Thousands upon thousands of people came through Utah on their way to California. It was not unusual for these travelers to trade with the Saints. What were the Saints interested in trading for?
b. Cooking ware
c. Farm implements
From the life of Reed Smoot: His first call to the mission field—supplementing a notice previously given—came in the year 1880, but was rescinded, as his services were needed as superintendent of the cooperative store. His second call was in March, 1884, when he was again stopped from going abroad, and given by Pres. John Taylor a five years’ mission as manager of the Woolen Mills.
Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1:179.