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

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CHAPTER VII

Coming down again onto the river bottom, we passed a row of twenty graves. By the inscriptions on the rough head boards we learned that they died within a few days of each other of cholera. This dreadful scourge brought the journey of many poor emigrants to a sudden close, resulting in numerous pathetic incidents.

It was my privilege in after years to become acquainted with a refined lady who had buried her husband here, and she, besides caring for her two little children, drove her team through to the coast, and did as much, and more, than many of the men in helping to develop a new country.

A mother was also buried here, leaving five helpless children, the youngest only six weeks old. The father brought the little family safely through, and they lived to become useful citizens of this country. The sight of this little cemetery, so isolated and lonely, brought many gloomy reflections. Death to me was a shocking event, even at home, attended by all that love could devise to take away its gloom, and the thought of burying one of my dear ones here, or of myself being left by the wayside where only the savages and wild animals roamed, was awful to contemplate. I had yet to learn that the mystery which we call death is but a transition of the spiritual from the mortal, and it matters but little where the body lies; buried on the mountain top, in the briny deep, or consumed by fire, it is of no more account than the shell, or chrysalis, from which the bird or butterfly have flown; for we shall be clothed with a glorious spiritual body and be more ourselves than ever before. "I go away," said Jesus,

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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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