Transcript for "Arrivals from the Plains," Deseret News, 21 September 1859, 228


Arrivals from the Plains.


Captain R. F. Neslen's company of European Saints, arrived in this city, on the 15th instant, all well and in good condition. The company consisted of 56 wagons and about 400 souls, mostly from Scandinavia. They left Florence, June 26, and have enjoyed good health generally all the way. There were six deaths and three births. They lost 24 head of cattle from disease and lameness, a small number comparatively, as the mortality among cattle on the plains during the latter part of the season has been great.

Much credit is due to Capt. Neslen for the energy and ability which he has displayed in bringing so large a company of people so comfortably across the plains, especially considering the many difficulties to be surmounted in conducting the immigration of Saints from so many different nations, speaking different languages, and having different peculiarities and national characteristics.

Capt. Edward Stevenson's company consisting of 54 wagons and about 350 souls, arrived on the 16th. The company were generally in good health and spirits. Capt. Stevenson left Florence the 26th of June, the same day that Capt. Neslin took his departure and the two companies were not far from each other at any time while crossing the plains.

There were four deaths, viz: Elizabeth Allen from Genoa, who was sick when she entered the company; a child of—Griffith and Mrs. Hopley and her infant born on the road; two births and one marriage during the trip. They lost thirty head of cattle, otherwise they met with no accidents worthy of note. The company was composed principally of people from the States, tho' there were a few from South Africa, Scotland and Wales. Wandle Mace, T. B. H. Stenhouse, Thomas Lyon and John Neff came through with this company.