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October 1893

5 October 1893 • Thursday

Today attended Convention W.S.A.1 morning & afternoon. Mrs. Kimball resigned and I was elected President–2 I offered a Resolution that she be made Honorary President for her lifetime. which was unanimously carried. [p. 298] {p. 135}

6 October 1893 • Friday

Went to the opening of the Conference in the Tabernacle. It was a most effective meeting the speakers were Wilford Woodruff Geo. Q. Cannon and Lorenzo Snow in the morning. in the afternoon several of the Apostles. it was a very inspiring conference

In the evening the Young Ladies Conference was held in the Assembly Hall Mrs. Taylor presiding Aunt Zina and I sat together in the upper stand [p. 299] {p. 136}

7 October 1893 • Saturday

I staid all day in the office and did a lot of work. A few people from the country comparatively have come to the Conference [p. 300] {p. 137}

8 October 1893 • Sunday

Attended Conference all day– Geo. Q. Cannon and Pres. Woodruff both spoke in the morning. [p. 301] {p. 138}

15 October 1893 • Sunday

Went up to the office and did a little writing then went up to Bishop Whitney’s met Miss Babcock and her brother [W. Wayne Babcock] the young Doctor3 and Lucy Van Cott– [p. 308] {p. 139}

17 October 1893 • Tuesday

This morning Birdie [Teresa Clawson] Wells had a daughter4 born. Hebe [Heber M. Wells] is in Chicago Mrs C. E. [Caroline E. Woods] Dye called. She told me of the appreciation of our paper in Chicago– Mrs. Mary [Knight] Bassett came in to see me.

In the evening I went to the theatre with Mr. Sears to see the play “The Road to Ruin”– Mrs. John Drew & company. [p. 310] {p. 140}

18 October 1893 • Wednesday

Today spent mostly in writing letters and have had several callers. Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. [Maria Richards] Wilcox, Mrs. [Ann Dalton] Neal, Plain City, Mrs. Smith who wanted me to testify to her marriage on the 28th. of March 1874.–5 Mrs. England Plain City.

Belle Annie Lucile Mr. H. [Herman] H. Anderson the architect.

I am much behind with my work and am so weary all the time Edna Wells called[.] paper only just out for October lst. Mrs. E. S. Taylor called– [p. 311] {p. 141}

25 October 1893 • Wednesday

This is Vilate Groo [Taylor]’s birthday– she was born on the same day Vilate Kimball died– 1868 I received a letter of congatulation today from Mrs [Sarah Ann Sanderson] Boyer of Springville upon my election to Ter. Pres. of W.S.A. and asking me to come there and speak to them. [p. 318] {p. 142}

27 October 1893 • Friday

This morning rose early and went to the Temple donated one dollar.6 took the name of Mrs. Walter Wells.7 Saw Bishop John R. Winder married to Miss Maria Burnham also saw her receive her [two words redacted relating to a temple ordinance]– went to Emeline’s in the evening where the family assembled. exercises by some of the children prayer by Rulon S. Wells song Our Mountain Home So Dear by the children– Remniscences by several members of the family music by Frankie [Frances Wells Naylor] & Ruby [Naylor] I had of my family, Belle & four children Annie husband & five children making 13 of us. and absent of mine absent 11. 24 in all Dot read my poem October8 Refreshments were fine Hannah made an address. [p. 320] {p. 143}

31 October 1893 • Tuesday

This was a perfect day as to weather and I hurried my work to get ready for the evenings entertainment as it was Hallowe’en and election of officers, bought nuts and apples as well as the usual refreshments and in the meeting enjoyed myself very much– Miss Ada Patterson offered a Resolution making me an Honorary President for life of the Press Club– which was very gratefully accepted by me, as I have been instrumental in founding it and keeping it together ever since for two years. There were quite a number of the members present and we were very jolly and the new officers were elected without any objections and we dismissed in good time and got home and to bed as early as usual [p. 324] {p. 144}


  1. Woman Suffrage Association.

  2. For a complete list of new officers of the Woman Suffrage Association, see Nellie Little, “Utah W. S. A.,” Woman’s Exponent, 15 Oct. and 1 Nov. 1893, 50. The address of the day was summarized in “Woman Suffrage Column,” Woman’s Exponent, 15 Dec. 1893 and 1 Jan. 1894, 22:78.

  3. In “Editorial Notes,” Woman’s Exponent, 1 Dec. 1893, 22:68, EBW introduced Dr. W. W. Babcock as “Resident Physician at St. Mark’s New Hospital” and described “the opening of Miss Maud May Babcock’s School of Delsarte and Physical Culture in the Social Hall.”

  4. Martha Wells.

  5. Anna Bengtson married Fredrick Smith on 28 March 1874. (United States Western States Marriage Index, Salt Lake Temple signature book, 851,127, p. 8, vol. A, FHL.)

  6. President Joseph F. Smith wrote, “All who come to the temple to perform ordinance work are expected to make donations according to their circumstances, to aid in meeting necessary expense, but the poor who have nothing to give are equally welcome.” (Joseph F. Smith “Instructions to the Saints Who Are Privileged to Enter the Salt Lake Temple,” ca. 1908, in Anderson, Development of LDS Temple Worship, 151.) Similar instructions were also issued in 1902, 1905, 1910, and circa 1912. Donations were to fund the completion of additional temples. (George A. Smith, Journal of Discourses, 17:197; Woodruff, Journal, 10 Oct. 1892; Raynor, “History of the Construction of the Salt Lake Temple,” 55–56.)

    George F. Richards Jr., who was endowed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1902, recalled: “One of the practices in the temple when I first went to the temple was that you were expected to make a donation as you went in the door to help temple work. That was eliminated later. I don’t remember a time when to my knowledge it wasn’t customary to allow a certain amount of money for the indigent people who would spend their time in the temple, going through for the dead for endowment work. . . . Then people like my father who didn’t often have the privilege of going through the temple paid a lot of folks for doing that kind of service for them. It helped some of the elderly people to live, to have groceries to eat and places to rent.” (See Anderson, Development of LDS Temple Worship, 182.) EBW made a practice of giving a small cash contribution when she entered the temple to participate in ordinances there. (EBW, Diary, 1 and 2 Dec. 1887; 24 June 1889; 1 May 1892; 11 Oct. 1900.)

  7. An ancestor of Daniel H. Wells named Walter Welles was born about 1542, in Stourton, Essex, England. No wife has been identified. (“Walter Welles,” FamilySearch.)

  8. EBW, “October,” Musings and Memories, 74–75.