despite their strong-willed and independent natures, the people of Fairview
took full part in the cooperative society of their times. In 1874 they
enthusiastically followed church counsel and established a united order.
Stock certificates (7,500 shares) were sold at $10 a share to fund the
venture. But like most of the other united orders in the territory,
Fairview's was doomed to rapid failure. Poor crops and undercapitalization
nearly forced its demise in 1874 after only a few months of existence.
Despite gallant and creative efforts to keep it alive, the order was
discontinued in 1876.
economic base has always depended on agriculture and the livestock industry.
Following trapper Barney Ward's lead, irrigation ditches were dug and
reservoir sites identified soon after settlement. Food crops, hay, and
grains were planted and, in 1870, the town's first flour mill was constructed
south of town. Livestock raising, ranging from beef and sheep to chickens
and turkeys, has persisted throughout Fairview's history. Because of
its proximity to canyon forests, sawmills were established in the early
decades to support a lumber industry. By the turn of the century, there
were half a dozen steam sawmills in the mountains east of town.