Chapter 2. (part B)
[p.195][Monday, April 2, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The Council of the Apostles met at 10 a.m. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant. J. W. Taylor, D. H. Wells, W. B. Preston, J. R. Winder, George Reynolds and myself. We talked over land matters.
President A. K. Thurber wishes to be adopted to my father in case he should die and wants his family to go with him.
[Thursday, April 5, 1888 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] The Council met at 9 a.m. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor and myself. Bro. L. Snow was appointed to preside over the Conference. He and J. W. Taylor went. I attended a meeting of the stock holders of the Gass Co. The reports of the secretary [p.196]were read and approved and the old officers were reelected. The others of the apostles were in Council most of the day. I was at the Conference meeting in the afternoon. Bro. L. Snow and others spoke. After meeting the Council met for a short time.11
[Friday, April 6, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The Twelve met at 9 a.m. and the Conference convened at 10 a.m. After singing and prayer Bro. J. W. Taylor and D. H. Wells spoke.
At 2 p.m. we met again and several of the brethren spoke. At 4:30 a.m. the following brethren met and partook of the sacrament together: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. w. Taylor, D. H. Wells, W. B. Preston, J. R. Winder, George Reynolds and myself. We had a glorious time.
[Saturday, April 7, 1888 – Salt Lake City] Conference convened at 10 a.m. I was not present.
Bros. W. Woodruff, E. Snow, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman and I held a Council. We passed upon a matter releiving Bro. Cannon of some financial embarrasment. It involved a note of his son Abraham for $10,000.00.
During the afternoon the Epistle of President Woodruff was read by Orson Whitney and he also after reading spoke a short time.
[Sunday, April 8, 1888 -Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. we were at the Conference. Abraham Cannon and I were the speakers during the morning hour and Bro. F. D. Richards in the afternoon. The Authorities were sustained.
I attended the funeral of Mrs. J. Acomb and spoke.
The Twelve and presidents of stakes met together for a short time. A meeting of the Y.M.M.I.A. met at the Social Hall this evening. Pres. Woodruff, E. Snow, & M. Thatcher spoke.
[Monday, April 9, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The Apostles met and were together nearly all day. Much business was gone through. We adjourned without date. I was granted the privilege of going to Colorado.
[p.197][Tuesday, April 10, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I took up two notes amounting to eleven hundred dollars and paid $27.50 in Interest. I gave another note for $1,100.00 for six months.
I borrowed $300.00 from Altoins Farr for two years at 10 percent.
[Wednesday, April 11, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I got one hundred dollars from J. Jack. I attended a meeting of the Coop Wagon board.
At 11:30 p.m. I bid my family goodbye and started for Colorado on D.& R.G.W. Train.
[Sunday, April 22, 1888 – Snowflake, Arizona] I attended the Sabooth School and in connection with several other of the brethren spoke a few words.
We took our supper with Bro. Jesse N. Smith and Bro. L. H. Hatch gave me the following:
A Blessing by Lorenzo H. Hatch, Patriarch upon the head of John Henry Smith, son of George Albert and Sara L. Ann Libbey Smith, born in Carbunca, Pottowatamie Co. Iowa Sept. 18, 1848.
Beloved Brother, John Henry Smith. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth and by the authority of the holy Priesthood, agreeable to your request, I place my hands upon thy head and seal upon thee a patriarchal blessing. Behold I say unto you, be of good cheer for you have been preserved as a chosen instrument and as a promised child to raise up the name of thy father and mother. Thy father obtained promises concerning thee. Thou has been impelled to go forward by the inspiration of the Lord thy God. As Jeremiah was ordained to be a prophet unto the nations so it has fallen to thy lot to in like manner lift up thy voice both long and loud and to spare not. It is thy calling to administer in behalf of millions as a great Apostle and to stand coequal with the chiefest of thy brethren. Your testimony is recorded on high. Your ministry while abroad is a witness that will bring thousands to judgment. Your words from henceforth shall be as in former times directed by the unerring Counsel of the spirit of prophecy and revelation. Your enemies shall be appalled before you. You shall be shielded and preserved to give Counsel and direction and to view the things of the eternal world, and to explain all points of doctrine and to discern what is in the hearts of the children of men. All your gifts have been foreordained and for this reason you have been shielded from the hand of the destroyer. The plans of the enemy have been frustrated and your life has been spared, thus saith the Lord your God, that you might continue to travel from nation to nation. They that you bless shall be blessed, and they that defy the Lord by your word they shall be cursed, and their generations shall cease from among men. Behold I say unto you, tongue cannot discribe nor pen record the glories that await you for your calling and election shall be made sure. The [p.198]Angels of God are on your right and left, they have journeyed with you, by land and by sea. I the Lord your God who speaketh by revelation will continue to hear your prayers, and your wives and your children shall be preserved as in the hollow of his hand. Behold you are an heir of every blessing that has or can be conferred upon one of the sons of men. For as Jacob so you have prevailed with the Lord thy God.
You have comforted the poor, the prayers of the widow and the fatherless are recorded in your favor and of your increase there shall be no end. Whatsoever you desire shall be granted unto you for you will be guided as in times past. You shall never want for money to perform the good in thine heart and you shall remember your brethren who are co-laborers in this great work. You shall comfort the aged and bless them, and your blessings shall be recorded in heaven, for this ministry has been conferred upon thee to bind on earth and it shall be bound in heaven. Rejoice therefore, for behold these words are the words of the Lord thy God. Though the heavens shall pass away, these words shall not fail. I seal all these blessings with your former blessings by the authority of my patriarchal Calling and in the name of your Redeemer, even so, Amen.
[Monday, April 23, 1888 – Snowflake] The day is warm and sultry and in the evening it rained. Bro. Jesse N. Smith and I went to Taylor and I gave Bro. L. H. Hatch a blessing, after which We attended a meeting and both spoke.
A blessing by John Oakley, Patriarch, at Snowflake, Apache Co., Arizona, Dec. 27, 1887 upon the head of John Henry Smith, son of George A. and Sarah Ann Libbey Smith, born in Carbunca, Pottawottomie County, Iowa, Sept. 18th 1848.
Bro. John Henry Smith, in the name of Jesus Christ I lay my hands upon your head and seal upon you a patriarchal and father’s blessing and ask my heavenly Father that his holy spirit may rest down upon me and upon you and upon the Scribe, that the words that may be said may be in accordance with the spirit of Truth. Your linage is that of Ephraim through the loins of Joseph, and thus cometh this blessing unto your father’s house. Your Heavenly Father, as also your earthly father Geo. A. Smith are well pleased with your course. They have a special and constant care of you you to preserve you from the many dangers and evels that are continually surrounding you and to guide you also and inspire you to do much good among the people. And as your days and years increase your usefullness shall also increase because of your gain in experience and prudence and discretion, and you shall live until you are satisfied with life and be changed in the twinkling of an eye. Not long hence and you shall see and take hold of the hand of your Savior.
Your joy shall be increased as your days and your years increase, and you shall have this to add to your testimony that you have seen the Lord. There is much that I can see and understand that is for you, to numerable to [p.199]mention at this time. I seal these blessings upon your head in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
[Tuesday, April 24, 1888 – Snowflake] I was at the house most of the day arranging our things and packing them up. In the evening about forty of our friends came in with their baskets of food and the evening was spent in caring, visiting and speach making until about 10 p.m., when all returned to their home.
[Wednesday, April 25, 1888 – Snowflake and Woodruff, Arizona] We got letters from home, all were well. We did bid good bye to our dear friends here with much regret, and Bro. Jesse N. Smith took us to Woodruff where we held a meeting in the evening.
[Thursday, April 26, 1888 – Woodruff and Holbrook, Arizona] Bro. Jesse N. Smith took us on to Holbrook and we had dinner at the Holbrooks’ house and took train for Santa Fe. In parting Bro. Jesse and myself were both much affected.
[Tuesday, May 1, Manassa, Colorado] I was going all day looking at property and trying to find a place to rent or for sale.
[Wednesday, May 2, 1888 – Manassa] I still spent the day looking about to find a home. Bro. John Pickel bought a place today, paying for it $600.00.
[Thursday, May 3, 1888 – Manassa] I bought of R. Bowman’s wife two lots for $575.00 and paid $125 for furnature. I got quit claim deed. I paid down in cash $100.00 and gave note for 60 days for $600.00, payable at the Deseret, Salt Lake City.
[Tuesday, May 8, 1888 – Manassa] Bro. Bowman and family left today for Salt Lake City.
I had the men at work during part of the day. Sister Bowman and I had some misunderstanding in regard to the things I had bought but we righted it aside from a few things.
[Wednesday, May 9, 1888 – Manassa] I worked very hard all day and so did my men. We got one room finished and it looks well.
[Thursday, May 10, 1888 – Manassa] I am lame from over working and can Scarcely get about.
We moved in tonight and I did dedicate it to the Lord for an abode of love and peace.
[p.200][Friday, May 11, 1888 – Manassa and Sanford] I ate my first meal in my new home. I bought a pump from Bro. Christensen and paid him $8.50 for it put up in the well. It works very nicely. After dinner I said good bye to my family and went with Bro. John Morgan to Sanford where I did aid Bro. S.S. Smith, the Bishop of the ward, in organizing the Relief Society From there I went to the Railway station and bought a Ticket to Grand Junction and paid $13.05 for it. I had a short visit with a Methodist preacher.
[Monday, May 14, 1888 – Ephraim and Manti] Part of the day was spent in visiting with the brethren and a young Bro. Beal drove us to Manti and we put up at the Temple house. Bro. Morgan and I took a look through the Temple and were very much pleased with it.
[Tuesday, May 15, 1888 – Manti] Presidents Woodruff, Cannon, Lyman, Young and C. H. Wilkins, G. Reynolds came in at 4 this morning. L. Snow, F. D. Richards, H. J. Grant, Jacob Gates, John Smith, Patriarch, John Sharp & Arthur Winters came in the afternoon.
[Wednesday, May 16, 1888 – Manti] At 10 a.m. the following brethren met at the Temple and talked over business: Wilford Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, H.J. Grant, John Smith, Jacob Gates, John Morgan, J. B. Maiben, W. H. Folsom, J. Parry, J. D. T. McAllister, J. G. Bleak, D. D. McArthur, M. F. Farnsworth, G. Reynolds, Arthur Winter and myself. After reading over the prayer and canvasing a few names for Temple workers. We did adjourn and send for Bros. C. Petersen, H. Beal, and A. H. Lund.
After dinner we met again and all of the brethren named were present and also L. Tuttle. Bro. D. H. Wells was chosen to preside in the Temple and A. H. Lund to assist him, M. F. Farnsworth to be recorder. About fifty other persons will be wanted and several of the brethren were appointed to get up the names.
[Thursday, May 17, 1888 – Manti] The following brethren met to have prayers at 10 a.m. in the Temple: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, D. H. Wells, John Smith, Jacob Gates, S. B. Young, John Morgan, Canute Peterson, W. H. Fulsom, Jno. Sharp. A. H. Lund, D. D. McArthur, W. S. Snow, E. L. Parry, R. Campbell, J. B. Maiben, Henry Beal, Jas. G. Bleak, C. Wilkin, J. D. T. McAllister, W. F. Farnsworth, George Reynolds, A. Winters.
B. Young prayed and the following brethren met in the Circle, Bro. [p.201]George Q. Cannon being mouth: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, D. H. Wells, Jacob Gates, S. B. Young, John Morgan, J. D. T. McAllister, D. D. McArthur, J. G. Bleak, M. F. Farnsworth, Canute Peterson, Henry Beal, J. B. Maiben, A. H. Lund, George Reynolds, C. H. Wilkin and myself.
12 noon we met and after singing President Wilford Woodruff [gave] the Dedicatory Prayer. After which we shouted three times, Hosannah to God and the Lamb. Bro. Woodruff spoke a few words. Lorenzo Snow spoke. Bro. Geo. Q. Cannon talked very nicely, also B. Young.
Bro. Woodruff spoke a few words again, among them he said [“]We won’t quit practising Plural Marriage until Christ shall come.” F. M. Lyman spoke very nicely. President Woodruff dismissed us by prayer.12
The Twelve got together and attended to a little business. We decided to pay for a horse that died while bringing the brethren here. I made a report of what I had done in Colorado and it was approved. We conversed in regard to adultery and what course to pursue when men confess their wrong doing and no other persons but the guilty parties know in regard to it. It was agreed the parties should be protected and told to report and renew their Covenants. Our meeting was a very pleasant one.
[Friday, May 18, 1888 – Manti] We met at the Temple and passed upon the persons who had been chosen to labor there. Bros. D. H. Wells & A. H. Lund were blest and set apart to their labor, Bros. Woodruff and L. Snow being mouth. Bros. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, C. Wilkin and George Reynolds started home.
[Sunday, May 20, 1888 – Manti] Conference at 10 a.m. After filling the Tabernacle the South Ward meeting house was filled and Bp. O. F. Whitney did give us some fine instruction. I gave testimony and felt very well. In the afternoon three meetings were held and at the Council House There were the following speakers: A. E. Hyde, son of Apostle Orson Hyde, Wm. Taylor, brother of President John Taylor, President Jacob Gates, Bp. Wm. Thorn., Bp. R. Alred, F. R. Lyman, son of Amasa M. Lyman and grandson of Bp. Partridge, L. G. Hardy, son of Bp. L. W. Hardy, J. J. Taylor, son of President John Taylor, Wm. Cahoon, the first baptised member of the church now living. He is feable but his testimony was a gem of worth to all who heard it. Richard Young, grandson of Brigham Young and myself were the speakers. We took about five minutes each and the spirit of the Lord rested in power upon every one and words of life fell from their lips. Bates Noble closed with prayer. To me this meeting was of great worth, bringing gladness to my heart. Faithfull veterans, feable and totering in health, gave us their testimony on the brink [p.202]of the grave almost and mingling their testimony with these old and faithfull ones were the testimonies of six of the descendants of the old Apostles and Bishops. Our hearts were glad as also were the Saints and the Lord did smile upon us and give unto us the bread of life. It was a glorious day and my heart is full of love and peace.
In the evening H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor and myself restored to J. C. Whitbeck and Wm. Newton their Priesthood and rights in the Church. They had been cut off from the Church for adultery some years ago.
[Monday, May 21, 1888 – Manti] Bros. L. Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, John Smith and myself with other brethren met at the Temple at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. the doors were thrown open, people being admitted by Ticket. At 5 minutes to 11 a.m. the choir sang Lord We Come before thee Now.
Lorenzo Snow gave the Dedicatory prayer—38 minutes long.
[Other speakers listed with amount of time taken.]
In unison three times we shouted Hosanna to God and the Lamb forever and ever Amen, amen and amen.
I dosed with prayer and then all of the people went through the building.
It was a day never to be forgotten by those present.
[Tuesday, May 22, 1888 – Manti] At the temple the dedication services were repeated.
[Speakers and time taken by each listed.]
[Wednesday, May 23, 1888 – Manti] The people passed through the rooms of the house. 2,200 persons were said to be present.
The heavens were opened. Sacred choirs sang, Angles were seen, Hallos of light encircled the head of the Priesthood and joy filled our hearts. It was the day of days and none present will ever forget it.
[Speakers and time taken by each listed.]
[Friday, May 25, 1888 – Redmond, Sevier County] Bro. J. W. Taylor and I were requested to get home on Monday night.
By telegram from Bro. F. M. Lyman we learned E. Snow was dying.
[Sunday, May 27, 1888 – Richfield] [stake conference] Bro. J. W. Taylor was quite sick this morning and did not go to meeting. I went and preached on having an Education.
[p.203]Bro. W. H. Segmiller took me and Bro. Isaac Wright took J. W. Taylor to Gunnison. We put up with Bp. Madsen. About 8 p.m. Bro. J. W. Taylor remarked to me. “Bro. Smith, Bro. Erastus is dead.”
[Monday, May 28, 1888 – Salt Lake City] Bro. Wm. Metcalf took me in his carriage to Juab and from there we went home by Rail. I found all well.
Bro. E. Snow died last evening at 7 p.m.
[Tuesday, May 29, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I met in Council at the Gardo house with W. Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, M. Thatcher, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, John R. Winder and George Reynolds. I was associated with M. Thatcher in Mexican affairs.
We talked over our property Concerns and made arrangements of Bro. E. Snow funeral.
[Wednesday, May 30, 1888 – Salt Lake City] Today is decoration day and the funeral of Bro. Erastus Snow was held at 12 noon.
[Thursday, May 31, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I went up to Becks hot springs and took a bath, and the ballance of the day aside from calling at Bro. John Morgans was spent at home.
[Saturday, June 2, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I drew $220.00 this morning. I gave $80.00 Sarah, paid H. J. Grant $100.00, and got New York draft for $40.00 for Josephine.
[Y.M.M.I.A. conference held in the large tabernacle.]
I did not attend the evening meeting as I went to the springs and took my bath. The day was a joyous one.
[Monday, June 4, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I was at the hot springs and took a bath. My leg is getting better.
The following brethren met in Council for a short time: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, M. Thatcher, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, George Reynolds and myself. The church Suits were talked over. It was decided M. Thatcher should be president of the Mexican Land Co. and A. F. McDonald Vice President.
We agreed to put $1,250.00 into the stable business.
[Tuesday, June 5, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at home. I had my bath at the Hot Springs and it is doing good.
[p.204][Saturday, June 9, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I was at home during the entire day, aside from going to the hot spring and taking a bath. I received a telegram this evening from M. Thatcher at LaJara, Colorado requesting me to send a messenger to Logan to get papers pertaining to Mexican lands. I answered I would get them.
[Sunday, June 10, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I was reading all day. My Son George Went to Logan and got the papers and returned.
J. F. Smith & C. W. Penrose got home from Washington tonight. All well.
[Monday, June 11, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at home. Sarah gave birth to a daughter at 3 p.m. today.
[Tuesday, June 12, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I got $35.00 dollars from James Jack. At 11 a.m. I left home for Colorado.
[Thursday, June 14, 1888 – Manassa] I reached Manassa about 11 a.m. and found all well. I was with M. Thatcher, W. B. Preston, A. F. McDonald, S. S. Smith, John Morgan, John Dalton and L. M. Patersen. We were working on Articles of Incorporation for the Mexican Land and Agricultural Co.
[Friday, June 15, 1888 – Manassa] M. Thatcher, W. B. Preston, A. F. McDonald, S.S. Smith, John Morgan, John Dalton and Myself completed our Articles of Incorporation, took some stock and elected M. Thatcher President, J. H. Smith, Vice President, S.S. Smith Secretary, L. M. Petersen Treasurer, John Morgan and John Dalton Directors in connection with the others. All of the brethren not resident here left today for other parts.
[Monday, June 18, 1888 – Manassa] S. S. Smith and I spent the day papering room.
[Thursday, June 21, 1888 – Manassa] I was hoeing potatoes all day.
[Sunday, June 24, 1888 – Manassa] The following telegram was received 4:30 p.m.
Salt Lake City, Utah -June 24th
S. S. Smith, Manassa via LaJara
Father died this morning. Funeral on Wednesday. Notify John Henry If possible. Elias R. Smith.
[p.205]An answer was sent that I would be there on Wednesday morning.
[Wednesday, June 27, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I got home this morning and found my wife Sarah Sick. I spent part of the day with F. M. Lyman and H. J. Grant. I attended the funeral of Elias Smith and was one of the speakers.
The attendance was not large.
[Thursday, June 28, 1888 – Salt Lake City] My wife and baby are both quite sick. I was at home most of the day.
[Friday, June 29, 1888 – Salt Lake City] W. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, F. M. Lyman, J. W. Taylor, H. J. Grant and myself met in Counsel. F. S. Richards, LeGrand Young met with us: It was decided to Compromise with the Government in the Church suits if possible.
[Saturday, June 30, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at home reading. I got $100.00 from Jas. Jack on my own account and $46.50 on expense.
Our babe is very sick.
[Sunday, July 1, 1888 – Salt Lake City] Our babe seems a little better. I was at home all day. I have been reading Ben Hur and finished tonight.
[Monday, July 2, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I got from Groesbeck Estate $500.00 dollars. I paid Robert Bowman $600.00 on note for that amount for 60 days.
[Wednesday, July 4, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I rode out and took a look at the procession as it passed on its way to Liberty Park.
[Monday, July 9, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I bought some things for babe and sent them by mail— a bonnet, two shirts, shoes, a dress, and some lace.
I endorsed Hyrum Groesbeck’s note at the Deseret bank for $4,500.00. I also signed a joint note to Marshall F. Dyer, Church Receiver, for $157,666.15. The day is hot and disagreable. We put our cow to a Holstien bull today.
The signers to the Dyer note were W. Woodruff, J. H. Smith, J. W. Taylor, Jno. Sharp, H. S. Eldridge, George Romney, J. R. Winder, James Sharp, H. Dinwoodey, LeGrand Young.
[p.206][Monday, July 16, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The following named members of the Twelve were together part of the day: W. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor and myself. I was granted leave of absence for three or four weeks. It was agreed to appropriate $50,000.00 to schools.
[Tuesday, July 24, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I attended the exercises at the large Tabernacle and spoke 3 minutes.
[Wednesday, July 95, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I got from James Jack $60.00. I paid J. C. Cutler $6.50 for pants. At 11 a.m. I took train for Colorado.
[Friday, July 27, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I reached Manassa about 1 p.m. and found all well. John A. Groesbeck spent a few days with us.
[Monday, July 30, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I put up a wire fence between me and Bro. Huffaker.
[Saturday, Aug. 4, 1888 – Manassa] The day was spent in reading.
[Stake conference in Manassa, August 12-13.]
[Monday, Aug. 13, 1888 – Manassa] During the noon hour the High Council and Bishop[s] met and talked over political matters.
The high Council met and after consideration decided if the leading Republicans of the County tendered the nomination for the Legislature for him to accept and run.
[Sunday, Aug. 19, 1888 – Manassa] Today in the meeting W. H. Cory and a Miss Monday were married by President S.S. Smith. Bro. J. Morgan and I spoke on the subject of Marriage.
[Tuesday, Aug. 21, 1888 – Manassa] I am to restore Bp. J. I. Hart his high Priesthood all but his bishopric.
I am to visit the St. Joseph and Maricopa stakes and adjust some Indian business.
[Wednesday, Aug. 22, 1888 – Manassa and Durango] John Morgan and wife Anne and two children and myself and Josephine and babe went by train to Durango. We saw many nice sights and passed many wonderfull feats of engineering.
[p.207][Thursday, Aug. 23, 1888 – Durango and Silverton] We went by train up to Silverton in order to see the Las Animas Gorge. We returned in the evening, having had a pleasant day. The altitude caused me to have a severe headache.
[Friday, Aug. 24, 1888 – Durango] We went with Bro. Lee in his wagon, going by Fort Lewis. The country is covered with Timber and Grass and fat cattle.
We called and administered to a Bro. White who was sick. We promised him he should go to meeting and on Sunday so he did.
[Tuesday, Aug. 28, 1888 – Manassa] Bro. S. S. Smith and I did today restore to John I. Hart all his rights in the Church but that of his bishopric. He wept for joy.
A water meeting was held in the evening and we decided to secure our water.
[Went to St. Joseph, Arizona, for conference and to other Arizona cities, returning to Manassa on September 25.]
[Sunday, Sept. 2, 1888 – St. Joseph] R. T. Burton, D. K. Udall, J. N. Smith, L. H. Hatch, C. N. Freeman, J. T. LeSieur, J. H. Richards, William Burton and myself [met]. It was agreed unanimously that the County seat should remain at St. Johns unless the homes of the people might possibly be in danger from the Aztec Cattle Co. or the A. &. P. R. Ry Co. who have tide to the lands on which many of our people are located. In that case the people are to act as the Circumstances seem to demand.
In the matter of Representation to Congress, it was felt we should go with the Democratic Party.
In local Politics we side with the white man’s party and take our fair share of the officers in the Legislature and County.
It was agreed that our Pluralist brethren better not run for office but make some excuse if requested to do so. J. N. Smith was not altogether clear on this. The fullest and freest talk was had on all these matters and good feeling prevailed.
[Saturday, Sept. 8, 1888 – Springerville] At 10 a.m. the Conference convened under the Bowery. Several of the brethren spoke, I among the rest.
We had a drive up the valley and looked at the proposed town site and were pleased with it. We took supper with Bro. D. K. Udall and then went to a Priesthood meeting. We advised the brethren to content themselves and remain in their homes and quit moving about.
[p.208][Friday, Sept. 14, 1888 – Thatcher] Bp. R. T. Burton and I had an interview with Bp. John Taylor and J. H. Martineau about his, Bro. Martineau’s, immoral conduct.
We held three meetings today, one being that of the High Council. It was unanimously agreed that Bro. J. H. Martineau should make a public confession of his wrong doing and if forgiven by the people to renew his covenants by Baptism. He said he would do so.
[Sunday, Sept. 16, 1888 – Pima, Arizona] [stake conference] Bro. J. H. Martineau was forgiven by the people and was baptised.
[Monday, Sept. 17, 1888 – Pima] Bro. J. H. Martineau took Bro. Burton and me to Thatcher and we blessed Bro. M. [and] admonished him to guard himself for the future.
[Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1888 – Thatcher] I am forty years old today.
[Thursday, Sept. 20, 1888 – Mesa] Hot! Hot! The day was spent in considering the Reservoir scheme of Bro. A.M. Tinney, Bros. C. I. Robson, H. C. Rogers, C. R. Hokes, A. M. Tinney, R. T. Burton, Wm. Burton and myself being present. Every point was talked over and considered.
[Friday, Sept. 21, 1888 – Phoenix] We met Governor Zuleck and [spent] two or three hours with him and am much pleased. We returned to Mesa.
[Saturday, Sept. 22, 1888 – Mesa] [stake conference] The High Council met but were compelled to adjourn, owing to the heavey fall of rain and the noise it made on the Iron roof. It was decided to organize another [ward] and call it Nephi.
[Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1888 – Detains, New Mexico] I rode all night and all day.
[Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1888 – Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Manassa] I rode all night again. I got off of the train at the wrong place and in the dark and was three hours and [a] half finding my way to Manassa. I found I had walked about 9 miles and carried about fifty pounds. I found all well.
[Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I met in Counsel with Presidents W. Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Jos. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, B. Young, H. J. Grant, W. B. Preston, J. R. Winder, L. J. Nuttall and sundry others who passed in and [p.209]out. The delivery of means to the receiver was talked over, two cases from high Counsels passed upon.
[Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1888 – Salt Lake City] It was cold and disagreable. I was home most of the day. I went over Jordan and paid Bro. Whitaker for Cutting hay $25.00, my son had paid him $3.00 before. I paid $36.70 to Coop. W. M. Co.
[Thursday, Oct. 4, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I was at home under the weather with cold.
S. S. Smith, J. N. Smith and Josephine came in tonight on the train.
[Friday, Oct. 5, 1888 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] The following brethren met in Council: Wilford Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, Jos. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, H. J. Grant and Myself. We met with LeGrand Young, F. S. Richards, J. S. Rawlins, Ben Sheeks, and Col. Broadhead.
We talked over some stipulations that was wanted in the settlement with the Government.
[Monday, Oct. 8, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I met several persons and gave items of Counsel. The Society holding the museum and Council house met and adjourned until the 20th. I spent the evening at F. S. Richards in company with President Wilford Woodruff, F. S. Richards, H. J. Grant and Col. Broadhead. The latter goes East tonight.
[Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1888 – Salt Lake City] B. H. Roberts was ordained one of the Seven Presidents of the Seventies, Bro. Lorenzo Snow being mouth.
The heirs of the Groesbeck Estate met and decided to ask a decree of Court giving the property in bulk.
Hyrum Groesbeck was chosen for Manager. He was Instructed to pay the currant expenses and to deposit the ballance as a sinking fund.
[Wednesday, Oct. 10, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I owe the Savings bank $1,550.00 and have given 2 thousand dollars in stocks as security.
Met in Council at 10 a.m. Present: Wilford Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, Jos. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, H. J. Grant, W. B. Preston, R. T. Burton, J. R. Winder and L. J. Nuttall. The report of Bro. R. T. Burton and myself was adopted in its entirety. It was decided to hold the people of the St. Johns & Maricopa stake to their missions.
[p.210][Thursday, Oct. 11, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day about the City. The following brethren met in Council a short time: W. Woodruff, B. Young, J. F. Smith, H. J. Grant, F. S. Richards, C. Nibley, L. J. Nuttall and myself. It was agreed our brethren in Idaho who might want to vote might withdraw their membership for the time being.
The Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Go. met and declared a 5 percent dividend.
[Monday, Oct. 15, 1888 – Provo] I went to Provo today. I paid my taxes, $2.26. I paid my sister Grace Interest $5.00 and gave mother $2.00.
[Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The Stockholders of the Home Fire insurance Company met and selected the old board of Directors.
A dividend of 4 percent was declared. It was agreed to pay one dollar each for service for the past as officers and Directors.
[Went to Emery County for meetings, October 17-23.]
[Thursday, Oct. 18, 1888 – Huntington] We rode with Bro. Molen to Huntington. The Bishop being gone, we stoped with Bro. D.G. Robins. Meeting was held in the evening. Bro. [W. B.] Preston and I both spoke. I took a vote as to the feeling of the people in regard to their Bishop. About one Quarter voted against him, a half of the remainder for him and the balance not at all.
The Presidency and Several of the high Council and other brethren were together to consider the Robins, Crandal case but all of the Council not being present it was adjourned until Saturday at Castle Dale.
[Saturday, Oct. 20, 1888 – Castle Dale] At 9 a.m. the Presidency, High Council, Bishops and others of the Priesthood met to talk over public matters. The case of Robins & Crandel came up and the decision of the Council read. We explained matters and the Bp. was required to execute his decision.
We had a talk over all the troubles among the brethren and spent five hours in the consideration of these things and then we adjourned until 4 p.m.
At 4 p.m. the brethren met again and after much talk we all concluded to forgive each other and be friends.
[Sunday, Oct. 21, 1888 – Ferron] We attended Sunday School and after that had the brethren together and talked over ward troubles. Nine of the brethren voted against the Bishop and explained their reasons.
[p.211]Meeting was held, a good Attendance. Bro. Preston and I spoke. A vote was taken as to the feelings of the Saints in regard to the Bishop, and fourteen persons voted against him, 5 of whom were Sisters.
At 4 p.m. the brethren met again and after some talk and mutual explinations the brethren agreed to stop with the Bp. a little while longer.
[Monday, Oct. 22, 1888 – Castle Dale, Huntington, Price] At Huntington several brethren met us and Crandle and Robbins presented us their case and we told them that in our opinion they had failed as partners in business and should share and share alike in all the losses.
[Friday, Oct. 26, 1888 – Salt Lake City] Bros. W. Woodruff, J. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, H. J. Grant, W. B. Preston, E. D. Woolley and J. W. Crosby Jr. talked of Kanab cattle matter and exonerated Bros. Woolley and Crosby from any intentional blame in the sale of cattle.
It was agreed tonight to advise our people not to do anything in Election matters in Idaho.
[Monday, Oct. 29, 1888 – Salt Lake City] Bros. Wilford Woodruff, F. D. Richards, J. F. Smith, W. B. Preston, R. T. Burton, J. R. Winder, F. S. Richards, G. Nibley, L. J. Nuttall and myself met in Council. It was learned our brethren were withdrawing from the church in Idaho in order to vote. After consideration it was concluded we could do nothing and they better go on and vote.
Bro. J. R. Winder made some explanations in regard to Pipe Spring transactions with Bro. Woolley and all felt that what had occurred was the result of misunderstanding. All concerned [exonerated?] from intentional wrong doing.
[Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I let to N. C. Crump 580 head of sheep for my father’s Widows at 30 cents a head per annum. Also 138 head of sheep for Willard Richards family at the same price. He signed contracts for one year.
He says the sheep was a poor lot.
[Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1888 – Salt Lake City] In the evening the following brethren met at Council: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, Jos. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, H. J. Grant, F. Richards, W. B. Preston, R. T. Burton, John R. Winder, L. J. Nuttall and myself. Idaho matters were talked and it was felt some of our brethren of the News and Herald staffs should go to Idaho and write up matters for the papers.
[Thursday, Nov. 1, 1888 – Provo and Salt Lake City] I went to Provo and had a talk with Mother, Charles, and Grace [p.212]over their property matters.
I rode home in a private [railroad] car with Gov. West, Commissioners Godfrey and Thomas and several others.
[Friday, Nov. 9, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I borrowed from the Deseret Bank today $5,500.00 for one year, interest at 8 percent payable quarterly. I paid $2,500.00 at bank, $1,400.00 to G. H. Taylor and $1,600.00 to H. J. Grant and Co. For the money borrowed at the Deseret bank I put up as security 40 shares of Z.C.M.I. stock and 50 shares of Coop. W. & M. Co. stock.
[Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The following brethren met in Council: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, Jos. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, H. J. Grant and Myself; also Jno. T. Caine, F.S. Richards, C. W. Penrose and L. J. Nuttall. The Statehood matter was talked over and another effort will be made to get into the union before the Democrats go out of power.
[Thursday, Nov. 15, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I said goodbye to Sarah & and children for a while and went by train to Springville. I took my son Joseph with me. I bought some dried fruit. We got onto the D. and R.G.W. train and found Josephine and the children.
[Wednesday, Nov. 21, 1888 – Manassa, Colorado] In the evening Judge L. M. Petersen, A. F. McDonald, S. Smith, W. J. Silver and I met and looked over the minutes of a special meeting of the Mexican Land and Agricultural Co. It was agreed to let land for 20 to 50 cents per acre and to pasture cattle from 50 cents to $1.00 dollar per head and 50 cents a cord for wood.
[Thursday, Nov. 22, 1888 – Manassa] I worked on the meeting house today putting on shingles.
[Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1888 – Manassa] Bro. Cotton agreed to do my building [house for Josephine] and he came and laid it off and a Bro. Depriest put in the foundation. I paid him $1.35. Bro. Cotton and one man worked a half day. I paid them $3.00 dollars for what they did.
[Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1888 – Manassa] Bro. Cotton failed to come today and I learned he could not come untill next week, so I arranged with Bro. E. Dalton to bring the brethren from off of the meeting house and work for me.
[p.213][Thursday, Nov. 29, 1888 – Manassa] Four men came to work this morning.
It is thanksgiving day but we are all busy at work.
[Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1888 – Manassa] Still at work at the house.
[Thursday, Dec. 6, 1888 – Manassa] I went to fast meeting and was mouth in blessing 4 babies and ordaining James Paterson an Elder. Paid fast offering $2.00 cash.
[Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1888 – Manassa] Josephine and I lined our new Room.
The carpenters got through today. Lumber $56.75, Labor $67.00.
[Monday, Dec. 17, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I paid Coop. Furnature Co. for Sarah $5.70. I paid J. C. Cutler for two pair pants $17.75. Dr. Jos. Richards $20.00. I gave $4.00 for Sunday schools.
In the evening the following brethren met in Council: W. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, B. Young, J. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, S. B. Young, W. Spry, L. J. Nuttall and myself. We talked over the killing of Bro. Richards (I should say that we deliberated in regard to him being lost[)] and concluded to make a search for him.13 Bros. Spry and S. B. Young withdrew and after prayer many items of business came up. We concluded to have our brethren who will be compelled to Remove from San Juan Co. strengthen our settlements in Colorado and Arizona if they were willing to do so.
We voted to pay Bro. C. Layton $200.00 owing to him. Several other items were passed upon. We adjourned to meet Thursday night.
[Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I went with Bro. C. H. Wilkin out to the pen[itentiary] and had a visit with Bro. G. Q. Cannon.
[Thursday, Dec. 20, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day searching the file of the Deseret Evening News for a notice to creditors of father’s estate.
In the evening President Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. [p.214]Young, Jos. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, L. J. Nuttall and myself met in Council. A communication [regarding amnesty] from some outside friends was read and, beginning with the youngest, each member of the twelve gave their views and we were a unite that we could not subscribe to the conditions prescribed [abandoning polygamy]. President Woodruff said all of the brethren had spoken right and had we accepted the proposition the Lord would have rejected us, as the Doctrine of celestial marriage had come to stay for all time.
Several other items of business came up and were passed upon. A good spirit was present with us and all felt first class.
[Friday, Dec. 21, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The board of Directors of the Gass Co. elected me President today and fixed my salary at five hundred dollars a year.
[Monday, Dec. 24, 1888 – Salt Lake City] W. N. Williams Jr. died this morning of Diptheria. We buried him in the afternoon, holding the Services at the Grave. W. Beatie and I spoke a few words. It was stormy.
I gave bonds as President of the Gas Company. The board of Directors wrote a letter to the Regents of the University in regard to laying pipes to the University building.
Sarah and I bot a few things for the children.
[Tuesday, Dec. 25, 1888 – Salt Lake City] At home with the children all day. Baby is gaining a little.
[Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1888] In the evening Bros. W. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, Jos. F. Smith, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, F. S. Richards and Myself met and Bro. F. S. Richards reported the progress of affairs at Washington. It was agreed Jason Mack [Joseph F. Smith] should go to Washington.
[Monday, Dec. 31, 1888 – Salt Lake City] My brother Charles and I arranged to remove the dead from my lot to the Grave yard.
[Thursday, Jan. 3, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I paid Grant Bros. Co. $7.75 for carriage hire. I paid the Herald $10.00 and Interest at the Bank $38.75. I met with the Groesbeck heirs and we came to the conclusion to incorporate the Estate. All were present except Josephine.
[Friday, Jan. 4, 1889 – Salt Lake City] We moved our dead this morning and I offered a short prayer over the graves.
[p.215]We paid $82.00 for the work done.
[Went to Colorado to conferences there and in San Juan County, Utah, January 5- February 20.]
[Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1889 – Manassa] I paid E. Dalton for Lumber $7.00 and Jesse Smith $2.50, which finishes the payments on our house. Patriarch E. Dalton gave me and my daughter Sarah A. our blessings.
[Sunday, Jan. 13, 1889 – Mancos, Colorado] We held two meetings and B. Young and I spoke at each. A good spirit prevailed. It is a stormy day.
[Monday, Jan. 14, 1889- Mancos] In the evening we attended a party and had a pleasant time. Bro. F. M. Lyman was to receive his sentence today.
[Tuesday, Jan. 22, 1889 – Bluff, San Juan County, Utah] Cold. At 10 a.m. conference convened, President F. A. Hammond presiding. Several brethren made reports and Bro. B. Young spoke a short time. 2 p.m. Bros. F. A. Hammond and Wm. Halls and I occupied most of the time. It was agreed by vote of the people we should organize a high Council.
[Thursday, Jan. 24, 1889 – Bluff] The brethren interested in the Mancos Mill Co.s affairs met with B. Young and myself. The day was spent in taking testimony, three meetings being held.
[Saturday, Jan. 26, 1889 – Bluff] Cold. Three meetings were held on the Mancos Mill trouble. Bro. B. Young is under the weather with a bad eye. All interested parties signed an agreement to abide our decision.
[Monday, Jan. 28, 1889 – Bluff] Cold. Two meetings on Mancos Mill affairs. All testimony being in, on Motion of Win. Hall, seconded by O. C. Roberts, the whole matter was left in the hands of the arbitrators. We went to a party in the evening.
[Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1889 – Bluff] Cold. Bro. B. Young is still quite poorly. Arbitrators on Mill trouble met and L. H. Redd with them. All of the minutes made during the trial were read and all items of recrimination indulged in by any body struck out. It took all day to go through these.
[Thursday, Jan. 31, 1889 – Bluff] We completed our decision and Bro. L. H. Redd wrote it out.
[p.216][Friday, Feb. 1, 1889 – Bluff] I spent the entire day trying to settle the differences existing between Bro. Joseph F. Barton and his sister-in-law Mrs. Parthenia Barton. They came to the conclusion to bury forever their troubles and try and be friends.
[Monday, Feb. 4, 1889 – Bluff] During my visit I have called on every family in the city.
[Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1889 – Cortez, Colorado] We drove to the Mancos and found that George and William Halls had gone to Durango. Bro. O. C. Roberts, after reading his Copy of our decision, said he thought he could not abide it, but he may change his mind.
We put up with William Hyde. I blest a baby for Bro. Samuel Hammond, gave him the name of John Henry at the mother’s request.
[Thursday, Feb. 7, 1889 – Maneos and Durango, Colorado] Bro. F. A. Hammond and I drove to Durango. The day passed pleasantly.
We put up at the Strater house and the Halls bros. came and we talked over the Mancos Mill matter and they said they would do all they could to bring about peace.
I received two letters from W. C. Spence, one containing passes over the D. and R.G. and the D. and R.G.W., also over the U.C.R.R.
[Friday, Feb. 15, 1889 – Manassa, Colorado] Josephine gave me a power of attorney to transact her business.
[Saturday, Feb. 16, 1889 – Manassa] Snowing and blowing like wrath.
I bought one thousand dollars of Josephine’s interest in her father’s Estate and gave my note payable in three years without interest. This is to give me a voice in her business affairs.
[Thursday, Feb. 21, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I got three hundred dollars from J. Jack and paid that amount of tithing. I paid $10.00 for George and $75.00 for Josephine.
I got from Hyrum Groesbeck
|G. H. Booth’s||rent||money||
1 st ”
|repairs on house||
|I paid Bp. Preston—got from Bp. J. Nelson||
[Friday, Feb. 22, 1889 – Salt Lake City] H. J. Grant and Wife and myself and Wife, John Morgan and Wife went out to the pen. We had a nice visit with F. M. Lyman and a number of other brethren.
[Saturday, Feb. 23, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Their were meetings of the Home Insurance Co. Directors. They [own?] a lot of Provo factory stock. It was agreed to buy the Theatre and to consolidate the Provo and Jennings woollen factories next fall.
The Grant Bros. Livery stable board made a purchase of Mulloy and Pauls transfer business for $8,500.00.
[Sunday, Feb. 24, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I was at the 17th ward Sunday School in the morning. I put $182.00 in H. J. Grant’s hand to pay interest.
[Monday, Feb. 25, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I had a short visit with President W. Woodruff. Eighteen Elders were set apart for missions today by H. J. Grant and myself.
I sold five thousand dollars of my stock in Z.C.M.I. and bot the same amount in the Home Fire Insurance Co.
[Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1889 – Salt Lake City] H. J. Grant and I went out to the Pen and had a long visit with Br. F. M. Lyman. We bot l0 bushels of Apples and sent to the prisoners.
Tonight Hyrum Groesbeck and I took up a labor with Sam Groesbeck about selling Whiskey and he said he would quit it.
[Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, M. Thatcher, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, W. B. Preston, R. T. Burton, J. R. Winder, L. J. Nuttall and myself met in Council. The Theatre was sold for fifty thousand dollars. Eight thousand dollars was appropriated to help the Ogden Standard.
[Thursday, Feb. 28, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Bros. W. Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, M. Thatcher, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, L. J. Nuttall and I met in Council. Several items of business were attended to. The Theatre sale was confirmed. We are to help the Ogden Herald $8,000.00.
[p.218]The matter of F. Armstrong selling Street RR Stock to an outsider was referred to Bro. Woodruff.
Quite a large party went out to Saltair by special train to witness the operation of manufacturing salt.
[Friday, March 1, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The Groesbeck heirs got together in the evening and agreed to incorporate.
[Saturday, March 2, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The Groesbeck heirs are having incorporation papers drawn up. We have agreed to incorporate for three hundred thousand dollars, each share twenty-five dollars.
[Sunday, March 3, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I baptised and confirmed my son Winslow Farr today. He was eight years old on January 19.
[Monday, March 4, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Groesbeck heirs met and were together during the forenoon.
I wrote to Josephine, sending her a draft for one hundred dollars.
[Tuesday, March 5, 1889 – Salt Lake City] We were busy all day at the Wasatch going through Papers and Deeds.
|The Estate is valued as follows Watsatch and Groesbeck block||222,000.00|
|Stocks, bonds, notes and sundry other things||78,000.00|
|Deeds were made from the heirs to the incorporation.|
We owe to Goldberg for ours due forty-five thousand dollars and twenty thousand for William and John Groesbeck. We also owe to the Deseret Bank five thousand dollars. John and William have our bank and Z.C.M.I. stock collated for $10,000. It is worth about $22,000.00. We have taken a lien on John and William Groesbeck’s stock in the Groesbeck Co. to secure us for their debts.
[Friday, March 8, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Our incorporation of the Groesbeck Estate is complete. N.H. Groesbeck, President; William Groesbeck Vice President; John A., Samuel, Hyrum and Joseph S. Groesbeck, Helen M. Morgan and Myself Directors, Hyrum, Secretary Treasurer and Manager; William, assistant.
Hyrum’s Salary is to be $150.00 per month, William $100.00 per month.
[p.219][Tuesday, March 12, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Gas Co. met and fixed the Wages as follows: President $500.00, Vice President $500.00, Directors $100.00 each, Manager $5,000.
[Wednesday, March 13, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The weather is showery. Bros. W. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, L. J. Nuttall, and myself met in Council. It was decided to lend the Goose Creek people $8,000.00 to buy water rights. President Woodruff wanted to know the views of the brethren in regard to the doings and sayings of Bro. J. W. Taylor in regard to J. T. Caine utterances at Washington. It was the feeling that Bro. Taylor should make amends to Bro. Caine.
[Thursday, March 14, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The parties who are organizing the Home Life Insurance Co. met at the Deseret Bank and opened the subscriptions for the stock. They agreed to pay $115.00 per share for Z.C.M.I. The Livery Stable Directors met and concluded not to go into the wagon business.
[Wednesday, March 20, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The Life Insurance Co. is fully organized, the Capital all paid up. I have five thousand dollars in that company.
[Saturday, March 23, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The Stockholders of the U.C.R.R. met at Superintendent Sharp’s office and voted to consolidate with the Oregon Short Line and Utah and Northern R.R.
[Tuesday, April 2, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I received $150.00 salary from the Gass Co. I paid Coop Furniture Co. $100.00, Jinkins $3.05, Livery Stable $2.00. Elder George Teasdale arrived from England last night.
[Wednesday, April 3, 1889 – Salt Lake City] W. Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, George Teasdale, H. J. Grant, L. J. Nuttall, M. Thatcher, myself and part of the time W. B. Preston met in Council.
A difference between Bros. Cannon and Thatcher was talked. A decision of the Salt Lake high Council was sustained.
P. P. Pratt’s book question was duly considered. E. Snow accounts with the church were squared off.
[Thursday, April 4, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Bros. D. H. Wells, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant and I went out to [p.220]see F. M. Lyman, J. Clark and Wm. Maughan at the pen. Josephine and two of the children came in today.
[Friday, April 5, 1889 – Salt Lake City] [Meeting of First Presidency and Council of Twelve Apostles] W. Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, Jos. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, G. Teasdale, H. J. Grant. J. W. Taylor, L.J. Nuttall and myself being present. President W. Woodruff stated he felt it was time to organize the first Presidency. L. Snow spoke and moved that W. Woodruff be president and name his Councillors. All present spoke in favor of organizing the presidency and Bro. W. Woodruff was unanimously sustained. He chose for Councillors G. Q. Cannon and Jos. F. Smith. After a few explanations by some of the brethren they were both unanimously accepted.
Bro. L. Snow was made President of the Twelve and F. D. Richards Historian of the church.
[Saturday, April 6, 1889 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] Conference convened at 10 a.m., President W. Woodruff presiding. W. Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, M. Thatcher, H.J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, D. H. Wells and Myself were on the stand. All of the Seven Presidents of the Seventy except Bro. C. D. Fieldsted were present and representatives from most of the stakes were in attendance.
[Sunday, April 7, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Conference opened at 10 a.m.
At the afternoon meeting W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith were sustained as first Presidents of the church. Lorenzo Snow as President of the Twelve, F. D. Richards as Historian. The vote was taken by Quorums. All of the other general Authorities were sustained. Presidents Woodruff and L. Snow spoke.
An overflow meeting was held in the assembly hall.
[Monday, April 8, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Conference at 10 a.m. Bro. F. D. Richards occupied most of the morning hour. F. M. Lyman came out of the Penitentiary this morning and spoke a short time at the afternoon meeting. Bro. G. Q. Cannon also spoke same. Conference adjourned for six months. A splendid Conference has passed and is gone.
[Tuesday, April 9, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency and Twelve met at 10 a.m. W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, G. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, L. J. Nuttall, and myself met in Council and talked over business matters. We agreed to meet every Thursday at 2 p.m.
[p.221]I paid a note for $1,500.00 at Savings bank with money borrowed at Deseret [Bank?].
[Wednesday, April 10, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I borrowed $131.00 from my father’s Estate yesterday.
[Friday, April 12, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Home Fire Insurance Directors.
[Saturday, April 13, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I bot of Young Bros. a Piano and am to make quarterly payments. Price $335.00.
[Sunday, April 14, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day with J.
[Tuesday, April 16, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Home Fire Insurance Co. met at 19:30 p.m. and talked over some of its investments. The Coop. Wagon and Machine board also met and talked over the question of going into business at Eagle Rock, Idaho and we decided to do so.
[Thursday, April 18, 1889 – Salt Lake City] President Joseph F. Smith requested me to go before the Grand Jury and give testimony to indict him for unlawfull cohabitation. I consented to do so through friendship alone.
[Saturday, April 19, 1889 – Salt Lake City and Nephi] I was with Jos. F. Smith part of the day. H. J. Grant and I went to Nephi to attend conference. We put up with Sister Teasdale.
[Monday, April 22, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I was subpoenaed to go before the grand jury. Upon going to the jury room I was wanted in the Joseph F. Smith case. I gave my testimony in the case as follows:
Jos. F. Smith is my cousin. He had three wives to my knowledge. I did not know whether they had babies or not. I told them he had not taken any wives inside of three years. J. F. Wells and H. C. Spence were sent for and testified in the same case.
[Saturday, April 27, 1889 – Salt Lake City and Franklin, Idaho] H. J. Grant and [I] went by train to Franklin, Idaho. We put up with Bro. G. C. Parkinson. He is keeping away from the officers.
[Tuesday, April 30, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Bro. Grant and I returned to the City. On the train I found my Uncle H. C. Libbey and wife coming down from Oregon.
[p.222][Thursday, May 2, 1889 – Salt Lake City and Provo] My uncle and I went to Provo. We found Mother sick and took her home with us.
[Friday, May 3, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I took Uncle and Aunt out riding. Josephine and I spent the evening at Aunt B. W. Smith.
[Thursday, May 9, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Prest. W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant and Myself met at the Gardo and dedicated a room for prayer and had a pleasant time.
[Friday, May 10, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I endorsed two checks for $100.00 and $12.50 and paid them over to H. J. Grant and Co. I signed a note dated yesterday for $1,000.00. I turned $900.00 over to H. J. Grant, $800 to be paid to Oglesby, one hundred to be credited on my account.
[Saturday, May 11, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent by me looking after my own affairs.
In the evening W. B. Preston, A. T. McDonald and myself met and talked over the Mexican land matter. We estimated that about three thousand dollars could now be realized from the property but it would be eaten up in expenses.
[Tuesday, May 14, 1889 – Spanish Fork] I went by U.C.R.R. train to Spanish Fork and attended to some business. I got certificates of stock for 19 shares in Spanish Fork Coop. I went to D. & R. G. Train. Josephine, Don C., Joseph H. and Lucy had got on all right. My Uncle H. C. Libbey and wife were also along.
[Sunday, May 19, 1889 – Manassa, Colorado] At 10 a.m. Conference convened in the new meeting house. S.S. Smith, Bp. Berthelsen and John Morgan were the speakers.
In the afternoon M. Christiansen and two or three other besides myself were the speakers. We had a nice attendance of people.
[Tuesday, May 21, 1889 – Manassa] Working in the garden all day.
[Friday, May 24, 1889 – Manassa] I was putting up fence and making head gates and Irrigating land all day.
[Monday, May 27, 1889 – Manassa] I spent part of the day putting in garden.
[p.223][Thursday, May 30, 1889 – Manassa] Bro. John Morgan received a telegram from Jas. Tollman at Meridian, Mississippi. “Found it. Five hundred dollars will cover all expenses. Shall I come with it.” I decided that Bro. Morgan was to go to Meridian after the body of Bro. Richards and put in his hands one hundred dollars.14
I did bid my family goodbye and drove to LaJara.
[Saturday, June 1, 1889 – Salt Lake City] On train all night. Reached home and found all well. I called upon Bros. Woodruff and Cannon and told them of Bro. J. Morgan’s journey after the body of Bro. Richards. They endorsed what I had done.
[Monday, June 3, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I drew from J. Jack $150.00. I paid one hundred dollars to Sarah. I delivered $75.00 dollars & gave my IOU to Bp. J. R. Winder money sent by S. S. Smith to the office. I called upon E.G. Woolley and got transportation from Milford to Beaver. I had a visit with President Woodruff and J. F. Smith. I was at the Wasatch and attend[ed] to business. Hyrum Groesbeck paid me $28.00 dollars of Josephine’s money. I paid $20.00 of it to Miss Millie Morgan. At 4 p.m. I left home for Milford.
[Monday, June 10, 1889 – Orderville] The following telegram received Dated June 8. Brother Richards body arrived Ogden this morning, home tomorrow. Our friend stopped at Manassa. All well. W. Woodruff.
[Tuesday, June 11, 1889- Kanab] We drove through to Pipe Springs, Arizona where we spent the night. The stockholders of the Kanab Coop. Cattle herd held a meeting and elected E. D. Woolley, J. W. Crosby, D. Seegmiller, L. C. Mariger and myself Directors. I was then elected President, E. D. Woolley Vice President, D. Seegmiller Vice President and L. C. Mariger Secretary and Treasurer. The board approved of the action of the superintendent in build[ing] a Reservoir and fencing a small field at Two Mile spring.
I was taken in as a partner with Woolley, Seegmiller, Mariger, and Crosby in the purchase of cattle from the church at $10.50 per head. The K Co. agreed to buy this stock at $12.50 per head.
Bro. Woolley on buying Cattle was to pay $1,000.00 down which is paid by sales of Cattle and in one year $2,000.00 and next year $2,500.00 more or less, interest at 8 percent. It was decided to pay the Superintendant $500.00 for the present year. It was thought it would cost about one per head for care.
[p.224][Sunday, June 23, 1889 – Parowan] At 10 a.m. Conference convened. Singing, Prayer, Singing. Presidents Jones and Richards and five Bishops reported the condition of stakes and wards and in their reports stated that there was a feeling in the breasts of some not to pay tithing. Bro. F. M. Lyman spoke on the subject.
The Priesthood met at 6 p.m. The name of Wm. Marsden was submitted to the Priesthood for Stake Patriarch and 51 voted in his favor and 65 against him. James Dalley was submitted to the people for Patriarch and unanimously received by vote.
[Tuesday, June 25, 1889 – Parowan] I stoped at Joseph Barton’s overnight. During the night I was disturbed by a man knocking at the doors and wanting to find Barton.
[Thursday, June 27, 1889 – Beaver City] Three meetings were held with the Priesthood and a good understanding reached among the brethren.
It was learned today that it was the officers that disturbed me at Bro. J. Barton’s. They had arrested him.
[Saturday, June 29, 1889 – Beaver City] [stake conference] We held a Priesthood meeting. The brethren who held bad feelings to each other said they would go to each other and make wrongs right and all formally voted for each other.
[Monday, July 1, 1889 – Beaver, Greenville and Adamsville] We held meetings at Greenville and Adamsville and had a pleasant time. All of the ward authorities were presented to the people and sustained. Bp. Morris confessed he had been intoxicated and was forgiven.
[Tuesday, July 2, 1889 – Minersville] President J. D. T. McAllister was arrested at Milford this morning and brought to this place and put under $1,500.00 bonds.
[Friday, July 5, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I met in Council with Presidents Woodruff & Cannon, H. J. Grant, a number of the Presidents of Stakes, and other brethren and talked over the Political situation.
[Monday, July 8, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I was in Council with the Presidency most of the day. I went to Ogden and returned home during the evening. My object was to see Bro. L. W. Shurtleff over political matters.
[p.225][Tuesday, July 9, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I was in Council with a number of brethren most of the day talking over the political situation.
[Thursday, July 11, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency, Bro. H. J. Grant, F. D. Richards and the members of the City Council and several of the brethren who had been adjitating the water matters were together and talked over the situation and water supply.
I went out to the Lake with my wife and had a pleasant time.
[Friday, July 12, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Coop. Wagon & Machine Co. met and looked over the last month’s business and found that our sales amounted to sixty four thousand dollars for the month. Sarah and I took a ride during the evening.
[Sunday, July 14, 1889 – Provo] I said good bye for a time to wife and children and went to Provo and preached in the afternoon. I also had a nice visit with mother, my sister Grace and her husband and brother Charles and his family, my sister Mary and her husband.
In the evening I took train for Manassa.
[Wednesday, July 24, 1889 – Manassa, Colorado] This the 42 anniversary of the arrival of the pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley was celebrated by the people. I was the Orator of the day.
I baptised and confirmed my son Nicholas Groesbeck today. He was eight years old on the 20th of June.
[Thursday, Aug. 1, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I attended fast meeting and blest two babies. Joseph Groesbeck’s and W. Batie’s. I met Bros. G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith and H. J. Grant, and it was concluded that I had better go to Emery and look well into political affairs.
[Went to Price, Huntington, Orangeville, and Castle Dale for political meetings.]
[Monday, Aug. 5, 1889 – Price and Salt Lake City] 2 a.m. I left for home and got there at 7:40 a.m. and found all well. I slept most of the day.
The Liberals carried the first Precinct of this City.
[Tuesday, Aug. 6, 89 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at the office with Presidents Woodruff, Cannon, and Smith. The Home Life Insurance Co. held its Directors [meeting] at 12:15 and declared a two percent dividend.
[p.226][Friday, Aug. 9, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Coop. Wagon & M. Co. met and heard the monthly reports read and we were well pleased with what had been done. At 7:05 I took train for Emery Co.
[Saturday, Aug. 10, 1889 – Price] At 2 p.m. we had a meeting with the Huntington brethren over the Water question and they agreed to let me and the Presidency Arbitrate. The afternoon was spent in hearing evidence. After a four-hour sitting we did adjourn untill tomorrow.
[Sunday, Aug. 11, 1889 – Castle Dale, Emery County] Conference at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Priesthood meeting at noon and water meeting from four p.m. until late in the evening. Adjourned until Monday. I spoke at all of these meetings.
[Monday, Aug. 12, 1889 – Castle Dale] Water meeting at 9 a.m.
Conference at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Water meetings 12:21 and 4 p.m. After hearing all of the evidence we made the following decision.
Calling the Huntington Creek one hundred parts. It is our decision that Bro. Powell should have five shares of water at the head of his ditch, and that the Cleveland Canal Co. have twelve shares of the head of the Canal taken from the following ditches
Three shares from Huntington Canal 1/2 “ “ Crandal ditch 1 “ “ Wakefield “ I/4 “ “ W.O. Smith 1 “ “ Humble “ 2 “ “ Avery “ 1/4 “ “ Daysipper “
and that the surplus after filling all of the canals or ditches as they are at present go to the Cleveland Canal until it is full to its present capacity as a first secondary right.
John Henry Smith
C. G. Larsen
[Went on to Manassa for conference, returning August 24.]
[Monday, Sept. 2, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at home. The Directors of the Gas Co. held a meeting. The People’s party held primary meeting this evening in the city precincts. I was elected a delegate to the Convention.
[p.227][Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I was with the Presidency talking over our political situation.
[Thursday, Sept. 5, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I attended the Convention in the evening.
[Friday, Sept. 6, 1889 – Provo and Salt Lake City] I went to Provo and spent the day. Mother and I had a buggy ride. I paid Boshard $1.50. I sent Josephine a draft for $50.00. I returned home and attended the Convention in the evening.
[Saturday, Sept. 7, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I borrowed $300.00 of my Mother and am to pay eight percent per annum. I paid three hundred dollars on the note of J. W. Crosby, Jr. E. D. Woolley, L. C. Marriger and D. Seegmiller. I was to have joined Bro. F. M. Lyman and to have gone to Nephi but I failed to think of the train time.
[Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1889 – Manti] We went to the Temple and had a bath, ate breakfast and attended the meeting.
Bros. D. H. Wells, F. M. Lyman, Canute Peterson, Henry Beal, J. B. Maiben, Bp. W. T. Reid, Jens Neilson, L. T. Tuttle, J. H. Hougard, F. T. Kenner, John Lowery, Albert Tuttle, M. N. Luke & C. P. Larsen. We talked over their political troubles, each one of the parties interested speaking in their own favor.
[Thursday, Sept. 12, 1889 – Manti] We were with the brethren all day and finally agreed to forgive each other. Young J. H. Lowery showed a rather bad spirit.
[Friday, Sept. 13, 1889 – Ephraim and Spring City] Bro. Lyman and I went on the bond of Bro. J. W. Jackson for four hundred dollars and his wife for two hundred dollars.
We went to meeting and both spoke. Bro. Lyman had good liberty. I was dull.
[Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1889 – Nephi and Salt Lake City] I am 41 years old today. I returned home. Sarah was at Ogden. I passed a short time with Presidents W. Woodruff & J. F. Smith.
In the evening quite a large company of friends paid me a visit. The evening was spent in chat.
[Friday, Sept. 90, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I was as busy as a bee all day. Bro. Lyman, J. Jack and myself went out to the Penetentiary and had a short visit with ten of the brethren.
The Gass Go. Directors met and examined their acounts.
[p.228]B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. W. Taylor and myself met and agreed to recommend the establishment of a Church Bureau of Information in regard to our history and doctrine. I set a young man apart to go to Ann Arbor and study law. The Directors of the Groesbeck Co. decided to put steam heat into the Wasatch building.
[Monday, Sept. 23, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I mailed Josephine a draft for one hundred dollars.
[Thursday, Sept. 26, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor and myself with L. J. Nuttall met and had prayers. After this Nuttall withdrew and we talked over the filling of our Quorum.
[Friday, Sept. 27, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Sister Zina D. H. Young and Myself took train for Thompson Springs on our way to Moab. We rode all night.
[Sunday, Sept. 29, 1889 – Moab] The meeting house 22 x 32 was dedicated and conference was held. I offered the prayer. Several of the brethren spoke. The House cost $1,181.40 and seats 140 persons.
Meetings we[re] held afternoon and evening at both of which I spoke. Sister Young occupied part of the time in the evening.
[Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor and myself met in Council. President W. Woodruff presented the names of M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund and A. H. Cannon to fill the Quorum of Twelve and all present did endorse them.
Saturday, Oct. 5, 1889 – Salt Lake City [general conference]
I attended the Stockholders meeetings of Z.C.M.I. and the Gas Co. and was only a short time at the Conference. I spoke a few moments.
[Sunday, Oct. 6, 1889 – Salt Lake City] General Authorities were sustained today. An overflow meeting was held today in the assembly Hall.
[Thursday, Oct. 10, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund and A. H. Cannon met in Council and talked over tithing matters, the rights of the Presidency and of the Presiding Bishopric. We were together most all day. In the evening L. Snow, B. Young, F. M. [p.229]Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Young, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Cannon and myself met in Council and came to the conclusion we better build a College and Hotel.
[Saturday, Oct. 12, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I drew from the Coop. W. & M. Co. my dividend of $130.00 and paid a bill they had against me of $126.45. They knocked of[f] $20.00 and I paid $106.45. I got $60 from Hyrum Groesbeck.
[Went to Manassa, October 14-24.]
[Monday, Oct. 28, 1889 – Salt Lake City] It stormed all day. I paid my City taxes, $43.60 and attended a meeting of Directors of Coop. W. & M. Co.
[Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1889 – Salt Lake City] My taxes for school, county, and Territorial were $112.50. I paid them today.
[Thursday, Oct. 31, 1889 – Salt Lake City and Provo] I went to Provo today and my taxes there was 5 dollars. I paid them. I also paid mother 6 dollars for use of money and gave her my note for three hundred dollars. I returned home in the evening.
[Friday, Nov. 1, 1889 – Salt Lake City] The Gas Co., of which I am President, is in trouble with the City over the sewer work endangering their property. I have been figuring at this matter a number of days.
[Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I was busy most of the day over the Gas Co. business with a committee from the City Council.
[Thursday, Nov. 7, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Coop. Wagon & M. Co. Directors met. I talked on Polatics in the 2nd Bishops ward.
[Friday, Nov. 8, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I was busy about the City all day.
I borrowed $5,500.00 for one year at 8 percent per annum and gave $6,500.00 Z.C.M.I. & Coop. W. & M. stock as security.
[Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1889 – Salt Lake City and Ogden] It stormed this morning. We attended the funeral of May [Farr] and L. Farr and myself did the talking.
I returned to the City and met in Council with L. Snow, H. J. Grant, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, J. W. Taylor, A.D. Thatcher, LeGrand [p.230]Young, James H. Moyle, J. W. Young, C. W. Penrose and others, and all hands felt that the enemy had laid a deep scheme to steal the City [politically] in February. Bros. Lund, Thatcher, myself and others were released to go on the witness stand and answer our enemies.
[Thursday, Nov. 14, 1889 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. I went to Court, Judge Anderson presiding.
A number of Witnesses was put on the stand to show that the Saints were murderous and disloyal and that in the [temple] endowments men obligated themselves to murder. Apostates by the name of Bond, Wardel, Spillet, Gilmore, McGufier, Cahoon, & Axtel were sworn and gave testimony filled with lies. The day was consumed by new witnesses.
[Friday, Nov. 15, 1889 – Salt Lake City] At Court all day. Documentary evidence was also introduced by Dixon and Buskin trying to establish their views. I never felt such a spirit as that in the Court room.
[Saturday, Nov. 16, 1889 – Salt Lake City] E.G. Woolley, J. H. Anderson, and Myself were put on the stand. Also A.D. Thatcher, A. H. Lurid were put on the stand and all gave good straight testimony but refused to tell the secrets of the house of the Lord.
[Monday, Nov. 18, 1889 – Salt Lake City] 10 a.m. at Court. A number of Witnesses were put on the stand, among them E. L. T. Harrison, I. J. Richards, and several of the Wardel family, who [told?] his story about the killing of one Green on the plains in 1857.
The day was consumed by the Witnesses.
[Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Several Witnesses were on the stand during the morning hour, among them C. W. Penrose.
At the afternoon session the Court went to the City Hall and Bro. Penrose took up almost the entire afternoon. Mr. Dixon asked him how many wives he had and he refused to answer. Court adjourned until morning to give him time to think.
[Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Bro. C. W. Penrose was sent to Prison for Contempt of Court and Court adjourned for a day. I took train for Colorado tonight.
[Stayed in Manassa, Colorado, until December 4.]
[Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1889 – Salt Lake City] F. M. Lyman and family left for Colorado last evening. I sent $65.00 to Josephine by him.
[p.231]I spoke at the 8th ward Political Club for an hour.
My Cousin Joseph Smith of the Reorganized Church spent an hour or two at my house.
[Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Joseph Smith and I called upon Wilford Woodruff and spent a short time with him.
[Thursday, Dec. 12, 1889 – Salt Lake City] W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, H.J. Grant, Abraham H. Cannon and myself met and had Prayers.
[Friday, Dec. 15, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Those of us present at yesterday’s meeting passed upon some small items, and among them to publish a Manifesto denying the alegations of Judge Anderson.
[Monday, Dec. 16, 1889 – Salt Lake City] In the evening I attended the Political Club of the Scandinavians and spoke a short time.
[Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1889 – Salt Lake City] I was busy about the City most of the day.
In the evening I spoke to the Political Club of the 22nd Ward.
[Thursday, Dec. 19, 1899 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Home Fire and Life companies met together and talked over business arrangements. It was voted to the President of the Home Fire $50.00 per month salery.
The following brethren met in Council: W. Woodruff, J. F. Smith F. D. Richards, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Cannon, J. W. Young and myself. We had prayers and Bro. Woodruff had Bro. L. J. Nuttall read a revelation the Lord had given him in which we his servants were told to remain true to our coilors and he would protect his little flock. How happy I am.
[Monday, Dec. 23, 1889 – Salt Lake City] Joseph Smith the Prophet was 84 years old today. The Saints are celebrating it by fasting and prayer. W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, Abraham H. Cannon, J. W. Young, D. H. Wells and I met and dressed in our [temple] Robes and Each prayed in turn, commencing with Bro. D. H. Wells and closing with Bro. Woodruff. We Knelt in a circle. Bro. F. M. Lyman came in just as we closed. The good spirit prevailed to a wonderfull extent.
[p.232]Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1889 – Salt Lake City
I was at home all day with the little folks.
[Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I attended the funeral of Francis Cope at the 18th ward meetinghouse. . .The room was full of people of various shades of faith.
[Thursday, Jan. 2, 1890 – Salt Lake City] The children have the mumps. I spoke in the evening to the 19th ward political club.
[Friday, Jan. 3, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I drew from J. Jack $200.00 and from Coop. W. & M. Co. $90.00 and from H. Groesbeck $60.00. I sent Josephine $110.00 and gave Sarah $150.00, $7.50 to Almina Farr for interest. I paid Coop. Furnature Co. $16.00.
[Saturday, Jan. 4, 1890 – Doserot, Millard County] We put up at Bishop J. Black’s. The entire day was spent in examining into the troubles between the Bishop and the Teachers. It was found that the Bishop was in error but he seemed quite stubborn.
[Sunday, Jan. 5, 1890 – Deseret] Cold. The entire day was taken up in meetings. Bishop Black finally confessed that he had told an untruth and the saints forgave him.
[Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1890 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Gas Co. met at my house. We remitted the amount paid by superintendent for Gas for his home. The Salary of the President was fixed at $1,000.00 for the present year.
[Monday, Jan. 13, 1890 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Coop. W. & M. Co. met at 12:15 and again at 6:30 p.m. and heard reports and found the business for the year had been over $500,000.00. We declared a dividend of 7 percent. The Stockholders met and elected the old board. I paid Young Bros. $80.00 today.
[Thursday, Jan. 15, 1890 – Salt Lake City] Directors of the Groesbeck Co. met at 10 a.m. 12:50 p.m. New Directors of Coop. W. & M. Co. met and Qualified. I drew my salery of $100.00 from Coop. W. & M. Co.
In the evening I spoke at the 21st ward political club.
[Saturday, Jan. 18, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I was at home during the forenoon. Some of the brethren met at the Gardo and talked over school matters. It was agreed to aid and to seek to get a good general school law and to have free schools.
[p.233][Thursday, Jan. 23, 1890 – Salt Lake City] A Council was held in which political matters were talked over and the feeling was that our brethren should be as cautious as possible and make a good selection of names.
[Sunday, Jan. 26, 1890 – Evanston, Wyoming] We held three meetings in the new house. W. W. Cluff, A. Eldridge, Bp. Brown, O. F. Whitney and myself did the speaking. I offered the dedicatory prayer. A good spirit prevailed. Many outsiders present. The house is 30 x 50 and is gothic in style. Non-Mormons Contributed $1,300 to help build it.
[Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I was busy looking after Josephine’s business.
[Friday, Jan. 31, 1890 – Provo] I went to the City of Provo and met Presidents Smoot and Johns and talked over the political situation. Bro. A. O. Smoot and his son Reed felt very strong against Bp. J. E. Booth, but the Convention having nominated him he, President Smoot, would sustain him.
[Monday, Feb. 3, 1890 – Salt Lake City] H. J. Grant got home this last evening from his trip east. My J[osephine]. has got a daughter.
[Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I was busy about home part of the day. A Directors and stockholders meeting was held of the Coop. Furniture Go. and an 8 percent dividend declared.
[Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1890 – Salt Lake City and Provo] J. W. Taylor and I were sent to Provo to Consult with Bros. Smoot & Johns at Provo over political affairs. We went and had a long talk.
[Friday, Feb. 7, 1890 – Salt Lake City] We returned home and reported. I got check for $60.00 for J. from H. Groesheck. The liberals made a grand Show tonight.
[Saturday, Feb. 8, 1890 – Salt Lake City] There are many strange faces in this City and much excitement over election matters. President W. Woodruff requested the Apostles present in the City to be at the Tabernacle tomorrow.
[Monday, Feb. 10, 1890 – Salt Lake City] There is considerable excitement but the election is proceeding very nicely, but hundreds are voting illegally. The Liberals carried the election by fraud, having 795 more votes polled than the people [People’s Party].
[p.234][Went to Manassa and Arizona cities for conferences until March 29.]
[Sunday, Feb. 16, 1890 – Manassa, Colorado] [stake conference] Josephine gave birth to a daughter Jan. 30th and Bro. F. M. Lyman blest her today and we called her Elizabeth G. Smith.
[Thursday, Feb. 20, 1890 – Antineto, Conejas County, Colorado] We find the road still closed on account of Snow. We telegraphed Bro. William Halls that we could not be with them at their Conference owing to the Snow Storms.
We returned to Manassa and found all well.
We received our passes over the D. & R.G. Rway. and a letter from Bro. W. C. Spence in which he said the brethren had decided not to patronize the R.G.R.R. Company for the part it took in the City election.
[Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1890 – Manassa] Windy still. This is the 9th day the wind has been blowing and the R.R. had been blocked with drifting Snow.
[Saturday, March 8, 1890 – St. Johns, Arizona] Conference convened at 10 a.m. A good attendance present, the members of the Presidency spoke and Bro. Lyman followed.
The Priesthood met. It was voted that Orson Arnold might have his blessings restored.
[Saturday, March 15, 1890 – Thatcher, Arizona] The brethren invited to meet came together at 10 a.m. and Bro. F. M. Lyman and I talked and sought to secure good feeling, and all of the brethren voted good fellowship for us. We had the Bishops together for a time and talked over affairs in the wards with them.
At 4 p.m. we met in Council again and Bro. W. Moody made some charges against Prest. C. Layton which he failed to prove. Charges were made against Bro. W. Moody of being vulgar and proven, and he asked the brethren to forgive him and they did. A charge was proven against Bro. C. Layton that he abused his brethren. He confessed and was forgiven. The faults of many of the brethren were spoken of and they said they would mend their ways. We were together five hours and dispersed with good feeling.
[Sunday, March, 16, 1890 – Thatcher and Pima, Arizona] The body of brethren together yesterday met again with W. W. Damron. President Woodruff[‘s] instructions to us was read and three letters from W. W. Damron to President G. Q. Cannon complaining about the course pursued by Prest. C. Layton were also read and Bro. Damton made a statement. He charged Bro. Layton with using ardent spirits and using profane language and of associating with bad men at Tucson. Witnesses were [p.235]examined and a very free us[e] of ardent spirits was fairly proven. Also the use of bad language was fairly well sustained but the other charge fell to the ground. Bro. C. Layton confessed wrongdoing and asked forgiveness, which was granted. All of the time between and after the Conference meetings until 9 p.m. was consumed in this business, and some other of the brethren confessed to their wrongs and we all forgave each other.
[Monday, March 17, 1890 – Pima] Conference at 10 a.m. Elders Henry and P. C. Merrill and myself were the speakers at the morning meeting and president C. Layton and F. M. Lyman spoke. The General and local authoraties were sustained. Some parties voted against the Bishop and one of his Counselors in the Pima ward.
After meeting, Wilford Weeb and his brother Leslie and two of the East boys complained against the Bishop on several small grounds but nothing of any moment proven.
[Saturday, April 5, 1890 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] The Presidency and Twelve had a meeting and talked over the political situation but came to no definite conclusions.15
[Wednesday, April 9, 1890 – Salt Lake City] The Council of the Twelve apostles met yesterday as a separate Quorum from the first Presidency for the first time in many years. There were present Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Anton H. Lund, Abraham H. Cannon and John W. Young. We were together about 10 hours. We all spoke in turn confessing our sins and expressing our determination to live nearer the Lord in the future. We administered the Sacrament after the early order, eating our fill of bread and drinking the wine.
[Friday, April 11, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I drew $477.77 on Gass Stock sale. I paid my note to the Gas Co. for $1,000.00 and Interest $22.23 and took up my note. I drew my salery $287.22 and I paid Sewer tax $131.00 to the City Collector. I paid J. W. Snell for hauling dirt $26.95. I paid Coop. Furnature Co. on note $100.00. I drew dividend of Coop.
I gave note to Deseret Bank for $1,500.00 for one year at 8 percent.
[p.236][Monday, April 14, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I took my sister Mary out to the Pen to see her sick husband [Peter Wimmer].
[Wednesday, April 23, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I. M. Waddell is looking into our Estate affairs. We spent the evening together.
[Sunday, May 4, 1890 – Manassa, Colorado] I paid to William Pinkam $150.00 on building house. I paid water bill $6.20. I paid Huffaker $11.75 for work.
[Friday, May 9, 1890 – Manassa] I bought from Thomas D. Scott Twenty acres of land and he gave me a quit claim deed to the same. He is to put up 80 rods of fence. I am to furnish the Posts and wire. I paid him $295.00 in cash and am to purchase or rather make five payments with interest should it run the whole time. To the state $31.25.
[Tuesday, May 13, 1890 – Salt Lake City and Ogden.] I was busy about the city during the morning hour and went to Ogden in the evening in the interest of the Coop. W. & M. Co. on the Question of aiding in the building of a hotel near our wagon depot.
[Monday, May 19, 1890 – Morgan City] [stake conference] At 10 a.m. Conference Bro. [Samuel] Francis and some brethren of the Bishopric reported their labors. 16 young men were passed upon to be ordained Seventies. I spoke upon Prayer & observance of the fast day and on marrying those of our own faith.
At the afternoon meeting the rest of the Bishops reported. The general and Local Authoraties were sustained and Bro. [B. H.] Roberts and I both spoke a short time. We called upon Brother Richards, the father of Bro. Richards killed in the South, also his wife.
[Tuesday, May 20, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I returned home. The morning papers announce that the Supreme Court has decided to confiscate our Church property, Fuller, Lamar & Field Dissenting.
[Tuesday, June 3, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I sent to Josephine by John Morgan $100.00 in Cash and a few other things. I put $220.00 in Sarah’s hand to pay bills with.
[Thursday, June 5, 1890 – Beaver City] I met my son George Albert here. He is traveling for Z.C.M.I. and is feeling very well.
[p.237][Friday, June 13, 1890 – Kanab] The Directors of the Kanab Coop. herd met and talked over their business. I got Certificates of stock to the amount of $2,371.00.
[Sunday, June 15, 1890 – Orderville] I am badly under the weather. I went [to] meeting and talked about 20 minutes.
Several of the brethren came in and gave me an alcohol sweat.
[Thursday, June 26, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I blest Bro. Clark and Sister Harvey who are going East to visit friends. A number of the brethren met at the social Hall and talked over the political situation.
[Friday, June 27, 1890 – Salt Lake City] It was decided today to release George Teasdale from the British Mission and have him go to Mexico. Bro. A. H. Lund to go to England in charge of that mission.
[Monday, June 30, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I drew two hundred & 25 dollars from J. Jack and one hundred from H. J. Grant and Co.
[Tuesday, July 1, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I got $75 of Hyrum Groesbeck. I paid J. C. Cutler $18.00 for coat and vest.
[Friday, July 4, 1890 – Manassa, Colorado] The people celebrated our Nation’s birthday. S.S. Smith, Sr., S.S. Smith, Jr., Albert R. Smith and their wives came and ate Ice cream with us.
The young people danced in the evening.
[Wednesday, July 16, 1890 – Manassa] Telegrams were received today that officers were coming here from Utah for Mrs. Randall and Allen. They have gone [on] a visit. I wrote to Sarah. This makes three times and nothing from her.
[Friday, July 18, 1890 – Manassa] I wrote up my journal for the past 22 days.
[Wednesday, July 23, 1890 – Manassa] We have got our rooms papered and they look very nicely.
[Monday, July 28, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I received letters from L. G. Mariger with a check for $318.40.
[p.238]I drew a dividend of $80.34 from Coop. W. & M. Co. and ten dollars from Grant Bros. & Co. Livery.
I got from B. H. Sabutbe S.B. & T. Co. Stock Certificates for 250 shares.
[Tuesday, July 29, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I got certificates for $400.00 dollars & eight shares of Stock in Coop. W. & M. Co.
[Thursday, July 31, 1890 – Salt Lake City] Presidents W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, F. S. Richards, H. J. Grant, Abraham H. Cannon, C. W. Penrose and Myself talked over the political Situation in Wyoming, and I was instructed to visit that state.16
[Saturday, Aug. 2, 1890 – Montpelier, Idaho] Sherriff Jones let me take his team to go to Paris. Bro. F. M. Winter went with me. I attended a Priesthood meeting and talked over local affairs. Bros. Budge, Hart, Osmond, and Myself talked over Wyoming Politics and came to an understanding with each other, and I returned to Montpelier.
[Monday, Aug. 4, 1890 – Salt Lake City] We returned to Salt Lake City. Bros. W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, B. Young, F. M. Lyman and myself had another talk over Wyoming Polatics and I went again to Coalville.
[Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1890 – Salt Lake City] L. Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, H.J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, Abraham H. Cannon and D. H. Wells met together for fasting. We spoke, broak bread and drank wine and blest each other.
We held our regular meeting today. W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, A. H. Cannon and D. H. Wells were together and had prayers and talked over several items of business. Among them Bro. G. Q. Cannon’s and John Beck mining trouble.
[Went to southern Idaho for conferences August 9 through 13 and [p.239]to Colorado and southern Utah, August 15 to September 7.]
[Sunday, Aug. 17, 1890 – Manassa, Colorado] I went by train to Alamosa where Bro. Forbes met me in answer to a telegram I had sent him and he took me to LaJara and I hired a team to take me on to Manassa. I found Josephine and the children well. Presidents W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith and B. H. Roberts took supper with us and we had a pleasant time.
Priesthood meeting in the evening. Bros. Woodruff, Cannon and J. F. Smith spoke. Bro. G. Q. Cannon went home with me.
[Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day looking into my tax matters. Bro. A. H. Cannon and I set apart two Elders to go to the Indian Territory on missions.
[Thursday, Sept. 18, 1890 – Kanab] We met with the Presidency and High council and Kanab bishopric at 10 a.m. After the Council was organized, the Charges made by the Bishopric against the President was read. It was in substance that he had not sustained them but rather leaned with men not friendly to the Ward presiding priesthood. Bp. Lawrence C. Mariger made his statement on the first proposition and Bros. Thomas Stewart and Woolley in a measure corroborated him. We held three sittings and got through with one proposition, the one in regard to parties. We were considering the one in regard to water when we adjourned until morning.
I am 42 years old today. Sister Marlget roasted a Turkey and invited Bros. Francis M. Lyman, John W. Taylor, Abraham H. Cannon, Jesse W. Crosby, Edwin D. Woolley and Wife Emma, Daniel Seegrniller and Wife Artemessia, and several other persons to eat with us. The dinner was a good one and I did enjoy it very much.
[Friday, Sept. 19, 1890 – Kanab] The High Council met at 9 a.m. and the members who sit on this case of the Bishopric against The Presidency are: John Rider, Edwin Ford, Ezra T. Woolley, Charles M. Carroll, Taylor Crosby, Henry E. Bowman, James Leithead, Silas Harris, Robert Moncur, M.D. Harris, Alvin Heaton, Jesse W. Crosby, Jr.
F. M. Lyman St., John Henry Smith, John W. Taylor, and Abraham H. Cannon presiding.
The day was spent in taking evidence.
An impromptu Concert was held in the evening. We had a pleasant time.
Bros. Lyman, Taylor, Cannon and myself got together and agreed upon our decision.
[p.240][Saturday, Sept. 20, 1890 – Kanab] The High Council met at 8 a.m. The following decision was made.
In the matter of the Bishopric of the Kanab Ward against the Presidency of the Kanab Stake of Zion.
In the first Count we find the rules of the ward in regard to public dances should not have been applied to private parties; but the Presidency of the Stake should have given instructions for the correction of this matter to the Bishopric of the Ward.
The second Count pertains to an incorporate[d] water company whose business policy should be dictated by the stockholders, and while we do not approve of ecclesiastical interference in such matters, if any influence is used it should be for the promotion of union.
The third Count relating to the choice of an alternate High Councillor, needs no decision from us.
The fourth Count relates to the removal of the Kanab Bishopric by the Presidency of the Stake without a hearing before the High Council.
In this matter we find that it was a strained construction which enabled the Presidency to consider the letter of the Bishopric as a resignation, and their release was hasty and unwarranted.
Francis M. Lyman
John Henry Smith
John W. Taylor
Abraham H. Cannon
It was unanimously sustained by the High Council. We adjourned to meet at 7 p.m.
The conference convened in the stake academy building at 10 a.m. President Edwin D. Wooley, Bishops Graham McDonald and Esplin made reports and Francis M. Lyman took up the ballance of the time explaining to the people their condition and calling for repentance from certain brethren who had made some very harsh remarks about the bishop.
At the afternoon meeting Bro. Thomas Chamberlain and John Rider made reports and Elders J. W. Taylor and Abraham H. Cannon preached the gospel. A splendid spirit prevailed during the day.
The High Council and Priesthood of the Stake met at 7 p.m. the brethren nominated a number of men from whom the apostles selected by the aid of those present the bishop and Council. Bishop L. C. Mariger having resigned in the morning at the High Council meeting this action was found necessary. Joel H. Johnson was chosen for Bishop, Alfred Young for first Councillor and Asa W. Judd for second Councillor. All were unanimously sustained.
[p.241][Sunday, Sept. 21, 1890 – Kanab] Conference at 10 a.m. Bros. Daniel Seegmiller, Erastus B. Snow, Francis M. Lyman Sr. and I were the speakers.
The Directors met in the evening of the Kanab Coop. herd. We agreed to pay Lorenzo Y. Brown a claim he held against the old Company as a matter of a gift. Our stock seems to be doing well.
[Monday, Sept. 29, 1890 – Salt Lake City] I telegraphed to Josephine not to come to Conference. I also wrote.
[Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1890 – Salt Lake City] During the morning hour I was busy about the City.
At 2 p.m. the following named brethren of the Twelve met in Council. Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor and Abraham H. Cannon, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Moses Thatcher, and Francis M. Lyman spoke upon the President’s Manifesto in regard to the solemnization of Plural marriages and endorsed it. John W. Taylor was somewhat mixed but acknowledged the hand of the Lord in it.17
13. A missionary in the Southern States Mission, Alma Pascoe Richards of Morgan, Utah, evidently was murdered in Meridian, Mississippi, in August 1888. His body was not found for several months, despite a search by other missionaries and the mission president, William Spry. The body eventually was recovered and brought home for burial on June 9, 1889, in Morgan. See Desert Evening News, June 7 and 13, 1889.
15. Franklin D. Richards noted in his diary of April 5, 1890: “Deliberations were indulged in as to the propriety of splitting up the people’s party into Democrats & Republicans. Did not conclude to do so.”
16. Abraham H. Cannon sheds more light on this meeting: “Political affairs were discussed. The Democrats of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are anxious to get Mormon votes, and have made advances to our people to accomplish this. . . . It was decided that J. H. Smith should visit Wyoming and urge our people as far as possible to vote the Republican state ticket, as a reward to Delegate Carey and his party for getting Wyoming admitted as a State without any anti-Mormon legislation in the charter, and giving women the franchise” (diary, July 31, 1890).
17. In late September 1890, Wilford Woodruff, assisted by several close associates, drafted a public statement banning plural marriage in the church. Woodruff’s statement came to be popularly known as the Manifesto. Plural marriage outside the church continued for a time after 1890, sometimes with the support of high LDS officials. See Richard S. Van Wagoner, Mormon Polygamy: A History (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1986), 157-94.