Category Archives: traveling companions

September 22, 1853

Thursday 22nd. This morning 8 of our cattle were gone, one of ours and 7 of Mr. Swick’s. Found all except one, started on and found him about noon. The road is very rough to-day over roots and rocks winding … Continue reading

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September 14, 1853

Wednesday the 14th. Laid by till noon, bought some flour at 30¢ per pound, met Mr. Ritchie as we started out. He was a native of Jacksonville, Ill. looking for his brother who is about a day behind. He was … Continue reading

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September 1, 1853

Thursday Sept. 1st. Having obtained a good light wagon we started out again in a team of our own as we had joined teams with another man and threw our wagon away until we could get a lighter one. We … Continue reading

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August 25, 1853

Thursday 25th. Starting this morning for Malheur River 16 miles from here, met Mr. Foster about noon. He came out from Oregon to meet his brothers and sisters who belong to our train. We get some valuable information from him. … Continue reading

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July 31, 1853

Sunday the 31st. Sunday again but not to our weary train. Besides we are now among the most hostile tribe of Indians on the route. Many emigrants have been killed here. There should not be less than 15 or 16 … Continue reading

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July 30, 1853

Saturday July 30th. Started out this morning again alone as this is the last junction of the California and Oregon roads. Our company were going to California and were compelled to separate. We parted, however, with all good wishes and … Continue reading

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July 20, 1853

Wednesday 20th. Joined one wagon this morning. Two wagons are enough to get along fast. One mile from camp the road left the river and passed to the right of a very bad slough and crossed Thomas’s Fork in 4 … Continue reading

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July 19, 1853

Tuesday the 19th. Our train divided. It was too large on account of grass. We started out alone again, having traveled some 799 miles in company with those 2 wagons and 7 men we joined on the Platte River. One … Continue reading

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July 12 and 13, 1853

Tuesday the 12th, & Wednesday the 13th. Started this morning to travel the Kinney cutoff which is to take the left hand road after crossing Little Sandy, thence to Big Sandy for 17 miles, then strike it again for the … Continue reading

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May 22, 1853

Sunday the 22nd. Had a very high wind last night. It might be called a hurricane. Blew down all our tents. Had to turn our wagons back to the wind and lock both wheels and run the tongue in the … Continue reading

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