-- Sep 2, 1898; Friday
President Wilford Woodruff died at San Francisco [California] at 6:40 A.M. today. He slept peacefully all night, and passed away without movement. A telegram to this effect was received at the President's Office this morning. Pres[ident]. [Joseph F.] Smith at once notified the Apostles, most of whom were absent from the city, and requested their presence here at the earliest possible moment; Geo[rge]. Teasdale at Nephi [Utah]; John Henry Smith at Rexburg [Idaho]; M[atthias]. F. Cowley at Preston [Idaho]; A[nthon]. H. Lund at Ephraim [Utah]; M[arriner]. W[ood]. Merrill at Logan [Utah]; were informed by letter of President Woodruff's death, and Franklin D. Richards, at Baker City [Oregon], A[braham]. O[wen]. Woodruff at Cardston [Alberta, Canada], John W. Taylor at Denver [Colorado], and F[rancis]. M. Lyman at Kanab [Utah], were summoned home by telegram. Pres[ident]. Lorenzo Snow received the word at Brigham City [Utah]. "Pres[ident]. Woodruff died to-day", was the message cabled by Pres[ident]. Smith to the Presidency of the European Mission at Liverpool [England]. The following telegram was received from Pres[ident]. [George Q.] Cannon this evening: "We start to-night; will reach Ogden [Utah] Sunday morning, 6:45 Mountain time. Secure transit for funeral car over Rio Grande Western R[ail]. R[oad]. from Ogden to Salt Lake City and return. Have Joseph E. Taylor (undertaker) meet us at depot". ...
President Woodruff died at the home of Col[onel]. Isaac Trumbo, whose guest he was while in San Francisco. He breathed his last surrounded by every comfort that loving hands could provide. His wife Emma was with him, as were Pres[iden]t. Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon, Bishop H[iram]. B. Clawson and their wives, who were sojourning in the same hospitable home. The President had suffered occasionally from asthma and from kidney and bladder troubles, but when he left for the coast on the 13th of August, he was well and
cheerful, and in fact remarked to a friend, "I wish Pres[iden]t. Cannon was as well as I am". At a dinner given in his honor at the rooms of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco, a few evenings before his death, and of which no man under eighty was permitted to partake, Pres[ident]. Woodruff, though in his 92nd year, was voted the smartest of the party. The day before he died he was talking of going out fishing. Thursday night, September 1st, he complained of feeling ill, and Dr. Winslow Anderson, his physician, after a consultation with Drs. McNutt and Buckley, decided that there was little hope that he would see another day. He passed away peacefully at early dawn. [First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]
Section 2. The Presidency of Lorenzo Snow (1)
-- 1898. September 2
(Lorenzo Snow) A granddaughter later related his account: "It was right here that the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to me at the time of the death of President Woodruff. He instructed me to go right ahead and reorganize the First Presidency of the Church at once and not wait as had been done after the death of the previous presidents, and that I was to succeed President Woodruff…. He stood right here, about three feet above the floor. It looked as though he stood on a plate of solid gold. … I want you to remember that this is the testimony of your grandfather, that he told you with his own lips that he actually saw the Savior, here in the temple, and talked with him face to face." (2)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow
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