[This is part three on a presentation I gave about Cane Creek and local Mormon History. You can read the other two parts about the Church Family Cemetery and the places we stopped along the way.]
At Charles Talley Road the asphalt gave way to chert, a local rock used for gravel roads. We drove on the twisted path, keeping off the private driveways of the several homes now on what was once the Conder farm. Each of the homes were built for one of the descendents of the Talley family, who were Mormon over three generations back.
A sign led us to the right as we crossed a tiny brook. We drove up the road another 50 yards and found the well manicured cemetery on the right side. I don't know who keeps it so good looking, but I'll ask Charles when I meet him later this summer.
The group gathered around the stone marker for Riley and Martin.The two were buried together in a single grave. The marker itself was place by the Church in 1934 at the instigation of Miles L Jones, who was then the local mission president. When the stone arrived it was dedicated by Charles A. Callis, who was the newest member of the Quorum of the Twelve.
Here we began the story of the shooting itself, about where the missionaries spent the night and how Elder Jones found himself alone and late for the meeting. I described his capture and interogation by the mob. Then we followed the vigilantes as they went to the Conder farm, how they over-powered Jim Conder at the gate and forced their way into the house. We talked about the bravery of the two sons of Sister Malinda "Sues" Conder, who tried to fend off a well-armed mob of about 15 with two muzzle loading shot guns. I described how each of the missionaries died and how Elder Henry B. Thompson was able to escape.
We ended with questions about the people who lived here, and about the Conder home itself, and I told how it had been burned down in 1895 leaving only a chimney, and that by the mid-20th century there was nothing left to see but an empty field.
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