Here’s everything that happened in January 1887

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

Saturday Jan 1

Dirk Bockholt (1843-1887)

Dirk Bockholt, formerly county clerk of Salt Lake County, died in Salt Lake City.

Monday Jan 3

  • In the First District Court, at Ogden, Win. Palmer, Hugh Adams and Thomas McNeill who had pleaded guilty to a two-count indictment, each, Peter Andersen, who had pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment, and Robert Henderson, who had pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment, were sentenced to six months’ imprisonment in the Utah Penitentiary and a fine of $100, each, for unlawful cohabitation. Harvey Murdock, who three weeks previous pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with polygamy, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and $500 fine.
  • William Crackles, of Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brought before Commissioner McKay and placed under $500 bonds.
  • Soren C. Petersen, of Elsinore, Sevier Co., was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation and subsequently taken to Beaver.
  • Kirsten Marie Pederson Jensen (1859-1877)

    Mary Jenson, wife of Andrew Jenson, died in Salt Lake City.

Tuesday. Jan 4

  • Levi North and Hiram B. North, of Provo Valley, Wasatch Co., were arrested at Mill Creek, Salt Lake Co. on charges of unlawful cohabitation, brought before Commissioner McKay, in Salt Lake City, and placed under $1,000 bonds, each.
  • By a terrible collision on the Baltimore and Ohio Railway, near Tiffin, Ohio, about twenty people were killed and a number of others injured.
  • Between two and three thousand sheep were burned to crisps near Tie Siding, Wyo.

Thursday Jan 6

After a two days’ trial in the First District Court, at Ogden, Bishop Wm. E. Bassett, of Salt Lake City, was adjudged guilty of polygamy and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and $500 fine. An appeal was taken to the Territorial Supreme Court.

Friday Jan. 7

  • Thomas Stevens arrived at San Francisco, Cal., after having traveled around the world on a Columbia bicycle. He was three years on the journey and rode a distance of 15,000 miles.
  • After a two-days mock trial, the anti-Mormon jury in the First District Court (Beaver) gave a verdict of “not guilty” in the case of Oscar Thompson, who murdered Edward M. Dalton at Parowan, Dec. 16, 1886.

Saturday Jan 8

  • In the First District Court, at Ogden, Thos.Kirby, of Hyde Park, Cache Co., who pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment charging unlawful cohabitation, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and $100 fine. John Marriott and Charles Franks received similar sentences. N. C. Mortenson, Abraham Chadwick and Joseph Parry were sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, and $300 fine, each. The prisoners were all taken to the Utah Penitentiary the same evening.
  • Mrs. Louisa Ward Higgenbotham, died in Ogden.

Monday Jan 10

  • Deputy U. S. Marshal Wm. Hopson and posse raided Pool Island and arrested Charles Shipping on a charge of unlawful cohabitation.
  • Joseph Franklin Hartley (1851-1877)

    Joseph F. Hartley, of Nephi, Juab Co., was burned to death at Butte, Montana.

Tuesday January 11

In the German Reichstag, at Berlin, Prince Bismarck delivered a significant speech in relation to the political situation in Europe.

Wednesday January 12

  • Charles Corydon Hyde (1860-1887)

    Elder Charles C. Hyde died at Kaysville, Davis Co.

  • After a preliminary examination before Commissioner McKay, Salt Lake City, the case for unlawful cohabitation against Wm. Crackles was dismissed.
  • Joseph Davis, an ex-convict and thief,-was killed by the officers who tried to arrest him. near St. George, Utah.
  • The infamous Edmunds-Tucker bill was passed by the U. S. House of Representatives.

Thursday January 13

  • A bill repealing the anti-Mormon test oath in Arizona was passed by the Council branch of the Arizona Legislature. The House passed it the following day, and the governor signed it on the 15th.
  • The Edmunds-Tucker bill was referred to a conference committee by the U. S. Senate.
  • Wm. Yates, of Lehi, Utah Co., who was arrested about a month previous on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, appeared before Commissioner McKay, in Salt Lake City,and was placed under $1,500 bonds.

Friday January 14

  • Eli Houston Murray (1843-1896)

    Ex-Governor Eli H. Murray was admitted to the bar of the Territorial Supreme Court, as an attorney, while Lieut. H. V. Young, a prominent lawyer of extensive practise in the East, was refused admittance because he was a “Mormon”.

  • Hong Hop, a Chinese merchant, married Nellie Adlard, a white woman, in Salt Lake City. This peculiar matrimonial incident was the first of its kind in Utah.

Sunday January 16

Effects of explosion of the powder vessel, Parallel, at Cliff House in San Francisco
  • The schooner Parallel with 100,000 pounds of powder on board was wrecked on the rocks near San Francisco, causing the powder to explode, whereby the Cliff House and adjacent buildings on the beach were destroyed.
  • Gen. W. B. flazen, chief signal officer of the United States army, died at Washington.
  • John P. Horne, of the 14th Ward, Salt Lake City, died at Era, Idaho.
  • Wm. Gibson, jun., was shot and killed by Joe Young, an Indian boy, at Moab Emery County.

Monday January 17

Acting Gov. A. L. Thomas pardoned David Gallifant who was serving a term in the Utah Penitentiary for killing Richard Fowler, May 28, 1883.

Tuesday January 18

Hans J. Petersen, of Kanesville, Weber Co , was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brought to Ogden and placed under bonds.

Wednesday January 19

  • The aged people of American Fork, Utah Co., were treated to a splendid entertainment.
  • William Ringwood (1796-1887)

    Elder Wm. Ringwood, over ninety years old, died in the 20th Ward, Salt Lake City.

Thursday January 20

  • Mrs Antoinette Cabalek killed three of her children, wounded two others and then hanged herself, at Cleveland, Ohio.
  • The Lorenzo Snow habeas corpus case was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Friday January 21

Homer J. Stone was killed by Louis Steen at Price, Emery County. The murderer was arrested.

Saturday January 22

  • Elder Wm. A. McMaster, died in the 11th Ward, Salt Lake City.
    William Athol McMaster Sr. (1816-1887)
  • George Saville, of the 18th Ward, Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, taken before Commissioner McKay and placed under $1,500 bonds.

Sunday January 23

A. P. Anderson, of Chesterfield, Idaho, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brought to Blackfoot and placed under $2,000 bonds.

Monday January 24

  • Farmington, Davis Co., and Brigham City, Box Elder Co., were raided by deputy marshals.
  • Peter Madsen, of Willard, Box Elder Co., was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation. He waived examination and was placed under .$1,000 bonds to await the action of the grand jury.

Tuesday January 25

  • Richard Collett and Edwin Rawlins, of the 19th Ward, Salt Lake City, and Eric Hogan, of Bountiful, Davis Co., were arrested on charges of unlawful cohabitation, brought before Commissioner McKay and placed under $1,500 bonds, each. After a preliminary examination in the evening, Hogan was discharged.
  • Elder E.O. Haymond, of Springville, Utah Co., died.
    Edward Owen Haymond (1802-1887)

Wednesday January 26

  • John D. Lang, of the lutli Ward, Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation. After a preliminary examination before Commissioner McKay, he was found “innocent” and consequently discharged.
  • A. J. Kershaw was arrested by deputy marshals at Randolph, Rich Co., on a charge of unlawful cohabitation.

Thursday January 27

  • Elder Nathaniel H. Felt, of the 17th Ward, Salt Lake City, died.
    Nathaniel Henry Felt (1816-1887)
  • T. B. Lewis, of Ogden, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation. He waived examination and was placed under $1,500 bonds.
  • Peru, a railway town, 8 miles west of Green River, Wyoming, was destroyed by fire.
  • Over thirty thousand coal-shovelers and other laborers in New York City were on the strike.

Friday January 28

  • Deseret, Millard Co., was raided by deputy marshals, In search of polygamists.
  • R. G. Slater and Alexander Edwards, of Salt Lake City, were arrested charged with unlawful cohabitation, brought before Commissioner McKay and placed under $1,500 bonds, each.
  • T. P. C. Winter and John Petersen, of Huntsville, Weber Co., were arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brought to Ogden and placed under bonds.

Saturday January 29

  • Thomas Brunker, of the 11th Ward, Salt Lake City, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, arraigned before Commissioner McKay and discharged.
  • A fearful railroad collision occurred on the Union Pacific Railway, at the Alrny Switch, near Evanston, Wyoming. Engineer Mark Murphy, of Ogden, was killed. Emanuel Mark Pledger Murphy (1847-1887)
  • Several piers were set on fire by the New York and Brooklyn strikers known as longshoremen.

Monday January 31

  • Charles Edler, of Tooele, was arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation, brought to Salt Lake City, arraigned before Commissioner McKay and finally discharged for lack of evidence.
  • lvanosh, Millard Co., was raided by deputy marshals, and Bishop Abram A. Kimball arrested on a charge of unlawful cohabitation.
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