lots were laid out and the land surveyed by James H. Martineau, county surveyor. Israel J. Clark, first bishop of the community, and the man
after whom the settlement was named, assigned the lots and the farming
land to the settlers. Ten acres of land were given to each single man
and twenty to each married man. Small irrigation streams were made from
the Clarkston Creek and other springs. At this time dry farming was
not thought of, but early histories report that Brigham Young predicted
that someday all the dry land area north, east, and south of Clarkston
would be productive and would grow good crops of wheat. (He even prophesied
that they would harvest while sitting under a parasol, which caused
many to laugh.) A few years later the settlers began experimenting with
different types of wheat and ultimately a seed type was found which
would mature on the dry land. In time Clarkston became the best dry
farming area in the county and one of the best in the entire state.
Today dry farm wheat is the major crop in the area. One of the pioneer
dry land farmers in Clarkston was Samuel A. Whitney.
carries special historical distinction as the burial place of Martin
Harris, one of the witnesses to the Book
of Mormon. The Latter-day Saint Church has erected a suitable monument
at the grave of Martin Harris, and hundreds of people visit the spot
each year. Martin lived with his son, Martin Harris, Jr. in Clarkston
until he died.