The Great Depression â€“ A Delayed but Real Challenge For many years after the stock market collapsed, local newspapers spoke of the Depression as something external, a far-removed quirk in an already degenerate Eastern, urban life that would soon resolve itself. Sanpete County began to feel the effects of the Depression in the latter part of the 1930s, a bit later than most, but the economic realities of the Depression hit home. In the surrounding communities, hundreds lost their jobs, and those who were still able to keep their jobs were asked to take a pay cut. This was also true of the staff and faculty of Snow College, who saw as much as a 10 percent decrease in pay.
In 1931, the LDS Church gave the College to the State of Utah and it has, from that day forward, operated as a state-supported institution of higher education. Even though this transformation took place, it was not initially an easy one, since house bills introduced during the early thirties would require that local counties support Snow College, providing one half of its maintenance. Eventually, Conrad Frischknecht, a Sanpete County representative, introduced a bill that allowed for all two-year public colleges to be funded completely by the State of Utah. During this time of transition, the original colors of the college, gold and white, were changed to add an additional color: dark red. This change caused some concern among local residents, but it wouldnâ€™t be the last time the colors would change, nor the last time locals would weigh in on the collegeâ€™s colors.
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