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6 March 1875


Retrenchment Association; Fourteenth Ward Meetinghouse, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory

White building with wood trim, Salt Lake City, circa 1890

Salt Lake City Fourteenth Ward meetinghouse, circa 1890.

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Counsellor Mrs B. [Bathsheba W.] Smith

[. . .] [n.p.] [. . .] We should avoid debt in any may <manner> it causes anxiety in the minds of husbands and father’s [fathers] we this is why we should encourage home productions. I pray God to bless you

Coun. Miss E. R. Snow—

I will not intrude upon sister [Mary Ann] Hyde’s time, Sister Smith has t[o]uched upon an important subject. In keeping out of debt, it is necessary that we should go into home production which is secondary to nothing else. Every sister that is in authority, in the different Wards should take this into consideration. Our sisters in Ogden are setting us a noble example, they are learning <teaching> the young ladies to braid straw there are about fortly forty hands employed and they have also engaged a straw seamstress they <and> are endeavoring to put down the importation of such articles as hats and bonnets.

We must unite our hearts and feelings and encourage home industry and it will eventually lead to the United Order. I attended the Relief Society of the 16th Ward [n.p.] last Saturday and I feel proud of them. They can lead out in some important business that will be an example to the other Wards. I am gratified to hear the minutes of the young Ladies. President [Brigham] Young <said> that the young sisters could accomplish what he could not in bringing a reformation among the young men.

I would say to the young ladies go ahead and God will bless you.

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Mrs M. P. [Margaret Pierce] Young

Sister Snow has spoken upon a subject that should be encouraged and put into practice as soon as possible: [. . .] [n.p.] [1 unnumbered page omitted]

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Coun Miss E. R. Snow

I would say in addition to what has just been said, President Young has large quantities of mulberry slips and he says those who wish to raise silk worms can have them what slips they require.

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Source Note

Retrenchment Association, Meeting Minutes (1871–1874), n.p., CHL (CR 129 1); Maggie M. Groo, Secretary.

See also Maggie M. Groo, “R. S. Reports,” Woman’s Exponent 3, no. 21 (1 Apr. 1875): 166–167.