Transcript for Charles E. Griffin autobiography, circa 1875-1893, 6-7

Father [Albert Bailey Griffin] had succeeded in getting two cows for work, and that was to be our team to go to Salt Lake. President Young and the rest of the pioneers having gone and returned the year before. Next spring we started for the valley with one yoke of oxen and one yoke of cows with the understanding that we would have to take provisions enough to last until we could raise a crop. Besides taking our other things, farming tools, etc. Our wagon cover was a few strips of carpet and a couple of old quilts or blankets. Our bread stuff was principally corn meal with the exception of one barrel of flour. Flour bread, I remember, was quite a rarity and only used once in a great while.

We started in President Kimball's company and traveled in it the most of the way. My father was a captain of ten. Nothing of importance occurred on the plains excepting one stampede, which resulted only in a good scare to all. Our traveling was necessarily slow on account of our heavy loads. We were on the road three months. At last we arrived in Salt Lake Valley. My father succeeded in getting a little work for which he got some provisions from those that had come in the year before.