Elizabeth Bocock (Weight)
Spouse: Fredrick Weight
Autobiography of Elizabeth Bocock Weight
1837 to 1916
Elizabeth Bocock Weight was a faithful Latter Day Saint, well versed in the Scriptures, had a broad understanding of the principles of Life and Salvation and a strong testimony of the Gospel. She was noted for her kindness and great wisdom, for her high intellectual attainments and was greatly beloved by all who knew her. She had a great love for Relief Society and Temple work and was an ardent worker being noted for her faithful attendance at meetings. Had you been privileged to have known her you would have loved her for her wisdom, her warm spirit and her love of social activities. She wrote with a beautiful hand which was even and legible. After her death she was greatly missed and was buried in the Springville City Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah.
Our thanks to Lewis F. Weight and Blanche W. Beeston, grandchildren of Elizabeth and children of her son, Claude F. Weight, for the compilation and editing of this history.
(Scanned From Legal Sized Previously Published Copy and Re Edited for Laser Printing and HTML By Shirl R. Weight May 3, 1997. Items in ( ) are additions by SRWeight)
Autobiography of Elizabeth Bocock Weight
Commenced March 4th 1894
My maiden name was Elizabeth Bocock, my fathers name was William Bocock and my mother's maiden name was Sarah Brough. I was born at Tinsley Bar near Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on May 11, 1837. My parents were in comfortable circumstances and gave me a good common education, intending to send me to a Normal School to educate me for a teacher, but my father died when I was eleven years old (13 May 1848) and mother died four years afterward (8 Mar 1852).
My parents were honest religious people and members of the Wesleyan Methodist Society, serving God to the best knowledge they possessed, bringing up their children in the same way.
My father had one daughter and two sons living by his first wife, Hannah Dixon and one son by his second wife Hannah Winks when my mother was married to him. She brought up these four children - she only had three of her own who lived to maturity. My sister Hannah, six years older than myself, being born Feb. 22nd , 1831. I was born May 11th, 1837 and my sister Emma was born June 23rd, 1843. I also had a sister Sarah, older than myself who was made blind with small pox when she was cutting teeth and died a few days before she turned 15. My brother Samuel, younger than me died when he was four years old. He was a very religious child and called himself the Prophet Samuel.
After my parents death, my sisters and myself continued to keep the Toll Gate where we lived.
We became acquainted with and heard preached the gospel as revealed in this century by the Prophet Joseph Smith, an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by the name of Charles Law.
I was then 18 years of age and after a thorough investigation, I embraced the principles of the Everlasting Gospel in connection with my two sisters. Not wishing to encounter the opposition of our brothers, we started for Zion before being baptized, having that ordinance performed at Liverpool on March 25th, 1857 by Elder Benjamin Ashby and sailed in the George Washington sailing vessel on the 28th day of the same month, landing in Boston in 23 days, then rode by train on to Iowa.
After one month of camping there we left on the 1st day of June, 1857 with a company of ox-teams numbering about fifty wagons to cross the plains, with Elder Jesse B. Martin as captain and additional captains, one over every ten wagons, all of them being returned missionaries.
I walked all the way from Iowa City camping ground to Salt Lake City, because of our heavily loaded wagon. I have walked many a day from twenty to twenty-five miles in crossing the plains - over mountains, sand ridges and wading streams. While wading across the South Fork of the Platte River leading a cow, I came near being drowned as it had a quicksand bottom.
I well remember brother A. M. Musser coming up with the train one day announcing to us the assassination of Apostle Parley P. Pratt. This made a profound impression on my mind, of the wickedness of this generation. We arrived in Salt Lake City on Sept. 12th, 1857.
My sister Hannah was married to Charles Law in the same month (Sep 1857) and I was married to him on Jan. 31st, 1858 by President Brigham Young. I had three children, the eldest, Charles Orson Law is still living. Sarah Elizabeth and Jacob Theodore died in infancy. We moved to Springville in April 1858, in which city my children were all born. We received endowments and sealings Aug 31st, 1861. My youngest sister was also previously married to the same man.
Law was a tyrant to his family. He died of consumption on Sept 20th, 1862. On July 1st, 1865 President Brigham Young divorced me from him and Apostle Wilford Woodruff sealed me to my present husband in my maiden name for time and all eternity, Fredrick Weight.
I have borne to him nine children, four of whom we have laid to rest - dear children between the ages of four and twelve years. The two youngest being buried in one grave at the same time, just three weeks prior to the birth of another. I thank the Lord for one of the noblest of men, the best and kindest of husbands and a most indulgent father. My life with him has been a true union of mutual helpfulness and a happy one. We feel that we have been acquainted before we came down in mortality. Even though we had polygamy, poverty, sickness, and death to contend with all at the same time, I feel to acknowledge the Hand of the Lord in it all. He doeth all things.
I will say here that I joined the Relief Society when it was organized in Springville and was chosen to be a teacher along with Nancy E. Hall and Jane Clark in the 4th Ward where we labored. We held meetings at different sisters' homes, sewing for the poor, etc.
In 1873, I moved to the East Bench with my husband, who had obtained a piece of land to make a home for me and my children which he obtained by revelation in this wise: when my husband approached Father Van Leuven for advice on the subject, the latter said, "I know what you have come for you want that piece of land on the bench and you can have it. A number of people have wanted that land but I would not let them have it, but you may have it if you will plaster my house for it."
My husband has plastered a great many homes in Springville, also in Provo and has built several houses by himself, from the foundation to the finishing, being extremely handy with every kind of tool and able to turn his hand to anything.
He is the Pioneer Musician of Springville, having been choir leader for 25 years, at which time his voice failed. He was then appointed 7th ward Organist which position he still holds. He is also the oldest continuous member of the Springville Sunday School. (1894?)
After our move to the bench I was again appointed Relief Society teacher with Sarah Jane Houtz in this new Ward, Sister Ann D. Bringhurst being our President. I very much enjoyed laboring among the sisters on the East Bench, visiting as far east as the mouth of Hobble Creek Canyon.
In 1887, Sept. 12th, my husband was arrested by Deputy Marshall Dykes for unlawful cohabitation under the Edmunds Tucker law because he was a Polygamist and living according to the law of God, (Phillip Houtz and Israel Clegg bondsmen).
Dykes and one Bert Ethier had, the previous April (1886?), called (on) me at 5:00 in the morning and had searched the house and premises for him but he was in Salt Lake City at that time. He was placed under $1,000.00 Bond. I was taken, with my son George Albert, before the Grand Jury. We were locked in a room with 14 men, one at time, and compelled to witness against our husband and father, I being the plural wife.
Sometime subsequently, Deputy Marshall Norrell came with a writ, took me to Provo and placed me under a $300.00 bond as the chief witness against my husband, Hubbard Noakes and John Tucket, Sr. being my bondsmen.
On the 24th of March, 1888 - Oh! I shall never forget it, the morning was a terrible one. A fierce storm of wind and rain was raging, the elements seemed to be in a fury. My husband tore himself away from his weeping family, leaving our dear son Samuel Eugene on his deathbed. He was stricken with that dreadfully painful malady, Peritonitis.
Our son George took his father down in the wagon with two heavy quilts around them and they were soaking wet by the time they reached the center of town, a distance of 1 ½ miles.
My husband was sentenced to imprisonment in the Utah State Penitentiary for 60 days. He was asked by several if he would promise to obey the law becalm if he would he would be released. But I am thankful that he had the courage to say "No, I will promise nothing." At the last moment when he had taken his seat in the train to go, through the interposition of Divine Providence, and by the influence of friends, notably Judge Dusenberry at that time, and previously by James E. Hall and others, his sentence was changed to a fine of $100.00, which was paid by the people.
This was a time of severe trial, our dear son dying that 1st day of April, 1888, Age 11 years, 7 months and 6 days.
I wish to acknowledge the Hand of the Lord in raising me from such dire poverty and in consequence have been able to visit the Logan Temple twice and the Manti Temple (note S. R. Weight) twice with my husband along with some of my relatives to perform the ordinances for the dead. Although I and my son Charles Orson Law commenced the work in the font at the Endowment House in June of 1872. I had my blind sister, Sarah, who died many years ago and another young girl sealed to my husband.
I urge my children, grandchildren and their generations after them to continue the work that we have commenced that they also may be blessed and have joy and consolation in so doing. For my husband and I have greater joy in this work for the dead than any other labor that we perform.
My husband's Patriarchal Blessing says, "That your posterity shall be numerous among the hosts of Israel" and it certainly looks as if it will be so, for he is great-grandfather to two little boys.
I have seven grandchildren as of March 1894. My son, Charles 0. Law, has four children, Alfred William Weight has two and my son George Albert Weight has one son. Following are the names and dates of birth of my children who are living; (as of March 1894)
Following are the names and dates of my children who are dead:
In 1892 Springville Ward was divided into four Wards, we being in the 1st Ward, with John Tuckett as our Bishop.
March 17th, 1892 being the Jubilee or fifty years since the organization of the Relief Society at Nauvoo by the Prophet Joseph, all LDS Relief Societies in the Church were to hold meetings at 10:00 A. M, and offer prayer at high noon. Our president appointed meetings to be held in the Meetinghouse in the morning of this day and we all enjoyed the afternoon and evening at the City Hall which was beautifully decorated with flowers etc. The Society had a metallic box made in which the sisters and brethren were invited to write and seal up a biography of their lives, inserting a photograph if they wished, the box to be sealed and not opened for fifty years. My husband and I did this, including a photo of each of us for the benefit of our posterity.
In April of 1892, Bishop Tuckett came to see me and told me that he and his counselors had selected me as President of the Relief Society, which was about to be organized in the Ward.
I cannot express my feelings at this announcement. I felt weak and utterly incapable of filling such a responsible position. I told him so, also that I live 1 l/2 miles from town and could he not find someone more suitable for the position, but he said I was the woman they wanted, so I accepted asking the help of the Lord. I knew that inasmuch as I put my trust in Him, for I felt that I could accomplish nothing without His aid and His blessing. I then made it a matter of prayer as to whom I should choose for my helpers. I chose Sister Sarah Manwaring as my first counselor and Sister Emily Hatch as my second counselor with Cornelia M. Groesbeck as Secretary, Adelaide Dalton as Treasurer and Anna Manwaring as Assistant Secretary. They all accepted and on May 11th, 1892, this being my 55th birthday, General President Zina D. H. Young and corresponding Secretary Emmeline B. Wells from Salt Lake City along with R. S. Stake President Mary John and Counselor Marrilla Daniels held a meeting in our meetinghouse where the old officers were released and the new ones of the four wards were voted on and sustained.
On the 15th, (May 1892) at the home of Sect. Groesbeck, I and Sister Officers of our Ward Organization, were set apart by Bishop Tuckett and Counselors Charles A. Berry and Van O. Fullmer, Fredrick Weight and John Manwaring, with Bishop Tuckett setting me apart.
We held our first meeting on the 17th (May 1892) in the Seventies and Elders Hall where we had quite a number of teachers set apart also, eleven I believe at that time and subsequently more until we had in all 24, after dividing the Ward into twelve districts, which was quite a difficult job to do. We borrowed the plot of the Ward from Brother Don C. Fullmer, the presiding Teacher and with the assistance of my good husband who did everything within his power to help in every way we completed the tremendous job. He drove me around in the buggy wherever I wished to go, made suggestions beneficial to the Relief Society, has attended our meetings and acted as organist for us right from the beginning, which has been a great asset to our singing. When called upon to talk to the sisters, he has given them good advice and instructions.
We continued to meet in the aforesaid hall during the summer until our Meetinghouse was completed and since then we have met there. Our Ward is the largest in Springville, situated in the South East part of town where people are moving to make new homes.
This part of town is composed chiefly of a poorer class of people than the others. It also embraces the residents on the farms in Hobble Creek Canyon about 15 miles away, called Oakland.
Our Bishop generally attends our Relief Society meetings and encourages us with his presence and good counsel and advice. At times we have as many as half a dozen brethren attend our meetings.
On Sept. 15th, 1892 my husband and I took a trip up Hobble Creek Canyon to visit the sisters and held a meeting there, the first Relief Society meeting that had ever been held up in the mountains. We had an attendance of nine sisters and two brethren and we had a good time together. The sisters of the Ward are very united and have accomplished much good in feeding and clothing the poor, in the making of quilts, carpets and anything that is necessary to be done. We made 35 yards of 18 inch carpet for the general meetinghouse, 55 yards of wide carpet for the Ward meetinghouse Circle room and 26 yards of wide carpet for the Salt Lake Temple.
I should have said this, that my husband and I attended the laying of the Cap Stone of the Salt Lake Temple on April 6th, 1892 and saw President Wilford Woodruff touch the electric button that set the stone.
On Dec. 7th, 1892 Brother L. John Nuttall came to our Ward and reorganized our Relief Society according to the law of Incorporations, with a Board of Directors, consisting of five members and giving us instructions in regard to the conducting of the Society according to the new order, leaving with us the Articles of Incorporation and the By Laws, which we have endeavored to faithfully carry out, following his instruction and looking at it in the right light of advancement and progress. Counselor Marrilla Daniels also accompanied him.
Christmas now came along; therefore I with Vice-President Sarah Manwaring, with the assistance of our husbands, gathered and divided out to nine needy families as Christmas presents, provisions and goods in amount of $13.60, which was thankfully received by them.
April 6th, 1893 Was the consummation of the hope of Israel for forty years, the Temple of Temples, the gloriously beautiful Temple in Salt Lake City was dedicated to the Most High. The weather was terrible that morning - the Prince and Power of the air appeared to have let loose his fury and some people were afraid that the beautiful golden Statue of the Angel Moroni, surrounding the Cap Stone would be torn away. But NO, it was placed there too solidly for that. On the 14th of the same month my husband and I, with our youngest son Ralph attended the dedication services where in the afternoon, we met with our son Charles, who had also come up to attend the service. It was a grand time for Zion, the Lord graciously blessing His people with the forgiveness of their sins. I shall not attempt to describe the interior of this beautiful edifice but will say that it is most magnificent and I hope to be able, along with my husband to go there often and do work for the dead.
We have continued to hold our Relief Society meetings every two weeks.
On May 11th, 1893, in accordance with the counsel given me personally by President Zina D. H. Young, we held the first anniversary of our organization in our ward meetinghouse. Having various committees appointed to see that all was in order. We enjoyed a picnic lunch at 6:00 P.M. after which we had speeches, songs, recitations etc., where utmost harmony prevailed and we all enjoyed ourselves.
When Brother Nuttall reorganized us, we began with 28 members, the weather being so bad, not many came out. Put our membership is steadily increasing until now, we have 106 enrolled. At times during the summer of 1893, the President of the 4th ward Relief Society, Sarah J. Hall Houtz suggested that the various wards exchange missionaries, which we did, feeling it would do much good. Sisters Hannah Straw and Lydia Gallup were our first selection.
We have had quite a number of needy families to look after. Some weeks I have found it necessary to have my husband drive me to town almost every day, to attend to business in connection with the Relief Society. In talking with my bishop on matters pertaining to this, he suggested that I choose two assistants.
One day while in Provo, I talked with Stake President Mary John who considered this a very good and wise idea. As a consequence, Julia Maycock and Olive Childs were set apart as such.
When Christmas was again approaching, I along with Sisters Manwaring, Maycock and Childs and the assistance of Brothers Weight and Manwaring gathered together provisions to be divided among eleven families in amount of $12.27.
After being very feeble and almost helpless for years, as well as weakened mentally, my sister Hannah passed away on Nov. 11th, 1893 at her home in Paris, Idaho.
In Feb. of 1894 we held our first annual meeting of the Relief Society for the purpose of giving in our financial report to the members. President Mary John and counselor Marilla Daniels, responding to our invitation, were in attendance as well as President Tebina Alleman of the 2nd ward Relief Society, President Elizabeth Packard of the 3rd Ward and President Sarah Jane Houtz of the 4th Ward of Springville. We provided dinner for our guests at the home of Sister Olive Childs, she and Sister Julia Maycock being in charge. We also invited Bishop Tuckett and wife to drive with us. My husband was organist as usual and of course one of the party. We enjoyed a very sociable time. We held two meetings, one at 10:00 A. M.. and one at 2:00 P.M., having the report read at both meetings.
On May 11th we again celebrated the anniversary of our organization and enjoyed another sociable time, serving supper with a short program afterwards. Sister Elizabeth Gauge presented me with a blue glass rolling pin, which she had brought from England many years previously.
Through the application of sisters from time to time, Sister S. Manwaring and I, or occasionally some other sister, have attended to the Washing and Anointing of many sisters previous to their confinement, for the purpose of blessing them that they may have a safe delivery at child birth, according to President Zina D. H. Young's personal instructions to me. She said, "Teach the young Sisters to have this attended to in the first months, as soon as they find out they are pregnant, in order that they may have the full benefit of this blessing all the way through, which will implant the principals of the gospel in the infant." Many have testified to me of the great benefits received from this sacred ordinance.
Early in the season Brother George Maycock very kindly hitched up his team one Sunday morning and took my good husband and me along with several officers of the Relief Society to Oakland (Hobble Creek Canyon), where we held a Relief Society meeting in the School House at 2:00 P. M., having previously attended Sabbath School at 10:00 A.M. We found that the Sisters there were enjoying their religion. We had a good meeting, after which, we met with Brother and Sister Oscar Mower and Sister Eliza Singleton.
I am thankful to the Lord that my health is generally good, but I must be careful that I do not overtax myself.
Christmas of 1894 arrived and we again gathered donations and distributed to 11 needy families provisions in amount of $15.00.
At our Fast Meeting in January 1895 my daughter and I took cold while attending meeting and were both stricken with La Grippe two days afterwards, but by the blessing of the Lord, we soon recovered.
On Jan. 26th, 1895, by invitation, which I had sent in behalf of the four Relief Society Presidents of Springville, Brother L. J. Nuttall, met with the four Boards of Directors to instruct them in the correct manner of keeping the new record books that he had arranged especially for the use of the Relief Society Organizations. He also brought with him, which he read, minutes of the Organization of the Relief Society by the Prophet Joseph Smith in Nauvoo, also minutes of several subsequent meetings which were intensely interesting and instructive. Soon after this, my husband took cold in the Sunday meeting, the house not being warm. His health has previously been good all winter until now but at this time he is very ill. I sent for Elders James Straw and Willis Strong to administer to him. I also gave him a vapor bath, which relieved the dreadful pain in his head. His cough is very racking and dry and he does not gain strength as he should.
February 20th, D. B. Huntington Sr., O. B. Huntington Jr., II. DeVere Childs and wives, also the latter's daughter, Nora and husband, our son George, paid us a visit. We had a most enjoyable time. Claude, our son, played the Dulcimer and Ralph, the bass Viol with Dulcimer accompaniment.
The 21st, went to Relief Society meeting with an attendance of only 15 members. I sometimes feel discouraged when many of the sisters fail to attend these middle of the month meetings as they should if they were only more interested and determined to lay their work at home aside and attend to their duties. I had forgotten to say that we held our annual meeting on the 1st Sat. in February at 10:00 A.M. My husband, being unable to attend because of illness, our son Ralph B. accompanied me and acted as organist. Our report was again satisfactory and accepted.
February 22nd, went to town on a little business, saw the District School children enjoying sleigh rides etc., then visited our son Alfred's family and enjoyed dinner with them after which we returned home early because of father feeling so poorly.
23rd, remained at home.
24th, went to meeting in the afternoon, it being Sunday. Home missionaries spoke, followed by C. D. Evans Sr., who preached powerfully exhorting the people to cease speaking against and criticizing the authority over them, also their brethren and sisters.
25th and 26th, remained at home.
March 1st, attended Brother Richard Bird's funeral service, who was one of the first six men to make Springville a place of habitation.
3rd, my husband and I attended meeting in the afternoon.
The evening of the 6th we attended a concert given by the members of the Black Hawk Indian War, held in the City Hall. I think my husband took a little more cold that evening, as the house was packed with little or no ventilation.
The next day being Fast Day we attended meeting and there, President Smoot's death was announced, his funeral service to be held on Sunday, March 10th. We attended our Relief Society meeting in the afternoon. On our way we called to visit Israel Clegg's daughter Alice, who was sitting up in a chair and was very ill with Dropsy. Several new members joined the Relief Society. There was a good attendance but some of the little children were so noisy they disrupted the entire meeting.
My husband felt very poorly all afternoon and passed a most wretched night coughing almost incessantly throughout the night and most of the next day until he was exhausted. We sent for Brothers James Straw and Willis Strong to come and administer to him; later Brothers Henry Manwaring and John Clements did likewise. His illness was very severe, head racked with pain along with this terrible cough, but the Lord was merciful and he finally began to mend slowly. I put hot steamed flannels on his chest to drive away the pain - we were afraid of pneumonia setting in. Of course we know it is right to do all we can for ourselves and ask the Lord to bless our endeavors. I felt so bad that I fasted from morning until night inwardly praying to the Lord to make him well again. We were disappointed at not being able to attend Brother Smoot's funeral service on Sunday.
Meanwhile Alice Clegg had died and was buried on Monday March 11th, 1895. Hercules Singleton died suddenly of a heart attack on the afternoon of the 10th and was buried on the 12th, leaving his widow and eight young children. While Alice Clegg's funeral service was in progress, an older brother, Fifield passed away and was buried on the 13th. These fatalities followed in such quick succession that they were a shock to everyone and caused us to consider the uncertainty of our life span.
I am thankful my husband is so much better - he is very weak but is improving.
We had quite a snow storm last night and tonight the 13th a veritable March wind is blowing. I hope it will cease as it is hard for us to sleep under such conditions.
21st, went to Relief Society sewing meeting.
24th, We attended sacrament meeting, but my husband was not well enough to stay to his Prayer Meeting which meets immediately after sacrament service.
31st Attended Sabbath Meeting, husband feeling better so he stayed to the Prayer Circle.
April 2nd I was called to attend to the washing and anointing of Sister Mary A. Mason, who is dangerously ill with inflammation of the stomach~ being assisted by Sisters Sarah Manwaring and Olive Anderson. Patient felt better for a time but the pain grew worse again.
Thursday the 4th being Fast Day, we were able to attend, although my husband had felt quite ill the previous day and I was doubtful that he would be well enough to go. The testimonies were chiefly regarding the healing of the sick. Afterward we were invited to dinner with Sister Samantha Reynolds, with Brother C. D. Evans being also present. He was to speak at the funeral service of Brother Martin Crandall. My husband and I went to Relief Society meeting where there was a very small attendance, but we all enjoyed a very good meeting.
A terrific wind storm came up while we were in session, which was very cold with a little snow. This continued to blow for more than 24 hours.
We attended Stake Conference at Provo. The First Presidency were all present along with several Apostles. Brother Edward Partridge was appointed as President of the Stake with David John and Reed Smoot as counselors. Grand sermons were preached during the Conference and in the evening, Apostle Lyman and Stake Counselor, David John preached in Springville, Brother Lyman explaining in detail the duties of the teacher, etc.
May 2nd, 1895 We attended Fast Meeting which we enjoyed very much. There was rather a slim attendance, especially in considering the Lord's blessing us with such abundant rain when our young crops were beginning to suffer from the want of water. We enjoyed a good meeting in the afternoon though there were fewer present than usual due to inclement weather, 23 members being present as well as five brethren.
The next day, Friday May 3rd, - by appointment Brother and Sister Nephi Packard along with Brother C. D. Evans, Sr. paid us a visit. This proved to be a day to be remembered for social enjoyment. We enjoyed instrumental music and singing, also profitable conversation. Our visitors were delighted with my husband's playing the organ, also Ralph's bass viol, which was very pleasing to the ear.
Sunday 5th - I attended Sacrament Meeting after which, I and Sister Manwaring visited Sister Susan Crandall.
Saturday the 11th of May was my 58th birthday, also the third anniversary of the organization of our Relief Society which we celebrated with a nice program and meeting commencing at 2:00 P. M. Speeches, songs, recitations and instrumental music being the order of the afternoon. A notable feature of the program was the Weight Brothers string band, consisting of our sons Alfred, George A. Claude F. and Ralph B. We enjoyed a lovely and entertaining afternoon.
Next day the 12th, my husband and I attended, M. I. A. Conference held in Provo. After conference we visited Stake President Mary John on Relief Society business, after which we enjoyed supper with Professor Benjamin Cluff and wife, who also attended conference.
24th - We went to Provo on business. Professor Giles had invited my husband to the Tabernacle to see and hear the new organ, while he was practicing. While in Provo we called to see Sister Marilla Daniels who invited us to dinner.
Sunday 26th We visited Oakland in the canyon to hold a Relief Society meeting. Bishop Tuckett and wife invited us to ride with them, along with Brother James Straw and wife, Brother George Manwaring and wife had gone ahead, taking Sisters Adelaide Dalton and Anna Manwaring. We visited their Sunday School and were invited to have dinner with Brother Charles Johnson and family and at 2:00 P. M. the canyon folks again drove to the Schoolhouse where we held our Relief Society after the Sacrament had been passed. We enjoyed a most excellent meeting where a good spirit prevailed and we left our kind hospitable friends with a promise to return and visit them again at their urgent invitation.
27th of May - Drove down to visit my eldest son Charles, who had come home from working in the mountains. He was confined to his bed being threatened with some kind of fever but was ill but a few days, for which I thank my Heavenly Father.
June 2nd - Our Springville First Ward Conference was held where a kind spirit prevailed with a good attendance being present.
June 6th - This being Fast Day we went to meeting and it was a peculiar one. Brother Marion Johnson was prayed for, being afflicted in his mind. Three brethren had spoken when Brother William Clegg arose and said if the brethren had not spoken so lengthily, he should have given the tongue before; that he felt working on him. Then they prayed for the interpretation after. A sister arose and began to speak but I could not hear a word she said until she became excited. Among other things, she said that the person prayed for should be present. Brother Binks then said that he was afraid to arise but believed he had the interpretation and that the Lord would heal Brother Johnson in His own due time.
Relief Society Meeting was held in the afternoon, which we enjoyed very much but the sisters do not appreciate their privileges, or many of them at least, or they would attend their meetings better. After meeting my husband and I visited Brother Philo Dibble who was very ill but conscious and able to talk a little, although dying. This was June 6th, his 89th birthday. He passed away at 2:00 A. M. the following morning.
His funeral service was held at the General Meeting House on Sunday June 9th. So many people attended that the meeting house was not large enough to hold the crowd. President Brigham Young, Seymour B. Young of the first seven presidents of Seventies from Salt Lake City, along with President Reed Smoot of the Stake Presidency, also other brethren from Provo were on the stand and a most interesting and edifying service was held.
On the morning of June 16th, 1395, my husband and I took the northbound train for Salt Lake City, our destination being the Salt Lake Temple. We stopped off at Murray to confer with my sister, Amelia, who met us at the home of her deceased sister and husband, Richard Gilbert, who had remarried a Provo lady by the name of Sister Ann Mitchell.
Monday morning we again, along with Sister Amelia, boarded the train for the Temple to do work for our kindred dead. My husband was baptized for his health, this day being his 67th birthday and was also baptized for three or four deceased friends. I was baptized for five people and sister Amelia for her cousin. The remainder of the week we attended to higher ordinances for our kindred dead.
While in the city we stayed with Sister Susan Smith's until Saturday morning, then returned to Murray and visited with relatives until Monday at which time we returned home, arriving about 5:00 P. M. and everything in good order. Sometime after arriving home I came down with a cold, due to the changeable weather and an acute attack of acute rheumatism in my right leg, the knee being the most painful, especially at night after retiring than during the day.
July 4th - Attended the celebration (Thursday) which was very nice and enjoyable, Fast Day being postponed due to the fact that it was on this same day that year.
Relief Society Conference was held in Provo on the 19th , which I attended along with my husband, who by request was asked to play the organ, with which he cheerfully complied. We all enjoyed a most interesting conference, but most of the Presidents in giving their reports deplored the lack of attendance at weekly meetings. At this conference the silk industry was discussed.
July 21st - Accompanied my husband to our Quarterly Conference at Provo, which was attended by several of the apostles. Brother A. H. Cannon advised us not to ruin ourselves by putting politics before our religion.
Sunday 28th - As I was quite ill, we stayed at home.
Aug. 1st - Fast Day. Attended church in the morning after which, we attended Relief Society meeting that afternoon. Had a very good meeting with only 26 sisters and 2 brethren in attendance.
Aug 6th - Attended funeral services for Brother Wm. H. Kelsey, Sr., one of Springville's most beloved citizens, whose loss was keenly felt.
Aug, 9th - My husband and I attended the annual outing of the choir, which was held at the Crandall grove in Oakland. We started in our buggy but before we reached the mouth of the canyon a spring broke so we returned home and made the trip in our wagon over hind wheels. This was a very hard trip, especially for my husband, who was quite ill the following day. If we have to take trips such as this, we have decided that we must have more comfortable transportation.
Oct 3rd - My husband and I attended Semi-Annual Conference in Salt Lake City at which time the Grand Eisteddfod was held the large tabernacle.(This is a festival of Welsh band, musicians, singers, poets, etc.) We attended Relief Society Conference in the morning, after which we were in attendance at all four sessions of this grand Welsh Musical Festival. First prize of $500,00 was awarded to a young Salt Lake musician by the name of Ensign, with his choral group. This was a grand and most enjoyable affair. The Conference sessions were well attended with an overflow meeting held in the Assembly Hall. Every conference we attend always seems to be the best, where we are reminded of our duties in serving the Lord and exhorted to do the work for our kindred dead in God's Holy Temples.
One day, while walking leisurely through the tabernacle grounds, a lady accosted me with questions regarding our religion and we conversed for over an hour. She was a Quaker from Pennsylvania on her way to San Francisco and stopped over in Salt Lake City to visit places of interest. She asked many questions relating to our people, Brigham Young, the founder of Utah and the Temple, the interior of which she was curious and desired to see. But I told her this was impossible as thousands of our own people who were unworthy and could not meet with the requirements could not enter. I endeavored to enlighten her regarding all the subjects she mentioned, desiring information, to which she listened most attentively and hope some good came from our conversation.
I feel very grateful to my Father in Heaven that my husbands health is much improved. Attended Relief Society on the 17th of Oct. We enjoyed a very good meeting but I wish more of the sisters were interested.
On the 31st our Relief Society Stake Quarterly Conference was held in the general meetinghouse in Springville. President John and counselors Marilla Daniels and Deborah Billings were present. There was a good attendance, the main body of the meetinghouse being filled. Bishops of all four wards were present along with some of the other brethren being present. My husband attended and acted as organist. Everyone seemed to greatly enjoy the reports given by the presidents of each ward as well as the instructions of the Stake Presidency of Relief Society. Sisters of the four wards had made ample provisions for the entertainment of the visitors. The officers of our Ward with the exception of Vice-President Manwaring, entertained our company at the home of Secretary C M. Groesbeck, which consisted of Counselor Daniels of Provo, President Pierce of the Salem Ward Relief Society, President Woolley of Pleasant Grove 2nd Ward, Sister S. Tuckett and C. D. Evans, Sr.
I neglected to mention that we attended Stake Conference at Provo on the 19th and 20th of Oct. where we greatly enjoyed the teachings of Apostle Brigham Young, who spoke very powerfully.
Nov. 7th , 1995 - We attended Fast Meeting and Relief Society in the afternoon. Twenty officers and members were presents along with Bishop Tuckett and Elder John Wordsworth, who spoke to the sisters after hearing their testimonies. My husband acted as organist.
Nov 8th - My husband accompanied me around the Ward in the interest of the poor to see what was needed to make them comfortable for the winter in bedding, etc.
Sat. 9th - Visited and talked to the First Ward Central Primary Association, with my husband accompanying me. Sunday was a beautiful day and we attended meeting where we heard remarks from Elder Erickson who is going into the mission field. Elder J. E. Hall also spoke.
20th - We are having such beautiful weather after a big snow storm in Sept., also a bad storm on Nov. 4th , election day, which made it very disagreeable under foot, the great election for the Statehood of Utah.
My husband and I rode to Provo the morning of the 20th where we called on President Mary John regarding Relief Society work and the condition of same. We also went to the factory and drew the Relief Society dividend.
Dec. 5th - Attended Fast Meeting where Brother William Clegg spoke in tongues and Sister Hannah Straw gave the interpretation to the effect that the Lord had great blessings to pour upon His people if they would only live to merit them. This was a most inspiring meeting. Attended Relief Society at 2:00 P.M., which was attended by 23 members and two or three visitors.
Dec. 12th - Presidents Alleman and Bird of the 2nd and 3rd Ward Relief Societies called on me with regards to a card from Stake President Mary John, desiring all Relief Societies to commemorate the birthday of the Prophet Joseph Smith, inviting us to join with the other Wards at Reynolds Hall for this occasion. I called a meeting of the officers of our organization, where we discussed the matter thoroughly. Because of financial difficulties of the Ward, the Meetinghouse and a general dissatisfaction of the members, we decided against joining the other Wards as a Society, but to announce it in order that anyone who so desired to attend may do so.
Dec 19th - Sixteen members of Relief Society met and tied a quilt for a poor family, which I presented to them on my way home, We again, with the help of my husband and Brother H. Manwarings collected donations for Christmas, as was our custom, distributing in amount of $14.10 in provisions to ten needy families. My husband graciously offered to deliver this while Sarah Manwaring and I completed the dividing of of the remainder on Christmas Day.
We invited all our family for Christmas dinner which included all our children, the wives and children of our three sons who were married, numbering nine, also my nephew, James Marshall Humphreys from Paris Idaho, who was visiting with us, which altogether numbered 21. So once again we had all our family together and felt to thank our Heavenly Father that we were all well and healthy. My husband's blessing promises him health in his habitation, which I realize is being fulfilled each day, as our health is in general as good as the average person. My blessing also promises me good health, which I realize is one of the first things to be truly verified.
Jan 17th - Relief Society Stake Conference was held in Provo but being ill I was unable to attend. By Sunday I was feeling much better so I attended Stake Conference where George Q. Cannon and Apostle Brigham Young spoke. (I should have mentioned that we tied another quilt Jan. 2nd at Relief Society meeting because it was needed.)
31st - This was President Zina D. H. Young's birthday so our Relief Societies in Springville decided to all meet together in the Meetinghouse and render a suitable program. I was asked to give a brief sketch of her life, also was asked to preside, as I was president of the 1st Ward and this was our first conjoint meeting of this type. We had a very interesting and enjoyable time and a good turnout. The lower part of the house was filled with sisters as well as a sprinkling of brethren. We selected hymns of Sister Eliza R. Snow, (Smith's Composition) and a brief sketch of her life was given by Martha Guffery, who also gave readings of her own. President Sarah J. Houtz of the 4th Ward offered a most beautiful, earnest special prayer. My husband again played the organ for us to sing by.
Sat. Feb. 1st - On this day at 10:00 A.M. we held our annual meeting along with our quadrennial meeting for the purpose of presenting our financial and statistical report to the members of the Relief Society, also to elect Board members for the ensuing four years. Sister Emily Hatch, my second counselor, being unable through extenuating circumstances to magnify her position and calling, and showing no signs of voluntarily resigning, it was my painful duty to lay her case before the bishop and seek his advice regarding the situation. He advised me to request her resignation, then on further consideration said he would take care of the problem himself. She felt very bad and considered that she had done the very best she could in this position but was willing to be honorably released, which was taken care of at our next meeting. Sister Samantha Reynolds was chosen for the position, which I trust will be of benefit to the Society for which this step was taken.
On Sunday morning we went, at the request of a Sister, to wash and anoint her for her confinement. That afternoon at meeting, we heard a wonderful discourse given by Professor Nelson of the B.Y.A., showing how the educated men of the world will have to be shown the gospel by our Elders and prove the truth of it through it's Philosophy, as they will not accept it by preaching faith, repentance, etc. C. D. Evans following him, spoke on the Signs of the Times and the near approach of many great events and changes, the return to Jackson County, etc.
Monday - Went to assist the Secretary-Treasurer in getting out the report to send to our Stake Secretary. This I have always heretofore done, in order to know that it is correct. I have never left this report entirely in their hands. Our treasurer, I found, was was suffering with throat trouble - quinsy I fear. Sister Dalton's husband and mine administered to her - hope she is better by Tuesday.
We visited our son George and family, on Sunday Feb. 9th, also Attended Sunday School with over 300 persons being present. The afternoon meeting very interesting as Elder Goddard, who had recently returned from the Maori Mission, addressed us. He gave a most earnest discourse portraying to the people in plain words wherein they were displeasing the Lord.
Tues. 11th - Visited J. M. Dalton by appointment, where Brother Sister William F. Wiscombe, our old friends were present. Enjoyed ourselves very much in discussing advanced doctrines and other matters. The day turned out to be very stormy indeed, snowing and blowing.
I should have mentioned our excellent meeting on Fast Day. Brother William Clegg spoke with the gift of tongues, which was interpreted by Sister Hannah Straw who also prophesied regarding Willis Strong, who had previously spoken. We also had a good meeting in the afternoon with 36 women, 2 girls and 4 brethren in attendance. Mary Brailsford spoke in Tongues with Hannah Straw as interpreter. Many good testimonies were given.
Sat. Feb. 22nd - A very Sad incident happened on this day in our Ward. Elder William N. Hatfield, who had been in the mission field to the Southern States just two months, returned accompanied by two other Elders, as he had lost his mind, supposedly through over study. His wife had given birth just nine days prior to this, to a son. Bishop Tuckett rode up and told me that the brethren were going to hold special Fast Meeting at 2:00 P.M. for this afflicted brother. He requested that the Sisters should also meet at the same time in fasting and prayer, which we did. Thirteen of us met at the home of Sister Groesbeck, consisting of the eight officers of our Relief Society also Sisters Hannah Straw, Ella Huntington, Adelaide Bird, Josephine Southwick and Cora Groesbeck. We all knelt with our faces toward the Holy Temple in Salt Lake City where each prayed in turn, after which each bore testimony of the goodness of God, of the efficacy of fasting prayer, etc., etc., at the conclusion of which we sang two verses of "The Spirit of God". We enjoyed a rich overflowing of the Spirit of God and felt satisfied that good would come as a result of our efforts. Later we discovered that he had brought this on himself, which as a result, had to be committed to the asylum.
We did not attend general conference this time. We attended Fast Meeting in the morning and Relief Society fleeting in the afternoon, after enjoying dinner with Sister S. Reynolds, for which we were very thankful in having the health to do so as my husband had been unable to attend the previous Fast Meeting due to illness.
Sunday, April 19th - Visited Brother George Noble's family, with whom. we had become acquainted through Brother & Sister Wiscombe, who were unable to be there, due to the fact that Sister Wiscombe's mother, who lived in Salt Lake City, had passed away and they were there for the funeral service.
Thurs. 30th - While eating dinner, a message came from Sister Hannah Straw, stating that her son Robert had died quite suddenly in Wyoming, where his brother, Willard had died 11 months previously. The funeral was held in the General Meetinghouse the following Sunday at 3:00 P.M., I went down to comfort Sister Straw as much as I could. After the services, Brother & Sister Noble visited us and we spent a very pleasant afternoon.
Thursday was Fast Day again. The lower part of the meetinghouse was well filled in the morning and in the afternoon we had a good meeting and a good attendance with 37 members present. My son Charles has been very ill with erysipelas but is improving, which has left him feeling very weak.
Relief Society Conference for our Stake is to be held on the 9th of April at Alpine, one of the outlying wards of the Stake. Due to bad weather and the great distance, none of the Springville sisters attended .
Sun, May 10th - This being such a stormy day, neither my husband nor I ventured away from home.
11th - This was my 59th birthday as well as the 4th anniversary of the organization of the Relief Societies of Springville, so the four Wards held a conjoint meeting in the general White Meetinghouse at 2:00 PM.
Sister Tebina S, Alleman presided and we had as visitors President Mary John and Councilor Marilla Daniels from Provo as well as Brother L. John Nuttall from Salt Lake City, who gave us excellent instructions and quoted from the Prophet Joseph Smith, instructions to the Relief Society in Nauvoo when it was first organized. Sisters John and Daniels also spoke, giving instructions as usual. Sister Daniels gave an especially interesting talk. also speaking on the manifesto. At the close of the meeting Sister Alleman invited the visitors from out of town along with myself and husband (who had played the organ for us), President Elizabeth Bird of the 3rd Ward and President Sarah J. Houtz of the 4th Ward to her house for supper, which we enjoyed very much. We also discussed business matters pertaining to Relief Society with our Stake President & Councilor. After returning home, my husband handed me a note of which the following is a copy:
The weather is very cold and it has been snowing on this the 12th day of May. I fear the strawberries will be killed if it freezes hard.
May 21st , 1896 - We had a very good attendance at Relief Society Meeting where a good spirit was felt.
Sun. 24th - Bishop Tuckett asked Patriarch C. D. Evans to read the Manifesto and it was put to a vote and Im sorry to say that five brethren voted against it. The following Sunday my husband was unable to leave home as he was quite worn out from working too hard on our house, doing many greatly needed repairs.
Monday we went down to the General Meetinghouse to hear Professor George rehearse his music class.
Thursday, June 4th - This being Fast Day, we attended and enjoyed a very good meeting indeed. In the afternoon we had only 28 members and 4 brethren present at our Relief Society. We had five teachers set apart by the bishop and his aids.
July 2nd - Attended fast meeting where a good spirit prevailed. We had a slim attendance at Relief Society Meeting in the afternoon, as it was berry time. I suppose many were busy.
Saturday the 4th of July. Nora brought George down from Kelsey Mills (where he was working) on the train because he was ill. It turned out to be typhoid fever - hope he will not have severe attack.
July 17th - Attended Relief Society Stake Conference at Provo where I was called upon to give a report of our Society. My husband and I were invited to dinner at the home of Sister John.
July 19th - We attended Stake Quarterly Conference where we learned of the death of Apostle Abraham H. Cannon, his passing being that morning at 5:15 A.M. caused from overwork. Apostle Brigham Young remarked that it is very sad that so young a man, but 37 years of age, should be taken. He is to be buried on Sunday July 26th
Home missionaries addressed us on this Sunday and the music was very impressive, songs being selected in honor of Apostle Cannon. The spirit of the funeral service in Salt Lake City was very strongly felt in our meeting here in Springville.
We have had the greatest amount of rainfall and continuous storms throughout the entire month of July that has ever been experienced in Utah, with floods doing an immense amount of damage in the southern part of the State, covering crops with mud etc. There has also been great damage in the north, especially at three-mile creek near Brigham City, It seems as if we as a people are not to escape the judgments of the Lord.
Our son George is slowly recovering, but due to the dangerous state of the bowels in this disease, he has had to lay in bed all during his illness so far.
Aug. 22nd - My husband's only sister, Mrs. Amelia W. L. George, came to visit with us for ten days.
The next morning being Sunday 23rd, by previous appointment, I, with some of the Relief Society officers, my husband, Bishop Tuckett, his second counselor, G. Maycock and J. M, Dalton, went to Oakland to Hold Relief Society Meeting. Sister George also went with us and we enjoyed rich outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The young ladies are encouraged to join, our Society and all who were in attendance responded. We were invited to have dinner with Brother Orson Mower and family, The week was spent visiting with our Sister Amelia. On Sunday we attended meeting and on the following Tuesday she returned to her home after a very enjoyable visit.
Sept. 3rd, 1896 - We were unable to attend meeting on account of our horse being lame.
6th & 13th - We attended Sacrament Meetings.
16th - We attended Sister Hannah Harrison's funeral service.
17th - Relief Society sewing meeting with only 8 in attendance.
Oct. 1st - Attended Fast Meeting and Relief Society meeting in the afternoon where a good spirit was enjoyed.
Oct. 16th - My husband took me to Relief Society Conference, the best I have ever attended.
18th - Attended Stake Conference at Provo.
Oct. 23rd - Attended Miss Pearl Westwoods funeral services a beautiful, lovable young girl, a member of the choir and an only daughter. She had been suffering from slow consumption for the past two years or so.
Nov. 27th - This evening I was greatly shocked at hearing of the death of our dear friend, William Wiscombe, who had died that morning after having been ill for a month of Typhoid Malaria. His family and friends were shocked at his passing so suddenly. His beloved wife had such sinking spells that her life was almost despaired of for a time. He was laid to rest on Sunday 29th of Nov., funeral services being held in the General Meetinghouse, which was filled to overflowing. He was an affectionate husband and father and most faithful friend - a true and devoted Latter Day Saint.
The authorities of the Church, having changed Fast Day from Thursday to Sunday for the benefit of the people, the following Sunday, Dec. 6th , was fast day. We were very much disappointed in being unable to attend this first fast meeting held in our Ward Meetinghouse, due to the fact that my husband was ill.
The 10th and 17th we held work meetings, also previous ones, to make quilts for the needy of the Ward. The last meeting of the year was well attended with 21 members being present. Again Christmas has come and again we gave out presents as usual with my husband being on hand to assist in distributing commodities, in order that every family in our Ward, so far as I know, could have an extra good Christmas dinner. There are no needy families suffering from want of good food or bedding to keep them warm at night.
I must say this is the most extraordinary weather at Christmas time I have ever seen - no snow on the ground, warm and mild as May. I would like to see an abundance of snow so that the mountains well be filled, so that we may have water for irrigation next summer. We had considerable snow and very cold weather in Nov. We spent a very quiet Christmas Day with no visitors nor did we visit anywhere. I am suffering with rheumatism in my left knee which causes me much pain and lameness, which I am hoping will be better soon. Weather changed the last day of the year and a little snow fell.
Sunday, Jan 3rd - We attended a good Fast Meeting in our Ward Meetinghouse, the house being pretty well filled. Next morning I was taken suddenly ill with a very severe attack of lumbago, from which I suffered intensely. My back seemed to have lost every particle of it's normal strength. My husband administered to me, suffering with his back himself since Sunday morning. I began to mend from that time. I lay in bed all the next day and again was administered to by Brother Willis Strong, after which both my husband and I continued to improve; however, my back is very weak and knee continues to pain me. I was unable to attend Relief Society meeting Thursday the 7th .
Sunday, Feb. 7th - Attended a good fast meeting. The previous day we held our Annual Relief Society meeting to report our finances of the previous year.
The following Thursday we enjoyed a very good Relief Society meeting.
Sunday 28th - Attended Sabbath School, which was Mercy Day, a day set apart to teach the children kindness to animals. The singing was delightful.
Tues. March 2nd - Sons Alfred and George, with their families visited us. My husband's son, Joseph H. Weight also happened in and the five bothers played musical instruments all day. I had forgotten to say that we enjoyed a visit in February with George Maycock and wife. J. M. Dalton and wife and Sister Adelaide Bird.
Thursday March 4th - William Clegg Sr. and wife visited us by appointment at which time we enjoyed a grand time together.
March 18th - Bishop Packard and wife entertained 17 invited people as honored guests, mostly aged people, where we enjoyed ourselves greatly. The day was a very stormy one. I visited Sister Samantha Reynolds who has given birth to a beautiful daughter. She has been suffering with an abscess but is now recovering. Also called to visit Clara Reynolds, age 15, who is suffering with dropsy so badly that she is unable to lie down. Poor girl, I fear she is not long for this world.
Sunday, Jan. 21st - Attended Sunday School where President David John and High Councilman Berg were visiting from Provo. Prior to our Sunday School service they officiated in the dedication of the Circle Room in our meetinghouse after which they, along with our Bishop, my husband and I were invited to dinner at the home of Brother George Maycock.
28th - Attended Sabbath School and afternoon meeting after which we returned home feeling very tired. The succeeding days were very stormy and very cold indeed. There is plenty of snow in the mountains and floods are feared in many places. There is great suffering as a result of floods in the east, especially in the Mississippi Valley.
April 1897 - Clara Reynolds passed away.
May 11th - The four Wards of Relief Society held their annual meeting conjointly in the General Meetinghouse, where President Elizabeth Bird of the 3rd Ward presided..
19th - Brother L. John Nuttall met with the Relief Society officers of four or five towns at Springville General Meetinghouse, to give instructions and counsel, after which lunch was spread in the Font House for the visitors.
May 24th - My husband and I started for the Salt Lake Temple in our buggy. We went as far as Murray the first day and left our horse and buggy at the home of Sister Amelia - from there took the rapid transit the next evening to Salt Lake City where we stayed at the home of Sister Susan E. Smith while we did Temple work. We accomplished much during our two weeks stay and enjoyed a wonderful time. After we finished we felt like descending from heaven to earth and again returning home to battle with things of this life. We found everything in good shape at home and were thankful for the Lords great blessings upon us.
June 10th - Relief Society attendance has dropped off again with berry season on etc., but a woman can always find an excuse for non attendance to her duties if she wants one.
June 24th - I am suffering from poison ivy so badly that I was unable to go to sewing meeting. Sister Maycock went, but not one soul came, so work meeting was a failure twice in succession, something that has never before happened, which I very much regret. We have also had two more failures during the summer.
We attended our Stake Relief Society Conference at Provo, which we enjoyed very much. Went to Salt Lake City to the Jubilee one 24th of July. My husband had gone three days previously but returned on Friday in order that I might go and enjoy the grandeur of the sights also. Our four sons belonging to the Drum Corps, were there playing in the procession. I with my daughter Amelia, boarded the train on Saturday morning for Salt Lake City to see the mammoth parade, which was very beautiful and very long. We saw the most beautiful illuminations and fireworks that evening that I have ever seen. All in all the Pioneer Jubilee was a magnificent affair and a huge success. We returned home on Sunday morning.
I have felt very poorly through this dreary hot summer. The heat has made me feel so languid that I have not tried to do much writing or anything else except what I must do from day to day. My son Charles Orson's wife gave birth to a new baby daughter on July 24th, 1897, which makes my tenth grandchild.
Oct. 5th - We again started for Salt lake and General Conference in our buggy, leaving it at Murray with relatives, whom we found to be all well. We attended Conference the next day in the Great Tabernacle, where we heard President Woodruff speak, also two new apostles, M. F. Cowley and A. O. Woodruff. We also listened to the grand Organ and the largest choir of singers in the world.
The next day we went to the temple where we were baptized for our kindred dead. Through the kindness of Elder David Randall, missionary to England laboring in Mansfield Nottinghamshire, the town where my mother was born, I had obtained quite a number of names of my dead relatives. He visited an aged cousin of my mother by the name of Charles Powskill aged 90 years, who gave him a great deal of information, as well as from other sources. We remained in Salt Lake for two weeks doing temple work for the dead and feel that we accomplished a great deal.
My nephew, J, M, Humphreys - from Idaho was there at this time. While there he married a lovely girl by the name of Susan Ann King. They also did endowment work for our dead and others. Sister Amelia was with us the second week and we enjoyed ourselves very much.
I shall never forget Friday the 8th- Apostle Lyman addressed us, the session being very large - so large that President Snow had buns and cheese distributed to each person about 4:00 P.M.
We arrived home on the 18th after visiting with our relatives in Murray for a couple of days, Upon arriving home we found everything in order and everyone well, for which we were truly thankful. I failed to mention that George's wife Nora, gave birth to a lovely little daughter a few days before we left for Salt Lake City.
Nov. 1897 - Winter will soon be upon us and we feel anxious that the needy of our Ward be made as comfortable as possible with bedding, etc.
Nov. 5th - our son Alfred's wife gave birth to a son.
Sunday morning about 3:00 A.M. it began to blow and snow. It looks as if winter is setting in, which I hope is not the case, as it is only the 7th of Nov. and we are not prepared for winter so early. Fast Day - As my husband has been suffering for two or three days with a severe cold, his cough being so bad that we remained at home. It has been storming all day and is extremely cold, the paper called it a record breaker for Utah.
Feb. 1st , 1898 - The weather was mild and pleasant so we sowed our wheat, however; March has been very cold indeed, with severe freezing and little snow storms. My husband is very weak and feeble with a very bad cough, but I hope and pray that the Lord will bless him again with health and strength.
The secretary of our Relief Society has moved to Logan to accept the position as Matron of the Agricultural College boarding house and our Treasurer is moving to Idaho. March has gone out with warmer weather, There are wars and rumors of wars, the war spirit being rife in the U. S. against Spain because of the blowing up of the U. S. war vessel "Maine" in Havana Harbor. The Spaniards are also starving Cubans by the tens of thousands. It is heart rending to read the papers. We know not when or how it will come, but we do know the Lord will scourge this nation for the killing and persecuting of His prophets.
I just received word that my eldest brother Thomas' widow, Sarah Cundle Bocock passed away in Feb of 1898 at the age of 76. She had but one child, a daughter named Sarah Elizabeth, living and unmarried. My husband and I attended four parties this winter, "The Home Guard", "The Black Hawk", and "The Walker and Tintic" and the fourth on the 1st of March in honor of President Woodruff's birthday.
I could not attend the Relief Society Conference, held at Pleasant Grove in April as my husband was not well.
May 11th - We held our conjoint Annual Meeting of Relief Society with the 4th Ward being in charge. On the 14th my husband and I rode to Provo to attend the celebration of the 1st Organization of Relief Society in that place.
We attended Stake Conference in July,
The war has been going on for quite sometime and the Mormons have been called upon to hold "Maine Memorial Services", which was done on August 7th , 1898. David John and Reed Smoot, Counselors to the Stake President, visited our ward, installing George H Maycock as Bishop with John H, Manwaring and Willis Strong as counselors. The voting was unanimous and a beautiful spirit prevailed.
Aug 21st - We visited Oakland Branch with the Bishop and 1st Counselor accompanying us. My husband and I rode with Brother and Sister DeVere Childs in their carriage. My husband was very ill all the way, vomiting occasionally, so ill that he had to stop at Brother Mower's all day.
This incident marred our enjoyment of the trip and a good meeting in the afternoon. (I did not attend Sunday School). We returned home in the evening when it was a little cooler. The summer had been extremely dry and hot, some nights being so hot that sleeping was almost impossible. Our wheat was quite shrunken for want of water.
Emmeline Bird, an old resident of Springville, passed away at the home of her daughter, Ella Huntington, on Aug. 25th , 1898.
Our Stake Relief Society Conference was held in Springville on Oct, 27th , the weather being beautiful, We had many visitors and a wonderful Conference, President Mary John, her two counselors and her secretary were present.
Dec. 2nd - The Sunday School theology class gave us a surprise at our home. The house was full headed by Bishop Maycock, We enjoyed a very pleasant evening. My husband told them that had they come the evening before they would have found him sick.
We had two or three days of heavy wind and severe cold, after which we enjoyed mild weather again. Christmas Day fell on Sunday. During the week Brother & Sister Manwaring and Brother Sister Clegg visited us and we enjoyed a nice quiet comfortable time.
Jan. 4th - Brothers James Holley and wife and James Straw, Sr., and wife paid us a visit, all by appointment and we all enjoyed ourselves very much. My husband's cough troubles him so much. Being caught out in a blizzard last week didnt help any as it has been worse ever since.
Sunday 8th - we had to remain at home due to his cough, even though the weather is very mild.
The greatest trial of my life, which I have dreaded so much, as also my dear beloved husband has, we often having talked of it together, came upon us on the night of the 15th of Dec. 1901, at 10:10 P.M. His spirit departed peacefully without a struggle and he lay unconscious for about nine hours. He went very suddenly at the last. He was not confined to his bed so that he could not get up as he walked a little the very last morning. He suffered from enlargement of the prostrate gland, which is very painful and obstinate, causing dropsy to set in, His only sister, Amelia was with us for nine days previous to this and stayed until nearly Christmas. He passed peacefully on the 15th day of December and was interred on the 17th in the Springville City Cemetery. Brothers C, D. Evans, Sr., and B, L. Blanchard were the speakers at his funeral service.
I have two sons and my daughter at home with me and I realize that I must try and do all the good I can until the Lord sees fit to call me home, but my happiness is with my dear husband in the grave. We have had a very nice winter and spring and the crops are looking real good, I am thankful to say.
July 3rd & 4th - It is cold and rainy with a new snow fallen on the tops of the mountains. The 3rd was our Relief Society conference of Springville and Mapleton. Sister Billings died very suddenly of apoplexy about ten days or two weeks ago. Sister John wished an aid on the Stake board of Relief Society from Springville, choosing Sister Julia Maycock, This will necessitate calling another Sister in our Ward to fill her place as vice-president. I wish to record the weather being so cold for the 3rd and 4th, I wore my winter dress both days, which I spent with my son Charles. Here I will state that Charles family was quarantined with scarlet fever when my husband died. All of the children had it with the exception of the oldest, who lived with me during that time. My son got permission to come up after dark to be with us and was there when the end came, for which I was very thankful.
Oct. 7th 1902 - My grandson Charles Francis Law, spoken of above, (we called him Frank) died in Colorado, where he was working in a Railroad Construction Camp - after suffering intense agony for about 28 hours with telescope of the intestines. This was a terrible blow to all of us. The boy suffered intensely. He was surrounded by good friends who did everything possible to relieve him, but in vain. He was brought home and buried on the 10th of Oct., being just two months under 17 years of age. His mother was in delicate health and gave birth to a son on the 24th of Dec. 1902.
Brother Holley passed away, on the same day as Frank and Brother Henry Manwaring died on the 25th.
My husband's brother-in-law, Richard Gilbert of Murray, Salt Lake County passed away on May 9th and was buried on the 12th . His widow came to visit us for a couple of days in June, 1902.
I have been troubled all summer with chronic rheumatism. When I lie down, day or night, the pain is much worse. In Sept, 1902, my sister-in-law, Mrs. Amelia George came and stayed with me for a month, her presence and society being much appreciated by us. She had been ill but improved in health while with us.
The winter of 1902-3 has been very severe. It has been so cold that I fear most of the tender fruits are killed. Much more snow has fallen in the mountains than of late years. I have not been out to meetings much this winter, due to the extreme cold weather, as a result I fear I shall have to give up my position.
Jan, 1903 - Bishop Maycock resigned his position as bishop because of ill health. Replacing him was 0. B. Huntington, Jr.
On the morning of March 17th Brother Maycock passed away as a result of Bright 's disease. I was ill with the grip at the time so was unable to attend the funeral service. All my sons have been ill with the grip except Ralph. Amelia came down with it after returning home from the funeral service, so we were both sick together, lying down part of the time and crawling around a little. I have attended Relief Society monthly meeting in March, the Annual meeting and one officers monthly meeting this year.
After nine days of suffering from grip and pneumonia, our good friend Brother William Clegg "The Springville Poet" has been called home during the night of Monday March 30th. He was buried the 2nd of April. Thus our dear friends are passing away. May we all be as valiant and faithful as he was. He would have been 80 had he lived until the 2nd of May.
As our friends pass on I think, They will see my husband and tell him how we are getting along and what we are doing.
We selected Sister Emma Bryan to fill the position of 2nd Vice in the Relief Society, left vacant by the Stake choosing Sister Maycock for their board.
In Sept. of 1902 and again in April of 1903 I talked with Bishop Huntington, telling him that I wished to be released from my position as President of the Relief Society, as I could not fill the position satisfactory to myself because of poor health and other problems, visiting, living so far away from the center of the Ward. On the 6th of July 1903 I was given an honorable release with a vote of thanks for my faithful and efficient service. I had forgotten to say that on my birthday the officers of the Relief Society came and surprised me, finding me on the lounge asleep as I was just recovering from the gripe. Sister Emma Bryan was chosen by the bishopric to fill my position as President.
Ralph has had another severe attack of quinsy, suffering all night before it broke early in the morning on the left side. Crops are very good this year and I feel to thank my Heavenly Father for this. My sister-in-law came to visit with us again the latter part of August and stayed until time to go to conference. We very much enjoyed her visit and while here her health improved a great deal, as she always enjoys herself so much when she comes. We had a cold spell and freezing weather during the month of Sept but the weather is mild and beautiful for the 21st of Oct. I hope it will continue in order that the beet crop may be harvested more easily. The days being so short, there aren't too many daylight hours in which to work, which is sufficient disadvantage. Due to early frosts the mountains were beautiful with autumn grandeur last month. My sister and I feasted our eyes on them everyday, but now they are brown and the trees will soon be stripped of their leaves, making us aware that winter will soon be upon us which I very much dread as I can't take the cold and inclement weather so well any more.
I received a letter last week from my nephew, J. M. Humphreys, who is a missionary in that far off country of Australia. He arrived there in August this year - 1903. I hope he will have good health and accomplish much good. My son Claude F, has been called to take the missionary course this winter and will go as soon as he can get his work done. My son Ralph B. was called also, and did take the missionary course for two winters, but Bishop Maycock needed his services in the Ward, so he has not, as yet, been sent to a foreign mission.
My son Claude took the missionary course and was called in Jan. of 1904 to the Southern States mission. He left on Feb. 17th,
Bishop Huntington arranged for a social to be held in our home on the 4th of Feb. There were 46 members of the Ward in attendance and they all donated very generously toward Claude's missionary fund. We enjoyed the evening very much. The M.I.A. held a benefit dance and the Choir held a social in the Ward Meetinghouse, he being choir director. I accompanied him to the temple on the 9th where he received his endowments on the 10th, He also did temple work on the 11th . I did work for the dead both days and we returned home the evening of the 11th . He returned to Salt Lake on the 17th and was set apart for his mission along with Elder Bert Miner of Fairview, Utah, I pray to God to bless him with health and ability to perform an honorable mission and be able to stay until his allotted time to return home. I had a slight attack of La Grippe at the time he left, being confined to my bed for a day or two.
On Saturday the 20th , Ralph awoke very ill suffering with another attack of quinsy. I kept hot poultices on his throat night and day, until Wednesday afternoon, when it broke and he is slowly recovering. The Dr. says the only remedy for these attacks is for him to have his tonsils out, because every time he takes cold it settles in them.
When we went to the temple we took the train as far as Murray to visit Aunt Amelia, who broke her right arm above the elbow last fall. It is perfectly healed however; and she is getting along real well.
President Joseph F. Smith, along with about half of the Apostles and a number of others have been summoned to Washington D.C. as witnesses in the Reed Smoot case. A number of cranky women in the East, also some bigoted so called Ministers of the Gospel want Brother Smoot expelled from the Senate because he is a Mormon Apostle. They cannot do this constitutionally, if they do and thereby establish a precedent, where will it all end? The evil one is at the bottom of it all, and we are all anxious to know the outcome. It turned out that Senator Smoot retained his seat after a hard fight.
My son, Claude F. had a light attack of Typhoid Fever while in the mission field but the blessings of the Lord and a very good Dr. helped him to recover quickly. He was President of the Virginia Conference for six months before being honorably released and arrived in Salt Lake City just in time for April Conference of 1906. We all rejoiced at his home coming.
My youngest son, Ralph B. and Minerva Bryan were married in the Manti Temple on Dec. 19th, 1906.
Claude F. and Bertha I. Harmer were married in the Salt Lake Temple June 19th , 1907. They have a son born on May 25th , 1908 and Ralph B, and Minerva have a daughter born July 29th , 1908. I sold my home to O. H. Mower on the 9th of April, 1908, finishing the business on the 28th , after returning from the Salt Lake Temple, having accompanied my daughter-in-law, Nora, for her health. My son Alfred and wife, Eunice, buried a son only a few days old, in December of 1907 - George and Nora also buried a son but a few days old on the same date but one year late
I bought a small piece of ground from my son Charles just south of his house and built a small comfortable cottage so that I could live near him. On Sept. 22nd , 1908, I moved down from the farm into my new home. I am so thankful that I can walk to my Ward meetings, which I enjoy so much.
The 30th of Dec. I had all of my sons and their families down to visit, with a house warming and we had a most enjoyable time. At this time I requested my eldest son Charles O. to dedicate my new house, which he did and each of my sons gave a nice little speech, after which I told them how their Grandfathers Weight and Bocock were known by their employers for their sterling qualities, honesty and integrity, and consequently were given positions of trust. My father's employer valued him so highly that he persuaded my three brothers to leave their places of employment and take high positions of trust in his service. They, through their good salaries, dependability and good habits became independently well to do, and I wish to impress upon my grandchildren the importance of following the good example set by their Great Grandparents. I wish to state again that I and my daughter thoroughly enjoy our home and feel thankful to the Lord for it and all His bounteous blessings.
The Salt Lake Old Folks Committee invited all aged people 70 years of age and over, from Brigham City on the north to Payson on the South to be entertained in Salt Lake City. I took Sister S. E. Glegg with me to take care of, as she is my old dear friend and is feeble and partially blind. When we arrived in Salt Lake by train, automobiles were there waiting to take us sightseeing through Salt Lake's principal streets. We enjoyed a splendid trip in a car driven by a nice sociable young man, after which, we were served a grand dinner on the Tabernacle grounds, which were beautifully decorated for the occasion. My niece, Mrs. Medora Hickenlooper found me seated at one of the tables, where she ate and visited with us the rest of the day. After dinner we were taken into the Tabernacle where we enjoyed a wonderful program. We were entertained by a number of bands - Held's Band, The Ladies G. & R. Band, the Military Band from Fort Douglas and others. We had the time of our lives - perfectly grand, with a perfectly beautiful day, after which we returned home, arriving in good time.
We very frequently go over and spend the evening with Sister Clegg, who is very lonesome. As she is nearly blind. I often read some nice stories to her.
In Oct. 1909 quite an epidemic of smallpox broke out in the community. Even tho it was in very light form, people had to be quarantined, which is extremely inconvenient.
Thanksgiving Day Ralph and family had dinner with us.
My son Claude contracted smallpox in some way unknown to him, in December. Amelia and I (not knowing he had it) went to stay with him while his wife went to Salt Lake.
Amelia came down with the disease on Jan. 5th , 1910 and I took it from her. Because of this we were quarantined for six weeks. But no one took it from us, for which I an thankful. The quarantine was lifted on the 16th of Feb. It was a dreary time even tho we had light cases - Varioloid. We had spent Christmas also New Years Day with Sister Clegg.
The Indian War Veterans held campfires and programs during the week of Aug. 10th in Springville which we enjoyed all week. We had the City water installed the week of the 18th .
Spent Thanksgiving Day with Sister Clegg and on Dec. 30th we had our family gathering at my home with 34 of us being present and two who were not family members - Sister Clegg and a young man. Six of our family were unable to be present, my eldest son C. O. Law and his son Mark A., who were in Colorado, his sister Sophia having given birth to a baby daughter on the 22nd , (this is my first great grandchild) and Signa Law who was with her sister Sophia, who lived at Salem at the time. We enjoyed a most wonderful time together although the time was too short to crowd in all the songs, visiting etc. that we desired.
Things seem to go on about the same with us through the year. I am in good health with the exception of being troubled with rheumatism. I purchased a steam bath cabinet to take sweat baths, which seemed to help, but had to discontinue them when cold weather set in. My son Charles moved his family to his farm in Mapleton in the spring, which made quite a change in our lives. His daughter, Signa came to live with us to attend High School.
We visited Sister Clegg on Thanksgiving Day and spent Christmas Day with Charles and family. Sister Clegg went with us to Mapleton where we enjoyed a nice Christmas.
Dec 28th - We held our annual reunion with 42 in attendance Sister Clegg and my grandson, William F. Weight's fiancée, Sarah Nielson, were the only ones present besides my own family, which we very much enjoyed. On the 29th my grandson, Mark A. Law and Mable Clegg were married which was a very enjoyable occasion. My grandson, Ray E. Law was called to go to the Northern States to fill a mission for the church in May 1911, being the only member of the family not with us.
Jan 25th - We invited a few friends in for visiting, which we all enjoyed very much.
On Sunday Feb. 4th Four returned missionaries of our Ward held evening meetings for one week, and conducted them in the same way as they would out in the mission field, treating us as if we were non Mormons, doing their own singing, praying, preaching and selling Books of Mormon, distributing tracts and other literature. I feel that this has done a great deal of good for those who attended. They are now doing this in each of the Wards throughout the City. They have been assisted by Elders Thorne, Miner, and Bringhurst of the 9th Ward.
Feb. 16th - Sister Mary Noe gave a nice party in honor of Sister Clegg's 84th birthday, inviting a few of her most intimate friends, which was an enjoyable occasion and we all had a good time. We have had nice warm weather for two or three weeks, but today - Sunday - it has turned much colder. Oh! I forgot the Parents Class of the Sunday School had a nice social the evening of the 14th , with about 159 in attendance and we enjoyed it very much.
On the afternoon of the 15th , Bishop Huntington invited a few of us old ladies to his home to visit with Aunt Susan Crandall. We were all old settlers of Springville and we enjoyed the visiting and sociability very much.
We usually attend Sunday School in the morning and Sacrament meeting at night and visit with Sister Clegg once or twice each week. My son, Ralph B. has been chronically ill since last fall - not confined to his bed, but very weak and unable to do anything, but is now recovering slowly. We were invited to a very nice party at the home of Brother Ed Noe on the evening of March 15th , where we had a very nice time.
Sunday March 17th - This being the 70th anniversary of the Organization of the Relief Society by the Prophet Joseph Smith, our Ward held a special meeting in our Meetinghouse. Bishop Huntington had previously asked his Bother to speak, reviewing the events of the occasion in a very interesting manner. Anna Manwaring read some of the minutes of this first meeting in Nauvoo and Julia Maycock of the Stake board spoke on Relief Society work.
In July we held our Old Folks party in the 3rd Ward Meetinghouse. Mr. Goff who was over 103 years old, was present. In August, the Indian War Veterans Association held a State encampment in Springville, which lasted for a week, commencing the 19th . I rode down town and attended two afternoons.
Aug. 27th - We were all very shocked at the electrocution of our telephone service man, Leslie Maycock, who was such a fine young man, having filled a mission, married less than a year and first assistant in our 1st Ward Sunday School Superintendence. He was buried on July 29th.
Father Bartlett passed away at the age of 88. He lived in the 4th Ward and was buried on the 1st of Sept. Our dear old friend, Sister Clegg passed away on the 24th of Dec. 1912, Suffering from a long illness dating back to the 1st of Aug. and was buried on the 26th , I know I shall greatly miss her as we visited her regularly about twice each week. But she has gone to join her beloved husband and our loss is her gain.
I often hear from my grandson, Elder Ray E, Law, who is doing missionary work in Washington State and is doing well. This winter of 1912 - 13 is a long hard one.
Jan. 19th , 1913 - Reunion time again, which we held and enjoyed a pleasant time with 30 members present. 12 were unable to come (hope they will all be with us next year). Many of the hydrants in town have been frozen up, ours among the number. They have been thawing them out with electricity worked on ours for 3 or 4 hours without success not enough power. Many main lines in Salt Lake City have broken.
My son Ralph has been working most of the fall and winter both inside and outside of the Relief Mine in the mountain near Salem. His wife, Minerva gave birth to a son Oct. 18th , 1913, whom they named Wilford Arthur. We attended our annual Relief Society Meeting on Sat, Feb. 1st , to hear the report from the Secretary, which was very good, showing how we are increasing in our work.
This is fast day and I did not go to Sunday School because of bad weather and snowing - hope to be able to get to Fast Meeting this afternoon. Last Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 1913, we enjoyed a nice social at the home of Brother and Sister George Dallin. My son Ralph just came by and informed me of the sudden death last night, or sometime in the early hours of morning, of our Bishop's Mother, Sister Hannah M. Huntington. What a shock to her family. Her son found her in bed in the morning just breathing her last.
Sunday May 11th - My birthday, also Mother's Day throughout the United States. My sons with their wives and a few grandchildren came in the afternoon bringing ice cream and cake. There is good prospects for fruit this year, but the weather is hot and dry. It threatens but doesn't rain to amount to much - when it does the wind comes and blows everything dry.
The General Board of Relief Society has decided that our organization hold weekly meetings to offset the idea and practice of our L. D. S. women joining clubs. The first Thursday is to be devoted to District Teachers reports, the second to Genealogical work, the third to spiritual lesson and testimonies and the fourth to Literary pursuits. When a fifth Thursday comes in a month, the sisters are to visit the sick, widows etc. I most certainly look upon this progress as a progressive step. We have plenty of opportunity in our Church for advancement and service without joining outside organizations.
June 15th, 1913 - My grandson, Ray E, Law surprised us by walking into Sunday School, having been honorably released from his mission to Washington State, where he had been laboring for a little over two years. He stayed with me until evening, having been asked by Bishop Huntington to speak in Sacrament meeting that evening. Filling on honorable mission is the greatest blessing that can come to a young man, taking the gospel message to the nations of the earth and I wish that every young man in the Church would prepare himself to go. What a grand Church we would have, what strength and support these priesthood holders would be, setting such a fine example to all the world.
June 30th - We have had rainy weather for the past two weeks, and as so many acres of hay are down, I fear it will be badly spoiled, The long siege of rain ended with a big hail storm on the 28th . The week of July 7th , the National Education Association held their annual Convention in Salt Lake City. The visitors for this occasion were greatly impressed with Educational conditions in Utah but were very prejudiced against the Mormons. They were so impressed with Utah's culture that their prejudices subsided a great deal.
A party of about 20 took the train to Payson on the 10th , returning in automobiles as far as Lehi, Taking the train there, they stopped off at Springville, visited the High School and were greatly impressed with our Art Collection on the walls. An assembly was held in the High School where many citizens turned out for the occasion. Three handcart women and one handcart man occupied the stand with a number of Pioneer women also, myself among the number. The visitors felt honored to come and shake our hands and engage in brief conversation. They, in their speeches, praised the people of Utah for their industry and progressiveness in Education as well as everything else and the many accomplishments and strides forward in the few short years since Utah was settled 66 years ago. Especially did Dr. Bicknell, a great educator himself, praise us as a people.
J. Preston Creer, the County Superintendent of Schools, presided. He called on Mrs. Findlay, one of the school trustees, to offer a few words of welcome. The visitors were amazed to find practices in our Schools, their cherished ideals, that they hoped might be put onto practice in the East at some future time. George Harrison, the handcart man, musician, hotel owner and the man who could cook the best beefsteak in the world, gave an amusing and instructive account of the journey across the plains.
18th - The auto travelers over the Midland trail, drove in, as brown as Gypsies they were. They were met at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon by a cavalcade of automobiles from Springville and Provo. They stopped for a short period at our City Park and delivered a Short speech at which time they were regaled with cherries, flowers and cooling drinks after which they pursued their way on to Provo, Salt Lake, etc.
On the 27th Claude took us up to Mapleton to Stake Conference where we enjoyed dinner with Charles and family. Me enjoyed a most delightful day. Meetings were held in their Amusement Hall, a very commodious place. Apostle Rudger Clawson and Presiding Patriarch Hyrum G. Smith were the visitors from Salt Lake City. This was the first time I had seen Patriarch Smith - who has held this position just over a year and is a young man just 34 years of age.
Dec. 29th - We held our regular Annual family gathering at my home, with 44 family members being present and one visitor. Four members were absent. We missed Sister Clegg although we know she is much better off. Sophia Law Sheen and family furnished us with a nice informal program with some of the little tots taking part. Wilda, Ralph's 5 year old daughter, sang "Jesus Wants me for a Sunbeam" with her father accompanying her on the organ. Claude's sons, Lewis and Reed each spoke a little piece, one about grandma. Claude read original verses he had composed for the occasion, "' Tribute to Mother", Hugh Law recited "The Night Before Christmas" and Signa and Alta Law sang a duet, accompanied by Miss Houtz. Short addresses were given by Ray Law and myself. My eldest son presented me with a beautiful gift of the youngsters. We all enjoyed a glorious time.
My youngest son, Ralph has been sick for over two years and unable to do anything most of the time. Doctors, disagreed in their diagnosis of his case, however; Patriarch Lowry blessed him and promised him that he would live to a ripe old age. He went to the Manti Temple in October and stayed for 5 weeks, doing a good work for our dead relatives, Patriarch Russell, age 89, gave him a blessing and promised that he would live to do a great and mighty work. He is slowly improving.
The fore part of the winter has been mild but we are having rain and snow now with the most cloudy weather I have ever seen.
We held a nice little party at our home on Jan. 21st , also enjoyed a similar gathering at the home of Sister George Noe on Feb. 6th .
We enjoy these little social gatherings so very much. The Committee of Springville entertained the "Old Folks" at the 3rd Ward Meetinghouse on Feb. 18th . The weather was mild but roads were very muddy. We enjoyed the entertainment and dinner very much.
I have not been able to attend my meetings very much this winter - sometimes because of weather and sometimes not feeling well enough, which I miss very much. Shortly after the Old Folks party I was taken with hemorrhaging of the right nostril, which was very bad. Several of my relatives came and did all they could and finally summoned the Elders, who administered to me. We also called for a Dr. who stopped the bleeding, This has made me very weak indeed and I cannot walk to my meetings, even though it has been a month since this occurrence. Alfred stayed with me the first night. I am slowly gaining strength.
Feb, 25th - Brother George Dallin came in his buggy and took me to his house to a little party which we all enjoyed very much.
Mar. 4th - Sister Dallin came with the buggy and took me to the home of Sister Stafford where we all had a sociable time. Brother Charles Berry brought me home. This is one season the winter did not last six weeks after ground hog day, although the sun shone on that day.
I have to stay home while Amelia goes to Sunday School and Sacrament Meetings as I am too weak to walk that far as yet. The weather is fine and warm and men are getting their crops and gardens planted. Ralph has been working this past week and I am so thankful that he is strong enough to do so. I have gone to Sunday School and Meetings a little lately, but the 23rd of May I was stricken with gastritis and have been under the Dr.s care for five weeks with indigestion . I lived on Horlicks Malted Milk and the whites of eggs exclusively for a week but now I may have a little dry bread, a little rice, etc.
June 26th - Enjoyed the Old Folks party again, except that I dare not partake of the bounteous dinner provided for us. The Committee took us on a 44 mile automobile ride in the afternoon after dinner and a short program. We toured the Power Plant in Provo Canyon and around Provo Bench, which was delightful. Upon arriving home, Mr. Bate, the owner of the car and our chauffeur, told me that if I had a ride such as that every day I would live longer.
June 28th - Sunday and I do not feel strong enough to walk to Sunday School as yet. Lou Bird was buried yesterday - found dead in he bed the morning of the 24th . Mr. Cook Sr. and Mrs. N, K, Nielson died yesterday. Fruit is going to be very abundant this season.
I failed to mention that the oldest person in the State of Utah, Mrs., Goff, lives in our Ward and they brought her to the Old Folks Party. I sat next to her at the table and was astonished to see the immensity of her appetite. She ate as much as any much younger person and she will be 106 years old next December 24th . I have been feeling quite well through the late summer and fall.
Now there is a terrible war raging in Europe. Germany and Austria-Hungary, now Turkey has entered into the fray against Serbia, Belgium, Russia, England and France. Over two million men have been killed, 40,000 Austrians killed within a few hours of battle. I read where they dug a trench four miles long and six feet wide to bury their dead, laying them three abreast.
There is not much snow as yet this winter, I had my family together here on Christmas Day with 47 being present and 6 unable to come. They about decided that my house is too small to accommodate the increasing family, saying we will have to hire the Fraternity Hall. We were all invited and went to Mapleton to my eldest son's house, C. O, Law, on the 30th of December. He has been building and remodeling and we had an abundance of room, with 51 in attendance.
Jan 1st - We enjoyed a nice party and get-together at the home of George Dallin. Today the 10th , I am at home recovering from a cold. There has been no rains this fall, making the ground dry and hard and frozen with a little snow, making very good sleighing. Ralph has been ill for the past four years - showing little improvement. He was promised by two Patriarchs and numerous Elders that he would recover and enjoy good health. 'Heavenly Father, speed the day!
Enjoyed a social at the home of George Noe, Sister Erdmans and Sister Hogans during the winter, The Relief Society holds meetings every week, 1st week - Teachers' reports, 2nd - Genealogical work, 3rd - Home Ethics, and 4th - Literary and social. When there is a 5th week, we visit the sick and aged.
Mother Goff Passed away on April 10th . Services were held in our ward meetinghouse with a very poor attendance, I am sorry to say, I have attended Sunday School and Sacrament meetings quite regularly. Ralph was examined by six more Dr.s in August, then was admitted to the L.D.S.. hospital.
Will Ostler offered to go with him for which I am thankful. The Drs. took X-Rays of him but could find nothing wrong in the small intestines, as had been previously diagnosed. They wanted to operate but he would not consent until he had a consultation with his wife and relatives. He was very weak and had lost nearly half his weight in his four years of illness. He then called Patriarch Hill to see what blessing the Lord had for him in this crisis and he received a wonderful blessing. Among other things, he said, "You will be healed by the power of God and not of man". This blessing decided him against surgery. He and his family have gone to the mountains with Alfred Aug. 20th and reports are that he is improving.
A terrible tragedy occurred on the East bench, a burglar entered the home of T. E, Child, Sr. and shot his son Eddie in the breast through the right lung, the bullet lodging in his back. He raised up in bed and asked the burglar what he wanted and was shot for his answer. He was taken to the Provo Hospital where the bullet was removed. He was healed by the power of God through the administration of Elders Arthur Southwick and Bishop Albert Manwaring, He is a walking miracle.
The war is still raging in Europe after a year of fighting. Millions of men have been killed and wounded with the end still not in sight. The nights of Sept, 2nd and 3rd gave us the first rain we have had in nearly four months - it rained all night.
June 12th - I, along with Amelia and Ralph, went to the Manti Temple, returning on the 17th . We accomplished a good work for the dead having been baptized for 45 souls, as well as doing endowments and sealings. At this time Amelia received her endowments and was sealed to a good man who was deceased, which was my main object in going. On the 25th of June Alta Law Clyde gave birth to my 6th great-grand child, Reese Clyde being the father.
On the 27th I went with the Old Folks to Salt Lake City on the Orem, to the Tabemacle grounds, aged people having been invited from Brigham City to Payson as guests of Salt Lake City. About 6,000 people were in attendance. The gates were locked to keep the public out until 2:00 P. M. for the program in the Tabernacle. Bishop Nibley conducted the exercises. The Rev. Simkin gave the invocation, J. J. McClellan was at the organ. I was delighted to hear him play the grandest organ in all the world. The Old Folks choir sang with Brother McClellan accompanying at the organ and old veteran George Careless on the violin. Horace S. Ensign sang a solo. Emma Lucy Gates sang "O Ye Mountains High" with the audience joining in the chorus. Short talks were also given by Governor Spry, Mayor Mont Perry and President Joseph F. Smith. President does not like and strongly objects to the word "Old". He says, "We are aged but not old as our spirits are young".
I was very much impressed with the uniformed Silver Band from the reform school at Ogden. The boys seemingly ranged in age from 11 or 12 to 17. They played beautifully, The First Presidency, especially President Smith sang vigorously with the audience. The President, in his remarks, alluded to the tragedy 72 years previously enacted at Carthage Jail, Those who crossed the plains with ox team: were requested to stand, which a great number responded along with the President. He drove all the way across without one accident, although only a boy of nine years. They then called for those who came with horses and mules, with a far less number arising, They then called for handcart veterans and there were only a few. President Penrose pronounced the benediction. We were weary upon returning home but enjoyed a most wonderful time.
This was the last entry that Grandmother Elizabeth Bobock Weight in her journal, She passed on September 12, 1916, at age 79 and was buried in the City Cemetery at Springville, Utah County, Utah. May her memory live on forever.
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