160 years ago today - Dec 18, 1858

[Wilford Woodruff]
... I met with Lorenzo Snow F. D. Richards & Daniel Spencer for the purpose of Hearing a Statement made By Brother & Sister Hoyt Concerning their being disturbed by a Company of the Saints. The following is their Story:

On the 28th Sept at 10 oclok they had a Child born it being the first Child born unto them they having been married over 20 years. A Company of the Mormons Came & surrounded his house about 25 of them. They blew Horns & sang the most vulgar songs for about one hour then went away about an hour & returned & appeared to be more than at First. They commenced to tear things to peaces. Killed some hens made them squell opened the windows & flung the fowls onto the beds. Filled his windows with fence polls also his Chimney. Dirtied up their beds. The wind blew upon their Children. As fast as they would open the windows on one side they would shut them till they were fastened open. They poured out a Jug of vineger. They yoked up a pair of his oxen facing each other. They said the Bishop told them to go down & sereanade him till he would treat. He said the Bishop would tell him what he did say to them. He lent them a Base drum to go with.

Brother Hoyt said He had talked the matter over with Bishop Brunson & had agreed to settel it. He also read a Letter which He had written to President Young & accused Brother Brunson of trying to get one of his wives away from him. The mob shot many pistols while in their operation.

Our Horses were hitched up & I had to leave in the midst of their story. I talked with Brother Brunson & he denyed being the instigator of it.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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