Eldridge, Joseph, [Autobiography], in Joseph Eldridge Robinson, Biography of, and some writings by, Joseph Eldridge and Joseph Eldridge Robinson, his grandson [1902-1923], reel 4, box 5, fd. 6, 22-24.
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With bedding, clothing and provisions for eleven of us there was small chance even for children to ride. Sister Silver was quite delicate. their oldest child was a cripple[;] their youngest an infant[.] They occupied the wagon the whole of the journey. Myself[,] wife, Bro[.] & Sister Steel walked the whole of the journey. I carried my daughter Ellen many miles. Kate walked nearly the whole journey.
One woman in the company a Sister [Catherine Edwards] Hopla died[.] we buried her by the road side. this was the only death in our company.
At one place we were in sight of Sioux and Pawnees in battle. Some of the Sioux came to our train to ask for food, we gave them a supply of flour
On one oc[c]asion for about two days we passed through herds of buffalo. At one time it is probable there were ten thousand buffalo in sight, Sometimes they crossed and recrossed the road passing between our teams. two buffalo were shot to make us food.
Many cattle in our train died from disease which commenced with sore feet. our four oxen died[;] also our cow died[.] we had to make exchanges and trades to get through, but got to SL City in health though considerably emaciated with our journey
The first sight of the Great Salt Lake and the valley was very impressive[.] we uncovered our heads and gave thanks to God. many shed tears of joy as they viewed the beautiful scene.