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Lot Smith and the Circle S for Adultery

February 07th, 2011 by G.

The lovely one’s grandpa had his funeral this Friday.

The grandpa was one of Mormon hero Lot Smith’s grandkids, or maybe great grandkids. An elderly brother whom everyone identified as Lot Smith’s oldest living grandchild was there, and he got to talking. He told my wife that Lot Smith had a wife who strayed. So Lot branded her butt with his cattle irons, by way of remonstrance, I suppose.

I don’t know if the story is true, or if it isn’t but a whole bunch of Lot Smith’s descendants think it is. What a story either way!

I told my wife that she’d save a lot of trouble if she stayed faithful, I don’t even have a brand.

Comments (9)
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February 07th, 2011 11:04:21

February 8, 2011

Torture, always funny!!!


Adam G.
February 8, 2011

maybe not in old times, but nowadays that kind of humor can be positively electric.

February 8, 2011

I dislike temporal chauvinism.

February 8, 2011

‘temporal chauvinism’ – that is a word (phrase) of the day and perfectly encapsulates how history is so often viewed!

Jared O. Smith
February 24, 2011

Perhaps a gentleman would not insinuate that a woman was an adulteress if he did not know if the story was true or not, I suppose?

Adam G.
February 25, 2011

Lot Smith was many things, but he was no gentleman.

Jared O. Smith
February 25, 2011

I did not intend to solicit an opinion on whether Lot Smith was not a gentleman. The soon to be published biography of Lot Smith will no doubt be more instructive on that issue. I was suggesting that the story retold above was not gentlemanly, because it casts slurs upon the characters of both Lot Smith and his wife.

As to whether the story is widely believed in the Smith family, in later years those who dressed the woman’s body for burial politely questioned the credulity of those who might believe such stories.

As I understand the factual basis for the tale, one of Lot Smith’s wives came where he and others were branding livestock and was either annoying him or was in physical danger there, or both, and he was brandishing a hot iron when he hurried her out of the corral. The cowboys observing did not miss the potential for humor, and hence arose the legend of “The Mormon Who Names His Horses and Brands His Wives.”

As one who aspires to good will, I will look forward to seeing you again, and sharing more such facts/myths, including the one about Lot Smith’s response to another man who disrespected the very wife in question by using profane language in her hearing. (The disrespectful one departed with the horn shot off his saddle).

Adam G.
February 25, 2011

You are missing the point if you think this is meant to accuse one of Lot Smith’s wives of committing adultery.

Anyway, while your attempts to give your betters tuition on the amenities says something for the goodness of your intentions, you probably should have stop to have reflected that you can’t really bandy a woman’s name if you aren’t, in fact, bandying her name.

Rex O Smith
May 29, 2011

Truth can be stranger than fiction! Sorry people, you will be sorely disappointed that the truth about Lot Smith and this beloved wife don’t match the man or the woman described in the a fore mentioned tale attributed to a grandson or great grand son. It simply is not true.
Truth at times isn’t strange at all and in this case makes good common, that NO BRANDING TOOK PLACE, ETC., ETC. Detractors from the truth are always in line with the adultery and terrible falsehood.
Therefore, it is always wise to choose one’s Hobby Horses well.

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