Chapter 3. (part A)
Gaining Statehood
1892-1896

[p.279][Friday, July 1, 1892 – Salt Lake City] The weather is very hot. Trouble is brewing between John Morgan and A. J. Butt.

[Sunday, July 3, 1892 – Salt Lake City] Divorce proceedings were instituted by Sheriff Burt and wife against each other and I have spent the day trying to soften up matters.

[Monday, July 4, 1892 – Salt Lake City 1892-1896] I spent most of the day trying to reconcile the Burt-Morgan troubles.

[Tuesday, July 5, 1892 – Salt Lake City] Burr & Morgan withdrew their cases from court this morning, aside from the Divorce case. I received from the Groesbeck Co. a dividend of $225.00.

[Thursday, July 14, 1892 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Co. The Groesbeck Co., the Home Life, and Grant Bros. Co. The Groesbeck Co. Directors voted to release some ten thousand dollars of Win. stock.

[Went to conferences in Wyoming and Colorado, July 16-August 2.]

[Saturday, July 16, 1892 – Montpelier, Idaho, to Afton, Wyoming] Prest. James H. Hart, Bros. Findlay and Duff in in one carriage and John Bagley, Jr. and I in another buggy drove through to Afton in Star Valley, Uintah Co. Wyoming. I put up with Bro. Wm. Burton, who has a [p.280]nice place. The people here have built a very fine meeting house not quite completed. It would be a credit to a much old[er] settlement.

[Sunday, July 17, 1892 – Afton] A ward conference convened here at 10 a.m.

President J. H. Hart spoke, also a few reports were made and I spoke part of the time. At the 2 p.m. meeting Bros. Lindsay, Duffin, John Bagley and Bp. Cazier and myself spoke. A good spirit prevailed.

Bro. John Bagley and I drove to Auburn and held meeting in the evening.

[Monday, July 18, 1892 – Auburn] At 10 a.m. today we held a political meeting. Bro. J. Bagley and I both spoke and a good spirit prevailed. Most of the people were present.

We drove to Glencoe in the Lower Valley and held a political meeting. The people of Freedom also came and we had a good time.

[Tuesday, July 19, 1892 – Afton and Fairview, Wyoming] After breakfast we drove to Afton. I wrote a short letter to Prest. W. Woodruff. We held a political meeting and I took up all of the time.

We drove to Fairview and held a political meeting. Bro. J. H. Bagley and I both spoke. I was feeling very humorous.

[Saturday, July 23, 1892 – Manassa] I found all of my family in very good health except Josephine and she is in bad health.

[Sunday, July 24, 1892 – Manassa] Bros. Moses Thatcher, John Morgan and myself attended Sunday [school]. We also attended the afternoon meeting. S. S. Smith, Sr., Moses Thatcher and I spoke. Many of the people came over from Sanford. S. S. Smith, Sr. told the people that the story circulating about that he had given evidence against John Morgan was not true.

[Monday, Aug. 1, 1892 – Manassa] Josephine and I spent the day reading.

[Thursday, Aug. 4, 1892 – Salt Lake City] I gave Sarah a note for one thousand dollars, secured by 6 shares Z.C.M.I. and 200 shares Spanish Fork Coop. Stock.

[Friday, Aug. 5, 1892 – Salt Lake City] The stockholders of the Home Life Insurance Co. met and appointed a committee to Wind up their business.

John A. Groesbeck and Hyrum Groesbeck and I did some talk over borrowing two hundred thousand dollars.

[p.281][Went to Idaho for conference and political matters, August 12-30.]

[Sunday, Aug. 14, 1892 – Lewiston, Idaho] [Telegram to Seymour B. Young, Blackfoot]

Deliver following to John Henry Smith and answer if you receive this dispatch. After consultation it is considered best for you to take Hoge of Bear Lake and visit Roberts at Boise immediately. Don’t wait for other engagements. Tender any possible service which we can render to Roberts. Arange case before you return. Convention meets at Moscow Aug. 18th. When you reach Boise Telegraph.

W. B. Dougal

I telegraphed Walter Hoge to meet me at Pocatello.

[Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1892 – Moscow, Idaho] The Delegates to the Republican State Convention are coming in from all over the state. Most of them are at the Moscow hotel. Their is lots of log rolling going on among the delegates.

[Thursday, Aug. 18, 1892 – Moscow] The state Republican Convention met at 11 a.m. in the Armory hall. W. E. Borah was made temporary chairman, and Jos. Sharp permanent chairman.

John Bagley, Jr. and Walter Hoge are here and did some fine work in the interests of the Saints in Idaho.1

[Friday, Aug. 19, 1892 – Moscow] The Convention was in session all day.

A Resolution was passed pledging the party to repeal the Elections Oath.

I made the acquaintance of all of the Leaders of the party.

[Sunday, Aug. 21, 1892 – Moscow] Gen. G. H. Roberts went to Boise and we moved on to Pocatello. I went up to Idaho Falls. I met U.S. Senator F. T. Dubois and talked over the political situation in Idaho and his views in regard to the test oath. He promised me to see Judges Houston and Morgan and talk the matter over with them.

[Monday, Aug. 22, 1892 – Salt Lake City] I received from the Home Life Insurance Co. in closing up that company business: Cash or check for $3,510.00 and the ballance in sugar [p.282]stock. I paid $3,500.00 on a State Bank note and placed the sugar stock as security in the Saving bank.

[Tuesday, Aug. 23, 1892 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Z.C.M.I. board of Directors and we talked over the Chamber of Commerce suit against the Union Pacific.

[Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1892 – Claytons Camp on the Weber River] I went by rail to Kimballs and with William Kimball to Claytons Camp on the Weber and had a talk with Prest. Woodruff and G. Q. Cannon over the railroad suit. They endorsed what had been done by the Board of Directors.

[Monday, Sept. 5, 1892 – Salt Lake City] It is labor day and everybody is having a good time. Prest. A. R. Smith and I called upon the Presidency and they decided to send a few men to Marriana. We also talked over the political situation in Colorado and concluded we would have to let matters take their own way.

[Went to Idaho on political matters, September 8-23.]

[Friday, Sept. 9, 1892 – Idaho Falls, Idaho] I went out into the Country to hold a political meeting. We had a good attendance. I spoke over an hour.

[Monday, Sept. 12, 1892 – Ogden] I reached Ogden to find Mother [Farr] had died on Saturday evening.

Funeral services were held on Monday. Moses Thatcher, Jos. Parry, Chas. Middleton and Bp. Barnard White spoke.

[Thursday, Sept. 15, 1892 – Salt Lake City] The Republican Convention convened today at the Salt Lake Theatre. F. J. Cannon, C. W. Bennett, George Sutherland and Judge Bowman were candidates for the nomination of Delegate to Congress.

[Went to Idaho for conferences, September 17-24.]

[Sunday, Sept. 18, 1892 – Oakley, Idaho] I am 44 years old today. The stake Conference was held at Marion Ward.

[Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1892 – Oakley] The day was spent in reading and in the evening we held a political meeting and I spoke at some length.

[Saturday, Sept. 24, 1892 – Logan and Salt Lake City] I went to Logan and Called upon Prov. J. W. Sanborn and arranged for my boys to go to school. I returned to the City to learn of the [p.283]death of my cousins Clara Lyman and Sadie Hewlit, William Burbage dead and Aunt Lucy Smith very dangerously sick.

[Saturday, Oct. 1, 1892 – Salt Lake City] I was about home most all day at the bedside of Aunt Lucy.

[Monday, Oct. 3, 1892 – Salt Lake City] Aunt Lucy gave me a deed to all of our joint property.

She gave to my Wife Sarah our stock in Z.C.M.I. and transfered it. She distributed her effects among the family.

Josephine & children came tonight.

[Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1892 – Salt Lake City] Aunt Lucy died at 12:07 a.m. today. I telegraphed her death to George, my brother Charles, my sister Mary, Lorin Farr, and Edward Lyman.

[Friday, Oct. 7, 1892 – Salt Lake City] Aunt Lucy’s funeral was held at 12 noon. E. B. Trip, P. Sessions, Jos. F. Smith, Lorin Farr and A.M. Cannon all spoke.

[Monday, Oct. 10, 1892 – Salt Lake City] A Priesthood meeting was held in the Temple.

$50,000.00 was subscribed to aid in the completion of the Temple.

In the evening George M. Cannon and I talked politics at Union precinct.

[Sunday, Oct. 16, 1892 – Provo] I went to Provo and attended Conference but could not speak owing [to] a violent cold. I returned to the city.

[Tuesday, November 8, 1892 – Salt Lake City] The World is on fire today. I went to Republican headquarters in the evening and soon learned that everything all over the land was going Democratic.

[Wednesday, November 09, 1892 – Salt Lake City] Ellection returns show a regular landslide for the Democracy.

[Sunday, November 13, 1892 – Salt Lake City] The funeral of David Hoagland Cannon [son of George Q. Cannon] was held to[day] and in connection therewith services in remembrance of the other Elders who had died abroad.

W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith & F. D. Richards were the speakers.

[Took Lucy Woodruff Smith, George Albert’s wife, to Chatanooga, Tennessee, where they met George Albert, who was serving a mission there.]

[p.284][Friday, Dec. 2, 1892 – Manassa, Colorado] I spent the entire day reading and taking notes on the life of A. Hamilton.

[Saturday, Dec. 3, 1892 – Manassa] My sons Nicholas and Joseph and myself spent the day fixing up the fence and cleaning up about the place.

[Thursday, Dec. 8, 1892 – Salt Lake City] I paid the Equitable Life Insurance Co. $504.00 for myself and $133.00 for my son George.

[Friday, Dec. 9, 1892 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day reading in the Federalist and taking notes for my lectures.

[Sunday, Dec. 11, 1892 – Salt Lake City] I lectured on Hamilton at the Theatre tonight. Judge C. S. Zane, Ex.-Gov. Emery and West were present to listen to me. I had very good liberty.

[Monday, Dec. 12, 1892 – Salt Lake City] The Groesbeck Co. had a business meeting to talk over the tax business. I submitted a Standard Publishing Co. note to the Presidency for $5,000.00 and reminded them that we, W. H. Rowe and myself, had signed it at their request and I wanted them to keep it in mind. It was renewed for one year to A. Brixon, and I am a signer, as also Rowe at the request of the Presidency, they to stand between us and harm.

[Thursday, Dec. 15, 1892 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, G. Q.. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant and A. H. Cannon and myself met and agreed to get rid of our lawyers.

[Friday, Dec. 16, 1892 – Salt Lake City] Sarah and I went to the Theatre to see Much Ado about Nothing.

[Monday, Dec. 19, 1892 – on train to Manassa] I spent the day reading in the Life of Napoleon Bonaparte by Burrenne.

[Saturday, Dec. 24, 1892 – Manassa] Josephine and I went to Antonito to make some purchases for Christmas.

[Sunday, Dec. 25, 1892 – Manassa] We attended Sunday School and meeting.

[p.285]We had a nice Christmas tree for the children.

[Sunday, Jan. 1, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I spoke for an hour at the Tabernacle today. Bro. John W. Taylor did not come today. We had a nice turkey for dinner. At home in the evening.

[Tuesday, Jan. 3, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent about the City. I borrowed at the Zions Savings bank $5,250.00 and paid interest on a Note $140.00.

[At the request of the Presidency] I went to Farmington and spoke at the funeral of Bro. Joseph L. Robinson. Several others of the brethren spoke also. He left two wives and two hundred and twenty descendants.

[Saturday, Jan. 7, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, John W. Taylor, A. H. Cannon, C. C. Richards, H. H. Rollap, Mat Browning, Thos. D. Dee, L. W. Shurtliff and myself met in Council and talked over the Ogden Standard business.

[Friday, Jan. 13, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency and all of the Twelve in Utah met today again. F. M. Lyman, H. B. Clawson and I were appointed a committee to me[e]t Mr. P. H. Lannan [publisher of the Salt Lake Tribune] and talk over the political situation. We did so but it amounted to but little.

[Had a short visit in Manassa, January 16-18.]

[Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Joseph F. Smith sealed Augusta Winters to H. J. Grant.

[Thursday, Jan. 26, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Moses Thatcher, F. D. Richards, A. H. Cannon and I met in Council.

The Tribune questions were answered by F. S. Richards and all approved by the brethren present. I took them to Mr. Lannan.

[Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1893 – Provo] I went to Provo today and qualified for a Director of the Enquirer. Paid for one share of stock $25.00 and $1.00 subscription. I visited mother and returned home.

[Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I paid the Deseret National Bank $140.00 interest on note.

[Saturday, Feb. 11, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff sent for me to the office. I went and found E. A. Smith, C. C. Richards, A. H. Cannon and Prest. W. Woodruff; shortly [p.286]after, F. D. Richards, Moses Thatcher and Geo. F. Gibbs came. The question was as to the political situation at Cheyenne. C. C. Richards and E. A. Smith gave their views and left.

Prest. W. Woodruff decided to send a telegram to Russell and Allred to stand by their parties. This view was sustained by F. D. Richards, A. H. Cannon, and Moses Thatcher, G. F. Gibbs and I holding he had no business to do that as he was not in politics and the parties had not applied to him for his counsel in any way.

He decided to send the telegram.

[Sunday, Feb. 12, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Sarah and I drove out to Cottonwood and spent the day at the bedside of Grandma Farr, who is dying. We returned home in the evening and attended the services in honor of Mr. J. G. Blaine. Judges C. S. Zane, C. C. Goodwin, F. S. Richards, A.M. Cannon, C. Elis, and I spoke. We had some sweet music. It stormed like wrath today.

[Monday, Feb. 13, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Telegrams were received today and others sent to parties at Cheyenne and at Washington.

[Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon reading one of Mark Twain’s books.

The Directors of Z.C.M.I. met and went through the reports and heard from the Executive Committee who had visited the various branches.

The Institution seems to be flourishing.

[Friday, Feb. 17, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Moses Thatcher, Abraham H. Cannon and I spent the day looking up Furnature and Carpets for the Apostles rooms in the Temple.

[Thursday, Feb. 23, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I received from Josephine a power of attorney to attend to all of her business.

Presidents W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, A. H. Lund, A. H. Cannon and I went through the Temple and examined the work. It is progressing nicely.

[Sunday, Feb. 26, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I am quite lame and spent the day in the house reading the scriptures.

[Monday, Feb. 27, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I wrote to Josephine and sent Draft for $75.00, to George and sent Draft for $25.00.

[p.287][Wednesday, March 1, 1893 – Salt Lake City] President Wilford Woodruff is 86 years old today and in good health and spirits. [Lists those who attended birthday party.]

We had an elegant time and the supper was choice.

Prest. W. Woodruff gave to each visitor a card with a sentiment written upon it.

[Friday, March 3, 1893 – en route to Colorado] I spent the day reading Flint’s Life of S. A. Douglas.

[Wednesday, March 8, 1893 – Manassa] I spent the day reading the lives of the Elder and Younger Pitt.

[Thursday, March 9, 1893 – Manassa] I spent the day reading the life of Robert Burns.

[Friday, March 10, 1893 – Manassa] I read the life of Martin Luther through today and took train for Salt Lake City.

[Sunday, March 12, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Friday night March 10th Grand Mother Olive Hovey Freeman Farr [mother of Lorin Farr] died at 8:30 p.m., aged 92 years, 8 months and 17 days.

[Tuesday, March 14, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, A. H. Cannon and myself met in Council. Prest. W. Woodruff stated to the brethren that his feeling[s] were that we must not be to stringent as to who among our people should attend the dedication services but that all who held any kind of a standing should go through the Temple and look at the building.

The funeral of Grand Ma Farr was held at my house at 12 noon. Moses Thatcher, Ben E. Rich and myself spoke.

I did not go to the grave.

[Sunday, March 19, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I spent the entire day at home reading the Bible.

[Tuesday, March 21, 1893 – Salt Lake City] At 2 p.m. the following members of the 12 met in Council in the Historian’s Office: Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, John H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund and Abraham H. Cannon. Some of the brethren spoke and many good things fell from their lips.

[p.288][Wednesday, March 22, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The same brethren of the 12 met and had a good time together. Prest. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon and Jos. F. Smith came and the political situation was talked over. Bro. M. Thatcher was felt not to be in harmony with the first presidency. He partly coneceded he was wrong but did not go far enough.

[Thursday, March 23, 1893] The Presidency and all of the 12 but Bros. M. Thatcher and H. J. Grant were together all day and partook of the sacrament. It was decided that we were not willing to fellowship Bro. M. Thatcher in his present feelings.

[Thursday, March 30, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, Abraham H. Cannon and myself went to Dinwoodeys and picked out some furnature for our room [in the Temple]. Among the items a Parlor set, five oak chairs, two Wardrobes. We borrowed two tables. We ate Oysters at Arbogast’s.

Presidents W. Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, F. D. Richards, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, George Teasdale, A. H. Cannon and I met in Council. A nice letter was received from John W. Young. Dr. W. B. Parkinson also wrote to the brethren about the condition [poor health] of Bro. Moses Thatcher. Bro. F. M. Lyman made a report of his and John W. Taylor’s visit to Bro. M. T. and said the latter had a very bad spirit.

[Friday, March 31, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, George Teasdale, George Reynolds, Geo. F. Gibbs, B. H. Roberts and myself met and talked over the situation and the question of allegiance. Bro. B. H. Roberts declared himself fully in accord with us.

[Monday, April 3, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, George Teasdale, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, A. H. Cannon and myself met in Council.

Bros. Lyman and Taylor reported a visit to Bro. M. Thatcher and said he did not receive them kindly but exhibited a bad spirit.

I assisted in the setting apart of Sister Franklin S. Richards and May Preston to go to the World’s fair.

Josephine and the children arrived tonight. All well.

[Tuesday, April 4, 1893 – Salt Lake City] [general conference]

23 years ago today my son George Albert was born. 16 years ago today my wife Josephine was sealed. I baptized and confirmed my son Joseph [p.289]Harmon a member of the Church. He was eight years old on December 17th, 1892.

7 p.m. Priesthood meeting. Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman and I spoke. We all dwelt upon the Authority of the Presidency.

Wednesday, April 5, 1893 – Salt Lake City [general conference]

All of the Twelve except Bro. J. H. Grant were together tonight until Twelve O clock and Eld. Moses Thatcher confessed he had been wrong in the position he had taken in regard to Political matters and that he desired the fellowship of the Presidency and his Quorum.

About five hundred non-Mormons went through the Temple today.

[Thursday, April 6, 1893 – Salt Lake City] [dedicatory services for the Salt Lake Temple]

The Temple was crowded to Overflowing. Singing.

Prest. Wilford Woodruff called the meeting to order and he offered the Dedicatory prayer. It took 35 minutes.

The shout of hossanna was given with waving of handkerchiefs, Bro. Lorenzo Snow leading. The Salt Lake Choir sang Hossanna, The Spirit of God like a Fire is Burning.

George Q. Cannon and Jos. F. Smith spoke under the influence of the spirit.

2:30 p.m. Singing.

Remarks by Prest. W. Woodruff. Prest. George Q. Cannon offered the dedicatory prayer. It took him 40 minutes.

George Q. Cannon, Lorenzo Snow, Wilford Woodruff spoke. Brigham Young offered the Benedi[c]tion.

Note my wives Sarah and Josephine and children Don C., Ezra Chase, Sarah Ann, Winslow Farr, Nicholas G., Nathaniel L. & Joseph H. were present.

The wind blew the swiftest ever known in this City today. Much damage was done. Some gulls lighted on the Tower of the Temple.

[Dedicatory services continued through April 23. Participants and music are listed for days when John Henry Smith attended. ]

[Friday, April 7, 1893 – Salt Lake City] [dedication continued] Prest. Wilford Woodruff said the Lord had revealed to him that the building was accepted, that if the vail was rent we could see [a] host of heavenly beings.

Mrs. Benjamin Bennett gave birth to a baby boy in the Temple just at the close of the evening services.

[p.290][Monday, April 10, 1893 – Salt Lake City] [dedication continued]

Prest. W. Woodruff spoke and said their were Temples in heaven.

The Stockholders of the Groesbeck Co. voted to borrow $165,000.00.

[Thursday, April 13, 1893 – Salt Lake City] [dedication continued] Prest. George Q. Cannon said these services had been under the influence of the spirit of the Lord. Prest. W. Woodruff said the ancient Prophets from Adam down has looked for this day. A change has come in the spirit of all men to us. The Apostles will not turn away from the truth.

Prest. W. Woodruff said that on a certain occassion a gentleman had threatened the church with utter overthrow if the Presidency continued their course. Three days after this gentleman* was dead. *Ex. U.S. Marshall Dyer.

[Friday, April 14, 1893 – Salt Lake City] [dedication continued] Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon said that over thirty thousand saints had attended these Services. Prest. W. Woodruff said that in a vission 50 years ago he saw the dedication of this Temple. Prest. Jos. F. Smith called upon the people to say by vote whether the Lord had accepted the offering of the saints and it was unanimous.

About 20 sisters were set apart to go to the world’s fair at Chica Co.

[Saturday, April 15, 1893 – Salt Lake City] [dedication continued] Moses Thatcher is dangerously sick.

[Sunday, April 16, 1893 – Salt Lake City] [dedication continued] 2:30 p.m. Choir sang Oh my Father. G. Q. spoke. H. J. Grant offered the prayer. The shout was given. I, G. Teasdale, Joseph F. Smith and G. Q. Cannon spoke. Choir sang Our Father in Heaven. I announced the sickness of Bro. M. Thatcher and asked the saints to join Bro. R. S. Wells in prayer for him.

[Monday, April 17, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Hon. Elijah Sells, Secretary of State [of Utah Territory] notified me that I had been appointed by the Governor of the Territory a Delegate to the Trans-Mississippi Congress.2

The Presidency and Twelve wished me to go to Logan with Bp. Win. B. Preston and see Elder Moses Thatcher. We did so and found him very low.

[p.291][Tuesday, April 18, 1893 – Logan] Bro. M. Thatcher passed a bad night. I made an effort to keep the people away from him.

He seemed a little improved this evening. After the consultation of Doctors J. Richards, J. Benedict, O. C. Ormsby and Parkinson they did not agree as to the trouble but they prescribed one tablespoon full of buttermilk every half hour.

[Monday, April 24, 1893 – Ogden] The Services in the Temple closed today.

I went to Ogden and attended the Trans-Mississippi Congress. Ex Governor Prince of New Mexico presided [over] the deliberations of the Congress. The Salt Lake delegation voted not to bring up the Utah statehood question unless the other Territories brought forward their claims and then Utah was free to act.

[Thursday, April 27, 1893 – Ogden] In the Congress today the statehood Question was sprung and matters at once got pretty warm. R. N. Baskin, Gov. A. L. Thomas, and C. C. Godwin spoke against it. Col. John P. Irish, Tom Patterson, Frank J. Cannon, Dave Evans and Franklin S. Richards and Senator Warren spoke in favor.

The vote was in favor of statehood, Utah not voting.

[Saturday, April 29, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Josephine and the children returned to Colorado. I went as far as Provo with them and returned home in the evening.

[Sunday, April 30, 1893 – Logan and Salt Lake City] I went to Logan to the Conference. . . . By Telegraph we were called to the City as Prest. Woodruff was thought to be dying.  Bro. Moses Thatcher is gaining a little.

[Tuesday, May 2, 1893 – Salt Lake City] We were at the office nearly all day.  Many items of business came up.  I paid Sarah one hundred dollars in interest on note.

[Thursday, May 4, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I drew $224.00 from the State Bank on Z. C. M. I. check to go East on.

Prest. W. Woodruff is very sick.

[Friday, May 5, 1893 – en route to Kentucky] My wife Sarah, H. B. Clawson and wife ellen and Daughter Ruby and myself took U. P. R. R. train at 8 a.m. for the East.

[p.292][Wednesday, May 10, 1893 – Louisville, Kentucky] At 10 a.m. the Delegates to the [Republican] League Convention met in Theatre.  Utah was represented here by Frank J. Cannon, B. E. Rich, H. B. Clawson, Dalley, Snyder, and Myself.

I had lunch with Col. A. Cowan at his clubroom.  J. S. Clarkson and several other gentlemen were present.

My wife and I left for Chattanooga at 8 p.m.

[Friday, May 12, 1893 – Chattanooga, Tennessee] We reached here at 7:10 a.m. and found George [Albert Smith] and Lucy [Smith] well.

[Wednesday, May 17, 1893 – Chicago] We again spent the day in the fair grounds [Columbian Exhibition] and in the evening went to the auditorium to see America played.  It was very fine.

[Friday, May 19, 1893 – Chicago] I went in the evening to the Chicago Art Palace and heard our sisters deliver themselves in good shape.

[Visited relatives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, before leaving with Sarah for Manassa.  Stayed in Manassa until June 1.]

[Monday, June 5, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I paid interest on $7,000.00 note at Deseret bank and renewed note and am to pay 10 percent.

[Monday, June 12, 1893 – Spanish Fork and Salt Lake City] I went to Spanish Fork and met my sons Don C. [and] Ezra Chase.  We bought a new Wagon and Harness and loaded it up with a ton of feed.  The boys started for and I returned to Salt Lake City by way of the U. P. R. R.

[Tuesday, June 13, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I attended the board meeting of Z. C. M. I., the Coop.  W. & M. Co. and the Home Fire Insurance Co.  I tried to borrow one thousand dollars to day but failed.

[Wednesday, June 14, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I took train for Colorado at 8:05 a.m.  It was hot and dusty.

[Friday, June 16, 1893 – Manassa] I spent most of the day reading.  Josephine and I made a few calls.

[Saturday, June 17, 1893 – Manassa] 2 p.m. the Stockholders of the Mexican C. and a. Co. met and elected Moses Thatcher, f. M. Lyman, George Teasdale, A. F. McDonald, [p.293]Bp. W. B. Preston, L. M. Peterssen and John Henry Smith Directors for one year.  The reports of the Manager, Secretary and Treasurer and President were accepted.

The board organized with Moses Thatcher President, John Henry Smith Vice President, George Teasdale as manager, S. S. Smith as Secretary, and H. Eyring as his Assistant, L. M. Petersen as Treasurer.  We voted to pay Our Secretary $20.00, our Treasurer $10.00 amt. for publishing notice.

[Friday, June 23, 1893 – Salt Lake City] In company with J. S. Clarkson, Col. Trumbo, Col. [not legible], and Governor Robertson of the Utah Commission and H. B. Clawson.  We visited the Sugar Factory and the Beck min at Eureka, Juab Co.  We had a most agreeable day.

[Saturday, June 24, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Today Prest. Wilford Woodruff, Joseph F. Smith, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Angus M. Cannon, H. B. Clawson, A. H. and George M. Cannon, Bp. O. F. Whitney and Myself Dined with Gen. J. S. Clarkson and Col. Isaac Trumbo at the Templeton.  We had a nice dinner.

[Sunday, June 25, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at home and read in the Life of J. G. Blaine and attended the children while my wife went to meeting.

[Monday, June 26, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I made an effort to borrow some money but failed.  My Father would have been 76 years old today had he have lived.

[Tuesday, June 27, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Grant Bros. Livery Co. got notice from the Deseret Savings Bank to pay then thousand dollars at once or they would be sued.  We got a stay of 15 days.

[Wednesday, June 28, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I was busy about the City trying to borrow money.

[Thursday, June 29, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Money matters continue exceedingly close.  Everybody is calling for money and seemingly none to be got.

[Friday, June 30, 1893 – Salt Lake City]  The Coop. W. & M. Co. are pushing every where to get money for the Banks.  I was at teh Groesbeck offices most of the day.

[Saturday, July 1, 1893 – Ogden]  May wife and I went to Ogden today.  We visited at Ben E. Rich’s.  He has turned over all of his property today to his creditors.

[p.294][Monday, July 3, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I got $50.00 from J. Jack.  I sent ten dollars each to George and Josephine.  I paid the butcher ten, the hired girl five, the blacksmith five, the Iceman four and divided among my boys $1.50 bought [not legible] with one.

[Wednesday, July 5, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Co., Home F. I. Co. and Z. C. M. I. met today to talk over the financial situation.  The Home Fire declaired their usual dividend.  I called at the Deseret Bank and to see about the call of my note for seven thousand dollars.  H. S. Young told me to do the best I could.  Wm. Smith brought in our two cows.

[Thursday, July 6, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon with I. M. Waddell working on the statement of my father’s Executors.  The report was accepted and signed by Jos. F. Smith, John Henry Smith, C. W. Smith, and E. F. Sheets.  John Sharp and John Vancott are dead.

[Friday, July 7, 1893 – Provo] B. Young and I went to Provo and in Connection with Ed. Partridge presided over the high Counsel in the Case of Willaims Vs. Jones, Samuel Lediard, A. Halliday, M. Pratt, Chas. Glazier, Chipman Monch, W. H. King, Thorne Evans, J. Bean.

It was decided that S. S. Jones pay Williams $700.oo in full of all accounts.  We met in the morning and adjourned until evening in which we spent the entire night on the Case.

[Sunday, July 9, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I paid three dollars to help meet interest on note.

[Tuesday, July 11, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Marriner W. Merrill, Abraham H. Cannon and I met at the Temple and had prayers and talked over the situation.

[Wednesday, July 12, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The Apostles who met yesterday met again today and each one spoke.  Presidents W. Woodruff and Joseph F. Smith joined us and We partook of the Sacrament.  Several points of Doctrine were talked over and passed upon.

[Friday, July 14, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Wilford Woodruff said to me today that if he was to be adopted [by] any man aside from his own father that man would be George A. Smith as he was the most fully honest man he ever knew and that he was a virtuous [p.295]man in every respect.  In company with Jos. F. Smith we examined the Nauvoo sealing records.

[Thursday, July 20, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, A. H. Cannon and myself had prayers.  I got permission to go away to Colorado for a few days.

We talked over the financial situation.

[Saturday, July 22, 1893 – Salida and Manassa] In getting off from the train this morning i fell and hurt my leg and back.  I reached Manassa and found all well.

[Tuesday, July 25, 1893 – Manassa] I spent the day reading the bible, being unable to walk about.

[Saturday, July 29, 1893 – Manassa] I walked out to the Post office today and went with President A. R. smith to Sandford and attended two Priesthoos meetings.

[Thursday, Aug. 3, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I was at Prest. Office and Temple most of the day.  I find that financial matters are in a bad shape.3

[Monday, Aug. 7, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I was in company most of today with the Presidency.  Money matters are simply desperate.  No person seems to know how to turn in order to meet their obligations.

The wife and children went out to Saltair today and I joined them in the evening.

[Tuesday, Aug. 8, 1893 – Salt Lake City] We were trying to consider ways and means most all day but we made but little headway.  Joseph F. and I attended the wedding of the daughter of Judge C. S. Zane.

[Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Financial matters continue to look very blue.  I made trust deeds to [p.296]Grant Cannon & Co., G. A. Smith and J. G. Smith and will keep them in my own possession.  I went to the Theatre in the evening.

[Thursday, Aug. 10, 1893 – Salt Lake City]

I paid Deseret News for Estate     $22.50
I received S. E. Smith loan             $50.00
of church – order                                   11.00
cash                                                             25.00
I paid do                                                    62.50

I. M. Waddell and i went to the court house and filled all paper[s] for discharge of father’s Executors.  I went to the hot springs.

Presidents W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, H. J. Grant, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Cannon, G. F. Gibbs, and I met in Prayer.  President W. Woodruff and other brethren spoke comforting words over the situation.

[Saturday, Aug. 12, 1893 – Salt Lake City] A majority of Cannon Grant and Co. met and examined into their affairs and found they were seriously involved and decided to get the members who had not paid up their proportion of stock to give securities to the Co.  I made a deed of Trust several days ago to cover my note.

The Presidency of the Church and Stakes and some of the Twelve met and talked over the financial Situation but did not determine as to the course they would pursue.

[Tuesday, Aug. 15, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The Directos of Z. C. M. I. met at 12 noon and heard the monthly reports and passed upon several items of Interest.  Bro. J. H. Barnes voted against approving the 45,000.00 excess of ntoes that Bro. H. J. Grant had just put out in New York.  The Home Fire Directors met and refused to loan some of their securities.

[Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Some of the members of Cannon Grant and Co. met and talked over the financial Situation.  Bp. L. W. Hardy4 confessed to me today that he was short in his accounts.

[Thursday, Aug. 17, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, J. W. Taylor, Abraham H Cannon, Geo. [p.297]F. Gibbs and myself met and had Prayer and talked over L. G. Hardy’s affairs.  Brigham Young, Abraham H. Cannon and I were apointed a committee to investigate him and see what he has got to help himself with.  He has his farm and home, the former with mortgage upon it.

[Friday, Aug. 18, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Brigham Young, Abraham H. Cannon and I met L. G. Hardy and talked over his affairs and found out how much property he has that could be counted on. . . .

My wife and I went to the Theatre in the evening.

[Saturday, Aug. 19, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met and determined to make a cut in the wages of their employees.

[Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Our daughter Elsie continues very sick.  The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met and declared the stock of William and John A. Groesbeck forfeited to the Co. from failure to pay interest on their notes.  A stock dividend was declared which brought to Josephine 390 and me 11 shares.  This property is all Josephine’s.

[Thursday, Aug. 24, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Prests. W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, A. H. Cannon and I met in Council.  We agreed to try and protect L. G. Hardy.

[Friday, Aug. 25, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I was busy all day trying to fix up affairs.  I got an order from the Groesbeck Co. on Kohn for $35.00 and I got myself and Chase a suit of clothes.

The Directors of Z. C. M. I. met and heard reports of the business.  It is very dark indeed.

[Wednesday,  Aug. 30th, 1893 -Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at Home.  O. J. Salisbury and D. Kenyon had 2740 shares of Groesbeck stock transfered to them.  It was the property of H. M. Morgan, Hyrum Groesbeck, N. H. Groesbeck, William, Samuel S., John A., and Joseph Groesbeck.  Thus commences the downfall of the Groesbeck family in finance.

[Thursday, Aug. 31, 1893 – Salt Lake City] In the afternoon I went to Spanish Fork and got a Certificate of stock for 100 shares, Amount $1,000.00 dollars in Spanish Fork Coop. in lieu of Certificate that had been lost.  I returned home in the evening.

[p.298][Friday, Sept. 1, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I received from C. smith, Helen M. Morgan’s note for two thousand dollars at 8 per cent per annum secured by 401 shares of Groesbeck Co. stock.

[Saturday, Sept. 2, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I got from J. Jack cash $50.00 for self, orders $30.00.  I got for traveling purposes from him $70.00.

[Monday, Sept. 4, 1893 – Salt Lake City] My child don’t seem so well in some respects but better in others.  I have put of[f] going south until tomorrow as my permit over the Santa Fe has not come.

[Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I telegraphed C. Layton I could not come owing to sickness.  My wife and I spent the day in City Creek Canyon with our sick child.

[Thursday, Sept. 7, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I paid interest at the Deseret Bank $143.95.  I was reading and helping to tend baby.

[Friday, Sept. 8, 1893 – Salt Lake City] In the evening some of the members of the Groesbeck Co. met and talked over their affairs.  John A. Groesbeck is not satisfied with the sale of his stock.

[Saturday, Sept. 9, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Still about home reading attending baby.  I wrote to Peter Wimmer asking him to move his family out of my house.

[Monday, Sept. 11, 1893 – Salt Lake City]  We find our little one is gaining slowly.

[Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1893 – Salt Lake City] We spent part of the day at the Office and the Directors of the Home Fire Insurance Co. and the Directors of Coop. W. & M. Co. met and talked over our business affairs.  Matters still look a little smoky.

[Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Lewis Harvey of Pleasant Grove called to see me.  He said he had recently had a very severe sick spell and his spirit had a chance to visit the other side.  He saw father and Prest. Young and many other of the brethren and sisters and they were all just as happy and as busy as they could be.  They blessed him and told him he must return for there was still work on this side to do.

[p.299][Monday, Sept. 18, 1893 – Manassa] I am forty five years old today and worked hard all day building a stable for the cows.

[Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1893 – Manassa] Nicholas, Joseph and I worked all day at our stable.  At 7:45 p.m. Josephine gave birth to a son.  He would weigh about 8 pounds.

[Friday, Sept.22, 1893 – Manassa] Still working about my place.  Josephine and babe are doing nicely.

[Wednesday, Sept.27, 1893 – Manassa] We blest our son and gave him the name of Glen Groesbeck Smith.

[Saturday, Sept. 30, 1893 – Salt Lake City] We reached the house at 4 a.m. and found all well except the baby and she is considerably improved.  I mailed to Josephine an Order for $25.00 and five in cash.  I got Sarah an order for $25.00.  Mrs. Howarth paid ten on rent.  I went and Registered today.

[Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1893 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. L. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Cannon and I met in Council.  I talked a little while and so did others.  Bro. M. Thatcher joined us at the afternoon meeting.  He is but little improved in his health.  He spoke a little while.

[Thursday, Oct. 5, 1893 – Salt Lake City] This morning L. Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Cannon and I met and Bros. Cannon, Grant, Richards and L. Snow spoke.  H [Snow] said the Lord revealed to him that as man is God once was and that [as] God is man will be.

At 1 p.m. Presidents W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, and Jos. F. Smith joined us and we partook of the sacrament.  Prest. G. Q. C. just returned from California.  He predicted that we would pull through our financial troubles all right.  The stockholders of Z. C. M. I. met and i was elected a Director for the ensuing year.

The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met and agreed to accept Mr. Goldberg’s offer of a loan at 10 percent for a year for $65,000.

[Friday, Oct. 6, 1893 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] I met with a crowd of my political friends in the evening and a free talk was had over the situation.  W. S. McCornick, O. J. Salisbury, S. J. Kenyon, Jos. Sharp, John Morgan, C. W. Bennett, Col. J. W. Donnellan, J. J. Daily, Sam Hill, Major Lynch, Arthur Brown, willey Brown, w. S. James, Van Horn and myself were present.

[p.300][Thursday, Oct. 12, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, George Teasdale, Abraham H. Cannon and myself [met].  B. Young reported his work at Richmond and his recommendation was sustained.

We decided to have all of the Presidency, Twelve, Presidents of the Seventies, Presidency of Stakes and Bishoprics keep out of Politics.  Except as the Presidency of the Church might wish.

[Monday, Oct. 16, 1893 – Salt Lake City] My Child was much worse today.  Dr. J. S. Richards said he had no hope of its recovery and we laid the matter before the Lord.

[Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Our babe has made a little change for the better but is still in a critical position.

[Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The Doctor says our child was a living maricle and I know she is.

[Thursday, Oct. 19, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, George Teasdale, Abraham H. Cannon and myself met in Council and had Prayers.

The Directors of the [Mexican] Colonization Co. met and passed upon the reports of McDonald & Eyring and endorsed their recommendations.  M. Thatcher, B. Young, Geo. Teasdale and H. Eyring were chosen a committee to pass upon character of Title to go to the Colonists.

[Friday, Oct. 20, 1893 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency and six of the Twelve met in Council and adopted what had been done by the Colonization Board.  We also met with A. F. McDonald and approved of his action in regard to Garcia lands.  B. Young, M. Thatcher, Geo. Teasdale, A. F. McDonald, and H. Eyring to also pass upon those Lands.

[Saturday, Oct. 21, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The Republican Convention met this evening and put in nomination men for the Legislature.

[Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Our daughter is mending slowly.

[Friday, Nov. 3, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent in setting apart some Eleven Elders for Missions to various parts of the world.

[p.301]I went to the exposition building in the evening and spoke at a political meeting.

[Saturday, Nov. 4, 1893 – Salt Lake City] L. G. Hardy and I met Hyrum S. Woolley and talked over the Cattle matter and he put in my hands three notes signed by one Davis for security to people he was owing.  They were two for $10,000.00 each and one for $5,000.00 with endorsements on the latter of $1,500.00.

[Sunday, Nov. 5, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I spent the entire day at home helping my wife take care of the baby.

[Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I returned home [from Provo] and for the first time since 1882 voted in Utah and I voted the Republican Ticket straight.

[Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The Citizens have carried most of the City Government.

A majority of the Legislature is reported to be Republican.  Men of that party are correspondingly happy and our Democratic friends are somwhat depressed.

[Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I got my second Endowments today for my Brother George.  I met with the Directors of Z. C. M. I. and the Grant Coop. Co.  James Jack put into my hands $50.00.

[Went to Manassa for conference and visit, November 17-22.]

[Thursday, Nov. 23, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The Groesbeck Co. is in trouble.  I met at the Temple with Prest. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q,. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, L. Snow, F. D. richards, H. J. Grant, Abraham H. Cannon.  We had prayers and attended to some business.

[Friday, Nov. 24, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I was busy most of the day over the Groesbeck Co. affairs.  Some of the members of Cannon Grant and Co. met and talked over their business.

[Saturday, Nov. 25, 1893 – Salt Lake City] O. J. Salisbury planted suit against the Groesbeck Co. today.

[Monday, Nov. 27, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the Groesbeck Co. most of the day.  In company with O. J. Salisbury, Willey Brown, J. F. Lynch, S. H. Hill, H. M. Wells, G. M. Cannon, Mr. James and Mr. Thomas and Judge C. W. Bennett [p.302]and one other gentleman we met and talked over the situation of the Liberal party.

[Tuesday, Nov. 28, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I have been under the weather all day.  I went as a witness to Commissioner Ritchie’s Court in a case against N. H. and Hyrum Groesbeck.

[Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1893 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon and Jos. F. Smith, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, H. J. Grant, Abraham H. Cannon and I met at the Temple.  We decided that the word Principles should be added in the fourth verse of the Articles of faith.

The Railroad and Power business were talked over.

[Thursday, Nov. 30, 1893 – Salt Lake City] [Thanksgiving] I was at the Wasatch building most of the day.  We had no Turkey but ate chicken.

[Friday, Dec. 1, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The affairs of the Groesbeck Co. were up for consideration today at the office.

[Saturday, Dec. 2, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The case of the Groesbeck Co. came up in the District Court and put over until Saturday of the 8th.  I got ready to leave for Flagstaff, Cocanino Co., Arizona, taking with me $3,500.00 to pay taxes on the Kaibab Ranch.

[Went to Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico on church business, December 3-12.]

[Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I found all well at home except Elsie, who had chicken pox.  C. S. Zane, C. W. Bennett, A. L. Thomas, C. C. Goodwin, Myself and Others Telegraphed to Thos. Reid to push statehood.

[Tuesday, Dec. 19, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The following Telegram was sent today.

Senator Cullom
Washington, D. C.

We Republicans endorse Statehood for Utah.  Church domination and polygame dead issues here.  Liberal party disbanded last night and passed resolution favoring statehood.

C. W. Bennet
C. S. Zane
A. L. Thomas
[p.303]Arthur Pratt
C. C. Goodwin
O. J. Salisbury
S. J. Kenyon
P. H. Lannan
J. H. Smith

The Republicans held primary meeting tonight.  I was elected a Delegate from the 2nd Precinct.

[Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I was at the President’s Office most of the day.

The Republican Convention met in the Theatre this evening.  I was made Temporary Chairman and talked to the convention for 15 minutes.  W. H. Nelson was made permanent Chairman.  I could have been nominated by acclamation for the Legislature but declined.  Several other gentlemen also declined.  C. S. Varian was nominated.

[Thursday, Dec. 21, 1893 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met and appointed a Committee to call on Mr. O. J. Salisbury and consult him in regard to the election of Directors.

[Monday, Dec. 25, 1893 – Manassa] We had a few things for the children and the day was spent pleasantly.

[Friday, Dec. 29, 1893 – Salt Lake City] I was in Council all day with Prest. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon and Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, A. H. Cannon.  We had a talk over the general financial situation & the affairs of L. G. Hardy, H. J. Grant and [I] were appointed a committee to aid him.

[Saturday, Dec. 30, 1893 – Salt Lake City] H. J. Grant and I made calls upon several parties and got but little satisfaction.

My wife went to Ogden tonight.

[Sunday, Dec. 31, 1893 – Ogden] I went to Ogden today and preached at 2 p.m.  We ate dinner at John Gay’s.

We became peacemakers between Enoch and Mary Farr.  We stoped overnight at Enoch’s home.

My affairs at this writing are in bad fix.  I owe much money and am paying no interest on it.  Times are hard.  Many people are without the [p.304]necessities of life.  My heart bleeds for my Kind.  Confidence seems lacking in the breast of men everywhere in the world.

[Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1894 – Salt Lake City] With others I spoke to a Republican meeting at the old Federal Court room.  H. J. Grant and I are making slow progress in the matters we have in hand.

[Saturday, Jan. 6, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Br. H. J. Grant and I have been visiting people in regard to the L. G. Hardy matter, but our reception is a cold one.

[Sunday, Jan. 7, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Most of the members of the Legislature are in the City.  I spent part of the day with some of them.

[Monday, Jan. 8, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The stockholders of the Groesbeck Co. elected the following board of Directors:  John Morgan, G. J. Marsh, A. W. Carlson, Hyrum Groesbeck, H. J. Groesbeck, Joseph Groesbeck and myself.

I was elected President.

[Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Wilford Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, A. H. Cannon, James Jack, Nephi Clayton, Geo. F. Gibbs, H. B. Clawson and I met in Council and voted to build a road to Coalville.

2:30 p.m. Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, A. H. Cannon, S. B. Young, John Morgan, Geo. Reynolds, B. H. Roberts, Rulon S. Wells and I met in Council at the Temple and talked over the matter of releiving old men from working in the Quorums.  It was decided not to interfere with them.

[p.305][Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, A. H. Cannon and myself met at the Temple. We spent the forenoon reading the history of the Twelve.

All of the Presidency and Bro. M. Thatcher joined us and we broke bread together and drank wine.

I was chosen to go to Mexico today.

[Thursday, Jan. 18, 1894 – Salt Lake City] H. J. Grant and I was busy about L. G. Hardys business and Parsons Ranch business.

H. M. Teller, U.S. Senator from Colorado sent a letter of Introduction to me of Mr. J. T. Jenkins.

[Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1894 – Salt Lake City] H. J. Grant and I finished up the L. G. Hardy matter today, his friends putting up thirty thousand dollars to save him, he having in some manner lost that amount of the public funds.

[Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I got one hundred dollars and a railroad ticket to Espanola and return from Jas. Jack. This evening I was subpoenaed as A Witness in a Goldberg Morgan case for the 26th. I cannot Emagine what it is for.

[Thursday, Jan. 25, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I took train for Colorado. At Provo I met my brother C. W. Smith and put Six dollars into his hands to pay my Utah Co. Taxes.

[Saturday, Feb. 3, 1894 – Deming, New Mexico] Bro. Ephraim Beck and Wife and William Fraser reached here aboaut noon and I am to return with them.

I bot a gun to take with me into Mexico. Paid $20.00.

[Sunday, Feb. 4, 1894 – Deming, New Mexico] I paid my bill to Sister Brown, bot some supplies amounting in all to ten dollars. At 2 p.m. we left Deming and drove out 17 miles and camped for the night. I slept on the ground.

[Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1894 – Boca Grande River, Chihuahua, Mexico] For the first time I slept on Mexican soil. We started late, our animals having strayed away, but we reached Diaz about 6 o’clock. I passed a very unhappy day from a severe headache. We put up with a Bro. David Wilson.

[Friday, Feb. 9, 1894 – En route to Juarez] We drove to Colonia Juarez, going by way of Casa Grandes. I put up with Elder Geo. Teasdale.

[p.306]The country through which we have passed is covered with grass. Many Cattle roam the plains. Silver mining is carried on in the Mountains. Bros. Teasdale and Henry Eyring spent the afternoon together.

[Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1894 – Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico] Making calls all day. I took supper with Bro. Henry Eyring. I received letters from both of my wives and wrote to them both.

[Friday, Feb. 16, 1894 – Corralis Basin, Chihnahua, Mexico] It is snowing and blustery this morning.

The Saints here have built a long stockade around their meeting house, so as to have a place to flee to in case of trouble with the Indians. We advised them to dig a well in the enclosure, so as to be in good shape for defense.

[Saturday, Feb. 17, 1894- Caves Valley, Mexico] I sealed Robert Elijah Vance and Mary Williams. Bro. Geo. Teasdale sealed James Franklin Carroll and Mary Bell Black. Also David Paten Black and Theda Kartchner. This was done at the home of councillor C. B. Heaton.

[Thursday, Feb. 22, 1894 – Colonia Juarez] The day was spent in writing letters to all of my children and to my wives. Bp. Wm. D. Johnson came in and read a lot of Telegrams and letters in regard to the Railway and land affairs of John W. Young which show that matters are very much complicated, as Judge Crosby of El Paso Texas has attached all of John W. Young’s land claims, including a claim of the Church for 19,000 acres of land.

[Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1894 – Colonia Juarez] We were seven hours in Council and our brethren who had been very much angered against each other were moved to tears by the spirit of the Lord as it rested upon B. Young and themselves and all consented to forgive each other and be friends in the future.

In the evening, B. Young, Geo. Teasdale, A. F. McDonald, Henry Eyring and myself met in Council and over the Colonization Co.’s affairs. Bro. Henry Eyring was instructed to write in regard to registration of our lands to our lawyer in the City of Mexico, also as to our rights in water.

Bro. B. Young received a letter from the Presidency of the Church to go to the Gila River settlement and adjust some troubles there and Bro. Geo. Teasdale and I were to go with him.

[Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1894 – Colonia Juarez] Bro. B. Young, Geo. Teasdale, A. F. McDonald, Henry Eyring and I met in Council and had under advisement the matters of interest to the Co. and people. The letter to our lawyer in the City of Mexico was read and agreed to. The values of land were also considered.

[p.307]We met in the evening and Fixed the price upon city lots at from $2.50 to $10.00 and farm land from $2.00 to $5.00, other lands at from 35 cents to $1.00 per acre. We also decided to let the Government have 900 poles for a Telegraph line, they to cut them of[f] from the land.

[Saturday, March 10, 1894 – Oaxaca, Sonora, Mexico] Brigham Young, George Teasdale, Wm. R. R. Stowell, G. W. Searcy and myself met with the brethren and talked over the land matter. We voted to remain and build up a settlement. We agreed to organize a ward.

[Visited other settlements, holding meetings, sometimes camping out at night, returning to Manassa on March 24.]

[Saturday, March 24, 1894 – Manassa] My wife is in poor health and has been for some time. The children were well.

[Friday, March 30, Salt Lake City] I spent the day at home. I paid Zions Savings bank $150.00.

[Monday, April 2, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Some of the Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met and talked over the business situation. Heber M. Wells was elected Treasurer.

We went to the Theatre in the evening.

[Tuesday, April 3, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, Abraham H. Cannon and I met in Council at the Temple at 10 a.m. All of us spoke.

Prest. Lorenzo Snow is 80 years old today. We presented him with a gold Pencil and pen and a basket of flowers. Our day was one of the most agreeable.

I paid the Deseret Bank $100.00 and Water tax $17.00.

[Thursday, April 5, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency and members of the Quorum of 12 met at 10 a.m. Prest. W. Woodruff announced the Doctrine of adoption to be that the members of famalies should connect their line just as far as possible and then join the whole to the Prophet. Wives in the church can have ordinances performed for their dead husband who were not in the church and be sealed to such husband.

We had a most happy day, all present endorsing this Doctrine. We partook of the sacrament. It was a most joyous day.

[p.308][Sunday, April 8, 1894 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] Presidents Geo. Cannon and W. Woodruff occupied the entire day. On the subject of adoption.

[Wednesday, April 11, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Brigham Young, George Teasdale and myself met with Prest. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon and Jos. F. Smith and reported our labors in Mexico. The Mexican mission is a permanent one. Our people are to become citizens. Lands are to be deeded to the people. I am to go to Mexico.

[Thursday, April 12, 1894 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency and Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, A. H. Cannon and myself met in Council.

A circular to the saints was read but laid over for a day in the future.

[Saturday, April 14, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I was busy most of the day with the brethren considering the various problems of home Industry.

[Wednesday, April 18, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The Grant Bros. Livery Stable board of Directors met and considered the Question of the sale of their premises to the C. W. & M. Co. It was finally agreed we would sell the south part instead of the north that they had made an offer for. Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon went East this morning.

[Thursday, April 19, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, Geo. Teasdale, Abraham H. Cannon and myself met in Council. G. F. Gibbs was also present.

Prest. W. Woodruff said at one time Prest. Joseph Smith said in the Kirtland Temple many years the saints will go to the Rocky Mountains and settle there.

The Directors of the C. W. & M. Co. met and decided to take the south part of the Livery Stable and pay $30,000.00 in our Capitol stock.

[Thursday, April 26, 1894 – Salt Lake City] A consultation was held with two gentlemen owning the sulphur mines—Millard Co. in regard to building a Railroad south.

[Went to California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado on church and business matters, May 2-June 1.]

[p.309][Saturday, May 12, 1894 – Thatcher, Arizona] [stake conference] I spent the forenoon trying to make peace between Bros. Layton and Merrill and failed.

[Thursday, May 17, 1894 – El Paso, Texas] I visited Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and visited the old church and took a look at the Monument erected on the Plaza to President Benito Juarez. I came near getting into bad company today. A well dressed gentleman acosted me by saying I am a stranger here and can’t understand a word these people say and want to look about the city. I said that is my fix. I am from Iowa le[t]s walk this way said the stranger. All fight said I. We went a short distance and turned a corner and found ourselves right in front of a saloon. He said less have a drink of Mu[s]cal or tecelo. I said no thank you I don’t drink but will wait here for you. He steped inside and a moment later another party steped in and they began throwing dice for the drinks. The one who lost wanted to get me to change five dollars for him but I told him no I had no money. At this moment it dawned on me they were bunco men. I steped inside of the door and asked the woman at the bar if these men who had just steped outside were bunco stearers and she said they were. I parted company with that outfit and returned to El Paso.

[Friday, May 18, 1894 – El Paso] Bro. Henry Eyring came in this morning. We went [to] Ciudad Juarez and called upon Judge Gandara and the Haifa Politico, Mr. Haccura. Our mission was to record The Articles of incorporation of The M[exican]. C[olonization]. & A[gricultural]. Co. We had some conversation with the parties and went to see the Collector. We again called on the Haifa Politico and learned from him we had no evidence of Authority to do anything for the Company. The day passed without anything being accomplished. We return[ed] to El Paso.

[Saturday, May 19, 1894 – El Paso] We spent the whole day and all to no purpose realy, although we had interviews [with] the Haifa and Judge and the[n] later decided I would have to [have] a power of Attorney signed by the Prest. and Secretary of the M. C. & A. Co., countersigned by the judge of Coneja Co., by the Secretary of State for Colorado, by the Mexican Consul at Denver and by the Mexican Minister. We burned about most of the day, and we returned to El Paso. We called upon the Mexican Consul.

[Sunday, May 20, 1894 – El Paso] We spent most of the day at the Hotel Pearson. We fell in Co. by accident with Judge Gandara and he kindly told us just what course to pursue and gave us the name of a Notary who he could recommend.

[p.310][Monday, May 21, 1894 – El Paso] We called upon Attorney Saijas and he agreed to draw up our papers. We deposited with the Kettlesen and Degitan $1,000.00 Mexican dollars.

[Tuesday, May 22, 1894 – El Paso] Bro. H. Eyring and I went over to Ciudad Juarez and got our powers of attorney and paid $18.00. We returned to El Paso and at 11:40 a.m. I took train for Santa Fe.

[Wednesday, June 13, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I returned home [from Idaho] and found all well. I found notice of an overdue note. I returned to F.J. Cannon his note for $6,300.00 and mortgage on land at Deseret.

[Saturday, June 16, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I had an interview with Judge C. S. Zane over the political situation.

[Sunday, June 17, 1894 – Honeyville, Box Elder County] President Rudger Clawson and his councilors. Madsen and Charles Kelley joined us here and we met with the Saints at 10 a.m.

The Bishop of the Ward has been suspended by the Presidency of the Stake and the sacrament withheld from the Saints on account of derision and strife.

Prest. R. Clawson, H. J. Grant and I talked during the morning hour. We had a conference with the Presidency and talked over the situation and read the record of the High Council in the Lorenzo Hunsaker case.

At 2 p.m. we got the Priesthood of the Ward together and made an effort at reconciliation, but we failed to reach any satisfactory result. At 3:30 p.m. all of the Saints met. Bros. Madsen, C. Kelly, Myself and Bro. H. J. Grant spoke on forgiveness and in casting aside our prejudice. A very good spirit was present with us.

The Priesthood met again at 7:30 p.m. and all finally agreed to forgive each other and put themselves in a position to take of the Sacrament. We tried to agree upon who should be Bishop but failed. We adjourned and will have to return.

Monday, June 18, 1894 – Salt Lake City

Bro. H. J. Grant and I returned to Salt Lake City. We had an interview with Prest. W. Woodruff & G. Q. Cannon on this matter at Honeyville.

[Wednesday, June 20, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I paid to Mr. E. W. Tatlock $500.00 on the principal of a $2,000.00 note and $100.00 interest.

[p.311][Thursday, June 21, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, and Jos. F. Smith, Elders Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, A. H. Cannon and myself met in Council at the Temple.

The Honeyville matter was talked over and no conclusions were reached.

[Monday, July 2, 1894 – Manassa] The Stockholders of the Mexican C. & A. Co. met at 9 a.m. and elected the following board of Directors: Geo. Teasdale, A. F. McDonald, L. M. Petersen, A. R. Smith, L. P. Helm, T. A. Crowther, and John Henry Smith.

[Tuesday, July 3, 1894 – Manassa] The following Directors having qualified met: L. M. Petersen, A. R. Smith, L. B. Helm, T. A. Crowther, & John Henry Smith. The M. C. & A. board organized with John Henry Smith, President, A. R. Smith, Vice President, S. S. Smith Sr. Secretary, H. Eyring Ass. Secretary, L. M. Petersen, Treasurer.

Resolutions were passed providing for sale of property. The Issuance of powers of attorney to J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. Eyring, & D. W. Ap. Jones.

I mailed to D. W. Ap. Jones the Powers of Attorney for himself and Bro. Geo. Teasdale, & H. Eyring. The people surprised me tonight.

[Friday, July 6, 1894 – Manassa] Many of the Railways are tied up by strikes.

[Monday, July 9, 1894 – Manassa] Blood has been spilled at several places and Millions of property has been destroyed at Chicago. Said Joseph the Prophet, you will have mobings to your hearts content. Are his words being fullfilled?5

[Thursday, July 19, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Presidency and L. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant & A. H. Cannon in the Temple. We agreed to favor Statehood and all present voted for it.

[Friday, July 20, 1894 – Salt Lake City] H. J. Grant and I got after the Presidency and L. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, & A. H. Cannon in regard to the Livery Stable business and they voted to aid us.

[p.312]I met with C. Crane and C. W. Bennett and talked over the Political situation.

I paid Dr. O. C. Ormsby $8.00, S. J. Kenyon $3.85, Coop. F. Co. $5.00. I sent Josephine $10.00. I gave Sarah $5.00.

[Tuesday, July 24, 1894 – Salt Lake City] We spent the day at Saltair [resort]. Many people were over their. The day was a peaceful and happy one.

[Friday, July 27, 1894 – Ogden] Sarah and I went to Ogden. Lorin Farr is 74 years old. Some 91 persons met at his residence and chatted and feasted. We had a very nice time.

[Monday, July 30, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Cannon Grant & Co. met and talked over the companies affairs and made up their minds to try and secure some of Grant Bros. Livery Co. property.

[Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1894 – Logan] At 9 a.m. the people from all over the Valley formed in line and marched and counter marched up Main street and then went to the Grove on the Tabernacle block. The gathering was the largest ever seen in Logan.

The Non Partisan celebration of Statehood passed off very pleasantly.6

I went up to Preston to see John Morgan.  He has Typhoid fever and is a very sick man.

[Friday, Aug. 3, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The Directors and some of the stockholders of Grant Bros. Livery Co. agreed upon a basis of settlement of the Co. affairs.

[Saturday, Aug. 4, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I returned to the city [from Ogden] and the Directors of Grant Bros. Livery Co. fixed up the basis of the Co. and assigned the property to the various creditors.

[Went to Price, Utah, for stake conference, August 5-6, and on to Manassa, returning August 16.]

[Monday, Aug. 13, 1894 – Manassa] We met the Presidency & Bishopric and talked over their troubles.

[p.313][Tuesday, Aug. 14 – Manassa] We had the Presidency and Bishopric together again this morning but they failed to hitch and Elder B. Young dismissed them and he left for Durango.

[Wednesday, Aug. 15, 1894 – Manassa] I got Bros. A. R. Smith and John Dalton together and they agreed to become friends and work in harmony.

[Saturday, Aug. 18, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The funeral of Elder John Morgan took place at the Assembly hall at 12 noon…. A tattered battle flag rested on his coffin.

We carried him to the cemetery and left him in the dead house.

[Sunday, Aug. 19, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Sister Annie Morgan and three children arrived from Colorado. The family and some friends went to the cemetery and laid John Morgan in his grave. Matt. Cowley offered the Dedicatory prayer. The Temple Quartett sang t[w]o Hymns.

[Tuesday, Aug. 21, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I was busy about the City today. Hyrum Groesbeck and I saw most of the holders of stock in the Groesbeck Co. and arranged with the[m] to take their principle less ten percent and give us back our stock now held by them.

[Thursday, Aug. 23, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Hyrum Groesbeck and I have been working at the loan all day.  I was at the temple a short time in the morning and spoke to the people.

[Saturday, Aug. 25, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Hyrum Groesbeck signed an aplication for a loan today for $150,000.00 for five years.

[Went to Colorado, visiting in Manassa and attending the Irrigation Congress in Denver. Returned September 9.]

[Monday, Sept. 10, 1894 – Provo] Sarah and I went to Provo and attended the Republican Territorial Convention. Frank J. Cannon received the nomination of the party for Delegate to Congress.

[Friday, Sept. 14, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of Z.C.M.I. Business seems to be looking up a little.

[Went to Idaho for church meetings, September 15-19.]

[p.314][Sunday, Sept. 16, 1894 – Albion, Idaho] [stake conference] At a Priesthood meeting in the evening I spoke on the Saints being Conservative in politics and avoiding any wild schemes and not to blacklist their old time political enemies.

[Thursday, Sept. 20, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I have failed to secure a loan for the Groesbeck Co.

[Friday, Sept. 21, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The Grant Bros. Livery Co. are going to go out of business and a new company will be formed.

[Monday, Sept. 24, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I was looking after my affairs and in the evening attended the Republican Primary and was made chairman of the meeting. 16 Delegates were elected to the Precinct Convention. I was one of them.

[Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Wasatch [Building] part of the day. Hyrum Grocsbeck and I made an effort to get a loan but failed. I was nominated for a Delegate to the Constitutional Convention by the Republicans.

[Thursday, Sept. 27, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff is quite sick with a cold. I had a visit with Gen. J. S. Clarkson of Des Moines, Iowa on Monday last. He told me that Jas. G. Blaine was the man who put in motion the machinery looking to giving of statehood to Utah. He quietly worked with Clarkson and others to this end. He said Leland Stanford, M. M. Estee, H. M. Teller and others, including Col. Isaac Trumbo began moulding public opinion.

[Monday, Oct. 1, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Cannon Grant & Co. find themselves in a close corner financially.

[Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The Territorial Fair was opened by prayer by myself at 2 p.m. today. Gov. Caleb W. West made the opening speech and J. R. Winder declared the fair open. Their was music by the band. It is said to be the finest fair ever held in the Territory.

The Territorial Malitia was out in force. One Artileryman got his leg broken today by the horses running away.

[Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1894 – Salt Lake City] All of the Council of the Apostles met today except Bro. A. H. Lund and we had a happy time together up till noon.

[Thursday, Oct. 4, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The Council of the Apostles met fasting, all prest but A. H. Lund.

[p.315]Presidents Geo. Q. Cannon & Jos. F. Smith met with us and we partook of the sacrament together and had a most glorious time.

[General conference held October 5-7.]

[Friday, Oct. 12, 1894 – Salt Lake City] We set apart about 20 Elders for missions this afternoon in the Temple. Republican Primary meetings were held in all of the Bishops’ wards of this City. I was at the City 17 ward and was elected a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.

[Thursday, Oct. 18, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Cannon, Grant & Co. met and talked over their affairs, which are in a bad shape and look as if they might go to the wall.

[Friday, Oct. 19, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Grant Bros. Livery Co. board of Directors met and agreed to turn the property over to pay their bills. My son Nicholas is quite sick. Judge C. S. Zane, Hon. F. J. Cannon and myself spoke at the Theatre. The place was full. Prest. W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon and J. F. Smith were present.

[Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1894 – Logan] I went to Cache Valley and in company with Prest. Orson Smith we went to Hyde Park and held meetings. We had a good turn out but they were cold.

[Thursday, Oct. 25, 1894 – Logan] Prest. Orson Smith and I went to Millville and attended a Political meeting. J. E. Booth, F.J. Cannon, Orson Smith, and I spoke.

Orson Smith and I spoke on Politics at Hyrum.

[Saturday, Oct. 27, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I returned to Salt Lake City and went on to Lehi and a political meeting. W. Glasmann, Judge Saxey and myself spoke.

[Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The election passed of[f] pleasantly. A regular land slide has occured all over the nation.

I went to the polls and voted the straight Republican ticket.

[Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The internal interests are saved. The flag again floats for the American people. F. J. Cannon is elected to Congress. My precinct has gone Republican. I am elected a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.

[Saturday, Nov. 10, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The results of the election all over the nation is a marvel.  The dis-[p.316]satisfied element endangers the stability of our government and the sudden changes of opinion are the rumblings of trouble to come.

[Monday, Nov. 12, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The Republicans celebrated their victory today by a Barbscue and a procession in the evening. I rode in the procession. I gave a half of a beef to the Barbacue.

[Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I am glad the whole business is now over so I can get at my own legitimate work.

[Attended Trans-Mississippi Congress in St. Louis, November 26-30.]

[Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1894 – Denver] I called upon Mr. Councillor and he said he had but recently sent the papers to Mr. Petersen. I had a nice visit with Gov. Waite at the Capitol building.

I called to see Garcia about Mexican Consul’s endorsement of papers for M. C. & A. Co. but he said the[y] had not been endorsed by him.

[Monday, Dec. 17, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I borrowed $500.00 at the State Bank today and gave six shares of Z.C.M.I. stock. I was at the Groesbeck offices part of the day. The Kanab Coop. Land Directors met and talked over their business affairs.

I was elected a Delegate to the Constitutional Convention on Nov. 6. The Utah Commission are trying to count me out.7

[Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I asked for a writ of mandate to estop the Utah Commission from opening the Balot boxes. [See entries for Feb. 26 and 28, 1895.]

I went to the Methodist church and spoke at a meeting in which some effort could be made or put on fast to redeem fallen women.

[Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I went to the rooms of the Utah Commission and they determined to delay the count of the vote.

[p.317][Monday, Dec. 24, 1894 – Salt Lake City] It is very cold. I made no purchases for Christmas. Grass to[o] short.

[Tuesday, Dec. 25, 1894 – Salt Lake City] Cold. All of my family are in good health. The day was spent at home.

George, my son, and I visited a poor man at Lincoln house and gave him $2.50.

[Friday, Dec. 28, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The City & County building just finished today was dedicated, Prest. W. Woodruff making the opening prayer. Mayor R. W. Baskin and a number of other gentlemen spoke.

I am working at my case.

[Saturday, Dec. 29, 1894 – Salt Lake City] The Herald of yesterday made a very untruthfull assault upon me. I pronounced it a falsehood in the Tribune.8

[Monday, Dec. 31, 1894 – Salt Lake City] I had a visit today from U.S. Senator Shupe of Idaho. We talked over the political situation in his state. Senator Shupe, C. S. Zane, P. H. Lannan, C. C. Goodwin, S. H. Hill, W. F. Jones, O. J. Salisbury, Geo. M. Cannon, Lane Colboth and myself met and talked the matter of getting rid of the Utah Commission. My sons Nicholas and Joseph were hurt riding down the hill and are quite lame.

Notes:

1. Church leaders were interested in repealing the test oath, which disfranchised many Mormons in Idaho.

2. The Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress was an organization of western states established to promote the economic interests of these states.

3. The church was in acute financial distress in 1893. Tithing receipts had declined as welfare, construction, educational, and economic development expenditures rose, and the result was extensive borrowing from sources within and outside the church. In 1893 some $105,000 was borrowed from stake presidents and $200,000 from a Chicago financier. More loans were arranged and church bonds were issued to ease the pressure during the 1890s. See Thomas G. Alexander, Mormonism in Transition (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986), 5; and Leonard J. Arrington, Great Basin Kingdom (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1958), 401-403.

4. This evidently refers to L. G. Hardy, son of L. W. Hardy, since L. W. Hardy died in 1884. Apparently Bishop L. G. Hardy, Collector of Salt Lake County, had a fund shortage in his accounts; subsequently, John Henry and Heber J. Grant solicited funds to cover the shortage.

5. John Henry is probably referring to the bloody Pullman strike in Chicago in July 1894.

6. Statehood was not yet a reality; they were celebrating passage of the Enabling Act by Congress July 16, 1894.

7. The Utah Commission found evidence of possible ballot-stuffing in John Henry’s precinct and wanted to examine the ballot boxes for a private recount. Learning that Republicans may have helped him win the election fraudulently, John Henry. acquired, through his attorney, an injunction against the commission on grounds that the boxes had not been properly maintained and therefore could have been tampered with by anyone during and after the election. The commission decided not to certify the election. At the convention, John Henry was not only seated but elected president. Accounts of this controversy were carried in Salt Lake City newspapers during December 1894 through February 1895. The utah Commission report for 1895 includes a summary of the case in Minute Book G, 340-41, Utah State Archives.

8. The newspaper article in question accused the Republicans of not really wanting statehood.