the "Day Book" of John Bartholomew, borrowed from his daughter,
Mary Elizabeth Bartholomew Stewart, and copied starting February 16, 1961.
Fayette, April 21, 1879.
As I had not kept my day book as I had designed, and as I have not made
any entries of passing events for more than six months, I will not be
able to give dates, but will have to relate, to the best of my memory,
some of the most important things that have taken place in my life, and
some of the most serious sicknesses that we have passed through during
About the middle of October last, John Edward, our oldest son, was taken
with a severe illness which was called pneumonia, or spasmodic croup or
something of the kind, that effected his breathing organs so much that
he could hardly get his breath. It was only through faith and prayers
that he recovered. When John had gotten some better, William was taken
with the same illness, which terminated in his death about 24 hours later.
This was on the 24th of October, 1878. It was a sad time for us. Eliza
had been confined with our little Alma on the tenth of the month and had
not gotten strong yet, which made it worse for her than it would have
We have had sickness off and on every since. Eliza had very bad breasts
in February, and as soon as she commenced to get better, Sarah was taken
with a fever that was very severe. As she commenced to get better, Alma
was taken with the same disease, and he was very bad. Thank the Lord they
have gotten better, and at present, we have little to complain of.
Last winter was dry and cold. Very little snow fell in the mountains,
so that there is a scarcity of water this summer.
Spring opened up in the latter part of Feb. and the month of March was
like April. Now, in the late part of April, we are experiencing some windy,
cold, snowy weather with some sharp frosts. It is feared that the fruit
crop will be taken as the trees are out in full bloom. It commenced to
snow last night and continued intermittently to the present time.
The corner stones of the Mantai Temple were laid on the 14th of this
month of April 1879, at noon. Nine of the Quorum of the Twelve were present.
President John Taylor conducted the Services. There was a shower of rain
that passed over just before the services began and at the close, a blistery
wind with a rainstorm came down. My brother Joseph, with his wife and
children, our son, John, and I, were there. We came home after the meeting
to find that the Bown family had lost their little girl. She died at 4:00
P.M. She took ill Saturday evening, was better Sunday-playing about the
house until along in the afternoon. She suddenly grew worse until her
death at 4:00 P.M., Sunday, 14th of April. The funeral was held in our
Meeting House at 2:00 P.M. on the 16th of April.
I went out to hunt up some cattle for tithing and a cow for Newton Hill.
The wind blew from the north and was very cold. Frost fell that night.
I worked the forenoon on a yoke; in the afternoon I took some Tithing
Stock to Gunnison. The weather was milder today.
I worked about home today, also did some work on Albert Gay's grave. Fine
In the forenoon I made a clothes horse. In the afternoon-rode the range.
Sunday. I attended the meetings-Priesthood and Y.M., .I.A. fine weather.
I went to Twelve Mile Canyon to get some log poles that I had left there
last fall. I came back as far as Mayfield and stopped there for the night
with James Cooper.
In coming down the dugway at Mayfield, the wagon got the start of the
horses and together they rolled over the side to the bottom against a
fence. The neck yoke crowded one of the horses against the fence, so that
it was with difficulty that the breast strap could be unhooked. However,
with the help of a young man who came up at the time, we got the horse
loose and no damage was done except to the neck yoke.
James Cooper helped me unload and we got the wagon out before breakfast.
I came on home.
I crossed the River to look for an old family cow. Did not find her. Fine
May 1st (Thursday)
Today is Fast Day. I attended the meeting.
Today I worked about home.
Worked at home watering a little.
I expect most of the fruit is killed. It froze the last two or three nights.
Sunday, Wm. Bown Jr. and I attended the meeting across the river in the
Third District. We talked to the people on the duties of our every day
lives. A quiet Spirit prevailed, during the meeting.
I started with two yoke of cattle for Manti Canyon to get my logs from
there and then take them to the mill to be sawed into lumber. I found
part of those I had cut had been taken. I got the rest of them sawed and
came down by way of the old Mountain Road and camped the night of the
8th, with my load of lumber.
Came home today. Very windy with the wind coming from the south.
I unloaded lambs and tended to some other chores around the home. Very
Sunday the wind came from the north. This morning it brought a storm-rain
and snow which lasted until about 10 A.M.. and cleared up this evening.
I attended Morning Council and Y.M.M.I. At meetings. The snow covered
the mountains close around, but now at 6:00 P.M. it has disappeared.
Last night was very cold with a sharp frost. The leaves were quite stiff,
and the frost white on the ground. Today, John James, and myself, with
others of a committee, are going to locate a place for a bridge across
the river between here and the other side of the settlement.
From May 12th to June 5, I have been engaged in various occupations during
that time. I have made two trips to Manti Canyon for lumber, staying about
a week each time. I attended Stake conference there on the 17th and 18th
of May. We also made one trip to the grist mill and brought home with
me part of a load of lumber. We sheared the May sheep besides doing many
other things; such as watering in the field and garden.
The weather has been very windy and we have had some hard frosts during
the time. However, the weather is warm enough at present with quite a
wind. It looks like it might storm.
My oldest son and I, went to Bald Mountain to get some timber for the
dam that is to be made in the Sevier River. We got most of our load out
today where we could load it on the wagon. It's been very windy today.
We loaded half the timber; took it up the steep part, then came back for
the rest. We came along alright until we got to a little above the second
lime kiln, when one of the tires came off. It was with some difficulty
that we got the wheel raised and the tire back on. We reached home about
sunset with a cold north wind blowing.
Frost fell last night. It being Sunday, I attended Sabbath School in the
morning, Meeting, Council and Y.M.,. I. A. in the afternoon. There seems
to be quite a slackness with the people in regard to their religious duties.
I took the timbers to the river, which is west of Gunnison. It has been
very warm today.
We commenced to build a log pig pen, the material for which I had gathered
together before. Cloudy and warm.
We continued work on the pig pen. John helped me, and we got it so far
completed, that we were able to put the pigs in it. It's been cloudy and
windy with a sprinkle of rain this afternoon. A few clasps of thunder
were heard, which are the first in these parts this season. It looks like
we might have a rainstorm yet!
I worked at my stable, putting on the poles. It rained and hailed in the
afternoon. In the afternoon I did some work on the lot and cleaned out
the ditch in front of the house.
Joseph Jr. and I, went up to the farm. We also explored the right-hand
fork of Cole Creek Canyon to see if timber could be gotten from there.
The route is very rocky and rough; not practicable for a road.
I worked on the lot in the forenoon. In the afternoon, I drove to Gunnison
to get some things out of the store. Warm weather.
Sunday. A fine morning. I attended the Sunday School Meeting and Council.
John Mellor and John James addressed the congregation, after which I presented
two recommendations which were accepted by a vote of the people. We also
appointed a superintendent and other officers for our Sunday School.
Joseph Jr. and I, went up to Bald Mountain to cut ties for the railroad.
We worked in the canyon until the 20th, when we came home bringing with
us a load of cedar.
I ploughed Joseph's potatoes, while he went after my horses.
Sunday I attended meeting over the river. This was in the morning, then
visited some of the people in the afternoon-the weather has been very
changeable -cold, hot, windy.
I helped to take stock in the store. There was a wind from the north today.
Joseph Jr. and I have been calculating to start for the Rail Road.
Joseph and I got started for the R. R. this morning about 9:00 o'clock.
We camped for the night below Suckertown, in the hills.
We continued our journey. The road was very rough and we got stuck in
the river. S. fuller helped us out. We arrived at the Fayette Camp about
11:00 A.M. and commenced work in the afternoon. We continued to work with
the team and Scraper until noon of July 17th, when we started for home,
going by the way of the Suckerville Dam. On the 18th of July we arrived
home to find the folks all well except Alma, who had the canker very bad.
The weather during this time was extremely hot, dry and windy with a small
shower last night, being the only one we have had for a long time.
When I came home I discovered that the people had chosen me as one of
a committee to make arrangements for the coming 24th of July Celebration.
This I assisted in carrying out. Our celebration was a success.
In the meantime, I cleared the garden of weeds which had gotten quite
a start. We next got up our hay. It was not more than a third of the crop
this year on account of the grasshoppers and the drought. The hoppers
have taken most of the grain in this place, but have not damaged our garden
crops. The frosty weather in May took all of the fruit except the wild
currants, and even a part of them were taken. So, we are out short in
our supplies here. In most of Sanpete and Sevier counties, the crops are
tolerable good, but in other places, the water has entirely failed. At
our farm there has been no water this season. In some other places in
the north the hoppers have taken the crops, so that according to the reports,
there will be little more than a half-crop of grain throughout the Territory
There are some showers of rain passing around in the mountains but very
little in the valley. I was in Manti Canyon last week and got a load of
At our election on August 4th, we experienced something that we never
had before in this precinct; that was voting for more than one candidate
for an office! There were three for the office of Magistrate, which caused
considerable confusion and quite a bad feeling among the people.
Sister Emmeline B. Wells and her daughter, Sister Howard, of Salt Lake,
together with Sister Hyde, President of the Relief society of Sanpete
Stake, held a 10:00 A.M. meeting at Gunnison and a 4:00 P.M. meeting in
Fayette. I took a wagonload of sisters over to Gunnison. We got there
after the meeting had commenced. Their mission is to organize the children
from the ages of four to fourteen into a Primary Association. Thus was
good advice given not only to the old, but to the young.
Sister Hyde returned to Gunnison after the meeting, but the rest of
the party stayed with us. Joseph Bartholomew Jr. took them, this morning,
to the station at Juab where they were to take the train for home in the
We had a hurricane wind from the west about 4:00 P.M., which was the
hardest we have had this season.
Today it has been somewhat cloudy with a little sprinkling of rain.
I prepared to go to Stake Conference. Put up a grist to take to the mill.
I started for Ephraim in the company of John Mellor. We stopped at Manti
and partook of the hospitalities of Brother George Bench.
We arrived at Ephraim in time for the first meeting that commenced at
10:00 A.M. There were excellent meetings throughout the conference. Elders
E. Snow and Joseph Fielding Smith were present and occupied most of the
time during the conference. Their instructions were particularly to the
Saints in regard to the many evils that are growing in our midst: drunkenness,
swearing, adultery, and other evils. They also gave instruction on the
order of marriage. The usual conference business was attended to Saturday
16th, at half past five. The Young Men and Young Women held their Conference
conjointly. Junius Wells was present and gave some excellent instruction
regarding improvement among the young. The weather continues to be dry
with the same wind and the nights a little cooler.
We came home and I have been working there for the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.
I hauled rock for the dam now being put in the river.
Sunday, I attended the meeting and council, occupying considerable time
talking to the people.
Aug. 25th & 26th
Worked at cutting oats at the pond.
Aug. 26th to Sept. 29th
The weather has been very dry; somewhat windy, with some frosty nights,
but most of the time, warm enough. No rain. After gathering what little
oats we had-for the hoppers had eaten all the wheat-Joseph and I went
up the river to hunt for Buffalo berries. We found them very scarce and
the few we found were small.
I have made one trip to Manti Canyon and one to Manti for the "sleepers"
(beams) to the Tithing Granary. I took some wheat to the mill both times.
We sheared the sheep; hauled two loads of wood; Hauled rock for the Tithing
Cellar one day; Hauled in the fence from the field; and attended to such
chores and work as had to be done around home.
Uncle George M. Bartholomew came from Iowa on a visit, arriving on the
21st. He is still here, intending to return soon after October conference.
His visit is a welcome one. Eliza and I are planning to start for conference
on the 1st or 2nd of Oct.
Eliza and I started for Salt Lake City to attend the Semi-annual Conference.
We took our wool to trade at the Provo Factory. Wool being low in price,
we got $191.00 in cloth and $17.00 in cash. We had a very good conference.
Much of the Spirit was good and was enjoyed. It continued until noon of
the 8th of October. We left the city on the 9th. Eliza came home on the
pass to Juab Station. I reached home the same day.
A man ran into our wagon and damaged it on the way down at Sandy. His
name was Ned Darling. Through the intercession of Bp.Cutler and the Municipal
Authorities of Lehi, he is going to pay for it.
Since my return, I have been on a deer hunt with father, Joseph and
J. E. Mellor~ I hauled some wood to the mill and attended to chores around
the house such as: putting a partition between the "buttry"
(pantry) and the little bedroom. We hauled some rock for the Tithing Granary.
Oct. 8th & 9th to Nov. 7th & 8th.
The weather has been fine until we got some snow, which soon went off.
About 7:00 this morning it commenced to snow and continued for three or
four hours making the roads very bad coming from Manti where I have been
to the mill.
Nov. 16th & 17th
Brother Joseph and I attended the Stake conference at Ephraim. William
Bown Jr. was with us to represent the Y. M., I. A., which held its conference
on the evening of the 6th. The meetings were excellent throughout the
Conference. President John Taylor, with Elders Pratt, Young and Smith
of the Twelve were present and occupied most of the time. We stopped with
President Beal, where we were treated very kindly. The weather was stormy
some of the time, which made the roads quite muddy.
Since that time, I have been working at home; hauling wood, making a
stable, hauling straw from the farm, working at the head of the spring
and have made two coffins. There have been two deaths-one, a boy of five
or six years of age, of Diphtheria, a son of Frank Hill. The other was
an infant belonging to the Lorenzo Wilson family. It died soon after birth.
There is diphtheria in the Hill, Palmer and Fausley families but they
are getting better.
The weather has been stormy off and on for several days. It commenced
to snow about 7:00 A.M. and continued all day. It looks like more tonight.
The rain and snow that fell today have made the roads very muddy.
Dec. 3rd, 1979
It has been stormy up to the present time.
Considerable snow has fallen in the mountain-more than there was last
winter and at present, the prospect is that there will be enough water
I have been working at home building a stable, made a work bench, hauled
some wood and did chores around the house. Yesterday I went to Gunnison
to make arrangements for hay to feed the Church stock that I expect on
We attended a meeting-the first held in the Relief Society Hall, a portion
of which is now finished. I was called on to speak on this occasion. The
spirit of the Lord was felt and we all rejoiced. Bp. Madsen, J. Hansen,
John E. Metcalf and Sister Copley, with myself, were the speakers.
By invitation, Eliza and I attended a Dancing Party of the Relief society
at Gunnison in commemoration of the completion of a portion of the Relief
Society Hall. It was crowded to its uttermost capacity. They served a
very sumptuous supper in the evening.
I butchered two hogs. Joseph and father helped.
We killed a beef.
I worked on James Mellor's house, having first started it on the 17th
of this month.
Worked on J. Mellor's house in the forenoon. At 2:00 P.M. We held our
annual ;meeting of the Co-op Store. A dividend of $275 per share was decided
A wind has blown all day from the south. It continues with a sprinkling
of for all or most of the night.
Sunday. This morning the wind changed to the north, bringing with it a
brisk storm of snow, which fell from an inch and a half to two inches.
I had a severe attack of toothache while at meeting this morning, which
compelled me to leave the meeting before it was out. It continued to storm
in the mountains. My tooth continued to ache so hard that I drove the
buggy to Gunnison and got it pulled. I left there about 9:00 P.M.
Worked on James Mellor's house dressing door and window lacings. Windy
and cold today. Snowing tonight.
It snowed and blew all night and all of today. It's been very cold. I
worked on J. Mellor's house.
I worked on J. Mellor's house for a half day. We had a dance tonight.
Christmas Eve passed off very quietly.
Worked one half-day on the house. The weather is very cold.
I worked on James Mellor's house. Cold Weather.
Worked on J. Mellor's house. It commenced to snow this morning continued
through the day and sleeted all night.
Sunday, It snowed and sleeted through the day and looks as though it would
continue. The snow has settled down to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. It is
It froze a little last night and commenced to snow again.
Dec. 30th The weather has remained cold most of the time from the 29th
of Dec. to the 9th of Jan (1880). I have been working on J. Mellor's house
some of the time.
Jan 3rd . 1880
We went to the sheep herd over the Sevier into Sage Valley and came home
late, to find Elders J. Waisham, W. S. Snow , Wm. Anderson and L. Tuttle,
home missionaries at my house with an appointment for a meeting at 6:30;.
I attended to the team, ate supper and went with them to the meeting,
being late. The people were all waiting. The meeting was addressed by
Snow and Waisham. A good Spirit prevailed.
Elder Waisham and Tuttle went to Gunnison to fill an appointment at 11:00
A.M. Snow and Anderson stopped to preach to us. A very good Spirit prevailed
again, and throughout the meeting. After the meeting I took them to Gunnison.
I attended the board meeting of the Fayette Irrigating Company at 2:00
P.M. at Hugh Reid's. Eliza and Sister Bown went with me. An appointment
was made to meet with the sisters on the West side of the River on the
following Monday; this, for the purpose of organizing the sisters into
I worked at J. Mellor's house.
Worked at my stable.
I worked a half-day at the stable and the other half on J. Mellor's house.
I worked at J. Mellor's house. It was warm in the day. Froze at night.
The weather has been very cold all of the time through January and February
up to the present time (Feb. 18th). The snow that fell, lay on the ground
except for some drifts to the depth of 12 inches or more.
I have been at home most of the time this winter. I labored on the Temple
at Manti a few days, and attended the Quarterly Conference at Ephraim,
which was quite interesting, considering the fact that there was no one
from the Twelve present. The Temple Building cooperation and other subjects
were treated upon. A great many cattle and sheep have died of hunger and
cold, and a great many more will die if this weather continues.
The weather has moderated and the snow started to melt. I have been working
on J. Mellor's house-dressing the flooring.
The Y.M.'s and Y.L.'s Association had a theater here this evening. It
was a farce- "Toodles" with "No Rose without a Thorn."
The play went off very well, considering that the actors were all inexperienced
and the first attempt for most of them. I took the part of George Acorn
in the "Toodles" play.
The weather continues mild with the snow thawing.
Sunday I attended Meeting and spoke to the people, giving a synopsis
of our Stake Conference instructions. I also treated some of the things
pertaining to our Ward.
Worked in the shop at J. Mellor's house. The snow is still melting.
Fine weather, with the snow still melting. A conjoint Session of the Y.M.
& Y. L. Association was held this evening with the Young Ladies presiding.
The weather continues fine with the snow melting. I worked on the house
at my job.
I finished dressing the inch and a quarter flooring for James Mellor's
house. The snow has been melting fast. A wind from the south and west.
The wind got into the north last night and blew up a snowstorm-one of
the severest of the season. At 12 noon, it continues, drifting the snow
into deep drifts.
The weather turned cold for a few days.
I attended meeting today, it being Sunday.
I attended a meeting of the Trustees of the Fayette Irrigation District
at F.C. Gruntvig's home at 2:00 P.M. and later met with the Board of Directors
of the Fayette co-op. Store at my home.
Joseph and I each hauled a load of wood from the canyon. Very warm today.
There is some trouble in this place about people skinning cattle that
do not belong to them.
I have a very severe cold, so have done no work today, only attending
to a few chores.
Last night, the wind, which had been blowing most of the day from the
south, got into the north and blew up a snowstorm. It was not heavy, just
squally all day.
The weather still has a wintry appearance. I continued my labors on J.
Mellor's house-as much as the weather would permit; attending to other
chores such as hauling wood; attending Trustees Meeting. The weather has
There came quite a fall of snow with wind from the north, drifting the
snow into piles. This was followed by two or three of the coldest nights
we have had this winter.
Temperature moderated. Squally all day.
Mar. 23rd I worked on J. Mellor's house. Weather fine. The same for Mar.
I started for Juab Station with a load of hides for a Mr. Young, traveling
in the company of David Curtis of Willow Bend. We found the roads very
bad. The snow was melting fast with a south wind. The water ran in streams
all over the country. The ground thawing in places, making the roads heavy
with mud. It turned cold in the evening as the wind got into the north
and looked like storm. We camped for the night in Chicken Creek Bottoms.
There was only time to unhitch and get straightened up. When it started
to snow. The fall was around 2 inches.
We reached the station; did our business and came back to Cedar Ridge
where we camped for the night.
It froze some in the night. We reached home by noon. It was a fine day.
Sunday. I attended Sunday School and Meeting, speaking to the people on
their duties in living the gospel.
A fine day. Worked on J. Mellor's house until noon. It turned windy in
the afternoon and rather cold.
The Lundburgs worked on the Tithing Cellar. I worked on J. Mellor's house.
I hauled rock for the Tithing office in the forenoon and worked on J.
Mellor's house in the afternoon.
I worked on J. Mellor's house. It appears that a storm is brewing. It
I assisted the others in getting the "sleepers" (beams) in the
Tithing Granary and worked on J. Mellor's house. It was windy from the
south until night, when it got around into the northwest and brought up
a rainstorm. The wind blew very hard.
Since Apr. 2nd, the weather has been cold most of the time. The cold has
held the frost back so that the fruit trees have not come into bloom.
The prospect seems favorable for a good fruit year. Our grain is also
late, the first crop just beginning to come through. We finished our small
grain field at the farm on Apr. 30th, in the afternoon. Today I commenced
to haul manure onto the lot. John Mellor helped me.
Sunday. I attended Sunday School and Meeting, occupying a portion of the
time talking to the people of the duties on Fast Day, and the obedience
to the Priesthood of God on the earth. Also attended Teacher's Meeting
at half past 2:00 P.M.
The weather has varied between warm and cold during this month. Since
a frost on the 15th, and again on the 25th, it is now pleasant. The fruit
is not damaged very much yet. If the weather continues warm from now on,
the prospect seems favorable for a fair crop. The late frosts have nipped
most of the tender plants. My time has been occupied mostly with farming.
On the 15th and 16th of May, I attended Stake Conference in Ephraim.
On May 17th, sheep shearing commenced. We found our loss to be about 1/3
of the old stock and ½ of the wool. As near as we can tell at present,
our loss in stock is about 50 per cent. The health of the people is good
From May 29th to Aug 26th, I have been following the various labors pertaining
to farming, such as: watering, haying, and harvesting, finishing the latter
today at noon. I am THANKFUL that our harvest has been a fair one. Our
potatoes bid fair for a good crop, also our beans, melons, etc.
We have had a very dry season thus far. There has been no rain to amount
to anything since April. There has been considerable wind, which, together
with the lack of rain, has dried the grass on the hills and mountains,
stunting its growth since about the middle of June. The grass is now pretty
much dried up except where water has reached it. Frost touched us up to
the 15th of June, with a severe one hitting us on the 10th. At this time
most of the fruit was killed in this part of the country.
The season from the 26th of Aug/80 to now has mostly been dry and cold.
The winter weather set in in good earnest in November, giving us the coldest
weather of the winter in that month. The winter so far, might be called
an open one. Although there had been a great deal of storm, the snow has
not stayed on the ground very long at a time-in the Sevier Valley. Four
inches is about the deepest we have had at any one time and that came
in December. Last night we had around three inches of wet snow.
I have been engaged in the various labors pertaining to husbandry, such
as: Gathering our grain, threshing, getting up the potatoes, beans and
etc., hauling wood, and working on J. Mellor's house, WHICH I HAVE FINISHED.
I labored on the Manti Temple from the 15th to the last of January. I
made a trip to Salt Lake in December.
Father, Joseph, E.J. Mellor and I went on a hunt. We got four or five
deer and a large bear. While pursuing the slightly wounded bear, he turned
to attack Joseph and E. J. Mellor. As he came to within 10 to 15 feet
of Joseph, he shot him in the right shoulder, stunning the bear. For a
few moments the animal staggered, but soon regained his strength ready
for pursuit. E. J. Mellor thought it the safest plan to retreat, which
he promptly did, leaving Joseph to fight Bruin alone. Finding his gun
an encumbrance to his flight, he dropped it by the way and lost his hat
to the bargain. The brush was so thick that we could not see and therefore
didn't even know whether or not he had been killed. We did not dare to
advance either, until Joseph had climbed up a tree to survey the situation.
E. J. was safe, so we followed the bear for a half-mile or more before
overtaking him. We shot Bruin 8 to 10 times before finally killing him.
He was very fat and would have weighted 9 or 10 cwt.
Apr. 27th, 1881
The weather has been fine for this time of the year. Spring commenced
in March and it has been fine up to the present. Considerable snow and
rain fell through the winter and early spring, which we think will give
us an abundance of water for irrigation this summer. We got our grain
in in March. I have worked some on the Canal and the last few days we
have been ploughing in the fields and gardens. With J. A. Bown, I went
to the mill at Gunnison today. Erickson commenced to plaster our upstair
rooms on the 25th of April.
Since the 27th of April, I have been laboring on the farm as usual, watering,
plowing corn and getting our hay up. The first crop of Lucerne is up.
We have been obliged to cut our grass earlier this year on account of
the hoppers. They would have eaten it up. They have been very hard on
the gardens, eating the cabbage, onion, potatoes, peas, radishes, and
corn, damaging them considerable. They eat the leaves off the wheat in
the fields. Had it not been for the hoppers, we would have had one of
the finest seasons ever. There will be more fruit this season than we
have ever had. The grain and fruit crops are generally good throughout
the Territory this year. The health of the people has been good so far
I have made three trips to Manti; two of them for lumber and one time
to the mill. Many accidents and tragic events have been happening throughout
the country; furious winds called cyclones passing over the U.S., murders,
loss of property and life. The weather has been hot and dry through June.
There was not enough rain in that month to amount to any good.
From July 5th, I have been working around the place, watering, hoeing
and attending to other chores. Joseph came home from working on the R.R.
to help with the harvesting.
On July 2nd, in Washington D.C., President Garfield was shot by a half
insane man named Guittan, (?). He was shot twice, once in the arm and
once in the side, ranging down until the bullet lodged in his abdomen.
The president has had a serious time of it. By the suggestion of President
John Taylor, the Fourth Celebrations were suspended in Utah on account
of the President's attempted assassination.
After an illness of several months. Fred Shaw died 8th of July, 1881.
Phillip Dack had his hay, stables and some of his corral burned and all
destroyed. Cause of the fire not known.
June 3rd 1882
From July 11th, 1881, I have been laboring at the various occupations
pertaining to farming. After getting the haying, harvesting, and threshing
done and the corn gathered, I started on the date of Sept. 13th, for Pleasant
Valley, on horseback, to help Joseph in the Tye Contract which he had
taken from Birch and Nielson.
(The above is the last entry of daily happenings in the life of John
(Words to a song found in the daybook)
"Love I've been faithful to you."
"Why do you turn from me, darling?
Why all this coldness today?
Is it my fault that I love you,
Is it a sin can you say?
Tell me the truth ere you leave me,
You have another 'tis true.
Have I deserved this, O tell me,
When I've been faithful to you?
Love I've been faithful to you
You told me once that you loved me
And held me close to your heart.
You said that we'd stand at the altar
And vowed that we never would part.
You'd take a bride to your bosom
Love her and cherish her, too
Have I deserved this? O tell me
When I've been faithful to you?
Love, I've been faithful to you
I've loved you most tender and true.
Although you regret that we have met
It has not always been so.
You say that I have been false,
And that I've broken my vow.
Look in my eyes Dear,
Read, and you'll find there
That I have been faithful to you!
And so one dark night he found her,
But it was her beautiful clay;
Lifeless and pallid as marble,
Her spirit had passed away.
Folded, she held a small paper
Close to her warm heart so true.
Just one sad line she had written,
Love, I've been faithful to you.
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