The Shadow of Mormon Cooperation : The Business Policies of Charles Nibley, Western Sugar Magnate in the Early 1900s
Pacific Northwest Quarterly
n 1920, the Federal Trade Commission brought charges against Presiding Bishop Charles W. Nibley and Utah-Idaho Sugar Company in a trial. The FTC charged them with "using unfair methods to prevent competition in the beet sugar industry." Nibley had spent his formative years in Utah when the Church justified its exclusionist business practices. With this background, he regarded his monopolistic business practices as a religious duty. Many people, including Church members believed "that Nibley's motivations stemmed less from a concern for the church and more from a concern for his own pocketbook." This article strives to find some balance in understanding Nibley's motivations and background in managing the beet sugar enterprise.