There [Council Bluffs] we found a company getting ready to start across the plains. William Young, nephew of President Brigham Young being appointed captain. In the company also was Phineas Young, brother of the President, and a sister. We waited until they got ready and then joined the company.
This was the year 1857 when the government sent troops to Utah. We had just a little the start of them and we kept it. Our journey across the plains was a very pleasant one for the kind. The company was nice and agreeable. There was no sickness in the company to speak of or anything to annoy us except meeting some Indians and numerous herds of buffalo. Both were somewhat alarming. Especially one company of Indians appeared quite hostile. However, to the great relief of the company, they passed on after giving us a good scare. When we got nearly to Blackfork, President Young sent us some fresh teams as ours were getting footsore which made it slow traveling, and it was feared the troops would overtake us before we got into Salt Lake City. We arrived there on the twenty-fifth of September.