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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F: SHELDON STODDARD SKETCH

[ Sheldon Stoddard was born near Toronto, Canada, February 8, 1830. After his trip of 1849 he went to the mines of northern California and then returned to Salt Lake City. There he married Jane, a daughter of Captain Jefferson Hunt, in March, 1851. The next month they started for California with the Mormon colonists that founded San Bernardino, the town which thereafter was his home. For many years he was engaged in carrying mail and freighting between San Bernardino and Salt Lake City. He crossed the desert twenty-four times with mail. In 1865 he took a freight outfit from San Bernardino to Montana, some 1300 miles, six months being required for the trip. The next year he freighted to Pioche, Nevada. In 1903 he was President of the Pioneer Society of San Bernardino.

In L. A. Ingersoll Century Annals of San Bernardino County ( Los Angeles, 1904), 653, is a sketch of Mr. Stoddard which tells briefly of his trip in the Flake-Rich company of 1849, and which we reprint here.]

Sheldon Stoddard started for California in 1848, coming via Council Bluffs and the North Platte to Salt Lake. Here a party of about thirty men, under the guidance of Captain Flake, started for the placer diggings in 1849. Among the members of this party were Chas. C. Rich, George Q. Cannon, William Lay, and Sheldon Stoddard.107 They rode pack animals and followed a trail as far as Mountain Meadows, expecting to take a northern route via Walker' Lake [Pass] to the placer diggings. They traveled westward from Mt. Meadows for eighteen days without guides, compass, or maps. They found no water, and were saved from perishing by light showers when they caught water in their rubber blankets and drank it with a teaspoon. At last they turned eastward [southeastward] and struck the head of the Muddy River,

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This naming of Lay and Stoddard as members of the Flake-Rich party of packers is an important contribution.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • 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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