A Young Folks' History of the Church
On the evening of October 24, 1838, news reached Far West that a Methodist preacher by
the name of Bogart was leading a mob to destroy the property of the Saints on Log Creek.
That same evening a company of about seventy-five men led by Captain David W. Patten
mounted their horses and rode to the scene of trouble. Early the next morning, just as it
was getting daylight the mob was found encamped on Crooked River. The Far West
Militia dismounted and marched on to the enemy. A battle took place. The mob took
refuge behind the river bank, while the brethren charged them sword in hand. The enemy
was soon put to flight across the river. As they were fleeing, one of the mobbers wheeled
around from behind a tree and shot Captain Patten, who instantly fell. A number of
brethren were badly wounded, and two died the next night. One was Patterson O'Banion,
and the other Captain Patten.
Brother Patten was a member of the first quorum of Twelve Apostles. He had taken an
active part in the affairs of the Church up to the time of his death, having filled many
missions and done many great works in the name of Jesus Christ. Apostle Patten was one
of the first martyrs of the Church. Of him Joseph the Prophet said at his funeral:
"There lies a man who has done just as he said he would; he has laid down his life for his
Topics.—1. The Saints in Clay county. 2. Removed to Caldwell county. 3. The beginning
of trouble. 4. The Crooked River battle. 5. Apostle David W. Patten.
Questions and Review.—1. From Jackson county where did the Saints go? 2. How did
they try to get their homes again? 3. What did Governor Dunklin do? 4. What offer did
the Jackson people make to the Saints? 5. Why did not the Saints accept this offer? 6.
What did the Saints offer to do? 7. Why did the people of Clay county wish the Saints to
leave them? 8. When and where did the Saints then go? 9. What is the law of tithing? 10.
What was the case of the new trouble between the Saints and the Missourians? 11. What
came of Joseph's trip to Daviess county? 12. Describe the Crooked River battle. 13. Tell
about David W. Patten.