Thursday, March 22, 2012
Missouri tried, but they couldn't make it stick
As hard as they might, Missouri couldn't make the attempted assassination charges against Joseph Jr. and Porter stick. Attempts were made to smuggle the Prophet Joseph Smith across the Mississippi River and into Missouri, but such attempts always failed. As for Porter Rockwell, well the evidence wasn't there to convict him. Not satisfied to let "Modern Day Samson" (Porter Rockwell) walk free, the jury found him guilty for another crime. What was his crime?
A) Walking in an up scaled St. Charles neighborhood with hair too long and unkempt
B) It was claimed that he cheated at a shooting contest in St. Louis
Good luck. Wait till you learn the sentence to the crime tomorrow. I think Porter broke a world record on this one.
D) Dry Diggins, California Ziba was one of the first converts to the Church and one of the first missionaries. After serving the mission to the Laminates, he continued preaching the gospel in southern Missouri. It was while he was serving in this part of the state that he met and converted his wife in Lone Pine. When the persecutions began in 1833, Ziba's testimony was not strong enough to with stand the on slaught created by the residence of Jackson County. He and his wife left the Church, moved to Lone Pine where he would teach school for a number of years. In 1848 he moved with his family to California where he was elected the sheriff. He was the first sheriff to supervise the first legal hanging in California. After the hanging of the three desperado's, Dry Diggins was dubbed Hangtown and with time renamed Placerville (I-80 takes you right through Placerville today). Ziba would die in 1849 and his wife would move to Sonoma. Who sold Mrs. Peterson the land she bought in Sonoma? I'll answer this tomorrow. You'll be more than a little amazed.