|Ruel Marion Eskelsen
|Mayor of Brigham City
|January 6, 1958
|January 3, 1966
|C. LeGrande Horsley
|Willis L. Hansen
Brigham City’s population grew from 6,790 in 1950 to 11,720 in 1960 as Thiokol‘s workforce increased.Brigham City Census Records. As a result, Mayor Eskelsen was faced with increased demands for water and power. He was instrumental in developing the Mantua water storage reservoir and in expanding the City’s electrical system.
In 1958, the new outdoor swimming pool at Rees Pioneer Park was completed and opened to the public. Throughout his two terms, Eskelsen worked to provide utilities for Thiokol employees moving into town. He worked on zoning for new subdivisions, installed curb and gutter and concrete sidewalks, and improved streets. City employees also expanded the sewer facility, improved the dump, and upgraded the airport.
In 1959, the Eskelsen administration adopted a new retirement policy for the city staff, making retirement mandatory at age 65. Each employee would be terminated on Dec. 31 following his or her 65th birthday.