-- Aug 4, 1899
Harold B. Lee is born in Clifton, Idaho (Mar. 28) Lorenzo Snow reemphasizes tithing (May 8) Ezra Taft Benson is born in Whitney, Idaho (1)
-- Aug 8, 1899; Tuesday
Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were at the office, having returned home last evening, President Cannon from Colorado, and the others from Cache [Utah] Stake.
Presidents Snow and Cannon, in the absence of President Smith, who had to leave, met with the following members of the Latter-day Saints College Board: John Nicholson, John C. Cutler,
Spencer Clawson, George J. Taylor, and William B. Dougall; also Joshua H. Paul and Joseph Nelson. It appears that the commercial department of the College, under the direction of Brother Nelson, has been running practically as an independent institution, the director, on his own responsibility, having fitted it up with furniture and apparatus at a cost of about $3,000. This was done while Brother Willard Done was President of the College. Brother Done having resigned, Brother Joshua H. Paul having succeeded him, the Board were determined that he should preside over the whole institution, and that the commercial department should be united with the College proper, under one management. The Board had instructed Brother Paul to confer with Brother Nelson in regard to the matter, and Brother Paul's report, which had been referred to the First Presidency, was now read, giving the substance of his conversation with Brother Nelson, which the latter conceded to be correct. Brother Nelson was reported as having expressed himself perfectly willing to labor under Brother Paul, on the following conditions: that the Board either purchase his furniture at a cost of $3,000, or pay a rental of $50 a month; in case of purchase, and inability of Board to pay, interest to be allowed at the rate of 8 per cent.
After the matter had been considered for some time, President Cannon made the following motion: That the commercial department of the Latter-day Saints College be regarded as an inseparable department of the College, under the jurisdiction of the Board of Trustees, the same as any other department of the institution. President Snow remarked that the motion expressed his mind exactly, and he called for a second. George J. Taylor seconded the motion, and it was unanimously carried. The question of purchase or rental of the furniture was then considered and taken under advisement, until President Smith could be consulted. Consent was granted to President Paul to arrange with Elders David McKenzie, John Nicholson and Nephi Morris to lecture in the Theological department of the College during the coming school year. (2)
1 - Madsen, Truman G., The Presidents of the Church
2 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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