Saturday, December 27, 2008


Download best selling audiobooks, eBooks and videos from OverDrive 24/7 to your PC at home, in the office or from anywhere in the world. All you need is your library card to get started.
Now you can create your free login to NetLibrary and begin downloading eAudiobooks from your local library OR from your home. The state has two companies’ that have downloadable audiobooks available. Netlibrary is the one that the state has had for the last 2 years. To use NetLibrary just go Pioneer's homepage ( ). On the left side you'll see NetLibrary, click on that and then find Newton Town Library and click on that. They will ask you for our access code (this is the access code for all of Pioneer webpage’s, journals etc...) Our code is C1P84327 . Once you have entered it you should see a Welcome to the Newton Town Library eContent Collection. In the upper right corner there is a link to Create a free account. Once you set up your account you can download audiobooks, or there are some Publicly-Accessible eBooks . The new site is called Overdrive the link for this is right above the NetLibrary link on the Pioneer homepage. Click on the Download audio books Overdrive Logo. This takes you directly to Overdrive, if you have questions there is a getting started section on the left side of the page. Or you can sign in at the beginning following the instructions below. This site works just like the library, only one person at a time can checkout the item. So when you find a book, or video you want to checkout there will either be a "add to cart" button or "place a hold" button. After you make your selection you will be taken to the "My Cart" page, if you proceed to checkout you will be asked to select our library and then to enter our code. This code is almost the same as above but you add your library card number after the access code, yours is C1P84327**** (replace stars with your own library number.) If you have any other questions just let us know

Friday, December 26, 2008


There are some great web sites to help students, frantic mothers, and just plain fun. If you need a ID and password to use the ID is pioneer and password is home. web site is.


Come see our beautiful historic pictures of the Logan Temple and Utah State -- Old Main. They were donated by Dan Douglas and hung by the Griffin brothers. We would like to thank Dan for this great gift.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Amos Clarke Family

Dear Clarke Family, A DVD titled "Children of the Latter-day," detailing the life of Amos and Ann Johnstone Clarke, is now available. We are ready to take orders now. It can be shown on a TV. The DVD is divided into three chapters and is contained on one disk. This DVD combines photographs, music and history to reflect the sacrifices and blessings Amos and Ann Clarke experienced. The cost per DVD will be $8.00 which will be used to cover production costs, shipping and handling, and the genealogical research we have authorized on the Johnstone line. We will ship DVDs to you during the first two weeks of December. Please make checks payable to Diane Hendricks, Checks may be sent to:Diane Hendricks513 Maple DriveRexburg, Idaho 83440

Monday, October 20, 2008

Ask - A- Librarian

Ask - A- Librarian

Need help! Our library has a new program called
Ask - A- Librarian. If you e-mail the library or call us
during business hours we will try to help you find answers to
questions you are unable find.
Our e-mail address is
Our phone number during business hours is 435-563-9283.

Friday, October 10, 2008


We think that we are the most enlightened generation, not always so. Recently an engineer checked the Town Hall Building to see if it was structurally sound, his conclusion after finding adobe brick as part of the southwest foundation, that the building was not stable.
In 'John Henry Barkers letter of Oct 18 1874 to his sister Jenny in England, he mentioned that he lived about 50 steps from our door to the rock school house, and right in front, the street in between. It is not quite finished on the outside but we are using it. Church was also held there every Sunday until the church house was built. The building was 40 x 25, and we expect to have some good dances there this winter.' Therefore that adobe brick has been holding up the south end of the town building since 1873, withstanding two earthquakes.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Wonder what your donations and the towns support has accomplished this last physical year from July 1st 2007 to June 30 2008?
The library had:
6,205 children visited the library.
3,634 adults visited the library.
The library checked out:
12,191 books.
1,082 Audio/CDs.
763 Videos.
We had 3,940 people used the internet and 4,231 used computers.
782 children attended Story Hour.
996 children entered our reading programs.Librarians answered 4,582 questions

Friday, September 19, 2008


Library /Literacy
We would like to thank Sarah Rigby for the great work she does with our summer reading program. Listed below are the stats for 2007 and 2008. Children do so much better in school if they read during the summer. Thanks to all who helped with this project.
2007 –– 91 Children signed up, 38 completed
2008 –– 104 Children signed up, 81 completed
2007 –– Opening party had 88 kids and 28 Adults
2008 –– Opening party had 94 kids and 20 Adults
2007 –– Closing party had 29 kids and 9 Adults
2008 –– Closing party had 70 kids and 15 Adults
2007 –– 12 Teens participated with around 50 or 60 slips
2008 –– 12 Teens participated with 83 slips turned in

Saturday, September 13, 2008


County wide library system.
We have the opportunity to participate in a county wide library system. I urge you to let our town board know what a great thing this would be for our children and patrons. Image being able to go into any library in the county and choosing any book, audio, or DVD’s, or ordering the item online at home or from the Newton Library . Within 2 days the item would be delivered to the Newton Library for you to pick up.
Just think what a resource this is for our school children. Because we have a library to contribute to the county system our taxes will not increase like the county ‘s does. The county would go after grants for us, do the cataloguing, write the many state reports that take up so much time; Golly the librarian would have the opportunity to be a librarian. This opportunity is not likely to happen again in the foreseeable future.
Money that is donated by people in the community, the resources that are bought with this money will stay in our library.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


The State Library is providing a new resource called OverDrive that is free for everyone to use. The link for this is on the state library's website . Overdrive provides downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, and videos that can be checked out for up to two weeks, three for ebooks. The audiobooks can be played on your computer or on a number of MP3 players, some can even be burned to CD's. There are new releases, children's, mystery, romance, and nonfiction to name a few that are available, the state tried to purchase a diverse collection. Call or stop by the library for more information and to get your log in information. The state is still providing NetLibrary for audiobooks and ebooks. The link for both is on

Friday, July 25, 2008


Just a reminder that our Bug Photo Contest ends this Thursday the 31st, so make sure you bring in your bug photo's and enter them in the contest. Anyone between Preschool to 12th grade can enter.Summer Reading is coming to a close. Remember to bring in your reading sheets to the library by Aug. 5 and get one last little prize. Our Closing Party will by Aug. 6 at 10:00 am, so mark your calendars and come to the park. Everyone will be able to take home their free book, and some great prizes.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Do you have what it takes to become a citizen?
Here some of the questions often asked when applying for
citizenship. How many can you answer?
1. How many stripes are there on the U.S. flag?
2. Who is the chief justice of the Supreme Court today?
3. In what year was the Constitution written?
4. What is guaranteed by the First Amendment?
5. How many Supreme Court justices are there?
7. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
8. What are the 13 original states?
9. Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death"? Come to the library to find answers. WE JUST RECEIVED ““WE THE PEOPLE BOOKSHELF. There are BOOKs, DVD’s, CD’s about being “CREATED EQUAL” in this bookshelf. Just in time for the 4th of July


Catch the Reading Bug! Come sign up for our summer reading program anytime the library is open. Anyone under 18 will get to pick a book that they will be able to take home at the end of our program by reading this summer. Summer storytime starts this Thursday the 19th at 10:30.The Library is having a contest to Create a Bug, stop by and pick up the rules and have the bugs turned in by June 30.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Summer Reading is finally here! Catch the Reading Bug and Metamorphosis @ the library, are our themes this year. What do the words butterflies, honeybees, grasshoppers and fireflies have in common? They refer to bugs, and each is a _______ word. Visit the library and check out some interesting books. Look for compound words in your summer reading. Get ready and join us for our kick-off party on Tuesday, June 10 at 10:00 at the park.

Friday, May 2, 2008


Picture of the Newton Rock School built in 1873 with an 1892 addition.
In 1871 Franlin W Young buildt a good size log house in which the first school was taught by Elizabeth Annie Griffin.
In 1873 a new school house was built. It was 23 x42 feet/ erected on the east side of the public square.The people taxed themselves 3 percent for three years to raise means for its construction..
The library has records of the school in Newton from 1875 including 1886 , Also 1891/1892. These are great genalogy tools as they list students and parents for this peiod of time. We have one copy that can be checked out .
From some notes: The Newton School was "to begin and close at the pleasure of the trustees."and teachers signed contracts without knowing how long the school was to be run. The minutes of March 19, 1897, state that the, "Nest question how long shal the prymary School be kept up it was agree to keep it up as long as there are puble anough for 2 Schooles and mony will hol out"
Late in 1896 the two teachers were each given about the equivalent of two months, salary because, as the record reads,
they were"in need of som paiment "

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Poem by Helen Parsons

Don’t steal this book my honest lad,
For fifte cents it cost my dad,
And when you die the Lord will say,
Who stold that book away,
And you will say, I do not no,
And he will cast you down below,

By Helen Parsons, she wrote this poem in one of her grammar books while going to the Newton Elementary School bewteen 1876-1880
Helens family was one of the early families in Newton.

Saturday, April 19, 2008


WE JUST RECEIVED THE FOOLOWING BOOKS DUE TO A GRANT FROM “WE THE PEOPLE BOOKSHELF called CREATED EQUAL” Please thank your congressmen for supporting this program·
Joseph,Nez Percé Chief 1840-1904.·
The ugly duckling /Hans Christian Andersen·
Saturnalia / Paul Fleischman·
Pink and Say /$cPatricia Polacco.·
Flores para Algernon, Daniel Keyes (In English also)·
Saturnalia /Paul Fleischman.·
Amistad /David Pesci.·
Lincoln : photobiography /Russell Freedman.·
Elijah of Buxton /Christopher Paul Curtis.·
Abigail Adams :witness to a revolution /Natalie S. Bober.·
Breaking through /Francisco Jiménez (also in Spanish)·
Lyddie /Katherine Paterson. ( also in Spanish)·
The Gettysburg address / Abraham Lincoln ; illustrated by Michael McCurdy ; foreword by Garry Wills.·
Abraham Lincoln, the writer : treasury of his greatest speeches ·
Many thousand gone :African Americans from slavery to freedom / Virginia Hamilton ; illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon.·
Freedom walkers :the story of the Montgomery bus boycott /Russell Freedman·
Give me liberty! :the story of the Declaration of Independence / Russell Freedman.
We also received as part of this collection do two DVD about President Lincoln and two CD ROMS about Lincoln. CD ROMS have pictures and articles that can be copied. A Great school resource.

Love Your Library” During National Library Week

What has more cardholders than VISA, more outlets than McDonald’s and
moves more items daily than FED EX? Your local library! Let’s face
it reading is HOT!
Libraries are a real bargain - every dollar invested in Utah’s
libraries generates economic returns and provides numerous resources for
Utah residents including access to the Internet for many citizens who do
not own computers.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


The Newton Daughters of the Utah Pioneers thank you for the support given to our can collecting. We have purchased a 4 Volume set of History books for the Newton Library, with part of the money. They are called "Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude". The books are now in the Library. There are 3575 pages of Histories and pictures of Pioneer Women in these books. Sometime when you are in the Library (or make a special trip) look at these books, they might contain some of your own family histories. We hope they will be used and of value to our Newton town members. We would appreciate your continued support of our can collecting. Please know that if you would like to join the DUP, we would love to have you with us. Thanks again. Jens Peter Benson Camp of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


1. Western Fan’s thanks to donations we have 121, L’Amour, Louis, books plus many other good western books.

2. Hey you “HANK THE COWDOG” Fans we have the complete set of these books.

3. We also just acquired Angie Sages Septimus Heap Trilogy.

4. Adventure fans check out “Thunder below”

5. Every parent and teacher who has teenagers should read “Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult.

My current reading is “Andrew Greeley’s books. I have learned a lot about the Catholic Church while reading them. Cleo

Saturday, March 22, 2008


Linda teaches a workshop that helps others to put their family history into a variety of interesting stories. The importance of family legacy can never be over emphasized. Do your children know their heritage? Who are your ancestors? What were their traditions? What did they celebrate? What religion were they? What beliefs did they have? Did they fight for a cause and what was it about? Each of us has a story from our ancestors or even our very own story to tell. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their ancestry, of their parentage, or even family traditions of the past? It's up to us to write these experiences down. Conflict is part of our lives and makes for an interesting story. The secret of holding a reader is using emotion; it's the difference between a slow or a lively recounting of a story.
For a sample of what you can do with your family histories, read short stories one, three and four on my site.
Turn your family history into a variety of interesting stories or write your own story. Make your ancestors come alive on paper. Learn the most important elements of writing. Discuss setup, characters, plot, the importance of conflict and emotion. Conflict is part of our lives and makes for an interesting story. The secret of holding a reader is using emotion; it's the difference between a dull or a lively recounting of a story. Make your family legacy something your children will remember.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Special Collections
Sister Jensen ---Midwife, Nurse, and Saint
In 1891 Bishop Hans Funk called Sister Jensen go to Salt Lake City to study obstetrics and nursing in the church school there. The Bishop and Relief Society President Martha Beck both expressed deep conviction that she was the one to do this needed to do this position in the ward. The 37 year old mother of 6 children was reluctant to leave her family, but after fasting and praying she decided to go. She left home on Oct. 1, 1891, and began her studies immediately. She graduated on Apr. 29. 1892, and all the graduates were given a blessing sealing the calling they had heeded. Heber J Grant and Abraham H. Cannon with the latter being mouth, gave Sister Jensen her Blessing. Her daughter wrote “mother attended over 1000 confinement’s cases and only lost one. She nursed almost every disease that can be mentioned and afflicted day after day and night after night and never brought a contagious disease home to her family.
Her daughter reported that her mother never saw the distance to far, the road too muddy, or the wind to cold, or the pay to small, for her to leave her nice warm bed and go out to help those who needed her. She assisted the living and helped lay out the dead. Payment when made was often produce, but if in money the price for delivering a baby was generally five dollars. ‘Taken in part from Larry Christiansen’s notes. The life of Elmelia Maria Petersen Jensen by Olga Hansen and Maybelle Pike ‘
My mother-in-law Alice Anderson Griffin told me that Sister Jensen attended her son Harlow’s birth. Sister Jensen taught Harlow how to nurse and came every day for a week to take care of Alice and Harlow.

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Easter Egg Hunt Saturday 22 at 9:pm sharp. Any one wanting to contribute wrapped candy or money get it to Michelle Griffin by Thursday. We want to thank Michelle for continuing this Newton tradition


Wow vamos a enseñarle como decir el español!
Wow we are gong to teach you to speak Spanish!
Thanks to Kelli Myers efforts we got an LSTA grant from the State Library Division to buy two Lap Tops Computers and the program Rossetta Stone. We will be offering this resource to teach Spanish to our patrons in the near future. Please let the library know if you are interested



Your Name

Your City Newton Town

Please provide your thoughts on the following four questions. Attach additional pages if necessary.

What would be the benefits of a countywide library system to you and the members of your city?

A countywide library, if it included all the libraries now in Cache County, would be of great benefit to our town's people and our surrounding area. Books could then be borrowed from any library in the county. However, a small town such as ours does not have the revenue to support such a plan.

One suggestion could be to use the Bookmobile as a courier service. Most of the libraries in the county now have their collections online and could be accessed via the internet. We are paying for the Bookmobile to go to most of the towns in the county at the present time. With gas prices as they are, and time restraints for parents, the closer a library is to patrons' homes, the better.

Under what conditions would you support a countywide library system?

We would support a county system as long as our library was under local control subject to county standards, and we had a local board with one member on the county board.
As mentioned above, money is our biggest problem. Therefore, to support a county library system, it would have to be affordable as we do not have a large tax base or business revenue.

Two more questions on the other side of this sheet.)

What are your major concerns about a countywide library system?

Control and finances probably have been the biggest concerns whenever this subject has been brought up in the past. We Utah'ns seem to think bigger is better. If you visit other states, you will find small libraries in each small town. Children can ride their bikes to the library and the libraries have their own historic flavor. Small libraries act as a social outlet for the people they serve.

Newton Town Library sponsored activities.

· A library birthday party is held the first week of May: at this party we have a reader’s theater and kick off our summer reading program. (Note we have over 100 children signed up for our
reading program this year.{ 2006})

· Library Preschool closing party the last Thursday in May for our younger children. This program runs from September to May. Not only does this provide a reading program for the 0-5 year olds but is a social gathering for young mothers. In the summer time this same group meets to have picnics in the park and check out

· 300 Emergent literacy brochures were delivered locally and to surrounding towns. This brochure teaches parents how to prepare their children for school by providing six pre reading skills.

· There are three book clubs in Newton; one has been in existence since 1928. This book club gave the library $50 in 1999 and this is what we opened the Library with.

· Closing party for summer reading program in August. Awards for readers who have met there goal and a Watermelon Bust.

· Santa at the library in December. 216 visited Santa in 2006.

· We cooperate with the local schools and provide Accelerated reading books by reading level for our school children.

During the physical year of 2006/2007 we had 5778 children, 3426 adults visit our library. They checked out 10,280 books, we have 7 computers hooked to Comcast that our customers can use and they used this resource 3,655 times. We have filtered wireless network that is available 24/7 . Six Hundred sixty two volunteer hours were donated to help the library. Our major concern is that we can continue to provide this serve to our patrons locally.

What else would you like share with us regarding libraries?

The Newton Town Library serves as an information, reference, and recreational center for the northwest side of Cache Valley. It is the only library on the West side of the Valley. The library is open to everyone, although the library is supported and funded through Newton Town. Library services have been extended to surrounding communities in an attempt to provide additional services.

We would be happy to make the resources of our library available to the county. Our library resources are online and are in a Marc format, which could be merged to a countywide database. The State Library Division is now looking into several free services used by other states to accomplish such a goal. Our website address is you can check our 26,000 collection on this site. We also provide a Blog to keep customers informed and a way to them respond to our programs. The Blog address is

We have a book drop at our library that could be used for this side of the valley to deposit books in. The courier could pick them up when he/she makes their rounds. He/she could also bring books ordered from other libraries by people in our area. We could then notify patrons of the delivery.

The Library has a Special Collection that contains many local histories and over 300 school and home photos, many historic. We have a grant to catalog this collection and to put the pictures on line; they can be accessed through our web site.

Thursday, March 6, 2008


Library Hours;
MON. 3 -7
TUES.& WED. 3-6
THURS 10-1 & 3-7
-Story Hour 10:30 Thursday everyone invited.
SAT 12-4 Closed on Holidays
library site;


Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Computer must have a wireless network interface. Right click on wireless connection in system tray, select view available wireless networks. Find wireless entry labeled NewtonLibrary

Thursday, February 28, 2008


We are featuring a places where our town citizens are residing temporarily, serving on missions, in the Armed Forces or going to school. The first place we are featuring is South Africa. If you have any information about this country that we can display please let us borrow it for two months. Both Margot and Vernon Summers and Jordan Walquist are now in Johannesburg South Africa.

Newton Town Library goes Wireless

Newton Library goes Wireless. The library now has wireless Internet connection. You may use it at anytime with your lap top. However it works best inside the building due to metal lathe in the walls of the building. We have port you can plug your lap top into when the library is open, or you may sit in the adult section of the library and use your lap top. The wireless connection will be available 24/7 out side the building.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


1869 TO 1947
By Ralph Jones
Clarkston, Cache County, Utah, is located about seven miles northwest of Newton. The location of Clarkston on a some what east north slope, and in the path of west and north winds, seems to be favorable for a cool climate and deep snows in the winter and a rather late Spring. The pioneers of Clarkston noticed that the land two miles east and approximately four miles south, was always clear of snow earlier in the spring, and that on some of the bench lands east of the present town of Newton, grass for feeding animals was available two and three weeks earlier, in the Spring, than it was in Clarkston.
In 1869 some of the settlers of Clarkston moved to a brushless grassy flat five miles southeast and called it New Town. Naturally, after the move there was a division among the people over the use of the water in the Clarkston Creek. Those who had moved insisted that the new location be Clarkston, while those who remained at Clarkston insisted that the original place remain as Clarkston. The controversy became so intense that President Brigham Young was asked to come and settle the difficulty.
In 1870 President Young held meetings in both places and decided that those who desired to remain at Clarkston do so and that those who desired to remain at the New Town do so and it receive a new name. This settled the controversy and the New Town was named Newton for short.
The people who remained at Clarkston and those who moved to Newton retained their water rights in the Clarkston Creek. The people living in Newton only had one fourth interest in the Clarkston Creek. After the water interests in the creek at Clarkston were used it did not heave much for Newton as it was a long distance for such a small stream and their was considerable loss in evaporation and seepage especially in dry years.
There was always a serious shortage of water in Newton until they constructed a dam to make a storage basin. The year 1870 was a dry and trying year for the people of Newton. The small amount of water in the Clarkston Creek sank out of sight before it reached Newton. There were no crops or gardens. The people became discouraged and some threatened to move away.
The following related incident shows to what extremes the people were put to obtain a living. In the fall of 1870 there was little if any seed wheat for the next season. Bishop William F. Rigby, John Jenkins and John Christensen arranged to borrow 600 bushels of wheat from James Quayle of Logan. They gave a mortgage on the land south of town known as the south field. The interest was on peck of wheat on the bushel. It took three or four years to pay back this wheat with the interest. These men did a real service for the community in getting seed wheat and wheat for flour to met urgent necessities.
More irrigation water was an absolute necessity. President Brigham Young had recommended a site for a reservoir east of Clarkston and North of Newton on the Clarkston Creek. A public meeting was held in March 1871, at which the settlers voted to build a reservoir. It was necessary to place a dam across the hollow in which the Clarkston Creek flowed toward Newton.
The committee for studying and looking after the construction of the dam was composed of Bishop William F. Rigby, Franklin W. Young, Stephen Catt, Swen Jacobsen and John Jenkins. There were some skeptics who said the dam would not amount to much. Generally, however, the people went to work with a strong determination to succeed. It took much hard labor with limited equipment.
Work was continued on the dam every year for a number of years. During the first few years of construction, the dam broke two or three times and let all of the water our. It left the people without sufficient irrigation water and the crops were light. The wheat was shrunk. People had to depend on the reserves, when such existed. Some had to go away to work. Some became discouraged and moved away never to return.
At this point it might be well to give a few more specific facts, to show how the development of such a pioneer project required persistence, patience and toil.
The Clarkston Irrigation District was organized December 8, 1847. In the previous years, 1870-’71-’72 and ‘73 committees had been appointed, sites chosen and work commenced on a dam.
After construction of the dam considerable difficulty was experienced in preventing the dam from washing on the water side of the dam. To prevent this part of the surface was riprapped with rock. The best success, however, was obtained by nailing slabs four feet long vertically on a one-pole fence. The lower end of the slabs was in the mud and water.
The dam washed out in 1877 but was repaired in 1880. During a thaw, when the dam was threatened, a ditch was dug over the natural site, where a grass sod seemed favorable to prevent washing. This was not strong enough however and the dam washed out again.
After the dam had been repaired it became known as the "Little Dam" and the original dam on the east was called the "Big Dam". The small dam was enlarged in 1884.
In the Spring of 1888, a plank on the upper end of the flume went out. It could not be stopped as it was a very large flume. Tons of sacked dirt was lowered into the whirlpool bansed, but with no effect in stopping the break and washing.
In 1890 the company was incorporated at $10,000 with an equal number of shares at par value of $1.00. Officers were Peter Larsen, president; John Griffin, vice president; William L. Jensen, secretary; Amos Clarke, treasurer, and James Parsons.
The same year, 1890, another reservoir was begun about a mile below in the creek at what is known as the Funk Site. A natural dam crossed the main part of the creek on the east, and a great amount of dirt was filled in on the west side of the site. After inspecting the dam in 1892, Dr. Fortier, and engineer from the U.S.A.C., and his pupil, T.H. Humphreys, suggested raising the original dam. In 1897 the dam was raised to hold three more feet of water. A spillway was also built but proved unserviceable.
As years went by other improvements were made; difficulties and troubles encounter and met; other sites were surveyed. During these years the people of Newton became conscious of the fact that water was of paramount importance in future development of the community, and that steps must be taken to make more permanent the facilities of storage and distribution of irrigation water. The people gradually came to realize that one of the most valuable natural resources was, to a large degree, being allowed to go down the river each year because of inadequate storage facilities to impound early spring run-off.
To show how long a period this "Water Consciousness was in the making; and what efforts were put forth from time to time; and the final results of persistent and cooperative effort, the following brief notes are given, taken from minutes of Newton Irrigation Co., books.
JANUARY 28, 1903 Meeting with Clarkston Irrigation Board on problem of sharing of water flow of the Clarkston Creel.
Meetings at this time were begun with prayer.
Meeting was held in the Newton Tithing Office
Newton talked arbitration, Clarkston did not want arbitration.
Establishment of definite rights by law seemed to be the prevailing sentiment of both boards.
That the problem of water rights, storage, use etc. was of paramount importance to these early pioneers is clearly shown by the minute book. From January 5th 1903 to November 9th 1903, sixteen meetings were held. And this continues to a greater or less degree down thru the years.
MARCH 17, 1904, "Mr. Martineau was instructed to consult an engineer in regard to the size and kind of flume and valve that would be most serviceable to put in the Reservoir this fall."
NOVEMBER 13, 1905, "Moved and carried that the Pres. & Sec. be authorized to sign the agreement for the division of water with Clarkston, as drawn up by the attorneys for both companies."
Sample of Notice of Assessment 1904.
( The following is a clipping from a newspaper)
The Newton Irrigation Company, Principal
Place of business, Newton, Utah.
Notice is hereby given that at a meeting of the
Board of Directors held on the 20th day of
September, 1904, an assessment of then (10) cents
per share was levied on the capital stock of
the corporation, payable on or before the 31st
Day of October 1904. To the Secretary and
Treasurer of the corporation at his residence
in Newton, Utah. Any stock upon which the
assessment may remain unpaid on the said
31st day of October 1904, will be delinquent and
advertised for sale at public auction, and un-
less payment is made before, will be sold on
the 21st day of November, 1904, at 2 o’clock
p.m. at the office of the Secretary and Treasurer,
Newton, Utah, to pay the delinquent assess-
ment, together with the cost of advertising
and expenses of sale.
W. R. Ballard,
Newton, Utah
November 14, 1910, "A resolution by John Larsen authorizing the directors to engage a competent engineer to survey sites and make estimates for the enlargement of the reservoir.
NOVEMBER 23, 1910, At a meeting of the stockholders stock was voted on the John Larsen motion of November 14, 1910 to hire an engineer to investigate enlargement of reservoir. 1950 shares of stock voted in favor of motion. 220 shares of stock voted against the motion.
NOVEMBER 8, 1913, Due to increased demand for more water year by year, the Newton Irrigation Company tried to hold as much water in the reservoir as possible and just as late in the season as possible. This caused some friction between the Newton Water users, and those people of Clarkston who owned land surrounding the reservoir, because the high water line tended to cover land farmed by the owners. To lower the level of the reservoir, some of the land owners often pulled the boards out of the spill-way, allowing more water to escape than the Newton people thought was needed to maintain the water at the right level. As a result of this constant friction each year, and because no permanent high water line markers had been established, the Newton Irrigation Board voted on November 8, 1913, to locate a permanent high water line all around the reservoir and mark the same with concrete posts. Surveyor T. H. Humphreys of Logan was engaged to make the survey and establish the high water line points.
NOVEMBER 23, 1914, The annual meeting of the Stockholders was held in the School House. Two questions receiving attention were (1) "Shall we hire a man to devote all his time to head-water master’s work?" "Many favored it." And another question of growing importance, (2) "how shall "flood waters" be divided among stock holders, and what policy shall be followed with respect to "flood-water" rights after the flood season?" It was decided that anyone not using their turn during the flood season, could not demand "flood eater" rights after the flood season had passed, and the reservoir high water line began to go below what had been permanently established.
NOVEMBER 13, 1916. At the annual meeting, a Stockholder Mariuc J. Benson "Spoke on the question of building a New Reservoir. On motion the Board was authorized to have surveys made and an estimate of costs."
NOVEMBER 12, 1917. Same motion as above was made and carried at the annual meeting of that year.

FEBRUARY 3, 1919. At annual meeting of the Stockholders, a report from surveyor T.H. Humphreys was read, the following paragraph is taken from his report:
"For the purpose of this report the possibilities of increasing your water supply will be considered under three heads as follows:
No.1 Raising the existing dams.
No.2 Constructing a dam on Newton Creek about 800 feet above the old Funk site.
No.3 Constructing a dam on Newton Creek at the Hyrum Clarke Site, which is situated near the Southeast Corner of Section 5, Township 13 North Range 1, West."
Mr. Humphreys also suggested pumping water out of the West Cache Canal. This was later done for the South field area. This would not have been good policy for since 1919, West Cache has been taxed to its limit to supply water for land already under that canal.
Mr. Humphreys estimated, that to construct a dam as per his No. 3 proposal, would cost $160,000.00 or about $80.00 per acre irrigated.
NOVEMBER 10, 1919.At annual meeting of Stockholders, a report from surveyor T.H. Humphreys was read. This report dealt with suggested plans for increasing the water supply by pumping water from the West Cache Canal or from Bear River near the head of the Bear River Canyon.
Estimated Costs "The entire cost of pump, canals etc. to put the water into your canals as outlined would be $ 40,000.00 and the yearly maintenance including power $12,000.00. This on a basis of 32,000 acres (I think the report should read 3200 acres) is a construction cost of $12.50 per acre, and a maintenance cost of
$3.75 per acre per year. To these of course would have to be added the cost of West Cache Stock, and maintenance which would perhaps double both."
JANUARY 3, 1921. A committe appointed from the Stockholders of the Newton Irrigation Company reported on possibilities of securing water from the West Cache Canal.
NOVEMBER 14, 1921. At annual meeting of Stockholders, after hearing committee reports and surveyors reports and estimates, it was decided to drop the matter of building a pumping plant at what is known as the "Haws Point" for the pumping of water from the West Cache Canal.
AUGEST 06, 1936 Water rights between Clarkston and Newton defined in the Thompson-Godfrey vs. Newton-Clarkston Irrigation Co’s., case tried under Judge Melvin C. Harris.
AUGUST 6, 1934. Newton Irrigation Board met with Jesse B. Barker, a land owner, on who’s property is had been suggest an Artesian well be sunk. It was decided to engage the services of Attorney Earnest Young, to draw up a contact regarding the digging of the proposed artesian well, with funds that had been appropriated by the U.S. Government thru the Emergency Drought Relief Act. The amount appropriated was $420 and the purpose of digging the well was to supplement the Newton Irrigation System water supply.
JULY 15, 1936, A Stockholders meeting held for the purpose of considering the building of a new Reservoir. It was moved and seconded that the Board get all the information possible on prices, amount of water, cost per acre, method of financing, etc, and call another meeting later to make a report on findings.
AUGUST 27, 1936, Estimate of cost of building a dam. at the Hyrum Clarke site had been mailed to all families in Newton Town and to Stockholders, in Irrigation Company. Twenty Six persons were present at the meeting. Estimated cost given in rough figures amounted to $192,534.45.
DECEMBER 9, 1936, Annual meeting, 30 members present. Discussed problems pertaining to a new Reservoir. Clarkston had asked to buy a spring known as Little Birch Creek Spring for culinary water supply. Newton refused to sell her share in the Spring but was welling that Clarkston pipe the entire flow of the Spring to their catch basin at which point Newton would pipe its share into the Newton Culinary water system located South of Clarkston. This was agreed to by both communities and Irrigation companies and has since been completed.
At this meeting it was moved and carried that a committee be appointed, composed of two members from the Irrigation Company and three members from the Newton Town, to be known as the "New Reservoir Committee."
The members appointed were:
M.R. Cooley, Jr. Town Member
J.J.Larsen Board Sec & Treas.
Jesse B. Barker Town Member
Royden Benson Board Member to Town
Alphonzo Christensen Board Member
JANUARY 19, 1938, Irrigation Board Meeting held to discuss town applications of Trenton Town for water belonging to Newton and Clarkston Irrigation Companies. The President and Secretary were instructed to enter protest with the State Engineer against the granting of these applications.
Trenton had, up to this time,. Never had a culinary water system. The waters to the West of Trenton and included in the Clarkston-Newton drainage basin were best suited for Trenton’s need for culinary water. Before and after the above mentioned date, considers time, effort, and expense, was used up in coming to agreeable settlements, protecting water rights, etc. In the end Trenton secured her water system. But it crystallized the thought, in Newton especially, that she must safe-guard her water interests for the future.
OCTOBER 29, 1938, New Reservoir Committee meeting held in school house. Mr. Quate and Mr. Maughan of the Soil Conservation, and Mr. Welch of the Rehabilitation Office, were present to talk over the problem of building a small reservoir for Newton. They were only able to offer $50,000.00 as a loan, at 3% interest payable in 20 yrs. This was considered too small for the needs of the Newton project.
JULY 30, 1940, Stockholders meeting to discuss the building of a New Reservoir and what to do with the stock in the old reservoir. Main Points of discussion were:
1. If Newton does not act now some other community, possibly Richmond would be placed ahead of Newton.
2. What should be done with Old Water Stock. Mr. J.J. Larsen moved we sell our 10,000 shares for $20,000. Some stockholders expressed refusel to sell, others felt $2.00 per share was too small. Motion was not seconded and was declared dead.
3. Jesse B. Barker moved that we vote to see if we wanted to go ahead with New Reservoir. Motion was not Seconded, became dead.
4. M.R.Cooley Jr. moved we set a meeting for August 5th, 1940 to see if old stockholders would sell their stock in favor of a New Reservoir. Motion Seconded and carried by Unamimous Vote.
August 5, 1940, Stockholders Meeting. 200 were in attendance. M.R. Cooley, Jr. moved that we agree to sell or transfer over stock in the old reservoir in favor of the New Reservoir, either in stock or money or what ever was necessary to go ahead with the New Reservoir. This motion was seconded by A.L. Dowdle. We voted by stock held. Results of voting:
1946 shares "NO"
6421 shares "YES"
Total of 8367 shares voted out of 10,000 shares held in the old reservoir.
SEPTEMBER 15, 1940, Board of Directors met and voted to send M.R. Cooley, Jr and D.R. Clarke to a special water meeting called by the Bureau of Reclamation at Great Falls, Montana.
At this reclamation congress, Mr. Cooley and Mr. Clarke met with commissioners Page and discussed with him our problem of a New Reservoir as a reclamation project.
OCTOBER 13, 1940, Motion that old stock be sold for $5.00 per share payable over a period of 40 years, was seconded and passed. No interest was to be charged over this period.
OCTOBER 17, 1940, Stockholders meeting. Word had been received that the President of the United States had signed the bill accepting the Newton Reservoir as the first project under the case - Wheeler Act.
On January 14, 1940, the corporate life of the Newton Irrigation Company lapsed, but the organization continued to function in the usual manner until May 1941, when the Newton Water Users’ Association was incorporated under articles which met the requirements of the United States for entering into a contract for the proposed Newton Project. Upon incorporation, the Newton Water Users’ Association took over the functions of the earlier organization.
The Newton Water Users’ Association was incorporated in May 1941 under the laws of the State of Utah, under articles providing for a corporate life of one hundred years and the issuance of 6,000 shares of stock. The association succeeded the Newton Irrigation Company, and by a quitclaim deed was legally granted all water rights and property formerly owned by the Newton Irrigation Company.
Thus ended a period of irrigation development extending over a period of 71 years. During this time the daily relationship of men with men in solving practical problems has in laying and forming a back ground upon which the present and future generations should advance to better living and understanding.
(Salt Lake Tribune August 17, 1941)
Newton Water Users Sign
$700,000 Dam Contract
Engineers Plan to Start Construction
on Cache Valley Project Within 10
Day, Completing Earth Job by 1943.
Tribune Intermountain Wire
Logan - Work will begin within 10 day on a $700,000 rock
and earth-fill dam near Newton in Cache Valley, I. Donald Jerman
engineer in charge of construction, announced Saturday following
signing by officials of Newton Water Users’ association of a
$350,000 payment contract with the bureau of reclamation
The project is slated for completion in 1943.
Signing the contract were M.R. Cooley Jr., president, and J.J. Larsen, secretary, for the water users’ association, in the presence of J. Stewart McMasters of Sale Lake City, assistant district counsel of the bureau of reclamation; L.R. Douglas of the Denver office of the bureau of reclamation; Melvin C. Harris, Logan attorney, and Mr. Jerman.
Ratification of the board’s action by water users is expected at a meeting to be held August 29 at Newton L D S chapel.
Asks W P A Labor
Simultaneously, Mr. Jerman Saturday announced dispatch of a request in behalf of the bureau of reclamation to Darrel J. Greenwell. W P A administrator in charge of the Sale Lake office, seeking W P A labor for the project. Between 125 and 135 men will be employed.
Repayment of 350,000, amount of the project reimbursable to the federal government, will be spread over a period of 40 years by assessments on water stock subscribed to by users.
Under the contract, users of water on farm land in the Newton area and possibly some in the Clarkston area, will subscribe to approximately three acre feet of water per season for each acre of land. Owners of city lots will subscribe in four acre per season Mr. Larsen said.
Offers Natural Basin
The side lies approximately twomiles north of Newton in western Cache valley in Clarkston creek hallow which will serve as a natural basin for the reservoir. The dam will impound water for irrigation of 225 city lots in Newton, 1435 acres now under irrigation by neans of ditches from the old Newton irrigation district reservoir and through extensions which will be made possible by the new dam - a total of 2225 acres.
Under present arrangements for use of water from Clarkston creek, Newton district irrigators have access to the stream flow five day and Clarkston 15 days of each 20 day period during the irrigation season.
By impounding winter and spring runoff water in the new dam for summer use, the Newton users’ may sell their entire share of the summer stream flow to the upstream users. Mr. Larsen explained.
Estimated cost of the project includes $350,000 in the repayment contract, which will provide machinery and materials, and about $350,000 in labor, furnished by the W P. A as a make-work project, he said. Under terms of the Case-Wheeler act, civil service and bureau of reclamation officials will have direct supervision.
Location of the dam at the site elected, known as the Cooley site, will result in an appreciable saving of water ordinarily lost by seepage. Topographical conditions enable storage of the desired 5200 acre feet of water with a minimum of water surface exposed to reservoir banks and atmosphere, it was indicated.
Get Approval
Presidential approval of the Newton project on October 17, 1940, made it the first to be authorized under terms of the Cass-Wheeler act, as approved by congress August 11, 1939, and amended October 14, 1940. It will replace the present Newton irrigation district reservoir, which was constructed 60 years ago and which is said to be the first artificial reservoir in the United States to have been constructed for storage or irrigation water.
Stripping of foundations and ---------------of the dam and building of a laboratory and shop building will be first work done on the project. Construction of a concrete outlet conduit should begin during the fall or possibly during winter months Mr. Jerman said.

(Salt Lake Tribune September 3, 1941
Ceremony Today Marks
State of $700,000 Dam
New Reclamation Project Takes
Place of Works Constructed
in ‘71; Gov. Maw, Others to Speck
Tribune Intermountain Wire
Logan ---Clarkston Creek Hollow, in which America’s first
irrigation dam was located in 1871, will be the scene of another
major event in reclamation history Wednesday afternoon, when
construction work on the $700,000 Newton dam, first reclamation
project to be approved under terms of the Case-Wheeler act,
will be started.
Speakers who have accepted invitations to offer brief remarks in ceremonies at the dam site Wednesday at 2 p.m. are Governor Herbert B Maw, Darrell J. Greenwell, state administrator of W.P.A, which will provide labor for the project; E.G. Nielsen engineer of the federal bureau of reclamation; T.M. Humpherys, state director of the public work reserve and former state engineer, and O.J. Wheatley, economist with the Denver office of farm security administration.
Granger May Attend.
Congressman Walter K. Granger has indicated that he will be present unless he should be called out of the state on urgent business. Communications also have been received from other members of the Utah congressional delegation. Saul E. Hyer of Lewiston, chairman of Cache county planning committee, will pronounce the dedicatory prayer. Musical selections will be by North Cache high school ban.
Ceremonies are planned by the irrigation committee of Logan chamber of commerce, headed by Frederick P. Champ, and a committee of Newton leaders, headed by M.R. Cooley Jr., president of Newton Water Users’ association.
After conferring with Mr. Cooley, Mr. Champ indicated Tuesday that all arrangements for Ground breaking ceremonies are complete, including facilities and equipment at the site and parking and traffic arrangements.
Head Water Group
Officers of Newton Water Users’ association, which is cooperating with the government in construction of the reservoir, are Mr. Cooley, president; N.Royden
Benson, vice president; J.J. Larsen, secretary; Stanley Griffin, treasurer; Alphonzo Christensen and Thomas E. Griffin, directors and E.R. Clark, director and president of the old Newton Irrigation company, which is merging into the project. These men Mayor R.C. Jones, Roland Griffin, Walter Cooley and J.B. Barker, formed the original committee which investigated and initiated the project.
The new reservoir will supplement the histories Newton irrigation district reservoir, which is still in use after 60 years. It will impound 5200 acre feet of water for irrigation of 225 Newton city lots, 1435 acres now being irrigated with water from the old reservoir, and 565 acres which will be placed under irrigation through extensions from the new reservoir.

(Thursday morning September 4, 1941)
Formal Ceremonies Launch
Newton Dam Construction
Governor and State Leaders
In Both Reclamation and
Agriculture Attend Despite Rain
Tribune Intermountain Wire
Newton - Cache County - Construction work on Newton
dam, first of the small reclamation projects to be made possible
by the Case-Wheeler act, was initiated Wednesday afternoon with
ceremonies as scheduled despite a steady downpour of rain.
Governor Herbert B. Maw and a host of reclamation and agricultural leaders of Utah braved the chilling rain to witness the formal opening of construction and participated in brief ceremonies.
"It is fitting that this project should be carried out by the descendants of those pioneers who introduced reclamation to the western United States," Governor Maw declared.
It was pointed our that the old Newton irrigation district dam, also in Clarkston Creek hollow, was started more than 60 years ago as the first irrigation dam in the United States. The old dam is still standing and its use will be supplemented by the new $700,000 project.
Will Seek More Projects
Ora Bundy, vice president of the National Reclamation association and member of the governor’s new commission for publicity and industrial development, declared "in this work the National Reclamation association has taken the lead, particularly in bringing about the Case-Wheeler act."
He assured the scores of spectators that efforts of the new commission will be devoted, in part, to bringing more such projects to Utah.
Saul E. Hyer, chairman of Cache county planning committee, pronounced the dedicatory prayer and dedicated the work which has been and which will be done "to the divine purpose of promoting life."
History Recalled
M.R. Cooley Jr., president of Newton Water Users’ association, which was organized to negotiate with federal agencies in building the dam, asserted that the pioneers of Newton built the first dam. in 1870, and for the past 60 years they have continually worked and planned for new reservoirs and new reclamation projects to bring farm land under cultivation.
T.H. Humpherys, former state engineer and director of federal public works reserve in Utah, who conducted the first surveys for the Newton Project more than 20 years ago, said "Since the drouth of 1934, the greatest we have known in our time, we have attempted a study to prevent its repetition. We now have 20 such projects which can be built and there is money through which to do it." The Newton project was approved through persistent effort, he declared.
William Peterson, vice chairman of the former Utah water storage commission declared, "we started this irrigation business in Utah when we started settlement, but we haven’t been making much progress in the 90 years since. The greatest wealth and stability of our state lies in the wealth of our soil and water rights."
William R. Wallace, chairmen of the former water storage commission, said he regarded such projects as means of making people "live and enjoy life in their homes in the mountains."
E. G. Nielsen of Sale Lake City bureau of reclamation engineer, described physical features of the projected dam and reservoir, assuring his listeners that it will give them three times their present water supply.
Darrell J. Greenwell, Utah administrator of the W P A, which will provide labor for the project, said "since the W P A was organized, it has hoped to build a number of reservoirs in this area, but until the Case-Wheeler act came along, there was no sound method of financing them.
"Everyone in a community benefits from such a project. It is target that, in spite of the defense boom, more than 7000 Utahns who are able to work and do a good job are still unable to find work. Men who will construct this project will be over 40 years of age, ‘there is a cruel rule which forbids the firing of men over 40 in most industries."
Dr. O.J. Wheatley, economist with the Denver office of farm security administration and former extension economist for Utah State Agricultural college, reviewed the part played by the F S A in such projects.
Frederick P. Champ, chairman of the irrigation committee of ----gan chamber of commerce, and master of ceremonies.

(The Sale Lake Tribune, Sunday Morning, April 29, 1945)
WPB Okehs
Canals for
Utah Project
Washington, D.C. - Rep. Granger has been informed the war production board approved construction of high line canals on the Newton Irrigation project in Utah at a cost of $30,000.
The reclamation bureau says plans are complete and they are ready to proceed as soon as the president has given his approval.
This is one of the projects long held up by the W P B.
Newton Water Users Express Gratitude
Tribune Intermountain Wire
Newton, Cache County - Officials of the Newton Water Users’ assn. Expressed extreme gratitude Saturday that the was production board had approved construction of canals in connection with the Newton dam.
Marcus R Cooley, president of the board, pointed out that due to interruptions of the construction program by wartime conditions, the subscribers may "have been left with the dam full of water and no way of distributing it."
He said that it would have been practically impossible for the association to raise funds for construction of the canals.
"Although work probably will get under way at once on the town new canals, it is doubtful that they will be ready for use this year," He said, "A large quantity of water will be distributed through the old system, however."
Included in the project are construction of two new canals and renovation of another. It will involve about 10 to 12 miles of distribution system and will bring 2500 acres of land under a full water right for irrigation, he said.
Mr. Cooley praised the help of F.P. Champ, director of the U.S. chamber of Coerce, the newly formed Cache County Associated Civic Clubs unit, and the Logan chamber of commerce in securing release of the project.

(Salt Lake Tribune)
Ickes Requests
For Utah Units
Vast Reclamation,
Irrigation Work
Asked for Postwar
A postwar reclamation progress containing Utah projects totaling $181,472,000 was reported to the house irrigation and reclamation committee Thursday by Secy. Of Interior Harold L. Jokes, it was announced in an Associated Press report from Washington, D.C.
Two of the project listed - the Provo river and Scofield reservoir - are under construction. The other are in the proposed category and the reclamation bureau is making a study to determine their order of feasibility.
The projects follow:
Provo river (under construction) $9,000,000 to complete the Salt Lake Aqueduct, build Utah lake dike, complete Weber-Provo diversion canal and Ducheane tunnel, enlarge Provo reservoir canal, improve Jordan river cannel and build power plant at Deer creek reservoir.
Provo river extension (Under study) $10,000,000 for Rock creek diversion tunnel, Bates reservoir and other items.
Scofield - $500,000 to complete earth dam on Price river.
Gooseberry - $1,440,000 to rebuilt ---------dam drive two miles tunnel to Sanpete county and build canal from Fairfiew creek to lands around Mt. Pleasant.
Ogden river extension - $1,898,000 for raising Pine View Dam.
Weber Deits - $927,000 for drainage and pumping to reclaim water-logged lands around Hooper.
Santa Clara - $1,700,000 for earth dam on Santa Clara creek to provide supplemental storage for lands around St. George.
Hurricane - $9,700,000 for concrete dam on Virgin river, tunnels, canals and power plant. Project would furnish supplemental water to lands around Hurricane, Washington and St. George and water to new lands on the south side of the Virgin river valley.
Emery county - $2,500,000 for dam on Cotonwood creek in Joe’s valley above Orangeville. To furnish supplemental water to lands around Orangeville, Castle Dale and Huntington.
Jensen - $300,000 for a small dam on Brush creek at the Tyzak site to furnish supplemental water to lands around Jensen.
Vernal - $1,500,000 for storage dam on Stanakar draw and canals.
Moon Lake extension - $9,500,000 for new dams at Pelican lake, Halfway Hollow, Upaloo and Stillwater and other items.
Strawberry extension - $4,990,000 for earth dam and power plant on Diamond fork. Power to be used for exchange purposes in development of Bear river.
Uintah-Echo park unit - $46,000,000 for power and Colorado river control project on Green river.
Manilla - $1,462,000 to furnish supplemental water to lands near Lyman, Wyo.
South Cache - $2,200.,000 for dams at Porcupine site in East Fork and Hardware ranch on Blacksmith fork.
Cutler - $5,000,000 for raising Cutler dam to make possible up-stream development on Bear river.
Dewey - $41,000,000 for power dam (estimated generating capacity 75,000 kilowatts) and control dam on Colorado river.
Woodruff - $3,000,000 for dam on Bear river near Woodruff, a part of the Bear river project.
Bluff - $16,000,000 for flood and silt control dam on San Juan river.

On the Northwest corner of what is known is Newton as "The Public Square" is a monument erected by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
Daughters of Utah Pioneers
No. 18
(Emblem of Beehive)
Erected June 4, 1937
Newton Reservoir
Located three and one-half miles North of this maker the first
Storage reservoir in Utah was begun in 1871 and completed in
Enlarged form, in 1886, after going out three times. Length of
Dam, 127ft., height 28 feet, made of earth and rocks. Cost
$10,000. Reservoir length 1 ½ miles, Capacity 1566 acre feet, original building committee, Bishop William F. Rigby, Franklin
W. Young, Stephen Catt, Seven Jacobs, and John Jenkins. First
caretakers and water masters, John Griffin, A.P. Welshman and
Jonas M. Beck

William F. Rigby Comp. And John Jenkins Comp.
Today, 1947, a large percentage of the population of Newton are the descendants of the early builders of Newton. Many have had to leave and make their livelihood and homes else where, because the agriculture opportunities were limited. But the homes and farmsteads of Newton are not passing into the hands of strangers. Neither is there a great amount of breaking up of farms into smaller ones or concentration in large farms.
There has been little inter-marriage of families as might be expected in a small community, and --- as permanent in its nature as Newton is. Partners in marriage hail from Canada on the North to Mexico on the South and from California to Massachusetts, West and East.
I do not know just what affect the early day need for cooperation in building a reserve etc. has had upon the People of Newton. But it seems to me that they have learned the value of cooperative effort.
At any rate there are a number of cooperate enterprises to which most of the farmers of Newton belong and hold memberships in.
1. The Utah poultry Producers Cooperative Association, to which most of the poultry products of Newton are sold.
2. The Cache Valley Dairy Association, in which almost 100% of the dairy farmers have memberships
3. The West Cache Grain Growers, a cooperative formed by a group of grain growers in Newton and Clarkston. We own an elevator at Cache Junction with 85,000 bushel storage capacity. Dividends have been declared regularly on the earnings.
4. Pea and beet growers are, without exception, members of the growers association. Purpose of which is to secure better contracts, grading of products etc.
5. The South Field Pumping Company. Owns and maintains pumping facilities, canals ets., for pumping of water from the West Cache Canal to fields located South of Newton boundary line and extending South to the West Cache Canal. Many of our farmers also own stock in the West Cache Irrigation Company.
6. The Newton Water Users’ Association, about which I have written this paper.
7. Beside these there are a number of instances where groups of farmers have bought machinery cooperatively, and use it in like manner.
We feel that it is more economical for each man and certainly it lightens the load at harvest time where "many hands make light work."
Transcribed by Ann Herzog

Friday, February 22, 2008

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I (Cleo) am in the process of indexing the notes Larry Christiansen gave us that he acquired in writing his History of Newton. I don’t know when I have had more fun.
One such story as folows.
Holding the Horse’s Tail Run
Alma Benson was talking to an individual who owned an extremely fast horse. In the course of their conversation Alma bet the man that he could hold onto this fellow’s horse’s tail while it ran a block. The man huffed and puffed that that Alma could never do it as his horse was too fast for any person to keep to it. Alma insisted that he could do it and again offered the bet. Again with witnesses present the bet was made. The man went and brought his fast horse to the site to run, and more spectators gathered to see what was up. Alma asked the man to get off his horse and he did. Alma got on the horse, grabbed the horse’s tail and pulled it up to his shoulder, and then he dug in his heels onto the horse and galloped the animal for a block holding on to the horse’s tail all the way.
Afterward, the horse’s owner claimed foul and unfair, but the witnesses would have none of it. They declared the bet valid, on the up and up and fair beyond question, thus duly won by Alma Benson.
Interview with Alvin Christiansen March 1967 from a book given to us by Larry Christiansen which we are in the processing of indexing with hope of publishing

Newly catalogued additions to our Special Collections
One of the many pictures from the book by Milton Anderson “Cold Spring Farm”

This was donated to the library by Milton. Another valuable book that we had the opportunity to copy is the Minutes of the West Cache Growers from 1935 to 1992 which was located in Cache Junction. We want to thank Dan Douglas for giving us this opportunity. Come view these books in our Special Collections Section.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Help at the library.

The library has a tape recorder that can be checked out to use to
record a history of a parent , grandparents., etc.. We ask in return
that you give us a transcript of the history , with permission to put
the history our Special Collections Department. You will need to
provide your own tape.

Did you get tons of pictures for Christmas. Would you like to
preserve them on a CD? We have a great scanner at the library.
We also have CD's that we sell for 50cents, or you may bring your
own, we do not charge for scanning .

After you scan your pictures into a program called pictures, then you
can then transfer them into a program called Picasa2 . In Picasa2
you can crop, enlarge, reduce , enhance , and many other things.
After changing the pictures to your specifications they can be copied
to the CD. Instructions are at buy the North computer where the
sanner is, or ask the librarian for help.