Thursday, July 23, 2015

Competing with Today’s Technology

In May of 1884, what did Bishop Henry Ballard receive from England in three days’ time to his residence in Logan, Utah?
A)                 A letter from his missionary son
B)                 An express with the latest demographic statistics from the mission president in England
C)                 A newspaper with the information of 60 family names of deceased relatives
D)                 A listing of all members leaving England for the Salt Lake Valley that summer

Yesterday’s answer:
(A)     To pay the property tax on a chapel
The following is from the life of George Albert Goodrich during the 1860’s:
   George and one other man sawed enough lumber with a whipsaw to complete an adobe meetinghouse. Scarcely had they completed their arduous task when it was determined by the state boundary survey that they were located in Nevada. Taxes were so high there that they couldn’t pay them, so the state seized many of their horses and cattle and sold them for taxes.

Chronicles of Courage, Lesson Committee comp., (Salt Lake City: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1991), 2:53.

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