Journals of Forty-Niners: Salt Lake to Los Angeles: with Diaries and Contemporary Records of Sheldon Young, James S. Brown, Jacob Y. Stover, Charles C. Rich, Addison Pratt, Howard Egan, Henry W. Bigler, and Others

By Ann W. Hafen; Leroy R. Hafen | Go to book overview

B: CHARLES C. RICH DIARY

[ Charles C. Rich, one of the Twelve Apostles of the Mormon Church and a prominent leader of the sect, was going to California to help manage Mormon affairs there. His biography by John Henry Evans , is published as Charles Coulson Rich, Pioneer Builder of the West ( New York, 1936). He was forty years old in 1849.

The original of this diary is in the Historical Library of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City. The Church Historian's office kindly supplied us a typed copy of the journal as published here. Some punctuation has been added for clarification.]

OCTOBER the 8th 1849 2 o'clock p.m. left my home and the city of the great Salt Lake on a mission to Upper California having been appointed to assist Amasa Lyman in the presidency of that country by the conference held on the 6th. Staid at G. M. Flake on cottonwood 12 miles.63

TUESDAY 9th Took breakfast at John Bills then went to Utau [Provo] accompanied by James Brown. Staid at Alexander Williams, found some excitement with regard to the Indians some of them having fired on some of our people. 39 mi.

WEDNESDAY 10th Early this morning the Indians came down in considerable numbers to attack the fort as was supposed all had called out after some consultation they wished peace. I mad a speech to the brethren and organized them, gave the Indians some council and left about 10 o'clock, passing Hobble Creek, Spanish Fork, Petete Creek and camped on a small clear stream. 21 miles.

THURSDAY 11th We passed the Springs, Willow Creek, Salt Creek, Toola, camped on a sage plain without watter, traveled about 50 miles.

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Since the route has been traced in some detail above, especially in the notes accompanying the journals of Sheldon Young, Addison Pratt, and H. W. Bigler, we shall not duplicate such informational notes here.

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Table of contents

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  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Illustrations 9
  • Acknowledgments 11
  • Historical Background and Summary 15
  • Part I - Packers: First Over the Trail in 1849 47
  • Part II - The Gruwell-Derr Wagon Train 51
  • C: Notes of Benjamin Hayes 53
  • Part III - The Jefferson Hunt Wagon Train 59
  • C: James S. Brown's Account 66
  • D: the Sidney P. Waite Sketch 112
  • Part IV - The Rynierson Company 131
  • Part V - The Flake-Rich Company of Packers 141
  • B: Charles C. Rich Diary 181
  • C: William Farrer Diary 193
  • E: James H. Rollins Recollection 218
  • F: Sheldon Stoddard Sketch 271
  • Part VI - The Stover Party of Packers 273
  • Part VII - The Pomeroy Wagon Train 293
  • C: Extract from Goudy Hogan Journal 296
  • D: the Walter Van Dyke Account 298
  • Part VIII - The Howard Egan Wagon Train 307
  • Appendix 321
  • Index 329
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