Tuesday, October 6, 2009

John Hamilton Morgan, Manassa, Colorado, fishing trip, visit from the First Presidency, August 7-17, 1890, Part 2 of 2.

John Morgan fields at Manassa, Colorado. This picture probably taken in 194o-50's.

August 7
Bought a second hand buggy from Cutler to come and go from the ranch without stopping the team. Stayed tonight at the ranch.

August 8
Finished hoeing trees and garden. Have concluded to go fishing next week and have a four days out.

August 9
At ranch today, and night. In the afternoon drove to LaJara and met brother George Goddard who comes to attend our Sunday School Conference.

August 10
Conference convened at 10 a.m. A slim attendance owing to the failure of others schools to attend, for fear of the measles. Two sessions held during the day, and appointments made at Antonito and Sanford.

August 11
A party consisting of B. H. Roberts and family, William Spry and family, sister Josie [Josephine Groesbeck] Smith and family, myself and family, the three Vance boys, and J. [Joseph] F. Thomas started up the Conejos this a.m. Brother Goddard was also of the party. We drove thirty miles to McIntyre’s ranch and made camp. Caught enough fish for supper. Songs and recital of experiences occupied the evening.

August 12
Left the women and children in camp under the care of brother Goddard. The rest of us drove seven miles farther up and started fishing. Caught 130 fish and returned to camp by 3 p.m.

August 13
Drove up five miles this morning and started to fish. Had lunch at noon and most of us went to camp. The Vances remained to fish. At night it was found that we had caught 345 fine trout during the two days.

August 14
Started on our return home at 9 a.m. A part of the company went direct to Manassa, brother Goddard and I accompanied brother and sister Spry to Antonito. They to take the train for Utah while we remain and hold meeting to a big crowd at the school house. On our way home, called at brother Bradys whose little girl had just died from the effects of an accident, wherein she lost one of her feet in a mowing machine. Arrived home at 12:30 a.m.

August 15
Drove to Sanford today and held meeting at 4 p.m. with the Sunday School children. A fair attendance. Returned late in the evening.

August 16
At work about the corral hanging some gates, etc. President [Wilford] Woodruff, [George Q.]Cannon, and [Joseph F.] Smith accompanied by brother Wilkin and Winters arrived at 4 p.m. from the south to attend the Quarterly Conference which convened tomorrow. Brother [George] Goddard and I called and had a pleasant interview with brother W. [Wilford Woodruff] and C. [George Q. Cannon]

August 17
Sunday School met at 9 a.m. A fair attendance addressed by President Woodruff and Cannon. Conference met at 10 a.m. President Woodruff spoke a short time and was followed by President Cannon in good advice and counsel. At 2 p.m. a large crowd in attendance. Brother Smith spoke and I followed. President Cannon spoke briefly. A Priesthood meeting convened at 7:00 p.m. President Woodruff and Cannon.

Part 1


B. H. Roberts biography

Scroll down here for information and a picture of the entire first presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1889-98), President Wilford Woodruff, George Q. Cannon, and Joseph F. Smith.

Three Vance boys: There are 32 Vances listed in the Manassa, Colorado cemetery; perhaps Zebedee, Vance, and Abner.

John Morgan Journal and Manassa fields picture from the Marriott Library, Special Collections, University of Utah. Hand drawn map from Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, September 2007 Lesson, Settlement of Colorado by Utah Pioneers, page 20.

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