Apparently, not a whole lot was happening around Richfield 88 years ago this week. A dog jumping through a storefront window as front page news. So was national legislation about to make Bryce Canyon a national park, so long as private property inholdings were bought out. At particular issue was a 22 acre chunk owned by Union Pacific, the eventual concessionaire who would go on to build most of the initial tourist infrastructure in the park. Much more paperwork would need to be completed before that deal got done.
Home mail delivery was imminent, “dependent only on how soon the citizens purchase receptacle for receiving the mail.” Of course, the local hardware stores had to order in a supply first. The postmaster strongly recommended that folks purchase galvanized boxes rather than the cheaper tin ones, and they should to be big enough to hold a long letter. The article did not say how many new jobs would be created, but that 400 mailboxes were going to be needed.
The headline above the masthead, “125,000 Chicks in Sevier County Next Spring!” goes unexplained, although there is an article announcing that the county poultry producers had elected new officers. From the exclamation point, it must be an important number of chicks.
Want to read more? The Utah Digital Newspapers site has archives from dozens of old papers around the state, including the entire edition of the Richfield Reaper from 20 January 1927. There’s more to read, like the livestock report, the city beautification plans and various wedding announcements, not to mention the bridge games following the luncheons at prominent society ladies’ homes. It doesn’t sound all that different from the weekly paper we get each week in Torrey. The more things change, the more they stay the same.