The History Of The Donner Party
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:5/23/2010 - Kessinger Publishing, LLC
By: C. F. McGlashan
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...as at the cabins, the all-important question was, who should go with the relief party and who remain. In each family there were little children who could not go unless carried. Few of the Donner Party had more than enough strength to travel unencumbered across the deep snows. Should a storm occur on the mountains, it was doubtful if even the members of the relief party could escape death. It was hopefully urged that other relief parties would soon arrive from California, and that these would bring over those who remained. In determining who should go and who stay, examples of heroism and devotion were furnished which were never surpassed in the history of man. Could their vision have penetrated the veil which interposed between them and the sad occurrences about to ensue, they would have known that almost every family, whose members separated, was bidding good-by to some member forever. Chapter XII. A Wife's Devotion--Tamsen Donner's Early Life--The Early Settlers of Sangamon County--An Incident in School--Teaching and Knitting--School Discipline--Captain George Donner's Appearance--Parting Scenes at Alder Creek--Starting over the Mountains--A Baby's Death--A Mason's Vow--Crossing the Snow Barrier--More Precious than Gold or Diamonds--Elitha Donner's Kindness. MRS. TAMSEN DONNER was well and comparatively strong, and could easily have crossed the mountains in safety with this party. Her husband, however, was suffering from a serious swelling on one of his hands. Some time before reaching the mountains he had accidentally hurt this hand while handling a wagon. After encamping at Alder Creek he was anxious to assist in the arrangements and preparations for winter, and while thus working the old wound reopened. Taking cold in the hand, it became...