Transcript for Cook, David Simpson, Reminiscence in Ruth P. Tippets, From the wee hoose among the heather . . . to the wee hoose on the Weber: ancestors and descendants of David Simpson and Janet Hunter Cook, , 18-19
Landed in St. Louis on the 16th of May went out to Gravious Duguns. Commenced to labor there at the coal diggins, stayed there 11 months, enjoyed good health all that time. We left there with a 3 horse team, went with my brother William on the 16th of April for Kainsville [Kanesville]. We landed on the 15th of May, landed in [-] enjoying good health. We stayed there until the 1st of July, owing to heavy rains that season we left Kainsville on the 6 mile grove for the city of the Great Salt Lake on the 2nd of July 1851. We had to leave the horn owing to high waters that season which turned us out of our way 160 miles[.] on that route we lost our horses along with other six belonging to Henry Rice, James E[a]ston between the two branches of the Lupe [Loup] Fork. I having paid my passage in brother Burts team from Kainsville did not [-] us for, my brother got in another wagon so we moved along after having hunted after our horses 3 days. We had no loose after that, no deaths, no sickness with the exception of Alexander Esten [Easton], had the mountain fevor, so his brother George with myself and brother [David] Mustered [Mustard] left our town within 4 hundred miles of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. He got better and we landed in the valley on the 8th of September 1851 . . .