Morten's Journey

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 22
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneer
Publisher Snow College
Date 1990
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Morten's Journey
Description had to help care for the sick. In St. Louis the emigrants joined another company of Scandinavians who had crossed the Atlantic just ahead of them in the Jessft Munn. H. P. Olsen was designated leader of both companies* They traveled by steamboat to Kansas City and made camp about ten miles beyond the town in order to outfit themselves for the journey across the plains. Morten, along with each adult, was allowed 100 lbs. of luggage including bed and bedding. Most of the emigrants had spent some time during the sea voyage sewing tents and wagon covers from a cotton twill purchased in England. 3y the time the company reached Kansas City, Many of them were in trouble financially. Instead of paying $1.00 for passage up the Mississippi, it had cost Morten $4.00 and instead of paying $.25 per 100 lbs. of baggage, it had cost more than 81.00. The price of cattle had risen drastically because of the rush to the California gold fields. A yoke of oxen cost $75.00 and a cow cost i45.OO. Wagons sold for 375.00. Some of the company were dependent on the Perpetual Qaigration Fund for money to continue the journey. When the preparations had been made, the men of the company met together. They sustained H. P. Olsen as president. Christian Larsen was appointed as chaplain. Bent Nielsen was chosen wagon master and Jens Hansen camp captain, with P. P. Thomas captain of the guard. The sixty-nine wagons were split into six smaller companies and a captain appointed to each of these: Carl Capson, Andrus Andersen, Peter Beckstrom, Jens Jorgensen, Anders W. tfinberg and Valentin Valentinsen. On the 15th of June the wagons rolled out on the prairie headed for the Salt Lake Valley, among the first to set out on the journey that year* Morten was one of ten men assigned to one of the wagons. The wagons were reserved for goods and most of the people walked the whole distance. 82
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 22
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323816
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