controlled air through the potatoes. The system stored potatoes through 20 degree below zero weather with negligible loss. In the eight years between 1948 and 1956, Russell, through hard work and diligence, converted more than 800 acres of windswept desert into irrigated crop land. Jaycees is a leadership organization for young people under In addition to his farming activities in 1957, Russell was Supervisor of the District Soil Conservation Service; Community Committeeman of Agricultural Stabilization Service; President South Milford Pumper's Association; member Utah Water Users Association; Director Milford Watershed and Flood Control Association. He helped construct the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He was also Director of the Milford County Hospital Association; board member of the South Milford Community Club to foster annual livestock and produce show for youngsters. The 1957 national awards were presented in Durham, North Carolina. Wendell Ford, 1957 president of the National Junior Chamber of Commerce who presented the award, now a Senator from Kentucky, is an example of the exceptional individuals Russell and his wife, Mary, have come to know and appreciate. Main speaker at the event was Frank Goad Clement, Tennessee's second-tergovernor, who was at 36 the youngest chief executive in the nation. Russell and Mary, traveled to Tulsa. Oklahoma, this weekend for a reunion with the fraternity of the winners of the Jaycee Outstanding Young Farmer award. "We (the fraternity of winners) have kept in touch over the years. Many of the Outstanding Young Fanners have filled important positions across the country," he said. John Bock, another fraternity member, is a former Secretary of Agriculture. Keith Burkee, who headed up the farm programs during former Republican administrations, is now the Commander of the North Dakota National Guard. Additionally, fraternity members and their wives have organized tours: South America in 1975; Australia and New Zealand in 1978; Hawaii in 1980. With the passing of the years Russell has remained just as involved in community and civic affairs as he w as in his younger years. Age, experience and wisdom have only added to his leadership capabilities.. ..especially when addressing water issues in the Milford Vallev. Then my Sis would say, "There now! Isn't that nice?" Nice? I always felt as though I was wearing girl's bloomers! I think that some of the most beautiful words that I have heard in my life, were the day Dad looked at me and said "I think the boy is old enough to have a pair of long pants". Oh! I was ready to go to town right then, but trips to town only occurred two or three times a month. So there was a long, agonizing wait until they took me to the clothing store, to buy a suit. The suit had a very nice jacket and a pair of those beautiful, beautiful long pants. But the suit also included a pair of matching knickerbockers. Guess which item was never touched. the infraction. Enoch Councilman Swain asked about the rate of water movement beneath the valley floor. Ostler explained that there is a basic formula for water calculating ground movement in Utah, and that formula indicates that the water travels only a few feet per year. Councilman Mark Dotson added that the aquifer fills from the bottom period. Underground streams which may travel at an accelerated rate? Apparently, Utah hydrological experts make no provision for such possibility. Milford flat farmers have long commented that starting to pump a well at one location will effect the flow of another well a mile or so away in a matter of minutes, but their observations have no scientific basis. an estimated $85 million in the project to date. While 30 to 40 percent of the workers have been recruited from the Midwest as expertise in the swine industry, Adams says the quality of local work force is extremely good. "Some of our most promising farm leaders are local people," he said. He said the company can teach technical skill, but working with employees to "see where they will shine" is an art. Perhaps the most important qualifications for entry level farm jobs are the basic skills that are taught at home: show up on time.. .be willing to work and to learn. Adams also referred to animaK husbandry as an art.. ..one that very few people understand. The feed mill is on schedule with the capability of producing 35 unit is in the planning stage. to 40 tons of pellets per hour. A boar-stu- d Two 4800 sow units, west of Minersville, are expected to be up and running by mid-yea- r. Yet, there is a downside.. ..mishaps in other localities, a ground water incident in which effluent was pumped into the Escalante Aquifer, and odor ...odor, and more odor. The local ground w ater incident appears to have been an isolated infraction, not directly related to general farming practice. Adam said the company is testing a number of products to mitigate odors. In the near future they will test one site with a treated or "popped" perlite. A lagoon will be covered with approximately 2" of the floatable product. The challenge with the procedure is getting the product to absorb enough liquid to stay in place and not blow away. Expense is also a factor. Aerators and lagoon additives arc also being tested. ?.4 3ARA m PR y ClRlNG 0 v m 1 u a i jf C'1 :4K' the Milford Hotel and the garage next to it. Jake Schow said he remembered a Hal Larsen We need some information later leased who built the garage. It was to Les Clay then Bob Tomsik. The Milford Hotel was noted for it's excellent cuisine and railroad passengers looked forward to stopping for a meal there. In the 20's there were also dining rooms in the Atkin Hotel and the railroad had a "beanery" or lunch counter where the employees could get a fast meal plus a dining room. Contact Gladys Whittaker if you have some information about the picture.