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By May 6, 2012

The “Southwestern States Mission” series analyzes the experiences of missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints working (mostly) in eastern Texas around 1900. The series was inspired by Ardis Parshall’s serial posting of the missionary diary of Willard Larson Jones at Keepapitchinin.

The posts address such burning questions as… What time did missionaries get up? How often and where did they bathe? And what’s with all the entertainment?

I anticipated (so far, accurately) the posts running short, dry, and rather like an undergraduate exercise in “Using Primary Sources.” That said, I hope the net effect is to illustrate aspects of Mormon material culture, lived religion, and social History.

The missionaries in the study, their hometowns and counties, and the dates of their diaries available to me are:

  • Joseph A Brooks, Mesa, Maricopa, AZ: 1899 Oct 04 – 1901 Jun 10 (went home Spring 1902)
  • Amelia B Carling, Orderville, Kane, UT: 1901 Jun – 1901 Dec 17 (went home Fall 1902)
  • Franklin Clark, Spring Lake, Utah, UT: 1899 Dec 05 – 1901 Nov 05 (diary complete)
  • Josephine Cluff (Jones Kimball), AZ: 1904 Nov 28 – 1905 Aug 29 (first six months not yet included)
  • James G Duffin, Toquerville, UT: Traveling Elder, 1899 Oct – 1900 Apr; Mission President, 1900 May – 1906 Oct.
  • Heber N Folkman, Plain City, Weber, UT: 1899 Dec 07 – 1902 Mar 31 (diary complete)
  • David R Forsha, St. George, Washington, UT: 1899 Dec 08 – 1900 Aug 15 (went home Fall 1900)
  • Willard L Jones, Overton, Lincoln (later Clark), NV: 1899 Oct 20 – 1902 Mar 15 (diary complete)
Chronological listing
Other Treatments

Mission President Duffin Marries Missionary Carling Polygamously

  1. Reading Like a Conspiracy Theorist: A Post-Manifesto Polygamist’s Diary
  2. Reading Like a Conspiracy Theorist, 2: The Case for Polygamy
  3. Reading Like a Conspiracy Theorist, 3: Quinn and Hardy

1900 Galveston Hurricane

  1. 1/8: Introduction and Overview 2008 Oct 20
  2. 2/8: Landfall 2008 Oct 20
  3. 3/8: The Institutional Response 2008 Oct 21
  4. 4/8: Life Continues 2008 Oct 21
  5. 5/8: Finding a Merciful God in the Whirlwind 2008 Oct 22
  6. 6/8: Finding a Vengeful God in the Whirlwind 2008 Oct 22
  7. 7/8: Wild Conjectures about Consequences 2008 Oct 23
  8. 8/8: Random Reflections to Wrap Up 2008 Oct 23

  1. From the Archives: An Abortion Court 2008 Oct 13
  2. Missionaries and Smallpox, 1900 2008 Jul 15
  3. Within SWSM boundaries: Mormons, Cajuns, and Alcohol 2008 Jul 11


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