A Chronology of Important Events: April 1887

Complied by Andrew Jenson, Editor and Publisher of the “Historical Record”

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Friday, April 1

Herriman, Salt Lake Co., was raided by U. S. deputy marshals; nearly every house in the village was searched, but no arrests were made.

Saturday, April 2

John A. Halvorsen (1842-1887)

Elder John A. Halvorsen, of the 4th Ward, Salt Lake City, died.

South Jordan, Salt Lake Co., was raided by U.S. deputy marshals who arrested Alexander Bills and Henry Beckstead on charges of unlawful cohabitation.

The Hotel Del Monte, in Montreal, Canada was destroyed by fire. Loss, $1,500,000.

Monday, April 4

Work for the season was commenced on the Salt Lake City Temple. Ole Hansen, of Logan, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation and placed under $1,500 bonds. Parley L. Williams, who had been appointed Territorial superintendent of district schools, qualified for his position.

Tuesday, April 5

Karl G. Maeser (1876-1892)

Karl G. Maeser, of Provo, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation. Lars Nielsen and John Felt, of Huntsville, Weber Co.,were arrested on similar charges, brought to Ogden and placed under bonds. The following day Knud Emmertsen, of Huntsville, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation.

Wednesday, April 6

David W. Leaker, of the 11th Ward, Salt Lake City, was released from imprisonment, having served his term in the Utah Penitentiary for unlawful cohabitation.

The 57th annual conference of the Church was commenced in the new Tabernacle, at Provo, Utah Co., Lorenzo Snow presiding. It was continued until the 10th.

Wm. C. Hall, of Salt Lake City, recently appointed secretary of Utah Territory, took the oath of office.

Springville, Utah Co., was raided by U.S. deputy marshals, who arrested J. Houtz and Jesse Gardner on charges of unlawful cohabitation.

Thursday, April 7

Charles A. Needham committed suicide by shooting, in Salt Lake City. Joseph Lee was killed by an Italian, at Bingham, Salt Lake Co.

Saturday, April 9

A terrible prairie fire destroyed much property in Kansas.

Sunday, April 10

John T. Raymond, the celebrated actor, died at Evansville, lndiana.

Daniel Carter (1803-1887)

Elder Daniel Carter died at Bountiful, Davis Co.

Monday, April 11

In the First District Court, at Provo, Louis Steen was sentenced to imprisonment in the Utah Penitentiary for ten years, for the killing of Homer J. Stone.

Monday, April 12

Edwin Booth, the renowned actor, appeared in the Salt Lake City Theatre for the first time.

John Thomas Riddle (1803-1887)

Elder John Riddle died at Kanosh, Millard Co.

In the First District Court, at Provo, Don Carlos Snow, J. T. Arrowsmith, John L. Gibb, and Sanford Fuller were sentenced to six months imprisonment and a fine of $100, each, Edwin Standing and Geo. Snell to six months’ imprisonment and $200 fine, each, and Lucius Whiting to six months’ imprisonment and a fine of $50—all for unlawful cohabitation. Costs of the a suit were also imposed in most of the cases.

Wednesday, April 13

Amos H. Neff, of East Mill Creek, having served his term of imprisonment in the Utah Penitentiary, was set at liberty.

Samuel Ridout, of Hooper, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation.

Ira Judd, of Panguitch, arrived at Beaver, in the charge of a U. S. deputy marshal, having been arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation.

Thursday, April 14

James I. Steel, of Fairview, Tooele Co., Utah, having served his term of imprisonment, was released from the Utah Penitentiary.

Friday, April 15

Jens P. Holm, of Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, but was, after a preliminary hearing before Commissioner McKay, acquitted.

Thos. Harding, of Provo, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation.

Wm. II. Dickson, prosecuting attorney for Utah, resigned his office, agreeable to the request of the Attorney General, and his successor, Geo. T. Peters, of Ohio, was appointed the day following.

Saturday, April 16

John Needham, of the 11th Ward, Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation. After a hearing before Commissioner McKay, he was acquitted.

Geo. II Peterson was tried at Evanston, Wyoming, on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, and discharged.

Steamship Nevada

The steamship Nevada sailed from Liverpool, England, with 194 Saints, including 13 returning missionaries, in charge of D. P. Callister. The company arrived at New York April 29th and at Salt Lake City May 4th.

Sunday, April 17

Alex Perry, of Willard, Box Elder Co., was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation and placed under $1,500 bonds.

Monday, April 18

The Zion’s Board of Trade buildings, at Logan, Cache Co., were destroyed by fire.

Tuesday, April 19

Bishop Samuel Carter, of Porterville, Morgan Co., was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brought to Ogden and placed under $1,500 bonds.

U. S. deputy marshals made an unsuccessful raid on Salem, Utah Co., in search of polygamists.

Wednesday, April 20

J. P. Lainmers, of Ogden, was arrested on a charge, of unlawful cohabitation, and placed under $1,500 bonds.

Thursday, April 21

Fearful cyclones and hail storms destroyed a number of lives and much property in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas.

Friday, April 22

Timothy Parkinson, of Wellsville, Cache Co., having served his term of imprisonment in the Utah Penitentiary, was released.

John T. Gerber, of North Jordan, was arrested by U. S. deputy marshals on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, but ran away from the officers. He, however, gave himself up the following day.

Saturday, April 23

Herbert A. “Maori” Slade (1850-1913)

In the Third District Court, Herbert A. Slade and Duncan C. McDonald, were sentenced to thirty days imprisonment in the Utah Penitentiary, each, for having engaged in a slugging match in Salt Lake City, on Sept. 18, 1886.

Amos Howe, of Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation and placed under $1,500 bonds. He was subsequently acquitted.

Charles Ricbens and John Harris, of Pleasant Grove, Utah Co., were arrested on charges of unlawful cohabitation.

Geo. Dunford, of Salt Lake City, having served his term of imprisonment for unlawful cohabitation, was released from the Utah Penitentiary.

Tuesday, April 26

Pittsburgh, Penn., was visited by a disastrous fire.

Wednesday, April 27

H. C. Hansen, of Plain City, Weber Co., was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brought to Ogden and placed under $1,500 bonds.

Thursday, April 28

In the Third District Court, Solomon A. Wixom, of Butler Precinct, Suit Bake Co., was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, a $300 fine, and costs of suit, for unlawful cohabitation.

Joseph Parry was arrested at Brighton, Sait Lake Co., on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, imprisoned in the penitentiary for the night and the following day placed under$1,000 bonds.

Friday, April 29

Queen Kapiolani, of the Sandwich Islands, and company passed through Salt Lake City, going east.

Charles McCarthy, of American Fork, Utah Co., was arresied on a charge of unlawful cohabitation.

Saturday, April 30

In the Third District Court, Salt Lake City, Ut Richard Collett and Alexander Edward were sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in the Utah Penitentiary, $300 line and costs of suit, each, and taken to the penitentiary.

In the First District Court, Provo, Geo. T. Peay was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment,$100 line, and costs.

Harvey H. Cluff, of Provo, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation and placed under $1,500 bonds. Rodney C. Badger, of Salt Lake City, and George Harmon, of Taylorsville, Salt Lake Co., was arrested on similar charges.

Prince Leopold, of Prussia, visited Salt Lake City.

H. Ludlum and A. Humburg were suffocated to death in a prospect shaft near Paris, Bear Lake Co., Idaho.

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