Porter, Nathan Tanner, Reminiscences [ca. 1879], 94-99 or 225-33.
. . . surprised to find many of the former company who were my companions a cross the Sea—Still on the camp ground; on inquiering the cause of their delay; I was informed; That the hand carts ordered from St Louis had ben delayed; And finally their purchase abandoned; under the impression that they could manufacture them; with less cost; And So they were now constructing them; (Now—the mode of crossing the Plains in light cars—drawn by hand—was adopted by the recommendation and council of the first Presidency—which—with wise management bid fair to be a Success—But otherwise; or failure; which proved to be the case in this instant; By a dopting the pollicy of that would cause a prolonged delay at so late a date of the Season—It being the first of August ear [ere] the camp ground was cleared of its occupant—with 1300 miles before them 300 miles of which we made passing through the State of Iowa; arriving at council Bluffs Sept 1st which brought us on to the borders of the Plains. Here a council was called—by those having charge of the Emigration including the captains of componies—The council took into consideration the prop[r]iety of undertaking to cross the Plains So late in the Season. a desision
Therefore we had a propposition to make to them; which was for us to unload our wagons and take the clothing out of our hevy Boxes and put them into Sacks which we could prepare for that purpose; And thus make the burden on our teams more easy so as to increas our advance on the way; And as to our boxes and chests we would make a bond fire in token of the Sacrifice we were willing to make to gain the desiered Blessing; The propposition was unanimously sustained by vote on the part of the Brethren & Sisters; Aall went to work overhauling their wagons[,] empting their Boxes[,] putting their contents into Saceks [Sacks] and bundels in the best possiable manner; Thus we made our way on, with more ease and grater speed. The hand cart componey was in our rear Under care of Elders Mosses [Edward] Martin and Daniel Tylar [Tyler]. Captain Hunts componey was in their rear[.] Thus
women & Children; to wade in crossing them whis [which] was the case with those in the hand cart componey;
November was now passing in her cold days and chilly nights; And ear [ere] we made the last crossing of the Platt[e]—a Snow Storm was upon us; We made the crossing the night before; as we arose in the morning we saw there was an approaching Storm; and by the time we were in readiness to morrow the snow commenced falling; I was a were [aware] of a place three miles up the River—where there was low grass land serrounded by high bluffs and was well suplied with grass & timber for fuel—when I came with the mis[si]onaries in 52—We therefore decided to make for that point. and wait the result of the storme; At this juncture—the hand cart Componey made its appearence on the opposite bank at the croossing—We instructed componey to move on—that we would stop and see
the them cross—and soon over take ours: They had just commenced croossing as we rode up. it was no pleasant seen [scene] for us to behold Women and children waiding a bove their knees in the cold peircing eliment: We hastened acrooss on our Animals and began takaking [taking] them one by one behind us—across—the waiding soon stoped. they huddled like sheep. a waiting our return; as we made a trip—we neaver failed to return without a blessing pronounced upon us—in adition to one already received. All being over—We proceeded on and over took our Componey: passing on to the place we had Selected to Stop in till the storm was past[.] We