Ione Spencer Bennion was born October 6, 1908 in Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduating from the University of Utah in 1930, she worked as a teacher, and married Wayne Bennion in 1937. Tragically, after only five years of marriage, he died in an accident. Soon after her husband's death, Bennion enrolled in graduate school at Stanford University, later transferring to the University of Utah and the University of Washington. In 1945, she became the Dean of Women at Utah State University, where she met and in 1947 married T.W. Daniels, a member of the forestry faculty. Bennion would later divorce Daniels in the 1970s, but remained close friends. She was replaced as Dean in 1952 because of an anti-nepotism law that stated that women could not be teachers or administrators if their husbands were employed by the university. Though she fought to keep her position the university's board stood by their decision, and Bennion began work as a teacher for the Logan City School District. For the next 28 years she worked with disadvantaged and disabled students; her work included the creation of the Young Mothers program, which encouraged teenage mothers to complete their high school degrees.
Bennion also became very politically active at the state and local level. She fought for women's rights, helped to establish Planned Parenthood in Logan, supported the Women's Legislative Council, participated in the League of Women Voters of Cache County, and advocated on behalf of the ultimately unsuccessful Equal Rights Amendment. In the 1950s and 1960s, Bennion worked with the Utah Committee on Civil Rights to secure the passage of the Utah Voting Rights Act of 1965. She was a strong advocate for the elderly, supporting the RSVP/Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the Voluntary Action Program, and serving on the Sunshine Terrace board of directors. Also a strong supporter of Utah State University, she was instrumental in the creation of the Women's Center, served as a volunteer on the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum board, and was inducted into the Old Main Society. She was awarded the university's Distinguished Service Award in 1981. When Bennion passed away on November 22, 1997, at the age of 89, her obituary described her life as a "continuous struggle against injustice."
Sources for further information:
Arrington, Leonard J., Beet Sugar in the West; A History of the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, 1891-1966, University of Washington Press. 1966 (Special Collections call # 338.17633 Ar69)
Arrington, Leonard J., David Eccles; Pioneer Western Industrialist, Utah State University Press. 1975 (Special Collections call # 920 Ec27)
Powell, John L. ‘The Role of Beet Growers in Cache Valley; Sugar Beet Industry 1898-1981.' Thesis. 1995 (Special Collections–Thesis)
Shaw, Joan. ‘Sugar Beets' Lewiston-North Cache Valley Historical Board, July 1996. Report # 4 (Special Collections call # 979.27 L589L no. 4).
Bernhisel, John M. III., History of Lewiston (Special Collections call # 979.27 B457).
This collection consists of thirty-six boxes and thirty-three oversized record books containing documentation relating to the Lewiston Sugar Company and its merger with the Amalgamated Sugar Company. Along with the thirty-three oversized books, many smaller sized record books are contained inside the thirty-six box collection. The voucher (receipts and invoices) and returned checks collections consist of a ten percent sample from the original donation. The voucher collection also contains other special interest invoices, such as payroll, beets hauled, and tax records. Although the box and book collections appear together in the inventory list, they are physically stored separately. The records span from 1905 to 1921. This collection is organized into two series.
Series I contains records relating to the financial aspect of the business and the interaction of the company with farmers. For a financial assessment of the company consult the monthly financial reports, returned checks, invoice books & vouchers, payroll, letters of correspondence, and sugar sales. The oversized record books provide a useful view of how the business functioned, but they only provide data from 1905-10. Boxes labeled as financial records along with boxes containing vouchers and returned checks contain information that continue where the oversized books leave off. Payroll is covered from 1905-07 and 1913-18 in oversized books, vouchers, and payroll booklets. Sugar sale and production information is found in oversized books and sugar account receipt booklets. For an assessment of company-farmer relations examine beet contracts, voucher records on beet haulers and farmers, field books, receipt booklets of seeds furnished, the ledger book, and letters of correspondence.
Series II contains shipping records of beets deliveries and sugar exportation. The Monthly Shipping Reports (boxes 28 & 29) give a good overview of shipping during the years of 1905-16. For information pertaining to sugar exports, view oversized book 34 (Sugar Shipment) and Straight Bills of Landing (railroad records for car arrivals). Beet deliveries records are contained in boxes 30-34 and books 24-33. Straight Bills of Landing from 1915-17 also contain information on beet deliveries.
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Permission to publish material from the Amalgamated Sugar Company-Lewiston Sugar Company records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
Amalgamated Sugar Company-Lewiston Sugar Company records, 1905-1921. (COLL MSS 278) Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.
Acquisition Information :
This collection was donated on December 17, 1999 by W. Chip Anderson, Acting Plant Manager of Presto Products. The collection was discovered in the attic of the Presto Products (home of the former sugar beet plant) in Lewiston. Presto representatives contacted Special Collections and offered to donate the materials for historical study.
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