Chapter 4. (part A)
Early Statehood Years
1896-1903

[p.357][Saturday, Sept. 12, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent about the City. C. S. Penrose has been chosen by Senator F[rank]. J. Cannon, F. D. Richards, & George Q. Cannon to go with me to Idaho. He is to try and corral men to vote for Dubois. Followers working with Democrats and Populists to this end and to see that I don’t do any mischief to Senator F. J. Cannon’s Friend. We left at 7 p.m.

[Thursday, Sept. 17, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund& G. F. Gibbs, clerk, met in Council.

President W. Woodruff said he wanted Moses Thatcher’s case fixed up before Conference. Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith endorsed his view. I[t] was decided that Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman and Myself wait upon Moses Thatcher and give him the Ultimatum of the twelve and demand his answer.

Senator F. J. Cannon and Gov. Heber M. Wells having been invited to join us by President W. Woodruff, came in. Senator Cannon presented some views on the political situation. Gov. Wells largely endorsed them. H. J. Grant, Myself, A. H. Lund and J. F. Smith, W. Woodruff, and Geo. Q. Cannon also spoke, giving our views. Geo. Q. Cannon said he was a Republican but favored silver, did not know who he would vote for. Thought it best for us not to express our views but to play fast and loose between men. A Resolution was unanimously passed that none of the Presidency or Twelve should go on the stump.

[p.358]We all agreed to try and bring harmony into Republican Ranks. Gov. H. M. Wells, Geo. A. Lowe, W. S. McCornick, O. J. Salisbury, C. C. Goodwin, S. H. Hill, Geo. M. Scott, J. E. Dooley, and myself met and tried [to] devise a means by which we could unite the Republicans.

I received the following from Lindsay R. Rogers of Ogden.

Weber County Republican Convention will be unanimous for you for Congress. Wire me privately if you will accept nomination.

L. R. Rogers I answered

I cannot accept a nomination. Thank my many friends for their kindly feelings. Success to the Grand old Party.

John Henry Smith

[Friday, Sept. 18, 1896 Salt Lake City] I am forty eight (48) years old today and my wives invited in some of our relatives and we had a nice time.

Quite a number of Republicans met [at] headquarters and made an effort to reconcile differences. Senator F. J. Cannon, Coy. H. M. Wells, O. J. Salisbury, W. S. McCornick, R. S. Campbell, J. E. Dooley, C. S. Varian, A. L. Thomas, S. H. Hill, J. T. Hammond, C. C. Goodwin, J. C. Granham, S. J. Kenyon, Geo. M. Scott, D. J. Dailey, and Thompson. A committee of seven was appointed to try and adjust the troubles in the Republican ranks or to suggest how it could be done and report tomorrow night.

[Saturday, Sept. 19, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The committee trying to adjust the troubles in the Republican ranks met this evening and adjourned until Monday night.

[Sunday, Sept. 20, 1896 – Nephi] With others I went and administered to a Bro. Wright who is possessed of an evil spirit. We failed to cast him out.

[Monday, Sept. 21, 1896 – Nephi] The Men who compose the Republican Committee finally agreed to work together in a local way.

[Thursday, Sept. 24, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I telegraphed to E. Dooley, Mt. Pleasant:

Don’t use the names of the Presidency or Twelve for any office. We have decided not to take part.

John Henry Smith

The Democratic Convention was held in Provo today. The Republican was held at Mr. Pleasant. The Independant Republicans at the Theatre in this city. L[afayette]. Holbrook was nominated by Silver Republicans today for Congress.

[p.359][Saturday, Sept. 26, 1896 – Ogden] The Republican Convention convened at Ogden today to nominate a member of Congress. L. Holbrook of Provo was selected after a hot fight.

[Monday, Sept. 28, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I am on the list for petit jurors. I was at the court all day but not called on a jury. The judge excused Heber J. Grant and me for three days.

[Thursday, Oct. 1, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, and A. H. Lund met at the Temple and talked over the missionary labor. Presidents Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon & Joseph F. Smith and Eider Geo. F. Gibbs joined us. Geo. Q. Cannon made some explinations as to the Beck and Bullion deals in which he said John W. Taylor tried to undo [what] Prest. John Taylor had done. John W. Taylor made a statement as to his work in connection with his father’s estate.

[Friday, Oct. 2, 1896 – Salt Lake City.] I went to the Temple and my Mother and I attended to the sealings of four of the couples of our dead kindred. My Uncle Webster Libbey among them. I again went to court and was excused until tomorrow. Republican Primaries were held in all the Precincts tonight. I attended the one in the 28th.

[Sunday, Oct. 4, 1896 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] General Conference convened at 10 a.m. today. All of the Presidency, all Twelve but M. Thatcher and all of the Seven Presidents of the Seventies but B. H. Roberts and Ed Stevensen were present.

[Monday, Oct. 5, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency and Apostles met and talked over Bro. M. Thatchers case. Prest. W. Woodruff determined to make a statement which he did at the afternoon.

2 p.m. Conference.

Prest. W. Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Myself, Brigham Young, H. J. Grant, Geo. Teasdale, and Jos. F. Smith spoke and referred to Bro. M. Thatchers position. A very good spirit prevailed.

[Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I was at Court most of the day. I am on a jury to try a case between an Iowa Bank and Judge Louffborough.

My wife Josephine is 39 years old today. Prest. Joseph F. Smith and a large crowd surprised her and we had a nice evening.

[p.360][Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I was at Judge Street’s court most of the day.

My son Nathaniel L. is very sick with Typhoid fever.

C. W. Penrose told me this evening that Bro. Moses Thatcher was going to meet with his associates in the Temple.

[Thursday, Oct. 15, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I was at Court all day on the Stenke versus Loufborrough case. The Presidency and some of the twelve met at the Temple. Bro. Moses Thatcher called but was denied entrance, so I was told. I don’t feel quite right about it. I met U.S. Senators R. R. Proctor and F. E. Warren today.

[Friday, Oct. 16, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Judges Hiles and Street excused me until Tuesday morning from Court.

I attended the Republican Rally at the Theatre tonight.

[Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I was in Judge Street’s Court on the jury all day. I met with Presidents Wilford Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon & Jos. F. Smith a few moments at noon. I learned that Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon is a candidate for U.S. Senator by his reading to me a letter he was writing to Senator Redfield Proctor.

[Friday, Oct. 23, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Josephine and I gave Sarah a bedroom set cost $40.00.

[Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1896 – Salt Lake City] My son is getting better.

The Directors of the Theatre Co. met and declared a dividend of three percent. We fixed the salary of our Manager at one thousand dollars.

[Thursday, Oct. 29, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I sent the following:

F. E. Warren
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Have been absent. Will meet your request, go tomorrow evening.

John Henry Smith
Collect [charge to receiver]

[Friday, Oct. 30, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I spent some of the day looking after getting sewerage put in to the little adobie house. I went to Evanston, Wyoming and put up at the hotel.

[p.361][Saturday, Oct. 31, 1896 – Evanston, Wyoming] I spent the day making calls and talking on the doctrines of the Republican party and making efforts in favor of McKinley. People were quite cold. Bp. James Brown became somewhat excited. I Road in a carriage with Senator C. D. Clark and Wife and Mrs. DeLoney to Almy, where Senator Clark and Judge Groesbeck made some political speeches.

[Sunday, Nov. 1, 1896 – Almy, Uintah County, Wyoming] A number of the brethren called on me and I talked politics with them.

Bro. Chas Deloney came with a carriage and took me and a Bro. Eardly to Evanston. I preached in the Saints meeting house.

The Salt Lake Papers had a false report of my visit to Evanston.

[Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The election is on and everything going smoothly. I cast my vote for a straight Republican.

[Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The Republicans have elected Gov. McKinley President of the United States.

Utah has gone Democratic. I paid interest on a note at Wells Fargoes bank $157.50.

[Thursday, Nov. 5, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, J. W. Taylor and myself met in Council. It was determined to meet Moses Thatcher at the Historian’s office on Thursday next.

[Monday, Nov. 9, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I was on the jury all day in the Case of John Eddins vs. Salt Lake City for damages.

[Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I am still on the jury. Eddins case was decided in favor of the City.

Judge Street discharged us and expressed his thanks for our attendance. I received for Services $49.20 in scrip or warrants.

[Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I was rustling about to get a sewer put in at No. 112 W. S T [West South Temple] street.

[Thursday, Nov. 12, 1896 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency and all of the Apostles but John W. Taylor [p.362]and M. Thatcher met in the Temple and had prayers. Moses Thatcher wrote to us declining to meet us.

We agreed to ask him to meet us at the Historian’s office next Thursday at 10 o’clock.

[Monday, Nov. 16, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of Z.C.M.I. met today. President Joseph F. Smith and I wrote a letter to Mark Hanna.1

[Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I met with Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. E. Taylor, C. W. Penrose, C. H. Wileken, Jos. F. Smith, Geo. F. Gibbs, Heber J. Grant, and A.M. Cannon to talk over the candidacy of Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon for the Senate. We did nothing.

The Directors of Z.C.M.I. met at the office. Business seems good. I spent the evening at Josephine’s.

[Thursday, Nov. 19, 1896 – Salt Lake City] 10 a.m. Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, and A. H. Lund, with G. F. Gibbs as clerk, met at the Historian’s office to consider the case of Moses Thatcher. The Papers in connection with the case were read. Bro. M. Thatcher did not come but his son George brought a letter.

After considering the facts it was unanimously decided to drop Moses Thatcher from his Priesthood for insubordination and it was done and published in the Deseret News this evening.

[Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1896 – Salt Lake City] We returned home. Dr. J. S. Richards examined my wife Sarah and determined that an operation must be performed.

[Thursday, Nov. 26, 1896 – Salt Lake City] At 9:30 a.m. Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, Heber J. Grant, F. S. Richards, C. W. Penrose, J. Golden Kimball, R. S. Campbell, Geo. F. Gibbs and myself met at the President’s office and talked over the political situation. Prest. W. Woodruff expressed a wish that Geo. Q. Cannon should be sent to the U.S. Senate. G. Q. C. endorsed this and all of the others felt it could not be done without trouble. It was felt we would try and aid Henderson to be elected.

[p.363]H. J. Grant, J. G. Kimball, C. W. Penrose, F. S. Richards and I was appointed a committee to look into our political affairs.

I ate chicken at Sarah’s today.

[Saturday, Nov. 28, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Drs. J. S. Richards, Niles McKenna and Wilcox removed part of the womb of my wife Sarah today. Her womb was torn in her last confinement and she has suffered a great deal with it. She came out from under the influence of chloroform all right.

[Sunday, Nov. 29, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Sarah is doing nicely. We are pleased. I spent most of the day at the Hospital. I spoke a few moments at the 19th ward. Bp. W. B. Preston and a Bro. Bowering also spoke. I met with my prayer circle and talked to them about Bro. M. Thatcher’s condition.2

[Monday, Nov. 30, 1896 – Salt Lake City] Sarah is out of danger, so the Doctor says. I spent a short time with her today. I got $50.00 in cash from J. Jack today. Prest. L. Snow published a letter in the News tonight. I took a Turkish Bath this evening.

[Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I was under the weather all day with Lumbago. My wife Sarah is doing nicely so the Doctor says.

[Thursday, Dec. 3, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I paid some of my taxes. The Directors of the Y.M.M.I.A. [Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association] met and discussed the magazine matter. Prest. W. Woodruff is quite sick.

Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, John W. Taylor, G. F. Gibbs and myself met at the Temple and talked over Moses Thatcher’s Case. I called upon Sarah at the Hospital, she feels well.

[Saturday, Dec. 5, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the afternoon at the Hospital with Sarah. She was somewhat out of sorts.

[Monday, Dec. 7, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent in visiting with my wife at the Hospital.

[p.364]I also had some talk with Prest. W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, H. J. Grant, and B. H. Roberts in regard to a Combination of all Magazines in one and that to be a good one.

[Friday, Dec. 11, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I spent part of the day at the Hospital with my wife Sarah. She is doing moderately well. I went by train in company with F. M. Lyman and J. G. Kimball to Idaho.

[Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1896 – Salt Lake City] My wife Sarah is still at the Hospital. I spent an hour or more there.

[Friday, Dec. 18, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I left for Oakley, Cassia Co. Idaho on the 7 p.m. train.

[Saturday, Dec. 19, 1896 – Oakley, Idaho] I went by stage to Oakley, going by way of Albion. The people of Oakley killed three thousand Jack Rabbits today. I put up at Prest. H. D. Haight.

[Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1896 – Oakley] I had a short visit with Aunt Agusta Smith, my Cousins John L. Smith and Sophronia. Bro. S. H. Hale drove me to the meeting of the Roads out of Albion. I then got on to the stage. Just before reaching Minnedoka the tongue came down and the horses did some kicking in good shape. I fell out of the coach and Mr. Nolens stood on his head in the back of the carriage. The driver held the horses and after getting things together we went on to the station.

[Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I took train for home. I found my wife Sarah at George[‘s]. She is doing very nicely. I spent most of the day with her.

[Friday, Dec. 25, 1896 – Salt Lake City] My family had a very good Christmas, George giving them all something. I did but little myself.

[Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1896 – Salt Lake City] The weather is remarkably fine. I was most of the day at the bedside of my sick wife.

[Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I paid the Sisters [Holy Cross] Hospital $43.50 today, the hallance of $68.00 for my wife Sarah’s keep at the Hospital.

Josephine is laid up with Lumbago. Sarah is mending.

[p.365][Friday, Jan. 1, 1897 – Salt Lake City] My family had a reasonable amount of the good things for the New Year. We had good dinners and all are moderately well but Sarah.

[Sunday, Jan. 3, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I took my wife Sarah to the Holy Cross Hospital.

[Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1897 – Salt Lake City] We had the second operation performed on my wife Sarah. Dr. Jos. S. Richards handled the knife. The efforts to tie the cord to the womb was a failure. I was at the Hospital all day.

[Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1896 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Holy Cross Hospital most of the day. My wife is very poorly.

[Monday, Jan. 11, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The wound in my wife[‘s] side is giving her pain. The removal of stitches revealed puss. I spent a fair share there in the Hospital today. Bro. H. J. Grant went with me and spent a short time and administered.

[Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1897 – Salt Lake City] My wife Sarah is better this morning. I called at O. J. Salisbury’s office and talked over the renting of the Wasatch property. 26 Elders were set apart for missions to the southern states at the Annex to the Temple.

[Thursday, Jan. 14, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Y.M.M.I.A. met and talked over the business of the Associations.

Presidents W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, A. H. Lund and myself met in Council at the Temple. Geo. F. Gibbs was also there as clerk. Railroad matters were considered.

My wife Sarah is mending slowly. She is still at the Hospital.

My daughter Lucy was hurt while coasting tonight. Dr. Wilcox sewed up the wound.

[Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Hospital part of the day. The evening I spent at Hyrum Groesbeck’s.

[Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I spent part of the day at the Hospital. Sarah was somewhat gloomy.

[p.366][Thursday, Jan. 21 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Y.M.M.I.A. met and talked Improvement [magazine] matters. I got from Jas Jack today on Estate Matters $76.00.

I paid I. M. Waddell $40.00 for labor he had done for father’s Estate. Prest. Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Geo. Teasdale, F. M. Lyman, Heber J.Grant and I met in Council. We talked over the Politial situation and some other business.

The Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Co. met and heard the Reports on the year’s business. Josephine and me went to the Theatre.

[Friday, Jan. 22, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I spent a large share of the day at the bedside of my wife at the Hospital.

Josephine and I went to Sister Cloe Eldridge’s and spent the evening. Quite a number of Mutual Improvement people had a meeting at Sister A. W. McCune’s at 5 p.m. and amended the League Rules.

[Saturday, Jan. 23, 1897 – Salt Lake City] My son Geo. A. Smith and I wrote letters today to many leading men in regard to the Post Office of this City.

My wife is mending slowly.

[Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent in looking after my own affairs. A short time was spent at the Hospital. Sarah was sitting up part of the day. Father L. Farr and Bp. Winslow Farr and I talked over the Thatcher Matter.

[Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I went to the president,s Office and met in Council with Prests W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Franklin D. Richards, Heber J. Grant, John Q. Cannon and myself. We talked over the Senatorial situation and all felt if our brethren would like to elect J. L. Rawlins Senator we would be more than pleased to have them do so. John Q. Cannon was to see Jas. H. Moyle and H. J. Grant and I to see F. S. Richards and C. W. Penrose. Charles Richards and L. W. Shurtleff joined us. Moses Thatcher, J. L. Rawlins and Henderson are the U.S. Senator candidates.

[Thursday, Jan. 28, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Cold. The political situation looks mixed.

At 11 a.m. Prest. Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Francis M. Lyman, Geo. F. Gibbs and I met in Council. The question of a great [news]Paper for the church was discussed but no conclusion reached.

I called to see my wife for a few moments.

[p.367][Friday, Jan. 29, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I brought my wife home from the Hospital. She felt very bad at parting with the Sisters.

I was at home most of the day. I paid for Sarah board and attendance at the Hospital all told $143.50.

[Monday, Feb. 1, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The employees of Z.C.M.I. had a grand ball at the Theatre. I took my wife Josephine and my daughter Sarah. We had a most agreeable time.

[Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1897 – Salt Lake City.] Political matters are running high over U.S. Senator.

I paid taxes for Josephine $157.90.

The stockholders of the Coop. Furnature Co. declaired a six percent dividend.

I was elected president for the ensuing year.

[Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Joseph L. Rawlins was today elected U.S. Senator.

My wife Josephine and daugher Sarah and I attended the wedding reception of Horace S. Eldredge and Nellie Groesbeck at the Residence of the bride’s parents.

[Thursday, Feb. 4, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Bp. Geo. Romney, G. T. Odell and myself went by train tonight to examine into the Condition of the business of the Coop. W. & M. Co. at Idaho Falls.

[Friday, Feb. 5, 1897 – Idaho Falls] Manager Gilbert Wright met us and we spent the entire day examining our books, notes goods and accounts.

Every thing was in good shape.

Bp. Geo. Romney and I took a look through Z.C.M.I. and found our stock in a bad fix.

[Sunday, Feb. 7, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I attended fast meeting. Moses Thatcher among others bore Testimony. His spirit is very peculiar.

[Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1897 – Salt Lake City] George Romney, Geo. T. Odell and I went to Logan and looked through our notes and accounts and stock and checked them up. Odell and I returned to Ogden and went through our stock and found it in very good shape but the accounts an[d] notes of the company were in a bad fix.

[p.368][Friday, Feb. 12, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I wrote letters to Prest. Wm. McKinley and others. I also got letters from W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, F. M. Lyman, R. L. Canpbell and others to Prest. Wm. McKinley in favor of [my son] George for Postmaster.

I got $75.00 for expense money from Jas. Jack.

I spent the evening writing letters. I also got $50.00 cash from James Jack for myself.

[Went to Mexico, February 13-March 3, returning by way of New Mexico and Arizona.]

[Friday, Feb. 19, 1897 – Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico] In company with Bro. A. W. Ivins and his son we drove to Colonia Juarez. I put up with Bro. Henry Eyring. Bro. H. J. Grant with Bro. A. W. Ivins.

[Monday, Feb. 22, 1897 Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua] We met with the high Council, Young Ladies M. I. associations, also with the Relief Society and we talked at all of these meetings. We drove out over the Parkdiago Ranch. It is a fine property. We had dinner at Bro. E. L. Taylors and Supper at Bro. Jos. Bentleys and spent the evening there.

M. P. Romney had Emily Eyring Snow sealed to him by H. J. Grant. H. Eyring witness.

[Friday, Feb. 26, 1897 – Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua] It is a beautifull day. Wc decided that O. P. Brown should not pay the M.C. & A. Co. the amount charged against for his loss was caused by inclement weather and drouth and his contract protected him against such loss.

[Sunday, Feb. 28, 1897 – Colonia Diaz, Chihuahua] We attended Sunday School and both spoke a few moments. The children appeared well dressed and bright.

We also met with the brethren in prayer Circle and gave them some council. Bro. H.J. Grant gave them some facts about Bro. Moses Thatcher’s condition. I advised the people to keep their firearms and ammunition so they could defend themselves.

[Sunday, March 7, 1897 – Thatcher, Arizona] [stake conference] I spoke for one hour and five minutes on the duties we owe to our heavenly father and the fullfillment of our promises to him.

We called upon and administered to two sick sisters. I blest two babies today.

I scaled today at Bp. Samuel Claradge’s home Jacob E. Zundell and [p.369] Euphemia M. Welker, Robert Thos. John and Tabitha C. Pace, Jared Curtis John and Betsy Maud Barney, James A. Duke and Levernia A. Wright, Orval D. Williams and Phoebe Ann Reynolds, all of Thatcher. [Other sealings by John Henry Smith and Heber J. Grant are listed.]

[Friday, March 12, 1897 – Mesa, Arizona] Benjamin F. Johnson of Mesa gave me a deed made by Joseph Smith to my grand Father John Smith, May 3rd 1844 at Macedonia, Hancock Co., Ill.

[Tuesday, March 16, 1897 – Snowflake, Arizona] It rained very hard this morning. During the night my cousin Joseph W. Smith had his barn filled with hay and 8 head of horses burned up. Loss to him $1,000.00. It is though[t] a match must have been droped by the stage driver.

[Tuesday, March 30, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Wilford Woodruff and Brigham Young are quite poorley.

I met with the Directors of the Home Fire Insurance Co. and with the Directors of the Coop. Furnature Co.

[Wednesday, March 31, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Most of the Twelve called upon Prest. W. Woodruff and B. Young and administered to them. I heard Bro. B. H. Roberts lecture at the Assembly Hall in the evening. We had a good time.

[Thursday, April 1, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Geo. Q. Cannon, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant. John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill and Anthon H. Lund met in Council. We talked over many matters. We also partook of the sacrament and the holy spirit was with us in great power. I have suffered with my head today and the brethren administered to me.

[Monday, April 5, 1897 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] Conference at 10 a.m. I was the first speaker and dwelt upon the subject of honoring old age. Geo. Teasdale spoke upon the same subject and Heber J. Grant spoke upon home industry and payment of Tithes and offerings.

[Thursday, April 8, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The following brethren met at the Temple at 12 noon: Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Maxfiner W. Merrill, and Anthon H. Lund. Some talk was had over the question of the immorality of our City.

[p.370]I attended Mrs. Mountford lecture in the Tabernacle, it was on Jacob. I had Philomela Callister sealed to me today by Prest. Joseph F. Smith. Mary Miranda Calllister Lyman proxy for her sister.

[Wednesday, April 14, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I helped the folks in house cleaning.

[Thursday, April 15, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Today is Arbor day and the people are planting many trees. I got some lumber to build a fence at Josephine’s.

[Friday, April 16, 1897 Salt Lake City] The Directors of Z.C.M.I. met and Elected Heber J. Grant, Geo. Romney and John R. Barnes Executive Committee and Thos. G. Webber, Manager.

My son Geo. A. is quite poorly. I am building fence at Josephine’s.

[Thursday, April 22, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, and Myself met in Council at the Temple. Geo. F. Gibbs was with us. Moses Thatcher’s Case was talked over a little.

I took train tonight for Thompsons Spring.

[Friday, April 23, 1897 – Moab, Grand County] I hired a passage to Moab with Mr. Lester Taylor, $2.50, meals 15 cents. I went to the Darrow hotel at Moab. I found Mons Petersen and learned there was a judgement against him of $631.50 and another of $52.33 but an execution had alone issued for the former. I had a peculiar dream about Aaron & Lorin Farr.

[Monday, April 26, 1897 – Moab] This is a fine day. The trees are in bloom and every thing looked lovely. I secured a deed to Prest. Wilford Woodruff, T. in T. [Trustee in Trust]. Expense $2.50.

[Wednesday, April 28, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I got $554.16 from J. Jack, it to Mrs. C. E. Louder. I took up a Glasmann note of $1,500.00 and gave one of my own for $1,000.00 and paid the ballance. I gave a Mortgage on a piece of the Carrington Comer. This is church business.

[Thursday, April 29, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor [p.371]and I met in the Apostles Room at the Temple. G. F. Gibbs with us. Moses Thatcher’s case was talked over. B. Young is still quite sick.

[Saturday, May 1, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Part of the day was spent in painting the fence in front of Josephines. I went to Provo this evening. I found my mother quite poorly. All three of my sister Grace Cheerer’s sons are sick with measels.

[Monday, May 3, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I was busy about the City most of the day. My Father’s Wife Bathsheba is 75 years old today. About 80 persons kindred and friends celebrated her birth at her granddaughter’s Mrs. David Allen’s home. We had a most excelent time.

[Tuesday, May 4, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I delivered to Arthur Brown some papers for my son George A. I went to Spanish Fork and I met with the Directors of the Spanish Fork Coop. store and talked over the Condition of business. There is owing to the institution about $75,000.00 and they have deposits of about $35,000.00.

[Saturday, May 15, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I was at home all day suffering from Rheumatism.

[Wednesday, May 19, 1897 – Spanish Fork] Sarah and I went to Spanish Fork on business. The Coop. store gave me a dividend of $298.75. I paid Tithing of $29.80 on my dividend. We bot $110.60 in goods.

[Monday, May 24, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I am a badly undone man from Rheumatic troubles today.

[Tuesday, May 25, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I drove out to Beck’s hot springs and had a bath. My leg is quite lame today. I was in the house most of the day.

[Wednesday, May 26, 1897 – Salt Lake City] My leg is some better today but far from well. I was at home most of the day. My box of things came from Spanish Fork.

[Thursday, May 27, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Wilford Woodruff is getting quite feable. I took my wives out driving.

[Tuesday, June 1, 1897 – Marysvale and Salt Lake City] We learned here that Heber J. Grant was dangerously sick. I telegraphed to James Jack to know how he was. . . . At Ephraim I got a telegram from Bro. James Jack that Bro. H. J. Grant was better.

[p.372]I found all well at home. I attended a meeting at the Theatre and spoke. B. H. Roberts, O. W. Powers, Judge Colbeson and Spencer Clawson spoke in favor of the Jubalee. I broke down a chair.

[Wednesday, June 2, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Bro. H. J. Grant, who has been very sick, is improving.

I paid J. C. Sassberg in full today for building my fence. $50.00.

[Thursday, June 3, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I took my son Winslow to the Holy Cross Hospital this morning. Dr. Joseph S. Richards performed the operation of removing the apendix. Drs. Wilcox, Whitney, S. B. Young, McKenna, McKalla, Root, Elias Wright, and others were present. The operation proved to be a success.

[Friday, June 4, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at the Hospital. My son Winslow seems to be doing nicely. Bro. Heber J. Grant is mending every day.

[Saturday, June 5, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I was at the bedside of my sick son for a large share of the day. Winslow is doing all right.

[Sunday, June 6, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I spent the entire day at the Sisters Hospital. So did my wife, Sarah. Winslow has had a severe day. Bro. Heber J. Grant is doing nicely.

[Monday, June 7, 1897 – Salt Lake City] My son is doing much better today. We feel he is out of danger.

[Tuesday, June 8, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I was at meetings of the Directors of the Home Fire I. Co. and Heber J. Grant and each company contributed to the Jubilee fund $100.00.

[Wednesday, June 9, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Y.M.M.I.A. met and talked over affairs for two hours. I Received from W. H. Culmer and W. J. Bryan Certificate as member of the Trans-Mississippi Congress.

[Thursday, June 10, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I bot a carriage this morning and am to pay $102.50 for it.

The Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Co. met and talked over our business. My son is feeling quite poorly today.

[Monday, June 14, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I had Franklin S. Richards draw up a power of Attorney from Mexican C. and A. Co. for A. W. Ivins. I took both of my wives out for a ride.

[p.373][Went to Colorado to to attend to business affairs of the Mexican Colonization and Agricultural Company, June 15-18.]

[Saturday, June 19, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I spent part of the day at the Hospital with my son.

[Monday, June 21, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards and myself had under advisement a trouble between Prest. Angus M. Cannon and Geo. G. Lambert.

[Tuesday, June 22, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I paid the Holy Gross Hospital $64.00 for care of my son Winslow and removed him to my home.

[Wednesday, June 23, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at home looking after my son.

[Saturday, June 26, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent in getting arrangements completed for father’s birthday. He would have been 80 years old today. Ninety persons met at Josephines at 6 p.m. There were forty-five of Father’s decendants present. We had singing and speach making and some good things to eat. Prest. Joseph F. Smith and S. H. B. Smith being among our guests.

[Sunday, June 27, 1897 – Salt Lake City] This is the anniversay of the Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

My son Winslow has been very bad today but towards evening he improved.

[Monday, June 28, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I spent part of the day looking after my own affairs. I drove my mother and sister Grace out to the Liberty Park. My son Winslow is much improved today.

[Tuesday, June 29, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I was at President Wilford Woodfurr’s office most of the day. My step mother Hannah M. Smith is 69 years old today.

[Thursday, July 1, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The First Presidency and Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, A. H. Lund, and myself and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk, met at Temple.

A.M. Gannon, Jos. E. Taylor, and C. W. Penrose were called to explain why they had suppressed a letter of the First Presidency to them and the High Council. They asked pardon for having done so.

[p.374]The Comer stone of the Pioneer Monument was laid at 5:30 p.m. today. Music by the Choir and band. Prayer by Lorenzo Snow. Oration by Franklin D. Richards. Speachs by Heber M. Wells and Mayor Glendening. Relicts deposited by Prest. Wilford Woodruff.

Stone declaired laid by Brigham Young.

Benediction by Hanson Walker. Three cheers given, led by John Henry Smith.

[Monday, July 5, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day driving the folks about the city. Many folks went to the pleasure resorts and Canyons to spend the day.

[Tuesday, July 6, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I paid Zions Savings bank $100.00 in Interest. The Coop. Furniture Co. $20.00. Dr. J. S. Richards $25.00. David James Co. $5.00.

I met with several brethren and talked over the condition of the Loan and Trust Co.’s business at Ogden. A company of brethren [met] and talked over the political situation.

[Thursday, July 8, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Wilford Woodruff is quite poorly. Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Franklin D. Richards, Geo. Teasdale and myself met at the Temple and had prayer. It was also determined that Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon should go East.

I signed the credentials of parties going to the Republican League Convention at Detroit.

[Friday, July 9, 1897 – Salt Lake City] My son Winslow is down stairs today. I did some choring about home.

[Saturday, July 10, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Governor Heber M. Wells’ wife died yesterday morning. Theodore McKean died yesterday morning also. James E. Evans gave notice of a damage suit against the Groesbeck Co. for ten thousand dollars. He was hurt in the Elevator in 1890 at the Wasatch building. Geo. Q. Cannon left for the East last night.

[Tuesday, July 13, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The statue to Brigham Young and the Pioneers was completed today. Many of the Delegates to the Trans-Mississippi Congress are in the City.

[Wednesday, July 14, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Wilford Woodruff is quite poorly.

[p.375]The Trans-Mississippi Congress Convened in the Assembly Hall at 11 a.m. Secretary W. H. Culmer called the meeting to Order.

Henry R. Whitmore, chairman of the Executive, was called to Preside as Wm. J. Bryan, the President, had not as yet arrived. I was made chairman of the Utah delegation.

[Thursday, July 15, 1897 – Salt Lake City] W. J. Bryan reached here and was most warmly received as he took charge of the Congress. Discusions on many subjects were had during the day.

[Friday, July 16, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The Congress convened at 9 a.m. The committee on Resolutions made a report on Silver. Hugh Craig of California was elected permanent chairman. The gold standard resolution was voted down. The Silver Resolution was adopted.

[Saturday, July 17, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Two sessions of Congress were held today and kindly expresions of regard were made by several speakers for Utah. The Congress adjourned at 6 p.m. We are to hold the next Congress at Witchita, Kansas.

[Tuesday, July 20, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The commencement of the Pioneer exercises commenced today. The Procession formed at Pioneer Square and Marched to the Brigham Young monument, where music and speaches were made. O. F. Whitney read Prest. Wilford Woodruff prayer. James Moyle presented the monument. Coy. H. M. Wells received it. Brigham Young Jr. made a speach. C. C. Goodwin made a speach. Prest. Wilford Woodruff Said In the name of God I unvale this statue. [Catholic Bishop] Lawrence L. Scanlan gave the Benediction and all dispersed.

[Wednesday, July 21, 1897 – Salt Lake City] There was a grand parade at 11 a.m.

My wife Josephine and I went to the band Contest at the Tabernacle.

[Thursday, July 22, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Bathsheba Smith Merrill, Mary A. Smith Wimmer, John Henry Smith, Charles Warren Smith, Sarah M. Smith Colton, Clarissa W. Smith Williams, Margaret W. Smith Parry, Grace Smith Cheerer, Elizabeth Smith Cartwright, Priscilla W. Smith, Pearl Smith had a picture taken in a group at Johnson’s Art Galery.

This is Children’s day. More than ten thousand of them were in line [p.376]and at the Tabernacle. Prest. Wilford Woodruff was crowned King by little Miss Whitaker.

I went out to the Lake with my wife Josephine. I witnessed the Street pagent tonight.

[Friday, July 23, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I was looking at the various sights today. The parade was a very good one.

[Saturday, July 24, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Fifty years ago today Brigham Young and body of the Pioneer Co. entered the Valley. And unfurled to the breeze the stars and stripes.

The parade was simply magnificent.

Services were held in the Tabernacle. B. H. Roberts delivered an oration. Golden Kimball opened with Prayer and I closed.

I witnessed the fireworks from the Temple.

The Herald Publishing Co. planted a steel flag staff on Ensign Peak, 108 feet high, 6 inches at the bottom and three at the Top, a ball 12 inches in circumference, six steel guy ropes and a steel rope for hoisting the flag. Manager McDaniels presented to the People and Gov. H. M. Wells received it.

Prest. at the entrance to the Capitol Grounds Coy. Wells and staff, Judge Geo. W. Bartch, McDaniels and myself.

[Thursday, July 29, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Joseph F. Smith took about two hundred of the Smith family out to Saltair. We had a picnic and many had a bath in the Lake. It blew very hard for a short time.

[Saturday, July 31, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I drove the folks out to the Park. I spent some of the day looking up gentology.

[Sunday, Aug. 1, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I went to the fast meeting and to the evening meeting in our own

[Monday, Aug. 2, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Mons Peterson of Moab Called on me about his farm. We, Prest. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, J. R. Winder and I borrowed $512.00 more for him. This makes $4,519.00 in all.

I took my family out riding.

[Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. [p.377]Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Marfiner W. Merrill and Anthon H. Lund met at the Temple. Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, M. W. Merrill and Anthon H. Lund spoke. The spirit was a good one. All expressed love and regard for each other.

[Thursday, Aug. 5, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The members of the Apostles Council met again at 10 a.m. and All agreed that the Y.M.M.I. association should publish a paper.

At 11 a.m. Presidents Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith joined the Apostles and after some business was transacted. The Sacrament was administered. Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon blest the bread and wine. John W. Taylor is absent in Colorado on a mission.

[Friday, Aug. 6, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day with my sons Nicholas, Nathaniel, and Joseph putting up hay.

It rained during the afternoon quite freely.

Moses Thatcher is being tried for Apostasy before the High Council of the Salt Lake Stake. Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, and Heber J. Grant representing the Apostles.

[Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I was most of the day getting ready to go to Idaho. At 8:45 p.m. my wife Sarah and I left for Teton Basin, Idaho.

[Friday, Aug. 20, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Several gentlemen met at the President of the Churches Office and talked over the question of City Government and the propriety of organizing a business for Citizens movement looking to better Conditions in City affairs.

[Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1897 – Salt Lake City] John Smith, Joseph F. Smith, Silas S. Smith, Elias A. Smith, George Albert Smith, Winslow Farr Smith, Lucy Smith Acomb, Edith Smith, Elizabeth Smith Cartwright, Sarah Ann Smith, Donnetta Smith, Lucy E. W. Smith, Hattie Smith Smith met at the Temple and attended to a number of sealings. We also attended to Adoptions linking the race together back to the Emigrant from England. It was a most happy day. I called upon H.J. Grant and Mrs. Emma Riggs also Sister Robbins who is 86 years old.

Prest. Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, and myself with Geo. F. Gibbs met in the Temple. On motion of Franklin D. Richards, seconded by Lorenzo Snow, it was unanimously agreed Silas Sanford Smith should be ordained a Patriarch. President Wilford Woodruff instructed Joseph F. Smith to ordain him.

I called upon Mrs. Emma Robbins Riggs who is dangerously sick. [p.378]She desires to be sealed to me in case she dies. In the presence of her sister, Mrs. Annie Robbins Barrett, this understanding was had.

The following members of the Smith family met at Joseph F. Smith’s. Joseph F. Smith, Julina, Sarah E., Edna L., Mamie, Donnetta, Joseph Richards, Joseph T., Alvin, David Smith, Leonora Nelson and her husband, John Smith Patriarch, Silas Sanford & Sarah Anne Smith, Samuel H. R Smith and Wife Julia, Elias A., Edith, Amy, Martha and Sarah S. Smith, Bathsheba, Hannah M. & Susan E. Smith, Elizabeth Cartwright, Clarissa Williams, Maud Lloyd, John Henry, Sarah F., George A., Winslow F. & Nicholas G. Smith.

We organized the Smith Historical and Genealogical Society, Joseph F. Smith, President. Elias A., John, Silas S. and John Henry Directors. Edith Ann was chosen Secretary and Recorder.

Cake and Ice Cream were passed. Short speaches were made by several and a good time was had.

Joseph Smith ordained Silas Sanford Smith a Patriarch.

[Saturday, Aug. 28, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I took Josephine with Lucy, Elizabeth, Glen, and Arzella up into City Creek Canyon and spent the day.

[Sunday, Aug. 29, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I called at Mrs. Emma Robbins Riggs and learned that she had died during the night.

[Monday, Aug. 30, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I took Josephine and the children with my mother out for a Ride in the Park. I attended the funeral of Emma L. Robbins Riggs at 2 p.m. Prest. Angus M. Cannon and I spoke.

[Wednesday, Sept. 1, 1897 – Ogden and Salt Lake City] We spent the night at Father Lorin Farr’s.

I took Sarah and drove to Enoch Farr Orchard and Vinyard. We had some nice Peaches and Grapes. We also drove up into Ogden Canyon to see the Great Waterfall. It was in fine shape.

By Telegram from Bro. A. H. Lund I was called back to the City.

I met with A. H. Lund, Andrew Jenson, and S. P. Neve and talked over some land troubles between the two latter. I had a very severe attack of sick headache.

[Thursday, Sept. 2, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Bro. A. H. Lund and I came to the conclusion we could do nothing in regard to the Jenson [and] Neve matter.

Prest. Wilford Woodruff, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin [p.379]D. Richards, George Teasdale, John W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, and I met in the Temple. We had prayers. Bro. John W. Taylor reported his labors in Colorado. G. F. Gibbs was with us.

It was agreed that our people should try and avoid having outsiders settle in their midst.

[Monday, Sept. 6, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The afternoon and evening was spent at the Home of the late Judge Elias Smith in the Celebration of his 93 birthday. 240 persons sat down to the tables. The spread was a fine one. A sketch of the judge’s life was read by Geo. A. Smith, written by Edith Smith.

President Joseph F. Smith spoke upon the life and character of Elias Smith. Martha Smith Bennett, a sister of Judge Elias Smith and 80 years of age, spoke of her early life and family remenescences.

It was a splendid affair and all went as merry as could be.

[Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1897 – Salt Lake City] My wife Sarah and I went to Mrs. Ellis R. Shipps and spent the evening. I blest four sisters and set them apart as Midwives.

[Thursday, Sept. 9, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Geo. Teasdale, and I [met]. Geo. F. Gibbs was with us. General affairs were talked over and a call made for us to talk over who should fill the Council of the Apostles.

[Friday, Sept. 10, 1897 – Provo and Salt Lake City] I went to Provo and visited the insane Asylum. Coy. H. M. Wells, James Chepessaun and Morgan Richards, Jr., the Asylum Commission[er]s were investigating the Institution today.

In the evening I met with W. W. Riter, P. H. Lannan, James Sharp, L. S. Hills, Sam H. Hill, T. G. Webber. . . . Geo. A. Lowe and Parley L. Williams and we nearly completed a Municipal ticket.

[Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I met in the evening James Sharp. P. H. Lannan, W. W. Ritter, L. S. and S. H. Hill, T. G. Webber, John Clark, John T. Caine, P. L. Williams and myself met at the Deseret Bank and talked over a City Ticket.

[Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1897 – Salt Lake City] The Non-Partisan Committee met tonight again.

[Friday, Sept. 17, 1897 – Shoshone, Idaho] The Porter failed to wake me and I came here, went back to Minnedoka and spent the day reading.

[p.380][Saturday, Sept. 18, 1897 – Minidoka, Idaho] I am forty-nine years old today. Douglas M. Todd, Matthias F. Cowley, Susa Y. Gates joined me here and a Bro. McBride, having come to meet us, took us to Smith’s ranch. A Bro. Hunter took us on to Oakley. Susa Y. Gates and I put up at Bro. Horton D. Haights.

We attended the Y.W.M.I. association meeting and Bro. D. M. Todd and Susa Y. Gates spoke.

[Monday, Sept. 20, 1897 – Oakley, Cassia County, Idaho] We held one meeting today, four hours long. There was 8 speakers.

[Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I went through the Temple today. I got endowments for Wm. Quist and had Abigil Libbey sealed to him, H. M. Smith and one acting for them. Mrs. Merrit [?] was sealed to Joseph the Prophet, I representing the Prophet and Martha Sister Merrit.

[Sunday, Sept. 26, 1897 – Preston, Idaho] D. M. Todd and I met with the officers of the Y.M.M.I.A. and laid before them the Magazine proposition and the annual fee of fifty cents.

[Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I made settlement with the Deseret National Bank today, paying them 60 shares of Z.C.M.I. stock and 90 shares of Coop. W. & M. Co. stock for a debt of seven thousand dollars. I paid the Coop. W. & M. Co. $47.80, J. C. Critter $90.00. I gave to Jos. F. Smith to aid in the Emmigration of Mary B. Smith Norman $10.00.

My son George Albert is very sick.

[Thursday, Sept. 30, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, and Anthon H. Lund, with Geo. F. Gibbs and clerk, met at the Temple at 11 a.m.

Heber J. Grant was not able to come.

Matthias S. Cowley and Abraham Owen Woodruff were selected to fill the vacancies in the Council of Apostles.

A letter written some days ago by President Wilford Woodruff to the 19 made the request that his son be appointed one of the Apostles. I drove my family out.

Joseph W. McMurrin was selected to fill the Seventies.

[Friday, Oct. 1, 1897 – Salt Lake City] It rained, hailed and blew today and some little sunshine mixed with it.

[p.381]I had supper at my son Ezra Chase’s home. My son George Albert is very sick.

[Saturday, Oct. 2, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I paid $115.00 interest at Zion’s Savings bank today.

I drove some of my family out in the evening. George A. is still quite sick.

[Sunday, Oct. 3, 1897 Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon at home. George A. seems better this morning.

My wife Sarah F. and I went to Centerville to attend the funeral of John Chase Jr. Geo. Teasdale, Joseph F. Smith and myself spoke.

[Monday, Oct. 4, 1897 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] At 2 p.m. John Nicholsen offered Prayer. I spoke 25 minutes on the observance of the sabath day. Francis M. Lyman spoke 30 minutes on discharging our duties. Brigham Young spoke 25 minutes on the sabaath day and the living oracles. President Wilford Woodruff spoke 5 minutes on the living oracles as compared with the scriptures.

My son George A. seems to be doing nicely.

[Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1897 – Salt Lake City] There is no particular change in George.

The General Authorities of the Church were sustained. M. F. Cowley and Abraham Owen Woodruff were put in the Council of Apostles.

I met with the Non-Partisan Committee. John T. Caine was chosen to manage the campaign.

[Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1897 – Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. [general conference]

The speakers were Seymour B. Young, Charles W. Penrose, Geo. Q. Cannon and Prest. Wilford Woodruff. The last speaker said he had attended conferences in the lifetime of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, John Taylor, and his own Presidency but none were better than this.

He also advised the saints not to be wild in politics and in city government to vote for good men.

[Thursday, Oct. 7, 1897 – Salt Lake City] President Wilford Woodruffs talk yesterday in Conference has created a sensation in this City.

My son George is very poorly.

The following named brethren met in the Apostles room in the Temple at 2 p.m.: Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman,

[p.382]John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lurid, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, and Geo. F. Gibbs as Clerk. Prests. Woodruff, Cannon, and Smith, also Young and Lyman gave some good advice and a charge to our incoming brethren.

Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon was mouth in ordaining Matthias F. Cowley. Prest. Wilford Woodruff was mouth in ordaining his son Abraham O. Woodruff. All of the Presidency and Twelve except Bro. Heber J. Grant had their hands on these brethren’s heads.

[Friday, Oct. 8, 1897 Salt Lake City] Martha Smith, daughter of Silas S. Smith, was married today at the Temple by Prest. Jos. F. Smith to Thales Haskel, Jr. Josephine got up a nice supper for them.

[Saturday, Oct. 9, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day about the City. Met with the Directors of the Groesbeck Co. and talked over renting part of the building to the Salt Lake Loan and Trust Co. I met with the Non Partisan Committee. I went into the Theatre and witnessed the play of the Hearts of Maryland.

[Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1897 – Salt Lake City] All of the Apostles but Bros. Heber J. Grant and M. W. Merrill met at the Temple. Bros. Geo. Teasdale, John W. Taylor, and A. H. Lurid spoke.

All of the Presidency met with the Apostles and F. F. Hintze and talked over the Mission to the holy land. It was decided to make settlement in Palestine.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow asked me to speak on the effect of President Wilford Woodruff’s sermon on Politics during conference.

[Friday, Oct. 15, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I drew a dividend of $360.00 from Z.C.M.I. I paid interest to Wells Fargo Co. $315.00. I paid H. J. Grant $30.92. I paid Charles Johnson $5.00.

The Directors of the Grant Gold Mining Co. met and agreed to sign a note for $7,000.00.

[Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I signed a note with Jos. F. Smith and others for $7,450.00 dol. for the Grant Gold Mining Co. today. I paid water tax $54.80.

[Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I signed a note today at the Deseret Savings Bank for $7,000.00 and they were to take up a note held for like amount by J. E. Dooley with securaties.

[p.383][Went to Montana and to Alberta, Canada, for conferences, October 23-November 8.]

[Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1897 – Helena, Montana] Frank S. Bramwell, Geo. S. Young, Allen D. Miller, and I called upon Gov. Robert B. Smith and Mayor Steel. They received us kindly. We also met Mr. Hawkins, City Editor on the Independant. We saw Fred G. and Hyrum S. Benson, sons of Apostle Ezra T. Benson.

[Thursday, Nov. 11, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Wells Fargo & Co. were paid $7,000.00 for me by the Deseret Savings Bank and 84 shares of Z.C.M.I. taken as security.

[Monday, Nov. 15, 1897 – Manassa, Colorado] I sealed six couples tonight in the vestry of the stake house.

[Thursday, Nov. 18, 1897 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, A. H. Lund, Abraham O. Woodruff, and I met in Council at the Temple.

I met with the Directors of Z.C.M.I. and the Coop. W. & M. Co. I also met with third Precinct electors and W. J. Newman and Oscar W. Moyle was nominated for Trustee of the City schools.

[Friday, Nov. 19, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I paid Taxes to the amount of $298.65 today.

[Saturday, Nov. 20, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I went to Spanish Fork today and bot overcoats for Winslow, $12.50 and Nicholas, $13.65. Pants for Nathaniel, Joseph, $2.70 and Glen shoes. I returned home in the evening.

[Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I was at a meeting of the Grant Gold Mining Co. and we agreed to sell quite an amount of our stock to Brent Wells. Manager B. F. Grant reported matters looking well at the mine. I wrote to Senator C. D. Clark.

[Thursday, Nov. 25, 1897 – Salt Lake City] [Thanksgiving] I spent the day between my two homes or at my homes eating Turkey and visiting.

Sarah F. and I attended the opera in the evening.

[Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1897 – Salt Lake City] It stormed all day. I went and borrowed from my son George $586.46 to pay taxes with most of it for Josephine.

I voted for Newman & Moyle at the school election.

[p.384][Saturday, Dec. 4, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I paid to each of my wives $20.00 today.

H. J. Grant, Joshua F. Grant, G. T. O’Dell, C. S. Burton, Elias A. Smith and myself met at H. J. Grant’s home and talked over the Livery stable note at Zion’s Savings Bank for $11,250.00.

[Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Heber J. Grant, Wm. H. Rowe, Geo. T. Odell, Elias A. Smith, J. F. Grant, P. W. Madsen, C. S. Burton and myself met and talked over a Grant Livery note of some $11,500.00. We reached no conclusion.

[Thursday, Dec. 9, 1897 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, and myself of the Apostles met at the Temple.

I am to release Prest. Thos. E. Ricks from the Montana Mission and Appoint F. S. Branwell to Preside. We also agreed to select some few brethren of experience to go to Montana for a few months and labor.

Heber J. Grant, P. W. Madsen, Chas. S. Burton, G. T. Odell, Elias A. Smith and I spent three hours trying to come to some understanding about the Grant Livery note held by the Savings Bank.

[Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I telegraphed to U.S. Senator Francis E. Warren at Washington, D.C. I told him George A. Smith had been endorsed by Senator Brown and state committee [for postmaster of Salt Lake City].

[Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1897 Salt Lake City] Geo. Teasdale, S. B. Young, J. G. Kimball and I set apart 21 Elders and one sister to Missions.

I wrote to Senator F. E. Warren. My son Geo. A. Smith received an endorsement from Arthur Brown and the state Committee. I went to Ogden and telegraphed Arthur Brown’s endorsement to the Post Master General. I spent the night at Esther Farr’s.

[Thursday, Dec. 16, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I returned to the City and Met with Presidents Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, & Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, and Myself, with G. F. Gibbs as clerk in the Temple. It was agreed by all present the sealings done outside of the Temple should stand and children born after these sealings should be held as born under the Covenant. If persons so sealed visited the Temple to get their endowments their sealings might be renewed over the Altar.

I attended the Directors Meetings of Z.C.M.I. and Coop. W. & M. Co.

[p.385][Friday, Dec. 17, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I met Mons Peterson today. He told me that he had paid off the Taylor Judgement on the farm at Moab. I had a long talk with his wife over his family troubles.

[Thursday, Dec. 23, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor and I met in the Apostles’ Room in the Temple. Geo. F. Gibbs, the clerk, was present also. H. J. Grant’s financial condition was talked over but no conclusion was reached as to what should be done.

When the Presidency and G. F. Gibbs withdew, the Apostles present passed a resolution recommending to the Trustee in Trust [that] all other legitimate means failing the Church should meet the request of Bro. H. J. Grant.3

We talked over the Question of a two Million dollar loan that the Presidency were talking of trying to secure and the Question of the Agent to be used in making a long loan. Some of us objected to F. J. Cannon being the agent.

Services commemorating the birth of Joseph Smith the Prophet were held in the 16th Ward.

[Friday, Dec, 24, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I got eighty dollars from James Jack to pay to Judge How at interest on note in my name but owed by the Church.

I called upon Prest. Joseph F. Smith and talked over the financial condition of the church. The church is in debt about two million two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. I was at the Groesbeck Co. office part of the day.

[Saturday, Dec. 25, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day with my family. I ate dinner at Sarah’s. I received the folowing from President Lorenzo Snow.

Dec. 25, 1897
Apostle John Henry Smith

Dear Brother.

Will it be possible for you to meet with myself and others on matters of Importance Sunday noon. At No. 37 Canyon Road. Respectfully.

Lorenzo Snow

I answered I would do so with pleasure.

[p.386]My son Geo. A. had a nice Christmas tree with Santa Claus who distributed a lot of presents to the children of the neighborhood.

[Sunday, Dec. 26, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, Heber J. Grant and I called at Brigham Young’s home. We had a long talk over the financial condition of the Church. We also determined to insist that under existing conditions that the Councilors of the President must consult the apostles on leading questions.

[Monday, Dec. 27, 1897 – Salt Lake City] Judge F. M. Bishop called upon me tonight and showed me a letter from the Secretary of the interior in which he said that he had been requested to ascertain whether Geo. A. Smith would accept the appointment of Receiver of the Land Office.

Geo. A. Smith received the following today.

Washington D.C. Dec. 21st 97.

Mr. Geo. A. Smith
123 West N[orth]. T[emple]. Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

My Dear Sir:

I am much obliged to you for your letter of the 16th inst. From which I learn here your suspicions regarding the change of base are Correct.

With kindest regards to your Father and yourself I am, very truly yours.

Francis E. Warren

[Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I was looking after some of my own affairs during most of the day. Judge Bishop [says] he has a letter from the Secretary of the Interior, C. N. Bliss.

[Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1897 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day with Judge Bishop. He read a letter to me from Bliss in which he said Geo. A. Smith can have Receiver of Public moneys, A. L. Thomas Post office, that this letter was written by request of another party.

I believe A. L. Thomas inspired that letter, although the President may have done so.

On the latter supposition I told Bishop he might say the Post office being out of his reach he would accept Receivership. Bishop telegraphed we were willing for the change.

Esther, My son Don Carlos’s wife, gave birth to a 12 lb. son today at 12:45 p.m., both doing nicely.

[p.387][Friday, Dec. 31, 1897 – Salt Lake City] It is a most lovely day. I drove over Jordan some six miles to a Bro. Baldwin’s to hire a young lady to do house work for Josephine.

Esther and baby are doing very nicely. Sarah A. has a sore throat. Lucy, Bessie, Glen and Arzella has bad coughs. The two young has whooping cough sure.

Sarah Ellen Richards Smith is very sick. I have lost none of my children during this year. My son Winslow was dangerously sick with apendacitis. My wife Sarah Farr has been quite poorly in health. My financial condition is not at all satisfactory. I have run behind about three thousand dollars.

[Saturday, Jan. 1, 1898 – Salt Lake City] It is a beautifull day. I spent my time between my two homes.

[Monday, Jan. 3, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I was at Josephine’s most of the day. At 8:45 she gave birth to a daughter.

[Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1898 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor and Abraham O. Woodruff met in the Apostles’ room of the Temple. We spent the day talking over the Relative positions of the first Presidency and Twelve Apostles on all great questions in the Church. All spoke and gave their views.

[Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Josephine my wife is suffering from sciatica. She passed a bad night. Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, and Abraham O. Woodruff met in the Temple and after singing and prayer. We continued our conversations on various subjects.

Most of the day was used and great freedom was exercised by all present in talking their views.

I met with Y.M.M.I.A. board at Heber J. Grant’s in the evening. The Improvement Era [magazine] is making fine head way.

[Thursday, Jan. 6, 1898 – Salt Lake City] All of the Apostles but F. M. Lyman, Anthon H. Lund, and M. F. Cowley met at the Temple at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. all of the first Presidency came in. President Lorenzo Snow asked the Presidency as to the duties of the Apostles in Connection with the Presidency in the financial affairs of the Church. All of the Apostles present spoke very plain and Elder Brigham Young made a very sweeping statement in which he said president Geo. Q. Cannon was the cause of the great indebtedness of the Church.

[p.388]All three of the Presidency said it was their view that the two Quorums should be united in the consideration of the more weighty problems that affect the whole Church. Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon felt very much hurt over the remarks of Elders Brigham Young and Heber J. Grant.

[Friday, Jan. 7, 1898 – Salt Lake City] My wife Josephine passed a very bad night.

All of the first Presidency and all of the Apostles but F. M. Lyman, A. H. Lund, and M. F. Cowley met at 12 noon in the Apostles’ room in the Temple.

After some explanations of yesterday[‘s] sayings, Prest. Franklin D. Richards moved we forgive each other for Harsh words spoken and that we partake of the sacrament. President Joseph F. Smith seconded the motion and said it now being about to be determined by vote of the joint Councils of the presidency and Twelve that they shall act together upon all questions of great moment to the Church, he felt to ad his hearty endorsement of this action.

The vote was unanimous. We partook of the Sacrament together. After the Presidency withdrew, President Lorenzo Snow said, brethren the Lord approves of our action and in the future the Quorums will understand each other better.

Elders F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, and Abraham O. Woodruff bore testamony.

[Monday, Jan. 10, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The Groesbeck Co. stockholders met today and heard the reports and Reelected the old board.

We now have a little over six Thousand dollars in the Treasury of the Groesbeck Co.

[Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I attended the Directors meetings of H. J. Grant & Co. and the Home Fire Insurance Co.

I paid our shoemaker a bill of nine dollars. I spent most of the evening at Josephine’s. She is still quite poorley. Our baby is eight days old today. I blest her and gave her the name of Josephine.

[Thursday, Jan. 13, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Myself, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, and Abraham O. Woodruff with Geo. F. Gibbs as Clerk met in Council.

It was voted by the Council the Church purchase Bro. H. J. Grant’s interest in the Salt Lake Theatre.

[p.389][Friday, Jan. 14, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at Josephine’s. She is still very bad with her leg. Glen is mending of his Cough. Arzella is still quite poorly.

[Saturday, Jan. 15, 1898 – Provo] I went to Provo and attended the stake conference. At the Priesthood meeting in the evening the brethren donated an amount sufficient to pay of the ballance due on the stake tabernacle.

I spoke a short time. I spent the night at Prest. Reed Smoot’s.

[Sunday, Jan. 16, 1898 – Provo] B. H. Roberts and Reed Smoot and Edward Partridge did the speaking. Dr. Iliff of the Methodist Church had a seat with us on the stand.

[Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1898 – Salt Lake City] My son Winslow F. Smith is seventeen years old today. He had a nice little company to dinner with him. They had a pleasant time. I met with the Y.M.M.I.A. board. The effort being made to send free the Improvement Era to all of the Elders in the field as missionaries is proving more successful than could have been expected. The brethren have responded nobly.

[Thursday, Jan. 20, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Josephine had a bad night.

The Directors of Z.C.M.I. met and heard monthly reports. Geo. Romney and I went through the stock of the Coop. W. & M. Co. in the City yard and found it in good shape. Our yearly report shows the net earnings of the company to be $54,400.00 for the year 1897.

[Sunday, Jan. 23, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Josephine is still quite poorly. B. H. Roberts spoke [at] the Tabernacle today. I met with my prayer Circle today.

Dr. Jas. E. Talmage gave a lecture with sterescoptican views in the Tabernacle tonight on Russia. Eight thousand people present at ten cents a peice. It was very interesting.

[Monday, Jan. 24, 1898 – Salt Lake City] At 9:30 a.m. today Andrew Kimball and I took train for Pueblo, Colorado. The day passed pleasantly in conversation with several persons.

[Wednesday, Jan. 26, 1898 – Pueblo, Colorado] It was 16 below zero here this morning. We took train at 7 a.m. for El Moro of the Rio Grande R. R. We went to Trinidad and after a short wait we went on to the westbound Santa Fe train.

A Mr. Wigham, an agent of the owners of the land known as the Maxwell Grant in New Mexico, made me an offer of one hundred thousand [p.390]acres of land at 5 per acre with water for 60 thousand Acres and most of the ditches for that amount already made.

[Friday, Jan. 28, 1898 – Bowie, Chochise County, Arizona] I went to Bp. Samuel Clarrige’s to make my home. Bro. John W. Taylor and Andrew Kimball put up with Bro. Charles Layton. We all called upon President Christopher Layton. He looks very bad indeed. He is being kept alive with Mòrphine.

[Saturday, Jan. 29, 1898 – Thatcher, Arizona] It is foggy and quite Muddy. Myself and John W. Taylor and Andrew Kimball spent a short time talking over the situation here with Prest. C. Layton.

At 10 a.m. the monthly meeting of the Priesthood convened.

The letter of the first Presidency to Bro. Christopher Layton informing him that his resignation had been accepted and that Andrew Kimball had been selected to fill his place [was read].

Apostle John W. Taylor moved that the resignation of Bro. Christopher Layton be received and that he be honorably released and that the High Council and all stake and ward organizations be dissolved. It was carried unanimously, and on motion of Bp. Samuel Clarridge the nomination of Andrew Kimball by the Presidency as president of the St. Joseph Stake was unanimously sustained.

[Sunday, Jan. 30, 1898 – Thatcher] At 10:30 a.m. the Stake Conference convened. Prest. Wm. D. Johnson called the meeting [to] order. After Singing, Prayer and Singing, President Johnson offered some words of Welcome.

I then submitted the action of the Presidency and Twelve in regard to President Christopher Layton, and of the action taken in the Priesthood meeting on Saturday in which all of the Stake and Ward organizations were dissolved. The Saints sustained our action. I paid to President Christopher Layton a tribute of respect for his devotion and labors performed in the work of the Lord.

The Priesthood came together and we presented the selections we had made and they were unanimously received and sustained. [ward and stake officers listed]

[Monday, Jan. 31, 1898 – Thatcher] Conference convened at 10 a.m.

Elder John W. Taylor made a ringing address on our duties to our families and on the sacredness of the doctrine of the Eternity of the Marriage Covenant, including the Plurality of Wives. He told the brethren to do their full duty to their wives but that man could not take any more wives in the [p.391]plural order. I followed him and bore Testimony but said he had given pretty strong emphasis in the language he used. Benediction.

I sealed nineteen couples after the afternoon meeting. [names listed]

[Tuesday, Feb. 1, 1898 – Thatcher] John W. Taylor and I called at the residence of Christopher Layton and I was mouth in ordaining him a Patriarch.

[Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1898 – Thatcher and Franklin, Arizona] John W. Taylor, Andrew Kimball, Wm. D. Johnson, Charles M. Layton, Joseph G. Aired and E. M. Curtis and Myself left Thatcher in three vehicles with 6 horses. At Layton Heber Chase Layton Joined us to go to Franklin.

Along this road were at different places monuments which give notice to the Travellor that nine persons have been murdered, either by Indians or bad white men.

[Saturday, Feb. 12, 1898 – Mesa, Arizona] I met with several of the brethren at the meeting house and talked over the organization of a company to try and save some of the mortgaged of our brethren.

[Sunday, Feb. 13, 1898 – Mesa, Arizona] [stake conference] It is a lovely day. The birds are singing sweetly.

We met with the Presidency and high Council in the Circle room and made an examination of the brethren and found three that were using Tobacco.

[Monday, Feb. 21, 1898 – Snowflake, Arizona] The afternoon Services of Dr. J. S. Woolford’s child was held in the stake Tabernacle. Jos. H. Richards, John W. Taylor, Jesse N. Smith and I spoke on the condition of little children and the effect of Jesus Christ Attonment.

[Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1898 – Snowflake, Arizona] It is a lovely day. John W. Taylor and I had breakfast with James Pierce. We met at a high Council meeting and both spoke at length on Keeping our daughters at home.

[Wednesday, Feb. 23, 1898 – Snowflake, Arizona] We administered to five persons during the morning hour. I wrote letters to my sons Winslow and Nicholas.

Prest. Jesse N. Smith and Wife Emma W., John W. Taylor and myself had dinner at Bp. John Hunt’s. Jesse N. Smith, Silas T. Smith and I went to Shumway. Charles Shumway was born August 1st, 1806, Oxford, Worcester Co., Mass. He has four wives, 37 children and over one hundred[p.392] grand children. I ordained him a Patriarch. He is very feable and his mind is clear only a portion of the time.

[Sunday, March 6, 1898 – Colonia Juarez, Chihauhua, Mexico] It is a beautifull day. It is fast day.

At 2 p.m. we convened in fast meeting. Several persons were confirmed and some children were blest.

Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Bro. John W. Taylor spoke one hour on polygamy. John W. Taylor sealed Mary L. Walser to Charles Whipple. Witnesses Henry Eyring and John J. Walser.

[Wednesday, March 9, 1898 – Colonia Peachaeo, Chihuahua, Mexico] We drove to Colonia Garcia. We visited the place where Sister Agnes McDonald was killed by Mexicans.

We held a priesthood meeting and it was voted to organize a ward to be called the Colonia Garcia Ward.

[Friday, March 11, 1898 – Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico] We have made our home with Bro. Henry Eyring. Helaman Pratt and Ernest L. Taylor went with us on to Colonia Dublan. We put up at Bro. Helaman Pratt’s. John W. Taylor is quite poorly.

John W. Taylor scaled Dora Pratt to Anson B. Call. The witnesses were Helarnan Pratt and Ernest L. Taylor.

[Sunday, March 20, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I attended the funeral of Bp. Elias Morris at the large Tabernacle.

The large Tabernacle was filled [with people] from all sections of our Community

I met with my prayer circle in the Temple at four p.m.

[Monday, March 21, 1898 – Salt Lake City] It snowed most all day. I collected dividends and wages from Coop. W. & M. Co. $160.00. I collected $17.00 from Coop. F. Co. and paid it them on account.

I turned over to Geo. Reynolds names and sealings I had attended to in the south.

[Tuesday, March 22, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Executive board of the Coop. W. & M. Co. We decided not to raise the wages of the men. We also concluded to sell out the Logan branch.

[Thursday, March 24, 1898 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency and Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, and Abraham [p.393]O. Woodruff of the Apostles met at the Temple. I made a report of my labors in the south.

I asked the brethren for the priveledge of working to make myself a United States Senator. Joseph F. Smith moved I be allowed to make the effort. It was seconded by Lorenzo Snow and carried unanimously.

Myself and Matthias F. Cowley were appointed to go to the Baker City Conference. We left at 5:45 p.m. Some Dozen Elders were on the train going [to] the Oregon and Montana Missions.

[Sunday, March 27, 1898 – Baker, Oregon] [conference] 7:30 p.m. I spoke 1:20 m. on the falacy of nonbelief. Matthias F. Cowley bore witness to the truth of the Book of Mormon.

We had a large attendance of strangers.

I went home with David Eccles.

[Tuesday, March 29, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I found all well at home.

At 10 a.m. Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, and Abraham O. Woodruff met in council at the Temple.

We held two meetings during the day and Lorenzo Snow, Abraham O. Woodruff, Matthias F. Cowley, Marriner W. Merrill, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor and George Teasdale [spoke]. I spoke a few moments. Presidents Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith joined us and the condition of the Loan and Trust bank was talked over. It was voted to do all we could to save it from failure.

The Superintendent and Executive committee of Z.C.M.I. and Wm. Williams and Myself and O. H. Pettit of the Coop. F. Company met and agreed the Z.C.M.I. should pay $200.00 towards the wall in the Young building just south of Z.C.M.I. and We to arrange for light to be admitted to the Z.C.M.I. office.

I had a short visit with Mr. Mons Petersen and talked over his business matters and what he could do to redeem his farm at Moab.

[Thursday, March 31, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I paid Zions Savings Bank and T. Co. $100.00. Twenty five dollars was put into my hands to buy food for the family of S. H. B. Smith. It was in G.T.O. orders.

[Friday, April 1, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at the President’s office setting apart Elders at the Temple and at a meeting of the Directors of the Groesbeck Co. I sent to S. H. B. Smith by order of President W. Woodruff three hundred pounds of [p.394]flour, ten pounds of Pork and 1/2 ton of baled Lucern hay. Cost of it all $12.75.

I went out to the hot springs and took a bath.

I got from James Jack pr. D. Mc. G.T.O. orders $100.00. Cash $100.00. I paid Josephine $60.00, $20.00 of it cash, and Sarah the same.

[Saturday, April 2, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Archibald Freebairn baptised my daughter Elizabeth today at the Tabernacle. I paid Dr. Jos. H. Richards 820.00 on account today.

My sons had our horses shod an[d] it cost $2.00. They also oiled our harness.

[Sunday, April 3, 1898 – Salt Lake City] President Lorenzo Snow is 84 years of age today. A fast meeting was held by the Temple workers at nine a.m. and many bore testamony. A good spirit was present. At the close of the services, Bp. John R. Winder in behalf of the Temple Workers presented a beautifull boquet to Prest. L. Snow. He made a neat speach, to which Prest. L. Snow responded. The Bouquet was of white flowers. Three large lillies represented the first presidency. Twelve White Roses the Apostles. Seventy white cornelilans the Seventies, and a base of many white flowers representative of the great body of Saints.

It is snowing today.

Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon and I testified we had seen the Saviour at the Temple meeting this morning.

[Monday, April 4, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Twenty one years ago today Josephine Groesbeck was sealed to me by Prest. Joseph F. Smith at St. George. She is now the mother of eight children. Three sons and five daughters.

[Tuesday, April 5, 1898 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency and some of the Apostles and presiding Bishopric met at the Presidents’ office and talked over the Canadian land and water matter.

At a meeting of the Stockholders of Z.C.M.I. the annual statement was read and all of the old board of Directors was reelected.

At 3 p.m. the brethren who had met on Canadian land and water matters met again and modified a proposition made by Mr. Gault.

A vote was made or taken that a number of the item[s] be changed or we decline to accept their offers.

I was at the Groesbeck office a short time.

[p.395][General conference held April 6-10.]

[Saturday, April 9, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Lorenzo Snow spoke [on] Temple work and the aiding the Labor with their means. Prest. Joseph F. Smith and Wilford Woodruff made remarks on the missionary work being done. F. M. Lyman and Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon, Wilford Woodruff spoke about the indebtedness of the Church and of the people.

2 p.m.

Bp. Wm. B. Preston made some financial reports. Wm. Crane, Hyrum M. Smith, Thomas Bailey, G. W. McCune, a committee from the British Mission, asked for means to to rent or build meeting houses in the large Cities of the British Mission.

Bishop Leonard G. Hardy and Frank Y. Taylor [spoke] on the completion and payment of the Brigham Young monument. Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon told the people that a chance was being opened for some of the Saints to get land by work and money to live while doing the work in building Canada. Prest. Joseph F. Smith endorsed what had been said by former speakers. Prest. Reed Smoot made an explanation of the doings of the Jubalee Committee.

[Wednesday, April 18, 1898 – Salt Lake City] We set apart Eighteen Elders for missions at the Annex of the Temple today. Francis M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, Seymour B. Young, C. D. Fjeldsted, B. H. Roberts, J. Golden Kimball and myself took part.

The Directors of Heber J. Grant & Co. met and talked over the Insurance business.

The Y.M.M.I.A. board met at President’s office and talked over the Conference business.

[Thursday, April 14, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The day is superb. I drove to Beck’s hot springs and had a bath.

The Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Co. met at 3 p.m. and heard monthly reports. I drew dividend from Z.C.M.I. $360.00. I paid interest at Deseret Savings bank $227.32, Tithing $30.00. I paid Cutler Bros. on account $30.00. I bot seven apple trees. I paid shoemaker bill $2.70. I took a drive out to the Park.

[Friday, April 15, 1898 – Salt Lake City] It is Arbor day and many trees are being planted. I put out seven appel trees. Melba and her company, assisted by the Choir, gave a concert in the Tabernacle tonight. Judges of Music say it was very fine.

[Saturday, April 16, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Myself and son plowed up some ground and planted twenty one [p.396]trees and put in some grass. I have 16 appel trees, 2 Pear, 2 cherries, 2 plumbs, 2 prunes, 5 Peach trees and hope they will do well.

[Sunday, April 17, 1898 – Provo] I went to Provo today in company with Prest. Joseph F. Smith to attend the Utah Stake Quarterly Conference.

Conference convened at 10 a.m. Prest. Edward Partridge and Councillors presiding. The new Tabernacle is nicely finished and it was filled with people and an overflow meeting was held in the old building. After singing, Prayer and singing, Prest. Edward Partridge spoke a few moments. Councillor Reid Smoot made a report of the work done to complete the building and the generous manner in which the people had responded in labor and means. A number of men not in the church had given ready aid.

[Monday, April 18, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Received the following from John Nicholsen, Recorder in the S. L. Temple.

Silas Smith, Aug. 1779 annointed 3 May 1877, St. George. Mary Aikens Smith, 13 August, 1797 annointed 15 Jany, 1846, Nauvoo, Ill.

Ruth Stevens, 1 st wife, no Record of annointings.

I spent most of the afternoon looking about the Property of the Groesbeck Co. I planted 2 apricot and one apel tree today.

[Wednesday, April 20, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The General boards of the Y.M.M.I.A. and Y.L.M.I.A. met and talked over Conference matters, having a party and other labors.

[Thursday, April 21, 1898 – Salt Lake City] It rained most of the night and part of the forenoon.

The Directors of the Salt Lake Theatre Co., H. J. Grant, Heber M. Wells, Chas. S. Burton, and [myself] met at the state Bank. Charles S. Burton Resigned as President and Manager and Heber J. Grant was elected President, Charles S. Burton as Vice President and Geo. D. Pyper, Manager.

At 11 a.m. Presidents Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, Apostles Lorenzo Snow, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, & Abraham O. Woodruff met in Council at the Temple. We talked over the question of Conferences, of the condition of Moses Thatcher and sundry other items.

I received from Timothy Gilbert a check on the Alamosa, Colorado bank for $595.00.

[Friday, April 22, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Twenty Elders and three sisters were set apart for missions at the [p.397]Temple today by George Teasdale, Abraham Owen Woodruff, Seymour B. Young, Brigham H. Roberts, J. Golden Kimball and myself.

I paid Zions Savings bank today five hundred dollars in Interest acount.

[Thursday, April 28, 1898 – Salt Lake City] All of the Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met at the Company office and transacted business, According to the published notice. The Stockholders met and Reduced the Stock to $150,000.00.

The Wasatch building is being fully overhauled.

[Saturday, April 30, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I drove up to the Beck’s hot spring and had a bath.

I got from James Jack G.T.O. orders $100.00 and cash $100.00. I paid Sarah F. Cash $20.00 and orders $40.00 and the same to Josephine.

[Monday, May 2, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Admiral Dewey has annihilated the Spanish Squodrun before Manila in the Phililppine Islands.4

My wife Sarah F. is laid up with Rhumatism.

[Wednesday, May 4, 1898 – Salt Lake City] It continued to storm most of the day. My sons Winslow, Nicholas, Nathaniel, and Joseph H. Plowed part of our lot. I bot a new plow today and paid $5.00 for it. The Y.M.M.I.A. and Y.L.M.I.A. boards met at President Wilford Woodruffs office. We talked over our joint Conference and arranged to have a ball and give Ice cream and Cake.

[Thursday, May 5, 1898 – Salt Lake City] It is quite pleasant today. I went out to Beck’s hot springs and took a bath.

All of the Presidency and Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, and Abraham O. Woodruff met in Council at Temple.

We talked over the question of admitting people who do drink tea and Coffee to the Temple.

Six young men from Davis Co. who had enlisted were blest by Brigham Young, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, and Abraham O. Woodruff. Forty eight years ago today the Endowment house was opened.

[p.398][Sunday, May 8, 1898 – Coalville] [stake conference] During the noon hour the Presidency of the Stake, seven members of the High Council, and Abraham O. Woodruff and Myself and other brethren met at Prest. W. W. Cluff house and talked some business.

The High Council seconded an action they had taken a[t] a former meeting in making a direct tax upon some of the brethren to aid the church academy.

[Tuesday, May 10, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I received the following 12:20 a.m.

Washington, D.C. May 9, 1898
Hon. John Henry Smith

Please wire your friends in the Senate immediately to Endorse at once to the Secretary of War Willard Young for Colonelcy in Brigade of Engineers. Make the request urgent and ask them [to] make their endorsement in form of imperative demand.

Frank J. Cannon

I wired Senators F. E. Warren, C. D. Clark, G. L. Shoup, Ed Wolcott and Proctor.

Please make imperative demand on Secretary of War to appoint Willard Young for Colonelcy in Brigade of Engineers. Matter extremely urgent. John Henry Smith.

I sent the following to Senator F. J. Cannon, Washington, D.C.

Have Telegraphed Shoup, Warren, Clark, Wolcott and Proctor. May Willard succeed. John Henry Smith.

I ordained Homer Brown a seventy and blest him and set him apart to be a soldier for his country.

I drove my family up to Camp Douglas and we saw the new volunteers being drilled.

[Wednesday, May 11, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I signed telegrams to U.S. Senators Geo. L. Shoup, C. D. Clark, Francis E. Warren, Ed Wolcott in favor of the appointment of John Q. Cannon for a Colonelcy in the rough Riders.

[Thursday, May 12, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I surrendered 2047 shares of Groesbeck Co. old stock and am to take the new.

I had a short visit with Prest. Lorenzo Snow and we talked over in a frank way the financial condition of the church and what we would do as to having an understanding with the presidency in regard to those affairs.

[p.399][Tuesday, May 17, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I found all well at home. I found the following telegram.

Washington, D.C. May 13, 98
John Henry Smith

Secretary promises that Capt. Young shall be made Colonel in engineer brigade for which I am very glad. Congratulations.

Redfield Proctor

I had short letters from Senators Jos. L. Rawlins, Geo. L. Shoup, and Private Secretary of Francis E. Warren.

[Wednesday, May 18, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Today I ordained William Hartlett Leaver and George L. Weiler Elders and set them apart as Missionaries among their companions in arms, as the[y] have voluntered for the war and are to go to the Philippine Islands.

A joint meeting was held at Prest. Wilford Woodruffs office of the Y.M.M.I.A. and Y.L.M.I.A. boards.

[Thursday, May 19, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Presidents Wilford Woodruff and Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley and Abraham O. Woodruff met in Council at the Temple.

It was decided for us to organize a stake in Wyoming if we can bring the elements. I was chosen to do this labor, Matthias F. Cowley and Abraham O. Woodruff to assist me. Randolph, Woodruff, Almy, Evanston and Bridger to compose the stake.

I have paid $1,250.00 Sugar note, $639.13 on Minning Stock. I paid $100.00 tithing.

[Friday, May 20, 1898 – Salt Lake City] My wife Sarah and I went to Spanish Fork. The Coop. Store there has declaired its annual dividend. Mine was $298.75. I paid $30 tithing, our old account of $13.82. I paid Sarah F. in goods $72.57 and Josephine $76.55 in the same. I spent for my mother for a bed room set $10.00, dress patern $6.60. Myself Hat $2.65. Still due me $86.35. We returned home.

Our troops moved out today. It was a regular gala day for the people.

[Saturday, May 21, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I hoed in the garden a short time this morning. I went out to the hot springs and had a bath. I received a letter from Ira Parkin, Treas. of the Sarnac Glove Co., requesting me to investigate the failure of the Win. P. Noble Mercantile Co. I spent part of the day trying to learn something but failed. I went with Josephine to the Theatre in the evening.

[p.400][Tuesday, May 24, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Heber J. Grant paid $360.00 for me.

I am having a place put in repair near Josephine’s.

[Wednesday, May 25, 1898 – Salt Lake City] It is quite pleasant this morning. I worked in the garden picking up rocks with the children.

My wife Sarah and I, upon invitation of Governor Heber M. Wells, went to Ogden to me[e]t Major General Wesley Merritt on his way west to take command of the American troops going to Philippine Islands. He is a fine specimen of a man. All of our party was introduced to him.

In the evening I met with the boards of the Improvement associations. We assesssed each Male member four dollars to help pay for the entertainment of our incoming friends.

[Friday, May 27, 1898 – Salt Lake City] It stormed some today. The men are working on my house. I spent a large share of the day looking after the work.

I signed forty certificates at the Groesbeck Co. offices today of that Company’s new series.

[Saturday, May 28, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I am suffering from neuralgia in my face. Most of the day was spent by me looking after my building.

I paid Asper Wool & Co. one hundred dollars in gold this evening.

[Sunday, May 29, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I was nearly wild with my face aching during the forenoon and could not attend the joint Conference of the Improvement associations. I went in the afternoon.

[Tuesday, May 31, 1898 – Salt Lake City] [Y.M.M.I.A. conference] The following telegram was read:

Washington, D.C., May 31st 98

Hon. John Henry Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah

Willard Young nominated Colonel Engineers today.

F. E. Warren

Brigham H. Roberts moved that we telegraph congratulations, which was done.

President Wilford Woodruff spoke a short time and told us that Prest. Joseph Smith laid the responsibility of learning of the Kingdom on the 12. The[n] he introduced the Endowments and sealing ordinances and the [p.401]Doctrine of a plurality of wives. Prest. Joseph F. Smith backed up these statement[s], and others spoke at some length.

We had a grand sociable at Christensen’s Hall in the evening, singing, speaking, and dancing. Prest. Wilford Woodruff was with us.

[Friday, June 3, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I wrote letters today to U.S. Senators Redfield Proctor, F. E. Warren, C. D. Clark, E. O. Wolcott, and Geo. L. Shoupe.

Most of the day was spent in working with my sons on the little house.

[Sunday, June 5, 1898 – Almy, Uinta County, Wyoming] We held a Priesthood meeting in the evening.

Prayer by Charles Kingston. We selected a list of names from which to make up our stake officers. They were thoroughly investigated as to their faith and habbits. John M. Baxter was the choice for President, Byron Sessions for first Councillor, and Charles Kingston for second Councillor.

[Friday, June 10, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met and decided to furnish the Wasatch and run it as a hotel. The building is in good fix..

I set apart Ben E. Rich to preside over the Southern States Mission today and six other Elders were set apart by M. F. Cowley and A. O. Woodruff.

Matthias F. Cowley and I left for Montana at 9:45 p.m.

[Friday, June 24, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon at the Groesbeck Co. offices. The hotel is to be called the “Kenyon.”

[Monday, June 27, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I borrowed a horse and wagon of Bro. McHenry and a horse of the Coop. F. Co. in order that I might take my family to attend the joint birthday gatherings of Father and Mother. I took two teams.

[Tuesday, June 28, 1898 – Provo] I drove with two teams to Provo. With Josephine’s baby we had 13 persons in all. It was a very hot day.

I put up at Joseph Cheevers.

[Wednesday, June 29, 1898 – Provo] The day is very hot.

At 4 p.m. we met in the fourth ward meeting house. There were about one hundred souls. There was some singing and talking.

[p.402]We had a splendid dinner and all seemed to enjoy themselves first class.

We invited all to meet us at Aunt Susan. June 26th 1899 at 7 p.m. All felt well. Among the speakers were Edward Partridge, Joseph F. Smith, William Strong, Bathsheba Smith, and myself and Elias A. Smith and Geo. W. Gee.

[Thursday, June 30, 1898 – Salt Lake City] We drove home to Salt Lake City. It was quite cool.

[Sunday, July 3, 1898 – Davis County] My wife Josephine and I went up to West Layton and had a visit at Jesse M. Smith’s. Judge Elias A. Smith was along.

Jesse M. Smith took us in his carnage to Kaysville, where we called upon Christopher Layton and administered to him. He has had an operation performed and fifteen stones removed from his bladder.

The American fleet under Admiral Sampson destroyed the Spanish fleet under Corvera at Santiago Cuba today.

[Wednesday, July 6, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The old folks are at the Lagoon [resort] at Farmington for a short time today. My wife and I went up there for an hour.

The hotel Kenyon opened for business tonight.

[Tuesday, July 12, 1898 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. all of the members of the Council of the Apostles but John W. Taylor met in the Temple and the day was spent in considering the financial condition of the Church. All spoke who were present but Matthias F. Cowley. A most excelent spirit was present with us.

[Wednesday, July 20, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Heber J. Grant, T. R. Cutler, John Henry Smith, T. G. Webber, Elias A. Smith, Jesse W. Fox, and Geo. M. Cannon of Cannon, Grant & Co. met at 10 a.m.

We adopted on my motion a Committee report asking the Trustee [of the church] to save our Company from failure.

We all agreed the chairman should present the matter to the Trustee in Trust and that all of us would sign the petition.

[Went south with several Y.M.M.I.A. and Y.L.M.I.A. board members, including Susa Young Gates, for meetings.]

[Saturday, July 23, 1898 – Panguitch Lake, Garfield County] The President of the Y.M.M.I.A. and Y.L.M.I.A. with myself,

[p.403]E. H. Snow, Heppler and Thos Hull and Susa Y. Gates of the general boards were just meeting for consultation when Bro. Thos. Hull received the following startling Telegram

Provo, July 4, 1898

Thomas Hull
Pangnitch via Parowan

Beulah Gates [daughter of Susa Gates] was accidentally shot and Killed by her Brother. Use your Judgment about breaking news.

J. B. Keller

We told our sister and her young daughter Lula Gates their great trouble. Bro. Thos. Hull and I blest them. Prest. Jesse Crosby provided a team and in company with Bro. Heber Sharp left for the terminous of the R.G. Western R.R.

[Friday, July 29, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency and Lorenzo Snow, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, with Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, and Anthon H. Lund and Senator Frank J., Cannon met and agreed to bond the church for one Million and a half of dollars in the east. F. J. Cannon to be the agent of the church.

My Wife Josephine and I went to Saltair. I got of J. Jack G.T.O. orders today $50.00.

[Tuesday, Aug. 2, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I took Josephine and children up into City Creek Canyon and spent the afternoon.

Quite a number of the brethren met and had a little talk over the questions of our brethren taking a part in politics in their various parties as they may see fit.

[Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I bot a Typewriter of H. J. Grant today and paid $27.00 for it.

[Thursday, Aug. 4, 1898 – Salt Lake City] All of the first Presidency And Apostles Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, and Abraham O. Woodruff with Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs met. It was unanimously voted to sustain Prest. Wilford Woodruff in his action of releaving Cannon Grant & Co. of their load at the Zions Saving bank.

Our brethren engaging in political work was talked over.

[Saturday, Aug. 6, 1898 – Salt Lake City and Price] Anthon H. Lund and I took train for Price, Carbon Co. Councillor [p.404] range Seely of Castle Dale met us and we read to him a charge that Clarance Marsh had made against the Bishopric and Saints of Price Ward. We called in the Bishop, Ernest Horsely, and Councillors Albert Brainer and H. G. Mathews and we talked over the complaint. We came to the conclusion it was without foundation in fact.

[Sunday, Aug. 7, 1898 – Price] We met Bros. G. G. Fransden, C. W. Allred and L. M. Olsen and had a talk over the charges made by Mr. Clarance Marsh against the Bishopric and people of Price City. None of these brethren seemed to know of anything improper in the conduct of the authorsties or people. There is some trouble over the control of the Canal and a suit is pending in Court. There seems also to be some political jelousy existing.

[Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon in visiting the various business houses where I am President or Director.

[Thursday, Aug. 11, 1898 – Salt Lake City] All of the first Presidency and Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, and Owen Woodruff met in Council at the Temple. I received an appointment from the Presidency of the Church to try and collect the funds due on the Brigham Young Monument.

[Saturday, Aug. 13, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I[n] company with President Jos. F. Smith and Seymour B. Young, I went to Kaysville and attended the funeral of Patriarch Christopher Layton.

Joseph F. Smith, S. B. Young, Myself, John W. Hess, Lorin Farr, Ralph Douglass, Win. Rydalch and Bp. Peter Barlow all spoke. The attendance was large. He leaves 202 descendants. Many vehicles followed his remains to the grave. In the evening I returned to my home.

[Sunday, Aug. 14, 1898 – Salt Lake City] By telegram from John D. Owens sent from Cedar City, Iron Co. to my son George A. He said Winslow F., my son, had met with an accident but not serious and requested someone to meet him at Juab and bring three pillows. Also send a man to take Winslow’s place.

Later we got word that Winslow had fallen from a Wind Mill and broken both Wrists.

[Monday, Aug. 15, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Sarah and I went to Leamington where we met our son with Bro. J. J. Davis. Winslow had fallen from a Wind Mill 35 feet and broken both wrists and bruised his face on one side and a cut on the rump. We brought him home. My son, Nicholas went to take his place.

[p.405][Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Today Dr. Pfants turned the X Rays on Winslow’s arms and took a Photograph of them.

[Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Winslow’s arms were reset today by Drs. J. S. Richards and Wilcox. I was at the Prest.’s office part of the day.

[Monday, Aug. 22, 1898 – Salt Lake City] My son Winslow is gaining slowly.

I wrote to my son Nicholas. I spent about two hours at the Knutsford hotel with U.S. Senator C. D. Clark of Wyoming talking over the political situation in his state.

[Tuesday, Aug. 23, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Wm. N. Williams and I paid a visit to the City Water Master and sought to gain the privilege of sprinkling out of hours.

[Monday, Aug. 29, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I drew one hundred dollars and paid Sarah $30.00, Josephine $20, John W. White $5.00, Tithing $20.00.

[Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1898 – Salt Lake City] It rained in torrents today, flooding the street and filling some Cellars. I got one hundred dollars in cash from J. Jack today.

[Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I paid Sarah $25.00 cash, Josephine $25.00 to Winslow $10.00.

I called upon Prest. Joseph F. Smith and he told me to do what I found to be done in my trip to Teton Basin and Jackson’s Hole.

[Saturday, Sept. 3, 1898 – Driggs Ranch, Teton Valley, Idaho] Prest. Thos. E. Ricks and I went to Victor where we put up with a Bro. Jones.

We held meetings at 10 a.m. and Prest. Ricks and all of the Bishops of Teton Valley but Bro. Geo. Little spoke. Also Wm. F. Rigby and Bp. Wm. B. Preston.

About 1:30 p.m. a Bro. Little brought the following dispatch:

Salt Lake City, Utah
September 2, 1898

Thos. E. Ricks or Timothy J. Winters

Prest. Woodruff dead. Let Elder John Henry Smith return home immediately.

Jos. F. Smith

[p.406]At 1:40 p.m. Bp. Edwin S. Little and myself were on the road home, having Prest. Thos. E. Ricks buggy and Don C. Driggs horses. We drove to Bp. E. S. Little’s home and changed horses, which took 30 minutes. We drove on to Kanyon Creek, making the run of 40 miles in about 3:30 hours’ driving time. John A. Garner at 5:45 p.m. took me into his carriage and took me to Bishop Pincock’s at Teton, 15 miles. We had supper here, 20 minutes. Bro. Pincock drove me 7 miles to Rexburg, and in about 35 minutes. We were delayed about 30 minutes and Bro. Archabold took me on to Market Lake, 22 miles, in two hours and 44 minutes.

I took train at 11:51 p.m. for home.

[Sunday, Sept. 4, 1898Ogden and Salt Lake City] I had a good night’s rest.  I joined the funeral train of Prest. W. Woodruff here and found a large company of the brethren and sisters here in a private car furnished by the C. P. P. R. Co. and D. R. G. Co., Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Brigham Young, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, and Matthias F. Cowley of the Apostles being present.

At Salt Lake City a line was formed and the remains taken to his home.

[Monday, Sept. 5, 1898 – Salt Lake City] At 11 a.m. at the Church offices, Prest. Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Brigham Young, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley and Abraham O. Woodruff met in Council with Wilford Woodruff Jr. and several of his brothers to talk over matters pertaining to the Funeral of Prest. W. Woodruff.  Brigham Young, Heber J. Grant, and Abraham O. Woodruff were appointed a committee to manage the funeral.

[Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I was sent for by President Lorenzo Snow to go to his room in the Temple.

He said he wanted me to run for U. S. Senator.

He also told me he would not take hold of affairs until after the funeral of Prest. Wilford Woodruff.  he said he thought the church owed three millions of dollars.  He also said the load seemed more than he could carry.

Heber J. Grant, Geo. T. Odell, Geo. rommney, Chas. Burton, Wm. W. Riter, and Attorney J. Moyle of Coop.   W. & M. Co. met with John W. Cannon and talked over a matter pertaining to Monteplier branch.

[p.407][Thursday, Sept. 8, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The Apostles met at the President’s Office and in carriages proceeded to the Residence of President Wilford Woodruff, from which his remains were followed to the Tabernacle.  The services commenced at 10:30 a.m.

Prayer by Franklin D. Richards.  O My Father was sung by the Choir.

Prests. Joseph F. Smith spoke 35 minutes, Lorenzo Snow 20 minutes, Franklin D. Richards 11 minutes, Geo. Q. Cannon 50 minutes.

Mrs. Maggie Hull, assisted [by] the Temple Choir sang Beautiful City.

The choir sang “God moves in a Mysterious Way.”  Benediction by Brigham Young.

Many carriages followed the remains to the cemetery.  Harmony Glee Club sang Not dead but Sleepeth.  Elder F. M. Lyman offered Dedicatory prayer.

All of the Apostles went to Johnson’s Art Galery and sat for a group picture.

[Friday, Sept. 9, 1898 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. all of the Apostles met in their room.

Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley and Abraham O. Woodruff, President Lorenzo Snow presiding.  Singing.  Prayer by Francis M. Lyman.  Singing.  Prest. Lorenzo snow made a short talk and asked Elders Geo. Q. Cannon and J. F. Smith to make a brief statement of the financial condition of the Church, which they did.

On motion of Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow was sustained as President of the Twelve.  On motion of John Henry Smith, Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were returned to their places in the Council of the Apostles, according to ordination.

[On] motion of John Henry Smith The Council of Apostles were declaired the presiding Quorum of the church.

President W. Woodruff’s desk was given to his son.  Geo. Q. Cannon and Jos. F. Smith retain theirs.  The Desk in the Apostles room was given to Prest. Lorenzo Snow.  Fifty dollars a month was [given] to each of Bro. Wilford Woodruff’s Widows on my motion.

We adjourned to meet at the President’s office at 10 a.m. on Saturday.  Joseph F. Smith gave the Benediction.

I went up to the Lagoon with some of the Delegates to the Republican Convention.

[p.408]Charles S. Zane was nominated for Supreme Judge.  Alma Eldredge for Representative to Congress.

[Saturday, Sept. 10, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I called at the President’s office and had a short talk with Prest. L. Snow and Brigham Young, and looked over the accounts of the Church.

[Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1898 – Salt Lake City] My son Ezra Chase Smith’s wife gave birth to a daughter on Sunday morning at 4 a.m.

All of the Apostles met at 10 a.m. at the President’s office, President Lorenzo Snow presiding.  After making a short talk, Francis M. Lyman moved we organize the Presidency.  Joseph F. Smith seconded it and it carried, with Lorenzo Snow as President.  He chose Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith for Councillors and Franklin D. Richards was made President of the Twelve.

The feeling was the very best.

We went to Savage’s Art Galery and were taken in a group.

[Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I went to the City Treasurer’s office and paid water rates for the house at 17 Appel street $4.00, 23 N. W. T. [North West Temple] street $23.45, at 112 South Temple $6.06.

I met to the City Treasurer’s office at 10 a.m.  Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, and Abraham O. Woodruff.

We talked over the general situation of the Church.

The Y. M. M. I. A. board met and attended to business.

The Democratic Convention today nominated B. H. Roberts for Congress and R. M. Baskin for the Supreme Bench.

[Thursday, Sept. 15, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of Z. C. M. I. and Coop. W. & M. Co.  Business seems remarkably good.

[Sunday, Sept. 18, 1898 – Rexburg, Idaho] I am fifty years old today.

[Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1898 – Salt Lake City, Utah] I drove out into the Country looking for peaches to can.

The Republicans held their primarys tonight to elect candidates to the Precinct and county Conventions.  I was elected to both.

Political matters are running high.

[p.409][Thursday, Sept. 22, 1898 – Salt Lake City] In the evening I attended the District Convention and we nominated a justice of the peace and Constable and some committee men.

[Friday, Sept. 23, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The Republican Salt Lake Co. Convention convened at the Salt Lake Theatre, about 400 delegates present.  Things went along harmoniously.

In company with Prest. J. F. Smith, I called upon P[atrick]. H. Lannan [owner of the Salt Lake Tribune] and talked over the course being taken by the Tribune in its assaults on B. H. Roberts.  Mr. Lannan made lots of talk and said nothing, really.

Prest. J. F. Smith presented him a paper setting forth that no marrying was going of the plural kind.  He said that will not do.5

[Saturday, Sept. 24, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I called at the home of Mr. P. H. Lannan and got the Document that had been left with him.

[Went to Rich, Cache, and Box Elder counties for Republican meetings, September 26-October 1.]

[Saturday, Oct. 1, 1898 – Brigham City] The County Convention met here today.  It nominated John P. Holmgreen for the Legislature.  he lives at Bear River City.

We drove to Bear River City and held a Rally.  The attendance was medium, although it snowed all of the evening.

[Monday, Oct. 3, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I attended a meeting of the Democrats at the Salt Lake Theatre and heard some nice talk.

[Thursday, Oct. 6, 1898 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] Conference convened in the Tabernacle today at 10 a.m.  President Lorenzo Snow presiding.  His Councillors and all of the Apostles were present.

[p.410][Friday, Oct. 7, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Conference at 10 a.m.

John W. Taylor talked on Morality and made some unfortunate remarks about Kamas ward and the Salt Lake Choir.  Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon corrected these statements.

[Saturday, Oct. 8, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency and Apostles met at the Temple and agreed to have Rudger Clawson to fill a vacancy in the Council of the Apostles.

[Sunday, Oct. 9, 1898 – Salt Lake City] President George Q. Cannon presented the Authoraties and the Apostles voted first for President Lorenzo Snow.  Then the Patriarch, Presidents of stakes and High Councils.  Then High Priests.  Then the Seventies.  Then the Elders.  Then the Bishoprics, then the Priests, Teachers and Deacons.  Then all of the Congregation voted.  Rudger Clawson filled the vacancy in the Council of the Apostles.

All were unanimous but in the case of John W. Taylor.  Some few voted against him for remarks made on Friday about Kamas Ward and the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir.

Bro. John W. Taylor at the close of the meeting met with the choir and arranged is trouble with them.

[Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I took train for Summit Co.  At Morgan City Alma Eldredge, John P. Meakin and Willey Brown came on to the train.

We went to Henneferville and held Rally and had a large attendance.  All of our party took part.  Bp. Paskel took us to the home of Bro. Alma Eldredge in Coalville.  We had a Rally in the stake.  The attendance was large.  All of our Company did their parts well.

[Thursday, Oct. 13, 1898 – Heber City] We drove to Heber City.  A Rally was held in Turner’s hall in the evening.  The attendance was large.

[Saturday, Oct. 15, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met and appointed an auditing committee to look into our accounts, owing to the serious condition of S. J. Kenyon, who is secretary and Treasurer.

I arranged with George M. Cannon for a reduction of Interest on the loans I have in the Zions Saving bank.

I went to Provo and attended a grand Rally in the evening in the opera house.

[p.411][Sunday, Oct. 16, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Samuel J. Kenyon died this morning.  He evidently committed suicide.

[Monday, Oct. 17, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Alma Eldredge, John P. Meakin, Jesse M. Smith and I held three political meetings in Davis County.  They were only moderately well attend[ed] at Kaysville and out among the farms.  At Bountiful the attendance was large.

[Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I remained in the city today and adjusted some of my affairs at the banks.

I gave notes to the amount of $19,300.00 at the banks today, secured by stocks and a mortgage on South Temple street property.

[Went south for Republican rallies, Oct. 19-November 3, including Fairview, Mount Pleasant, Spring City, Ephraim, Monroe, Richfield, Marysvale, Kingston, Circleville, Panguitch, Glendale, Orderville, Mt. Carmel, Kanab, St. George, Cedar City, Parowan, Beaver, Milford, Fil[l]more, Deseret, and Nephi.]

[Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1898 – Fillmore] We had a grand Rally.  Meakin, eldredge and I did our part.  The band played.  The Glee club sang and the mandolin club played.

[Thursday, Nov. 3, 1898 – Nephi] It is a beautiful day.

We went by train to Nephi.  We had a Rousing Rally in the meeting house.  The house was full and the crowd enthusiastic.

We had a magnificent street parade.

Mr. Alma Eldredge spoke the best up to date.

[Friday, Nov. 4, 1898 – Salt Lake City] We returned to Salt Lake City and attended the Rally at the Theatre.  Heber M. Wells presided.  He read his opening address and went after B. H. Roberts for running for Congress when he had more than one family.  C. C. Goodwin, Jas. T. Hammond, Alma Eldredge, E. M. Alison, A. L. Thomas and myself spoke and two Ladies.

I did not feel right over teh Governor’s talk.

[Saturday, Nov. 5, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I went to Ogden today.  Isaac Trumbo, Alma Eldredge and I spoke at Ogden open house.  Trumbo gave some inside history in regard to F. J. Cannon.

[Monday, Nov. 7, 1898 – Morgan City] I went by train to Morgan City and put up with C. A. Welch.

[p.412]We held a Rally and two of the candidates for Office spoke for a short time.  I spoke for two hours to a good crowd of people.

[Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I returned home and cast my vote for a straight Republican Ticket.

[Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The Democratic party have elected Representative, Judge and Most of the Legislature.

I went to Spanish Fork and got about $83.76 dollars in goods at the Coop. store.

The. Y. M. M. I. A. board met this evening.

[Thursday, Nov. 10, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Presidents Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Elders Franklin D. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund and M. F. Cowley met in Council.  Some discussion was had in regard to the Deseret News.

[Saturday, Nov. 12, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Executive board of Coop. W. & M. Co.  We decided to pay G. T. Odell $300.00 per month from January 1st 1898.

The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met and elected Charles B. Felt a Director in the place of S. J. Kenyon, dead.  Director S. B. Hays made a demand on the company to let him, with our Lawyer, examine our books.

He also asked for an action upon the board’s part on the money borrowed to fix up the Hotel Kenyon, baring the Directors who were also Directors of the State Bank and the Valley Loan and Trust Co.

Director C. S. Burton, who was appointed to Audit the Company’s book, made a report.

[Sunday, Nov. 13, 1898 – Brigham City] I went to Brigham City with Prest. Lorenzo Snow to attend the Box Elder Stake Conference.

The building was remodled after the fire and is elegant.

[Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I was about the City most of the [day].  I sold sixty one shares of Z. C. M. I. stock at 1-16 and paid the Deseret Savings Bank $7,000.00 Heber J. Grant and Co. did the business for me.

[Friday, Nov. 18, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Groesbeck Co. office part of the day.  O. J. Salisbury and I took a look around the Wasatch building and the Groesbeck block.

[p.413][Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I met with Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, and Franklin D. Richards.  We talked over Church affairs and decided to Issue bonds.

I was home part of the day.  I spent some time at the Wasatch building.

[Wednesday, Nov. 23, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Groesbeck Co. office today for an hour.

Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Franklin D. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, Wm. B. Preston, Robt. T. Burton, John R. Winder, LeGrand Young and Frank S. Richards [met].

We decided to issue a bond for $500.00 at 6% for ten years, redemable in five years.  Geo Q. Cannon made the motion.  Seconded by Joseph F. Smith.  The action was unanimous.

[Thursday, Nov. 24, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I had a day at home sorting over my letters.

We had a nice Turkey for our dinner.

I went to the Theatre with my wife Sarah.  The performance was an extravaganza rather loud in tone.

[Friday, Nov. 25, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I was at President Lorenzo Snow’s office.  He invited me to remain.  Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Franklin D. Richards, Myself, LeGrand Young, Franklin S. Richards, Wm. B. Preston met and talked over the form of the bond to be issued by the Church.  I had a Turkey dinner at Josephine’s.

I went to Spanish Fork with Heber J. Grant.  He had a talk with the Directors of the Coop. on the Insurance of their business in the Home Fire Insurance of Utah.

We also met with the brethren and Bro. H. J. Grant solicited Donations to help save the Ogden bank from failure.

We went home with Bro. Wm. Jex.  Paid on note at Zions Saving Bank $140.00.

[Thursday, Dec. 1, 1898 – Salt Lake City] At 11 a.m. Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Franklin D. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Wm. B. Preston, Robt. T. Burton, and John R. Winder, with Geo. F. Gibbs, secretary, met in the Apostles room of the Temple.

It was decided to Issue a half Million of bondsat 6 percent for [p.414]Eleven years, and fifty thousand dollars to be placed as a sinking fund each year after the first year.

Some talk was had about who should be the Trustees.  President Lorenzo Snow take Bro. Geo. Q. Cannon to task for the over hopefull Manner in which he had spoken of our financial Conditon.

[Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I paid a note of the Iowa State Savings by check of James Jack on State Bank of Utah for $2,000.00.  Interest $119.97.

[Sunday, Dec. 11, 1898 – Salt Lake City] [stake conference] Prest. C. W. Penrose read a statement of the fast offerings.  2,417 souls received aid in this stake.

Prest. C. W. Penrose, Angus M. Cannon, and Geo. Q. Cannon spoke on an effort to make the poor self supporting.

[Monday, Dec. 12, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The weather continues cold and dry.  I was at President Snow[‘s] office part of the day and I was at the Groesbeck Co. office talking over affairs with O. J. Salisbury.

[Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1898 – Salt Lake City] The question of borrowing $500,000.00 in Chicago was considered and a Mr. Roberts Telegraphed by H. J. Grant for the church.

[Friday, Dec. 16, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I was at President Lorenzo Snows office and the bond business was talked over with David Eccles and others.  D. Eccles wanted to increase it to one Million.  It was decided not to do that.

I and my wife Sarah spent the evening at Sister Cloe Eldridge’s.  Bp. N. a. Empy and Wife, Moses Thatcher and Wife, Reed Smoot and Wife, W. T. Bateman and Wife, Benjamin, Earnest, Harold, and another son with wives and daughters and Emilie T. Young were present.  We had a magnificent supper.

Mr. O. J. Salisbury and I took a look through the Kenyon hotel.

[Thursday, Dec. 22, 1898 – Salt Lake City] At 11 a.m. Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith and Elders Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Anthon H. Lund and Abraham O. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson met and had prayers in the Temple.  Bro. A. O. Woodruff made a report of his trip in the Southern Stakes.  The Condition of Rama, N. M. was talked over and also the Indian work in Sonora.

Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Abraham O. Woodruff and I were made a committee to consider these questions.  We met and agreed [p.415]upon a report to the Council, which favored a Mission to the Yaki Indians and the maintenance of Rama but to release such as wanted to pull away from there.  I spent the evening at Josephines.

[Friday, Dec. 23, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Joseph Smith the Prophet would have been 93 years old today.

Services were held by Bp. Kesler in his ward tonight.  Bp. Kesler Bathsheba W. Smith, Arowet Hale, Joseph F. Smith, and Samuel W. Richards were the speakers.  Donnetta Smith read the story of the Martyrdom of Joseph & Hyrum given in the Doctrine & Covenants.  The Ward Choir sang some nice selections.

There were 24 persons present who knew the Prophet and 23 persons who were related to him by blood or Mariage.

[Monday, Dec. 26, 1898 – Salt Lake City] My wife Sarah F. and I went to the Theatre.  Lorenzo Snow said to me and Brigham Young today that he had no confidence in Geo. Q. Cannon.

[Thursday, Dec. 29, 1898 – Salt Lake City] Prest. L. Snow got word last night that his first wife was dead.  He went up to Brigham City.

[Saturday, Dec. 31, 1898 – Salt Lake City] I am myself under the weather, so are several of my children, with colds.

I took a ride in the cutter with Josephine.

 

Notes:

1. In a letter to Mark Hanna, chair of the Republican National Committee, John Henry and Joseph F. Smith wrote that more Mormons had stood more firmly in the Republican camp than non-Mormons in the recent election.  See John Henry Smith Letters, Special Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

2. Prayer circles were composed of small groups of friends.  They served both religious and social functions.  Members of prayer circles would meet together on a weekly or monthly basis, clothe first in their temple robes, act out certain portions of the temple ceremonies, ritually pray together—one of their members acting as mouth for the group—then clothe in street attire and remain for formal and informal discussions.

3. Apparently the request by Heber J. Grant was for church endorsement of a loan to him in order to save interest costs, a request George Q. Cannon opposed.  See Heber J. Grant diary, December 22 and 23, 1897.

4. For the reaction of the LDS church to the Spanish-American War, see D. Michael Quinn, “The Mormon Church and the Spanish American War:  An End to Selective Pacifism,” Dialogue:  A Journal of Mormon Thought 17 (Winter 1984):  11-30.

5. The public stance of the LDS church against polygamy following the issuance of Wilford Woodruff’s 1890 Manifesto differed somewhat from its private position.  Many ranking church authorities prior to 1904 believed that polygamy could be practiced privately, independent of official church sanction, by worthy members.  This included the continued performance of plural marriages.  D. Michael Quinn discusses the dilemmas of post-Manifesto polygamy in “LDS Church Authority and New Plural Marriages, 1890-1904,” Dialogue:  A Journal of Mormon Thought 18 (Spring 1985):  9-105.