With the easing of tension with Johnston’s
Army, Brigham Young directs that the re-settlement of Cache Valley begin in ear-
nest. Wellsville, Providence, Logan, Mendon,Richmond and Smithfield—all in Utah— are
started. Peter Maughan is called as the
Bishop of Cache Valley. The following year,
Apostle Ezra T. Benson is called to preside
over the Cache Valley Stake.
Hyrum, Paradise, Hyde Park, Utah are started.
At the suggestion of Brigham Young, five
groups from various towns in Utah set outfor Muddy River in northern Cache Valley.
1860 April 14
Thirteen families enter an areacalled Green Meadows—that will later be
renamed for Mormon apostle, FranklinRichards—and build a temporary fort us-
ing the boxes from their wagons arrangedin a circle.
1860 April 17
Jesse Fox comes from Salt Lake
City to survey Green Meadows into one- and
1860 April 19
A vote is taken allowing theunmarried men in the group to draw lots
for land along with the married men. Work
begins immediately on clearing land and
1860 June 4
Brigham Young and a sizable group
traveling in thirty carriages begin a tour of the settlements in Cache Valley, eventually
reaching Franklin. President Young calls Pres-
ton Thomas to be the bishop in Franklin.
1860 June 24
The settlers begin work on ditches
to bring irrigation water from the canyon
down to their fields. Roads are constructed
to the canyon, opening the way for cuttingtimber used in constructing log cabins.
A fort comprised of log cabins orga-
nized in a large rectangle begins to take
The first crops of grain are har-
vested and threshing begun.
Hannah Comish opens her home to
children of the settlement as a school. Bish-
op Thomas initiates construction of a log
The school house is completed. On Sundays
it is used as a meeting house for worship
services. Mail service begins between Utah
and Franklin. A wet fall leaves the settlers’
living quarters unpleasant and the flour from
the harvested wheat, musty.