The Diaries of Charles Ora Card : The Utah Years 1871-1886
Godfrey, Donald G.,Godfrey, Kenneth W.
Religious Studies Center, BYU
[2007 Mormon Historical Association Winner for Best Documentary Editing]
December 9, 1871 to September 25, 1886. The diaries begin with Card's mission to the Eastern States. When he returns from his mission in 1872, he stops recording in his journal until 1877. Card spends decades in Logan City and Cache County, Utah government offices, including city councilman, road commissioner, coroner, justice of the peace, and selectman. He serves on the Logan School Board and the Brigham Young College Board. He spends years developing irrigation projects in Logan, Hyde Park, Richmond, and Smithfield, Utah. He was a member of the militia, a farmer, and a millsman, operating the Card and Son Mill, Central Mill, United Order Mill, Temple Mills, and the mill for the Board of Trade. Card was construction superintendent for the Logan Temple and the Logan Tabernacle. He records information about the dedication of the Logan Temple. He records meetings occurring in the Cache Valley Stake, including meetings of Sunday School leaders and students, Mutual leaders and members, Relief Society presidencies and women, Primary officers and teachers and students as well as bishoprics and quorum presidencies. Card records sermons by many Church leaders, especially Moses Thatcher. Card records details of the development of areas of northern Utah, southern Idaho, and western Wyoming. He provides information on the effects of federal anti-polygamy legislation. Card has four wives and is a target for federal agents in Utah.