Photographs of Joseph F. Smith and the Laie Plantation, Hawaii, 1899

On January 7, 1899, Joseph F. Smith, then a Counselor to Church President Lorenzo Snow, left Salt Lake City to visit the Church’s plantation in Laie, Hawaii. The main purpose of this trip to Hawaii was to benefit the health of President Smith’s wife Sarah Ellen Richards Smith, who had just passed through a “very severe illness.” They were accompanied by two of his daughters, Minerva and Alice. President Smith’s “loyal friend and former missionary companion” Albert W. Davis and Edna Davis, Albert Davis’s daughter, were also on the trip. They first went by train to San Fransisco and on January 11, 1899, “steamed out of [the] Golden Gate” on the SS Australia (fig. 1). The Smiths and the Davises arrived in Honolulu on January 18, 1899, and were guests on the Laie Plantation for the next four weeks.

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