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Alma O. Taylor's Journal Excerpts-195
Editor's Note: 1910 - This is the last entry from Brother Alma O. Taylor's journals that will be posted on this website. The remaining 16 pages of this journal are about matters which take place several years later. What a treasure this journal is to the Church. I look forward to meeting Alma Taylor, perhaps in the near future.
About the middle of August. I left Teton Basin with a party of the Basin people, headed by Bro. James F. Griggs and his wife and went into Jackson's Hole, Wyo. and spent there a delightful, healthful two weeks of camping and fishing. It was a jolly time. Before leaving Jackson's Hole we attended the ward conference held at the town of Jackson. At this conference I did considerable speaking and made many friends. After getting back to the Basin, I rushed home to Salt Lake expecting to go to work, but I found that my nerves were not yet strong enough and the recreation I had had while good had not been long enough to attain the object of my out.
Therefore after about two weeks during which time I visited Cache Valley, Wasatch Valley and San Pete Valley I went again to Teton Basin and stayed over two months This time I did more work than before but had all the pleasure and play that was good for me. I carried the U.S. Mail considerably between Haden & Badger and Haden and Clawson, my uncle having the contract on these routes. I went to Jackson's Hole twice once to see the frontier day antics and once to hunt elk. The latter trip was not very fruitful. I was entertained on the first trip by Bro & Sister Deloney and on the Second by Bro. & Sister Jacob Johnson.
While in Jackson's Hole and the Basin I tried to serve the Lord and do all the good I could so spiritually I had a good time. On the occasion of my first trip to Teton, I delivered the Pioneer day oration at a celebration held at Haden on July 23rd and attended a similar celebration held a Diggs on July 25th I got home on the night of Nov. 16th and the next day I went to work in the firm of S.M. Taylor & Co Undertakers at a salary of $125 00 a month. It only took a day or two to get back in the harness of the old business of my boyhood days. I took to it as naturally as a duck takes to water. I have been busily engaged in this work ever since. Just before going to Idaho in July my brother S.M. and I bought nearly all of father's stock of undertakers' supplies in the hope of relieving him of all work in this line it being clearly evident that he could not take care of any sales without making himself nervous and without suffering resultant physical pain.
We signed notes for about $4400 to cover the price of the goods. In order to meet the first note of $500 00 on Oct 1st , I mortgaged my property and raised the money As soon as I got home in November I united with my brother S. M. Taylor my father Jos. E. Taylor, Mr. S. L. George of the Colorado Casket Co, and Mr. K. J. Howe in promoting the cooperation now known as the Salt Lake Casket Co. incorporated for $ 500 00 shares at $100 each admitting a stock holders only undertakers in the retail business.
Articles of incorporation were duly drawn up and filed by E. Conway Ashton the attorney chosen to do the legal work for the company. The organization makes me Treasurer. I hold 25 shares $2500. As yet the company is not doing active business. It has taken, and is now taking considerable work to take over the stock and factory of Joseph E. Taylor & Taylor Bros (Sm and I). However two capable men are engaged and the business should be moving March 1st (see page 535 *) On Wednesday evening Nov. 30th 1910 at the home of Wm J. Atkin I was sustained and set apart as a member of the Stake Board of Sunday Schools in the Ensign Stake. Owing to this call I was released from S.S. duties in my ward. On the evening of Monday Jan 9th 1911 at the 12th 13th Ward Chapel I was sustained and set apart by J. Golden Kimball to be one of the presidents of the eight Quorum of Seventy. (See next page) I have done considerable speaking about Japan both in and out of the city and have been appointed once on the home mission of the Ensign Stake. Several interesting communications have come from my old mission field and the news of continual growth in Japan is very gratifying to my soul. I have met a number of local Japanese and on one Sunday I conducted in Japanese the funeral of a Mr. Okano the president of the local Toyo Kyoshin Club. I sang, prayed, and preached in Japanese. This is my first funeral in that language as while I was in Japan two experiences were denied me marrying people and burying them.
On the afternoon of (date unknown) I went to the office of the Church Historian and, he being absent I left with one of the clerks the printer's manuscript of the Japanese Book of Mormon 12 volumes accompanied by samples of the Romaji manuscript and the first character manuscript. These two latter manuscripts with the exception of the samples taken by me were burned as useless. The second character manuscript on which the Japanese critics worked is held in tact by me. The printer's manuscript, therefore, is the third character manuscript. I also gave samples of the proof sheets and a history of the translation from start to finish prepared by myself into the Historian's office. All of these things were given to the Church because I consider that they belong to the church and are safest in their vaults.