The Expedition of the Donner Party and Its Tragic FateBy Eliza P. Donner Houghton | Go to book overview
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Publication information: Book title: The Expedition of the Donner Party and Its Tragic Fate. Contributors: Eliza P. Donner Houghton - Author. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 333.
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Table of contents
- Title Page iii
- Introduction vii
- Preface xvii
- Contents xxi
- Note xxxiii
- Chapter I - The Pacific Coast in 1845 -- Speeches of Senator Ben Ton and Report of Capt. Frémont -- My Father and His Family -- Interest Awakened in the New Ter Ritory -- Formation of the First Emigrant Party from ILlinois to California -- Preparations for the Journey -- the Start -- on the Outskirts of Civilization. 1
- Chapter II - In the Territory of Kansas -- Prairie Schooners from Santa Fé to Indefendence, Mo. -- LIfe En Route -- the Big Blue -- Camp Government -- the Blue Rover. 11
- Chapter III - In the Haunts of the Pawnees -- Letters of Mrs. George Donner -- Halt at Fort Bernard --Sioux In Dians at Fort Laramie 21
- Chapter IV - Fourth of July in An Emigrant Party -- Open Letter of Lansford Hastings -- George Donner Elected Captain of Party Bound for California -- Entering the Great Desert -- Insufficient Supply of Food -- Volunteers Commissioned by My Father to Hasten to Sutter's Fort for Belief 30
- Chapter V - Bewildering Guide Board -- Soul-Trying Struggles -- First Snow -- Reed-Synder Tragedy -- Hardcoop's Fate. 39
- Chapter VI - Indian Depredations -- Wolfingers's Disappearance -- Stanton Beturns with Supplies Furnished by Cap Tain Sutter -- Donner Wagons Separated from Train Forever -- Terrible Piece of News -- Forced into Shelter at Donner Lake -- Donner Camp on Prosser Creek. 54
- Chapter VII - Snowbound -- Scarcity of Food at Both Camps -- Watching for Return of M'Cutchen and Reed. 64
- Chapter VIII - Another Stork -- Four Deaths in Donner Camp -- Field Mice Used for Food -- Changed Appearance of the Starving -- Sunshine -- Departure of the "Forlorn Hope"--Watching for Relief -- Impossible to Dis Turb the Bodies of the Dead in Donner Camp -- Ar Rival and Departure of the First Relief Party. 68
- Chapter IX - Sufferings of the "Forlorn Hope"-- Resort to Human Flesh -- "Camp of Death" -- Boots Crisped and Eaten -- Deer Killed -- Indian Rancheria -- the "White Man's Home" at Last. 77
- Chapter X - Relief Measures Inaugurated in California -- Dis Turbed Conditions Because of Mexican War -- Gen Erous Subscriptions -- Three Parties Organize -- "First Belief," Under Racine Tucker; "Second Re LIef," Under Reed and Greenwood; and Relay Camp Under Woodworth -- First Relief Party Crosses Snow Belt and Reaches Donner Lake. 91
- Chapter XI - Watching for the Second Relief Party -- Old Nav Ajo" -- Last Food in Camp 100
- Chapter XII - Arrival of Second Relief, Or Reed-Greenwood Party -- Few Survivors Strong Enough to Travel -- Wife's Choice -- Partings at Donner Camp -- My Two Sis Ters and I Deserted -- Departure of Second Belief Party. 104
- Chapter XIII - A Fateful Cabin -- Mrs. Murphy Gives Motherly Com Fort -- the Great Storm -- Half A Biscuit -- Arrival of Third Relief -- "Where Is My Boy?" 109
- Chapter XIV - The Quest of Two Fathers -- Second Belief Distress -- Third Relief Organized at Woodworth's Relay Camp -- Divides and One Half Goes to Succor Second Relief and Its Refugees; and the Other Half Pro Ceeds to Donner Lake -- A Last Farewell -- A Wom An's Sacrifice. 115
- Chapter XV - Simon Murphy, Frances, Georgia, and I Taken from the Lake Cabins by the Third Belief -- No Food to Leave -- Crossing the Snow -- Remnant of the Second Re LIef Overtaken -- Out of the Snow -- Incidents of Ter Journey -- Johnson's Ranch -- the Sinclair Home -- Sutter's Fort. 123
- Chapter XVI - Elitha and Leanna -- LIfe at the Fort -- Watching the Cow Path -- Return of the Fallon Party -- Keseberg Brought in by Them -- Father and Mother Did Not Comb. 132
- Chapter XVII - Orphans -- Keseberg and His Accusers -- Sensational Accounts of the Tragedy at Donner Lake -- Prop Erty Sold and Guardian Appointed -- Kindly Indians -- "Grandpa" -- Marriage of Elitha. 138
- Chapter XVIII - "Grandma" -- Happy VIsits -- A New Home -- Am Per Suaded to Leave It. 147
- Chapter XIX - On A Cattle Ranch Near the Cosumne River -- "Name Billy" -- Indian Grub Feast 156
- Chapter XX - I Return to Grandma -- War Rumors at the Fort -- LIngering Hope That My Mother Might Be LIVing -- An Indian Convoy -- the Brunners and Their Home 165
- Chapter XXI - Moral Discipline -- the Historical Pueblo of Sonoma -- Sugar Plums. 181
- Chapter XXII - Gold Discovered -- "California Is Ours" -- Nursing the Sick -- the U. S. Military Post -- Burial of An Officer. 192
- Chapter XXIII Reaping and Threshing 200
- Chapter XXIV - Mexican Methods of Cultivation -- First Steamship Through the Golden Gate -- "The Argonauts" Or "Boys of '49" -- A Letter from the States -- John Baptiste -- Jakie Leaves Us -- the First American School in Sonoma. 214
- Chapter XXV - Fever Patients from the Mines -- Unmarked Graves -- the Tales and Taunts That Wounded My Young Heart. 226
- Chapter XVII - Thank Offerings -- Miss Doty's School -- the Bond of Kindred -- in Jacket and Trousers -- Chum Charlie. 232
- Chapter XXVII - Capt. Frisbie -- Wedding Festivities -- the Masterpiece of Grandma's Youth -- Senora Vallejo -- Jakie's Re Turn -- His Death -- A Cherokee Indian Who Had Stood by My Father's Grave 242
- Chapter XXVIII - Klitha, Frances, and Mr. Miller VIsit Us -- Mrs. Brun Ner Claims Us as Her Children -- the Daguerreo- Type 251
- Chapter XXIX - Great Smallpox Epidemic -- St. Mary's Hall -- Thanksgiving Day in California -- Another Broth Er-In-Law. 255
- Chapter XXX - Ideals and Longings -- the Future -- Christmas. 264
- Chapter XXXI - The Widow Stein and LIttle Johnnie -- "Daughters of A Sainted Mother" -- Estrangement and Desola Tion -- A Resolution and A Vow -- My People Arrive and Man to Bear Me Away. 269
- Chapter XXXII - Grandma's Return -- Good-Bye to the Dumb Creatures -- Georgia and I Are off for Sacramento. 282
- Chapter XXXIII - The Public Schools of Sacramento -- A Glimpse of Grandpa -- the Rancho De Los Cazadores -- My Sweetest Privilege -- Letters from the Brunners. 289
- Chapter XXXIV - Tragedy in Sonoma -- Christian Brunner in A Prison Cell -- St. Catherine's Convent at Benicia -- Ro Mance of Spanish California -- the Beautiful Angel in Black -- the Prayer of Dona Concepcion Argu Ello Realized -- Monastic Rites 296
- Chapter XXXV - The Chamberlain Family, Cousins of Daniel Webster -- Jefferson Grammar School -- Further Conflict Ing Accounts of the Donner Party -- Paternal An Cestry -- S.O. Houghton -- Death Takes One of the Seven Surviving Donners 305
- Chapter XXXVI - News of the Brunners -- Letters from Grandpa. 316
- Chapter XXXVII - Arrival of Thr First Pony Express. 321
- Chapter XXXVIII - War and Rumors of War -- Marriage -- Sonoma Re VIsited. 324
- Appendix 333
- Index 371
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