Nielsen, Emma A. Nielson, [Interview], in "Utah Pioneer Biographies," 44 vols., 22:26-29.
10. Don't know at what place the company joined train to come west.
11. When did it leave for Utah?
11. It left for Utah in 1861.
12. What was the place of your destination in Utah? Why did you come to Utah?
12. Our place of destination was Circleville. We came for our religion.
13. When did you arrive there?
13. We arrived there in the fall of 1861.
14. Who was the leader of your company or train?
14. Mr. Christofferson was the leader of the company.
15. Method of travel (handcart, ox team, mule team, horseback, etc.)
15. We traveled by ox and mule team.
31. Do you recall seeing any buffalo or hunting any wild game?
31. Yes, I saw lots of buffalo while crossing the plains, it was a fear to meet them.
34. Tell about coming to your state in a covered wagon.
34. Fuel was scarce and we had to use buffalo chips for the fire. It was the chore of us children to gather the chips. A girl friend and I were out hunting for chips. Father had made us some aprons for this purpose. Several times the captain had warned us to stay by the wagons. This particular time the chips seemed to be more plentiful <and> in the excitement of it all we had wandered farther then we guessed. With our aprons full of chips we started back to the wagons that were no place to be seen. We hurried on the trail and to our grief found the company had crossed the Green River into Wyoming and were out of sight. Scared stiff we sat down to await what may come our way. Nervously we watch and listened. Not knowing what minute we might be attacked by a wild animal or the Indains [Indians]. Time drug by and at length we saw two riders come over the hill. We knew at once that it was help. Indains [Indians] never traveled in the open. The men seemed as glad to see us as we were to see them. They told how the captain insisted that the company halt and make a check up. He said he felt that someone was gone. It was soon discovered that we were gone and these men were sent back to scout over the distance just covered. Arrangements were soon made and crossing the river was assumed. I was the first to be taken across. I climbed on behind the rider and the other man's rope was fastened to our horse, while he stood ready to drag us a shore if anything happened. We were soon in the water which seemed it would swallow us any minute. At last the horse climbed out on the opposite shore and we dismounted. The other parties started. The rider of our horse stood ready to help if necessary. At last we were all on our way to the company. Who stood anxiously waiting our arrival. Instead of a scolding as we expected, the captain decided to camp. A meeting was called and we offered our thanks in prayer and song to our Maker for the safe return.