Transcript for "Arrival of the Danish Companies," Deseret News, 24 September 1862, 100


The independent companies of Scandinavian Saints, Captains [Christian A.] Madsen and [Ola N.] Leijenquist [Liljenquist], numbering about five hundred persons, with eighty wagons, and about six hundred head of stock, arrived form over the plains yesterday afternoon.

The immigrants are in good health, and their stock in good condition. According to the reports of Elder [John] Van Cott and Capt. Madsen, these two companies, which traveled together most of the way form the Missouri river, have had most remarkable good luck, having lost but six or seven head of cattle; and the only accident that occurred to their wagons, was the breaking of one tong in getting over the mountains near the end of the journey, indicating good management, not only on the part of the captain’s, but of the teamsters, only two or three of whom, as understood, had ever drove a team before they started on the long wearisome journey, which they have so successfully accomplished.

Capt. [Homer] Duncan’s company is expected to arrive some time to-day.