Chapter 4. (part C)
[p.470][Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1901 – Salt Lake City] A meeting for the opening of the Century was held in the Tabernacle at 11 a.m.
Singing, let us anew, choir and congregation.
Prayer by David McKenzie.
Greeting to the World by Lorenzo Snow, read by LeRoy C. Snow. Organ Solo, Pilgrim Chorus from Tannhauser, Wagner.
[p.471]Song of Thanksgiving by H. S. Goddard.
Ode to the New Year, Tennyson, read by Bp. O. F. Whitney.
Quartet, The Flag Without a Stain, Messsrs. Pyper, Whitney, Patrick and Spencer.
Hallelujah Chorus, Handel, Tabernacle Choir.
Organ Solo, Andantino, Mr. J. J. McClellan.
Prest. Angus M. Cannon Introduced to the Audience Joseph Ridges, the builder of the great organ.
America, by Choir and Congregation.
Benediction by Brigham Young.
[Wednesday, Jan. 2, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I had sealed to me today in the Salt Lake Temple by Adolph P. Madsen Emma Louise Robbins, born May 27th, 1850 at San Francisco California. Ellen Louise Barrett Summerhays was proxy.
I sealed Emma Ray Riggs to David Oman McKay. In the evening a reception was held and all had an enjoyable time.
Emma L. Robbins was the wife of O. H. Riggs, who himself secured a divorce from her in the East. He has gone out of the church. She on her dying had requested to be sealed to me.
[Saturday, Jan. 5, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I sold Josephine’s interest in the Groesbeck Co. today for $45,000.00 to W. S. McCornick.
[Sunday, Jan. 6, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I attended the Funeral of Sister Evans, wife of Joseph Evans of the 16 Ward, also Charles Napper of the 3rd Ward. I spoke at both places.
[Monday, Jan. 7, 1901 – Salt Lake City]
I paid the following notes during the day:
|The Deseret Savings Bank and Trust Company||
|Zions Savings B. & T. Co.||
|The State Bank 730.00 Lorenzo Snow, T[rustee]. in T[rust]. took from me for a note of $3,692.15 and in interest about $600.00|
|This was on the old Cannon|
|Grant business and which ought no to pay||
|Lorenzo Snow, T. in T. tithing||
I turned over to my wife Josephine 420 shares of sugar stock, 50 shares of Home Fire Insurance Co. stock.
[p.472] My daughter Sarah and I attended the grand inaugural ball in the Theatre.
[Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1901 – Salt Lake City] All of the Twelve Apostles met at their room in the Temple except Marriner W. Merrill at 10 a.m. Prayer by George Teasdale. He also spoke on the Words of Wisdom and the payment of Tithing.
Brigham Young said that the Word of Wisdom was a commandment.
Francis M. Lyman spoke upon the rights of the Priesthood. Heber J. Grant spoke in favor of organizing a life Insurance Company and extending the usefullness of the Deseret News.
I made a motion that we suggest to the Trustee in Trust that we don’t sell any Liquor at Saltair for one year. We talked of making changes in several of the stakes.
[Thursday, Jan. 10, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Apostles met in their room in the Temple at 10 a.m. Prayer by Heber J. Grant.
Marriner W. Merrill spoke, said he had 21 sons living and 17 of them were married and they were all Tithe payers. Anthon H. Lund read a letter from Prest. Peterson of the Scandinavian Mission which said that some Elders had arrived in that field having the small pox, which they had scattered some.
President Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith joined us.
After some discussion we decided to deride the Cache stake.
The brethren discussed quite freely the question of making some changes in the method of our mission work.
We partook of the sacrament together, President Lorenzo Snow blessing the bread and Wine.
[Friday, Jan. 11, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I loaned seven thousand dollars of Josephine’s Money to the Coop. W. & M. Co. Four thousand at 7 per cent, Three thousand at 6 per cent.
I bot two sets of books, one on birds and other Animal life. Also a universal history of the World.
[Monday, Jan. 14, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I returned home this morning and found all well. I lent to the Coop. W. & M. Co. one Thousand dollars today at 6 per cent per annum 10 days demand.
[Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I promised a book agent that I would take l0 vol. of Great Orators [p.473] and pay 5 dollars per quarter on them. The Stockmen’s Convention met today in the assembly Hall. I am a delegate.
I bot two shares of H. J. Grant & Co. stock and paid 120 each for them and five more shares was issued to me as a stock dividend.
[Thursday, Jan. 17, 1901 – Salt Lake City] All of the first Presidency and all of the Apostles but Brigham Young, John W. Taylor and Martinet W. Merrill were present at our council in the Temple. Many matters were talked over. President Lorenzo Snow favored Thomas Kearns for U.S. Senator but laid no obligation on anyone to work for him.
Joseph F. Smith & Wife Sarah and me and Josephine left for Colorado [for conferences].
[Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Word was received in the Morning Papers that Thomas Kearns had received the nomination of the caucus for U.S. Senator by 19 votes. He was elected U.S. Senator at noon today.
My wife Sarah and I went to the Theatre in the evening.
[Thursday, Jan. 24, 1901 – Salt Lake City] My wife Sarah started East to Chattanooga to visit her sister Diana Rich.
[Friday, Jan. 25, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I bargained for a home for Helen M. Morgan today on York St. in the Waterloo derision of this City to cost $1,700.00.
Myself and wife Josephine and I went to Provo and attended the ball and banquet given by the Manager of Z.C.M.I. Our treatment was of the best.
[Saturday, Jan. 26, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I went to York St. and took a look at the property I am going to buy. I left with the State bank the Coop. W. &. M. Co. note for $1,000.00 to day.
[Monday, Jan. 28, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I bot and paid for 37 1/2 feet by 110 feet with right of way over ten feet on York St. I paid $1,700.00 for it. It is to be inhabited by Melvina Morgan.
[Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I posed for two hours today for Mr. Taggart to paint my picture. I attended a meeting to talk over the question of libel by the Tribune of Prest. L. Snow. Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Wm. B. Preston, John R. Winder, Abraham O. Woodruff, Reed Smoot, Rudger Clawson,
[p.474]Angus M. Cannon, Charles W. Penrose, LeGrand Young and Frank S. Richards and myself met and talked over this question.
[Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Mr. Taggart worked an hour on my picture. My daughter Elizabeth is 11 years old today.
[Thursday, Jan. 31, 1901 – Salt Lake City] At 2 p.m. a large company met at the Residence of Hon. Franklin S. Richards to the 80th birthday of Zina D. H. Smith and the 78th birthday of Jane S. Richards.
We had a nice Lunch. Speaches were made by Prests. Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Myself, John R. Winder, Zina D. H. Y. Smith, Jane S. Richards, Bathsheba W. Smith, Nathan Tanner, Sr. & Samuel W. Richards. Papers were read by Susie Y. Gates, Lula G. Richards and Mrs. L. F. Moench.
The Doxology was sung and Benediction was offered by Patriarch John Smith. It was a happy day and long to be remembered.
[Friday, Feb. 1, 1901 – Salt Lake City] My day was spent in working at my desk. Josephine and I went down to York St. to see the house we had purchased for Melvina Morgan to occupy.
Anthon H. Lund and I read over all of the Legislative bills presented up to the present time.
[Monday, Feb. 4, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I had a long talk with Prest. L. Snow, George Q. Cannon, and Franklin S. Richards on passing a law that in the future Wives must be the complainants in cases of adultry. Bro. Richards was instructed to draw up such a law. I received a letter from my wife Sarah.
[Tuesday, Feb. 5, 1901 – Salt Lake City] My son Glenn fell and bit his tongue part off. Dr. Wilcox took three stitches in it.
[Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Bro. A. H. Lurid and I spent the evening read[ing] some of the bills that have been introduced into the Legislature to become laws.
[Thursday, Feb. 7, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Anthon H. Lund and I spent part of the morning hour reading bills.
At 10:30 a.m. Brigham, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, George Teasdale, John W. Taylor, A. H. Lurid, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger [p.475]Clawson, M. F. Cowley and Reed Smoot met in the Temple and talked over matters. All of the first Presidency joined us at 11:30 a.m. Prayer by A. H. Lund. At the Altar George Q. Cannon. Some talk was made upon the publication or printing of the Book of Mormon in a cheap edition.
On motion of George Q. Cannon, Platt D. Lyman is to be made President of the San Juan stake. On Motion of Joseph F. Smith, Francis M. Lyman is to preside over the European Mission. On Motion of John W. Taylor, Horace S. Ensign is to go and preside over the Colorado Mission.
The Dedicatory services of the Latter Day Saints College was held at 2 p.m.
With Franklin S. Richards, Rulon S. Wells, Nephi Morris and Abel John Evans, I talked over an amendment to our laws favoring the Wife making complaints in cases of unlawfull Cohabitation & Adultry.
[Saturday, Feb. 9, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I paid Dr. Joseph S. Richards to day $50.00 on account of services. The stitches were taken out of my son Glen’s tongue today.
In the evening Josephine and I went to the theatre.
[Monday, Feb. 11, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I had a talk with Presidents L. Snow, G. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith in regard to the Collectorship of our district. George C. Parkinson wants it and Shoup, U.S. Senator from Idaho don’t think he can get.
[Tuesday, Feb. 12, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I wrote a letter to my wife Sarah and sent a New York draft for fifty dollars. The weather is very fine today.
I am suffering from a sore throat and cold. I spent part of the day reading in the World’s Orators.
[Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I was about home most of the day under the weather with cold. The Directors of the Home fire met at 4 p.m. The General board of the Y.M.M.I.A. met at 5 p.m. I went to the Sanatarium and took a Turkish bath.
[Thursday, Feb. 14, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I stoped all night at the bath.
Francis M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, Abraham O. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson met and sung. Bro. H. J. Grant talked against vacination.
All of the first Presidency came in at 11 a.m. Rudger Clawson prayed. Heber J. Grant was Mouth at the Altar.
Several items of business was gone over. Heber J. Grant was selected to go to Japan on a Mission.
[p.476][Saturday, Feb. 16, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I spent part of the day going with Heber J. Grant and soliciting for the Ridges Concert on Tuesday next. The ballance of the day I spent about home reading and nursing my throat.
[Sunday, Feb. 17, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I was about home all day. My throat is bothering me quite badly. It stormed most of the day.
[Monday, Feb. 18, 1901 – Salt Lake City] My Throat is some better to day. I was at President L. Snow’s office part of the day. The day was spent in part by me reading some speaches from the World’s Orators. Francis M. Lyman, Jr. seems to be some what disturbed in his mind.
[Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I attended the funeral of Karl G. Maeser at the Tabernacle. Karl G. Macset was one of the Lord’s Noblest men.
[Thursday, Feb. 21, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of Z.C.M.I. met at 2 p.m.A.H. Lund and I were appointed a committee to Audit the accounts of Z.C.M.I.
In the evening Josephine and [I] went to the Theatre.
[Friday, Feb. 22, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Josephine and I spent the afternoon at the 15 ward meeting house. We had a grand Banquet and a flow of wit and humor. I haven’t seen a spread that surpassed it in many a day.
Old and young, Rich and poor were present.
[Saturday, Feb. 23, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Bro. A. H. Lund and [I] spent part of the day examining bills for laws. Some of the brethren are fearfull of trouble if we pass a measure in the Legislature modifying the law against adultry and unlawful cohabitation and laying the Responsibility on the injured party.11
[Monday, Feb. 25, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Bro. A. H. Lund and I were reading Legislative bills part of the day. Josephine and I went to the Theatre.
[p.477][Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Part of the Bishopric and A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, Bp. W. B. Preston and myself had a talk with President L. Snow about building a meeting house in the 17 ward and for him to give 10 thousand dollars to it. We got no satisfaction out of the matter.
All of the first Presidency and Apostles but Brigham Young talked over the question of securing an amendment to the law in filling complaints for adultry and Unlawful Cohabation. All favored doing it but President G. Q. Cannon. Some warmth was shown in discusing it.
[Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1901 – Huntington, Utah] Prst. Ruben G. Miller, A. H. Lund, and I left for Castledale, Emery Co. We had dinner with Bp. Robert Johnson at Huntington. We put up at the Anderson Hotel. We were sworn to try the water case.
[Thursday, Feb. 28, 1901 – Castle Dale, Emery County] The day was spent in making examinations of Canals up and down on the Cottonwood Creek. Attorney Thurman and Redd and other person went with us. The evening was spent in looking up the law.
[Friday, March 1, 1901 – Castle Dale] We opened court in the Court house at 10 a.m.
The Cottonwood Water Case was taken up by us. S. R. Thurman made a statement. The Pleadings were read. Witnesses were sworn. The entire day was spent in taking Testimony. In the evening I wrote some letters.
[Sunday, March 3, 1901 – Huntington, Emery County] I wrote to Sarah and Josephine and several of the children. Bros. A. H. Lund, Ruben G. Miller and myself visited the Sunday School and meeting and spoke at both places.
[Monday, March 4, 1901 – Castle Dale] Windy. Held court all day. Many witnesses were examined.
[Tuesday, March 5, 1901 – Castle Dale] The day was spent in examining Witnesses.
We adjourned at 4 p.m. to meet at Salt Lake City at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 7th.
[Wednesday, March 6, 1901 – Salt Lake City] We returned home. I learned that my wife Sarah had gone to Washington to the Inauguration of Prest. Wm. McKinley.
[Thursday, March 7, 1901 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and all of the Apostles but H. J. Grant [p.478]and M. W. Merrill met in the Temple. Wm. C. Parkinson was selected for the Cache Valley South Stake president.
Some talk was had in regard to the Priesthood and the offices growing out of them.
A. H. Lund, Ruben G. Miller and I held Court at the Historian office at 3 p.m. Mr. Demoisy was Sworn and examined in regard to the water case.
S. R. Thurman and W. K. Reed made their picas and we took the Water Matter under advisement.
I spent the evening at Josephine’s. The D. News contains the announcement this evening that Lorin Farr, 80 years old, has taken out a marriage license.
[Friday, March 8, 1901 – Salt Lake City] It has been storming today. I had a nice visit with Prest. Lorenzo Snow today talking over the condition of some of the brethren.
[Saturday, March 9, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I paid Mr. Taggatt $70.00 for the painting he had made of me.
My son Joseph H. having broken out with a rash, I sent for Dr. Jos. S. Richards. he said it was small pox. he vaxinated Josephine, Sarah A., Arzella and the baby.
[Sunday, March 10, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I spent the greater part of the day at home reading. Joseph seems to be getting along all right.
[Tuesday, March 12, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Quarentine Physician put out a small pox Flag at Josephine today. He says says Joseph has the small pox but is getting over it nicely.
I was home most of the day. I took a Turkish bath. I was reading of Tyndall, Faraday, Darwin and Huxley today.
[Wednesday, March 13, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I sent a Telegram to Senator Geo. L. Shoup that Smith, Cowley and self favored E. H. Callistcr for Gollcctor of this District. I also wrote President Wm. McKinley and Senator Kearns. I also wrote to my wife Sarah.
[Thursday, March 14, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day largely at home. I did not meet with my Quorum in the Temple. I called upon Gov. Heber M. Wells and asked him to fulfill the promise he had made me to sign the Evans law. He declined to fill his engagement.
My son Joseph is getting along nicely. None of the rest have come down.
[p.479][Friday, March 15, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Gov. Heber M. Wells has vetoed the Evans Bill. I feel he has done a great wrong to his co-religionists. The stockholders of Saltair Beach Co. re-elected the old board of Directors, leaving out Nephi Clayton and putting in L. John Nuttall. We paid President L. Snow for Services, five hundred dollars and are to pay the Directors thirty dollars each. I had a talk over the auditing of the Accounts of Z.C.M.I. I spent the evening at home reading.
[Saturday, March 16, 1901 – Salt Lake City] It is a beautifull day. I spent it reading. My sister Priscilla and I went to the Theatre to see Modjeska play Lady Macbeth.
[Monday, March 18, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I visited the wife murderer, John D. Douglas at the Penetentiary.
[Wednesday, March 20, 1901 – Salt Lake City] In the afternoon A. H. Lund and I went out to Murray. We had an elegant supper with James Miller of the Granite Stake, Prest. Frank G. Taylor having joined us. We drove to the Tanner school house and held meeting talking over the Water question. John M. Cannon joined. The people appointed a committee of four to act with another Committee from the Canals taken from Big Cottonwood creek.
[Thursday, March 21, 1901 – Salt Lake City] It was a beautifull spring day. Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, Rudger Clawson, Feed Smoot met at 10:30 a.m. and talked over several matters. At 11 a.m. Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith joined us. After singing Bro. A. H. Lurid offered prayer. Brigham Young was Mouth at the Altar. We had some talk over the case of Ruben A. McBride who killed a man by the name of Stead some years ago.
I spent the evening at home reading. The children attended some kind of a gathering at the ward house. My son Joseph was turned loose today by the Quarantine Physician, having fully recovered from the small pox.
[Wednesday, March 27, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I received from John Wanamaker, New York City the ten Vols. of the Century Dictionary Cyclopedia and Atlas, also a Cabinet to stand the books on, freight $4.70 paid by me.
The Directors of Heber J. Grant & Co. met at 3 p.m. They declaired a 2 per cent dividend.
[Thursday, March 28, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I went to the Temple. At 10:30 a.m. Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson and Reid Smoot met in council. At 11 a.m. Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith came in.
[p.480]Rudger Clawson offered prayer. Prest. Joseph F. Smith was Mouth at the Altar.
M. F. Cowley reported his trip to Oregon and moved that a stake of Zion be organized to be called Union Stake and that Franklin S. Bramwell be made the President. It was carried.
Reed Smoot is to adjust some troubles in Morgan City.
[Friday, March 29, 1901 – Salt Lake City] It is quite cold. A. H. Lund, Ruben G. Miller and I spent the morning hours in preparing our decision in the Cottonwood Water case. President Geo. Q. Cannon and some of his family are at Monterey, California. He is reported to be dangerously sick.
Presidents Lorenzo Snow, Jos. F. Smith, Francis M. Lyman, A. H. Lund and myself had a talk with James E. Talmage in regard to his copy right to the Articles of Faith he had written. It was the opinion that we had ought hold the Copyright for the Church.
[Monday, April 1, 1901 – Salt Lake City] My family have been released from quarentine today. All are well. Bro. A. H. Lund and ! spent the afternoon examining the books of Z.C.M.I. Bro. A. W. Carlson was with us.
[Tuesday, April 2, 1901 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. the following named brethren met in the Temple: Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson and Reed Smoot.
Prest. B. Young spoke on Mission Work. F. M. Lyman on the same and the sad condition of his son. I expressed my good fellings to all. Geo. Teasdale gave his experience.
2:30 p.m. Heber J. Grant gave us some ideas as to his mission. John W. Taylor give the results of the effort made to preach the Gospel among the outsiders in Farmington. M. W. Merrill told of his diffidence in regard to speaking in public. A. H. Lund gave us a brief outline of the work that could be opened up in Europe not yet touched.
President Geo. Q. Cannon is said to be a little better.
[Wednesday, April 3, 1901 – Salt Lake City] At 1 a.m. all of the members of the Council of Apostles met in theTemple.
Matthias F. Cowley urged the publication of a cheap addition of the Book of Mormon. Brigham Young spoke Priesthood. Abraham O. Woodruff reported the condition of affairs in the Big Horn country. John W. Taylor spoke in favor of securing a home for Sister Karl G. Maeser. Rudger Clawson [p.481]give us some experience. Reed Smoot presented a paper on the question of prayer meeting being held in connection with administering to the sick. John W. Taylor spoke on Gifts.
President Lorenzo Snow is 87 years old today. The Temple Workers gave him a reception, speaches and singing were indulged in and a nice lunch was partaken of.
President Geo. Q. Cannon is said to be Worse.
[Thursday, April 4, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I had my wife Josephine sealed to me 24 years ago today. My son George A. was born 31 years ago today.
At 10:30 all of the Apostles met at their room in the Temple and at 11 a.m. Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith came in. It was agreed to Reorganize the Summit Stake of Zion with Moses W. Taylor as President. It was also decided to organize a stake of Zion in the Big Horn Country in Wyoming with Byron Sessions, Jesse W. Crosby and Chas. Welch as the presidency. Many other matters were talked over.
I went to the Theatre in the evening with my wife Josephine.
[Friday, April 5, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The general conference convened at 10 a.m.
Present on the stand presidents Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith, all of the Apostles, six of the 7 Presidents of the Seventies, the Presiding Bishopric and the Patriarch over the Church.
President Lorenzo Snow [spoke] in a general way. Reed Smoot Spoke on church disaplin, Rudger Clawson On Tithes, Prayer, & Repentance.
2 p.m. in Conference.
Abraham O. Woodruff on Fasting and Tithes. Matthias F. Cowley on honesty and virtuousness. Anthon H. Lund on humility.
[Saturday, April 6, 1901 – Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. Conference. Prayer by Prest. Angus M. Cannon.
Geo. Teasdale spoke on the scandles perpetrated on the Saints by Non-Mormons.
I spoke on the payment of tithing, Charles W. Penrose on obedience to the Law.
Priesthood meeting was held in the Tabernacle at 7:30 p.m.
President Joseph F. Smith spoke to the brethren on the necessity of clensing the Platter. Francis M. Lyman on Fidelity. Abraham O. Woodruff on selling our property to strangers.
At five p.m. today it began snowing like wrath.
[p.482][Sunday, April 7, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Conference convened 10 a.m. Francis M. Lyman spoke on the necesity of the people being united. Edward H. Snow from the Eastern States Mission reported his field.
I attended the funeral of the Mother of Edwin F. Parry. Joseph Parry, Myself, Joseph F. Smith and Bp. G. A. Amery spoke.
2 p.m. conference. Prayer by Joseph W. McMurrin.
Brigham said our enemies will never be satisfied until we put a hundred tons of Nitro Glycerene under our God and blow him to shreds. President Joseph F. Smith spoke on the law of Tithing.
[Monday, April 8, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Cold. I attended a Priesthood Meeting in the Assembly Hall at 10 a.m.
President Lorenzo Snow spoke on the character of the people who should receive their Second Endowments and on Tithing.
Heber J. Grant sang Jerusalem. Joseph F. Smith on the Holy annointing. Heber J. Grant on singing.
Abraham O. Woodruff said don’t betray your brethren.
Reed Smoot on tithing. Rudger Clawson on Record Keeping.
John W. Taylor on putting the brethren who visited them in clean beds free from bed bugs.
A large party spent the evening At the Residence of Sister Cloe Eldredge as the guests of Reed Smoot. We had an elegant dinner. With singing and reciting and conversation the time was Well spent.
[Tuesday, April 9, 1901 – Salt Lake City] President George Q. Cannon is said to be dying at Monterey, California. Heber J. Grant, George Romney, Chas. S. Burton, Geo. T. Odell and myself went to Ogden to adjust some troubles among the Employes of the Coop. W. & M. Co.
[Thursday, April 11, 1901 – Salt Lake City] All of the Apostles but M. W. Merrill met in their room in the Temple. At Eleven a.m. Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith joined us. We agreed to a Rule that we would rise and address the Presiding officer. Some talk was had about a change in the Salt Lake Stake Presidency.
[Friday, April 12, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Anthon H. Lund and I in company with Thos. G. Webber visited several of the departments of Z.C.M.I.A.W. Ivins and I had a talk with Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Jos. F. Smith on Mexican affairs. Bro. Snow was quite critical but agreed to aid us in getting our interest on Nine thousand dollars lowered at the Bank.
[p.483][Monday, April 15, 1901 – Salt Lake City] President George Q. Cannon’s remains arrived at home today.
[Tuesday, April 16, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Lehi Sugar Co. met at 10 a.m. Heber J. Grant, Barlow Ferguson, Supt. T. F. Cutler were appointed a committee to look into the matter of buying the Bear River Canal property. The board adjourned out of respect to the Memory of President George Q. Cannon, who was President of the Sugar Co.
Wednesday, April 17, 1901 – Salt Lake City
President Lorenzo Snow is quite poorly. President Joseph F. Smith and all of the Apostles but John W. Taylor went in a body to the residence of George Q. Cannon. His remains were escorted to the Tabernacle, the Apostles acting as pall bearers.
At 19 noon the funeral services commenced. Prest. Lorenzo Snow presiding. The Choir and Congregation Sang God Moves in a Mysterious Way. Prayer by Francis M. Lyman.
Quartet sang Not Dead but Sleepeth. George Teasdale spoke for the Sunday School Union. Heber J. Grant for the young peoples organizations.
Robert C. Easton sang Oh my Father. George H. Brimhall represented the Church Schools. Brigham Young said his friendship has been lifelong for Bro. G. Q. Cannon. Singing by Geo. D. Pyper, H. S. Ensign, J. D. Spencer and H. G. Whitney.
President Joseph F. Smith spoke of his long experience with Bro. G. Q. Cannon. I spoke for ten minutes. John W. Taylor spoke for five minutes. LeRoy C. Snow read his father’s good words.
We went direct to the cemetery. There was singing and Prayer at the Grave, A. H. Lund being Mouth in Prayer.
[Thursday, April 18, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Thomas R. Cutler, Heber J. Grant and I met at Ferguson & Commons office. Cutler had received an option for 20 days on the Bear River Canal. We go to look at it tomorrow. President Joseph F. Smith and all of the Apostles but John W. Taylor met at the Temple. After Prayer by George Teasdale, and prayer at the Altar by Bro. F. M. Lyman we talked over the marriage question. Benediction by M. W. Merrill. Francis M. Lyman was set apart for his mission to England by Joseph F. Smith.
President Lorenzo Snow is quite poorly.
[Tuesday, April 23, 1901 – Salt Lake City] This Morning Francis M. Lyman and wife left for their Mission to England.
[p.484]I was busy looking into the plans for Josephine’s house.
[Monday, April 29, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I found to day that Elias Morris Sons Co. had placed grave stones at the heads of Nicholas and Elizabeth Groesbeck, cost $60.00 dollars, and one at the head of my daughter Lucy Smith, cost $18.00. Josephine and I drove up there and are satisfied with the work done.
[Tuesday, April 30, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Lehi Sugar Co. met at 10 a.m. and appointed Lorenzo Snow a Director and President of the Company to fill the Vacancy made by the death of Geo. Q. Cannon. His salary is to be $600.00, the Manager $10,000.00[?], the Secretary and Treasurer $1,800 a year, the attorney $1,200.00, The Directors ten dollars a meeting. It was decided to continue. The Committee appointed to examine the Bear River Canal reported in favor of its purchase and the report was received and adopted. The committee were instructed to continue their labors.
[Wednesday, May 1, 1901 – Salt Lake City] A. W. Ivins has returned from Cleveland. He has an agreement by which he can sell the Dublan lands in Mexico. The funeral of Allice Smith to day. She was the daughter of Joseph F. and Sarah Ellen Richards Smith. Prest. Lorenzo Snow, Myself, George Brimhall, Heber J. Grant, M. F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff and Brigham Young spoke. The attendance was large and many carriages followed the remains to the grave.
[Friday, May 3, 1901 – Salt Lake City] A. W. Ivins and I obtained an understanding in regard to money for Mexican Mission.
My Father’s wife Bathsheba W. Smith is 79 years old today. She with about 75 persons were entertained at the Residence of Philo T. Farnsworth. It was a splendid time.
[Wednesday, May 8, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Lehi Sugar Factory met and decided to buy the land of the Bear River Investment Co.
[Thursday, May 9, 1901 – Salt Lake City] At 10:30 p.m. some of the apostles met. At 11 a.m. Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith met with Brigham Young, Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor and Anthon H. Lund. Prayer by Joseph F. Smith. Heber J. Grant was Mouth at the Altar. Joseph F. Smith and Brigham Young’s allowance was fixed at five thousand per annum. H. J. Grant’s was raised some. I was blest and set apart for my mission under the hands of all present. President Lorenzo Snow being Mouth, he gave me a good blessing. He gave me a good many promises.
[p.485][Friday, May 10, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Theatre met. Heber M. Wells resigned and Lorenzo Snow was elected a Director and President. H. J. Grant having resigned as President, was made Vice President. I drew from Jas. Jack five hundred dollars for expense money. I paid Noal Asper & Co. Cash $300.00 for work on building house.
[Saturday, May 11, 1901 – Salt Lake City] We opened some bids made on Josephine’s house. I got transportation to Texas for Josephine and myself.
[Monday, May 13, 1901 – Salt Lake City] My wife Josephine and I left for Mexico at 8:30 a.m. The day was spent in reading in Aboot’s llfe of Cortez.
[Friday, May 17, 1901 -Juarez to Diaz, Chihuahua, Mexico] We drove over to Juarez and took train for the Colonies. [Helaman Pratt] met us and We made a drive of about 25 miles and camped about 12 midnight.
[Saturday, May 18, 1901 – Diaz, Chihuahua, Mexico] We slept well on the ground. We drove into Diaz and I put up at Bp. W. D. Johnsons. At 10 a.m. We went to the conference.
[Sunday, May 26, 1901 – Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico] 2 p.m. meeting. Prayer and Singing.
The Criminal and Probate Judges with some friends attended our meeting. Henry Eyring and Helaman Pratt spoke in Spanish. L. John Nuttall, A. W. Ivins and Myself spoke also and the Interpretation was given.
Both of the Judges spoke and expressed their satisfaction with the spirit of the meeting. The Choir sang in Spanish and repeated the National Hymn.
[Monday, May 27, 1901 – Colonia Juarez] I had a talk with A. F. McDonald about Sealings and I told him if he was sealing Plural Wiles to men his standing in the church was in danger.
[Thursday, May 30, 1901 – Chihuahua City, Chihuahua, Mexico] We visited the Cathedral, the state Palace and the Plaza. We took a look at the Monument to Hidalgo.
We visited the prison where Hidalgo was held previous to his execution by the Spaniards.
We had a nice visit with Gov. Alumada. He gave us a letter of Introduction to the Minister Fomento at the City of Mexico.
[p.486][Sunday, June 2, 1901 – Mexico City] We held a fast meeting in our room in the hotel. Present A. W. Ivins, Henry Eyring, Ammon M. Tenney, Bro. Perez and Wife, Myself and Wife. We partook of the Sacrament and most of us bore testimony.
We paid a visit to the spot where Alvarado is said to have made his celebrated leap. We went to Noche Triste where Cortez is said to have wept after he had been driven out of the City of Mexico. A tree of immense size marks the spot. It must be 80 feet around it. We had a fine shower of rain fall while we were here. It fell in torrents. I said to my wife that while Cortez wept on this spot the Heavens are weeping over us. We returned to the City. We took a ride on an Autamobile out to the Palace of Chepultepec, going along the Grand Avenue. We walked among the trees, flowers and fountains. Their was a magnificent array of Horses and Carriages on the driveway.
[Tuesday, June 4, 1901 – Mexico City] All of our party except Bro. Ammon M. Tenney paid a visit to the American National Cemetery. We went to see the grave of Sylvester D. Collett. It is in the South West Corner of the Cemetery.
We dedicated the grave anew. I stood at the head, my wife at the foot, A. W. Ivins on right and Henry Eyring on the left. I offered the prayer. The grave of our dead friend is sheltered in the morning from the rays of the sun by the shaft of the National Monument.
It is a beautifull spot. The nations dead only are to be hurried here in the future.
Our visit was a joy to me, as well as the rest.
We visited the Tomb of Benito Juarez and other heroes of the Mexican Republic. His tomb was covered with flowers.
[Thursday, June 6, 1901 – Mexico City] It is Corpus Christi, the most celebrated of the days observed by the Catholic people of the world. Over fifteen thousand people were present in the great Cathedral. Hundreds of candles were burning.
[Friday, June 7, 1901 – Mexico City] We paid a visit to Hoses Ives LeMantour, Minister of Hacienda (or Finance). After We got through with our business we had a pleasant chat with him. he is an able man.
[Saturday, June 8, 1901 – Cuernavaca, Morales] Bro. Herbert L. Hall met us at the Railway station and took us to his hotel, The Hotel Morales. His good lady welcomed us. We had an elegant dinner. The Hotel is a quaint old Mexican house.
The Governor of the state of Morales lives just across the street. His [p.487]name is Manuel Alercon. Bro. Hall took us over and introduced to the Governor and he received us in a most friendly way and said we were welcome to preach our faith.
We held a meeting. There were present 8 Natives. All of the Native brethren spoke and Henry Eyring interpreted. Bro. A.M. Tenney was ordained a High Priest and set apart for his mission by me.
[Sunday, June 9, 1901 – Cuernavaca, Morales] We drove out to the home [of] Juan Mendez where we held meeting in his Mango Orchard.
10 a.m. meeting. Singing in Spanish by the Natives. Prayer by Henry Eyring.
Prest. Anthony W. Ivins spoke at length to the little congragation of 20 persons. I spoke on works and faith. Bro. Henry Eyring explained what I had said. An]anio Banos and Manuel Salazar gave their testimonies.
Bro. A. W. Ivins left us and took train for the city of Mexico.
We had a Mexican dinner Spread under the Mango trees. I ate freely. Josephine was timid.
[Friday, June 14, 1901 – Mexico City] Frank Marsh, youngest son of Thomas B. Marsh, called upon us. he claimed to be in the faith. he says that about one month before Emma Hale Smith died he called upon her. he asked her if the Prophet Joseph had more wives than one. She broke into tears and said my son has accepted the Presidency of the Reorganized Church.
He also said he had met with a body of Masons in London. A gentleman present by the name of Hamilton gave a wonderfull testimony of the character and Mission of the Prophet. Said He Joseph Smith Initiated me into the Secrets of Masonry and I esteem him among the great men of the World.
[Monday, June 17, 1901 – Mexico City] At 4 p.m.A.W. Ivins, Ammon M. Tenney, Felix Alserica and I called at the National Palace. At about 6 p.m. we were invited into the presence of President Porfirio Diaz. He received us in the most friendly manner.
Bro. A. W. Ivins said in Spanish after being introduced by Felix Alserica:
Mr. President I greatly appreciate this opportunity of grasping the hand of the Chief Magistrate of the Government which gave an asylum and protection to my people when they were in trouble.
President Diaz Replied That he had complied with his simple duty and aded I am pleased to meet a man who can express these statements in such well chosen words in my own language.
[p.488]I then said
Mr. President I want to say to [you] in behalf of my people that the manner in which you have received them into your Country, the protection they have received and the asssurance they have for the future has won our hearts. We love you and are determined to show our appreciation by being loyal to your government.
President Diaz said
I greatly appreciated these expressions of esteem and Confidence.
When the Mormon people first came to Mexico I felt impressed to receive them. I beleived them to be industrious, Moral and progressive and that they would greatly aid in the development and progress of the Country. What I then beleived has since become an established fact and I now see my expectations realized.
I then said
The President of the Mormon Church sent his blessing by me, desiring me to express his good wishes for your welfare and the welfare of your people.
President Diaz Replied
I fully appreciate those kind words and assurances of good will and I desire you to say to the Chief of all the Mormons I sincerely reciprocate his good wishes.
Bro. A. W. Ivins explained to President Diaz that we had an especial interest in the Native races and desired to aid in their development.
President Diaz said Our first steps when peace was established was to provide for the Education of the Indians. First we were obliged [to] establish Normal schools for the education of Teachers. Not Teachers who knew how to read and write alone, but Teachers who could train the heart and mould the character, for without this the education of the child is not complete. Our progress, because of the difficulties under which we have labored, has necessarily been slow. He said
Some years ago I visited the United States, where I was feasted and feted. Upon many Ocassions speaches were made in which the speakers lauded the wonderfull developments made in the United States and wishes were expressed that Mexico might some day reach and same high standard.
I heard this reiterated untill it became stale, I finally was called upon to speak and said
The men who first settled the United States were men of learning and Culture who had sought a home in the new in order that they might enjoy religious liberty. Their numbers were constantly augmented by people of the same character. They located in a country of navagable rivers and broad Praries with extensive forests. Their were but few Indians and these [p.489]have disappeared and by what means I do not care to say. The conditions were favorable and the development has been remarkable.
We on the other hand had a country which instead of Navagable Rivers and broad praries had impenetrible mountains and barren plains. We had but few illustrious men and Millions of Indians. Our progress has been slow because the few Millions of Learned men we have had, who, in the March of progress have been obliged to bear upon their shoulders these Millions of uncivilized people. We are slowly pressing forward and in time hope to reach the hight which has been attained by the United States and bring our burden with us and not leave it behind as they have done. When I had done, said President Diaz, I was fearfull that I might have given offense, as my remarks were in the form of reproach, but to my surprise I was aplauded and many compliments extended.
Bro. A. W. Ivins had explained to me. Our Conversation having come to a close and after warm hand shaking President Diaz bowed us out.
Our hearts were full and we left feeling that we had just parted with one of the great and good men of the world.
Our lawyer Felix Alserica was overjoyed with our visit to the President. He had been led to think in serving he had brought discredit on himself. The warm expressions of regard for us by the President brought joy to him.
[Tuesday, June 18, 1901 – Mexico City] I called upon General Powell Clayton, the American Minister. He received me in the Kindlyest possible manner and we had a nice visit. Later In company with A. W. Ivins and A.M. Tenney I called again and Introduced them to the Minister, who expressed satisfaction at meeting them.
[Returned home by way of El Paso, Albuquerque, and Colorado.]
[Monday, June 24, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I reported my trip to Mexico and bore the kind regards of President Porfirio Diaz to President Lorenzo Snow.
[Saturday, June 29, 1901 – Salt Lake City] My Mother is 73 years old today.
I spent the day in fixing up some of my own business. I borrowed $2,940.00 of Zions Saving Bank and Trust Co. I Bought 324 shares of Sugar stock, 294 for myself, 24 for Josephine and 6 for Sarah. I also bot and paid for three shares of Coop. W. & M. Co.
[Sunday, June 30, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I wrote all of the forenoon upon my journal.
June has been a remarkable month in my life’s work. I have had part in opening up anew in Mexico the work of spreading the Gospel among [p.490]the Indians. My visit with the President of the Mexican Republic gave one great joy and did good for our people.
[Monday, July 1, 1901 – Salt Lake City] My son Joseph H. has gone out to Saltair to work. I bot him a spring matrass $3.00.
[Thursday, July 4, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon about home. In the afternoon I was taking my family out for a drive. About 10 p.m. I left over the Rio Grande Western Ry. for Manassa, Colorado.
[Monday, July 8, 1901 – Manassa] During the afternoon we held the stockholders meeting and Reelected the old board of the Mexican Colonization and Agricultural Co. John Henry Smith, Anthony W. Ivins, A. F. McDonald, Albert R. Smith, L. P. Helm, L. M. Petersen and Thos A. Crowther. Some reports were read and accepted & filed.
The Directors were sworn and organized with President John Henry Smith, Vice President and Manager A. W. Ivins, Secretary and Treasurer, L. M. Peterson, Ass. Secretary Henry Eyring.
I put into the Treasurers hands $50.00. Three dollars each was paid to the Directors for last years service and five each to the secretary and Treasurer, expense going out $8.00.
[Thursday, July 11, 1901 – Salt Lake City] All of the Apostles met fasting.
At 11 a.m. Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith joined us. We only had prayer and Joseph F. Smith was mouth. H. J. Grant talked against selling Beer at Saltair and the President L. Snow said nothing could be done at the present in regard to that matter. I was mouth in blessing the Sacrament. President Lorenzo Snow made a nice talk and made some nice promises to H. J. Grant in Regard to sons.
[Friday, July 12, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I have spent part of the day looking into Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress matters. I ordered a series of books from Harpers History club and mailed a two dollar green back in part payment.
[Saturday, July 13, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day with H. J. Grant trying to collect some notes that were given by several parties to Keep L. G. Hardy out of prison. Some paid and some made promises to do so.
[p.491][Wednesday, July 17, 1901 – Cripple Creek, Colorado] I was unanimously elected president of the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress for the next year.
[Thursday, July 18, 1901 – Cripple Creek] The Congress met at 10 a.m. President Walter Gresham appointed a committee of three to conduct me to the Chair. He made a few remarks of Welcome and presented me the gavel. I accepted it and made a few words of thanks.
A large share of the report of the Committee on Resolutions was read and adopted.
The afternoon and evening were devoted to Irrigation subjects. Many fine stereoptican views of Canal flumes, Bridges and Mountains and forests were exhibited with telling explinations.
[Monday July 22, 1901 – Salt Lake City] President Lorenzo Snow telegraphed Prest. Albert R. Smith to sell the Zapato Ranch if he could get $6,500.00 for it and that he would pay all delinquent Taxes.
[Wednesday, July 24, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day a[t] home reading. Heber J. Grant, Louis P. Kelsch, Horace S. Ensign and Alma O. Taylor left tonight for their Mission to Japan. About two hundred people bid them good by at the depot.
[Saturday, July 27, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I borrowed of Zions Savings Bank and Trust Co. $400.00. I put up 43 shares of Lehi Sugar Stock. I bot 33 shares today and paid 16 dollars a share. Josephine and I went out to Saltair. The weather is extremely hot.
[Saturday, Aug. 10, 1901 – Salt Lake City] In the afternoon I took Josephine and some of my children and grand children up in City Creek Canyon, where we ate a nice lunch and played under the shade of the trees.
[Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Home Dramatic company met and voted to release Wm. H. Rowe as a Director and elect Joseph F. Smith in his place. heber M. Wells was appointed secretary of the company in place of Horace Ensign, Resigned. It was decided to pay ten dollars a meeting to the Directors and continue the two Tickets to each.
[Friday, Aug. 16, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I went out to the Penitentiary to see Goldie Brown. While there the board of Corrections came out and I spent the day with them in their listening to grievances and passing on accounts.
[p.492][Saturday, Aug. 17, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Josephine and I went out to the Lake and took a bath in the Salt Water.
[Monday, Aug. 19, 1901 – Salt Lake City] A very heavy rainfall came today doing damage in many places. I spent most of the day at home reading In the life of Joseph Bonaparte.
[Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I supplied Nicholas with $135.00. I let Nathaniel have $20.00, Clair Wimmer have $2.00.
I blest my sons George A. and Nicholas G. who are going on a pleasure trip of three or four weeks going Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pa., New York City, Albany and Buffalo, N.Y., Omaha, Na. and other points of interest.
[Thursday, Aug. 22, 1901 – Salt Lake City] At 10:30 a.m. Myself, George Teasdale, John W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson and Reed Smoot met in Council at the Temple.
President Lorenzo Snow said he felt the Apostles should be more active in the field in preaching the Gospel among the nations of the World.
[Saturday, Aug. 24, 1901 – Salt Lake City and Hyrum, Cache County] My wife Sarah returned home this morning after a twenty day absence at Ogden with her kindred.
J. Golden Kimball and I went by train to Logan. Prest. Wm. C. Parkinson met us and took me in his carriage 8 miles to Hyrum. The afternoon was spent in looking into the condition of men and their fitness to fill the various positions in the stake organization.
[Sunday, Aug. 25, 1901 – Hyrum, Cache County] At 9 a.m. the Sunday School convened in the Grove on the Square. I spoke to them for a short time.
At 10 a.m. the Hyrum Stake conference convened. M. W. Merrill, Prest. Morrell of Cache stake and J. Golden Kimball and myself were in attendance.
Praycr by Patriarch Henry Hughes. Several of the brethren and Sisters spoke and I followed for about 25 minutes. Benediction by H. C. Jackson
3 p.m. Prayer by O. N. Liljenquist. The sacrament was administered. J. Golden Kimball and M. W. Merrill took up the time in good talks. Benediction by Elias S. Kimball.
[p.493]At 7:30 p.m. we held a young people’s Conference.
Prayer by Chas. C. Shaw. The speakers were John H. Maughan, Willard Israelson, Orson M. Wilson, Annie M. Ralph and Rose Liljenquist. J. Golden Kimball and I spoke. I made a talk on the Word of Wisdom. Benediction by Prest. Wm. C. Parkinson.
[Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1901 – Salt Lake City] President Zina D. H. Young of the Relief Society is dead. She was one of the wives of Joseph Smith the Prophet. Her funeral is fixed for Sunday at 10 a.m.
Joseph F. Smith, wife Edna, his sons Joseph R. and David, Douglas M. Todd, Ben E. Rich and Myself and wife Sarah F. left at 10:40 for Idaho.
[Friday, Aug. 30, 1901 – Rexburg, Idaho] Prest. Jos. F. Smith and I met with the school board and talked over the matter of their purchase of the Z.C.M.I. store for school purposes. We also saw Bp. Thos. E. Ricks, Jr. and Hyrum Rich and talked over their claim to the property. We found they did not have any valid claim. We so decided.
[Monday, Sept. 2, 1901 – Driggs, Idaho] 2 p.m. It was voted to organize a stake to be known as the Teton stake. Don C. Driggs, President, J. David Kilpack, 1 Councillor, Geo. S. Young, 2 Councillor
[Friday, Sept. 6, 1901 -Jackson, Wyoming] At 9 a.m. we broke camp and started for the National Park. Our party consisting of Joseph F. Smith, Edna L., Jos. R. and David Smith, Thos. E. Bassett, Jerome Remington and myself and wife, John & H. M. Todd, John Blackhurst, Jerry Carter and Miss Rena Holden. Our outfit consist of 2 spring wagons and two Baggage Wagons.
[Monday, Sept. 9, 1901 – Smith’s Ranch, Uinta County, Wyoming] [Our] party drove 25 miles to Snake River Bridge where we had to register. We here heard first of the Wounding President McKinley by a Villian at Buffalo, N.Y. on Friday last. It was said hopes were entertained for his recovery.
[Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1901 – The Thumb, Uinta County, Wyoming] [in Yellowstone Park] We drove to the Hotel at the outlet of the Yellowstone Lake and had lunch.
We drove on and visited some guysers by the road side. One of
them is called the mud Guyser, it is a fearfull looking Cauldron.
[p.494][Friday, Sept. 13, 1901 – Camp on Willow Creek, Yellowstone Park] We heard to day that President William McKinley was dead. [Continued trip through Yellowstone Park, then into Idaho.]
[Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1901 – Camp on North Fork of Snake River, Fremont County, Idaho] We drove 35 miles to Marysville and held meeting. I am Fifty three years old today.
[Friday, Sept. 20, 1901 – Rexburg, Idaho] Prest. Thos. E. Ricks is very sick. We went by train to Idaho Falls. We held Meeting in the evening.
[Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I was subpoened to attend Court on Monday next. President Joseph F. Smith and I wrote to President Theodore Roosevelt and George L. Shoup.
[Saturday, Sept. 28, 1901 – Salt Lake City] My son Glenn G. Smith was baptised this Morning in the font under the Tabernacle by John L. Nebeker.
[Sunday, Sept. 29, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I attended the fast meeting and paid ten dollars in offering. I confirmed my son Glenn G. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. My daughter Arzella is very sick, and the son of John A. Groesbeck, Milton, is very sick.
[Monday, Sept. 30, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I went to Judge Morses Court at 10 a.m. as a witness in the Coop. W. & M. Co. and B.Y.T. Co. Case. I was excused for the day.
[Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Brigham Young, Myself, George Teasdale, John W. Taylor, Marfiner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, Abraham O. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson met in council in the Temple.
Brigham Young asked what we thought of the church doing something for President Lorenzo Snows Wives when he was dead. We voted we were willing some provision should be made.
[Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I was in Court most of the day.
[Friday, Oct. 4, 1901 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. the General conference convened, President Joseph F. Smith Presiding, President Lorenzo Snow being poorly. It is stormy.
[p.495][Saturday, Oct. 5, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The funeral of Milton, son of John A. and Ann Groesbeck, was held at noon in their home.
I was not at the Tabernacle in the afternoon.
[Sunday, Oct. 6, 1901 – Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. [general conference] President Lorenzo Snow Presiding. President Lorenzo Snow spoke. The General Authoraries were sustained. Joseph F. Smith was made 1st Councillor and Rudger Clawson 2nd Councillor.
[Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The cold under which President Lorenzo Snow has been laboring has developed into Pneumonia and he is dangerously sick.
[Thursday, Oct. 10, 1901 – Salt Lake City] All of the Apostles in the City were called to the bedside of President Lorenzo Snow at 5 a.m. He was dying. At 3:35 p.m. he breathed his last surrounded by most of the Apostles and many of his family.
[Saturday, Oct. 12, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I was at the church office all day with the brethren arranging for the funeral on Sunday. The Oregon Short Linc R. R. Co. has tendered to President Joseph F. Smith a funeral train to take the remains of President L. Snow and friends to Brigham City.
[Sunday, Oct. 13, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The people by hundred paid a visit to the bier of President Lorenzo Snow in the Beehive house. The Apostles, Seven Presidents of Seventies, and the sons of president Snow acted as pall bearers. His remains were taken to the Tabernacle and the funeral commenced at 10 a.m.
Prayer by M. W. Merrill. Brigham Young, Myself, John W. Taylor, Rudger Clawson and Joseph F. Smith were the speakers. The singing was fine and the floral decorations superb.
Benediction by John R. Winder.
The procession walked to the Railway station and at 1:30 p.m. left for Brigham City with about 320 souls on board. A short stop was made at Ogden. The Run was made to Brigham City in about 1-30 minutes. Teams conveyed all of the party to the Cemetery, passing through rows of children on the streets.
At the grave the Brigham City choir sang.
George Teasdale dedicated the grave.
The party returned to the train and at 5:15 p.m. left for Salt Lake City. The run was made in one hour and 17 minutes.
[p.496]It was a great day and all passed off in a most pleasing manner. Peace to the Noble roans ashes.
[Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Utah Sugar Co. met at 10 a.m. Joseph F. Smith was elected President and I was elected a member of the executive bord.
[Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1901 – Salt Lake City] President Joseph F. Smith and me had a talk over his Councillors. He will choose John R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund.
I walked from the office to his home with him. He expressed his undying love for me and said he wanted me right by his side.
[Thursday, Oct. 17, 1901 – Salt Lake City] At 11 a.m. Joseph F. Smith, Brigham Young, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson and Reed Smoot, John Smith, Patr[iarch]. met at their room in the Temple. Geo. F. Gibbs was also present.
I offered prayer. Marriner W. Merrill was mouth at the Altar. After we had transacted our business, I moved that we proceed at once to the organization of the first Presidency and after some remarks by Joseph F. Smith it was carried unanimously.
On motion of Brigham Young Seconded by the whole body, Joseph F. Smith was sustained as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, the vote being unanimous. He Chose for his Councillors John R. Winder and Anthon Henrik Lund. Brigham Young president of the Twelve Apostles. All three were unanimously sustained.
John Smith Patriarch was mouth in setting apart Joseph F. Smith as President of the church. John R. Winder was called in and ordained an Apostle under the hands of us all, President Smith being mouth and also set apart as first Councillor. Anthon H. Lund was set apart as second Councillor by Joseph F. Smith and Brigham Young as the President of the Twelve.
The spirit of Lord was with us in power. J. F. S. was made President of the Temple and Trustee [in Trust] of the church.
The Directors of Z.C.M.I. met at 2 p.m. Joseph F. Smith was elected President and Thos. G. Webber a Director.
[Sunday, Oct. 20, 1901 – Farmington] I went to Farmington and attended the funeral of Ezra T. Clark, Patriarch.
Prayer by Lorin Farr. Angus M. Cannon, A. O. Woodruff, John W. Hess, Bp. Secrist and I spoke. The attendance was large.
[p.497][Monday, Oct. 21, 1901 – Salt Lake City] 35 years ago yesterday I married my wife Sarah Farr.
I was at the President’s office part of the day. The Coop. W. &. M. Co. Directors met and appointed a committee to investigate the Question of consolidation of the Coop. W. & M. Co. and Consolidated Implement Co. Interests in one.
[Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I was at the President’s office all day. I paid to Judge Howat to day on a not[e] of one Sanford $2,245.25.
A. W. Ivins and I had a long consultation with the Presidency over Mexican C. & A. Co. affairs. Five thousand dollars were appropriated for schools in Mexico. More missionaries are to be used in Mexico.
[Thursday, Oct. 24, 1901 – Salt Lake City] At 10:30 a.m. The Apostles met at their room in the Temple. Brigham Young, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, John W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson and Reed Smoot were present.
I opened with prayer. Some of the brethren spoke and John W. Taylor favored Joseph F. Smith selecting one of his sons to fill the vacancy in the apostles. I presented for the consideration the names of the sons of the dead apostles.
At this time the Presidency, Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and A. H. Lund came in. Patriarch John Smith also joined us.
President Joseph F. Smith invited Bp. Wm. B. Preston who had entered to name his choice for a Councillor and he named Orin P. Miller. He was unanimously sustained and Bishop Preston withdrew.
President Smith nominated his son Hyrum Mack Smith to fill the vacancy in the apostles. Matthias F. Cowley moved that the nomination be accepted, seconded by Brigham Young. After every person present had expressed their views freely I called attention to the charge that was likely to be made of Nepotism and said I would bear my share of the responsibility and I endorsed the selection. John Smith Patriarch nominated Jesse N. Smith. President Brigham Young Put the question on Hyrum Mack Smith and he was unanimously Sustained. He was invited in and I gave him his charge. He accepted and said he would do his best.
He was ordained by President Joseph F. Smith.
My daughter Josephine has Scarlet fever.
[Friday, Oct. 25, 1901 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and Five of the Apostles, The Presidency of the Granite Stake and Most of the High Council and others numbering in all about 75 souls had a Banquet at president Frank H. Taylor residence.
[p.498]Singing and speach making was enjoyed untill late at night. A wife of all of the Presidents of the church was present.
[Saturday, Oct. 26, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Directors [of the Salt Lake Theatre Co.] took the oath of office. Joseph F. Smith was elected President, Heber J. Grant Vice President, Geo. D. Pyper Manager Secretary, Heber M. Wells Treasurer. Elias A. Smith, Chas. S. Burton, Geo. D. Pyper and Myself were made a committee to look into the matter of some improvements on the Theatre.
My daughter Josephine is quite sick.
[Friday, Nov. 1, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Sugar Co. met and decided to go on with the Eastside Bear River Canal whether the Box Elder Co. people gave us any aid or not, but to ask them to continue trying to get water takers and to secure the right of way for the canal.
The Superintendent of the Sugar Co. and Executive board and Secretary Whitney met Prest. Kelly and J. D. Peters of Box Elder County and stated to them just what the Sugar Com[p]any would do, and they will continue their labors.
It was decided by Joseph F. Smith and John R. Winder, Barlow Ferguson, H. G. Whitney and myself that an effort must be made [to] steady our Sugar Stock and keep it from droping. The Trustee in Trust put $15,000.00 and J. R. Winder $500.00, Jos. F. Smith $500.00 into a fund to steady the stock.
President Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund and myself met President Duffin of the Western States Mission and instructed him to have a Ten thousand Edition of the book of Mormon printed at Kansas City, Mo. for $2,100.00, $1,100.00 to be paid out of the tithings Collected in the mission, $1,000.00 to be furnished by our friends. President Duffin to secure electrotype plates.
[Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I was at the president’s office part of the day and in Company. The presidency and attorney Franklin S. Richards talked over the condition of the Real Estate property of the Church since the death of Lorenzo Snow, and what ought to be done in the matter. We voted to leave it alone for the present.
[Saturday, Nov. 9, 1901 – Salt Lake City] My wife Sarah and I went to the home of H. B. Clawson and spent the evening in listening to Music. The Central figure was Emma Lucy Gates. We had a splendid time. A number of other talented people took part.
[p.499][Sunday, Nov. 10, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The special Conference convened at 10 a.m. in the Tabernacle, Joseph F. Smith Presiding.
All of the Changes made in the organization by the death of Prest. Lorenzo Snow. The voting was done by quorums. John R. Winder & Hyrum M. Smith spoke thanking the saints for the honor done them.
In company with all of the Presidency and Reed Smoot I listened to Nathaniel Montgomery story of the failure of the Utah Loan and Trust Co.
[Monday, Nov. 11, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office most of the day with the first Presidency considering various questions. I spent the evening at Josephine’s where the children and I played checkers. My little daughter Josephine is recovering nicely from Scarlet fever.
[Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I went to Provo today and paid my Taxes there $3.50. I had a nice visit with my mother and sister. I blest Sister Ida L. Allen and administered to Judge John E. Booth and his daughter who are sick with Typhoid fever.
My wife Sarah and I went to the Theatre.
[Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2011 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Saltair Beach met at 11:30 a.m. I was elected Vice President and Joseph F. Smith President to fill the vacancy caused by the death of President Lorenzo Snow.
[Friday, Nov. 15, 1901 – Salt Lake City] In company with the Presidency and Presiding Bishop I went all over the Deseret News building. It is at present giving employment to about 200 men.
On Wednesday evening some sections of our state was badly shaken by an Earthquake.
Today at Farmington, Davis Co. my niece Clarissa Lyman Wimmer was married to Theodore Cleghorn by Elder Nephi Palmer.
[Monday, Nov. 18, 1901 – Salt Lake City] My son George A. had an opperation on his forehead today by Dr. Joseph S. Richards.
[Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1901 – Salt Lake City] L. J. Nuttall, Surveyor Charles Hardy and I spent the day at Saltair Beach Taking measurements and found that 22 hundred feet west from the west front of the Pavilion the water was four 4 feet deep and from there on west that it grew much deeper. The Engineer is to give us three estimates on [p.500]different routes for the construction of a tramway to the deep water. I spent the evening at Josephines.
Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund, T. R. and J. C. Cutler, Barlow Furguson, W. B. Preston and I met a Mr. Willett of New York who is a representative of the Sugar Trust. He wants to buy a one half interest in the Lehi Sugar Co. If we won’t sell then they will enter at once into competition with us.
This committee agreed to submit this proposition to the Directors of the Sugar Co.
[Saturday, Nov. 23, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Sugar Co. met at 10 a.m. and determined to accept the proposition.
[Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I sealed my niece Clarissa Lyman Wimmer to Theodore Cleghorn in the Temple today. We had a nice gathering at our house.
[Friday, Nov. 29, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office today. Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund, Brigham Young, John W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Myself & Robert S. Campbell had under consideration the question of the sale of the Power Plant. No conclusion was reached.
Angus M. Cannon, Mayor Thompson, Abraham F. Doremus, James H. Anderson and myself met at A. M. Cannons office, having been appointed a committee by the Canal company to apply to Congreee to Dyke Utah Lake. A. M. Cannon was selected as Chairman and A. F. Doremus as secretary. It was agreed to ask the Canal Companies to provide three thousand dollars to secure the proper data to present to Congress.
[Thursday, Dec. 5, 1901 – Salt Lake City] All of the first Presidency and Brigham Young, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson and Reed Smoot met in the Temple. We decided that the Trustee in Trust might sell the churches interest in the the [sic] Power Plant.
President Smith requested all of the Apostles in reach to attend our Thursday meeting.
[Thursday, Dec. 12, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day attending meetings.
The committee on Utah Lake matters met at 10 a.m. Present, Angus M. Cannon, A. F. Doremus, Mayor Thompson and Myself. Three thousand dollars has been apropriated by the City and the Canal Co.s to meet the expense of getting data with which to go to Congress to secure Legislation so as to make Utah Lake a Reservoir.
[p.501]Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, M. W. Merrill and Rudger Clawson & John W. Taylor met in Council. At 11 a.m. all of the First Presidency joined us. Prayer by John Smith Patriarch. At the Altar John R. Winder. It was an interesting meeting, the financial condition of the Church was gone over. It was found we were solvent all right. President Joseph F. Smith instructed me to take charge of the Twelve in the absence of Brigham Young who had also told me to preside.
[Friday, Dec. 13, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Committee on the impounding of the waters of Utah Lake met at President A. M. Cannons office at 10 a.m. Franklin S. Richards was chosen for the attorney and A. F. Doremus for Engineer. The Committee of the Whole are to go into Utah County and see the people and talk over this matter.
[Saturday, Dec. 14, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I went down to Provo City. I paid to Hannah M. Smith the 10 dollars appropriated to her by the presidency.
[Monday, Dec. 16, 1901 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Lehi Sugar Co. met at 10 a.m. Supt. T. R. Cutler reported his Interview with Mr. Havemeyer of New York on the sugar question, also his labors at Washington, D. C.
It looks as if we would be compelled to sell out a half interest in the Sugar Co. to the Trust.
In the evening my wife Sarah and I went to the Theatre to see Jon Yonson.
[Thursday, Dec. 19, 1901 – Salt Lake City] At 10:30 a.m. M. W. Merrill, John W. Taylor, Geo. Teasdale and Myself met at our room in the Temple. M. F. Cowley and Rudger Clawson joined us later.
At 11 a.m. all of the first Presidency joined us. Many subjects were talked over. It was agreed to return to Spencer Clawson his securities on $40,000.00 he owed us.
[Monday, Dec. 23, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Today the Stockholders of the Coop W. & M. Co. met and decided to consolidate the Consolidated and Coop W. & M. Co. in one under the name of the Consolidated W. & M. Co. At a meeting of the proposed new board consisting of Joseph F. Smith, W. S. McCornick, Geo. A. Snow, Frank Snow, Geo. Romney, James Moyle, Myself and L. S. Hills, Geo. T. Odell, Gilbert Wright, Chas. S. Burton and Heber J. Grant [we] read and passed upon some articles of incorporation.
[p.502][Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Angus M. Cannon, Abraham F. Doremus, James H. Anderson, Franklin S. Richards and myself went to Provo and met the owners of land laying in the boarders of the Utah Lake and talked over the making of the Lake a Reservoir. Our meeting was a friendly one. I was made chairman. We had a free discussion and left the court house feeling very well. The owners of Land about the Lake met and approved a Committee to meet with us.
[Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I spent the entire day at home visiting with my wives and Children. I had Christmas dinner at Sarahs.
Christmas cost me about $160.00.
[Thursday, Dec. 26, 1901 – Salt Lake City] I received $300.00 from the Lehi Sugar Co as dividends. On Monday night I received from the Coop. W. & M. Co. for services $300.00.
[Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1901 – Salt Lake City] Angus M. Cannon, Mayor Ezra Thompson, Abraham F. Doremus, James Anderson, Franklin S. Richards and I met and talked over the Utah Lake Reservoir matter. We find a good many snags in our way.
11. Bill No. 49 provided that only the legal wife or husband of anyone accused of adultery could initiate a criminal complaint for adultery. This obviously made it harder for complaints for cohabitation to be filed, and the bill became a matter of controversy dividing Mormons and non-Mormons.