The Anderson company has the distinction of being the last emigrant company to cross the plains during the years of Mormon overland travel. Most of the members of this company sailed on the Emerald Isle. They were detained at Ward's Island hospital in New York because of sickness. Anderson was returning from a 3-year mission to Scandinavia and England. The health of the company gradually improved after leaving New York on October 4. They traveled by train from New York to Green River, Wyoming, arriving on October 13. From there they met Church teams and 11 wagons that transported them to Salt Lake. The small company that left New York with 61 people arrived in Salt Lake on October 24. Five died in the company between Chicago and Salt Lake.