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Now They Have to Go Elsewhere

Formerly every person in the town [Brigham City, Utah] was employed at some branch of industry, now they have to go elsewhere to seek employment upon the railroads and in other places outside of their city. It is sad for me to contemplate these results. In no city in the territory were the people in so good condition in many respects as in this place. Their interests were united, and while each man had his individual property, there was such a unity of interests that rival stores could not subsist, liquor saloons had no place, no haunts of vice were tolerated in the town, and the people made so many articles by their own skill and industry that they had but little occasion to go outside to purchase anything. (19 June 1881)

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Next to Brigham Young, George Q. Cannon was arguably the best-known Latter-day Saint in the last half of the nineteenth century. His record covers half a century, a period in which he served as an editor and publisher, a businessman, an educator, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a territorial delegate in Congress, and a counselor to church presidents Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow.

This website publishes for the first time George Q. Cannon’s journal from 1855 through 1901. It also reproduces Cannon’s journal from 1849 through 1854, which was previously published in two print volumes. For the first time the entirety of Cannon's journal is now published on this website.

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