The history of Z.C.M.I, Oct 3, 1868

-- Oct 3, 1868
Salt Lake City School of Prophets votes again to sustain Brigham Young's proposal to boycott all "Gentile" merchants, including Jews. General conference publicly sustains this boycott, which continues until 1882 and leads to esttablishment of ZCMI. (1)
-- During October 1868
Brigham Young: Elected president of ZCMI October 1868. (2)
-- During 1868
(John M. Bernhisel) He became vice-president of ZCMI, which was established in 1868 by the Council of Fifty to combat the anticipated economic threats of the transcontinental railroad and William Godbe's "New Movement." (3)
[United Order] In 1868, Brigham Young founded Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution, a church-sponsored retail trading system that he hoped would drive out non-Mormon merchants and be profitable enough to provide the capital needed to foster local cooperative industries. With the Salt Lake City ZCMI as a central wholesaling facility, Young encouraged the establishment of some 150 retail branches in almost every Mormon town and village. (4)
-- Mar 1, 1869
The Church-owned ZCMI opened for business. It was the forerunner of several cooperative business ventures in Utah territory. (5)
1 - On This Day in Mormon History,
2 - Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985
3 - Van Wagoner, Richard and Walker, Steven C., A Book of Mormons
4 - Utah History Encyclopedia: United Order,
5 - Church News: Historical Chronology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
Mormon Timeline: Z.C.M.I