and Brother Stevenson were returning from St. Johns and we had a very interesting time. President Udall and Bishop Anderson from St. Johns were present, also Bishop Hunt of Snowflake.
Friday, November 29
The brethren went to Holbrook and took train on their way to Old Mexico and we got our loads of wood, At meeting on December 1, Bishop Savage read the minutes of our quarterly conference or a portion of them. Saturday the 7th, I took a load of hay to Schuster and got my note of sixty-five dollars paid to Reid. I got $17.28 of Bishop Savage to apply on the note for which I am to pay him. Gave him an order for the balance, $47.27, on the A.C.M.I. Left my team with Brother DeWitt and rode home on his pony. Sunday, went to meeting and got what money I could and then wrote to President Richards for twenty-five dollars to finish paying my taxes.
Saturday, December 14
Brother B. Young, Jr. came up from Holbrook and stopped at my house. Sunday, he held meeting with us. Brother Young ordained Bela Gardner a High Priest. We spent the evening talking over the many events of our lives together. On Monday, Brother Reidhead took him to Snowflake in my buggy. Wilford and Burt started for Apache with a load of freight. I was left with Burt’s chores and mine. Very cold weather.
Christmas. Rather a dull day. On the 28th, Wilford went for wood. Sunday the 29th, at meeting, Brother Clark Owens gave us an account of the temple block at Far West. He had just returned from a business trip to Kansas. He was much affected and shed tears of joy in his talk. Burt Hatch followed him and said he would keep the Sabbath day better than he had done. Wilford went for wood, Tuesday, the 31st. It was his seventeenth birthday.
Fast day. Went to meeting. Mother was too sick to go. At night the bishop had a priesthood meeting and gave much instruction to the Lesser Priesthood. Ordained two deacons. I was mouth in ordaining Samuel S. Bradshaw a deacon. Several were promoted from deacons to teachers. I ordained John D. DeWitt and Elmer Gardner as teachers. Friday, I gave blessings to Elijah DeWitt and his wife, also to John D. DeWitt and his wife, Caroline.
Was my seventieth birthday. Wilford went for wood and I worked at the fence. At 5:00 P.M. I was called on by Brother Clark Owens who came with buckboard for Catherine and me. He took us to Ella’s to a feast prepared by Nora and all the children as a surprise. President Smith, Aunt Emmy, Brother J. H. Richards,
also Sister West were present. The program was well carried out. President Smith said I had been a great help to him and had filled the bill as a preacher of righteousness in great humility and faith. Spent the evening in songs, speeches and recitations. All seemed happy.
Was our ward conference. President Smith advised us to purchase the brick store building from John R. Hulet. On Monday, we prepared for a trip to Pine Dale for timber. Friday, the 10th, on the way home I had a talk with Al Young who was owing me six and a half thousand shingles. Drove to Shumway and held meeting at this place. Spoke on the organization the true Church and after meeting gave a blessing to Jasper Rhoten. Frank Perkins wrote for me. Saturday, the 11th, went to Snowflake and Joseph Pearce rode with me. He promised to keep my sheep and give me some of the wool and increase. Broke my cart. Gave Amos Rogers fifty cents to mend it. Sunday went to meeting in Snowflake. Had a large congregation and a very good spirit was manifested. Got home. Have been very busy preparing pickets for a fence.
I put up my new gate. It was a novelty to most of the town. Sunday, the 26th, Bela Gardner, counselor to the Bishop conducted the meeting and occupied much of the time. John DeWitt, Fay Gardner and Charles Lillywhite gave short addresses. My dear daughter May was very sick on Sunday, February 2. We fasted for her and administered to her.
Tuesday, February 4
We met and voted to buy the brick building of the co-op store. Eight of us were to give our notes for one hundred dollars each. Burt and I were among this eight. We went to Holbrook on Wednesday and bought the building. I gave my note to be paid in eighteen months with interest after maturity. This house has 90,000 brick in it. It is well finished and we feel well paid for our investment as it is almost a present to us.
Was fast day. We had a good turn out of the ward and the sisters were fasting for Sister Wilmurth East. Friday and Saturday, worked at the blacksmith shop and at my bench and on Sunday spoke at meeting on, “To the law and the testimony; and if they speak not according to this word, the truth is not in them.” Went home and read revelation on the Sabbath Day. Wrote a letter to William Daines and children in Mexico. It’s 8:00 P.M. All are out and I am here alone.
Monday, February 10
During the week, put in some wheat. Went to St. Joseph. Spoke there on Sunday, the 16th. On Monday, I got four pigs and five gallons of molasses. Got me a coat and vest at Schuster’s and drove home. During