Chapter 5. (part A)
Challenges for Church and State
[p.533][Friday, Jan. 1, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I was at my homes all day reading, writing, and visiting. I had my New Years dinner at Josephines having eaten my Christmas dinner at Sarah F. We are all fairly well.
I had a short visit with U.S. Senator Thomas Kearns in regard to who should be our Delegation to the National Republican Convention at Chicago in June. We agreed that the Congressional delegation, W. S. McCornick, Lewis W. Shurtliff & Myself would suit us if favorably Considered by Members of the Party.
[Saturday, Jan. 2, 1904 – Salt Lake City] The Consolidation of the Power Plant and Street Railway Companies is a great achievement on the part of our people. It will open the door for much employment to our people.
[Sunday, Jan. 3, 1904 – Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. 17th Ward fast meeting.
Four Children were confirmed members of the Church. I was Mouth in my daughter Arzellas case.
To night Moses A. Pond asked me for my daughter Sarah A. in Marriage. I gave my Consent.
I am asked to attend the funeral of Lula Boyer Alexander and her two children at Springville. They were killed in the great fire in the Iroquois theatre [in Chicago] where 585 souls were killed last week.
[p.534][Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1904 – Salt Lake City] President Jos. F. Smith and daughter, Prest. A. H. Lund & son, Coy. Wells and Wife, General C. S. Burton & Wife, Bp. T. R. Cutler & Wife, W. S. McCornick, Joseph Geoghegan, George A. Smith and wife, George Alfred Smith, Myself & Wife Sarah F. and others Went in a special Car to the Sugar Co. Power plant in Bear River and found it in excelent shape. We had lunch on the train on our way to the Sugar Factory at Garland. When we reached the factory a large concourse of people were present. Gov. H. M. Wells, Presidents J. F. Smith and Lund and Bp. T. R. Cutler spoke to the people. We all went through the factory. Our train returned to Salt Lake City reaching there at 7:30 p.m.
[Friday, Jan. 8, 1904 – Salt Lake City] Charles S. Burton, Geo. D. Pyper, Joseph Silver, Don Carlos Young and I went through the Theatre from Roof to Cellar and gave some instructions in regard to improvements so as to make the place safer. An outside stairs leading to the Third Circle and having an opening to all of the Galaries.
[Saturday, Jan. 9, 1904 – Provo] I went to Provo City and met with the board of Trustees of the Brigham Young University. We cleared up routine business. Bro. George H. Brimhall our new President of the faculty was present with us. President Jos. F. Smith presided.
[Saturday, Jan. 16, 1904 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency of the church destroyed $500,000.00 redeemed bonds.
I wrote to my son Nicholas G. Congratulating him on his appointment to be President of the Amsterdam Conference.
My wife Sarah[‘s] Father is with us for the night in good health and past 82 years old.
[Thursday, Jan. 21, 1904 – Salt Lake City] In company with Ed. L. Sloan I went up to Layton and tried to adjust some rights of way across farm in the Interest of the Utah Independent Telephone Co.
I returned home in the evening having accomplished very little.
[Saturday, Jan. 23, 1904 – Idaho Falls and Rexburg, Idaho] I went on up to Rexburg reaching there about 12 noon. I went to the home of President Thomas E. Bassett and had some dinner. I learned that the stake conference for today had been over looked and would be held next Week. I visited the new Ricks Academy building and called to see Ben L. Rich and Dr. George Hyde, and at 4 p.m. took train for home. I was at the Porter Hotel in Idaho Falls until midnight and at that time took train for home.
I got up and dressed Myself and reached home about 8:30 a.m. where I spent the entire day out of sorts from cold and with Neuralgia in my head.
[Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I borrowed $4,645.00 of Zions Saving Bank today, am to pay 7 per cent per anum. I attended the stockholders meet. of the Coop. Furnature Co. We paid an 8 per cent dividend.
[Thursday, Feb. 4, 1904 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, George Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M., George A. & John Smith and Secretary George F. Gibbs met.
The annual statement of the Church was read by Rudger Clawson
The Live Assetts are $2,819,728.80
” Silent ” ” 673,485.40
This does cover the Tabernacle and grounds and other church edifices.
[Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the Utah M[exican] Rubber Co., The Utah Independent Telephone Co. and the Church office. I am just about as Miserable as a fellow can be and get about.
I told President Jos. F. Smith I was going home and going to bed. I could not go any longer.
[Thursday, Feb. 11, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I am very lame. By a great effort I got down into the sitting Room. I had a bed made in the Sitting Room as I could not get up stairs. I sent for Dr. J. S. Richards. He prescribed Salsylic Acid.
He called it acute Rheumatism.
[Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I am a little easier today.
[Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1904 – Salt Lake City] U.S. Marshall Ben. Hayward called on me today and Subpoened me for a Witness in the Smoot Case at Washington.
[Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I am still in the Toils of Rheumatism.
[p.536][Thursday, Feb. 25, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I walked of[f] over to my wife Josephine and back, it tired me out very badley. The Presidency and some of the Twelve met in Council. I could not go.
[Friday, Feb. 26, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I am not so well today as I was yesterday.
Dr. J. S. Richards is tending on me. Prest. Jos. F. Smith called on me this evening. He leaves in the Morning for Washington, D.C.
[Saturday, Feb. 27, 1904 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Jos. F. Smith, Francis M. Lyman, Hyrum M. Smith and Andrew Jenson and others left for Washington, D.C. to testify in the Reed Smoot Case.
I should have gone but am to poorly.
[Monday, Feb. 29, 1904 – Salt Lake City] This day closes an other month and here I am an invalid tied up in the house.
[Friday, March 4, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I have taken over a hundred doses of Salsylicia Acid. It dont find very much response in me as yet.
[There are no entries in the diaries between March 5 and August 21.1]
[p.537][Sunday, Aug. 21, 1904 – Salt Lake City] Andrew Jenson and I spoke at the Tabernacle today 2 p.m. and he spoke at the 17th ward. he is going to Scandinavia on a printing mission.
[Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I was at business most of the day. Y. M. M. I. A. board met at 5 p.m. We had some Warm discussions over a committee report.
[Thursday, Aug. 25, 1904 – Salt Lake City] All of the first Presidency and some Twelve met and had prayer. Prest. J. F. Smith told me he had been offended with some remarks I had made at the Y. M. M. I. A. meeting. After mutual explanation we kissed and made up forgiving each other.
[Saturday, Aug. 27, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I dressed my self for the first time in about seven months.
[Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Mexican Rubber Co. office part of the day. In the evening I went to Provo with Prest. J. F. Smith and attended a meeting of the Brigham Young Academy board.
[Friday, Sept. 2, 1904 – Salt Lake City] General J. S. Clarkson of New York called on me today, bringing me the compliments of President Theodore Roosevelt.
[Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I received a letter from J. S. Clarkson assuring me that Prest. Roosevelt had received a letter from me and would answer it later.
[Thursday, Sept. 29, 1904 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. all of the first Presidency, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, C. W. Penrose, John Smith and George F. Gibbs met and had Prayers. All Sealings done out of the Temple must be performed in that building.
[Thursday, Oct. 6, 1904 – Salt Lake City] The Semi Annual Conference convened in the Tabernacle at 10 a.m. Today. All of the £trst Presidency and Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, George A. Smith and C. W. Penrose of the Apostles and the Patriarch of the church John Smith and other brethren present. Many of the stakes were fully represented.
[Saturday, Oct. 8, 1904 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] I spent the afternoon at the State Fair with my cousin Milford B. Libbey and wife of Whitefield, N.H. who are visiting us. We attended a Concert at the Tabernacle in the evening.
[p.538][Monday, Oct. 17, 1904 – Salt Lake City] Mr. H. O. Havemeyer [of the sugar trust] and party are in the City. I had dinner with them at the Alta [men’s social] Club.
Eighteen gentlemen sat down at the Table. 12 courses were indulged. We were three hours at the Table. Many toasts were proposed and answered. We had a joyous time. Five of the 18 drank no wine.
[Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1904 – Salt Lake City] N. W. Clayton, L. J. Nuttall, Jerry Langford and I went over to Saltair. We decided to enclose the Pavillion with glass so as to keep out the storms.
[Thursday, Oct. 20, 1904 – Salt Lake City] Thirty Eight years ago today I married my wife Sarah Farr.
[Went to St. Louis for Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress, October 23-November 3.]
[Saturday, Nov. 5, 1904 – Salt Lake City] At home sick.
[Friday, Nov. 11, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office part of the day.
[Saturday, Nov. 12, 1904 – en route to Texas] I left for El Paso Texas today to attend the Irrigation Congress. My wife Sarah went with me. About 20 persons went with us.
[Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1904 – Mexico City] We called upon General Powell Clayton, American Ambasador to Mexico. He received us nicely.
[Friday, Nov. 25, 1904 – Cuernavaca, Morales, Mexico] We went to Cuernavaca state of Morales. We put up at Bro. H. L. Halls hotel.
We visited the Cortez Palace, the old Cathedral and two other churches, also what is known as the Hardin border, a nice little park with lake and fountain. We held meetings with the Saints in the evening.
[Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1904 – Colonia Juarez] We went to Colonia Juarez. We put at the Home of President Anthony W. Ivins.
We held meeting in the evening. C. W. Penrose, H. J. Faust and I spoke. Bro. George Teasdale is here and well.
[p.539][Friday, Dec. 2, 1904 – Colonia Dublan, Mexico] We went to Ciudad Juarez and E1 Paso Texas. I received the following telegram
Salt Lake City
We want John Henry Smith here. Get this to him.
Joseph F. Smith
I sent the following
Joseph F. Smith
Salt Lake City
We expect to be there Monday. All well.
[Monday, Dec. 5, 1904 – Salt Lake City] We reached home at noon and found all well.
[Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I was at the presidents office most of the day.
[Friday, Dec. 9, 1904 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, A. H. Lund, F. M. Lyman, Myself, Hyrum M. and George A. Smith, B. H. Roberts, James E. Talinage & C. W. Penrose spent the day reading and studying the Doctrines of the Church.
[Saturday, Dec. 10, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Rubber Companys office today.
I was subpoened by U.S. Marshall Haywood to day to go to Washington in the Smoot case. So was C. W. Penrose.
[Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1904 – Salt Lake City] G. W. Penrose and I left for Washington, D.C. today on the Oregon Short line.
[Friday, Dec. 16, 1904 – Washington, D. C.] We reached Washington and went to the Hotel Raleigh. We met Smoots lawyers.
[Saturday, Dec. 17, 1904 – Washington, D. C.] At 10 a.m. we went to the Room where the Committee on Privileges and Elections were examining witnesses in the Senator Smoot Case.
All day at the Capitol. Wm. Budge, John Nicholson, C. W. Penrose, Prof. J. Hickman Jackson of Idaho, Mina Cannon Ellis and Myself were on [p.540]the Witness stand.2
I went to the Theatre in the evening with Waldemar Van Gott.
[Sunday, Dec. 18, 1904 – Washington, D. C.] I attended the Catholic church. I wrote to my son George A. Smith. In the evening I took a Turkish bath.
[Monday, Dec. 19, 1904 – Washington, D. C.] At 10 a.m. I met the Privileges [and] Election Committee. I was on the Witness stand Most of the forenoon.
I had lunch with Congressman Howell. I had supper with Ray Lund. I spent the evening with Judge Bartch at J. Ellen Fosters.
[Tuesday, Dec. 20, 1904 – Washington, D. C.] C. W. Penrose and I was both on the witness stand to day. So was Mrs. Thurber, J. M [?] Owen and Marshall Ben Haywood. At 5 p.m. the committee adjourned until Jany. 10, 1905. At 7:45 we left for home.
[Sunday, Dec. 25, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I ate my Christmas dinner at Josephines.
[Monday, Dec. 26, 1904 – Salt Lake City] At home part of the day, the ballsnee of the time at the Presidents with Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, C. W. Penrose and Franklin S. Richards.
[Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I paid $686.00 in Taxes, and $350.00 in tithing.
[Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I paid James F. Smith to Thomas Kearns for $307.20.
[p.541][Friday, Dec. 30, 1904 – Salt Lake City] I sent for Reed Smoot to W. J. McConnell $150.00. 3:15 p.m. I left for Colorado [en route to Mexico].
[Sunday, Jan. 1, 1905 – El Paso, Texas] I reached El Paso, Texas at 3 p.m. I put up at the Hotel Orndorff. I went over to Giudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. I found the following Telegram
from T. E. Pomeroy
West Lake [code name for Apostle Matthias F. Cowley] sent for. Cant reach Juarez before Tuesday perhaps Wednesday.
I returned to El Paso and had a nice dinner.
[Monday, Jan. 2, 1905 – El Paso] Mr. Gifford & I had dinner with H. M. Mundy at his elegant home. . .It was a Turkey dinner and very nice. I wrote letters to George A., Winslow F. and Nicholas G.
[Tuesday, Jan. 3, 1905 – El Paso] I wrote letters to my Mother and my wives Sarah & Josephine, my sons Don Carlos and Ezra Chase.
I called upon Alonzo Farnsworth and family and had a pleasant visit. Bro. M. F. Cowley did not reach here today.
[Wednesday, Jan. 4, 1905 – El Paso] I was at the hotel most of the day. I went over to Giudad Juarez but M[atthias]. F. C[owley]. Did not come. I wrote a letter to my daughter Sarah Ann Pond, my sons Nathaniel L. and Joseph Harmon.
[Thursday, Jan. 5, 1905 – El Paso] I wrote letters to my children Nancy Clairabell, Tirzah Priscilla and Elsie Louise, Elizabeth, Glen G., Arzella and Josephine.
[Saturday, Jan. 7, 1905 – El Paso] Westlake came. I met him at Giudad Juarez. We spent the afternoon in visiting.
[Sunday, Jan. 8, 1905 – Ciudad Juarez] We spent the day at Ciudad Juarez. We held meeting. Westlake and I spoke. Westlake decided he would not go with me. I gave him $50.00 expense money. At 7:30 p.m. I left for home over C.R.I. and P.R.R.
[Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1905 Salt Lake City] I reached home at 6 p.m. Found all well. I spent part of the evening with Prest. Jos. F. Smith and A. H. Lund.
[p.542][Thursday, Jan. 12, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I met with the brethren in the Temple. All of the First Presidency and F. M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, George A. Smith and C. W. Penrose of the Twelve & Patriarch John Smith were present. Secretary G. F. Gibbs also present. Francis M. Lyman reported his trip to Canada and I mine to El Paso, Texas. Prayer by prest. John R. Winder. Mouth at the Altar Francis M. Lyman.
We transacted all routine business. We then partook of the sacrament, George A. Smith asking a blessing on the same.
[Friday, Jan. 13, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office part of the day. I paid Z.C.M.I. $30.00, Coop. Furniture Co. $20.00, the Salt Lake Tribune $8.50 and stoped that paper going to my home.
[Thursday, Jan. 19, 1905 – Salt Lake City] My son Winslow Farr is 24 years old today. His mother received a nice letter from him.
I received a nice letter from my son Nicholas Groesbeck commending my course before the Senate Committee.
A Miss Gueque called upon [me] in regard to Marrying an old man 78 years old, she is 38 years old. I told her she must determine that matter for herself.
[Saturday, Jan. 21, 1905 – Provo] Edward L. Sloan and I went to Provo and saw members of the City
Council in regard to a Franchise for the Utah Independent Telephone Co. I attended the Utah Stake Quarterly Conference.
I spent my evening at the office of Jesse Knight with Brigham Young University board.
[Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1905 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Independent Telephone Co. met at 10:30 a.m. The Home Dramatic Directors met at 3 p.m.Y.M.M.I.A. board met at 5 p.m. Josephine and I went to the theatre in the evening.
[Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I was at Dr. Alma Dunford office part of the day having my teeth fixed.
I was with L. John Nuttall and J. E. Langford out to Saltair. The windows are in. The work is only fairly done.
The Coop. Furniture Co. elected its Directors and heard the annual reports. I was made President again.
[p.543][Monday, Feb. 13, 1905 – Salt Lake City] L. J. Nuttall, J. E. Langford, George Felt and I went out to Saltair and looked over the recent Improvements. They are not just up to the full standard but will have to do.
[Monday, Feb. 20, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day getting ready to go to Mexico. I took one thousand dollars of Utah Mexican R[ubber] Co. fund, five hundred in drafts and five in cash. I told Presidents Smith, Winder and Lund I favored sending and keeping [in] Washington two good men. I also favored Taylor and Cowley doing something to ease public sentiment both at home and abroad.3
[Went on a long trip to Mexico, through jungles and into remote parts to look at Utah Mexican Rubber Company ranch. Left February 21 and returned April 9, some 6,500 miles.]
[Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1905 – en route to Mexico] At 1:15 p.m. B. F. Grant, John McAllister and I left for Mexico. At Ogden James Mack [and] Lucian C. Farr found us.
[Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1905 – en route through Colorado] At Pueblo Aquilla Nebeker and S. W. West found us.
[Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1905 – Mexico City] Brigham F. Grant and I met the business delegation from El Paso, Texas, about 100 men and women. They pinned their badge upon us and we went to the National building and were received by Diaz. An address of Congratulations to President Porfirio Diaz was read commending his work for his country. He made a nice response in which he said he had only done what all governments did for their people and that was to try and keep the great laboring class employed. He commended the business men of El Paso for their manifest enterprise. We all shook his hand and then passed through the residence part of the building. It was very finely fournished. Silver Ware, Glass and China, Tapestries on the Walls, inlaid floors, frescoed walls and ceilings. Carved doors and casings. Some fine Paintings.
I wrote letters to Clair, Sibbie and Elsie. To Nathaniel L. and Joseph H. and Glenn G., Arzella and Josephine.
[p.544][Wednesday, March 1, 1905 – Mexico City] I called upon the Minister of Mining in company with some of the El Paso people.
John A. McAlister, James Mack and I visited the National Art Galery, The Hospital of Jesus established by Hernando Cortez and the thieves market.
I wrote letters to my wifes Sarah F. and Josephine G. also Daughter Bessie and my sons Winslow F. and Nicholas G. and mailed them to Zurich, Switzerland.
[Friday, March 3, 1905 – Cordoba to Vera Cruz] We left at 7 a.m. over the Vera Cruz and Pacific Railway for Santa Lucrecia, state Vera Cruz. We got a nice dinner at the Town of Tere Bianca. . .We passed through a wonderland of tangled thriving Coffee Trees, Banana Trees, Sugar Cane, Tobacco plants, Cattle, Horses, Swine and Turkey and all Colored birds. We saw Sugar Factories. Mountains covered with Timber.
[Monday, March 6, 1905 – Coatzacoalcos, Vera Cruz] A boat came in from Tonala and we arranged to go to Tonala on it on Wednesday morning.
[Wednesday, March 8, 1905 – Coatzacoalcos] We took boat at 6 a.m. The Tulula. Their were 9 men and one woman, 6 being white men and the ballance Indians. We made the run to Tonala in 6 hours going on the Gulf of Mexico.
Ben. Cluff Jr. met us with a boat here. We rented a house and spent the afternoon resting. It will take four days to reach the [Utah Mexican Rubber Company] ranch by boat.
[Thursday, March 9, 1905 – Tonala to Los Soledados, Vera Cruz] We were very much annoyed by small bugs during the night.
We left at 4:40 a.m. going up the Tonala River. We reached Los Soledado about about 2 p.m. where we remained over night. Mr. Vater the manager received us in a most hospitable manner. He is a native of Indiana and his wife was a French woman from Paris, France. He has one thousand acres of Rubber Trees from one to four years of age. They did not seem to be doing nicely.
[Saturday, March 11, 1905 – traveling on river] We rested fairly well and left at 6 a.m. and traveled about 25 miles to a ranch on the River bank and slept in an Indian home and slept on a pole bed with only a Poletat or Palm leaf mat.
[p.545][Monday, March 15, 1905 – Paso dela Mina, Tabasco] I slept very nicely. Pigs, Dogs. Cats. Trinkies and chickens occupied my room with me and James Mack, Ben Cluff, and John A. McAllister.
Their was five beds in the house, a table and a bath Tub. Senor Torraco has a wife and two children. He is nearly pure Spanish, the wife pure Indian. One of the children is white, the other dark like an Indian. We had rice, Fried Eggs, tortillas, Beans, Plantin, Coffee, and Chocolate for our meals, all nicely cooked. The Table linen and dishes were clean and food nicely served.
Our horses arrived from the ranch about noon. At 1:15 p.m. we left for Lagunillas and in going swam our horses across the Sanapa River and the men rode in a skiff. We reached the ranch about 5 p.m.
[Tuesday, March 14, 1905 – Lagunillas Village, Tabasco] We had supper here. The old Ranch is made up of a brick house and tiles on it, about 25 bamboo and palm leaves homes occupied by the Natives. We have about five hundred dollars worth of goods here. Their were about 75 workmen here. We saw some new planted Rubber Trees.
We left at 8:15 a.m. for San Fernando. The road through the swamp was very muddy for about 1 1/2 miles. We saw some nice Rubber trees, some nine years old.
[Friday, March 17, 1905 – Lagunillas] Our entire day was spent in looking over our newly planted Rubber fields and the clearings being made of the timber and Brush in order to plant Rubber trees.
I bot a Rubber Gape made of Rubber taken from a Wild Rubber tree on the Utah Mexican Rubber Companys Ranch.
We have done about fifty miles of horse back riding among the jungles and prairies of the Ranch.
[Monday, March 20, 1905 – Huimanguillo to Chicago Ranch, Tabasco] We left here at 4 a.m. and riding about 20 miles reached the Home of Adolph G. Weiss of Chicago, his ranch of about seven thousand acres. We were received with open arms by a Mr. Green, Mr. Weiss being out on his ranch. He came in about noon and Mr. Mansar with him. We spent the afternoon looking over the place. He is growing Cattle and horses, Cocoa, Bananas, Coffee and Rubber trees.
[Thursday, March 23, 1905 – Chicago Ranch to Cardenas, Tabasco] We said good bye to our friend Weiss and rode to the River five miles away. We took boat and went down the Mescalapa River to Cardenas. We were about five hours on the River, having stoped a short time at Huimanguilla and got our luggage. Our River ride was about 28 miles. We [p.546]visited a cane Sugar Mill. We rode to the town of Cardenas three miles on a Street car. Bro. Ben. Cluff met us and we went to his home.
He says up to this point we have rode on horse back about 120 miles.
[Friday, March 24, 1905 – Cardenas] Our manager has kept a rented house here for some time in order to have an office at which men could be hired.
We actually buy men and virtually hold them as slaves although they can really under the law leave when they please. But following the practice of the country the Mosos [?] continue to traid themselves off.
[Saturday, March 25, 1905 – Cardenas to San Juan Baptiste, Tabasco] We bad our friends good bye at 5 a.m. and rode three miles to the River on the Street Car. We took an Indian Canoe here with three boatmen and at 8:15 a.m. started for San Juan Baptiste, the Capital of the state of Tabasco. The distance by boat was 40 miles, from the landing to the City three miles by Street Car for which we paid $15.00 Mexican as we had to hire a private car or lay out on the ground without blankets and the misquitoes were simply terrific. We tried several hotels and about midnight found rooms at the Hotel Galatea. The day was hot and our boatmen young thoughtless fellows and not inclined to work well.
[Monday, March 27, 1905 – San Juan Baptiste] We called at the State house and were introduced to the Governor of the State Abraham Bandello and Jeffe Politico Nicholas Pizarro. We had a nice visit and looked through the building which contains good pictures of Hidalgo, Benito Juarez, Porfirio Diaz and others. It is an elegant building and nicely finished and furnished with native hard woods, the Stair Case being especially noticeable.
The Governor wanted to sell us a plantation.
I have seen no evidences of immorality or drunkenness although everybody drinks alcohol. Many both men and women, boys and girls are Smokers.
[Wednesday, March 29, 1905 – San Juan Baptiste] We went on to the Sophie at noon and went in about 7 hours 65 miles to Frontero. We went to the Hotel Europa.
[Saturday, April 1, 1905 – on Tehuantepec ship on Gulf of Mexico] We paid for our beds at the Hotel and went on board of the Tehuantepec and spent most of the day until 5 p.m. when we pulled out for Vera Cruz. I spent part of the night on deck and part in the cabin.
[p.547][Monday, April 3, 1905 Mexico City] We reached here at 8:30 a.m. and took rooms at the Iterbida Hotel. B. F. Grant and I left for home at 7:30 p.m.
[Wednesday, April 5, 1905 – Chihuahua, Mexico, to El Paso] We reached El Paso Texas at 6 p.m. and was delayed by the Quarentine Physician for twenty four hours, he claiming we had [been] in the fever infected district of Mexico.
[Friday, April 7, 1905 – El Paso to Dalhart, Texas] At 1 a.m. We left for home. We reached Dalhart, Texas at 6 p.m. and went to a Hotel and put up.
[Sunday, April 9, 1905 – Green River to Salt Lake City] On train. I reached my home at 1:35 p.m. found all well. I went right into the conference and with others I spoke a few moments.
[Thursday, April 13, 1905 – Salt Lake City] In the evening I blest my daughter Sarah Ann Ponds baby boy and gave him the name of Alonzo Smith Pond.
By Telegram from Winslow and Nicholas to their Mothers We learn they had arrived safely in New York.
[Thursday, April 20, 1905 – Provo] I went with Frank Marsh as far as Provo, he going on East. I renewed to him my promise made some years ago in the City of Mexico if he should die without being baptised I would attend to it for him.
[Friday, April 21, 1905 – Provo and Salt Lake City] I slept at the home of my Mother. I met my sons Winslow Farr and Nicholas Groesbeck at the Rio Grande Railroad Station and went home with them. They have been away from home about three years each and come home well.
All of the members of my own family and some kinspeople and friends met at Josephines and had a good time. Their were Thirty of us in all counting one son in law and three daughters in law.
[Monday, April 24, 1905 – Ogden] We had a very high wind during the night. Much damage was done. Scowerofts ware house blew down. Many trees were uprooted and much damage was done.
I returned home and spent some of the day at the office of the Presidency.
At 4 p.m. the Directors of the Utah Mexican Rubber Co. met and received and approved the Report of the Committee who was sent to Mexico.
[p.548]I went to the Theatre in the evening with my wife Sarah.
[Thursday, April 27, 1905 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and of the Twelve Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. and George Albert Smith, C. W. Penrose and Patriarch John Smith and George F. Gibbs [met]. Routine business was gone through. Prayer by George Albert Smith. Prest. Francis M. Lyman was mouth at the altar. Fair reports were made by all. We talked over the question of Rebaptism and some other subjects. It was felt we had been a little too exacting in the matter. I met with the Directors of the Con. W. & M. Co.
[Wednesday, May 3, 1905 – Salt Lake City] It rained very hard all night and all day Wednesday. I was busy about the City and in the evening a large company met at the home of W. N. Williams and celebrated the 83rd birthday of Bathsheba W. B. Smith. About one hundred persons were present. Many of the old Mormon families were represented, the Smiths, Youngs, Taylors, Woodruffs and Snows, the Hydes, Lymans and Richards and Kimballs. The Wells, Cannons, Winders and Lunds, Grants, Littles and Empeys, Beatys, Dougalls, Merrills, Stevensons, Waltons, Winters, Farrs, Biglers, Lambsons, Petersens, Willcox, Hornes, Williams and the Snyders. The Harris, Tanners, Nuttails, Olsons, Alleys, Free, Mantle, Wests, Whitneys, Smoots, Cartwrights, Parrys, Johnsons and others.
We had a nice lunch and a most agreeable time.
C. W. Penrose, Dr. Pratt, Roberts, Drs. Shipp, Martins.
[Saturday, May 6, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I was at President J. F. Smiths office part of the day and at 8:30 p.m. in company with my son George Albert and my daughter Nancy Claribell and my son Don C., wife & cousin Edith Smith in company with Reed Smoot, wife & daughter, C. W. Penrose and Wife, Nephi Morris, L. Holbrook & Wife, W. J. Beatty and Wife, John Critchlow and Wife, W. N. Williams & Wife, David Smith and Wife, Wesley Smith, George Horne, Dr. Elias Wrights Wife left for Los Angeles, California at 8:30 p.m. on special car.
[Monday, May 8, 1905 – Los Angeles] We reached Los Angeles at 7 a.m. and went to the Lankershim Hotel and had breakfast. Distance from home 800 miles.
In the evening we attended a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce building. Some nice speaches were made. Bro. Reed Smoot took an offense at a Remark of H. M. Wells and said some sarcastic things.
[Visited various attractions in the area, including Santa Monica, San Gabriel Mission, and Catalina Island, before leaving for home on May 12.]
[p.549] [Thursday, May 18, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I received a telegram from Stephen A. Smith that President Albert R. Smith died last night. Silas S. Smith and I left at 8:05 p.m. for Manassa, Colorado.
[Saturday, May 20, 1905 – Manassa, Colorado] We reaced Manassa at 11 a.m. and went right into the funeral. The large building was full. The music was fine and the spirit was of the best.
Four wagon loads of the brethren followed the Remains of Prst. A. R. Smith to the grave as the high Water in the River made it dangerous to cross to the Cemetery.
[Thursday, May 25, 1905 – Salt Lake City] At 8 p.m. in company with Prest. F. M. Lyman, Mrs. Harker and Woodruff we left over the Rio Grande R. R. for Mack. At Provo Reed Smoot and wife joined us.
[Friday, May 26, 1905 – Dragon, Colorado] Prest. F. M. Lyman and the three sisters went on an auto mobile to Vernal and Bro. Reed Smoot and I went with team.
[Saturday, May 27, 1905 – Bonanza to Vernal] We drove to the new Ferry on Green River, changed teams and went on to Vernal. I went home with Bro. R. S. Collett and had dinner. I went home with my sister Sarah M. Colton to their farm five miles away. I found Byron Colton and son well. They have a nice farm of sixty acres in good fix. At 2 p.m. President S. R. Bennion, R. S. Collett and Jas. Hacking of the Uintah Stake, Prest. F. M. Lyman, Myself and Reed Smoot met and found that the members of the Stake Presidency felt fairly well to each other. We concluded not to disturb them at present.
[Tuesday, May 30, 1905 – Vernal to Grand Junction, Colorado] I stoped at the home of Lycurgus Johnson over night. At six a.m. we left on the Auto mobile for home. It was a fine ride to Dragon, at which place we got on the Motor Car and went on to Mack and from there to Grand Junction. We put up at the American hotel.
[Wednesday, May 31, 1905 – Grand Junction] At 1 a.m. we left for home which we reached at 10:25 a.m. I foundall well.
I have traveled during this year up to today 14,024 miles.
[Tuesday, June 6, 1905 – Ogden] I went to Ogden with President Joseph F. Smith and wife Edna L. and daughter, Bathsheba W. Smith, Emeline B. Wells and Emily Tanner [p.550]Richards, & Sister Dusenberry. We attended the Weber Stake Relief Society Conference in their new hall.
2 p.m. Conference
Sister Ida Smoot Dusenberry and Myself, E. B. Wells, Emily Richards, Bathsheba W. Smith, Prest. Joseph F. Smith, Sisters Herrick and Belnap and President Jane Richards all spoke and a good spirit prevailed. The Room was full and much hand shaking was indulged in.
[Thursday, June 8, 1903 – Salt Lake City] At l0 a.m. all of the First Presidency, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, George Albert Smith, Charles W. Penrose, John Smith Patriarch and George F. Gibbs met in Council in the Room of the Presidency at the Temple.
Reports were made and Routine business was gone through with. It was decided to allow the people of St. John and Snowflake stakes to move away if they wished to as so much damage had come to them in recent floods in the Little Colorado River.
[Sunday, June 11, 1905 Moroni, Sanpete County] We drove to Moroni and President Anthon H. Lund dedicated the new Relief Society Hall and also a Prayer Circle Room and organized a Prayer Circle.
We both spoke. The house is very nice and Cost $3,500.00.
[Monday, June 12, 1905 Salt Lake City] I returned to my home and found all well.
I attended the meeting of our Los Angeles visitors at the Commercial Club Rooms. Speaches were made by H. M. Wells and some Los Angeles Parties. U.S. Senator W. H. Clark.
[Tuesday, June 13, 1905 – Salt Lake City] A grand Concert was given in the Tabernacle by the Choir in the evening to the Visitors from Los Angeles, California. I made the adress of Welcome. The building was filled to overflowing.
[Monday, June 19, 1905 – Salt Lake City] Upon invitation of Governor John C. Cutler Myself and Wife Sarah accompanied a company of about one hundred persons to Payson, Consisting of the Congressional Irrigation Committee, U.S. Senators Smoot an[d] Sutherland an[d] Congressman Howells and m[an]y other prominent Citizens. We also drove to Utah Lake and Saltair. We had dinner at Provo and supper at Saltair, traveling 156 miles.
[p.551][Tuesday, June 27, 1905 – Salt Lake City] At 7 p.m. a meeting was held in the 17 Ward meeting house where it was voted to build a meeting house to cost about twenty- four thousand dollars.
[Thursday, June 29, 1905 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, George A. Smith and Patriarch John Smith, Secretary George T. Gibbs met at the Temple. All routine business was gone through with Prayer by Rudger Clawson. Mouth at the Altar George Albert Smith. It was dedided to try and lessen the collections of Contributions from the Saints.
I went to Provo to my Mother’s birthday su[r]prise party. She was 77 years old today. 40 old and young ladies were present. Among the 15 widows the oldest of whom was Mrs. Riggs 88 years. My wives and I returned home.
[Friday, June 30, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I spent part of the day at the office of the First Presidency.
George Reynolds and I were appointed by the first Presidency to secure and have erected over the grave of William W. Phelps a decent monument on which were to be inscribed the following
William W. Phelps
Born Feby. 17th, 1792 Hanover, Morris Co., N. J.
Died March 7th, 1872 Salt Lake City, Utah
Orator. Poet. Author
“The Spirit of God like a fire is burning”
There is no end to matter
There is no end to space
There is no end to spirit
There is no end to race
There is no end to glory
There is no end to love
There is no end to being
There is no death above
[Tuesday, July 4, 1905 Pocatello and Sugar City, Idaho] I was awakened here [Pocatello] by the booming of guns and fire crackers. I reached Sugar city at 11:30 a.m. and was met by Bishop Mark Austin and went and witnessed a base Ball game.
At 2:30 we met in the Hall and sang patriotic songs, had prayers and read the declaration of Independence and I spoke for about 40 minutes.
I took a ride through the beet fields and at 5:30 p.m. left for home.
[p.552][Went to Colorado for conference at Manassa and meeting of Mexican Colonization and Agricultural Company, July 14-17. Reelected president.]
[Thursday, July 20, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I went out to Saltair Beach with my wife Sarah and son Winslow and daughter Clair. I had a bath and we had lunch.
[Friday, July 21, 1905 Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at the Presidents office. I took my wife Josephine and the children out to the Saltair beach and we all had a bath.
[Monday, July 24, 1905 – Heber City] 58 years ago today the Pioneer band entered these vallies.
A nice procession was formed of floats and carriages and horse men & women. It was a nice sight. I rode in the carriage with President Wm. H. Smart and his Councillors and Patriarch Abraham Hatch.
We went to the Stake House. Oration by Edward Clyde. S. B. Young and I spoke. Several exercises were given. We had a good day.
[Friday, Aug. 11, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I bot 78 shares of Idaho Sugar Co. Stock. W. B. Dougall and myself went by train to Richmond, Cache Co. We put up at the home of Elder M. W. Merrill. He is still in very [poor?] health.
[Went to Pordand, Oregon, for meeting of the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress. Took daughters Tirzah Priscilla and Elizabeth. Followed with visits to the Lewis and Clark Fair and the Irrigation Congress.]
[Thursday, Aug. 24, 1905 – Portland, Oregon] It was Utah day and speaches were made by Governor Chamberlain of Oregon, President Goode of the Lewis & Clark Fair, Gov. John C. Cutler of Utah and Congressman Howell of Utah. A grand feed folowed with the Punch bowl and eatables. I[t] was said to surpass all other days at the fair except Oregons.
In the evening the fair Commission gave Governor John C. Cutler and staff a banquet at the New York building. I was of the party. Speaches were made by President Goode and Governor John C. Cutler. After dinner we went in boats to witness the sham Naval Battle of Manila Bay. It was very realistic and quite exciting. To day has been a great day. I am very tired tonight.
[Friday, Aug. 25, 1905 – Portland, Oregon] It was Logan day at the Fair. Professor Linford, J. w. Kerr, Congressman Joseph Howell and I spoke. We had cake and Ice cream and wine.
[p.553][Friday, Sept. 1, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at the office of the First Presidency. I bot six shares of Con. W. & M. Co stock, paid six hundred dollars for it.
[Friday, Sept. 8, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I went out to Saltair with Simon Ewing Smith and Sylvester Alonso Smith. The Former from St. Augustine, Florida, the latter from Council Grove, Kansas. The first named is 99 years in October and is the oldest of 12 children, 8 sons and 4 daughters. The other is 61 years old and the youngest of the 12. His mother was 58 years old when he was born. They had dinner with me and at 4:10 p.m. Seymour B. Young and me went by train to Richmond, Cache County. We stoped over night at M. W. Merrill. He has not changed very much since I saw him a month ago.
[Sunday, Sept. 10, 1905 – Salt Lake City] My son George Alberts wife gave birth to a son this morning.
[Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I attended the meeting of the Directors of the Utah National Bank, heber J. Grant & Co., the Home Fire Insurance Co. & the Y.M.M.I.A. board. I met with the Weber River Canal and Reservoir Co.
[Monday, Sept. 18, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I am 57 years old today. The Directors of the Utah Mexican Rubber Co. met to day and they agreed to sell one thousand acres of Rubber Land at $200.00 per acre.
[Friday, Sept. 22, 1905 – Salt Lake City] The Utah Mexican Rubber Co. Loaned $20,000.00 to the Con. W. & M. Co. to day for six months at 5 percent per annum.
[Friday, Sept. 29, 1905 – Salt Lake City] It rained all night and most of the day. I spent three hours and had a nice dinner at Patriarch John Smith. His guests were Joseph Smith of the Reorganized church, his wifc and three small children. His son and Counsellor Fredrick M. Smith and wife and daughter Mrs. Susan Nichols, Alvin Smith and wife and myself.
We had a very pleasant visit.
[Sunday, Oct. 1, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I attended the fast meeting in the Temple at 10 a.m.
Prayer by George Albert Smith. The speakers were John R. Winder, Rudger Clawson, Angus M. Cannon, W. B. Preston, Mrs. Bathsheba W. Smith, May Booth Talmage, Francis M. Lyman, Hyrum M. Smith, Mrs. M. F. Cowley, Prest. Jos. F. Smith, Sarah Nibley, Romania B. Penrose, [p.554]Rachael Grant, Edna K. Smith, Joseph Christianssen, Mary Jane Davis, George M. Cannon, Calvin C. Smith, Henry W. Nesbit and C. W. Penrose bore Testamony and spoke.
[Friday, Oct. 6, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I was up most of the night with my sick Sister Emma Pearl Smith who died this morning at 6:45 a.m. from acute pneumonia.
The Semi Annual Conference convened in the tabernacle at 10 a.m. President Joseph F. Smith presiding.
President Joseph Smith and his son Frederick M. of the Reorganized Church were in attendance upon the conference all day.
The spirit of the Conference today was of the very best.
[Saturday, Oct. 7, 1905 – Salt Lake City] At 4 p.m. the Funeral of my sister Emma Pearl Smith took place at her mothers home. Bp. Walter J. Beatty presiding. Prayer by Prest. Ben E. Rich. Jesse N. Smith, W. J. Beatty, Francis M. Lyman and Joseph F. Smith were the speakers. Benediction by Silas S. Smith. At the grave we had singing and George Albert Smith Dedicated the grave. Peace to the ashes of my invalid sister, and all respect and honor to her Mother Susan E. Smith who was most devoted to her in her sufferings of 34 years.
[Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I attended Directors [meetings] of the Idaho Sugar Co. and the Independent Telephone Co. I received a letter from my Wife Sarah Farr. She is not well and is undergoing treatment for her face that has some kind of a breaking out on it.
I wrote to her and sought to comfort her.
[Thursday, Oct. 19, 1905 – Salt Lake City] At 9 a.m. all of the First Presidency and Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith, Charles W. Penrose, Patriarch John Smith and Secretary George F. Gibbs, Franklin S. Richards and Brigham H. Roberts met in the Temple and heard reports and some statements by Bro. Roberts on his finding in some Papers [he] had been examining.
At 3 p.m. all of the Presidency and the Apostles at home met in the office of the Presidency and after much talk agreed that every fellow should take his own course politically.
[Friday, Oct. 20, 1905 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and Twelve in the City met in the Temple and discussed the situation at Washington and the position in which [p.555]the absent brethren had placed themselves by their acts.4
I married my wife [Sarah] 39 years ago to day. I wrote to her at Chicago, Illinois.
Josephine, myself and our daughter Arzella went to the Emma Eames Tabernacle concert.
[Monday, Oct. 23, 1905 – Salt Lake City] At l0 a.m. all of the Twelve present in the City met in the Temple and spent the day going over business. Prayer by Rudger Clawson. All present expressed their views of the situation.
My son Nicholas told to night that he had offered his hand I[n] marriage to Miss Florance Gay and it has been accepted.
[Thursday, Oct. 26, 1905 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and Nine of the 12 met in the Temple and went through Routine business.
My wife Sarah Farr who has been on a visit to Chicago in company with her Father returned home today.
[Saturday, Oct. 28, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I met Jerry Langford and two other gentlemen and talked over some Improvements at Saltair Beach.
I met with the First Presidency and 7 of the Twelve at the Church offices. Later we met 2 more of the Twelve and were to gether along time and had a very serious visit.
[Tuesday, Oct. 31, 1905 – Salt Lake City] Hyrum M. Smith, Jerry Langford, Two California gentlemen and Myself went out to Saltair to look over the ground to figure out a place for building some amusements.
[Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I called upon Mrs. Jennie B. Whipple at the Grove hospital. She put in my hands a draft on the Commercial National Bank for $938.50. I am to care for this matter. I attended the meeting of the Y.M.M.I.A. at 5 p.m.
[Thursday, Nov. 2, 1905 – Salt Lake City] All of the Twelve in the City met at 9:30 a.m. and talked over the matter between them and J. W. Taylor and M. F. Cowley. At 10 a.m. the Presidency and John Smith and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs came in.
[p.556][Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I voted to day a straight Republican Ticket. The American Party carried this City by about 500 hundred majority.5
[Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office part of the day. Their is some sore hearts over the result of the election.
[Thursday, Nov. 9, 1905 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency and Myself, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith and Brigham H. Roberts met and read a Document on the question of the one spoken of in Section 85 of the D&C.6
[Friday, Nov. 10, 1905 Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. at the office of the First Presidency the following named brethren met in Council: Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund of the First Presidency, Myself, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. and George Albert Smith and C. W. Penrose of the Twelve, Seymour B. Young, Brigham H. Roberts, George Reynolds, J. Golden Kimball, Rulon S. Wells, and Joseph W. McMurrin of the Seven Presidents, Patriarch John Smith, and William B. Preston and Robert T. Burton of the Presiding Bishopric. It was decided to publish a Document on the question of the one mighty and strong spoken of in the D.&C.
At 2 p.m. all of the Presidency, myself, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith, C. W. Penrose, B. H. Roberts, Franklin S. Richards met at the office and talked over Reed Smoots speach in Congress.
[Saturday, Nov. 11, 1905 – Salt Lake City]
I paid Taxes for Josephine $494.00
For myself 220.40
[Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1905 – Salt Lake City] At 10:30 a.m. all of the First Presidency and myself, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith and C. W. Penrose met at the [p.557]office, read the speach of Senator Thomas Kearns and discussed it. It is a very vicious attack on the church.
[Thursday, Nov. 16, 1905 – Salt Lake City] Prest. A. H. Lund and [I] went to the LDS Hospital and administered to C. D. Fjeldsted who is there sick. I delivered my note for $938.50 dated Nov. 1st and six shares of prefered stock of the Con. W. & M. Co. to Mrs. Jennie B. Whipple.
[Friday, Nov. 17, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I borrowed from the Deseret Savings bank $2,500.00 & gave 275 shares Idaho Sugar Stock.
[Monday, Nov. 20, 1905 Salt Lake City] I was poorly all day. I was at the Office of the Presidency a short time. Ferdinand Hintzie was set apart to a mission to New York City to look after the printing of the Book of Mormon in the Turkish language.
[Friday, Nov. 24, 1905 Salt Lake City] At 10:30 a.m. I attended a meeting of the Directors of the Independent Telephone Co. After much talk we voted to pay a dividend of 4 per cent quarterly next year.
[Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1905 – Salt Lake City] I am to go to the Big Horn Country. B. H. Roberts to go with me. At 10 p.m. I went to the Railway station and went to bed. At 11:45 p.m. we left for the north, B. H. Roberts having come into the car and gone to bed also.
[Saturday, Dec. 2, 1905 – Toluca, Montana] No train. We telegraphed we would come today but did not.
[Sunday, Dec. 3, 1905 Toluca, Montana] Finding we could not reach the conference at Cowley we took train for home.
[Friday, Dec. 15, 1905 – Salt Lake City] At 2 p.m. I attended the Dedication servces of the new Home for the Nurses at the Groves Latter Day Saints Hospital. The Hospital has cost $220,000.00. The Church of Jesus Christ paid $150,000.00 Dr. W. H. Groves $50,000.00, the ballance by sundry persons. Dedicatory Prayer by Prest. John R. Winder. Speakers were Dr. Jos. S. Richards, Anthon H. Lund, Gov. John C. Cutler, Bp. Robert T. Burton. The new Home cost $18,000.00.
[Monday, Dec. 18, 1905 – Salt Lake City] At 7 a.m. in the Pullman Car Sofala the following party left for Sharon Vt.: Prest. Jos. F. Smith and his children Hyrum M. [and] Jos. F. [p.558]Smith Jr., Ida, wife of Hyrum, daughter Ina. Patriarch John Smith, Anthon H. Lund, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, George Albert Smith, Elias A. & Jesse M. and Edith A. Smith, C. W. Penrose, L. W. Shurtliff, Lorin Farr, A.M. Cannon, George Romney, Rulon S. Wells, John McDonald, B. F. Grant, B. F. Goddard, Ashby Snow, George H. Richards and Wife and child Oliver, Mrs. Susa Young Gates, S. B. Young, Frank Y. Taylor, Arthur Winter. The day was [spent in] reading and playing games.
[Thursday, Dec. 21, 1905 – Syracuse, New York] We had breakfast on the train. We traveled up the Mohawk River and crossed the Hudson River and reached the Whim River Junction. We stoped over night.
[Friday, Dec. 22, 1905 – White River Junction, Vermont] We went to South Royalton and hired sleighs and drove some six miles to Tunbridge, Vt., the old home of Asael Smith. We saw some of the old Records of town meetings at some of which our ancestor had been moderator. My grand Father John Smith obtained his majority here. A number of friends met us here from New York City.
We had a nice meeting [in] the Hall of the Hotel.
[Saturday, Dec. 23, 1905 – South Royalton, Vermont] It is snowing. The Prophet Joseph Smith is one hundred years old today.
Our party and Many Visitors were driven to the old Mack Farm in Sharon Township, Windsor Co., Vt. where the Patriarch Joseph Smith lived and where Joseph Smith the Prophet was born December 23rd, 1805.
At 11 a.m. services were held in the Cottage owing to the storm. Singing America. Prayer by A. H. Lund, Councillor. Singing Page 166 We Thank Thee Oh God for a Prophet. Elder Junius Wells made his report of the Work done. Singing by R. C. East. Francis M. Lyman, Dr. Edgar Fish & Myself spoke. Singing by Emma Lucy Gates. Hyrum M. Smith, Jesse M. Smith and Charles W. Penrose spoke. President Joseph F. Smith offered the Dedicatory Prayer.
Singing by Choir. Benediction by George Albert Smith. On the Poarch of the house the Star Spangled Banner was sung. Some Pictures were taken.
A splendid Lunch was served in the basement. Fully five hundred people must have been present. The Utah party had a love feast at the dose and presented to President Joseph F. Smith an Elegant fob and chain. Some nice speaches were made. The hearth of the old Smith home is in the Center of the Cottage.
The monument wont cost less than $25,000.00. It is of gray granite polished and about 53 feet high.
[p.559]We returned to South Royalton at 7:30 p.m. Services were held in the Hotel hall.
[Sunday, Dec. 24, 1905 South Royalton, Vermont, and Boston] At 5 a.m. we left for Boston, Mass., where we arrived at 11 a.m. At 2 p.m. we went to church.
[Monday, Dec. 25, 1905 – Boston] We paid our bill and went by Rail out to the Home of Mr. Frank P. Bennett. We took Autos and went to Topsfield, Essex, Mass. and visited the grave of Robt. and the 1st and second Samuel and the old home of Asael Smith in Topesfield. We then drove to the Home of Robert Smith at Boxford. Our party consisted [of] Joseph F. Smith Sr., Hyrum M. and Joseph F. Smith Jr., Ina, Myself and son George Albert, Elias A., Jesse M. and Edith Smith and Mr. F. P. Bennett & Son. We rode in Autos about 40 miles.
We returned to the home of the Bennetts and had an elegant dinner, after which We returned to Boston, having rode on the cars about 16 miles.
It was a most agreeable day. The day was among the most pleasing in my life.
We left for Palmyra N. York State about 7:30 p.m.
[Tuesday, Dec. 26, 1905 – Palmyra, New York] We reached here about 9 a.m. and took carriages and drove to the old farm of Joseph Smith Sr., Manchester, now owned by a Mr. Chapman. It is a frame house and with slight additions remains the same. We drank out of the old well.
We visited the grove where it is said Joseph the Prophet saw the Vision of the Father & the Son. A hymn was sung.
We drove to the Hill Cumorah and there President Joseph F. Smith made a magnificent Prayer.
We drove to the cemetery and saw the grave of Mr. I. H. Gilbert who set the type of the First Book of Mormon. We saw one of the early copies and also the press on which the Book of Mormon was printed. We had supper at the Powers Hotel.
We left for Cleveland, Ohio a[t] 8 p.m.
[Wednesday, Dec. 27, 1905 – Cleveland, Ohio] We reached here at 7 a.m. and breakfasted at the Nickel Plate station. We chartered a car and drove [to] Willoughby, took teams and went to Kirtland, Ohio. Visited the Temple owned by the Reorganized Church. It is three stories high and a Basement. The first and second floor consists of one room each and a Lobby. The Melchizedek and Aaronic stands remain perfect.
[p.560]The Temple is 59 feet wide, 79 feet long. Their are five rooms in the upper story. The Building is in a good state of preservation. We saw the home of Patriarch Hyrum Smith. On our return to the City of Cleveland we visited the Lake View Cemetery and went into the Garfield monument.
[Spent two days in Chicago, visiting automobile, carriage, and farm machinery plants.]
[Sunday, Dec. 31, 1905 – on train in Colorado] On train I was attacked by Lumbago very severely here.
The day was spent in reading, singing, and Prayer. Meeting was held.
We have traveled on this trip 5,650 miles and have held 9 meetings. I have traveled during this year 1905, 30,199 miles.
[Monday, Jan. 1, 1906 – Evanston, Wyoming, to Salt Lake City] We reached our homes in Salt Lake City about 12 noon. I am myself so lame with Lumbago I can scarcely walk. Our trip [was] a splendid one and all have returned happy. My family are all well.
[Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was confined to the house all day with my lame back. I was at Josephines.
[Friday, Jan. 5, 1906- Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon at the office of the First Presidency.
At 2:30 p.m. I met with the board of Directors of the Utah Mexican Rubber Co. Reports were received, read and filed. We now own our ranch, and everything seems to be prospering.
My son Nicholas G. Smith baptized my daughter Josephine today at the Tabernacle. She was 8 years old on the 3rd.
[Monday, Jan. 8, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of the Utah Independent Telephone Co. We declaired a one per cent dividend payable Jany. 15th.
[Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of the Saltair Beach Co. at 10:30 a.m., also with the Salt Lake and Los Angeles R.R. Co.
The stock holders also met and elected the old boards for the ensuing year.
[Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of the Utah National Bank, The Utah Sugar Go., the Idaho Western Sugar Co., The Home Fire Insurance Co., H. J. Grant & Go. and with the Y.M.M.I.A. board. It was a busy day.
[p.561][Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the Presidency during the morning hour. The Tribune says that Prof. Wolf says that I told him the Woodruff Manifesto was only designed [to] blind the Government. The statement was false.
I received an Independent Tele. Co. check for $300.00.
[Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the Presidency all day. William Spry has received the appointment of U.S. Marshall from Prest. Theodore Roosevelt.
I wrote to W. E. Smythe of San Diego, California about Walter M. Wolfe. Elmer B. Jones says Wolfe is a scrub of the first waters.
I have received an appointment as Delegate to the Seeing America First convention by the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress.
[Thursday, Jan. 25, 1906 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. all of the First Presidency, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith, Charles W. Penrose and Patriarch John Smith and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs [met]. Prayer by George Albert Smith. Mouth at the Altar Anthon H. Lund.
Minutes read and approved. The Routine business was gone through with. A. H. Lund is to go to Washington as also Franklin S. Richards. I may follow.
I met with the Directors of the Con. W. & M. Co. Directors.
I gave Bp. George Romney my appointment to the Seeing America First Congress.
[Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I am to go to Washington, D. C. and my wife Sarah F. will go with me on account of my health.
The First Presidency blest me, Prest. Jos. F. Smith being mouth. At 8 p.m. I left for the East. I took five hundred dollars.
[Sunday, Feb. 4, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I was at the Hotel most of the day. I met F. S. Richards and had some talk with him. I wrote a note to Prest. Theo. Roosevelt asking to see him.
[Monday, Feb. 5, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I spent the forenoon at Reed Smoots office.
I returned to the Hotel at 12:30 p.m. and learned that the President would see me at 12 noon but I went anyhow and the President Received me and my wife very warmly and we had a nice hand shake.
The evening was spent at Senator Reed Smoots rooms at the High-[p.562]lands Hotel. Myself, Reed Smoot, Ed Loose, George Sutherland, James H. Anderson and F. S. Richards present.
The opinion was that I better keep very mum and not attend the meetings of the Committee on Privileges & Elections.
[Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] Sarah and I went out to the Zoo and had a pleasant time looking at the birds, snakes and anamals. I was at Reed Smoots home with Richard W. Young in the evening and talked over the situation.
[Wednesday, Feb. 7, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I was In attendance at the Senate today. Thomas Patterson of Colorado and [Joseph W.] Bailey of Texas had a hot tilt over the rights of men in regard to party Caucuses. It was very interesting.
Bailey out classes Patterson but the latter was on the right side. Bro. R. Smoot today learned of the death of Elder M. W. Merrill at his home in Richmond. Sarah was at the meeting of the Committee of Privileges & Elections.
[Thursday, Feb. 8, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I was at Reed Smoots office all day. The Committee on Privileges and Elections have had Henry W. Lawrence, Prof. W. M. Wolfe, Holmgreen, Bill Thomas and Smurthwate before them yesterday and to day. The later made a good impression. F. S. Richards, R. Smoot and myself met at A. S. Worthington.
[Friday, Feb. 9, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] Senator [Philander C.] Knox did Smurthwaite up completely in the Committee [to]day.
[Sunday, Feb. 11, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] Sarah and I had dinner at Bro. Jos. Howells.
Meeting was held in the evening. The Sacrament was administered. James H. Anderson, Richard W. Young, Reed Smoot and I spoke. About thirty persons were present. The spirit was good.
[Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I had interviews to day with Senators [Charles] Fulton, Oregon, [William P.] Dillingham of Vermont, [Charles Dick] of Ohio, H. M. Teller of Colorado. All like Reed Smoot.
[Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I was at Reed Smoots office most of the day. I called upon Ex Senator [Charles J.] Faulkner of West Virginia and had a nice talk with him. He thinks we aut to drop J. W. Taylor and M. F. Cowley and J. M. Tanner [p.563]from their positions but not cast them out of the Church. He says this is the view of a number of the Senators.
[Thursday, Feb. 15, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I met Senators Tom Carter of Montana, [Jacob] Gallinger of New Hampshire, Teller of Colorado. With the later two I had nice free conversations on the position of Reed Smoot. They feel that he will keep his seat.
Reed Smoot, F. S. Richards and myself met A. S. Worthington and talked over the situation. Ed. Loose left for home.
[Saturday, Feb. 17, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I was at Reed Smoots office and in the Capitol building making calls.
[Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I had breakfast with Vice President [Charles W.] Fairbanks. Two of his sons and a daughter in law was at table with us. Our meal consisted of Baked apples & cream, corn cake and butter, Hominy & Cream, Fried Eggs and French fried Potatoes and Coffee. I met Senators [Francis G.] Newlands of Nevada, C. M. Depew of N.Y. and Canute Nelson of Minnesota. The later is warmly attached to Reed Smoot.
[Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I was invited by Vice President Fairbanks yesterday to breakfast with him today and the record made of that breakfast yesterday should be to day and the Invitation yesterday.
I was at the Senate Chamber and had a nice visit with Senator [Albert J.] Hopkins of Illinois. he said we should do something with our recalcitrant Elders.
[Thursday, Feb. 22, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] My wife Sarah and I went down to Mount Vernon and looked over the objects of interest in and about the old home of Washington. His sacorphigas was decorated with flowers by the Mexican Delegation. I Bot two spoons. We Visited the old church at Alexandria, Va. in which General George Washington Worshiped and sat in his old pew.
[Friday, Feb. 23, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] Sarah left at 5:40 p.m. for Chicago. I wrote a letter to Josephine.
[Monday, Feb. 26, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I met Senator Henry E. Burnham of New Hampshire, a nice quiet gentleman.
[Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I spent the entire day writing letters to my wives and children.
[p.564][Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I met President Theodore Roosevelt at his office and had a shake of his hand and He wished me well.
I met at the Capitol to day Congressman Cyrus A. Sullaway of N. H. He is 6 feet 6 inches high and weighs about three hundred pounds. He knew my Uncle H. C. Libbey and had talked with him of my mother a[nd] me.
[Thursday, March 1, 1906 – Washington, D. C.] I called upon Congressman Cyrus A. Sullaway and he introduced me [to] the other Congressman from New Hampshire, [Frank D. Currier]. I had a nice chat with him.
R. Smoot had seen a letter written to Senator [Nathan B.] Scott of West Virginia Going for the Mormons in a most vicious shape. The writer was the husband of a neice of the Senator.
I left Washington at 5:40 p.m. for Chicago having paid my bills at the Hotel.
[Friday, March 2, 1906 – Chicago] We reached Chicago at 4 p.m. and I went to the Home of Heber J. Sears and found my wife as well as the family well.
[Wednesday, March 7, 1906 – Salt Lake City] Reached home 2 p.m. Found all well. I met the presidency. I attended the meeting of the Y.M.M.I.A. board. I have traveled on this trip 5,123 miles.
[Thursday, March 8, 1906 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. I met in Council at the Temple. All of the First Presidency and F. M. Lyman, myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. and George Albert Smith, C. W. Penrose and Patriarch John Smith and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs.
Routine business gone through with Benediction by A. H. Lund.
The apostles met and had a long talk over the situation of John W. Taylor, M. F. Cowley and J. M. Tanner. We came to the conclusion to suspend the[m] or rather to accept their resignation.
[Friday, March 9, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was writing at home most of the day. Hyrum M. Smith and I went out to the Lake to see the big Basin being built at Saltair.
[Saturday, March 10, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I met with Presidents Smith and Winder and Prest. B. W. Smith of the Relief Society and talked over some of the troubles in that organization.
[p.565]Prest. John R. Winder was mouth in setting apart Bathsheba W. Smith to preside over the Temple Women Workers.
[Sunday, March 11, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at home.
I had a talk with Prof. Wallace about my Daughter Elizabeths school work. I gave my daughter Elizabeth a watch for her punctual attendance at Sunday School. She has never failed to be on time in three years when in the City.
[Tuesday, March 13, 1906 – Salt Lake City] We are in the midst of a blizzard. Wind, snow and Rain.
All of the First Presidency, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith and C. W. Penrose went through the annual reports. The Church has about Four Millions Worth of property.
The Interest on the stocks and bonds of the Church more than pays the Expenses of the Authoraties of the Church by about ten thousand dollars.
The report was very broad and full and was accepted.
[Wednesday, March 14, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I received a request to day from Senator Reed Smoot not to go to Washington if I was subpoened but to send my affidavit. I sent him word I was laid up with Lumbago.
It snowed today. I attended the Directors meetings of the Utah National Bank, the Home Fire Insurance Co. and H. J. Grant & Co. I spent the evening at home.
[Friday, March 16, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I spent the afternoon at home arranging letters and answering some. The cold weather makes my Rheumatism hurt me some.
Mrs. Agnes Jensen called on me, said she was in need. I gave her two dollars.
[Sunday, March 18, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at Josephines all day reading and sleeping.
I made an affidafit that I was not able to go to Washington, D. C. I declaired that W. M. Wolfe had told a falsehood in regard to my utterances.
[Tuesday, March 20, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I am out of sorts today with head ache and Rheumatism. The News Papers say subpocnas have been sent for me. I have not received it yet.
[Monday, March 26, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Rubber Co. office a short time and signed some Papers.
[p.566]I was at the Presidents office for a time. I had a short talk with the President over the situation at Washington, D. C.
[Tuesday, March 27, 1906 – Salt Lake City] The report comes that the Witnesses for Reed Smoot have been gotten through with.
[Saturday, March 31, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the First Presidency most of the day. Some consideration was given to wage matters. Rudger Clawson, John Wells and George F. Gibbs received a little increase.
[Tuesday, April 3, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office part of the day. The Directors of the Utah Sugar Co. met at 10 a.m. Last year was a bad one, although we agreed to pay the present years dividends. The white fly did great damage last year.
[Wednesday, April 4, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of the Utah National Bank. We held our dividend in abeyance for a time.
At 11 a.m. Prest. Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith and Charles W. Penrose met in their Quarterly Conference.
At 4 p.m. all of the First Presidency and all of the Twelve in the City met in the office of the Presidency with the Auditing Committee and went through the reports of the condition of the finances. They are in good shape.
[Thursday, April 5, 1906 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. all of the First Presidency, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith, Charles W. Penrose, John Smith and George F. Gibbs met in Council.
Reports. Routine business. We administered the Sacrament and had a trying day.
[General conference began Friday, April 6.]
[Sunday, April 8, 1906 – Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. Prayer by Prest. Nephi Morris.
I spoke about 30 minutes reading from the 59 section of the Doctrine & Covenants. C. W. Penrose followed me for 40 minutes. Prest. Francis M. Lyman spoke and announced the death of Marriner W. Merrill and C. D. Fjeldsted and the Resignations of John W. Taylor and Matthias F. Cowley Oct. 28th, 1905.
George F. Richards, Orson F. Whitney and David O. McKay chose[n] to fill the vacancies in the Twelve. Charles F. Hart to fill the [p.567]Vacancy in the Seventy. Joseph F. Smith Jr. to fill the place in the Historian office made vacant by advancing O. F. Whitney.
[Monday, April 9, 1906 – Salt Lake City] At 12:30 p.m. All of the First Presidency and Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith, Chas. W. Penrose, George F. Richards, Orson F. Whitney and David McKay, Patriarch John Smith and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs.
The Seven Presidents of the Seventies, Seymour B. Young, Brigham H. Roberts, George Reynolds, J. Golden Kimball, Rulon S. Wells, Joseph W. McMurrin and Chas. I. Hart [met].
Prest. Joseph F. Smith was mouth in ordaining all of the brethren for the offices for which they had been chosen.
[Tuesday, April 10, 1906 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. Prest. Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith, Charles W. Penrose, George F. Richards and Orson F. Whitney of the Twelve, Ben E. Rich, Nephi Pratt, J. G. Duffin, A. W. Ivins, McCray and German E. Elsworth of the Presidents of the Missions met in the Apostles room of the Temple and talked over the resignations of the brethren John W. Taylor and Matthias F. Cowley. We were together over three hours and a half. All spoke and voted they were one in faith. At 2 p.m. several of the leading brethren met in the Annex to the Temple.
Forty Eight Elders were set apart for missions and Five sisters as mid Wives.
[Thursday, April 12, 1906 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency met with Bro. A. W. Ivins on Mexican Matters. They agreed to pay the $9,300.00 on the Moralos purchase in Sonora.
[Saturday, April 14, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the First presidency part of the day.
I went out to Saltair and became convinced that our basin would be a comple[te] failure.
[Monday, April 16, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Office of the Presidency during the forenoon. In the afternoon the Presidency, Jerry Langford and me went out to Saltair. After an examination We concluded to stop work on our Reservoir.
[Wednesday, April 18, 1906 – Salt Lake City] At 2 p.m. the Directors of the Idaho Sugar Co. [met]. Our reports showed that we had failed to make any money last year and could not legally pay any dividend this quarter.
[p.568]The assessment for the Western Idaho Sugar Co. is to be collected.
[Thursday, April 19, 1906 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith, Charles W. Penrose, George R. Richards, Orson F. Whitney and David O. McKay, Patriarch John Smith, Secretary George F. Gibbs met at 10 a.m. in Council at the Temple.
The brethren contributed $10,000 ten thousand to the suferers by the earthquake in California.
San Francisco, California Is said to be rouined by Earthquakes and fire.
[Friday, April 20, 1906 – Salt Lake City] President Jas. E. Robinson telegraph that all our people [in San Francisco] are safe but the home is burnt down.
The stock holders of the Idaho Sugar Co. met and accepted report of the manager and reelected the old board and passed by paying the dividend.
[Friday, April 27, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents Office most of the day. Quite a number of leading brethren met and read some Papers drafted by B. H. Roberts and Franklin S. Richards on the Reed Smoot Case.
[Went with George Albert Smith to Rexburg, Idaho, for conference, April 28-May 1.]
[Thursday, May 3, 1906 – Salt Lake City] Bathsheba W. Smith was 84 years old today. About one hundred sisters with a few brethren met at Sister Rebecca Mantic Little and celebrated the day. It was a most agreable time.
[Saturday, May 5, 1906 – Salt Lake City] The afternoon and evening was spent at the Beehive house. Forty years ago today President Joseph F. Smith married Julina Lamborn. About one hundred people were present and all sat down to a Magnificent spread. All enjoyed themselves singing, Dancing and Most happy conversation. We were together from 4 to 10 p.m.
[Tuesday, May 8, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I heard a letter read from Reed Smoot. He thinks he will pull through all right.
[Went with George F. Richards to Woodruff for conference, May 11-13, then left with Anthon H. Lund for Canada, May 17.]
[p.569][Tuesday, May 22, 1906 – Raymond, Alberta, Canada] The day was an interesting one. The forenoon was spent in driving among the farms, some of the beets are doing fine. I called upon my neice, brother Charles W. daughter Sophrona. She is the Wife [of] Ether Brimhall. She seems to be a poor houskeeper.
[Friday, May 25, 1906 – Mountain View, Alberta, Canada] Prest. A. H. Lund attended a sociable in the evening. I did not go on account of my eyes which have been hurting me for two days and are inflamed and swolen and Rhumatism is torturing me in my hands and legs.
[Monday, May 28, 1906 – Cardston, Alberta, Canada] Still raining. I am sick in bed, did not get out untill noon.
[Thursday, May 31, 1906 – Salt Lake City] We reached home at 7:30 p.m. I found all well at home. I have traveled on this trip 1,756 miles and 129 of it in Buggies, the ballance by Railway and attended 22 meetings.
I have suffered intensely with sore eyes, Pleurisy in my left side, and Rhumatism over my entire body.
Canada looks prosperous.
[Saturday, June 2, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at home in bed.
Dr. Joseph S. Richards called. He says I have LeGrippe.
[Tuesday, June 5, 1906 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Joseph F. Smith telephoned me at 5:10 that he had just received a telegram from Snow Flake Arizona that President Jesse N. Smith had died there today at 3 p.m. The time of his funeral was not stated.
[Thursday, June 7, 1906 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. All of the First Presidency and Prest. Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Hyrum M. and George Albert Smith, Charles W. Penrose, George F. Richards, Orson F. Whitney, David O. McKay, Patriarch John Smith and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs met in the Temple.
Routine business was gone through with the J. M. Tanner matter considered. No reports were made.
At 3 p.m. today I sealed Emily Whitney, daughter of Elder Orson F. Whitney and his wife Zina Smoot Whitney to my son Winslow Farr Smith at the Salt Lake Temple in the presence of a number of kinsfolk and friends. The Witnesses were Elders Orson F. Whitney and George Albert Smith.
We had a most agreable time at the home of Bp. O. F. Whitney receiving an army of Friends and relatives. Many presents of Various Kinds were made to them.
[p.570][Friday, June 8, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office for a couple of hours this morning. By Telegraph from Reed Smoot we learn that the President and Cabinet will stand by him in his fight.
[Saturday, June 9, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office during the morning hour.
President Anthon H. Lund and I had a talk with James M. Tanner over his affairs.
I went to Saltair with my wife Josephine to attend a Banquet of the Primary Associations and had a very pleasant time.
[Saturday, June 16, 1906 – Salt Lake City] Badly under the weather. So lame I cannot walk. At Josephines home.
[Monday, June 25, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I took an Electrical treatment at Calders Sanatarium from Dr. E. G. Gowns.
[Monday, July 2, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the presidents office part of the day.
I went to the Sanatarium at Calders and had a treatment of Electricity by Dr. E. Cowans.
I find myself very poorly. I had a ride with W. W. Riter out to Camp Douglas.
[Thursday, July 5, 1906 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith, Charles W. Penrose, Geo. F. Richards, Orson F. Whitney and David O. McKay, Patriarch John Smith and Geo. F. Gibbs met at 10 a.m. in the [?].
Routine business was gone through and Reports were made.
We partook of the Sacrament, Prest. Joseph F. Smith blessing it. Water and not wine was used.
[Saturday, July 7, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the First Presidency some three hours. The case of Bishop Prestons home was talked over and it was concluded he had paid for it all right. he is in a critical mental condition.
I took a Turkish Bath and went out for a drive.
[Tuesday, July 10, 1906 – Salt Lake City] My son Joseph H. had a carbuncle removed from his leg to day at the L.D.S. Hospital by Dr. Jos. S. Richards.
[p.571][Sunday, July 22, 1906 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Joseph F. Smith, wife Edna L. and C. W. Nibley & wife left for England.
[Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1906 – Salt Lake City] George Albert Smith and I went [to] Provo. We attended the funeral of Byron Cheever, about 7 years old. It was held on the Lawn in front of the house. George Albert Smith and Frank Hinckley were the speakers.
[Friday, Aug. 3, 1906 – Salt Lake City] At home and poorly.
[Friday, Aug. 24, 1906 – Salt Lake City] At the Office most of the day. My wife Sarah and I went up to Centerville, Davis Co. to Ben E. Richs new home and had a nice dinner with them and several friends. I dedicated his new home. It cost five thousand dollars and is a very nice place.
[Thursday, Aug. 30, 1906 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. Presidents John R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, George Teasdale, Reed Smoot, George Albert Smith, C. W. Penrose, George F. Richards, Orson F. Whitney and David O. McKay of the Twelve, Patriarch John Smith and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs tact in Council.
Our Regular business was gone through and reports made And Assignments to the various conferences.
Bro. Reed Smoot was all broken up over some of Bro. Roberts talk on Polatics.7
[Went to Idaho to Irrigation Conference at Boise.]
[Thursday, Sept. 6, 1906 – Boise, Idaho] I paid my bills this morning. It was decided to go to Sacramento, California next year. Utah delegation voted to go to Jamestown, Va. I was elected First Vice President.
At 1:30 p.m. I went to Nampa and in Company with John G. Smith I went out to the Sugar Factory. It is well built and almost ready for use.
[p.572][Friday, Sept. 7, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I reached home at 12 noon and found my daughter Sarah A. Pond very sick but improving.
I learned of the serious sickness of my mother and went on to Provo. I found her very bad.
[Saturday, Sept. 8, 1906 – Provo] I spent the day in Provo. My Mother is serious. I telegraphed to my Sister Sarah M. Colton of Mothers condition.
[Sunday, Sept. 9, 1906 – Provo] Mother still gradually failing. She is taking no Nurishment. I went home and returned to Provo. No particular change in my mothers condition.
[Monday, Sept. 10, 1906 – Provo] I went to Salt Lake City and was at the office of the First Presidency most of the day and returned to Provo to find my mother gradually sinking. My sister Sarah M. Colton arrived to night.
[Thursday, Sept. 13, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I went to Salt Lake City and met with Prest. John R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund, Francis M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Charles W. Penrose, O. F. Whitney, David O. McKay, John Smith Pat. and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs at 10 a.m. Temple.
Reports and Routine business gone through. Appointments made.
I returned to Provo. Mother still sinking slowly.
[Saturday, Sept. 15, 1906 – Provo] My mother dont seem to be able to die but seems to be starving to death.
[Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1906 – Provo] I am 58 years old today.
[Friday, Sept. 21, 1906 – Provo] My Mother Hannah Maria Libbey Smith died this morning at 2:30 having gone without food for twenty one days. Myself, Sarah M. Colton and Joseph and Grace Cheaver and Isabell Martin Smith stood by her side when she died.
Jones and Graham were the undertakers.
My niece Hannah Isabel Knight is very sick tonight.
I sent Telegrams to John Q. A. Libbey and Henry Clay Libbey, brothers of my mother living in New Hampshire.
Arrangements were made for the funeral to be held in the Stake [p.573]House on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. She will be buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery beside George A. Smith and others of his wives.
[Saturday, Sept. 22, 1906 – Provo] I returned to Salt Lake City and completed Arrangements for my Mothers burial. We secured a special Car for Sunday at a $1.25 rate to go and return. I went to Provo.
John Royman ordained Nathaniel Libbey Smith an Elder today.
[Sunday, Sept. 23, 1906 – Salt Lake City] Thirty three of us went to Provo. The Funeral was held at 1:30 p.m.
Prayer by Harvey H. Cluff. The speakers were Prest. David John, Judge John E. Booth, Hannah Topham Clark, Reed Smoot, Prest. Anthon H. Lund, Francis M. Lyman and Bp. Manwaring. Benediction by Charles Glazer.
We went to Salt Lake City on the D. and R. G. Train No. 9 and went right to the Cemetery. Joseph E. Taylor in charge. Ten Carriages following the Hearses. Hyrum Cartwright gave the Dedicatory Prayer.
My sisters and Joseph Cheever returned to Provo.
Hannah Isabell Knight died at 1:40 a.m.
[Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1906 – Salt Lake City] Ten of us went to Provo to the funeral of Hannah Isabel Knight at 2 p.m. in the 6th Ward meeting house.
[Monday, Oct. 1, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I met President Joseph F. Smith who had arrived at home on Saturday from a trip to Europe. He was arrested on a charge of unlawfull cohabitation.
[Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1906 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Francis M. Lyman and the following members met in Council at 10:30 a.m.: Myself, George Teasdale, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. Albert Smith, Charles W. Penrose, Geo. F. Richards, Orson F. Whitney and David O. McKay. We were together for Eight hours. All spoke most freely and a good spirit prevailed. People are coming in droves to Conference. It begins to look as if considerable trouble is ahead in the spirit of the enemies of the [church?].
[Friday, Oct. 5, 1906 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] At 5 p.m. an entertainment was given at the 17th ward Hall for my son Nathaniel L. who leaves for a Mission a few days hence.
[p.574][Sunday, Oct. 7, 1906 – Salt Lake City] The spirit of this conference has never been exceled to my knowledge. No break of any kind occured.
[Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1906 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency have determined on C. W. Penrose going to preside over the European Mission.
At 2 p.m. 60 Elders for Missions met at the Annex of the Temple and were set apart for Missions by the Apostles and Seventies. I was mouth in the Cases of Nathaniel Libbey Smith, Arnold Clarence Eldredge, David Edward Tracy, Rulon Seymour Wells Jr. and Fredrick Wm. Larson.
[Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Presidency and some of the Twelve and the Presidency of the San Juan Stake and Bp. L. Redd of Bluff. I[t] was decided to abandon that place.
I had my own children and grand children together also some friends and other relatives, about forty souls in all at aunt Josephines.
I talked to them all at length. We had Cake and Ice Cream.
[Thursday, Oct. 11, 1906 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and all of the Twelve but Heber J. Grant Met in the Temple at 10 a.m. Prayer by Prest. Francis M. Lyman. Mouth at the Altar George F. Richards. Business was gotten through with. George Albert Smith and B. H. Roberts are to go to the Eastern and Southern States on a Mission.
My son Nathaniel L. Smith left at 5:55 p.m. for his Mission. I supplied him with $140.00.
[Friday, Oct. 12, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the First Presidency much of the day. Prest. Anthony W. Ivins reported to me and explained to me conditions in The Mexican Colonization & A. Co. Has about ten thousand dollars in Mexican Money and Many uncollected bills and lands of varied value. We agreed that one thousand Mexican should be used in helping to build a Bridge across the Pedrias Virdie River in Colonia Juarez.
[Went to Idaho for conference at Blackfoot.]
[Monday, Oct. 15, 1906 – Blackfoot, Idaho] At 1 a.m. on train I met President James E. Steal and talked over the Political Situation in Idaho.
[Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Prest. Office during the morning hour and met Franklin S. Richards and talked over Idaho situation.
[p.575]I went to Provo and attended the meeting [of] the Brigham Young University. Jesse Knight and family gave that Institution five hundred acres of land on Provo Bench.
[Saturday, Oct. 20, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was Married Forty years ago Today to Sarah Farr. Ours has been a most happy life. She has borne Eleven children, Eight sons and three daughters. Three of the sons died in infancy.
[Sunday, Oct. 21, 1906 – Salt Lake City] It began blowing along in the Evening and by Morning it had developed into quite a cyclone, uprooting hundreds of large trees and blowing of many roofs of houses, Causing some serious fires. A slaughtering plant was blown down and burned worth $60,000.00 dollars. The Iron roofing on my barn blew of and other damage was done.
The Railroads were blocked between here and Ogden.
No meetings were held in the City because the Electric light was being blown down.
[Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I sold today to W. S. McCornick 20 shares of Utah National Bank Stock at $150.00 per share. I paid the Zions Savings Bank and Trust Co. Three thousand and ninty five dollars. I called upon Mrs. Nellie Morgan, Isabell M. and Esther M. Smith. Also on S. H. B. Smith. He seems nearly beside himself.
[Thursday, Nov. 1, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I paid Three hundred and thirty dollars for Western Idaho Sugar Co. stock.
[Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I cast my vote 2nd in our poling place about 7 a.m.
The Election went of very quickly. The Republicans have won.
[Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1906 – Salt Lake City] Idaho has gone Republican so the papers [say].
[Saturday, Nov. 10, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I paid twenty dollars to H. Cartwright today on the New Meeting house.
[Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I spent some time at the Presidents office. I lent my son Winslow today Ten shares of Utah National Bank Stock worth $1,500.00 and sixty five shares of Idaho Western Sugar Co. stock worth $650.00.
[p.576][Saturday, Nov. 17, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I attended the Directors meetings of the Con. W. & M. Co. and the Independent Telephone Co.
At 3:50 p.m. George Romney, Wm. Langton, George M. Cannon and I left for Kansas City to attend the Meetings of the Trans Mississippi Commercial Congress.
[Thursday, Nov. 22, 1906 – Kansas City, Missouri] Richard W. Young and I went out to Independence, Mo. and had dinner with Prest. Joseph Smith of the Reorganized Church. His health is bad and he looks very worn. He is 74 years old. We met Fred M. Smith, Bp. Rolley and others.
They took us a drive about the City. It is said 17 hundred Reorganized Mormons live here.
8 p.m. Wm. J. Bryan made a great speach to a large Audience [at the Trans-Mississippi Congress] on the Peacefull solution of all National differences and against Monopolies.
[Left November 30 for Manassa, Colorado, and Colonia Juarez, Mexico.]
[Monday, Dec. 3, 1906 – Manassa, Colorado] Thales Haskell, the man that carried my brother George Albert on his horse when he was shot by Navajo Indian at the Maricopa in Arizona is very sick. I called upon him. I called upon Sister Annie Morgan and had a talk with her. She looked some what red faced and bloted like not in the best of health or drinking.
Bros. Lyman, Cummung and Myself held a meeting and agreed to Recommend that a church school be established next September and that its home be a[t] Manassa.
[Friday, Dec. 7, 1906 – El Paso to Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico] At Dublan We were met Bro. President A. W. Ivins and taken to Colonia Juarez, traveling 166 miles.
[Sunday, Dec. 9, 1906 – Colonia Juarez] During the noon time we were engaged with Bro. Hyrum Harris, Prest. of the Mexican Mission in considering that field and its needs. It is thought by him a home is need[ed] and that a gathering place should be secured. This Idea seems to be endorsed by Prest. A. W. Ivins and his councillors.
Prest. Francis M. Lyman and I had some conversation with John W. Taylor about his Condition and that of M. F. Cowley.
At 7 p.m. the young people met in the church school and had singing, reciting and speaking.
[p.577]I talked to them for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
[Monday, Dec. 10, 1906 – Colonia Juarez] At 9 a.m. went to the Church School and Bro. F. M. Lyman & I spoke to the children. At 10:30 a.m. In company with A. W. Ivins we met with John W. Taylor and talked over matters with him. He displayed considerable feeling in speaking over his resignation and Made a defense of himself and spoke quite about the spirit of Cowardice manifested by the brethren. He cooled of[t] and felt better after we had lunch.
Bro. Lyman told him that his trouble was his own not ours.
[Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1906 – Dublan, Mexico to El Paso, Texas] We left at 7 a.m. and reached El Paso, Texas at 3:30 p.m. We called upon our Consul at Ciudad Juarez and certified to the Marriage of Isaac Pearce and Wife. We visited the grave of Abraham O. Woodruff.
I bought a Railway and sleeper Ticket to Los Angeles for $24.50. Our train is late. I wrote to Sarah and Josephine.
[Friday, Dec. 14, 1906 – Salt Lake City] We reached here at 6:30 p.m. I went right home. I have traveled this trip 3,749 miles, have been in five states and three Territories. Up to this date this year I have traveled 20,741 miles.
[Thursday, Dec. 20, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I sealed in the Temple today My son Nicholas G. Smith, born June 20th, 1881, Salt Lake City, Utah and Florence Gay, born Sept. 24th, 1886 at Ogden, Utah. The Witnesses were Lorin Farr and Winslow Farr Smith. About 50 persons were entertained by my wife Josephine at her home during the evening. We had a nice lunch.
[Tuesday, Dec. 25, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I attended the Services in the Tabernacle at 11 a.m.
I ate my Christmas dinner at Sarah F. She distributed 69 presents.
[Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Office part of the day and part of the time at my home. I met Heber J. Grant at the office. He looks a little worn.8
[Friday, Dec. 28, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I attended a Banquet at the rooms of the Commercial Club. About three hundred men sat down to the Table.
Jos. Caine was Toast Master. Heber M. Wells, Fisher Harris, Frank B. Stevens, C. C. Goodwin and James H. Moyle made responses. I left at [p.578]11:46 p.m. Their was Many who had a halarious time. Other behaved nicely. It was the Annual banquet of the Club.
[Monday, Dec. 31, 1906 – Salt Lake City] I settled the tithing of myself and wives $500.00. I have aid $500.00 to the new meeting house.
1. Although there are no entries in John Henry Smith’s diaries between March 5 and August 20, 1904, his letters in Special Collections, Marriott Library. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, shed some light on his physical condition during this period.
In a letter to Senator Thomas Kearns, dated March 23, 1904 (in which he suggested that Kearns’s chances for reelection would improve if he would stop the Tribune‘s anti-Mormon editorials), he stated that he had been ill for two months and confined to his home crippled with rheumatism and “really unfit to do anything.” He noted that “One day I am able to sit up: the next I am helpless.” John Henry’s son, George Albert, wrote to Senator Julius C. Burrows, chair of the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections, the following month, on April 10, in response to a subpoena that John Henry testify at the Smoot hearings: “He has been very anxious to respond to the desire of the Committee and has taken every precaution to regain his health in order to be in attendance when desired.” A physician’s certificate was enclosed with the letter. Three months later, in a typed letter to Heber J. Grant in Liverpool on July 15, 1904, John Henry wrote: “I have been for six months almost worthless. I have occasionally revived a little and got out to business for a day and then been thrown upon my back again. . .I am improving slowly, am not able to dress myself however, but each day sees a little change for the better.”
During this period a “Second Manifesto” regarding polygamy was announced at General Conference April 7, 1904. This manifesto or declaration warned church officers and members against solemnizing or entering into plural marriage on pain of excommunication. On May 5, 1904, Francis M. Lyman wrote to John Henry Smith explaining that Smith should emphasize this statement.
2. For John Henry Smith’s testimony, see U.S. Senate, Proceedings before the Committee on Privileges and Elections of the United States Senate in the Matter of the Protests against the Right of Hon. Reed Smoot, A Senator from the State of Utah, to Hold His Seat. Fifty-eighth Congress, Third Session (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1904-1907), Vol. 2, pages 221-83, 376. John Henry’s testimony covered several topics, including post-Manifesto polygamous marriages entered into or performed by apostles, the range of Mormon church interests in the sugar industry in Utah and Idaho, and alleged religious influence he exerted in Idaho political campaigns in 1902. The main effort of the senate committee was to have Smith admit that Mormon men continued to cohabit with their plural wives after President Grover Cleveland granted them amnesty and that some post-Manifesto marriages (notably that of Apostle Abraham H. Cannon in 1896) were being authorized or performed by high church officials. John Henry did as little as possible to confirm these allegations, except to acknowledge that he continued to live with his second wife as a moral obligation he believed to be superior to laws or agreements made in connection with the amnesty.
3. Apostles John W. Taylor and Matthias F. Cowley had both taken plural wives as well as performed plural marriages for others after the Woodruff Manifesto and were sought as witnesses in the Smoot hearings but refused to testify. In order to improve Smoot’s chances of holding his senate seat both tendered their resignations from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in October 1905 but neither was officially dropped until the church’s April 1906 conference.
4. The “absent brethren” were apostles Taylor and Cowley, who continued to refuse to testify in the Smoot hearings.
5. The American Party was a coalition party in Salt Lake City made up largely of non-Mormon former Liberal party members and others opposed to Mormon influence in politics.
6. According to Mormon scripture: “And it shall come to pass that I, the Lord God, will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand, clothed with light for a covering, whose mouth shall utter words, eternal words; while his bowels shall be a fountain of truth to set in order the house of God, and to arrange by lot the inheritances of the saints whose names are found, and the names of their fathers, and of their children, enrolled in the book of the law of God; “While that man, who was called of God and appointed, that putteth forth his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of lightning” (Doctrine and Covenants 85: 7, 8).
7. Brigham H. Roberts, in a speech delivered on August 23, 1906, at Saltair, urged reaffirmation of nine “Points of Faith” adopted by the reconvened Democratic convention of 1895 regarding separation of church and state in politics. Among the points were a declaration of freedom from undue influence, freedom of political parties to select candidates without the consent of any church, and no encroachment upon the political fights of the individual. See Salt Lake Herald, Aug. 25, 1906. Roberts’s independent course in politics frequently set him at odds with church leaders.
8. Heber J. Grant had returned from presiding over the European Mission.