Aldrich, Hannah Madsen, [Interview], in "Utah Pioneer Biographies," 44 vols., 3:52-54.
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When they started for Utah there were six companies in this wagon train and each company had a Captain at its head; it was his duty to issue the command and keep order in the train. In this train some of the people traveled by oxteam and some by hand cart.
Mrs. Aldrich's family was in the company commanded by a Capt. Willardson, and they traveled by hand cart all the way from Illinois to Utah. She does not recall how long they were in reaching Utah, but she did recall some of the instances that happened on the way here. She told that when they reached North Platte, the Indians stampeded the buffaloes and ran off all their stock, and they were stranded for a couple of days until they could round up their stock again. And she recalls another instance, how the Indians traded them buffalo meat for a lot of little trinkets that did not amount to much. She stated that while they were crossing the plains they were never attacked by the Indians, but they saw at different times, bands of Indians roving over the country. At nights they would make a large circle with wagons and hand carts, and sleep inside of the circle, and keep guard in case of attack by the Indians, but they were never attacked by them, only the time stated when they ran off their stock.
After they arrived in Utah, sometime in 1851  . . . .