“Pioneer Woman Laid at Rest,” The Journal, 30 August 1921, 4.
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We crossed the plains in the year 1850 and I was then eighteen years old. There were 12 in our family and everything we owned on this earth was put into two wagons. I guess I walked over half the way across the plains to Utah. We left in May and didn’t get to Utah until September. There was a large company of us but we divided ourselves into small companies of about twelve to nineteen wagons each. Some men would always ride ahead and let us know a good place where we could get grass and water. Those things we had to have. We didn’t have any trouble coming across the plains. The buffaloes didn’t bother us at all and sometimes the Indians would come up to us and look at us and laugh and go away again. We crossed the Mississippi in a little skiff with oars. We came right to Salt Lake City.