The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963 Page: 517
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which time his portrait was painted in oils, he returned to St.
Louis and descended the Mississippi River to New Orleans. He
next took passage on a westward-bound Gulf steamer. On Jan-
uary 2, 1856, soon after he stepped ashore in Houston, he was
cursed and threatened with a knife. This was his introduction
Snedaker traveled in East Texas until the following October,
preaching, converting, and organizing. His account of these
months of missionary work comprises the heart of the diary. On
the night of July 19, shortly after he had recovered from an
almost mortal illness, he was kidnapped by a mob, badly beaten,
drenched with tobacco juice, and dragged around the country-
side over rocks and prickly pears. He suffered from the effects
of this night's work for many years. He left Texas by way of
Shreveport, Louisiana, and traveled from there by steamer to
St. Louis where on November 8, 1856, he wrote the last word
in his diary, "BEDI"
By 1859, Snedaker still had no children; so in accordance with
the contemporary practice of polygamy he married again. His
second wife was Elizabeth Mobbs of Oxford, England, a Mormon
convert who was about twenty-two years old at the time. A year
later their first child, Ellen, was born. Before the birth of their
second daughter, Laura, in November, 1864, the Snedakers moved
from their cabin with its dirt floor and primitive furniture into
a large adobe brick house a few yards to the east on the same
street. This was the first two-story residence in Salt Lake City.
Snedaker had become a leading figure in the community. He
owned two general stores, one downtown and one located at his
home. He traveled east to Iowa to purchase merchandise for his
stores and brought it back to Utah by ox team.
Snedaker was also the first manufacturer of salt in the city.
He took water from the Great Salt Lake, boiled it down in
large tanks, skimming off the dirt in the process, and extracted
the salt. He then carried the salt to his Fourth Street home by
wagon or sled. Here he put it into sacks of various sizes with
"M. J. Snedaker, Boiled Salt" printed on them and stored it in
the cellar until the time came to trade it for another commodity.
One hundred pounds of salt, for example, would fetch one hun-
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