-- Thursday, Nov 9, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
Lorenzo Snow, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Mattbias F. Cowley and Abraham O. Woodruff met in Council at the Apostles room in Temple. I reported my doings in Summit Stake. Brigham reported on his coking effort. Abraham O. Woodruff was appointed to look after colonization matters.
The work of Brigham Young in the East and what the Church would do was taken up at 3 p.m. but nothing was done.
My brother Charles W. Smith is employed as night watchman by the Groesbeck Co.
I paid $12.10 for clothes for my brother Charles today. (1)
-- Nov 9, 1899; Thursday
President Lorenzo Snow was at the office. Today the old cobblestone wall in front of the Office and the Lion House was taken down to make way for an iron fence.
Salt Lake Temple, 11 A.M. Present: Lorenzo Snow, Brigham Young [Jr.], Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, and Rudger Clawson. ...
Two fine specimens of pears were shown by Brother Woodruff, to whom they had been sent by Brother George F. Wilson, of Mesa, Arizona. They were raised in that country, where it has been thought pears could not grow, on account of the heat. They were the largest pears ever seen in this city by the brethren present. Brother Wilson's success in raising them is due to the fact that he shaded the fruit on the south side from the heat of the sun.
Brother Woodruff thought that something should be done to induce the people to stop moving away from Mesa, and that a movement ought to be started to have people go there and settle.
Brother Lyman spoke in a similar strain concerning the Blue Valley country.
President Snow remarked that this question had been talked about before in the Council, and that he and others were thoroughly satisfied that one of the brethren should be called to give the matter of colonizing our people his best thought and attention. Some one had suggested that Brother Woodruff might do this, and the speaker thought so too.
The President's nomination was seconded both by Brother John
Henry Smith and Brother Heber J. Grant, and it became the sense of the meeting. ...
Brother Grant suggested a reconsideration of the dividing lines between the new stakes growing out of Salt Lake Stake, and he was informed that the matter was still in the hands of the committee. ...
At 3 P.M. President Snow met with Brother Brigham Young, his son B[righam]. S. Young, and his son-in-law Charles Kraft; John Henry Smith, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund and Bishop [William B.] Preston being also present. Brother Young proposed to lease the Church coal mines at Cedar [Utah] for $6,000 a year, but President Snow did not favor the proposition, for the reason that Brother Young could not guarantee the payment of the lease. This interview resulted in the understanding that Brother Young was left perfectly free to go ahead and get money wherever he could, to develop his coke enterprise, with a view to selling bonds of the company. ... (2)
1 - 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
2 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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