Spring City Relief Society Granary

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This small, two level limestone building was built by the LDS Woman’s Relief Society as a wheat granary between 1870-1876. A vernacular design, this granary is classically symmetrical in facade. This 18 by 22 foot building has an upper room with four windows. The granary has been renovated by Craig Paulsen, who also renovated the Hyde Ofice/Allred School next door.

The Relief Society was the LDS church women’s organization, formed in 1842 and originally termed “a kingdom of priestesses.” A grain storage program was mandated by Brigham Young, who first called upon men to do the work. But Daniel H. Wells lamented that the men “have continued to let the grain go; now we want to see if the sisterss will be more successful.” In 1876, the project was organized as a mission of the Church, with Emmeline B. Wells as president of the “grain saving mission.” Each sister was asked to contribute 1/4 bushel or more per year. The project succeeded under ownership of the Relief Society and hundreds of granaries were built and filled. Granaries like this one stored wheat until World War I, when the US government required grain to feed impoverished Europeans. By June 24, 1918, the Relief Societies in Utah and Idaho had sold 200,000 bushels at $1.2. per bushel.

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63 West 300 South
Spring City, UT 84662

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Spring City Relief Society Granary