Russell K. Homer Company (1858)
- Independent Train
- 19 June 1858
- Departed From
- Iowa City, Iowa
- 7 October 1858
- Russell King Homer
- Number In Company
About 60 individuals were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Iowa City, Iowa. Most in this company sailed on the ship "John Bright."View Summary
- "Arrival from Salt Lake," Crescent City Oracle , 15 Oct. 1858, 2.
- Folkman, Christopher O., "The Biography of Christopher O. Folkman," 19-21.
- Folkman, Christopher Olsen, [Reminiscences], in Pioneer Pathways [1998- ], 7:236-37.
- Homer, William H., Reminiscences, in Rachel Maretta Homer Crockett, Homer Family History , 25-27.
- [Littlefield, Lyman O.], "Editorial Correspondence," Crescent City Oracle , 27 Aug. 1858, 2.
- "Oraculum," Crescent City Oracle , 6 Aug. 1858, 2.
|Andersen, Karen Caroline||32||3 July 1825||18 September 1884|
|Brown, Harriet Melvina||19||15 March 1839||22 December 1911|
|Brown, Mary Belinda||52||About 1806||Unknown|
|Christensen, Ane Kerstine||22||29 May 1836||22 December 1899|
|Christensen, Johanne Maria||17||7 October 1840||unknown|
|Christensen, Michel Christen||49||30 March 1809||1 August 1878|
|Cluff, David||62||20 June 1795||6 December 1881|
|Fjeldsted, Christian Daniel||29||20 February 1829||23 December 1905|
|Fjeldsted, Karen Olsen||37||2 January 1821||3 August 1891|
|Fjeldsted, Peter Johan||4||19 August 1853||23 December 1926|
|Fjeldsted, Veta Josephine||Infant||8 August 1857||4 January 1920|
|Fjeldsted, Willard Samuel||4||19 August 1853||28 January 1937|
|Folkman, Christopher Olsen||31||8 February 1827||14 November 1915|
|Folkman, Elea Michelle||31||16 September 1826||4 December 1860|
|Homer, Anna Eliza||15||19 March 1843||6 July 1911|
|Homer, Benjamin John||5||1 February 1853||10 May 1894|
|Homer, Edmund||19||11 June 1839||8 July 1916|
|Homer, Eliza||40||15 December 1817||11 June 1912|
|Homer, Lovisa Matilda||9||5 September 1848||1 May 1935|
|Homer, Mary Ann||3||13 December 1854||10 September 1930|
|Homer, Nancy Ann||17||23 March 1841||4 January 1876|
|Homer, Rosetta Catherine||1||4 March 1857||14 July 1923|
|Homer, Russell King||42||15 July 1815||12 February 1890|
|Homer, William Harrison||12||13 July 1845||28 January 1934|
|Huff, Hansine Jacobine||21||27 June 1836||3 September 1916|
|Johansen, Peter||30||18 December 1827||2 October 1895|
|Jorgensen, Andrew||24||18 September 1833||19 July 1922|
|Jorgensen, Catherine Sophie||27||7 May 1831||10 May 1882|
|Jorgensen, Jorgen Christian||50||25 September 1807||4 October 1866|
|Jorgensen, Mary Andersen||1||7 September 1856||2 December 1931|
|Nybolle, Hedvig Lucie Engelbrecht Sorensen||49||20 September 1808||3 November 1867|
|Nybolle, Jens Christian||11||12 August 1846||25 June 1868|
|Nybolle, Rasmus||51||9 August 1806||28 July 1883|
|Oman, Karen||19||30 May 1839||31 May 1919|
|Peterson, Erick||31||1 July 1826||15 June 1897|
On April 24, this company landed at Castle Garden, New York, and then continued on to Iowa City, Iowa, by rail, arriving there May 1. This town was their outfitting point. Church leaders assigned Russell K. Homer to guide some of the emigrants, plus a group of Mormon missionaries, westward. The latter had been called home because of the Utah War. Captain Homer was an experienced plains traveler. In 1849, he, with his brother and others, drove seven wagons filled with freight to Salt Lake City for Livingston and Kincaid, St. Louis merchants, who were opening a store among the Mormons. Russell Homer returned east that fall, accompanied by Orson Hyde and Orson Pratt. There were 60 people in Homer's 1858 train; this consisted of 15 ox-drawn wagons, some of them loaded with merchandise belonging to the Captain. Homer also had a light wagon for his own family. All the emigrants had good equipment.
The train left Iowa City on June 19; it left Florence, Nebraska Territory, on July 20. At Genoa, a Mormon settlement on the Loup Fork, the river was running too high for fording, so the company returned to Columbus and used the ferry. About August 10, as the emigrants camped just above the Grand Island of the Platte, a violent storm burst upon them, with thunder, lightning, and pouring rain. More than a dozen people crowded into the cook tent, seeking shelter. Suddenly, lightening struck the tent. Everyone inside it was stunned (one boy did not recover until the next day), but the most severely injured was Captain Homer's wife, whose shoes were torn off and whose feet, legs, and clothing were burned.
On another occasion, a war party of Sioux surrounded the train. Captain Homer sent one of his men out with a white flag, indicating the company's peaceful intentions. Later the captain himself met with the Indian leader, giving him numerous gifts. The natives were grateful and danced for the travelers; then they provided an escort for them. From time to time, the company saw long wagon trains hauling supplies for Johnston's Army. At Green River the emigrants camped near Jim Bridger, the mountain man, and his family and did some trading. The company arrived in Salt Lake City on October 7. One person had died; there were two births.