100 years ago today - Mar. 14, Mon. [1920]

[James E. Talmage]
Gerald H. Lowry, who was disfellowshipped ... and in view of the conclusive testimony that he had been a party to the infamous "wife-sacrifice" practise [sic]..

J. Leo Hafen, who, prior to the disorganization of the West Tintic branch three weeks ago, was president of that branch, was also excommunicated from the Church. There was no direct evidence that he had been an active participant in any "wife-sacrifice" atrocity; but his dereliction in failing to report the condition of affairs to the Stake Presidency, his refusal to give information to the Stake President when called upon, and his persistent refusal to comply with the usual and well established order and regulations of the Church, were deemed sufficient to warrant the penalty imposed upon him.

Ralph B. Weight, his wife Mrs. Minerva B. Weight, Thomas D. Nisbet, Levi G. Metcalf Jr., and his wife Mrs. Lucy Warren Metcalf, were disfellowshipped from the Church. ...

[Note: "A practice of "Wife Sacrifice" was practiced in the area, conceptually related to the United Order. Men would sacrifice their wives to other men for sexual relations.]

[James E. Talmage Journal, Transcription reproduced by Trevor Antley, Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University]

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