Andrew Jenson, Church Chronology, January 27, 1878 (Sunday)
The Saints who had settled on the Little Colorado river, Apache Co., Arizona, were organized as a Stake of Zion, with Lot Smith as president, and Jacob Hamblin and Lorenzo H. Hatch as counselors. Geo. Lake was ordained Bishop of Brigham City (formerly Ballinger): Levi M. Savage, Bishop of Sunset. John Kartchner was appointed presiding Elder of Taylor, and John Bushman, acting Bishop of St. Joseph (formerly Allen). This was the first Stake of Zion organized in Arizona.
Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the Church, pp. 377-378
On Jan. 27, 1878, the Little Colorado Stake of Zion was organized with Lot Smith as president, and at that time John Bushman was appointed to take charge of the saints at Allen’s Camp, Bro. Allen being absent at the time. In August, 1878, Samuel G. Ladd of St. Joseph (Allen’s Camp) reported that they expected to harvest 1,200 bushels of wheat, that their 1,000 fruit trees and grape vines were doing well; that they milked daily 100 cows, had a flock of 500 sheep and were sending a load of wool to Utah. The United Order was working harmoniously. It should also be mentioned that the people of the settlement made a specialty of raising broom corn and furnished all the country around with brooms.
Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the Church, p.378
The Little Colorado Stake was divided in 1887 and later St. Joseph became part of the Snowflake Stake. Bishop Richards, who was called into the Snowflake Stake presidency, was succeeded as Bishop of St. Joseph by John Bushman, who was succeeded in 1916 by John L. Westover, who presided Dec. 31, 1930. On that date the Joseph City Ward had 391 souls, including 99 children.
Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the Church, p.438
Lot Smith presided over the Little Colorado Stake during its entire existence. First Counselor Jacob Hamblin was succeeded in 1879 by William C. Allen, who was succeeded in 1884 by John Bushman. Second Counselor Lorenzo H. Hatch was succeeded in 1879 by John Bushman, who was succeeded in 1884 by Thomas Brockbank. Joseph H. Richards, Bishop of St. Joseph’s Ward (Joseph City), acted as president of the stake, pro tem, in 1885–1887, under the direction of Apostle Erastus Snow as Lot Smith, with his counselors, were in exile on account of polygamy.