and the local farmers needed a market for their surplus produce. The Woods Cross Canning Cooperative was begun in 1892. It packed many different
fruits and vegetables, but mostly tomatoes. The cannery grew as demand
for canned goods increased. It employed hundreds of people each season,
and was a significant Davis County employer before defense installations
came to the county. During World War II, the orders grew and the supply
of workers lessened. The cannery hired displaced Japanese-Americans
as well as German and Italian prisoners of war, and the arrangement
worked out well for all. The cannery closed after a fire in the late
1970s. By that time, farming in the area had decreased.
In 1869 the Utah
Central Railroad came through Clearfield. In 1905 the Bamberger Electric,
another railroad, took passengers between Ogden and Salt Lake City,
stopping in Clearfield.
By 1940 alfalfa
fields and forage crops were abundant and Clearfield was a peaceful
farming community. However, the addition of defense installations in
the area changed the scene. The efforts of the Ogden Chamber of Commerce helped bring Hill Field to Utah. The construction of the Air Force base
began in 1940 and the facility eventually stretched along the eastern
border of Clearfield. The base has provided many jobs for civilians
and is one of Utah's major employers.