[From John Hamilton Morgan’s journal, Marriott Library, University of Utah.]
On April 7, 1887, from Manassa, Colorado, John Hamilton Morgan wrote in his journal, ... Todays “News” gives an account of a raid made on my house in Salt Lake by Deputy Marshalls on the morning of the 2nd instant.
On July 11, 1887 John Morgan arrived in Salt Lake City from Manassa, Colorado after an absence of many months. His journal entry that day ... [ended with] and found family all well except wife who has been unwell and quite miserable for several months.
About home all day, reading and resting enjoying myself intensely.
Mellie [daughter, Helen Melvina (17)] not well today, and her mother only feeling a little better. Went to William Burbidges [perhaps William Burbidge of the 17th Ward] tonight.
July 25 Today was quite generally observed as Pioneer Day, stores closed etc. Owing to the precarious condition of President Taylor’s health no organized observance here was attempted. The people went to the lake and other pleasure resorts.
Rumor was this p.m. officially confirmed of the death of President Taylor, who passed away last evening at 8:15. The evening News contains an official notice from President George Q. Cannon and Jos. F. Smith of his demise. He died in some secluded spot, near the city away from the most of his family and hunted to the last by vicious and wicked enemies of the law.
At home today. Arrangements are quietly being made for the funeral of President Taylor at noon on Friday. The people feel their loss heavily, but are quiet and collected. A good feeling seems to prevail, and all true Latter-day Saints feel, that all is well in Zion. Stayed at brother Burbidges tonight.
Received quite a number of letters this a.m. and wrote some in reply. Returned home in the evening and found Uncle G. M. Hamilton [perhaps Morgan Hamilton] at our house. He having called while enroute to Portland Oregon. During the evening, brothers George C. Parkinson and M. F. Cowley came in and spent the evening.
The city was crowded during the day with people attending the funeral of President Taylor. 25,000 are supposed to have viewed the remains. The day passed off quiet and peaceable. In company with uncle Morgan, called on Ann Groesbeck [probably Hyrum Groesbeck's wife] during the evening. H. H. G. [probably Nicholas Harmon Groesbeck] and Rhoda [Groesbeck], and sister Crandall [unknown] had dinner with us.
At home until late in the day when Mellie and I went riding south of the city. Uncle and daughter Mellie went to the Lake.
Mellie and Uncle went out to the Hot Springs this a.m. Hyrumn G. [Groesbeck] came up and I accompanied him to Mountain Dell Ward where we attended meeting which was addressed by Hyrumn [Groesbeck], brother D. C. Young and myself.
Returning in the evening, drove to Hyrumns [Groesbeck] and was soon after joined by uncle and Mellie. Later in the evening, Uncle and I drove out, after I returned home, went back to Hyrumns, he having been taken sick to administer to him. Met Willard Burton who walked up to the house with me.
Famous Warm Springs, 19th Ward
Mountain Dell Ward
Carlos D. C. Young
Calder Park Lake, or the Great Salt Lake
The Historical Record, Salt Lake Stake of Zion, Willard C. Burton, edited by Andrew Jenson, p. 273.
Picture of President John Taylor from Temples of the Most High, N. B. Lundwall, Compiler and Publisher, 1941, p. 91.