Chapter 4. (part D)
[Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I spent the entire day visiting at home with my family. My eight Sons and myself sat for a Picture at Johnson Galery.
I had my dinner at Josephines.
[Friday, Jan. 3, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I was at the president’s office during the forenoon.
N. W. Clayton, L. John Nuttall and I spent the afternoon at Saltair looking over the property. It is in a bad state of repair.
[Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1902 – Salt Lake City] Patriarch John Smith gave my son Winslow F. Smith a Patriarchal blessing today. I blest and set him apart for a Mission to Germany.
[Thursday, Jan. 9, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Saltair Beach Co. met and heard a report made by the committee. I received my monthly pay as Vice- President and Directors fee $35.00.
[Monday, Jan. 13, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I gave my son Winslow F. Smith two hundred dollars to help him on his mission.
[p.503][Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I had all of my family together at Josephines tonight. We had a nice visit and ate Ice cream and Cake. I spoke to my family and we had some singing.
[Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1902 – Salt Lake City] My son Winslow Farr Smith left for his mission, going to Ogden to spend part of the day.
All of the first Presidency and seven of the Apostles met at 10 a.m. and talked over the U.S. Senator matter.
I went to Ogden and kissed my son good bye.
[Sunday, Jan. 19, 1902 – Salt Lake City] My son Winslow F. Smith is 21 years old today and he is to arrive in Washington, D.C. to day on his way to Germany.
[Friday, Jan. 24, 1902 – Salt Lake City] At 5 p.m. today the Pesidency informed me that they favored Reed Smoot for U.S. Senator.
[Saturday, Feb. 1, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The Presidency decided to let Helen M. Morgan have in G.T.O orders $25.00 per month, Mary and Annie $25.00 each per month.
[Monday, Feb. 3, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Lehi Sugar Co. met and heard from Superintendant T. F. Cutler [who] made a report of his trip East and recommended the Sugar Co. to sell half of their stock. It was voted to do it. It is to go to the Trust.
[Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I had part in blessng a number of Sisters in the Temple Annex. They are going to attend the National Council of Women. I was mouth in blessing Emeline B. Wells, Maria Y. Dougal, Phoebe Beatty and Bathsheba W. Smith. We gave them some instruction as to their duties.
[Thursday, Feb. 13, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I was at the City Hall with Geo. T. Odell, S. Fenton and Jones asking for a Telephone Franchise. We met the Committee on Streets and Alleys.
[Friday, Feb. 14, 1902 – Salt Lake City] President Lorenzo Snows family is in trouble over property matters.
[p.504]I was at the office of the Presidency part of the day. David Eccles and C. W. Nibley were at the office talking over sugar matters.
[Saturday, Feb. 15, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Lehi Sugar Comany met at 10 a.m. today. We talked over the proposed Sale of one half of the stock to the Trust. I expressed myself very fully on the matter. It was decided to ask them to consent to the Election of a board to hold office for five years.
[Friday, Feb. 21, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I Changed my thirteen shares of Coop. W. & M. Co. stock for Eighteen shares of Preferred and Eight shares of Common stock in the Consolidated W. & M. Co. by paying $68.00 additional.
[Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The committee appointed by the canal companies of this county to petition Congress in regard to the waters of Utah [Lake] made their report and resigned owing to divisions in the councils of the canal companies.
[Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1902 – Salt Lake City] A 2 p.m. the Irrigation Congress met at the Assembly Hall. They were called to order by Coy. H. M. Wells who read a paper.
I was elected Temporary Chairman and Frank K. Nebeker temporary secretary.
[Sunday, March 2, 1902 – Salt Lake City] Ben E. Rich reached here from Washington, D.C. Things are hot in Congress just now over the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the U.S. in regard to Polygamy.
[Monday, March 10, 1902 – Salt Lake City] It is a beautifull morning. Ben E. Rich and myself are to go to Washington, D.C. to see in regard to the question of the proposed amendment to the Constitution against polygamy. I was set apart thereto by President Joseph F. Smith.
[Sunday, March 16, 1902 – Baltimore, Maryland] It rained most of the day. I attended the Presbyterian Church in the morning and heard a nice sermon on Charity. I wrote to my children. I attended the services in the Catholic Cathedral. Father O’Gavin gave a fine sermon on the reason why the Catholics adored the Images of dead Saints.
[Tuesday, March 18, 1902 – Washington, D.C.] I called upon several parties in the Departments of the government, Congressman [George] Sutherland with me. I had an interview with Congressman [Franklin] Mondell of Wyoming, and Senators Kearns, M. A. Hanna, Francis E. Warren, [John] Spooner and others. Ben E. Rich joined [p.505]me. He having gone by way of Chattanooga. We sent a telegram to Prest. Joseph F. Smith. All was well.
[Wednesday, March 19, 1902 – Washington, D.C.] Ben E. Rich and Myself in company with Senator Thos. Kearns called upon President Theodore Roosevelt. He received us with open arms and expressed his personal regard for us and said he would do anything he could for us and that the proposed Constitutional amendment should not go through. I had a nice visit with Senator [William] Allison of Iowa and he said the [same]. We met others and all seem perfectly friendly and kind.
[Thursday, March 20, 1902 – Washington, D.C.] Ben E. Rich and I spent the entire day calling upon and visiting with Members of Congress and U.S. Senators.
[Friday, March 21, 1901 – Washington, D.C.] I had a nice visit with Senator Clarence D. Clark of Wyoming, a member of the Committee on Judiciary, and he promised me not to allow anything done in regard to our case if he could help it.
[Saturday, March 22, 1902 – Washington, D.C.] We called on the president who again received us with kindness and Warm expressions of regard. He said to us Senator Kearns was doing all he could for us.
I had a nice interview with Senator [Mark] Hanna and he said our people should receive no hurt and asked me to do all I could for the party success. I was Introduced to Post Master General Payne. The day was spent in making calls.
[Left Washington and visited missions in New York, Boston, and Chicago before returning home April 5.]
[Sunday, April 6, 1902 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] During the noon hour the Presidency and Apostles and Patriarch met and talked over the mater of the place the Patriarch of the Church should be sustained in whether before or after the Apostles.
It was determined to leave it over for the present.
[Wednesday, April 9, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Utah Sugar Co. met at 10 a.m. and organized. Jos. F. Smith President, Horace G. Whitney Secretary and Treasurer, Thos. R. Cutler Manager, W. S. McCornick, John R. Winder and Myself the Executive Committe and the Manager also a member.
[Friday, April 11, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The Case of Mons Petersen was talked over and some one is to go to Moab to look into maters there.
[p.506][Tuesday, April 15, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents all day. Listening to troubles and giving Council.
[Tuesday, April 22, 1902 – Salt Lake City] My son George A. had a surgical operation performed on him at the Holy Cross Hospital today by Dr. J. S. Richards. An anneurism was removed from his head.
[Wednesday, April 23, 1902 – Salt Lake City] George A. is doing nicely. My son Joseph H. is in trouble at his school. He has stoped going.
I promised to lease Samuel Cooper my land for 5 years at $33.00 per month, I to pay the Taxes on the land and he on the buildings.
[Thursday, April 24, 1902 – Salt Lake City] President Joseph F. Smith and I went to Provo. We met with the Directors of the Brigham Young Acadamy and cleared up the current business.
We listened to some complaints made by Bros. Wolf and Becksted against Prof. B. F. Cluff. The matters involved were finaly refered to a committee of three consisting of Wilson H. Dusenberry, L. Holbrook and Prof. Hickman.12
[Sunday, April 27, 1902 – Moab, Grand County] We talked over the various matters of trouble existing among various parties.
We arranged to give Thompson Bros. four shares of water, the School district one share. I put $100.00 into the hands of Mons Petersen to by water stock. A. P. Sorensen is to have one gallon of water per minute from the spring. Mons Peterson is to pay to the Church one third the farm produces.
[Friday, May 2, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I was at the presidents office most of the day. I paid the State Bank $1,005.77. I had a bath at the springs.
[Saturday, May 3, 1902 – Salt Lake City] My Fathers Wife Bathsheba is 80 years old to day and in good health. Upon the Invitation of President Joseph F. Smith and family about 75 relatives and friends met at the Beehive house. We had a nice lunch and singing and speach making was Indulged in. We had a most interesting time.
[p.507]Josephine and I went to the Theatre.
[Friday, May 16, 1902 – Provo] The Directors or Trustees of the Academy met and decided the Cluff [matter]. He is to be sustained as president of the facalty and was censured for some of his doings in trip to the South Land.
[Saturday, May 17, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The board met with the faculty and President Joseph F. Smith explained what had been done in the Cluff matter.
[Friday, May 23, 1902 – Fort Cameron and Beaver City] The Alumni of the Beaver Branch of the Brigham Young Academy met at 10 a.m. and rendered a fine Program. Pro. Partridge delivered a fine oration on the developement of mechanics. Prest. B. Cluff and I followed along the same line. I went with Bro. B. Cluff and A. Anderson down to Beaver City to attend the meeting of the Board of Trustees and to visit the sick.
[Friday, June 15, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent about home. In the evening Josephine in company with a number of others was at Sister Precilla Jennings and had a nice banquet and Prest. Joseph F. Smith dedicated her new home. Many of us made short talks. Many nice things were said about her and her husband Wm. Jennings.
[Saturday, June 14, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I called upon Mrs. Lorin Farr. She is in a deplorable condition, being eaten up with a Cancer.
[Wednesday, June 18, 1902 – Salt Lake City] Clara McPheter Farr died this evening at 8:30 p.m. She was badly burned and was eaten up with a Cancer.
[Went to Colorado for short trip. Spoke at funeral of son of Jesse J. Smith and met with board of Mexican C. & A. Co., returning July 1.]
[Tuesday, July 1, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I reached home at 9:30 a.m. and found all well but my son Joseph H. who has a bad Cold.
I set my son Nicholas G. Smith and Wm. T. Nuttall apart for mission. My son is going to Holland.
[Wednesday, July 2, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day making arrangements for my son Nicholas G. to get of[f] on his mission. I spent in fitting him out $275.50. The Sunday [p.508]School and Mutual gave him $40.00. We sent Winslows trunk clothes and Money $50.00.
My family spent the evening at Josephines. We had Ice Cream and Cake and some singing and speach making. The time was most pleasantly passed.
[Thursday, July 3, 1902 – Salt Lake City] Nicholas had a Patriarchal blessing today at the hands [of] Patriarch John Smith.
At 9:45 a.m. son Nicholas G. and William T. Nuttall [left] for their missions. L. J. Nuttall, my sons Joseph and George A. and I went to Ogden with them. At 2:10 p.m. they left Ogden for the East in a Pullman Palace Car.
[Friday, July 4, 1902 – Salt Lake City] It is cold and stormy. I spent the entire day writing letters. I had my over coat on while doing so.
I issued a check for Winslow to pay life Insurance $73.50.
[Wednesday, July 9, 1902 – Salt Lake City] My son Ezra Chase is trying to negotiate for a home. I drove out to look at it.
[Saturday, July 12, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I gave my son Ezra Chase Smith a check to apply on a home purchase of $350.00.
[Tuesday, July 15, 1902 – Salt Lake City] In company with all of the First Presidency, Jerry Lanford and L. J. Nuttall we went over the Pass business of the Los Angeles Railway.
The President and Manager are to issue the passes. A wife can use her husbands pass if issued to a man and wife.
[Friday, July 18, 1902 – Thompsons Springs and Moab, Grand County] At 6 a.m. we [Reed Smoot and John Henry Smith] left by stage for Moab where we arrived at 4 p.m. We put up at Bp. Johnson’s. In the case of Mons Petersen and Sorenson over a water right We advised them to settle the matter in court as the case had already been filed.
[Saturday, July 19, 1902 – Moab] We considered the land trouble between Mons Petersen and Bp. Johnson and held it under advisement untill tomorrow In order that we might see the surveyor.
[Sunday, July 20, 1902 – Moab] 2 p.m. Reed Smoot and I both spoke at the services. My subject [p.509]was let every man mind his business. We decided the line between Johnson and Petersen should be where the surveyor had set while the church held the property.
[Went with Sarah F. and a Utah group to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress annual meeting. Went on a pleasure trip following the meetings to Ontario, Canada, Mackinac Island, Michigan, and other places in the area before going to Chicago for a few days.]
[Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1902 – Chicago] We made few purchases. John C. Cutler gave me fifty dollars and Bp. George Romney gave ten dollars. W. H. Ritter, H. Dinwoodey, George Romney, John Barnes, Albert Scoweroft, John C. Cutler and Lafayette Holbrook paid my steamer expenses from Duluth, Minnesota to Chicago, Ill., $41.50.
[Friday, Sept. 5, 1902 – Burlington, Iowa to Nauvoo, Illinois] We went to Carthage, the County Scat of Hancock Go., Ill. 32 miles. We visited the old jail and saw the places where the Prophet and Patriarch were killed.
Every body treated us very kindly. We hired Cariages and drove 22 miles to Nauvoo. We put up at the Oriental Hotel run by Mr. Reinhold. He has some of the Rocks that were carved and used in the Nauvoo Temple.
John R. Barnes and I took a hasty run down to the Early home of the Prophet, the Mansion and Nauvoo house. The Prophets old home is now owned by his son Joseph. The Mansion is owned by Alexander Smith, and the Nauvoo house by a Mister Chas. E. Bidamon.
[Saturday, Sept. 6, 1902 – Nauvoo] I saw the homes of Brigham and Jos. Young, John Taylor, Heber C. Kimball, Wilford Woodruff, Parley P. Pratt, Edward Hunter, Lorin Farr. The old Farm of Daniel H. Wells, the Masonic and Seventies Halls, The Temple block and many other places.
My Father’s home was at the Corner of Parley and Durfey streets and was Lot 4 Block 123. Part of the old wall is in the present Rock house built by a Mr. Gates. My grand Father John Smith Patriarch lived here with his son George A. Smith.
It is said that a man by the name of Hauck killed Joseph the Prophet. It is also said he fled the country and has never been heard from.
Joseph and Hyrum Smith are presumed to be buried by the grove of Emma Hale Smith just north and about three rods south west of the old Smith Home just over looking the River to the south.
Emma Hale Smith objected to Polygamy in her first husband but she lived with Major Bidamon while he raised a family outside of Wedlock.
[p.510]Some of the old furniture owned by the Prophet is still in the house known as the New Mansion. I wrote a few lines on an old table said to have been one used by the Prophet. I have felt I have been standing on holy ground today.
Mr. Chas. E. Bidamon showed us a medal said to have been carved by Joseph Smith with this inscription on It Confirms O Dius Potentessemus.13
[Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I am glad to be at my home but I must say I have never had a more satisfactory trip.
[Thursday, Sept. 11, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I went up to Ogden to attend the Republican State Convention and was made its chaplain.
Wm. M. McCarty was nominated for justice of the supreme Court, Joseph Howell for Congress.
[Saturday, Sept. 13, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I finished writing up my Journal from the notes I had kept on my trip to St. Paul and the Lakes. I took my wagon to be fixed. I called upon Prest. Brigham Young. He is in a most desperate fix, with dropsy.
[Sunday, Sept. 21, 1902 – St. George] [stake conference] Prest. Joseph F. Smith and Wm. B. Preston made some talks on duties of the Priesthood and the payment of the Lord his tenth. The question was asked how many present had seen the prophet Joseph Smith and thirty nine persons responded that they had.
[Friday, Oct. 3, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The Irrigation Congress met in the Asembly Hall at 10 a.m. I offered two Resolutions which were adopted.
Hon. Franklin S. Richards talked on the legal question involved in the Irrigation Law.
[Saturday, Oct. 4, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The General Conference convened at 10 a.m. in the Tabernacle. All of the Presidency present. All of the Apostles but Bro. Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman and Heber J. Grant. There were also present the Patriarch of the church . . . the Presiding Bishopric and other prominent Elders.
[Went to Colorado on October 5 for Irrigation Congresss in Colorado Springs, returning October 11.]
[p.511][Monday, Oct. 13, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I was busy writing much of the day. I spent the evening with Senator Thomas Kearns and talked over the Political situation with him.
[Saturday, Oct. 18, 1902 – Salt Lake City] President A. H. Lund and Apostles George Teasdale, Reed Smoot and Myself went to Ephraim, San Pete Co. to attend the funeral of the late president Canute Peterson.
[Sunday, Oct. 26, 1902 – Rexburg, Idaho] I was at four [political] meetings today. The speakers were Jas. Sharp, Ben E. Rich, Thos. E. Basset, Frank Bramwell and others. Governor Frank Hunt also spoke to us.
[Saturday, Nov. 1, 1902 – Market Lake, Idaho, to Salt Lake City] Mr. Turner gave me $25.00 to pay my Railway expenses and sleeper fare. I returned home and found all well. I have traveled by rail about 750 miles, by team 185 miles and held 13 meetings.
[Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I returned home found all well. The Election is going quietly along. I voted a straight Republican Ticket.
[Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The Country has gone Republican. Utah, Idaho and Montana are said to be all right.
[Saturday, Nov. 8, 1902 – Oakley, Idaho] At 7 p.m. all of the Priesthood of the stake met and after some reports were made and the President of the stake had given some instructions I made some explinations of my political efforts and the results that had come from them in the interests of the Liberties of the people. As upon all the former meeting the good spirit prevailed.
[Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The day was spent in study and In the evening Sarah and I went to the House warming of Senator Kearns. It is a grand home and is magnificently furnished. A large company were present.14
[Monday, Nov. 24, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I met with Elmer B. Jones, George T. Odell, Samuel R. Fenton and Heber M. Wells. We made up our Minds to try and secure a Franchise for the home Telephone Co.
[p.512]We all went to the City Council in the evening and with a vote of 9 to 1 we secured the grant.
[Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1902 – Provo] I went to Provo and met Prest. Joseph F. Smith and Reed Smoot. We went to the Academy and the Presidency of Utah, Nebo, Alpine, Wasatch and Juab stakes. We held meeting and finally agreed to build a building that would Cost $18,000.00. Nine thousand of it to be raised by the stakes.
[Friday, Nov. 28, 1902 – Salt Lake City] George T. Odell, Heber M. Wells, Hal Brown, Sam Fenton, Nephi W. Clayton, Elmer B. Jones and myself called upon Mayor Ezra Thompson in regard to the Utah Home Telephone Franchise and had a talk with him.
He treated us nicely but while he did not say so we felt certain that he would veto the Franchise.
I put in the hands of Josephine and Sarah $85.00 each.
[Monday, Dec. 1, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Home Telephone Co. were granted a Franchise to night by a vote against the Mayors veto of 10 to 5.
[Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The First Presidency have sent east a Dispatch saying the church is doing no Marrying in Polygamy.
I mailed forty five dollars to Nicholas and thirty five to Winslow. Post office orders.
[Thursday, Dec. 4, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I received the following Message
Washington, D.C. Dec. 4th
Apostle John Henry Smith
Salt Lake City
Confidential: If convenient would like to see you in Washington some time later part of Next Week.
M. A. Hanna
[Friday, Dec. 5, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the First Presidency all day. I sent the following Telegram this evening.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec. 5th, 1902
Senator M. A. Hanna
Previous engagements will prevent me going at the time named.
John Henry Smith
[p.513][Saturday, Dec. 6, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I wrote to Wm. T. Jack and sent him the Draft of a Resolution for an amendment to the Constitution of Idaho Relieving the saints of the Test Oath provisions.
[Thursday, Dec. 11, 1902 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and George Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot and I met at the Temple, Secretary G. F. Gibbs being present.
We passed upon several items of business. We decided to keep some of our Presidents of Missions for a longer period of time and to provide for their famalies.
George Teasdale and I called up Prest. Brigham Young and blest him. He is in a very feeble condition. I spent the evening at Josephines.
[Friday, Dec. 12, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The board of Directors of the Utah Sugar Co. met at 10 a.m. in the companys office and read over the new Articles of incorporation combining the Sugar Co. and the Bear River Canal Co.
[Saturday, Dec. 15, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I attended a stockholders meeting of the Utah Sugar Co. where they voted to incorporate for six Millions of Dollars by joining the Sugar Co. and Bear River Canal Co. as the Utah Sugar Co.
The Directors of the old companies met and closed up their business and adjourned sine a die.
[Saturday, Dec. 20, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Utah Home Telephone Company met in Jones and Collins offices in the Commercial Building. We signed a $25,000.00 bond to Salt Lake City. We are liable for five thousand each.
I am to have fifteen thousand shares of the stock.
I went before the state Board of Pardons today and made a talk in the interest of Parian McFarlan Jr.
The Utah Home Telephone Co. Directors met in the evening. The Governor told [me] McFarlan had been granted a Parole.
[Sunday, Dec. 21, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I visited McFarlan at the Penitentiary and had a long talk with him. I spoke for two hours in the 10th ward in the evening.
[Monday, Dec. 22, 1902 – Salt Lake City] Parlan McFarlan Jr. called upon me this morning having left the Penitentiary after a Residence there as 13 years.
[p.514]The following brethren met and agreed to organize a company to buy a Bank: Jos. F. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, A. H. Lund, F. Y. Taylor, Geo. M. Cannon, Wm. H. Smart, Jos. Nelson & Myself.
The Utah Commercial bank people will sell the Control of the stock of that Bank.
[Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1902 – Salt Lake City] We met over the bank matters and agreed to examine more closely.
[Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1902 – Salt Lake City] Presidents Joseph F. Smith and A. H. Lund, Myself, George Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. and John Smith with Secretary G. F. Gibbs met at the presidents office.
Reports were made and some talk made in regard the use of the name Apostle and it was thought best to call each other Elder or brother.
I went to Ogden with S. F. Fenton in regard to a Franchise from the City of Ogden for the Utah Home Telephone Co. We [saw] some of our friends.
[Thursday, Dec. 25, 1902 – Salt Lake City] It is a fine day, all of my children are happy today. I had dinner at Josephine’s. It is warm and thawing.
[Saturday, Dec. 27, 1902 – Provo] I went to Provo today with S. F. Fenton in the interest of the Utah Home Telephone Co. and saw members of the City Council in regard to a Franchise.
[Monday, Dec. 29, 1902 – Salt Lake City] I borrowed from Zions Savings Bank and Trust Co. today $2,145.00 and gave as security 30 shares of Utah National Bank stock and ten shares Con. W. & M. Co. Stock. Money on call at 6%.
[Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1902 – Salt Lake City] The day was largely spent at the Presidents office. Ben E. Rich, John A. Bagley, Prest. Webster and George C. Parkinson were in the City. I told them that no man were authorized to use the name of the presidency or the church in Politics.
[Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1902 – Salt Lake City] This has been a fairly prosperous year for me. Myself and family have paid Tithing on over five thousand dollars, paid $520.00 tithing. I have sent my boys who are on missions about $500.00. I have paid $1,200.00 in taxes. I gave my son Chase $350.00. My Daughter Sarah $200.00 to go to [p.515]California. I have sent to Jesse W. Smith $24.00. I have given to the poor in various forms $250.00. I paid $150.00 for my wife Sarah trip to St. Paul Minnesota. I have had from the church as expense money $730.00, of this Susa Y. Gates had $200.00, Ben E. Rich $125.00. $150.00 was paid as expenses to Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress, $50.00 to the Irrigation Congress. My Expenses to Washington, Boston and the East $205.00 consisting of RR and sleeper fare and Hotel Bills. $75.00 Expenses of various trip to Colorado and Idaho.
[Friday, Jan. 2, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the President most of the day. I had a long talk with Senator Kearns, he wanted me to join him in knocking Reed Smoot out which I declined to do. Kearns goes East today.
[Saturday, Jan. 3, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Governor H. M. Wells called on the Presidency upon the request of a Committee of Citizens and asked for money to secure a historical sketch of this City in Leslie’s Weekly. They gave $500.00.
[Monday, Jan. 5, 1903 – Salt Lake City] The stockholders of the Utah Home Telephone Co. met and elected the following board of Directors: Heber M. Wells, Samuel F. Fenton, Hal Brown, M. H. Walker, George T. Odell, Nephi Clayton, E. B. Jones and Myself and Hammond, A Chicago man.
The Directors elected Heber M. Wells president, S. F. Fenton Vice President and Manager, Elmer B. Jones Council, Ed Salone Secretary.
[Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I went to Ogden with Hal Brown, Geo. T. Odell, S. F. Fenton and we met with the City Council and Mr. Murray of the Bell Telephone Co. and each party presented their claim for a Franchise. The City Council listened attentively and took the matter under advisement untill Monday Next.
[Sunday, Jan. 11, 1903- Provo] I had two dreams. One was a brood of chickens and the old hen had been killed by a dog and torn to peices and a half grown chick was trying to mother the flock. The other was I was riding in a spring wagon and one of the horses fell dead and rolled over and broke the wagon tongue.
[Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1903 – Salt Lake City] In the afternoon at the anex of the Temple 21 Elders were set apart for Missions. One woman was set apart for to labor in studying music.
I was elected a director of the Utah National Bank with Anthon H. Lund, James Chipman, Henry Dinwoodey, Frank Y. Taylor, Geo. A. Smith, Orin P. Miller, Thos. R. Cutler and Jas. Geoghegan, George Sutherland and Wm. H. Smart. The board organized with Prest. A. H. Lund as Pres-[p.516]ident, James Chipman as 1st Vice President, Henry Dinwoodey as 2nd Vice President and Joseph Nelsen as Cashier.
[Saturday, Jan. 17, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was at home during the afternoon to lame [with lumbago] to get about.
[Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I am still nearly useless from Lumbago.
[Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Reed Smoot has been made United States Senator.
[Friday, Jan. 23, 1903 – Salt Lake City] At 11 a.m. I went with Prest. Frank Y. Taylor over to North Jordan Ward to attended a meeting of the stock holders of the North Jordan Canal Company to talk over the merging of all the canals in Salt Lake Co. into one. 2,318 votes were cast against merging and 575 in favor.
[Sunday, Jan. 25, 1903 – Salt Lake City] My brother Charles Warren Smith died at 1:30 p.m. today 850 East 1lth South Street. Both of his wives were present.
[Monday, Jan. 26, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Joseph E. Taylor told me the Coffin and Clothes of my brother would cost $85.00.
[Tuesday, Jan., 27, 1903 – Salt Lake City and Provo] I went down to Provo today and attended the funeral of Mrs. Richard Briarton. The audience was largely apostate Mormons. I had good liberty in speaking as did the other brethren. I returned to Salt Lake City and in company with my son George A. took the remains of my brother Charles W. Smith to Provo and to his home there.
[Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1903 – Provo] The funeral of my brother was held in the 4 ward meeting house. Although a very stormy Cold day the attendance was large.
[Thursday, Jan. 29, 1903 – Provo] I had my brothers two wives and all of their children together but his daughter Jesse and I talked to them all at some length.
[Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was at the presidents office a while. I went out to see Brigham Young. He is very bad.
[Thursday, Feb. 5, 1902 – Salt Lake City] All of the Presidency, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, M. W. Merrill, [p.517]Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot and Hyrum M. Smith was present. At the Altar President Joseph F. Smith was mouth. Bro. B. Youngs financial condition was talked over. I called upon Prest. Brigham Young but he did not seem willing to explain his management of affairs to me.
[Friday, Feb. 6, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Hon. Reed Smoot gave a Banquet at Provo today in the Theatre of that City. 250 guests sat down at the tables about 7 p.m.
A train load of Legislators left this city at one p.m. and the day was spent in Provo visiting the Brigham Young Academy, the state Insane Asylum and partaking of the feast. A grand Ball at the Mozart Hall closed the days exercises and the Visitors returned to Salt Lake City.
[Saturday, Feb. 14, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Abraham O. Woodruff and I went out to President Brigham Youngs and had a nice visit with him. He looked a little better.
This evening Elmer B. Jones of the Utah Home Telephone Co. returned from the East accompanied by three gentlemen, Saterlee, Fanachine and Stromberg, the later the Inventor. The Utah Home Telephone Co. Directors met and decided to Reincorporate in Utah to hold the office of Director for five years. Jones says the Parties are willing to invest one million and a half of Dollars here.
[Sunday, Feb. 15, 1903 – Salt Lake City] S. F. Fenton gave a Banquet at 6 p.m. at the Alta Club to the gentlemen from the East. 14 covers were laid. Messers. Saterlee, Fanachine and Stromberg, Gov. H. M. Wells, M. H. Walker, Mr. Adams, Farnsworth, Wilson, Fenton, E. B. Jones, G. T. Odell, Myself, Hal Brown and Nephi Clayton. We had a fine spread and all went well.
[Monday, Feb. 16, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I set Fred Rich apart for a Mission to Germany. The Directors of the Utah Sugar Co. met at 10 a.m., McCornick not present. I received ten dollars pay which I gave to Fred Rich. He left for his Mission today. Senator Reed Smoot and James H. Anderson left for Washington to day.
[Friday, Feb. 20, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I visited the Penitentiary and had a chat with Tom Williams who killed one Hutchinson over 20 years ago. he is serving a life sentence. With others I am trying to get him paroled.
I got $1,316.40 from James Jack and deposited it in the Utah National Bank. I have John C. Graham and John C. Booth note for $1,326.40 secured by 100 shares of Enquirer stock and five shares of Commercial Saving stock. I got $50.00 from Jas. Jack expense money to pay my way in Idaho and Oregon.
[p.518][Sunday, Feb. 22, 1903 – Boise, Idaho] I attended four meetings and spoke at them all. We had fair Congregations and the governor and Chief Justice of the state were present.
[Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1903 – Boise] I spent the day visiting state officers and visiting members of the Legislature.
[Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1903 – Boise] Made a number of calls. We came to the conclusion that we would not make an effort to amend the Constitution in regard to our people.
[Thursday, March 5, 1903 – Salt Lake City] We received word that Reed Smoot had been sworn in as United States Senator.15
[Friday, March 6, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I went to Spanish Fork city and bought $44.40 worth of goods. I got sheeting and other things amounting to $38.40 and sent them to Esther Martin Smith. I sent her $20.00 cash and just Previous to my brothers death I sent him $36.00 Furniture and beding.
[Sunday, March 8, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I had a short visit with my Fathers wife, Bathsheba W. Smith. She gave me a pair of Wollen Mittens that were worn by my Grand Father Patriarch John Smith.
[Monday, March 16, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I have supplied my son Nathaniel L. with $40.00 to go to California with the Tabernacle Choir which left on its journey this morning.
The Directors of the Utah Sugar Co. met at 10 a.m. The Directors of the Idaho Sugar Co. met at 11 a.m. The President is to receive $50.00 per month, the Secretary and Treas. is to receive $100.00 per month. The Directors $10.00 for each meeting. The Manager is to receive five thousand a year. The members of the executive Committee are to receive $25.00 per month each.
[Monday, March 23, 1903 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Utah Home Telephone Co. met at Elmer B. Jones and Passed a Resolution asking to change the name of our Company to [p.519]that of the Utah Telephone Go. We signed an agreement with the Rochester people.
[Wednesday, March 25, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office during the day. We are trying [to] get up some interest in the appointment for the appellate Court. Governor Wells telegraphed Prest. Roosevelt in regard to this matter.
[Thursday, March 26, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I went out and spent an hour with Brigham Young. He is now failing fast.
[Saturday, March 28, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Surveyor General A. F. Doremus and I went to Provo and attended a meeting of water or land owners on the bank of Utah Lake. They were some what warm but we tried to pacify them.
[Monday, March 30, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Work has been commenced on Josephines house.
[Wednesday, April 1, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Hyrum M. Smith, Rudger Clawson, Abraham O. Woodruff, Matthias F. Cowley, George Teasdale and I paid a visit to President Brigham Young. He spoke to us for about ten minutes, expressing his love for his brethren and anxiety to be well and at work again among the Saints and in the World. He felt that some of us should visit the missions of the World. He is very poorly indeed. I responded in behalf of the brethren.
[Wednesday, April 8, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I attended two meetings today of the Directors of the Utah National Bank. The Comptroler of the Currency has notified the Directors that the Capitol of the bank is impaired to the tune of 25 percent.
I attended Home Fire Insurance Directors meeting, also the Y.M.M.I.A. board meeting.
[Thursday, April 9, 1903 – Ogden] I went to Ogden and had a nice time with the Farr family, 260 of whom me[t] together in the Ward meeting house and amusement Hall. Speaking, Singing, reciting, dancing and eating was the order of the day and evening. Aaron Farr is 85 years old. Lorin is 83 years old and Winslow is 66 years old. My sons George and Nathaniel and daughter Priscilla and wife Sarah F. were present.
[Friday, April 10, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I took five hundred dollars in the Utah Mexican Rubber Co.
[p.520][Saturday, April 11, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was busy about the City. The evening was spent at the Home of John Mcdonald who is 73 years old today. We had a magnificent Dinner and a most sociable time. It was marred by the announcement that President Brigham Young had died at 10:40 p.m. Telegrams were sent by President Joseph F. Smith to Francis M. Lyman and Reed Smoot and John W. Young.
[Sunday, April 12, 1903 – Salt Lake City] In company with Prest. Jos. F. Smith, I joined John R. Winder, Abraham O. Woodruff and Hyrum M. Smith and others at the home of Brigham Young. Hyrum M. Smith, A. O. Woodruff and I were appointed a committee to look after the funeral.
[Monday, April 13, 1903 – Salt Lake City] In the evening Jos. F. Smith, A. H. Lund, W. S. McCornick, H. G. Whitney, John C. Cutler [and myself] took train for Idaho Falls.
[Tuesday, April 14, 1903 – Iona, Idaho] We reached Idaho Falls at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. were driven out to the sugar Factory site near Iona. We had a nice Lunch and was then met at the Foundation of the Factory, about three thousand persons present. J. Ed. Smith was Master of Ceremonies. Prayer was offered by Anthon H. Lund. The Corner stone was laid by Prest. Joseph F. Smith. We had singing and instrumental music and a number of speach all short. Regrets were received from Gov. Morrison and W. E. Borah.
[Wednesday, April 15, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I reached [home] at 9 a.m. All of the Council of 19 but Lyman, Grant and Merrill were driven out to the home of Bro. Brigham Young and accompanied his remains to the Tabernacle where at one o clock his funeral was held.
A large number of Carriages followed the remains to the Cemetery. Helds band went part of the distance playing The Dead March in Saul. The Presidency and Twelve and the Paul bearers went in front of the hearse and his family and others followed. At the grave the Temple choir sang two selections and Matthias F. Cowley offered the dedicatory prayer. I thanked all who had taken part in the services and the crowd dispersed.
To night I blest my son George and his wife who are going on a trip to Europe.
[Thursday, April 16, 1903 – Salt Lake City] LeGrand Young, Franklin S. Richards, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot and Myself met and considered the matter of the imprisonment and Banishment of our Elders in Germany. The Lawyers are to get up a communication to Secretary of State John Hay.
[p.521][Tuesday, April 21, 1903 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Independent Telephone Co. met at 10 a.m. Our Directors meetings are to be held on the first and third Tuesdays of each [month] and the Directors are to receive $5.00 for each meeting.
[Friday, April 24, 1903 – Salt Lake City] By Telegraph it was learned to day that Prussia had ordered 145 Mormon Elders out of Germany. We asked the U.S. Senators to Communicate with Secretary of State John Hay, which they did.
[Thursday, April 30, 1903 – St. Louis, Missouri] We attended the Dedication services of the World Fair and sat on the Grand Stand. We shook hands with President Roosevelt and many other leading men. The Parade was immense. The fire works in the evening the greatest I had ever seen.
[Friday, May 1, 1903 – St. Louis] The day was spent about the City. In the evening Prest. Joseph F. Smith, Reed Smoot and I attended the Reception given to the Foreign ambassadors at the St. Louis Club. It was a grand affair. I made the acquaintance of Grover Cleveland and many others. It was a brilliant affair.
[Saturday, May 2, 1903 – St. Louis] We attended the great Civic Parade. It took two hours to pass a given place and it was very fine. We had a splendid lunch at the home of Theodore Meyers. We drove in Tallahoes to the site of the Utah building in the fair grounds. Governor Heber M. Wells, Senator Reed Smoot and Myself made short speaches and President Joseph F. Smith offered the Dedicatory prayer and we drove to our hotels. My bill has been about Fifty dollars.
[Sunday, May 3, 1903 – Kansas City, Missouri] We reached here about 8 a.m. and decided to remain the day. Prest. James G. Duff in met and We went out to Independence. We attended Services at the Hedrikite and Reorganized churches, visited some objects of interest and returned to Kansas City. We held meeting with the Elders.
[Tuesday, May 5, 1903 – Salt Lake City] W. C. Spence at Evanston [met us] with the news that the story was out that an attempt would be made to arrest President Joseph F. Smith on his reaching Ogden. We consulted a[nd] decided there was no danger and so went right along. We reached home at 4:10 p.m. and found all fairly well. My son Chase is ailing. I went to his home to see him.
[Wednesday, May 6, 1903 – Salt Lake City]
I was at the Presidents office most of the day. I had a report made to me that our outside friends or enemis were making an effort to create trouble for some of us.
[p.522]My son Ezra Chase is quite poorly.
[Friday, May 8, 1903 – Salt Lake City] My wives and I went to Spanish Fork to draw our dividend at the store, it amounted to $298.75 dollars. I credited the church with $30.00. We drew in goods $243.89. We returned home. All is well, my son Chase being better.
[Monday, May 11, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Jesse M. and Elias A. Smith gave me to pay to Jane M. Smith, the former $21, the later $10.00. I have one dollar from John Smith Patriarch, Prest. Jos. F. Smith $2.00.
[Wednesday, May 13, 1903 – Salt Lake City] The Stock Holders of the Utah National Bank concluded to assess their stock 25 per cent. We held a Directors meeting of the Bank also. The Directors of the Home Fire met at 4 p.m. The joint boards of the Y.M.M.I.A. and Y.L.M.I.A. met at 5 p.m.
[Thursday, May 14, 1903 – Salt Lake City] The Executive Committee of the Salt Lake Theatre Co. met and opened some bids to build an addition to the Theatre.
The Directors of Saltair Beach Go. determined to remove the bath houses from the South to the North pear if we could get the bids so to do.
[Saturday, May 16, 1903 – Kamas, Summit County] It rained and snowed today. At 8:15 a.m. I left over the Park City Road for Kamas. At Park City I was met by Bro. Burbige and taken in a carriage 14 miles. At 2 p.m. I went to meeting in the new meeting house. It is of brick and in the form of a Latin Cross, being 70 feet Long and at the cross the same in width. It will cost when fully completed about $9,000.00 dollars.
[Tuesday, May 19, 1903 – Salt Lake City] President Theodore Roosevelt and Associates reached here this morning. Hundreds of men, women and children turned out to meet him. He spoke to the school children at the city Hall and to the people in the Tabernacle. He had breakfast at Senator Thomas Kearns. He left Salt Lake City about 1:30 p.m.
He received me with open arms as an old time friend.
[Tuesday, June 2, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was at home all day due to an attack of Lumbago. Hyrum Groesbeck Jr. leaves tomorrow for England.
I sent to Esther Martin Smith $20.00.
[p.523][Thursday, June 4, 1903 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. all of the First Presidency and Myself, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, John Smith and Geo. F. Gibbs met in Council. W. N. Riter and Bp. Thomas R. Cutler joined us and the question of building Sugar Factories came up and were talked over.
At 2:30 p.m. there was a meeting of the Directors of Utah Sugar Go. and the Amalgamated Sugar Go. to consider the question of the move of C. W. Nibley to build a factory at Lewiston in Cache Valley. Some talk was made and finally I, Thos. R. Cutler and Judge Rollapp were made a Committee of five to interview stockholders of the new company.
[Friday, June 26, 1903 – Salt Lake City] W. W. Riter and I met with David Eccles and Judge Dee and talked over the question [of] Lewiston Sugar Factory. He is more than mad over the turn affairs have taken.
[Wednesday, July 1, 1903 – Provo] President Joseph F. Smith and I went to Provo and attended a meeting of the board of Trustees of the Brigham [Young] Academy. The meeting was held in Jesse Knights office. It was found when the reports were submitted that [there was] a deficit of over eleven thousand dollars. After some discussion it was decided to ask the Board of Education to help us out.
[Thursday, July 2, 1903 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and George Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. and John Smith, George F. Gibbs and myself met in Council in the Temple. We are to build a Hospital to cost about one hundred thousand dollars. We are trying to get the control of the Street Railway system. We will run Saltair even if it looses money and maintain the Temperance rule.
[Saturday, July 4, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Josephine and two of our children and I drove out to Taylorsville where the people celebrated our natal day. I spoke for about 40 minutes.
[Wednesday, July 15, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I have paid to the family of my Bro. Charles W. this Month $20.00 and George has paid her $5.00. He has paid to help Winslow and Nicholas $10.00 and I have sent them $125 this month.
[Thursday, July 16, 1903 – Salt Lake City] In the afternoon Presidents Smith, Winder, Reed Smoot and I talked over the proposition of A. W. McCune to sell the street Railroad and we decided to do it.
[Went to Colorado for conference and Mexican Colonization and Agricultural Company business, July 17-22.]
[p.524][Thursday, July 23, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was taken down with Lumbago.
[Friday, July 24, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was to have spoken today at the Pioneer gathering at Provo but I was so lame I could not get up out of bed.
[Monday, July 27, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I am but little changed. Am doing a little reading.
[Wednesday, July 29, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I am a little Improved. Bro. George Teasdale and A. O. Woodruff Called upon me and administered to me.
[Saturday, Aug. 1, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I spend my time reading being to lame to work or write.
[Sunday, Aug. 2, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I attended the Ward Fast Meeting. It was quite peculiar in the character of the people who spoke, two non Residence and one of them a crazy woman.
[Sunday, Aug. 9, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I attended the laying of the Corner Stone of the orthodox Jewish synagogue, Isadore Morris performing that duty. President Joseph F. Smith, Senator S. Barnberger, L. Cohen, Rabbi Reynolds and I spoke.
In company with President Joseph F. Smith and Patriarch John Smith I attended the Laying of the Corner Stone of the 33rd Ward Meeting house, President Smith doing the work. President Smith, Angus M. Cannon, C. W. Penrose, Joscph E. Taylor, Myself and the Bishop spoke.
[Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I attended the Directors Meeting of the Utah National Bank, Home Fire Insurance Co. and the Y.M.M.I.A. board. I paid my asesment of $750.00 against my stock.
[Went to Seattle, Washington, with wife Sarah and a large group to Trans-Mississippi Commercial Congress meetings, August 1-25.]
[Thursday, Aug. 27, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Heber J. Grant is released to return home. Horace Ensign will preside in Japan.
[Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office part of the day. I borrowed of the Utah National Bank $2,000.00 and gave as security 25 Shares Home Dramatic Stock, 10 shares Home fire and seven shares of H. J. Grant & Co.
[p.525][Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I bot ten shares of Sugar City stock and Ten shares of Fremont Co. Sugar Co. stock.
[Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I attended the Directors meetings of the Utah Sugar Co., the Utah National Bank, the Home Fire Insurance Co. & Heber J. Grant & Co. I also met with the Y.M.M.I.A. board. I paid the Coop. Furnature Co. a bill $31.05. $20.00 in Tithing for Josephine.
[Friday, Sept. 18, 1903 – Ogden] I was at the [Irrigation] Congress all day. A series of Resolutions were passed after much hot debate. I passed out two hundred Railway tickets for the Excursion to Logan. About 8 p.m. the Congress adjourned sign a die.
I am 55 years old today.
[Saturday, Sept. 19, 1903 – Logan and Ogden] About five hundred people went on the Excursion to Logan, who received them and treated them most Royally. We had a carriage ride and Banquet. It was a grand affair. We returned to our Cars at 4 p.m. and moved out for home. At Cache Junction we picked up a man that had been Crushed by Coal Cars. He died on the train. $229.00 was collected on the train for his family.
[Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1903 – Salt Lake City and Provo] In the evening I went to Provo and met with the Directors of the Brigham Young Academy. Much talk was made over making it over into a university. The heirs are to be consulted in regard to the matter.
[Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Word has been received that Heber J. Grant has arived at Victoria, British Colulmbia. Their is some Political Work going. I had a reporter Call to see me. I did not tell him who I favored for Mayor.
[Thursday, Sept. 24, 1903 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and Myself, George Teasdale, John W. Taylor, Abraham O. Woodruff, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith and Patriarch John Smith met in the Temple.
We cleared up current business and made reports. We decided to buy the Browning Property at Carthage, Hancock Co., Ill. where the Prophet and Patriarch were killed. $4,000.00 will be paid for it.
[Saturday, Sept. 26, 1903 – Salt Lake City] The Political fever is running high.
[p.526][Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I had a long talk with Senator Thomas Kearns, Perry Heath and Mr. Butler and Mr. Kelly of the Telegram. We talked over the Political situation. They gave me their views of their side of present condition.
[Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I had a talk with G. T. Odell over his campaign for Mayor.
The Church board of Education met and with them some [of] the board and Teachers of the Brigham Young Academy. The changing of the name of the Brigham Young Academy to the Brigham Young University was considered and the board left to act as it thought proper.
[Sunday, Oct. 4, 1903 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] President Jos. F. Smith said to me tonight that the mind of the spirit was that my son George Albert should fill the vacancy in the Apostles. I told him was it a political office I would advise against it but I could not stand in the way of the suggestions of the spirit to him.
[Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1903 – Salt Lake City] [general conference]
Prest. Brigham H. Roberts spoke on the theory of some Philosophers that Joseph Smith was an eplectic and this acounted for his visions. Bro. Roberts said eplepsy never Inspired a man to give to the world the most complete system the world has ever known.
President Joseph F. Smith said Joseph the Prophet was no epleptic as the thousands that knew him can testify.
All of the First Presidency and Patriarch and of the apostles Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot and Hyrum M. Smith met in Council in the Presidents office.
President Joseph F. Smith said the mind of the spirit to him was that George A. Smith fill the vacancy in the Council of the Apostles. It was sustained unanimously, all speaking their minds.
At 2 p.m. the Conference convened.
President Joseph F. Smith presented the General Authoraries. Francis M. Lyman was sustained as President of the Twelve, George A. Smith as one of the 12 caused by the death of Brigham Young. Heber J. Grant to go to England to preside over the European Mission.
[Thursday, Oct. 8, 1903 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. all of the first presidency and Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and George A. Smith of the Twelve, Patriarch John Smith and Secretary George F. Gibbs met in the Temple.
[p.527]President Joseph F. Smith was mouth in ordaining George A. Smith a high Priest and an Apostle. All present but George F. Gibbs had their hands upon his head. I accepted the fact that President J. F. Smith was mouth as an answer to my wish unexpressed in words.
Reports were made and an appointment made for tomorrow to hear Heber J. Grants report of his Mission to Japan.
The Presidency withdrew and the Apostles gave a charge to George A. Smith and he responded in an aceptance of their good feeling.
[Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Matters Political are running high.
[Friday, Oct. 16, 1903 – Salt Lake City] The entire day was spent in attending the Directors meetings of the Utah Sugar Co., The Idaho Sugar Co. and the Sugar City Co. We are going to be late starting up the Garland and Idaho factories.
We arranged to borrow or decided to do so $200.000.00. We decided to sell the ballance of The Idaho factory stock.
[Friday, Oct. 23, 1903 – Provo] President Joseph F. Smith and I went to [Provo] and attended a meeting of the Brigham Young Academy board, also the stockholders of the academy and by vote of the stock the name was changed to the Brigham Young university.
It is not founders day anniversary but it is being celebrated and the students marched through the streets calling at their old homes. Services were held in College hall and singing and speaches were offered, Prest. Joseph F. Smith and myself and others taking part.
The school was founded 28 years ago the 16th of this month.
[Monday, Oct. 26, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I returned home and found all well. I was at the office part of the day. It was agreed by J. F. Smith, John R. Winder, A. H. Lund, Myself, H.J. Grant, M. F. Cowley & George A. Smith to take 20 per cent for an old note of Elias A. Smith.
[Thursday, Oct. 29, 1903 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency and Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum and George A. Smith of the Twelve met in the Room of the presidency in the Temple. The political situation was talked over. Bro. Reed Smoot is going east in a few days.
Josephine is getting part of her outfit moved into her house.
[p.528][Monday, Nov. 2, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office of the Presidency of the church most of the day. Josephine is moved into part of her house. It is a very nice place.
[Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1903 – Salt Lake City] The City election is on today. I voted for R. P. Morris for Mayor today. He is a Democrat.
[Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Richard P. Morris was elected Mayor, a majority of the City Council are Republicans.
[Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Word was received to night a writ had been issued to arrest heber J. Grant before he leaves for his mission. He left tonight.
[Thursday, Nov. 12, 1903 – Salt Lake City] Myself, Wife Sarah F. and Son George A. Went to Ogden and attended the funeral of Aaron F. Farr in the Tabernacle there. The speakers were Joseph Parry, Moses Thatcher, Myself, Hyrum M., John and George Albert Smith.
[Friday, Nov. 13, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office most of the day. President Joseph F. Smith is 65 years old today. He had his family together this evening at the Beehive house. They were a nice Picture. About ten p.m. I was requested to go to the Presidents office in company with President Anthon H. Lund. We found President Joseph F. Smith there and learned he had just received word that a warrant had been Issued for his arrest. We talked over the Matter and concluded to await Developments.
[Thursday, Nov. 19, 1903 – Salt Lake City] All of the First Presidency, Myself, George Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. and George A. Smith and Patriarch John Smith and G. F. Gibbs [met]. We talked over the situation at Washington as also the reports of Plural Marriages. Prest. Jos. F. Smith spoke to us to say he did not endorse any sealing or marrying in plurality.16
At 7:30 p.m. I attended a lecture by Miss Babeock at John A. Groesbecks home on Egyptian and Greek history.
[Sunday, Nov. 29, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I went out to the Granite Stake Conference held in their new House. [p.529]All of the First Presidency, Hyrum M. Smith, A. O. Woodruff and Myself with other leading men were present.
I rode home in bro. LeRoy Snows autamobile. Lorin Farr was at my home.
[Monday, Nov. 30, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office during the afternoon. Senator Reed Smoot came in and We had a talk over the condition of affairs at Washington.
[Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office during the morning hour. Reed Smoot came in and some more talk was had over the situation in Washington.
[Thursday, Dec. 3, 1903 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. all of the First Presidency and myself met with Gov. heber M. Wells and Gen. Chas. S. Burton and talked over the [Scofield mine] strike matter.
All of the First Presidency, John Smith, George A. Smith, Hyrnm M. Smith, Reed Smoot, Rudger Clawson, Abraham O. Woodruff and I met in Council at 10 a.m.
Minutes were read. All present reported on their labors. The question of the jurisdiction of officers was discussed at some length. Reed Smoot is thinking of employing W. H. Dickson as his attorney in his case before the Senate of the United States.
[Monday, Dec. 7, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I sold one hundred shares of Utah Sugar Co. Common stock for three hundred and fifty dollars and paid $275.00 for myself and $25.00 for Sarah F. and $50.00 for Josephine G. I attended the funeral of Orson Pratt Jr. There was no singing or prayer. Parley L. Williams spoke for about fifteen minutes on his good qualities as a man.
[Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1903 – Pocatello and Idaho Falls, Idaho] Governor Morrison, Secretary of State Gibson, Attorney General John A. Bagley, Superintendent of Public Schools Miss Scott of Idaho joined our party here and went with us to the Sugar Works. Their are thirty six Thousand Tons of Beets to work up and we are turning out about 1,200 sacks of Sugar a day. The Machinery is running very stiff but will soon be going all right. We went to Sugar City and laid the corner stone for a new sugar Factory.
Manager Thomas R. Cutler called the crowd together and named Governor Morrison for Chairman. He made some nice remarks.
President A. H. Lund offered the Dedicatory Prayer. President Jos. F. Smith laid the Corner Stone just as the sun was going down and made some appropriate remarks.
[p.530]The band played. About Two thousand people were present.
It was a great day and forbodes good to Idaho.
[Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of the Utah National Bank, Heber J. Grant & Co., Home Fire Insurance Co., the Los Angeles R. R., the Saltair Beach Co., the Y. M. M. I. A. board and the joint young peoples board. It was a most busy day. I was very tired at night.
[Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1903 – Provo] I went to Provo and attended the board meeting of the Brigham Young University. The resignation of Prest. B. Cluff Jr. was received and George H. Brimhall was appointed as Temporary President of the Faculty.
[Friday, Dee. 18, 1903 – Salt Lake City] The Directors of the Utah Mexican Rubber Co. met and talked over the question of buying a ranch in Tabasco of 60 thousand acres of land. B. F. Grant, W. S. McCornick and Moses Thatcher appointed a committee to examine into the matter.
[Sunday, Dec. 20, 1903 – Lehi] I went to Lehi to day and joined George Teasdale. We agreed to devide Lehi City into four wards, provided the people were in favor of it, Bp. T. R. Cutler having tendered his resignation. We held a Priesthood [meeting] in the opera house. It was voted to accept the resignation of Bp. T. R. Cutler and that our blessing go with him. We voted to divide the City into four Wards.
[Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office all day with the Presidency and Reed Smoot and Franklin S. Richards. We agreed that Reed should employ as help in his case at Washington Worthington, Waldemar Van Cott and W. E. Borah of Boise Idaho and as silent Council F. S. Richards.
[Friday, Dec. 25, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I spent the entire day at my homes with my children. I ate Christmas dinner with Aunt Sarah F. We had a nice Turkey dinner.
[Saturday, Dec. 26, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Presidents office all day in company with the Presidency and Reed Smoot talking over his affairs and arranging for his contest. He employed W. E. Borah, Waldemar Van Cott and Mr. Worthington as his attorneys.
[Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I baptised my daughter Arzella Smith at the Tabernacle today. She was born on Nov. 9th, 1895.
The Directors of the Utah Mexican Rubber Co. met today and declaired a dividend of 100 per cent. They also decided to buy 65 thousand acres of land in the state of Tabasco in the Republic of Mexico provided the Titles are all straight and right.
It was agreed to pay me fifty dollars a month as president of the Co.
[Thursday, Dec. 31, 1903 – Salt Lake City] I went with both of my wives out to the Granite Stake house to a Banquet. We had a great time. All went as merry as a Marriage Bell.
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The year has been fairly prosperous for me and the general health of my family has been fair. Two of my sons are on Missions and doing nicely. We have built Josephine a house out of her own money at a cost of nearly $8,000.00. I am gratefull to the Lord for his goodness to me and mine. My son George A. & Wife took a trip to Europe. He has been elevated to the Apostleship.
12. Charges against Benjamin Cluff, Jr., had been filed by Walter Wolfe, the Brigham Young Academy teacher whose behavior as a member of the ill-fated Colombian expedition had been among the matters of concern to church leaders. See Bergera and Priddis, 12.
15. This was only the beginning of Reed Smoot’s efforts to take his seat in the U.S. Senate. A lengthy hearing ensued in which the Mormon church’s continuing involvement with polygamy was emphasized and many church leaders—including John Henry Smith—would be called to testify.