By Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton
Quantity 6, lifestyles 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 important 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 a unprecedented account of the commonly skilled occasions and difficulties confronted through widows, her checklist has relevance some distance past Mormon background even though. As Helen Kimball have been a polygamous spouse of Mormon founder Joseph Smith. She therefore married Horace Whitney. Her youngsters incorporated the famous Mormon writer, spiritual authority, and flesh presser Orson F. Whitney. She herself was once a number one girl in her church and society and a author recognized particularly for her safety of plural marriage. Upon Horace's demise, she all started preserving a diary. In it, she recorded her monetary, actual, and mental struggles to fulfill the demanding situations of widowhood. Her writing was once 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 fast transformation, modernizing and commencing up from its pioneer beginnings. She remained a well-connected member of an elite crew of prime Latter-day Saint ladies, and well known Utah and Mormon historic figures look usually in her day-by-day entries. notably, notwithstanding, her diary is an strange checklist of problems confronted in lots of instances and areas by means of ladies, of all periods, whose husbands died and left them with out enough ability to hold at the sorts of lives to which that they had been accustomed.
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She revised it again a week later, despite continuing to feel ill, and the next day showed it to Orson, who praised it. She made a ﬁnal copy before giving it to Orson on the fourteenth to turn over to John Nicholson at the News. The article, “A Mormon Mother Presents Some Sensible Reﬂections for the Beneﬁt of Whom It May Concern,” discussed reasons for the persecution of Mormons and polygamy in Utah and was printed two days later. In her later years, Helen Mar wrote less, due to failing powers and health.
In one dream, Heber C. Kimball returns to visit, but the room she has him stay in is inexplicably ﬁlthy, to her great embarrassment (February 1, 1887). In another, Helen watches as her house is built somehow by magic, without workers (February 22, 1888). Many of Helen’s dreams moralize and the interpretation is given within the dream. She recorded one such remarkable nightmare on August 29, 1887: “I had a terible dream Wednesday night about myself—My hair was ﬁlled with some kind of insects similar to musquetoes, raising my hair an inch or ^two, &^ the feelings I had were most appalling.
Used by permission, Utah State Historical Society, all rights reserved. Helen Whitney’s home (marked with an asterisk) was near the southwest corner of the 18th Ward, at the northwest corner of the block just east of the Temple block. The block just north of hers was dominated by her father’s home; the Kimball-Whitney graveyard can still be found there. Map of wards of Salt Lake City from Salt Lake City, Illustrated (1887), courtesy of Special Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah. The Salt Lake City Eighteenth Ward chapel, on A Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, where Helen and her family attended church and where Orson Whitney served as ward bishop.
A Widow's Tale: The 1884-1896 Diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney (Life Writings of Frontier Women, Vol. 6) (Life Writings Frontier Women) by Helen Mar Whitney, Charles M. Hatch, Todd M. Compton