WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
HEBERVILLE CO-OPERATIVE FARMING COMPANY
HISTORYIn 1872, Elder Erastus Snow encouraged several of the local brethren to create a cooperative farming company and to reclaim the abandoned Heberville farm. Robert Gardner was named president of the cooperative farm. Gardner, Ellis M. Sanders, William Atkin, and others purchased the property from the previous owners through the issuance of stock interest in future earnings. Over the next two years, they farmed at Heberville attempting to raise crops. But their coop began to unravel as families again abandoned Heberville for other settlements. The high cost of irrigation appears to have contributed to the decline.
William F. Butler worked as a farmer and in 1875, he became the foreman of the Price City Co-operative Farming Company, a part of the defunct Heberville Co-operative Farming Company.
REFERENCES"From the Green Hills of England to the Red Hills of Dixie:
The Story of William and Rachel Thompson Atkin"
Book by Reid L. Neilson
with a Forward by Susan Easton Black
See the information page.