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Latter-Day Saints in Early Stockton Days
Posted by: Adine Wakefield (ID *****0420) Date: July 14, 2009 at 21:45:17
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A History of Stockton by George H. Tinkham, 1880, page 352:

Latter-Day Saints. Among those who located in this State were a number of Mormons. Some of that faith having only one wife settled in the viciniy of Mormon Slough and styled themselves "Latter-Day Saints." I find that an Elder of the Mormon Church held service in Stockton, March 24-25, 1852, at the corner of Weber avenue and Amrican street. They had no house of worship, but held their services from time to time in each other's dwelling houses. In July, 1857, a Mormon preacher addressed a crowd on the corner of Centre and Levee streets. This church though small in numbers has an existence, and occasional services are held in the South Street Schoolhouse.

From Illustrated History of San Joaquin County, California 1890: p. 171:

The "Reorganized Church of Latter-Day Saints" ("Joe Smith Mormons"), have had a small society in Stockton for many years, but it has scarcely grown any since the first. They claim nominally between twenty-five and thirty members. Their church is a very small building near the corner of Sutter and Clay streets, in the southern part of the city. John Nightingale, a resident, is the presiding elder, Mr. Darrow the teacher, and Dr. Israel D. Davis the priest. Other ministers in recent times have been Henry Robbins, John Blake, Daily, Potter, Darrow, etc. No regular meetings have been held since last spring (1889).


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