Chapter 3. (part B)
[p.317][Wednesday, Jan. 2, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I went to the office and drew $100.00 order. I paid Sarah $25.00, Josephine $10.00, Dr. Jos. H. Richards $15, Sandberg $2.00 & one in cash.
I paid interest on note $175 at Zions Savings Bank.
My boys Nicholas and Joseph are mending slowly. I told C. Crane today that I was a candidate for Prest. of the Constitutional Convention.
[Saturday, Jan. 5, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I was in court all day. From the condition of matters it looks for all the world as if my friends G. W. Thatcher and Geo. E. Blair was in this fraud but I cannot believe it. Their must be a vailed hand in these things not yet seen.
[p.318][Monday, Jan. 7, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Ellection cases are still before the Court. Much evedence has been aduced to show where the fault lies.
[Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I was in Court during the forenoon. The Directors of the Home Fire met.
[Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I met with C. W. Bennett, J. E. Dooley, O. J. Salisbury, S. H. Hill, H. M. Wells and others and started a collection to pay Ellection Case Expenses. I paid $5.00.
[Thursday, Jan. 10, 1895 – Salt Lake City] My case in court was adjourned until tomorrow morning. Presidents L. Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, Abraham H. Cannon and I met in Council.
M. W. Merrill had a discourse read that purported to be one delivered by Bro. Moses in Bear Lake Co. Idaho where Bro. Moses was said to have cast reflections upon the Presidency of the whole church and Bro. Merrill.9 Some letters that he passed between Bros. Thatcher and Merrill were read. Bro. Moses said he did not make the statement in the form in which it was. Bros. Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant and I thought Bro. Moses ought to write and correct this matter as also Bro. Merrill.
Bros. Moses Thatcher, John W. Taylor and Abraham H. Cannon thought he ought not. Bro. Abraham H. Cannon said the Presidency of the Church were predjuced against Bro. M. Thatcher. Bro. Moses being in such poor health he was given one week to write out his denial of the statement. We adjourned for one week.
[Friday, Jan. 11, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Judge Bartch decided the San Pete Cases today but mine was put over until Feb. 4 at 10 a.m.
[Saturday, Jan. 12, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I paid C. W. Tatlock Interest on note $75.00. I was sick most of the day. H. J. Grant is inclined to believe that he and his brother B. F. Grant has made a rich find of gold in San Louis Valley, Colo.
[p.319][Monday, Jan. 14, 1895 – Salt Lake City] A stockholders meeting of the Groesbeck Co. was held at 10 a.m. at the Company’s office. Last year’s reports submitted and approved.
O. J. Salisbury, Sam J. Kenyon, Hyrum Groesbeck, Geo. J. Marsh, C. W. Carlson, Steven Hays and I were elected Directors. I was made President; C. W. Carlson, Vice President; Sam J. Kenyon, Secretary & Treasurer; Hyrum Groesbeck, Manager.
Compensation was voted of fifty dollars a year to the President, of Thirty dollars a month to the Secretary and Treasurer; one hundred dollars per month to the Manager and $5.00 a meeting to the Directors. We agreed to a loan of $85,000.00 and the Prest & Secretary are to sign the notes.
[Thursday, Jan. 17, 1895 – Salt Lake City.] At 11 a.m. Lorenzo Snow, Brigham Young, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, M. W. Merrill, Abraham H. Cannon and Myself met in Counsel. Bro. Moses Thatcher read his letter to be sent to the Bear Lake Post and it was approved by the brethren.
I was summoned to go before the canvasing board to protect against their going into the ballot Boxes. They accepted services.
[Friday, Jan. 18, 1895 – Salt Lake City] We learned yesterday that the Commission fully intended to issue Certificates of Ellection to all delegates to the Constitutional Convention, but from the third precinct, that some strong Democrat was trying to keep me out of the Convention.
[Saturday, Jan. 19, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Canvassing board for this County are working on the third precinct and I spent part of the day at the Commission rooms. The result of the examination of the returns show me elected [but] a discrepansay arises as between McCune and A. H. Raleigh.
[Sunday, Jan. 20, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon at Home. Jas. Hall and I spoke at the Tabernacle in the afternoon. I met at the Temple with my prayer Circle.
My wives and I went to the Theatre and heard Miss Phoebe Cousins lecture on Women of the Revolution and daughters of the Cavaliers. I introduced her to the audience.
[Tuesday, Jan. 22, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I was busy looking into the Election matter.
[Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I was looking the matter of evidence up in the Third precinct cases.
[p.320][Thursday, Jan. 24, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, M. W. Merrill, Abraham H. Cannon, and Myself met in Council at the Temple. It was unanimously determined that Bishops should be ordained as well as set apart.
[Went to Wasatch stake conference in Heber City, January 25-27.]
[Sunday, Jan. 27, 1895 – Heber City] The Presidency of the stake and their wives and I went to Midway ward. We dedicated their new meeting house 35 x 60, 22 feet high, cost about $6,000.00 I offered the prayer. Several of the brethren spoke and I among the number. We went over and back in a sleigh.
[Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I called upon C. W. Bennett [and] Judge Miner and was at the Groesbeck office part of the day.
Sarah is quite sick today. Josephine and I had a sleigh ride.
[Thursday, Jan. 31, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, M. W. Merrill, and Myself attended the Council in the Temple at 11 a.m.
The question of allowing men to marry other than their plural wives under the law when the first wife dies came up and it was determined to advise against it.
Josephine and I went to the Theatre to see James & Warde.
[Friday, Feb. 1, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I was looking after my election matters. I got $100.00 in orders & twenty five in cash. Sarah and I went to the Theatre to see the Passport.
[Saturday, Feb. 2, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The election cases were being argued in the Supreme Court before Judges Merrett, H. W. Smith, Wm. H. King. Judge Merrett forbad Attorney John M. Zane to speak in the election cases. I was in Court part of the day.
[Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I spent part of the day at the office and part writing letters. Josephine is in bad health.
[Thursday, Feb. 14, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, Abraham [p.321]H. Cannon and Myself met at the Temple and had prayers. We talked over the financial condition of the Church.
[Sunday, Feb. 17, 1895 – Richfield] [stake conference] Prest. Jos. F. Smith and U. H. Segmiller were the speakers during the morning hour. Two meetings were held in the afternoon. Jesse W. Crosby and prest. Jos. F. Smith spoke at one meeting. Theodore Brandley, Bp. Bell, W. H. Clark and I were the speakers. At the evening meeting Prest. Jos. F. Smith and I was the speakers. A good feeling prevailed all day and there was a large attendance.
[Monday, Feb. 18, 1895 – Richfield] [stake conference] During the Morning hour The Presbyterian minister and Bro. H. S. Har[r]is and I spoke on apostacy and establishment of the Kingdom. Their are 6,319 Saints in this stake.
[Thursday, Feb. 21, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Cannon and Myself with Geo. F. Gibbs met in Council. We had prayer. The question of the character and operation of the Holy Ghost was taken up, the matter being brought forward by Prest. G. Q. Cannon over a sermon of Prest. J. F. Smith on that subject.
No decision being reached by the Council, although several spoke.
Members of the old Grant Bros. Livery board met and signed some notes. I signed one, $1,600.00 in favor of Mrs. Fox.
[Saturday, Feb. 23, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Supreme Court handed down a decision in the Election cases that sustained in part Judge Bartch’s decision.
[Monday, Feb. 25, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I was hanging about the court all day. At 7:30 this evening my case came up.
[Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Judge Bartch decided against the writ of(mandate) mandamus which virtually beats me in my contest, as the Commission can now enter the Boxes and we are satisfied they are stuffed. . . All of the judges testified the countat the polls was correct.
E. E. Rich was the man, aided by Rob Solon who evidently did the Job. My attorney will offer some more evidence and will likely withdraw the Case.
[Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Court convened at 10 a.m. My case came on and the day was spent [p.322]in taking testimony. Parley L. Williams and O. W. Powers spoke for the Utah Commission, Judge Hiles against.
[Thursday, Feb. 28, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Court met at 10 a.m. The Court presented his opinion, deciding that the Commission could not go into the ballot Boxes to obtain the results of the election in the 3rd precinct as the boxes were discredited, not having been kept acording to law.
I met with my Quorum at the Temple and had prayers.
At 2 p.m. several of us met with the Utah Commission at their building. J. Letcher, G. W. Thatcher, Hoyt Sherman, E. W. Tatlock present. The Commission decided they could do nothing. Judge C. W. Bennett proposed to withdraw the case so as not to block the road and releive the Commission of their embarasments but they refused to act.
[Friday, March 1, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Their has been no change in the view of the Commission. Prest. Wilford Woodruff is 88 years old today. About four hundred friends assembled, and speaches and singing were the order of the day.
[Saturday, March 2, 1895 – Salt Lake City] No new developments in the political situation.
The Republican Caucas met this evening and agreed upon a temporary Organization. R. MacKintosh was in the chair. 57 delegates was in attendance.
Kimball of Ogden is to [be] temporary President of the Convention. I received a letter from Willis Sweet on the Idaho situation. He asked my help but I don’t see what I can do for him.
[Monday, March 4, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Constitutional Convention was called to order at 12 noon by Delegate Chas. Crane of Millard Co. Prest. W. Woodruff being sick, Geo. Q. Cannon opened with prayer. Gov. C. W. West made an address of Welcome.
Secretary C. C. Richards read the list of members holding certificates. Their were 102. The members from the Third Precinct not being [on] it.
Chief S. A. Merrett administered the oath of Office. Mr. Kimball was made Prest. Protem, H. M. Wells Secretary.
The Convention appointed a committee on Credentials. Adjournment took place until tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. I filled my credentials with that Committee.
The Republicans met in Council and talked Over the situation.
[p.323][Tuesday, March 5, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Judges C. W. Bennett & Miner and myself and others met the Committee on Credentials and filled our Papers in the Third Precinct Cases. They said they had no power to act but would report and ask for instruction.
It went to the Convention and after a motion to send the committee back had been discussed by a aye & no vote 61 for, 42 against, 4 not voting. Total 107.
It went to the Committee and they unanimously voted to report in our favor as there was no contest.
Andrew Kimball, Geo. R. Emery, A. H. Raleigh were sworn in. A Committee on Committees was appointed by the chair and adjournment was taken until 10:30 tomorrow.
[Wednesday, March 6, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Convention met at 10:30 a.m. Col. Squires nominated me for President; it was carried almost unanimously. Some friends gave me a nice gavel, presented by Col. E. W. Tatlock. I made a speach to the convention.
[Tuesday, March 12, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Convention convened at 2 p.m. Rev. Clarence Brown offeredprayer the session was an animated one.
[Wednesday, March 15, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met at 10 a.m. We had the loan agents before us. We adjourned until Thursday.
The Convention were Photographed on the steps of the East entrance to the City and County building.
[Thursday, March 14, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met at 10 a.m. and decided to only borrow seventy-five thousand dollars. S. Hays and C. W. Carlson were appointed to negotiate.
[Friday, March 15, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of Z.C.M.I. met and heard the Annual Statement of the Secretary and also the Monthly report.
2 p.m. the Convention met and had a rather stormy session.
[Tuesday, March 19, 1895 – Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. the Convention met and went through the regular order. I[n] correcting the minutes . . . L. L. Coray made a very uncalled for motion in regard to Hon. M. Thatcher’s letter which awakened some hurt feelings on the Democratic side.
[p.324]The Republican Caucus met and considered the Preamble and Bill of Rights.
[Thursday, March 21, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met and decided to borrow $85,000.00.
2 p.m. I called the Constitutional Convention to order. We went through the Regular order of business. On motion of Col. Geo. B. Squires to the chair, The Committee took under consideration the Bill of Right[s] and got to the 10[th] sect.
At 4 p.m. I met with the Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Co. Sarah, Josephine and I spent the evening at Cousin Joseph F. Smith’s.
[Friday, March 22, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Sam J. Kenyon as Secretary and I as President signed notes to the tune of $85,000.00 dollars today for the Groesbeck Co. to the Providence Loan & Trust Co., J. J. Snyder, agent.
I called the Constitutional Convention to order at 2 p.m. After the regular Order we went into the Committee of the Whole until 6 p.m. Section 10 was fully discussed and Evans substitute adopted.
[Saturday, March 23, 1895 – Salt Lake City] President W. Woodruff told me this morning that he wanted me to take my [second?] family away from here.
[Sunday, March 24, 1895 – Salt Lake City] If I can raise the means, Josephine will leave here in a few days for Manassa.
[Monday, March 25, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Constitutional Convention met at 2 p.m. After the regular order we went into the Committee of the Whole, David Evans in the chair. Some headway was made on the Bill of rights. The time for meeting was fixed at 10 a.m. for regular meetings.
[Tuesday, March 26, 1895 – Salt Lake City] We got though the bill of rights and took up Education. 6 p.m. adjourned.
[Wednesday, March 27, 1895 – Salt Lake City] At 2 p.m. the Suffrage came up and was made a special order for tomorrow.
[Thursday, March 28, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Suffrage matter came up and held the’ floor all day. B. H. [p.325]Roberts, S. R. Thurman, Chidester, Anderson, F. S. Richards, Geo. M. Cannon spoke on the matter.
[Friday, March 29, 1895 Salt Lake City] B. H. Roberts and A. C. Lund spoke against equal suffrage. C. S. Varian, C. C. Goodwin, J. R. Murdock in favor of it.
[Saturday, March 30, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The entire day was taken at the Constitutional Convention in talking on the suffrage.
[Monday, April 1, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Report of the Election and Suffrage Committee was under consideration most of the day, and many speaches were made.
Josephine and the children went home to Colorado.
[Tuesday, April 2, 1895 – Salt Lake City] B. H. Roberts closed the debate on the suffrage question in Committee of the Whole.
[Wednesday, April 3, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Preamble and Bill of rights were passed. The Article on Executive was taken up in Committee of the Whole.
I forwarded to Colorado today two boxes of household goods. Weight 750 pounds, freight prepaid $24.38.
[Thursday, April 4, 1895 – Salt Lake City] My son George is 25 years old today. I married Josephine 18 years ago today.
The Convention is in session and have been considering Equal suffrage.10
[Friday, April 5, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The General Conference convened today.
I was at the Constitutional Convention all day.
I spoke a few minutes at the Priesthood meeting in the evening.
[Sunday, April 7, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I attended Conference today although considerably under the weather.
[p.326][Monday, April 8, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The suffrage matter was under consideration most of the day. I was subpoened today to appear in court tomorrow.
[Thursday, April 11, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I paid the county $13.27 to redeem property in block 104 for J.G.S. The Convention was in session during the day.
[Friday, April 12, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I was in the chair. The Legislative Article was discussed all day.
[Saturday, April 13, 1985 – Salt Lake City] The Legislative Article was taken up again.
I met with the Directors of H. J. Grant & Co, also the Directors of the K[anab] herd Co. Most of the members of the Convention went to Logan this afternoon.
[Monday, April 15, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Legislative Article was passed its third reading with Varian’s amendment.
The Executive Article was taken up in Committee of the whole and passed.
[Thursday, April 18, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Today was an interesting one at the Constitutional Convention. Equal
Suffrage was passed by a vote 69 to 32.
Good headway was made by passing the Executive and Taxation Articles.
[Friday, April 19, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Public debt was considered and passed.
The Irrigation Article was passed and Education considered in Committee of the Whole.
[Saturday, April 20, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Almost the entire day was spent in the Committee of the Whole at the Constitutional Convention considering the Article on Education, but little headway was made.
[Tuesday, April 23, 1895 – Salt Lake City] At the Constitutional Convention today, the Articles on Education and Judiciary were under consideration in the Committee of the Whole.
[Wednesday, April 24, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent at the Constitutional convention in considering prohibition, Mines & Mining and Private incorporations.
[p.327][Thursday, April 25, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Judiciary Article was passed.
I did not attend my Quorum meeting today.
[Friday, April 26, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The articles on Mines and Mining & Prohibition were killed.
P. H. Lannan and O. W. Powers called upon Presidents W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith and F. D. Richards, B. Young, M. Thatcher, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Cannon and Myself about opening the Tabernacle for the National Conventions and We agreed to open it.
[Wednesday, May 1, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Constitutional Convention had a lively day of it. The Article on sc[h]edule and future amendments was up for consideration and a Section against polygamy was passed.
[Thursday, May 2, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I was part of the day with my Quorum and the ballance at the Constitutional Convention.
A reception was held at the Templeton Hotel for the Delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
[Saturday, May 4, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent by the Constitutional Convention in reading over the Constitution.
[Sunday, May 5, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I wrote to Nickey and Josephine and sent a fifty-dollar G.T.[O.] order.
[Monday, May 6, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Constitutional Convention met at 10 a.m. and finished reading the Constitution and adopted it.
The members went to Saltair in the afternoon and to a ball in the Market in the evening.
[Wednesday, May 8, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Constitutional Convention met at 9 a.m. Prayer by Lorin Farr. The Constitution was read and adopted. Ninety nine votes for it, Eight being absent. The convention closed at 2:15 p.m., A. H. Raleigh offering the benediction.
[Saturday, May 11, 1895 – Coalville] Heber J. Grant and I went to Coalville. The train was delayed so we did not reach there until about I p.m. At the conference at 2 p.m. two of the Ward bishops reported and Bro. H. J. Grant spoke one hour.
[p.328]William Hodson prefered a charge against Prest. W. W. Cluff wife and daughter May. He charged them with villyfying, slandering, and Blackmailing him and causing serious injury to his wife. We tried to get the brethren to talk over and arrange matters but they failed.
[Sunday, May 12, 1895 – Coalville] We got the High Council together and tried to get Bro. Willliam Hodson to reconcile his matter but he did not try.
[Monday, May 13, 1895 – Coalville] The high Council met at 8:30 a.m. and were in session until 9:50 p.m. It was unanimously decided that Wm. Hodson had failed to make a case. President W. W. Cluff and family were exonerated and Bro. Hodson was required to ask forgiveness. He was also required to secure the Relief Society debt.
[Tuesday, May 14, 1895 – Salt Lake City] We reached home and I attended the Woman’s meeting and heard Miss Susan B. Anthony and Miss Shaw speak.
The Republican Leagues meeting was held this evening at the Grand Theatre. Shafroth of Colo., Bartine of this City, and Borah of Idaho spoke to the Club meeting on Silver.
[Wednesday, May 15, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I had a visit with Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon today. He assured me that he was a Republican in Politics. That he had not as yet determined whether he would try to make himself a U.S. Senator or not. If he could be of use to the Saints he would.
[Wednesday, May 22, 1895 – Manassa] I went with S. S. Smith Jr. to Antonito and Conejas. Josephine went up with Mrs. Morgan. We bot
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[Thursday, May 23, 1895 – Manassa] We set up our furniture and it looks first rate.
[Monday, June 3, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of the Groesbeck Co. and we talked over the renting of our property to a Mr. John W. Young of Chicago for a hotel. S.J. Kenyon and myself were appointed by the board to draw up the lease.
[Tuesday, June 4, 1895 – Salt Lake City] All of the Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met and further considered the renting business and the financial standing of Mr. Young and it was felt he was all right. Our suits was talked over and it was agreed by Geo. Marsh and O. J. Salisbury to protect the Company.
I went to Provo. S. S. Jones, C. W. Smith and I had a talk over the matter of C. W. Smith’s financial condition.
[Wednesday, June 5, 1895 – Provo and Salt Lake City] S.S. Jones, C. W. Smith and I met this morning and Jones let Charles W. have a wagon on time and I gave him an order on Spanish Fork Coop for a harness.
I returned to the city and received a reminder from Zions Saving Bank that I owed them something.
[Thursday, June 6, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Abraham H. Cannon, and I met at the Temple and had prayers and talked over some business matters. Nathan Tanner, Jr. had written an insulting letter to the first Presidency of the Church. It was agreed that the matter should be refered to the Bishop of his ward to pass upon and if he did not make reperation to be delt with for his fellowship.
[Friday, June 7, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Sam J. Kenyon and I signed lease of the two upper floors of the Wasatch building with two thirds of the Cellar, the hallway and two rooms and a woman’s entrance to the Elevator for ten years. The annex was included. Brigham H. Roberts and I set apart eight Elders for missions and four sisters who are paying visits to the old country.
[Wednesday, June 12, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Temple today going through [as a proxy] for Samuel Shorey. My mother, H. M. L. Smith also went through. My Daughter Sarah Ann Smith got her Endowments today. Lorinda Ann Smith, daughter of S. S. Smith, Jr. was sealed to my brother Geo. A. Smith, I as proxy for [p.330]George and Aunt B. W. B. Smith for the girl. Miss Robey was also sealed to my father, Geo. A. Smith. The proxies were the same. Mother and I had four couples of our kindred sealed.
[Friday, June 14, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I had a long conference today with Willey Brown over the political situation. He gave me several pointers about Col. Trumbo’s moves.
[Saturday, June 15, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Judge C. W. Bennett and I had a long talk over his candidacy for the Senate and what his prospects were. The Directors of Z.C.M.I. met at 12 noon and read reports.
[Thursday, June 20, 1895 – Manassa] The Stockholders of the Mexican C. & A. Co. met and elected a board of Directors as follows: John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. R. Smith, Levi P. Helm, L. M. Petersen, Thos. E. Crowther & A. F. McDonald.
The Directors met and elected John Henry Smith President, Geo. Teasdale Vice President & Manager, Henry Eyring ass. Sect., S. S. Smith Sect., L. M. Petersen Treasurer. The Directors present qualified. I paid in to the Treasury $40.00 received from Jas. Jack.
[Friday, June 21, 1895 – Manassa] I spent the entire day watering my lots and making dams.
[Wednesday, June 26, 1895 – Salt Lake City] At 4 p.m. today about 150 persons, nearly all relatives, met at the 17th [ward] meeting house in honor of Geo. A. Smith’s 78th birthday. Some exercises were rendered and speaches made. Refreshments were passed around. We had a good time. Letters were received from many relations expressing regrets that they could not come.
[Tuesday, July 2, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I received from the Home Fire Insurance Co. a check for $90.00 and paid the amount on Interest to the Saving bank.
[Wednesday, July 3, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I paid Dr. J. S. Richards $8.00 in full to date of his bills.
[Saturday, July 6, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Several Republican ladies met at Mrs. E. B. Wells rooms with Chairman C. Crane and they talked over the organization of the Ladies in clubs.
[Monday, July 8, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I got from James Jack $75.00 and paid to C. W. Tatlock in interest.
[p.331][Tuesday, July 9, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I got an order for $25.00 on G.T.O. for Mrs. H. M. Morgan.
[Thursday, July 11, 1895 – Pleasant Grove] The old people went on an Excursion to Pleasant Grove. Eighteen carloads of people went [from] Salt Lake Co., about 1,400 souls. About 1,570 more souls joined them from Utah Co. I went with Bathsheba W. Smith. We had a splendid dinner and some good singing. C. R. Savage, Geo. Goddard, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, Bp. Thorne and John Brown and myself spoke a few minutes.
It snowed upon the mountains today. The rain passed over Pleasant Grove to the Mountain sides. The oldest person present was 96 years old.
[Friday, July 12, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Young M[en’s]. & L[adies’]. M[utual]. I[mprovement]. association spent the day at Saltair and had a most agreeable time. The day was cloudy but did not rain much. My wife Sarah and George A. & wife, Don C. & wife, Esther E. Chase, Sarah A., Winslow F., Nathaniel L., Nancy C. Tirzah P. & Elsie L. went out and spent the day.
[Saturday, July 15, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I called at the county building and looked into the tax matter.
[Monday, July 15, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I called at the City Hall and had a chat with A. F. Doremus and also saw the board of equalization about an over assessment.
[Went to Colorado for visit, July 24-29.]
[Sunday, July 28, 1895 – Manassa] It is ward conference today. I spoke twice and gave the people a scoring for their failure to pay fast offerings.
[Wednesday, July 31, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I went to President W. Woodruff[‘s] office to call upon the brethren and found all of the Presidency, Elder F. D. Richards & Wife .Jane, and Emily, his daughter-in-law, Zina D. H. Young, B. W. Smith, and M. I. Horne. By the instructions given to the Sisters I was fully justified in the Counsel I had given them. They were told that they ought not to have gone into active partisan politics but as they have done so they must continue in the field for the present at least.
[Thursday, Aug. 1, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I met with Jos. A. Smith and P. P. Christensen and read the second engrossed copy of the Constitution.
[p.332][Friday, Aug. 2, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I got $100.00 cash from J. Jack. I paid interest on $7,000.00 note at Wells Fargo & Co., $157.00.
[Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1895 – Salt Lake City] During the morning hour I met President G. Q. Cannon and talked over the J. Morgan family condition. It was agreed and Bro. J. Jack instructed accordingly to let H. M. Morgan have $25 per month until otherwise ordered. I advised Mrs. Nellie M. Bunt to leave the City if she was going to lead a fast life.
[Thursday, Aug. 8, 1895 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, M. W. Merrill, Heber J. Grant, Abraham H. Cannon and myself met in Council. At 11 a.m. Prests. Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith and Geo. F. Gibbs joined.
It was unanimously decided to Release Elder Geo. Teasdale in Mexico and to make A. W. Ivins of St. George President of the Mexican Mission. I went with my wife, Sarah F. Smith, and Mrs. Edna L. Smith to Draperville where we had a crowded house and organized a club.
[Went to Emery County for conferences, August 9-13.]
[Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1895 – Price] We took a drive to Price and had a nice dinner at Bp. Geo. Frantzen[‘s]. We took a drive around the little town and noted the setting out of trees, the grading of the streets, and the number of good homes. They are now building a town hall.
[Thursday, Aug. 15, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, Abraham H. Cannon, and myself met at the Temple and had prayer. The question of the organization of high Councils was talked over.
Other matters were considered.
The Directors of Z.C.M.I. met at 1 p.m. and went through the reports of the month. Business seems to be improving a little.
[Friday, Aug. 16, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Heber J. Grant, Abraham H. Cannon, Francis M. Lyman, Win. B. Preston, Robert J. Burton, John R. Winder, and myself met in Council. The question of releaving President A. O. Smoot Estate of the [Brigham Young] Academy debt was taken up and a committee consisting of Bp. Wm. B. Preston, John Clark, Chas. S. Burton, [p.333]and Reed Smoot was chosen to consider the means of doing the business was agreed on.
It was also voted to save Pipe Spring Ranch if possible.
Mrs. C. E. Allen, John M. Zane and myself spoke at the 9th ward hall on Republican doctrine. We had a good attendance.
[Saturday, Aug. 24, 1895 – Salt Lake City and Scipio, Millard County] Heber J. Grant, C. D. Fjeldsted and [I] took train for Juab. We were met by Bro. Thompson of Juab and driven in two hours and three quarters to Scipio. We put up at Daniel Thompson[‘s].
[Sunday, Aug. 25, 1895 – Scipio] [stake conference] I spoke upon purity and H. J. Grant spoke on the same subject. A good spirit prevailed during the day and the large attendance filled the hall.
[Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1895 – Circleville, Piute County] Prest. J. W. Crosby drove H. J. Grant and me to Circleville. F. M. Lyman and Abram Hatch joined us here. We tried a trouble between Bp. James E. Petersen and Daniel S. Gillis. The latter had made charges against the Bp. He failed to sustain them. We held two meetings and tried to reconcile the people, as they had taken sides on the matter.
[Thursday, Aug. 29, 1895 – Junction, Piute County] Councilor M. M. Steele let Bro. H. J. Grant and me have his buggy and horses which we drove to Panguitch. We all put up with J. W. Crosby Jr.
[Friday, Aug. 30, 1895 – Panguitch, Garfield County] Prest. J. W. Crosby having prefered a charge against M. M. Steel, Allan Miller, Joseph Cameron, John Houston and W. P. Sargent for defamation of character, it was decided that Abram Hatch, Heber J. Grant, F. M. Lyman, and I hear the case. The day was mostly spent in listening to reports and statements.
[Saturday, Aug. 31, 1895 – Panguitch] The forenoon was spent in taking testimony in the Crosby, Steel, et al case. We decided J. W. Crosby did not sustain his charge. We went into the store matter and determined some errors in judgement had arisen, both in the Superintendant and Directors. $321.05 was all that we could not account for, but it was in our opinion due to the efforts and sacrafices made to meet debts and cash payments. The mill company consented to pay Bro. Chas. Kempe $425.00 in full for the Panguitch Roller Mill Co. Work.
[Sunday, Sept. 1, 1895 – Panguitch] Abram Hatch, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, M. M. Steel, David [p.334]Cameron, J. W. Crosby and myself held converse over the situation and Bro. J. W. Crosby said he would pitch in and work, looking after the people in preference to his business interests.
[Monday, Sept. 2, 1895 – Panguitch] Conference convened at 10 a.m. Heber J. Grant, F. M. Lyman, and myself were the speakers. We all dwelt upon the troubles of the people and as to our belief in the honesty and integrity of Prest. J. W. Crosby. The attendance at the conference was fair.
[Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1895 – Milford, Beaver County] We made our way home.
We were gone 12 days, held 15 meetings. We rode on the train 280 miles and 220 miles in a wagon.
[Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I took train for Manassa at 8:05 a.m. I put five dollars into E. Chase Smiths hand to fix the fence. The sum of fifteen was given to Sarah A. to pay her school bill. I put $20 into Sarahs hand to pay sundry little bills.
[Attended Irrigation Congress in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 16-19, returning by way of Manassa.]
[Monday September 30, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, Heber J. Grant, Henry Dinwoodey, George Romney, John R. Barnes, John R. Winder, T. G. Weber, A. W. Carlson, F. D. Richards, L. John Nuttall, F. S. Richards as Attorney and myself met at president W. Woodruffs office and took steps to reincorporate Z.C.M.I. for fifty years.
Moses Thatcher presided. He is in most delicate health.
[Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Martinet W. Merrill, and Abraham H. Cannon of the Council of the Apostles met in their room in the Temple at 10 a.m. Prayer by Geo. Teasdale. Prest. Lorenzo Snow spoke against the taking of animal life and the eating of meats. F. D. Richards endorsed Bro. L. Snow’s views, as did B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman and Myself, we being all that spoke today. Bro. M. Thatcher explained his condition. Our meeting was a most interesting one.
[Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1895 – Salt Lake City] We organized the Z.C.M.I. board for the incorporation. At 2 p.m. the following members of the Council of the Apostles met in the Temple: Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, Moses Thatcher, Francis [p.335]M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Heber J. Grant and Abraham H. Cannon.
Bros. G. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, and M. W. Merrill spoke to us upon the matters of their labors and Bro. Merrill gave us an account of dreams and visions given to him, also a marvelous escape from death being rescued by an unseen hand when a large log had rolled upon him and he was unable to help himself. He lost himself and when he came to, his wagon was loaded and he was on it riding home and fully one mile from where the accident had occured. John W. Taylor joined us today.
[Friday, Oct. 4, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The general Conference of the Church convened at 10 a.m. All of the Presidency and all of the Twelve but A. H. Lund were present.
[Sunday, Oct. 6, 1895 – Salt Lake City] President Wilford Woodruff spoke for 54 minutes with much power, warning the saints to do their duty and giving most excellent advise.
Prest. Jos. F. Smith gave a strong talk on supporting our home industries. He said the non Mormon people were more loyal to the principal than the saints.
[Monday, Oct. 7, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Priesthood met at 10 a.m.
Temple work was spoken upon by Lorenzo Snow, M. W. Merrill, David H. Cannon, and Prest. W. Woodruff and F. D. Richards. Prest. Jos. F. Smith said there was at least one of the apostles and one of the Presidents of the seventies not in harmony with the Presidency and Twelve, and the Presidency by their silence endorsed his statement. President Geo. Q. Cannon [said] he would not have dared to have said what J. F. Smith had said but it was true. H. J. Grant also bore testimony. I told H. J. Grant I would join in the mining scheme.
[Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I went to Richmond, Cache Co. today with F. W. Schoenfeldt. We put up with M. W. Merrill. We both talked at the political meeting.
[Held political meetings in several towns and cities in Cache County through October 14.]
[Sunday, Oct. 13, 1895 – Logan and Salt Lake City] We returned home in the evening to find that Prest. Jos. F. Smith’s speach at the Priesthood meeting had thrown the Democracy into Confusion.
[Monday, Oct. 14, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I was busy looking after my own affairs during the day. The Democratic Executive committee met today so they say to issue a new declaration of independence.
[p.336][Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of Z.C.M.I. met today and talked over the business. It was decided to let H. P. Richards, George Bourne, T. V. Williams, and H. W. Nesbit go as their services are no longer needed.
[Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1895 – Sanpete County] A. C. Bishop, J. T. Hammond and myself held Political meetings at Milburn and Spring City, and we had a splendid time.
[Thursday, Oct. 17, 1895 – Manti and Ephraim] We went to Manti and held a political meeting at 2 p.m. We went to Ephraim in the evening and held meeting. I was a rouser. Hammond and Bishop both spoke well.
[Friday, Oct. 18, 1895 – Salina] I went to Salina, Sevier Co. and spoke. I put up with James Liddle. McCarty, Jennings and myself spoke in the school house to a large audience in the evening.
[Saturday, Oct. 19, 1895 – Salina] Judge C. W. Bennett joined me here and we went to Springville and then were taken to Mapleton and we had a good time.
[Held other political meetings in Fountain Green, Gunnison, and Mayfield.]
[Friday, Oct. 25, 1895 – Ogden] I went to Ogden City and talked at Thomas Hall in the evening. Their were two other speakers. I was not at all satisfied with my effort.
[Saturday, Oct. 26, 1895 – Ogden] In company with Bp. D. McKay, Mr. Curtis, E. W. Allison and I went to Huntsville and had a rousing Republican Ralley. We returned to Ogden and in company with a Bro. Hunter, Geo. Hansen, F. J. Stevens I went to West Weber and we had a splendid meeting.
[Monday, Oct. 28, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I paid Poll tax $3.00. I paid for Josephine’s property [?] tax $31.50 and for myself $24.00. I paid Cutler $5.00 and for Spafford Library $5.00. I paid to my brother C. W. Smith on potatoes $5.00. I got dividend from Home Fire stock in Woolen goods $31.50.
I went to Willard City and spoke at a Republican Rally. Some of our Democratic friends got quite angry at some mention of Judge Powers.
[Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1895 – Brigham City] O. W. Powers was trying to get up a big noise at the City over my . talk at Willard.
[p.337][Thursday, Oct. 31, 1895 – Redmond, Sevier County] I went by train to Redmond, Sevier Co., and spoke at that place for over an hour. Gov. A. L. Thomas spoke at Salina.
[Saturday, Nov. 2, 1895 – Elsinore, Sevier County] I spoke today at Monroe, Central, and twice in Richfield.
[Monday, Nov. 4, 1895 – Provo] It snowed today. I went to Provo. Mayor L. Holbrook, Arthur Brown and I spoke in the opera house. There was a large attendance. The building was nicely decorated. The Goddess of Liberty and Utah was represented by young ladies. I paid my taxes here $4.80.
[Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1895 – Provo and Salt Lake City] I had an attack of lumbago while sitting at breakfast at my sister’s [Grace Cheever].
I returned to Salt Lake City and went to the Polls and voted the Republican ticket straight for state, county, and city offices. I went home and went to bed. A daughter born to Josephine 20 minutes to 3 today.11
[Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Republican state ticket is without doubt elected. I laid in bed all day.
[Thursday, Nov. 7, 1895 – Salt Lake City] F. M. Lyman called upon and blest me. I sat in my chair all day. H.J. Grant called upon me in the evening.
[Friday, Nov. 8, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I am still confined to the house with a lame back. I was reading most of the day.
The election has gone very largely in favor of the Republicans everywhere in the nation as well as in Utah. We have elected the state ticket complete.
[Monday, Nov. 11, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I paid taxes on two pieces of my property and on two pieces of Josephine’s.
I went down to Spanish Fork tonight. I got two overcoats, two suits each of underwear for little girls, 10 yds. flannel, myself a hat, Sarah a pair of shoes, and some small shoes and stockings.
[p.338][Thursday, Nov. 14, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Cannon and myself met in Council at the Temple and talked over some matters concerning sealing and adoptions.
[Went to Afton, Wyoming, for stake conference and meetings, November 15-21.]
[Friday, Nov. 22, 1895 – Salt Lake City] My son George Albert had a daughter born on the 19th. Mother getting along nicely. I mailed Josephine $20.00 today.
[Monday, Dec. 2, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Heber J. Grant, Abraham H. Cannon and myself met in Council.
We were informed by Prest. W. Woodruff that the Presidency of the Church had invested in the Ogden Power and Light Co. and that some twelve hundred dollars was necessary to put through the job. That the money could be borrowed if the Church would endorse the paper. We all voted to do this, but I explained the matter was not clear to me as to its wisdom, but that I would stand by the presidency.
[Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the Presidency of the Church part of the day and the ballance of the day reading at home. The question of the employment of Union men and non-union men came up today for consideration.
[Went to Blackfoot, Idaho, for conference, December 8-9.]
[Saturday, Dec. 7, 1895 – Pocatello, Idaho] Bro. Jos. F. Smith stoped here over night and I went back to Blackfoot, having rode 75 miles. We went to look at some land and found plenty of it. President Joseph F. Smith and I made up our minds to try and secure 320 acres of land each.
[Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I spent part of the day at the president’s office. I met with the Home Fire Directors. The evening was spent at my son George’s. I endorsed the notes of the first Presidency for $100,000. There were four notes.
[Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1895 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of H. J. Grant & Co. met today and decided to take an interest in the gold mines.
[Friday, Dec. 13, 1895 – Salt Lake City] My daughter Sarah and I left for Colorado.
[p.339][Sunday, Dec. 15, 1895 – Manassa] I preached at the stake house this afternoon. We blest our baby girl and gave her the name of Arzella.
[Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1895 – Manassa] My son Nicholas and Wm. Christiansen had trouble with their school teacher today and are suspended. M. Christiansen and I tried to adjust matters but failed.
[Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1895 – Manassa] My children had a nice Christmas.
[Monday, Dec. 30, 1895 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff told me that he would like Geo. Q. Cannon to go to the Senate.
[Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1895 – Salt Lake City] I got $150 from James Jack. I paid taxes $427 today.
Their is some excitement over the talk that Geo. Q. Cannon is a candidate for office.
[Saturday, Jan. 4, 1896 – Salt Lake City] At 10:30 a.m. today, Washington time, President Grover Cleveland signed the statehood proclamation for Utah. The bells are ringing and whistles are blowing. I met many men and shook many hands and had a joyous day.
[Monday, Jan. 6, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Today we celebrate Utah’s admission into the Union. A parade and Exercises in the Tabernacle. Acting Governor Charles C. Richards conducted the Exercises in the Tabernacle. Music by the Camp Douglas band. Geo. Q. Cannon read a prayer for Prest. W. Woodruff. Choir sang the Star Spangled. Ex. Rep. J. R. Rawlins read President Grover Cleveland Proclamation and presented the pen used in signing the Enabling act.
The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice C. S. Zane to Coy. Heber M. Wells and other State Officers. The Governor read his Inaugural address. It was quite lengthy but will prove in the future a good state paper. Music by Pedersen’s band. The Congregation joined with the choir and sang “America.” Benediction by Dr. Iliff.
There was a grand inaugural ball at the Theatre. Hundreds were present. My wife Sarah and I were present.
[Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I attended a gathering of gentlemen at the Knutsford. Gus Holmes invited me. G. Q. Cannon, C. W. Bennett, Arthur Brown, C. C. Goodwin, Col. I. Trumbo and many other leading men of all parties.
[p.340][Thursday, Jan. 9, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I attended the meeting in the Annex of the temple and spoke some fifteen minutes. Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, Abraham H. Cannon and I met at our room in the Temple. Brigham Young, Franklin D. Richards each spoke upon many subjects.
John W. Taylor is to visit Moses Thatcher and talk over with him his condition or views on the question of insubordination in regard to running for office without an understanding with his brethren.
[Friday, Jan. 10, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I attended the funeral of James G. Liddle at the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Iliff spoke on the Resurrection.
John A. Groesbeck, Allen G. Campbell, Gov. A. L. Thomas, Presly Denny, Myself and a German were the Pall bearers. He was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetary. Political matters are warm. I received from Samuel Cooper $33.00 rent for January. I visited both branches of the Legislature today.
[Saturday, Jan. 11, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I held consultations today with Geo. Q. Cannon, F. J. Cannon each separately. Also with C. W. Bennett and Wiley Brown.
[Monday, Jan. 13, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Their is intense feeling over the question of United States Senators. Members of the Legislature are being importuned for their votes for political favorites.
[Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Today Geo. Q. Cannon gave me a letter in which he declairs that he is a Republican. He also published a card in which he says that he is not a Candidate for U.S. Senator.
The Republicans had a caucus tonight and Arthur Brown and F. J. Cannon were nominated for Congress as senators. My friend C. W. Bennett was beaten.
[Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1896 – Salt Lake City] There is considerable excitement over the nominations last night and much feeling will be engendered over it.
[Thursday, Jan. 16, 1896 – Salt Lake City] A large company spent the afternoon at President G. Q.. Cannon. Fifty three sat down to dinner at one time. Among them W. Woodruff and Wife, Lorenzo Snow and Wife, F. D. Richards, B. Young & Wife, F. M. Lyman and Wife, Joseph F. Smith and 2 wives, A. H. Cannon & 3 wives, Jos. E. Taylor and Wife, C. W. Penrose and Wife, A.M. Cannon and Wife, [p.341]John Q. Cannon and Wife, Frank J. Cannon and wife, C. H. Wilken and many others.
[Monday, Jan. 20, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day working for Arthur Brown. The story is out that Col. Isaac Trumbo is trying to buy his way into the U.S. Senate. I called upon Mr. A. Brown. I wrote to Senator F. E. Warren and C. D. Clark of Wyoming.
[Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The Legislature halloted for U.S. Senator today. F. J. Cannon had 45 votes, Arthur Brown 43, Moses Thatcher and Jos. L. Rawlins each 19, C. W. Bennett and C. C. Goodwin 1 each.
[Thursday, Jan. 23, 1896 – Salida and Manassa, Colorado] I had to walk from the crossing or ride on a load of wood. I rode part of the way. I found all well aside from colds.
[Saturday, Jan. 25, 1896 – Manassa] I attended the Stake Priesthood today and spoke twice. Our meetings were without spirit. Their is trouble here between S. S. Smith Jr. and a number of the residence of Manassa both members of the Church and nonmembers.
[Sunday, Jan. 26, 1896 – Manassa] I attended Sunday School. I sealed Miss Emily C. Forbes to Henry Foster today at the home of the bride’s mother.
Bp. John Dalton and Martin Christiansen told me they had made up their minds to resign and wanted to know what I thought of it. I told them I would take it under advisement until morning.
[Monday, Jan. 27, 1896 – Manassa] Bp. John Dalton and Martin Christiansen called on me and said they had fully made up their minds to resign and I told them it was the best thing they could do in my opinion.
[Monday, Feb. 3, 1896 – Park City] Prest. G. Q. Cannon and Brigham Young came over from Heber City this morning. We in company with Thomas Kearns, Bro. Allen and Rasbon paid a visit to the Silver King mine. We had dinner. We went down to the nine-hundred-foot level and visited various facets of the mine. We had a pleasant time.
[Thursday, Feb. 6, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q.. Cannon, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, John W. Taylor, Abraham H. Cannon, and myself met at our room at the Temple and had prayers. We [p.342]talked over the Manassa affair. The resignation of John Dalton and Councillors was accepted. I am to go and put in the new man.
[Sunday, Feb. 16, 1896 – Manassa] Conference convened at 10 a.m. L.P. Helm, John Dalton, Bp. H. Funk and three branch presidents made reports of their labors and conditions of their wards and branches.
The High Council met and Geo. Irvin was chosen to fill the vacancy made by taking of Samuel Jackson for the Bishopric. At the 2 p.m. meeting the brethren of the Stake Authoraries were sustained. A number did not vote and twelve voted against the president of the stake.
The Presidency of the stake and High Council agreed that Samuel Jackson would do Bishop and Hugh L. Sellars and Gen. J. Koch for Councillors. At the Priesthood meeting all of the brethren voted to honorably release the old Bishopric and to accept the new.
[Monday, Feb. 17, 1986 – Manassa] We met with the people who were in trouble with the libel suits. The Presidency and High Council were present but nothing was accomplished in the matter of settlement.
[Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1896 – Manassa] We, H. J. Grant, A. R. Smith, L. P. Helm, Thos. A. Crowther and myself agreed that Harmon Sowards be suspended until matters were adjusted. S. S. Smith Jr. was droped from the High Council and he was required to stop his damage suits until after the criminal suits were disposed of.
I went to Alamosa. I had an interview with Judge Holbrook and Judge McDonald but I really did no good.
[Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1896 – Salt Lake City] F. M. Lyman and I were weighed today and just weighed 248 pounds each. I had a tumor cut out of my back by Dr. Jos. F. Richards today.
I met with W. W. Riter, James Sharp, F. S. Richards, C. W. Penrose, F. M. Lyman, Frank Jennings, and Arthur Pratt and talked over the questions of the Fire and Police Commission and how the appointments should be made.
[Monday, March 2, 1896 – Salt Lake City] John White is doing some painting for me. I can’t do anything scarcely on account of my back.
[Tuesday, March 3, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I bot $50.00 in furniture, side board and nine chairs. Nicholas and I put down the carpet and set up the stove in the sitting room. We also hung up some pictures.
[p.343][Wednesday, March 4, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Nicholas and I was about the house at work most of the day.
My son Don Carlos wife gave birth to a daughter about 10:20 p.m.
[Thursday, March 5, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Some of the members of Cannon Grant and Co. held a meeting at 9 a.m. Their affairs are in a bad fix.
At 11 a.m. Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, M. W. Merrill, J. W. Taylor, Abraham H. Cannon, G. F. Gibbs, S. B. Young, C. D. Fjeldsted, B. H. Roberts, J. Golden Kimball, Rulon S. Wells, Geo. Reynolds, Ed Stevenson and myself met at the Temple. The case of insubordination of B. H. Roberts was taken up, and he refusing to meet the wishes of the brethren it was decided to suspend him for three weeks, and if he did not then meet the requirement he [was] to be dropt from his calling.
I am not quite satisfied with our action in the Roberts matter.12
[Friday, March 6, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Dr. Richards took the stiches out of my back today and says the wound is doing nicely.
[Monday, March 9, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I received a letter from Josephine. She intends to leave on Wednesday [March] the 11th, 1896 for home.
[Thursday, March 12, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, Abraham H. Cannon, G. F. Gibbs and myself met in Council at the Temple.
It was decided by vote the troubles that arise in a stake must go through the regular order before they can be brought before the Presidency and Twelve.
The Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Co. met. They raised the wages of the men in the Central department quite an amount.
I blest the daughter of my son Don Carlos today and we named her Luci [?].
Josephine and the children reached here tonight. All well.
[Friday, March 15, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I closed up the case of Booth Lee and Gray against J. G. Smith by [p.344]paying them thirty dollars. The case is to be dismissed from Court. I took their receipt in full. Bro. Moses Thatcher is reported quite poorly.
Josephine and the children seem to feel first rate.
[Sunday, March 15, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at Josephine’s reading the life of Shakespere.
[Monday, March 16, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Moses Thatcher is some better today. H. J. Grant and I called upon him and administered to [blessed] him. My wife Sarah, who has been nursing Don Carlos’ wife came home to stay tonight.
[Thursday, March 19, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, H.J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Abraham H. Cannon, Geo. F. Gibbs and I met in Council at the Temple.
The case of B. H. Roberts for insubordination was considered and we agreed to meet on Thursday next. He is to be required to humble himself and put himself in proper shape before the people.
The Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Co. met and decided to pay a dividend.
[Saturday, March 21, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I had men at work both at Josephine’s and Sarah[‘s] fixing up their homes. I went by train to Idaho.
[Sunday, March 22, 1896 – Blackfoot, Idaho] After benediction the Priesthood assembled and agreed that it would be best to divide the Riverside Ward.
We took a secret vote to find out who had the confidence of the people and found the people were pretty well in harmony with the Stake presidency and myself.
[Tuesday, March 24, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I returned to the City and found some of my children poorly. Tirzah Priscilla vomiting, Joseph H., Lucy and Bessie having the mumps, and Arzella with a bad cold.
Bp. Wm. Preston, John Tingey and I called upon Elder Moses Thatcher and administered to him. He is quite poorly.
[Thursday, March 26, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Presidents Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon & Joseph F. Smith; Apostles Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, M. W. Merrill [p.345]& Abraham H. Cannon; Seventies Seymour B. Young, C. D. Fjeldsted, Brigham H. Roberts, Geo. Reynolds, J. Golden Kimball, Rulon S. Wells; and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs.
President Geo. Q. Cannon made the statement that as Bro. B. H. Roberts had not been in harmony with his brethren and that a feel of dissension had spread through the church on account of some of Bro. Roberts speaches. That all his brethren wanted of him was to show a broken heart and contrite spirit, which Bro. Roberts did. We took him into our fellowship. He with the others present shed tears of joy at the change in his spirit.
President G. Q. Cannon requested the Saints to quit exhibiting their dead in public.
I met with a committee to consider the Irrigation Case.
[Friday, March 27, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at home reading Shakespere.
[Sunday, March 29, 1896 – Salt Lake City] My son Glen got lost today and was gone for some time.
[Monday, March 30, 1896 – Salt Lake City] It snowed like wrath today. Nickey cut down a large tree today. My son Don Carlos got one of his eyes badley hurt in knocking a Box to pieces.
[Tuesday, March 31, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill and Abraham H. Cannon met in Counsel at the Temple. Lorenzo Snow. The Lord will bless you all. You will be required to do many things that will make you unpopular with both saint and sinner. Franklin D. Richards. Said let us seek to know Christ.
Brigham Young. Said I have been sorely tried for 48 hours but Bro. L. Snows word had comforted him.
F. M. Lyman. Said he loved the Society of the brethren. He read some remarks made by Prest. B. Young Millenial Star Vol. 17 page 156, also from March No. Juvenile Instructor an Editorial of Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon. I spoke of the necessity of enlarged views among the people.
Geo. Teasdale said he had joy in the company of the brethren. Heber J. Grant told of his Bro. R F. Grants conversion and spoke of his mining business. John W. Taylor spoke of his business and family troubles. Meeting adjourned until Wednesday at 10 a.m.
[Wednesday, April 1, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I drew one hundred dollars in orders and cash. I paid to Zions Bank interest $90.00, Coop. F. Co. $10.00. I gave $10.00 to Sarah and Josephlne. [p.346]I sent five hundred [pounds?] of coal [to] Esther Smith and also some meat. I gave to Helen M. Morgan $10.00 in orders a few days ago.
Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill and Abraham H. Cannon met at the Temple.
Brigham Young spoke on the propriety of the Apostles knowing more of the various Missions in the United States. I endorse him. F. D. Richards said he knew nothing of the business of the missions only as to sending out the Elders. F. M. Lyman Endorsed B. Youngs idea and enlarged upon it. John W. Taylor also expressed much joy at the prospect of such an effort. Heber J. Grant was also pleased with it. Lorenzo Snow Felt that missionary work must be done everywhere. F. D. Richards Said in the past the people of the world had been frozen up against us but were now thawing out. Lets go to work and search for souls.
M. W. Merrill. Told of his ordination to the Priesthood. He predicted we would practice plural marriage again and our Nation endorse.
Lorenzo Snow. Told of letters written by a lady to England from Nauvoo, Ill. about Celestial Marriage.
He said that Joseph Smith the Prophet taught him the Doctrine of plural marriage April 15, 1843.
Abraham H. Cannon said he fully beleived in the devinity of plural marriage and during all of the troubles of the past had lived in turns with his wives.
Lorenzo Snow. Felt it would be wise to see the judges and soften their feeling about pluralists. John Henry Smith said he would do his best.
F. M. Lyman said he was willing any day to go to any part of the word. All present voted they were ready to do the same.
Some conversation was had in regard to a visit to Bro. Moses Thatcher but we failed to agree. We adjourned until tomorrow at 11 a.m.
A large company was entertained at the residence of John Beck. A meal in Harmony with hygenic principals was served By Sister Hannah Sorensen’s Class in Hygene. Some 21 kinds of food was placed on the tables. Over a hundred guests present.
[Thursday, April 2, 1896 – Salt Lake City] At 11 a.m. The Presidency and 12 met in their room of the Temple. Present Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill and Abraham H. Cannon. Secretary G. F. Gibbs also present. The Sacrament was administered.
On motion of President Geo. Q. Cannon, after discussion it was [p.347]determined to have all of the funds of the Church placed in the hands of the Trustee in Trust instead of those of the Presiding bishopric.
I[t] was also decided to cease the payment of all salaries to eclesiastical officers. This motion was also made by Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon. I attended the primary meeting of the Republican party and was elected a delegate to the state convention.
I feel that we will find ourselves much plagued with our action today at some time in the future.
[Saturday, April 4, 1896 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] I met some brethren at the noon hour who told me an Anti Polygamy law had been passed the day before by the House of Representatives of the State Legislature and that it was now in the Senate. I put in my time trying to head it off. I talked with E. M. Allison and Geo. Sutherland and put as many parties to work on Senators as I thought prudent.
[Sunday, April 5, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The funeral of Lucy Brown Smith took place at 10 a.m. Prayer by J. Beattie. Jesse M., Jos. F. Smith and myself spoke. Benediction by Bp. John Tingey. A. R. Smith dedicated the grave
The conference was largely attended and an overflow meeting held.
The Presidency and 12 met and considered a manifesto on the political situation to guide the eclesiastical authorities in accepting office.
W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young present, as also F. M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill & Abraham H. Cannon. It was agreed to by all present.
[Monday, April 6, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The manifesto agreed to last evening was signed by all of the Presidency, ten of the twelve, The Patriarch of the Church, the Seven Presidents of the Seventies & the Presiding Bishopric.
Moses Thatcher refused to sign it.13
The Manifesto of the Church was adopted by a full vote of the Conference.
[p.348]I[n] the sustaining of the general authorities the name of Moses Thatcher was left out.
[Tuesday, April 7, 1896 – Salt Lake City] At the Priesthood meeting today. It was voted not to pay any official of the Church a salary in the future.
The Republican Convention met at the Grand Opera house today. F. J. Cannon, Arthur Brown, C. E. Allen, Isaac Trumbo, W. S. McCornick and Thos. Kearns were elected Deligates to the St. Louis Convention. The evening was spent at Josephines.
[Friday, April 10, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I went to Ogden as a witness in Court before Judge Hart in the case of Stratford and Flygare. I returned to Salt Lake City and attended a meeting of H. J. Grant and Co. I spent the evening at J[osephine’s].
[Sunday, April 12, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I spent about two hours with Moses Thatcher. He talked quite freely to me over the action in his case. Early in the evening he was in much pain but later was easy.
[Tuesday, April 14, 1896 – Salt Lake City] J. W. Kerr was at the President’s office during the morning hour talking over the Critchlow letter and his connection, if any, therewith.14
[Wednesday, April 15, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of Z.C.M.I. met at noon. The reports for March were read. The business seems to be doing nicely.
[Thursday, April 16, 1896 – Salt Lake City] At 11 a.m. I met with the Presidency and Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, John W. Taylor, and A. H. Cannon & Geo. Gibbs in the apostles room in the temple. The matter of aiding Cannon Grant & Co. was taken and passed up, all agreeing that the Church should carry the Load.
I have been talking to a man by the name of Cardwell about going into the mining business in Bingham.
[Friday, April 17, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Some Elders were set apart today for Mission. My wife Sarah and I went up to Geo. Chase’s and took dinner, the occasion being the [posthu-[p.349]mous sealing of Julia May Farr to David Chase, both being dead. We had a pleasant time.
[Sunday, April 19, 1896 – Grouse Greek, Box Elder County] We met at the [ward] Priesthood meeting at 7 p.m. We stated to the people that the object of the meeting was to select a Bishop. We took a secret ballot and D. H. Toyn had the most votes. His name was presented and after some explanations had been made all sustained him.
[Thursday, April 23, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, Myself, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill and Abraham H. Cannon met at the Temple and had prayer. Prest. Jos. F. Smith[‘s] sermon on the [Political] Manifesto at Provo came up for consideration but no decision was reached, only opinions expressed. I feel Bro. Jos. F. construction of the Manifesto cuts to[o] deep and will cause trouble for our people everywhere. The Question of putting up monuments to our martyred brethren on the Temple block was discussed but not passed upon.
[Friday, April 24, 1896 – Salt Lake City] In company with a large body of gentlemen I paid a visit [to] the power plants in Cottonwood Canyon. A wonderful work has been done and ere long the power can be utilized for all kinds of manufacturing, lighting and heating.
[Wednesday, April 29, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I received a loan from Dooley at Wells Fargoes today for $7,000.
[Thursday, April 30, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Abraham H. Cannon, G. F. Gibbs and I met in Council. Some matters were talked over. President Snow spoke in regard to the scope of the Manifesto.15
Mr. Timothy Egan hold[s] a Tax Title to the Carrington property which belongs [to] the Church. The title is in me.
[Friday, May 1, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I paid T. Egan $270.84 in order to get his Tax Title to the Carrington Corner.
[p.350][Went to Logan for stake conference, May 2-3.]
[Sunday, May 3, 1896 – Logan] We met with the High Council and a vote was taken on the declaration [Political Manifesto]. Seth Langton voted against it. Geo. W. Thatcher, Aaron F. Farr did not vote. All of the rest voted in favor of it.
Elder M. W. Merrill and I attend an overflow meeting and both spoke. Also Geo. Pitkin. Bp. Hyde presided. I read the Declaration and it was unanimously sustained. Prest. Joseph F. Smith and Heber J. Grant spoke in the Tabernacle and also read the Declaration. It is said about 12 persons voted against it.
[Monday, May 4, 1896 – Logan] I had a talk with Dr. W. B. Parkinson. He told me Bro. Moses Thatcher is a Morphine fiend and he explained to me the terrible effects of the Drug. He also placed in my hands a letter purporting to be written by an opium eater, a Doctor in Oregon, but my spirit says it was written by Moses Thatcher.
[Tuesday, May 5, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I got from James Jack $75.00, $50 cash and $25 in Z.C.M.I. orders. I gave to each of my wives $20.00. I paid Wells Fargo and Co. $157.50 interest. It rained most all day.
[Thursday, May 7, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Abraham H. Cannon, G. F. Gibbs and I met in Council at the Temple. Francis M. Lyman and I am to go to Bear Lake Co. Idaho to adjust some troubles. I[t] was determined in the Council that in all of the Forms of Baptism the words “Renewal of your Covenants and Remission of your sin” should be left out. A letter is to be sent to all of the Temples to that effect.
[Thursday, May 14, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Co. met today. Business continues very good.
[Saturday, May 16, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The Argus has an interview from Jos. F. Smith and myself and others over the high Council affair.
[Thursday, May 21, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon spoke to me today about my not voting with my quorum on many occasions and thought I was not doing right. I thanked him for his kindly talk.
[p.351][Friday, May 22, 1896 – Ephraim] I went by way of the Union Pacific and San Pete valley Railway to Ephraim, San Pete Co. to attend the funeral of Sister Sarah Peterson, wife of President Canute Peterson. F. M. Lyman joined me at Provo. The funeral commenced at 1 p.m. and lasted until 4 p.m., Bp. Andersen presiding. A number of the brethren had spoken before Bro. Lyman and I arrived and we spoke considerable time.
[Tuesday, May 26, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I went to Spanish Fork today and drew some dividend[s] from the Spanish Fork store. I brought home $118.64 dollars worth of goods. I paid tithing $29.85.
[Thursday, May 28, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, Abraham H. Cannon, G. F. Gibbs & I met in Council.
Jos. F. Smith favored trying Moses Thatcher at once. Wilford Woodruff favored trying Moses Thatcher at once. Wilford Woodruff said it was our duty to see that Bro. Thatcher had a hearing just as soon as possible and that he be dealt with so as to prevent him from doing harm. Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Gannon, F. D. Richards & B. Young favored actions just as soon as Moses health would permit. I felt we could not hurry matters.
[Thursday, June 4, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, Abraham H. Cannon & G. F. Gibbs met in Council at the temple. Bro. M. Thatcher was to have been with us but failed on account of sickness.
[Friday, June 5, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I called at the office and had a short conversation with Joseph F. Smith. It has cost about $600.00 a trip for G. Q. Cannon and wife on their trips east, several of which has been taken at church expense.
[Saturday, June 6, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I drove over Jordan to see my meadow. The river is quite high. I got from, J. Jack cash $100.00. I paid to Josephine $25.00 and Sarah $25.00.
[Thursday, June 11, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I baptised this morning my daughters Lucy and Tirzah Priscilla Smith. The latter is 8 years old today and was born in this city June 11, 1888. Lucy was born Dec. 24, 1887 at Snowflake, Apache Co. Arizona. I also confirmed them members of the church.
[p.352]I signed a note for $2,000.00 for Iowa state Savings bank and gave mortgage on Carrington Corner.
[Went to Colorado for meetings of the Mexican Colonization and Agricultural Company, June 12-18, then on to Idaho for conferences, June 20-24].
[Sunday, June 21, 1896 – Elbe, Cassia County, Idaho] [stake conference] The people were well dressed and nearly all rode to meeting in good spring vehicles and drove good horses. A nice spirit prevailed.
[Monday, June 22, 1896 – Elbe, Cassia County, Idaho] The Presidency of the stake and myself listened to a trouble among the brethren about land and told them what we would do if it was us.
At 10 a.m. Conference convened. The address of the Presidency was read and approved, one vote against it.
[Thursday, June 25, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I finished the payment of a note to Mrs. Fox for $1600.00 and interest today.
Presidents W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Eiders F. D. Richards, Brig. Young, John W. Taylor and myself met at the Temple. G. F. Gibbs was present. Moses Thatcher’s condition was talked over. I held he was not responsible from his use of narcotics. Prest. W. Woodruff & G. Q. Cannon rather held that he was.
[Monday, June 29, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I had the privilege of attending a meeting with W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, M. W. Merrill and U.S. Senator F. J. Cannon. The political situation was talked over. Senator Cannon felt his action should be endorsed in leaving the St. Louis Convention, and he said he would take immediate steps to bring the people to his way of thinking. Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon endorsed his view and Prest. W. Woodruff aquiesed. M. W. Merrill said nothing and I said I would take the matter under advisement. Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon felt a little hurt and said to F. J. Cannon, we will call Republicans together and take steps at once.
My mother or Aunt is 68 years old today. I went to Provo and called upon her.
[Tuesday, June 30, 1896 – Salt Lake City] With my sons Chase, Winslow and Nicholas I went over Jordan and spent the day hauling and stacking hay. I was very tired at night.
[Wednesday, July 1, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I was so lame from work yesterday that I can scarcely get about today.
[p.353][Tuesday, July 7, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill met in Council at the Temple. A resolution passed by the Salt Lake Stake High Council Reflecting upon F. M. Lyman’s talk at the stake conference was considered. We voted that we did not believe as apostles that we had the right to over turn stake organizations of our own volition. Several of the brethren made speaches.
[Thursday, July 9, 1896 – Salt Lake City] At 11 a.m. Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor and M. W. Merrill met and related some of our expriences. About 1 p.m. presidents Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith joined us. We partook of the sacrament together, Prest. Jos. F. Smith offering the prayer.
Prest. Wilford Woodruff said we had neglected our duty in regard to Moses Thatcher, that the sooner he was dealt with and an understanding reached the better. Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon did not care to talk on account of former occurences but endorsed Prest. Woodruff. Joseph F. Smith was for decisive action. To his mind we were unjust to the people as well as to Bro. Thatcher from the position in which we had left him. The Presidency withdrew and the Apostles present appointed Franklin D. Richards and Brigham Young a committee to wait upon Bro. Moses Thatcher and ascertain from him what he had made his mind up to do.
We adjourned to meet at 7 p.m. at our room in the Temple.
7 p.m. We met. Prayer by Bro. Geo. Teasdale.
Prest. F. D. Richards and B. Young reported their visit to Bro. M. Thatcher. They found him dressed to go out to the Lake. He received them kindly but said he had undergone no change of sentiment as to the address. Both brethren were impressed with his cold, cunning spirit.
We all spoke upon the matter and finally agreed to say to Bro. Moses he could meet us on the 22nd to answer to the charge of apostacy.
[Sunday, July 12, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Judge White of Ogden called on me. He said some leading Republicans of Weber Co. wanted me to run for Congress on a McKinley ticket. I told him I would take it under advisement.
[Wednesday, July 15, 1896 – Salt Lake City] H. J. Grant and I set apart 10 Elders and one sister for missions. Elder A. H. Cannon is very bad today. A consultation Doctor was called and an operation performed which gave some relief. H.J. Grant and I went and administered to him.
[p.354][Thursday, July 16, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I attended the meetings of the Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Co. and of the Grant Soap. Co.
Bro. Moses Thatcher been very poorly. He had up to ten p.m. last night not taken any Morphine for over one hundred and twenty hours.
[Sunday, July 19, 1896 – Provo] A. H. Cannon died this morning at 5:15 a.m.
[Monday, July 20, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I signed a note at the Zions Savings bank of over $15 thousand dollars today.
[Sunday, July 26, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The funeral of Abraham H. Cannon came of[f] at 2 p.m. at the Tabernacle. [progam listed]
This evening Bp. Wm. B. Preston called on me and invited me to go to his office with [him]. I did so and found A. F. Farr, Seth Langton, Geo. A. Snow, Dr. Geo. Hyde, Severine Jepson, Moses Thatcher Jr., Geo. J. Thatcher, W. B. Preston and myself made up the company.
It was stated by Moses Thatcher [Jr.] that he was adicted to the Morphine habbit and part of the time insane and that they must do something for him. S. Jepson, who had been more with Moses St. than any one else, endorsed the statement. It was finally agreed to get him if possible to go of his own free will to a sanatarium in California, if he refused to do so then to insist on sending him any way. We adjourned to meet tomorrow at Bp. Preston’s home.
[Monday, July 27, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I met with parties named as being in our meeting last night but after talking over the situation, Sister Thatcher thought my presence would arouse Moses and I left. I have not heard how matters went.
[Wednesday, August 5, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Some members of Cannon Grant & Co. met and decided to sign a [?] note for $9,000.00. I paid J. E. Dooley $157.50 interest. I paid Wm. James $31.75 for putting in pipe at Crismon house.
[Thursday, August 6, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Prests. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor & G. F. Gibbs met and partook of the sacrament at our room in the Temple. Moses Thatchers condition is being talked over. I was instructed to Telegraph to D. W. Ap. Jones that we did not want the Ranch property he had written about.
[p.355][Wednesday, August 12, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Myself and wives went out to the lake and had a bath and witnessed the play of Madrid.
[Friday, August 21, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Senator A. Brown called upon me. I told him I was for McKinley for President and agreed to go to Ogden and talk Saturday night.
[Went on trip to Oregon to see saw mills, mines, and other businesses in the area, August 22-September 1.]
[Saturday, August 29, 1896 – Portland, Oregon] The forenoon was spent by Bp. Geo. Romney and Myself in looking over the City. It is well built, streets well paved. Many buildings empty. Business dull. Our party consisting of Bp. Geo. Romney, W. W. Riter, David Eccles, Thos. D. Dee, Levi Riter and myself went by the O. Ry. & N. Co. Steamer F. J. Potter 110 miles to Astoria. We put up at the Occident Hotel.
[Thursday, Sept. 3, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I went through the Temple today and was endowed for my Uncle David Lord Libbey and had his wife Caroline sealed to him, Hannah M. Smith acting for her. I had Jane Topham sealed to me, Hannah Topham Clark acting for Jane. I went up to Ogden and attended the meeting of the extreme silverite Wing of the Republican party. Some good talk was made and some unwise things said.16
[Monday, Sept. 7, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I attended the funeral of F. H. Auerbach at the Jewish Synagoug. Thos. Marshall delivered the adress. It is a Holliday and many people are gone to Saltair today.
9. According to Francis M. Lyman’s diary for January 10, 1895, Moses Thatcher was quoted in the press as having said, “Over in Cash Vall[e]y a prominent man an Apostle, got on the stand and said the Presidency of the Church wanted the people to vote a certain way. He was tried for it and had to confess his wrong. The eyes of all Isreal were on that case.”
10. The most controversial and divisive issue at the Constitutional Convention was the matter of women’s suffrage. See Jean Bickmore White, “Woman’s Place is in the Constitution: The Struggle for Equal Rights in Utah in 1895,” Utah Historical Quarterly 42 (Fall 1974): 344-69.
13. This became known as the Political Manifesto. It declared that every leading official of the church should apply to the proper authorities before accepting any position, “political or otherwise,” to see whether such position could be accepted consistently with his church obligations. It also denied that this indicated a desire to dictate to any official concerning their duties as American citizens or “to interfere with the affairs of the state.” It was widely regarded as being aimed at Moses Thatcher and B. H. Roberts, who were active Democrats, while leaving John Henry and others free to engage in Republican politics.
14. E. B. Critchlow, a prominent non-Mormon state senator and a Republican, wrote a long letter published in the Salt Lake Tribune on April 12. He charged that a special church committee created by the First Presidency to study and monitor legislation before the state legislature was in fact trying to control legislative action by giving “advice” and “counsel” to Mormon legislators, sometimes following up with threats of discipline.
15. Because there was resistance to the Political Manifesto in some stakes, a plan of action was decided on at this meeting. According to Franklin D. Richards, “It should first be presented to the presiding Authorities of a stake or Ward and when accepted by them then present it to their people.” This was seen as a way to deal with “such as do not most readily accept it” (diary, April 30, 1896).
16. Utah Republicans had a difficult problem in 1896 with the silver issue. The national party had refused to abandon the gold standard, causing a split in Utah’s Republican party between the regulars, who supported McKinley and the national party, and the “silverites,” many of whom supported local and state Republicans but backed William Jennings Bryan and the national Democratic ticket. This led to separate conventions and separate party labels on the ballot. The “silverites” were listed as the Independent Republican party. John Henry tried to keep peace among the factions but was unable to avoid the split that helped give Democrats the victory.