Chapter 5. (part B)
[Went to Logan, January 2, for funeral of Persis Farr. Stayed with Moses Thatcher.]
[Monday, Jan. 7, 1907 – Salt Lake City] At 2 p.m. Prest. F. M. Lyman, Rudger Clawson and myself met Geo. C. Lambert and Son and talked over his troubles with the Church about a paper deal.
[Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1907 – Salt Lake City] H. J. Grant is to be set free by Attorney Hansen.
[Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1907 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Francis M. Lyman and I had visit with Heber J. Grant at his home. He is in delicate health. He intends to go to Mexico.
[Friday, Jan. 11, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I paid Interest at the Zions Savings Bank $326.35 and a Telephone Bill of $12.00, myself $6.00 J.G.S., $6.00.
[Saturday, Jan. 12, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the Presidency during forenoon. Met the Presidency of the Teton Stake. Gave the $1,527.00 to aid in paying for their stake house.
In the afternoon some lists of notes were gone over and several of the big ones were forgiven, among them Silas S. Smith, he was forgiven some over $900.00. Samuel H. B. Smith over $100.00.
[Monday, Jan. 14, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I was elected a Director of the Nevada Land and Cattle Co. as was A. H. Lund, Hyrum M. Smith, Robert T. Burton and Orin P. Miller.
[Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I dined at my son George Alberts. His guests were Jacob Riis of Danish birth and who is a lecturer of some standing on slum conditions, Joseph F. Smith, Lorin Farr, Wilford Woodruff and Mrs. Tirzah F. Gay, myself and wife Sarah F.
[Friday, Jan. 25, 1907 – Salt Lake City] Prest. Francis M. Lyman, Geo. Albert Smith and me visited the Salt Lake Knitting Co. Manufacturing plant and examined the place. It is in [p.579]bad shape. Prest. Jos. F. Smith and his Councillor favor taking stock in this Concern as it employs a whole lot of our young people.
[Saturday, Jan. 26, 1907 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Albert Smith and Myself met with the Directors of the Salt Lake Knitting Co. and decided to take Fifty thousand dollars worth of stock in their Concern.
[Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1907 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. Prest. Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. F. Richards, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. F. Richards, Orson F. Whitney and David O. McKay met in the Temple and talked the Question of giving to the Seventies three hours on Sunday for them to school their members.
[Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1907 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency and F. M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith and Geo. F. Richards [met]. B. H. Roberts read a paper upon the Savior and Cited authoraties in regard to his triune make up. It was agreed he might publish it as his own.
I received from James Jack for expenses on trip $100.00. At 9 p.m. Hyrum M. Smith and me left for Arizona.
[Thursday, Feb. 7, 1907 – on train in Utah and Nevada] I spent the day reading Francis Bacons Essays.
[Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1907 – Snowflake, Arizona] We called on a number of old ladies. Admnistered to several sick ones. Had dinner with all of the widows of Prest. Jesse N. Smith.
All of the Presidency of the stake and F. M. Lyman, Hyrum Smith and myself paid a visit to the Diversion Dam being built by the government on the Salt River. Engineer Martin showed us over the work. The dam will be one thousand feet long and thirty five feet wide at the base.
[Sunday, March 3, 1907 – Thatcher, Arizona] Bishop W. A. Moody said their was 164 famalies in the Thatcher Ward. The block on which Meeting house stood was given by Prest. Christopher Layton.
The building had cost $26,922.34. Received no donations by the people. $16,000 by the church, $7,000.00 Insurance and property sold $1,640.00. The balance paid for Interest $1,282.34. It is an elegant structure of gray stone.
It is a great tribute to the Industry and devotion of the Saints. A dedication Hymn was sung by the choir.
[p.580]President Francis M. Lyman offered the Dedicatory Prayer, taking 19 minutes. It was very fine indeed.
[Tuesday, March 12, 1907 – Salt Lake City] President Francis M. Lyman, Hyrum M. Smith and Myself Made report to the First Presidency of the land Matters in Marlcops stake refered to us to examine. Our recommendations were adopted and some other added.
[Friday, March 15, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I spent part of the day at the office of the First Presidency. We read the address to the world that had been prepared by the brethren.9
[Tuesday, March 19, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the Presidency of the Church most of the day.
In the evening Josephine and I attended the grand opera at the Salt Lake Theatre. It was very fine. The name was “Madam Butterfly.”
[Wednesday, March 20, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I spent some time at the office. We were reading a document prepared by a committee composed of LeGrand Young, B. H. Roberts, F. S. Richards, R. W. Young, Orson F. Whitney, D. O. McKay and James E. Talmage to be addressed to the People of the United States in defense of our Position. We read and ammended it. My sons George A., Don C., Winslow F., Nicholas G. & Son in law M. A. Pond and their wives and me and my wives [spent] the evening at my son Ezra Chases home. He has been Married ten years today.
[Thursday, March 21, 1907 – Salt Lake City] The Twelve and others met and continued the reading an amending of the Committees document.
[Friday, March 22, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the Presidency. The brethren met and continued the reading of the address and after some Minor amendments on My Motion it was adopted.
[Tuesday, March 26, 1907 – Salt Lake City] It snowed during the night. I was at the Office of the first Presidency during the morning. At 4 p.m. In company with My Wife Josephine I went out to the Granite Stake Tabernacle to a Banquet and dance in honor of the Auxilliary organizations of the Granite Stake.
It was a great spread and the Tables were arranged in a unique manner forming a star. The decorations were splendid, The Poted Plants [p.581]and flowers superb. All of the First presidency and Seven of the Twelve, and other leading Elders present as most of the stake office and the various Societies.
It was a grand time. 600 people must have been present. We were there for about five hours. My wife Sarah went to Ogden today.
[Thursday, March 28, 1907 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and all of the Twelve but C. W. Penrose with Patriarch and Secretary Met in the Temple at 10 a.m. Prayer by Prest. Francis M. Lyman. Mouth at the Altar Heber J. Grant.
We talked general affairs and made our Reports and concluded to buy the old Home of the Smiths at Palmyra and also the Hill Cumorah, New York State.
I had a short ride in an Auto.
[Friday, March 29, 1907 – Salt Lake City] My son Joseph Harmon Smith was rebaptised to day at the Baptistry by John W. Grace.
[Saturday, March 30, 1907 Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Utah Sugar Co., the Idaho Sugar co. and the Idaho Western Sugar Co. met at ten a.m. and Considered the proposition of Consoladation but we could not agree on Conditions and delayed any action.
At 2 p.m. All of the First Presidency, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. & Geo. Albert Smith and Geo. F. Richards of the Twelve, W. W. Riter, Chas. W. Nibley, A. W. Carlson of the Church Auditing Committee met in the Office of the Presidency and read the Annual Report of the Committee. The Church has in Actual Values about Ten Millions of dollars in Land, buildings, and other projects.
[Sunday, March 31, 1907 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. I went to the Temple and attended the fast meeting. At one p.m. services were held in the 17th ward New Chappel. Prest. Nephi Morris, W. N. Williams, David O. Willey Jr. and Myself Blest four Babies and Confirmed 4 persons. I reconfirmed my son Joseph Harmon Smith.
Remarks by John R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund, Francis M. Lyman and Myself.
Dedicatory Prayer by Prest. Jos. F. Smith. Anthem. Hosannah [shout], Choir & Cong. Benediction by Prest. Nephi Morris. 661 persons were present.
At 6:30 p.m. I attended services at the 16th ward and spoke for one hour.
[p.582][Monday, April 1, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I was considerably under the weather and I spent most of the day at home.
[Friday, April 5, 1907 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. the General Conference met in the Tabernacle.
All of the General Authorities but C. W. Penrose, George Reynolds and Robert T. Burton being present.
After Singing and Prayer President Joseph F. Smith spoke about forty minutes giving an acount of the general condition of the church, financial and spiritual.
Orson F. Whitney read an Address of the Presidency to the Church and Nation which took one hour to read.
On motion of President Francis M. Lyman seconded by me it was adopted by the Conference.
The attendance was large. It rained the greater part of the day.
[Monday, April 8, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I paid the Deseret Savings Bank $607.70 note and interest today. Interest 92.70 in total.
[Wednesday, April 10, 1907 – Salt Lake City] My son Joseph Harmon was born December 17th, 1884. Baptised and confirmed by me April 4th, 1892. Rebaptised March 29th by John W. Grace and reconfirmed by me Sunday March 31st.
To day John Royman, Prest. of the Elders Quorum, and myself, me being Mouth Ordained him an Elder.
[Thursday, April 11, 1907 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and all of the Twelve but C. W. Penrose, and the Patriarch John Smith, the Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs met in the Temple at 10 a.m.
We agreed to send Geo. Albert Smith and W. W. Riter to look over the Country around Palmyra, N.Y. and what the Hill Cumorah and old home of Grand Patriarch Joseph Smith can be Purchased for. We also talked of the Purchase of an other large Ranch in Canada [?] by Geo. Teasdale.
[Friday, April 12, 1907 – Salt Lake City] In the evening Josephine and me attended a concert in the interest of Burdette E. Burdette who is going on a mission. He received $59.25 that was taken at the door.
[Monday, April 15, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day between our two homes visiting with the children.
[p.583][Thursday, April 18, 1907 – Salt Lake City] My son Joseph Harmon Received his endowments to day.
[Friday, April 19, 1907 – Salt Lake City] The Ward gave an entertainment for my son Joseph Harmon. Singing, talking and dancing were indulged in. Joseph received $38.00.
It was a very pleasant evening.
[Wednesday, April 24, 1907 – Salt Lake City] My son Joseph Harmon left to day in company with Burdette E. Burdette for a Mission to Holland. I went to Ogden with him.
[Wednesday, May 1, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the first Presidency most of the day. I attended the meetings of the Home Dramatic Directors and the Y.M.M.I.A. board. I paid the Deseret Savings Bank $500.00 on note. I finished paying the state Bank note of $1,200.00.
[Monday, May 6, 1907 – Salt Lake City] The Relief Society celebrated the 85 birthday of Aunt Bathsheba Wilson Bigler Smith in the Lion house. Singing and speach making were the Order of the hour. An Elegant lunch was passed around. About two hundred persons were present.
[Wednesday, May 8, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I met to day with the Directors of the Utah National Bank, Heber J. Grant & Go., Home Fire Insurance Go. and Y.M.M.I.A.
[Tuesday, May 14, 1907 – Salt Lake City] In company with Gov. John C. Cutler, Presidents Joseph F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, Nephi L. Morris, State Senator John Y. Smith of Lehi I went [to] Ogden and visited the schools for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind. Their are 90 blind boys and girls and 80 Deaf and Dumb boys and girls. Their are 20 male Teachers and the same number of Lady Teachers. I[t] was a marvel to me the proficiency the puples were attaining in letters and Mechanics. Professor Frank Driggs has charge of this school.
We had an elegant dinner here.
We then went [to] the Reform School under the management of Bro. Thomas. It has 76 boys and 20 gifts and they are being taught in everything for their good.
I learned to day from Gov. John C. Cutler that their [are] in the State Mental Hospital 308 souls. In the state Prison 228 souls, and among them some very desperate Characters.
[p.584]We returned having traveled 74 miles. My son Winslow Farr had a son born to him today.
[Thursday, May 23, 1907 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. All of the first Presidency and Myself, George Teasdale, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith and Orson F. Whitney of the 12, Patriarch John Smith and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs met in council.
Reports were made. Routine business gone through with. President Smith informed us that he wanted the 12 to keep aloof from other than their church duties.
[Monday, May 27, 1907 – Salt Lake City] Elder Orson F. Whitney blessed our grand son and Named him Winslow Whitney Smith.
[Wednesday, May 29, 1907 – Salt Lake City] At 3 p.m. I attended a meeting of the Directors of the Independent Telephone Co. Some fifteen of our Employes are out on a strike. Some little Mischief has been done by some unknown parties.
[Thursday, May 30, 1907 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. all of the First Presidency and Prest. Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Heber J. Grant, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, George Albert Smith, G. F. Richards, Orson F. Whitney and David O. McKay of the Twelve and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs [met].
At 1 p.m.S.B. Young, B. H. Roberts, R. S. Wells, Jos. W. McMurrin and Charles H. Hart joined us.
The bad grammar and bad spelling in the Book of Mormon was discussed and a theory by Bro. B. H. Roberts was Considered and we concluded to meet tomorrow.
We were together for eight hours.
[Friday, May 31, 1907 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. All of the First Presidency and Francis M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, Myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. F. Richards and Orson F. Whitney of the Twelve, S. B. Young, B. H. Roberts, Rulon S. Wells and Joseph W. McMurrin of the Seventy and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs [met].
It was agreed that B. H. Roberts might print his theory of the Translation of the Book of Mormon in a book.
It was also agreed that the Seventies may hold their Quorum meetings on Sunday at 10 a.m.
[p.585]I attended a meeting of the Directors of the Con. W. & M. Co. at 3:10 p.m.
[Saturday, June 1, 1907 – Salt Lake City] My son Ezra Chase Smith[‘s wife] was taken with severe apendix trouble this afternoon and was taken to the W. H. Groves L.D.S. Hospital.
[Sunday, June 2, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I attended the fast meeting in the Temple at 10 a.m. and it lasted for three hours.
I went with my wife Sarah up to the Hospital to Call upon our daughter[-in-law].
[Monday, June 3, 1907 – Salt Lake City] Dr. Van Cott operated on Elizabeth my son E. Chase Smiths wife for Apendicitis.
[Tuesday, June 4, 1907 – Salt Lake City] At 3 p.m. the Directors of the Utah Mexican Rubber Co. met and heard the Report of the committee who had visited the Rubber Plantation and it seemed to be very favorable and things were prosperous.
[Monday, June 10, 1907 – Salt Lake City] We returned home to day. On the train we learned of the death of Elder Geo. Teasdale Sunday night. I received an appointment from Governor John C. Cutler to go to Denver to attend a Convention meeting in that state on June 18th.
[Tuesday, June 11, 1907 – Provo] I went in company with Gov. John C. Cutler, Presidents Jos. F. Smith & A. H. Lund to Provo and met Reed Smoot and J. B. Keeler and went to the Insane Asylum and under the direction of Dr. Calder examined the condition of that institution. It has about 380[?] inmates. We looked through the Woolen factory and returned home.
[Wednesday, June 12, 1907 – Salt Lake City] At 2 p.m. Funeral of Elder Geo. Teasdale in the Assembly Hall.
Bp. John Whitaker, Myself, S. B. Young, H. J. Grant, Rudger Clawson, A. H. Lund and Prest. Joseph F. Smith all spoke.
I am to go to Oregon with Jos. F. Smith, A. H. Lund and Hyrum M. Smith.
[Thursday, June 13, 1907 – Salt Lake City] At 11:40 a.m. Prests. Joseph F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, Hyrum [p.586]M. Smith, Allice K. Smith and Myself left for La Grande Oregon. At Ogden David Eccles and Charles Nibley and others joined us.
[Saturday, June 15, 1907 – Baker City and La Grande, Oregon] We held two meetings in the new stake house which has cost about $40,000.00 and is Elegant. All of the members of our party but Allice spoke.
[Monday, June 17, 1907 – La Grande] We had a drive up to the Perry Saw Mills and drove about the beautiful Valley.
[Wednesday, June 19, 1907 – Hood River, Oregon] We had a good nights rest and went by steamer from here down the Columbia and up the Willamette Rivers to Portland. It was a lovely day. The scenery was grand.
[Thursday, June 20, 1907 – Portland, Oregon] We attended a banquet given by Geo. Stoddard at the Portland Hotel. It was an Elegant meal.
C. W. Nibley took us to the Opera. About midnight We left Portland for California.
[Visited San Francisco and Los Angeles for sightseeing and left Los Angeles June 26.]
[Thursday, June 27, 1907 – Salt Lake City] We reached here promptly at 6:30 a.m. having traveled 3,250 miles and attended 8 meetings and two Banquets. We had many nice visits with friends.
[Friday, June 28, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the First Presidency. The Directors of the Salt Lake Theatre Company met at 10 a.m.
H. J. Grant, C. S. Burton, George D. Pyper and myself Examined the Theatre and instructed the manager to make a number of Improvements.
[Monday, July 1, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I signed at the Zions Saving Bank and Trust Co. a note for $14,095.00. I paid $95.00 on the note. It is secured [by] the following stock
|Western Idaho Sugar||
|H. J. Grant & Co.||
|S. L. Dramatic||
|Home Fire Insurance||
|[p.587]Con. W. & M. Co.||
|Spanish Fork Coop.||
The Directors of the Mexican Rubber met and agreed to Issue some stock to plant some Banana Land we had instructed Cluff, our Manager to by.
[Went to Chicago on July 3 for meeting of executive committee of Irrigation Congress.]
[Saturday, July 6, 1907 – Chicago] I reached here at 8 a.m. and went to H. J. Sears home and left my lugage.
I went to the Auditorium Hotel. I met with the members of the Executive committee of the Irrigation Congress. About one dozen of us were present. We agreed on a program.
[Saturday, July 13, 1907 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Independent Telephone Co. met at 9 a.m. and came to the Conclusion to try and buy the Bonds of that Co.
I was the hallance of the day at the office of the First Presidency with Prest. J. F. Smith, John R. Winder and H. J. Grant passing upon petitions from various wards in the church to aid in building meeting houses. Over Fourteed thousand dollars was appropriated to give such aid.
[Went July 18 on trip to Colorado and New Mexico with David O. McKay.]
[Wednesday, July 24, 1907 – Sanford, Colorado] Bro. Aaron Hawkins took me to Sanford. The Day [Pioneer Day] was Celebrated. I delivered the Oration and a number of nice speaches were made.
A local company gave Pinafore and we also saw a Base Ball game. We returned to Manassa and attended a Ball.
[Monday, Aug. 5, 1907 – Salt Lake City] In company with Gov. John C. Cutler I attended the Childs Court and learned some very bad things.
[Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I went with Josephine to Ringling Bro. Circus in the evening. It is a great affair.
[Saturday, Aug. 17, 1907 – Logan] In the evening Bishop Orin P. Miller and I went to Logan to attend [p.588] the joint funeral of Wm. B. Preston and Solon Barber [who] drowned in Bear River near Cache Junction.
[Thursday, Aug. 22, 1907 – Salt Lake City] Upon Invitation of Governor J. C. Cutler I attended a Banquet given by him to Secretary of Commerce and Labor Strauss in the Alta Club.
[Saturday, Aug. 24, 1907 – Salt Lake City] In company with Heber J. and B. F. Grant, Jos. Geoghegan and LeRoy Snow and Yancy Arent[?] I went by Automobile to dog Valley in Juab Go. to a dry farm owned by B. F. Grant and others and Witnessed the operation of a combined Reaper and Thrasher. It did nice. Gov. John C. Cutler and Prest. A. H. Lund and Geo. Whitman had joined us at Nephi.
The work in reaping and Thrashing and sacking was done in splendid shape.
We left home at 5:45 a.m. and returned at 10 p.m. having traveled 220 miles and made seven stops. On the good road we made wonderful time. It rained considerable during the day.
[Went on August 29 to Sacramento, California, for Irrigation Congress.]
[Thursday, Sept. 12, 1907 Salt Lake City] I was at home. I was elected a Director of the Inter Mountain Cement & Brick Co. today. I met with the Directors.
[Saturday, Sept. 14, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I was at home most of the day. I spent part of the forenoon with Prest. John R. Winder.
Nicholas Groesbeck Morgan and about fifty of his kindred and friends were entertained at Josephines this evening.
Hyrum Groesbeck blest N. G. Morgan and gave him some Counsel.
[Monday, Sept. 16, 1907 – Salt Lake City] Prest. John R. Winder and myself read the business correspondence of the office. My family are at work getting ready for the Marriage of our daughter Tirzah Priscilla to William Langton on the 18th day of this month.
[Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I am fifty nine (59) years old today. I sealed in the Temple to day my daughter Tirzah Priscilla to William F. Langton, son of William and Frances A. Langton.
We had about one hundred persons at Aunt Sarah F. to night and had a very agreable time.
I am pleased with my new son in law.
[p.589][Thursday, Sept. 19, 1907 – Salt Lake City] My sister Priscilla Smith Taylor gave birth to a daughter to day.
[Friday, Sept. 20, 1907 – Salt Lake City] In company with John Stringham, Jos. F. Smith, A. H. Lund, Thos Hull and Myself started in an Auto to Woods Cross to see the Cannery. Our Machine was disabled, and Geo. Stringham picked Bros. Smith, Lund and Myself and took [us] to the Canning plant where we looked through the building. 27 men and boys and 50 girls were at work. We were gone three hours and had a 20 mile ride in the Auto.
[Saturday, Sept. 21, 1907 – Salt Lake City] My sister Priscilla Smith [Taylor] is dangerously sick from Brights disease of the kidney.
[Monday, Sept. 23, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I went to Provo to see my sick sister Priscilla Taylor. She is very bad. I blest her.
[Thursday, Sept. 26, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the first Presidency most of the day. Prest. Francis M. Lyman, Thos Hull and myself were considering the Skelton publishing Co. matter.
At 4:30 p.m. I went to Provo to see my sick sister Priscilla Taylor. She is a little improved.
[Friday, Sept. 27, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I spent the most of the day at the Presideheys office. All of the Presidency, F. M. Lyman, Thos. Hull and myself decided it would not be best to t[o]uch the Skclton matter.
[Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1907 – Salt Lake City] In company with the manager and some of the Directors of the Utah Idaho Sugar Co. we had a visit with H. O. Havemeyer and talked over our business Concerns.
About 8 p.m. one hundred members of the Smith family and friends Celebrated the seventy first birthday of Aunt Amy Jones King Smith, wife of Judge Elias Smith.
We had a nice lunch and most enjoyable time singing, reciting and having a good all round time.
[Sunday, Oct. 6, 1907 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] 2 p.m. Prayer by Prest. David K. Udall. The speakers were S. O. Bennion and B. H. Roberts, the later dwelling on the Missouri troubles.
The general Authoraties were sustained and Anthony W. Ivins was [p.590]selected to fill the place made vacant in the Quorum of the Apostles by the death of Elder George Teasdale.
Two overflow meetings were held in the afternoon and one in the forenoon.
The Presidency and Twelve met in the Beehive house, all being present and taking part but C. W. Penrose. Prest. Francis M. Lyman gave the Charge to Bro. A. W. Ivins and Prest. Joseph F. Smith ordained him an Apostle.
[Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1907 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency and F. M. Lyman, Myself, H. M. Smith, Geo. A. smith, Geo. F. Richards, A. W. Ivins, H. J. Grant and members of the Josepa board met and talked over the Ranch matters and voted to secure the Mountain Water for power and Irrigation purposes.
[Saturday, Oct. 12, 1907 – Salt Lake City and Provo] In company with Prest. Jos. F. Smith and wife Allice K. I went to Provo and attended the Trustees meeting of the Brigham Young University. I called on my sick sister Priscilla Taylor and found her still bad.
[Sunday, Oct. 13, 1907 – Provo and Salt Lake City] I called upon my sister Priscilla who had passed a very bad night. We left for home at 11:59 a.m., travelling on this trip 94 miles.
My wife Josephine is fifty years old today. I had dinner with her and her children.
[Friday, Oct. 18, 1907 – Salt Lake City] F. M. Lyman, Rudger Clawson, Geo. Albert Smith, my wife Sarah and myself took a ride with H. J. Grant in his new Auto. 35 miles.
My Daughter N. Clair Smith is going to Chicago and Chattanooga, Tenn. with Ben E. Rich. I gave her $75.00. I blest her.
[Sunday, Oct. 20, 1907 – Nephi] My wife Sarah was married to me forty one years ago today.
[Thursday, Oct. 24, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I attended the meeting of Seventies Quorum at Granite Stake House. 496 persons were present, men and women.
President Joseph F. Smith says their are only two Priesthoods and out of these grows the Various offices. The Twelve act as presiding officer by virtue of being high Priests and not on account of the Apostleship but that makes them Witnesses of Christ and heralds of the truth.
[Saturday, Oct. 26, 1907 – Salt Lake City and Provo] By Telephone message during the night we learned that our sister [p.591]Priscilla S. Taylor was not expected to live during the night. My sisters Clarissa and Elizabeth went to Provo. We found Priscilla still alive and very bad. She improved a little during the day.
[Sunday. Oct. 27, 1907 – Salt Lake City] Dr. Taylor says Priscilla is much better. I blest her and returned to my home.
[Monday, Nov. 4, 1907 – Ephraim] It is founders day of the Snow Academy. It is 20 years old tomorrow. The student body marched about the city and held services in the big Hall of the academy building. We had some excelent music by the students. Prests. Smith and Lund, Prof. Noyes, Prest. Henry Beal and I spoke.
We had a nice Banquet in the Hall given by the Domestic Science class. It was nicely served.
We returned home having held 8 meetings and Traveled 250 miles.
[Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1907 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Utah Idaho Sugar Go. met at 3 p.m. today. Money Matters are badly mixed all over the Land.
[Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1907 – Salt Lake City and Provo] A company of sixty of our relatives, among them Prest. F. M. Lyman went to Provo and attended the funeral of my sister Priscilla in the Fifth Ward Meeting House. David John, Patriarch John Smith, Reed Smoot, Prest. Francis M. Lyman and Bp. Manwearing speaking. I dedicated the grave.
Myself and wives dined at Jos. Cheevers. We returned home in the evening having traveled 100 miles.
[Saturday, Nov. 16, 1907 – on train in Kansas] [to Trans-Mississippi West Gommercial Congress meeting in Oklahoma] President H. D. Loveland of the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress and I met. We Joined the following Telegram to Governor Haskell of the new state of Oklahoma.
All hail to the forty six star of the great Republic.
May she ever be worthy of the best Traditions of all the Races from which her citizenship has sprung.
May the highest Ideals of the patriots of the Past ever characterize her sons and daughters during all time.
H. D. Loveland
John Henry Smith
President & Ex. Pres. of the Trans
Mississippi Com. Congress
[p.592][Wednesday, Nov. 20, Muskogee, Oklahoma] Three meetings [of the Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress] were held. I presided at one of them. I also made a short speach in response to the welcome made by Coy. Haskell.
[Sunday, Nov. 24, 1907 – Muskogee] We visited the national Cemetery and saw the grave of the Indian wife of Sam Houston, the house where Blaine was entertained when sick after his defeat by Cleveland, the school house where Stanley the African Explorer taught, the house now in rouins where Jefferson Davis lived at the close of the rebellion and other Interesting places.
[Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1907 – Chicago] I reached here at 9 a.m. and went to the home of Dr. H. J. Sears. I met my daughter Claire.
I was measured for a Wig today and paid $22.50 for it.
[Saturday, Nov. 30, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I reached home at 9 a.m. found all well. My daughter Sarah A. Pond had given birth to a son on the 28th Thanksgiving day. I have been gone 16 days, attended 20 meetings of various kinds and traveled 4,082 miles.
[Sunday, Dec. 1, 1907 – Salt Lake City] At 3 p.m. I attended fast meeting in the 17th ward.
We had sixteen speakers and all enjoyed a good spirit. It was a remarkable meeting.
I confirmed my grand daughter Edith, my son Georges daughter.
[Monday, Dec. 2, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I sent my sons Nathaniel and Joseph H. their allowance of twenty dollars each and Five dol. each extra for Christmas.
[Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I met the Presidency, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith and David O. McKay.
Many items of business were passed upon and reports made.
I was called out because of the sickness of my daughter Sara A. babe.
I blest him and named him Karl Lamar. He was born Nov. 28th, 1907 in this City of Salt Lake.
I was at the office the rest of the day with the Presidency.
[Thursday, Dec. 5, 1907 – Salt Lake City] Today by a letter from the First Presidency. Bp. William B. Preston was honorably released from the duties of his great office. Prest. Francis M. [p.593]Lyman and I presented it in the Presence of his Wife and his sons in law, L. R. Martineau and Oscar Moyle.
Bro. Lyman blest Sister Preston and I blest the Bishop at their request. The release was accepted in a kindly spirit by all.
[Monday, Dec. 9, 1907 – Provo] The board of the Brigham Young University met and cleared up some business. Prest. Jos. F. Smith presiding. We voted to build a memorial building on Temple Hill to Karl G. Maeser.
[Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I received a wig today from Wolf of Chicago.
[Thursday, Dec. 12, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of the Independent Telephone Co. We talked over the transfer of the stock and held to the idea it must not be done unless we could be satisfied it is held by an innocent purchaser.
[Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I attended a meeting of the board of Directors of the Salt Lake Theatre Co. Also the meeting of the Utah Mexican Rubber Co. Directors. We decided that our Manager should pay a visit early in the year to the Tabasco Ranch.
[Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I had dinner to day with 199 Employees of the shoe and overall departments of Z.C.M.I. It was a fine spread. A. H. Lund, Geo. Romney, John R. Barnes, F. Y. Webber and myself of the Directors being present and all spoke.
[Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I spent the entire day between my two homes, Eating my Christmas dinner at Josephines.
[Friday, Dec. 27, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I was with the Presidency and Bishopric talking Tithing business affairs over. Bro. Rudger Clawson presented Church property schedule and valuations were considered.
[Saturday, Dec. 28, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon at the office of the First Presidency. I had a talk with H. J. Grant about himself.
David Eccles of Ogden City presented his Coal scheme to the brethren which seems to me is a very good one.
[p.594][Sunday, Dec. 29, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I spent the forenoon at my home. I wrote a letter to and sent one dollar to my grandson Stanley Shields Smith who is ten years old today.
[Monday, Dec. 30, 1907 – Salt Lake City] I spent the evening at James Dwyers in company with my wife Sarah F., Bp. C. W. Nibley & wife, Wm. N. Williams and wife, Mrs. Priscilla Jennings, Mrs. Joseph Watson, Mrs. Elliza Hendley & Susan Brooks and his daughters Margaret, Edna, Dorothy & Phyllis. We had a grand supper and a most pleasing evening.
[Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1907 – Salt Lake City]
|I settled the tithing of the year to night. I paid||
|I sent to my sons|
|Nathaniel to day||
During the Present year I have traveled 25,241 miles. I have attended the Irrigation and Trans Mississippi Commercial Congress. I have attended 485 meetings of various kinds.
[Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I spent the entire day at my homes reading and visiting. My wife Sarah gave us a very nice dinner.
I paid the Jordan State Bank $2,040.15 to day. I borrowed from the Utah National Bank to day $1,500.00 and am to pay at the rate of 8 percent per annum. The note will be due on April 3rd.
[Thursday, Jan. 9, 1908 – Salt Lake City] In company with H. J. Grant I called up Sister Emily Grant and administered to her. She has some internal trouble the Doctors fears is malignant.
[Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1908 – Salt Lake City and Provo] In company with Prest. Jos. F. Smith to Provo. President Geo. H. Brimhall met us [at] the depot and took to the Brigham Young University. We met with Faculty in their morning prayers. I offered the Prayer. We adjourned to the College Hall and it was explained to the students the school would march up to Temple Hill and the grounds owned by the University would be dedicated for school purposes.
Dedication prayer was offered [by] President Joseph F. Smith.
[p.595][Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1908 – Salt Lake City] The Trans Missouri Arid Farming Congress met at 10 a.m. in Armory Hall. Called to order by Governor J. C. Cutler who read a paper.
[Sunday, Jan. 26, 1908 – Salt Lake City] Not feeling [well] I spent the entire day at home reading in the Bible.
[Friday, Jan. 31, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of the Salt Lake Theatre Co. and the Directors of the Utah National Bank. I spent part of the day in the office of the Presidency.
At 10 p.m. I went to the depot and went to bed. I found Hyrum M. Smith all ready there.
[Went to Idaho, January 31-February 3, and organized new Rigby Stake. ]
[Sunday, Feb. 9, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I met with my prayer circle in the Temple.
The Papers announced that the Utah National bank had been Robed.
[Monday, Feb. 10, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I called at the Utah National Bank and conversed with several of the employees, also with W. S. McCornick and learned that over $106,000.00 had been stolen and had occured a month ago.
[Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 10:30 a.m. I attended the Bank meeting of the Utah National [Bank]. W. J. McConnell, Adams, Jos. Nelson, Rod C. Badger, J. W. W. Fitzgerald, O. P. Miller and myself being present.
The Secretary made his report which was accepted. Prest. McCornick reported that the bank had been Robed about Jany. 5th and from that time until the present he had been doing all in his power to ferret out the Theives by the employment of Detectives but that no man had as yet been found. He kept the matter quiet believing that the chances were better to capture the guilty party. The board endorsed his work and instructed to make every legitimate effort in his power to ferret out the parties.
[Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 11 p.m. I went to sleep on the San Pedro Train.
[Friday, Feb. 21, 1908 – San Bernardino and Los Angeles] We reached Los Angeles and transferred our Lugage to the Southern Pacific Station and left it. We went to the S.P. uptown office and bought our sleeper and took Electric Car to Ocean Beach. On the Road I discovered [p.596]that I had lost my Book of Passes and $80.00 money. We went to the end of our journey and Telephoned to the Railway office our loss but learned nothing.
At Ocean Beach we met John T. Caine and Wife and family, George W. Snow, Dr. Steven Richards and Wife and family. After a short visit Bro. Geo. F. Richards and I returned to Los Angeles and made some search for my book but failed to find it.
At 1 p.m. Bro. Richards left for Mesa, Arizona in company with a young Bro. McAllen. I called at the Times office [and] put an advertisement of my loss in the paper. We also went to the Police head Quarters and had some talk with a Detective and left a description of my loss. Mr. Ingram and his Clerk Mr. Jameson took steps for me to get transportation to El Paso, Texas and return.
[Friday, Feb. 28, 1908 – Thatcher, Arizona] We attended the religious exercises at the Acadamy and Bro. G. F. Richards and I spoke to the students.
The evening was spent at the church office with President Andrew Kimball and his cousellors and other brethren talking over the proposition of building a new academy building to Cost about $25,000.00 dollars.
[Friday, March 6, 1908 – Dublan and Colonia Juarez, Mexico] Bro. Henry E. Bowman took us in his Auto to Colonia Juarez. We put up at Bro. A. W. Ivins. I got shaved and I visited some of the business houses. I delivered to Mrs. Josephine C. Haws $100.00 her sister sent by me from Thatcher.
We attended a ball in the Academy building for a short time. It was a very pleasant affair.
[Saturday, March 7, 1908 – Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua] Conference Convened in the Academy at 10 a.m. Prest. A. W. Ivins presiding.
7:30 p.m. Priesthood meeting, a nice attendance.
I called a vote of the brethren who unamously voted to release from their labors in this field Anthony W. Ivins, Helaman Pratt, Guy C. Wilson of the Presidency and members of the High Council.
[Monday, March 9, 1908 – Colonia Juarez] At 8 p.m. another meeting was held.
Guy C. Wilson made a speach and presented Bro. A. W. Ivins with an elegant gold watch. Cost $240.00. Elder A. W. Ivins made a nice response to the encomiums passed upon his life.
[Thursday, March 12, 1908 – Los Angeles] We reached Los Angeles at 9:45 a.m. and I called at the Police office but learned nothing of my Wallet.
[p.597][Friday, March 13, 1908 – on train to Utah] On the train day spent in reading the bible.
[Saturday, March 14, 1908 – Salt Lake City] We reached home at 6:30 a.m. having attended 31 meetings and traveled 3,730 miles.
I paid my son George Albert $1,000.00. I received from Telephone people $3,500.00.
[Sunday, March 15, 1908 -Lund, Iron County] I was met here by Kumen Jones and taken to Cedar City. Bp. Henry Lunt took me to Parowan. I met with the young people at 7:30 p.m.
I spoke one hour and forty minutes on Moral lives.
I put up at the home of my sister Mary A. Wimmer.
[Monday, March 16, 1908 – Parowan and Cedar City] Bp. Henry Lunt took me to Cedar City and I put up at his home. I had a visit with George Wood and some of his children. The old gentleman is getting getting quite feable in mind and body.
[Tuesday, March 17, 1908 – Cedar City] Upon the recommendation of Bishop H. Lunt and Prest. W. T. Jones and his Councillors I restored his rights in the Church to George Condie. I had a long visit with Geo. Wood and promised to do all I can for him.
[Wednesday, March 18, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I reached my home at 6:15 a.m. having traveled 594 miles and attended four meeting.
[Saturday, March 21, 1908 – Salt Lake City] My health is better than for the past three years.
[Went to meetings at Fielding, Utah, and Malad, Idaho, March 21-24.]
[Tuesday, March 31, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. All of the Twelve but Reed Smoot and C. W. Penrose met in their room in the Temple.
All present spoke freely on their labors and experiences and in a Most friendly way.
We were together from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. except 1 hour and a half.
I have traveled in the past three months 6,741 miles. I have attended during the present year up to and including this day 124 meetings.
[Wednesday, April 1, 1908 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency, All of the Twelve but Reed Smoot and C. W. [p.598]Penrose met in the Temple at 10 a.m. Patriarch John Smith and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs also being present.
All of our Company partook of the sacrament together. D. O. McKay blessing the bread and Water.
I paid Zions Savings Bank $1,000.00 principal and Interest $332.50.
[Thursday, April 2, 1908 – Salt Lake City] 3 p.m. the Presidency and All of the Twelve but Reed Smoot, C. W. Penrose and D. O. McKay met with the Auditing Committee and presiding Bishop and heard the Auditors report read and it was a good one. The Church has over Seven Millions worth of property.
[Friday, April 3, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I paid E. O. Taylor $12.30 for repairs on teeth of Clair and Glenn. At 10 a.m. the Directors of the Utah Idaho Sugar Co. met and received and accepted reports. The company is in good shape.
At 12 noon I met with All of the Twelve but R. Smoot, C. W. Penrose and David O. McKay in their Room in the Temple.
I spent the ballance of the day at the Office of the Presidency. President C. W. Penrose was instructed [by] Cablegram and letter to sell two buildings in Liverpool and one in London and make a purchase of a large fine building in London.
[Saturday, April 4, 1908 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] Priesthood meeting at 7 p.m. Present 1,389 persons.
The report of the Auditors of the Church accounts were read. W. W. Riter made a nice talk on the financial Condition of the Church, as did A. W. Carlson. Prest. A. H. Lund also spoke of the stable condition of the Church.
[Tuesday, April 7, 1908 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency and the Twelve spent the evening at Prest. John R. Winder. The Patriarch John Smith as also the wives of the brethren were there.
We had an excelent dinner and lots of singing largely by Horace Ensign.
[Wednesday, April 8, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of the Utah National Bank. The men on who suspicion has rested for having robed the bank of $106,250.00 except W. F. Adams who declined. The board removed him from the Executive Committee and demanded his resignation from the board.
I met with the Directors of the Nevada Land & Cattle Co., Home Fire Insurance Co., H. J. Grant & Co., Y.M.M.I.A. board.
[p.599]One hundred and Ten persons met at a banquet at 6 p.m. with the Remnants of Zions Camp. Nathan Tanner 93 years old being the only surviving member. The wives of 4 members deceased were present.
Of the Mormon Batallion Four men were present and 12 women.10
We had a very nice time together. Some splendid singing by the Students of the Church University. Some nice speaches and essays.
7 meetings to day. I missed one.
[Thursday, April 9, 1908 – Salt Lake City] Myself and Wives went to Spanish Fork to draw our yearly Dividend. It was $298.75. I paid $30.00 Tithing and withdrew $228.75 in goods and left $40.00 standing to our credit.
[Friday, April 10, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 2 p.m. the Utah Idaho Sugar Co. held its stock holders meeting. I was reelected a Dircctor of that company.
I met with Gov. John C. Cutler and several other parties and talked over holding peace meetings.
[Saturday, April 11, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I paid the Inter Mountain C. & B. Co. $100.00 for stock.
At 3 p.m. Josephine and me went to the Lion house to a meeting of the Daughters of the Pioneers.
W. W. Riter and Phillip Margetts entertained the Audience. We had Cake and Butter Milk.
At 6 p.m. I went to the Home of John MacDonald who is 78 years old to day. We had a grand spread. 110 persons sat down at the tables. My wife Sarah was with me. We sang, recited and danced.
[Tuesday, April 14, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I was mouth in setting apart C. A. Callis for a mission to the Southern States.
The Committee on Programme of the Peace organization consisting of Rev. P. Simpkins Brewster, Myself and Mrs. Cosgrove met and arranged a Programme.
[Saturday, April 18, 1908 – Provo] We held a short Priesthood meeting at which we took the sentiment of 45 High Priests, 17 Seventies and 16 Elders present in regard to who [p.600]should fill the presidency as bro. David John was honorably released owing to growing mental and Physical weakness.
[Sunday, April 19, 1908 – Provo] [stake conference] I spoke to the people and they honorably released with their blessing and love Prest. David John and sustained him as a Patriarch.
Joseph Brigham Keeler was sustained as president of the Utah [stake] of Zion. Lafayette Holbrook as 1st Councillor and Jesse William Knight 2[nd].
[Thursday, April 23, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I was before the Grand Jury of the U.S. Court in the Matter of the Utah National Bank Robbery.
[Tuesday, April 28, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I met Noble Warrum at the office of the Utah Mexican Rubber Co. and he told me of his recent visit to our Plantation. He says Matters are going on nicely.
I went to the Temple and was baptised for George Wood of Cedar City, Iron Co. George Wood was born on Nov. 13th, 1822, England. He died April 26th, 1908 in Cedar City, Iron Co., Utah. Andrew Mollerup baptised me for Geo. Wood and Bp. Albert W. Davis Confirmed me for him and restored all his rights and blessing in the Priesthood. Duncan McAllister assisted him. I telephoned this information to Bishop Henry Lunt of Cedar City.
[Thursday, April 30, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 8 p.m. I attended at the Barrett Hall the Commencement exercises of a Nursing Class.
Dr. Joseph Richards distributed the deplomas and flowers were given each graduate. 3 nonMormon and 10 Mormon girls made up the class, 13 in all.
[Saturday, May 2, 1908 – Salt Lake City] Prest. John R. Winder and myself attended the Laying of the Comer Stone of the New meeting house of the 2nd Ward of the Liberty Stake.
James Leach, 93 years old today, laid the Comer Stone on the lot he had settled on in 1848, giving one half its value to the Ward and some money to construct the building.
I went with my wives and called upon Aunt Bathsheba W. Smith who will be 86 years old tomorrow. Her grand daughters did the receiving.
[Monday, May 4, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I attended the Republican Primary.
[p.601][Tuesday, May 5, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 2 p.m. I met Gov. John C. Cutler, Rabi Freund, Mrs. Cosgrove, Rev. Brewster and others of the committee to draft a Constitution for a Peace policy.
We paid our fee of one dollar each. We amended our Constitution and became a member of the American body of Boston.
[Wednesday, May 6, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. All of the First Presidency And All of the Twelve but Rudger Clawson who is in California and Reed Smoot who is in Washington, D. C. and C. W. Penrose who is in Europe met in the Temple.
A letter of B. H. Roberts was read which seems to place that gentleman in a more dangerous place. It is an Assault on Reed Smoot.
At 4 p.m. I met with the Religion Class board. Elder Henry Peterson said he had visited the Juvenile Court and the Records showed that in the past 6 months 83 girls and 742 boys have been before that Court for Various Crimes, largely violations of the Curfew law. That about seventy five percent were the children of the L.D. Saints.
[Thursday, May 7, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 11:45 [p.m.] Joseph F. Smith Jr. and I left for Oakley, Cassia Go., Idaho to attend the stake Conference.
[Sunday, May 10, 1908 – Oakley, Idaho] At 12 noon The Presidency held a meeting with the Bishops of the Stake, all of whom were present but one, 13 in number. Prest. Wm. T. Jack, Joseph F. Smith Jr. and I spoke to them on tithing and fast offering and the proper care of the same and of the Poor who were dependant. To guard against Idelness but to properly care for the worthy needy.
[Tuesday, May 12, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I reached home at 8:30 a.m., having traveled 642 miles.
I went with Prest. Joseph F. Smith to the U.S. MarshalIs office. He had been subpoened before the U.S. Grand Jury as a witness in the Utah National Bank Robery Case.
[Wednesday, May 13, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. All of the First Presidency and All of the Twelve but Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Chas. W. Penrose and Geo. F. Richards being present. Patriarch John Smith and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs. Routine business was attended to.
I attended the Utah National Bank Directors meeting. H. J. Grant & Co. Directors meeting.
Religion Class board. Young Mens Mutual Improvement Association board. Six meetings to day 6.
[p.602][Sunday, May 17, 1908 – Salt Lake City] It is a lovely day.
Peace meeting are being held all over the Land.
I heard Orson F. Whitney talk peace in the Tabernacle.
The Committee appointed by Gov. John C. Cutler held peace services in the Congregational Church. Prayer by Dr. Paden.
Col. Geo. W. Squires presided. Bp. [Franklin] Spaulding of the Episcopal Church made a speach. Mr. Miller read a Paper by Bp. Scanlan of the Catholic Church. Judge Wm. H. King spoke for the Latter Day Saints and I felt it was the best of all. A Paper from Gov. Cutler was adopted and a board elected, Gov. Cutler being elected President. I was made a Director.
We had nice music and singing.
Benediction by Rabbi [Charles] Freund.
A Peace meeting was held in the 17th Ward.
[Tuesday, June 2, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I went to Provo this morning and attended the Commencement exercises of the Brigham Young University. The members of the board of Trustees, The Faculty and Student body marched [to] the Stake Tabernacle where the exercises were held.
During the present year 74 Professors and Teachers have been employed. 1,756 students have been enroled.
I presented Diplomas and confeted degrees by order of the President and faculty representing the board of Trustees.
My son George Albert Smith delivered address.
We marched to Temple Hill in a rain storm where ground was broke for the Karl G. Maeser Memorial building, Geo. Albert Smith offering the Prayer of Dedication and I breaking the sod [and] making a short speach. Many lifted a sod. I threw one dollar into the hole.
[Wednesday, June 3, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I sealed Hyrum Groesbeck Jr. and Miss Helena Taylor Badge, Leslie Hermon Groesbeck and Miss Hazel Alice Calder. Geo. Rommey and Alfred Soloman witnesses.
They held receptions in the evening but I did not go owing to a severe pain in my left side.
[Friday, June 5, 1908 – Salt Lake City] Myself and Wives spent the evening at Hyrum Groesbeck with his newly weded sons and their wives and friends of the family. We had a pleasant time.
[p.603][Monday, June 8, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office most of the day. I received a letter from my Nephew Byron O. Colton Jr. saying his mother was very sick. I wrote to him.
[Went to southern Utah for stake conferences, June 11-22.]
[Tuesday, June 23, 1908 – Salt Lake City] We reached here at 6:30 a.m. Having traveled 743 miles and attended 21 meetings. I spent most of the day at home.
[Friday, June 26, 1908 – Salt Lake City] Today is my fathers birthday. Myself and Wife Sarah F. and Geo. F. Richards & wife went to Ogden and was met by David O. McKay and wife and children with Bro. James Scoweroft and his Auto and taken a ride of 40 miles over Weber County, going up to Huntsville and having a fish dinner at the Hermitage in Ogden Canyon.
We met at 3 p.m. with the Presidency of the stake, L. W. Shurtleff, Chas. Middleton and John Watson. We came to the conclusion that the Weber Stake could best be devided in to three.
We ate supper at David O. McKays and returned home having traveled 112 miles.
[Sunday, June 28, 1908 – Clearfield] We took a drive about the County with Bp. Wood at whose home we had stoped over night.
Our Conference was held in the Clearfield Canning Company Warehouse.
The Conference Convened at 10:30 a.m. President Jos. H. Grant presididng. There were 1,095 persons present.
Prest. Seymour B. Young who joined us this morning spoke to us an hour on the mission, life and labors and Martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith who was killed 64 years ago yesterday with his brother Hyrum Smith. I spoke on his life work for thirty minutes.
We had an elegant dinner at Bp. Geo. Woods.
2:30 p.m. The general and Local Authoraties were sustained.
Prest. Seymour B. Young continued his discourse on the life of the prophet. Patriarch Silas S. Smith gave a testimony on the mission of Joseph the Prophet. He is the oldest living Kinsman of Joseph Smith, being a first Cousin. I spoke on the succession in the priesthood and talked on Marriage.
There were 1,905 persons present, the largest stake Conference ever held in Davis Co.
[p.604][Tuesday, June 30, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At the Invitation of Joseph Nelson and Jerry Langford I took a trip on Salt Lake in the Steamer Irene with about forty other persons, among them Gov. J. C. Cutler and R. Cutler, W. S. McCornick, A. W. Davis and Post Master Thomas.
We rode in the boat about 130 miles going to Lucin Cutoff and bird Island, making the travel 156 miles.
[Wednesday, July 1, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. President A. H. Lund and all of the Twelve but George A. Smith, C. W. Penrose and A. W. Ivins met in the Temple. President Jos. F. Smith, John R. Winder, Elder Geo. A. Smith and Patriarch John Smith having gone on a trip to Oregon.
The report of the Committee recommending the devision of Weber stake into three was adopted. President Roosevelt having appointed Reed Smoot on a Mission Political to Europe he decided to go.
[Saturday, July 4, 1908 – Salt Lake City] The night was a noisy one. The burning of fire crackers by the boys and girls.
I took my wife Josephine and daughters Bessie, Elsie, Arzella and Josephine with a Miss Broberg and two little Miss Leavers and went up City Creek Canyon and spent the day. Making drive of about 20 miles and having a pleasant day beside a shady brook.
[Wednesday, July 8, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I met with the members of the Deaf and Dumb Convention and spoke to them for about 15 minutes at Recital in the Tabernacle.
[Friday, July 10, 1908 – Juab County] I went to Juab County to Visit the Experiment farm. I was very much pleased with what I saw. We went to Nephi and held a meeting in the Tabernacle. The speakers Consisted of five men, Gov. J. C. Cutler being among them. I also spoke.
Their were about four hundred people went from Salt Lake, Utah and Weber Counties.
We reached home at 11:30 p.m. awfully tired.
[Sunday, July 12, 1908 – Salt Lake City] 2 p.m. A Temperance Meeting was held in the Tabernacle, Prest. F. M. Lyman presiding. The Tabernacle Choir sang three numbers and a Sunday School Choir one.
Prayer by H. J. Grant. President Lyman Introduced Louis Fuller who spoke. Governor John C. Cutler read a nice paper.
[p.605]Dr. P. A. Baker spoke 40 minutes on Temperance.
The congregation was a fair one. The day has been very hot.
4 p.m. I met with my Prayer Circle and spoke to them, 13 of the brethren being present.
My son Nicholas G. was ordained a Seventy to day [by] Prest. Jonathan Golden Kimball.
[Tuesday, July 14, 1908] At 10:40 [p.m.] I went to the O[regon] Short Line depot and went to bed.
[Wednesday, July 15, 1908 – Idaho Falls, Idaho] We reached here at 9 a.m. All of the Members of the Inter Mountain Cement and Brick Co., John C. Sharp, Mathew and Wm. Noal, E. S. Wright and myself, secretary Palmer Sharp and Mr. Keizer. We went to the Plant and spent most of the day trying to start up the machinery. The Man in charge, William P. Sherman had his arm broken by getting entangled in the machinery.
The board held a meeting in the evening having been Joined by Mark Austin. Manager T. R. Cutler Jr. was also with us.
Thus far the work has been well and in a few days will be in full motion making brick.
At 10 p.m. we went to bed at the station.
[Saturday, July 18, 1908 – Salt Lake City] Presidents Joseph F. Smith and John R. Winder and party returned from a three weeks trip in Oregon and California.
I spent most of the day in the office of the Presidency going through the routine business. D. O. McKay came in. We talked over the Weber stake Matter. I went to Ogden and Bro. D. O. McKay and I took a drive out west of Ogden to note the line of Devision East and West on 24th Street.
We met President L. W. Shurtliff and Counselors and discused the matter of officers for the Weber stake.
[Wednesday, July 22, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. All of the First Presidency and All of the Twelve but Reed Smoot and C. W. Penrose with Patriarch John Smith and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs met in the Temple. Prayer by A. W. Ivins. I was mouth at the altar.
We had considerable business and Reports were made.
Bro. A. W. Ivins and I am to visit Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
We all partook of the Sacrament Bro. D. O. McKay blessing it.
[p.606]The Twelve met and agreed that Ben. E. Rich should go to the Eastern States Mission, Elder Callis to the Southern States Mission, John L. Herrick to the Colorado Mission and Jos. F. Smith Jr. to the North Western States Mission.
[Thursday, July 23, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I spent part of the day at the office of the Presidency.
I met with the Directors of the Con. W. & M. Co. board at 3:15 p.m. The reports show a falling of in the Volumme of business done in the past six months. I got $200.00 expense money from Arthur Winter.
At 7:30 p.m. Anthony W. Ivins, S. O. Bennion of the Central States Mission and Myself left for an extended trip through Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
[Saturday, July 25, Manassa, Colorado] The stock holders of the Mexican Col. and Agricultural Co. [met] and reelected the old board except bro. Helm, bro. Erastus A. Nielson being elected in his place.
The board reelected all of the old officers.
I paid $50.00 to the Treasurer and he paid to Directors and some small bills and himself.
[Tuesday, July 28, 1908 – Independence, Missouri] We reached Independence, Mo. at 10 a.m. and found all well at the Mission house. We took a Carriage and looked over the City. We Saw the Danielson Plow factory. We saw the Moulders to work making castings. We looked into the financial condition and concluded they needed ten thousand dollars soon and Danielson and Bennion Telegraphed to O. P. Miller to send the same at once.
[Wednesday, July 29, 1908 – Independence] Elder A. W. Ivins, Prest. S. O. Bennion and Myself went to Gallatin, the County Seat of Davis Co., Mo. We had dinner and hired a team and Drove out to Adam Ondi Ahman. We saw the old home of Lyman Wight and drank out of the old well and the Water was good.
We visited the spot where Prophet Jos. Smith said Adam built an Altar. The people say here it was here Adam was buried. It is a limestone country with hill and valley, the Grande River runnning through the County. It well may be called the Garden of Eden. We offered prayers in the spot that indicated where the Altar stood. W. D. McDonald now owns the Wight farm.
We forded the Grande River in returning to Gallatin and our team balked in the Center of the River but we finally persuaded him to take [us] back to shore.
[p.607]We returned to Independence about 11 p.m. having had an interesting day.
[Saturday, Aug. 1, 1908 – Texarkana to Kelsey, Texas] We reached this place at 8 a.m. and changed to the Cotton Belt Railway. From her[e] we traveled to Kelsey, Upsher Co., Texas. On the road we had a feast of Water Melons.
At 8 p.m. we held meeting.
Bros. S. O. Bennion, Myself and A. W. Ivins spoke. The room was well filled. About 400 people of our faith live here. It is a nice section of the Country.
[Thursday, Aug. 6, 1908 – Independence, Missouri] Bros. Ivins, S. O. Bennion and Myself went by Railway 54 miles to Cameron where we took Carriage 11 Miles to Far West, Coldwell Go.
We met Jacob D. Whitmer who took us to the Temple lot. I stood on all four Corners which remain intact. I took a piece from the North East Corner where my Father and Wilford Woodruff were ordained apostles on April 26th, 1836. Heber Kimball was Mouth in ordaining my Father, B. Young in ordaining Wilford Woodruff. It is a beautifull Country.
We returned to Cameron and to Independence.
[Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the Presidency part of the day.
We had heavy thunder and lightning with rain in the evening. I paid Deseret Savings bank Principle $5.00 Interest $21.00.
[Thursday, Aug. 13, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I went to Provo. I found my sister Sarah M. Colton very bad. She has Kidney Trouble and Dropsy has sent in.
[Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office during the forenoon.
In the afternoon I attended the Directors meeting of Zions Coop. M. Institution, Salt Lake Theatre and the Utah Cement and Brick Co. All businesses are doing fair.
[Thursday, Aug. 20, 1908 – Salt Lake City] Seventy two Elders were set apart at the Temple annex by J. Golden Kimball and Myself.
I also blest three sisters and four brethren who were going to get genealogy.
[Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1908 – Salt Lake City] The day is very hot. I was at the Presidents office part of the day. [p.608]My wife Sarah F. and I spent the evening at our Son Ezra Chase Smith. We had a most pleasant time.
[Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. All of the Presidency and Prest. F. M. Lyman, Myself and H. J. Grant, Rudger Clawson, Geo. F. Richards, O. F. Whitney and A. W. Ivins and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs met in the Temple. Prayer by Prest. Jos. F. Smith. Mouth at the Altar A. W. Ivins. The minutes for the Past two weeks were read and approved. Routine business was gone through with. The question of the Negro Race receiving the Priesthood was discused and it was decided they could be Baptised but could not receive the priesthood. This has always been the Rule in the church.11
[Thursday, Aug. 27, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at the Presidents office. The Directors of the Con. W. & M. Co. board met 3:10 p.m.
I went to the Theatre in the evening with Josephine.
[Saturday, Aug. 29, 1908 – Provo] I went to Provo City and spent the day with my sisters Sarah M. Colton and Grace L. Cheever. Sarah is very sick.
[Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1908 – Salt Lake City] The First Presidency and Myself, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Geo. F. Richards and O. F. Whitney of the Twelve and Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs met at 10 a.m. in the Temple. Prayer by Orson F. Whitney. Mouth at the Altar A. H. Lund.
It was agred that the Rule made in the past and adhered to by all of the former Councils of the church [is] that the Negro Race might be baptised but could not have the Priesthood.
The Deseret News gave me a copy of Whitney’s history of Utah.
[Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1908 – Salt Lake City] Eleven Elders and two sisters were set apart for Missions.
A brother Anderson and wife to teach school in China being employed by the Chinese government. Another brother and wife are going to Chicago to go to school.
[p.609][Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I attended the meetings of the Home Fire Insurance Co., H. J. Grant and Co., Y.M.M.I.A. board.
I went to Bulfalo Bills wild show.
[Thursday, Sept. 10, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I was with the Directors of the Utah National Bank most of the day. I spent part of the afternoon at the office of the Presidency. I attended a Republican Primary in the evening.
[Friday, Sept. 18, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at the office.
I am sixty years old to day. My wife Josephine entertained our Kins People to the number of 50 souls. We had a most agreeable time.
I blest Harvey Fletcher and wife who go to Chicago to school.
[Saturday, Sept. 19, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I received word to day of the Death of Blanche Libbey Langford, Daughter of My Uncle Henry Clay Libbey and Nell Thomas Libbey of Littleton, New Hampshire and wife of Robert C. Langford Sept. 4th. She died at Old Orchard, Maine.
[Sunday, Sept. 20, 1908 – Salt Lake City] Aunt Bathsheba W. Smith is quite sick.
[Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1908 – Salt Lake City] In company with the first Presidency and Presiding Bishopric and Hyrum M. Smith I went up Emmigration [canyon] some seventeen miles with Judge LeGrand Young over his new Railroad. I came down this canyon as a babe in arms in 1849 and had never been back into it until to day. It is a nice canyon.
It is an Electric Railway.
[Sunday, Sept. 27, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I was at home until 4:30 p.m. when I went to Provo and had a visit with my sisters Sarah M. Colton and Grace L. Cheever. Sarah is improving in health. Grace is just recovering from her confinement.
At 9 p.m. I left for Albuquerque, New Mexico with about forty others going to the Irregation Congress.
[Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1908 – Albuquerque, New Mexico] We reached here at mid night. Jas. H. Moyle, R. W. Young and I put up at the Meyers house. We attended the Congress.
[p.610]There are 870 delegates present. The Congress was in full motion and a good spirit was Manifest.
Much discusion was had over the Reclamation Service and other subjects.
[Friday, Oct. 2, 1908 – Albuquerque] I spent the whole day at the Congress. I made a short speach in favor of the Dry farming Congress.
[Monday, Oct. 5, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. I attended the General Conference. All of the First Presidency And all of the Twelve but C. W. Penrose, The Patriarch, Seven Presidents of the Seventies and Presiding Bishopric were present.
I spoke fourteen Minutes and got excused. At 10 clock R. W. Young and I left for California to attend the Trans Mississippi Congress being held at San Francisco.
I spent the afternoon in reading Carlyles Heroes and Hero worship.
[Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1908 – San Francisco] We had a good Rest and the Congress convened at 10 a.m.
The day was spent in Reading Papers and speaking. Gov. J. C. Cutler read a nice Paper on the Conservation of our Resources.
[Thursday, Oct. 8, 1908 – San Francisco] The Members of the Congress took a trip around the bay in the Steamer SeaSome.
I presided at the Two meetings of the Congress to day. Some fine Papers were [read] and nice speaches made.
Secretary Arthur F. Francis says there are 12 hundred delegates present.
[Friday, Oct. 9, 1908 – San Francisco] The greater part of the forenoon was spent in an Autoride along the ocean beach and among the sand Hills through the Golden Gate Park and the Presidio.
2 p.m. I attended the meeting. Prof. Starr Jordan of Stanford University gave us a great lecture about the hahbits of Fish. We had a nice paper from Mr. Jensen of Utah on the Creamery business.
[Saturday, Oct. 10, 1908 – San Francisco] I attended the Two sessions of the Congress to day.
The Report of the Commttee on Resolutions was adopted after some hot debate.
The Parsol Post Resolution was voted down.
[p.611]The Resolution in favor of Woman Sufrage presented by Mrs. Craig was passed. I spoke in favor of it.
I left before the adjournment, paid my bill at the St. Francis Hotel. At 6:20 p.m. we left for home fully satisfied with our trip.
[Monday, Oct. 12, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I reached home at 9 a.m. having traveled about 1,734 miles attending 9 meetings.
I heard Senator Beveridge of Indiana speak on Politics at the Theatre tonight to a crowded house.
[Saturday, Oct. 17, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I took my son Glen G. to Provo with me to day. My sisters S. M. Colton & Grace L. Cheever are very much improved in health.
[Thursday, Oct. 22, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. All of the first Presidency and Prest. Francis M. Lyman, myself, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. Albert Smith, Geo. F. Richards, Orson F. Whitney, David O. McKay and A. W. Ivins of the Twelve met at the Presidents office. Secretary Geo. F. Gibbs also present. We cleared some business left over from yesterday. Stake Presidents Nephi Morris and Frank Y. Taylor joined us. We talked over political matters. Some Routine business was gone through with.
[Sunday, Nov. 1, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At the Temple fast meeting at 10 a.m. Prayer by Bro. Wallace. Some good singing by the Temple Choir on Pages 73,434 and 36. Seventeen Testimonies were borne. Prest. Jos. F. Smith made a strong talk on the duties of the Saints.
At 2 p.m. 17th Ward fast meeting.
Good singing in all numbers.
Prayer by Duncan McAllister. Nine children were blest. Three children was Confirmed. Nine Testamonies were borne.
[Monday, Nov. 2, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I went to Ogden and returned traveling 72 miles. I got from David Eccles $500.00.
I heard Bp. Iverson and Nephi Morris talk Politics in the 16th Amusement Hall to night to a large crowd.
[Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1908 – Salt Lake City] The Nation and State and Co. has gone Republican. William Howard Taft is President.
[p.612][Thursday, Nov. 5, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I paid for Josephine and myself $68.13 in Taxes to day. I also paid on Mrs. Jennie Whipples note $100.00.
I spent the evening at my son Winslow F. new home. It is a nice place.
[Friday, Nov. 6, 1908 – Salt Lake City] In the evening Josephine and I attended a sociable given by the Teachers of the Parents Class in the Sunday School. We had a very pleasant time. About one hundred of the brethren and sisters were present.
My daughter Elsie had twelve spasms in 24 hours.
[Saturday, Nov. 7, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at the office of the Presidency.
I sent to Emil Wolf fifty cents in Postage stamp to pay for repair of Toupe.
[Monday, Nov. 9, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office. John M. Young was granted priviledge of having his priesthood restored to him. John Groesbeck[‘s] wife Ann was told by President Jos. F. Smith that John had not forfited his wife and family through his failure to wear his [temple] garments in his working among bad men in the mines.
[Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1908 – Salt Lake City and Provo] I was with the Presidency during the forenoon.
At 2 p.m. President F. M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, Orson F. Whitney, Seymour B. Young and Myself set apart Fifteen Elders and one sister for missions.
In company with Prests. Jos. F. Smith and A. H. Lund, Willard Young and Susa Young Gates I went to Provo to attend a board meeting of the Trustees of the Brigham Young University. I put up with Prest. Geo. H. Brimhall. The board [met] in Jesse Knights office at 7:30 p.m. Present of the members of the board Jos. F. Smith, David John, Jesse Knight, Reed Smoot, W. H. Dusenberry, Willard Young, Susa Y. Gates, J. E. Page and Myself. Present not of the board Anthon H. Lund, Geo. H. Brimhall and J. B. Keeler.
We passed Resolution in favor of organizing a College Class of Teachers and to ask the Church board of Education to put it at Provo.
[Sunday, Nov. 22, 1908 – Salt Lake City] Myself and wives went to H. J. Grant whos birthday it is and spent the evening. About 50 persons were present. We had a nice time.
[p.613][Thursday, Nov. 26, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I went to Lehi to attend the unvaling of a monument to the first settlers of the Town. Services were held in the Tabernacle. The house was well filled with old Timmers and their decendants.
[Friday, Dec. 4, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I went with John M. Cannon of Granite Stake to South Cottonwood Ward where we investigated the Bishopric of that ward. We are satisfied that they obeyed the Words of Wisdom. We held meeting at 7:30 p.m. We had good singing. Prayer by C. Stephenson.
John M. Cannon, Jesse Wheeler and I spoke. 116 persons were present out of a possible 534.
[Went to La Grande, Oregon, for conference, December 12-14, then to Richfield, December 18-21.]
[Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1908 – Salt Lake City] The following members of the Twelve and Seven Presidents of the Seventies were to gether most of the [day]. Prest. F. M. Lyman, Myself, H. J. Grant, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. F. Richards, Orson F. Whitney, David O. McKay and Anthony W. Ivins.
Of the Seven Presidents, Seymour B. Young, Brigham H. Roberts, J. G. Kimball, Rulon S. Wells, Joseph W. McMurrin and Chas. H. Hart. We were together about 9 hours and all talked and some many times. The question was shall the Seventies Quorums continue to hold their meeting on the Sabath day.
[Friday, Dec. 25, 1908 – Salt Lake City] I drove Sarah F. out in the Cutter to see all of our Married children. I ate my Christmas Dinner at Josephines. We had Turkey.
[Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1908 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. All of the First Presidency and All of the Twelve but C. W. Penrose and D. O. McKay met in the Temple. I offered the opening Prayer. Reed Smoot was mouth at the Altar. Minutes read by Secretary Gibbs. Routine business was gone through with reports made.
H. J. Grant, A. S. Ivins and I was appointed a committee to look over Orson Pratts works.
10. Zion’s Camp was an 1834 quasi-military expedition from church headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio, to rescue the Saints in Missouri from persecution. The Mormon Battalion was a Mormon-staffed U.S. Army battalion mustered in 1846 in the war with Mexico.
11. Prior to 1978 the general rule of the LDS church was that black men of African descent could not hold the church’s priesthood, thereby limiting their participation in church ritual. A useful treatment of this particular doctrine is Lester E. Bush, Jr., and Armand L. Mauss, eds., Neither White Nor Black: Mormon Scholars Confront the Race Issue in a Universal Church (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1984).