130 years ago today - Mar 27, 1889

Establishment of Sugar industry in Utah-- With L.D.S. Church encouragement and approval, Arthur Stayner, a Mormon horticulturist, experimented with sugar cane and sugar beets for the manufacture of sugar locally through the 1880's. In the spring of 1889 a prospectus was drawn up for the establishment of the Utah Sugar Company with the hopes of re-establishing a domestic sugar industry in the intermountain region. The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles supported the fund-raising drive .... It was from this beginning that there eventually developed the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company in which the L.D.S. Church became so heavily interested and involved during the later administration of President Heber J. Grant. ...

[Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

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