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Sevier County Drainage District #4 Records, 1918-1940

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Sevier County Drainage District no. 4 (Utah)
Title
Sevier County Drainage District #4 Records
Dates
1918-1940 (inclusive)
Quantity
4 boxes, (1 linear foot)
Collection Number
USU_COLL MSS 235
Summary
The collection is composed of two boxes of correspondence and two boxes of general files for the district.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

A drainage district is a quasi-public agency with legal authority over the finance, design, installation, operation and maintenance of drains for drainage of farm lands. Under drainage district law, land ownership within the district is required for membership and participation in district activities. A majority of land owners in a given area must agree to the formation of a drainage district before the district can be formed. District taxation creates capital finances through the issue and sale of district bonds for drain installation and maintenance.

A board of three supervisors constitute the governing body of a drainage district. Supervisors are appointed by county commissioners, after nomination by landowners at an annual meeting or by a petition signed by landowners. A president, secretary and treasurer are elected by the district supervisor. In some cases, the offices of secretary and treasurer are filled by a single individual. According to the original petition papers for February and March of 1918, the original board of supervisors for Drainage District #4 were: George T. Holdaway (president), Alva Curtis (secretary) and Edwin Sorensen (treasurer), but in a document dated September 3, 1918, Alva Curtis resigned his position to work for the United States Government in a military occupation and Willard Richard Johnson Jr. was sworn in his place. Johnson served as secretary from 1918 until 1940, and was one of the original petitioners for Sevier Country Drainage District #4.

Drainage districts were first formed in Utah in the early 1900s as a reaction to the rising water table in several Utah counties. As the state's population grew, waterlogged land required reclamation for expanding agricultural practices and arid regions needed water for irrigation. Sevier County Drainage District #4 was established in 1918 and covered the general location of south east Aurora, about 1,000 acres, in central Utah. The contract for drain construction was made between Brown & Kleinschmidt, Drainage Engineers of Salt Lake City, and the Board of Supervisors, Sevier County Drainage District, on June 14, 1918. Like many drainage districts in Utah, District #4 occasionally suffered from poor management. Annual reports were not always submitted to the county commissioners and taxes were not always paid. In 1932, this latter problem led to the court case Sevier County Drainage District #4 vs. State of Utah and the State Land Board. Lack of technical expertise formed the main management dilemma of many district managers. Engineers constructed and over saw the implementation of drains, but once the groundwork was laid, drains were often neglected and subsequently clogged or damaged. During dry years in the 1920s and 1930s, some farmers in Sevier County opposed drainage of their land and deliberately clogged drains with soil, straw, manure and burlap, to raise the ground water level.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The records of the Sevier County Drainage District #4 are contained in four boxes. The collection is composed of two boxes of correspondence and two boxes of general files for the district. The general files contain financial records from 1918-1940, as well as minutes from meetings, legal proceedings, and the original petition to organize the Sevier County District #4. The correspondence files are mainly letters to Willard Richard Johnson Jr., secretary of the Sevier County district from its creation in 1918 until 1940. also, included are letters from 1918-1928 addressed to the treasurer, Edwin Sorenson.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Sevier County Drainage District #4 Records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Sevier County Drainage District #4 Records USU_COLL MSS 235, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 235, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

General Files, 1918-1937Return to Top

2 boxes, 37 folders
Container(s) Description Dates
A - C
1918-1932
Box Folder
1 1
Article XV, list of stockholders, their residence, shares, paid and unpaid portions
Undated
1 2
Audit accounts of county treasurer's office
Undated
1 3
Auditor's tax deed
1927 May 28
1 4
Aurora townsite – statistics on members
Undated
1 5
Bank statements with cancelled checks – First State Bank of Salina
1918-1920
1 6
Bank statements with cancelled checks – First State Bank of Salina
1922-1924
1 7
Bank statements with cancelled checks – First State Bank of Salina
1925-1926
1 8
Bank statements with cancelled checks – First State Bank of Salina
1927-1929
1 9
Blank check receipt book
Undated
1 10
Bonds, $500
Undated
1 11
Cancelled checks, First State Bank of Salina
1919-1923
1 12
Chase National Bank receipts of cancelled coupons
1919-1931
1 13
Contract between Brown & Kleinschmidt, Drainage Engineers of Salt Lake City, and the Board of Supervisors of the Sevier County Drainage District #4
1918 June 14
1 14
Court case, Sevier County Drainage District #4 v. State of Utah and the State Land Board
1932 June 2
D - T
1918-1934
Box Folder
2 1
Drainage district general maps
1919 June 1
2 2
Financial records
1919-1931
2 3
Fiscal report of Drainage District #4
1930 -1931
2 4
Hours worked by employees
Undated
2 5
Interest coupons
Undated
2 6
Legal notices
1918-1937
2 7
Levying assessment
1918
2 8
List of voters-owners
1919 August 8
2 9
Meeting minutes
1918-1940
2 10
Minutes for meeting of Board of Supervisors
1937 December 21
2 11
Monthly estimates
1919 January - May
2 12
Petition to become Sevier County Drainage District #4
1918 February
2 13
Receipts, First State Bank of Salina
1919-1929
2 14
Receipts from Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Company, Marine National Bank, The Sevier Valley Call, State Bank of Sevier, W.R. Johnson, and John Arneson Lumber Company
1918-1928
2 15
Reconstruction finance corporation, government document
1934 August
2 16
Resolutions made in board meetings
1918-1940
2 17
The Salina Sun receipt
Undated
2 18
Salt Lake Tribune proof of publication
1918 May 12
2 19
Savings bank book, First State Bank of Salina
1924 June 12
2 20
Seventy-second Congress, H.R. 4650 – To provide relief of farmers in any state by the making of loans to drainage districts
Undated
2 21
Statement of Warrants issued to Treasurer, Assessor, Their Deputies and Assistants, for services rendered
1925 June 1 - December 1 and 1926 June1
2 22
Treasurer's payment receipt book
Unated
2 23
Treasurer's payment receipts
Undated

Correspondence, 1918-1940Return to Top

2 boxes, 22 folders
Container(s) Description Dates
1918-1931
Box Folder
3 1
Correspondence
1918
3 2
Correspondence
1919
3 3
Correspondence
1920
3 4
Correspondence
1921
3 5
Correspondence
1922
3 6
Correspondence
1923
3 7
Correspondence
1924
3 8
Correspondence
1925
3 9
Correspondence
1926
3 10
Correspondence
1927
3 11
Correspondence
1928
3 12
Correspondence
1930
3 13
Correspondence
1931
1932-1940
Box Folder
4 1
Correspondence
1932
4 2
Correspondence
1933
4 3
Correspondence
1934
4 4
Correspondence
1935
4 5
Correspondence
1936
4 6
Correspondence
1937
4 7
Correspondence
1938
4 8
Correspondence
1939
4 9
Correspondence
1940