A few weeks ago I noticed an entry in Jensen's Church Chronology about two Elders, Heber C. Miller and Joseph H. Walton Jr., who were attacked by a mob in Tennessee on August 10, 1905. The date was interesting in that it was 11 years to the day after the Cane Creek Massacre. But Jensen gave no other details. No location other than Tennessee. I determined to flesh out the details.
I started with the Elders Journal. This was a publication of the Southern States Mission which includes 1905. I figured if it were anywhere in print it would be there. But to my surprise, the searches came up empty. I tried name searches, and even reading page by page starting in August 1, 1905 and on for several months. Still nothing. It is a little perplexing. But I noticed that the web site I was reading this at, Mormon Publications of the Twentieth Century, did not have a copy of the August 15th, 1905 volume.
Next I went to digital collections of Utah Newspapers. But again, no articles containing the words Tennessee and the names Watson or Miller in August or September of 1905. Could it be that Jensen found this event important enough to include in his chronology, but that it wasn't considered newsworthy in Utah. I find that hard to swallow.
So I ask you, where would you check next?
2 weeks ago