-- Aug 11, 1899; Friday
Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith were at the Office; President George Q. Cannon still absent on his trip to Canada.
The sum of $25 was appropriated in favor of Richards Matthews, an old employee of the Deseret News, and now an invalid.
Charles M. Plant had an interview with Presidents Snow and Smith. He had recently been cut off the Church for non-compliance with a decision of the High Council, involving a monetary consideration between himself and Spencer Clawson. He asked for an appeal, which he said had been denied him. An appeal was ordered by the Presidency.
Elders George J. Taylor, William B. Dougall and Spencer
Clawson met with Presidents Snow and Smith in relation to the affairs of the Latter-day Saints' College. It was found necessary to raise $2,000 to purchase of Professor Joseph Nelson the school furniture of the commercial department, as before noted in this journal. The Presidency authorized these brethren to report to the College Board that the Church would support them in this purchase. (1)
-- Aug 15, 1899; Tuesday
Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith were at the office; President [George Q.] Cannon still in Canada. Bishop [William B.] Preston called this afternoon and chatted with President Snow, who told him that he had firmly made up his mind to erect the new Deseret News Building, with four stories and a basement, on the Council House Corner. (1)
-- Thursday, Aug 17, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
Prests. Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F. Smith, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Artthou H. Lund, and Rudger Clawson met at the Temple. It was determined to have a silk Temple apron with raised flowers woven.
The Directors of Z.C.M.I., Coop. W. & M. Co, and Heber J. Grant and Co. met today.
The Utah volunteers returning from the Philippines left San Francisco today on a special for home. (2)
-- Aug 17, 1899; Thursday
Salt Lake Temple, 11 a.m. Present: Lorenzo Snow, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Rudger Clawson.
Brother John Henry Smith brought up the matter of the making of Temple aprons out of native Utah silk, a subject broached by a kinsman of his to President Snow during his recent visit to St. George [Utah]. He was told that some of the people there were prepared to make such aprons, weaving the fig leaves into the fabric, and was asked his mind regarding it. Speaking upon this subject, Brother Lund suggested that the leaves be wrought so as to overlap each other, thus carrying out the idea intended to be conveyed. It was decided to have the parties submit a pattern. ...
An informal talk was had about the Utah Loan and Trust Company's bank. During the conversation Brother Grant stated that if President Snow approved of his being President of that bank, with George D. Pyper as cashier, he believed they would be able to revive the institution. The President took the matter under advisement. ...
Brother Clawson reported the visit of himself and Brother Wells to Star Valley [Wyoming]. It had been two years since the Saints in that valley received the visit of an Apostle, and as the result some things needed attention there. Bishop Wright of Afton had been released, and Osborn Low appointed his successor. The counselors were not chosen. Bishop Weight had not been in touch with his people. He lived two miles out of town. When made Bishop, he was told that he would have to move his family from his ranch into town; he did so, but his wife complained of the water, so he moved back again. He was very much pleased at his release. Fairview Ward was organized, with F. G. Tolman as Bishop, and Christopher Merkley and Levi Richardson as counselors. Brother Clawson added that he found an aged brother presiding, who was a barrier in the way of progress. It was suggested to him that he resign and go into the High Priests quorum, but he did not like this, and said that he would rather go on a mission.
This mention raised the question in the mind of President Snow as to how far a man should be permitted to hold office, when through age or other defects he impeded the progress of the work. Some of the brethren expressed themselves to the effect that there
were a great many places where changes ought to be made on this account. President Snow, continuing the subject, said he believed the Lord required that the proper men should preside over our Stakes and Ward, men who would be diligent, thoughtful, full of consideration, and have the interest of the people very near to their hearts. Where men were found lacking in these qualities, they should be talked to and looked after, and if they failed to come up to the mark, a change should be effected. ... (1)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith
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