"Local Affairs: Emigrant Train," Salt Lake Daily Telegraph, 16 September 1864, 3.
- Source Locations
- Church History Library, 071.9225 S176dt v. 1 1864/1865
- Related Persons
- William Bowker Preston
EMIGRANT TRAIN.—Unexpectedly to everybody, but that one person who "just expected he would be in on Thursday," Capt. [William B.] Preston's train arrived yesterday forenoon. There were forty-nine church wagons and nine others of private individuals; three hundred and seventy-eight persons—chiefly Danes and Swedes, left the Missouri river, of which number, five children, four women, and one man had died on the plains, and four children were born during the seventy days journey. Seven oxen died on the down journey and eleven died on the return. Capt. Preston looked well, considered that he had had a favorable trip, and the company seemed composed of very substantial, sober, good people.
As this paper has an extensive circulation on the route, we take this opportunity to say to Captains of trains that it would greatly benefit many in their companies and their friends if they would telegraph from Bridger and Weber when they expected to arrive. We saw some Danish folks in the street yesterday morning, who had come from San Pete to meet this train and only an hour before it was within sight on the "bench" they left, not expecting it before Tuesday—they did not happen to see him "who just expected it" at the hour it arrived.