Thomas R. Forsyth reminiscences, circa 1922, 2-3, 25-27.
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[p. 2-3]Crossing the Missouri 20 or 24 milles below florence at Sarheas Point so knowen by the Emigration saints
We left the Missouri river some time in June and reached the Salt Lake Valley the 1 <of> Oct <1850>
[p. 25-27] then in June we started for Salt Lake City where were some Merchants at Council Bluff[.] they conculeded [concluded] to move their store to Salt Lake City so they loaded father With all the goods he could haul. We had eight cows when we left and they were all giving milk[.] We milked them every night and morning so we had all the milk we could Drink and then strained the rest into the churn so the shake of the wagon would churn the butter[.] so at noon We had a nice Big lump of butter for dinner[.] our cooking outfit was a fripan [fry pan] and a Bakeskillet[.] we traveled in a company called Steavens Markuam [Stephen Markham] company. About the third Day out from the River There was a case of colory [cholera] in the camp and one man go[t] scart [scared] and pulled out to one side and was going to go Back the next morning[.] that night His folks come over after Help and they burried him the next[.] But His folks came on and located in ogden[.] When We got up to the plat[t]e at the Head of the grand Island or ash fork one of our cows with some others got lamb [lame]. and I being only ten years old with some other Boys Had to drive the loose Herd[.] Just after we got on the plat[t]e we saw our first Buffalo[.] so we Had plenty of meat the rest of the way[.] Between there and fort Laramey [Laramie] there Had Been thirteen colory cases and we had been burring [burying] them from the time we left the Missouri until we got up to the Black Hills[.] from there Back to the Missouri River is over five Hundered miles[.] But between there and Salt lake there were all Kinds of roads that a mountian [mountain] country affords. We passed lots of Indians on our way But They never gave us any trouble. We arrived in Salt lake at the last of September 1850