175 years ago today - Apr 15, 1848

[Wilford Woodruff]
I rode over the river. Went to the Log tabernacle with G A Smith. On our way there we learned that there was much excitement at the Point.

The inhabitants had laid off Council Point into a town or town lots. One line fence run through John Geens house And the people pulled down his fence to move it. He went to put it up & took his rifle & swore He would Kill the first man that crossed the line of his fence or offered to touch it. While the company stood looking at him Brother [ ] Condit A shoemaker came out of his shop & walked up to see what was going on & in doing so walked over the line & John Geen shot him through the heart and he fell dead. A Frenchman then Struck Geen across the head with a Club And He fell as if he was dead but afterwards came to. They buried the dead man & took John Geen to Ioway City to be tried for his crime. /Geen shot himself at G S L City./

[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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