Transcript for Stringham, William Elisha, "Life history of William Elisha Stringham, as told to and written by his son, 25 April 1937," 1-2
At Florence we joined a wagon train of Scandinavian emigrants, who were going to Utah. In this group were two young girls who later became the Mothers of Wilford M. Christensen and his wife, Birdie Bates of Goshen, Idaho.
John R. Young, Father of William R. Young of Goshen, Idaho was the captain of the company.
The oxen and cattle stampeded twice during the trip. During one stampede several people were killed and injured, one lady was severely cut. Father sewed and bandaged up the cuts, he was very handy around the sick and injured.
One day the boys went in swimming in the Platte River. In diving they found some cooking utensils including a chopping knife which our family used for years.
We passed the "Independence Rock" which covered 17 acres and is between five and ten feet high. I, with others, climbed upon the rock.
We arrived in Salt Lake City early in the fall of 1863 when the fruit was ripe. It was like dropping into heaven.