First page of notebook.
Tuesday 13 July 1897.
Started at 5 p.m. Took with me my little son, Walter to undergo an operation
for Lithotomy also his sister, Eva accompanied us. We camped [at] Leeds for
the night. David and Lewis was also with us.
Wednesday 14th July.
As I passed Peter Anderson's arranged for peaches to be sent to the Jubilee,
nooned at Bellevue . It rained hard during afternoon. We camped at Bp. Ferd's
Nooned at Cedar City, took dinner with John S. Woodbury Jr., camped at Rush
My son, Walter had a bad night, suffered much. Found a cow and yearling here.
Bro. Ward gave me 20 dollars and is to pay me the balance of what she will
bring on my return from the City. Nooned on Ridge and reached Minersville
at 4 p.m. Stopped at Jas. McKnight.
Left my team and buggy at Minersville and we rode over to Milford with the
boys where we arrived at 12 m stopped at Smithson House. Took sleeper to
the City. My expenses at latter place was $4.00.
Arrived in City at 10:30 a.m. Was met by my wife [Willie] and Josephine and
other relatives. In afternoon attended meeting of Mutual Improvement Conference
and in evening I took my son, Walter to office of Dr. Bascom who subjected
the boy to a physical examination to locate the stone. He decided it to be
necessary to send him to Hospital next day at 10 a.m., the boy to be put
in Woman's Ward. Operation to be made and ten dollars a week paid by Dr.
Bascom, all to be, cost not to exceed two hundred dollars.
At 10 a.m. my daughter Eva and myself took Walter to the Hospital. It was
decided that he must be left for treatment a few days, but that neither of
us could be with him. This is a great trial to me. The Boy is brave. I
telegraphed my wife, Rhoda, that examination would take place today and that
I would write tomorrow.
Was out to see the semi-cen. com. about the young lady who was to represent
our Co. at the Tabernacle today. Was at the unveiling of the Pioneer Monument.
In the afternoon went to the Hospital and seen my poor suffering boy. The
Dr. has decided to perform the operation tomorrow. Took dinner at George
Lambert's, administered to Sister Dwire.
Went to the Hospital at 8:30 a.m. Bro. Jas G. Bleak, George C. Lambert, and
my Bro. Angus M. were with me. I went into the ward where Walter was, found
him courageous. The nurse took him into her arms and carried him to the operating
room. It seems the most severe trial to me. In a short time the Dr. sent
for me to look at the stone they had taken from his bladder--1 1/4 inches
long, 1 inch wide and 3/4 of an inch thick. The Boy is resting easily. In
evening viewed the City. Telegraphed to Rhoda; administered to Sister Dwire.
Telephoned the Hospital. Boy rested well last night and is doing nicely.
Telegraphed Rhoda. Witnessed the parade. Went to the Hospital, Angus accompanied
me. Took in parade tonight at Chus office.
Telegraphed David to meet D.H. Morris and folks on morning of 31st. Telephoned
to Hospital. Boy rested well and progressing nicely. Went to see Walter at
Hospital. Went to Saltair . Willie, Eva, and Josephine were there. Cars so
crowded that we had to stand up all the way home. Wrote to Rhoda, administered
to Sister Dwyre.
The day was warm. I wrote to Bp. Knell. Went to the Bank and witnessed the
procession. In the evening went to Mine's to witness fireworks on Arsnel
Hill. Night was warm. Went and administered to Claud Dodge.
Went and administered to Claud Dodge, then Angus M. Cannon Jr. accompanied
me to the Hospital. I opened the meeting at the Tabernacle by prayer. Jos.
F. Smith preached. We, Angus and myself went to Bro. George Q.'s. We attended
meeting at the Cannon Ward. I spoke to the Saints and administered to Preston.
Monday 26 July.
Received a note from Edward Dodge asking me to come and administer to his
son. Angus and myself done so. I bought shafts. We then went to his office.
In the afternoon I went and bought wire for M.L. McAllister. Took supper
with John Beers, was at the Hospital, my son is better. Shopped--Wallpaper.
Went to the Prest Office. They said I had better stop and take the boy home
with me. I went to the store got 3 sks shugar, 3 boxes soap, 1 gross bottles
(half qts, half 2 qts). Called at Hospital, they have taken the drain out
of his bladder. They instructed the nurse to give the boy all he wants to
eat, only they direct what it is to be. I got pass over the R.G.W. Railroad
to Point, left the City at 5 p.m., visited Angus's vineyard, where I met
him. Ambrose Mason drove us to Bp. Mousley's where we got supper and stopped
Ambrose Mason came to Lewis Mousley's and got us and drove us to the Point.
I went to flag the train, it would not stop. I walked up to Bro. Turner's.
He was not at home, walked back to Ambrose's, he drove me to Murray where
I took street car and reached the City at 3:30 p.m. I went to the Hospital,
found Walter improving, called upon Dr. Bascom, he does not want the boy
to go home until he says the time is right.
Called at Prest. Woodruff office. They arranged to give me two hundred dollars
to pay the Dr. Telegraphed home. Walter slept well and is cheerful. Dinner
at Bro. Angus's. Went to Hospital, paid Co-op for things, took supper at
Lewis's and Mame's, met Lucas Hoagland, went home and slept at Uncle Geo.
Q. Cannon's. It rained a little as Mary Alice drove us, Bro. George Q. and
myself, over to his house. The day has been warm. Telegraphed home.
I accompanied Bro. Geo. Q. to Prest. Woodruff's house. He is very poorly.
Got to the office at 9:30 a.m. Bro. Jack gave me two hundred dollars cash.
I went to the Hospital and took my daughters. In the evening at 6 they started
home. I felt sorry to see them go. I wrote to David and sent it by Eva.
I wrote to Josephine and Bp. Knell. Took dinner at Amanda's. Went to the
Hospital. Walter is doing well. I called upon Dr. Bascom and paid him two
hundred dollars cash. He tried to get out of the treatment at the Hospital,
but finally said he would pay his own bills.
Sunday 1st August 1897
Fast day. I was at Aunt Sarah M. Cannon's in the forenoon. At 2 p.m. went
to the Hospital. My son is out today for the first time since the operation
in an invalid chair being wheeled about the building. Ann M., Leonora, and
Charles M. all accompanied me. In the evening I went to the 13th Ward meeting
to attend their conference. I spoke to them 3/4 of an hour. Day has been
Monday 2d Aug 1897
Went out [to] Abraham's farm. Mina and Amanda in one buggy and Willie and
myself in the other . On my return I went to the Hospital, found my son in
a chair at the door waiting for me to come. He is cheerful and doing well.
I telegraphed to Rhoda, got a dispatch from David, all well, they reached
Cedar City yesterday.
I wrote to Mina, my daughter, and Frank also to E.H. Snow. Dinner at Amanda's.
At 2 p.m. Angus and myself went to the Hospital found Walter at the door
sitting in a perambulating chair. He is improving nicely. Called at Chas
M. Cannon's office.
I wrote to Prest. McArthur. At 2 p.m. went to the hospital, found Walter
well-pleased to see me. In afternoon Sister Neglie called upon me. I got
to fill appointment to meet Cannon Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. Returned
to Angus M. Cannon's to sleep.
Telephoned to Hospital to my son. He had a good night, is doing well. Went
to the Prest Office. Prest. Woodruff is better and improving. Went to the
Hospital, spent an hour with him, he is doing well. At supper with Mina.
Bro. George Q. and Angus was there. Had a good time.
At 10 a.m. I attended the High Council Meeting of the Salt Lake Stake, Apostles
Young, Lyman and Grant had brought Moses Thatcher before the council to answer
to the charge of apostasy. The council took a recess until 2 p.m. After dinner
I went to the Hospital and at 3 p.m. to the council meeting, which was held
in Prest. Young's school house. I took supper at Sarah's and in evening came
to Clarence's where Amanda and Willie had preceded us. Angus and myself slept
at John M.'s. I started a letter to Rhoda but did not finish it. It rained
Came to the City from John M. Cannon's. Telephoned to Hospital to know about
Walter. He is doing well. I wrote to Rhoda. Attended Stake priesthood meeting.
Went to the Hospital, Willie accompanied me. At 3 p.m. went to the High Council.
Moses Thatcher occupied most of the time in making his defense. Council adjourned
to meet at 10 a.m. Monday. I received a letter from Rhoda today, Eva got
home on Tuesday. Bro. Lyman and myself made a programme for to visit our
Went to Herriman [with] Jos. F. Smith, Pres. A.M.C. and J.E.T. to organize
a ward. The priesthood meeting was convened at which the name of the man
appointed by the High Council and approved by First Presidency [was presented].
One man said he did not approve of the man. No one knew anything against
him but had heard things against him. Bro. Smith asked them if they could
not overlook this; if they could not forgive him. They said they could not
do so. The[y] voted 21 in favor, 4 votes against, 8 did not vote at all.
Bro Smith asked to make it unanimous, there was but one vote to do so. He
then asked them if they would rather have a Branch organized, all voted that
they would. It was decided to give them such organization. In the afternoon
I spoke 1st, J.E. Taylor 2d, A.M.C. 3d, and Jos. F. Smith finished and a
Priest was appointed to preside. The priesthood of the ward was suspended.
In the evening I spoke at the 14[th] Ward meeting to a good house.
10 a.m. Thatcher's trial opened again. My son still improves. I telegraphed
to Rhoda and Jas. G. Bleak and also wrote to Bro. Bleak and sent 1/2 rate
to his son for to go to Provo. Thatcher's trial resumed at 2 p.m. At the
close of the session I went to Moses and asked him now as the evidence is
in--throw himself into the hands of the council and abide their decision.
He answered me, "No, Joseph Smith, nor Jesus never done that and Moses Thatcher
would not". I went to medhospital and at 6 p.m. Angus and myself took the
cars to see Aunt Elizabeth Mousley and her daughter.
I telephoned to the Hospital. The boy is doing well. Attended Thatcher's
trial at 10 a.m. At 1 p.m. council adjourned till 5 p.m. I went to the hospital
and to Dr. Bascom's. The boy comes out tomorrow. Called upon my sister, Mrs.
Lambert. I wrote to Prest McArthur and sent programme of Bro. Lyman's visit
to the settlements of our stake in Sept. next. At 5 p.m. went to the High
Council meeting, continued 7:30 p.m. Evidence was all in; cross examination.
Adjourned to 9 a.m. tomorrow.
Wednesday 11th Aug 1887.
Went to the Hospital at 9:30 a.m. and the Dr. dressed the wound on my son.
I had Willie with me to see how it was done. We brought Walter home. Went
to the High Council at 10:10 a.m. they took a recess until 5 p.m. at which
time the council met and completed the speaking and rebuttal speaking, then
they adjourned until 9 a.m. tomorrow. At 7:30 I attended and spoke to an
At 9 a.m. was at the High Council of the Salt Lake Stake, Moses Thatcher
completely surrendered his position and acknowledged his faults and asked
his Brethren to forgive him and acknowledged that the Apostles who brought
the charge against him had done so purely for his soul's salvation and that
he was willing for the First Presidency and the Apostles to assist in making
the decision, and that no degradation would be too great for him as salvation
was what he wanted. Decision to be rendered at 10 a.m. tomorrow. In afternoon
I went and had one of my front teeth pulled and cleaned and put back in again.
It is very sore.
Got Aunt Willie and Mary to go to the Hospital with Walter. I attended trial
of Bro. Thatcher. The decision was that the charge was sustained and that
Bro. Moses was to make acknowledgements and have them published. He took
30 days in which to conform to the decision. I took Walter and Willie with
me to Saltair. I bathed in the Lake for the first time in my life. Chas M.
invited us all to go, my Bro. Angus and Amanda were also there. Walter ate
more than he had eat for a week. We came home at 8 p.m.
I wrote to my wife, Rhoda, and to Bp. Knell, also to my son, Angus at Sterling,
Montgomery Co. Nev. I was shown the letter written by Prest. Woodruff to
the King and Queen of Norway and to be put into the onyx box which contains
Book of Mormon. The book is bound in white. The box is the [most] beautiful
thing I ever looked at and was made from Utah onyx and by a Utah artist,
has a pure gold plate on the front with inscription telling that the box
and contents were gotten up and sent to his Majesty on the anniversary, 25
years, of his reign by the Scandinavians of Utah. Prest. Woodruff's letter
was written last night at 12 o'clock and contains his blessing to the King
At 10 a.m. I took my son to St. Marks Hospital. At 2 p.m. attended meeting
in the large Tabernacle and spoke to the people for 35 minutes. At 6:30 attended
16[th] Ward conference, after the authorities were presented I spoke to the
people a short time.
At the President's office and wrote to my son, David, came back to my Bro.
Angus' office and wrote to my son, Angus. After dinner went to the Prest.
office and drew 75 dollars in coupons on the ---- T.O. Bp. N.A. Empey called
upon me and asked me to use my influence to have his Bro. Chas Empey of St.
George --- one of his other Brothers. The folks went to American Fork. Amanda
A., Mary and ------ and Angus, the latter on business, the former on pleasure
Took my little son to the Barber's and had his hair cut, then went to the
hospital. Called at Prest office. Angus got back from American Fork, had
At Angus's office. I wrote to Lewis R., also to D.H.C. Jr. at Prest's office.
I presented the name of Hyrum Jones as 2d councilor to Bp. F.O. Holt of Gunlock
Ward in St. George Stake. They were approved. Edw. Lewis-1st councilor. I
wrote to Prests McArthur and Snow. Went to Bro George Q's, took supper. Willie
and Walter accompanied me. Took Walter to hospital on this morning.
At Prest office, then got pants at Co-op. Took Willie to Dr. Wilcox's, he
examined her and prescribed for her--paid 5 dollars and furnished spray.
Went to Saltair and took Willie and Walter.
Went to Hospital, Dr. says boy could not do better than he is. Went to Prest's
office and Co-op store. Got tickets to American Fork, took train at 6 p.m.
Angus got on train at Lehi Junction. Slept at Ed Robinson's, Willie and Walter
with me. Got a letter from Eva giving account of baby's birth .
Took breakfast at Ed's, went down to creamery where they turn out about 200
lbs of butter per day. Took dinner at Edward's. At 2 p.m. went to meeting
and addressed the people 3/4 an hour. After meeting a number of people called
in to see us. Mrs. Hindley and Joseph Birch and others. At 5 p.m. I went
to the funeral of Sister Thornton Taylor and spoke to the Saints for a short
time. Slept at Ed's where we were treated kindly.
Monday 23rd Aug 1897
Took train at 8:20 for Salt Lake. Came up to the Prest. office. At 2 p.m.
called upon Sister Buchanan and at 3 p.m. telegraphed E.B. Snow. At 4 p.m.
went to John Q. Cannon's to dinner, Angus and wife accompanied us.
At Prest. office. I wrote to L.E. Moench at Ogden. At 2 p.m. attended and
spoke at the funeral of Archie Buchanan Jr. Went to the cemetery and at 7:30
p.m. went to the Cannon Ward to attend a farewell party to be given to Bro.
Meyer who is going on a mission to the Southern States.
Wednesday 25 Aug 1897
Went to A.M.C.'s office and wrote to my daughter, Mina. Prest's telephoned
for me. I went up and had lunch. They gave a recommend to J.F. Johnson to
have second anointing. I telegraphed Bro. Bleak, got word from home. Spent
evening at George Scott's.
At 8 a.m. we went to Ogden to attend the birthday celebration of Richard
Ballantyne. We were met at depot by Prof. Moench with carriages. Went to
the Leaster Park. I offered the opening prayer and spoke during the day to
the people. Called upon Mattie Cannon, took dinner with Prof. Moench, came
home at 7 p.m., went to the Arcade Restaurant had oysters and beer.
Went to Angus's office, wrote to Mina , and Nora and Eva. Went to the Prest's
office and got bill of pipe sent to Temple 11th May '97. Bill of pipe delivered
at Milford 21st. Telegraphed to Bleak. Went to see Dr. Bascom, then went
got my watch. Sent telegram to David asking him what time he could have team
at Milford for me when I would send the word. Went and took supper at F.B.
Woodbury, had ice cream, one of my front teeth come out while eating.
Went to telegraph office got a dispatch from David H. Jr., he said he could
send in four days. I wrote to Bp. Knell told him I would hold meeting at
their place on Sunday 5th Sept. I telegraphed David to meet me on Thursday
night and Angus, Aunt Amanda, Willie, Walter, and myself took supper at John
Beerses. Came home at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday 29th Aug 1897
Attended funeral of Parley P. Pratt at the 18th Ward chapel. The opening
remarks were by A.M.C. followed by Pres. J.F. Smith who read 11 chap book
of Alma and made remarks in praise of the dead and said he had no doubt about
the future of the deceased. At 2 p.m. attended meeting in Salt Lake Tabernacle
and in the evening 21st Ward meeting. I spoke to people 30 minutes.
I called at Prest. office. They ordered 4 hundred lbs wire sent Milford and
staples to put it up, also got $150.00 on the Parowan Stake for the Temple.
In the afternoon called upon Dr. Bascom and gave him money to get me a (sound
or second or ?) to operate on my son, Walter. Go to Aunt Clara's to take
supper and spend the evening. I wrote to George Worthen informing him of
his mother's death which occurred last night.
Tuesday 31st August 1897.
I went to Prest. office to see W.W. Woodruff. Went over to West Jordan and
seen Maritz and her children. Got my teeth fixed and went to Liberty Park.
Most of my Bro. Angus's family were there. We had a good time.
Wednesday 1st September
Went to Prest's office. Prest Woodruff gave me account of his visits from
Prest. Smith and Young. Went to the Dr. with the boy, got teeth from Charles.
Thursday 2d Sept 1897
Called at Chas M. Cannon's office. Went to the Prest's office and bid them
good by. Come down to the Cullen Hotel, seen Bp. Jas. Andrus. Angus and myself
called at Railroad office. Burley gave me a clergy's half-rate permit annual.
Will take the cars at 6 p.m.. Took sleeper to Milford.
Friday 3d Sept '97
David met us this morning at Milford. Came over to Minersville, took dinner
with Bp. McKnight. Paid him $5.95 for taking care of horses. Drove to Rush
Lake where we arrived at 6 p.m. The day has been delightful for driving.
Saturday 4 Sept. '97
Stopped at Bro. Ward's all night, had supper and stopped all night and breakfast
this morning. Would not take pay. Started at 8 a.m. Stopped an hour for noon
and gave horses oats, reached Pinto at 4 p.m. found the folks all well at
Note at end of book:
Jas Andrus Jr. was baptized on 15th Oct 1868, confirmed the same day. Laura
A. Andrus Jr. same day as also David H. Cannon Jr. Bp. Robt. Gardner officiating.