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Selina and her husband, Charles Edward Phillips, are my grandparents. They lived in Thatcher, and I visited them often as a little girl and until their passing away.
[Josephine Phillips McBride, daughter of David Dee Phillips--their son--and Eliza Arnetta (Nettie) Jones Phillips. My children are Darvil David (Mac) McBride, Jon Robert McBride and Sally Josephine Porter Butterfield.]

Autobiography of Selena Layton Phillips

Written March 30, 1909 

By Selena L. Phillips

 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, 1836.
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:

James Albert            Born June 13, 1859.     Kaysville, Utah.
Martha Alice            Born Feb. 20, 1861.     Kaysville, Utah.
Heber Chase           Born Dec. 8, 1862.      Kaysville, Utah.
Heber Chase           Died Sept. 9, 1863.      Kaysville, Utah.
Joseph                     Born July 28, 1864.      Kaysville, Utah.
Joseph                     Died May 10, 1897.     Thatcher, Arizona.
Caroline                   Born April 12, 1866.    Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah
Frank                      Born Jan. 21, 1868.      Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Frank                      Died Sept. 10, 1870.    Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Frederick                 Born Jan. 27, 1872.      Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Frederick                 Died                             Salt Lake City, Utah.
Chancy West           Born May 7, 1874.       Salt Lake City, Utah.
Horace                    Born Oct. 26, 1876.     Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Benjamin                 Born Sept. 26, 1879.    Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Martha Alice            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 H. Wells.

Our children were as follows:

Jesse Charles                       Born Aug. 30, 1874.    Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Christopher E.                     Born July 27, 1877.      Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Christopher E.                     Died Dec. 28, 1891.     Thatcher, Graham Co., Ariz.
Franklin C.                          Born Mar. 8, 1880.      Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Franklin C.                          Died Aug. 14, 1881.     Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
David D.                              Born Jan. 5, 1882.        Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Joseph Alvin                        Born July 27, 1884.      Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah.
Rudgar                                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.
Alice Selena                         Born Jan. 2, 1892.        Thatcher, Graham Co., Ariz
Priscilla                                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 were married.

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 his stock

    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 Kaysville, Utah.

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 old gentleman.

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 for him.

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 petitions.

Thou shalt have power over the adversary, and the destroyer shall pass thy dwelling, for health and peace shall reign therein.

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.

       “Blessed is the worker who had pleasure in her labors, for joy will crown her efforts.”

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 and John.

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 wife.

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 a pantry.

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 and Meetings.

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 church duties.

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 good.

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 again.

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 again.

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 again.

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 each day.

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 years old.

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 night’s rest.

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 routine.

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 E.C. Phillips.

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 her brother.

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 as Clerk.

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 secretary.

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 his family.

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 lay.

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 not permit.

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 could.

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 Claridge, Thatcher.

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 W. Moody.

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 could.

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 $500.00.

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 Charlotte Joy.

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 this position.

During this year, and the year of 1900.  I was secretary for the Central Canal Co.  Also Treasurer for the Phillips and Kimball Machine Co.

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 assist.

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 purpose.

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 elders.

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 dear ones.

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 death.  Amen.

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 be blessed.

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 Gospel.

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 treasury.

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 Ward R.S.

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 pleasant trip.

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 time.

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 these sisters.

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 cease.

She will love the truth in heaven

 And impart her works of peace.

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. Singing, Benediction.

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 obedience.

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 Apostles.

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 of Christ.

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 done.

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 Layton.

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 sleepy congregation.

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 called Dee.

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 train.

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 from memory.

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 home.

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 homes.

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 them.

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 good testimony.

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 returned missionaries.

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 Stake.

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 habit.

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 Cemetery.

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 the school.

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 date.

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 this meeting.

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 our homes.

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 Robinson Treasurer.

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 summer.

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 of July.

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 Wellsville.

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 Sunday Schools.

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 doing.

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 adjourned.

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 S. School.

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. organization.

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 year before.

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 and surroundings.

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 meetings.

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 Gospel.

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 of diphtheria.

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 disease.

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 Academy students.

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, June, 13th.

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,

                                                       Mulford Winsor

                                                       Arizona Historian
 

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 cemetery.

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 his death.

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 entertainers.

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 $3.20.

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 birthday.

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 at Home.”

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 Academy.

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 Thatcher Cemetery.

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 home.

                                                       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 Thatcher.

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 chosen.

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 families.

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. Young.

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 their friends.

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. Kimball.

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 birthday. (53)

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 as chorister.

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 of God.

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 the Gospel.

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 Prophet Joseph.

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 Burning)

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 good.

Oct. 6th 1910.  2 P.M.  Conference continued,

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 needed.

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 their duties.

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 theirs.

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.


PATRIARCHAL BLESSING

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 city.

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 therein.

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, Amen.

                                                       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 so.

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 land.

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 Selena Layton,
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 life.

    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 . . . .

    Amen.

 

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