Tuesday April 18th, 1882
We bid fare well to Friends and Old
Neighbors and started for the far west Washington Territory. Dock
went as far as Columbus with us. The wind was blowing very hard
from the south west. We stopped a while in Columbus. Dinnered
on Cherry Creek. In camp for the night at the edge of the Neosho
Timber. Wind still blowing a perfect gale. All well.
Wednesday April 19th, 1882
In camp for dinner 10 miles west of
Oswego. On a little branch. We stopped a while in Oswego.
Expected to meet Southwick there but we failed to meet him. In
camp for the night on a little creek 20 miles west of Town in
Labette County. Wind in the South West. All well and getting along
Thursday April 20th, 1882
In camp for dinner 2 miles East of
Independence. After dinner I went into Town to get my gun fixt. I
got it well fixt. I all so got me a Revolver. In camp for the night
One mile west of Town close to the mill. Greene and I stood guard.
All well. Wind in the South. Having a good time.
Friday April 21st, 1882
In camp on the Prairie. Looks very much like
rain. Wind in the North West. It did rain some and some wind. All
well and ready for grub.
Saturday April 22nd, 1882
In camp for dinner one mile east of Howard
City. It is turning very cold. Wind in the North East. In camp on
Fall River. It is very windy and cold. Old I. B. Taylor was very
much dissatisfied with our camping clothes. Our stock he thot
would freeze to death. We got along fine. All well.
Sabbath April 23rd, 1882
This is the Holy Sabbath morning. We will
lay over. I put in the day in writing and singing. We kept very
warm. In the after noon it cleared off warm. All well and hearty.
This is a very rolling country. Some good farms on the river. I
went over to the Post office. Got some cards. All to bed at 9
Monday April 24th, 1882
Elk County. We traveled about 20 miles
today. Cold in the fore noon but cleared off and was warm and
pleasant in the after noon. We saw our first antelope. All well and
Tuesday April 25th, 1882
In camp for dinner one mile south of
Eldorado. This fore noon we past some good country. We past thru
a small town called Leon. In camp for the night One Mile west of
Eldorado. This is quite a business place. Met with Cap McGines
and Elder Bures and their wives. Tom Yandel was in camp when we
got there. All well and hearty.
Wednesday April 26th, 1882
In camp 12 miles east of Sedgwick. Past
no Towns today. Some fine country. Nice weather. Wind in the
North East. The first day that Yandel was with us. All well and
hearty and dry.
Thursday April 27th, 1882
In camp on the west bank of the Little
Arkansas River one mile west of the town of Sedgwick, Harvey
County, Kansas. We haven't traveled but ten mile today on the
account of Old Eligas mare being sick with Pinkeye. This is a
beautiful country. Sedgwick is on the A. T. & S. F. R. R.. There is 9
wagons in our train. Calm and clear. No wind. Warm.
Friday morning April 28th, 1882
In camp on Little Arkansas and its
pouring down rain. We won't get to leave here today. Wind in the
North East. Night in camp on the prairie in Harvey County. We
traveled 11 miles this after noon. The rain ceased. We concluded
to travel. It was cool wind in the North East. The roads some
slippery. Calm tonight.
Saturday morning April 29th, 1882
Today I was layed up with sick
headache. For the first I didn't get to see much of the country. We
passed thru Hutchinson. It is quite a business place. We got some
feed chop corn. Paid $2.50 a hundred. 121/2 ¢ pound for Bacon.
Sabbath April 30th, 1882
In camp one mile west of Hutchinson. Clear
and pleasant. Wind in the South West. We are laying over I have
written to Dr. C. C. McDowell, W. W. McDowell, Sarah T. Ricketts
and the Editor of the Journal J. F. McDowell. Then I sang some for I.
B. Taylor and wife.
Monday May 1st, 1882
In camp for dinner one mile north of Nicholson
and it is raining. We come 12 miles this fore noon. Had to stop
once on the account of rain. It continued to rain so we had to lay in
camp all the after noon. I shot my Kneedle gun at a telegraph post
one hundred yards. The hole passed clear thru. I all so shot my
Revolver. Beat any thing in the rain.
Tuesday May 2nd, 1882
It is still raining. All ready to pull out but the
muttering thunders says lay low. In camp for dinner in a little
Town on the A. T. & S. F. R. R. Rice County, Kansas. We are
following the R. R. The rain broke off. Wind in the South West.
Cool. In camp for the night two miles north of Ellinwood. Very
windy but not so cool. All well. Are getting along fine. I am in
hopes the rain is over.
Wednesday May 3rd, 1882
In camp for dinner One half mile west of
Pondera, Barton. We came 22 miles this fore noon. Past thru
Great Bend. Nice warm day. Wind in the South west. We past
some nice country. Past thru the Swiss neighborhood. We are still
following the R. R. In camp for the night 4 mile east of Larnard.
Pleasant evening. Wind in the South west. Grass short.
Thursday May 4th, 1882
In camp for dinner one half mile west of
Garfield. Clear and pleasant. Wind in the North West. We past
thru Larnard. A nice town. From there to Garfield 10 miles. A
very sandy country. We are going up the river. In camp for the
night 5 miles east of Kingsley, Edwards County. Warm and
pleasant. Wind in the north west. All well. This is a dry and sandy
country. Wheat about killed with the drought.
Friday May 5th, 1882
In camp for dinner one mile east of the Station.
This is a very dry and sandy country. They won't raise any thing.
Their wheat has gone up a ready. In camp for the night one half
mile West of Spearville, Ford County. This is the most desolute
country I have ever past thru. I don't think they will raise any
thing. All well and ready for grub.
Saturday May 6th, 1882
In camp for dinner at Dodge City. We traveled
16 miles this fore noon. Past Fort Dodge. It is on the river bank.
We past thru a high rolling prairie. No farms. In camp for the
night 6 miles west of Dodge City on the river bank betwixt the river
and the R. R. The nicest place we have had yet. We had some rain
this after noon. There is 12 wagons in our camp. We lay over till
Sunday May 7th, 1882
We are in camp 6 miles west of Dodge City, Ford
county, Kansas. It is raining this morning. Wind in the south east.
Very disagreeable but we have our stove in the tent and are living
fine. All well.
Monday May 8th, 1882
In camp 25 miles North West of Dodge City for
dinner on the River bank. We traveled 20 miles this fore noon over
a rolling plain. In camp for the night 30 miles North west of Dodge
city on the river bank. This is a high rolling prairie. All well and
hearty. Rained a little today and looks very much like raining.
This is Gray County, Kansas.
Tuesday May 9th, 1882
In camp for dinner. We are still traveling up
the river and R. R. This is a cold windy day. Wind in the North.
We have come 15 miles this fore noon. In camp for the night 10
miles North West of Garden City. It is still cold and windy. In camp
on the bank of a large irrigating ditch. All well and hearty. We are
getting along fine.
Wednesday May 10th, 1882
In camp for dinner one mile West of Lakin
on the river. In Lakin I bought a bottle of catsup and Fifty cents of
sugar. It is terrible windy. Wind in the North but not so cold as
last night. All as well as common. Here is where the Indians used
to give trouble. Two years ago 8 cowboys was killed.
Thursday May 11th, 1882
In camp for dinner on the River bank. Had to
stop at 9 o'clock on the account of Tom Yandel's mule having the
Pinkeye. Very windy but clear. Wind in the North. In camp for the
night on the river bank, Hamilton County, Kansas. We didn't travel
but about 5 miles this after noon on the account of Tom's mule
being sick. All well. Quite windy.
Friday May 12th,1882
In camp for dinner close a little Town on the R.
R. Greene has went out hunting and hasn't come in yet. Mollie is
some uneasy. We have come about 15 miles this fore noon. In
camp for the night near Holly Station, Colorado. All well and
hearty. Wind in the east. A little cool. Grant is out hunting and it
is 9 o'clock. We have been firing our revolvers for him.
Saturday May 13th,1882
In camp for dinner 15 miles north west of
Granado, Colorado. Grenada is a poor little dilapidated town on
the R. R. west of the river. We crost on the R. R. bridge. It is
planked. We had to pull thru heavy sand today. In camp for the
night on the River Bank 16 mile above Greanado in a cotton wood
grove. The nicest place we have had. The grove is on the east west
and south. Wind in the South East. All well.
Sabbath May 14th,1882
In camp for the day in the previous described
camp. All well this morning. Wind still in the south east. Cloudy.
Looks some like rain but cleared off warm and pleasant. Wind very
high until sun down. Then as calm as a summer evening. Some
would have traveled today if we had of went. All well and hearty
and getting along fine.
Monday May 15th,1882
In camp for dinner on the R. R. No grass. We
come 20 mile this fore noon. Started at 6 and stopped at 9. In
camp for the night on the River bank. Our tent is within six feet of
the water. The bluffs are getting higher and the bottoms narrower
as we go up. No settlement today. Only at the two tanks we past.
One they had the smallpox. 4 cases for a pest house. Wind in the
Tuesday May 16th,1882
In camp for dinner on the top of high hill. We
past thru Las Animus. It is quite a town on the east side of the R.
R. Quite hilly. In camp for the night on a little creek in the open
prairie. We came about 40 miles today. Past Fort Lyons. It is on
the north side of the river. Past thru La junta. It is quite a
business place. All well. Quite windy. Wind in the South East.
Wednesday May 17th,1882
In camp for dinner in the sand plains.
Come 15 miles this fore noon. Wind in the North West but warm
and pleasant. In camp for the night. A deep ravine on the R. R.
close the station. In Colorado. Warm and pleasant. Wind in the
North East. All well and hearty and getting along fine. Old I. B. is
out with us tonight. He is on the hill.
Thursday May 18th,1882
In camp for dinner on the bank of the river 7
miles east of Pueblo, Colorado. We are nearing the mountains and
the scenery is grand. In camp for the night one mile east of the
steel works of Pueblo. It looks grand lit up with the electric lites.
We are nearing Pikes Peak and it looks beautiful with snow on the
top. All well and hearty. Old I. B. was gone today.
Friday May 19th,1882
In camp for the night 16 miles south of the
Springs. We come thru Pueblo. It is a large town. There is big
works manufacturing steel and smelting. This is the most God
forsaken country I ever saw. There isn't any farms. Some little
patches on the creeks by irrigation. The wind arose in the north
east. Very cold. It was hard traveling. Got a good camp. I had
the headache today.
Saturday May 20th,1882
In camp for the night in the suburbs of
Colorado Springs. Traveled 16 miles today over a dry sandy
country. This is the prettiest town I ever saw. The streets are wide
and smooth with shade trees on each side. There irrigated. This
isn't a manufacturing town like Pueblo. Old Eliga met his girls
here. We are all well. Had a snow storm this evening.
Sabbath evening May 21st,1882
We are laying over at the Springs. We
are near the town. It is a very blustering day. Snow and rain. I
took the boys Frank & Jimmie & William up to what is called the
Garden of the Gods. It was the grandest sight I ever saw. It was
snowing all the time we were up there. We walked about 10 miles.
5 up and 5 down. Grass is short here. The spring is so backward it
is costing us like smoke for feed. All well. Wind in the South.
Monday May 22nd,1882
Still in camp at the Springs. Charley come this
morning. They have all gone up to the Springs. Eff and Lib has
gone with them. I and the boys are keeping house. The wind has
got very high from the north. This is a lonesome day to me as I
am alone and Charley is going to leave us in the morning and old
Eliga has give out going. All well. Had a good dinner.
Tuesday May 23rd,1882
In camp for night 25 miles North of the
Springs. Horses in Millie Nortons pasture. I like this part of
Colorado better than any I have seen. We are traveling close the
mountains a long the foot hills. Some nice valleys. Past one town,
Monument. We have been coming up hill from the Springs and up
on the divide where the slope goes towards Denver. There is a nice
lake of 160 acres. It is 1300 feet higher than at the Springs.
Wednesday May 24th,1882
We will lay over here today on Tom Yandel.
I went back to Monument but couldn't hear any thing of him. This
is a terrible windy cold place but good grassing. I have the
headache today. We leave Uncle Eliga tomorrow. It is cold and
windy up here. Wind changes about every 15 minutes. All well and
hearty except my headache.
Thursday May 25th,1882
In camp for the night 2 miles North west of
Sedalia, Colorado. 21 mile of Denver. Down hill all the way. Had
to use the brake half the time. We are traveling along the foot
hills. Past thru Sedalia. A little town on the R. R. They farm a
little thru here by irrigation. Mollie has the sick headache this
after noon. This was a fine day.
Friday May 26th,1882
In camp for dinner and looks very much like it is
for night as it is pouring down rain. It commenced with a hail
storm which made our mules get up and get. 5 miles south East of
Denver. We come 15 miles this for noon. This is best looking part
of the state we have past thru. Some good farms. Irrigated. Some
of the largest ditches I ever saw. As large as canals. All well and
in good spirits.
Saturday May 27th,1882
Still in camp 4 miles south east of Denver. It
rained all night last night and till noon today. Greene went to town
this fore noon after our mail. Got a letter from Dock and Sarah
Ricketts. I was up this evening after a bale of hay as grassing is
short here. Denver is a smashing place. Some splendid buildings
and business houses. The streets are poor. Very muddy just now.
All well except Elmer. He got in an ant hill and got bit with them.
Sunday night May 28th,1882
Still in camp 4 miles south east of Denver.
I was laid up with sick headache. Was awful sick. This was a
beautiful day. Clear and warm. The big bugs done up some buggy
riding out this way. Yandel hasn't caught up yet and I don't expect
we will see them any more. There are 12 wagons in our train now.
10 from Arkansas. It is raining tonight.
Monday May 29th,1882
In camp 5 miles north west of Denver near a
lake. We past thru Denver. Stopped a while in town. Past by Brick
Tumroy's mansion. It is as fine a mansion as I ever saw. In camp
for the night near another lake. We are traveling in a north west
course along the foot hills. The mountains look beautiful with their
snowy caps. Wind is blowing hard from the west. All well. Greene
has gone down to the lake to shoot ducks.
Tuesday May 30th,1882
In camp for dinner one mile south of
Longmont. It rained some this fore noon. This is the best farming
part of Colorado. They raise large fields of wheat. They can
irrigate so handily as there is so many lakes so high up. In camp
for night near a large lake 7 miles North of Longmont. We met
with Old Man Mathes and his son Andy. This was Decoration day.
They were having a big time. All well.
Wednesday May 31st,1882
In camp for dinner 7 miles north west of
Loveland, a little town on the R. R. It is a beautiful country around
it. 12 teams is in our train. Haven't caught Yandel yet. In camp
for the night. Close Fort Collins City. This is a nice town. Some
splendid buildings. Brick. Yandel is in camp one mile south of us.
He is going to ship on the R. R. to work a while. I think he is very
foolish. This was a beautiful day. All well. Wind in the south east.
Thursday June 1st,1882
In camp in a large valley up in the Mountains
12 miles north west of Ft. Collins on the old Military Route where
thousands have past over. We crost the Poodel River this fore noon.
This is a warm day. Wind in the north west. In camp close to the
tavern on the forks of the road. We take to the right this after
noon. We past thru our first canyon. We have the best grass this
evening we have had on our way. It is very windy this evening.
Friday June 2nd,1882
In camp for dinner on top of the highest point we
have struck. Seven thousand feet above sea level. It is raining but
we have a good camp. There is a house that we are camping.
There isn't any one living here. We stay here till morning. It
rained all most all the after noon. There is in our camp to night
12 wagons, one two horse buggy, one man with a pack horse and a
fine bull leading, and two old miners with pack ponies. All well.
Saturday June 3rd,1882
In camp on the U. P. R. R. 5 miles south east of
Laramie City near the Station. We crost the highest point today
and some tough mountains. Had quite a snow storm today. We
have good grassing and will stay here till morning Monday. All
well and have hard work to get enough to eat. Are almost out of
grub and horse feed. It is quite calm for Laramie Plains.
Sunday June 4th,1882
We are laying over. Sure warm today. I had a
severe headache. Desperate sick. Some wanted to travel. We told
them the road was open, go on, but not one of them left.
Monday June 5th,1882
In camp for dinner. Close to Laramie City. We
traveled only 9 miles. Past by Fort Sanders. Quite a raft of
barracks and some soldiers. We found old I. B. Taylor and
Southwick in camp near the city waiting to ship on the working
train. We left them. In camp for the night on Little Laramie 16
miles north west of Laramie. We come down grade all the way. All
well. Nice and warm. Wind in the south.
Tuesday June 6th,1882
In camp for dinner on a little creek. In an
antelope country. I shot 4 times and wounded one I was after. 12
in one gang. This is a very rolling country. We are getting close to
the mountains. In camp for the night on a beautiful stream.
Plenty of grass and wood. We past some desperate alkali swamps.
One team stalled. My mules went thru like a top. It looks very
much like snowing. All well.
Wednesday June 7th,1882
In camp for dinner on a beautiful stream up
in the hills. Mountains on our right and left. Plenty of snow within
a half mile. Our ten Arkansas teams are with us yet. They will kill
their teams but they will keep up. In camp for the night on
Medicine Bow. Quite a stream. A toll bridge but I rode across on
Charley. So they all followed and saved a half dollar a piece. We
paid that this fore noon. All well.
Thursday June 8th,1882
In camp for the night up in the mountains on a
nice little creek. We got here at 10 o'clock this fore noon and are
going to stop 2 or 3 days and hunt and let our stock rest. We were
all out with guns this after noon. One of our boys shot an antelope
which will give us all 2 or 3 messes. I run 4 but did not get a shot.
Greene got a jack rabbit. It is raining a little tonight. All well.
Friday June 9th,1882
Still in camp in our mountain camp a hunting.
Greene and I killed two Elk calves about 7 miles south west of
camp. We did have a glorious time bringing them in strapped on
my mules. We had to cross the Mountain range and then come
down this side the mules on. And one of our boys killed a sheep so
we have a variety of meat. Elk, antelope and sheep. All well and
have appetites like sawmills can make fresh meat get. It rained
Saturday June 10th,1882
In camp for dinner on Platte River one mile
above Ft. Steele. We come 12 miles this fore noon over a lonely
desolate hilly good for nothing country. In camp for the night close
to the bridge near the Ferry. We drove down to the Ferry but
concluded to stop over Sunday on this side. Plenty of wood and
water. Grass good. The Ferryman told us to help ourselves to
wood. There is about a thousand cord of fine wood corded up here
just to be on hand.
Sabbath June 11th,1882
Sabbath morning. A beautiful day. I have just
been over with the boys to the Fort to see the big guns. We crost on
the iron bridge. I wrote Dock a letter. All well. Our camp is full of
soldiers. They are so friendly and sociable. Rained some this after
noon. Wind in the east. Not so very cold.
Monday June 12th,1882
In camp for the night 4 miles west of Rawlins,
a small town on the U. P. R. R. We are going back to the Old
California Trail. We had quite a time this morning ferrying the
Platte. I helped 9 teams over. I crost the Platte 18 times. My team
was the first to cross. The boat went over like a dart but all landed
safe on this side. Warm and pleasant. Nights cool. Sleep well. I
have eat too much fresh meat. Got the bellyache.
Tuesday June 13th,1882
In camp for dinner in the wilderness. Good
grazing. Stock doing fine. In camp for the night on Muddy creek.
14 wagons in our train. Greene is sick. Been in bed all day. Bilious
attack. Weather warm and pleasant. Cool of nights. Sleep well.
Wind in South West. Roads good. This is very hilly and
mountainous. Our stock has done fine so far. None has been sick.
Wednesday June 14th,1882
In camp at old Doba. Got here at 9 o'clock.
Have to lay over as it is 32 miles to next water. Greene is quite
poorly. Is taking medicine from Dr. Hunt, a man in our train. I
have filled our keg and jugs with water for tomorrow as we have
32 miles to make with out water. Warm and pleasant. Quite calm.
Greene is better. Will leave here tomorrow.
Thursday June 15th,1882
In camp for the night 2 miles east of Bitter
Creek. Today we have past thru a dry sandy desolate country. No
water. No grass. Haven't seen a house for two days and I don't
know when we will. We are hauling water to use. Plenty of sage
brush. Greene is getting better fast. Warm and pleasant. Good
Friday June 16th,1882
In camp near Antelope Springs. Today we
traveled 12 miles and in the after noon got lost and didn't make
any time. Come back to where we eat dinner. This after noon was
a failure. Greene is still better. Warm and pleasant.
Saturday June 17th,1882
In camp up in the mountains on the U. P. R. R.
This is the desolatest country I ever saw. No grass but lots of sand.
I was laid up with sick headache all day. Greene had to do too
much. Isn't so well tonight. I want to get out of this country as
quick as possible. Warm and pleasant. Good by.
Sunday night June 18th,1882
In camp in Rock Station, a coal mining
town. The hardest place we have struck. We had to travel today
on the account of being out of feed and their being no grass. We
hadn't traveled but a quarter until I and one of the train boys killed
a black tail deer. We shot him 5 times. This is our first Sunday
traveling and would not of been if we could of got grass.
Monday June 19th,1882
In camp for the night 6 miles west of Greene
River City. This is quite a little place. Surrounded with mountains.
The river on the west. R. R. thru the center. We climbed some
steep hills. I was on the lead all day. Greene is better. Wind in the
west. Was first on the Ferry. Only $3.00. It rained big showers all
Tuesday June 20th,1882
In camp for noon and night. All is as it was
raining when we got up and kept it up till 12 o'clock. We would not
of struck tents if we had of had water but we had to pull thru the
rain over here 6 miles on the U. P. R. R. where wood and water and
grass is plenty. This after noon is beautiful and the roads are
drying fast. Greene is getting better. I am not so well today. We
will go on in the morning.
Wednesday June 21th,1882
I was taken very sick last night. I never
suffered more in my life than I did during the night. Greene sent
for Dock Hunt. He come and said I had Spinal Meningitis. But I
think Mountain fever. The train is laying over today on me. Other
medicine I have taken. I am deathly sick. Greene is mending
Thursday June 22nd,1882
Today we traveled how fast and far I don't
know. I rode in Greene's wagon and he gave me medicine every
two hours. Tonight I am not any better but so weak I can't stand
Friday June 23rd,1882
Today we traveled about 25 miles. I laid in bed
all day in my own wagon. Frank & Jimmie drove and O me I had
my insides shook up from the bottom. This evening I am some
better. Eat a little tea and bread for the first. There is several
down with fever in our train.
Saturday June 24th,1882
Traveled today laying down. I am mending
fast if I don't get a back set. One thing good for me is I have a
good appetitie. I am taking quinine against Dr. Hunt's orders but I
know what is best for me.
Sunday June 25th,1882
In camp for the Sabbath. Our stock strayed a
way last night. Found them about 4 miles west coming back. I am
up and around all most all day but so weak. A beautiful day. O
how I would love to be at Class today. I bless the Lord for what he
has done for me.
Monday June 26th,1882
We traveled about 25 miles. Past thru Collins.
Bought some corn and supplies. It is a town of Chinese. Saw some
of the nastiest Indians I ever saw. I am mending slow. Don't gain
strength as fast as I would love to. All well. Warm and pleasant.
Tuesday June 27th,1882
All day we have been traveling in Echo Canyon.
Wednesday June 28th,1882
We traveled all day in Weber Canyon.
Rough roads and close quarters with the R. R. and river. In camp
on a little flat of about 5 acres. High mountains all around. Warm
and pleasant. Wind in the west.
Thursday June 29th,1882
We past out of Weber Canyon today at the
Devil's Gate. It is about as scary a place as we have past. The
canyon is about 30 yards wide. The rock cliffs are three hundred
feet high. Straight. The R. R. is on one side, the wagon road on the
other, and the river in the middle just roaring. We had to just hug
the rocky cliff. In camp 5 miles south of Brigham City.
Friday June 30th,1882
In camp 15 miles north west of Brigham City
where grass is as sacrce as hen's teeth. We past thru Brigham City
and another Mormon town by the name of Corinnth. They are
building a tabernacle at Brigham. Corinnth is on the U. P. R. R. A
good many gentiles there. In camp in the valley. No grass.
Nothing but sage brush and mosketers. Water bad. Very warm.
Saturday July 1st,1882
In camp up in the mountains. Grass tolerable
good. No water. Hauling water. Had the headache today. We will
have to drive tomorrow Sunday. Warm and pleasant. Turned all
our stock loose. Good grassing. All well and hearty. Go to bed 9
Sunday July 2nd,1882
Sunday in camp at a spring in the mountains.
Grass is scarce. Water good and plenty. Very warm wind in the
south. This is a dry hilly country. We left this camp after dinner
on the account of no grass. West about 5 miles found good grass
but no water. Very warm.
Monday July 3rd,1882
In camp for the night up in a valley in Idaho.
Good grass but water scarce. We traveled 25 miles. Very warm
and dusty. I had the headache. William is sick, Mountain fever. It
is getting terrible hot traveling.
Tuesday July 4th,1882
In camp on Raft River. The women are washing.
We come 17 miles this fore noon. It is very warm. Looks like some
rain. Did rain a little. O the mosketers is bad tonight. Very
warm. No wind. This is a beautiful country if it was improved. We
go to March Basin for dinner tomorrow.
Wednesday July 5th,1882
In camp for dinner on a little branch 2 miles
south east of March Basin. In camp for night 6 miles south west of
March Basin on a little branch. This is a beautiful country but
awful dusty. Very windy today. We came about 25 miles today.
Will is lots better today. Is eating cherries. Will get along now.
Thursday July 6th,1882
In camp for dinner on Goose Creek. We
traveled 25 miles this fore noon. We laid over in this camp all the
after noon as it was 5 miles to water and grass scarce. I am
feeling quite unwell again. This mountain fever is still working on
me. 10 teams in camp tonight. Will is getting better. Cool and
Friday July 7th,1882
In camp for the night on Rock Creek. Grass
scarce. Very windy. I was laid up all most all day. This is a very
rough country. Awful dusty. We cross the desert tomorrow. Mollie
has the blues this evening on the account of wind and dust. All well
except myself and William.
Saturday July 8th,1882
In camp on the Snake River at the Falls. This is
a beautiful river. Lost River comes in here on the north side. Falls
about 30 feet. This is a dry and sandy country and terrible dusty.
No grass. Buying hay. Tonight the night is cool and windy. All
Sunday July 9th,1882
We had to travel all day on the account of grass.
Come about 25 miles. Crost the Snake River on a big ferry. 3
teams at once. In camp for the night 11/2 west of the ferry. I had
the headache all day. Ferrage $1.50 to the team. Grass tolerable
here on this little creek. Wind and dust to all destruction.
Monday July 10th,1882
In camp on a little creek for dinner. 9 o'clock.
Grass good. In camp at the stage station 60 miles south east of
Boise City. Good grass. This is a dry country. Dust to all
destruction. Mountains on the north and south. Some game.
Some grizleys and deer. Wind in the north west. Blows the dust in
our eyes as we go. All well and hearty.
Tuesday July 11th,1882
In camp at the Stage station. 30 miles east of
Boise. We come 30 miles today. Dry and dusty. All well. Warm
and pleasant. Good grass. We will get to Boise tomorrow.
Wednesday July 12th,1882
In camp for the night at the bridge one half
mile south of Boise City. This is a beautiful place. We come over an
awful rough country today. The gardens that is here beats all.
Potatoes cabbages onions. Everything. All well and hearty. Warm
Thursday July 13th,1882
In camp for dinner 8 miles west of Boise City.
We laid in our supplies this morning. Boise is a beautiful place and
this valley can't be beat for beauty and fertility. Wheat oats and
barley to all destruction. In camp for the night 24 miles west of
Boise City in the valley. Plenty of hay at one cent a pound. All well
Friday July 14th,1882
In camp for dinner 5 miles east of the Snake
River where we cross. This is an awful dusty country. Dry and no
grass but lots of sage brush. In camp for the night on the Snake
River close to the Ferry. Mosketers is awful bad. I don't expect to
sleep any tonight. I wish it was morning. We cross the river in the
morning on the ferry. All well.
Saturday July 15th,1882
In camp on Willow Creek, Oregon. The best of
grass. This was a day of sand and dust. Rough country. All well
and hearty. William and Jimmie are in swimming. Very warm. All
Sunday July 16th,1882
Still in camp on Willow Creek. I am laid up with
headache. Awful hot today. Nights cool and pleasant. Nice
sleeping. No mosketers. Parashes caught up with us this morning.
They stopped at Boise City. We are getting along fine. No bad luck
Monday July 17th,1882
In camp for the night on Burnt River, Oregon.
This is an awful rough country. Mountains high and dry. Bottoms
small but little settled. Houses 8 to 10 miles a part. I won't settle
here I know and if Washington isn't any better I won't settle there.
All well and hearty. Warm and pleasant tonight.
Tuesday July 18th,1882
In camp on Burnt River. The country is so near
alike that it is no use describing every days travel. We are going
up Burnt River Canyon. The Oregon Short Line R. R. is surveyed up
it. We past two sets of surveyors today. It is a tedious job to survey
it up this canyon. Some times they are away up on the side of the
Wednesday July 19th,1882
In camp in Baker Valley. We past thru Baker
City today. It is quite a town. Mostly Jews. We laid in some feed
and grub. Come 25 miles today. This is a nice valley. All well. We
camped with Mr. Angel last night. He lives on Powder River 20
miles west of Baker. He was going over on Snake River.
Thursday July 20th,1882
In camp in Conoley's pasture on the River
Grand Ronde, Oregon. I guess we will stop for the winter here.
Very likely for a year. I was out this afternoon looking at a farm to
rent. There is 300 acres in it. I like this country the best of any I
have seen in the west. If I had a farm here I would be contented to
stay. Fruit of all kind in abundance. All well and hearty.
Friday July 21st,1882
Still in camp on the river in Conoley's pasture. I
wrote Bro. Marshall a letter. All well.
Saturday July 22nd,1882
Still in camp on the old camp. I have the sick
Monday July 24th,1882
Still in camp. I was out to see that farm of
Booth's that is to rent. I expect we will take it. I like it fine.