Fast day. I gave a blessing at 9:00 A.M. to Sister Brough and then went to prayer circle. Went to fast meeting at which I took part. 7:00 P.M. I gave three blessings. The weather has been very cold. Tuesday, I put apples into the pit and delivered apples. (Three days at Temple. Was called to give lecture on Thursday.) Gathered apples the rest of the week.
I went to First Ward. Occupied the time. Gave an account of Sydney Rigdon’s testimony in 1844, just before he apostatized. There was a large congregation assembled in Nauvoo. Sydney Rigdon said that he and Joseph had seen that congregation while in vision in a chamber of father Whitmer’s house. Told of the tens of thousands that would be gathered from the nations of the earth. I was reminded of this prediction when I saw the large congregation at our recent conference in Salt Lake City. There were thousands that could not get into the meeting houses.
I blessed a young missionary and his wife. His name was John Smith. On November 14, wrote a letter to my cousin, a grandson of Sydney Rigdon. He is a Supreme Judge in the State of New York. His salary is $17,500.00 per year. I wrote seven pages of fool’s cap pages to him. Gave him an account of our relatives, including our grandfather and grandmother, of my father and Josephus, our uncle, also an account of my own family.
Letters to Judge Edward Hatch, New York City
Judge Edward Hatch New York City
November 14, 1903
Judge Edward Hatch New York City
Through my brother Abram of Heber City I have learned of your recent visit to Utah and California, and at his suggestion I write you briefly of myself and family.
I am in my seventy-eighth year. I was born January 4, 1826 at Lincoln, Vermont. I have been a missionary for fifty-eight years, advocating the gospel and colonizing our people in Utah, Idaho, New Mexico and Arizona. I first settled at the town of Lehi, thirty miles south of Salt Lake, and in 1863 moved to Cache Valley where I served as bishop of the Franklin (Idaho) Ward for thirteen years. I then moved to southern Utah (St. George) and remained there one year assisting to build the Temple, and then moved on to New Mexico, taking charge of our people and preaching to the Zuni Indians. I took one wife and six children with me. Our only means of preaching to these Indians was through an interpreter who talked the Spanish language.
I was called from New Mexico to Arizona where I labored in the stake presidency for twenty-six years. It
had fallen to my lot to assist in building several large dams across the Colorado River in Arizona for irrigation purposes and also the establishing of many towns for our people, where they now have very comfortable homes.
My clerical duties for many years have been that of a patriarch, blessing those of the Saints who wished it.
I have six sons whose homes are in Arizona, two of these are now on missions, one in England and the other in Tennessee. I also have six daughters, married and living in Arizona. My sons are all married and have fairly comfortable homes. I have one son living in Alberta, Canada. He is a widower with seven children. He moved from Arizona to Canada. In the first named place he was a bishop of one of the wards.
I have four sons living in this valley, two of these live here. One is cashier of the largest and oldest bank in northern Utah, and the other is a paying teller in the bank. My oldest son is bishop of the Franklin Ward, having succeeded me in 1876, when I moved south. Another son lives at Franklin and is engaged in the sheep and cattle business. I have six daughters in this state and Idaho, all of whom, excepting one, have large families. The unmarried daughter takes care of her aged mother and is a great comfort to us all. All of my twenty-three children are members of the Church in good standing.
In looking over my genealogical record a short time since, I ascertained that I have 156 grand and great grandchildren living and seventeen deceased. I understand that our brother Jeremiah’s family exceeds mine in number. You will see from the foregoing that the Hatches will, in a few years, be quite numerous.
In a political way I have served as Mayor of two cities, and represented both Utah, and Idaho in their Territorial Legislatures. I had the distinction of being the first Mormon to serve in the Idaho, Legislature and that was in the year 1872. Since that time, however, many have been prominently connected with the politics of that state.
You are undoubtedly familiar with brother Abram’s clerical and political history. My brother Jeremiah, recently deceased, was a preacher of rare ability. He was both powerful and eloquent in speech. He filled two missions to the Eastern States and served as bishop for a number of years at Vernal, in eastern Utah. Our sister Adeline is also one of the leading officers in the women’s work of the Church in this part of the state. She has no children. She was the wife of the late George Barber. He also stood high in Church matters.
My sister Elizabeth married a man named Thomas C. Winn. She had two daughters. They all live down near the Colorado line.
You doubtless know of our Uncle Josephus Hatch. He resided at Ogden where he died a number of years ago. He has one daughter living at Smithfield, this