A Chronology of Important Events: March 1887

Planning and events, month of March on a calendar

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

Tuesday, March 1

  • In the Third District Court, Edward Schoenfeld, Andrew W. Cooley, Wm. H. Tovcyand Thos. H. Morrison were sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in the penitentiary, each, for unlawful cohabitation; Schoenfeld was fined $50 and costs of suit, and the other three $25, each, and costs.
  • Bountiful, Davis Co., was raided by U S. deputy marshals, who subpeoned a number of witnesses. In search of President Taylor, the Deseret Paper Mill, at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, was also raided.

Wednesday, March 2

  • William Douglas, of Smithfield, Cache Co., was arrested at Logan, on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, and placed under $1,500 bonds.

Thursday, March 3

  • N. P. Peterson, of Logan, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation and placed under bonds.

Friday, March 4

  • The 49th U.S. Congress adjourned.
  • The Edmunds-Tucker bill became a law without the signature of the President.
  • Peter Olsen was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, and not being able to raise $500 security was sent to the penitentiary.

Saturday, March 5

  • A railroad train ran off the track at Victoria, 30 miles south of St. Louis, Mo., whereby a number of people were killed.

Sunday, March 6

  • The first marriage under the provisions of the Edmunds-Tucker law was celebrated in Salt Lake City, Wm. T. Pike, of Mill Creek, and Miss Hannah Christine Wallen, of Salt Lake City, being united in matrimony by Chief Judge C. S. Zane.

Monday, March 7

  • In the Third District Court, George Crismon, of the Sugar House Ward, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, $50 fine and costs for unlawful cohabitation. The new test oath was administered to the petit jurors serving in the Third District Court. Several “Mormon” members refused to take the oath and were excused from serving.
  • Carl Janson, of West Jordan, having served his term of imprisonment in the Utah Penitentiary, was released.
  • David John, Robert C. Kirkwood and William Webb, each sentenced in the First District Court, at Provo, to six months’ imprisonment and a fine of $300, and Edward Peay, Christian P. Christiansen and Soren C. Petersen, each sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, were incarcerated in the Utah Penitentiary.
  • The first election in Utah under the new Edmunds-Tucker law was held in Brigham City, Box Elder Co. Much to the disappointment of the anti-Mormons, the Saints subscribed to the test oath, polled their votes and carried the election.
  • Jens Hansen, of Brigham City, was arrested at Three Mile Creek, Box Elder Co., on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brought to Ogden and placed under $1,500 bonds.

Tuesday, March 8

  • After trial in the Third District Court, John , of Tooele, was convicted of unlawful cohabitation.
  • Peter Olsen, having raised the $500 bonds required of him, was released from the penitentiary.
  • P. A. Nielsen, of Logan, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation and placed under $1,000 bonds.
  • The dead body of David Bartlett, a sheep-herder, was found near Thorp’s Canyon, Utah Co.
  • The celebrated orator, preacher and writer, Henry Ward Beecher, died at New York City.
  • The United States Supreme Court sustained the decision of the Utah courts, against Fred. ITopt, who had been sentenced to death four times for murder.

Wednesday, March 9

  • Fred. Petersen, of the 2nd Ward, Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brough, before Commissioner McKay, pleaded guilty and was placed under $I,000 bonds.
  • Near Randolph, Rich Co., Richard F. Pearce (a boy) was accidentally shot and killed.
  • Ephraim H. Williams and Alfred Speneer arrived in Liverpool, as missionaries from Utah.

Thursday, March 10

  • In the Third District Court, Robert G. Slater promised to obey the law in the future, and was set free, sentence being suspended.
  • Samuel Anderson, of Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brought before Commissioner McKay, pleaded not guilty a was placed under $I,000 bonds.
  • After examination before Commissioner McKay, at Salt Lake City, Cyrus Rawson, of Kaysville, Davis Co., who had been arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, was acquitted.
  • The dead body of Jacob J. Bonding was discovered in a room of the Wasatch Block, Salt Lake City.

Friday, March 11

  • Geo. Tall, of the 10th Ward, Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, and brought before Commissioner McKay, where it was discovered that he was the “wrong man,” and he was acquitted.
  • Bountiful, Davis Co., was again raided by U. S. deputy marshals, but no “victims” were found.
  • In the Third District Court, sentence was suspended in the ease of Peter Olsen, who pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful cohabitation and promised to obey the law in the future.

Saturday, March 12

  • In the Third District Court, Hyrum II. Evans, James C. Watson and Edwin Rushton pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful cohabitation.
  • At the Davis Stake quarterly conference, held at Bountiful, U. S. deputy marshals put in their appearance, searched the meeting house ,but found none they wanted.
  • Daniel Johnson, of Logan, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, examined and placed under $1,000 bonds.

Sunday, March 13

  • At a special meeting held at Butlerville, Salt Lake Co., the Granite Ward was partly reorganized with Alva Butler as Bishop.

Monday, March 14

  • In the Third District Court, Herman F. F. Thorup was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and $25 fine and costs of suit for unlawful cohabitation.
  • John Livesev, of the 10th Ward, Salt Lake City, was accidentally killed while working in a well.
  • Mrs. Higbee, of the 11th Ward, Salt Lake City, gave birth to triplets.
  • By a terrible railway accident at Bussey Park Bridge, between Forest Hill and Rolindale, Mass., about twenty-five persons were killed and one hundred more or less injured.
  • Solomon A. Wixom, of Granite, Salt Lake Co., was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, imprisoned in the penitentiary for the night and the next day brought before Commissioner MeKay. He pleaded guilty and was placed under $1,000 bonds.
  • Ralph Smith, of Logan, Cache Co., was arrested on a similar charge, brought before a commissioner, pleaded guilty and placed under $2,500 bonds.

Tuesday, March 15

  • John Connelly, who had previously served a term in the Utah Penitentiary for unlawful cohabitation, was again arrested on a similar charge, and plaeed under $1,500 bonds, after a preliminary examination before Commissioner McKay.
  • Wm. C. Browe, postmaster of Salt Lake City, died.
  • Joseph II. Evans, who had been pardoned by Pres. G. Cleveland, was released from the Utah Penitentiary. He had been imprisoned there since Nov. 8, 1884.
  • An attempt was made to assassinate the Czar of Russia by a dynamite bomb. On the 28th another attempt was made upon his life by some of his officers shooting at him.

Wednesday, March 16

  • In the Third District Court, John R. Barnes and Wm. Blood, of Kaysville, Davis Co., pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful cohabitation.

Thursday, March 17

  • Archibald N. Hill, of the 10th Ward, Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, but slipped away from the officer.

Friday, March 18

  • The chemistry and physical classes of the B-Y. Academy (Provo) visited Salt Lake City.

Saturday, March 19

  • In the Third District Court, Salt Lake City, Henry Grow was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment, $50 fine and eosts of suit, for unlawful cohabitation.
  • Elders Thos. II. Wilde, Hans Rasmussen, Christian Gardner, Niels Jorgensen, Nils Grahn, John Jolley, Andrew Jacobsen, John J. Williams and another brother, who had been imprisoned at Detroit, Michigan, for unlawful cohabitation, were released agreeable to the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sunday, March 20

  • James W. Loveless, of Provo, Hans Jensen, of Goshen, Orson P. Arnold, of Salt Lake City, and John Durrant, who had served their terms of imprisonment for unlawful cohabitation, were released from the Utah Penitentiary.

Monday, March 21

  • In the Third District Court, Salt Lake City, John England, of Tooele, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and a tine of $150, for unlawful cohabitation.
  • Richard Warburton, of Tooele, was released from the Utah Penitentiary, having served his term of imprisonment for unlawful cohabitation. Jonas E. Lindberg, of Tooele, was released the following day.
  • Ebenezer Woodford, of the 12th Ward, Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of adultery with his plural wife. He was finally placed under bonds on a charge of unlawful cohabitation.
  • Wm Harrison, George Kirkham, Albert Singleton, Wm. Unthank, Win. Dally and James Dally were incarcerated in the Utah Penitentiary, having been sentenced in the First District Court, at Provo, to six months’ imprisonment and various sums of fines, each, for unlawful cohabitation.

Tuesday, March 22

Wednesday, March 23

  • James Dunn, of Tooele, having served his term of imprisonment for unlawful cohabitation, was released from the Utah Penitentiary.
  • John Jones, of West Weber, Weber Co., was killed by his brother Pres. Jones.

Thursday, March 24

  • John Bergen, who had served a term of imprisonment for unlawful cohabitation, was released from the Utah Penitentiary, but was placed under $8,000 bonds to await the result of the charge pending against him.

Saturday, March 26

  • Geo. Hales, James Farrer, Wm. Robinson and Thus. Schofield, of Beaver, and Richard H. Slid weeks, of Junction, Piute Co.,were released from the Utah Penitentiary, they having served their terms of imprisonment for unlawful cohabitation.
  • Wm. Muir, of Bountiful, Davis Co., and Lars TIansen, of Logan, Cache Co., were arrested on charges of unlawful cohabitation and placed under bonds.

Sunday, March 27

  • Paragoonah, Iron Co., was raided by U. S. deputy marshals and Bishop Wm. Jones arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation.

Monday, March 28

  • Joseph H. Dean, of Salt Lake City, and Andrew Hansen, of West Jordan, were released from the Utah Penitentiary, having served their terms of imprisonment, for unlawful cohabitation.
  • In the First District Court, at Provo, the jury returned a verdict of guilty against six of the men who lynched Joseph Fisher at Tintie, Juab Co., July 7, 1886.
  • The Latter-day Saint meeting house, at Hoytsville, Summit Co., was burned.

Tuesday, March 29

  • John C. Gray, who had served his term of imprisonment in the Utah Penitentiary, for unlawful cohabitation, was released.

Wednesday, March 30

  • Lorin Farr, of Ogden, by accident was severely hurt at Pocatello, Idaho.

Thursday, March 31

  • John Gillespie, of Tooele, was released from the Utah Penitentiary, having served his term of imprisonment for unlawful cohabitation.

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