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7 June 1875


Silk Association; City Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah

Large, two-story, brick building with chimney stacks and a centered cupola

Salt Lake City Hall, circa 1867–1870s.

[. . .] Sis E R Snow said that Pres [Brigham] Young had been trying there last twenty years to have the people raise mulbery trees, and the silk. some coocoons were now lying around; and she thought it was high time that something was being done. I think that means can be raised [p. 4] and something done this season. There is riders, dyers, and weaners, and so on. I should like to wear homemade silk myself, and see my sisters wear it, and the brethren wear silk coats. I know it can be done.

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E [Elvira] S Barney said that Sister Ziney [Zina D. Young], [Mary] Carter, and herself had taken some pains to gather some items about the machinery that was needed to prepare the silk for weaving. Read the list of said machinery.

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E R Snow, M I Horn [Mary Isabella Horne], E S Barney, were selected to gather means for said machinery, to act as a committee and report to next meeting. [p. 5]

Source Note

Deseret Silk Association, Deseret Silk Association Minutes (1875–1878), pp. 4–5, CHL (MS 14029); Mary Carter, Secretary.

See also “Home Affairs,” Woman’s Exponent 4, no. 2 (15 June 1875): 13; “Sericulture,” Deseret Evening News 8, no. 167 (8 June 1875): [3]; “Sericulture,” Deseret News 24, no. 20 (16 June 1875): 310.