Transcript for "Arrival of Trains," Deseret News, 22 October 1862, 132


Capt. [Isaac] Canfield’s company (independent,) arrived late on Thursday evening, Oct. 16th, having occupied eleven weeks in the journey across the plains. Elder James McKnight, chaplain and clerk, reports that they had an exceedingly prosperous journey; that there was but little sickness and no deaths in the company, and their losses in cattle were inconsiderable—only three or four, and those mostly belonging to a small train, freighting merchandize which travelled with the company part of the way.

We are informed that the immigrants in this company were more strict in their devotional exercises than some others have been, and generally held meeting every evening, during the entire journey.

On Friday, 17th; about noon, the fifth church train, Capt. H[enry]. W. Miller; arrived, in which were about six hundred and fifty immigrants, and sixty wagons. It seems there was considerable sickness in the company on the plains; and about thirty deaths, mostly children. The teams generally returned in very good condition.

Mr. [William Samuel] Godbe’s freight train of twenty-two wagons also arrived on Friday, in which there were a few immigrants.

The sixth Church Train Capt. H[orton]. D. Haight came in on Sunday, in which were about four hundred and fifty passengers. There were, as reported, thirty deaths in the company on the plains; most of whom were sick when they left the Missouri river, principally children.

Capt. David P. Kimball’s freight train arrived yesterday afternoon; how many wagons there were in it we did not ascertain.

The large freight train in which there are some few emmigrants, mostly Swiss was supposed to be somewhere in the vicinity of Yellow Creek last night, and may be expected to arrive in the course of five or six days. Capt. W[illiam]. H. Dame is in charge.