Tithing Clerk

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 18
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1986
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Tithing Clerk
Description School to see hima He always had peppermint drops or long pieces of horehound in his pocket for me. For about two decades he managed the affairs of the tithing office. The earlier years must have been very demanding on his time and energy. Produce--vegetables , hay , grain, eggs--and many other commodities were brought to the tithing office as a precious tenth by the faithful Saints. The produce had to be weighed, stored, or distributed (under the direction of the ward bishop). The livestock had to be fed and watered. Careful records had to be kept. In the early 1900s, tithing was paid in cash rather than in kind. C. N. Lund continued to keep the records for the Mt* Pleasant wards for many years until that duty was assigned to a tithing clerk in each ward. There were short intervals of time in these forty years when he left the office to attend to his duties as a State Legislator or to serve as President of the Scandinavian Mission. At the time of his mission in 1896, he wrote in his journal, "I turned the books over to my brother Hans." As I read between the lines in his journals, I found that the position as tithing clerk was the job that sustained him, that gave him the constant income he needed to provide for his ten children (two others died in childhood)= Although he held other salaried jobs, such as president of the Mt. Pleasant Co-op, Justice of the Peace and other elective offices, they were not a source of continued income. The salary for tithing clerk was meager, but it was dependable. His journal reads, "In the summer of 1881, I received employment as Tithing Clerk. I was very thankful for this job as I was not able to do hard work. I started here in August and continued from that on." Subsequent entries in his journal indicate continued work in that office. He served three terms as mayor of Mt = Pleasant, commencing in 1882, and served prior to this as city councilman and city recorder. In 1882, he wrote, "I continued my work in the tithing office and all went pleasantly." 91
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 18
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325751
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