-- Jan 23, 1900; Tuesday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow and [Joseph F.] Smith were at the office, President [George Q.] Cannon
came at noon, he had been at a meeting in the Union Light and Power Company's office all the forenoon.
At :30 Elders William F. Rigby, Douglas M. Todd and Chariton Jacobs met with the Presidency. They are interested in interesting colonists in the Fremont [Idaho] Stake; and to aid in the accomplishment of this purpose the O[regon]. S[hort]. L[ine]. railroad had printed at its own expense an illustrated folder giving a description of the country. Twenty thousand of these folders have been distributed by the railroad and the O.S.L. company now ask these brethren to follow up what they have done by obtaining a letter of introduction from the Presidency to Stake and Ward authorities with a view of getting their influence and support in the hope of getting two thousand or twenty-five hundred people to move into that country. The brethren stated that besides building the railroad into Fremont Stake it was likely that the railroad officials have become personally interested in land in that section of country, which makes them all the more anxious to have our people settle there.
Elder Abraham O[wen]. Woodruff was also present, and President Snow explained to President Cannon that while he, (President Cannon) was in New York, Elder Woodruff had been appointed to give his personal attention in the line of colonizing our people in good localities, and that Elder Woodruff was now endeavoring to get at least fifty heads of families to settle in the Bighorn county, Wyoming, on an elegant tract of land with good resources and favorable climate and where land could be had for fifty cents an acre, with the privilege of the settlers working out canal interests. Therefore Elder Woodruff felt that whatever Elder Higby and the brethren did in the Snake River country should not be done at the expense of the settlements in the Big Horn country. It was therefore thought that it would be best for the Presidency not to give a letter to these brethren but that they be allowed to work on their own resources with the permission of the presidency. This idea was approved by President Snow, after President Smith expressed the feat that if a letter were given the people of the extreme south might be induced to break up some of the southern settlements where there is a scarcity of water to go into the north country to settle. As expressing the sense of the meeting, President Cannon moved, and President Smith seconded a motion to the effect that Brothers Woodruff and Rigby and companions gather up such families as they can to accomplish that which they have in view, with this understanding, that they do not weaken the southern settlements by going thee and raising an excitement and producing dissatisfaction among the people. The motion was unanimously carried. (1)
-- Jan 25, 1900; Thursday
At 11 o'clock, a.m., the meeting of the First Presidency and the Apostles. There were present, Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, of the First Presidency and the following Apostles: Francis M. Lyman, George Teasdale, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley and Abraham O[wen]. Woodruff. Elders Brigham Young [Jr.] was in
Arizona; John Henry Smith in Washington [D.C.]; Heber J. Grant and Rudger Clawson at St. Johns [Arizona].
... A long letter from President Andrew Kimball, dated the 2nd inst., was read. It contained a most encouraging report of the feelings prevailing among the saints of his stake. Brother Kimball mentioned two points on which he desired an expression from the Presidency. First, himself and associate brethren have undertaken to build a canal, and they propose doing it piecemeal as their time and means will permit. A number of wealthy men offer to advance money for the purpose of pushing it right through, but Brother Kimball's judgment is against borrowing, and if the Presidency approve of his judgment he asked that they express themselves in letter to him so that he may allay feelings that may exist contrary to that view. The other question was in relation [to] the necessity of one of the Apostles visiting them once or twice a year with authority to perform sealing ordinances. It was agreed that on both these points Elder Kimball should be written to expressing the approval of the Presidency and the council. ...
... There was considerable discussion regarding the division of the Salt Lake Stake and the creation of the Granite Stake, south of Salt Lake City. ... (1)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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