140 years ago today - Oct 3, 1881

[Wilford Woodruff]
Oct 3, 1881 {Orson Pratt Died Oct 3 1881 at 8.40 AM Aged 70 years} I Called at the house of Orson Pratt at 8.40 and he had just breathed his last. Thus by his death we loose the last man that was organized in the first quorum of the Twelve Apostles at least who are in the Church. I think that Wm. Smith, Wm. E McLellin & John Boyanton are Still living, but all out of the Church.

Elder Orson Pratt has been in the Church the longest of any man that has Ever lived in it up to the Present time. He has traveled more miles in the ministry than any other Man. Has Crossed the Atlantic 16 times. He was a self made man. Orson Pratt had obtained through his own Exertion without the aid of teachers, more Mathimatical Philological and Astrological Knowledge Probably than any other man in this generation.

...This has been a singular Day. Soon after Orson Pratt Died, One of his wives Juliett Pratts Barn took fire & burned up with all its Contents. Milando Pratt had a large Mirror hanging in his house fall & mashed to Peaces....

I went to the Coop & got materials to lay out Br Orson Pratt. The Bill was $18.50 and I got order for the family amounting to $234.40. Total $252.90.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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