My grandfather Samuel Layton
was born in England, 1787.
My father Christopher Layton, was born in Thorncut, Bedfordshire,
England, March 8, 1820.
My mother Caroline Cooper Layton, born Yorkshire, England Sept. 26,
My husband Edward C. Phillips, born Salt Lake City, Utah Dec. 29, 1849
I was born in Carson City, Nevada. August 15, 1857.
My brothers and sisters as follows:
Born June 13, 1859. Kaysville,
Born Feb. 20, 1861. Kaysville,
Born Dec. 8, 1862.
Died Sept. 9, 1863.
Born July 28, 1864.
Died May 10, 1897. Thatcher,
Born April 12, 1866. Kaysville,
Davis Co., Utah
Born Jan. 21, 1868.
Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Died Sept. 10, 1870. Kaysville,
Davis Co., Utah.
Born Jan. 27, 1872.
Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Salt Lake City, Utah.
Born May 7, 1874.
Salt Lake City, Utah.
Born Oct. 26, 1876. Kaysville,
Davis Co., Utah.
Born Sept. 26, 1879. Kaysville,
Davis Co., Utah.
Died Feb. 22, 1880. Kaysville,
Davis Co., Utah.
I was married to Edward Charles Phillips,
Nov. 17, 1873 in the endowment house, at Salt Lake City, Utah by Daniel
Our children were as follows:
Born Aug. 30, 1874. Kaysville,
Davis Co., Utah.
Born July 27, 1877.
Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Died Dec. 28, 1891. Thatcher,
Graham Co., Ariz.
Born Mar. 8, 1880.
Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Died Aug. 14, 1881. Kaysville,
Davis Co., Utah.
Born Jan. 5, 1882.
Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Born July 27, 1884.
Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Born Jan. 6, 1887.
Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Horace & Benjamin
Born June 6, 1889.
Thatcher, Graham Co., Ariz.
Horace & Benjamin
Died June 6, 1889.
Thatcher, Graham Co., Ariz.
Born Jan. 2,
Graham Co., Ariz
Born Dec. 27, 1895. Thatcher,
Graham Co., Ariz.
My father emigrated to America, with a colony
of Latter-day Saints, arriving in Nauvoo, June, 1843.
My mother came to America in 1846 in April, 1846. In the spring of
1856, my father having been called with many others by Brigham Young,
to Carson City, Nevada, on a mission. He married my
mother on April 12, 1856. The ceremony being
performed by President Brigham Young, Starting immediately after they
Father having four wives along with him, and
four children at this time, four wagons, and lots of stock.
While camped on Bear River, they met
President Young and Company, who were going to explore Bear Lake
Valley. Brother Brigham remarked, “Bro. Layton, you have more
stock than the whole church.” “President Young, they are all at your
disposal.” he answered.
“Oh no, I don’t want them.”
he said. So father picked out
ten of his best cows and made him a present of them. President
Young then blessed him and his family, and said not one of them should
fall by the way. I have hear both father and mother
say this promise was truly fulfilled, with regards to his family and
A baby girl was born on
the way. She was named Maggie. She
always was so dear to me, we were almost like twin sisters.
They arrived at their destination all well,
having had such a pleasant trip. Mother has often
told us what a lovely place it was to live in, close by the river,
where they could go out and in a few minutes, catch enough fish for a
meal. Their experiments and pleasures while there
were too numerous to mention at this writing.
On Aug. 15, 1857. I was
born in a small house of willows, then plastered with mud, and a
thatched roof. From what I can understand it must
have been something like the Mexicans build their houses here in Ariz.
But before I was three months old, Father was
recalled to Salt Lake, and we were soon on the move.
Arrived at Kaysville in November, camped at
Bro. William B. Smith’s place for a while until father could have time
to look around. THIS is where I was named and
blessed by Apostle Lorenzo Snow. He later became
President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Father then bought David Day’s farm now owned
by James Green of Kaysville. Here he moved his two
families. Later taking up land on Kay’s creek, he
built an adobe house of four rooms, later known as the prairie house.
Father then moved Aunt Sarah, Aunt Isabell,
and my mother up to that place, where my brother James was born.
My grandfather Layton passing away at this
home at the age of 71 years. He was blind for a
long time before he died.
I remember distinctly father buying my
sisters Polly, Maggie, and myself a nice little chair. The
first little chairs we had ever see.
Also I remember a band of Indians coming and
wanting something to eat. Mother and the folks not
having any bread baked, they started to cooking hot cakes on the stove
for them, as long as the dough lasted. We small
children were very frightened at them and kept pretty close to our
mothers while the Indians stayed.
Later father bought the old farm from a man
by the name of Allen. He then moved Aunt Sarah B.
to this place, from the Day farm.
In the summer of 1859 father built a frame
house down in the grove at the Allen farm, and then moved my mother
down there. The windows were covered with factory
and we had a quilt for a door.
It being so lonely for mother in the grove
for mother and the two babes, she persuaded father to move the house up
by Aunt Sarah’s home.
In 1862, my father was made Bishop of
Kaysville Ward, which position he held for seventeen years.
He then moved mother up to Kaysville from the farm.
He was then first counselor to Wm. R. Smith
in the Davis Co. Stake, Utah and held this position until he was called
to come to Arizona to preside over the St. Joseph Stake which was in
Feb. 1883. Continued as President until his health
failed him and he was released Jan. 27, 1898, and he was ordained a
patriarch on that same day.
He gave his family a Patriarchal Blessing and
having a desire to spend the remainder of his days with his family in
Utah, he took a state room in a Pullman car and went to his old home in
Arrived there June 17, of that same year.
He gradually grew worse and decided to undergo an
operation which was performed by Dr. Richards and Dr. Wilcox of Salt
Lake City. Inflammation soon set in and on Aug. 7,
passed peacefully away. He was interred in the
Kaysville Cemetery where five of his wives are laid to rest.
In 1863, my Aunt Sarah was very sick with
cancer in her breast. Mother took her baby boy and
cared for him. In April, 1864, Aunt Sarah desired
to be moved up in town, where her baby was and where she could get
medical aid better if needed. She gradually grew
worse and passed away on Oct. 25, 1864. She was
interred in the Kaysville Cemetery. Her baby
Charles and daughter Maggie continued to live with my mother until
Maggie was married to Joseph G. Allred, Dec. 4, 1873.
Our school advantages were very poor.
Each year we had about three months school, or as
long as the parents could pay the teachers, and the teachers would not
compare with the teachers of today, not compelling us to take any
studies, only what we thought we’d like to, and we all know children do
not know what is best for them.
I was not more than eight years old when I
first started to assist with the family washing and ironing.
I also helped to spin the yarn to make our dresses
and our stockings. We were taught to knit our own
stockings while very small, and how thankful I am that I could do this
for myself and family.
I used to spend a good deal of my leisure
time in making tidies and knitting lace to sell. In
this way I helped to get my own clothes.
I was taught ever since I commenced to earn
anything, to pay my tithing, though it be ever so small an amount.
I am very grateful to my parents for instilling this
principle in me, as it has continued to grow as I have grown in years.
While I was very young I had a great desire to keep
the commandments of God, the very best I could, and have always tried
to be obedient to my parents, and those placed in authority over me and
to show reverence to Lord’s anointed.
Oct 1st, 1868. I was
baptized at Elder Winell dam, in Kaysville by William Blood.
Confirmed the same day by Elder Rozel Hyde.
For several years my sister Maggie and I used
to take care of the sacrament dishes, the buckets being brass, we used
to take great delight in polishing them for our dear old Deacon Brother
Courts, whom we learned to love. He was so good and
kind to us, whenever there was a party or dance, he would come and get
us girls, and take us over, and then at ten or half past ten came, he
was right there to take us home. He was such a dear
In Oct. 1869, we moved to Salt Lake City to
live. Our home was in the 12th Ward, until 1870,
when father traded our home for one in the 17th Ward where we moved to.
We remained at this place until the fall of 1870,
when we returned to Kaysville, to a new home father had bought for us.
During our stay in Salt Lake City, we attended the
school in the 12th Ward, and the University which was in the 14th Ward.
We also attended the Sabbath School in the 14th Ward.
We truly appreciated the privilege of
attending these schools. My Sunday School teacher
was Sister Annie T. Hyde whom I learned to love for her noble qualities
of character, which continued to grow with her as she grew in years.
She was chosen first counselor to sister Basheba W.
Smith in the Relief Society throughout the whole Church of Jesus Christ.
Dear sister Hyde passed away March 12, 1909.
I feel we have lost a benevolent sister, who was
true to every trust, and always carried with her a sweet spirit, which
was felt by those she met. These few lines written
by, Eliza Buckwalter, Sec. of American Fork, seemed so appropriate for
this dear sister that I will insert them here.
“The many good deeds of our sister,
We can never, never, portray;
But we know the welcome words ‘Well Done’
Will be said on the great Judgment Day.
During the year of 1871, I took up the study
of Telegraphy. My teacher was Miss Ellen West, of
Ogden City, Utah. This was a study I truly loved.
Sept. 16, 1871, I received a Patriarchal
Blessing from Elder John Smith. He had been at our
home giving blessings. I assisted him by writing
Sept. 19, 1871, Patriarchal Blessing of
Selena Layton, daughter of Christopher and Caroline Layton.
Born, Washoe Valley, Carson City. August
15, 1857. Sister Selena, by virtue of the Holy
Priesthood, I lay my hands upon thy head, and seal the blessings of the
new and everlasting covenant upon thee, and I say unto thee, honor and
obey thy parents, and thy days and years shall be many. Thou
shalt also have health and strength of body and mind, and be made equal
unto every task.
Thine intellect shall be bright and thou
shalt discern good and evil, and shall not be deceived by evil
designing persons, for the eye of the Lord is upon thee, and He hath
given thine Angel, special charge concerning thee, who will guide thy
foot steps and direct thy course through life, and protect thee from
the evils of the world.
And I say unto thee, seek to honor the will
of the Lord, for thou hast a work to perform, for which if thou are
faithful, thou shalt be exalted hereafter and be crowned with the
faithful Mothers in Israel.
And thy name shall be handed down in
honorable remembrance with thy posterity from generation to generation.
Any many of riper years shall seek for thy counsel.
Thou shalt also be blessed in thine outgoings and
incomings, and in thy basket and store.
Therefore I say unto thee be prudent and no
good thing will be withheld from thee, for the Lord is pleased with
thine integrity. He will hear and answer thy
Thou shalt have power over the adversary, and
the destroyer shall pass thy dwelling, for health and peace shall reign
Thy guardian Angel shall remove the stumbling
blocks from thy pathway, and give thee counsel in time of need.
Therefore by upon thy guard, for thou are of the
lineage of Abraham, and an heir to the blessings promised to the Saints.
Thy table shall be spread with the bounties
of the earth, and thou shalt administer to the wants of the widow and
the fatherless, therefore let thy heart be comforted, for thy last days
shall be thy best days.
This with thy former blessings, I seal upon
thy head, and I seal thee up unto eternal life to come forth on the
morning of the first resurrection, with many of thy kindred and friends.
Even so, Amen.
April 1871. I took charge
of the railroad and Deseret Union Telegraph Office, having charge of
this office for two years. I think I accomplished
more in book learning while in this position than I did in all my
months of schooling before.
This is where I attained the desire to spell
correctly, and be prompt and on time with any and everything entrusted
to my care.
I am truly thankful for this early training
in life as it has been a great blessing to me. When
ever young people fail to learn the lesson of promptness in youth, they
usually make many failures in life.
My roll call was at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and it
was very few times I ever missed answering that call in the two year.
is the worker who had pleasure in her labors, for joy will crown her
April 15, 1909. I have
just returned from the depot where we went to see our son David off.
He is just starting on a mission to South Africa.
We had great pleasure in the way our son accepted
this call and we feel to place him in the care of our Heavenly Father,
while he is needed on that part of our Fathers land ever praying for
his welfare, while there, and a safe return home when released.
A PATRIARCHAL BLESSING BY CHARLES W. HYDE
KAYSVILLE DAVIS CO.
UTAH. NOV 24, 1872
A blessing on the head of Selena Layton,
daughter of Christopher and Caroline Layton, born Aug. 15, 1857 at
Washoe Valley, Carson City, Nevada.
Selena I place my hands upon your head and
seal upon you a Patriarchal blessing, for the eye of the Lord has been
upon thee from everlasting.
Thou art a chosen vessel, to do a great and
mighty work in Zion, and shall work in the Temple of the Lord, to
redeem your living and dead.
It is your privilege to stand upon the earth
at the coming of the Messiah, with Joseph and Hyrum, with Peter, James
Thou art a daughter of Joseph, the right of
the Priesthood, and a companion in due time, and it is your privilege
if you are humble, very humble, to be changed at the coming of the
Messiah, for no good thing shall be held from thee.
Converse with many of the holy Prophets since
the world began.
These blessings I seal upon your head, with
blessings of Eternal life, to God and the Lamb.
Forever and ever Amen..
In Feb. 1873, my sweetheart was called to a
mission to go and help settle Arizona. He not
caring to go without me asked father and mother to let me accompany
him, but they knew I was too young, and told him to go and fill his
mission with honor and when he was released to come home he should then
have me if we were both in the same mind. But he
was released to come home that summer and he then claimed his promise,
which was granted him on Nov. 17, 1873.
I will admit I was very young, but I don’t
know that I could have done much better, had I been years older.
I never have felt to regret my marriage, and I feel
the Lord blessed me with a good husband and a lovely family.
I do hope I will ever feel grateful and thankful, to
my Heavenly Father for the kindness and blessings he has bestowed upon
me and mine.
In the spring of 1874 my husband rented my
fathers farm, thus making it impossible for me to remain at the
Telegraph Office (Railroad) longer.
I sent in my resignation which was accepted
with regrets. The Supt. John Sharp, of the Utah
Central Railroad Co. then sent me a pass over that road for one year
which I appreciated, and made good use of as my mother was living in
Salt Lake at this time.
In April 1874 I left the Telegraph Office and
moved to the farm, to take up a new career in life, that of a farmer’s
We started out in life with one horse and $90
in cash with which to buy our housekeeping things.
The Lord blessed us in our new enterprise as
we soon got another horse, harness and wagon, and we were fixed very
comfortable in the house. Mother us a good feather
bed, and I bought a carpet, lace curtains and many little things to fix
up our house with, which was very comfortable and we were so happy in
our new home.
During this summer we enjoyed our farm work,
and got along nicely, ever feeling to trust in the Lord and be guided
by his Holy Spirit.
My husband, father and mother came out to the
farm on Aug. 28, insisted on taking us home with them and on Aug. 10,
1874 our first son was born, which we named Jesse Charles, who has up
to the present time been a good dutiful son.
My husband at this time had several abscesses
on his arm, and they kept getting worse. As soon as
I was able we went to Salt Lake City where my mother was living.
We called Dr. Anderson. After
examining his arm, he decided to administer chloroform and lance them. My
husband soon recovered and returned to the farm to his work, leaving me
to visit a month with my mother. I greatly enjoyed
this visit, then returned to the farm home for the winter. Taking
great comfort with our sweet baby.
In the spring of 1875 my father gave us two
city lots on the new survey. Here we built our
first real home. An adobe house with two rooms and
We soon put one lot in alfalfa for a pasture
for our cow. The other lot was planted to orchard.
We took great pleasure in our new home, and it
seemed my happiness was almost complete, as we were near the meeting
house, and I have always taken such pride in attending Sunday Schools
This summer I took in sewing to help keep up
expenses as we were buying land and were anxious to pay for it as soon
as we possibly could.
The spring of 1876, found us busy setting out
shade trees, planting garden, and beautifying our new home.
May 16 I was chosen assistant secretary of
Y.L.M.I.A. where I continued to act until we moved out on our farm.
I commenced learning music, but after taking
six lessons, I found the extra work of going away from home to practice
was too much for my strength so I ceased.
On July 27, 1877, our second son was born.
We named him after his two grandfathers, Christopher
Edward. He was a beautiful boy, weighing 11 pounds.
On Aug. 19, 1877, Pres. Brigham Young died,
in Salt Lake City, on which day, mother and I went to visit in Cache
Valley so I did not go to his funeral but we attended the memorial
services held at Wellsville Cache Co.
Two years and over passed in peaceful
contentment, working on and around our little home, and attending our
On Feb. 2, 1880, my sister Martha Alice
Walker, only 19 years old, died, leaving two little babies, both boys.
One a year and a half old, and the other a week old.
It died a week later. This
seemed such a sad death, she was so young and such a devoted mother.
She was interred in the Kaysville cemetery.
I had overlooked the death of our dear old
great grandmother, Mary Phillips, who passed away at her daughter’s
home (Aunt Susan Green) in Kaysville, Jan. 19, 1871. She
followed the occupation of nurse, and midwife, having brought over five
hundred children into this world. Pres. Wilford
Woodruff preaching her funeral sermon.
On my fathers 59th birthday, Mar. 8, 1880,
our third son Franklin C. was born. We were a
little disappointed that this one was not a girl, but felt to talk the
Lord for the beautiful boy.
This summer and winter we spent in town.
The following spring we sold our home to one of my
husbands brothers Thomas Phillips. We took 20 acres
in part payment for our home, this ground joining the land we already
owned. This made us 80 acres altogether.
This being a dry farm, but father thought we would
do much better out on our farm. He gave us a ten
acre lot to build on just south of our farm, where we built a
comfortable frame house of three rooms pantry and porch.
While we were building we lived in a log room
with a dirt roof, and when it rained it rained mud, which was not very
pleasant as our baby Franklin was quite sick with summer complaint.
My husband run a header this summer, cutting
340 acres of grain besides attending to our own harvest which was very
In the midst of our prosperity our baby
Franklin was called back to our Father in Heaven and we tried to say
“Father, Thy will be done.”
This very night our house was struck with
lighting and splintered several of the 2 by 4s, and one of the door
frames which had to be replaced with new ones. The
following day, on my 24th birthday we laid our dear little babe in it’s
resting place in the Kaysville cemetery.
In Oct. we moved into our new house and oh
how thankful we were for the many blessings we were privileged to enjoy.
We dug a deep well, got good water, built stables
sheds and corrals and by winter time we were comfortably settled.
Jan. 5, 1882. Our fourth
son, David Dee was born in our new home. This was
the second house we had built since we were married. I
got along nicely for two weeks and then I was attacked with rheumatism
in my hip, and for two months I was a helpless cripple, not moving
without being lifted. Before I began getting
better, Chrissie was taken with rheumatic fever with which he suffered
for about five months. He looked so strange with
his bald head at five years old.
When I commenced getting better my husband
made me a pair of crutches which I used for several weeks. My
baby was four months old before I ever crossed the threshold of our
outside door. When I could walk without my
crutches, I wanted to save them but Mr. Phillips said no. I
hope you will never need them again, but if you do I will make you some
more. I thank the Lord I have never needed them
This summer we built a granary and cellar,
set out an orchard of apple, pear, peach and plum, apricot,
raspberries, grapes, currants and beautiful shade trees. We
were so proud of our lovely farm home and surroundings. Thanking
our Heavenly Father daily for the many blessings we enjoyed, and above
all for our lovely little family of boys.
I should just like to give one instances of
how I was prompted by my guardian angel. Some might
ask, how do you know you have one? Just by the
promptings of that sweet spirit that guides me every day of my life.
I left my baby David with my mother one day while I
went to Salt Lake City. He went out to play and
fell in some hot ashes. It burnt his arm quite
badly and he suffered severely with it, could not sleep but cried
incessantly. I could not think of more to do for it.
The Spirit prompted me to put a slippery elm
poultice on it, this I did and the dear child was so relieved that he
went to sleep and slept the remainder of the night.
I have always felt to put my trust in the
Lord, and listen to his promptings, and the suggestions I receive seem
to be the proper thing to do.
In July 1883, at a meeting of the Y.L.M.I.A.
in West Kaysville, Aunt Rosa Layton (father’s fifth wife) was chosen
Pres. of that association, I as one of her counselors, Elizabeth Gaily
as the other. In this capacity we worked in perfect
harmony as long as I remained in Utah.
At this time our sacrament meetings were held
at 11a.m. and Sunday School in the afternoon at 3 o’clock at West
Kaysville. We lived about two miles from where S.S.
was held and three miles to the meeting house but whenever the weather
would permit, we attended.
The boys took great pride in the Primary
Association, and were asked to sing quite often at their meetings, and
their conferences, Jesse singing the treble, and Chrissie the alto.
The spring and summer of 1884, was a serious
time for me. In July I underwent a surgical
operation, the Dr. said I could not possibly live.
I had great faith in the Priesthood and was
administered to by the Elders, and restored to health and strength
On July 27, our fifth son was born.
We named him Joseph Alvin, we were as pleased with
his blue eyes as though he had been a girl, and we comforted ourselves
with the hope that while we were raising the boys, somebody else was
raising the girls for them, and we would be the winners in the end.
The remainder of the summer passed happily
while we were busy with our work on the farm, in the house, and caring
for our family of small boys.
In August 1885, our two oldest boys Jesse,
and Chrissie were baptized, at Wynell’s Mill dam in Kaysville by
William Blood, and confirmed by William Pane, and Bishop Peter Barton.
Many were the blessing which were bestowed
upon us by our Heavenly Father, among which was a nice 13 lb. boy who
came to our home on Jan. 6, 1887. At this time we
had almost run out of names for boys. At this time
Elder Rudgar Clawson was serving a term in the Penitentiary, for one of
the principals of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mr. Phillips was reading something about him,
and we decided to name our new baby boy Rudgar in honor of this convict.
Elder Clawson is now one of the Apostles of the Lord
Jesus Christ, and we desire our son to make as good and useful a man as
the one he was named for.
Rudgar was our largest and most beautiful
baby. When he was six weeks old he weighed 16 lbs.
September 12, my husband started to Arizona
to look at the country, with an idea of locating there, he stayed
through the winter, and was very much taken up with the country.
During this winter three of our boys had
Measles, David took with croup, about the time I thought they were out
of danger, which proved to be a very serious case, but with good
nursing, and the power of the Priesthood, he was restored to health
I think it would not be out of place to
relate how my brother William was impressed to come up to our home, the
night David was so bad with the croup.
He said a voice whispered to him to go up to
Selena’s not heeding the warning, and went to bed, but had not got
comfortably fixed in bed, when the voice said get up and go to Selena’s.
I don’t think I ever had a more welcome
visitor. He soon put the horse on the buggy, and
went for the Doctor. He stayed the rest of the
night, and helped me to care for the sick child.
I had a boy come and stay the winter with us,
to help Jesse with the chores, as we were milking four cows, and had
several head of stock, and horses to feed.
We also had 20 hogs, to fat and prepare for
the market. Two of my brothers, John and James, and
my Brother-in-law, Charles Barnes, came two different days killing 10
The following days, Jesse and I would take
them to the butcher in Ogden, the first load netted us $110.00.
The second load $98.00. Keeping
two for our own use.
My father had been living in Arizona four
years, and often urged to go to that place to live, thinking my health
would be better, for I had suffered much with my rheumatism for years.
My husband being favorable impressed with
Arizona country, he decided we would move there in the spring.
Before he returned home, I commenced to sell
off what I could of the stock and the household goods, also grain and
hay. I bought a new wagon and had an extension box
put on it, and the other wagon fixed up.
We loaded up what we had decided to take with
us and started out on the 12th day of April, 1888.
We did not sell any of our land or our house,
if we were not satisfied, we would have our home to go to. When
we left there, all bills were paid up, and we had a little over 800
dollars in cash, two good teams and wagons, and a good supply of
provisions for our trip.
We had a very pleasant journey, being only
five weeks on the road. We met our old friends,
John Seamen and wife at Round Valley. We had not
seen them since they left Kaysville in 1873, when they came to Arizona.
When they were released to return home, they stopped
at this place.
We arrived in Arizona at Thatcher, May 19,
1888. We bought 40 acres from James A. Duke.
Father let us have two lots in a choice locations in
Thatcher for $60.00 each. My brother Joseph and his
wife Cynthia let us have one of their rooms to live in while we were
building our home, which was built of brick, having two rooms and a
pantry. In less than five weeks after our arrival
in Arizona we were living in our new home.
We planted tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and
small garden seeds and had a fine vegetable garden all summer.
We bought a good cow and we were very happy in our
new home after our long journey. We also set out
shade trees, rose roots, and built sheds and a corral.
In June 1888, brother H.N. Chlarson, the
Supt. of the Sunday School in the Thatcher Ward, came to see me
requiring my help in the S.S. as a teacher. Ever
since that time I have tried hard to do my duty as a teaching in that
organization, nothing but sickness and death keeping me away when I was
at home. It has always been a labor of love, and a
proper example to my family. My desire is, that
they will be as faithful to the Sunday School cause as I have been.
In November of this year I was chosen
secretary of the Thatcher Ward Relief Society. Sister
Elizabeth Moody being the president at this time. I
continued in this position for 10 years.
This same year Aunt Rosa Layton (fathers
fifth wife) of Kaysville sent me my release as counselor in the
Y.L.M.I.A. with a vote of thanks for un-remitted labors.
In the spring of 1889 we set out an orchard
of apples, pears, peaches, plums, grapes, and figs and almonds.
We also had a good vegetable garden.
June 5th, 1889 was a day long to be
remembered in my life. For twenty-four hours the
Priesthood remained by my side, also three midwives, the very best
skill that could be procured at that time — then a pair of twin boys
were added to our family.
They were blessed by Pres. Henry Merrill one
of Fathers counselors at that time.
They were named in remembrance of my two
youngest brothers, Horace and Benjamin, then their little spirits left
us and returned to the God who gave them.
I hope I shall never forget my dear old
friend Grandma Fife. I was so very low for a long
time, and this dear sister came and stayed with us, and nursed me with
the greatest of care for six weeks. She used a cane
at that time, but now she is obliged to use crutches and an invalid’s
chair. She has got dearer to me every day since I
first met her. Miss Vina Woolsey lived with us at
this time, and she was a dear sweet girl. She was
with us for six months.
I then took a trip to Utah to recruit up a
little, while visiting with my dear mother, who I had not seen for a
year and a half, this being the longest time we had ever been separated
from each to her. Oh! the happy meeting!
for when I left there she thought we would never
meet again in this life, but we have had many good visits together
since that time, and hope to have many more, although she is nearly 72
I took my two youngest boys with me, Joseph
and Rudgar, after visiting a week with mother, we went by team to
Kaysville to Wellsville to visit with my Uncles and Aunts. Returning
to my home in Arizona the last of Oct. feeling much stronger and able
to attend to my house duties, and thankful for the lovely visit I had
had with my relatives and friends.
In June 1891, I was chosen first counselor to
Susannah Ollerton in the Primary Association.
We had often talked of adopting a little girl
if we could get one. The following Aug. we heard of
a family of children by the name of Gish, whose mother had died, and
the father wanted to find homes for them. My
sister, Annie Jones, and I went to see them. The
result was that I brought a little girl named Matte home to live with
us. She was only five years old, and seemed so
pleased she had found a home. It being almost dark
when we got home, after supper I gave her a good bath, put one of the
boys night-dresses on her and put her to bed.
I sat up that night and made her a suit of
clothes to dress her with in the morning. We were
so proud of our little girl. She had blue eyes and
light hair. In our home she shared the same
affection and training which was given to our own children, and when
she was eight years old she begged to be baptized as this is what we
teach our children, and want them to understand this is the proper time
to be baptized as they are supposed to know right from wrong at this
age. Finally we granted her desire, and she was
baptized by Elder Frank N. Tyler, and confirmed by Elder H.N. Chlarson.
She was born Feb. 2, 1886. Just
after this her brother James came and took her away, but we would not
let her go without her father’s consent, and she cried so hard and
begged to stay with us. He went off but came back
with an order from her father to let her go, and stating they did not
want her raised a Mormon.
We let them take her, but I could not have
felt worse if they had taken one of our own children. We
missed her so much, for we had all learned to love her and it was so
nice to have a little daughter and sister in the home.
For eight years our son Christopher had been
sick with rheumatism and dropsy which developed
into consumption and Dec. 28, 1891 he departed this life, after being
confined to his reclining chair for six weeks, not being able to lie
down one minute of this time. We never had help
with him but one night, when Alvin and Luella DeSpain came and stayed
all night. We went to bed and appreciated our
His health being so poor for so many years,
he spent most of his time in the house with me and Mattie was so much
company for him, the two leaving our fireside so near together, it
seemed almost more than we could bear, but I tried to be reconciled to
our Father’s will, as he knows what is best.
Christopher was interred in the Thatcher
cemetery Dec. 29, 1891 on his papa’s birthday (42). This
was a very sad Christmas for us.
But on Jan 2, 1892 our first daughter was
born. She was truly a comforter at this time, and
to say we were pleased doesn’t name it at all. Then
came the naming of our daughter. It seemed we could
not find a name good enough for her, the names of Gladys and Welcome
were mentioned but didn’t suit me. Her father
wanting her to have my name and my mother wished her to be named after
my dead sister, Martha Alice, so we concluded to name her Alice Selena.
She was blessed by Patriarch Samuel Claridge.
Aug. 18, 1892, George Claridge was killed by
his team running off a dugway in the mountains. I
assisted in making his, and comforting his dear old parents, for this
was a very sad death.
The last of March 1893, I went to Salt Lake
City, to attend the April Conference, and the dedication of the Salt
Lake Temple on April 6, 1893. I took my baby Alice
with me, and was accompanied by my son Jesse, my Father, and sisters
Maggie and Cynthia, and other friends our husbands taking us to Bowie
to take the train. We were the guests of my brother
Oscar for the night. The next day we took the train
for Utah, going the route by Deming and Colorado Springs. The
trip was delightful all the way up, and while we were there visiting
with our relatives and friends. Our tickets were
only good for thirty days so we had to return by the last of April, our
husbands being at Bowie to meet us on our return.
Sept. 1893, Mrs. Peter Anderson called at our
home bringing little Mattie with her. She had left
her brothers and begged to come back to us. I told
her she might stay if she wanted to. The next week
her father came and promised to do anything if we would take her back
again. Of course we wanted her and so arrangements
were made and he had the adoption papers made out and delivered them to
us. She was delighted to be with us again and was
contented and happy. She took great pride in her
Primary and Sunday School meetings.
In Jan. 1895 I was chosen President of the
Primary Association of the Thatcher Ward, which position I held for
four years, acting as counselor since 1891. Sisters
Maria McRae and Della Curtis being my counselors Caroline Montierth and
Ethel Curtis, secretaries.
During this summer we made all arrangements
for Jesse to attend the Provo Academy for the next year. Just
before time for him to start north, he informed us that he intended to
get married. This was a great surprise to me.
On Oct. 24, 1895, he married Dora Williams, a
dear sweet girl, who made him a good wife. They
were married at the brides home. My father Pres.
Layton performing the ceremony.
On Dec. 17, 1895, of this year another
daughter was added to our home, whom we named Priscilla, after a girl
companion of mine, and how we did enjoy our little girls, and what
sweet singers they are today, and how they have blessed our home since
all our boys are married.
In Jan. 1896, Mattie took the diptheria.
I was still sick, and my hired girl left because she
was afraid of the disease. We could not get any
help, so Mr. Phillips had to attend to everything, and the sick to take
care of, but we all recovered, and life again assumed it’s usual
Nov. 13, my daughter-in-law was taken very
sick. I remained with her all day. In
the evening she was feeling better. I returned home
leaving a good nurse with her. This same night my
father returned home from a trip to Ft. Thomas. My
husband had been with him all day and when he got home he said father
wanted me. I went to his bedside, and stayed all
night with him. We did all we could to alleviate
his terrible suffering, which was caused by kidney trouble.
This was the commencement of his sickness which
lasted two years, almost.
The next day I was again at Dora’s.
She was still very sick. We sent
to Pima for Dr. Wightman, who stayed all day and night, then by the aid
of medical instruments she gave birth to a baby boy. She
felt quite well and the baby did nicely for about ten days, then a
fever set in, and on Dec. 1, 1896 she passed away. Dora
was laid away in her wedding costume as she thought so much of it.
It fit her so nice. Her funeral
services were held at the Stake Academy, and was very, very sorrowful.
She was interred in the Thatcher cemetery
Dec. 4, 1896. The sweet little baby boy was named
Harry Charles, by his mother’s request and blessed by his grandfather
Jesse brought his little baby boy and came
home. How thankful we were that we were able to
make them comfortable for it seemed to almost take the last ray of
sunshine out of his life.
I weaned my baby Priscilla, who was eleven
months old. That little baby might have the nurse,
and the little dear got along so nicely.
My husbands father had died on the same date,
Dec. 1st, 1896, at Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah, although we did not
learn of it until out daughter-in-law was laid away.
During our sickness at Jesse’s and fathers,
our adopted daughter received a letter from her brother Christopher
Gish stating he wanted to meet her at the Thatcher Depot, on the
afternoon of Dec. 15. She met him there and did not
return home in the evening. We went out in search
of her and learned from some of her girl companions she had gone with
Feeling so hurt, that she would go in this
way, we did not even go after her at all. She went
to Bisbee and soon married a man by the name of Wilson. She
led quite a fast life, and the last we heard from her, she wrote asking
for $500.00. Mr. Phillips talked with one of her
brothers about the circumstance. He said “Don’t you
send her one cent.”
If Feb. 1896, Mr. Phillips was putting up a
windmill for my father just through the fence from our place taking the
two babies I went over and was talking with father, when Baby Priscilla
went into the house, where Lottie and her Aunt Etta Williams were
cleaning, and picking up a can of concentrated lye, drank some of it.
Her screams brought us to her, and seeing her
trouble we gave her the white of an egg with oil. David
got on a horse and rode to Pima for Dr. Wightman. We
could not wait. We thought it best to take the
child to the doctor. We started and met the doctor
coming as fast as he could ride, we continued to his office, when there
he used lemon juice, but gave us no hopes for her recovery as he could
not tell how much she had drank. She was burnt very
badly as far as we could see.
We anxiously watched her all night, and
walked the floor with her. I never can forget her
suffering and the pitiful look she would give us as much as to say
“Mama can’t you do something to relieve me.”
At 11a.m. next day we returned home to
Thatcher. When our fears were the worst, and her
suffering intense we called our family together, they all knelt around
us papa leading in prayer and supplication to our Father in Heaven,
followed by the children.
Our prayers were answered, and oh how
thankful we were. Immediately our little darling
drank some milk. Papa partially cooked an egg,
which seemed to ease her, for she rested a little.
For six weeks she was not allowed to take any
solid food, but it was two months before her mouth was well.
In April we began building two more rooms to
our house, which we needed badly, as we were so crowded.
We had our house completed all but painting
before the first of May.
On June 4, 1897, our little grandson Harry
died from Typhoid fever after an illness of six weeks. Funeral
services were held at the Academy, then the little one was gently laid
beside his mother in the Thatcher cemetery.
About the last of June our furniture, carpets
and blinds for the new house arrived. Papa and
David commenced painting and I making carpets. We
soon had one of the prettiest little homes in Thatcher, where health,
peace and happiness prevailed, ever feeling to thank our Heavenly
Father for the many blessings bestowed upon us.
Father’s health was very poor. He
was gradually failing, although sometime able to be around out of doors
or sit on the porch and visit with us. The Priests
would often take the sacrament over to him at his home, thus he felt he
was in touch with the people of the Ward and Stake.
In the fall of 1897 the Cooperative Wagon and
Machine Co. of Salt Lake City, managed by Geo. T Odell desired Mr.
Phillips to take their agency here. Therefore we
sent for a carload of farming machinery, and implements built a shed
for them and sold nearly all of them that winter. In
Jan. 1898 we ordered two more carloads, and got quite a nice little
business started in this valley. This business has
grown until it has become one of the largest in this valley.
Jan. 1898, 29th, Special Priesthood meeting
called by Apostles John Henry Smith, and John W. Taylor. Elder
Smith proposed the Stake be disorganized which was done by a unanimous
vote. Then the visiting Brethren met in counsel
with Father regarding the Stake. Ordained him a
Patriarch and gave him one of the best blessings I ever heard.
Jan. 30, 1898 Stake President Christopher
Layton being honorably released on account of long and severe illness,
and by his request.
St. Joseph Stake was then reorganized, with
Andrew C. Kimball as Pres. William D. Johnson as
first counselor and Charles M. Layton as 2nd. counselor, Heber Layton
Relief Society as follows: Elizabeth
W. Layton as Pres. Mary L. Ransom as 1st.
counselor, Delia Curtis as 2nd. counselor and Selena L. Phillips,
secretary, E.A. Allred as treasurer, Sarah Webb as corresponding
Thatcher Ward was reorganized with I.E.D.
Zundell, Bishop, John Hoopes 1st., Jeremiah Hatch 2nd. counselor, James
Duke, ward clerk.
Thatcher Ward Relief Society as follows:
Elizabeth Zundel, Pres., Mary E. Birdno
first, and Emma Merrill second counselor. Esther
Merrill secretary, Sylvia Sessions assistant secretary; Diana
J. Allen treasurer.
Jan. 30, 1898, I was chosen Stake secretary
of the Relief Societies of the Saint Joseph Stake.
Mar. 8, 1898. At the
annual reunion of our father’s family I was chosen by him as secretary
of his family, also secretary of the committee on his Biography as he
desired to have a history of his life and labors written by members of
This was the last birthday he spent with us.
He was very sick at this time but seemed so pleased
to have us all there. I think he realized it would
be the last occasion of this kind he would be with us in this life.
He gave us all such a good blessing, and
desired that we should write a sketch of his life.
I have had great pleasure in this work, and I
do hope it will prove a blessing to his descendants.
June 17, he took the train and started to
Utah. Arrived there in a very weak condition.
About the first of July it was deemed best to have a
surgical operation performed. Dr. Richards and
Wilcox were the physicians.
Sunday Aug. the 7th he passed peacefully
away, surrounded by wives children and friends, who felt they had lost
a noble husband and father and wise counselor. How
grieved I was not being able to attend the funeral. I
started out and went as far as Bowie. But had to
return on account of sickness.
Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. the funeral services were
held in the Kaysville meeting house, Bishop Peter Barton presiding who
showed him honor and reverence by purchasing beautiful mourning
decorations for the meeting house, which was filled to overflowing with
family and friends.
The speakers were President Joseph F. Smith,
Elder Seymour B. Young, Apostle John Henry Smith, Pres. John W. Hess,
of Davis Stake Utah. Elder Lorin Farr of Ogden Utah.
Elder Ralph Douglas of the same place. Bishop
William C. Rydalch of Grantsville. Benediction by
Elder John Thornely. You will find remarks in full
in father’s biography if you ever desire to read them. He
was then interred in Kaysville cemetery, where four of his wives now
Funeral services were also held in Thatcher
Arizona. The speakers here were Pres. Andrew
Kimball, Pres. William D. Johnson, Patriarch Samuel Claridge.
Many others would like to have spoken but time would
Sept. 28, 1898, the Relief Societies of the
St. Joseph Stake assisted two of our girls to go to Salt Lake to take a
course in obstetrics and nursing. They were Jennie
Talley and May Maxim.
Dec. 30. Mary E. Cluff
and Mary Taylor were chosen aids on the Relief Society Board.
I will just give a few points that I have
always tried to carry out as a Sunday School teacher:
First, have everyone in your class in front
of you, never allow a single scholar behind you.
Live a life so that the children will know
you really love them and are interested in their welfare.
It is not a good thing to call the children
to order in a class, rather look at them until you have their attention.
Always send your excuse if you cannot be
present, and I think these excuses should be read in front of the class.
It is the duty of the teacher to look after
the morals of their students, not only on Sundays but every day.
Be on time to greet your class with a
pleasant good morning. In this way you will soon
gain their love and confidence, and by being prepared with your lesson,
you will be able to draw from your pupils, and when they find you
expect something from them they will soon be prepared. and
you will not feel that your time has been lost, but accomplished that
which you set out to do.
Minutes of a special Relief Society meeting
held in Thatcher. Stake Pres. Elizabeth Lauton
presiding. Singing “We Thank Thee Oh God For A
Prophet.” Prayer by Pres. Andrew Kimball.
Singing, “Now Let Us Rejoice In the Day.”
Elder L. John Nuttall said the R.S. should be placed
in a safe condition to hold their property.
No church but the church of Jesus Christ has
been bothered in holding property. The Prophet
Joseph Smith organized the Relief Societies, twelve years after the
church was organized, with Emma Smith, Pres., Sarah M. Cleaveland and
Elizabeth Ann Whitney as her counselors. Eliza R.
Snow secretary and Alvira Coles Treasurer. This
organization was to strengthen the virtues and morals of our sisters,
to save souls and to assist the ward officers, and to look after the
sick and poor.
It is expected that we will qualify ourselves
to explain the principles of the Gospel of Christ as we cannot be saved
in ignorance. Donations should not be read in
meetings, but a strict account kept of receipts and disbursements.
Said Pres. Young could not get the men to
store grain, so he called all the sisters to store all the grain they
It is not proper to have sisters that are not
members of our church admitted to our societies. Try
and bring them to a knowledge of the Gospel.
Pres. Kimball endorsed all the remarks of
Brother Nuttall. Singing Doxology.
Prayer by Patriarch Philemon Merrill.
Mar. 13. Attended
Religion Class Conference.
Here are a few dates I have overlooked so I
will insert them here.
June 1890, My son David was baptized by Frank
N. Tyler. Confirmed the same day by Winford Moody.
July 1892, Joseph Alvin was baptized by Hyrum
Sept. 3, 1893, Lillian Williams twin sister
died. I was there helping to care for her when she
passed away. Washed an laid her out, and helped to
make her burial clothes and laid her in her coffin. It
looked sad to separate the little girls.
Feb. 15, 1894. David Dee
was ordained a Deacon, by Erastus Carpenter.
Jan. 1895 Mr. Phillips was called to take
charge of the meeting house for Sunday School and meetings.
June 1895. Rudgar was
Baptized by Erastus Carpenter. Confirmed by Francis
Sept. 1895, The Relief Societies, Young
Ladies, and Primary associations gave a fair, giving prizes for the
best work. I received the First prize from the
Relief Society for a wreath of hair flowers, the members of the R.S.
presented me with a quilt. I appreciated it very
much as it was the first prize I had ever got at a fair.
June 26, 1896, one of fathers counselors died
of stomach trouble, Henry Merrill. I helped make
his burial suit. He was a man we all dearly loved,
and missed him so much. He was always so attentive
and thoughtful for the sick.
Jan. 24, 1897, Mr. Phillips was chosen first
counselor to Alvin Curtis in the second quorum of Elders.
Dec. 8, 1897, Sister Williams was again
called to part with another of their twins, these were boys, and oh how
sorrowful they were, as they had had sixteen children and had buried
eight of them. I assisted the poor mother all I
July, 1897, Mr. Phillips and I went to Utah
to the Jubilee Celebration, taking our two little girls with us.
We stayed about six weeks, Mr. Phillips going to
Chicago while we were there. I remained with my
mother while he was gone.
Feb. 20, 1898. Sadie
Thompson died of measles. Her folks were living in
a tent at the top of our lot. Sister Emma Merrill
and I washed and laid her out, then two brethren carried her on a cot,
down to our place, her remains lying there until we got her clothes
made and fixed for burial. She was about 13 years
old, and a very nice girl.
Feb. Prof. William M. Claydon, came from Utah
to take charge of the music department in the Saint Joseph Stake
Academy. He made his home with us for six weeks.
April 20, 1898, our son Jesse was called on a
mission to New Zealand. He left here the last of
Sept. to fill this mission, was set apart by Elder Feldsted, left Salt
Lake, Oct. 27, arrived in New Zealand Nov. 27, 1898.
May 1, 1989, my mother accompanied Pres.
Kimball and family to Arizona to make us a visit. She
remained with us for about six weeks, and we truly enjoyed her company.
The only trouble, she did not stay long enough.
In June she returned to her home in Utah, thinking
much better of Arizona after seeing it. This spring
we took Pres. Kimball in as a Partner in our business.
June 19, 1898, Joseph A. and Rudgar, were
ordained Deacons. The same month we bought a
beautiful Piano, and I think we have had more pleasure from that
purchase than anything we ever invested in. The
boys did not take much interest in it, but our girls have both learned
to play very nicely and sing beautiful. Many times
they have played and sang us to sleep. It cost
Sept. of this year Nettie Jones came as a
boarder while attending the Academy School, and remained until the
school closed the next Mar.
Oct. 1898, Heber and Orval Larson came to
live with us for about two years. I can truthfully
say I never had two nicer boarders in my home. Heber
taught in Thatcher and Orval in Graham.
Oct. 4, 1898. our Probate
Judge, W.W. Damron passed away at his son William’s home. I
helped to prepare his suit for burial. His funeral
was attended by a great many people from all over the territory.
Oct. 30, 1898, Mr. Phillips was chosen and
set apart as first counselor to Alphin DeSpain in the Thatcher Ward
Sunday School. I don’t think he ever had a position
he took as much pleasure in as he did this. He
surly had the Sunday School work at heart.
April 18, 1899. Mr.
Phillips was elected one of Thatcher Town Councilmen.
Mar. 12, of this year Brother and Sister
Hyrum Claridge had the misfortune of losing their little daughter
July 10, 1899. David
Marshall Dailey died. I made his clothes and
prepared him for burial.
Dec. 16 there were three sisters chosen as
Stake Aids in the Relief Society. Sister Maria
McRae, Elizabeth Moody and Elizabeth Zundell. Sister
Zundell being released from the local Pres. of Thatcher Ward, to fill
During this year, and the year of 1900.
I was secretary for the Central Canal Co.
Also Treasurer for the Phillips and Kimball Machine
Nov. 16, 1899, attended Relief Society
meeting at Graham. Found the association in a very
good condition. Sister Mary R. Cluff accompanied me.
Our counsel to them was to attend the monthly
meetings, get a building lot, study the question on Woman’s Suffrage,
to be prompt in paying their dues to Sister East, and get their report
in on time. Sister Mary E. Skinner endorsed the
remarks of sisters Cluff and Phillips, was willing to assist in all
that was for the benefit of the Societies. Each
member present bore testimonies and expressed their willingness to
Dec. 27, met with the Eden Ward Relief
Society in company with L. John Nuttall. Reorganized
the Society under the National rules.
Met at Bryce Ward at 2 p.m. for the same
Jan. 8, 1900. Jennie and
Dare LeBaron were attending the Academy school and had been staying at
Bro. Montierth place, but they felt that it was too far to go when they
could get room nearer by, so they came and stayed with us until school
was out in April, then returned to their home in Mesa, Arizona.
My brother Chauncey came and spent two months
with us, when he returned home, my sister-in-law, Cynthia and I went
with him, going by way of California. We left
Thatcher on Mar. 5. Arrived at Bowie Station at
10:12 a.m. Left Bowie at 6 p.m. arrived at Yuma at
5:30 a.m. Took breakfast at Indio at 8 a.m.
See the most beautiful farms and orchards before
arriving at Los Angeles that I ever beheld.
Arrived there at 2 p.m. took the street car
for the Mission House. No. 516 Temple St.
Met Elders Jed Hess, John T. West, John Steeland
George W. Squires, Elder Hess being an old acquaintance of mine,
secured us a beautiful room, where we enjoyed the rest and social chat
we had with the Elders. We had them rake supper
with us and later in the evening, my brother took all the elders to the
Theater. We retired for the night and had a good
night rest. Chauncey stayed all night with the
Next morning at 7 o’clock took breakast, and
after doing a little trading, our escort Elder Steele was ready to
accompany us. Our first visit was to the chamber of
Commerce. Took dinner. At one
o’clock started for the Santa Monica a distance of 18 miles.
On our way we say the hill on which the Mormon
Battalion hoisted the first flag after they landed in California.
Returned at 5 p.m. having enjoyed the sign of the
ocean picking up small shells on the beach at Santa Monica.
We had supper, bid our friends good-bye and took the
train for San Francisco at 10:20 p.m.
Mar. 8, took breakfast at Bakersfield, Dinner
at Fresno and arrived at Oakland Pier at 6:45 p.m. It
has been raining since about three o’clock in the afternoon.
We crossed the bay to San Francisco, too the St. car
and found a room on Golden Gate Ave. No. 519 just a few doors from the
Mission Home. Took breakfast then called on Pres.
Nye and wife and the Elders.
Our first visit was to the mint where we see
5,000,000 silver dollars in a vault, also a vault of gold coin, but I
didn’t learn the amount in that, but we saw them cutting the $20 gold
pieces and the silver dollars out of the bars of bullion. I
tell you it was a sight to see. We then took the
St. car for the docks where we expected to see the mail Steamer arrive
from New Zealand, but were disappointed as it was late. This
was a very interesting place for me as I had never seen one of the
large steamers before. Here we see the sailors
doing their washing.
Took the St. car and train for the Clift
House, where we see the most beautiful flowers and statues I ever see.
While resting at Mt. Sutrio garden, I got in
conversation with a lady who gave me quite a history of this place.
Mr. Sutrio was a Jew by birth, bought this place
many years ago, and commenced to build and beautify the clift, many
years ago, for the pleasure and comfort of visitors. He
died in 1898 leaving two daughters, one married and went to Europe to
live. The other an old Maid and Doctor who owns
these gardens and keeps twenty men steadily employed at this place.
Returned to our room at Golden Gate Ave.
passed through China town on our return, retired for the night but the
fleas were too numerous to get any rest. Mar. 10
left our room at 7:45 a.m. took breakfast and went through the Emporium
building on Market St. Took Geary St. car for the
Odd Fellows Cemetery, went through the Columbarium, then to the
Crematory where we see all of two hundred urns containing the ashes of
bodies that have been cremated which had not been deposited in the
Columbarium, their people being too poor to pay for the niches in the
wall, and this is much cheaper than burying in the Cemetery, and
keeping up the yearly tax, to keep the Cemetery in proper condition.
It takes about three hours to cremate the
body. The clothes and flesh flying away with the
ashes, nothing remaining but the bones. The cost of
cremating the bodies varies from $35 to $1,000. At
11 a.m. started to the Golden Gate part, Arrived went through the
Conservatory, then to the Bird and Squirrel cage, then to the Buffalo
Grounds, to the Antelope and Deer grounds, from there we climbed five
flights of stairs to the observatory, and it was a lovely sight to see.
From here we went to the China Tea Gardens and had a
drink of the China Womans tea, but I cannot say that I enjoyed it.
Then to the Museum. I will just
name the different rooms or halls, 1st, Statuary and Memorial Hall,
2nd. Art Metals. 3rd. Egyptian Hall. 4th. Armour Hall, 5th, Basket
Hall, 6th. Picture Gallery, 7th. Map Room, 8th. Tapestry Hall 10th.
Napoleon Room. 11th. General Room. Upstairs we see
all kinds of stuffed Animals and Birds. I felt sure
I had walked 30 miles that day. Had supper and at
6:30 took the street car for the Shutes.
Attended the Theater there that evening.
Sister Nye accompanied us all day, returned to our
room for the rest of the night, having spent a long and pleasant day.
Mar. 11, took the St. car for the steamer to cross
the Bay for Oakland. Had breakfast then took the
train for a Ogden. When we arrived at Port Costa
the whole train went on the boat while we crossed the bay. On
Mar. 12th we arrived in Ogden at 6:30 p.m. In
Kaysville at 7:35 the same evening, and oh how pleased we were to get a
place we could call home, and see our dear mother, sisters and brothers.
Next morning we did a little washing, and received
company the rest of the day, and oh how nice it was to visit with our
Mar. 14th attended Bro. Bones funeral, in
Kaysville Ward, saw the beautiful drapery that was in honor of my
father, at his burial Aug. 7, 1898. Visited the
Kaysville Cemetery, the first grave I went to was my dear Fathers and
how pleased I was to see his beautiful monument. My
brother William showed me a foot print, he said it was Pres. William D.
Johnson, and how the tears ran down his cheeks, and said that was a man
he dearly loved. There were the graves of Grandpa
and Grandma Phillips, I had not seen before, which made it doubly sad
at that time. I could not keep the tears back, to
see the graves of so many of my loved ones. Our
third son being buried in Grandpa Phillips lot.
Mar.15th mother and I went to Salt Lake City,
called on Apostle Lund and Priscilla Jennings. While
there one of my girl companions, Jane Jennings came and what a good
visit we had, talking of old times.
Mar. 15, I had a special invitation to attend
the Kaysville Relief Society Reunion and dance at night.
Mar. 17 I was with the West Relief Society
Sisters. I tell you it was a time of rejoicing, as
I met old acquaintances I had not seen for 15 or 20 years. My
brother David is Bishop of this Ward.
Mar. 18 I attended West Layton S.S. and
meeting and after that I spent a few days visiting with my brothers and
sisters. Mar. 22 started for Cache Valley in a
little buggy, my sister-in law accompanying me. We
took dinner with Aunt Cynthia’s sister Mrs. Addie Snyder of Ogden,
called on Mrs. Cynthia Fife, and Mrs. Diana Farr of Ogden. We
then drove to Harrisville, called on Sarah Brown and daughter, from
there to Willard, stayed all night with Sister Abigail Zundel.
Next day we drove to Three mile Creek stayed the
rest of the day with Brother and Sister Barnard White.
Mar. 24, continued our journey to Wellsville.
The horse broke the harness so I had to take my
garter off to fix it with. Arriving at our
destination at 2 p.m. Mother had gone up on the train, the day before.
We had a lovely visit while there with Aunt Sarah
Ann Parker and Uncle Heber.
Mar. 26th, brought rain and snow, but our
plans were laid to go to Logan and so we went, got wet through and
pretty cold, but no sympathy from mother. Took
dinner with Sister Fannis Curtis. From there to the
college, where we met two of Cynthia’s cousins who were students of
this school. They escorted us through this building.
I will just name the different studies taught there:
Agriculture, Botany, Chemistry, Commercial, Domestic
arts, Sewing Drawing and Elocution, Engineering, German, Geology, and
Mineralogy, Mechanic Arts, History, Mathematics, Military Science, and
Tactics, Music, Physical Culture, Physics, Political Science,
Veterinary Science, The Library contains 5000 volumes. They
had a Museum Dairy and Hothouse. The flowers
surpassed those we saw in San Francisco. This was a
day long to be remembered, not only pleasant but instructive.
It stopped snowing in time for us to start back to
Wellsville before dark. On the 27th we went to see
Uncle Joe Cooper and feasted on strawberries. The
following day we went to see my cousin Caroline Leishman and while
there we learned to make paper flowers. The 29 we
went to Uncle Fred’s, this time feasting on raspberries, found a cousin
that would weigh almost 300 lbs.
Mar. 30, started for home found the road very
good through the Canyon. The morning was very
cloudy. Arrived at Brigham City at 2 p.m. called on
Sister Loveland, had a pleasant visit for one hour. Continued
on our journey to Three mile Creek, stayed all night with Sister White.
Mar. 31 drove to Willard, called on sister Zundel.
Continued our journey to Harrisville. Took
dinner with Sister Sarah Brown, one of our Arizona women, all the
trouble was there wasn’t time enough. Made calls on
Sister Snyder at Ogden, Mrs. Troget at Fairview and my Brother Jacob at
Layton. Arrived at mothers in Kaysville at 8 p.m. Mother
came the day before, bringing my baby with her, Priscilla was only five
years old and she got mama sick pretty bad but not worse than I.
I spent a few days with my relatives, and on
April 4 Priscilla and I went up to Horace Lewis’s and had our pictures
taken together. April 5th I went to Salt Lake City
to attend the General Relief Society Conference, commencing at 10 a.m.
President Zina D. Young presiding, Singing Zion
Stand With Hills Surrounded. Prayer was then
offered by Elder Reddick Allred. Duet by two young
ladies. Roll called several Stakes not represented.
Pres. Zina D. Young felt we had great reason
to rejoice. Sister she had passed through so much
the past year but felt to speak in God’s praise.-- These
seats would be filled if the sisters had the spirit of their duty.
Stake Officers must visit every society once a year.
Look after the lost sheep is better than to feed
when hungry. Don’t save your kind words until after
Sister Basheba Smith said there were 19
persons present at the first organization, would like to Prophet Joseph
to meet with us now, and see if we had improved. Keep
the Sabbath Day holy, Encouraged the sisters to do Temple work, live
our lives and never weary in well doing. Pres. Zina
D. Young said be fervent in our prayers, teach our families to be
careful, cleanly kind and industrious, and never forget to pray for
those in authority over them. Amen.
Pres. M. I. Horn hoped the things we hear
would sink deep in our hearts. We came up through
much tribulation. Look after the poor and help to
bear the weaknesses of our sisters and encourage them. If
we will observe the Word of Wisdom the Destroyer will pass us by.
The sisters first duty is to look after their
children. Prayed the blessings of the Lord would
rest upon sister Zina, and all workers.
Sister West of Snowflake reported ten
branches. They donated their building to the
Academy but soon built them another one. Alberta
Stake reported by Sister Card. Oneida Stake by
sister Fox. They had thirteen organizations.
Counselor Stewart reported the Bear Lake Stake.
They were doing a good work. The
Societies had donated 240 dollars to the Academy. Singing
--Benediction by Jesse N. Smith.
2 p.m. Singing- Glorious
things are sung of Zion. Prayer by Elder Hammond.
Solo by Sister Hakes, have 1300 white people and
1600 of the Lamanites, Jordan and Emery Stakes well represented
organized and in good condition. Solo by member of
the choir. Sarah J. Cannon said there was now
30,000 members in the Relief Society. Each member
is taxed 10 cents a year to defray expenses of the organization.
Thought we should be more liberal with our kind
words. Emily Cluff reported the Hawaiian R.S. at
Tooele, they realized 100.00 dollars from their melon patch.
Sister Zina thought we needed a week to hear from
our sisters and encouraged them to raise their own silk. Mothers
must be imbued with the Spirit of God. There is a
joy in our hearts when we serve the Lord. The St.
Joseph Stake was represented by me as having 10 societies and an
enrollment of 430. About 1000 bushels of wheat,
Stake officers visiting twice a year in the valley and once a year in
the far off wards. There are a good lot of sisters
to look after the sick and needy and those that are bereft of their
loved ones. Granite was reported by Sister Young
Sanpete by Sister Cole, Sevier as having 16 relief societies and 4,220
bushels of wheat in the Stake.
Sister Bashaba Smith desired every R.S. to
take the Exponent and as many of the sisters as could.
Officers Meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday Morning
at the Templeton building, told the mothers to come to meeting and
bring their babies with them. Bro. Hammond
encouraged the storing of grain, and endorsed the remarks of the
sisters. Sister Emmaline Wells thought every Relief
Society Conference got better. Singing - Should You
Feel Inclined to Censure. A vote of thanks was
given to the young Sisters for their sweet singing. Benediction
by Sister Zina D. Young.
General Conference opened at 10:10 a.m.
April 6th (1900). Pres. Lorenzo
Snow presided. Singing. Prayer
by Elder John Nickelson. Singing. Pres.
Snow thought we ought to be very thankful for the many blessings we
enjoy. Elder Brigham Young said we should pray for
those that persecute us. We are bordering on to
victory. There is no power that can battle against
our Father and our God. Any people could do all
that was in their power to overthrow this Church but it would finally
sweep along and fill the whole earth. If the snow
does not come in the mountains, the refreshing rains will come and
freshen the crops, and the saints should own all the land from Mexico
to Canada. Not Mormons but Latter-day Saints would
be called to build the Temple in Jackson Co. Mormons
will be left in Utah. He bore a noble and strong
testimony of the Gospel. Amen.
Elder Francis M. Lyman said the older we are
the better we should be. The Father should be
better than the son, the mother should be better than the daughter.
The Redemption of Zion may come in our day. Spoke
on the law of tithing also being conscientious in our prayers.
Singing, and Benediction.
2 p.m. Pres. Snow
presiding. Singing. Prayer by
Elder George Reynolds. Singing. Pres.
George Q. Cannon addressed the Conference. He spoke
on reverence to the Priesthood. Said he never saw a
fault in President Young, Pres. Taylor, Pres. Woodruff, or Pres. Snow,
and it is in their power to curse and to be cursed, and to bless and to
Elder John Henry Smith said He that does not
provide and look after his own, has already denied the faith.
He did not believe a man was obliged to be away from
home every night of the week.
Elder George Teasdale spoke on Prayer, Faith,
False Prophets, said a non-tithe-payer has no right to partake of the
sacrament. Bore testimony to the truth of the
Singing --Conference adjourned.
General Relief Society Officers Meeting, held
April 7, 1900. Singing and Prayer. Bashaba
Smith hoped we would try and work in with our brethren in the
Priesthood. Keep the Sabbath Day, and be kind to
all, and give a comforting word whenever you can. Question:
Should every one pay their ten cents? Yes.
If there is poor in the society take it out of the
Mrs. Jane Richards thought every President
and Counselors should be at every meeting. Encouraged
all to be kind to the poor. Use your kind words and
good feelings while our friends are alive.
Aunt Zina felt the good spirit here.
Spoke in tongue. Interpreted by
Zina Young Card. Aunt Bashaba Smith said, gather
every good and virtuous woman in your Societies. But
those not of our faith cannot join, but can meet with us. Aunt
Zina hoped all these sisters would consider themselves missionaries.
We must not find fault with the authorities.
She had been a worker in the Relief Society for 65
years. Amendment to the bylaws: that
no woman unless a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints shall be enrolled as a member of the Relief Society.
Sisters must pick up their work and go on the same
as the brethren do. If Stake Officers think the
local officers are in error, fast and pray, then if they cannot settle
it go to higher authority.
Pres. M. I. Horn loved to preach the Gospel,
felt that we lack faith in God. Question:
Shall we encourage building of houses and granaries
in wards where they have none. Answer: Yes.
Question: Shall we loan wheat
when we can get good security? Ans. Yes, if they
can’t get seed otherwise and the Bishop will sign for them.
Aunt Sarah J. Cannon endorsed what had been
said, spoke of yarns growing into mountains, we must have reverence for
those in authority over us.
General Secretary Emmaline B. Wells said
there was about 30,000 members in the Relief Society, if all would pay
their dues there would be plenty to visit all the Stakes of Zion.
Sister Zina Young Card bore testimony that
Brigham Young called two of his daughters on mission. Encouraged
Church Schools. Sister Josephine R. West was a
worker in the Relief Society also the Primary, and had been since she
was 16 years old. Singing and Benediction.
April 7, 2 p.m. Pres. Snow presiding,
Singing, Prayer by B.H. Roberts. Singing.
Apostle Lund said in God’s Church there must be the
spiritual gifts that Jesus spoke of. Apostle Cowley
spoke but I took a nap. Apostle Woodruff regretted
that the young men had not been as diligent in their duty as Pres. Snow.
Prayed that Pres. Snow might live as long as he
desired, and accomplish all he wanted to do. Steps
are being taken to prevent large families, this class will shut out
their stars in our Father’s Kingdom. He said this
class are those that fought against the practice of plural marriage.
Pres. Joseph F. Smith endorsed the remarks of
this Conference, we must work for Zion and for our exaltation.
No greater sin exist than to destroy life.
Where there is one that speaks in the true spirit of
Tongue. There are twelve in the world. He
once sought the gift on tongues, and in 100 days by the spirit of
tongue and study accomplished the language, as well as he was talking
today. This was a great testimony to me, because I
knew by the spirit he was telling the truth. This
of all Conferences was the greatest and grandest, the Spirit of God
seemed to penetrate every soul present. I shall
never forget the impression that conference meetings, if I could not
get them elsewhere. I desire that my family shall
read and reread this counsel until it is so stamped on their memories
that they will never forget it.
April 8, Conference continued, I attended
both sessions, and met Bro. Benjamin Foster, and Walter Cluff.
I made my home during conference with sister Sarah
Sheriff, one of my girl friends. It showed all day.
Conference adjourned at 4 p.m. Took
the train for my mothers in Kaysville my sister-in-law, Cynthia
accompanying me. Next day called on some of my
brothers and sisters.
April 10, we returned to Salt Lake City for
Temple work, Cynthia being baptized for quite a number, I disremember
just how many. We remained in the Temple from 9
a.m. until noon. Took dinner with Brother and
Sister Woolsey. Did some trading in the afternoon
and returned to sister Woolsey’s for the night. Took
breakfast and arrived at the Temple at 8 a.m. I had
endowments for Miss Margaret Schotland. Witnessed
Maggis Galbraith and her husband married, leaving the Temple at 3:30
p.m. We took dinner at the restaurant with John
Fife, visited his place if business, took the train, arriving at Layton
Depot at 7:15 p.m. Chauncey meeting us at the train.
We enjoyed the next day visiting with mother and
callers who came to see us.
April 13, we intended to visit Syracuse but
it rained all day and we couldn’t go. The next day
we went to see my sister Lucy and Sister Corbage, on returning found
two letters for me. One stating my son Jesse was in
San Francisco, just returned from New Zealand where he had been
laboring as a missionary in the interest of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. The other one stating the
Bro. Dailey would meet me in Layton April 16. April
15, I packed my trunk and spent the rest of the day visiting my sister
Carrie Hill, my Bro. Chauncey, and Josie, his girl who soon became his
wife, and my dear mother, realizing my time was getting short with her.
April 17, took the train for Salt Lake City,
to get my ticked stamped ready for starting home. Leaving
Salt Lake at 9:15 p.m. Arrived at Ogden at 10 p.m.
We had to wait until 2:40 next morning, when we
started on our journey, where we enjoyed a few hours good sleep.
April 18, took breakfast at Terrace, dinner
at Elko, very dusty and disagreeable all afternoon. Had
supper at Humbolt Station. Rained through the night.
Arrived at Sacramento at 5:40 a.m. April
19, went up town had breakfast, bought some eyeglasses and a few other
articles, returned to the depot and took the train for Los Angeles at
10 a.m. looked like rain.
April 20, arrived at Los Angeles 7 a.m. had
breakfast and took the observation car to see the sights of the city.
Left Los Angeles at 2:30 p.m. Passed
by East Lake Park which was just grand. Cloudy all
day rained a little, came to Dry Desert about dark, sand and dust quite
bad all night.
April 21, took breakfast at Tucson 8:45 a.m.
I was a little disappointed with the city of Tucson.
It was not as nice as I thought it would be, out
train was one hour late. Arrived at Bowie 12:30 p.m.
I was broke, not enough to buy my dinner with, after
getting my ticket for Thatcher. I borrowed $1.00
from Mr. Dailey. Mr. Phillips says women always
come home broke. Be that as it may I certainly was
this time. Fearful dust storm while at Bowie.
Arriving at home at 7:30 p.m.
There was a theater in town so I had to go to
it. The Academy school closed the day before I got
home, but my boarders stayed until the 23 to have a visit with me
before returning home to Mesa.
May 1900 Stake counselor and I visited the
San Pedro Relief Societies, found them doing good work, encouraged them
all we could.
Sept. 5, Alice was baptized by Winford Moody,
confirmed by I.E.D. Zundell. This month we
commenced to build two more rooms which we had completed in a few more
weeks. This made us two more bedrooms for the boys.
April 27, Stake Pres. Elizabeth Layton, Coun.
Mary L. Ransom and myself were chosen to draft resolutions of respect
in honor of sister Maria McRae, one of our Stake Board who we all
learned to love.
May 17, Stake Secretary, Treasurer, and
corresponding Secretary were sustained as traveling aids through the
stake. Eliza Welker and Virginia Majors were
sustained as stake aids.
June 6, Stake Counselor and I visited Central
June 28, Daphne Woods, daughter of Andrew and
Lovina Woods, died at the family residence. I had
charge of making her clothes, dressing her and preparing her for burial.
Aug. 15, Thomas Kimball, Elizabeth Layton,
Cynthia Layton, Mr. Phillips and myself, left Thatcher for a three
weeks trip, going into Mexico, by way of St. David. While
there we held meetings with the relief Society of this Ward, found the
sisters doing very good work. The next day visited
San Pedro in the morning, traveled to Tombstone in the afternoon and
stayed all night. This is where I see the first
purple figs. From here to Bisbee stayed all night
and went through some of the smelters. Continuing
our trip to Naco we passed the examination and started into Mexico.
Had quite a pleasant trip. Arrived
at Bishop Browns Home where we remained for three days having a nice
time, Mr. Phillips went out deer hunting one day and killed a deer.
We quite enjoyed the meat, on our way home we were
in a fearful thunderstorm. We surely got a good
soaking. One of our horses got away one day at noon.
Mr. Phillips had to go back several miles before he
caught it. We quite enjoyed the camping out and
cooking on the camp fire. We certainly had a
Oct. 1. Brother Dally one
of the faculty of the Academy, and Dora Owens one of the students came
to live with us. I did not enjoy having the
boarders, only to help the school and that our young people might have
the advantage of this training. Oct. this same date
Bro. and Sister Dally was called to part with their daughter Della
Celia Dally. They sent for me to take care of the
corpse and prepare it for burial.
Nov. 8, In visiting the R.S. this month, my
appointment in company with Elizabeth Zundell was for Graham Ward.
A good spirit prevailed in this meeting and we felt
well paid for our trip to this Association.
Nov. 23, bought and made Mrs. Cass Farley’s
burial clothes, the next day we took her clothes up and dressed her for
burial. This sister left two little girls, one only
a few weeks old. Sister took the little dear and
has made it a good mother, the other one remained with the father.
Dec. 5, visited Eden Ward R.S.
Dec. 13, Sister Mittie Merrill passed
peacefully away at her fathers home in this city. Her
father, Mother, sisters and brothers were at her bedside, bowed in
deepest grief, sorrow and mourning. Mittie’s
funeral was held in the Stake Academy, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. Within
one year Mittie was a wife, mother and had died leaving a little baby
girl who is still living with its grandparents. Mittie
lived with me and I learned to love her a great deal. She
was such a young woman to have had such a sad experience in so short a
March 2, 1902 sister Edna Hamblin Brown
passed away her death was caused from child bed fever, having given
birth to a pair of twins. One of the little babies
passing away before the mother, the other one after the mother.
I helped to lay them away comfortable.
March 17. Stake Reunion
of the R.S. of the St. Joseph Stake held at Bro. Weech’s hall in Pima.
Program in the afternoon and a dance at night, all
old people invited.
Sister Wilmyrth East moved to Apache Co.
Arizona in June 1877 where she held the responsible position of stake
president of the R.S. until 1882 when she with her family went to the
Gila. Here she was sustained as President of the
R.S. of the St. Joseph Stake of Zion at the first organization in June
1883, where she worked with undaunted energy for the cause of truth and
righteousness, ever having in mind the welfare of her sister
associates, until in the winter of 1898 she was, through physical
disabilities, unable longer to perform the duties of President.
March 31, 1902, Sister East after an illness
of nearly five years passed from this sphere to the great beyond.
November Sister Fugate passed away in
Thatcher leaving a husband and two daughters and far away from their
relative. I did my best to comfort them and help
them all I could, and they are very dear to me yet.
Nov. 6, 1902 President Elizabeth Layton and I
went to Mathewsville in the interest of the Relief Society.
Found the society in fairly good condition.
Nov. 17, Joseph A. Phillips was ordained a
teacher by Bishop Counselor Oscar G. Layton.
Nov. 22, our Relief Society Conference was
held in Pima, our Stake Presidency, Apostle Hyrum Smith and J. Golden
Kimball, Annie T. Hyde first Counselor to Sister Bashaba Smith in the
General Board of the Relief Society. Also Sister
Brixon of the Y.L.M.I.A. Sister Hyde and Sister
Smith sent her love to all of the sisters. She has
been a worker in the R.S. since 1842. Sisters don’t
tell of your troubles. Get the Spirit of the Lord.
The brothers and sisters all encouraged the sisters
in the good work.
Dec. 4, visited Eden Ward in company with
Virginia Majors in the interest of the Relief Society.
March 21, 1903, R.S. Reunion held in Layton,
in honor of our stake officers who are retiring. Stake
Counselor M.L. Ransom moving to Oregon. Stake Coun.
Delia Curtis and Elizabeth Zundell moving to Utah. Sister
Ransom had labored 20 years in this stake. President
Kimball was of the opinion that monuments should be built in honor of
the founders of this country, naming Pres. Layton and others.
We all desired the choicest blessings to go with
March 6, my dear sister Maggie was taken very
sick with bronchitis suffering intensely until the 12. She
was dead, no sleep so beautiful and calm, so free from toil and pain.
A lovelier truer woman never lived than Maggie.
Even as a child she possessed womanly traits.
She was of a lovable disposition, and possessed the
qualities of a leader among her associates. Her
friends would go to her for sympathy, when sorrow came to them, her
heart always had a sympathetic chord for each and every condition.
I will insert a few verses that was composed by
sister Foley in honor of her.
Why do we mourn that she has left us?
We should only say well done
She was true to her probation and a place in
heaven has won.
Tis true her parting has bereft us, but her
virtues we recall.
She was valiant, firm and candid and a loving
friend to all
She is gathered with her kindred
But her work will never
She will love the truth in heaven
And impart her works of
While she mingles with the Angels
Her choicest blessings fall;
Upon the heads of all her dear ones,
Yes she blesses one and all.
Soon after this Aunt Lizzie took sick.
I was with her as much as I could during her
sickness, which lasted about three months. She
finally went to Los Angeles for her recovery. Came
back feeling much improved.
On April 29, 1903, my son Joseph in company
with some of the faculty and students, started to the mining camps and
the wards of the saints on the San Pedro river in the interest of the
Academy, returning May 17th. He was quite sick the
next morning. His temperature registered 106.
We called in Dr. Platt, he pronounced it small pox,
we were quite excited at first, but we sent our girls, Alice and
Priscilla down to Aunt Cynthia’s. Jesse and Rudgar
went to batching it down at his home, David being employed at the Big
Six store, he went down to the Brinkerhoff hotel to board, and slept in
the store. Mr. Phillips to be close by slept in his
workshop, so we could call him if anything was needed. He
also took his meals at the hotel. We were
quarantined 10 days, no more of the family took the dread disease after
fumigating and a thorough cleaning of our home we were reunited again
as a family, and how our hearts went up in thanksgiving to our Heavenly
Father for his merciful care during this time.
May 26, our son Jesse was married to Lizzie
William daughter of David and Rosina Williams, the marriage being
performed by Bishop Thompson in the Franklin Ward, just over the line
in New Mexico. We regretted very much that none of
us were able to go to the wedding. It being such a
busy time they returned to our home on the 28 and remained with us
until after the threshing was done, they then moved to their own home
on his farm.
June 5, 1903, Relief Society Conference was
held in the Academy Chapel at Thatcher. Stake Aid
Mary K. Taylor in charge. Felt her inability in
conducting a Stake Conference. Missed Sister Layton
and her counselors.
Pres. Andrew Kimball announced that Apostle
Cowley and Elder Kelch would be present at our conference tomorrow,
continuing he said, “If Apostle Smith were here today he would be
justified in censuring the sisters for their nonattendance.
Pres. Johnson and myself met with sister Layton,
this morning and completed the organization, which has become so broken
through the death of sister Allred, and the removal of other officers.
Aunt Lizzie and I being very sick at this time.
Pres. W. D. Johnson said he was one of the
Stake Presidency when the Stake organization of the Relief Society was
effected in June 1883. Had attended, with one
exception, every R.S. conference since that date. Explained
that the Stake Presidency had advised sister Layton to choose for her
counselors, and secretary, sisters residing in the same ward as herself.
He then presented the names of the new
officers, as follows: Olive W. Kimball as first and
Selena L. Phillips as second counselors. Fannie W.
Kimball as secretary and Samantha Folley as assistant, Josephine Cluff
as Treasurer. Emma B. Coleman as Aid, all of whom
were unanimously sustained. Was pleased with the
work of the Relief Society in the last 20 years, but wanted them to
continue to improve. It is a privilege that every
sister should enjoy, to have her name on the R.S. records. Stake
Aid Mary K. Taylor thought that now our organization was complete it
was an excellent one. The R.S. is a great help to
the Priesthood. Was pleased with the reports from
the different wards. Meeting adjourned.
About this there was a strike at the Morenci
mines of about 3000 men. Company A. of the National
Guard of Ariz. was called out to quiet the trouble. David
was second lieutenant at this time and Joseph was a member of the
Company. They bade us good-bye on the morning of
June 10. I still being confined to my bed, but how
proud I was to have sons ready and on hand to fight for their country
if needed. David had a very narrow escape of his
life during the trouble but we had placed our dear soldier boys in the
care of our Father in Heaven and felt He would take care of them, and
bring them back home again. Imagine our joy and
pleasure on their home on June 21, without a scratch. I
tell you they were a brave lot of boys in Company A. My
prayers were continual for their welfare while away from home.
Before I had recovered enough to be out of bed, my
daughter Alice was taken down with Inflammatory Rheumatism.
Before our sons return we were both up and around at
our daily avocation.
June 17, a few of our dear sisters came to
our home and assisted me in making Brother Elmer’s burial clothes, as
he was very sick at the time and his wife wanted his clothes ready.
The old Gentleman passed away on June 19, and was
interred in Thatcher Cemetery on the 20.
This was a very hot summer, and a great deal
of hard work, as Mr. Phillips with his sons were running hay bailer,
header and thresher in connection with their farms to look after, and
when men are busy there is extra work for mothers and daughters.
June 22, made burial clothes for Bert Hoopes
baby boy who was buried the same afternoon.
Sept. 19, 1909, left Thatcher at 9:20 a.m. in
company with Sylvia Allred and her daughter Mae and my baby Priscilla.
We arrived at Bowie 12:15. Checked
our trunks and took dinner. Left 1:15 for Deming.
Arrived at 4:40. Left Deming at
11:40 p.m. We took a sleeper to save changing cars
at Rincon. We had a good night’s rest and arrived
at Albuquerque, New Mexico 10:10 a.m. Had breakfast.
Arrived at Los Vegas at 3:50 p.m. At
LaHunta 1:5 a.m. We had to lay over here for eight
hours on account of a train wreck. The engineer was
killed and the engine and six cars smashed all to pieces. Sept.
21 arrived at Pueblo, 10:10 a.m. Arrived at
Colorado Springs at 4:15. We secured a lady escort,
took the street car and went up the canyon to Manitou. We
saw the most beautiful scenery and drank water from a natural Soda
Spring. Arrived at Leadville at 6:40; took
breakfast, traveled through pines and lots of snow and sheds for many
miles. Arrived at Grand Junction at 1:30 p.m. and
at Salt Lake at 11:30 p.m. Took the carriage for
the Clyde Hotel. Took breakfast at the Cafe and
walked up Main St. and met Bro. Morton. He said,
“Sister Phillips I am at your service.” I thanked
him very kindly and said we would like to go through the Deseret News
Building. He took us through and then went to the
L.D.S. College as I desired to see Prof. Miller, was then introduced to
Pres. Paul and escorted through the buildings. There
600 students in all the departments. From there to
the Tabernacle Grounds, from there to the Denver and Rio Grande
Station, transferred our baggage to the O.S.L. Depot and took the train
for Kaysville, where Sylvia met her husband, who had just returned from
New Zealand where he had filled a mission of 4 years. I
visited with my relatives until October Conference.
R.S. Conference convened Oct. 3, in the
Assembly Hall. Pres. Bashaba W. Smith presiding,
Singing Redeemer of Israel. Prayer by Pres. Booth
of the Boxelder Stake, Singing Our God We Raise to Thee. Roll
called 7 of the general board present 20 of the stakes represented.
Pres. Smith said she would like to embrace all/
loved all the R.S. workers, felt there was nothing more essential than
to look after the sick, needy and dying. Wanted the
young mothers to join the Relief Society. Wanted
the Stake Officers to see that every organization was looked after by
good officers. Wanted our sisters to take the
Exponent. Prayed the Lord to bless all.
Stakes were represented by: Maricopa,
Sister Pomeroy, Salt Lake by M.I. Horn, Bannock and Beaver by their
Pres. Big Horn by Sister Dixon, Nebo had 5000 bu.
of wheat, Snowflake by sister West. St. Joseph by
myself, Weber by Pres. Jan S. Richards. Legrand by
sister Scofield, Uintah by sister Polk, Tooele by Counselor Cluff who
had spent seven years in the Sandwich Islands, Morgan by sister Rich.
Treasurer Clarissa Williams said Pres. B. Smith
desired every member of the R.S. to pay one dollar for the joint
building in Salt Lake. Counselor Annie T. Hyde said
mothers class was a great benefit to the Societies. Said
the people in Arizona were big hearted. Counselor
Smoot Dusenberry was happy with the reports, spoke on Temple Work.
Singing “The End of the Way”. Maggie
Hull. Benediction by Andrew Kimball.
Relief Society Officers meeting at 4:15 p.m.
Sister Smith presiding. Emmaline
B. Wells read the report of three business meetings. Sister
B. Smith said she had just asked Pres. Joseph F. Smith about the Temple
aprons. He said stems should be up and leaves down,
three pairs of strings on the garments. Legs of
garments over the socks.
Clarissa Williams read her report, received
for building fund $10,714, for annual fees $2,099.70, disbursed for
traveling expenses $1,400.40.
Sister Emmaline B. Wells said we came into
the National Women’s Convention, in 1892 under the counsel of the
Presidency of the Church. We are expected to pay
100.00 every three years to this organization. Sister
Dusenberry said she hoped all members of the R.S. would take the
Exponent. Moved and second this meeting be
adjourned for one year. Singing Doxology.
Benediction by Jan S. Richards.
General conference opened Oct. 4th Pres.
Joseph F. Smith presiding, Singing, Prayer by Elder Charles W. Penrose.
Singing page 108. Pres. Joseph
F. Smith said no man can be made free without a knowledge of and
obedience to the Gospel in these Latter Days. Thought
it was unwise for those who are comfortably fixed to move and make new
homes, but for those who have no homes to go under the direction of
those in charge. Spoke of the necessity of dividing
the Stakes. We want it distinctly understood that
Mormonism has come to stay, and will be proclaimed unto all nations,
tongues and people. We cannot receive the gift of
Faith nor wisdom without obedience. Discouraged
mortgages and debts. Wished all would become their
own lawyers. Admonished parents to look after their
children that they might grow up without spot or blemish. A
duet by Bro. Wood and Pratt. “The Morning Breaks”
Apostle Heber J. Grant was pleased to be home again,
spoke of a Japan Vessel, said it was twice as long as the Co-op. Store.
Told of a man making $400 on 300 acres of land in
Snake River Valley and of another man on Lehi making $600 on 4 acres.
He wanted to become perfectly destitute if his means
would prevent him from being willing to abide by the counsel of those
presiding over him. Gave his experience in Japan.
2 p.m. meeting, Singing and Prayer, Pres.
Lund desired to speak under the Spirit of Revelation. Ye
that commiteth sin are servants of sin. We know not
how long before the coming of Christ, but we know this is the
preparatory time. Encouraged all to keep the Word
of Wisdom, and remember the covenants you have made. Amen.
Apostle John H. Smith spoke on purity and the
Word of Wisdom. Apostle Woodruff on duty and
Singing and Benediction.
Monday, Oct. 5th, Singing, Prayer by J.
Golden Kimball. Singing, Apostle John W. Taylor,
spoke on the blight of a pear tree, he fancied he could see this blight
in some families, he also spoke on Christian Science, Hypnotism and
Tithing. Apostle George Teasdale took his text from
the 47th sec. of the Doc. & Cov. Encouraged all
to bear their testimonies, that the world may not be in darkness.
Singing, Benediction by Seymour B. Young.
2 p.m. Apostle Cowley
spoke on obedience and owning their own homes. Spoke
on the sacrifices and blessings of this Gospel. We
must accept all the doctrines of Christ and live them.
Apostle Rudgar Clawson encouraged all to
learn their duty and then do it. Said there was no
place in the Kingdom of God for idlers. Spoke of
the labors of Pres. Joseph F. Smith, his Counselors and the Twelve
Apostle Reed Smoot spoke on education and the
sectarian ministers acceptance of the principles and doctrines of the
Prophet Joseph Smith, with regards to tithing and religious training.
Read from the 67 Sec. of the Doc & Cov.
One good act will never save a person in the Kingdom
of God, but one bad one might be the means of causing his downfall, and
damnation. Singing and Doxology.
Tues., Oct. 6th, Conference opened in the
usual way. Pres. John R. Winder spoke on going in
debt. Endorsed the remarks of Pres. Smith.
A solo was sung by Sister Mary Kelly.
Elder B.H. Roberts, bore testimony, spoke of
the beautiful hymn composed by Parley P. Pratt. “The
Morning Breaks”, and sung by two of his grandsons 63 years after he had
composed it. Said some of the professors in Yale
College had said that the Gospel of Christ had come from an epileptic
fit. He then showed up the beauties of the Gospel
Pres. Joseph F. Smith had been delighted with
the beautiful sermon, said the Prophet Joseph had never been troubled
with epileptic fits. Singing and Benediction.
2 p.m. Pres. Lund spoke
on Temple work, said everybody would hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
if not here, yonder. If men fail to do their
Temple, friends may do it for them. Temples will be
built from one end of the Church to the other. We
are accused of doing things contrary to the laws of the government, in
the Temple, this is not so.
Patriarch John Smith could see vast changes,
wanted to encouraged the saints to faithfulness. Encouraged
the boys to prepare themselves for the ministry.
Sister Lottie Lowe sang “Oh Dry Those Tears.”
Pres. Smith put the names of the general
officers to be sustained by the vote of the people. Exhorted
all to live near to God, so we can hear the small whisperings of the
Lord, and then do it whether it suits us or not, or what men may say.
Said, I know this is the Church of Christ, there was
a question which was the highest, a high or a seventy, I say there is
no difference as they both hold the Melchizedek Priesthood.
A seventy can ordain a high priest or a high priest
can ordain a seventy. The Deseret News Building is
completed and paid for, now we expect to assist in erecting a Latter
Day Saint Hospital. We want the good sisters to
understand that their offerings are not in vain, and when in a position
to build a monument in honor of the Prophet Joseph Smith, it will be
Singing “The Spirit of God Like a Fire is
Burning.” Benediction by Pres. Joseph F. Smith.
Took train for Kaysville at 5:10 p.m.
Met my nephew Melvin Hill, went to their home
helping my sister Carrie with her sewing for a few days. I
then commenced hunting up genealogy for my fathers history.
Oct. 12, my baby Priscilla was quite sick but soon
recovered. Oct. 15th mother and I went to Salt
Lake, attended to some business with George T. Odell, after which he
sent for his wife, horse and buggy and took us for a nice ride, then to
Sis. Johnson’s in the 21st Ward where we stayed all night and had a
good visit with her. Next morning I called on Bro.
and Sis. Measer. They were living on 3rd and O St.
from there to Sister Raddons where we took dinner and bade our friends
good-bye. Mother and Priscilla took the street car
while I walked to Sister McCune’s lovely home. to
see Bro. and Sis. Claridge. They showed me through
the beautiful building, which I appreciated very much, I then took the
street car for the Depot where I met Mother, Priscilla and Presha Posey.
Sunday 17th attended L.D.S. Church, Prof.
Paul was the speaker, his subject was the training of children.
After meeting called on my brother Horace wife from
Canada. She was visiting with her mother in West
Monday 18th expected to start for Cache
Valley but got left on the morning train and had to wait until 6 p.m.
for another one, but we met Bro. and Sis. Claridge at the Layton Depot
and accompanied them around to see my Fathers wives, sons and daughters
homes. We took dinner at my brother David’s home,
who is the Bishop of that Ward. He then took
Brother Claridge and me down to see their new meeting house.
It is a beautiful building and heated with a furnace.
From there to sisters Majors and took supper with
her. She had her little boy take us to the train
and we were soon on our way to Cache Valley, arrived at Mendon at 9:15
p.m. Frederick Parker was there to meet us, we
drove to Wellsville to my Aunt Sarah Ann Parkers, spent five days with
our relatives there, returned to Kaysville having had a lovely time, as
I always do in Cache. Found many improvements at
the different stations.
Sunday Oct. 24th packed my trunk, attended
church at West Layton, met a great many of my old friends, drove down
to Bro. Corbrige to see my sister-in-law, then returned to my sisters
Carrie Hill. Many friends came to spend the evening
there with me. Oct. 25th took the train for Salt
Lake at 8:35 a.m. Sister Claridge and her daughter
Kate accompanying me home to Thatcher. We procured
our tickets and left Salt Lake at 8 p.m. Our
journey was quite pleasant, and no accidents on our return trip.
At Rincon, a gentleman came on the train and was
telling us of a young woman with a young baby taking the train at
Silver City. She got off at the next station
leaving her baby on the train. The Conductor
telegraphed back to find the mother, but she was gone, I never heard
what became of the baby. Oct. 30th We arrived at
Deming at 8 a.m. Took breakfast at a Chinese
Restaurant, viewed the city and then returned to the waiting room, and
checked our trunks for Thatcher. Took train at
10:20 for Bowie. On the train we met sister
Elizabeth Tenney and Mary Stevens from old Mexico. Arrived
at Bowie at 4 p.m. too late for the G.V.G.&N. We
secured a room. The sisters from Mexico could not
get a room so we invited them to come and make their bed down in our
room. We had quite a jolly time that night as there
was six of us in the same room.
Oct. 31, at 10:30 we arrived home at
Thatcher, having spent about six weeks recruiting up, gathering
genealogy found everything all right at home and thankful to get home
again. It is nice to take a trip but there is no
place like home for me.
Nov. 1st, attended Hubbard Ward Conference,
made a change in the counselors, Sister Almira Hubbard desired to be
released which was done and sister Jane Chesley was put in her place.
I found a little improvement in the Society.
Nov. 5th, I visited Lebanon Relief Society in
Company with Stake Aid Elizabeth Moody, found the sisters feeling well,
gave them necessary instructions, and an account of my trip to Utah,
and the general Conference news.
Nov. 8th, attended Graham Ward Conference,
Pres. W. D. Johnson was in charge. E. C. Phillips
represented the S.S. and I the R.S. Cynthia Layton
the Primary and Lorenzo Hunsaker the Y.M.M.I.A.
Sun. Nov. 22nd, met in conference at Eden
Ward. The branch was disorganized and a ward
organization was completed with Alvin B. Kempton as Bishop, Thomas A.
Fuller as first and John Harper as Second Counselors. The
other associations were fully organized. Pres.
Andrew W. Kimball presided.
Dec. 4th, Stake Relief Society Conference
convened at Central. Pres. Elizabeth Layton
presided. Eight members of the Stake Board were
present. There were of the Stake Presidency, Pres.
Andrew W. Kimball, Counselors W.D. Johnson and C.M. Layton also Pres.
Udall and wife of the St. Johns Stake, and sister Tenney from Mexico.
Reports from the local wards by their presidents as
follows, Layton Central, Matthewsville, Eden, Pima, Graham and Thatcher.
A solo by Stake Counselor Olive W. Kimball.
A lecture was given on child culture by sister Foley.
Singing, Benediction by Stake Aid Mary K. Taylor.
2 p.m. Singing.
Prayer by R.G. Layton, Central choir furnishing the
singing. Pres. Andrew Kimball then addressed the
conference, spoke on the duties of pres. and teachers, and home
influence, families devotion, and duties of mothers. A
recitation by Stake Aid Sarah Webb. General and
Stake officers unanimously sustained. Pres.
Elizabeth was pleased with the conference, and especially with the
visiting brothers and sisters. Conference closed
with singing and prayer.
Dec. 20th, 1903, Thatcher, Graham Co. Arizona
Recorded in Book B.A. Patriarchal Blessings by Samuel Claridge on the
head of Selena L. Phillips, daughter of Christopher Layton and Caroline
Cooper, born Aug. 15, 1857, Carson City, Nevada. Sister
Phillips I lay my hands upon your head and bless you as a Patriarch in
Israel, and according to you faith shall you be blest at this time, for
notwithstanding your body is weak, the spirit is prepared to receive
the blessings of the Lord unto you, for you are of the favored
daughters of Eve, and were so before you came to this earth, and you
were honored and respected by thousands of your kindred, and
acquaintances, because you set a worthy example before them, and you
were blest and set apart to come to this earth to perform a particular
part in this great Latter Day work, and the Lord will continue to bless
your labors and lengthen out your day upon the earth, and although the
enemy has sought to take advantage of your weak condition many times,
your life has been preserved by the power of God, and He will continue
to renew you mentally and physically until you have finished your
labors here upon this earth.
Your labors are acceptable to our Heavenly
Father especially for the interest you have taken in the rising
generation, and also in your Fathers family, and they are all recorded
in the heavens above, and your glory and honor will be great, because
what you have done has been for the interest of Zion.
You have received great favors in having the
privilege of being born through parents, who have received their great
blessings, and promises in the House of the Lord, and you in connection
with your fathers family will be honored and respected as one of the
leading families of Israel.
You are of the chosen seed through the loins
of Joseph, and you shall have great joy in the raising of sons and
daughters, who will yet be filled with the spirit of the Gospel, and
take their part in establishing the Zion of God here upon the earth,
and I say unto you dear sister Phillips, be thou comforted in thy
spirits, for the Lord has never forsaken thee, neither will He, and
these trials and afflictions that you have already passed through.
shall all go to the purifying of your spirits, and prepare you for
these future honors that await you.
I bless you in your body, and pray my
Heavenly Father that from this time there will be a restraining
influence over you to prevent the adversary in taking the advantage of
your weakness as he hither to has done, and the closer you draw to your
Heavenly Father, the more you shall enjoy of the sweet communion of the
Holy Spirit, and you shall joy and satisfaction in all your labors
through life, and all these blessings I seal upon you, through your
faithfulness, and in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Dec. 30th, 1903. My son
David D. and Nettie Jones were married at the brides home, by Pres.
Andrew Kimball. A nice supper was served and they
received a nice assortment of presents.
April 2, 1904. Priscilla
was baptized by Lawrence Clawson. Confirmed on
April 4, by Oscar G. Layton.
April 6, 1904. Mr.
Phillips was chosen and elected Mayor of Thatcher City.
May 20, a company of stake officers started
out to visit the Eastern wards of this stake. Pres.
Johnson was in charge. We drove to Enterprise the
first afternoon held a meeting at Uncle Philemon Merrill’s home, as he
was quite sick at this time. Elder Bennett
presiding, He thought they ought to have a Relief Society organization
and was pleased to have the visiting brothers and sisters present.
All present bore testimony, and encouraged the
people of this branch. After meeting we returned to
Bro. and Sister Bennett’s home for the night, who treated us quite
royally. One of our horses being quite lame, he
kept it until we returned and procured another one for use so that we
could continue our journey. We truly appreciated
their accommodations and started about 5 o’clock the next morning for
Franklin, arrived there about seven in the evening, where we were
welcomed by Bro. and Sister Williams.
April 22. S.S. conference
at 10 a.m. Stake Councilor E.C. Phillips presiding,
found the Sunday School in fairly good condition, one class studying
the wrong lessons. The good people of Franklin
brought a fine lunch which we heartily enjoyed, and while eating little
Guenna Williams called out from the other end of the table, Oh Sister
Phillips show these folks your funny teeth. It
created quite a laugh.
Ward Conference commenced at 1:30 so as to
give me a little time at the close of the meeting, for Relief Society
business. I found the sisters feeling fine and a
good spirit prevailing. Officers as follows:
Elizabeth A. Gale President, Helen Packer and Sarah
Clouse Counselors Hattie Maxwell secretary and treasurer.
After the afternoon meeting we drove over the
river to Brother Packers home to stay for the night, but Mr. Walters
heard we were in the company, and although lame and walking with a
crutch, he came over the river and would have us go back and stay all
night, and he just treated us royally.
The next morning Mr. Phillips was going to
drive back for me but he was so slow that I started out to walk, and
when I reached the river there was no foot bridge there so I took off
my shoes and stockings and waded the river, this caused another great
laugh at my expense. We drove about ten miles
before we ate breakfast, and then we were quite ready for it.
Arrived at Clifton about 6 in the evening
stayed all night with my nephew and his wife, Chris and Sylvia Allred.
Held meetings at 8 p.m. but I remember it was a very
April 24th, 10 a.m. S.S conference convened
Mr. Phillips in charge. 2 p.m. general ward
conference commenced and we had a lovely meeting, quite a few not of
our faith present. The speakers were all filled
with the spirit of their calling at this meeting.
At 7:30 p.m. A meeting was called to
reorganize the Relief Society. Sister Davis was
released with a vote of thanks for her past labors in the R.S. and
Sister Hattie Williams was sustained as Pres. of the organization.
Sister Higgins and Sister Damron as counselors,
Geneva Williams sec. and Sylvia Allred treas. We
took dinner with Bro. Williams Sen. and his lovable daughters Sarah and
Geneva. The following day I wrote for Bro. Claridge
while he gave three Patriarchal blessings. Then
went to Sister Williams home and performed one of the ordinances of the
House of God, in behalf of her failing health. Sister
Gustafson assisted me. She and I rode together all
this journey and I surely enjoyed the trip.
I then wrote for Brother Claridge while he
gave Sister Williams and Sister Whipple their blessings.
May 6, started for home and had a pleasant
trip. Arrived home at 9 p.m. Found
all well at home. We felt to thank the Lord for a
pleasant trip and a safe return home.
June 2, sister Olive Kimball and I visited
Pima R.S. This Society is in excellent condition.
The lesson was given by sister Taylor and Follet.
Aug. 17, Jesse and Lizzie’s baby, Leona, was
born in Thatcher, and David and Nettie, feeling that they must do
something for the country, presented us with a fine grandson the 30th
of Sept. He being named in honor of his father and
Oct. 5th I was called on to give a talk in
R.S. meeting. The subject I chose was Motherhood --
when these privileges are denied her she must feel the most miserable
of all wives. Womans charms are certainly many and
powerful but the charm of maternity is more sublime than all of these.
True mothers will sacrifice every comfort for their
children’s convenience; she will surrender every pleasure for their
enjoyment; she will glory in their well doing and prosperity, and if
misfortune overtakes them they will be the dearer to her for having to
pass through it; and if disgrace settles upon their name, she will
still love them in spite of the disgrace; and if all the world cast
them off, she will still help them to do better and overcome evil.
Alas how little do we appreciate a mother’s
tenderness while living! How heedless are we in
youth of all her anxieties and kindnesses? But when
she is dead and gone, when cares and coldness of the world come to our
hearts, when we experience how hard it is to find true sympathy, how
few to love us for ourselves, and how few will befriend us in
misfortune-- then it is we will think of the mother we have lost.
Education and occupation disinclines women to
marry and take upon themselves wife and motherhood. Throughout
the world there are many more women teachers than men, and many more
graduates, and after acquiring these accomplishments, they prefer to
earn their own living, than to take the responsibility of a home, and
there is no comparison in the two occupations, when they are property
mated for married life.
Jan. 1905 Stake Aid Elizabeth Moody and I
visited Mathewsville R.S. The subject spoken on was
lost opportunities, Four things come not back: the
spoken word, the speedy arrow, the past life and lost opportunities.
The R.S. was all right.
Jan. 4th Stake report: total
enrolled 455, average attendance 149. Cash on hand
$435.48. Merchandise on hand $335.55. Real
Estate $1408.65. Cash for wheat $315.67.
Bushels of wheat 840.45 pounds.
July 1905 Stake Treasurer Emma Merrill and I
visited Hubbard R.S.
Aug. 5, Stake sec’y Fannie Kimball and I met
with the Layton R.S. They are doing a very good
work and had a good attendance.
July 17, 1905. A company
left Arizona for Oregon to attend the fair at Portland; there were in
the company, Mr. Patterson and wife, Mr. William Beebee and wife, my
brother Heber Layton, wife and daughter Glenna, Mr. Phillips, myself,
our son Joseph and our Daughter Priscilla, Rueben Fuller, Martin
Layton, and Del Welker were in the company also. We
had a very pleasant trip to Los Angeles. We visited
two days. We then took the train for San Francisco,
arriving there quite early in the morning, secured our rooms at the
hotel and had breakfast, then listened to the Salvation Army, then took
the St. car for the Docks. Some of us wanting to go
by water up to Portland, but some of the company thought they would be
too sick to enjoy the trip, so we concluded to all go together on the
We remained in San Francisco for three days,
visiting the noted places of interest. This trip I
neglected to keep a journal until I got to Utah and I am very sorry I
didn’t as I need the references now, but will try and give what I can
Arrived at Portland about the last of Aug.
There being eleven of us in the company.
We all roomed at the same house, the lady prepared
our meals, and we were very comfortable at this place.
Mr. and Mrs. Piper were very nice people and
quite interested in the Gospel. We had not been
there very long before they inquired if we were Mormons.
When I told them about my fathers family,
they were surprised and Mr. Piper said what a wonderful man he must
have been; said it was almost more than he could do to take care of one
wife and no children.
We remained in Portland nine days, visited
the Fair six days, attended the L.D.S. conference on Sunday, which was
very interesting, meeting several of our old Utah friends there.
We truly enjoyed the sights at the fair, the
different nationalities, their different styles of dress and their
modes of living, also their styles of building. The
manufacturing of many articles right in the building. Almost
every industry was there to see and examine. It is
surely a fine school, if people will profit by what they see and hear.
We had special invitations to attend the
Governors Receptions, from California, Utah, Idaho and other states,
but these three receptions were all we attended. The
refreshments were almost beyond description, everything I had ever seen
and more than I had never seen. Wines and liquors
of every description, served at the wine tables.
Some of the grandest music from the different
bands, that I ever listened to. Some of the sights
on the Pike were very interesting and some were not worth time to see.
I truly enjoyed the concert the Ogden Choir
gave. They have a leader of no little ability.
He is simply immense.
While at Portland we received two messages
from Bishop Zundell requesting us to stop at Le Grande Ore. on our way
The train was late when we arrived at
Legrand, so we took a room at the Wilton hotel, but the next morning
before I was up, Bishop Zundel came for us, taking us to his home and
treating us to the finest in the world. He could
not get a two-seated buggy that day so I remained at home with sister
Zundell, Papa and the bishop riding all that day looking at farms and
It is a beautiful country for those that have
not got homes in the sunny south, but you that are comfortably situated
stay where you are and be contented. Jo and Earl
had a fine time while they were together.
I have forgotten to mention the lovely rivers
at Portland. Before reaching Portland we traveled
quite a long distance by the side of the Columbia River and the scenery
was beautiful. While we were in Portland we went
down to the swinging bridge over the Willamette River. Here
we see a large steamer go up the river and sat in the house on the
bridge while it swung around for the steamer to pass. We
intended to take a steamer up to Seattle but we were too late it had
just left before we got there. I would liked to
have seen them catching fish.
After our pleasant visit in Oregon we
returned to Utah, Cache Co. where a great many of my relatives live.
Mr. Phillips remaining with us then going down to
Salt Lake, bought a ticket for Canada and looked over that country for
two weeks, and visiting with my dear mother and brothers, then returned
to Idaho where one of his brothers was living, also called on Sister
Delia Curtis, and my nephew William Galbraith. Then
returned to Utah in time for the Oct. conference. I
remained in Logan and Wellsville until a few days before the conference.
Oct. 5th 10 a.m. The R.S
conference, in the Assembly Hall. President Bashaba
W. Smith presiding, desired to bless all and hoped to have a joyful
time. Roll called 30 stakes represented.
Mary John of Utah stake reported 3000 bushels of
wheat on hand and assisted in the buildings., bore a strong testimony
of the truthfulness of the Gospel. Pres. Eliza
Bullock of Los Angeles said we do not have many poor but we look after
the elders and mend their clothes.
St. Johns Stake represented by Miss Pearl
Udall, have nine organizations and they have a long way to go to visit
Weber Stake by Pres. Jane S. Richards, spoke
of her baptism, and the trials in crossing the plains. Spoke
of her gentile boarders and how some of them were converted.
Sister Cox gave a lecture on Union in the
Home. Do we see that our Children do their part.
To make children love you is to have them do their
part, and wait upon their parents. The more you do
for children the less they love you. Teach your
children to have reverence and do not be sever with the wayward.
Solo by Lizzie Thomas Edwards. Benediction.
Two p.m. Singing, Prayer
by Sister Farnsworth. Singing Pres. B. Smith
greeted all with a happy smile. Was pleased to see
so many R.S. workers present. Desired all to know
for themselves that we have the right Gospel, and teach this to our
children. Let our religion be first and foremost.
North Sanpete, reported by Pres. as being good
earnest workers, have eleven wards, have 4,900 bushels of wheat,
Furnished 305 yards of carpet for the Manti Temple.
Sister Pace reported Nebo stake, have eleven
wards all studying mothers work and the Gospel, have nine granaries,
5,000 bushels of wheat, eight R.S. Halls all carpeted, and hold
quarterly conferences, every ward visited three times a year, bore a
New York City, Pres. Hattie Blair, 40
enrolled average attendance 15. Three meetings a
month, Religious and testimony and work meeting.
St. George stake reported by sister Woodruff,
25 wards, have to travel 1,000 miles to visit all the ward.
Expect to raise fruit soon. Teach
your children to pay their tithing and they won’t apostatize.
General Sec’y Emmaline B. Wells, spoke on the
spirit of our R.S. work said our sisters must be filled with charity,
long suffering, perseverance, to visit the stranger, the sick and those
that are cast down, those that are dying and dead, Spoke of sister
Horn’s integrity and faithful work in the R.S. also Sister Eliza R.
Snow, and Mother Whitney, hoped they would never be forgotten.
Sister Julina Smith said children should have
something to do, teach them to put the chairs in order for prayers,
have a trunk or box for each child and see that they keep their things
in order. Teach your daughters how to make bread
and how to take care of it when it is made.
Mothers take your children around the
fireplace and tell them about the Prophet Joseph Smith. The
officers will not let the men have but one wife but there is one thing
they cannot stop and that is the children from coming.
Solo: Maggie Hull,
singing and Benediction.
At 7:30 p.m. we attended a reception given at
the Beehive House by sister Julina Smith.
Oct. 6th, General Conference at 10 a.m.
Pres. Joseph F. Smith presiding. He
was indeed very grateful for the blessings bestowed upon us the last
six months. Thankful to the Lord for inclining his
heart to do good and not evil. The Latter Day
Saints possess the spirit of love and not hatred. Spoke
of missionaries being willing to go but not having the means to go with.
He said, “My counsel has been for years to get out
of debt and keep out, I repeat my injunction to you about debt.
We want young men to prepare themselves,
Spiritually, Temporally, and Financially for a mission.”
Told of the many calls made upon the church,
for assistance, in building churches and assisting the church schools,
and many other things. Brother Ensign has just
returned from Japan, and Bro. Alma O. Taylor will preside over that
mission. We your servants are willing to show every
man who pays tithing, where every cent goes and what for. The
choir sang an anthem “Lift up the Lord.” Pres.
Winder and Lund endorsed every word of Pres. Smith. Spoke
of the sale of so many Books of Mormon. 55 stakes
in Zion this work will prosper and spread.
Pres. Lyman we are steadily increasing, for
it is the work of the Lord. Talked of the
superiority of Joseph Smith, also of Temple building and it’s purposes.
Singing and Benediction.
2 p.m. Apostle John Henry
Smith bore one of the strongest testimonies of the truthfulness of the
Gospel I think I ever heard, said it would never be given to another
people, his subjects were, missionaries work and rights and liberties
of the Saints.
Duet: God Bless and Guard
Our Mountain Home.
Apostle Clawson and Smoot were indeed
thankful for a standing in the Gospel of Christ, felt to testify this
work was in the hands of honest men.
Apostle George A. Smith took for his subject:
Forgiveness, a man that is keeping the commandments
of God, has no fear of the outcome, Spoke of the carelessness of
Sister Eliza Barton told me that the
Prophet’s son Joseph, and his grandson were present at this meeting,
but I did not get to see them.
Oct. 9th, 1905. Continuation
of the R.S. conference. Evening session held at the
Assembly Hall. Singing and Prayer. Fremont
stake reported, as 22 R.S. mothers classes in all but three wards.
Have 13,000 bushels of wheat.
I was then called to report the St. Joseph
Sister Beatty spoke of her, told of the
conference in Thatcher, but thought Mexico was the nearest the Garden
of Eden she was ever in.
Blackfoot Stake has 13 R.S. organizations,
have eight lady missionaries, 1,600 bushels of wheat.
Counselor Annie T. Hyde said if you have
completed your program, make another or exchange with other Stakes, or
study the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants or Articles of Faith.
Sister Jane Richards saw the Prophet Joseph after he
was laid out for burial.
President Bashaba W. Smith, spoke of her
visit to the Prophets home, thought she was the only one living who had
their endowments at the Prophets home. She worked
in the Nauvoo Temple from the first day it was opened, until they had
to leave it, make yourselves happy and don’t talk of your poor health,
and your troubles.
Sister Hinman of the Alberta Stake, knew the
Prophet Joseph and was baptized by him; saw his remains after they were
prepared for burial.
Sister Grant of Davis Stake thought we had
had a feast at this conference, she also knew the Prophet.
Conference adjourned for six months.
After I returned home I took up my labors
with the sick and the dying. I consider this one of
the opportunities of my life, to be able to help and comfort those who
are called to mourn the loss of their dear ones.
My counsel to my family is to seize every
opportunity of contributing to the good of others. Sometimes
a smile will do it, oftener a kind word, a little help to a burdened
soul is of more consequence than money, Kind and gentle words are
always appreciated, and thus every instance of kindness done, whether
acknowledged or not opens up a feeling of happiness in the doers own
breast. The flow of which may be made permanent by
Mar. 5th 1906 Mr. Phillips was reelected
Mayor of Thatcher City and our son David was chosen as one of the Town
Counsel, and filled this position for two years, with honor and credit.
Mr. Phillips being of the Counsel for four years and
Mayor for four years. He served the people of
Thatcher for eight years in succession.
March 8th, We met in the Stake Academy to
celebrate our Fathers anniversary, a day we have not failed to keep for
over twenty years. There were 108 present and
everybody seemed to have an enjoyable time.
April sister Elizabeth Moody and I attended
Central ward Conference.
April 6th, David and Nettie’s son Elmo was
born in Thatcher.
April 16th, I was chosen Sec’y of the
Thatcher Old Folks Committee.
May 3rd, our little grandson, Elmo passed
away after an illness of about ten hours. His
trouble was spasmodic croup, he was interred in our lot in the Thatcher
May 6th, Sister Olive Kimball and I visited
Hubbard Ward in the interest of the R.S.
May 18th, left Thatcher at 9:30 a.m. and
arrived in St. David at 7:30 p.m. Stayed over night
at Bishop John Merrills; May 19th attended Primary conference, at 10
a.m. Held R.S. conferences at 2 p.m. found the society doing a very
good work, and a noble lot of sisters.
May 20th, S.S. conference at 10 a.m. General
Ward conference at 2 p.m. Sunday evening meeting at
8 p.m. in the interest of the Young Men and the Young Ladies
Associations. There were in the company Pres.
Andrew Kimball Pres. Cynthia Layton of the Primaries, Mr. Phillips of
the Pres. of the S.S. and myself in the interest of the R.S.
May we all went to Benson and took dinner
with Walter Fife and wife. During the afternoon we
all visited the reform school, and found it well taken care of, with
pleasant teachers. The matron was a very congenial
lady, there were 51 boys, and 3 girls in the school. After
the class exercises some of the boys went to washing and some to
ironing; at the appointed time for drill as assembled at the Bugle
call; everything seemed so orderly; I was pleased with what I saw at
There being no R.S. organization in Bisbee or
Douglas, I remained in St. David while Mr. Phillips and Pres. Kimball
visited these places, after which they returned to San Pedro and held
conferences the next Sat. and Sun.
We held a peace meeting at the Kimball branch
at 8 p.m. Sun. evening, this meeting being the best attended of any of
the meetings while in that vicinity, and a lovely spirit accompanied
the speakers on this occasion. I was more than
pleased with the success of this meeting. There
were several not of our faith present.
San Pedro R.S. is presided over by sister
Sarah D. Curtis, a lovely woman who is dearly loved by all the members
of that association, no changes needed in these organizations.
We returned home Monday May 28th.
My expenses for this trip were $7.50. Mr.
Phillips’ were $17.20.
1906, June 3rd, I visited Eden ward R.S. in
company with sister Emma B. Coleman. The Pres. not
being home we called on the sec’y Clara Blair.
Oct. 18th our dear sister Olive W. Kimball
and co-laborer in the R.S. departed this life, at the L.D.S. Hospital
at Salt Lake City, Utah. The sad news was received
at Thatcher (her home) Oct. 19th and cast a gloom over the whole
community. Pres. Kimball arrived home with his
wife’s remains on Wed. Oct. 24. A few of her most
intimate friends and the family met them at Bowie, and accompanied the
bereaved family to their home in Thatcher, and funeral services were
held the following Sunday.
My intimate association with her as
counselors in the St. Joseph Stake R.S. had endeared her to me and to
all the sisters of this stake of Zion. She was a
dear sweet mother, and a loving sister to all.
Nov. 4 attended Pima ward conferences.
69 enrolled in this R.S. This
society is up to date and doing a good work, minutes recorded up to
Nov. 11 I was requested to attend the Central
ward conference as a representative of the R.S. Stake board.
Found the books in fairly good condition.
Nov. 16th we were called to part with our
dear little granddaughter Leona. She was truly one
of our Father’s choice spirits. We deplore her
loss, yet bow in humble submission, and thank the Lord for having her
sweet company for a short time. I had charge of her
little suit that she was laid away in, and after she was dressed how
beautiful she looked, and how sad the parting.
Nov. 18th sister Emma Merrill and I examined
the Thatcher ward books of the R.S. and found them in very good
condition, and a valiant lot of sister. It was
Thatcher Ward conference.
During this month Mr. Phillips piped the
water from the tank to the kitchen, and bath room, this is a great help
to any farmers wife, and I tell you I appreciated it. He
also fixed a hydrant to water my flowers with.
Being Aunt Cyrena Merrill’s birthday 91st
birthday, her daughter-in-law Emma Merrill, invited a few of her most
intimate friends; Patriarch Samuel Claridge and wife; Thomas Kimball
and wife; aunt Lizzie, Mr. Phillips and myself to accompany her to
grandmas home, for a surprise, all taking a nice lunch and a token of
remembrance for her; it being fast day the brethren administered the
sacrament and the spirit of testimony bearing was surely enjoyed at
Grandma Merrill bore testimony that she knew
that this was the true Church of Jesus Christ. Exhorted
all present to be faithful to the covenants they had made, said she
lived in married life 66 years, her husband passed away in 1904.
By request we made her burial clothes several years
before, and on this day she desired that we should come and see that
she was laid away properly. After having a good
meeting and sociable afternoon, we bade her good-bye and returned to
Feb. 3rd, Grandma Merrill passed peacefully
away, without pain or suffering. Aunt Lizzie and I
went and dressed her, and placed her in her casket as she requested.
How thankful I am to be counted worthy to lay these
dear old people away. This truly one of the
opportunities of my life. I often think had I kept
account of all I had laid away, it would make almost a book of itself.
Mar. 8th 1907, Annual Reunion of President
Christopher Layton’s family, held at our home in Thatcher, Charles M.
Layton presiding. The retiring officers were
tendered a vote of thanks, and new officers elected as follows:
Richard G. Layton, Pres. Oscar
G. Layton, vice-pres. Myself, secretary and treasurer, I having been
called to this position by father before his death, and the family
seemed desirous for me to continue. We had some
very choice songs, recitations, and a sketch of fathers life by Aunt
Lizzie, she also read father’s chart by Prof. Fowler. Ice-cream
and cake was served and a very pleasant evening was enjoyed.
April 4th, visited Eden ward in company with
Emma B. Coleman.
April 27th, A R.S. was organized at Globe by
Pres. Elizabeth Layton. Officers as follows:
Jane Wightman, Pres. Florida
Hunsaker and Emma Wightman counselors, Ella Blake Sec’y, Elizabeth
This spring Mr. Phillips and Jesse bought a
steam thresher outfit costing something over 3,000 dollars, by hiring
$400 they paid for it the first season; the grain being excellent this
May 7th, Fannie Kimball and I visited
Mathewsville ward R.S.
June 27th, the semi-annual conference of the
R.S. of the St. Joseph Stake was held in the Thatcher meeting house.
Alice Merrill Horn of the General Board was present,
said stake officers should be consulted with in all changes of
officers, sisters should use parliamentary rules, all sisters can
assist in making burial clothes. Cannot have
outsiders names on our roll books, but like to have them come to our
meetings. Alice and Priscilla sang a duet “And a
Little Child Shall Lead Them”.
Thatcher had a big celebration on the Fourth
July 26th I received a letter from the agent
of the Oregon Short Line, Salt Lake City, stating the excursion to
Canada would leave there the 30th of July. This
just gave me three days to get there in. Mr.
Phillips was very anxious to have me visit my mother and I was very
anxious to go, so I got ready and started the next morning for Salt
Lake City at 9:30 a.m. Arrived at Salt Lake July
29th at 12 noon. Leaving Salt Lake on the 30th at
11:30 p.m. in company with Annie T. Hyde, and Elizabeth Willcox of the
General Board of the R.S.
At Layton Depot my niece, Martha Hill
accompanied us and at Cache Junction my Aunt Sarah A. Parker joined us.
We had a very pleasant trip but the accommodations
were not the best. When we arrived at Sterling
Canada there were no rooms to be had, so the conductor took us on to
Leathbridge where we got rooms for the night, returning in the morning,
passing through Sterling and Raymond, arriving at Cardston, which is my
mother’s home, Aug. 3rd.
My vocabulary is not sufficient to convey my
pleasure at meeting my dear mother, brothers and sisters, but I think
one of the happiest months of my life was spent there with them.
One of my brothers I had not seen for 14 years.
I spent my fiftieth birthday there. My
mother, brothers and sisters planned to surprise me and got up one of
the nicest dinners I ever sat down to. It was held
at my dear mothers home. There were present my
brothers and their wives and children, my aunt Mrs. Sarah Parker, my
niece Martha Hill, Mrs. Rachael Maughn and John Sheriff of Salt Lake.
They also presented me with a beautiful token of
esteem, which I prize very much. James took us over
to High River, a distance of about 150 miles to see two of my brothers
that were living there, I found them all very comfortably situated, and
delighted to see me. Returned to Cardston on the
27th, leaving for Utah on the 29th, the only regrets of this visit was
that it was too short. How I did hate to leave my
dear mother, I knew how lonesome she would be. Our
tickets were only good for 30 days.
Auntie and I returned to Wellsville and my
niece returning to Kaysville. During my stay in
Cache Valley I spent several days in the Logan Temple, and visiting
with old friends and relatives. While in Logan I
purchased a sacred duet, “Dawn of the Millennium”. They
have leaned to sing it so sweetly, how I do enjoy listening to their
sweet voices in song and laughter.
Sept. 12th, attended the reunion and
reorganization of the Y.L.M.I.A. at Wellsville, this was a time long to
be remembered. Also attended a Primary reunion at
Left for Ogden Sept. 20th stayed all night
and day with Sister Snyder, went through the Ogden jail while the men
were out to work. Next evening going to Layton,
where I spent several days with my sister Carrie, helping her with her
sewing and fruit as there was lots of ripe fruit at this time.
While here I got word of my son Joseph’s marriage to
Jennie Merrill, when I left home they were intending to come to Salt
Lake to be Married, but as he was employed at the Railroad and it was
such a busy time, he could not get off so they thought best to be
married at home before her mother and Mr. Phillips left for Oct.
Conference. They were intending to meet me up there.
Mr. Phillips going as a representative of the Stake
Joseph and Jennie were married at our home by
Pres. Andrew Kimball, there being such a large crowd of people present,
they received some beautiful wedding presents. They
remained at our home until we got home from conference.
We bought them a small frame house and gave
them a part of our lot, where they moved the house and they soon were
located in their new home. Jo papered and painted
it making it quite natty and nice.
Oct. 3rd, I attended the R.S. conference in
Salt Lake City. Pres. Bashaba Smith presiding, and
desired to shake hands with all the sisters.
First Counselor Annie T. Hyde spoke of the
beautiful work of the R.S. its organization and its wonderful leaders,
especially the Prophet Joseph Smith. Read a portion
of the 4th section of the Doc. & Cov. How we
can prepare ourselves for the R.S. work. We are
going to have missionaries go and teach and bless the sisters.
There were 43 stakes represented by their
presidents and representatives, not much but what I have recorded in
the previous minutes.
Apostle John Henry Smith addressed the
Conference. Subject: Joys and
sorrows of Home and Motherhood and kind words between husband and wife.
Apostle George A. Smith was the next speaker.
Said Fathers and Mothers would be held accountable
for their children’s actions. He was glad to see
the note books. Promised fathers and mothers who
had no children of their own if they would go to the Orphan Home and
get some of those dear little children and give them good homes and
raise them honorable, that they should be blessed with children of
their own. This promise had been fulfilled with one
of my cousins, Teenie Parker Glen. She took a
little baby boy two weeks old loved and cared for it. Last
summer she was blessed with a baby girl of her own, and after adopting
our little girl we were blessed with two sweet girls of our own, after
our first eight boys children had been boys, but I was always proud of
my sweet baby boys, but now they are men of families.
The R.S. continued with interest.
Sec. Emmaline B. Wells read an account of receipts
and disbursements. Receipts of Building Fund Total
14,229.00 Disbursed $5000. On
hand $9,229.00. They have had 1,000 Wheat pamphlets
printed and 1,000 books of bylaws. This business
meeting ended the conference.
At this conference, our beloved president
presented me with a small booklet Entitled “A Swarm of Bees Bringing
Blessings” by Bashaba W. Smith.
Oct. 4th, General Conference convened at 10
a.m. Pres. Joseph F. Smith greeted all with a
hearty welcome. Pres. Winder spoke on Temple work.
Pres. Lund said Pres. Winder had worked in
the S.L. Temple for 14 years, and had not missed but one day in all
that time. Parents do not give your children
unrestricted privileges in being out at night. Said
God would hold us accountable for their misdeeds. Encouraged
the Religion Class work. Fathers and mothers be
careful of your actions before your children, remember the poor and pay
your fast offerings. Missionaries must not lose
their interest when they return home.
Apostle Clawson spoke on mothers bearing
children. There are 86,700 children under eight
years old. 24,000 young men enrolled in the
Y.M.M.I.A. 26,000 young ladies, about 10,000
children enrolled in the Church Schools. Asked if
these children are taught reverence for the Priesthood, Home and for
those placed to preside.
Apostle Hyrum Smith spoke on the Restoration
of the Gospel.
Apostle George A. Smith subject was Duty of
Father and Mothers in raising families. Denounced
the habit of raising only two or three children. Said
there were 30 children in the Orphan Home. Advised
those of means to help the missionaries, subscribe for the Liahona, and
send it to someone that they may know what the Latter Day Saints are
Apostle Smoot subject was Fakes and Fakers. Soothing
syrups and Peruna Booze. Keep out of debt.
Boys and Girls obey your Parents. Now,
Today! don’t leave it till it is too late.
Husbands and Wives don’t fail to tell of each others
kindnesses, it will make home more happy.
Duet: The Morning Breaks
the Shadows Flee, by Parley P. Pratt. grandsons. Annual
dues and Receipts. total $3,496.60 Meeting
Oct. 6th, presented with A Swarm of Bees
Bringing Blessings by Bashaba W. Smith. Published
for her 85th birthday.
Oct. 16th 1907, another little black-eyed
girl came to the home of Jesse and Lizzie. They
named her Lucile.
Oct. 26th Papa was honorable released as
Pres. of the second Quorum of Elders, and was ordained one of the
Presidency of the High Priests Quorum.
Oct. 20th Pape and I visited Globe R.S. and
Oct. 27th 1907 attended Mathewsville ward
Conference. The Pres. sister Larson resigning,
sister Mack was chosen to take her place as president of the R.S.
Nov. 5th we bought a new range, with hot
water tank and pipes. Papa soon had the hot water
in the bath room and kitchen. These conveniences
were a long time coming, but the longer we have to wait the more we
appreciate them when we get them.
Nov. 20th 1907, another sweet baby boy was
born to David and Nettie. David said he would have
to raise the boys for the Phillips Family, as the others were all girls.
Dec. 23rd St. Joseph Stake R.S. Conference.
I will give the names of those present that were
acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith. Elisha
Hubbard, Simeon Drolinger, Jonathan Hoopes, Isaac Robinson, Erastus
Wakefield, William Ballard and wife, Emma B. Coleman, Caroline Johnson,
Sarah J. Lewis. Thomas Nelson and Bruen Barney were
baptized by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Pres. Kimball
spoke of the destruction of Nauvoo and of the Prophet’s life.
(Recited “Joseph the Seer”) by Sarah Webb.
Song “Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” by Peter McBride.
Dec. 29th, being Papas birthday I got a big
dinner for the Stake Board of the S.S. about 25 of them present.
Mar. 8th we celebrated Father’s birthday at
the Stake Academy, by permission of the Board of Education and Pres.
A.C. Peterson. The officers were held over for
another year. Alice and Priscilla sang a Duet, Pape
Joseph, Alice and Priscilla sang a quartet. Brother
Tyler said he had often remarked of the union that existed in this
large family. Minutes were records that existed in
Layton Family Record Book if any desire to read them. Papa
and Jesse bought a big bailer, capacity 30 tons a day, but they could
not get anybody to tie fast enough for it. I do not
think they have bailed more than 30 tons a day yet. They
run it with the steam engine. They had a very good
run with their thresher this summer but grain was not so good as the
In June we bought an Economy Cream Separator.
I believe it pays to have a separator if you only
have one cow. It is so much nicer than setting the
milk for the cream to rise. Papa and the Boys were
very busy with the Bailer, Thresher, and Header and I know you wouldn’t
expect there was much for mamma and the girls to do when the men folks
are so busy.
Sept. 28th, 1908 Jesse and his wife took a
trip to Utah. Had the privilege of going through
the Salt Lake Temple, and were sealed under that Holy Order for time
and all eternity. They brought my mother back with
them, to spend the winter. She stayed four months
with us and how we did miss her when she returned to her home again.
She truly enjoyed the winter here, started home a
little too soon, and was taken sick at Wellsville and was quite sick
for several weeks on the 12th of April she started for her home in
Canada, arrived home all right.
On returning home from the train I got quite
a fright and jar, which caused peritonitis of the bowels I think it was
the most severe sickness of my life.
Nov. 15th, St. Joseph Stake Convention was
held in the Academy.
Nov. 27, 08. Stake Bazaar
of the R.S. & Y.L.M.I.A. held in Thatcher; also a stake dance, for
the benefit of the new academy, amount cleared and turned over to
Treasurer John F. Nash $159.95.
Dec. Zettie McClelland died leaving husband
and two little boys.
Dec. 23rd. Stake R.S. conference was held at
Thatcher. There was very poor attendance, but the
meetings were very good. Alice and Priscilla sang a
duet “Dawn of the Millennium.”
Dec. 25 we had a Christmas tree. The
boys their wives and children all came, and all presents were put on
the tree the evening before, how pretty the tree looked. and
what a delightful time we had: one of the nicest Christmases we ever
had, presents for all, and lots for the little children that was not so
fortunate as ours. My dear Mother getting the
nicest and best presents of all. We had a fine
turkey dinner and most everything else you could think of that was nice.
I will just insert a clipping from the
Guardian. “A pleasant dinner party took place at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Phillips on Tuesday afternoon in honor of
Mrs. Phillips mother who is visiting them from Canada; also to
commemorate the fifty-ninth birthday of Mr. Phillips. The
guests gathered about three o’clock and enjoyed social conversation,
interspersed with music and singing by the Phillips family for about an
hour. At four o’clock the guests were taken into
the dining room and about thirty sat down to a very delicious dinner, a
number of courses were served which were both dainty and appetizing,
about ten came for the second table, making about forty in all.
Mr. and Mrs. Phillips are a delightful host and
hostess, and this with the choice entertainment of Alice, Priscilla and
Joe made the afternoon one of unusual pleasure.”
We also had a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving,
and felt to thank the Lord for the many blessings we enjoy, and for the
association of our families and friends, and for our comfortable home
It has always been my desire not to allow an
opportunity to pass by unheeded, in caring for the sick, needy or those
in distress in any way, and to comfort those in sorrow and trouble.
And it seems to have been my special mission to care
for the dead, and help to lay them away as nice as it is possible to do
according to circumstances. The meek and lowly
sharing my assistance as much as those in better circumstances.
New Years Day we were invited to Rudgar’s for
dinner, which we appreciated very much.
Jan. 4th, Pinkie Chlarson died, leaving four
of her own and four of her last husbands. Taking
this responsibility shows the beautiful motherly traits of character of
this noble woman. These kind of sisters are laying
up treasures in Heaven, and their lives will never be forgotten.
Insert (January 17, 1908 Received a beautiful
letter from cousin Violet Parker at Wellsville, Cache Co. Utah. Telling
of Pres. Lund’s visit with them, and their nice conference in their new
Tabernacle also telling of her sweetheart’s release from his mission on
account of his brother’s death and his father’s sickness.
Feb. 26th, 1908, A letter from Annie Taylor
Hyde, with instructions for laying out the dead: bow
of cap over left ear, robe on right shoulder with girdle tied on left
side, the knit garments have the approval of the First Presidency yet
the linen or white cotton garments seem to be more suitable and has
been so decided. They should be marked after they
have been put on the corpse, and not worked. The
shoes should be put on first, and garments over and down to the ankle.
Copied from the Deseret News, Friday Feb. 3rd
1888. David Whitmer’s last hours and Testimony:”
On Thursday Jan. 26th, the dispatches brought the
intelligence that David Whitmer, who at the time of his demise was the
last living witness to the divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon,
whose testimony appears on the certificates on the opening page of the
record, had, only the day previous died at his home in Richmond Co.
Missouri. He was born in Harrisburg Penn. Jan. 7th
1805. and had therefore entered upon his 84th year.
He had resided in Richmond half a century,
and was much respected by the people of that town. He
leaves a wife and two grand-children and several great grand children.
In the evening we attended the graduation
exercises the graduates were Katie Blazzard, Alice Sabin, Vina Kemp,
Zilpha Kempton, Alma Sessions and Lon Matthews.
June, 19th, received a letter from my nephew,
Marion Lee 32, Colgate street, Crossland Moors England, telling me of
the good we sisters can do by writing to the young Elders.
June 26th Received letter
and poems from Emmaline B. Wells.
June 26th, A nice letter from Bruce Majors of
the Southern States Mission, telling of the beautiful fields of corn
and cotton. He had walked 1,144 miles and held 73
Sept. 16th the members of the R.S. stake
Board surprised our President Elizabeth W. Layton on her 50th
anniversary and presented her with a lovely ring, which cost $12.
I presented the token with these few line:
A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September breeze,
A sapphire on her brow should bind,
Twill cure diseases of the mind.
Feb. 1, was called to the bedside of sister
Lulu Jones to assist in one of the ordinances of the House of God.
Sister Moody and sister Coleman accompanied me.
Sister Jones seeming to have great faith in the
Feb. 4th, Thatcher ward R.S. was reorganized.
The retiring officers were Cynthia Layton Pres.
Susan Claridge and Delia Tyler, counselors. Inez H.
Lee sec’y, Annie Layton treasurer. The new officers
were: Delia Tyler Pres. Annie
Layton and Iris Hoopes counselors, Ellen Cheney sec’y Bell
Hoopes Treasurer. The retiring sisters were
presented with a nice book. After business was
attended to, all retired to the Amusement Hall where refreshments of
candy and nuts were served. All returned to their
homes, feeling the good spirit that prevailed.
Feb. 6th, 1909, Word was received of Lando
Pace’s death at Franklin. He was thrown from his
wagon and killed. The remains were brought to
Thatcher for Burial.
Feb. 7th, Lulu Jones passed away.
I was with her in her last moments of life.
She seemed as peaceful and calm in life as in death.
Sister Curtis and I assisted Dr. Platt in embalming
her. Then washed and laid her out. The
following day we made her a beautiful burial suit.
Sister Maggie Brinkerhoff being very sick at
this time, I called often to see her and did all in my power for her
recovery, but it seemed that her time had come for on the thirteenth
she was called to her great reward. She was one of
God’s noble women. Her husband and family sent for
me to come and lay her out. This was hard for me to
do as she was one of my dearest friends in Thatcher. We
had worked together in the same classes in Sunday School, for over 20
years, and we had been together in sickness and death so much.
She was truly a mother to the motherless and those
bereft. The family also requested that I be one of
the speakers at her funeral.
During this month Mr. Phillips had an
acetylene gas plant put in to light our house. We
are well pleased with the lights, and Mr. Phillips looks after the
lights now. He seems to enjoy it and I don’t object.
Feb. 28, 09, Visited Lebanon Ward in company
with Mr. Phillips and Mr. Heywood. Their business
was to hold S.S. Ward conference and I went in the interest of the R.S.
Oscar Chlarson died while I was at Lebanon, Monday
we made his clothes.
Mar. 4th attended Central Ward R.S. meeting
in company with stake sec’y Fannie Kimball, and Treasurer Annie Clawson.
Good attendance and a fine spirit prevailed.
Bishop Allred and Pres. Shirts desired that we
should attend their ward reunion, in honor of their retiring bishopric,
which we did and had a very nice time.
Mar. 12th, 09, Annie T. Hyde passed away, she
was first counselor to sister Bashaba W. Smith.
Mar. 7th, Committee met at our home to
arrange for the entertaining the Old Folks of the Thatcher Ward.
Mr. Phillips, and Aunt Lizzie and I were appointed
to draft resolutions in honor of sister Brinkerhoff, as she was a
member of this committee.
Mar. 20th, Resolutions adopted: Resolutions
of respect to the memory of sister Maggie Brinkerhoff who departed this
life, on Feb. 13th 1909, having been a member of the Old Folks
Committee for a number of years; we hereby express our regret at her
departure. As we all feel the loss of a member of
our committee that we so congenial, and well beloved as Aunt Maggie, as
she was familiarly known. Resolved that her
diligence to duty, and the joy and pleasure she felt in serving the Old
Folks will be held in grateful remembrance, and we take this
opportunity to express our sympathy to her bereaved husband and family
by presenting them with a copy of these resolutions, and place them
upon our record.
The Committee of the Old Folks of Thatcher
Ward entertained the dear old people on this day. Chairman
E.C. Phillips in charge, There being about sixty present. We
had a picture of all present taken. All over sixty
were presented with a complimentary ticket to the theater on that
evening. My sweet girls helped to entertain them
with music and song.
March 22, Oscar Chlarson’s little girl died
April 1st. visited Lebanon R.S. in company
with Annie Clawson.
April 4th, Brother Skaggs ten year old son
died of measles, several of his family being afflicted with this
April 5th, Our son David left Thatcher to
fill a mission in South Africa, arrived in Salt Lake April 7th, 1909,
left S.L.C. on the 9th at 5:15 P.M. Spent one day
the 14th of April at Niagara Falls, Ontario. Leaving
Portland, Maine for Liverpool, England April, 16th. Left
Liverpool May, 6th, at 11:30 A.M. We have not heard
whether he has arrived there or not as yet, but feel that he will be
cared for and land at his destination safely.
April 19th Brother Skaggs died of measles, we
made him a suit of white to be laid away in.
May 2nd, Papa and the boys started the header
and thresher at Reay’s.
May 5th, we went to Cluff’s Ranch with the
May 6th, Sister Moody and I visited Graham
Ward R.S. found a good life association and the sisters desirous of
doing their duty.
May 19th, Mr. Phillips and Priscilla in
company with others, started for St. David, Whitewater, Bisbee and
Douglas. They were gone two weeks and say they had
a good time.
May 24th, Phoebe Gardner’s little girl died
of Diphtheria Croup
June 8, Johnny Jones died at Safford
June 10th, Patriarch, Alvin Montierth passed
away at his home in Thatcher, and was laid away in Thatcher Cemetery,
My income for the month of March was $21.00.
For the month of April, I had part of a
Theatrical company to stay with us. Their board and
lodgings came to 36.00 dollars, Butter and eggs sold $3.00 making a
total of $39.00.
May 12th, 1909, A letter from Mulford Winsor,
Arizona Historian, Phoenix.
Dear Madam: I have been
commissioned by the Territory to collect, compile and prepare for
publication the data for Arizona’s History.
Among the many interesting incidents of the
Territory’s early struggles and advancements in the face of great
obstacles there were perhaps none more important than those which had
to do with the various Mormon Settlements.
As a daughter of Christopher Layton I am sure
you can contribute much valuable information regarding the settlements
in your part of Arizona.
If you will do so, it will be of great
assistance to me, but what is far more important, will add materially
to the authenticity and consequent value from a historical standpoint
of the work upon which I am engaged.
I would be glad to have you do this in your
own words including whatever you deem of value or interest, even down
to anecdotes, and I assure you that I will make the very best possible
use of it.
At some future date, not yet determined, I
expect to be in your section, and hope to have the pleasure of meeting
and talking with you; but in the meantime I will much appreciate your
assistance along the lines I have mentioned.
Very sincerely yours,
May 24th, I received a letter from Sister
Clarissa S. Williams stating that our dearly beloved President Bashabe
W. Smith health was failing, but sister Priscilla Jenning’s health was
much improved since her visit to Los Angeles. Sent
kindest regards to all the faithful R.S. workers, hoped to have the
privilege of visiting this stake of Zion soon....
Thomas Coles’ baby died from the effects of a
fall on the 17th of June, we prepared it for burial on the 19th.
June 23rd, we received an invitation to our
nieces’ wedding to Jesse Harris at West Layton. They
were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
My income for this month was $19.50
July 4th, celebration at Safford.
July 14th, John Daley died of acute
appendicitis we made his clothes but the party who dressed him, failed
to mark his garments. I reported it to the Bishop,
he was taken in the house and I marked them before starting to the
July 22nd, my daughter Alice returned from a
months visit in California.
July 24th, was celebrated by the people of
the stake in Pima, Arizona.
August 24th, The funeral services for Joseph
Knudsen were held at the Church Tuesday afternoon. The
R.S. had decorated the house for the occasion. Professor
Jones (E.M.W.) and the choir were in attendance and rendered
appropriate music. The speakers were: Frank
Robinson, Bishop Tyler, E.C. Phillips and C.M. Layton. He
leaves a wife and large family to mourn his loss. His
son Edward was filling a mission in the Southern States at the time of
August 26th, assisted in making and laying
carpets in the new Academy. School will commence
the 2nd of Sept. I left the Academy about 5 o’clock
to attend Grandpa Claridge’s 80th birthday about 55 were present,
including widows, missionaries wives, Patriarchs and their wives, with
a few of their very dear friends. The guests
departed about seven o’clock. all expressed
themselves to the effect that Bro. and Sister Claridge were delightful
August 29th Jessie Fugate came to life with
us, from Globe and attend the Academy School. She
has been with us now over two years. She has been
employed at the bank of Thatcher for over a year.
Sept. 4 & 5th was our stake conference,
all meetings were held at Thatcher. Professor
Horace H. Cummings of Salt Lake City was in attendance, spent several
days here in the interest of Church Schools, S.S. Convention, and
Religion Class work. He was a guest at our home
part of the time.
My son Jesse’s wife Lizzie, left for
Lordsburg, N.M. after a short visit with her brother, she will go to
Franklin to visit with her mother, and father.
Sept. 15th, Jesse and Rudgar Phillips, George
and William Carpenter went into the Graham Mountains for a weeks outing
and hunting, killing four deer while gone.
Della Curtis one of the Stake’s most devoted
S.S. workers left for Provo. She will attend school
there, making a specialty of Sunday School work.
Sept. 19th, Mr. Phillips and counselors made
appointments for visiting S.S. in Eden, Bryce, Matthews, Central,
Artesia, and Lebanon.
Sept. 20th, Mr. Phillips took a hunting a
prospecting trip out to Stockton Pass. Monfred
Allred accompanied him.
Sept. 25th, had charge of our monthly R.S.
meeting. Received donations for the Academy from
Eden Ward, 15.00 Bryce ward $5.00, and Thatcher
Old Folks Committee met at our home to
arrange for entertaining the O.F. of the Stake.
Farewell party this evening for Edward
Claridge and Edwin Moody, Alice and Priscilla sang a duet.
Sept. 29th Grandma Chlarson came to see me
about working Temple aprons and get a Fig Leaf pattern, bringing a
small crochet lamp mat, she had made since she was 70 year old, desired
me to keep it for a keepsake. I truly appreciate
her thoughtfulness of me and hope I shall always live to have the love
of the old and young.
Sept. 30th My grandson Dee D. Phillips
Oct. 2nd. Old Folks Stake
Reunion held at Safford. Services and Program held
in the Methodist Church, Dinner at the Skating rink, Races and Ball
Game at the Fair Grounds. All old People taken to
and from in automobiles and carriages.
Oct. 7th, visited Hubbard ward R.S. only
three members present. I gave the lesson “Sundays
Oct. 13th, Alonzo Brown three year old girl
died of diptheria. We prepared her for burial,
services were at their home.
Oct. 31, Officers meeting was held at the
R.S. Hall in Layton. President Kimball said this
was a privilege to be present at these meetings. They
will continue on the third Sunday of each month. Authority
must be recognized. If there are any who will not
brush up and take the lead, let us know and we will fill their places.
President Joseph F. Smith said speakers
should be dignified, and not personal, said the Lord knows how to
reveal things to his people.
Pres. C.M. Layton said we had no right to
resign our positions, but be faithful in the discharge of our duties.
Pres. Nash said Stake officers must recognize
ward authorities and in return the ward officers should honor the stake
officers in their visits. Discouraged Sunday
excursions of young men and women, going quail hunting, and look to the
amusement of our young people, and Latter Day Saint. Said
nearly all sins are committed after nine o’clock at night.
President Kimball said all officers must be
100% tithe payers, and set proper examples. Spoke
of a special call for the young Men to look after those under nine
years old. Report their findings, over 2000 have
been brought before the Juvenile Court, and 40% are our Mormon Boys.
President Winder said those that were married
outside the Temple must not come to the Temple secondary, for they
would not marry them.
Pres. Smith advised all to get out of debt
and keep out.
Nov. 4th, visited Artesia R.S. taking sister
Sarah Cheney along with me, found the sisters feeling well and anxious
to do their best. The meeting convened at Bro.
Angles home. By their request I gave the lesson on
Cheerfulness in the Home. Left home at 8:30 in the
morning and got home at 7:30 that night.
Nov. 7th Sunday attended Graham Ward
conference, with Brother Phillips, met with the S.S. at 10 A.M.
General meetings at 1 to 4 P.M. Examined
the R.S. book, minutes recorded up to date and in good condition.
The Society had donated 21 1/2 yds. of carpet to the
To make our visits to all the associations in
the Stake we have to travel about 800 miles.
Nov. 11 Eleanor Phillips was born while her
father was in South Africa on a mission. Mother and
baby just did fine and she was quite a girl when her father got home.
Our son Joseph was transferred to Safford
depot as operator. He had worked for the R.R. for
about four years.
Nov. 14th attended Eden Ward conference, in
the interest of R.S., found them prospering, they had bought them a
hall and had paid 180.65 dollars on it in the year of 1908 and $70.00
in the year of 1909.
Nov. 20th Albert Phillips was born at
Thatcher. He is Rudgar’s second child.
Nov. 21, Attended Central Ward conference.
The tragic death of Mrs. Nathan Coombs,
twenty-seven years of age, and the mother of three small children the
youngest a baby of two months old. Her sister was
also thrown from the buggy and rendered unconscious, for a long time.
The funeral of Mrs. Combs took place on the 23rd and
was largely attended. The interment was made in
Gilbert Layton and Walter Layton were held
for examination, but were released by the court. Judge
Nave was their Attorney.
South African Mission Notes.
Bridge St. No 7
Woodstock, Cape Colony, Nov. 22. On Nov. 2nd. Pres.
B.A. Hendricks and F.A. Artemus Crane arrived at this mission on the
mail steamship Norman Castle. Pres.
Hendricks came to relieve Pres. H.L. Steed who has presided over this
mission for the past year and a half.
He and his wife have been honorable released
to return home. A concert was given by the saints
and elders of the Woodstock Branch, as a welcome to Pres. Hendricks.
Wednesday evening another concert was given by the
Woodstock S.S. under the direction of sister M.R.T. Wilson as a
farewell in honor of Pres. H.L. Steed and wife Jennie L. the house
being filled to capacity. Many Saints and friends
were at the docks to wish them Godspeed and a safe and pleasant journey
David Dee Phillips, Mission Clerk.
Nov. 23, Will long be remembered by the
people of the Gila Valley, who were fortunate enough to be present at
the meeting in Thatcher and listen to the words of wisdom and advice
from the lips of the ideal leader and fearless exponent of Democracy,
Williams Jennings Bryan, and Mark A. Smith who represented Arizona in
Congress for nearly 20 years.
Nov. 28th attended Matthews Ward Conference.
Had a fine hot turkey dinner. I
have traveled about 90 miles this month in the interests of R.S. work.
Nov. 30th received a letter from sister
Warren in Bisbee stating they had discontinued their R.S. meetings.
Dec. 1st Received a letter from sister Sarah
D. Curtis stating it would be impossible for her to attend our R.S.
conference this time on account of her daughter’s illness.
Dec. 3rd R.S. conference and program was as
follows: Singing, Hail to the Brightness of Zions
Glad Morning. Prayer: Laura
Barney. Singing The Spirit of God. and
Greetings by Pres. Elizabeth Layton. Response:
Sarah D. Curtis Song Effie R.
Montierth. Talk on Hygiene by Josephine C. Kimball.
Recitation by Emma Merrill. Closing
remarks by Coun. Selena L. Phillips. Singing “How
Firm A Foundation.”
I will omit the afternoon program.
Dec. 4 & 5th Quarterly Conference
convened at Thatcher Apostles John Henry Smith and Rudgar Clawson,
Pres. of Seventies Rulon S. Wells. 600 present at
the Saturday meetings and over 1000 at the Sunday meetings.
Sunday night it snowed and was very cold.
Dec. 11, a letter from Pres. Margaret Goodman
stating that their society was in a prosperous condition regretted that
she could not be at the R.S. conference.
Dec. 12 we had two grandchildren named, Mr.
Phillips naming one- Albert Philips and Pres. Kimball naming Eleanor.
Dec. 25 we had a Christmas tree and had all
our family together except David.
Dec. 27, Priscilla’s 14th birthday.
We presented her with a ring.
Dec. 31st Aunt Jane Layton from Utah and her
son from the Eastern States Mission came to visit us.
Jan. 1st took dinner at our son Jesse’s home.
Jan 10th, Mrs. Green died at Ft. Thomas, was
brought to Thatcher for burial.
Jan. 17th we were guests at Mrs. Josephine C.
Kimball 50th birthday, had a very nice time. Everybody
present was requested to write in her autograph album. Ice-cream
cake and punch were served.
Jan. 21st The General Board of the R.S. met
at the Bishop’s Building Salt Lake City, in honor of Sister Eliza R.
Snow’s anniversary, A beautiful program was rendered.
Jan. 21 Sister Skousen’s baby died at
Jan. 23rd, Millard Judd, a young man, passed
away. We made his burial clothes and prepared him
for burial. Services held at their home.
Jan. 29th Monthly officers meeting.
Pres. Kimball put the Stake Officers as follows:
Elizabeth W. Layton Pres. Selena
L. Phillips first and Fannie W. Kimball second counselors, Josephine C.
Kimball Secretary, Lottie Larson assistant Sec. Annie Clawson,
Treasurer. Stake Aids: Mary K.
Taylor, Elizabeth Moody, Emma Merrill, Mae Welsh, Effie Montierth,
Later on Diana J. Allen was chosen. Arrangements
for the 17th of March program for morning meeting Bazaar in the
afternoon. Theater in the evening. Committees
Feb. 3rd I received a special invitation to
meet with the Thatcher Ward R.S. on their annual Day, but could not as
I was assigned to Bryce Ward in company with sister Moody.
Feb. 20th Sunday, Stake Officers Meeting.
Decided by unanimous vote that the people of this
stake have Tues. evening for home evening and associate with our
Pres. Joseph F. Smith instructions, with
regard to presidents resigning. Their counselors
should notify their Bishop, and the Stake President of the organization.
Mar. 3rd, 1910, Met with the R.S. of the
Lebanon Ward. Sent them a roll book.
Mar. 6&7th Stake Conference. Apostle
Richards and Elder McMurrin, and Pres. Robinson of the California
Mission were present.
Mar. 15th Miss DeWitt of Australia passed
away at Bro. Windsor’s Home, She was a consumptive when she came here
and could not get well. She was taken care of by
the church and the Thatcher Ward R.S.
Mar. 17th, 1910, The 68 years of the R.S.
work has been very successful. Organized by the
Prophet Joseph Smith with 18 members. Now there are
700 societies in the church with a present membership of 35,000.
Two years after the organization, at the death of
the Prophet, the membership numbered 1,275.
In Oct. 1876, Pres. Brigham Young instituted
the additional duty of storing wheat. Now the work
has been extended to cover much class work, Schools for nurses, and
mother’s work of various kinds. Our program, bazaar
and Theater were all a success both spiritually and financially.
Our proceeds for this day were $137.55.
During my last visit to Utah, I heard Aunt
Bashaba Smith testify that she was the only living witness of the
endowments given during the prophet’s life, and she had officiated in
all of the Temples except the Kirtland. She also
encouraged the sisters to look after the sick and poor.
Mar. 20th Samuel Green
was sustained as 2nd Supt in the Stake S.S. Board.
Jan. 27th 1910. The
Bishop’s building in S.L.C. was dedicated by the first Presidency.
The R.S. having the second floor for their meetings
and business. Invitations were in the form of a
little booklet, sent to the guests. On the title
page appeared the following:
The First Presidency requests your presence
at the dedicatory services of the Bishops Building on Thursday evening
Jan. 17th, 1910. Reception at 5 o’clock, signed
Joseph F. Smith
John R. Winder
Anthon H. Lund
Bishop Charles W. Nibley, master of ceremony.
R.S. Stake annual report. Total
enrolled 499, average attendance 194, Meetings held 301, Cash on hand
$583.33 Merchandise $515.99, Real estate $1,596.95. For
wheat $712.19. Wheat bushels: 755, 47 lbs.
April 11, 1910, I sent the annual fees to the
general Treasurer, Clarissa S. Williams, $57.70.
April 12, I received a nice letter from
sister Nibley, one of the general Board, containing the booklet with
the dedicatory services of the Bishop’s building, with the pictures of
the First Presidency and the R.S. presidency. Y.L.
Pres. Martha H. Tingey, Primary Pres. Louie B. Felt, Presiding
Bishopric C.W. Nibley, O.P. Miller, David A. Smith, and Seymour B.
April 28th. The Old Folks
of the Thatcher Ward were entertained by the Old Folks Committee.
Patriarch Samuel Claridge spoke of C.R. Savage,
George Goddard, and Edward Hunter as the instigators of this great work
and how it is kept up and growing each year. Papa
and I sang “The Gypsy’s Warning” on this program.
During the month of May we were very busy
preparing for Alice’s wedding, which was solemnized May 25th, 1910.
I will copy from the Record:
Miss Alice S. Phillips, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. E.C. Phillips, of Thatcher, and Pratt A. Pace a popular young man
living near town, were married Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock, at the
home of the brides parents by Pres. Andrew W. Kimball.
The pretty home was decorated tastefully for
the occasion with flowers and plants, and the bride never looked
prettier in her life, than in her white satin wedding costume.
Mrs. Pace was reared in Thatcher and numbers
her friends by the score. She is highly
accomplished being one of the most popular singers in the valley.
Mr. Pace is a young man of high standing, and
the couple begin their wedded life with a wealth of good wishes from
A reception followed the wedding, about 200
invitations were sent out, about 300 people were present.
June 5th, Anointed Clara K. Brinkerhoff,
Elizabeth Mooding assisting, Her baby was born June 11.
We attended Pres. W.D. Johnson and wife’s
golden wedding on Dec. 5th, 1908, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John
J. Birdno at Safford, Mrs. Birdno is the Daughter of Pres. Johnson.
June 11, 1910, Funeral of Pres. W.D. Johnson.
Honored by hosts throughout St. Joseph Stake,
Addresses and music at the Thatcher meeting house. The
speakers were Bishop Frank Tyler, Elizabeth Layton and Pres. Andrew W.
Brother Johnson was a very dear friend of my
father and a counselor as long as my father presided in this stake.
We all learned to love Pres. Johnson.
July 7 anointed sister Abigail Jones, in
company with Elizabeth Layton.
July 14, my brother Oscar’s baby died.
We had given it all the care and attention it was
possible to do, but it seemed the little dear had to go. I
washed and laid it out and procured its clothes and made them, dressed
and laid it in the casket for burial, and attended the funeral.
Alice sang two solos.
July 19th Papa made a trip to Globe in the
interest of the S.S.
July 24 took Miss Laura Gregg to Layton Ward
to lecture on Suffrage and Prohibition. She is a
very talented speaker.
In the morning we held an officers meeting at
the Academy, subject: Prohibition, elect those to
the convention who are determined to put down the saloon. The
people in Safford are making an effort to get rid of the saloons there
let us help them all we can. When I think of the
great number of inebriates, and many of them become drunkards.
Just stop and think what trouble this brings to the
parents. I feel we should not rest until we get
these things our of our towns and cities.
Aug. 12th 1910 Mr. Phillips in company with
Pres. Kimball visited Franklin Ward, returning Aug. 15th which was my
On the 18th attended R.S. meeting at Thatcher.
We were invited to attend Bishop Frank
Tyler’s 50th anniversary but were unable to go.
Aug 27th Priesthood Meeting. Tuesday
Aug 30th Sister Mary Woolsey passed away, at her daughter’s home.
Was buried in the Thatcher cemetery Sep. 1st.
Sept. 3rd, Elder George Hoopes baptized four
boys and two girls in our stock tank. Our threshing
machine finished up their work on this day.
Sept. 18th attended Thatcher Ward conference,
135 members 20 who had not attended in the year. 20
who had been once. Sister Mortensen was sustained
At 4 P.M. Katie Claridge’s husband funeral
was held in the Thatcher Meeting House, and his remains were interred
in the Thatcher Cemetery.
Sept. 21st Bro. Neol Heywood’s baby passed
away. We prepared it for burial.
Sept. 20, 1910, Our dear beloved President
Bashaba W. Smith passed away.
Sept. 24th Grandma Echols died, we dressed
her and prepared her for burial. Services held the
next day. She and her husband both enrolled on our
Old Folks list.
Sept. 29th left Thatcher in company with my
husband for a trip to Utah. Oct. 1, 1910 arrived at
Salt Lake City at 11:50 A.M. At 12:15 attended the
Organ recital in the Tabernacle. About 1000 people
present, it lasted for 30 minutes.
At 4:30 P.M. took the train for Layton.
Stayed overnight at my brother John’s place, his
wife being my husbands sister. Next morning my
Brother-in-law came and got me and took me to his place where I met my
dear old mother from Canada and my sister Carrie. We
had such a pleasant evening. Next morning being
Sunday, Papa attended S.S. In the afternoon we all
attended Sacrament meeting, Mr. Phillips being one of the speakers.
Arrangements were made at this meeting to have an
amusement Hall and Opera House out of the old building and build a new
Tabernacle for Church and S.S. to cost about 35,000 dollars.
Oct. 3rd went to Salt Lake, took a room at
the Golden Hotel, 39 East First South, H.T. Snyder, Proprietor.
At 2 P.M. attended R.S. Officers Meeting at
the Bishop’s Building. Emmaline B. Wells presiding.
Singing, Prayer by Mary Alice Lambert, Singing.
Sister Wells said they had been in meeting all
morning, also last Sat. with regards to the R.S. organization.
Sister Wells chosen President, Clarissa W. Smith,
Julina Smith second counselor. No other officers
chosen at this meeting. Testimonies born in honor
of Pres. Bashaba W. Smith and the Prophet Joseph. Sister
Jennie Cannon had seen the Prophet and knew Pres. B. Smith was a woman
Counselor we hated to part with our Pres. but
felt we should support Sister Emmaline B. Wells. She
had truly earned the position of Pres. of all the R.S. She
had been secretary for all the Presidents except Emma Smith.
Sister Lambert and Emily Richards felt to
thank the Lord for our new President, felt she knew more about the R.S.
work than all the board together. Attended her
father’s 96th birthday a few days ago and rejoiced in his testimony of
Sisters Beattie, Thomas, James, Nibley,
Hardy, Annie Wells Cannon, Knowlton, bore testimony that Aunt Em. Had
gained her reward for her faithfulness and untiring labors in the R.S.
All regretted at parting with our dear Pres. Smith.
Oct. 4th, Memorial Services were held for
Pres. Sister Smith, in the Assembly Hall. Pres.
Emmaline B. Wells Presiding, Many of the General Board bore testimony
of Sister Smith’s noble virtues, of her life’s work in the Temples of
the Lord. Her counsel was to study the Gospel and
then live it. We were then favored with a Solo by
George D. Pyper (O, My Father). Romania B. Penrose,
said Sister Smith was a queenly woman, had the utmost faith in the
Priesthood, said there were twelve Societies in Sweden, 6 in Denmark,
in 2 in Amsterdam. Dearly loved to speak of the
Lizzie Thomas Edwards Sang (The Promised
Land) Resolutions read by Julia P.M. Farnsworth, sanctioned by a rising
congregation, uplifted hands and a Hearty Amen. Trio
(Who Are Those Arrayed in White) Alice M. Horn
testified that her grandmother had heard the Heavenly Choirs singing in
the Temples, said her 40th grandchild was born a few days before her
death, and that baby was here.
Oct. 5th. R.S. Conference
convened at the Assembly Hall at 10 A.M. by singing ( The Morning
Breaks The Shadows Flee). Pres. Wells presiding.
Her eyes were filled tears and her heart with sorrow
at the loss of our dear President. Welcomed all
present, Blessed all who were interested in this great work.
Prayed we might all be united. President
of Utah Stake Martha Keely made responses. Judge
McMaster made a long talk. Knew the work of the R.S.
Had assisted our Pres. with the Exponent.
Had assisted his mother as President with her
accounts. Looked upon these sisters with reverence.
His work was to separate the juvenile criminals from
the adults who are steeped in crime. Compared the
crimes of Rome with the crimes of today, 75% of the boy criminals are
saved. The Utah Juvenile Court has the credit of
helping 95% of their children. The boys and girls
who have not good fathers and mothers need our help and assistance.
Spoke of the Curfew Law, nine tenths of the crimes
are committed after nine o’clock at night. Spoke of
the round-up. Children from 9 to 12 years old are
permitted to roam the streets at night. Boys and
Girls can be taken up and imprisoned for six months and fined 99.00.
If there is one boy using cigarettes, drinking beer
or playing pool, you need a prohibition officer. No
boy that starts to smoke when he is young, but what he is a liar, and
it grows on him. Any man that will sell my boy or
your boy, or our neighbor’s boy tobacco, or liquor ought to be
imprisoned, fine is inadequate. A girl will admit
that her downfall started with a glass of beer. Financial
report of the Juvenile Court $25,000 is appropriated, instead of
millions for this purpose. Moved and seconded that
a vote of thanks be extended to Judge McMaster for his noble talk and
advice to mothers.
Solo by Agnes Olsen (Trust in the Lord).
Subjects of Amusements by Annie K. Hardy.
Doc. & Cov. Sec 59, Verses 16 to 20.
Spoke of dances closing at the proper time, and
dissipation after their closing. Alluded to the
large hats, high heels Hobble Skirts, and no Latter Day Saint will wear
the low neck dresses.
Fathers should take their boys to the
amusements they so dearly love, and mothers their daughters.
Darkness should announce the return of our
children. Judge McMaster said they had the law
behind them but we have the Spirit of the Lord.
Sister Amy Brown Lyman followed by reading a
paper on proper amusements.
I moved and it was seconded that sister
Hardy’s talk be printed in full in the Exponent, which was carried.
Singing (The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is
Benediction by Julina Smith.
“2 P.M. Conference continued, Pres. Wells
said they expected Pres. Smith this afternoon if he was able to get out.
Pres. Wells spoke of our beautiful rooms in
the Bishop’s Building.
First Counselor Clarissa S. Williams deemed
it a great to be present, spoke of her trip to California. Said
her first work in the R.S. was a teacher, and secretary for Aunt
Bashaba in the 17th Ward, said she was still Treasurer, until they
found someone Qualified for the position.
All the 61 Stakes have paid their dues except
one. Said one man was accosted seven times in
traveling three blocks. How will our young boys
stand these temptations? Wanted to merit the love
of all the sisters.
Solo The Day is Ended.
Sister Emily Richards had received a letter
from Washington asking if the sisters in Utah supported their husbands
since they have had the suffrage.
Stake Officers Meeting at the Bishop’s
Building at 10 A.M. Singing Our Mountain Home So
Dear, Composed by our President Emmaline B. Wells.
Oct. 6th 1910 General Conference, President
Joseph F. Smith presiding, was indeed glad to be with you at this
semi-annual conference of the Church. (81st)
Earnestly desired the Holy Spirit to be with
every one present, had just got out of his bed where he had been for 30
days or more. Made a pledge with God and his
people, that he would be true to the pledge he had made, and would like
to see the man who thought he had not been. Had
endeavored to be true to the covenants he had made, and to his family,
and if had failed he did not know it. He also said,
those that profess to be Latter Day Saints had belied him, but it had
got to be stopped. Bore testimony that he knew that
his Redeemer lived, that Joseph Smith was raised up by God to lay the
foundation of this Church. Also that Brigham Young,
John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow were his successors.
Solo by Miss Mable Cooper.
President Lund rejoiced to listen to our
president and listen to his wonderful testimony that he had borne to us.
Spoke of the Beautiful solo “Where Sin and Death
would be no more”. We must study our duties and do
them. There has been progress in the Church in the
last six months. The last year the Temple as been
crowded, and the prophecy of Amaleki has been fulfilled. There
has been a great increase in the Genealogical Society.
71 couples were married in the Temple
yesterday. In England the Church is growing.
Our Mutuals are doing a great work, so are the
Primaries and Religion Classes. Think of others
besides yourselves, be alive to your duties. We are
commanded of the Lord to go to His house on Sundays. This
cannot be neglected if we do our duty.
Pres. John H. Smith endorsed all that Pres.
Smith and Lund has said to the people. Spoke of the
willingness of our Elders in spreading the truths of this Gospel, also
of the wanderings of our people, looking for something that never comes.
Encouraged our young people to live virtuous lives.
Men honor and respect purity in women. Teach
your daughters to respect the sacred duty of motherhood.
Spoke of reliability of trust in all dealings.
He said write it in your book, that the Apostles of
the Lord Jesus Christ never counseled you to steal or do any crime in
the land. But our counsel has been to be true to
the laws and the constitution of the land, and to be true noble and
Oct. 6th 1910. 2 P.M.
Singing Prayer, Singing
Judge Heart referred to the three witnesses of the
Book of Mormon being true to their convictions.
Elder McMurrin encouraged mothers to see that
their children attend their religion classes, not only one day in the
week but two if they can.
Solo by David Reese “God Almighty”
Seymour B. Young bore testimony to the
divinity of Joseph Smith’s mission.
Rulon S. Wells desired to bear his testimony
to the truthfulness of this work. It seemed to him
that he had always known this work to be true.
Friday, Oct. 7th Conference continued by
singing “Our God we Raise to Thee”
Elder Golden Kimball bore testimony, loved
the Lord because He was merciful. Read a few
comments on the life of the Savior, that he had written as he did not
quote scriptures. But he was like his Father, If
what he said was not it the Bible, then it ought to be.
Apostle David Smith spoke of the conviction
in every persons heart at the opening of this conference, when our dear
President spoke of the pledges we all have made, and those that malign
and persecute us. These men that preside are chosen
by the Lord through inspiration.
Apostle Inins said we are living in a time of
misrepresentation and ridicule and it becomes necessary sometimes to
refute these charges, but the Church does not often take notice of them.
Oct. 8th, R.S. Officers meeting at the
Bishop’s Building President Wells presiding. Prayer
by Alice Lambert
Singing “Zion stands With Hills Surrounded”
Roll of Stakes called, Four stakes not
represented. President Wells was pleased with the
beautiful audience and this lovely room to meet in. Pres.
Woodruff gave us the privilege of using the Assembly Hall whenever
1st. counselor Clarissa Williams was pleased
to meet this congregation. We shall be pleased to
increase this membership to 100,000 as soon as possible. Millard
Stake has 98% of the sisters enrolled. It is your
duty to make your meetings interesting, so all will love to come.
2nd. counselor Julina Smith was happy to meet
the sisters, Aunt Bashaba Smith was her second mother as she was her
mothers own sister, Prayed the Lord to bless Aunt Em, that we can keep
her just as long as we can. The Spirit of the Lord
makes us Beautiful. You have come here natural, not
powdered, and your heads not padded to disfigure you.
Sister Wells said they were not thoroughly
installed yet, and that she was still secretary.
President Minerva Knowlton of Davis Stake
said they were going to hold Teachers Reunions to try and teach them
Pres. Wells said secretary and treasurer must
be two separate persons. Do not have Aids but
missionaries in your board and local wards.
I explained the instructions given to the
R.S. teachers of this stake, also of the three associations being
joined to the California Mission, and that we were trying to make the
number in our Stake.
Sister Wells said, do not enroll any who are
not good Latter Day Saints. Keep a list of those
who do not pay their 10 cent dues, that they may be visited and the
amount collected. Send your amount in full, we are
incorporated and must hold a meeting on the first Monday in Oct. and if
the funds are not in the treasurer cannot make her report.
Ladies not of the Church can join the Y.L.
association but not the R.S. Catholic and Jews
organizations would not expect to join with us nor our sisters join
Will send visitors to all Stakes that have
not been visited before next spring.
Oct. 9th, Sunday Conference continued.
Pres. Joseph F. Smith presiding, with over-flow
meetings in the Assembly Hall and the Bureau of Information.
Apostle Penrose said he had been gone over Four
years, and he felt the same spirit in Germany and all the branches he
had labored in, as he felt in this conference. Spoke
of Authority being confirmed upon our people, Doc. & Cov. Sec. 137,
we accept the Bible as in former days and we accept the Doc. & Cov.
and the Book of Mormon as latter day revelation. It
is a serious thing to take authority that has not been bestowed on him
by the proper authority, for if they do it will be void, and he will be
under transgression. A teacher or deacon cannot
administer in the ordinance of baptism. Bore
testimony that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. Young
Elders do keep on the armor and be Faithful.
Solo “Live Forever More”.
Apostle Hyrum Smith spoke of our persecution
by our professed Christian friends.
Apostle Smoot wished all could have heard
Pres. Smith’s testimony last Thursday Morning, felt it would have
impressed every soul of its truthfulness. Slander
cannot stop the progress of this work. Thankful for
the freedom that we have in this Land of America.
Spoke of the opportunities of our young
people of Utah. Desired all to own their own homes,
and said there was room for an Empire.
Singing “The Morning Breaks” by male members
of the choir.
Given Kaysville, February 16th, 1865 by John
Young, Patriarch, on the head of Edward Charles Phillips, son Edward
and Hannah Phillips, born Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec. 29th, 1849. (Father Assisting)
Brother Edward, We the ministers of Jesus lay
our hands upon your head, to bless you and give you a fathers blessing,
and all the blessings of the holy Priesthood and of the Holy Gospel,
which you have received in your youthful days, and say the blessings of
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, shall rest upon your head, and you shall be
blessed in as much as you will be a good boy, and obey the counsel of
your parents, all the days of your life, and grow up into Christ your
living head, and become a mighty man in Israel, valiant for the truth,
to wield the Gospel Sword, to help bear off the kingdom when the
fathers shall sleep.
We bless you and say it shall rest upon you
as the dew of Heaven, and in the own due time of the Lord, you shall
hold a fullness of the Priesthood, for you are a lawful heir to it
being of the seed of Israel, entitled to all the blessings promised to
the faithful sons of Abraham.
You shall live and grow up to maturity, and
be a blessing to your fathers Family, and household, and be a blessing
to your forefathers, and you shall have wives and children and
posterity on the earth, and be clothed upon by the power of the Holy
Priesthood, and as you grow in years you shall grow in knowledge, for
the Holy Spirit shall rest upon you.
You shall be preserved from the influence of
wicked boys, and wicked men and wicked spirits, and your heart shall be
inclined towards the principles of righteousness, and you shall power
to do right and shun evil, and no evil or accident shall befall you.
You shall live on the earth to see overthrow
of Babylon, and the building up of the Zion of the Lord, and become a
minister of salvation, and hold important stations in the church and
you shall be filled with faith and the Holy Ghost, and be bright and
shining light and I seal upon your head the spirit of wisdom and
discernment, and decision and counsel, and all the graces of the
spirit, which you need to qualify you for the great and glorious work
whereunto you will be called, and your feet shall be shod with
preparation of the Gospel Peace, and your loins girt about with Gospel
Truth, and you shall have on the whole armor, and have power to wield
the two edged sword, and to do much good on you day and generation.
You shall have house and land, flocks and
herds, for this is the heritage of the sons of Jacob, and you shall be
gathered up to the center stakes of Zion, and assist in gathering the
lost sheep of the House of Israel, and building up and beautifying the
Your feet shall stand upon a sure foundation,
and the candle of the Lord shall illuminate your bosom, and you shall
walk in the light of truth, and see the mighty work of the Lord in the
dispensation in which you live, and no enemy shall have power over you.
You may have to pass through straight places,
and many may fall upon your right and on your left, and there shall
always be a way for your escape, and you shall live on the earth to
accomplish you were sent to accomplish, and be a blessing to many, and
assist in building up the Kingdom and bear of the great work of the
Lord in the Last Days.
Therefore be a good boy, and good shall be
given unto you and your name shall be honorable, and many shall look up
to you for counsel, and wisdom and your heart shall be filled with it.
All these blessings we seal upon your head,
and they shall rest upon you in as much as you do right, and be
faithful in carrying out the counsel which shall be given you, and no
good thing shall be withheld from you, you shall have the good things
of the earth, and be prepared to accomplish the glorious work, and
become a savior upon Mount Zion, and become acquainted with the Holy
ordinances of the House of the Lord, and have power to officiate
I seal upon you a holy resurrection, and say
you shall come forth and be numbered with the great and the good, and
assist in the great work of the restoration for your forefathers, and
receive an inheritance with all of the redeemed and have that mansion
which is prepared for you and live forever.
These blessings we seal upon you, according
to the Holy order and sealing power, and say you shall have all your
hearts desires, in as much as you will be faithful, and inherit a
celestial glory, and we do it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
L.O. Littlefield (Reporter)
Thatcher, Graham Co. Arizona. July,
1910. Recorded in book E.
A Patriarchal Blessing by Samuel Claridge, on the head of Edward C.
Phillips, son of
Edward Phillips and Hannah Simmons, Born Dec. 29th, 1849, at Mill
Creek, Salt Lake Co. Utah.
Brother Phillips I place my hands upon your
head and bestow upon you a Patriarchal Blessing, and my heart is full
of blessings toward you, because you are a descendant of Joseph who was
sold into Egypt, and your fathers before you, and the blessings of the
Priesthood will be traced back to those that receive the gospel with
the integrity of your heart.
The Lord is pleased with the integrity of
your heart, and his kindness has been made manifest unto you, because
of your humility, and faith in his promises, his kind hand has been
over you, and led you along step by step, and brought you to where you
are today. And the spirit of obedience you have
made manifest in observing the counsel of the Holy Priesthood.
The Lord has blessed you and he will continue to do
You have had your times of trouble and
sorrow, and at times felt you were forsaken, but the Lord has
remembered you in kindness and you will receive and enjoy all the
blessings promised by the Fathers, and the Lord will bless you in your
family, and notwithstanding some have manifested weaknesses, yet they
will all overcome and stand as a pillar of strength in their Fathers
House, and I say unto you Bro. Phillips, be thou blessed in thy body,
and be thou comforted in thy spirit and the Lord will open up your way
before you to accomplish every righteous desire of your heart.
You will yet accomplish a great mission in
the house of the Lord, and many of the names of your kindred will be
made known unto you, and your way will be opened up before you, the way
that you little think of at this time, and there is a great work for
you to perform.
And you will see the day when the Armies of
Israel will be organized, and you will assist in fitting them out, and
giving them wise counsel. And you will see the
power of God made manifest in establishing his government upon this
The Lord has blessed you with many gifts,
which will be utilized for the good of his people.
And all these blessings I seal upon you, as a
Father and a Patriarch in Israel, and I seal these blessings upon you
in the name of Jesus Christ ---- Amen.
A Patriarchal Blessing by Samuel Claridge
March 5th, 1916.
On the head of Priscilla Phillips, daughter of Edward C. Phillips and
born Dec. 27th, 1896. Thatcher, Graham Co, Arizona.
Sister Priscilla, I lay my hands upon your
head and bless you with the same authority that the people of old
blessed their children with.
You are a child of the covenant, and born
under favorable circumstances, and this because you made a good record
before you came to this earth, and the great mission of life is before
you to continue that good record that you have already made.
You are of the blood of Ephraim through the
loins of Joseph and a descendant of noble ancestors from your father
and your mother’s side, and you are one of the chosen seed that was
promised that should be raised up in the last days and you will receive
of the spirit of the fathers and fill a good mission here upon the
earth, and the Lord will bless you with sons and daughters who will
bear honor in the midst of this people and who will life to behold
their redeemer reign and rule upon the face of the earth. And
the Lord will bless you with wisdom to govern and control your family,
and He will bless you with great faith and wisdom to know what to do
when you are placed in trying circumstances.
You will see wonderful events in your day,
the prophecies that are being fulfilled now, you will see them realized
and the nations of the earth will be broken to pieces like a potters
vessel, and you will see the saints become united and live together in
the Holy United Order, and you will take an active part in assisting to
carry out that Holy principle.
You will see the Temple reared in Jackson
County, and beautiful Cities spread over the face of the land.
You will see and hear of the Three Nephite
Apostles going forth among the nations clothed with the power of God,
and hundreds of thousands will believe their testimonies and be brought
into the fold.
And I say unto you sister Priscilla, never
forget to pray to your Heavenly Father to guide you, and dictate you by
that holy spirit which will be round about your pathway in all walks of
And He will make you a
blessing among the young people and the Lord will open up your way,
before you and your intended husband. And the
nearer you live to the Lord the greater joy and satisfaction you will
have through life, and I bless you in your body that you may be filled
with life and vigor and live upon the earth many years to fulfill the
great measure of life, and all these blessings I seal upon you through
your faithfulness in the name of Jesus Christ . . . .