As one studies the history of Cache Valley, he becomes increasingly aware of the presence of church-sponsored cooperative stores, farms, and mills, in every community in the valley. True, there are only scattered remains of a once rather extensive movement, but there is enough evidence to cause one to wonder what influence the cooperative enterprises had in the settlement of Cache Valley. This study has been made to determine the extent of this contribution and to preserve as much information as possible concerning a very important phase of the settlement days in Cache Valley.
This study includes only the period from 1865 to 1900. These are the important years of church-sponsored cooperative institutions in Cache Valley. The general plan of cooperation was introduced formally in the October Conference of 1868. There were a few cooperative stores in operation prior to this time, however. The movement grew to magnanimous proportions before dwindling to a mere trickle by 1900. There were only a few concerns that extended beyond this date.
Data for this study has been obtained from many sources. Newspapers, journals, and other manuscripts have been the most valuable sources. Other important sources have included personal interviews, secondary sources, and company records.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Felix, Joseph Carl, "The Development of Cooperative Enterprises in Cache Valley 1865-1900" (1956). Theses and Dissertations. 4678.
Cache Valley, Utah, Idaho, History