Lewis, Joseph, Jr., [Reminiscences], in Edith Parker Haddock and Dorothy Hardy Matthews, comp., History of Bear Lake Pioneers , 392-93.
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Mother carried her infant baby and we suffered hunger, fatigue, mud, the scorching rays of a July sun. It took many weeks and we arrived in Florence August 11, 1856.
Hungry and worn out we recruited at this place in preparation to leave for Salt Lake City. Mother was ill, the sister had the fever, and the rest of the children had the scurvy so badly that we were unable to proceed farther with the company.
I remember there being a great many visitors present anxious to get a look at the Mormons, as they were called, to see, as I suppose, what they looked like. Among the number was a man who resided about three miles south of Council Bluffs, Iowa, a farmer by the name of Gardner. He offered my father the use of an old log cabin, that he, at the time, used as a shed, to live in if he cared to go with him. Being strangers in the land and knowing nothing about the habits and customs of the people, Father concluded he had best take the man up on his offer, so he accepted, and we went to live in the log hut, where we passed the winter of 1856.