Here’s Everything That Happened in February 1887

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

FEBRUARY

Apostle George Teasdale succeeded Daniel H. Wells in the Presidency of the European Mission.

A disastrous earthquake occurred in Italy and France, causing much loss of life and property.

Tuesday, Feb 1:  Allen Hunsaker was arrested and shot at by deputy marshals, at his ranch on the Malad River, Box Elder Co. The charge against him was for unlawful cohabitation. James Woods, of Tooele, was arrested on a similar charge, brought to Salt Lake City, with part of his family, and placed under $1,500 bonds.  George E. Steele, formerly a member of the Mormon Battalion, died at Lehi, Maricopa Co., Arizona.

Wednesday, Feb 2: Emily Honeysett, a child of eleven years, committed suicide by taking poison, in the 2nd Ward, Salt Lake City. A terrible collision occurred on the Union Pacific Railway, near the mouth of Echo Canyon; Engineer Louis Bemis was killed.

Thursday, Feb 3: Louis Steen, who murdered H. J. Stone (Jan, 21st), was arraigned before Commissioner McKay, in Salt Lake City, and the following day confessed his crime. Mrs. Sarah Rawlins Grow, a witness in an unlawful cohabitation case against Henry Grow, was arrested in Salt Lake City, and placed under $750 bonds. Wm. Pool, an old gentleman, of Ogden, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, and placed under bonds.

Friday, Feb 4:  An express train on the Vermont Central Railroad wrecked near the Hartford bridge crossing the White River in Vt. About fifty persons were killed. Elder John E. Metcalf, Sr., died at Fayette, Sanpete Co., Utah.

Saturday, Feb 5Mary Bishop, of the 10th Ward, Salt Lake City, died of old age, being in her 101st year. She was born in Crewkerne, Somersetshire England, Sept. 24, 1786.

Monday, February 7:  Bishop Janes C. Hamilton, of Mill Creek, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brought to Salt Lake City and placed under $1,500 bonds. After a preliminary examination before Commissioner McKay the following day, he was discharged. The Supreme Court at Washington, D. C. reversed the decision of the Utah courts in Apostle Lorenzo Snow’s habeas corpus case, and declared the “segregation policy” illegal.

Tuesday, February 8:  Apostle Lorenzo Snow and N.H. Groesbeck, of Springville, agreeable to the decision of the U. S. Supreme Court, were released from the Utah Penitentiary. Bishop Harrison Sperry, of the 4th Ward, Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brought before Commissioner McKay and placed under $1,500 bonds. Josiah Richardson was arrested near Malad City, Oneida Co., Idaho, on a charge of unlawful cohabitation.

Wednesday, February 9:  As a further result of the U. S. Supreme Court decision, Wm. H. Pidcock and Ambrose Greenwell, of Ogden, Bishop Wm. Bromley, of American Fork, and Isaac R. Pierce, of Salt Lake City, were released from the Utah Penitentiary.

Adelina Patti courtesy of Wikipedia

Thursday, February 10:  Royal B. Young, having served one term of imprisonment, was released from the Utah Penitentiary, in accordance with the Supreme Court decision. An attempt to kill Adelina Patti, the renowned singer, was made at the Grand Opera House, in San Francisco, Cal.

Friday, February 11:  The Church buildings in Salt Lake City were thoroughly searched by a large force of U. S. deputy marshals, looking for Prests. John Taylor and Geo. Q. Cannon. The grand strike of the coal-shovelers in New York City was ended, the laborers being promised higher wages. James Hansen, of Brigham City, Box Elder Co., was shot, at, by Deputy Marshal Whetstone who tried to arrest him, but he escaped into the hills. David B. Ward, an aged man of Beaver County, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation.

Monday, February 14:  Notwithstanding the strenuous efforts of the “Liberals”, the “People’s Party” gained a handsome majority at the municipal election at Ogden.  In the Third District Court, Salt Lake City, Bishop Ishmael Phillips, of Union, and Henry Reiser, of Salt Lake City, were sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and $300 fine, each, for unlawful cohabitation. The case against Wm. II. Haight, of West Jordan, and John Tate, of Tooele, were continued for the term. Wm. J. Cooper pleaded guilty by saying, “If it is a crime to support my family, I am guilty of unlawful cohabitation.” Joseph Blunt also pleaded guilty.  Seven were run over and killed by a Utah A Northern Railway freight train, between Logan and Mendon, Cache Co.

Tuesday, February 15:  In the Third District Court, Isaac Brockbank, of Salt Lake City, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, $300 fine and costs of suit, for unlawful cohabitation; the jury returned a verdict of guilty against Rasmus Nielsen, of Pleasant Green. Daniel Manning resigned his office as Secretary of the U. S. Treasury.

Wednesday, February 16:  In the Third District Court, Wm. H. Foster and Bedson Eardley, of Salt Lake City, and Wm. II. Watson, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful cohabitation. The passenger train on the Utah & Nevada Railway was blown from the track, near Black Rock. Conductor Adam Brown was killed and a number of the passengers injured.

Thursday, February 17: In the Third District Court, the case against John Cartwright for unlawful cohabitation was dismissed. After the trial, the jury returned a verdict of guilty against Henry Grow and Ezra T. Clark for unlawful cohabitation. Levi North, of Mill Creek, pleaded guilty and Peter Barkdull, of Farmington, not guilty to similar charges. In search of Presidents John Taylor and Geo. Q. Cannon the Gardo House and Pres. Taylor’s residences, in the 14th Ward, Salt Lake City, were raided by Marshal Dyer and his assistants. Sarah Flatt, a young girl of Lehi, Utah Co., committed suicide by taking strychnine.  The report of the conference committee on the Edmunds-Tucker bill was adopted by the U. S. House of Representatives, at Washington, D. C., by 202 votes against 80. On the 18th it was adopted, also, in the Senate by 87 votes against 13. The infamous act became law without the signature of the President.

Friday, February 18:  In the Third District Court, James Wood of Tooele, pleaded not guilty to a charge of living with his wives; Herman Gretber of Salt Lake City, Bishop Lewis IT. Mousley, of Bluff Dale, and Andrew IV. Cooley, of Brighton, pleaded not guilty. After trial for unlawful cohabitation, Geo. B. Wallace, of Granger, was acquitted. The grand jury ignored the eases against A. H. Raleigh, Thom. Jeremy and Daniel Corbett, charged with unlawful cohabitation.

Judge Charles S. Zane from Wikipedia Commons

Saturday, February 19:  By Judge Zane in the Third District Court, Bishop Lewis H. Mousley, of Bluff Dale, Rasmus Nielsen, of Pleasant Green, John P. Mortensen, of Salt Lake City, Bishop Apollos G. Driggs, of the Sugar House Ward, and Henry Whittaker were sentenced to six months imprisonment and $800 fine and costs, each, for unlawful cohabitation and sent to the penitentiary. After trial, the jury returned a verdict of guilty against John Adams, of Centerville, Davis Co., for a similar “offense.” John England, of Tooele County, pleaded not guilty to a charge of unlawful cohabitation.  Thomas H. Morrison, of the 17th Ward, Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, taken before Commissioner McKay, and placed under $1,800 bonds.  Willard F. Cowley froze to death, near Montpelier, Idaho.

Monday, February 21:  In the Third District Court, by Judge Zane, Wm. H. Foster and Bedson Eardley, of the 7th Ward, Salt Lake City, Wm. H. Watson, Ezra T. Clark and Peter Barkduli, of Farmington, Davis Co., Herman Gretber, of the 10th Ward, Salt Lake City, John Adams, of Centerville, Davis Co., Joseph Hogan, of Bountiful, Davis Co., (who pleaded guilty the same day) and Jos. Blunt, of the 21st Ward, Salt Lake City, were each sentenced to six months imprisonment, $300 fine and costs, and taken to the penitentiary. After trial, W. H. Tovey, of the 20th Ward, Salt Lake City, was found guilty of having cohabited with his wives. In the case of Albert Dewey, an ex-Mormon, also indicted for unlawful cohabitation, but who promised to obey the Edmunds law, the sentence was suspended.  Wm. V. Jeffs, of the 16th Ward, Salt Lake City, having served his term of imprisonment, was released from the Utah Penitentiary.

Tuesday, February 22:  Kaysville, Davis Co., was raided by U. S. deputy marshals, who arrested John R. Baines and Wm. Blood. The prisoners were taken to Salt Lake City, brought before Commissioner McKay, pleaded guilty and were placed under $1,500 bonds, each.  California was visited by a terrible cyclone, supposed to be the first one of its kind west of the Rocky Mountains.

Wednesday, February 23:  By Judge Zane in the Third District Court, Wm. J. Hooper, Matthew Pickett, of Tooele County, and Levi North, of Mill Creek, Salt Lake Co., were sentenced to six months imprisonment and a $300 fine and costs, each, for unlawful cohabitation, and taken to the penitentiary. After trial, the jury returned a verdict of guilty against A. W. Winberg and Thomas Butler, of Salt Lake City. A destructive earthquake visited Italy and southern France. Whole towns were destroyed and hundreds of people were killed.

Thursday, February 24:  Joseph Booth, of the 1st Ward, Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brought before Commissioner McKay, and discharged, after due examination, by Judge Zane in the Third District Court, Hyrum B. North, of Provo Valley, Wasatch Co., was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, a line of $300 and costs of suit, and sent to the penitentiary. The murderer Win. Thompson, who, after his acquittal at the Beaver mock trial, again had been appointed a U. S. deputy marshal, commenced suit against the Deseret News Company, demanding $25,000 in damages because of certain articles reflecting upon his character published in that paper.  Geo. Taylor and G. Peterson, of Almy, Uintah Co., Wyo., were arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, and after a preliminary examination before Judge Corn, of Evanston, admitted to bail in the sum of $300, each. These were the first cases under the Edmunds law in Wyoming.

Friday, February 25:  The Tithing Office and the 17th Ward, Salt Lake City, were raided by deputy marshals searching for polygamists. James C. Watson and H. H. Evans, of the 6th Ward and Edwin Kushton, of the 5th Ward, Salt Lake City, were arrested on charges of unlawful cohabitation, brought before Commissioner McKay and placed under bonds.

Saturday, February 26:  The Supreme Court sustained the decision of the District Court against Bishop W. E. Bassett.

Sunday, February 27:  Sophia Whittaker Taylor, wife of Pres. John Taylor, died in Salt Lake City. Hyrum White, of Taylor, Apache Co., Arizona, was accidentally shot and fatally wounded. He died four days later.

Monday, February 28:  In the Third District Court, A. W. Winberg, Thomas Butler, and Harrison Sperry were sentenced to six months imprisonment and a $300 fine and costs, each, for unlawful cohabitation.

 

 

 

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