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

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reaching the top we met H & E Gibson who told us that there was a wagon in the canon with provisions to sell. that Bro Rich & the rest had gone to the settlement & they had stayed to come back after a sadle they had been obliged to leave yesterday on account of one of their mules giving out. [The diary ends abruptly here.]


D: GEORGE Q. CANNON NARRATIVE

[ George Q. Cannon, whose parents came from the Isle of Man, was born in Liverpool, England, January 11, 1827. While the family was migrating to America in 1842, George's mother died at sea. His father died two years later, leaving six orphans. George, the eldest, lived for some years with his uncle, John Taylor, from whom he learned the printer's trade.

George migrated to Utah in 1847. He went reluctantly to the California mines in 1849, having been outfitted by his uncle. The next year he sailed to Hawaii on a Mormon mission. Returning to Utah in 1854, he soon became one of the prominent leaders of the Mormon Church. In 1866 he launched the Juvenile Instructor, a magazine designed primarily for use in the Mormon Sunday Schools.

Until his death in 1901, Cannon continued high in the councils of the Mormon Church. He served as First Counselor to three Presidents in turn; and as Delegate from Utah Territory to Washington. He was principal executor of the estate of Brigham Young; was author of a number of books; and was a successful leader in business affairs.82

His serial Twenty Years Ago; a Trip to California, appeared in the pages of his Juvenile Instructor in 1869. This story of his 1849 journey we republish herewith.]

The gold discoveries in California, and the events which occurred here [ Salt Lake City] in 1849, had their influence in prompting the calling of myself and others to go to California. It was in the fall of that year that we were selected. We formed a company, and were

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For a sketch of his life see Andrew Jenson, Latter-Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, 1, 42-51.

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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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