The history of Z.C.M.I, Friday, Mar 15, 1901

-- Friday, Mar 15, 1901
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

Gov. Heber M. Wells has vetoed the Evans Bill. I feel he has done a great wrong to his co-religionists. The stockholders of Saltair Beach Co. re-elected the old board of Directors, leaving out Nephi Clayton and putting in L. John Nuttall. We paid President L. Snow for Services, five hundred dollars and are to pay the Directors thirty dollars each. I had a talk over the auditing of the Accounts of Z.C.M.I. I spent the evening at home reading. (1)

-- Monday, Apr 1, 1901
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

My family have been released from quarentine today. All are well. Bro. A. H. Lund and ! spent the afternoon examining the books of Z.C.M.I. Bro. A. W. Carlson was with us. (1)

-- Friday, Apr 12, 1901
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

Anthon H. Lund and I in company with Thos. G. Webber visited several of the departments of Z.C.M.I.A.W. Ivins and I had a talk with Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Jos. F. Smith on Mexican affairs. Bro. Snow was quite critical but agreed to aid us in getting our interest on Nine thousand dollars lowered at the Bank. (1)

-- Friday, Aug 30, 1901
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Rexburg, Idaho

Prest. Jos. F. Smith and I met with the school board and talked over the matter of their purchase of the Z.C.M.I. store for school purposes. We also saw Bp. Thos. E. Ricks, Jr. and Hyrum Rich and talked over their claim to the property. We found they did not have any valid claim. We so decided. (1)

-- Friday, Oct 11, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting of the Presidency and Twelve. Present: Pres. Jos. F. Smith, Pres. Rudger Clawson, and Apostles Brigham Young, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, and Reed Smoot.

It was decided that the brethren of the Twelve, excepting Jno. W. Taylor, who is lame, should act as pallbearers at the funeral of Pres. Snow; also, that carriages be dispensed with and the line of march be taken up on foot from the Beehive [House] to the tabernacle, and from the tabernacle to the Oregon Short Line depot. The sons of Pres. Snow were appointed as a second relief corps of pallbearers, and the Seven Presidentsâ€"excepting Brother Fjeldsted, who is feebleâ€"as a 3rd corps of pallbearers.

It was decided that the body of Pres. Snow should lie in state at the Beehive [House] from 7 a.m. Sunday morning until 9:45 a.m. and from 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. The casket should be open to the family only; that at 10 a.m. the funeral cortege should take up its march to the tabernacle as follows: police; band; Presidency; Twelve, and Patriarch Jno. Smith; pallbearers; casket; family of deceased; Presiding Bishopric; presidents of stakes; bishopric of 18th ward, the ward where Pres. Snow resided; wives of the general authorities; general board of Relief Societies, general board of the Y.M.M.I.A., general board of the Y.L.M.I.A.; general board of the Deseret Sunday School Union; general board of the Primary Associations; general board of education; church school boards; general board of Religion Classes; directorates: Z.C.M.I., Zion's Saving Bank, Utah Light and Power Co., Salt Lake and Los Angeles Ry. Co., Saltair Beach Co., Grass Creek Coal Co.; general public.

It was decided that services should begin at the tabernacle at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 noon; that the speakers should be selected from among the Presidency and Twelve; that the tabernacle should furnish the opening and closing songs, and that the temple choir should sing two of President Snow's favorite hymns between speakers; that at the close of the services the line of march should be taken up to the depot; that the special funeral train should leave for Brigham City at 1:30 p.m., sharp, reaching Brigham at 3 p.m., where it would be met by the authorities and people of Brigham City and Box Elder Co. Carriages would be furnished and the procession headed by the presidency of the Box Elder Stake, high council, and stake boards, would take up its line of march to the grave.

A letter from Mr. [David E.] Burley of the Short Line was read. He stated officially that a complimentary special funeral train was at the service of Pres. Smith to convey the body of Pres. Snow to its final resting place. It was moved that the kind offer of the Oregon Short Line Railway Co. be accepted, and that a letter of thanks be sent to Mr. Burley. Carried.

It was decided by unanimous vote that the counselors of Pres. Snow should act as such in the First Presidency, being in charge of the affairs of the church, until after the funeral. Myself and Apostle Woodruff were appointed as a committee to arrange for a floral offering of the Twelveâ€"the design to be, in a general way, three columns in white representing the First Presidency, with Twelve stars to represent the Twelve Apostles (which duty, we afterwards fulfilled). Benediction by Apostle Jno. W. Taylor. (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
2 - Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993

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