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From Returned Missionaries
Alma O. Taylor's Journal Excerpts-199
Editor's Note: This is the second to last jouranl entry to be posted here.
Salt Lake City Tuesday, May 10th 1910 . I took the 7:45 train to Ogden. I met Bro. Heber Scrowcroft whose son James is going to Japan. He kindly turned over his automobile and his two sons to me. I went to Riverdale and visited till noon with Elder J.H. Stimpsons sisters. Had dinner at Bro. Scrowcroft's. Went to North Ogden and Pleasant View where I visited Bro. Wm S. Ellis' relatives. I also visited Bro. Chadwicks home.
Next I went to Marriott Ward and saw Elder Moroni S. Marriott's mother. I got to the depot in time to take the 6:10 D.R.G train to Salt Lake. After supper at home I visited Aunt Hattie's home. Salt Lake City, Wednesday May 11 th 1910 to Tuesday, May 24 th 1910 . Did considerable visiting and a little entertaining. Wrote to Japan and received a nice letter from Japan written by Prest. Thomas and later a letter written by Sister Koji. Both letters report everything getting along nicely. I have written an article for the Era about Japan.
I have spoken in the L.D.S. High School. Ensign Stake General Priesthood meeting and in the 12th 13th Ward. I have been looking into conditions around home and I find that everything pertaining to father's affairs is in a distressing condition and I don't see how I can help much. Salt Lake City, Wednesday, May 25 , to Sunday May 29th 1910 Have been trying to decide on a job by which to make my bread. Have looked into the proposition of accepting a position with the Beneficial Life Insurance Co. as head of the corps of agent for Salt Lake and vacinity.
Friday night I attended the L.D.S. Alumni Banquet and responded with a toast to the girls. Sunday morning I told the 31st Ward Sunday School about the Japanese children. In the evening, I spoke about Japan and the Japan mission at the 18 th Ward Meeting. I attended the fast meeting in the 12th 13th Ward at 1:30 P.M. and at the Bishop's request bore my testimony. After the evening meeting mother and I spent two hours very pleasantly at the home of Thomas Sloan.
Salt Lake City Monday May 30th to Thursday June 16th On the 2nd of June I took a position with the Beneficial Life Insurance Co. as a soliciting agent. I began work the next day but father having an attack of lumbago I had to be around home considerably. I took a trip to Ogden in the interest of insurance but didn't make anything out of it. I have been invited out to supper several times and on Saturday June 11th I spent a pleasant evening at Elder Caine's. I have spoken several times on Japan, once in the 18th Ward and tree times in two of the wards in American Fork. During my stay in American Fork I was entertained by Bro. and Sister Chipman the parents of Bro. Lester Chipman who leaves for Japan on the 22nd inst. On the evening of the 13 th I went from American Fork to Provo where I met at Dr. Robinson's house a Mr. Kuno a Japanese student who is attending the B.Y.U. at Provo. On the fifteenth I went to the L.D. S. Hospital and saw father operated on for a growth on the right thigh. Later in the day I took him home in an automobile. He is doing nicely.
Salt Lake City Friday June 17th to Sunday Feb 12, 1911 . It is so long since I wrote my journal that during the long period between the dates given perhaps some interesting events have happened which at this writing I shall not be able to recall. After working in the insurance business for about one month I came to the conclusion that my choice of work did not please father and was a disappointment to my brother who was anxious to have me with him in his business - under - taking. So I decided to go back to the family calling and serve the dead. But a funeral director and mortician lives such an irregular and streneous life that I decided to go out into the mountains and rusticate a little in the hope of reviving a full supply of physical & nervous strength before confining myself.
Accordingly on about the 19th or 20th of July I left for Idaho. After a day or two at Rexburg, I went on to Teton Basin where so many of my relatives reside. I made my home at Uncle George and Martha Little's residence at Haden. Here I was welcomed and given all the comforts their home would allow. Not having seen my relatives for nine years the month spent among them was delightful. I had horses saddles and buggies at my disposal so that I could visit far & near hunt or fish just as I pleased. I also had the opportunity of going into the farm work and help whenever I felt so disposed. This life gave me plenty of exercise, recreation, and amusement as well as good wholesome food to eat and pure air to breathe.