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 Ervil Sanders

Ervil Sanders

La Verkin, Washington County, Utah, USA
Death 8 Apr 1979 (aged 73)
Burial La Verkin, Washington County, Utah, USA
Plot B71
Memorial ID 35685 · View Source
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Over the Fence Post

Weather and Hard Work Make a Hatchery Tick
-by Stanley C. Farnsworth

Washington County, Utah's "Dixie." is an ideal spot for producing turkey eggs and poults. The climate is very good for the industry —lots of sunshine and mild winters to promote better egg production and strong, healthy, viable poults.

Ervil Sanders, one of Utah's pioneer turkey breeders, foresaw the possibilities of Utah's "Dixie" as a turkey breeding area several years ago and established the Zion Park Turkey Hatchery in his home town, La Verkin.

Like in any new venture, there was a lot to be learned. It took a lot of hard work and planning to build the right kind of breeding flock—one that would produce the type of poults desired by the commercial growers of Utah and near by states.

Ervil has worked consistently toward that end ever since he began producing eggs, hatching them in his own hatchery and delivering the poults to commercial growers. He raises a flock of commercial birds of his own each year and has a chance to see, first hand, how his turkey breeding improvement program is working out.

Through the years he has improved his breeding stock type and production practices, attempting to find ways to produce turkey poults that would prove profitable for those who purchased them for commercial flocks. Today his hatchery is classified as U. S. approved pullorum clean" under the National Turkey Improvement plan. He produces approximately 400,000 broadbreasted bronze turkey poults. Trap nesting is one feature of Ervil's production program that has done much to improve fertility and hatchabllity of eggs and livability, uniformity and typiness of poults.

Everyone Helps
If you call at the Zion Park hatchery "you'll always find some of the Sanders family either at the hatchery or at the home near by. They 'all take an interest in the turkey producing project responsible for their livelihood. Mrs. Sanders (Belva). helps Ervil with the office work of the-company and does a bit of work in the hatchery, such as placing eggs in the incubator trays, grading poults and shipping. Joy, 17; Donna, 15; Larry, 12; Phyllis, 8, and June, 5, all help with the many chores to be done around the hatchery and the home.

Ervil and Belva are active in civic and church affairs of La Verkin and Washington County. Ervil finished a two-year term as county commissioner last fall and was re-elected to a four-year term. He has always been active in the Utah Turkey federation, showing, an intense interest in the organization's activities, including the Utah turkey show held each year.

If you want to be the recipient of some good, genuine, down-to-earth hospitality, drop in on the Sanders family.

On to California!
Many of the Intermountain west's turkey growers will be leaving this week to attend the national turkey show, to be held Jan. 9, 10 and 11 at Long Beach, Cal. We'll be watching closely the outcome of the judging and wishing well our turkey men who are consigning.

-Salt Lake Tribune, January 7, 1951, transcribed by Rhonda Holton
La Verkln- Turkey Breeders Assn.,
capitalized at $20,000 with $4800
subscribed among incorporators:
Moroni W. Sanders, $1200; Ervil
Sanders, secretary-treasurer, $3.200;
Cecil W. Sanders, vice president,
$1200; Wayne Wilson, president,
$400; Reed Wilson, $400; Whitney.
Jones, $400.

-Salt Lake Tribune, June 18, 1948,
transcribed by Rhonda Holton

Father: William SANDERS
Mother: Sarah Amelia WILSON

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  • Maintained by: Rhonda
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35685
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ervil Sanders (7 Jan 1906–8 Apr 1979), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35685, citing La Verkin Cemetery, La Verkin, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Rhonda (contributor 46869790) .