The following telegram was received by President [Joseph F.] Smith from President Anthony W. Ivins: 'Doctor telephones [Abraham] Owen [Woodruff] very gravely sick [Small Pox]. Fears fatal termination tonight. Tell Sister Woodruff.' The following telegram received about 10 o'clock p.m.: '[Abraham] Owen [Woodruff] died this morning. Doctor, nurse and President [William R.] Hakes assured me he would speedily recover. Ate hearty dinner today, (yesterday), heart failure this (in the) evening.'
[Journal History, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]