A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home: A Book of Personal Memoirs

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CHAPTER III

At length, early one bright morning, our camp became a scene of great commotion. The final preparations for our departure were in progress. Tents were taken down, tin dishes and cooking utensils were packed away. Men were excitedly running to and fro, hallooing at the cattle, who decidedly objected to being caught, as if they suspected what was before them--as some of them were unbroken steers, and there was not a practical ox driver in the crowd. With much difficulty they were finally collected, yoked and attached to the wagons.

The sunbonneted women watched the operations with intense interest, patiently awaiting the time to move forward.

It was nearly noon before the whole train, consisting of six wagons, each drawn by four yoke of oxen, one carriage drawn by a span of mules, and a band of loose cattle driven by the young men on horseback, were ready to begin the journey. At last the teamsters began shouting "gee Tom," "haw Buck,""up there Tom and Jerry,' with various other names they had given to their oxen--and the start was made.

What a sense of relief possessed our hearts as the heavy wheels made their first revolution on the forward march.

Each advanced step of the slow, plodding cattle carried us farther and farther from civilization into a desolate, barbarous country, where for several months we would be at the mercy of the treacherous savage. But our "new home" lay beyond all this and was a shining beacon that beckoned us on, inspiring our hearts with hope and courage.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface 6
  • A Pioneer's Search for an Ideal Home Chapter I 7
  • Chapter II 14
  • Chapter III 18
  • Chapter IV 22
  • Chapter V 27
  • Chapter VI 31
  • Chapter VII 35
  • Chapter VIII 39
  • Chapter IX 45
  • Chapter X 49
  • Chapter XI 55
  • Chapter XII 62
  • Chapter XIII 68
  • Chapter XIV 73
  • Chapter XV 81
  • Chapter XVI 85
  • Chapter XVII 89
  • Chapter XVIII 95
  • Chapter XIX 103
  • Chapter XX 111
  • Chapter XXI 116
  • Chapter XXII 124
  • Chapter XXIII 128
  • Chapter XXIV 134
  • Chapter XXV 141
  • Chapter XVII 148
  • Chapter XXVII 151
  • Chapter XXVIII 153
  • Chapter XXIX 159
  • Chapter XXX 167
  • Chapter XXXI 173
  • Chapter XXXII 178
  • Chapter XXXIII 182
  • Chapter XXXIV 189
  • Chapter XXXV 194
  • Chapter XXXVI 200
  • Chapter XXXVII 208
  • Chapter XXXVIII 215
  • Chapter XXXIV 222
  • Chapter XL 229
  • Chapter XLI 234
  • Chapter XLII 240
  • Chapter XLIII 243
  • Chapter Xviv 249
  • Chapter XLV 257
  • Chapter XLVI 263
  • Chapter XLVII 269
  • Chapter XLVIII 273
  • Chapter Xlix 277
  • Chapter L 285
  • Chapter LI 288
  • Chapter LII 296
  • Chapter LIII 303
  • Chapter Liv 306
  • Chapter LV 308
  • The Conquest of the West 310
  • Conclusion 314
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