Our ancestors in their own words. In this issue: a pioneer diary.
May 8, 1852
We have come about 12 miles and were obliged to camp in the open prairie without any wood[.] Mary and myself collected some dry weeds and grass and made a little fire and cooked some meat and the last of our supply of eggs with these and some hard bread with water we made our supper.
May 9, 1852
We passed a new made grave today…a man from Ohio[.] We also met a man that was going back[.] He had buried his Wife this morning[.] She died from the effects of measles[.] We have come ten miles today encamped on a small stream called Vermillion creek[.] Wood and water plenty[.] Their [sic] are as many as fifty wagon on this stream and some thousand head of stock[.] It looks like a village the tents and wagons extend as much as a mile.