Traditionally, the summer months for Ricks Academy were a time for summer vacation so few events were held on campus. It wasn’t until Ricks College became BYU-Idaho that enrollment in June was as high as enrollment in the fall and winter months. Needless to say, finding a noteworthy event from campus history is slim. How about a seemingly less-than-noteworthy event?
Looking through the minutes of the Bannock Stake Board of Education revealed this little piece of information. On June 11, 1909, the executive committee of Ricks Academy met to discuss bills for the summer months. What a raucous good meeting it must have been. One favorable outcome on bills was that the school had negotiated water rental rates with the city. The clerk, W.E. Gee, reported that the city had agreed to reduce the rate from $10.00 to $2.50 for the summer vacation. But the city had one condition: the water fountains in the Academy Building were to be shut off (from the Minutes of the Board of Education in Bannock Stake, Special Collections & Archives, David O. McKay Library).
Currently, the Library’s air conditioning is down, causing us to rely more on the water fountains in the building. Fortunately our fountains work and provide cool water. We hope no one negotiated a special A/C rate.
For more images of the Academy Building (a.k.a. the Spori Building), see our digital Campus Photographs Collection, or come to room 220 in the McKay Library.