In writing up my history, I will endeavor to give only the main points of my life in connection with a sketch of the lives of my Father and family, up to the time of my mother moving from Porterville, Morgan County, Utah, to Orderville, Kane County, Utah; when I will begin to write more in detail of my own life.
Some of (the) writings will be from memory, and some from sketches of written History.
On the left-hand margin of this book will be found pages of reference; so that if any important points should be omitted when ought to be written; they can be written afterward and references made to the page to which it belongs or which belongs to it. I feel it my duty to write this History for the benefit of my posterity and they of later generations. I will endeavor to write that which will be of use and benefit to those who may read, as well as for information in regard to my genealogy etc.
Notable facts, Patriarchal Blessings, Ordinations, callings, Labors, Poetry, Gifts of the Gospel, in many of it's forms, will be found in the perusal of the chapters in this book. Trusting that the Spirit of the Lord will assist me that that which will be written may be true and correct.
(Sig.) Francis Lysander Porter
(Notes Omitted) Chapter I
Before commencing with my own-history I will write an account, or give the genealogy of my Father And Mother and a Sketch of their lives.
My Father ( Chauncy Warriner Porter ) was the son of Sanford and Nancy Porter. He was born in the Town of Holland, Erie County, State of New York, October 20th 1812.
He married three wives. His first wife's name was Amy Sumner who bore him eight children whose names were, Alma, Malinda Ann, Sarah Angeline, Nancy Areta, Joseph and Hyrum, William and Benjamin. The last two pairs of boys were twins. They died in their infancy. His second wife's name was Lydia Ann Cook (Married March 1846). She bore him twelve children whose names are Warriner Ahaz, Cynthia Anice, Amy Zenora, Justin Rockford, Nancy Armina, Mary Ziona, Annie Ozina, Edson Ourias Omni Lehi, Wesly Abinadi, Arval Marien, and Lydia Bereft. Mary Ziona and the last two died while very young.
My mother, Priscilla, Daughter of Ezra and Olive Strong, was born December llth 1830 in the town of Sheldon, Jenissee County, State of New York. She was married to my father on the 10th of February 1847 in the town of Florence, Nebraska County, State of Nebraska, by President Brigham Young. He stating to them they must be sealed at the Alter when the first opportunity, when there was one. (They were sealed at the Alter in the Endowment House, Salt Lake City). She bore my father eleven children whose names were; Chauncy Union, Printha Priscilla, Daniel Dorath, Francis Lysander, Mary Etta, Melvin Omer, Carmi Nephi, David Nathaniel, Wilford Woodruff, Olive Martha, and Ezra Solomon. The second son Daniel died the same day he was born, and David when about 12 days old. Olive died when eleven months old. (See my genealogical record).
My father emigrated to Salt Lake Valley in the year 1848 with my mother to assist him in driving the ox team which was partly composed of cows.
Soon after, a year or two, he moved in Millcreek Canyon and attended to what was then known as Gardner's Saw Mill. He was so free in trying to accommodate all who called on him for lumber that he was unable to meet his obligations, he made a failure of the business, and the mill was taken from him.
He next moved to Centerville, Davis County, Utah, where he lived until the spring of the "move" in 1858 when. we moved to Provo, lived there a while, then in Springville in Utah County. When the time came for the Saints to return to their homes in the spring of 1858, we moved back to Centerville but to stay a short time. (Now the cause of the Saints moving from their homes in the Spring of 1858 was this: Governor Young called upon them to do so because of Johnson's Army, that was coming into Utah, sent by the U.S. Government. (See History of the Church and History of Utah for the particulars).
In the spring of 1860 we moved over the mountain East of Centerville, about ten or twelve miles, to where my Uncle Sanford Porter had built a sawmill, in connection with others. This place was named Hard Scrabble, because it was so hard to get to it. (I will return now and speak of the time when we lived in Provo).
I was nearly five years old. I was born in Mill Creek Ward, Salt Lake County, July 4th, 1854. I well remember at the time when we lived in Provo. My mother took very sick. I was in the house alone with her when she asked me if I believed the Lord would heal her. I told her yes. She asked me if I was willing to put my hand on her head and ask the Lord to cause the pain to cease, I told her, yes. I done so when she said the pain immediately left her. This even caused me to have great faith in the Lord (God).
I will say that my parents passed through many of the hardships the Saints had to endure during the early settlement of Utah, even the time of the cricket plague. When the Lord in his mercy sent the seagulls to devour the crickets. I will return to Hard Scrabble, where many wild animals was often seen, especially the bear, wolf, fox, beaver, minks, and sables. This place is in the southern boundary of Morgan County.
My father, with his two wives, Lydia and my mother (his first wife having died before coming to Utah) and my sister Malinda and Uncle Sanford were the only families living at that place. We lived there about a year. While living here, I being six years old, I had dreamed I was standing a distance from the house by myself, amusing myself in contemplating and looking upon many different kinds of vegetation that grew in the timbered district.
While thus contemplating on the things, I saw of the works of nature, I looked and beheld a ladder that seemed to reach toward Heaven, the top of it reaching to a chamber or plane circumscribing the whole earth. I thought I would go and climb it. I grasped the rounds with a firm hold and climbed higher and higher until I reached the top thereof, when with wonder and amazement I beheld the vast plane before me, like unto a floor circumscribing the earth. While looking around I saw another ladder reaching up to Heaven above, I climbed this ladder, as I did the other, until I reached another vast plane which seemed to circumscribe the plane I had just left. With greater admiration I gazed upon this vast domain. I had not seen any sun, moon, or stars. Yet there was light brighter than day. Again for the third time I saw a ladder reaching high up to heaven and for the third time I climbed, and when I reached the top there was a man who welcomed me there. It seemed that this Heaven circumscribed all the others. I saw streets, which seemed to have no end. I saw beautiful trees, their leaves sparkling as it were with diamonds mingled with gold, with a tint of green as it were reflection from some unseen world. There was no sun, moon, or stars, but the light thereof exceeded many times the light of day.
I said to the man that met me there, I desired to stay and live there. But, he answered and said; "you are but a boy now, and you still have to go back to the earth and live there until you have become a man and lived your allotted time, then you can come and live here." The beauty and grander tongue nor pen cannot describe. I returned (knowing that it must be implicit obedience) with feelings of regret, to live on earth. I came down the ladder and looked down, (it) seemed darker than before. I defended the ladder and came to the next one and looked down, still darker than before. I defended the ladder and came the next one that stood on the earth. I looked again, but behold and lo, all is blackness, I wept. But the law of obedience must be observed. I went down to earth and put my face to the ground, still all is darkness. I thought if I would keep my eyes open I would be able to see. I done so and light began to appear, When finally it was day and the sun shone upon the mountains. When I awoke and found it to be a dream. But I felt that I could live my allotted time.
I lay pondering the things I had seen when I went to sleep and dreamed that had grown to be a man and lived out my time. When all of a sudden I went strait to the third Heaven, or plane, where I found the man there, as it were, waiting for me. He spoke and said, your time has come for you to come again. He then invited me to come with him to a large and beautiful White Building, the style of which I had never seen before. I followed him and on entering into a doorway on the South he went out of my sight into brightness, such that the sun would hide it's face in shame. I stood in the doorway but could see nothing but brightness, but thought to myself to keep my eyes open and after a while I would be able to see. Soon I began to see men seated all around a room and in the center of the room stood the man whom I had accompanied there. He spoke to me and said, "Go and sit there, there is one seat that has been reserved for you." Now all the men were dressed in exceeding white clothing, as it were, robes with girdles around them, and white caps on their heads. And when I had seated myself I gazed upon their clothing and felt ashamed, for I thought 1 had my earthly clothes on, but when I looked at myself I found that I was dressed as they were. Then I did not feel ashamed. Then the man who led me there, still standing in the center of the room, raised his right hand and said; I am Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the World. He started to give other instruction when I awoke the second time and found it to be a dream. It was now daylight.
Having found my fathers record of baptism, etc. I will proceed to write some more of his history.
He was baptized August 10th 1831 by Lyman Wight in Illinois, Taswell County. My mother was baptized by Amasa Lyman in Illinois, Stevenson County, baptized again in Millcreek, Salt Lake County, again in Centerville, Davis County, on 27th September 1856 by Elder Clemonts.
I will proceed and write my mothers and fathers blessings. Fathers was given by John Smith, Patriarch, and recorded in Book G. Page 440 No. 1053, John L. Smith was recorder.
C. W. Porter's Patriarchal Blessing
I place my hands upon your head and in the name of Jesus Christ I seal upon you a blessing. Even all the blessings of the New and Everlasting Covenant. The Lord is pleased with the integrity of your heart and your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life. He hath given his angels charge concerning you. They will watch over and protect you and never leave or forsake you. You shall be blessed with health in your tabernacle. You shall have peace in your family. No quarrels nor jars shall disturb your comfort. You are appointed to preach the Gospel and you shall go, forth in the Spirit of the Lord and proclaim salvation in the Spirit of the Savior and cause the great and wise to submit themselves unto you. You shall baptize many and lead them to Zion. You shall have power in the Priesthood to do miracles in the name of the Lord to forward your work. Your posterity shall be great and may extend their domains to the ends of the earth. Live to see all things accomplished which the prophets have spoken concerning Zion; see the redeemer stand upon the earth; reign with Him a thousand years with all your fathers house. Amen.
A Patriarchal Blessing given to Priscilla Porter
by Isaac Morley, March 26th, 1848
Sister Priscilla Porter, agreeable to thy request, I lay my hands upon your head. Thou art blessed and numbered with the daughters of Isaac and Jacob, for thou art in the same Everlasting Covenant and an heir according to promise. Ask and thou shall receive the blessings of an intelligent mind endowed with the gifts of the everlasting gospel, and it shall become thy gift and thy blessing to detect an error and deceit and be a counselor in the society of thy sex. Ask and thou shalt receive the blessing of wisdom from on high, and thou shalt rejoice in the circle of thy family and bring up thy offspring in the fear of the Lord. Thy children and thy children's children shall bless thee. Many of thy kindred that now sit in darkness shall yet rejoice in thy society, for thou art of the seed of Joseph and are to receive equal blessings with his posterity. The Lord, the Savior has respect to thy welfare and has caused thy name to be written in Heaven. He will bless thee with the fruit of the earth and with the fruit of the body, and upon thy posterity will the blessings of the Priesthood rest. Be faithful my daughter in keeping covenants with thy God, and you will be crowned with everlasting blessings upon thy head in the mansions of thy Father, even so Amen and Amen.
The following is a blessing given by father to his son Chauncey Union. Chauncey was born in March 16th, 1850, blessed April lst, 1850. He was very sick at the time, hence it will account for the manner in which it was given, vis, after giving him his name; "In the name of Jesus Christ and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood," he laid his hands upon his head and rebuked every spirit of disease and affliction that might be lurking about him, and commanded the destroyer to depart from him, and in blessing him, he blessed him with health and strength and with a long life upon the earth, and with the blessings of Heaven and Earth, and with wisdom to direct all his steps; and the spirit of truth to enlighten his understanding; and with the promise of the Holy Priesthood which is after the Order of the Son of God; and with all the blessings promised unto the children of men through obedience to the commandments of God. "And may the Lord have respect for you and your welfare and cause you to become a mighty man on the earth, and of doing great work among the children of men. These blessings, together with all other blessings, I seal upon you in the name of Jesus Christ, even so Amen. (The above is copied from father's own handwriting, hence I felt like inserting it here in the book."
My father moved from Hard Scrabble, about six miles nearly north, on Canyon Creek, and being the first to live at the place it was named in honor of him, "Porterville". From the time I was seven years old until I was eleven, each summer I attended a small flock or herd of sheep with my brother Justin. Before going further I will mention an instance of healing. While living at Hard Scrabble I awoke one night suffering with a severe pain. I ask mother to pray for me. While she was engaged in prayer, all of the pain left me. This increased my faith in prayer to our Heavenly Father. Shortly after we moved to Porterville my brother Warriner was riding one of the oxen which we yoked up. He fell from the ox and broke his arm. Not long after this, father's brothers John, Sanford, and Lyman moved to Porterville. The later somewhat later. Father's brother Nathan Tanner remained at Centerville. We lived in Porterville, Morgan County, until the spring of 1868 when my father and wives were called to go and get their second anointing. While traveling to the City of Salt Lake he caught his death of cold by getting so wet in a storm. He was however able to get his second anointing and return as far back as Centerville. My mother returned, home and in several days was brought word of his death. He died on 3rd of March, 1868.
I will relate a peculiar circumstance that occurred a year before. My little sister Olive, but eleven years old died on the 16th of March, 1867, and when one of the brethren went to offer the dedicatory prayer at the grave, I took off my hat, but it seemed as though it was pulled out of my hand. It started to fall, I caught it, but by some power it was pulled out of my hand again and it fell into the grave. My uncle John remarked, "either you or your father will be called to go next." He was watching me and saw what was done.
I will now tell of another circumstance that occurred when I was about nine years old. Brother Richard S. Norwood, who baptized me on the 10th of June, 1863, had been very sick, and at that time one evening about nine o'clock I was standing in the door yard when all at once I saw a man clothed as it were with fire it's self. It ascended up into the air above all the mountains, then stood still a moment then descended back down and seemed to have went into Brother Norwoods house. I told my parents of what I had seen. My father went the next morning to learn of his health. Brother Norwoods wives said that about nine o'clock last night we thought he was dead, so father came to the conclusion that I saw Brother Norwood's Spirit. You may imagine my feelings and the evidence it give me that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet when I read his sayings that the Spirit of a Just Man made perfect can only be revealed in flaming fire or glory.
Returning to an account of my father, I will say he was not a wealthy man, but there can never be a more free hearted man than he was. I never knew him to refuse to lend when others would borrow, or give if any one needed and would ask for it, providing he had it to spare at all. When he departed this life, there were a number of debts for his family to pay which was mostly paid by sacrificing different kinds of property, leaving the family with not much to start with.
The year 1867, the grasshoppers came into Utah but rather late to take all the crops. But they laid their eggs and the next year they eat everything, every kind of grain, taking it clean as they went. I now speak of them that came into Morgan County where we lived. Every other year they would fly in there from other quarters and take about one half of the crops. While every other year they would hatch there and eat the wheat up, although there were two farms that were saved by the people turning out unitedly and keeping them off by digging trenches and driving them into it, that would make them fly off, or if they flew on the grain we would stretch ropes across the grain and walk with it. That would make them fly off. This would be done about sundown. This was done for several years, when they forsook us. The Railroad was being made which furnished us with labor getting out ties. By that means we were able to buy our flour from three to ten dollars per one hundred pounds. When flour was ten dollars per 100 pounds, a man and team received ten dollars per day for their labor.
I remember on one occasion when we were out of flour, I asked mother to go and see if she could get some. Some of the brethren needed to go after flour also. They laughed at mother for going, they thought I ought to have went. But when they got to where the flour was to be had, mother was able to take two sacks of flour, while they who had laughed was unable to get any. I told mother that a woman would not be so apt to be turned away. On this occasion it was found to be true, I done some earnest praying while she was gone, for we had been without bread for a day or two.
After my fathers death I began to learn more fully the duty of children to parents, as the responsibility of a father began to rest on me, being then nearly fourteen years old. When I was about 16 years old, I received a visit from father, as follows.
One morning before daylight, he came into the house. The room was light like day. I was laying on the bed. He conversed with me for some time, giving much instruction. After giving me instructions, he went out of the house. I sat up on the bed and looked out of the window. I thought it was daylight and was starting to get up, when the thought came to me to think over all father had said to me. Then I would be better able to relate it to mother. I placed my elbow on the pillow and my hand over my eyes while I thought it all over, what had been said to me. But, when I took my hands from off my eyes with the intention of getting up, I found the room to be dark. The thought of it being dark so soon after I had seen it so light, it scared me and I forgot everything that father had told me, and from that day to this I have not been able to understand why this should be.
About a year after that, I received the following but interesting dream. I thought father came to me, I said father I thought you were dead. He said he was, that what I saw was his spirit, and asked me if I would finish his house. He took me to it to show me what needed to be done. I saw that the building was standing on a solid rock foundation. The framework was all put up, but the weather boarding, shingles, doors and windows was needed. He wanted to know if I would finish it. He said he was going away to be gone a long time, before he would come and see me again. I told him I would. I thought I knew it was his spirit talking to me, and when I told him I would, he started and ascended up in the air until he went out of sight. I then awoke and found that I had been dreaming. I believe there is a meaning to the dream. I will say it has been at the present time of writing, about twenty-four years since, and I have never dreamed of talking with him since. But when the time comes, I think he will call again. But the Lord has been merciful to me, He knowing that I was a very weak mortal, and would fall into temptation unless he assisted me by his divine power. Therefore he has assisted me from time to time, giving me faith, here a little there a little, answering my prayers sometimes, almost in a miraculous manner. At one time I started out early in the morning to find our oxen so I could go to the canyon. I hunted until about ten o'clock when I began to feel very faint, hungry and tired, what to do, I hardly knew. I thought I would pray for the Lord to assist me in finding them. I kneeled down and asked the Lord for His assistance, and while asking I heard one of the oxen bellow. When I had finished my prayer, I looked in the direction of the sound and saw them nearly to the top of the mountain. Several times while hunting the oxen my prayers have been answered beyond my expectations. Reader, have patience with me, as I am writing the main events of my life as I can recall them.
August 7th 1873. I felt as though I ought to be re-baptized as I could not remember ever being confirmed, although I was told that father confirmed me. However I was re-baptized by Osker Stodard and re-confirmed by R.S Norwood. Now it was this year I rented a farm of Ezra Clarks. This year I cradled sixteen acres of wheat. My brother Melvin and Carmi done the binding. We had, when threshed, two hundred ten bushels left after paying the toll, or rent, and eighty bushels for the rent.
During this year men would converse with me on religion, and ask me many questions, but I felt that I lacked wisdom and could not answer questions as intelligently as I would like to. I felt that the Lord was no respecter of persons, and that if I asked Him in earnest He would answer my prayer as well as Joseph Smith, or Nephi, or any of the Prophets of Old. So agreeable to my feelings, and while working alone in the field, I kneeled down and asked the Lord to direct me in the way that I might obtain wisdom. When I had thus spoken, a voice said unto me, "Read the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants and you shall obtain wisdom." I looked around for I thought someone a little way off had overheard me and spoken thus to me. But there was no one to be seen, and a peculiar sensation went over me three times from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. I now knew that my prayer had been answered, and that He will answer prayer to those who ask for that which is right, in faith.
As farming was not very profitable during the time the grasshoppers troubled us. So, I had to work for others when opportunity afforded, in order to make a livelihood. I used to be night herdsman looking after oxen at a steam sawmill. Burn charcoal, haul lumber, etc. I will now relate a circumstance that transpired while I was hauling lumber.
One day as I was coming. home with a load, and as I was, came within a few rods of a bridge, there came a ringing in my ear, then came a sudden impression for me to get off the wagon and go ahead of the team and drive careful onto the bridge for it was going to break down, then when it started to break, to hurry the team, then I would be able to get across all right. Such a sudden impression made me feel quite strange as I could not see how the bridge would break in with my load, as seven teams with much larger loads than mine had crossed a few minutes before. However, I listened to the impression and drove carefully on the bridge, and when the first wheels was about the middle of it, it started to break. I hurried the cattle up and succeeded in getting the hind wheels a little past the center when the bridge broke in on one side; but I got across safely. I felt to thank the Lord that I listened to the impression. I knew that I had received a warning by the Holy Spirit.
About this time, or after, my sister Mary wished me to compose a piece of poetry and she would likewise, in a certain length of time. I got mine made up first. It being the first I had ever attempted to compose. Her piece of poetry was an answer to mine, but I have not found it so as to write it, but mine is as follows:
Oh! why do we ponder our thought to relieve
Of the many sensations we cannot conceive;
For truly the Spirit is striving to be
With mortals as yet, though their spirits are grieved.
Oh! how true we should be to the spirit of love
Sent to us out of Heaven, by our Father above.
And the thoughts that's revealed by His spirit of Truth
Should be planted within us while yet in our youth.
The Spirit doth teach us the way we should live
And our hearts would rejoice by the teaching it gives,
But we are weak mortals and liable to stray ,
And pervert the good teachings it gives us each day.
But the way we should live, to tell you I'll try,
Is to obey the sweet teachings that's sent from on high.
(A few lines my mother composed.)
I am as I am, I am nothing more
But I am not as I was, as you've seen before,
For my heart it was grieved, my spirit made low,
In the depths of sorrow, grief and woe,
But with my eye I have seen the path that I've trod
I have sought, found relief, from the true living God.
It was during the year 1872 1 went to work as assistant clerk in the Co-op Store at Morgan City. I labored there about three months, or, until about Jan. 1873, when I quit and went to school, taught by Joseph R. Porter. It was a select school. When in the spring or fall, I went to labor for my uncle Nathan and earned some money to buy some carpenter tools as I felt it best to learn to do carpenter work. And, during the next winter I had one Andrew Walton, a carpenter by trade, labor with me at our house and teach me how to use tools. I made a cupboard for my sister Printha, as she got married this year (I believe.)
A Patriarchal Blessing given by John Smith upon the head of Printha (Strong) Porter, April 8th, 1853. Recorded in Book G. Page 441.
"In the name of Jesus Christ I lay my hands upon your head, a blessing for your father Porter, even all the blessings that was sealed upon the daughters of Joseph I seal upon you and your children, to continue with you forever. You shall have a companion in due time, (He thought she was the daughter of Chauncey W. Porter and was not married.) suitable to your condition. You shall have health in your habitation, peace and plenty shall be your lot. You shall have wisdom to control all your affairs in righteousness and to answer all questions that may be propounded to you.
Your posterity shall be numerous upon the mountains of Israel, be clothed with the priesthood and bear the sword to the nations of the earth to take vengeance on the ungodly that have slain the Prophets. You shall have health and happiness in all your borders. Your table shall be spread with every good thing. Live to see the winding up scene of wickedness an the earth, and inherit all the blessings and glories of Zion with all your fathers house for ever and ever, Amen.
At an evening meeting, held in East Porterville School House, my brother Justin was ordained a Deacon by Alma Porter, and I was ordained by Lyman W. Porter. This was January 15th, 1873. It was our duty, as we were taught, to assist the Bishop in temporal duties pertaining to duties in the church, and to assist the Teacher if necessary. However we were appointed to the preparing of the meetinghouse for meetings. Keep good order, that no one should be allowed to disturb the meeting, and to keep water there in warm weather that children might not cry for thirst.
In the spring of 1874 the people of Porterville endeavored to carry out the principle of the United Order. About half, or more, of our settlement went into it. Turning all their property in, except their houses and lots which they lived on. If I remember right, that much was left out. We labored for one year, when those who possessed the most property before going into the Order claimed the right to vote by shares and wanted the property put in the Order to be divided up into shares of ten or more dollars each. While others felt that if the property was turned into the Order that it did not belong to individuals, therefore no one could vote on property that did not belong to them, but all should have equal vote one with another. The Order had a Board of Directors, and out of that number was a President, Sec'y. and Treasurer. However, the people could not agree to vote by shares. Several withdrew with the rest. Those who remained in the Order felt that we were doing a graves wrong for withdrawing out. I felt very serious myself about it. However, I felt if it was the Lord's work and His property that I bad no right to be a bigger voter than anyone else, and concluded that I was justified to do as I did. Although it was claimed that property had increased, we did not receive as much back as we put in. My desire was to obey the Laws of God as well as my weak nature would permit, and I did enjoy the gifts of the Gospel, and the Spirit of the Lord in my endeavors to serve Him. It seemed many times that I knew what would transpire in the future in regard to several things, and as time passed on they would come to pass. I remember very forcibly one instance when one of John Craft's boys was past our house, on the fronthouns of a wagon, when I spoke with a jest and said (although the team was going pretty fast) "set them up", immediately I was impressed that I ought not to have spoken thus, because the wagon would come uncoupled and the reach would fly over between the horses and they would run away, and the boy would be caught in between the tongue hounds and swaybar. I had such a peculiar feeling that I seemed compelled to watch and see those thoughts fulfilled. He had not gone but a little way when the reach flew over between the horses. The tongue slipped out of the neck yoke, and as the horses were running, the end of the tongue ran into a bank.
The team broke loose from the wagon (or front wheels) the boy still fastened in between the houns as I mentioned before. My cousin Sanford saw him from another street, we both reached him the same time and got him out, not very badly hurt, thank the Lord for it.
In the spring of 1875 1 went to dry canyon in Rush Valley, Tooilly County (Tooele) with my brothers Alma, Warriner, and Chauncey, for the purpose of freighting ore. We used to boat the ore from the mines down a trail on a kind of sled. While there at work I came within an inch of my life, as the saying is. My boat of ore tipped over and tumbled me over and over until my feet hung over a ledge of rocks but I caught a small weed and stopped myself. If I had gone over I would have been killed, I think. This happened on my birthday, 4th of July, I also got to be cook for about twelve men while there.
After mother had given her baby daughter up to die, as father requested her to do, as it seemed that it was through her faith the child lived as long as it did. A year or two passed away, mother felt when she give up her child her faith went also. The following poem she composed according to her feelings at that time.
O! give me back my faith my Lord
O! give it back to me.
I gave it up because I sought
My husband to obey.
Where is it gone, will it return?
I am sure we need it now,
The widow and the fatherless
Needs faith to help them through.
I did not willing give it up
I strove to keep it in my breast,
Obedience hurled it from my sight
God gave (And took) when He thought it best.
Where has it gone, can it return?
Me thinks I hear Him say,
A stronger faith it shall return
With the one I took away.
OH! welcome faith wilt thou return
To cheer my wanting heart?
With a stronger tie, I will keep it nigh
Till life from me departs.
In the events passed, my brother Chauncey and Sister Printha had got married. He married one Favorette Rich, Daughter of Thomas and Henriette Rich. She married one Charles Simpson, contrary to mothers and brothers feelings.
The outcome of this I will speak or write of hereafter. My mother taught me that it was a privilege if we had faith, to know for ourselves the proper persons for us to marry. I believed it was and felt that to take such an important step in life it became a duty as well. In the Spring of 1875 I felt that I was getting about old enough to begin to hunt me out a wife. There were several girls whom I thought were pretty good girls, but when I would think of marriage to be for eternity and would they be a help mate in this life, to prepare for a life to come, with these thoughts my inward feelings said they were not the ones for me. However, one day, visiting another settlement, I saw a young lady whom I thought would be a help mate for me.
Remembering the counsel of my mother, and my own feelings, I asked the Lord if that young lady was the one for me. During the following night I had a dream. I thought I saw two young ladies walking hand in hand, and as they passed along I noticed them carefully. One was taller than the other. They each had a pleasant and good look about them. While I was thus eyeing them, a voice spoke a little behind me and to one side, and said: they are your wives and they live in the South. I turned to see the person that spoke, but could see on one. It startled me so that I awoke from my dream. I did not know then whether they would come where I lived or I would go where they lived. But I knew the one I had asked about was not the one for me, and that my prayer was heard.
In the spring of 1876, as usual, I attended the General Conference in Salt Lake City, for I generally attended them when I could. I was there when the tabernacle was dedicated. The dedicatory prayer was written by President Brigham Young and read by Pres. George Q. Cannon. After attending this conference in 1876 my brother Chauncey desired that I should go with him to the mines in Bingham Canyon. I went with him but in reality against my feelings. The mine was about thirty miles from Salt Lake City, Southwest. I went, and for about two weeks we washed gold, getting just enough to live on. When we concluded we would work in a mine for wages and also do some prospecting. We found a small vein of ore with some gold and silver in it. I would work at that mine alone while my brother would work in the mine for Eli B. Kinney. But before going to work in the mines we took a job of putting up a shanty for a man and got some money so as to increase our supplies. I used to blast the rock, working alone. One day when I put in a blast it was so long going off I thought the fuse was broken and the fire powder had gone out. I stepped in front of the mine when I felt an impression to step back. Just as I stepped back to one side the blast went off and the rocks came within a short range of my face. I did not like to work in the mines nor to hear the obscene language and profanity that was there. It seemed to be a constant ringing of these things in my ear which was annoying me. However, I received one comfort during the two months I stayed there, and that was one night.
I dreamed I was standing with several other men at the mouth of the canyon, when I glanced my eye upward. I saw as it were a very large bright star descending down out of Heaven. I turned to tell the others to look, when I found that I had been ascending and was far above the earth. I turned my eyes up again. The Star continued to descend until it came and encircled me about, and in this ball of light like the sun appeared unto me a man dressed in exceeding white clothing. His hair was white like snow and his countenance shown. He told me He was Jesus Christ, and asked me to go to a people (Whom he showed unto me) and call upon them to repent of their sins, and tell them that Jesus Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of the World did live and exist, and that I had seen him, and that he called upon me to go and tell them to repent of their sins and keep the commandments of God. I told Him I would go and do as He had asked me to do. Then He started and went up the same as He came down, and I went to the people He had shown unto me, and repeated over those things He had told me, The unspeakable happiness that filled my soul, to know that I had beheld, and talked with my Redeemer, that I wept aloud for joy and awoke from my slumber.
A short time after, when I was asleep, I thought I heard my sister Mary Etta call me to come home. It woke me up and the next day I went home, without any money, although I had sent twelve dollars home before and had sold my interest in the mine to Elexander Hays for a watch valued at thirty dollars. I may speak of it hereafter.
Having returned home from Bingham Canyon, I went to labor on our small farm and other jobs I could get during the summer. During this spring and summer there was a feeling increasing within me for to move into the Southern part of Utah or further south, I could not tell where, but it was all the while impressing me to move south.
One evening as my mother and I sat by the fire (In the month of October, about the last), I told her the feelings that was impressing me. She said she had had the same kind of feelings and had even asked the Lord if those feelings were right to cause that I should feel the same; and now she was satisfied that it was alright, because I had received the same feelings as she had. Not withstanding her satisfaction, it did not seem to satisfy me, and I so expressed myself. She said, the Lord has promised that where two or three are agreed in asking any one thing that is right, it shall be granted unto them, and are you willing to unite with me in asking the Lord to make it known unto one of us that night whether those feelings was right and for us to move south. I told her I was willing to unite with her in prayer. We kneeled down. She first prayed, and when she got through I then prayed for the same thing. We then retired to bed and went to sleep. I awoke a time or two in the night but had no knowledge as we had asked. I felt that if the Lord did not hear our prayers that it was because I was not worthy though I knew I had asked in faith, believing. However, I soon fell asleep and thought I stood in a opening or small prairie surrounded by forest of trees. It seemed as though I was on a mountain. I looked and saw a man coming from the South Southeast. He came unto me and said, "Do you wish to move South?", I said unto him that I did if it was the will of the Lord, but if it was not His will, I did not wish to go. He then said that he was a angel of the Lord sent unto me in answer to our prayers and that it was the will of the Lord for us to move South, but that we were not to move over the Colorado River as we were called not to go over, the River by the Authorities of the Church. He warned me three times not to go over the River unless I was called by the authorities of the Church. But if I asked or wished I could raise plenty of grain and I could go to Deseret. Any how be sure and stop this side of the River. He then asked me if I remembered a vision a young man had in Salt Lake City. I told him I remembered what I had heard of it. Says he, I am the same angel that showed that young man that vision. He then asked me to follow him and he would show me the same gold that he showed the young man. I followed him along a path a little way to the South, then a little was to the West, then a little way North, which led to a bare spot of ground and looked as it were a threshing floor, smooth and hard, and in the center of it was a pile of gold, and pointing at it he said, "The time is soon coming when that much gold will not buy that much flour, for there will be a great famine in the land", and if I went over the river without being called, that I would nearly starve to death. He then had a seamless sack which he put the gold into. The nuggets of gold was of various shapes and sizes, from the size of a Robbin's egg to the size of a pea. I saw that it filled the sack about half full, and I thought to myself if he is not a angel he cannot lift it, because no man could shoulder that much gold. However, he took hold of the sack with one hand, twisted the mouth of it, and threw it over his shoulder on to his back, just like it was so many feathers. He then carried it along a path a little way East to a small log cabin with a dirt roof on it. He entered the cabin and I stood on the bare spot of ground waiting his return, for I desired to ask several questions of him. While thus gazing for him to come out, I awoke or came to myself, for it seemed as though I had not been asleep. I now knew that the Lord had heard and answered our prayer.
Shortly after, on November the 6th, I started on my journey South in company with my sister Mary Etta, and her husband Edward Crofts, one William Rothwell, and Charles Criddle and family. I was one of the later teamsters. I took with me my carpenters tools, which I soon had to use, as Brother Rothwell's wagon tongue got broke out. We came as far South as Monroe, Severe County, where we camped for about three weeks(or nearly). For some cause I could not feel content to stay there and make it my home. Just as I was in my deepest anxiety to know where I ought to go, there was a man and wife drove up to the house, in which we were camped, to stop for the night. It was called the Order House, near the Order corral, where teams were kept. In the evening I learned from the gentleman that his name was Israel Hoyt, from Orderville, Kane County, about four hundred miles South from Porterville, Morgan County, Utah.
I was so inquisitive asking Brother Hoyt about the Order, people, and country, that he often would break out with a good hearty laugh. However, the answers he gave me gave much relief, and I decided at once I would go to Orderville and live. (Should I be worthy to live with as anointed a people as I imagined lived there.) Brother Rothwell, my sister and husband, decided to go also. In a day or two we started and arrived in Orderville on the evening of the 18th of December 1876. We camped just west of the Fort by a cedar tree. The next day I visited among the brethren learning all I could how things were carried on. One thing that drawed my attention a little more than anything else was to see all the people meeting together, morning and evening at the dining hall to partake of their meals.
There were three rows of tables, each about forty feet long, seating about two hundred persons, in all. Before partaking of food, a hymn was sung by all who could, then prayer was offered. Singing was omitted in the morning. A bell would be rung, or a bugle blown to call them to meals. I will relate hereafter more of their manner of living, and of their organization, etc. Trusting that the reader will have patience with me for deviating from my own line of history.
I will say to my reader friends, that what I have written heretofore in this History, is a considerable of it written from memory, and should there be any mistakes, it would be in dates mostly, and the neglect of writing in full as much as I should. However should things come to my memory worthy of note, I will endeavor to write them. But as I have kept a yearly written narrative since arriving at Orderville, my History hereafter will be more complete. Although I have not kept a daily journal up to this time, which is March 15th 1895.
I will now return to my story. While at Monroe, I asked Brother Hoyt if he thought I would be received into the Order if I so desired? He said he did not know, as Bishop Howard Spencer was a man of keen discernment, and if be thought people were not of the right stripe, he would tell them to go on to the next station. I told him I would give him a trial of it, and if he thought I was not worthy I certainly did not wish to be a detriment to those who were worthy to live in the Order. However when I reached Orderville the Bishop H. Wilhelm, then called Williams. The Bishop was out with several others putting up the Telegraph poles between Orderville and Kanab. Meantime I assisted Brother Bateman to erect a bark mill for a tannery. On the 24th of December the Bishop returned. On Sunday (24th) I was introduced to Bishop Spencer. He looked at me with his small keen eyes then asked me if I come to join the Order? Says I in reply, if you think I am worthy. Says he, we are willing for all good men to join, so come along if you think you can stand it. I said I would get my recommend. Never mind, says he, we can test you and see what you are worth.
The next month he was to start again with several men to stretch and tie up the wire on the Telegraph poles. I asked the privilege of going along to help them, as I desired to see my mother's sister and family whom I had not seen for eighteen years, except my aunt I had seen once, and who was going to move from Kanab soon, to Arizona Territory. So the next months I started with a ladder on my shoulder, to climb the poles and fasten the wire to the insulators. One Jonathan Heaton assisting also with another ladder. On Saturday afternoon we reached Kanab, a distance of eighteen miles along the line of wire, in six days. I stopped over Sunday, last day of February, with my aunt and family, some of whom I never saw before. Went to a grand ball or party Saturday Evening. Monday, returned home to Orderville, breaking trail through about eight inches of snow which fell during my stay at Kanab, before this my labor was at an old sawmill where I labored for about two weeks, and after this when I was called upon to assist one Mr. Warren to build lumber shanties for people to live in; as people come to join the Order, too fast for substantial buildings to be erected.
These shanties were all joined together on the North, East, and West side of a five acre block with a passage way in center on each side. On the South side of the block was main street or the county road. In the center of the block was the dining hall, used also for meeting and Sabbath Schools. About fifteen acres East of the block, was used for orchards and garden. While the farming land run up and down the valley between it. Carmel, Two miles Southwest and Glendale, four miles Northeast. The Order people also owned several ranches. I labored at the shanties a while when I was called upon to go in the cabinet shop and make sash for the shanties. After that was through with, I started to learn the cabinet trade, which I liked very much.
We read of the courtesy of Isaac and Jacob, recorded in the Bible, also of Moses in Josephus book. Not that I wish to say anything of the courtship because they did, but of my own choice on account of the peculiarities of the same. On the 14th of February, which is counted as a notable day, and especially on my own account, I engaged to keep company with Mary Maria Hoyt, daughter of Israel
Hoyt, and an influential lady in the place. Her occupation was that of teaching school, and was a President of the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association. Her parents were willing parties to this matter.
After having made such an engagement, I felt I had taken a very important step in life. However, I desired that the Lord would break up our engagement if she was not the right one. And, very earnestly did I pray to that effect. But during the night of the 14th after retiring to my bed, and I west to sleep, I had what might be called a foolish dream. However the meaning seems clear enough to my mind. I will write it.
I saw two young pullets on a ladder and I thought it my duty to catch them. The first one seemed somewhat afraid for she acted as though some one had tried to catch her before. However, I caught her. The second one did not seem afraid at all, and I caught her. Then I awoke. I lay there wondering what it meant, when I went to sleep again and dreamed again. I thought I saw two men preparing to go to St. George to get married. The Bishop H. 0. Spencer came up to me and said, "Come brother Porter, you had better get ready and go with them." I told him I was not ready yet. I knew in my dream that these men were Delaun M. Cox and the other was Joseph Fackrell. The first one's lover was Susan Brown. The latter one's lover I did not know. I saw after they had gone, a space of time elapsed, then I saw two covered wagons ready to start to St. George. I saw I was going with them, and that Miss M.M. Hoyt and Miss Laura M. Carling was going along also, and these were the one's I was going to get for my wives. I knew when I awoke the import of the first dream. But how has this to be brought about I could not tell. A few months passed by, then I really saw these two men getting ready to go to St. George and Bishop Spencer came to me and said, "Come brother Porter, you had better get ready and go with them." I replied, "I am not ready."
But previous to this time I had asked my lady love if she was willing to become my wife. She replied, that she believed in the principle of plural marriage and would like for me to get another at the same time. I desired to know her willingness should I not take another. She said yes, but people felt that because she had refused others who had asked her, she did not believe in that principle of plural marriage. I asked her whom she desired I should get. She refused to tell (I suppose she thought if I was wise enough to make a good choice as herself, that I would make a choice suitable to her feelings), and she desired I should mention another suitable to my own choice, whereupon I said to her Laura Carling was my choice. This exactly agreed with her own feelings. The next proper step for me to take seemed to me a difficult one, and really was I worthy to take two wives? I felt my weakness. But I concluded I would ask advice of some of the authorities, and who could be a better one to ask such advice than Isaac V. Carling, the Bishop's first counselor and father of the girl. I asked him if he thought it proper for a young man like me to take two wives at one time, or whether I ought not to marry one first and wait until I should be found worthy. I then could get another.
He thought it was best for me to take two at one time if I ever felt like, going into the principle, and that it would not be as great a trial for me or my first wife. And as for my worthiness, he felt that if any young man was, I was. But, just imagine his surprise when I asked Him for his daughter Laura. However he gave his consent. I had never as yet said anything more than pass the time of day to the daughter. I often prayed to break up or thwart my endeavors should they not be the right ones, but on the other hand if they were the right ones I might be blessed in my endeavors. I will say that every step I made, I was blessed beyond expectations. And on the 9th of September I started with Brother Carling, his son and two daughters and Miss Hoyt to St. George and on the 13th of September 1877, myself and Miss Mary Maria Hoyt and Miss Laura Malvina Carling were united in the bonds of wedlock. Elder J. D. T. McAllister said the ceremony. And when he asked us to seal the marriage with a kiss, it was then and there the first time our lips ever pressed each other. The heavenly influence that was there, the blessing the Minister gave us, the joy that came unto me, I believe we were sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise.
I will now return to our trip down there. When we arrived at Pipe Springs, and had camped for the night, Brother Carling asked me if I was willing to have his daughter Olive, who had died, sealed to me, as she had often said she desired the same husband as Laura. I told him yes, I was willing, if that was his and her desire. Full Name: Olive Charella Carling.
The next day as I was riding along, I fell asleep and dreamed I saw Olive standing at the foot of a small hill by the road side looking at me, but said nothing. Now I had never seen the girl before. I told those present what I dreamed and described how she looked and the kind of clothes she wore. They said they could not have described her any better. Just as she was before she died.
I will now return to my account after my return from Kanab, January 4th, 1877. I attended a meeting of the deacons. At that meeting the Deacons were organized into quorums. I was set apart (on May 22, 1877, by H. O. Spencer) as President over the 1st Deacons Quorum in Orderville, and William C. Black as President of the 2nd Deacons Quorum, by I. V. Carling. I believe I was set part by Howard O. Spencer, then Presiding Bishop in Longvalley, and W. G. Black by Elder I. V. Carling of the 3rd Quorum, John M. Allen, by John White. I continued my labors in the cabinet shop during the year.
On the 20th of August I was Ordained an Elder and received the Melchizedek Priesthood under the hands of H. 0. Spencer and I. V. Carling, the latter being mouth, and on the following month on the 13th of September 1877 I received my endowments in the Temple at St. George. It was there that I received an everlasting impression upon my mind in regard to the dream I had received when but six years of age. Returning again to the month of June, it was then that I had the privilege of meeting my dear mother and brothers who had now arrived here to live. But in a few weeks my brother Melvin returned to Porterville to move my father's other wife, Lydia, down here also. My brother Warriner and family came in June with my mother. While the others of my brothers and sisters who were married remained at our old home, and did not move when Lydia and family did, which was in September 1877. Soon after I arrived at Orderville I joined the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association. I will say that on Aug. 20th, at mothers home my brother Carmi Nephi Porter was ordained an Elder by E. R. Billingsly the Patriarch.
Previous to this time several of the Apostles; John Taylor, Orson Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, and others, visited this country and organized the Kanab Stake, with L. John Nuttall as President, Howard 0. Spencer, First Counselor, and James L. Bunting, Second Counselor. This was done in April, but on August the 7th, 1877 Orderville Ward was organized into a Ward by itself. (Heretofore the three settlements were presided over by Bishop H. 0. Spencer.) With Thomas Chamberlain Bishop, Isaac V. Carling First, and Bateman H. Williams as Second Counsellors, and Edward M. Webb as Ward Clerk.
In September, as I have mentioned before, I went to St. George, and on my starting from home, I left my brother Carmi very ill with the typhoid fever, he had been sick for five or six weeks then, and was so poor that his back bone could be seen protruding through the skin, and it was now that I earnestly prayed to the Lord for his recovery, but said the Lord's will be done. When I started he was changing for the better. On the night of the 18th of September I dreamed I was eighteen days from home, and on my return home I asked mother how Carmi was, she said he is much better, he has been to the dining hall. I then awoke. This was literally fulfilled, all of it. After I had labored in the cabinet shop and while there laboring one night I dreamed I saw two large coffins on the work bench, and a voice spoke and said: "one of them was for my brother who got killed while logging up the canyon." I then awoke, but could not remember the name, whether it was Melvin or Omni, I could not tell. However, in two weeks, my brother Omni got killed while logging. The manner in which he got killed I will describe by writing a vision given to my brother Melvin while at Porterville a short time after Omni's death. The following is a letter he wrote to mother and children.
Feb. 7th 1878
Dear Mother, Brothers and Sisters and Relatives.
It is with pleasure I seat myself to write you. I am well and have been ever since I left there. I am living with Sister Shultz. She has not been very well lately, but is better now. It snowed last night and is snowing now. We have had a very good winter so far. There has been considerable sickness in the county.
On the 20th of last month, Billy Dixson died. I was to his funeral, and on the 4th of this month Charles Bull left his stage of action, and I have hear of several more in other places. On the 5th Sanford and Arvena came here and I was glad to see them. I heard Arvena read your letter, and they was good, and I read mine to her. Times are dull here, and so are the boy's and girls. Chauncey and family has been out to Centerviile but they are here now. I stayed up to the house nights, sometimes alone and sometimes had a boy with me. Feeling somewhat lonesome and sad without the boy's with me and the rest of you, and about Omni.
On the 27th ult. on Sunday night, I got Ira to stay with me. I generally had prayers every night. When I did not pray out loud, where the boy's were, I prayed in my heart. Every day since that time has seemed better. I prayed to the Lord that night, that I might have a dream of something about Omni to satisfy me. As I am no hand to tell a dream, nor never I believed in them, I expect you will think it funny. But I believe in this dream, as I prayed to the Lord for it. I went to bed and dreamed four dreams. I went to sleep again and dreamed that Edson and Carmi was with me, in the road joking, and I thought I left them and went into the house to bed. I thought I was lying on my back, and Omni came in and stood right in the air over the foot of my bed, and I thought I shook hands with him and said, "you, Omni?" I thought you were dead!, and he said well I haint, my body is, but my spirit haint." I thought he asked me how they buried him and I said, I don't know. You know I did not go South with you and Edson, and he said, Oh yes I remember; then he said, what did the folks tell you how I got killed? and I told him. Then he said of course the folks did not know exactly bow it was. He said: I was alone on a rolling log and the chain broke, then I toggled the chain and then rolled the log up a way and then went to block it and the toggle broke. I jumped back, but the chain caught me and killed me." I thought he went through the motions. I asked him if he thought he would have been dead if I had went. He said I don't know. I think if you had of went, you would have been with me, or in my place, one of the two boy's had to go, and the Lord so arranged. You stayed and I went." I asked him who he was going to marry. He said, I don't know for sure but I think it will be Rachael Black.
(I will state here that Melvin knew nothing about Rachael Black.) I told him that his mother wrote about her. He said all right, be would be glad if she would be sealed to him. I asked about Eliza being sealed to him and he said alright, I am willing to take all of them. I asked if he had seen father. He said yes. I asked if he had seen her, he said no.
He said for me not to feel bad and to tell the rest the same, for it was the Lord's will. I thought he was dressed just like he was the last time I saw him. He went away and then I told Edson and Carmi I had seen him and they said where? and I told them, I thought it was in the Spirit World, although it seemed like I was in bed. I do believe he was there. I was laying on my back. I have had an operation of the Spirit of God within me lots of times. When Aunt Lydia wrote to Eliza, I went in there and Alma was reading her letter to himself. Something said to me, that is from Aunt Lydia to Eliza, to ask if she would be sealed to Omni. I found out afterward that it was so. Sister Shultz sends her respects to all.
From Melvin 0. Porter
I will now explain further of my labors and of the other coffin mentioned in the last chapter before this.
Three days after my Brother Omni's death, the wife of Brother Zemiry Palmer died. Shortly after this I dreamed of seeing two small coffins on the work bench, and in about two weeks, two small children died and was buried the same day. After laboring one year in the cabinet shop, the Board of Directors appointed me to labor in the kitchen to take charge of the work. This now being about the 20th of March 1878. Sometime in April I was set apart to that position, at a meeting of the Priesthood, called a Prayer Circle. There were two Prayer Circles organized in this ward. I was chosen as a member of these. I labored in the Kitchen for five months, when the people was desirous that I should labor in the cabinet shop, as they needed furniture so bad. Then I was appointed to go back and labor in the shop. I labored there until the end of the year.
On the 2nd day of October my wife Maria gave birth to a fine son of which I was very proud indeed. When he was eight days old I called some Elders in and I blessed him and gave him the name Francis Alvin.
January lst 1879. Started for House Rock Valley to herd sheep a while, to liberate C.W. Carroll who had been herding for some little time. Distance from home is about 60 miles. Arrived home on the 12th of March. Lorenzo D. Young succeeding me with the herd of sheep. I went to work in the shop again. Made my wives each a nice bedstead.
Before writing further I will state here some of my appointments received from the time I came to this place, up to the present time.
June 4th 1877, was appointed Sec'y of Teachers Quorum.
July 7th 1877, was appointed Librarian of the Y.M.M.I.A.
About the 15th of April 1879. Started for Salt Lake City. But before going further I will relate a dream I received on the Buckskin Mountains where I had taken the sheep before returning home on the 12th of March.
"I thought I was at Porterville and I started South. I found myself in a canal at the lower edge of a field. My pants were rolled up and I was clearing the canal from clods, etc. The canal ran strait South, it seemed as far as I could see; I even could not see the end of it. I looked and beheld beside the canal where I was, my father's wife Lydia and younger children. My mother and younger children, My brother Warriner and family, were all in wagons moving South. I saw that my mother and aunt Lydia (as I always called her) were moving South in the same wagon. My brother Omni ask me, "what I was doing in that canal?" I told him I was clearing out the clods so that our boat could sail along safely. For yet I thought the boat was for us to sail in. My brother Omni said, "Well I am going to follow Heber C. Kimball". I then saw another canal that led to the right and it was the one that people follow when they die. I said unto Omni that it is a good place to go but then you ought to follow me for I am going the right way on earth. "No!" said he, "I will go back and follow Heber.", "and my brother Justin is going to follow him for I heard him say so." Then my brother Melvin spoke and said, "I guess I will go back too." I begged him not to go back, but follow me for you know I am on the right track. He said he knew that, but thought it just as well for him to go with Omni. I then said, "Do you want to live long on the earth, and do much good?, and get married and have a family?" He said, "Yes." but hung his head in deep study which he ought to do. Finally he said; "Well I guess I will follow you." I then looked and beheld my brothers and sisters whom I left at Porterville. I talked with them. Chauncey said: "I believe I will move South, no, l believe I will move North, well I guess I will move South, well I guess I had better move North." His mind was very much unsettled. My brother Alma said, well he did not know whether he would do better to move South, stay where he is, or move North. My brother Justin said, "well you have not gone up to Enoch's city yet." Likewise did my cousin Sanford Chipman. I thought the latter had used that kind of an influence with my brother Justin, also against his going South. I saw my sisters crying and saying they would like to move South, but they could not for their husbands would not. They desired to be where their mothers were. Again I was with these who were with wagons and was preparing to travel on when I awoke and found this to be a dream.
As I stated before, about the 15th of April, I started for Salt Lake City for the purpose of entering a quarter section of land. I went from there over to Porterville to visit my brothers and sisters and relatives. I found Chauncey in the state of mind as I saw him in my dream, and he said word for word as I had dreamed. Likewise did Alma, and Justin, also my sisters done and said as I had seen in my dream. On my return home to Orderville I went by way of Manti City to see it's temple, also to see my sister Mary Etta and husband, and others who were laboring on the temple. When I arrived there I found my brother Melvin there lying sick in bed. He was on his way to Porterville. I asked him if he would come back to Orderville again, if he did not think it right to live in the Order, if he did not intend to come back and get married down there, if he did not think I was on the right track? He said yes he believed I was, and that you might feel satisfied that I will return and get married. I will tell you that I am keeping company with Abigail Brown and intend to marry her if all is right.
I asked him if I should administer to him. He said, yes. I done so as best I could but it seemed hard for me to speak. I desired the Lord to give me faith that I could pray with that assurance that he would be healed, but with all my anxiety I failed to receive it. I asked him if I should stay with him until he got better, but he said no and urged me to go home with Bishop Chamberlain and the others I came with. I did as he said and on my arriving in Long Valley, at the Lake above Glendale, I met my mother on her way to take care of her son Melvin, during his sickness. However, on the 10th day of July his spirit took it's departure, and on the 11th, which was his birthday (he would have been twenty one years old) he was buried. Which was in fulfillment of a vision my father received before Melvin was born. Viz.. he saw himself in heaven and his son Omner come to him from earth when he was twenty-one years old. This he told my mother before Melvin 0mer was born.
Now the interpretation to my dream, is easily known, for the.... that field is Utah. My Mother moved South first and Aunt Lydia moved afterward in the same wagon. Omni had already followed Heber C. Kimball and Melvin went with him, and yet followed me as he said he would, as you shall see in my next chapter.
After my mother returned home and told me of her feelings and circumstances surrounding my brothers death, I felt very lonely and bad because of the loss of my brothers company for this life. On the night of the 17th of June 1879 1 received the following dream or vision as you may choose to call it. After retiring to my bed, my wife Maria and child beside me, I was lying on my back, I do not think I had yet been asleep, although I thought the others were. The room was dark and I lay there thinking of the past. When suddenly I saw a small light on the ceiling in the southeast corner of the room; it began to grow larger and larger. Immediately I saw the feet of a person coming down through the ceiling and so on until the whole body had come through. The house, or room was lighted like day. I saw that the personage was my brother Melvin clothed in white. He came to the foot of the bed, but his feet did not touch the floor. He stood as it were, in the air. He then spoke unto me and said, "Lysander, will you take Abbie Brown and have her sealed to me?" I said I would it she was willing. He then turned his face toward the door, and spoke to Abigail Brown, (I thought she stood there but I had not seen her) and said, "Will you take Lysander and be sealed unto me?' She then started to cry, and said, "I wish I could have been married to you without being married unto anyone else." Said he, "I was called to go, it could not be helped, I had to go" He then said unto me, "Tell mother that she or any of you must not feel bad because I died, for I was called to go and I had to go, and it is alright. He then repeated his question unto Abbie Brown and she repeated her answer. He then said it was best for her to marry me and be sealed unto him, for he was called to go and it would be alright. She then stopped weeping and she said she would do as he desired. He then spoke unto both of us and said; "I will then seal upon you the spirit of love and you will love one another until you have accomplished my desires." He then turned and went out the same way as he came in. And when the night had all withdrawn from the room, I found myself in the dark looking up into the corner where he went through, and where the light was disappeared.
I will now return to the winter and spring of 1879. While I was in House Rock Valley herding sheep, I read the Voice of Warning, Orson Pratt's works, and the Millennial Star, Vol. 14 or 15 which contained the History of Joseph Smith. I felt greatly blessed by reading these books. One day when I was returning home, or to camp, with the sheep, I received a sudden impression to go back and look, for I had lost some sheep. But says I to myself, that cannot be, because I have kept a close watch all the time, to see that none should be lost. So I started on towards camp. I received the sudden impression the second time. I then thought there was no harm in listening to it. So I went back where I had crossed over a small ridge. I stood on the ridge a few moments looking to see any sheep I might have left behind, but could see none. And just turning to go to camp when of a sudden I heard a noise just below where I stood. I looked down the hill a few rods and saw a sheep lying on its side with a large flat rock on its head. It was exerting itself to get loose but could not. I lifted the rock from its head, then it got up, and looked at me a moment, then bleated while looking at me as much as if to say, "I am very thankful." It then scrambled off for camp. I have often thought that when those sudden impressions of intelligence are given unto us, we should listen unto them, because those things made known unto us in that way will come to pass the same day or soon, and as our Prophet Joseph Smith says, "By listening unto them we will grow into the spirit of revelation."
After I returned home I went to Porterville and then returned home, as previously mentioned, I labored again in the cabinet shop a month or more, then helped harvest the grain, and helped build a house on the section of land. I then labored in the kitchen about four months, when I was called upon to assist in the school as a teacher with one Edward N. Webb as principal. Taught one term this winter. In the Spring of 1880 labored a month or so at the saw mill. Returned and taught two terms more of school. During the winter just past, had a talk with Abigail and her widowed mother about her being sealed to my brother Melvin.
May 31st 1880. Maria gave birth to a nice girl, which I blessed and gave the name of Nellie Elizabeth, at 8 days old.
Abigail acted and talked as I had seen her do in my dream. But her mother, Elizabeth, would not consent for her to be sealed to Melvin unless she was married to me likewise. Then she consented to take me and be sealed to Melvin as she felt very anxious to be sealed to him. And, on the 2nd day of June, 1880 I went through the Temple and received Endowments for and in behalf of my brother Melvin, and Abigail Ann Brown received her endowments, and was sealed to Melvin and we were married. We returned home. I helped to build a house with three lower rooms, on the section of land I had preempted, about a mile Southwest of Orderville. In the fall, labored again at the saw mill for a while and returned in November to teach school.
(The reader must excuse me for turning back to earlier dates so often, which is on account of my not having written a daily journal, and some things I wish to write, which I have not written in my yearly diary.)
In the spring of 1878 my wife Laura desired very much to go with her father to Fillmore to pay a visit among her relatives. But I felt opposed to her going. She felt very bad and thought I was almost cruel. I still felt it was best for her not to go. She still insisted on me to let her go. I did not wish to do wrong in the matter, so I went and asked the Lord to cause me to feel willing for her to go if it was right. While thus praying the whispering of the spirit said unto me "her father is not going." I returned to the house and told her that the feeling I had I believed was right, and further more I did not believe her father would go. She said she did not feel that way, but if he did not go she would acknowledge that she was wrong in her feelings and that I was right and would try to hearken unto my counsel ever after. A day or two before he intended to start, he received a letter stating it would be of no use to come there for the purpose he intended. So, be changed his intentions and did not go. Then Laura confessed with a spirit of humility that she was wrong in being so anxious, and that I was right and she would obey my counsel ever after.
On the 24th of August in 1879 she (Laura,) gave birth to a fine son, and when 8 days old I blessed him, having called the Elders in, and gave him the name of Lysander Leroy. In the spring, of this year the people of the Order felt very much depressed financially and several of us brethren went up in the hills to pray unto the Lord for divine assistance; that we might free ourselves from debt and obtain means which seemed requisite to have. Just about this time a little after, Brother Charles N. Carroll learned that there was some prospect of his selling an interest in a mine at Heber City, and when I went to the City he went also and sold his interest for several hundred dollars. He turned out most of it into the Order. Our debts were paid and we bought many things that the Order needed.
About this time I received a very peculiar dream which I will relate and leave it for the reader to know the import of. I thought I was traveling alone, going toward Nephi City, beyond Warm Creek. I had eat nothing for about three days and was very faint and hungry. I heard a sweet tune in the air above me. I looked and saw a Dove circling around and round and lowering itself toward me. It soon lit upon my head; then suddenly upon my shoulder. I held out my hand and it hopped into my hand. Suddenly the Devil appeared by me, for I thought I knew it was him, although he was dressed like quite like a gentleman. He tried to tempt me, to kill the dove and eat it, as I was very hungry. I said unto him that the dove was innocent and even if I should kill it and eat it, it would be an aggravation to me and my craving appetite would be only more severe; and to kill it, No! I will not take the life of that innocent dove, just to try to satisfy my hunger. When I had thus spoken I raised my hand and the dove circled and soared still humming that beautiful tune. The Devil vanished from my sight which caused me to awake from my slumber.
In my next few chapters will be the Patriarchal Blessings given unto us, which is to stimulate and strengthen us in our well doing, whenever we read them.
Porterville, Morgan County, Utah
May llth 1879
A Patriarchal Blessing upon the head of Francis Lysander Porter, son of Chauncy Warriner and Priscilla Porter. Born in Millcreek Ward, Salt Lake County, July 4th 1854, given by Patriarch Alma Porter.
You will be permitted to go before the Lord and great power will be given unto you to put the enemies of the Lord to flight; for you will be permitted to be one of the Prophets guards. You will yet handle the sword of Laban and be mighty in the hands of your Redeemer in clearing the way to the center stake of Zion.
You will be an instrument in the hands of the Lord in preaching unto the Lamanites. You will have power given unto you to preach to them in their own language. You will have power given unto you of bringing thousands to the knowledge of their fathers. They will gather around you and be willing to worship you, but you will forbid them, and tell them you are their fellow laborer with them. You and they will assist in building up the center stake of Zion. Your peace and joy there will be full. You will be permitted to labor in the Temple of the Lord in the center stake of Zion, and through your faith and faithfulness you will become a master workman upon that Temple. You will have many wives given unto you of the Lord and because you are a literal descendant of Abraham, the Priesthood will remain with your posterity through all generations for the blessings of Abraham will rest upon you, and your posterity will be numerous in the Holy Priesthood like unto this. You will live to see the Temple of the Lord in the Center Stake of Zion finished. You and your wives and your posterity will enter into that Temple and go through all the ordinances of the House of the Lord preparatory to entering into the presence of the Lord for yourselves. You will go a great work for your dead. Holy Angels will visit you there and acquaint you of your dead, their ages and birth places. You will live to see the enemies of the Lord put under His feet. You will live to see the winding up scene when the Kingdoms of this earth will become the Kingdom of Christs and his Father's. You will be one of those that are elected to be one of the One Hundred and Forty Four Thousand. You will be at the Crowning of Ephraim. You will live to see the Ten Tribes coming from the north Country. You will live to see Jesus coming in His Glory with His Holy Angels and Messengers, and you will have oil in your lamp and it will be trimmed and burning, and you will go out to meet your Redeemer, and you will go with Him to that great feast, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. There you will partake of it's rich bounties. There you will see Jesus in his glory; there your peace and joy will be full. And I bless you by the power of my Holy calling, in your limbs and joints, that you may have strength to do this great work with an eye single to the Glory of God. And I bless you with Eternal Life, and seal upon your head a crown of Celestial Glory, in the name of Jesus Christ your Redeemer, Amen.
E. D. Porter, Clerk
A Patriarchal Blessing by Even M. Green on the head of Laura M. Carling, in Fillmore City, November 21st 1875. She being the daughter of Isaac Vanwagoner and Asenith Elizabeth Carling.
Sister Laura, in the Name of Jesus Christ, and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, I lay my hands upon your head, and by the request of thy father, give unto thee a Father's Blessing, even a Patriarchal Blessing, which blessing is a seal and a token of the promises made unto the Fathers. These promises are for thee, even all the blessing of the New and Everlasting Covenant.
Thou art one of the Daughters of Abraham of the promised seed of Israel, and thou art in thy childhood, thy name is registered in heaven. Thou shalt have knowledge and understanding which shall exceed that of many of thy superiors in age. The spirit of revelation shall be in thine heart, and thy desire shall be to obtain knowledge. The study of Principle shall be thy delight. I say unto thee, be faithful, seek not to quench that spirit that is in thine heart, for thy intelligence shall he great, and if thou wilt cultivate a desire for knowledge it shall be given unto you. Thou shalt excel and thy soul shall rejoice. These blessings I seal upon thee; all the blessings of the Everlasting Covenant, and the powers of the Holy Priesthood that are for thy sex, and in conjunction with thy companion; for a companion shall be given unto thee. Thou shalt receive great knowledge and power, and wisdom. Thou shalt have great influence among thy sex. Thou shalt have joy and rejoicing with thy posterity, which shall be numerous. Thine inheritance shall be in the Center Stake of Zion where the labor of thy posterity shall be to beautify and embellish it. I seal upon you the power of eternal lives. Thou shalt come forth in the Resurrection of the Just, crowned with honor, glory, and immortality. All these blessings I seal upon thy head, through thy faith and faithfulness.
In the name of Jesus Christ and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, even so, Amen.
Orderville, Kane County, Utah
June 2nd 1878
A Patriarchal Blessing given by Elijah R. Billingsly upon the head of Francis Lysander Porter, son of Chauncy Warriner Porter and Priscilla Porter, born July 4th 1854.
Brother Lysander, in the name of Jesus thy Redeemer, I place my hands upon your head and seal upon you a Patriarchal Blessing. Your lineage is that of Joseph through the loins of Ephraim, and because you are a literal descendant of Abraham, you are a lawful heir to the Holy Priesthood. You was chosen and sent to this earth to receive a body in the dispensation of the everlasting gospel. Jesus the only begotten of the Father, layed His hands upon your head and blessed you and gave you a name. Your Father had your name recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life, and through your faith and faithfulness there it will remain worlds without end. You will be permitted to go to the Center Stake of Zion and by the power of the Almighty you will Lysander, in the name of Jesus Christ and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, I lay my hands upon your head and seal upon you a father's blessing, which shall abide with you even as long as your life, even that of Eternal Life. You shall come forth in the morning of the Resurrection of the Just, and shall be crowned with blessings of the New and Everlasting Covenant, with Abraham, your father. Thou hast been chosen to come forth in the last days and hast been reserved in heaven for a wise purpose, even to bear the Holy Priesthood in the last days; and to assist in the work of God in this last dispensation. Thy days shall be days of usefulness in, among thy brothers, and many shall be kept in the ways of the Lord through thy counsel; and by the lips of thy mouth thou shalt teach principle and doctrine and shall guide the erring and wavering in the paths of truth. You shall be a blessing unto your father's house, and a comfort unto your mother, and a stay and a staff to all the faithful of God's people whom you may associate with. I seal you the blessings Of the New and Everlasting Covenant, for thou art one of the sons of Joseph through the loins of Ephraim. And thou shalt be faithful, and thy branches shall run over the wall, and thy posterity shall be numerous upon the earth. And thou shalt rejoice with them in the Kingdom of God forever. These blessings I seal upon you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Chauncy Union Porter, Clerk
Recorded in-Book A on page 22
Orderville, August 22nd 1880
A Patriarchal Blessing- given by Elijah R. Billingsley upon the head of Mary Maria Hoyt Porter, Daughter of Israel and Hannah Elizabeth Hoyt. Born September 4th 1858 in Nephi City, Juab County, Utah.
"Sister Maria, beloved of the Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ your Redeemer I place my hands upon your head and seal upon you a Patriarchal Blessing. Your lineage is of Joseph through the loins of Ephraim. You are therefore entitled to all the blessings of the holy Gospel. Your Heavenly Father has held you in reserve that you might come forth in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times, and fullness of the Everlasting Gospel. He therefore blessed you and gave you a name and sent you to this earth to take a body and do a great work for your father's house. He sent with you a guardian angel and he is with you yet to warn you of the many trials you have to pass through. Your Heavenly Father had your name registered in the Lamb's Book of Life, and through your faith and faithfulness there it will remain worlds without end.
You will labor a long time in the Temple of the Lord and holy Angels will visit you there; they will acquaint you of your dead, their ages and birth places. Your posterity will grow up to be very powerful in the Holy Priesthood, and because of the kind feelings towards your children they will hold your name in honorable remembrance through many generations. And, because you are a literal descendant of Abraham, the Priesthood shall remain with thy posterity through all generations of time. You will have a beautiful mansion prepared for you in the Center Stake of Zion and there you will keep it neat and clean by the workmanship of your hands. Holy Angels will visit you there; you and they will shout praises to God and the Lamb. You will be preserved until the Temple of the Lord and go through the ordinances of that house with your husband, and labor a long time for your dead. For your dead are very anxious to be delivered from their prison. You will see much pestilence and famine and distress upon the earth, but through your faithfulness your life will be preserved. You will have visions and revelations given unto you of the Lord. You will have power to heal the sick of your family in the absence of your husband. You will have power over your enemies so that they cannot harm you. You will be preserved until the gathering is finished, according to the holy Prophets. You will live to see Israel gathered. You will live to see the Ten Tribes coming from the North Country. And, you will be with your husband at the crowning of Ephraim. You will live to see the enemies of the Lord become ashes under his feet. And, you will stand upon the earth when the Savior comes, and you will go with him to that great feast, the marriage supper of the Lamb, and you will partake with him at that feast where you will see Jesus in His Glory, and you will partake in part of the same. There your joy and peace will be full. And, by the authority of my holy office and calling I bless you in your body, limbs and joints, and seal upon you Eternal Life, and upon your head a crown of Celestial Glory, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Francis L. Porter, Clerk
Orderville, August 22nd 1880
A Patriarchal blessing by Elijah R. Billingsley upon the head of Laura Malvina Porter, daughter of Isaac V. and Aseneth E. Carling, Born December 30th 1860, Fillmore City, Millard County, Utah.
Sister Laura, beloved of the Lord: in the name of Jesus your Redeemer, I place my hands upon your head and bestow upon you a father's blessing, even a Patriarchal Blessing. You are one of the daughters of Zion and of the lineage of Joseph who was sold into Egypt. You have a right to the blessings of the holy Gospel through the lineage of your fathers. Your Heavenly Father has been mindful of you and has permitted you to come forth in the dispensation and fullness of his everlasting gospel. Jesus, your elder brother laid his hands upon your head and blessed you and gave you a name. Your father had your name recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life. There it will remain worlds without end. Your father permitted you to take a body to do a great work for your dead, and that you will do through your faith and faithfulness. Your posterity will grow up to be very powerful in the Holy Priesthood, and the Priesthood will remain with your posterity through all generations of time. You will go with your husband to the Center Stake of Zion. You will live to see the enemies of your Lord put under his feet. You will have a beautiful mansion prepared for you in the Center Stake of Zion and your garden will be like unto the Garden of Eden. Holy messengers will visit you from time to time. You will enter into the Temple of the Lord and do a great work for your dead, And you will become as it were, a pillar in that Temple. You will live to see the winding up scene, when the kingdoms of the world will become the Kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ. You will live to see God's Covenant People coming from the four quarters of the earth. And, you will be with your husband at the crowning of Ephraim. Your life will be preserved until Babylon falls and when that great cry is made, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh." you will be caught up to meet him with all his Holy messengers, and you will go with them to that great feast, the marriage Supper of the Lamb, there you will see the Lamb of God in His Glory. Your joy and peace will be full, and by the authority of my holy office and calling, I bless you in your body limbs and joints that they may be strong and active to do this great work with an eye single to the Glory of God. I seal upon you Eternal Life, and upon your head a crown of Celestial Glory. In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, Amen.
F. L. Porter, Clerk
Orderville, April 6th 1878. A Patriarchal blessing given by Elijah R. Billingsly upon the head of Melvin Omer Porter, Son of Chauncy Warriner and Priscilla Porter, Born June llth 1859, Springville, Utah County, Utah.
Brother Melvin, beloved of the Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ, your redeemer, I place my hands upon your head and seal upon you a Patriarchal Blessing. You are of the lineage of Joseph through the loins of Ephraim, therefore you have a right to the holy Priesthood through the lineage of your fathers. Your Heavenly Father has called and chosen you to come forth to this earth to do a great work. He sent with you, your guardian angel. Jesus, the Only Begotten of the Father, placed His hands upon your head and blessed you and gave you a name and sent you to this earth to take a body in the dispensation of the Everlasting Gospel. And, when you was baptized into His Kingdom, Holy Angels shouted for joy. Your calling is to preach the gospel to the nations of the earth. You will be wafted over sea and land as it were an angels wings. You will be reigned before Kings and Rulers and suffer much persecution, but you will have great faith given to you of the Lord, so that the elements and the water will obey you, and by the help of the Almighty, no power will be able to stand against you. Your calling is more particular to the House of Israel. You will have power given unto you to preach the gospel in their own language. You will ordain many of them to the Holy Priesthood. You and they will go before the Lord and put His enemies to flight, for no power will be able to stand against you. You will have many wives given to you of the Lord, and because you are a literal descendant of Abraham, your posterity will grow up to be very great in the Holy Priesthood. And the Holy Priesthood will remain with thy posterity through all generations of time. You with your wives will enter into the Holy Temple of the Lord and go through the ordinances of that house for yourselves and your dead. Holy Angels will visit you there, they will acquaint you of your dead, their names, ages and birth places.
You and they will shout praises to God and the Lamb forever and ever. You will go before the Lord to the Center Stake of Zion. The Glory of God will be there. You will be at the crowning of Ephraim. You will live to see the winding up scene. You will live to see the enemies of your Lord become ashes under His feet. You will live to see Babylon fall and the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdom of God and His Christ. You will live to see the seas rolling off the North Country and the ten tribes coming to Zion, and when that great cry is made "Behold the Bridegroom Cometh" you will have oil in your lamp and it will be trimmed and burning, and you will be changed in the twinkling of an eye and be caught up to meet your Redeemer and His Holy Messengers, and you will be permitted to go with them to that great feast, the Supper of the Lamb. There you will partake in part of the same. There your joy and peace will be full.
By the authority of my Holy office and calling, I bless you in your body and limbs and joints, that you may be strong and active to perform this great work with an eye single to the Glory of God. I seal upon you Eternal Life, and upon your head a crown of Celestial Glory, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Edson D. Porter, Clerk
December 12th 1880. I commenced teaching school. I taught for three terms, closing in June 1881. This month, the 15th, my brothers Wilford, Ezra, and I started for the Buckskin mountains for the purpose of herding sheep. We took a head of about three thousand head. The Buckskin mountains, on the top, is a great plateau with nice rolling hills covered with a dense forest of pines. Some beautiful little valleys surrounded with dense groves of quaking asp trees. The top of the mountain is the shape of a flat iron, the widest part being about fifty miles, and is dotted here and there with small lakes, and a few springs of water. It was here I enjoyed myself very much. During my three months stay I occupied myself in studying mathematics, grammar, history and theology. During the night or morning of August 23rd 1881 I received the following dream upon my bed. I thought my Brother Warriner and I were conversing upon the principle of the United Order. We agreed in most every respect, but differed a little on one point. While we were thus conversing there arose a great windstorm and dark clouds over head. The lightnings would flash with great fury and the thunder would roar tremendously. The wind would carry the dust and gravel with great rapidity. Some few things caught fire by the lightning. But where we stood, the wind divided that we did not feel the wind, and we could see that we were receiving Divine Assistance. I said unto him, "See how the Lord interposes in our behalf, and while He gives us this assistance let us not tempt the Lord, but endeavor to protect ourselves also, and He will continue to help us". We went behind a steep bluff, being protected while going there; and while there we could see the dust and pebbles flying over our heads with great fury, but we were not harmed. While there, there came a peculiar feeling over me, and for a moment all was silence, and it seemed as though I were in a trance. But, suddenly I came to myself again and found that I was in the old countries. There was my guide with me. He spoke and said, pointing to a class of people, "These are your brothers and sisters in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. See! they are going about from door to door begging for something to wear." I saw that they were hungry and ragged, and I said a woman weeping and moving her lips. I knew what she was saying in her heart, and these are the words: "O Lord, soften, the hearts of thy people in the valleys of the mountains, that they may send means to deliver us from this suffering and affliction." So great was my anxiety for them that I wept, and I put my face upon the ground and wept aloud. When I awoke, and so great was my love for my fellow man that I ceased not to weep. Hunger for food had fled from me so that I ate nothing during the day and the spirit of Vision rested upon me that I saw that much of the great work the Saints should perform, that the cries of the poor and distressed should not come up before the Lord against us. I could see, as it were, thousands of Spirits who were crying, "How long, 0 Lord, wilt thou not hasten the day of our redemption." I saw that their redemption would be when the saints had done their work for them in the Temple of God.
After this, and during my stay on the mountain, I had other dreams to enlighten my mind. One of which I will write as it may benefit others. I dreamed I was sailing on a nice boat. I saw the people of Orderville in the boat, while I rode in and on top. The river was broad where the boat started from, but it kept getting narrower, and finally it began to make a turn. It looked as though after making the turn the boat would pass a narrow gorge between high perpendicular mountains and would finally come up square against a solid mountain rock and be dashed to pieces. I saw, when the people in the boat could see what appeared to be such great danger ahead, that Howard 0. Spencer, William Black, and others jumped from the boat onto the shore. William R. Buttler started to leave the boat also. I spoke unto him and said, "Boats have gone through here before, and this one can." At that he waited, but how long I did not see. I was on top of the boat and a personage was with me, and he said, "Come up and see the outcome of this river." I went high up into the air, above all the mountains. I looked and saw that the river where it before seemed to come to an end was an eddy where the boat could stop and make a square turn and start again through the narrow pass; the river beginning from there to widen out into a great sparkling ocean clear as crystal. After I saw this we came back upon the boat. He said again unto me, "Look and behold the Lord!" I looked and on the top of an exceeding high mountain I beheld a man standing a looking at me, understanding that it was the Lord, I spoke to Him soft and low, and saying, "Father will you forgive me of all my weaknesses and imperfections?" He spoke, and said, "Yes, but know ye my son, all have to taste of the bitter cup in order to appreciate the sweet." When He had thus spoken, I partook of the bitter feeling and so intense was it that I awoke.
I will say to my readers that the Boat was the Order of Orderville and that the River was the principle upon which it was run, and the narrowing of the river was the narrowing of the principle until many were afraid and jumped from the Order. And the turning of the river was the course of the Order, and the eddy is where it stops and rests and makes a turn in the direction it started, and the widening of the river is the widening of the principles upon which it will run, until those principles are broad as the Ocean and will be clearly understood. The bitter cup are the trials I will partake of during my sojourn here in the flesh. OH! Father help me to be faithful unto thy laws and be able to endure unto the end of my day, which I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, Thy Son. Amen.
We returned home on the 5th of September. Was glad to meet all at home enjoying good health. I then helped the Brethren take care of their crops. On the 19th of November, commenced teaching school again. Taught school until the 27th of March 1882, when the Board of Directors felt that the Home Dairy ought to be better attended and appointed me to look after it.
I had to look after about 34 head of stock. Together with this I was appointed one of the committee to get up a plan for the equal distribution of food among the people, because month of June 1880 the habit of eating together was done away, and up to this time there had not been. very good relations in the distribution of food. I also attended to all the weighing of beaver, muttons, swine, etc. I continued my labors in that way until lst May 1883 when I took the cow herd for six weeks, when I told the board it was folly for a man to do the herding. I was released and appointed to labor at the carpenter's bench at a new factory which was being built. About the lst of September I went to Kingston for a man by the name of Thomas McClelland to superintend the running of the factory and I was to act as sec'y and also try lo learn to run the factory.
I will say unto my readers that I have endeavored to attend to all my spiritual duties in the church. Attended Sunday Schools took active part therein, attend Sunday meetings, and meetings of the YMMIA all to the best of my ability.
Before going any farther I will be under the necessity of returning to the 11th of September 1831 when my wife gave birth to a fine girl. She was blessed on the 19th Of Sept. by Isaac Carling, and was named Lellie Aseneth. I will now skip over to the 12th of June 1882 when my wife Maria gave birth to a fine son and on the 20th I called the Elders in when I gave him a Fathers blessing and the name of Israel Hoyt. I will now refer you to where I left off in my last chapter before this. As I started to work in the factory in the fore part of September. On the 21st of September 1883 my wife Laura gave birth to a fine girl, and on the 29th I called in the Elders and gave her a fathers blessing and the name of Laura Priscilla, in honor of her mother and grandmother. Now to make a Long story shorter, I will say I labored in the factory with Brother Thomas McLellan until tire 12th of August 1885. I will now return and say that on the 7th of October 1884 my wife Maria gave birth to a nice little girl, and on the 20th of October 1884 I blessed and gave her the name of Olive Maria. Now passing on over to July lst 1885, I will say my wife Abigail gave birth to her first child, a little fine girl, And on the 9th of July I blessed her and gave her the name of Elizabeth Ann, in honor of her grandmother and mother.
After brother McClelland had left the factory on the date mentioned above I took the Superintendency of the factory the remainder of the year. On November 10th, 1835 my wife Laura gave birth to a son, and on the 18th I blessed him and gave him the name of Isaac Leonard, and on the 22nd his spirit returned to God who gave it.
In a previous chapter I stated that I would say more of the United Order of Orderville.
In the commencement the people labored together as a family; boarded at the same table, except afflicted ones, and they was cared for as best the people could. We all felt, when we met one another, that as a general thing we met a brother and a friend. It was first organized in the spring of 1874. During the first year or two there was a division among the Authorities of the Order at Mt.Carmel, for there is where it was organized. I will not give a full account of their doing, but will say that President Young sent Howard 0. Spencer to be presiding Bishop in Long Valley, and when he came to Mt. Carmel he desired to see the Order run so he consulted the brethren. After which he invited all who wished to continue in the Order to move about two miles up the Valley where Orderville is now situated, and where they started to eat at one place after a building was erected. They continued to eat at the "Big Table" as it was often called, until June 1880, when water filled the bakery and cellar under the dining room and made such a wreck of things that the "Big Table" was broken up, or the eating together. Then food was distributed according to the needs and circumstances as I mentioned before. As I have been speaking about the "Big Table" I am reminded of a peculiar circumstance. One morning when we all assembled at the table, a brother was called upon to offer prayer. We all kneeled down; I had not much more than kneeled when a very peculiar sensation came over me and there appeared over me, as it were, a dark cloud. It passed away and there stood a ladder before me. I climbed it until my feet was on the third round from the top and my hands was a hold of the top round, when I cast my eyes toward the ground. It seemed that I was so high that should I fall I would be dashed to pieces. I turned my eye upward and closed them and was climbing to the top round with all my might so that I would not fall. When the man who was praying said "Amen" it startled me, that together with the noise of the peoples feet when the vision closed. However the interpretation, in part at least, was given unto me.
Climbing the ladder from one round to another was the receiving of the Priesthood and the different callings in the Priesthood.
Now let me return to my subject. In the year 1884, the Order made a change in the manner of running it. Heretofore for several years, and at the end of each year, all those who were ahead in their wages (which was by the by .75 per day) would for the same charged against them, receive credit in payment for all they had overdrawn. So at the end of each year all started on equal footing without anything to their credit. But this year, as I said, there came a change in affairs, and every man belonged to some kind of a branch business or stewardship and what each stewardship produced was credited to those who belonged to that stewardship equally. But the proceeds was cast into the Storehouse as usual.
But in the spring of 1885 another change took place, which was more frightful to the people than ever. Lots were laid off, 90 Sq. Rods in each, and was sold for different values. Tickets were placed in a hat and people drew at random for the numbers. The number they drew would designate what lot they was to have. The number I got called for a cheap lot with a vineyard on it. I was satisfied with the draw.
Many began to leave the order. Brothers Black and Spencer have now already jumped out. Brother Buttler made the attempt but I encouraged him to stay with it. He waited awhile and now he has left us too.
On the 11th of June 1885, I was ordained to the office of a Seventy, at Glendale by one of the First Seven Presidents, Jacob Gates. It was this month, at this time when the Eighty-fifth Quorum of Seventies were organized in this the Kanab Stake.
Considering the great excitement this year everything has went along very well. I will bid adieu to the year 1885 and now welcome the new year of 1886. Jan. lst Brother Edward M. Webb and I made offers to lease the factory. His offer was accepted. But I will state here that during the year 1885 everything such as farms, stock, utensils, etc. was sold at auction to the highest bidder with a secret ballot or bid dropped into a hat, and when all bids were in they would be read off. At least that is they was I have understood it but I was not there. On the 18th of January Brother Webb feeling disposed to travel towards Mexico on account of the great raid on men having more wives than one, he offered to let me lease the Factory in his stead, providing that I done well with it. I was to give him Fifty Dollars in goods, and if I sustained a loss he would help me make it good to that amount, if necessary. Brother Jacob Kocherbans desired to be a partner with me. I accepted him as my partner as he was a good weaver and a poor man with but one good leg and one wooden leg. I though if there was any profit he deserved it as well as myself. I being a poor man too as far as worldly goods goes.
At the March Conference I was sustained as Presiding Elder of the Factory Branch, Elder Thomas Stolworthy having resigned or moved away. I wish to state here that the sheep and Factory and Stockholders therein is all that is left of the Order except some ranches they are trying to sell. Here at the Factory Branch we hold our Sabbath School and meetings together. Most of my family live here this season. On the 25th of September my wife Laura gave birth to a son, and on 3rd of October I gave him a fathers blessing and the name of Nathan Arnold. I afterward changed the name from Arnold to Alma in honor of my brother Alma. The Nathan was in honor of my Uncle Nathan T. Porter. At the close of the year we gave 30 dollars more for the use of the factory one month longer, so as to work up all of the wool we had on hand at the end of the lease time. After paying 10% dividend on $8,500 capitol stock, fifty dollars to E.M. Webb,
cents per lb. for all wool, and all the expenses, we had Five Hundred Dollars to divide between us. Besides this my wages was Two & half dollars, and his Two Dollars per day. In the commencement of the year I was very much cast down because of my financial circumstances, and did not know how I might come out with the Factory as it had not paid it's way heretofore, and the thought of me paying the 10% dividend was almost discouraging. I therefore went before the Lord, asking for His assistance and guidance. While returning from my secret place of prayer the Spirit of the Lord whispered unto me, saying, "whatsoever you do which is right before God, you shall be blessed." My soul was lit up. I felt happy and free, and felt that a heavy burden was lifted from off my troubled mind. We closed the Factory the last of January 1887.
February 1887. I start to help my brothers build my mother a house on her small farm. I also made out a bill for lumber for myself a house which I build near my mothers. June 5th 1887, was set apart as Assistant Sunday School Supt. at Orderville. Now just permit me to return to the fore part of this year. On the 17th of January, my wife Maria gave birth to a nice little daughter and on the 25th of January I called in the Elders and I blessed her and gave her the name of Bertha Arminie. On the Second day of June another daughter was born unto me by my wife Abigail Ann, whom I also blessed on the 12th of June and pave the name of Ethel Acelia. On the 7th of June I started to labor at the Factory again, this time for Brother Chamberlain as he had rented it for the season. On the 6th of November I was set apart as Sunday School Supt. at Orderville. I continued my labors at the Factory the remainder of the year and up till March 24th 1888. This month my mother desires to sell out. I make a bargain with her through her son Wilford to buy her place, paying him the sum of Five Hundred and Eighty-eight Dollars for the five acre water right farm, a house and barn and some little furniture. My mother and Brother Wilford started on the 27th of March to make a new home in Huntington, Emery County, Utah. I traded my house and lot, or vineyard and capitol stock in the Factory so as to buy my mothers place.
April 1888. My brothers, Warriner, Edson, and I was feeling somewhat anxious as to what course we should pursue as we were in much danger of being pursued because of having more wives than one. One day my brother Edson and I were feeling very anxious to know what was best for us to do. I spoke to him and said, "Our Father in Heaven has promised that where two or three ask for any one thing, it shall be granted." Therefore we agreed to fast and pray, off in the hills by ourselves until we received the spirit of knowledge upon the subject. We started on Saturday evening into the Hills and remained there until Tuesday Morning. Previous to this time I had been contemplating going to San Juan County. But the last night we were there in the hills we both received each a dream which was for us to go North and find work. I dreamed we were working as carpenters, also that the next Tuesday the Marshal would come through the Valley. My Brother Edson dreamed that President E.D. Wooley visited the people at Orderville and had received a letter from the First Presidency stating that those who were under the necessity of supporting their families by their hand labor had better go off and get work and send it for the support of their families, also that we were encouraged to go North. Our dreams literally came to pass, as you will see in my next chapter.
In the first part of May my Brother Warriner and Edson, with myself, my brother Warriner's wife Martha, our children, and another man started north. But I was going to state how our dreams came to pass. The next Tuesday, just as I dreamed the U.S. Deputy Marshall passed through Long Valley, and the Sunday before he passed through E.D. Wooley held meetings at Orderville and stated that it was best for those who had to support their families by their days labor, it was best for them to go off somewhere under an assumed name and work and send the means home to their families. Accordingly we started North as Pres. Woolley felt that we could get work up in Idaho Territory where his brother lived. We went with assumed names, viz, Ben, Ed, and Frank Staply. Brother Fowler's assumed name I am now unable to recall. We saw many friends and acquaintances on the way. We went through Manti to see the Temple that would be dedicated soon, even in June 1888. When we saw the Temple we were much gratified and pleased to see such a piece of fine workmanship. However, we travelled on until we came in a short distance of the town of Chester, North of Manti, and while my brothers were walking, the team took a fright and ran away with six of us in the wagon. My brother Warriner caught hold of the reins, one line, and it turned the team so short around that their wagon was turned over upon us with all it's contents. Brother Fowler and Martha Porter were considerably hurt. We got everything back in the wagon as best we could and drove about a mile to where lived my wife's cousin. Martha was in great pain. We had prayers and administered unto her, when she was almost instantly healed. Brother Fowler didn't think he was hurt very much. However as the days and weeks passed it seemed to hurt him worse. We left him in Salt Lake City with a half-brother of his, but whom we learned afterward did not treat him very well.
The rest of us travelled on arriving at Centerville where we visited our Uncle Nathan and Sanford, and Aunts, and Sisters, and Cousins, which was a happy meeting after being away from each other for about nine years. We also visited our old homestead at Porterville where we met with about a hundred more of our Brothers and Sisters, Uncles, and Aunts, Cousins, Nephews. All of whom we were glad to see and mingle our voices together once more. We soon took up our march, travelling up the Weber River and through the Famous Echo Canyon. Then through Bear River Valley in Rich County, thence through Bear Lake Valley where we could see the famous Bear Lake teeming with so many fish. Passing from this valley further on North, we arrive at the noted place called Soda Springs, where several different kinds of water spring forth from the curious rock formation, and where man people come to bathe in the Warm Soda Spring to cure Rheumatism. Some of the springs were hot, others warm, and others very cold. I took a drink of the cold Soda Spring water, while a short distance from it was a spring of good fresh water. The various kinds that I was to was not far from each other, say from fifty to one hundred yards. There was another place about a half mile away where the Soda Water was bottled up and sent to various parts of the globe for drinking purposes. We travelled another day or so and came to the place we started out for, to Hyrum Woolleys ranch on the Little Blackfoot, about twenty miles or more from the town of Blackfoot, Idaho. We hired out for thirty dollars a month and board, except my brother Warriner, he was to get Two dollars and a half a day, and board himself working at carpentering on a large barn repairing it, also repairing a cheese house. I will say that the barn was made of poles bolted together about four stories high and was 100 ft. wide and 300 ft.long. My brother Edson told brother Woolley that he did not think it a sin to worship that barn because it was not in the likeness of anything in the heavens above or in the earth beneath. And in the barn could be seen the heads of a number of calves sticking out of the while their bodies had sunk beneath and in this manner had died.
Most of our time was milking cows from 5 o'clock A.M. until 9 o'clock, then eat our breakfast. After which, went up the river where we float timber down the river, having to stand in the water most of the time up to our waist. The water was very cold, which was melted snow. At 5 o'clock P.M. we returned to milk cows and to get through by 9 o'clock P.M. when we get our supper and retire to our beds with wet cloths on to prevent getting the rheumatism. We labored at that for about two weeks when we rebelled against working in the water any longer. Bro. Woolley felt as though Warriner was not doing as much as he ought to and wanted to lower his wages. Warriner felt that if he was not giving satisfaction that he did not wish to work any longer. My brother Edson and I joined in with him and felt to go too. We were there eighteen days out of the month. We started back and went until we came to Evanston in Wyoming. When I started out to find a job for us all, I found a man who wanted to hire some sheep shearers and a cook. This was at a place called Hilliard R.R. Station. I took the train back to Evanston, when we all started to go and shear sheep. We got lost in trying to find the herd and went far out of the way and was all day travelling when it was but a few miles. We all got the blues and things seemed pretty dark to our minds. I told my brothers to take courage, for it is always darkest before day. During the time we were going the wrong road, the sheep shearers who were already there made a strike for higher prices for shearing. They were already getting seven cents per head for shearing, but the strike succeeded in raising it to eight cents per head. The shearers wanted a cook very bad, so the different men having sheep herds hired us to help shear sheep and Martha to be Cook. I was much the slowest shearer among them. I made about three dollars per day. The best shearers made from eight to eleven dollars per day. One day, one man sheared one hundred and forty, making $11.20 that day.
While we were here we received our first letter from home. How glad we were to hear from home. Even the little children wrote to me. Their letters I will record, it being their first to me and at a time when I was in exile. I will first write a piece of poetry written by my wife Maria on my taking leave of home.
Go my husband, may God bless you,
Yes, I sadly bid you go,
Though I know that I shall miss you
And the Children will also.
But tis sweeter far to wander,
Free to work for clothes and food,
Than to languish in prison,
Forced there, by those who know not God
tis hard to think the children
Must not know where papa's gone
Ee'n "Mama" cannot tell the darlings-
None must know where you will roam,
Lest the wicked who oppresses us,
By fines, threats, or imprisonment,
Wrest from us that blessed knowledge,
And to prison you'd be sent.
So we must not weep or murmur,
But well pray to God each day,
To preserve you from their power,
And help you tread the narrow way.
May your footsteps never wander
From the path that Jesus trod,
May your loved ones all be faithful
Unto you and unto God.
Though the wicked now have power
To oppress the pure in heart,
Imprison righteous men and women,
Tear families and friends apart.
Though they crush the weak and tired one,
Frighten and intimidate,
Those who fain would shield their loved ones
From their cruel power and hate.
Tis just a test to prove the righteous
To purge out the dross from gold-
Prepare us all to meet our Savior,
When he comes unto his fold,
But it seems so hard and cruel
To be exiled from your home,
Though God, we know will bless your loved ones
And comfort you where ere you roam.
OH kind Father bless my husband,
Keep him always in Thy care,
Let Thy Holy Angels ever
Shield him from the tempters snare.
Spare his life while he may wander
Grant he soon again may come,
Free to mingle with the dear ones,
Who await him here at home.
Oh how sad the hour of parting,
But I would not bid you stay,
Though the time will be long and lonely,
While my husband is away.
I will trust my Heavenly Father
Though I sadly bid you go,
That some day we all will meet you,
Farewell now. May God bless you.
I received letters from each of my wives and several of the children. As I said before I will write the first ones written by the children.
June 13 1888.
Dear Father, I thought I would write you.
We are all well. I have caught 8 gophers in my trap. I
have been going to school, and the term is let out now. We
had a real good conference and I spoke a recitation and sang
a song. It's time for the mail to go. I will try and write
some more next time. I pray for you every day and night. I
must quit writing now, or the mail will go and leave it.
The cat is got little kittens, and there are 5 little ones.
From your loving son (9 years passed) Alvin
June the 12th 1888
Dear Father- I thought I would write a letter to you. I would like to see you. We are all well. I have got peas big enough to eat in my garden, my radishes are all gone now. I have got three melons up. I have caught 16 gophers with my trap. The term is out now. I have to have a third reader and speller and geography, when the next term starts. The wind blowed the rafters off the barn. I have not got much wood yet. Ma has got nearly all of it. Ma has got two cows now. They both give about three quarts. I don't know any more to write. So good night, from your loving son Leroy.
(8 years passed)
June 13th 1888
Dear father I thought I would write to you. We are all well and I hope you are well too. Grape vines are all growing but two. The house leaks so that the plaster has fell off in Four places. My garden is growing nice, but there is lots of weeds in it. I am going to pull them out. I tend baby most of the time while ma went to conference. But I went to primary and Sunday school conference, and to the Lecture and I liked it. But was sleepy some of the time. Uncle Tim fixed my wagon but it is broke again now. I pray for you every day and night. I would like to see you. Yesterday was Israel's birthday. I started to write my letter alone, but was slow, and got some one to write for me, but I tell them what to say. From your loving daughter Nellie. (8 years old)
Dear Pa. I am well and going to school now. I love you Pa, and would like to see you. It is my birthday next Monday. I will be Seven I can help ma lots. I wash dishes and sweep the floor, and do little chores. I can knit and sew some. Laura wants me to writ to papa and Nathan sits by me and said me pa write. He is so cunning I love him. I know you would like to see him. Pa, I wish you would bring me some new shoes, I would be so glad. From your loving daughter Lellie, to my loving papa.
Subject- My thoughts, by Abigail
As I sit pondering ore the past, these thoughts come in my mind;
Dear brother are you happy in your labors far away?
Or do you ere get lonely your loved ones for to see?
Oh do not get discouraged, but try and keep good cheer,
And our father he will bless you if you to him draw near
He will preserve your loved ones, and keep us all from harm,
If we will always do His will and never do what's wrong.
Lizzie sends you a kiss and says she would like to see you.
She often asks me why you do not come down from the factory.
The baby feels a little better.
(Note: The other two wives- Laura and Abbie were asked not to acknowledge their relationship to their husband in their letters, thus we do not read their letters, their true sentiments were restrained for their husband's sake. Emotions were smothered, Laura especially felt slighted that none of her messages could be recorded. Gertrude Porter Wilson )
Subject: Nursing By Maria.
I sit in my room Sunday evening,
The Hour hand points to eleven,
The children in bed have been sleeping,
Since almost the hour of seven.
To Read and to write I've been trying,
In vain, for my thoughts will but rome,
Wandering forth from my friends and the children,
To one who is now far from home.
Oh where is the exile now wandering!
Is he well? Has he friends kind and true?
Does the time to him seem long or lonely,
Since he bade home and dear ones adieu?
Does he think of the one who so lonely
Waits sadly for one line to tell
Of his wanderings, his prospects, and welfare?
And say that he's cheerful and well?
Does be know that the tear drops unbidden,
Oft fall on her cheeks or thoughts come
Of the absent who now is in exile,
Does he know that we miss him at home?
As I muse, tears are again falling
And a prayer to our Father ascends
Bless the exile in all of his wanderings
Bring him home again, safe to his friends.
Haste the day 0 my Father in Heaven
When the righteous no longer need roam
As exiles from home, and from loved ones
Deprived of the comforts of home.
Grant us strength to withstand all temptation
To be faithful and firm in the cause,
To overcome every weakness and evil
And keep all of thy Holy Laws.
Having received the above mentioned letters, I can tell you I felt very thankful to hear from home. I yet had sent them no money, but will as soon as I get where I can register a letter. Before we arrived, to the sheep herd, while on our way there, we stopped at Montpelier in Bear Lake County, Idaho, where my Sister Printha lived, and brother Ezra. I will devote a little of my time in writing of our visit there in some other chapter.
We left from where we were shearing,(the place was about a mile from Aspen, in Wyoming Territory, about six miles above Hilliard R.R. Station) and went back to Porterville at our old homestead. It was here where we got work carpentering. We took the job of putting a roof on a barn, and building another bard, or shed for hay, which was about 24 x 120 ft. Making in all at this place (My cousin's, Adda Hunter, in Round Valley, Morgan County.) $150.00. Then we worked at many other jobs at Porterville. Stopping at that place from the 24th of July until the 1st of October when my Brother Edson and I started to the October Conference and on our way home. My Brother Warriner stayed at Porterville through the coming winter, I had sent home by this time over one hundred dollars to bless my family with. While in Salt Lake City we visited the Territorial Fair which was very good. We went and saw the glass works where many tons of bottles were made. We also visited the electric light works where electricity was made to light up the City. We also visited the Z.C.M.I. Shoe Factory where boots and shoes were made by machinery. We also visited wood working machine shops, where all kinds of wood work was planed out and put together.
We continued our journey home until we came to Nephi City where we separated. He went by way of Gunnison and I went to Manti City, thence over to Huntington, Emery County, where my wife Abigail had gone since I left home. I found all well there. I stayed thereabout two weeks then I started to my home in Orderville. Arrived home on the 6th of November 1888. Having been absent six months. Abigail stayed at Huntington through the winter with her mother. I labored at home during the remainder of the year, 1888.
As I mentioned in a previous chapter that I would write more about the outcome of my sister Printha marrying against her mother's good wish, also her brother's good counsel, as well as from her uncles. Now during our trip up to Blackfoot, in Idaho, or rather our return from there, we brothers stopped at Montpelier, Idaho where my sister Printha and brother Ezra were living. We found them in a deplorable condition pertaining to their faith in the gospel. They would slanderize the General Authorities of the Church, likewise the Stake Authorities of the Church there. We also found that she had separated from her husband. The thing we all felt would come to pass, when she married him. He had taken another wife at her persuasion, but now she and the other have left him. But to say it was all his fault, I would not say so. Although he laid the fault to himself the most, he felt very bad and wept bitterly in our presence. He said that the report was that she was intending to marry one Mr. Herrick, but when I ask her if that was her intentions. she denied thinking of such a thing and that there was no man she had confidence in enough to ever get married again. My visit with her was not a pleasant one I assure you. If my visit had been to her funeral, with an understanding that she died in full faith, it would have been a heavenly feeling compared to the one I had during my short stay with her. I spent some time with her and Ezra, pleading with all the energy of my soul that they cease finding fault with the Authorities of the Church, and cease swearing, and turn to the Lord with all the energy of their souls, that they might have more faith in the gospel and receive the spirit of repentance, and get more faith in God and keep His commandments. Truly, I did beg of them to give heed to my word so that the Spirit of the Lord might guide them in the right path. With many tears did I plead with them, insomuch that my brother Ezra's heart was touched and he promised me he would be a better boy. He said that I had several years before wounded his feelings, whereupon I did humbly and truly ask his forgiveness. For my intentions was to do him good instead of offend. But my sister did not feel humble, although she partly promised she would try and feel different, and do better if she was wrong in her views. However, not long after I had left there and returned home I heard she was married. Her oldest daughter being at the Salt Lake October Conference informed me of the fact. After my arrival home, I wrote to President Budge of that Stake asking him of her welfare as I had written to her but received no answer. He replied to my query and stated that she had married Mr. Herrick and that she had been cut off of the Church for Apostasy.
When I arrived in Huntington, on my way home, I informed my mother of the situation I found her daughter and son in, but she could not realize it was as bad as it was. I will now mention about visiting my mother and sister Mary Etta, as I did not mention it in a previous chapter. I found them feeling very well in spirits but destitute for the necessaries of life, especially my sister Mary. My brother Wilford was not at home, so I hewed a set of house logs for my mother a house. I visited my brother Abinadi while there also. Before leaving my subject, I will say that at a later date, I will copy some of my sister Printha's writings of earlier date and also some of later date, as my aged mother has requested me to do so. I will write more of my Mother's History also. I will here insert a piece of poetry she wrote June 30th 1887 to her son Carmi just previous to his starting on his mission to the North Western States.
"You are going on a mission
And I will tell you that
I wish you to remember
And never forget,
When ere you meet a man,
A woman, or a child
Just bow your head in reverence
And to them give a smile.
If they are poor and ragged
More graceful make the bow.
It will lighten up their burden,
And Also comfort you.
When ere you see a person
Defiled in sin so deep,
Their conscience seems to smite them,
They are the one's to teach.
For you are called to warn
The sinner's to repent
And not unto the honest man
Your mission now is sent.
Seek for the humble cottage
And there within their door
You will find a place of lodging
And they will hear you more.
And when the rich they see you
And find what you're about
Say not a word to catch them
But let them seek it out.
But one thing more I'll mention
Before I cease my rhyme,
Do right, and God will bless you
And you'll return in time.
Lord bless you, amen. Priscilla Porter
July lst 1887 Carmi Started on his mission'
A few following chapters will be devoted to some of the writings of my sister Printha. Some of her poetry and some of her prose. I write that you may see the contrast in her feelings when she was striving to be a saint and when she thinks her trials are over with since she forsaked the gospel.
Written by P.P. Simpson. Copied by F.L. Porter, viz. Mother I will answer those lines of poetry you sent me. PPS
October 7th 1878
Yes we bear our mother bleating
For the Lamb's she's left behind
And the constant echo of her bleating
Gives the lamb's a restless mind.
Yes we hear our mother bleating
And we all know whence comes the sound,
And we are anxious for to follow,
And dwell where peace and light abound.
Yes we hear our mother pleading
And we know our sister's voice,
And we love our brother's teachings,
We will obey the Prophet's voice.
For the House of God is one of Order,
Where all is union, love, and peace,
And we desire there to enter,
When from this earth we're released.
(Lines of Comfort to my mother)
For your comfort Oh my Mother,
A few lines I will compose
You led me in the path of Virtue
And I followed as you chose.
Yes you taught me to be prayerful
A principle pure and grand
For to gain a true salvation
I must obey the Lord's commands.
You taught me to be truthful, honest:
And to temptation not give way,
You also taught me by example,
The law of Tithing to obey.
You taught me to respect the Sabbath,
And from my labors then to rest,
And in the plan of true salvation
All my efforts to invest.
You said to keep the word of wisdom;
And learn all things to be wise,
That all pure principles of Heaven
Wisdoms laws a part comprise.
You said that haughty pride and fashion
I must always try to shun
And subdue my evil passion,
And my weakness overcome.
You said that Satan, he, would tempt me
And like an Angel come disguised
And try to turn me from the gospel
And draw a veil before my eyes.
You taught me to excel my parents
In light and knowledge, where you failed,
To obey your teachings, I am striving
O'er my weakness to prevail.
Yes those precious truth's you've taught me
Has been a star, my feet to guide,
And when temptation has assailed me
Well, I did not turn aside.
So be happy 0h my mother,
For your duty you have done.
I have learned that by your teachings
Many evils I have shunned.
I will arise and call you blessed
My children, they will do the same.
For I will teach them as you taught me,
And Glorify our Father's name.
Mother, you say I need not care if Charley does get more wives: I can say that I do not feel as I used to feel in regard to the principle of polygamy. I am thankful that I do not. If the Lord see's fit to try me in that principle, my desire is; that I may be faithful in the end. From your affectionate daughter and sister, P.P.Simpson ( Printha-Priscilla)
The following are a few excerpts from letters written to my mother and sister Mary from P.P. Herrick. (not now Simpson) By request of my mother I write the extracts.
In speaking of Mr. Herrick; she says "I married him for several reasons which I will name: First because I believed it right that I should. Second: I truly loved him. Third: I believed he would be a kind husband and father and a good provider. Fourth: He was no hypocrite in religion. Fifth: He says just what he means, and means what he says; and is very careful not to say what he had not ought to.
I did not expect to make a Mormon of Him, nor do I want to. If he was to say he had any intentions, it would throw a cloud over me; for I would think he meant some evil device and was grappling for a hypocrite cloak to hide his scheme, Not saying that everyone who wears one are hypocrite. All serfs who are bound with oppression have to wear what their rulers suggest. Because they fear and dare not do otherwise. But if every one who feels as I do would make a firm resolution to fight for freedom, liberty and right, those principles which the Mormon leaders set down as the most exalting and saving principles would soon tumble to ashes without any laws to repeal them. What is polygamy? It is lust, and that lustful body tyrannizes over feminine serfs, who must yield with submission in order to be saved, but I say in order to be in Hell. For it is a life long hell. And then to have to suffer and give an account for all our evil thoughts, feelings and words which it has caused us to say, our hell will reach far into eternity. I believe that Heaven is obtained by living and practicing attributes of Heaven, which is love, peace and charity. And I do not believe any one will attain Heaven in this life or the next life by torturing themselves to put up with selfishness, jealousy, lying, hatred and cultivating a deceitful heart, drawing around it a cloak of religion that we would not wear if we was led by our innermost feelings or governed by the dictates of our own conscience.
The children that are not with me, I very seldom get to see. Charley and his mother guard them as the jailers do their prisoners. But I love my children all alike. It is the counsel of the Authorities for them not to come and see me. I have been very thankful that they have counseled, lying, deceitful, hypocrite to stay away from me. But for depriving my children of seeing me, my prayer to the Lord is that it will turn upon their heads Ten Fold.
Wilford I am glad you are with mother. I hope you will be wise and not get married until you can support a wife and care for mother too. Do not let any disunited Order Directors or wonderful Authorities counsel, make you believe that all that is necessary is to come forth and pay your tithing, or you will always scratch a poor man's back, while you help stuff gloating hypocrite stomachs. I am speaking from experience. Not from supposition nor persuasion. Mother, do not think I would treat you cool should you come to see me, when I see you I fear I will rob you of your sleep."
(Compare these extracts with her poetry. She says she is just as good a gentile as she used to be a Mormon.)
The following is a poem my mother composed. Of it she says: "While I was in deep meditation about how the Lord had answered my prayers, the following words came to me in Feb. 1849."
How often in 'sweet meditation I roam
Upon things past, abroad, and at home:
Upon things to come, and things that now are,
And what I've received in answer to prayer.
How often in youth, sweet pleasure I took,
When for parents, and brothers I'd not been forsook;
But soon it was changed when they to me said,
Your mother's a corpse, here lying in bed.
A year had not passed when sickness did come:
And death with it's grasp took two to the tomb.
When my father and I with sickness lay low,
And the neighbors did say, that we'd have to go,
When the cold winter had passed,
And the Warm Spring had come,
My father at last in health gained some.
He, a long journey, did then go away
And left me among gentiles to wander and stay.
How often alone, in the woods I retired,
While going from my brothers to the place I was hired;
And prayed that my father would come back, or send,
Or, some other way, a helping hand lend.
T Two weeks had not passed, when father was led
By the Spirit of God, and to others had said:
"I must return, to my daughter again,
I'm greatly impressed, I thus feel constrained."
My father returned, and this I declare
Is what I received in answer to prayer.
That part from the (T) down is what mother told me about and that I should add to the other if I felt disposed to.
The following I received while laboring at Porterville as an exile Sept. 13, 1888
"Our Wedding Day" Sept. 13th 1877 By M.M. Porter
Do you recollect, my husband,
That this is our wedding day?
To me, though, it seems so lonely,
For you are so far away
But I anxiously look forward,
To the time when you will come,
Hoping that the day is not distant,
When you will be with us here at home.
'Tis eleven years ago now,
Since I became your willing bride;
And I thought I was happy
Very happy by your side.
But a happiness far greater;
Yes as purer happiness -
Is within our bright home circle
Since our Children come to bless.
When a year we had been married,
Unto us a son was given;
Little Alvin came unto us,
As the first bright gift from heaven.
Next came sweet and winsome Nellie,
Another treasure to our care,
With her brown eyes bright and loving;
And her face so sweet and fair,
Other darlings have been given;
There's Israel with his eyes so blue,
Then our loving little Olive,
Both are dear to me and you
Last of all comes little Minnie,
Very fragile, pure and sweet;
May the Angels strew with blessings,
This life's pathway for her feet.
May God e'er preserve our darlings
From sickness, sorrow, sin, and death,
Keep them ever firm-and faithful
In the path of righteousness.
Others too, you have my husband
Who my heart's affection claims,
May I never cease to love them,
And their sacred rights maintain.
May they each and all be welcome,
Always at my home and health:
May I overlook their failings,
And appreciate their worth;
Overcome my own short comings,
Seek to live as I should live,
That I'll keep their love and friendship,
And my faults they will forgive,
Many changes have passed o'er us
Since our destinies entwined,
But there's no change in our affections
Since our hearts and hands were joined
In the Holy Bonds of Wedlock
But our love has stronger grown,
Although we have had some trials,
And our faults to each are known.
For our love has never made us
To each other's failings blind;
And I know that I have tried you
I have sometimes been unkind.
But we'll be patient with each other,
That our love will not grow cold,
And we hoped to grow in wisdom
As in years we're growing old.
We will ever love each other,
Strive our faults to over come
While o'er life's hill we'll travel slowly
Until Victory is won.
Though trials may yet beset us,
May we firmly hold the rod,
May we ever be true and faithful
To each other and to God.
Then someday when life is over,
And all evil we've overcome
We will love each other better
For well know as we are known.
The following is a letter from the First Presidency in regard to the Order at the time there was a change or turn in the manner of running the Order.
Salt Lake City June 2nd 1884
Bishop Thomas Chamberlain Orderville, Kane County, Utah
We promised you, when we departed from you and Brother Robertson at Tokerville, that we would write you our views upon the questions you propounded to us. It is compliance with that promise that we now address you.
When you changed your system from that of equal labor credit and disbursement to that of giving men credit according to their skill etc., just as is done in society elsewhere, you opened the door for selfishness and the other feelings to enter which such society has to contend with. By this change you exposed yourselves to the evils for the corrections of which your organization was entered into in the first place, and you dropped back to the old level. With such a change it cannot be reasonably expected that your organization can hold together for any length of time. Therefore we said to you, in our conversations at Tokerville, that it was our counsel to you to return to the old system of giving the people equal credit for labor. We feel that this is the better course for you to pursue.
You informed us that some of the people at Orderville desired the organization to be broken up and a division of the property to be had in September next. We said to you then that we did not think it advisable. This is still our counsel to you. If a majority of the People still have a desire to keep together and labor as they have done we think they had better do so and maintain your organization.
A number of questions have been proposed to us respecting the terms upon which those who are desirous of withdrawing, from the company shall be settled with. When a number of persons unite in a company, and put their property together to form the Capitol Stock, it is no longer the property of each member but it becomes the property of the company. If one or more of the company wish to withdraw they cannot do so without the general consent of the company, and it is for the board of directors to decide the kind and value of the property they are to receive should the company consent to the withdrawal of members, the latter are certainly not entitled to select the property they want and place a value upon it, even if it should be property they themselves turned in. An organized company conducted in any other manner than this would have no more strength to preserve itself than a rope of sand.
We understand that the young people of Orderville have not felt entirely satisfied with their position in the organization. Steps should be taken to form a reserve fund out of your dividends. From this reserve fund you should make arrangements to give young people, when they attain their majority, such shares of stock as your circumstances and wisdom warrant. In this way you will show to the rising generation that you have their interest at heart, and it will be the means of binding them more closely to your organizations.
Another feature might be added to your system, we think, with good results. The most of families have a taste of some kind which it is a pleasure to them when they have the means to gratify. We understand that under your system this has not always been possible as all your funds have been concentrated. Would it not be possible to so arrange your affairs that a small amount could be given to each individual and family for them to have or spend as they please for the gratification of some personal want or taste?
In reply to your question as to what are the objects to be sought after and obtained by continuing your Organization? We say one great object should be to reach a better Order of social life, and more in accordance with the higher teachings of the Gospel in which men and women can carry out more perfectly the commandments of the Savior - to love our neighbors as we do ourselves.
Hoping these views and suggestions will be accepted by yourself and the Saints in the spirit in which they are given, we remain
Signed by George Q. Cannon
in behalf of the First Presidency
(Gertrude born Aug 11, 1889)
January 1889. I am still at home laboring on the farm, getting wood, etc. until June, when I start work for Thomas Chamberlain to superintend the running of the Factory which lasted three months. After which, I labored around home and late in the fall I opened up a coal mine and earned some in that way. But on the 18th of December I took very sick with the lung fever. I would cough and bleed from my lungs considerable. Twenty seven days after I started to work some at the coal mine again. About the last of March 1890 I went to frame a large barn for Jonathan Heaton at Moccasin Ranch, Arizona, just over the line from Utah. The latter part of April I started to plant corn on some dry land, called now the dry land farm. On the 20th of May started to work at the Factory again. My wages were three dollars per day payable in Factory Goods. I labored there until the 3rd of August.
In the fall of 1888 my Brother Warriner and family, consisting of about twenty-two souls, and some other families started for Mexico to escape the persecution or raid as it is sometimes called.
In the fall of 1888 my brother Warriner, and family consisting of about twenty-two souls, and some other families, started for Mexico to escape the persecution, or raid as it is sometimes called.
This the fall of 1890, my Brother Edson and family which consist of about ten souls, likewise another family (Willard Carroll) started for Mexico, State of Chihuahua.
Shortly after they started for Mexico, The Manifesto was given by President Wilford Woodruff, Dated Oct. 6th, 1890. Now this manifesto was given because the principle of men marrying more wives than one had been tested in the court of last resort and had been pronounced by that court as unconstitutional. Therefore President Woodruff declared his intention to obey the law and his advice to the Latter-day Saints is to refrain from contracting any more marriages forbidden by the law of the land.
I, as an individual felt that the Lord had inspired him to give the manifesto or he would not have given it. Many who Professed to be Saints in Utah felt that the manifesto meant for men to put away their plural wives. But such feelings as that was far from my mind. I felt that men should take care of those whom he had received by marriage, the best they could, and be dictated how they should live by the spirit of the Lord. In regard to men living with their plural wives, Pres. Woodruff had no counsel to give. If they broke the law of living with those wives they would have to be responsible and run their own risk of being caught and punished according to the offense. Yet he did not desire that men should put away their wives but provide for them as best they could and not break their covenants. I will now refer to some of the sayings of the Prophet Joseph. He spoke as follows, viz.,
"The coming of the Lord is nigh or even Fifty-six years shall wind up the scene." This was spoken February 14th 1835. I have often felt that the issuing of the Manifesto was the fulfilling of that prediction, so that the scene of men being incarcerated in the penitentiary, and women and children being brought before the courts as witnesses against the husband and fathers for taking more wives surely was wound up because no more plural marriages and arrest or conviction therefore, has taken place since Feb. 14th,1891.
During the winter of 1890-91 I labored around home and at the coal mine. On the second day of February 1891 my wife Maria gave birth to a son and on the tenth I blessed him and gave him the name of Warriner Hoyt, in honor of his grandfathers. During the summer I labored on the farm and erected several barns.
On the 16th of August Sister Abigail gave birth to a son, and on the 24th I blessed him and gave him the name of Melvin Omer, in honor of my brother Melvin Omer to whom Abigail was sealed.
On the 3rd of September my son Warriner Hoyt departed this life. While alive he seemed to be the most knowing child of his age, of any of my children. He was so much that way that our neighbors would often remark, "what a bright child he is."
On the l6th of November my wife Laura gave birth to a daughter and on the 24th I blessed her and gave her the name of Leonora. Not withstanding our affliction we have been blessed spiritually and temporally this year.
1892 found us all alive and during the winter I labored again at the coal mine, and during the summer I erected a couple of barns besides attending my own farm. Circumstances would not permit me to be present in Salt Lake City when the capstone of the Temple was laid by President Wilford Woodruff. He touched a button and the stone was put in place by the aid of electricity. I would have been pleased
to have been there.
I should have mentioned in my last chapter that during the year, commencing in June, I visited every family of the Ward asking for donations which were called for by the First Presidency of the Church, for the purpose of paying the expenses of the courts while the saints were testing the validity of the laws enacted against us.
The name of every member in the ward was written in a little book whether they donated anything or not. At the end of the year the book was sent to headquarters. At the close of the year 1892 word was sent to me that donations would cease until further notice to resume it.
Times began to be dull. Money was hard to get hold of, but not so much this year as the following. During this year (1892) a great political strife arose and much stumping was done by both political parties: Democrats and Republicans here in Utah, the peoples and liberal parties having been done away with. Since the new parties arose, much ill feeling was engendered because of the different opinions men had, and as the saying was, each party would sling mud at the other, And would even use personalities which caused much ill feeling among brethren in the church.
I will now devote a little space wherein I will copy some of my mothers writings and letters.
Huntington, emery County, Utah
Feb. llth 1893
Dear Sons, Francis L. and Carmi, I have received letters from both of you, but have been too feeble most of the time to answer them. When I felt a little better I had something else to do. But I am always thankful to get a letter from any of you, and also thankful that I can as yet write to you. But as I cannot write much, I will send some old letters after I send this. I will send Melvin's Dream in this letter and I want you to put it in your biography, and the poetry that I will send you after this, without any alteration. (P.P. Simpson poetry) When we came home from Idaho we did not stop to Conference. We was there on the 4th and stayed four or five hours; rode up and down through town on the street cars, but we did not go inside the temple wall. Wilford did not think he could afford to stay to conference as it cost a good deal to stay four or five days and he needed his money to spend other ways. I did not see or hear from Chauncey W. Porter while north. I do not expect to go to the dedication of the temple, but might if I could. I hope you and Carmi will go if you want to, but it will cost you quite a bit.
If you wish to know anything about your fathers first marriages, and all that you have asked for, you had better ask Alma Porter. Lydia was married in March 1846 and I was married the 10th of February 1847. Lydia's father was Ahaz Cook. I cannot tell you more at present, but I wish you to write all you can of mine. I will send you some verses that Printha made for me a long time ago. Be sure and put them in your book. Love to all.
Priscilla S. Porter
The following is a dream of mother's which she received at the time the spirit of division began to show itself in the Order. Of it she says, "On the morning of July 2nd 1882, I dreamed of speaking a piece as follows:--x ----
What is the Pure Love of God.
Love is a virtue, pure and divine,
It comforts the heart and enlightens the mind.
It enhances our footsteps on the way we should go,
Gives joy amid trouble, affliction and woe.
Oh then, Oh then, let us take for our guide
The pure love of God what ere may betide.
It's the mother of true pleasure, and brings forth delight,
It encircles all measures and ascends to all heights:
With joy it returns, it leaves not a sting,
It grieveth no heart, no evil it brings.
If the pure love of God in our bosom it dwells,
It shows us the past, present, and future it tells:
It warns us of danger that is nigh at our door,
And prepares us our pathway as in days of yore.
It brings us to union and all see as one,
It drives away discord from every tongue:
A light from our father that shines on us all,
And we judge not each other as we now judge at all.
We will see as we are seen and know as we are known,
Each reap the reward of what they have sown:
So let us be humble and seek for that love,
Which comes from our father in heaven above.
Oh then, Oh then, we will have for our guide
That pure love of God what ere may betide.
In her letter she felt that she would like to go to the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple if she could. So my brother Carmi and myself sent her some money so she could go there.
On the morning of March 25th, 1893 I started with Brother John J. Esplin to the dedication of the Temple. He took his wife Emily and daughter Arminnie with him, also Bros. Blackbourn and Harmon. So there was a jolley crowd of us. We arrived in Salt Lake City in time to attend the two days conference before the dedication. I was also there to receive my mother when she came from Huntington on the D & R G. R.R. My brother Ezra was also living in the city where mother went to stay. Every Stake of Zion had a day set apart in which the people of that Stake could attend the dedication. It fell to mothers lot to attend the first day's dedication, while it fell to my lot to attend the eighth day's dedication. I was very glad that my mother had this great privilege as she also had had the privilege of being present at the laying of the corner stone forty years before.
The instructions were that it would not be a blessing to any one to attend and enter into that temple unworthily. The instructions given caused every honest heart to feel very humble. That especially, together with the general fast that all the people were required to observe, and to confess their faults and make things right, then the sins of the people would be forgiven. The Lord had made known to President Woodruff that their sins would be blotted out if they had repented.
Together, with all these things, I assure you I felt very humble, and I prayed to the Lord that if I was not worthy to enter that Temple He would hinder me from entering therein. So the Lord tested my sincerity of prayer and permitted my pocket book with my temple recommend in it to be stolen from me during the week I was waiting for my turn to enter the temple.
My prayers to our Father in Heaven would come up in my mind and I would wonder if I truly was an unworthy creature to enter that Holy House. However I continued to ask the Lord to hedge up my way if I in His sight was found unworthy. I thought I would relate what had become of my recommend to my President E.D. Woolley and if I could not get another recommend from him, I would know that I was unworthy to enter that Holy House, the Temple of the Lord. You can imagine my feelings under these circumstances, also the joy when I received a recommend from President Woolley, that I was worthy.
When I entered that Holy House the voice of the spirit unto me was, "You have seen the Savior in visions by night, you will behold no miraculous manifestation here today, but you shall greatly enjoy the gift of the Holy Spirit."
I can truly say that I did enjoy it and can bear my testimony that the Spirit of the Lord was there and that it was a heaven unto me to be in that House, and that it was by the Power of God that so beautiful a building could have been finished so completely in the short space of one year after laying the capstone.
While in the temple I heard one man say that the architect saw in vision how every room should be finished. And I truly believe that no man could think of such beautiful designs without the gift of God unto him. I can also bear testimony that the servants of the Lord spoke by the gift of the Holy Spirit unto them, and that the Dedicatory Prayer was dictated by the Spirit of Revelation. After the Dedicatory prayer the saints assembled, waved their white handkerchiefs and shouted three times, "Hosannah, Hosannah, Hosannah to God and the Lamb." I do not know, as there was a person there whose cheeks were not wet with tears. Tears of Love. Tears of Joy. Reader, I cannot describe my own feelings on that occasion.
During my stay in the City I had the privilege of seeing many of my relatives and acquaintances.
Monday Apr. 10th we took the train for Chester where the team was left. 11th went to Manti City. I stopped at Azariah Tuttle's over night and during the night had the following peculiar dream:
I Dreamed I had been to the Temple in Salt lake City and in coming out of the Temple, near the East Gate, I saw a woman on a bed being carried by four persons, I thought she was sick. She said, " Oh! I thought I would be accepted of the Lord in the Temple and would see some manifestation." A personage standing to my right said, "Sister Allen, do not feel bad about that; look at the temple now." I turned and looked at the Temple also. The upper half of it appeared as it were clothed with brightness as it were the sun. While thus gazing upon it's beauty, I awoke, but soon fell asleep again and dreamed I was going along with many people to go into the temple. Brother Chamberlain was near by me. I looked and saw many people trying to crowd through a narrow doorway through the temple wall surrounding the temple block. I was feeling very happy and I felt that I could fly or waft myself through the air, or bound along with great ease, and as I felt I acted and bounded along with great swiftness. As I neared the doorway and people was crowding each other very hard to get through, I thought as I could fly I would bound over the wall; but as I came directly over the top of the wall there was a power like unto a whirlwind which hurled me around and stood ne facing the door. A voice said unto me, "pass through the door." I said, "Yes, that is right for it is a thief and a robber that goes over any other way." Then I awoke, and felt to thank heaven that I went through the doorway.
We went next day or so, and continued our journey homeward. One afternoon or late morning, there came the happiest feeling over me, greater than I had ever felt before. It was even beyond my power to describe. I arrived home about the 20th of April, maybe a little soon. I found all well at home. My expenses for the round trip was the small sum of $12.60.
On the night of May 5th, 1893 I was reading the Pearl of Great Price and on going to bed, after offering up my secret prayer, I placed the book under my pillow, and while lying partly on my right side I cast my eye toward the ceiling and I saw, as it were, a shadow of a man. The Moon was shining a little, but the shadow kept getting darker and darker and seemed to be approaching toward me until it came within my reach. I did not want it to lay it's self upon me so I struck at it with all my force with my left hand, as it was free, and at the same moment I commanded, in the name of Jesus to depart. It vanished from my sight and it seemed as though my hand passed through it without feeling anything except when my hand struck the wall at the back of the bed with considerable force. I got up and rebuked the evil one from the house, After which I went to bed and went to sleep. The next night I retired to my bed and went to sleep. Sometime after midnight, I suddenly awoke for some cause I knew not why. Then a voice from under my pillow said, "What book is this here!" I remembered then of having placed the Pearl of Great Price under my pillow the night before. I lay there thinking I might hear the voice again, but I soon found that I could not remain in bed longer for it seemed as though I was taking a steam bath which was getting rather too warm. Again there was such a disagreeable smell about it that it seemed as though it would smother me. So I commanded the evil one to depart from the house in the Name of Jesus Christ, and that it should return no more. The evil one departed. I began to feel free from the power of evil. This was the first time in all my life that I had been attracted in such a manner by the powers of darkness where I came in contact with him almost as it were, face to face combat. I realized that the power of darkness is great. There is but the two powers; the Power of Light and the Power of Darkness. And, as the day drives away the night of darkness, even so the light of Christ in our hearts drives away that evil one when he would tempt us to do wrong, or would come to annoy our peace of mind.
I will state here that mother remained in the city with her son Ezra for a while, until such a feeling existed between them, her and Ezra and wife, that she went and stayed with Abinadi Porter, Fathers son by Lydia Ann, until June 1893, when she wrote me a letter stating that she was ready and wanted me to come as far as Manti Temple and be adopted to my parents. I wrote to my brother Chauncy telling that mother desired if he would come to Manti Temple in June and be adopted. He replied to my letter stating for us to go ahead and do what we could, but that he could not or was not able to come.
My wife Maria being at Provo attending summer School, I wrote to her to accompany mother to Manti and I would be there at about a certain time. I accordingly made arrangements to take a load of wood whereby I could get a little money to pay my expenses and buy some flour to bring home. I started from home on the afternoon of the last day of our June Conference and arrived at Manti about seven days after, on the 14th of June. We entered the Temple to do our work. My wife and I each took a name and received endowments for them. After which I was adopted to my parents. Brother Thornton acting in behalf of my father (Deceased). Then I acted in behalf of my brother Daniel Dorath (Deceased) while he was adopted. The next day we started home and arrived there about the 21 or 22 of June. mother bore the journey very well considering her feebleness.
In August my wife Abigail received word that her mother was very sick and was not expected to live long. She desired very much to go and see her mother at Huntington. I finally consented that she could go if there should be a chance to go. She soon found a chance and accordingly went, taking her children with her. She desired that I should build her a new house before her return, for as yet she had no house she felt to call her home. I promised I would try and have one built for her by her return. In November I started to work for lumber so as to build the house. On December 3rd my mother took down with a very bad cold and sickness which finally turned to Dropsy. I had to be up considerable of nights with her. Also, Laura, my wife. In consequence we lost a great amount of sleep and we felt pretty much worn out. In the Spring she felt some better at times which give us much relief.
On the 16th Day of April I started to work at the Factory to prepare the same for running so we could manufacture cloth, for by this time the people needed some way to get clothing without having to pay money for the same, as great depressing times had reached us. Money could not be got, especially among the poorer class of people, and it seemed that all were poor in this part. The price of wool had fallen down to half price, horses to almost nothing, no sale for cattle to amount to very much, while hundreds of them died on the range because of drouth (no feed). Hard times had reached us here and which has severely felt all over the United States. Thousands of people suffered. The cause of such depressing times was that a new administration in government had taken place and new laws enacted, which stopped the workings of many Silver Mines, and no free circulation of silver money. These hard times struck the people at a time when they were off guard, for a great number had contracted many debts feeling they could easily get the money to pay their debts. But the sudden change came in the spring of 1893 and people could not get the money, as they felt so sure of getting when they contracted their debts.
On June 27th, 1894 our factory had now made a good start. During the fall and winter following, people came from all around; some from Washington, Garfield and Severe Counties, as well as from all parts of this (Kane) County to get cloth and many saying they were in destitute circumstances. So much for hard times. My family remained at home and my boys Alvin, Leroy and Israel built the house I previously mentioned, the oldest of them being sixteen years of age. The house was built of sawed logs shingled on the outside. This house being larger than the one Maria was living in I had her live in this house while the one she had been living in Abigail could have as her family was much smaller.
Abigail's mother died in October 1894, with the dropsy and she returned home in November following. My mother went to live with her son Carmi when I went to work at the Factory. Sometimes she would feel better, then again worse. On January the 9th 1895 she died while sitting in her chair. My brother asked her if she should send to the factory after me, she told him yes, but as soon he left the room to get his horse she passed off as though she was going to sleep, so say's Carmi's wife Elizabeth. At this time I was sleeping at the factory and I was awakened by hearing what I thought some one, a woman calling. It was about Three O'clock AM. I could not go to sleep. I lay awake for about one hour and a half when a knock was heard at the door. It was Simeon Allen who came to tell me that my mother had died. My wife Maria having been occupied this winter teaching school furnished about all the cash material that it took in building her house and also assisted in buying needful things for the family. She also bought an organ which she received about the lst of June. She feeling that it would be a great incentive for her children to stay at home as well as to assist them in music lessons. My wife Laura made a number of hats, and many other things, to assist in supporting the family, while the boys done the farming and gardening. During the summer months. My wife Maria took sick in the latter part of August, about the 23rd when my daughter and I had to quit work at the factory and stay home, and for five weeks I could do but very little but remain by Maria's side. A premature birth, and a false one was the cause of her illness, After which she became so weak that she fainted away several times. But she has now recovered from the effects of her illness, for which I thank my Heavenly Father that be spared her life in answer to our prayers. Suffice it to say that during the years of 1894-95 that we have had many trials to pass through, and I even I have had trials of which I need not mention here, and others of which I may mention here, and that was that my Wife Abigail applied for a divorce. But the authorities did not justify her in such actions therefore she felt to become reconciled, so we forgave each other of our faults. Although I desired to do the Lord's will, through the weakness of the flesh I may have each in doing what I felt to be right. But trials seem to come along, and sorrow and mourning seemed to have been a lot the past year. So much so that death hath lost it's sting and truly I can say that of a bitter cup I have tasted, and I am reminded of a dream when I asked the Lord to forgive me of my imperfections and be said, "Yes, but know ye my son, all have to taste the bitter cup."
O Lord, let this hour of sorrow and darkness pass away and in the place of sorrow let there be joy; in place of darkness, let there be light; and in the place of confusion, let there be peace! Help! 0 Father, that none shall go astray, but that we may live by every word that proceeds forth from thy mouth, in-so-much that we may gain unto ourselves a salvation and exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom of our God, which I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
I will further state that during the time of feelings that existed between Abigail and myself, that I was weighed down with much sorrow, and I cried mightily unto the Lord that he would unite our hearts together if it was proper and right. And while in my deepest sorrow, my mother who had parted this life came to me in a night dream and asked me if I thought she, Abigail, would unite with me if I would with her. Says I, I believe she would, but I desire that she should confess her faults. She said it would be best for you to forgive, her before she confess, and unite "your hearts together, and she will confess afterwards. It will be better to do this, that, she be kept from going astray." I looked and saw a dove nearby, I clasped my hands and opened them. The Dove flew into my hands, when I awoke!
Lines composed on the death of my brother Melvin Omer, by sister Printha P .Simpson, my sister.
Dearest Mother cease your weeping,
Weep not because your boy is gone.
His body now is sweetly sleeping,
His soul has fled from every wrong.
Yes, Mother, could you see him smiling,
Or could you hear his pleading voice,
He would bid us cease our weeping,
He would tell us to rejoice.
He was a kind obedient boy,
He was a brother loved,
Weep not; for us there shall be joy,
When we shall meet in realm above.
Had he lived to see the rising
Of another morning sun,
He would have said "this is my birthday",
To one and all, "I'm twenty one!"
But his spirit then was taken,
It was not for him to stay,
For Father called, He was obedient,
Then his soul was freed from pain.
He has gone to fill a mission
In the realms of endless light.
Could we but know his position
We would ever seek the right .
Could we behold his Crown of Glory
That he labored here to win,
We would strive to be as faithful
And have our soul free from sin.
He was a faithful son and brother.
He was obedient to the last.
May we all be found worthy
When our days on earth is past.
I Now copy the words written by my mother, on the good behavior of my brother Melvin. In the year 1862, March 2nd, she promised each of her children she would write something for them if they would be good children that day, and she wished each one to see how long they could keep what she wrote for them. She drawed a nice little design on paper and on the margin wrote their names, and in the center a verse or few words as she felt. The following is what she wrote for Melvin, as I have the same paper before me now this the 11th day of May 1896:
"Melvin Omer Porter has been a good boy Mar 2 - 1862."
I also have the one she made and wrote for myself. On the paper she made a picture of a tree loaded with fruit. She wrote the following for me:
Francis Lysander Porter is as this tree loaded with good fruit". Mar.2-1862
I have written these words she wrote for us because I have always Highly Prized the good words she gave us when we were little boys. Those she wrote for the others I have not here, but should those little pieces of paper get lost, I have here copied the work as a part of our history.
Little acts of kindness, little words of love, inspire our hearts to action, to gain the realms above.
The close of the year 1895 found us all enjoying tolerable good health. I had quit my labors in the Factory for the winter season, about 2nd of December. Done labor about home as my boys were attending school. Attended my duties as Stake Clerk and Historian. Attended the Quarterly Conference held in Orderville Dec. 6th & 7th. On the 23rd of Dec. Laura gave birth to a nice little girl, and on the lst day of January 1896 I blessed her and gave her the name of Alice. Thus was the commencement of another year.
I labored about home doing chores, hauling wood and coal, and other work until I attended March Conference held in Kanab. My wives Maria and Abigail also attended the same. After returning from conference I began to prepare to go back to the Factory to work. In our contract of leasing the Factory, as I mentioned before, during our time of lease, we had paid the company some Five Hundred Dollars more than what the lease come to, so Brother Chamberlain and I leased it again for the term of two years at the rate of 6% on Capitol Stock, and we was to keep Machinery in as good condition on an average as we now received it. In the 7th of April we started the machinery for business again. Our success for manufacturing this month was very low as we had several new beginners which make very slow work.
On the 25th, Saturday evening, I returned home,(as usual at the end of the week), I found all feeling quite well except my daughter Elizabeth who was undergoing a steam sweat to hasten on an emetic which Abigail had given her. I see she was very sick. A half hour before I came in she was quite rational, but about the time, or just before I came, she got so bad she could not speak. I could see that the metic (which failed to operate) had made her very sick or else death had set in. I told her I had come, and asked her if I should pray for her. She tried to say yes but not loud enough to be distinctly understood. I prayed for her and asked the Lord if it was His will, to spare her life and heal her. But it seems that He willed it otherwise, for in about half an hour she quietly passed away. The disease she had was pneumonia. We found shortly after her death that her right lung, of which she had complained, had swollen considerable and had turned dark as though mortification had set in. On the following day at 4 o'clock PM the funeral services were held at the house, and as those who had gathered could not all get in, a number remained on the outside. Bishop Esplin, his counselors C.W. Carroll and John T. Covington were speakers. After the services were over all passed through the house to view her. Her Sunday School Class passed by first and each one placed a flower or bouquet upon her body, which was very nice. The mother seemed much stricken with grief. All our neighbors seemed to sympathize with us in our bereavement, but to know she is beyond the reach of the power of sin, and will be saved gives great relief. Oh what a joy the gospel brings to the weeping and tried ones. Our Father sees and knows all things and saves us through His son.
During the last few years, each has been a day of trial and grief. Satan has sought to destroy both the soul and the body of myself and family. How to express myself, I feel incapable any more than this: The Lord may have permitted me to be tried as was Abraham, or caused that I should learn obedience to Him through the things that I have suffered, for truly I have felt the necessity of being obedient unto Him. Never at any time in my life have I felt the necessity more than I do now, of listening to the counsel of the Holy Priesthood. For in their counsel I am able to see the will and spirit of God made manifest. And I feel to say unto my family, my wives and children; Honor and obey the Holy Priesthood and you will be on the safe side. Again, I say live so as to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord that you may discern the difference between man and the Priesthood which he may bear. Priesthood acts in the place of God upon the earth. It teaches you your duty to God, to mankind, to yourself and to the beasts of the earth. It teaches you patience, love, charity,
longsuffering, (that is: To bear with the weakness's of others,) and to honor and obey all of God's laws, to be humble, penitent, forgiving, prayerful, watchful, saving, unwasteful, thankful to Him: the giver of all Good; to your neighbors for the good that they do you. It teaches not to be idle, but to labor for your support, for the church and for the benefit of mankind. To be accommodating, obliging, cheerful and pleasant, and in all of our trials, sorrow, hardship, poverty, distress, and to the contrary of these things, that we acknowledge the hand of our creator in all these things, and glean wisdom., prudence, and intelligence from every thing that transpires in life. We must pattern from the Bee, throughout eternity, some real good precious sweets, from every circumstance we meet.
My son Alvin and daughters Nellie and Lelli are laboring with me at the Factory this spring. The other boys stay and labor on the farm and garden. June 5th 1896, I attended the High Council and my duty as Clerk. Sister Bautin, a widow of the late Homer A. Bautin, preferred a charge against the Brothers Harris of Glendale. After some consultation by the council it was decided they could not hear the case because she did not sign her name as a member of the church but as an appointee of the courts (an administratrix) she being under bonds could not abide any decision the council might make. On the 6th & 7th, attended conference and to my duty as clerk. Much good fatherly counsel was given during conference, which was held in Orderville. I will say that Sister Boutins case was taken under advisement by some brethren with some acting as teachers to counsel the parties in the matter. Monday the 8th sent a note of our conference to the Deseret News and returned the Factory to work. June passed off quietly. July, besides working at the factory I attended the 4th of July Celebration as I always do, also the 24th Celebration. During this month a court of arbitration I was held over rights of water held in the Rio Virgin River. Taylor Crosby, W.T. Stewart and Henry E. Bowman of Kanab acted as arbitrators. Rain started on the 16th day, the day the trail commenced. We had the most beneficial rain at this time of year we have had for many years. The long continued drouth seems to have come to an end. My labors continued at the factory through August, and so has pleasant rain descended until vegetation has made very rapid growth. Corn that had not come up until after the first rain, 16th of July, now stands as high as my chin, the 31st of August.
September 4th. Started for our quarterly Conference to be held in Kanab. Stopped at the meeting held in Mt. Carmel. Apostle Lyman and T. Chamberlain, Daniel Seegmiller of the Kanab Stake Presidency were present. Meetings were held at Graham, Glendale, and Orderville Wards previous to this. The instructions given were appropriate to the needs of the people. After meeting was over at Mt. Carmel we started for Kanab. I rode my little boy Israel's mare Minnie. Maria rode in a buggy with Hans Sorensen and wife and Marie Jensen. Brother Chamberlain in a cart, Bro. Lyman with Bro. Seegmiller and others. The latter vehicle was heavy loaded; made a hard pull through the sand. We camped to eat lunch, having gone over the hardest part of the sand on our way. We had for lunch, bread, butter, pie, sweet cake, boiled chicken, cooked meat, grapes, watermelon, and stuffed boiled turkey. The same was spread upon quilts upon the sand and all knelt around. After "thanks", by brother Chamberlain, we socially engaged ourselves. Arrived in Kanab about dusk. I attended the High Council Meeting in the evening and attended to my duty as Clerk of the Council. A charge of unchristian like conduct for defamation of character was preferred by John W. Glazier against Nephi Johnson Jr. The latter accusing the former for forging his name on an order to the county treasurer for school appropriations. The trial lasted two evenings until late. The decision is to be given the next day at 4 PM after the afternoon conference on Sunday. I took the minutes of our Conference. Some of the remarks made by Elder F.M. Lyman, I will write as they may prove a benefit.
On the subject of Baptism he said, It is mockery before the Lord to Baptize men or women who have not shown forth by their works and conversation, that they have truly repented of their sins and forsaken them, and when they are baptized, they should make a vocal covenant before the people that they are willing to take upon them the name of Christ and keep his commandments." Further, "We want all those who sin and break the commandments of God to leave the Church unless they humbly confess and repent of their sins." He then read from the Book of Mormon what becomes of the spirits of the righteous and wicked after they die. They go straight to that God who gave them birth, and then are consigned to a state of happiness and rest, or misery. If they have done good in this life it will be peace and rest, on the other hand it will be a state of misery. In another meeting be said that the time referred to by Joseph Smith the Prophet, when it was revealed to him that if he should live until he was eighty five he should see the face of the Savior. Again on the 14th of February 1835, Joseph said that even Fifty-six years should wind up the scene. He referee to all the trials and persecutions of the saints down unto the year 1891. These pointers of Joseph's pointed to that time, says he (Lyman), or winding up scene which has already come. The tide of persecution and imprisonment of our brethren were turned from us in the fall of 1890 and spring of 1891. The scene of imprisoning men for taking more wives than one ceased at that time. This is what Bro. Lyman has said concerning that event and is the same as I spoke to my brother while we were what is called "on the underground", again what I wrote to Edson, my brother, last winter as I felt impressed to write it.
As I have written a general. outline of my history up to the present time; in connection with that of my parents and family, I now take a general view of my political and ecclesiastical callings and appointments, and work done by myself speaking in general of my past life, with the view of writing my history more in detail for the future and keep a better account of myself from this the lst day of October 1896, it being Thursday, the general fast day.
I fast all day and my time is spent this day in fasting and prayer, and writing, I rest from my labors. The following might be termed my first general appendix to the past history of my life.
I was born July 4th 1854 at the mouth of Millcreek Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah. Moved from there to Centerville, Davis County, and from there to Springville, Utah County, in the time of the general move when Johnsons Army came to Utah. From there, moved to Hard Scrabble, Morgan County in 1860. It was here I received my first dream of Earth and Heaven. Moved from there to Porterville, Morgan County. Here I lost my father when I was between thirteen and fourteen years of age. My labors since then have been farming, store clerking, cabinet making, school teaching, cooking, sheep herding, carpentering and woolen manufacturing. Political Position: School Trustee six years at Orderville, Kane County. Ecclesiastical positions: Acted as secretary and President in the Y.M.M.I.A. at Porterville, Teacher in Porterville Sunday School, Asst. Secretary and counselor in the Y.M.M.I.A. at Orderville. Ass't. Secretary and teacher in the Orderville Sunday School, Acted as Supt. of Orderville Sunday School from Sept. 1887 until May 1888, and from Oct. 6th 1889 until Sept. 1892. And from Sept. 1894 until this, the present writing, lst October 1896. Acted in the office of Deacon from 15th of January 1873 until 20th of August 1877 when ordained an Elder. Was president of the lst organized deacon's quorum in Orderville until ordained an Elder. Have acted as a teacher in Orderville Ward since I was married in Sept.1877 whenever at home. Acted as asst Stake Clerk to Jos. W. McCallister and also to L.C. Mariger until Dec. 18th 1887, when I was sustained as Stake Clerk and Historian of the Orderville Ward since November 1889. Was ordained a Seventy June 11th 1885. Set apart as President in the 85th Quorum of Seventies July 15th 1894. Still hold that position. Have had many weaknesses to contend with and overcome, and asked the Lord to help me to overcome them. Have had some severe trials and hope to be able to bear up manfully through all my trials. Have had all the main events of my life shown to me beforehand, even down to the present time, and the more glorious things that are yet to come. Have been in poverty, as it were, all my life and hope should a change be ever made, that I may have wisdom to know how to use it properly before the Lord.
I feel to be reconciled unto God in this matter, whether I remain poor or not. But as the poet says, A saint indeed will find a present help in time of need. The Lord has always helped me when every thing seemed hedged up before me. I now close this chapter and will turn my attention to writing up the history of the Kanab Stake which contains at the present time Seven Wards, as follows: Kanab, Orderville, Glendale, Mt. Carmel, Graham, Fredonia, & Johnson Wards. The total number of souls at the close of the year 1895 as shown in the report is Sixteen Hundred and sixty-nine. Since the Organization of the Stake, April 18, 1877, there has been an average of two hundred and forty four families in the stake, Two Hundred and forty-four marriages, Five hundred and four male births, five hundred and ninety three female births, One thousand and eighty-six children blessed, twenty three new members baptized, Six Hundred and seventy-two children baptized. Nineteen persons excommunicated from the church.
One hundred and sixty-two male deaths. One hundred and forty-five female deaths. An average of 10 2/5 persons drawing support each year up to Dec. 31, 1893. And in the last two years up to Dec. 31, 1895 there has been 28 marriages, 79 male births, 82 female births. 109 Children were blessed, 1 new baptized, 1 Excommunicated, 24 male deaths And 25 female deaths. An average of 47 drawing support. The last two years the reports have been made out yearly, while previous to this time they were made out half-yearly and quarterly. Up to the present time of writing there has been two Presidents of the Stake, five counsellors, seven patriarchs, thirty-seven High Counsellors, Two Pres. of the High Priest Quorum with six counselors. Two Presidents and four counselors of Seventies before the 85th quorum was organized. Since then there has been twelve Presidents in the 85th Quorum. Two Elders Quorums organized, with five President's and twelve Counsellors, during that time. One Priest Quorum, one Teachers Quorum with two Presidents and 2 Counsellors. One Stake organization of the Deacons Quorum with one President and counsellors. One Stake Organization of Primary Associations, with two Presidents and Four Counsellors. One Stake Organization of the Relief Society with a total of Three Presidents Sustained. There has been five Stake Superintendents of Sunday Schools with their assistants, Seven Stake Presidents of the Y.W.M.I.A. with their counsellors. There has been two Presidents of the Y.M.M.I.A. with their counsellors. There has been-fourteen Bishops of different names and six presiding Elders over branches of wards. Three Stake Clerks. One Sill Assn., One Military Organization. A Board of Trade. A Board of Education. A Stock Association. A Wool growers association. An Ecclesiastical Stake Organization or Church Organization or Corporation. The Same in each ward.
I was chosen as a Director and Sec'y. of the Orderville Ward Ecclesiastical Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have one United Order, the name of which was O.U.O. Company. Although the Order was mostly dissolved in 1885, the Organization has been intact and now goes by the name, sometimes, as the O.U.0. Factory Company. I am at this time one of it's Directors and Secretary of the same, as well as Superintendent of the running of the Factory. There is several Irrigation Companies in Long Valley. I am a member of the Board and Secretary of the Irrigation Company of Orderville. I have endeavored to do my duty in all my callings and appointments for by doing so I see the Power of Godliness made manifest. Hoping and trusting I shall have the Divine Assistance more abundantly in the future than I have in the past, to assist me in the great work that is before me.
Of my fathers family and grandchildren, up to Dec. 31, 1896, there has been sixty-six souls or more belong to the Orderville Ward. He was the father of Thirty-one children and one hundred and fifty grandchildren at this present writing.
Father, Mother, Sisters, Brothers,
Who have passed away into another sphere,
And in the silent watch of night,
And in midday toil and care,
They keep a watchful eye upon
Their children, kindred, left here.
Me thinks I hear their voices
Speaking words unto our souls,
Saying,"Children, sons and daughters,
Keep your eyes upon the goal.
"In the rugged path of duty,
Mid all your sorrow, wit and care,
Set your yearning thoughts, lead
Your Souls to God in prayer.
Should you feel as though forsaken
Do not give up in sad despair,
But consign your will unto His pleasure
And lend your soul to Him in Prayer."
Sept. 1896. Laboring in the Factory. Go to our Quarterly Conference at Kanab, and attend to my duties as Stake Clerk and of the High Council. Take the minutes of a High Council Trial: Bishop J.W. Glazier V/S his counselor Nephi Johnson. Attend to my duties in the Sabbath school as Supt. Have a sick dau., Laura, with Typhoid fever.
Oct.:- Continue my labors in the factory, but return home every night because of sickness. My little girl Gertrude has the Typhoid fever quite bad. I attend to my duties as Supt. of the Sabbath School. My little girl Leonora comes down with the fever.
November:- I continue my labors at the factory until about the 20th. The factory hands have all quit to go to school for the winter. I continue to come home evenings to help my wife Laura look after the sick children until I return, as mentioned above. After that time, I remain home and attend to my duties in the Ward. Labor on my wife Maria's house and she teaches the Primary District School. Gets thirty dollars per month.
December:- Labor at home on the house, getting wood and coal, etc. Attend to December Quarterly Conference. Attend to my duties as stake clerk. Also attend the High Council meeting as clerk of the same. My children get well from the fever having been reduced down very poor, but are now getting fat. The first one was sick for three weeks, the second, five weeks and the third, seven weeks, and altogether for over three months, and we give our Father in Heaven the praise and honor of sparing the lives of our little ones. Ourselves having lost considerable sleep and rest, began to feel its effects, but now feel thankful for a chance to recuperate. The weather is very fine and pleasant up to the end of the year. Spent Christmas pleasantly. Between Christmas and New Years the young folk, about 70 in number gathered at our house and partook of a picnic dinner. Spent several days during this month in writing Stake and Ward History.
January:-1897. Done more writing, making out Stake and Ward reports. Writing letters, and making out Seventies Reports, etc. Get wood and coal, work on the house and attend to various duties. The following is a copy of a letter written in answer to one I had written in connection with Pres. S. M. Andersen.
Salt Lake City:- Jan. 14th 1897
Council of the 85th Quorum of Seventies
The First Council read with pleasure the good spirit breathed in yours of the 2nd inst. and felt to encourage to faithfulness in the future, that your callings may be fully understood and actively adhered to and that the members of your quorum may be raised to a lively sense of their duty in their important callings.
John M. Whitaker Gen.Sec'y.
February:- On the evening of the 4th attended a Priesthood Meeting. Thos. Chamberlain and Daniel Seegmiller of the Stake Presidency and Orderville Bishopric were the authorities present. Their business was looking after the interests of the various organizations. On the evening of the 5th they held a ward conference. I attended to my duty as Ward Clerk. At this meeting the General and local authorities were presented together with thirty-three names of young men over twelve years old as those worthy to be ordained to the office of a Deacon. On the evening of the 5th acted as clerk of meeting when the above mentioned young men were ordained. My Son Israel H. was ordained a deacon at this meeting. My sons Alvin and LeRoy having previously been ordained to that office. (see family record for that information) Bro. Ezra Steven and family were received into the ward at the ward conference. I attended to my various duties during the month of February.
During the forepart of March, 6th & 7th I and my wife Maria attend the Kanab Stake Quarterly Conference and filled the duties conferred upon us. We had a good peaceable conference and the instructions given were timely.
Sunday-the 9th was Fast Day. The forenoon was occupied in the interest of Sabbath School, In the afternoon Testimony meeting was held. Eleven brethren bore their testimonies including myself. We returned home on Monday. We attend to our various duties during this month of March, and have received much storm. Has been a wet winter since the 10th of January, and have good prospects of a bountiful harvest this year.
April. The forepart, helped to prepare for Planting crop. The latter part went to prepare the Factory for running. During the month of May got things going and made some cloth in the factory. My son Alvin finished a crayon portrait of his grandmother Hoyt, he commencing to learn the art, goes to the Factory to work also.
This the 31st day of May is my daughter Nellie's birthday. She received a large crayon portrait of myself from her grandmother, And a book entitled "Talk to Girls" from her mother as a birthday present. I spent my time today writing as Stake Clerk, and Historian. An announcement is made that a social entertainment will be held tonight, May Day exercises tomorrow. Attend Quarterly Conference, as mentioned. Continue to labor at the factory, and this is my (43rd),birthday. Attend the Fourth of July Celebration. Continue at the Factory remainder of the month. August, do the same. Maria has gone to Provo City or Academy to the Summer School. She will come home with her sister Nellie and others who have gone too.
Sept.1st:- Attend meeting in afternoon at Glendale. Apostle Lyman and Jonathan Golden Kimball were present. Sept. 2nd. Attend another meeting at Orderville. 3rd, go to Kanab; attend High Council and attend to my duties as clerk of the Council. 4th, attend Conference and my duties as Stake Clerk and recorded the important items and instructions. Elder F.M. Lyman & Jonathan G. Kimball gave us some valuable instructions on the laws of Chastity, and the Improvement Associations. 5th, attend Conference. 6th, heard a letter from B.H. Roberts to Moses Thatcher. Returned home today (7th) to write up this History, a letter to my sister Mary E. Crofts, my brothers Carmi and Alma, also several notices. Stormy today, and I write up Stake History.
Sept. 8th. I returned to my usual occupation at the Factory. I continued my labors there each week, but returned to Orderville each Saturday Evening, to visit with my wives and children at home, and to be prepared to attend to my duties in the Sabbath School, and to go to meeting. The first Sabbath in each month is Fast day. The blessing of babies and baptizing of children and confirming them is done on that day. My duty is to keep a proper record of the same. My wife Abbie, also son Alvin, and daughters Nellie and Lellie labored with me at the factory a good share of the time until the 14th-of November when we finished up our work there and closed up. My wife Maria is teaching school and my wife Laura labors at various things to help in our support. The Lord blessed our labors and we have been able to keep from suffering. There has been a debt hanging upon my shoulders for several years from seventy-five to eighty dollars, which I have settled this year by making several turns. I gave twenty-five dollars in factory pay to my brother Carmi for an old leather sewing machine and had bought three acres of land off Milo Palmer, giving him twenty-five dollars per acre in goods, and sold a yearling heifer for fourteen dollars cash. I traded the machine for another acre of land, then gave the four acres and fourteen dollars in cash to the co-op store which settled eighty dollars I was owing, or which had accumulated up to that amount with interest, it being first fifty-seven dollars when interest began at 10%. I trust that I shall, with the help of the Lord, be able to keep out of debt in the future, asking him for His assistance.
I Continued to labor about home until the 4th of December. On the evening of the 3rd, I attended a meeting of the Saints of Orderville. Elder Abraham Owen Woodruff, a member of the Twelve Apostles being the main speaker. The subject he treated upon was the resurrection and salvation of the dead. On the 4th I went to Kanab to attend our Stake Quarterly Conference. On the 5th attended Kanab Sabbath school in the morning and in the afternoon the regular fast meeting. In these two meetings many testimonies were borne. A number of young, unmarried sisters took part in these meetings, which was very courageous for the Spirit of the Lord was felt and many good things were spoken. In the evening I attended a Sunday School Review, as it was called. Monday and Tuesday the 6th and 7th conference meetings were held. Monday evening the Priesthood meeting was held. Elder Woodruff, the Kanab Stake Presidency, High Council, and Bishops of the various wards, and presidents of Quorums, Patriarchs, and a number of members of quorums were present. An Industrial Bureau was organized consisting of a Board of Directors consisting of all the Bishops in the various wards. It was organized for the benefit of the unemployed among us, and those who may emigrate from other countries. In all the Stakes these organizations are being effected.
I wish to state here that at our last quarterly conference, Bro. S.M. Anderson was ordained a High Priest by Elder F.M. Lyman, which left myself to act as senior president in the 85th Quorum of Seventies. Elder Woodruff, in his priesthood meeting gave instructions to the presidents of Seventies by asking them to write and commune with those who are called from their quorum on missions. On Tuesday, attended the meetings of the day having taken minutes of our conference. I attended our young men's conference on Wednesday. Pay a visit to Bro. Warren Johnson who has been afflicted a long while with a broken back just at his spine.
During the month of December, beside going to conference I went to the Factory after goods, to the grist mill for flour, shelled corn, dressed hogs, canvassed the town of Orderville in the interest of the Juvenile Instructor mag. acted as a ward teacher, writing letters, settling accounts, plastering Laura's house, preparing reports, attend Sabbath School and Ward meetings. Also Y.M.M.I.A. meetings, write births, baptisms and ordinations in Orderville Ward.
January 1st-1898. Started to make out Ward report and attend a Hoyt Family gathering and dinner which was held at my wife Maria's house. Sunday 2nd, attend SS and Ward Meeting, also Seventies & Y.M.M.I.A. meeting. 3rd, send for the Juvenile Instructor for several persons, and go to Factory after load of bats. Sold some at grist mill for flour. 4th, took care of corn fodder. Worked at ward records and made out reports. 5th, made or wrote Bishop H.W. Esplin's family record and writing in, ward History. 6th, send letters to the News and Juvenile Instructor Offices, & S.S. Union Co. Make out Stake Report and take care of more fodder. 7th, snowing. I repaired Laura's and Abbie's floors. 8th, put on Factory lining, Maria's house. 9th, attend S.S. & ward meeting. Was called upon to speak. Attended Y.M.M.M.A. meeting in evening. 1Oth, lining Maria's house again, also the llth, 12th, 13th. For three weeks past, Abbie worked for F.W. Heaton. 14th & 15th, still working on Maria's house. 16th attended Sabbath school as before. 17th, completed and sent off the Kanab Stake report and continued on the house. 18th, make mantle piece. In the evening Richard S. Norwood died, 8:30 PM. He is the man who baptized me, also whom I referee to before as being sick and I saw his spirit after it left the body, and appeared as a flame of fire and returned back to the body and he lived to be 85 years of age. 19th, I worked to make him a coffin. 20th, finished the coffin, and helped lay him out as he requested me to the year my mother died in 1885. Yesterday Abbie started to work for Geo. Hick's wife. 21st, attend the funeral services of Bro. Norwood and address the saints on this occasion. 22nd Work on Maria's house. Sunday 23rd attend my duties as usual. 24th write in Stake History, and some chores. 25th Go to coal bed after coal. 26th, go to Grist Mill & for lime. Get nothing and return home. 27th Settle Tithing and work at Factory Acct. 23rd, wrote to my sisters Mary and Printha, and Brother Carmi, The News Co., & Juvenile Co. Stormy. 29th, Chores and bookkeeping. 30th, Attend the several meetings this Sabbath as Usual. 31st, Cut wood and burned a little lime. This day the Shanty of Bro. Chamberlain was burned down. J.L. Covington was living in it. Most of the household goods were burned.
My Wife Mary Maria is teaching school in the Primary Grade. Several of my children go to school in the various grades.
Feb. 1st, Burn lime upon a hill where wood was handy. Wed. 2nd, Plastered chimney in Maria's house and done chores. 3rd. Labor ditto. This day Maria took sick and my daughter Nellie to teach school in her place. 4th, My labors, ditto, and writing letters, chores, etc. 5th Get plaster parts or gypsum and send R.S. Norwood will to Joseph Meeks the administrator. 6th, attend to the Sunday School and meetings as usual, also a prayer circle. 7th white washing kitchen. 8th worked for tithing office 2
day and attend priesthood meeting at 7 P.M. Burned gypsum. 9th Done some painting, on Maria's house, attend Ward Conference and take the minutes as ward Clerk. Ward officers were sustained. Maria is well so she taught school.
10th, done some whitewashing, chores and reading of a book entitled Forty Years among the Indians. llth, finish whitewashing today and prepare for tomorrow. 12th Finish up the whitewashing.
13 Attend Sunday School and meetings and circle as usual. 14th Went to Hans Sorensens and got twenty bushels of potatoes.
15th Mend my shoes. Balance up accounts of irrigation co., do chores and attend Priesthood meeting.
16th Chored about home and attend a Ward Conference. 17th Don some painting and dealt factory goods. 18th Done painting.
19th Done some painting and got some lumber. 20th Attend Sunday School and meetings.
21st. Making some panel doors for the dining room at Maria's. 22nd, Labor ditto, and attend a celebration on Washington's birthday. 23rd, work at the doors and attend a meeting of the Irrigation Co. at 7 PM.
24th work at the doors again.
Friday 25th. 1898 Went to Kanab to attend Stake Conference and High Council meetings as Stake Clerk. 26th Attended Conference. That evening I went down to Fredonia Ward where my brother-in-law was teaching District School. My mother-in-law, Hannah Hoyt invited me down there. It was the first time I ever saw the little town. 27th I missed S.S. Conference by going there. Attend Conference during the day and S. S. Review at night.
28th Because I had no way to go home today, I visit among my friends and see some horse racing which seems to be very attractive for some people as their money is at stake.
March 1st, 1898 I went home from Kanab from attending Stake Conference. 2nd Sent a small acct of our Conference to the Des. News for publication, also worked on Maria's house. The next three days I worked at the panel doors for Maria's house. On the 6th 1 attended Ward meetings and the Y.M.M.I.A. 8th I have finished and hung those large panel doors, Four in number. The dining room and sitting can be opened into one.
March 9th,10,11,12, I start to work on Brother W.W. Adair's house. Stormed so I do painting at home. Continue on Adair house. 13th attend Sunday School and meetings today. Wm. Forsythe Died. 14th, made a coffin for him. 15th work on the house for W. W. Adair and continue all the week except Saturday when I wrote out irrigation notices. 20th On Sunday I attend S.S. and Seventies and Elders meetings. I continue to work on Adair's house.
Sat. 26th of March my Laura gave birth to a girl baby, now Elda by name. Sunday 27, attend S.S. and meetings. W.W. Adair's house, and paper Maria's house in bal. of month.
April 4th I make coffin for Thomas Blackburn who died yesterday the 3rd. I attended S.S. & meeting.
5th lined Coffin and attended funeral services and done some booking and recording.
6th, I and my two sons, Alvin and Leroy worked on the W.W. Adair house the next three days.
10 Sunday attend S.S. and meetings, etc.
11 Took team, went to factory after goods.
12 " corn to mill and T. O. and got some hay.
13 do more wall papering at my wife Maria's house.
14 Dito. 15 Dito. 16. Work on W. W. Adair house.
17 Attend S.S. meetings etc. The Y.M.M.I.A. have now adjourned until fall season.
18 I go to Kanab as a witness on the will of Richard S. Norwood, deceased, after three days business was attended to.
21 I attend Court and trial of the murderer of Ellie Thomas who was found guilty by the jury of killing on Mr. Owens.
22 Work on Adair's house.
23 Went to assist in the appraising of the property of Richard S. Norwood, together with George Hicks and Joseph Meeks.
24. Attend S.S. & meetings. Work for three days on said house.
28 I an my son Alvin start to Tropic going over the mountain. There came up a storm. The fog was so thick we lost our way for a while and did not arrive there until a half day later. Our object was to see if we could get a farm. But things seemed to work against us getting any place there. And I had a dream which changed my feelings of trying to get a place there at that locality. On the 4th we started back for home feeling satisfied to stay at Orderville. Arrived at home on the 5th. After we got home, planted some corn, then went to see if we could make a farm out on what is called the "Clay Flat". Planted some corn, few rows, it grew well. Done a little work so as to hold the place but as it was dry land and water was quite away to get to drink that we gave it up. Done a little work on W.W. Adair's house. Planted Potatoes.
19 Wrote Stake History. 20th same. 21 Stormy. Work at the Spring. For several days I work at the house and house plastering. Attend my S.S. and meetings always when I can.
Friday 27th. I attend High Council Meeting and take the minutes. Saturday and Sunday attend Conference and take minutes of same. 30, send synopsis to the News.
31. Work on W.W. Adair's house. Dito.
June 1 make flour bin for J.M. Payne. Dito
4 Start to assist J. Covington build barn for E. Lamb. Work fifteen days. June 28 Get up hay. Work on Barn the next four days.
July 2. Hoe weeds out of Beans and corn. Cut grain for J.W. Carling. July 4th I was Forty Four years of Age. During the month I also attended the District Court. During this term of Court one Alexander Thomas was tried for murder and found Guilty.
He had shot and killed one Mr. Frank Owens. Also one George Gorman was tried and found guilty of Grand Larceny. Afterward court was over on the 21st, I got qualified as a trustee. On the 23rd of July my wife Maria gave birth to a little baby girl. The 24th of July was celebrated as Pioneer Day on the 25th. On the 26th I and boys went over to lower Clay Flat. Staked out forty acres. But never done any more at it as it was too far from water. The remainder of month I done odd jobs hauling hay, selling goods, work on house, etc.
On the 31st of July I blessed our little baby girl and gave it the name of Amy Hoyt.
August lst. 1898. I will just sketch a little of the labor I done during the month. Work on W.W. Adair house, mend boots and shoes, made a coffin for the wife of Edwin Adair who died on the 8th. My wife Maria take chills and fever, get better. I work for Jesse Carling on E.P. Fackrell's house. Haul corn fodder off of Bench and pull beans. Repair sewing machine and knitting machines I then worked on the threshing machine for the remainder of the month, or six days, then on the 31st attended a special meetings, in which Elder F.M. Lyman of the Apostles spoke to the saints.
Sept. 1, I went to Kanab and attended Conference, and took the minutes of said conference. I returned home and went to work on the thresher again for seven days. On the 14th I start to build a barn for Thomas Chamberlain. (to return, I will say I attended a Republican Convention at Kanab on the 3rd) I worked on the barn until the 24th inst.
On Sunday the 25th S.S. was reorganized, I was again selected as S.S. Supt. at Orderville. I worked on the barn and the thresher the balance of the month.
Oct. 1st 1898, I sell a few factory goods then work on the thresher until the 15th inst. On the 18th I rented the farms of W. W. Heaton and widow Maria Hodnett for two years. Then went and watered them to prepare it for plowing, After which I repaired the windows in the school house.(done a little glazing) I thresh beans, dig potatoes, repair wagon wheel and do many other odd jobs, etc.
Nov. lst. I start to make a flume for J.J. Esplin at Kanab Creek wash at the headwaters. 5th Return home and shuck corn. My son Leroy plows land on rented farm. On the 14th I pay road tax After which I watered more land, repaired seats in school house. The reader must bear in mind that I always attended, when at home, our Sunday Schools, meetings, and Y.M.M.I.A. meetings. Either my S.S. assistants or myself was called upon to attend the First S.S. Convention for the State of Utah. I was chosen to go. Our S.S. to bear expenses for Rail Road fares. On the 22nd inst. I started to Salt Lake City to attend this convention which was held on the 28th inst. I stopped off at Provo to see my son Alvin and others who were attending B.Y.A. The Convention was a good one and I had the privilege of making a short visit with my sisters Cynthia Zenora, and Arvina, also a number of my cousins. On the 30th inst. I return as far as Provo. My mother-in law had learned that her son-in-law J.F. Robertson had run away from and left his wife in a delicate condition. So my mother-in-law, Hannah E. Hoyt being much wearied about, it accompanied us home. Dec. 3rd arrive home. Found all well, and Josiah Hoyt had succeeded in capturing J.F. Robertson the runaway. I got ready to go to conference at Kanab, but on account of such a blinding snow storm all day, no representative attended conference from Orderville and other towns in Longvalley. During this month I wrote Stake History, worked on my coal bed, salt pork down, bookkeep For the Irrigation Co. and write to all the Wards for their Ecclesiastical Reports. I go to Kanab with potatoes and return home and attend a S.S. Entertainment with my family. I also canvas for Des. News and Juvenile. Also work on a new store building co-op.
Jan lst 1899 I attend a Fast Meeting, Sunday School, and the meeting of the Y.M.M.I.A. During this year I continued to attend my meetings, as above, when opportunity afforded. I worked on the new co-op store and $1.50 per day. On the 3rd inst. I made a coffin for my mother-in-law Elizabeth Asenath Carling. During this year I continued to act as agent for the Deseret News and Juvenile Instructor. On the 12th I visited the District School as a Trustee.
During the winter I dug coal for myself and some for my neighbors. I made out Ward & Stake reports, etc. and made out the financial statement of the Irrigation Company. Finished settling up my tithing acct for 1898. Mend all tin pans, shelled corn, mend or repair sewing machines, mend shelves. I went after County maps at Mr. Macdonalds, as during the fall of 1898 I was elected the County Surveyor of Kane County, and during this month of January I also made a flour bin for Fast Offerings.
As Supt. I looked after the interests of Sunday School.
Feb 1899 Repair school room benches, etc. get wood, coal, & killed a pig. Got hay From T.O. Attend Deacon meeting. Repair School Bell & school library. My Wife Maria sick, stay home and wait on her. My wife's sisters baby died, made a coffin for it. I visit as Ward Teacher. I put in grain on rented farm. Election of Irrigation Co. (officers) held on the 27th inst. Directors reelected.
Mar.1899 I write out statements for the Irrigation Co. Trim up apple trees.
Work on a water ditch. Visit Glendale Sunday School. Attend our school exhibit. Come down with grippe. Get well. Go to Glendale & see the assessor for Plats. On 17th inst. attend Stake Conference, take minutes of same. The people fasted and prayed for rain. Apostle A.0. Woodruff being mouth. That night it clouded up and gave a nice rain after which I do many minor duties this month and get ready to go Surveying.
April 1899, I repair Surveying Compass. Surveyed for M.A. Holgate & Robert Mincur. I attend an old folks reunion. Survey for Jonathan Heaton. Put in more grain. I write for S.S. Celebration and to headquarters of the Seventies. Start digging our well. Get fence post, clean clocks. Surveyed land for Joseph Palmer, plant some potatoes and lucern.
May 1899 Make out deeds for surveyed land. I write Stake History. Repair loom and plant corn. Haul wood and plant beans and water garden. Was ill a few days. Go fence post and then attended May Day celebration.
June 1899 I attend the Quarterly Stake Conference held in Orderville this time. Take minutes of Council and Conference. I work on Edwin Adair's barn. Pull weeds out of wheat, with my sons Israel and Melvin. I deliver books (Articles of Faith) to those who have subscribed. Put up hay. Mow weeds in corn patch. Attend our Seventies meeting.
July 1899. Attend Baptism, and Confirmation meeting. The 4th National Celebration and my 45th anniversary. Attend Priesthood meeting. Work on the new Co-op Store building and do other duties, etc.
August 1899. Go to Kanab for Conference. Take minutes of Conference and High Council. Attend S.S. Conference (3 days) Continue to work on granary and finish. Wheat threshed. I attend meetings and Sunday Schools as Supt. Survey for Archibald Swapp. Work on Store. Do writing as agent to News. Gather and thresh beans. John Bowen died on 25th, 26th make coffin. On 27th attend special meeting. L.J. Nuttall organized Relief Society, Directors, Board, etc.
Oct. 1899 Attend Fast Meeting. Go to Seventies Meeting at Glendale. lst, 2nd cut corn. dito. 4th Survey for Orson Foote. Repair Loom. Hear from Sister Printha. Done more surveying. Work on T. Chamberlain barn. Attend Y.M.M.I.A. meetings. 31st have legrippe.
Nov. 1899. Work on T.C.'s Barn. Attend to all religious duties. Have very bad cold. Work on Jesse Carling barn. 30 attend I.V. Carling birthday dinner.
Dec. 1399. Attend Quarterly Conference. Take minutes. Work more on Jesses barn. Water land and plow. 10 Attend S.S. Jubilee. Work on school house. 14 Kill hogs. 16 Do bookkeeping. 18. Sick. Finish our barn, get coal, shuck corn at Maria's. Haul wood and coal.
30 Canvas for Des. News. 31 Sunday.
---Jan.l. 1900. Abbies brother has come. Have family dinner. I make out Stake reports. During this year I continue to farm. Make a well, get wood and coal, act as agent for all church works for all the associations. Get books and do all religious work. Still Ward Clerk, Senior President of Seventies, Supt.S.S., County Surveyor, School Trustee, Secretary of Orderville United Order Factory Co. The 25th anniversary of the Order was held 14-15-16-17-18 of July. The term of Incorporation of the Order having expired. The board was elected on the 14th and qualified on the 22nd of July Twenty-five years before, in 1875.
I owned a coal bed, have done for several years. I and wives get second anointing. Purchase Loon (Carpet).
Jan. 1901 During the year 1901 I attend to my duties as Stake Clerk, Ward Clerk, County Surveyor in surveying and also plotting county maps. This year I receive remuneration as Stake Clerk from various Ward, altogether $30.00. Bargained for Cornelius Workman farm on Mammoth River and do some plowing. Thus far each year pay a full tithing. Act as agent for all church works again. Raise no grain except corn this year.
Jan 1902. This year I attend to my duties as Stake Clerk and Ward Clerk, County Surveyor. I and my boys Alvin and Leroy who have agreed to pay for said farm do farming this year. Break up land. Raised over 500 bushels grain. My wife Maria and family start to Cedar in Sept. to keep boarding house for Normal Pupils, also send Israel and Olive to School. I started with a load on the 18th Sept. Stay at Cedar several days and help fix up for boarding scholars. Rent the house for $6.00 per month. I also send my daughters Lellie and Laura to normal school. My tongue started to swell while at Cedar and continued. I started back on the 24th. My tongue continued to swell. It filled my mouth so that I ate nothing but drink a little milk for eleven more days. I tried to work most of time, but I got so weak I had to go home on the 2nd of October. On the 5th, Elders administered to me during the night. I had the following dream:
"I dreamed I was climbing a very steep mountain. I was so weak it was very hard work. A man came to my assistance. He said he would take care of my body while I cleared the rubbish out of the trail, so I could walk better. So I went to work and cleaned the rubbish out of the trail for a ways, then would go back and help my body up to where I left off cleaning the trail. The man assisted me in helping me up. Then he would take care of my body while I went on with my work for a while. Then I would go back and assist him with my body again. He said to me, "you are uncovered" and that I must cover up. I awoke and found I was uncovered. I covered up. Went to sleep, and on with my dream and work as before. He helping me as before. The second time, he told me I was uncovered. .The second time I awoke and covered up, and then went on to work as before. Finally we reached the top of the mountain. Then he said, "Now we are on top you will not need my help, but you have more rubbish to clean out of the path, which you can do, and then take your body along without my assistance. You see this vast place before you and about how far you will have to clean the path. You will never have such a mountain to climb again as you have now had to climb." Just then my wife Laura woke me up by her coming into the room. She asked me how I felt. I told her I wanted some breakfast as I found that my tongue had almost entirely gone down to it's natural size. She was very much surprised to hear me talk so plain because when my tongue was swollen I could hardly be understood. I ate a little breakfast but found that my stomach was too weak as it pained me very much. So I had to continue to "clean out the rubbish" and get rid of the canker in the stomach. I began to improve slowly until Nov. 6th when I was able to try and water some Lucern. After that I began to labor a little more each day, sometimes weaving carpet, sometimes hauling coal, wood, writing, attending my duties as Historian of Ward and Stake.
Day before Christmas went to Hatch (Utah), took my daughter Nellie on surprise. Santa Claus came to me in a pair of new socks and silk handkerchief. Took home a load of my wheat and drove our cows ahead of me as the snow was deep. They stayed in the road. Got home, made Laura a chest. Get subscribers for Juvenile. Settled tithing which ended the year 1902.
I should have copied my patriarchal blessing in it's proper place for the year 1901, however I will insert it here.
A blessing by Thomas Chamberlain, Patriarch, upon the head of Francis Lysander Porter, son of Chauncey Warriner and Priscilla Strong Porter. Born at Millcreek, Salt Lake County., Utah, July 4th, 1854. Given at Orderville, Kane County, Utah, March 17th 1901.
Brother Francis Lysander, I place my hand upon your head and by virtue and authority of my Holy Office and calling seal upon you a patriarchal blessing. Your lineage is of Ephraim, therefor you are a legal heir to the blessings which the Lord has promised unto those who are of that seed.
Thou art beloved of the Lord, and He has pleased with thine integrity and faithfulness, and through continued humility He has yet many great blessings in store for thee, and He will multiply thy wisdom and give the strength and grace according to thy day, and will qualify and make the adequate for thy labors and responsibilities placed upon thee and enable thee to accomplish the righteous desires of thine heart.
Thou art greatly blessed in that thy heart has been inclined to works of righteousness, nevertheless thy adversary will strive in his might to hinder thee in the accomplishment of thy life's mission and in many ways seek to tempt thee and put stumbling blocks in thy pathway. But the Lord will ever be attentive to thy humble supplications and will answer thy petitions in blessings upon thee and thine, and the Adversary shall not prevail against thee, for thou shalt have strength to stand firm and steadfast in the Lord's cause unto the end of thy days. Thou shalt be esteemed as a wise counselor in the midst of the people, for that light and wisdom that cometh from above will rest upon thee in great abundance.
Many of the most precious gifts of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be enjoyed by thee and thou wilt have wisdom to magnify them for the temporal and eternal salvation of thine own household, and associate brothers and sisters. The Spirit and gift of discernment will rest upon thee in much abundance that thou mayest understand the signs of the times and the handlings of the Lord, and be prepared for the judgements to come, and shall stand in holy places while the wrath and indignation of an offended God will be poured out upon the wicked and those who serve not the Lord. Thou wilt escape and be preserved while many around thee shall fall and turn away. The gift and power of Faith will rest upon thee, even that thou mayest he healed from time to time of infirmities that beset humanity and through that gift and power of faith many shall be preserved and blessed under thine hands while officiating in the ordinances which the Lord has given for the blessing and healing of His children upon earth. Thy voice shall always be heard, and thine influence felt in defence of truth and the furtherance of God's work upon earth.
The Lord's blessings will attend thine efforts and labors; and thou wilt enjoy many of the comforts Of this earth and have wherewith to assist in the up building of God's Kingdom, and the redemption of Zion, and the building of the Holy Temple. Thou wilt be privileged to labor in the Lord's Holy house for many precious souls living and dead. Thou art and will be greatly blessed in thy posterity of sons and daughters for thine influence will be felt among them. Thy precepts and example shall make such impressions upon thine offspring that they will not stray in the works of the Lord, but will follow thy footsteps. This consolation will bring joy and peace to thy soul, and will strengthen and encourage thee in thine hours of trial, for the Lord's power and influence will move upon thy son's and daughter's according to thy humble, faithful desires and prayers, and when thou has finished thine earthly labors, with the redeemed thou shalt be saved and exalted and have power to come forth in that great Resurrection of the Just together with thy companions and numerous posterity, to be crowned with glory, immortality, and Eternal Lives.
These blessings, dear brother, and all others that thine heart may desire in righteousness, shall be thine through continued humility and faithfulness in keeping the commandments of God, and I seal them upon thee in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
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Jan. lst 1903. 1 finished making the chest, and then attended a Union dinner at Martha Carling's. 2nd, Got a load of wood. 3rd, Worked for W.W. Adair. 4th, Sunday, Record and make out ward Seventies reports. 5th, got coal. 6th, got wood. 7th, get ready to go to Kanab.......28th, get ready to go to Cedar City. Arrive at Cedar City on 3rd of February. Israel met me on the 1st below the top of Black Ridge, above Bellview. Very cold that night. He caught cold. It settled in his eye. Had to stay out of school six weeks. While at Cedar I hauled wood and did work about home there, and visited the Normal School there. I started back home in Longvalley with my two daughters Lellie and Laura, also had sister Brown of Kanab and her grandson J.G. Spencer with me. Went by way of Moccasin. Sister Brown leaves me at Pipe Springs and goes with another team.
I attend March Conference as Stake Clerk and haul some coal this month. During the season I done Surveying for John Smith and Brother George Workman, and others at Hatch. Raised a crop of wheat on the Mammoth Farm. Also surveyed a townsite and field on the Hurricane Bench in Washington County, employed by Martin Slack. I raised 110 Bush. wheat, 50 Bush. Barley, and 70 Bushels of Oats. I attended my meetings, attended my duties as ward clerk and stake clerk. Visited Maria's at Cedar City this year of 1903, but in September I took down with Malarial Fever, had it for about two months, when I got better and went to Hatch Town and worked on James Elders house. Come down again with fever, come home, get better. In Sept. or first of October, Abigail Porter, my wife and family, goes over to Huntington against my counsel. My daughter Ethel was already at Manti to Ezra Shoemakers going to school. While I was gone to survey in Dixie, my son Melvin looked after the farm on the Mammoth. At the close of the year 1903 I make out Ward and Stake reports, and at the beginning of a new year start to write the History of the United Order and send to James C. Bleak of St. George.
The fever, canker in the stomach, and legrippe make me look like a skeleton this winter and spring of 1904. (In December go to Hatch and assist in building a small house for James Elder, come down with the fever again and come home, and every few days would sweat until all my clothes were soaking wet. By washing all over in cold water every time I started to sweat, I succeeded in stopping it . As I said before, I was like a skeleton.)
1904. In the Spring I took Legrippe and that kept me very poor in flesh and very weak. Got enough better so that in July I went to Cedar, or started but got a letter that the man was not prepared for me to work on his house. In Aug. I went to Cedar and went to work on the house where my wife Maria lives. Took strong brandy slug, get rid of Legrippe.
I earned $55.00 on the house which went to pay on the rent. My son Israel paid in work on the house $5.00 and lumber $10.00 which went on the rent while I was there. My son Nathan looked after the crop after I had put it in in the spring. I done some surveying this year. Surveyed the North Fork some. Attended to my duties in writing up Ward History, also Stake History. Mailing out reports. Also platting county maps. Paid my tithing and attended my meetings. Tried to do my duty as President in the 85th Quorum of Seventies and pay what I could on the Farm, which was not much this year of 1904.
1905. At the commencement of this year I finish mailing out stake reports, do some plotting in the Assessor's Plot Book for the County, Survey County Road from Mt. Carmel up the Muddy over the North Fork and over to Three Creeks to where the Road joins From Duck Lake going towards Cedar City in Iron County. The distance surveyed was about thirty-one miles. My two sons Leroy and Nathan and another boy, Howard Spencer assisted me. I also done some writing up of the History of the United Order of Orderville. The Ward having got a large Record Book for that purpose. Attended March Conference, attended to my duty as Stake Clerk. In the Spring went to the Farm on the Mammoth and put in my wheat and potatoes. Worked on the farm until July when I visited all of the Wards in this Stake, and examined all the Ward Records, except the tithing records, and reported their condition to the Presiding Bishopric of the Church. In consequence of that visit I believe all the Wards in the Stake sent and got new Ward Record Books, and also Genealogical Records, (The Authorized kind.) and the records of the Auxiliary Organizations were improved in some of the Wards, if not all. I also, this Summer, done some surveying for different parties. After harvest was over I went to Cedar City to visit my family there and haul up some wood and coal. My son Israel H., daughters Olive and Minnie attend the State Normal School, and my wife Maria continues to keep the boarding house for a few students.
As she lived very close to the Hospital she would sometimes take in the patients that were well enough to leave the hospital. One thing I failed to mention, during the year 1904, some of the greatest floods, caused by violent thunderstorms seem to be the cause of so much sickness that year, as well as doing considerable damages The largest floods experienced by the people in southern Utah. Many persons came down with the Typhoid Fever after the floods. My daughter Nellie Workman had been out to a farm and on her way back to her mother was delayed by one of these big floods. It came on the 23rd Of July, 1904 and shortly after she came down with that dreadful fever. Her husband was on a mission in the Samoan Islands. My wife sent for me in Aug. and I went to assist in taking care of our daughter. She was sick for several weeks, but the Lord spared her life. While I was there another young woman, one Lucy MacDonald Gram Ward came down with that fever and succumbed to it's power. She was one of the nurses in the Hospital. My wife had been a great help and comfort in the hour of trial so that her father desired my wife to go with him to take the remains to her mother. While there I repaired the house in which she was living. Together, I and my son's labors amounted to $60.00 and $10.00 worth of lumber which my son Israel paid for, all went to pay on the house rent. This house of nine rooms was $150.00 per year. It was rented from the Jones brothers. The President of the Stake and his two brothers, Lehi and Jedidiah Jones. I did not fully explain this in my acc't. of it on a previous page. My own labor and son Alvins amounted to $55.00, as before stated.
1906 Jan. Make out a full statistical report of Kanab Stake. Write up more in the Ward History. Done some surveying over to Hillsdale for brothers Wilson and Johnson which was for the benefit of the Big Severe water suit. Well, when the water suit came off I was granted some water right which I did, or had not claimed, but felt I ought to have some granted me. I surely felt thankful for the grant given me. I also received some books for the Ward. One was the Genealogical Record book for the Ward. I recorded with care, all of the genealogies of the people (members of the church) of Orderville. It took me a whole week. My time was spent during this winter and spring in doing writing, canvasing for the Juvenile and Deseret News, plotting for the County.
In March, helped my son's build a bridge across the Virgin River about six miles below here on the road to Kanab. My son Alvin took the contract of putting in this bridge of the County Commissioners. On the 19th April, 1 started for my farm on the Mammoth River, about thirty-five miles from here. I put in 13 acres of grain, breaking up some land. My son Nathan went out to shear sheep. My son Israel and his mother and children are still at Cedar. Well I raised one hundred ninety-nine bushel of wheat and thirty bushel of oats. But had to pay all the expenses, cutting, threshing, etc. out of this. Paid $4.80 lb. potatoes and 944.lbs. wheat for tithing from my farm products after expenses were paid. This included my labor done to pay for cutting the grain. In September I went with my daughter Nellie and husband over to Cedar to move my wife from Cedar and take her family to the R.R. Station on her way to Salt Lake to attend the University this coming seasons course of study. I will state that during this summer I done surveying for my brother-in-law-, Jonathan Heaton. Laid out a site for a town at upper Kanab, or what is known as the Oak Flat. I also started to put up a Sawmill for brother A.S. Workman about half mile above my farm, on the Mammoth. I came from there in time for our Dec. Conference.
Since coming home and attending the Kanab Stake Conference held in Dec. 1906 I have been busy writing in Stake History, Ward History, Seventies Record, my own record, sending for Ward Reports and getting subscriptions for News and Juvenile. The people all seen to enjoy themselves very, very well.
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"an earlier date of the year, and write Historical events. I went to work in the spring at the Mammoth Farm, but Brother Workman put in the grain with a seed drill and I went to work on his sawmill. But before going to work but there I was released as I offered my resignation as Stake Clerk. On account of the office of Stake Clerk and Tithing Clerk ought to be combined. The latter office should be at Kanab, at headquarters of the Stake Presidency. But I continued as Ward Clerk at Orderville, and when spare time affords, I write up the History of this place. In regards to my children that are going to the University, I will say they graduated and found a chance to teach School at Basalt, Idaho, in Bingham County. They accordingly went and my son Israel and daughter Olive taught school at Basalt during the winter of 1907-1908. I stayed here at home in Orderville, attending to my labors as Ward Clerk, County Surveyor, and looking after my interest at home.
About the first of April a letter was received from my family in Idaho that Olive had had a heavy attack of appendicitis and that the Doctor, Edwin R. Butler, said she would need to go through an operation in order to be cured. Accordingly she went through the operation on a Saturday. She seemed to be getting along nicely, but on Monday she collapsed and passed away on the 7th of April. A telegram came to me apprizing me of her death, but the night of her death I dreamed I saw my mother who had long since passed away, and my daughter Olive, talking together, indicating I was wanted in Idaho. The next morning, when the telegram came notifying me of Olive"s death, I was not much surprised.
Plans had been arranged for me to go quickly. It was about 10 o'clock on the 8th when I got the word. I borrowed $25 of D.D. Rust, got $30 from him for house rent, run my face at the store for an overcoat and paid for a hat, and by twelve o'clock I started from Orderville. In the afternoon I met my son Leroy over the Divide, Got to Hatch at dusk, went with my son-in-law Abram S. Workman as far as Panguitch then went from there with my brother-in-law Timothy C. Hoyt. Traveled all night and arrived in time to take the train within five minutes. Went to Salt Lake that day. Stayed there until 11:30 P.M. with my brother Carmi, then left with my brother's wife Elizabeth for Idaho. Arrived at Basalt about 9 A.M.
Met my wife Maria and children in the hour of trial. Having to depart with Olive, a pure sweet girl, full of love and hope for the future, I will here mention the faith of my little daughter Amy, 10 years old past. She says, "brother Israel, Mama, don't feel bad. The Lord wanted her to go." Olive was buried. Services held at 2 P.M., and in going to the cemetery there were forty carriages followed her remains to the cemetery. Old relatives and acquaintances came for miles around to attend the funeral. I stayed in Idaho for over a month. Saw many of my relatives and old acquaintances. Visited several towns in Snake River Valley. In appearance it is a beautiful country but quite cold in the winter.
I returned home in time for our June Quarterly Conference. On my way home I called to see My daughter Laura Allen, living at Kingston. I rode home from the Station with brother Fredric G. Carroll who had come there to get his wife as she had been to the LDS Hospital at Salt Lake City.
I did not do any farming as it was too late when I returned home from Idaho. Besides, I would have had to labor all alone. So I done some surveying and a little farming at home, and I took part in a contract to build a house for Jane Heaton, the wife of brother Alvin F. Heaton. My son Alvin first took the contract and wanted me to join him in building the house. We did not finish the house that year (1908) in consequence of not having sufficient lumber and shingles. I made out each quarterly report for the Orderville Ward and wrote in the History of Orderville whenever I could not work outdoors. I received for my par as ward clerk for year, 1908, some $48.00.
During the winter of 1908 & 9 I continued to write up History of Orderville and done other work needed around home and doing some surveying and canvassing for the News and other papers; Deseret Farmer, Elders Journal, etc. One in a while I write in my own History as I am now doing ................
1909 This year I bought a new family record and recorded all of my Father's families and my own families Genealogies in it, and the labor I have performed for the living and the dead. I will state here that my daughter Olive last year was sealed to Abram S. Workman Jr., my daughter Nellie's husband. This year 1909 I have done quite a lot of surveying, going around the outside of the land claims, or that which had been purchased from the State: Over 3,000 acres for Thomas Chamberlain; over 5,000 acres for W.B. Brookaby; over 7,000 acres for A.D. Findley, and about 1,000 acres for Mr. W. M. Swapp, besides doing some around here and making out deeds.
My son Alvin and I completed the house by the latter part of May. My portion of the pay came to $183.00, his came to some more as he done some more work. My son Nathan put in dry land corn & potatoes and I looked after it afterwards. He worked at carpenter work until September when he went to Provo to attend B.Y.U. My daughter Gertrude went to Idaho last year and stayed until September then she came to Salt Lake City and attended the L.D.S. Training School for a nurse. The R.S. here appointing her to attend as one from this ward. My wife Maria took training Nurse course under Dr. Edwin Cutler at Shelley (Idaho). My daughter Minnie (Bertha Arminnie) took the nurse Training course at Salt Lake then and with Gertrude. In the latter part of May 1909 they received their Diplomas as Nurses. Minnie went back to Idaho where her ma is and Gertrude went to Helper where my daughter Ethel Bryner lives to nurse for her. It was in July or Aug. before she got home. She herself was very sick while at Ethel's.
But the Lord was merciful and spared her life to return home. To return to my own History, I will say I feel that I have been blessed this year. Have not collected all of my pay for labor done last year, some due yet from Joseph Jorgensen as I went and helped him last winter 1908-9 to put up his shingle Mill. However, my tithing this year will amount to $40.00 or $50.00. On the lst of December, 1909 I had to attend the Sixth Judicial District Court at Kanab. Was gone eleven days as a Juror man. in the case of J.B. Maxwell. The case of Joseph Palmer was also heard. He was acquitted on the Grand Larceny case, but Maxwell was convicted in killing one Wm. Jones. Both men were shooting at each other. The greater evidence was that Jones shot first but missed his mark and Maxwell's shot took effect. A number of shot were fired. Some believe that some false evidence were given to try to clear Maxwell. Whether that be true or not I cannot say.
Jan 1st. 1910 This winter has been the coldest ever known for so long a time a change for warmer weather. My wife Maria went the latter part of this month to Ogden, Utah, where her mother lives and also her brother. She went there as she had obtained a good job of nursing, she says. Her daughters Arminnie and Amy went with her. During this winter here in Orderville the whooping cough has been in almost every family. At this writing there has been nine deaths among babies mostly, up to this writing. One family (Joseph Heaton's) lost four children. Heber J. Meeks, one; Geo. F. Carroll, one; Edw. Crofts, one; Melvin Luke, one; Henry C. Esplin, one. Mar.20th 1910 Bishop Esplin's sister Sarah Heaton became insane during this last fall and winter. We'll now take her to the asylum at Provo.
Feb.28th, done a little plotting for the County and made County Road maps for the State. Three: one for the County and two for the State.
Mar. 31 Deaths mentioned above this last winter.
Apr. 30 This month made Conservation Wrap of Kane County for to be
put on the Great Utah Map.
May 31, have been out to L. Leroy's pastures. My son's Dry Farm, also the homestead Laura has rented, 160 acres. Roy and I broke up 9 acres for him and 9 acres for his mother. I sent in my resignation as County Surveyor, also as Asst. S.S. Supt., also as Ward Acting Teacher.
June 12, Have returned home, replanted some garden, getting ready to start to Idaho, Basalt, Idaho, where my wife owns two city lots. She desires that I shall build a house for her there on the 12 as above date. Can tell more of my labors when I return.
I went to Idaho. I drove A.F. Heaton's team to the R.R. Station at Marysvale. His son-in-law and his daughter to return with the team, to see the father before be dies. Brother Isaiah Bowers goes to Salt Lake with me.
I reach Idaho in good time. I find my wife Maria out nursing. I go to work for my brother Ezra S. Porter making cement blocks. I worked two or three months. The company broke up and cement worms was torn down. I labored that fall and entire winter building my son a house. I labored at various things until September 1911 when I started to build a concrete house for my son-in-law Enos Jorgenson. I also built a frame house for Marian Esplin this fall, but did not get the concrete house finished so they could move into it until March 1912. My daughter Lellie and husband came to Orderville on a visit that winter. I was bothered with the rheumatism considerable this winter. I should have told you that in 1911 I built a chicken coop and cow stable for Maria. In 1912 I built my wife Maria a house 24x24 with basement: four floor rooms and room enough for two rooms upstairs, I took a contract to build a School House in Kingston, Utah, and borrowed $250.00 so I could finish Maria's house as much as I did. My wife Maria went to Burtnes, Utah and stayed over winter there 1911-1912.
I got her house done enough so she could live in it, and on the 18th of February 1913, I went to Kingston, Utah to build the School house. My wife Laura M. had preceded me and moved from Orderville to Kingston two months before. My wife Laura, son Nathan & wife and my two daughters Alice and Elda met me at Marysdale Station after being absent from each other for nearly three years. During this month of March I got the balance of the cement and gravel and sand hauled for the new schoolhouse. I also Hauled wood and post and poles with my son Nathan.
Apr. 2nd. I started to work on the School House, one Mr. Lehi Christiansen having previously dug the foundation. I also furnished the present plans to the State Building Committee. They had some changes made for the better, in which the windows used in the classrooms were to be on the South side of the rooms. Also air vents to be built, the flues thereof to be two feet square, and the entrance piers to be heavier. The stove pipes were to enter the flues above head and then continue on up through the flues and above them, so no smoke enters the air vent flues. The complete outside walls were made of Concrete. Two 6 inch walls with a two inch air space. I took the contract to build and furnish everything for the sum of $2,500(Two thousand five hundred Dollars.).
I got the school house finished enough so that they commenced school in it on the 2nd of October.
I labored every day, early and late. But my hired help only worked eight hours per day. For my open labor I received $300 enough to pay the $280 I had borrowed and $20 interest. I labored outside of the contract enough to amount to the material left over from my contract which probably amounts to about $60.00. Then I had a little material left besides. This winter of 1913 & 14 I labored and got enough money to pay for my tithing due which was $30.00.
My ecclesiastical duties while in Idaho were: I acted as Ward Teacher, priesthood Class teacher, Ward Clerk, S.S. Class teacher & Choir member, Y.M.M.I.A. Class teacher.
I will now begin and write my History and give a Daily Diary commencing the first day of the year 1914. But before I proceed to do so I will write a little History of others.
In the Spring of 1911 my daughter Bertha Arninnie got married to one Brother John E. White, a widower, and in November (16) of 1911 my daughter Gertrude got married to one Brother Wm. Alma Wilson of Hillsdale, Utah. In September 1912 my son Nathan A. Porter got married to miss Vida Elder of Kingston, Utah. I will speak later of my grand-children which I wish to record their names in my family record.
During the summer of 1913, my wife and daughter Amy came to Salt Lake City, also my daughter Leonora came from Idaho where she had been since spring laboring for her sister Lellie Jorgensen. My wife Maria came to Salt Lake City in July on account of the sickness of my brother and the death of his son. My brother Carmi had the typhoid fever, and his son Carmi died while he was in California; supposed to be heart failure.
My life Maria came here (Kingston) in September, and went on to Orderville. My brother Carmi died on Wednesday, he was buried on Saturday, the lst day of the General Conference. My wife Laura had gone up to Conference to see her sisters Kate and Phebe Porter who were refugees from Mexico. They lived at Murray (Utah). So my wife Laura was there to attend the funeral of my brother Carmi Nephi Porter.
The week before he died I felt very cast down until sometimes I would weep but could not tell why I should feel so. When word came by phone that my brother was dead, that awful feeling began to wear off. By another week it had left me free again. My daughters Amy and Leonora came down with my wife Laura from General Conference. She related to me all about the sad times of my brother's death & co.
I will now commence my own History again. (over)
Jan 1st 1914. My wife and daughter Amy starts for Salt Lake City
to stay and work for the winter before they go home to Basalt, Idaho. I took them and my daughters Leonora and Elda to Marysvale where they boarded the train and bid us adieu for the present.
II hauled some oranges from the station up into Marysvale Town and for the same I got 200 lbs of rock sale from brother Sanburg.
2nd. I worked at making shelves in the schoolhouse.
3rd. I went after wood to Canyon.
4th. Attended Priesthood, S.S. and afternoon meetings and Y.M.M.I.A.
5th. I finished the book shelves and charged $4.00
6th. I helped my son Nathan kill two pigs.
7th. I fix up an electric bill & write letter.
8th. I helped move hay bailer.
9th. I help bail hay.
10th.I help Nathan on his bridge.
llth.I attend Sunday duties.
12. I help on the bridge and 13th also.
14th & 15th, help bail hay and pay tithing in hay, and on 16th I help finish bridge and write letters to my children etc. 17th went after wood,
18th. Attend Sunday duties.
19.20.21. I help bail hay. 22nd, stormy. I write letters.
23.& 24. I help bail hay. 25th Attend Sunday duties.
26th. Snow 4 inches. I write letters.
27th. I sort tithing potatoes, get $1.50 potatoes.
28 I write to Leroy my son while it storms.
29 & 30 I go with my son Nathan after wood.
31st Sharpen saws and take care of clamp bolts of forms. Thus ends the lst month of the year 1914. My daughter, Leonora, teaches school here this school season, & Elda goes to school, while my wife Laura as Postmaster, and daughter Alice stay at home.
Feb. 1st 1914 Fast Day. Attend Sunday duties.
2nd " U make out some deeds for J. F. Esplin as he had been buying some land at Orderville.
3rd & 4th I helped Nathan build an outhouse.
5th I attend funeral services of sister Johnson at Junction.
6th Done ward teaching and wrote letters.
7th Done more ward teaching and hauled hay.
8th Attend Sunday Duties.
9th I made out deeds for son Nathan as he had been buying land here of Joseph Thurston.
10th I haul rock for foundation for an addition to our house here. The Post Office needs to be enlarged.
11th Bail Hay.
12th I haul lumber Nathan's and sand from schoolhouse.
13th &14th I haul more rock, clay and sand.
15th I attend Sunday duties, etc.
16th-17th I saw studding for our house, also joist.
18th 19th I go down to the cement house by the school house.
20th I haul the lumber away from school house.
21st I start to dig foundation.
22nd Attend Sunday duties.
23rd Continue to dig on foundation.
24 Haul wood for Nathan.25 Haul wood for myself.
26 I saw joist.
27 & 28 Nathan gone to Panguitch and I do his chores and mine, also so write letters.
March 1st Fast Day. I attend Sabbath duties.2nd I do chores and write up this History. Every odd moment I study my lessons and read what I can and try and keep up with the signs of the times, and answer all necessary letters. I must try and keep up in my genealogical record.
3rd Saw sleepers for house & do chores.
4 Work for Alburn Allen making leveler $2.50
5 Not well, have a pain in side. 6th Lay foundation, etc.
7 Help Nathan get tires & work on ditch in front of house.
8 Attend Sunday duties as usual as S.S. Teacher.
9 Help Nathan move hay Bailer and work on cleaning ditch.
10 & 11-12-13 Help bail hay for M. Luke and L. Morrel.
14 Help Nathan move Blacksmith shop.
15 Attend Sunday Services, etc.
16-17 Help Nathan at Shop.
18 Help wife wash clothes and done some writing.
19 20 Visited as Ward Teacher and worked on School House preparing for painting it with Powder Paint.
21 Finish cleaning ditch and haul manure on lot.
22 Attend Sunday duties as usual.
23- Paint School House a little.
to 31st During the remainder of the month I done chores and worked painting the outside walls of concrete at the school house. On the 30th also made some mining claims for myself, Nathan, and M. D. Allen. On 31st sent some samples off to be assayed. The names given the claims were Kingston Tungston No's 1,2,& 3.
April 1st Received a letter from my son Israel H. Porter stating that Enos Jorgensen (my son-in-law) had to go through an operation for appendicitis. I also painted some on the schoolhouse.
2nd " " " " "
and got word that Enos had died.
3rd I went to Marysvale to
take my son Nathan to the R. R. Station as we thought it best for him to go to Idaho in place of me to attend Enos's funeral.
4th to 7th one Nathan's chores and painted on the house.
8th Set out currant bushes & a little.
9th My daughter Alice died of heart trouble.
10th & 11th She died at 1:30 A.M., standard time, she having had what the doctors termed leakage of the heart. I sent a telegram to see if Nathan could return home. Word was
sent to others of the children by phone. Nathan arrived
at home the next night. The funeral services were held
on the 11th. She was eighteen years old on the 23rd of
Dec. 1913. She was a natural artist and a lover of music.
She died a faithful saint and laborer in the Gospel, and
is worthy of a glorious resurrection with the pure in
Not having kept a daily diary, I will not mention the main things I have done since the death of my daughter until this the last of the year 1914.
I finished painting the School house on the outside of the concrete walls. I lined them off so the walls looked like cement blocks 8 x 24 inches face side out. I presented the house to the Trustee's for acceptance, which was done. I then started on the 23rd of April to my sons farm at Hatch and worked for him to get lumber so I could build a Post Office, two bedrooms, and a pantry, an addition to the house we were now living in. Not having quite enough material to finish it entirely, I will wait to finish the little to-do in the future. I went in the fore part of September to help my son Leroy to gather his crops, and get grain for flour and to pay for the flour we had used during the summer. I will state here that I returned home with lumber the day before the Hatch Town reservoir broke, and the second day after I arrived the flood reached the reservoir just a few miles below here (Kingston). The flood travelled the distance of sixty five miles in about 16 hours. The first hour it travelled eight miles. The flood done considerable damage destroying crops and fences. After I returned from my sons farm this fall, I resumed my work on the house and done what I could besides chores and wood hauling. My son Nathan arrived at Marysvale R. R. Station and I went after him and arrived home that night, Nov. 7, 1914. He came home with a disease called the Walking Typhoid. He has done little work up to the present time, but is gaining a little in health all the time. Thank the Lord for that blessing.
I am now this the 29th day of Dec. preparing to start next month to do canvassing work for the Deseret new and Deseret News Book Store. I hope I shall make a success as I need money to pay back that which I borrowed or hired, which will amount to $82.50 (Eighty-two 50/100 D.) I also owe the store for funeral expense of my daughter Alice, and a little on the house amounting to about nineteen dollars. My spiritual duties I tried to magnify. Such as acting as Ward Teacher, Sunday School Teacher, and class leader in the Y.M.M.I.A. I have had many things to be thankful for this year. I feel that I have been blessed in my labors, and people have been kind to me.
On Christmas we were twenty-five at the Xmas dinner. We of my family living here at the Post Office. My son L. Leroy and Family, Daughter Lellie A. Jorgensen and children, Daughter Laura P. Allen, husband and children, Son Nathan A. and family. We have enjoyed ourselves together and for the little Xmas presents brought to each of us. All who came gave good contributions toward our fare.
Feb. 5, 1914 Father finished mother's house nicely, then in the spring of 1915 by laying on the lawn in warm sun took cold which turned to pneumonia and he left us April 1, 1915. Laura P. Allen.
I'd like to have some write the important things that have happened to our family since father's death. Laura.