Chapter 2. (part A)
Time of Trials
1885-1892

[p.145][Friday, Dec. 25, 1885 – Salt Lake City] Warm and Cloudy. My family were all together today except my son George. We had a pleasant time. Two Deputy U.S. Marshalls have been hanging about my house today. My family are all well, thanks to my heavenly father.

[Thursday, Dec. 31, 1885 – Salt Lake City] Cold and clear. This is the last day of the year 1885 which is one of the most memorable years in the history of the Church. Persecution has been hot, at least fifty of our brethren having been incarcerated in prison [for polygamy].

The harvest has been a bountifull one and the health of the people is good as a rule.

The following members of the board of Grant, Odell and Co. Wagon Co. — H.J. Grant, G. T. Odell, J. Grant, F. M. Lyman, O. Woolley and myself [met]. We found that we did about one hundred and thirty thousand worth of business. Our profits were sixteen thousand dollars. We laid aside two thousand to meet possible losses. We paid fourteen hundred dollars Tithing. Made a reserve of eleven per cent and paid a dividend of ten per cent. We voted one hundred dollars each to J. Grant and G. T. Odell as good will.

[Saturday, Jan. 2, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Bro. G. Farnsworth wrote to Bro. A.M. Cannon that a young lady in Mount Pleasant had given out the word there that one of J. H. Smith’s wives was in hiding at the place where she had been shopping.

[p.146][Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Cold. I went by the U.C. train to Ogden. I attended Court and heard the pleas of the Lawyers in Bro. L. Snow’s case. It was a great farce and the third trial was much more of a farce, no evidence being given. I spent the evening with Bro. L. Snow and found him cheerfull.

[Thursday, Jan. 14, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Stormy. Four of the brethren were arrested yesterday.

I received from the Granite State Glove Co. $40.00 this morning. I paid D. James $20.00, Watson Bros. $20.00. I gave G. H. Taylor credit for $100.00 on the Tithing Office.

In the evening Bros. G. Q. Cannon, W. Woodruff, Erastus Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor and Myself met in Council and we decided that it was best to get rid of the Church property.1

[Saturday, Jan. 16, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Lorenzo Snow was sentenced by Judge Powers to 18 months in the Penitentiary and $900.00 fine. An appeal was taken to the Supreme Court.

[Monday, Jan. 18, 1886- Nephi] Bro. C. C. Richards and I went to Nephi by train.

At 1 p.m. we met with the Presidency of the Stake, the members of the high Council and the Bishops. We went into an Organization looking to the holding of Church property.

[Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1886- Nephi] The snow is about 15 inches deep here.

The Presidency, high Council and Bishops met at 9:30 a.m. and completed their organization. Bro. C. C. Richards returned to the City and I went on to San Pete.

[Friday, Jan. 22, 1886 – Manti] The Presidency, High Council and Bishops met at 9:30 a.m. and incorporated under the law as the Church Association of the Sanpete Stake. Canute Peterson, Henry Deal, J. B. Maiben, Bp. Reid and three other brethren were chosen as Directors.

[Monday, Jan. 25, 1886 – Glenwood] At 10 a.m. the Presidency, High Council and Bishops came together. Three meetings were held to perfect an association to be known as the Church [p.147]Association of Sevier Stake. A Board was elected and we adjourned until the next day.

[Friday, Jan. 29, 1886 – Panguitch] The High Council, Bishops and presidency of the Stake got together and a Church Association was organized.

[Thursday, Feb. 4, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I returned to the City and found my family well, my wife [Sarah] having given birth to a daughter on January 22nd.

[Friday, Feb. 5, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I blest our baby and named her Nancy Clarabell.

[Monday, Feb. 8, 1886 – Logan] We spent the day talking over business matters, M. and G. W. Thatcher, C[harles]. O. Card, H. J. Grant and Myself. We got word of the searching of the Church offices today by U.S. Marshalls.

[Sunday, Feb. 14, 1886 – Salt Lake City] The News Papers this morning make the announcement that President G. Q. Cannon had been arrested at Humboldt House, Nevada. I went to President Taylor’s office but could learn nothing certain during the day. The newspaper report was believed to be false.

[Monday, Feb. 15, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Their is no question now but what Bro. G. Q. Cannon has been arrested. Marshall E. A. Ireland says he has fallen from the train and is badly hurt. A. E. Hyde telegraphed that Bro. Cannon was hurt but not seriously.

[Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Bro. G. Q. Gannon is at the promontory and A. E. Hyde is with him. Marshals Ireland and Greennman have him in charge. Bros. Cannon and Hyde telegraphed R. J. Taylor that Ireland was fearful of trouble in Ogden. So I went up to Ogden and stopped overnight. A squad of 27 soldiers came up on a special and went after Bro. G. Q. Cannon.

[Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1886 – Ogden and Salt Lake City] At 6 a.m. Marshal Ireland and posse reached Ogden from the Promontory and went on to the City. The Marshall would not let me ride with him. I went down on the freight train. Bro. Cannon was admitted bail, $45,000.00 being required by the Court.

Bros. F. D. Richards, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor and myself called on Bro. Cannon at his home and found him badly bruised but feeling cheerful.

[p.148][Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I am some better in my health than for several days. I got two hundred dollars from J. Jack. I paid D. James $49.80, Richards Bros. & Bowers $43.00, Watson Bros. $63.34. I paid Edna Smith $10.00.

I called upon Prest. G. Q. Cannon and had a short visit with him. He is considerably excited over our getting volunteers for the [colonization of] San Juan County. He desired me to enthuse the brethren and get them to go.

[Tuesday, March 9, 1886 – St. George] Pleasant. A Temple Association was Incorporated today.

[Friday, March 19, 1886 – St. George] Bro. A[nthony]. W. Ivins took me in his buggy to Leeds where I called upon some relatives. We took dinner and then drove on to Kelseys where we stopped over night. We met some four Wagons loaded with our brethren and sisters on their way to Mexico. I felt bad for them as they were very poorly equiped.

[Tuesday, March 23, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I went by rail home and found my family all well. I went and stopped with Bro. F. M. Lyman at Bert Woolleys. He gave me the information that President John Taylor had sold the Coop stock at about Seventy five cents on the dollar and H. J. Grant, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, J. F. Wells, Chas Burton, P. T. Farnsworth, W. H. Rowe and F. Armstrong had bot the lions share of it.

[Tuesday, March 30, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I agreed to take five hundred dollars in Stock in the Coop Furnature Co.

[Thursday, April 1, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I attended fast meeting and heard the speaking in tongues.

[Friday, April 2, 1886] I belong to Syndicate composed of H. J. Grant, J. F. Wells, F. M. Lyman, F. Armstrong, W. H. Rowe, C. Burton, [P. T.] Farnsworth. We have bought some Coop stock.

[Tuesday, April 6, 1886 – Provo] [general conference] Both meetings today was taken up in the reading of an Epistle of the First Presidency. It is a strong document and was well read by Bp. O. F. Whitney and Elder J. E. Talmage.2

[p.149][Wednesday, April 7, 1886 – Provo and Salt Lake City] I returned home in the evening and met with the Directors of Grant, Odell & Co. The name of the Company was changed to “Deseret Wagon and Machine Co.”

[Went to Idaho for conferences, April 23-May 1.]

[Wednesday, May 5, 1886 – Ogden and Salt Lake City] New Governor Caleb W. West reached this city this evening. About two hundred ladies and gentlemen went to Ogden to meet him. The company was made up of “Mormon” and Non-Mormons. A speach of welcome was made by Acting Governor Thomas and the Governor responded in a neat little speach.

When the train reached the City and the Governor had gone to the Walker House a large crowd and a band of music followed him and he came out on the balcony and made another neat little speech.

[Thursday, May 6, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. The Coop Furnature Company agreed upon their Articles of Incorporation last evening. The Livery Stable Company incorporated today and I signed a Director’s bond.

[Went to Idaho for church meetings, May 7-11, returned to Idaho, May 21-31, to look at mining property with J. A. Groesbeck. Spent several days at Horn Silver Mine, Era Alturas County, Idaho.]

[Wednesday, June 2, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. I spent the day reading in the History of Joseph Smith.

[Friday, June 11, 1886 – Salt Lake City] S. B. Young was arrested this morning and got away from the officers.

[Monday, June 14, 1886 – Salt Lake City] The Coop Furnature Co. Incorporated today. I am a Director. I was very busy during the day. Six of our brethren were put under bonds.

[Tuesday, June 15, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I intended to start on a visit to Colorado today but received a letter from Prest. J. Taylor requesting me to go South in company with I. M. Waddell.

[p.150][Monday, June 21, 1886 – Salt Lake City] The brethren met today and Incorporated Temple Company and also a Stake Company to hold Church property. The Saints by vote authorized ordered the parties holding Church property to deed the same to the respective corporations to which it should go.

I offered the Dedicatory prayer at the new Social Hall. I also attended the Theatre in the evening.

[Monday, June 28, 1886 – Ephraim and Manti] Warm. Bro. G. Peterson and I went to Manti and the brethren Incorporated a company to hold Church property. A meeting was held in the evening ordering the transfer of the Temple and other property. I spoke a few moment[s].

[Wednesday, June 30, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day about home writing to President J. Taylor in answer to one from him containing one from President A. O. Smoot calling me in question for reconfirming upon F. Beers his former blessings

[Monday, July 5, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I drove my children in a buggy over Jordan [River]. I arranged with Bro. Williams to cut my hay at $1.50 per acre.

I drove the children about in the evening to see the fire works.

[Wednesday, July 7, 1886 – Beaver] We went by stage to Minersville and Bro. Edwin Eyre took us to Beaver. We stopped with Bro. J. R. Murdock. The Presidency, High Council and Bishops met and Incorporated a Company to hold Church property.

[Thursday, July 8, 1886 – Parowan] Bro. J. R. Murdock took me and Bro. Waddell in his wagon to Buck Horn Springs. We had a pleasant visit but about two miles from the spring the hind wheel of the wagon broke down and it turned over. Bro. Murdock got under but was not hurt and Bro. Wadell and I got out all safe. Bro. Murdock got on the Horse and went to the Springs and met Bro. Miller from Parowan who came and got us and took us to Parowan, Bro. Murdock going back home.

The Presidency, High Council and Bishops met and organized and Incorporated a Company to hold Church property.

[Saturday, July 10, 1886 – Panguitch] The brethren here met and Incorporated. I attended a Priesthood meeting and talked to the brethren a little.

[p.151][Monday, July 12, 1886 – Panguitch and Beaver] Sheriff Pace took us to Beaver where meeting was held in the evening. I spoke the entire time on the subject of Marriage and had good liberty.

[Wednesday, July 14, 1886 – Fillmore] We Incorporated a Church Association today. I had a short visit with my father’s only Sister.

[Wednesday, July 21, 1886 – Salt Lake City and Provo] I went to Pleasant Grove and had a talk with F. Beers and then went on to Provo. I met with the High Council in the evening and I explained to them my position in Regard to Bro. Beers and that what I had done was upon the recommend of Bp. J. Brown. This seemed to satisfy the brethren. The doctrine of reconfirming upon him his former blessings they seemed to feel bitter over but they gradually began to see it. We adjourned to meet Monday 26th.

[Thursday, July 22, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I returned to the City but on the way called at Pleasant Grove and had a visit with Bro. F. Beers.

H. J. Grant, P. T. Farnsworth, J. F. Wells, Charles Burton, W. H. Rowe and myself met together over business matters and agreed to take a thousand dollars Herald stock from H. J. Grant.

[Saturday, July 24, 1886 – Minersville and Beaver] Bedbugs fearfully active. We drove to Beaver City and attended two meetings and a Political meeting in the evening. It was considered very fair.

[Monday, July 26, 1886 – Provo] I returned to Provo, stopping at Springville for two hours.

I met with the brethren of the high Council, Bp. J. Brown and Frank Beers present. Beers trouble was all talked over and he asked forgiveness and was forgiven by all. The brethren took my explanation and freed me from blame by vote.

[Friday, July 30, 1886 – Salt Lake City] The Grand Army of the Republic have been holding Campfires and in their speech making they have been very loud mouthed against the Mormons. In the evening Bro. H. J. Grant and I went to Tooele and spent the evening with F. M. L. [Francis M. Lyman]. We found him well and hearty.3

[p.152][Saturday, July 31, 1886 – Tooele and Grantsville] Bro. C. R. McBride took Bro. H. J. Grant and his mother and me to Grantsville.

Conference convened at 10 a.m. but few people present.

Bro. Grant and I both spoke in the afternoon. The bishops reported.

The Mutual Improvement Associations made an effort to have a meeting in the evening but failed.

[Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day writing. I received a letter from Prest. J. Taylor asking me to take charge of affairs until Bro. F. D. Richards had his outing.

[Friday, Aug. 6, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Historian Office.

I married Dorr P. Curtis and Sister Peck today. In the evening I took train for Park City and a young Bro. Watson took me in his buggy to Heber City. I put up with Prest. A. Hatch.

[Saturday, Aug. 7, 1886 – Heber City] It rained all day.

Conference Convened at 10 a.m. but few people present. Several of the brethren spoke. I spoke morning, afternoon and evening. Two brethren were ordained High Priests and three men set apart to preside over the Mutual Improvement Associations.

[Friday, Aug. 13, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. Bro. J. W. Taylor went up to Idaho on business today. In talking over his going last evening Bro. H.J. Grant and I felt he should not go but neither of [us] spoke to Bro. J. W. Taylor about it.

[Saturday, Aug. 14, 1886 – Coalville] Bro. H. J. Grant went to Logan and I to the Coalville Conference. Bro. Andrew Jenson went with me. We met with the Priesthood in the evening [p.153]and talked over the defense fund, building of the meeting house, and assisting of the Elders to go on missions.

[Monday, Aug. 16, 1886 – Coalville, Ogden, Salt Lake City] Bro. A. Jensen and I returned home. At Ogden I met and was introduced to Judge [Charles S.] Zane by Rev. Iliff, Pastor of the Methodist Church. I went to the Office and attended to business.

[Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I received a Telegram from my Uncle H. G. Libbey saying he would be in the City tomorrow. I spent the day at the office.

[Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I went to Ogden and met my Uncle. He was not well. I showed him about a little in the afternoon.

[Thursday, Aug. 19, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I visited with Uncle and Aunt about the City.

[Sunday, Aug. 22, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. I went to the Tabernacle with my Uncle and aunt. Arthur Stayner and Bp. O. F. Whitney were the speakers.

[Friday, Aug. 27, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I drove out to Winders farm and there met Prest. John Taylor, George Q.. Cannon, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, W. B. Preston, H. B. Clawson, L. J. Nutall and myself. It was agreed that the bond of George Q. Cannon should be paid. The Beck and Bullion Mine business was taken up and after a free discussion of the matter the brethren consented for President Taylor to guarantee the parties to the tune of one hundred thousand dollars. Who should become bondsmen. All of the Brethren expressed themselves as opposed to mining but the President. I gave some little offense to my brethren by my to candid expression of my feelings about the bond business.4

[p.154][Saturday, Aug. 28, 1886 – Salt Lake City] F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant and I came to the conclusion to start a home Insurance Company.

F. M. Lyman goes north.

The Officers of the law are very active just now.

I have concluded to go to Colorado.

[Monday, Aug. 30, 1886 – on train to Colorado] Pleasant. At 1:05 p.m. my Uncle H. C. Libbey and Wife and I left for Denver, Col. We took sleeping births. I enjoyed the Ride very much and had a very pleasant time.

[Thursday, Sept. 2, 1886 – Denver] We spent the day visiting about the City.

I bid my Uncle and Aunt good by at 8:30 p.m. for Manassa. Uncle and Aunt left for home at 9:55 p.m.

[Monday, Sept. 6, 1886 – Manassa, Colorado] A Mr. Henry representing a syndicate owning land and water rights in this valley spent the day with us. He wants to make sales or leases of land to our people. He is or will [make] out written propositions to us.

I made a few calls upon relatives.

In the evening President Smith, Dalton and myself drove to Ephraim. We took supper with Bro. H. K. Coray.

We held meeting and I spoke one hour and ten minutes on our guarding our children from small vices.

[p.155][Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1886 – Pueblo and Denver] I awakened to find myself here [in Pueblo] when I expected to be in Denver. The storm had washed out the road bed and we were delayed about nine hours. I dreamed my daughter Sarah had died. I got to Denver at 2 Oclock and put up at the American.

I was introduced to U.S. Senator [Henry M.] Teller today by a Mr. Sanger.

[Sunday, Sept. 19, 1886 – Salt Lake City] This afternoon my son Chase and Harry Whitaker were playing and the latter got his hand mashed and Dr. J. Richards cut it off.

[Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1886 – Salt Lake City] The Home Insurance Company was organized tonight.

[Friday, Sept. 24, 1886 – Salt Lake City]

Bro. Heber J. Grant and I called upon Albert Cartington and found him very feable. He expressed an earnest desire to have the privilege of rebaptism and said he was willing to do whatever may be required of him. Bro. Grant and I felt a little diferently about his case. We wrote to Bro. Woodruff, giving him the result of our visit.

I set apart J. W. McMurrin and wife for a mission to England.

[Friday, Oct. 1, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. I called and saw Jannet Peyton and talked over her trouble with Albert Carrington. I called upon Bro. Carrington and talked with him about Sister Peyton. He felt to do anything he could for her.

[Thursday, Oct. 7, 1886 – Coalville] [general conference]

At 7 p.m. a Priesthood meeting was held. Defense fund was the talk. A good Spirit prevailed.

[Friday, Oct. 8, 1886 – Coalville] [general conference] Pleasant. At 10 a.m. Conference again in session. After Singing and Prayer Bros. F. D. Richards, H. J. Grant and Myself were the speakers. H. M. Wells read part of the Epistle of the first Presidency.

1:30 p.m. Sacrament was administered, the Authoraties Sustained, the Epistles read and Bro. Richards spoke, when the Conference adjourned. Benediction by Patriarch John Smith. Most of the people returned to their homes.

[Saturday, Oct. 9, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. Bro. E. D. Woolley, Manager, and Myself borrowed $4,000.00 dollars of the Savings Bank and are to put up as security that amount of Kanab Cattle Ranch stock and six hundred Kanab Coop Store Stock.

[p.156][Monday, Oct. 11, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Showery. The Gas board met and declared a dividend of two percent. The Directors of the Home Insurance Co. met and talked over what risks they would take. I signed a note for $10,000.00 dollars at the Deseret Bank today, giving $15,000.00 Coop stock as security. Interest at 7 % annum.

[Friday, Oct. 15, 1886 – Salt Lake City and Ogden] I was at the Historian and Insurance offices during the morning hour.

In the afternoon I drove my team to Ogden, Sarah and Winslow going with me. I found our friends well. I was five hours driving up.

[Saturday, Oct. 16, 1886 – Ogden] [stake conference] Conference convened at 10 a.m. but few people present.

Several of the Bishops spoke and gave spirited and earnest Counsel.

I spoke all of the time and enjoyed good liberty during the afternoon.

[Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1886 – Ogden and Salt Lake City] Cold. I drove home to the City, only stopping at Farmington to get some dinner.

[Thursday, Oct. 21, 1886 – Salt Lake City and Richmond] I visited with my family today and got ready to go to Franklin, Idaho.

I telegraphed Fred Turner I would meet him at Logan. I got a telegram from George Benson to go to Richmond and I said I would. I went by train and found F. M. Lyman at the home of G. D. Hendricks. We spent the evening visiting.

[Friday, Oct. 22, 1886 – Richmond, Cache County] In the evening a number of the brethren met at the house of President Hendricks and talked over the situation in Idaho and came to the conclusion our people could not vote in that Territory. Bro. F. M. Lyman and I gave some instructions in regard to duties in the Priesthood.5

[Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1886 – Richmond and Smithfield] Pleasant. Lyman, Penrose and myself talked over the situation in Idaho. I bid the brethren good by and went by train to Smithfield. I put up at James Macks. Bro. J. Meikle and I went out for a buggy ride.

In the evening I spoke to a crowded house and had splendid liberty.

[p.157][Thursday, Oct. 28, 1886 – Logan and Salt Lake City] Bro. Wolf took me in his wagon to Logan where I called upon Joseph Wilson, Fred Turner and M. Thatchers family. I went by train home and found all well. I spent the evening with Bro. F. D. Richards. We set Bro. F. F. Hintze apart for a mission to Turkey.

[Friday, Oct. 29, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. I spent the day about home. I wrote to President Taylor about A. Carrington.

I went to Logan and put up with J. Wilson.

[Saturday, Oct. 30, 1886 – Logan] [stake conference] 2 p.m. at meeting again. Two brethren spoke and a Resolution was read and adopted instructing or requesting the Holders of Church property to deed it [to] the Church Incorporation.

7 p.m. a Priesthood meeting was held. I spoke on the fast. Bro. F. D. Richards spoke on the same subject and also in regard to the defense fund.

Bro. John W. Taylor was with us during the afternoon hour, he having come down from Idaho where he has been indicted for insurrectionary talks. He did not meet with us in the evening.

[Sunday, Oct. 31, 1886 – Logan] Cloudy. Conference at 10 a.m. Bro. J. W. Taylor took all of the morning hour. His sermon was a peculiar medley of humor, pathos, narative, and testimony.

[Monday, Nov. 8, 1886 – Salt Lake City] We returned to the City and I was busy about town. I finished paying for my single harness. I paid $17.50 watter tax. I paid G. G. Bywater for fixing my watch. I paid Tom Little three dollars for painting roof to shed. I paid Z.C.M.I. $70.00 in an order. I endorsed a thousand dollars in Kanab Cattle herd stock over to Zion’s Savings bank for money borrowed. The evening I spent at home.

[Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Muddy under foot. I met Bp. W[illiam]. B. Preston and T. E. Ricks and had a visit with them. Some of the members of the Fire Insurance board met and talked over affairs. I signed a bond as President of the Kanab Stock herd. The Directors of the Coop Wagon and Machine Co. met in evening and found there business prospering.

[Went to Idaho, November 12-19, for stake conferences and meetings in various wards.]

[p.158][Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1886 – Parker and Brighton, Idaho] Bro. Arnold Miller took us to Brighton where we held meeting.

Mary Elanor Hiatt was set apart to be a midwife.

[Thursday, Nov. 18, 1886 – Lewisville and Eagle Rock, Idaho] Bro. J. Stevens took Bro. R. L. Bybee and myself to Lewisville where at 10 a.m. we held meeting, both of us speaking. We took dinner with Bp. K. Jardine and he took us to Eagle Rock in his wagon. I put up with J. B. Thatcher Jr. Meeting was held at 7 p.m., a full congregation present. I spoke for an hour on the Word of Wisdom [health code]. It seems that word had leaked out a Bishop was to be ordained and two letters were written to me objecting [to] the parties named. I adjourned the meeting, granting time for any to withdraw who might desire to do so. Our meeting was again opened with prayer and I read from the Doctrine and Covenants whose right it was to nominate a Bishop.

I put each man separate and two received a unanimous vote and four votes were given against Wm. Thomas on the ground that too many of a kind would not work good together. A good spirit prevailed. I gave the parties some instruction and then Bro. R. L. Bybee and I laid our hands upon the heads of them and ordained them, I being mouth in each case.

[Monday, Nov. 22, 1886 – Salt Lake City and Ogden] I spent the day about the City. I went to Ogden by the evening train. A jury was got in L. Farr case.

[Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1886 – Ogden] [At trial of Lorin Farr, Sarah’s father, for unlawful cohabitation.]

The forenoon was spent in examining Witnesses. Nancy and Anne were on the stand. I went to the Court in Afternoon. Several more witnesses were examined. S. R. Thurman, P. H. Emmerson and Kimball were father Farr’s attorneys.

[Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1886 – Ogden] The day was spent in examining witnesses and in the speeches of the attorneys. The jury returned after the Judge had given a severe charge which plainly showed that he desired the defendant convicted. The jury came in twice for instructions and after being out for about six hours brought in a verdict Of Not Guilty. The crowd being overjoyed shouted for joy and the Judge fined two of them five dollars each. Judge Henderson displayed the utmost fairness in all of his rullings until he gave his charge to the jury.

[Saturday, Nov. 27, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I drove over Jordan and the snow quite deep and only part of my land plowed.

[p.159][Sunday, Nov. 28, 1886 – Provo] I went to Provo and attended Conference. Jacob Gates, J. W. Taylor, H. J. Grant, A. O. Smoot and I were the speakers. The house was well filled. A vote was taken to sustain the prohibition law.

[Thursday, Dec. 2, 1886 – Payson and Salt Lake City] I returned to my home and learned that B. H. Roberts had been arrested. Grant, Wells and myself talked the matter over.

[Friday, Dec. 3, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day in the City attending to business. B. H. Roberts skipped by the light of the moon. He has gone to England. I set him apart for a mission.

[Monday, Dec. 6, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I got a hundred dollars from H. J. Grant. I paid Dr. J. Richards $17. I paid Coop Furnature Interest $10.00 on account $10.00 and $40.00 for a desk. I paid $14.00 for hauling hay.

[Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1886 – Salt Lake City] The Gas board met and declared a dividend of 2 percent. Ellerbeck paid me $25.00 for services.

I called on Thomas Edwards. I went and blest and named the dying baby of Frank Kimball. I took supper at W. Groesbeck’s.

H. J. Grant and I are to start for St. George tomorrow. I wrote letters to J. F. Smith and Bp. Secrist.

[Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1886 – Milford] H. J. Grant and I went [by] train to Milford and stopped over night at E. Tanner’s.

[Thursday, Dec. 9, 1886 – en route to St. George] We paid $6.00 dollars each for fare to St, George.

At Minersville Deputy U.S. Marshall Subpoened me to appear as a witness before the Grand jury at Beaver on the fifteenth. He said he did not know on what case. I wrote to P. T. Farnsworth to get it delayed until the 18th but he said the Prosecutor said it could not be done.

We stopped at Bp. Lunt’s overnight.

[Friday, Dec. 10, 1886 – Cedar City and St. George] Stormy. We went on through to St. George. I put up with my Uncle J. L. Smith. H. J. Grant with his Cousin A. W. Ivins.

[Sunday, Dec. 12, 1886 – St. George] Conference at 10 a.m. Some reports were read and Bro. Grant and I both spoke. In the p.m. the General and local authoraties were sustained [p.160]and Bros. D. McArthur, H. J. Grant and I spoke. E. G. Woolley was ordained a High Priest and set apart for an Alternate in the High Council. Another young brother was set apart for a Councillor to A. W. Ivins in the Mutual improvement Association.

Bro. H. J. Grant, J. T. D. McAllister, W. Woodruff and I spent the evening together.

President E. D. Woolley and E. F. Sheets came from Kanab. Woolley is in trouble over branding a cow.

[Thursday, Dec. 16, 1886 – Beaver and Parowan] I went to the Court house and shortly after was before the Grand Jury. They wanted to know in regard to Bp. Thomas Taylor case. I told them I knew nothing about it only by hearsay. They gave me a warrant for $7.00 and discharged. I telegraphed to H. J. Grant, my wife, Sarah F. and Morgan Richards. I got answer, all were well at home.

Bro. R. W. Heybourne and I got ready to start to Parowan. Word was just received that U.S. Marshall Thompson had shot and badly wounded E. M. Dalton. We drove through to Parowan and found that Dalton was dead and that Thompson was under arrest. I went and saw Marshalls Thompson and Orton and the latter told me in regard to the case. He says he called three times and Thompson twice for Dalton to halt, that he did not try to run but was shot without really any chance to surrender. Dalton had no arms and was in his short sleeves. He died in about forty five minutes after he was shot.

He was shot in the side above two ribbs and a little back, the shot ranging up.

I find my sister Mary quite well. The whole town is excited, but deliberate. A posse of about 25 men came from Beaver.

[Friday, Dec. 17, 1886 – Parowan] The posse returned to Beaver during the night, taking Thompson with them. I bought a bolt of cotton cloth 14 yds. double width goods and 1 1/2 yds. Flannel for my sister Mary.

[Saturday, Dec. 18, 1886 – Parowan] Conference convened at 10 a.m. Some of the Bishops reported and I spoke a little while. The Conference adjourned until Sunday at 10 a.m.

2 p.m. the people met and the funeral of Edward M. Dalton was opened by singing and prayer. Bro. Morgan Richards spoke and I followed for about forty minutes. After singing and prayer some 53 vehicles and about three hundred and fifty people followed the remains to the grave. Thus another Martyr is laid away in the tomb. Bro. Watson dedicated the grave.

In the evening a Priesthood meeting was held and I spoke a long [p.161]while. Peter Wimmer had his Priesthood restored by me, the people having voted that he was entitled to the priviledge.

[Sunday, Dec. 19, 1886 – Parowan] Conference convened at 10 a.m. and after singing and prayer some of the brethren spoke and I followed on the apostacy for 30 minutes. I went to Dinner with Bro. Holeyoke. 2 p.m. at meeting the Authorities were sustained and Sacrament administered. I spoke on the first principles of the Gospel for one hour.

I took supper with Bro. Morgan Richards and then went with Bro. J. Armstrong to Enoch where I stopped overnight.

[Saturday, Dec. 25, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I had all of my family together today and we had a pleasant time. Ben E. Rich and wife came down from Ogden.

[Monday, Dec. 27, 1886 – Salt Lake City] Warm and pleasant.

I spent the day writing letters. Bro. H. B. Smith called in to see me in regard to the milk business. He is in trouble as the Church is now milking its own cows and supplying the public hands.

[Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1886 – Provo] Pleasant. I went to Provo on a visit to my mother, taking my sons Winslow and Nicholas with me. We passed a very pleasant day. U. S. Marshal Dyer and Rensch [?] came from Beaver with Bro. Thurber and two men, father and son, on their way to the Penitentiary. Two other prisoners were with them.

I was introduced to the Marshall and found him a pleasant fellow to talk to. I also conversed with the brethren in regard to being good and faithfull in the midst of trial.

[Thursday, Dec. 30, 1886 – Salt Lake City] I was busy about the City.

In the evening the Directors of the Coop Wagon & Machine Co. held a meeting and decided to declare a ten percent cash dividend, a five percent stock dividend, to shrink the values of our buildings three thousand dollars, to put six thousand dollars into the contingent fund and pay sixteen hundred dollars tithing. The Ogden house scarcely paid its way.

[Saturday, Jan. 1, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I spent the afternoon and evening at John Morgans and had a pleasant time. Quite a large company present.

[p.162][Thursday, Jan. 6, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I took my children to fast meeting. I afterward attended the funeral of Sister Jensen.

[Monday, Jan. 10, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day writing letters. In the evening stock holders in the Coop Wagon Go. met and confirmed the action of the board in declaring dividends.

[Thursday, Jan. 13, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I have done but little for a number of days, only visit with my family and write letters. Yesterday afternoon the Tucker Edmunds bill [Edmunds-Tucker Act] passed the House of Representatives by a almost unanimous vote.6

The liberals [Liberal Party members] here are jubilant and the Saints quiet and easy.

[Friday, Jan. 14, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I had a short visit with W. B. Preston and talked over the Mexican purchase. He thinks it is a good one.

[Saturday, Jan. 15, 1887] The following members of the firm of Armstrong, Farmsworth and Co. met at H. J. Grant and Co.’s office and decided that their Coop Stock was worth one hundred cents on the dollar. We have five thousand dollars in the safe that is released and other credits. The parties present were F. Armstrong, P. T. Farnsworth, H. J. Grant, J. F. Wells, W. H. Rowe, C. Burton and myself.

[Sunday, Jan. 16, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. I was at home until evening, when I went to the 17th Ward meeting and spoke for about 50 minutes.

[Monday, Jan. 17, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I was at the Insurance office most of the day.

In the evening F. D. Richards, W. B. Preston, J. W. Taylor, H. J. Grant and myself met in Council and wrote a letter to President J. Taylor advising the sale of all property liable to be gobled by the government.

[p.163][Tuesday, Jan. 18, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. I was about the City attending to business. The Directors of the Gas Co. met and agreed to get a contract from the City for five years if possible. F. Armstrong, T. W. Ellerbeck, J. Jack and myself were present. We afterwards met with the Committee on Improvements of the City Council and talked over the Contract business.

[Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. The following brethren met in Council. G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, H. J. Grant, F. D. Richards, J. W. Taylor, W. B. Preston, A.M. Cannon, LeGrand Young, A. Miner, George Reynolds, J. Jack and myself. The condition of the Church property was talked over but no decision was arrived at. Jno. Sharp goes to Washington leaving Friday.

[Thursday, Jan. 20, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I examined some of the Titles to Church property. I attended the funeral of Jno. P. Horne and spoke 18 minutes. J. W. Taylor, A.M. Cannon, H. J. Grant and G. H. Taylor also spoke. We had company at J. [Josephine’s?] The board of Directors of the Coop Furnature Co. met and declared a dividend, 7 per cent in cash for past 7 months and four percent stock dividend.

[Attended conferences in Nephi, January 22-24, Franklin, Idaho, January 28-31, and Logan, February 5-6.]

[Monday, Feb. 7, 1887 – Logan] I spent the day visiting. The R.R. trains are blocked in the Snow on the U.& N.R.R. A Telegram was received from Washington saying the Supreme Court had decided in favor of L. Snow. This will turn him and Several other brethren out of prison.7

[Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I returned home today. Bros. L. Snow and N. H. Groesbeck got out of prison today. I spent the evening at John Groesbeck’s. All of the brothers and sisters were together.

[Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Aunt Lucy is Seventy years old today. We had quite a number of the Smith family together at my house and had a pleasant time.

[p.164][Friday, Feb. 11, 1887 – Salt Lake City to Blackfoot, Idaho] I went by train to Blackfoot, Bingham Co. Idaho and was joined on the way by R. S. Spence of Paris, Bear Lake. We put up at the hotel.

[Saturday, Feb. 12, 1887 – Blackfoot] We went to the County Court house and got the names of our brethren confined in the Detrout house of Corrections, also a Copy of the Commitment. We found steps would have to be taken to secure their release in the district where they were imprisoned. I telegraphed to F. S. Richards that Habeus Corpus would not lie in Idaho.

[Sunday, Feb. 13, 1887 – Blackfoot] The trains on the U. & N.R.R. are badly demoralized by snow blockades. We got onto a Caboose and went to Pocatello where I got a train for home.

[Monday, Feb. 14, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I traveled all night and got home this morning. All are well. L. Farr came down from Ogden, bringing me a pass to California from Leland Stanford.

[Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1887 – Salt Lake City and Ogden] I got two hundred dollars from J. Jack. At 4 p.m. I went to Ogden by train and at six or seven p.m. L. Farr and daughter Mamie and myself and Wife went in a Palace Car and started for San Francisco.

[Saturday, Feb. 19, 1887 – San Francisco] The day was principally spent in anxiety waiting for the New Zealand steamer to arrive. In the evening she was sighted but owning to storms she remained outside the bay. We spent the evening at S. N. Sears.

[Sunday, Feb. 20, 1887 – San Francisco] The steamer reached the pier at 8 a.m. and Sister Bell Farr Sears was on board but quite poorly.

We visited Woodard’s Garden and from there we went to S. W. Scars and took dinner and spent the evening.

[Friday, March 4, 1887 – Los Angeles] We got here at 8 a.m. and put up at the Pico House. We hired a Carriage and drove to Pasadena, which is a lovely spot made up of orange groves, vineyards and ornamental trees with nice residences. We also went to San Gabriel, visited the Wine Cellars of Major Rose and all took a drink but me. We visited the old Cathedral and then drove back to the City, having traveled about 20 miles. We went to the Theatre in the evening and saw Edwin Booth play Shylock in the Merchant of Venice and Petruchio in the [p.165]Taming [of] the Shrew. The plays were well done and the building is a very nice one.

The Edmunds Tucker bill became law under [?] act.

[Saturday, March 5, 1887 – Los Angeles and San Bernardino] We took train for San Bernardino. About five miles out we came very near coliding with another train, having a very narrow escape from being smashed up.

We went on to our destination and put up at the Starkie house. We went on top of the Court house and took a look over the Country.

San Bernardino is on the Ranch once owned by C. C. Rich and A. M. Lyman and is the finest that I have seen in the state. It now has a population of about six thousand people. I saw some of the remains of A.M. Lyman’s old home.

[Saturday, March 12, 1887 – San Francisco] Foggy and cold. I got fifty dollars from Tom A. Grant. I called upon some old time friends and [had] a pleasant visit. In returning to the hotel I came down Dupont Street, the heart of the Demimond of the City and was astonished at the brazen effrontery of the girls.

[Tuesday, March 15, 1887 – San Francisco] Pleasant. We went out to South San Francisco and went through the Sugar Refinery. It is the second largest in the United States.

I went in company with Bros. Rollop and Horrocks with a guide through China town and found it a very fascinating place. We were in the Theatre Josh house or Joss house in the opium dens, gambling houses and sleeping rooms. They are huddled together like sheep and the officer said they were all theives. China Town is located in the old city and it is a dirty, filthy place.

I saw more evidences of sexual wickedness in San Francisco than I had seen before in all of my life. We paid our bills this evening.

[Monday, March 21, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I was in Council all day with G. Q. Cannon, F. D. Richards, LeGrand Young and F. S. Richards. We were engaged in studying the legal bearings in the effort of the Government to escheat property and also in regard to the test oath. It was decided that the brethren should take it. The Central Committee [of the People’s Party] telegraphed to all parts of the Territory for their officers to take the oath.

[Tuesday, March 22, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. I was at the office most all day with President G. Q. Cannon, F. D. Richards, Lawyers F. S. Richards, LeGrand Young, W. B. Preston and A. Miner. We were considering property matters.

[p.166][Wednesday, March 23, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Bros. G. Q. Cannon, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, A. Miner, LeGrand Young, F. S. Richards, A.M. Cannon, J. Jack and W. B. Preston were together for eleven hours and tried every way to cut and contrive a way to keep our property. It was decided to fight the law by proving that there was no Church Incorporation and for fear of a decision against us, it was decided to loose all of the property. Chandler of Washington gave an opinion that the government would to [take] personal as well as real property.

[Thursday, March 24, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. After being together all day, we came to the Conclusion unitedly that President Taylor should sell all property likely to be seized by the government, G. Q. Cannon, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, J. W. Taylor, W. B. Preston, J. Jack, George Reynolds, F. S. Richards, LeGrand Young, A. Miner and A.M. Cannon and myself voting.

[Monday, March 28, 1887 – St. George] Bro. H. J. Grant left for Panguitch and I for St. George at 5 a.m. I reached St. George at 6:30 p.m. and put up at my Uncle J. L. Smith. I met President E. D. Woolley and gave him my message and we talked over our business affairs and made a decision as to what we would do. Latter I met President J. D. McAllister at the Temple and had a good visit with him and we talked over our concerns freely.

[Tuesday, March 29, 1887 – St. George] I spent the day in looking about the City and visiting with friends. In the evening I met Prest. Wilford Woodruff and we had an excelent visit. He read me a letter that he written to H. J. Grant in regard to the succession to the Presidency. His views are that we succeed in a regular order.

[Thursday, March 31, 1887 – Beaver] I went to Minersville by stage and met Prest. J. R. Murdock and went to Beaver with him where I spent the night. I have received a telegram that Lorin Farr had fallen and hurt himself so severely that he was not expected to live. It occured at Pocatello, Idaho last evening.

[Saturday, April 2, 1887 – Salt Lake City and Ogden] We were riding all night. I got home at 10:30 a.m. and was busy about the City until 4 p.m., when I went to Ogden. I found my friends considerably excited over Father Farr. I made up my mind that he would get well.

[Sunday, April 3, 1887 – Ogden] I spent the day beside father’s bedside. He is very bad but is improving.

[p.167][Tuesday, April 5, 1887 – Salt Lake City and Ogden] I went to the City and returned to Ogden. I borrowed thirty one hundred dollars in money today of the Deseret Bank. I met G. Q. Cannon and F. M. Lyman.

[Wednesday, April 6, 1887 – Ogden and Salt Lake City] I spent the day at the bedside of Father Farr. In the evening I returned home. The General Conference convened at Provo today at 10 a.m., Lorenzo Snow presiding.

[Thursday, April 7, 1887 – Provo] I went to Provo by train this morning. The Conference convened at 10 a.m., Lorenzo Snow presiding. Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor and myself were present of the Twelve. I was the first speaker.

The members of the Twelve present met at noon. G. Q. Cannon had sent a request to have a vote of Confidence given to the presidency endorsing all they had done in property and other matters. I objected on the ground that we did not know what had been done.

[Friday, April 8, 1887 – Provo and Ogden] Conference at 10 a.m. Bro. L. Snow occupied the morning hour, talking on his prison experiences. In the afternoon an Epistle from the Presidency was read and Conference adjourned.

I went to Ogden and found father Farr much improved.

[Sunday, April 10, 1887 – Ogden] I spent the day with father. Sarah and I went home in the evening and all were well.

[Monday, April 11, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I paid the Savings bank fifty dollars in interest. I visited most of the day with Lyman. I am badly off with Rhumatism.

[Wednesday, April 13, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I am under the weather with Rhumatism. F. M. Lyman and I were together part of the day.

[Thursday, April 14, 1887 – Salt Lake City] The directors of the Coop Wagon Co. met and heard the reports of the business for the past three months and they were very satisfactory. The showing was excelent.

The Directors of the Grant Bros. Livery Co. met and took stock and found that they had lost about one thousand dollars on the year’s business.

[p.168]I went to the Theatre in the evening, Booth played The Fool’s Revenge.

[Friday, April 15, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day with F. M. Lyman talking over our business affairs. I went to the Theatre and saw Booth play Shylock and Petruccio.

[Sunday, April 17, 1887 – Ogden] I went to Ogden and attended the Conference. I spoke a little while in morning and afternoon.

Father Farr is gradually improving. I returned home in the evening.

[Thursday, April 28, 1887 – Salt Lake City and Ogden] I was busy in the City during most of the day. I went by train [to] Ogden where I met Bro. F. M. Lyman. I stopped with Lorin Farr, who is getting better of his hurt.

[Wednesday, May 4, 1887 – Salt Lake City and Ogden] Pleasant. Bro. F. M. Lyman had received a letter from the Presidency addressed to him and me saying we could visit Arizona but before going they wanted me to go to Uintah Co. and organize a stake, and one of the brethren were to go with me.

[Thursday, May 5, 1887 – en route to Uintah County] Pleasant. Bro. J.W. Taylor and I took D[enver]. and R[io]. G[rand]. train for Price City.

Bro. George Frantzen met us at the station and we started for Ashley, driving up into Soldier Canyon about 17 miles where we slept the remainder of the night.

[Friday, May 6, 1887 – Soldier Canyon, Emery County] We drove through to the Duchesne River, reaching there at 2 a.m. We had stopped twice on the way and here rested four or five hours.

[Saturday, May 7, 1887 – Ashley, Uintah County] We drove to the Uintah river the fort and took dinner and then drove on to Ashley.

I never had so dusty a trip before and our team was very badly used up, being quite poor in flesh. I put up with my sister and Bro. Taylor and Bp. Frantzen with President S. R. Bennion. Conference had commenced today.

[Sunday, May 8, 1887 – Ashley] We [attendled] Conference, President S. R. Bennion presiding. The house was full. After singing and prayer Bro. J. W. Taylor and I spoke to the [p.169]people. The people voted that we have a complete Stake organization and that the Conference be continued over Monday.

In the afternoon Bp. G. Frantzen, I. J. Clark and J. W. Taylor and R. S. Collett spoke. A splendid spirit prevailed and the people were fed. Bros. Bennion, Taylor, R. S. Collett, and James Hacking and I spent the evening talking over the names of those who should fill the offices in the Stake.

[Monday, May 9, 1887 – Ashley] Pleasant. At 10 a.m. we went to meeting. I spoke and occupied the entire time except the reading of the Sunday School report. I enjoyed good liberty. The priesthood of the stake met at the close of the meeting, and the following list of officers were submitted to them: S. R. Bennion, President, R. S. Collett, first and James Hacking Second Counselor. . .

The entire list was accepted by the Priesthood and also by the entire Conference.

The brethren chosen to fill the various places met together and those that were not High Priests were ordained and all present were set apart to the offices they had been chosen to fill.

The day’s work was a hard one but we all felt well and had a most enjoyable time.

[Friday, May 13, 1887 – Price] We drove to Price and held meeting in the evening. President C. G. Larsen and Orange Seely met us and we talked over the situation of the Price ward.

[Saturday, May 14, 1887 – Price and Salt Lake City] We had Bp. George Frantzen and his Counselors together and talked over their troubles. Bro. J. W. Taylor and I returned to our homes in the City and I found two of my children sick with the measles.

[Wednesday, May 18, 1887 – Ogden] Rainy. I went to Ogden and spent the day visiting with Lorin Farr and other members of the family.

[Friday, May 20, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I helped to set apart 22 persons for missions. I got $10.00 from J. Jack and $25.00 from H. J. Grant & Co. I paid Sandberg $4.00, school bill $5.00, Grace Smith $5.00, Herald $10.00 and at 4 p.m. left the City for Milford. I kissed my family good bye for the present.

[Saturday, May 21, 1887 – Parowan] It stormed some during the night. I was riding all night.

I took Coach for Parowan, cost $1.50, to the Gap, where I was met [p.170]by young Bro. McGregor and taken to Parowan. I found my sister and family well. I met F. M. Lyman, he was well.

[Sunday, May 22, 1887 Parowan] I preached twice today and enjoyed moderate liberty. The house was well filled.

[Tuesday, May 24, 1887 – St. George] We drove to Harrisburg and stopped with Bro. Orson Adkins and had dinner. We then went on to St. George and put up with Sister Elizabeth Snow. My little daughter is better. We saw Bro. W. Woodruff in the Evening.

[Thursday, May 26, 1887 – St. George] Pleasant. Last evening Bros. W. Woodruff, F. M. Lyman and I set apart S. Williams and James A. Woods for missions to Mexico. They were instructed in regard to their duties. We slept in the Temple.

Bros. Woodruff, Lyman and I spent the entire day together reading letters and talking over matters of interest to us and the work. Bros. Woodruff and Lyman blest me. We met Prest. E. D. Woolley in the evening. Today Bro. W. Woodruff is 5 feet 6 1/2 inches high, breast measure 42 inches, waist 43, weight 172 lbs. F. M. Lyman 6 feet 2 inches high, breast measure 48 inches, waist 44, weight 245 pounds. I was 6 feet 1/2 inch high, breast 44, waist 40, weight 236 pounds.

[Sunday, May 29, 1887 – St. George] Hot. We attended meeting. Bro. F. M. Lyman spoke in public for the first time in 18 months. I spoke a few minutes. We took dinner with Bp. T. Judd. We called and administered to two sick sisters.

[Wednesday, June 1, 1887 – Johnson, Kane County] At 9 a.m. today we held meeting with the people. Bros. L. Snow, F. M. Lyman and I spoke, a good spirit prevailed.

We had dinner and Bros. F. M. Lyman, Jesse W. Crosby, Isaac Riddle and I with five head of horses, two light wagons, bedding for four, grain and food for horses and men, left Johnson at 1 p.m., driving to Navajo Wells, a hole in the rock filled with living water. We drove ten miles on to Buckskin Mountain, took our supper and then made a drive of about ten miles and camped for the night at the foot of the mountain.

[Friday, June 3, 1887 – Jacobs Pools and Lees Ferry, Arizona] One of our teams was gone and it took some time to find them. When found we drove out some miles and made a dry camp. We passed Soap Crick some 12 miles from the Pools and Badger Creek, some 4 miles from Soap Creek. At Soap Creek we broke the double tree on Bro. I. Riddles wagon. It rained on us very nicely today.

[p.171]We reach[ed] the Colorado at Lees Ferry. Bro. Warren M. Johnson received us Kindly and made us at home. We held meeting, Bros. Crosby, Riddle, Lyman and Myself speaking.

[Saturday, June 4, 1887 – Lees Ferry and Navajo Spring] Bro. Johnson ferried us across the River here which must be about six hundred feet wide. We came near drowning one of our horse[s] but got him ashore all right. The crossing was very dangerous as the river was high and the wind blew quite hard. We got all over the River safely at 3 p.m. and drove eight miles to Navajo Spring where we stopped overnight. We were very tired, but our hearts went out in gratefullness to the Lord for our safe crossing of the river.

[Traveled on through Arizona during the next week, camping along the way.]

[Tuesday, June 14, 1887 – Snowflake, Arizona] We drove to Snowflake. The wind blew very hard and the dust and gravel filled our faces. Upon our arrival at Snowflake, I found Josephine with Sarah, Nicholas and Joseph. All were well. We put up with President J. N. Smith.

[Thursday, June 16, 1887 – St. Johns, Arizona] We drove to St. Johns and I put up with Elijah Freeman. We attended a meeting of the High Council and they tried three cases, cutting one man off from the church and taking the Priesthood away from another.

[Traveled through Arizona until June 28 attending meetings.]

[Tuesday, June 28, 1887 – Snowflake] We drove through to Snowflake. I found Josephine and the children pretty well.

[Monday, July 4, 1887 – Snowflake]  The band played some tunes. The people met in the Stake House and speeches, Songs and recitations were given. All did well.

B. Young, F. M. Lyman and I met at my room and read over the papers pertaining to the John Hunt Case and decided to fast tomorrow and ask the Presidency of the Stake, High Council, and Bp. Hunt to do the same.

A letter addressed to B. Young, F. M. Lyman and John H. Smith was received from the Presidency, signed by President G. Q. Cannon for President John Taylor and also for himself answering our letter written on the 19th in regard to making two Stakes to be known as the Snowflake and St. Johns Stakes. Bp. Udall to be president of St. Johns and Jesse N. Smith to [be] President of Snowflake. President Taylor is evidently quite sick or he would have signed for himself.

[p.172]Bros. Young, Lyman, Crosby, Riddle, Josephine and myself went to Bp. John Hunt’s and had dinner.

[Tuesday, July 5, 1887 – Snowflake] At 8 a.m. today Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, and Myself met in Council and decided what we had better do in the Hunt Case. At 10 a.m. the Council met in the Stake [meeting] House. Jesse N. Smith & L. H. Hatch and a full Council with all of the Alternates and a number of other brethren were present. The High Council voted unanimously to reconsider the Case of Bp. John Hunt with B. Young, F. M. Lyman and myself presiding. Jesse N. Smith presented the case after the charge was read, and Bp. Hunt spoke for himself and it was soon found that the President, High Council, and Bp. all understood the matter alike. Two sittings of the Council were had and then adjourned until tomorrow.

[Wednesday, July 6, 1887 – Snowflake] At 10 a.m. the first Count in the Case of Bp. John Hunt was taken up and the forenoon consumed without any new facts being gotten at. The brethren representing each side spoke and the case rested. Recess taken until 3 p.m.

At the time appointed the Council came together and It was decided and unanimously sustained that there was no cause for action and that Bp. John Hunt be restored to his Bishoprick. Adjourned until 7:20 p.m. when the other count was taken up. Bro. F. M. Lyman stated to the Council that Bishop Hunt would now withdraw the other Charge and that all was forgiven.

The Anouncement was made that the stake was to be divided and two made out of it. The High Council sustained this proposition. A letter dated July 1st from Bro. Geo. Q. Cannon says President John Taylor is dangerously sick and requesting us to not get out of the range of easy communication. We answered we would not and told them to send the word “come” if we should go by team, and “come quickly” if Rail. The message to be sent to Jesse N. Smith.

[Friday, July 8, 1887 – Snowflake] I wrote letters to Allen Miller and W. Talbot instructing that latter that he was to ask the people to forgive him for slandering his brethren and if they forgave him then he was to renew his Covenants. I also wrote to Bro. Allen Miller to see this carried out. J[osephine] and I went [to] C. L. Flake’s to supper and spent the evening.

[Monday, July 11, 1887 – Snowflake] B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. N. smith and Myself got together and agreed upon a body of men for Officers in the Snowflake Stake.

[p.173][Thursday, July 14, 1887 – St. Johns to Deer Spring] The roads are very muddy and the mud is of the sticky kind. We drove about thirty miles to Deer Spring and stopped at a Ranch house and put our horses in the pasture. Brigham Young, J. W. Crosby, Isaac Riddle and myself compose our party.

[Friday, July 15, 1887 – Deer Spring Ranch, Arizona, to Zuni, New Mexico] It rained during the night and continued to do so this morning. We drove to the crosing of Zuna River and found the water so high we could not cross so we followed up the west bank to Zuna, Valencia Co. We camped about five miles below Town.

[Saturday, July 16, 1887 – Zuni to Ramah, New Mexico] We drove into the villiage of Zuni. Said to contain about two thousand people. They are semi Civilized. We saw them Making cloth, grinding corn and working in their gardens. They were employed in many other ways. The Villiage stands on a hill in the Center of the Valley and on the West bank of the Zuna River. Some of the houses are four stories high with a hole in the top and a lader to go up on top and one to go down in. They are making modern improvements by putting doors and Windows in. The houses looked white and clean inside.

The roads are very muddy, the rain having fallen in torrents.

We drove to Ramah and put up with Bp. James MeNeal.

[Sunday, July 17, 1887 – Ramah, New Mexico]  The day was very pleasant. Meeting commenced at 10 a.m. B. Young, J. W. Crosby Jr., Isaac Riddle and I spoke. At 2 p.m. we held another service. B. Young and I did the speaking. A Priesthood meeting was held and Bros. Isaac Riddle, J. W. Crosby, B. Young and myself spoke.

[Wednesday, July 20, 1887 – Deer Springs and St. Johns, Arizona] Pleasant. We drove through to St. Johns. Bro. F. M. Lyman was well and glad to see us back.

[Thursday, July 21, 1887 – St. Johns] Pleasant. We received letters from Bro. Wilford Woodruff requesting Bro. Lyman and I to return home and saying President Taylor was very ill. Also from President G. Q. Cannon saying that President John Taylor was laying unconcious.

President J. N. Smith and Lorenzo Hatch, with Josephine and children came today from Snowflake.

A Priesthood meeting was held at which were 20 high Priests, 22 Seventies, 46 Elders, 3 Priests, 6 Teachers, and 6 deacons. It was unanimously voted to organize a stake and to sustain David K. Udall as President. [p.174]The brethren made selection of about forty names from which to secure officers from the stake.

[Friday, July 22, 1887 – St. Johns] F. M. Lyman, David K. Udall and Myself were engaged during the entire day figuring up from the lists of names given by the brethren those most suitable in our judgment to hold the offices in the new stake.

The priesthood agreed to the brethren suggested for office.

[Saturday, July 23, 1887 – St. Johns] [stake conference]

I received a long letter from my Kinsman President Joseph F. Smith. A letter from Bro. W. Woodruff was also received dated the 11th from St. George saying we need not come home as yet.

The conference convened at 10 a.m., President Jesse N. Smith presiding.

The proposed Presidency and high Council were sustained by the people. [All stake and ward officers listed.]

[Monday, July 25, 1887 – St. Johns] Joseph W. Smith brought a telegram from James Jack [regarding death of John Taylor?] requesting us to come. We met with the Relief Society and gave them some instruction.

[Tuesday, July 26, 1887 – St. Johns to Desert] F. M. Lyman, J. W. Crosby Jr., I. Riddle, Myself and others drove to Erastus and held meeting and drove out into the desert and camped over night.

[Wednesday, July 27, 1887 – Snowflake] We drove to Snowflake and took breakfast.

Bishop Joseph H. Richards of St. Joseph brought us a telegram from James Jack requesting us to come home at once. We decided to go.

[Thursday, July 28, 1887 – Holbrook] We drove to Holbrook and found our train was 15 hours late so we camped and waited until morning.

We bought our Tickets which cost $64.00.

[President John Taylor died on July 25, 1887. On July 29, 1887, funeral services were held in Salt Lake City.]

[Saturday, July 30, 1887 – on train and at Pueblo, Colorado] We reached LaJunta about 9:30 a.m., to late for the West bound passenger train. We had our beards cut off. We got on to a freight train and rode to Pueblo about 63 miles. The rain fell in torrents and the streams were much swolen. We put up at the Railway hotel.

[p.175][Monday, Aug. 1, 1887 – Grand Junction to Salt Lake City] On the train we reached Spanish Fork station about 4 p.m. and rode with the Monk boys to the City on top of a load of Posts. Bros. Monk and Swensen took us with them in a carriage to Provo and Bro. William Strong took us to Lehi and a Bro. Fowles took us to Draper, where we were met with a team from home and taken into the City where we arrived at 4 a.m.

We found all well.

[Tuesday, Aug. 2, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day sleeping. I wrote to Josephine.

The night was spent at the President’s office.

[Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I met my much loved kinsman Joseph F. Smith this morning for the first time in nearly five years. With what excessive Joy I took him in my arms and huged him.

At 10 a.m. the following named brethren met in Council: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, John W. Taylor, D. H. Wells and myself. Several brethren spoke upon the rights of the Twelve and that they should not be belittled before the people of the Church and some felt this had been done for some time past. Some of the remarks reflected upon President G. Q. Cannon and he felt some what nettled. F. M. Lyman moved that G. Q. Cannon be restored to his place in the Quorum of the Twelve. It was seconded, but Bro. Cannon objected to its being put as there was feelings against him. Moses Thatcher moved that Joseph F. Smith be restored to his place in the Quorum of the Twelve. He said he desired to be so restored to his place and labor with his brethren.

It was deemed best to adjust whatever was wrong in the case of Bro. Cannon and proceed with him first. After a few mutual explinations they were both restored and hands shaken.

After the adjournment of the Counsel Bros. W. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, D. H. Wells and myself met and talked over the J. Q. Cannon and Luie Wells matter. Bro. G. Q. Cannon explained that whole matter and took upon himself much responsibility and said he was willing to do what his brethren might require. Bro. D. H. Wells spoke in great plainness and we forgave each other and shook hands and were happy.8

[p.176][Thursday, Aug. 4, 1887 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. the following named brethren met at the President’s Office: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, D. H. Wells and myself. Joseph F. Smith is sick.

We unanimously agreed to push the Statehood question.

We agreed to find a President for the Maricopa Stake, to make George C. Parkinson President of the Oneida Stake if the people would have him, to organize a new Stake to be called Cassia with Horton D. Haight as President if the people would have him, to make some Patriarchs in Bannock Stake, and for the Twelve to put these all in order. Also to get a Bishop for Moab Ward in San Juan stake and a new President for Box Elder Stake, as O. G. Snow had resigned.

On motion of G. Q. Cannon the brethren in Charge of the Temples were instructed to give free access to the Temples to any and all of the Apostles.

[Friday, Aug. 5, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Cool and pleasant. I spent the day reading and writing.

[Thursday, Aug. 11, 1887 – Salt Lake City] The following named brethren met in Council at 10 a.m.: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Daniel H. Wells and myself.

Several items of business were talked over, and some appropriation of money made.

[Friday, Aug. 12, 1887 – Salt Lake City] We met in Counsel at 10 a.m. Present: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, D. H. Wells and myself present.

The statehood question was considered and the probable cost taken into consideration. It is beleived that one half million will be required.

It was voted that three thousand dollars each be allowed to L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, B. Young, D. H. Wells. Five thousand to President Wilford Woodruff. Two thousand M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, George Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, J. W. Young and myself. To be paid in cash.

We took and considered for a time the case of Albert Carrington, but we did not reach a conclusion.

[p.177][Saturday, Aug. 13, 1887 – Salt Lake City] The Counsel met at 10 a.m. Present: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, D. H. Wells and myself.

Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were sustained as a committee to get Statehood if possible. And one hundred thousand appropriated to set the ball in motion.

M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman and W. B. Preston were chosen to consider the wages of the Church Employes.

[Sunday, Aug. 14, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day reading Bancroft’s Popular Tribunals. In the evening Sarah and I went over Jordan. I took a look at my luzerne patch.

[Monday, Aug. 15, 1887 – Salt Lake City] The Counsel of the Apostles met at 10 a.m. Present: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, D. H. Wells and myself. H. J. Grant was aded to the Committee on wages. Lyman and [I] were directed to go to Sanpete and give directions in regard to the finish of the Temple and have the account audited. A letter was written by President Woodruff directing how to proceed.

[Monday, Aug. 22, 1887 – Manti] We went to the Temple and met Bro. W. H. Folsom and gave him President W. Woodruffs letter. He was glad to see us. The Temple books were brought and Bros. A. H. Lund and W. T. Reid began work. Bro. Lyman and I slept at the Temple. This afternoon Bros. F. M. Lyman, W. H. Folsom and I went through the Temple.

[Saturday, Aug. 27, 1887 – Manti] The auditing of the books was completed and Bp. W. T. Reid and A. H. Lund certified that they were correct. We were taken by Bro. B. Jessen to Ephraim.

[Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I found all well at home. It is said the Deputies have been watching my house for several days.

[Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1887 – Salt Lake City] The following brethren met at 10 a.m.: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, F. D. Richards, Joseph F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, H. J. Grant and J. W. Taylor.

Some appropriations were considered. The question of the Directors of Z.C.M.I. came up and the management of the concern was talked over.

[p.178]It was decided to employ Broadhead of St. Louis as our Attorney in the Church property Suit.

[Thursday, Sept. 1, 1887 – Salt Lake City] The Council met at 10 a.m. and D. H. Wells was present with us. The Savings Bank business was talked over. The board of Directors of Z.C.M.I. were agreed upon with one exception.

The State movement was talked over and letters and telegrams read. Bro. Lorenzo Snow read or rather gave a verbal report of his trip north into Idaho. Bro. M. Thatcher said the Oneida Stake had been organized with G. C. Parkinson, S. H. Hale and M. H. Cowley as the Presidency.

Bro. Lyman reported the Manti temple business. Report accepted.

[Monday, Sept. 5, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day at the President’s office with M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, & E. Snow. The committee on wages are making examinations of matters.

[Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1887 – Salt Lake City] The following brethren met in Counsel: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, F. D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor and myself present.

It was decided to hold our Conference in this City, October 6th. Ex-Senator McDonald has been selected to defend suit against the Church for property. F. S. Richards is to go to Washington to see McDonald in regard to commencing suit in that City.

Mexican Matters were talked over. Allowance of the Twelve fixed at $3,000.00 and $2,000.00 a few days ago, to commence September 1st and be paid in Cash.

I sent Josephine Draft for $4.00.

[Thursday, Sept. 8, 1887 – Salt Lake City] The Council met. Present: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, F. D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, Bps. W. B. Preston, R. T. Burton, J. R. Winder and myself.

The Counsel decided to incorporate a company to hold the land purchased in Mexico.

Appropriated $500.00 dollars to Washakie Indian farm to aid in starting up their store again which had been burned.

Bro. C. O. Card reports all things well with the Colony in Canada and wants help.

[p.179][Friday, Sept. 9, 1887 – Salt Lake City] All of members present in counsel yesterday were present today. The Committee on Wages reported and the report was read and received. Bp. W. B. Preston made a recommend that the Twelve be put on the same footing as to pay. After consideration, the allowance for the Twelve and Bishopric was fixed at $3,000.00 each. The whole report was considered and some of the recommendations were adopted and some laid over for the time being.

[Saturday, Sept. 10, 1887 – Salt Lake City] The following brethren met in Counsel. W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Gannon, J. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, W. B. Preston and myself.

$134.00 dollars was appropriated to C. W. Smith in full for work.

Bros. W. H. Folsom, T. O. Angell, Jr., and Amos Howe met with us and talked over the question of making the Salt Lake Temple fire proof. We discharged several hands whose work was done.

We attended to several other items and adjourned subject to call.

[Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1887 – Provo] I spent the day reading in Tuckerman’s Modern Greeks.

Mother and I took a drive down to the field. Sarah visited some friends.

[Thursday, Sept. 15, 1887 – Provo and Springville] I spent the day reading. In the evening Sarah and I drove over to Springville.

We put up with N. H. Groesbeck.

[Friday, Sept. 16, 1887 – Springville and Provo] Sarah visited with the folks. I was busy reading Dr. Lewis Medical Works.

[Sunday, Sept. 18, 1887 – Provo] The day was spent in visiting with Grace and Charles.

We drove to Bro. L. P. Lunds and spent the night. In going we called at Edward Partridge’s for a short time.

I am 39 years old today.

[Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I was reading all day and finished the Popular Tribunals.

In the evening I met the following brethren: W. Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon, F. D. Richards, B. Young, J. F. Smith, H. J. Grant, LeGrand Young, F. S. Richards, L. J. Nuttall and myself.

[p.180]F. S. Richards, who had been east to see Ex Senator [Joseph E.] McDonald about the Church Suit reported his trip and said if McDonald and his firm were employed they would want $7,500.00 to take the suit and if they won it they were to receive $17,500.00 more. After some talk upon the subject it was taken under advisement for two days.

The decision of the High Council of Uintah in the case of Mrs. Fanny Richens was reviewed, the testimony not warranting their decision. The books are to be closed.

[Friday, Sept. 25, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I received a letter from Josephine, all well. I spent the day at home.

In the evening the following brethren met in Counsel: W. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, Erastus Snow, B. Young, Jos. F. Smith, H. J. Grant, F. S. Richards, LeGrand Young, L. J. Nuttall and myself. After considerable talk it was decided to employ Macdonald’s law firm, they to defend all suits growing out of the great suit and it to, for $7,500.00 win or loose and $17,500.00 more if they win. The Attorneys read the answers to the complaint and they were accepted. I am to go to Ogden Tuesday.

[Saturday, Sept. 24, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Rainy. I spent the day at home. In the evening Bros. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, J. F. Smith, H. J. Grant and I met and agreed to have F. S. Richards go east and see two eminent lawyers in regard to this Church case.

[Monday, Sept. 26, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. I spent the day at home reading. In the evening we went for a drive. I discovered the house was being watched and went away from home to stop over night.

[Tuesday, Sept. 27, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I was at the President’s office all day reading and writing. In the evening I went for a drive again and in going home found my house was watched.

[Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Presidents Woodruff, G. Q. Cannon and I spent the day at the Office. Bro. Woodruff was quite sick and was in bed most of the day.

I went home in the evening and found the watchers gone.

[Thursday, Sept. 29, 1887 – Salt Lake City] The following brethren met at the president’s Office: Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, Franklin D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, Brigham Young, Joseph F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant and myself. L. J. Nuttall met with us. President Woodruff is still sick.

Some discussion was had on the propriety of making a conditional [p.181]promise to the Court not to live with any of our wives. The feelings of the brethren were against making any promise. Several little items were considered and passed upon. We adjourned subject to call.

[Monday, Oct. 3, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Bros. Lyman, E. Snow and myself were together for a short time this evening. I went with Bro. Lyman to the Gardo and stopped overnight.

[Tuesday, Oct. 4, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Bros. E. Snow, F. M. Lyman and I were at the Gardo and Historian’s Office during part of the day. I met Prest. E. D. Woolley and we talked over Cattle matters.

H. J. Grant brought in my account with H. J. Grant and Co. I went home to stop.

[Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1887 – Salt Lake City] The following named brethren met at Bro. F. Armstrongs: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, F. D. Richards, George Q. Cannon, Brigham Young, Joseph F. Smith, Moses Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, George Reynolds and myself.

We had the Epistle read over and approved part and referred part to a committee.

Bro. G. Q. Cannon said he felt that some of the brethren held ill feelings against him and desir[ed] that each should express himself so he might make any amends that was required.

Bros. L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, J. F. Smith and W. Woodruff said they had nothing. J. W. Taylor was a little mixed. M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H.J. Grant and myself wanted some explanation from Bro. Cannon. He went to and tried to clear up all points and said he was willing to try to do anything the brethren wished. They all talked very free. We were together until 2 o’clock and not being quite clear adjourned to meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow evening.

I gave note to G. D. A. Smith for $465.00 with interest at Eight percent per annum.

[Thursday, Oct. 6, 1887 – Salt Lake City] [general conference] Pleasant. At 10 a.m. Conference convened in the Large Tabernacle, called to order by Elder Lorenzo Snow. Present of the Twelve: L. Snow, F. D. Richards, H. J. Grant and myself.

The Twelve met at the office at 7 p.m. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, J. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant and J. W. Taylor. We reconciled all of our misunderstandings after mutual explanations and at 1 a.m. bid each other good night.

[p.182][Friday, Oct. 7, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. Ashael Woodruff died this morning of Diptheria. I attended his funeral at 11 a.m. and did not go to Conference.

I was at Conference in the afternoon. The Twelve met in the evening. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, J. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant and J. W. Taylor.

A good spirit existed. We passed upon the final parts of the Epistle. It was voted to put up twenty five thousand to make the little bank sound. The brethren expressed willingness for me to go to Arizona.

[Saturday, Oct. 8, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. I was at Conference all day and at the Priesthood meeting in the evening. There was a large attendance at all of the meetings. Bro. Erastus Snow made his appearance for the first time in two years and spoke upon the work for the dead. The people felt well.

In the afternoon the Epistle of the Twelve was read by Bp. O. F. Whitney.9 I spent an hour with President W. Woodruff.

[Sunday, Oct. 9, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Word was received of the serious illness of Judge Aaron Farr. I was only part of the time at meeting.

President W. Woodruff attended meeting for the first time in three years. The Saints were pleased to see him. He spoke a few words.

[Monday, Oct. 10, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Armstrong, Farnsworth and Co. met and agreed to distribute $40,000.00 Z.C.M.I. stock, the dividends arising therefrom to go to the Syndicate.

E. D. Woolley and I are making arrangements to borrow some money. I agreed to give one thousand dollars to the State movement.

[Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. The following Brethren met at 10 a.m.: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, Jos. F. Smith, John Henry Smith, H. J. Grant and J. W. Taylor, D. H. Wells and George Reynolds. Some small appropriations were passed upon. It was agreed that the presiding Bishop might use the best men he could find in the Stakes for agents.

B. Young and I were instructed [to] organize the stakes in Arizona.

[p.183][Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1887 – Salt Lake City] Bros. W. Woodruff, E. Snow, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, Jos. F. Smith, H. J. Grant, W. B. Preston, R. T. Burton, J. R. Winder and myself had a little talk over the business as between the Presidents and Bishop’s offices. It was agreed to let things remain as they are for the present and for the committee on wages to make some recommendations in regard to the system to be followed.

Zions Saving bank offered me my sister Mary A. Wimmer’s home for five hundred dollars.

I telegraphed to Mary Amelia Wimmer: “Amount due on home $2,000.00. Will you give me deed if I buy it.”

[Thursday, Oct. 13, 1887 – Salt Lake City] My sister Mary A. Wimmer answered “I will sign any deed you send.” Mary A. Wimmer.

I went and bought Peter Wimmer’s note for $800.00 with interest of $1,296.00 for five hundred dollars and gave my note payable in six months. I wrote to Morgan Richards requesting him to fix up deeds for me and sent Note and Mortgage. I wrote to Mary also about the matter.10

The board of Directors of Coop W. & M. Co. met at 7:30 p.m.

H. J. Grant, J. F. Grant, George F. Odell, George Romney, W. W. Riter, Orson Woolley, J. F. Wells and myself present. We took a vote to build more office room, also to sell twenty eight thousand more stock. We read the minutes for the past year.

[Saturday, Oct. 15, 1887 – Salt Lake City] I took dinner with Ex Senator McDonald and wife of Indiana and James O. Broadhead and Wife of St. Louis Mo. at F. S. Richards. J. T. Caine and Wife, F. D. Richards, H. J. Grant, A.M. Cannon, B. D. Young and M. Snow. We had a pleasant visit.

I got a hundred dollars from J. Jack and a ticket to Holbrook.

[Sunday, Oct. 16, 1887] I bid my family good bye and at 3 p.m. took train for Arizona.

[Thursday, Oct. 20, 1887 – Holbrook and Snowflake, Arizona] I found my family all well and so glad to see me.

[Friday, Oct. 21, 1887 – Snowflake] I spent the day about the house reading.

[p.184][Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1887 – Snowflake] I went to the hills after wood.

[Saturday, Oct. 29, 1887 – Snowflake] I went again for wood. We got pinion pine. Bro. J. N. Smith broke the tongue out of his wagon.

[Sunday, Oct. 30, 1887 – Snowflake] My wife Sarah is 38 years old today. I wrote to her. Bro. J. N. Smith and I went to Taylor and held meeting. We both spoke.

[Monday, Oct. 31, 1887 – Snowflake] I spent the day at home reading and visiting with the brethren.

In the evening I gave a lecture on chastity to the young men’s Mutual Improvement Association. There was a liberal attendance of the people and I enjoyed very good liberty.

[Wednesday, Nov. 2, 1887 – Snowflake] I wrote letters to Bros. W. Woodruff and H. J. Grant. I gave some time to reading.

I wrote to Bro. H. J. Grant in regard to our financial affairs and told him I wanted money at the lowest rate of interest possible.

[Thursday, Nov. 3, 1887 – Snowflake] Pleasant. It is fast day and myself and family went to fast meeting. I helped to bless four babies and confirm two members of the Church.

[Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1887 – Snowflake] I was about the house all day. Our little daughter is quite sick. I helped my cousin put up a sealing to his room.

[Saturday, Nov. 12, 1887 – Snowflake] Our little daughter is quite sick. I was reading in Bancrofts history of Mexico Vol. 5.

[Sunday, Nov. 13, 1887 – Snowflake] I finished reading Bancrofts history of Mexico, Vol. 5. I wrote to my wife Sarah. Our child is much better.

[Saturday, Nov. 26, 1887 – Thatcher, Arizona] At 2 p.m. B. Young, C. Layton, W. D. Johnson, Joseph Cluff and myself met and talked over the charge made by Bro. J. Cluff against the Presidency and High Council of the St. Joseph Stake. Bro. Young explained his views to Bro. Cluff and Bro. Cluff said he would withdraw the complaint [p.185]and forgive and asked to be forgiven. The brethren shook hands and good peace was established among the brethren.

[Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1887 – Thatcher and Maricopa] At Benson Bro. Young was informed that the officers were looking for him and he got off the train. I went on to Maricopa.

[Went to Mesa, Arizona, reorganized stake in special conference, then to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and back to Snowflake on December 8.]

[Monday, Dec. 12, 1887 – Snowflake] Josephine and I were lining our house with factory [wall coveting].

[Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1887 – Snowflake] We put down our new rag carpet today. I received letters from Sarah with several enclosures. W. H. Rowe notified me he had paid the note of Sarah Ellen Smith of $2,000.00.

[Friday, Dec. 16, 1887 – Snowflake] I finished reading J. S. C. Abott’s history of Maine. I went to a party in the evening and took my children.

[Saturday, Dec. 17, 1887 – Snowflake] [stake conference] 10 a.m. the conference convened, President Jesse N. Smith presiding. After singing and prayer Bro. J. N. Smith, Bps. Hunt, Owens, Hensen & Willes spoke on the gospel. I followed for 15 minutes.

At 2 p.m. We met again. After singing and prayer Bps. J. H. Richards, David Brinkerhoff, John Bushman and E. N. Freeman spoke. I followed. It was unanimously voted to disolve all of the organizations of the Little Colorado Stake and also of the Eastern Arizona Stake of a stake character. It was unanimously agreed that a new stake should be organized and that it be called the Snowflake Stake.

A Priesthood meeting was appointed for 6:30 p.m. At that hour we met and a good attendance present.

I stated the object of the meeting and the kind of men we wanted to fill the various offices of the Stake.

The brethren made about 50 nominations from which to select.

After meeting B. Young, J. N. Smith and I met and arranged the Presidency and High Council and other officers.

[Sunday, Dec. 18, 1887 – Snowflake] At 10 a.m. Conference convened. The speakers were Andrew Gibbons, John Berry, David K. Udall, L. H. Hatch and myself.

At noon the Priesthood came together and accepted the brethren chosen for office.

[p.186]At 2 p.m. Conference convened again. Singing and Prayer.

Bp. John Hunt had the sacrament administered. I then presented the brethren singly and they were all sustained.

Presidency-Jesse N. Smith, L. H. Hatch and Joseph H. Richards.

[High Council and other stake officers also listed.]

All of the other organized wards with their Authoraties were sustained as well as the general authoraries of the church.

[Monday, Dec. 19, 1887 – Snowflake] Elders B. Young, Lot Smith, David Brinkerhoff and Farnsworth [met] and considered the case of Brinkerhoff Versus Lot Smith. We heard the Testamony and decided that Lot Smith pay 700.00

David Brinkerhoff
150.00
The other two brethren
200.00

[Tuesday, Dec. 20, 1887 – Snowflake] Elder Brigham Young and I met and made out our report to President W. Woodruff of our labors in Arizona.

[Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1887 – Snowflake] The wind blew and the snow flew until it was a cold disagreable day. I read in the papers. I wrote a short letter to Bro. Woodruff.

[Saturday, Dec. 24, 1887 – Snowflake] At 5 a.m. today Josephine gave birth to a daughter. I was about the house during the day.

I wrote to my wife Sarah. In the evening myself and children went to the hall and had a look at the Christmas tree.

[Sunday, Dec. 25, 1887 – Snowflake]  The children enjoyed their little things for Christmas.

I went to meeting and Bros. Hunt, Flake, Willis, Udall and myself were the speakers.

[Monday, Dec. 26, 1887 – Snowflake] Their is a strong south wind blowing. I received letters from home. All were well. We also received presents.

[Tuesday, Dec. 27, 1887 – Snowflake] Bro. John Oakley gave me a Patriarchal blessing and I blest him and President Jesse N. Smith.

[Thursday, Dec. 29, 1887 – St. Johns] Warm and pleasant. We drove to St. Johns and put up with President D. K. Udall.

[p.187]We attended a high Council trial.

[Sunday, Jan. 1, 1888 – St. Johns] [stake conference] Conference convened at 10 a.m. The general and local authorities were sustained, statistical report read, and three of the brethren spoke on the principles of the Gospel.

At 2 p.m. we met again, the house full as it had been during the other meetings. The Sacrament was administered and I spoke an hour and twenty-three minutes. Quite a number of strangers were present. I had good liberty in speaking. I dosed with prayer.

Bro. Jesse N. Smith and I called upon Judge Morrison and Recorder Nelson and we had a pleasant time.

In the evening I met with the Presidency, high Council and Bishops and after talking over the Waltzing business it was voted to restrain it.

[Thursday, Jan. 5, 1888 – Snowflake] I spent the day reading in a humorous book giving a trip to Egypt and the Holy Land.

[Sunday, Jan. 8, 1888 – Snowflake] Cold. We had our baby blest, Bro. Jesse N. being mouth. We gave her the name of Lucy. Bros. E. M. Webb and S. Parker preached at the meeting. These two brethren were set apart as high Councilors.

[Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1888- Snowflake] Cold. I wrote to my wife Sarah. I also received a letter from Sarah. I spent some time reading in the history of Mexico.

[Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1888- Snowflake] I received from Spence an Annual pass over D. & R. G. W. Ry. and half fare permit of the entire Rio Grande system, and half fare permit over the A. T. & S. system. It continues cold.

[Sunday, Jan. 15, 1888 – Snowflake] I finished reading the history of Mexico. The day is cold and I did not go to meeting.

[Monday, Jan. 16, 1888 – Snowflake] Cold. I was reading in the Book of Mormon most of the day. In the evening I attended a party and picnic gotten up in honor of Sister Paul Smith who is 62 years old today. We had a pleasant time.

[Saturday, Jan. 21, 1888 – Snowflake] Pleasant. Snow going fast. I was busy getting supplies together to keep house.

[p.188][Monday, Jan. 23, 1888 – Snowflake] Warm as a spring morning. I chopped up a load of wood.

The Young Men and Young Ladies Improvement Associations got up a surprise on me in the form of a grand supper and songs, recitations, and speaches were made and after that dancing. We had an agreeable time. The hall was filled with people.

[Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1888 – Snowflake] I spent the day about home visiting with my family and some friends. The Elders Quorum invited me to lecture some to them. I consented to do so and lectured on moderation. I did so to a full house and with a free flow of the spirit.

[Wednesday, Jan. 25, 1888 – Snowflake and Woodruff] I did Kiss my loved ones good bye for the present and in company with J. N. Smith and L. H. Hatch we drove to Woodruff and put up with B. P. Owens. We attended meeting in the evening and I took up all of the time in speaking.

[Sunday, Jan. 29, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I reached home this morning at 8 a.m. and found all in good health and spirits. I was at home all day.

[Monday, Jan. 30, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I met in Counsel with Presidents W. Woodruff, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, D. H. Wells, W. B. Preston, R. T. Burton, John R. Winder, John Smith and George Reynolds and Myself were present.

Many matters were talked over and passed upon.

[Wednesday, Feb. 1, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The following brethren met in Counsel: Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, John Smith, W. B. Preston, R. T. Burton, John R. Winder, C. W. Penrose, George Reynolds and myself. Bro. Penrose made a report as to the condition of affairs in the East and some discussion followed his report. After putting in the day we adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow. I drew from the Coop Wagon Co. my dividend of $312.00.

[Thursday, Feb. 2, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The brethren who met yesterday met again at 10 a.m. I presented the land matter in Apache Co. Arizona also the holding of church property and some items of my labors and it was decided Bro. Jesse N. Smith had better see if he could make a filling on some of the land and test the matter before the Commissioner. If this could be done he better go to Washington [p.189]and see what could be done. I am to have some talk with the Lawyers over the holding of church property.

I went to a party in the evening in the 17th ward house and soon learned I was almost a stranger.

The P. E. fund Co. met and talked over rates for our people and to what place we should bring them. The prospects are we will part with our friends the Guion Co. [steamship line].

[Friday, Feb. 3, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I was at home most of the day. I wrote letters to Josephine and sent $40.00 draft. I also wrote to Jesse N. Smith. I received a letter from Josephine.

In the evening Sarah and I attended a party at which a number of underground people [polygamists in hiding] met and had a nice party.

[Saturday, Feb. 4, 1888 – Grantsville] Bros. H. J. Grant, S. B. Young and son, myself and wife went to Grantsville to attend the Conference.

In the evening we had the high Council together and agreed to accept the resignation of Bp. Edward Hunter on account of bad health. We then tried to find another man for a bishop but we failed to find one who suited.

Directors of the Coop. Furnature Co. met and found their business for the year had not paid. The meeting adjourned for a month.

I met with the Groesbeck family on Estate matters. We agreed to sell the Wasatch building [at 211 South Main Street] provided we could get five hundred thousand dollars.

Showery. Bros. W. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, H. J. Grant, John W. Taylor and myself met in Council with several members of the Legislatue and it was thought best to concede a few points to the Governor if he would yield a little. A number of items were passed upon. Yesterday I received my pay of $25.00 as director of the Gass Co. My son George took the check and Coop W. & M. Co. $24.50 I owed them. I handed H. J. Grant $300.00 to have credited on my account.

[Saturday, Feb. 11, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I spent the day working about home raking up leaves and other garbage and wheeling it off.

[p.190][Sunday, Feb. 12, 1888 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. I went to meeting at the Tabernacle and spoke for an hour. In the evening I attended meeting in the ward and spoke a few moments.

[Monday, Feb. 13, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I was about home. Aunt Lucy came to the conclusion it would be best for her to deed to me a[nd] for she to have a life lease from me. I took the papers to a lawyer.

[Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1888 – Provo] I spent the day visiting among friends. Bro. F. M. Lyman came in from Payson and I spent the evening with him at Bro. A. O. Smoots.

I paid my brother Charles for cedar posts $12.25.

[Thursday, Feb. 16, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I met with Bros. Woodruff, Richards, Cannon, Wells, Grant and some of the members of the Council of the Legislature in regard to making concessions to the governor and decided more should be made.

W. H. Dusenberry and John W. Turner of Provo met with Bros. Woodruff, Richards, Cannon, Wells, and myself and we talked over the licensing of the Whiskey business in Provo. No conclusion arrived at.

[Friday, Feb. 17, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I was at the office during part of the day. I went up and visited Josephine’s home. I got a letter from her.

[Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1888 – Salt Lake City] Pleasant. F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant and I went to the Office. The receiver got away with James Jack’s gass stock today.

Erastus Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, H. J. Grant, D. H. Wells, LeGrand Young, B. H. Schutter [?] met and I with them and looked into the affairs of the little bank.

I was called out of bed in the night and consented to aid the Democratic national committee to the tune of $25,000.00.

[Thursday, Feb. 23, 1888] The following brethren met in Council: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, D. H. Wells, W. B. Preston, R. T. Burton, J. R. Winder, George Reynolds and myself. We talked over the seizure of the gass stock and the condition of our affairs generally. L. Young, Sheeks, Rawlings and Sutherland, our lawyers, met with us and it was decided to try and get a Habeas Corpus case and carry it up to the supreme Court of the United States.

[p.191][Friday, Feb. 24, 1888 – Salt Lake City]  The Council met at 9 a.m. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, D. H. Wells, W. B. Preston, R. T. Burton, J. R. Winder, G. Reynolds and myself. Several items were discussed and passed upon.

The Bishopric withdrew and we heard a case on appeal from the High Council of Tooele Stake in regard to derision of water between St. Johns and a Bro. Stuckie. We sustained the High Council. Two Theatre Tickets each is to be got for they who are entitled to them.

[Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1888 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. the Apostles met. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow. F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, G. Reynolds and myself. It was agreed to pay S. H. B. Smith $1,000.00 on the milk business, to appropriate $1,500.00 to Cedar City meeting house, and $300.00 to the Mexican Mission. Bro. F. D. Richards was made a committee of one to consider and examine into the indemnity bond given to A. Carrington, G. Q. Cannon and B. Young over settlement of church interest in B. Young Sr. Estate.

[Thursday, March 1, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I signed note with H. J. Grant for $1,100.00 on Deseret U. Bank.

In the evening I was at Mr. Jennings in company with the federal officers and members of the Legislature. We had a splended supper and an agreable visit.

[Friday, March 2, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I wrote to Josephine and sent her a draft for $40.00.

[Monday, March 5, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at the Office. B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant and myself were present.

In the evening by accident the following brethren met: W. Woodruff, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, W. W. Riter, E. A. Smith, L. W. Shurtliff, [blank] Carlisle and myself. We talked over Legislative matters.

[Tuesday, March 6, 1888 – Salt Lake City] E. Snow, M. Thatcher, F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, H.J. Grant, D. H. Wells and myself were in consultation over the passage of some measures by the Legislature making free schools and a refusal to concede anything to the Governor.

E. Snow, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H.J. Grant and myself met with a caucus of the Legislature and considered [p.192] the appropriation of money to various improvements and recommended economy in all ways.

[Wednesday, March 7, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at the President’s Office. B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant and I were present aiding in drafting a school law. I paid Samuel H. B. Smith and his daughter Florance one thousand dollars in full for all demands against the Church up to date on account of the milk business which Bp. Preston had taken from them. I took their receipt which was witnessed by S. B. Smith and Mary Smith.

I spent the evening with a party of friends at Sister Rachel Grants, who is 67 years old today.

[Thursday, March 8, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I met with the Directors of the Gass company at 11 a.m. and with the Directors of the Wagon Co. in the evening.

[Friday, March 9, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at the President’s Office talking over the best methods by which to run the church business. I wrote to Josephine. I went to the Theatre in the evening.

[Sunday, March 11, 1888 – Provo] [stake conference] I attended Conference today and Bros. S. B. Young, A. O. Smoot and myself did the talking.

I had a meeting with the high Council and Presidency and found that the brethren did not fellowship each other, owing to the faults that the brethren did manifest so openly.

I returned home in the evening. Bro. E. Snow [and] daughter, F. M. Lyman, J. W. Tanner spent the evening with us.

[Monday, March 12, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I spent most of the day at the office with the brethren and in the evening attended an underground gathering and had a pleasant time. I met with Coop Furnature board.

[Tuesday, March 13, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I met with and considered some matters of interest, several of the brethren being present. I wrote to Joseph F. Smith. In the evening several meetings were held of various kinds and with various persons, after which W. Woodruff, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, W. B. Preston, J. R. Winder and myself met and deliberated over a number of items.

[p.193][Wednesday, March 14, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The Council of Apostles met. Present: W. Woodruff, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor and Myself & George Reynolds. We agreed to publish the time of holding conference.

We talked over the indemnity bond given by the Twelve to the Executors of Pres. B. Young Estate, James Jack’s bond given the Territory, and some minor items.

[Thursday, March 15, 1888 – Salt Lake City]  The Twelve met. Present: W. Woodruff, E. Snow, L. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, W. B. Preston, R. T. Burton, J. R. Winder, George Reynolds and myself.

M. Thatcher committee reported and report held for consideration untill Tuesday 21st. L. Snow of Committee on Indian farm at Washakie made a report which was accepted and adopted.

L. Snow, E. Snow, B. Young were made a committee to consider the whole Indian matter. L. Snow, F. M. Lyman & J. W. Taylor were made a committee to adjust trouble at Provo.

It was agreed to sell the Pipe Spring Ranch and catde and invest the money in Mexico. No other things were done.

[Friday, March 16, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I received a letter from Josephine dated the 7th. I wrote to her this morning.

At 10 a.m. the following brethren met in Council. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, W. B. Preston, R. T. Burton, J. R. Winder, D. H. Wells, G. Reynolds and myself. We voted not to form any more Quorums of seventies and not to ordain any more seventies at the present. Some Bishops are needed for the Iron stake. It was agreed that we would incorporate a stock farm and We will aid the Mesa canal so as to hold it. It was decided to aid Andrew Jenson in his historical record to the tune of $2,000.00.

[Sunday, March 18, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I spent the entire day at home reading in the Covenants, visiting with my family. I wrote to Josephine about visiting her home.

[Tuesday, March 20, 1888 – Salt Lake City] At 10 a.m. the following brethren met in Council. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, Mr. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, John W. Taylor, D. H. Wells, W. B. Preston, George Reynolds and myself.

[p.194]We passed upon some minor items and then decided to put an Iron roof on the Temple and to let A. Howe have the job. Bp. Preston withdrew and Bro. Reynolds and Winters. The reporters were requested to withdraw. President Woodruff called for the report of the committee on a new system to run church affairs and also said he thought it was about time to organize the first Presidency. L. Snow spoke in favor. G. Q. Cannon was in favor. B. Young was mixed. Bro. Thatcher started to speak but we adjourned before we got through.

[Wednesday, March 21, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The Council met. All present that could be. Bro. M. Thatcher spoke. Bro. Cannon replied. Bro. F. M. Lyman spoke and Bro. Cannon answered, then general discussions followed and finally we adjourned.

[Thursday, March 22, 1888 – Salt Lake City] Council met. All present except George Teasdale and Joseph F. Smith. Several items of business done and the feeling against Bro. Cannon spoken of. I talked, so did Bro. Cannon. We parted feeling first rate.

[Friday, March 23, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The Council met at 10 a.m. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, D. H. Wells and myself. We took up the matter of our troubles. H. J. Grant, D. H. Wells, B. Young, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, W. Woodruff & G. Q. Cannon all spoke and much feeling was shown by Prest. Woodruff. We adjourned until Monday. It was found we must meet on Church property matters and we got together with the Attorneys and talked over matters. Messrs Sheek & Rawlings, L. Young and Sutherland were present.

[Monday, March 26, 1888 – Salt Lake City] Council met at 10 a.m. Present W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, D. H. Wells and myself. We continued our talk over our little troubles with Bro. G. Q. Cannon and finally came to an understanding and forgave each other.

We set apart 14 Elders to go upon missions to various parts of the world and gave them some good advice.

I administered to three sick persons tonight.

[Tuesday, March 27, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The Council met at 10 a.m. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, D. H. Wells, John Smith, W. B. Preston, J. R. Winder, G. Reynolds and myself. It was agreed that the Presiding Bishop should be the custodian of all church funds. Some City officers were [p.195]passed upon. The water matter at Mesa was convoked. A number of letters were read.

[Wednesday, March 28, 1888 – Salt Lake City] The Council met at 10 a.m. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, W. B. Preston, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor and myself. Some letters were read and passed upon.

A Claim of G. Q. Cannon & B. Young was discussed but no decission reached.

[Thursday, March 29, 1888 – Salt Lake City] Council met at 10 a.m. Present: W. Woodruff, L. Snow, E. Snow, F. D. Richards, G. Q. Cannon, B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, John Smith, W. B. Preston ,and myself. It was agreed to settle Bros. Cannon & Young’s claim and they said they were satisfied without interest. This claim arose through the settlement of B. Young’s Estate.

Pipe Spring to be jumped by anyone who wants to, we not being able to hold it.

[Friday, March 30, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I attended a Directors meeting of the Home Furnature Co. at H. J. Grant’s office at 10 a.m. I went over Jordan and worked at fixing up my fence.

Armstrong, Farnsworth and Co. met and consented for F. Armstrong to sell out to H. Dinwoodey and Geo. Romney.

[Saturday, March 31, 1888 – Salt Lake City] I attended two performances at the Theatre today, Booth and Barrett playing the leading parts in Hamlet and Julias Ceasar.

Notes:

1. Subsequently church property throughout Utah was put into newly formed corporations to avoid seizure by the federal government.

2. The epistle described the church’s difficulties as the result of religious persecution. Federal legislation was not aimed solely at polygamy but was designed to “destroy our rights as citizens, to take away from us our liberties under the Constitution and laws, and to obtain the political control of our country, so that, being as voiceless in the affairs of government as the Indians or Chinese, we could be taxed and plundered with impunity and be lorded over by a set of political harpies who would revel and fatten at our expense” (Deseret News Semi- Weekly, April 9, 1886)

3. Francis M. Lyman and other church leaders were hiding from the U.S. marshal to avoid arrest for unlawful cohabitation, and John Henry was not sure whether he would soon have to do so. On May 4, 1886, he wrote to “Jason Mack,” a pseudonym for Joseph F. Smith: “It is very probable that some of our leading brethren are in as much danger from the courts as I am but I cannot as yet bring myself to feel to get out of the way. It is true, I have some outsiders who are personally my warm friends and will do all they can for me and the Lord no doubt has used them to protect me at least for the time being until others may be able to enjoy their freedom.” On July 28 he wrote again in the same vein: “I feel that if it becomes necessary for me to run the Lord will use some of these fellows to look out. When I was before the commissioner last year he told me that the outsiders did not want me put in prison. So they may lull me to sleep and come and take me away.” Letters located in John Henry Smith Letterpress Books, Special Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Church officials routinely used pseudonyms for each others in their written correspondence during periods of persecution. For example, see the use of “West Lake” for Mattbias F. C

4. The Bullion and Beck mine business was to plague church leaders, resulting in misunderstandings and bad feelings, for years to come. President John Taylor and his counselor, George Q. Cannon, originally invested with John Beck in the Bullion Beck silver mine at Eureka and consecrated part of the stock, supposedly in response to a revelation, for worthy purposes. Apostles Moses Thatcher and Marriner W. Merrill, among others, purchased smaller amounts of the stock and consecrated most of it for worthy purposes to be designated by Taylor. Subsequently there were disputes over some claims with a neighboring mining company, and some wealthy California investors with economic and political connections to Utah were brought in to settle the claims and to save the company. Before Taylor’s death he conveyed control of the consecrated stock to George Q. Cannon with control over its use. This, along with questions regarding the rights of the California investors, angered Apostle Thatcher, and during the next three years there are frequent references in several apostles’ diaries to the bitterness of feeling between Thatcher and Gannon. Some of the other apostles also were concerned about the power wielded by Cannon in the waning months of John Taylor’s life and about Gannon’s supposed ambition to become president of the church (despite the fact that he was not next in the line of succession).

The Bullion Beck affair and the questions surrounding it fueled doubts about Cannon, alienated Thatcher, and promoted dissension within the Quorum of the Twelve. Eventually the consecrated stock they had purchased was returned to Thatcher and the other small investors and the mine was reorganized with Thatcher as president. George Q. Gannon tendered his share of stock to President Lorenzo Snow in 1899 “to be held by him for the purpose designed in the Revelation” (see John Henry Smith diary, April 27, 1899). There are numerous references in Heber J. Grant’s, Abraham H. Cannon’s, and other apostles’ diaries to the Bullion Beck matter. See, for example, Abraham H. Cannon diary, January 28, 1891, Special Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah, in addition to the entries for April 19 and 27, 1899, in John Henry’s diary. A good discussion of the incident is Edward Leo Lyman, “The Alienation of an Apostle from his Quorum: The Moses Thatcher Case,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 18 (Summer 1985): 67-91.

5. In Idaho, a test oath was required for voting; this effectively disfranchised all members who continued to live in plural marriage. By disavowing all but the legal wife, they could vote.

6. The Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1887 essentially strengthed the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act of 1862 as amended by the Edmunds Act of 1889. The Edmunds-Tucker Act made polygamy prosecutions easier by requiring registration of all marriages; prescribed a comprehensive test oath that would prohibit polygamists from voting, holding office, and serving on juries; and abolished woman suffrage. It also dissolved the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company and the Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, placing their assets into receivership (much church property had already been assigned to local organizations or private individuals in anticipation of the passage of this legislation).

7. Apostle Lorenzo Snow had been sentenced to prison for polygamy, three charges having been brought against him. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the lower courts had arbitrarily separated one charge into three—segregating one offense into several—and reversed judgment in Snow’s favor.

8. John Q. Cannon, son of George Q. Cannon, divorced his wife Annie and married her sister, Louie Wells. Both women were daughters of Daniel H. and Emmeine B. Wells. The Cannon-Wells affair and its ultimate conclusion are recounted in Carol Cornwall Madsen, “A Mormon Woman in Victorian America,” Ph.D. diss., University of Utah, 1985.

9. The epistle urged church members to stay out of debt and “financial schemes” and to support home manufacture (see Deseret News Semi-Weekly, Oct. 11, 1887).

10. The house subsequently was turned over for use by Mary Wimmer.

11. A letter of April 3, 1888, to ‘[Jason Mack” (Joseph F. Smith) shows John Henry’s discouragement with the progress of the statehood movement: “The brethren are all in good health and spirits but I am of the opinion that many of them are losing faith in the State movement if they ever had any. It looks to me as if the only chance on that score is to give the whole business away, renouncing our faith say for five years and then taking it up again when once inside of the great Governmental fold” (John Henry Smith Letterpress Books).