By Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton
Quantity 6, existence Writings of Frontier girls sequence, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher Mormon tradition has produced in the course of its historical past an strange variety of traditionally helpful own writings. Few such diaries, journals, and memoirs released have supplied as wealthy and good rounded a window into their authors' lives and worlds because the diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney. since it presents an extraordinary account of the generally skilled occasions and difficulties confronted through widows, her checklist has relevance some distance past Mormon background although. As Helen Kimball have been a polygamous spouse of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. She consequently married Horace Whitney. Her little ones incorporated the famous Mormon writer, non secular authority, and flesh presser Orson F. Whitney. She herself was once a number one girl in her church and society and a author recognized in particular for her safety of plural marriage. Upon Horace's loss of life, she started retaining a diary. In it, she recorded her fiscal, actual, and mental struggles to satisfy the demanding situations of widowhood. Her writing used to be introspective and revelatory. She additionally commented at the altering society round her, as Salt Lake urban within the final many years of the 19th century underwent swift transformation, modernizing and starting up from its pioneer beginnings. She remained a well-connected member of an elite workforce of major Latter-day Saint ladies, and renowned Utah and Mormon historic figures seem often in her day-by-day entries. mainly, notwithstanding, her diary is an strange list of problems confronted in lots of occasions and areas through ladies, of all sessions, whose husbands died and left them with no adequate capacity to hold at the kinds of lives to which that they had been accustomed.
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At the four corners are, clockwise from the upper left, Phebe Woodruff, Bathsheba Smith, Elizabeth Howard, and Presendia Huntington Kimball. The top group of four includes, clockwise from top, Eliza R. Snow, Mary Isabella Horne, Sarah M. Kimball, and Zina Huntington Young. To the left are Emily Hill Woodmansee, Hannah Tapﬁeld King Young, Helen Mar Whitney, and Augusta Crocheron. To the right are Elmina Shepherd Taylor, Mary Ann Freeze, Ellen Clawson, and Louie B. Felt. The bottom group includes Emmeline B.
No longer could she view the political struggle as a war of religious absolutes. For her, much of the drama was gone. 76 Strikes resulted. The downturn was reﬂected in the chronic unemployment of Ed Talbot, Helen’s non-Mormon son-in- law, who worked as a miner in Montana until 1893. When the mines closed, he returned to Salt Lake and obtained temporary employment as a policeman. Ed was called up to help deal with another phenomenon of the panic, Coxey’s Army, part of which arrived in Utah in April 1894.
For a faithful Mormon in the 1880s, non-Mormon political opponents were demons incarnate. The same kind of rhetoric permeates Mormon journalism of the time. 66 On the side of all things good was the Deseret Evening News, which published sermons by Mormon Church leaders and editorials expressing the Mormon perspective and which employed Whitney family friends such as John Nicholson. The Salt Lake Tribune, on the other hand, was the “dirty lying Tribune” (December 27, 1884) and was read only by enemies such as Helen Mar’s Liberal sister-in-law next door, Mary Kimball (plural wife of William H.