Today in Mormon History - Sep 02

A company of settlers left G.S.L. City for the Uintah country, intending to locate a settlement, in which, however, they did not succeed. (1)
-- 150 years ago today - Sep 2, 1861 (Monday)

[Brigham Young] September 2.-- I was elected a member of the city council, in place of Don Carlos Smith, deceased.

On my return from England I found my family living in a small unfinished log cabin, situated on a low, wet lot, so swampy that when the first attempt was made to plow it the oxen mired; but after the city was drained it became a very valuable garden spot.

Although I had to spend the principal part of my time, at the call of Brother Joseph, in the service of the Church, the portion of time left me I spent in draining, fencing and cultivating my lot, building a temporary shed for my cow, chinking and otherwise finishing my house; and as the ground was too damp to admit of a cellar underground, I built one with two brick walls about four or six inches apart, arched over with brick. Frost never penetrated it, although in summer articles would mildew in it. (2)
-- 170 years ago today - Sep 2, 1841

Gordon B. Hinckley receives American Legion's "Good Guy Award." (3)
-- 15 years ago today - Sep 2, 1996

1 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
2 - Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801-1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson (Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968).
3 - On This Day in Mormon History,


  1. 1841- are you sure "4 or 6 inches" is not a transcribing error and it should be "4 or 6 feet"?

  2. My read of this was that this was for insulation purposes -- a 4 to 6 inch gap between two brick walls, providing dead airspace to insulate it.

    I don't have access to the original, so I can't verify the accuracy of the transcription.


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