-- Jun 21, 1899; Wednesday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow and [Joseph F.] Smith gave an interview to Apostle Brigham Young [Jr.]; Bishop [William B.] Preston also being present. Brother Young had concluded to go into a business enterprise with his son-in-law, Charles Kraft. They had acquired, or were about to acquire, the State right of a new process for coking coal, and proposed to manipulate the coal near Cedar City [Utah], in which the Church is interested, with a view to testing the coking quantities.
President Snow, after hearing Brother Young's statement, told him that he very much questioned the right of an Apostle to go into business in such a way as to tie himself up, so that he would not be free to attend to the duties of the Apostleship; especially in view of the fact that he is so well remunerated for his services. Moreover, the President questioned the wisdom of Brother Young's doing as he proposed, since he would have to borrow money.
Brother Young reminded President Snow that nearly all the Apostles were engaged in some kind of business, and he, being an exception to the rule, was desirous of doing something too.
President Snow reminded Brother Young that brethren of the Twelve had gone into business and deplorably failed, and that the Church had to come to their rescue at great expense. It was time, he thought, that the Church should protect itself against a repetition of such things. Finally, in order to accede to Brother
Young's wishes, the President told him that if he must go into business, to avoid going into debt. In answer to a question from Brother Young, the Presidency said that if he should carry out his purpose and demonstrate that the Cedar coal could be coked, they thought it would pay him to get the State right to use the patent for coking bituminous coal.
Brother Young intimated that he might go to Chicago [Illinois] on this business, paying his own expenses.
Apostle John Henry Smith obtained permission from President Snow for Elder Ben E. Rich, President of the Southern States Mission, to draw the allowance made for the support of his family, at Chattanooga [Tennessee], as they were going to live with him there.
President Snow also consented to the use of a portion of the tithing of a branch of the Church in Kentucky, to recompense a local Elder for work done on its meetinghouse.
The following telegram, dated to-day at Hammondsport, New York, was received: "Elder H. R. Hamson, of Oxford, accidentally drowned yesterday while bathing in Keuka Lake. Advise what disposition of body parents desire, and whether I shall meet all expenses for them, or you. If body shall be shipped, wire transportation for it. John Hyde released to accompany, unless you have other advice. Wire full instructions."
Charles W. Leah, of Spanish Fork [Utah], sent to President Snow to-day Church bond, No. 140, as a free will offering, to assist the Trustee-in-trust in paying off the Church indebtedness. (1)
-- Thursday, Jun 22, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents L. Snow and Jos. F. Smith, and Apostles B. Young, Jr., J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A[braham] O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
A communication from certain members of the 2nd Wd., [Salt Lake] City, was read. It represented that they had purchased some lots [in] Steffensen's Division from one Chas. [Christian] Steffensen, who is now on a mission in Scandinavia, and that he had sold some of the lots twice, which would doubtless lead to trouble. They asked that Elder Steffensen be released to come home and fix up the matter. Upon vote the matter was referred to Apostle Lund to investigate.
After some discussion in reference to reorganizing the bishopric of the 2nd Ward, City, it was moved that Heber C. Iverson be appointed bishop. Carried.
Apostle J. H. Smith suggested that some attention should be given to a number of the presidents of stakes, who are getting old and are, therefore, not so active and progressive as they should be. He named the following stakes as needing a change: Bannock, Cassia, Wasatch, San Pete, Malad, Beaver, Morgan, and San Juan. Pres. Snow said he would be in favor of a change if we could supply their places with men who are devoted and ambitious. Benediction by Pres. Lorenzo Snow. (2)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson
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