Sarah Raymond was an unmarried woman of twenty-four who in May 1865barely a month after the end of the Civil Warmounted her beloved pony and headed west alongside the wagon carrying her mother and two younger brothers. They traveled by wagon train over the Great Plains toward the Rocky Mountains, with no certain idea of where they would settle themselves but a strong desire to leave war-torn Missouri behind and start a new life.
Days on the Road is the story of this remarkable journey and of the young woman who made it. Written on the trail and originally published in 1902, it is a tribute to all of the emigrants who made their way west and the tale of a truly extraordinary woman.
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About the Author
Sarah Raymond Herndon left her home in Missouri in May 1865 and traveled west in the company of her mother, younger brothers, and fellow emigrants, finally arriving in Virginia City, Montana Territory, at the height of the Gold Rush boom in that rough frontier town. She spent the rest of her life in Montana, and published the story of her western journey in 1900.
Mary Barmeyer O'Brien is the author of Heart of the Trail, Into the Western Winds, Toward the Setting Sun, and Bright Star in the Big Sky, a biography of Montana's Jeannette Rankin. She lives in Polson, Montana.
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Our First Camp
As we were provided with fresh bread, cake, cold chicken, boiled ham, pickles, preserves, etc., supper was quickly prepared for our small family of four, and we enjoyed it immensely. Then comes my time to write, as I have promised friends that I will keep a journal on this trip. Mr. Kerfoot thinks the Government is going to smash and greenbacks will not be worth one cent on the dollar, so he has turned all his money into gold coin, and stowed it into a small leather satchelit seems quite heavy to lift or carry.
As Mrs. Kerfoot was sitting on a camp-chair near our wagons, Mr. Kerfoot came toward her, saying, "Here, mother, I want you to take care of this satchel, it is all we will ask you to do, the girls will cook and wash dishes, the boys take care of the stock, and I will oversee things generally, and we will do nicely." She accepted the responsibility without a word, and as he walked away she turned to me, and said, "I wish it was in some good bank, I expect nothing else but that it will be stolen, and then what will become of us?"
While I have been writing Neelie (Cornelia) and Sittie (Henrietta) have been getting supper for a family of twelve, no small undertaking for them, as they have been used to servants and know very little about cooking.
When everything was ready, Neelie came to her mother exclaiming, "Come, mamma, to supper, the first ever prepared by your own little girl, but not the last I hope, see how nicely the table looks, Emma and Delia picked those wild flowers for you, how brightly the new tinware shines, let its imagine it is silver and it will answer the same purpose as if it were."
Her mother smiles cheerfully, as she takes her arm, Cash sneers at Neelie's nonsenseas she calls it. Mr. Kerfoot nods approval, as Neelie escorts her mother to the table. When all are seated Mr. Kerfoot bows his head and asks God's blessing on the meal.
Every one seems to enjoy this picnic style of taking supper out of doors and linger so long at the table, that Neelie has to hint that other work will have to be done before dark.
When at last the table is cleared, she says to Emma and Delia, "Don't you want to help me wash these nice, bright dishes and put them away?"
They are always ready to help Neelie, and the work is soon done. Amid laughter and fun they hardly realize they have been at work. Mr. Kerfoot insists that we women and the children must sleep in houses as long as there are houses to sleep in. Mother and I would greatly prefer sleeping in our spring-wagon, to making a bed on the floor in a room with so many, but as he has hired the room we do not want to seem contrary, so have offered no objection. The boys have carried the mattresses and bedding into the house, and Neelie has come for me to go with her to arrange our sleeping-room. So good-night.
Table of Contents
|Preface to the 1902 Edition||xviii|
|Our First Camp||2|
|I Meet an Acquaintance||4|
|An Addition to Our Party||6|
|Miss Milburn's Love Story||11|
|A Letter to Brother Mac||13|
|The Icarian Community||15|
|A Swing among the Trees||16|
|A Fatal Accident||18|
|On the Banks of the Big Muddy||23|
|Our Last Day with Miss Milburn||24|
|We Have Our Pictures Taken||25|
|A Yankee Homestead||27|
|We Meet a Friend||29|
|On the Banks of the Platte||30|
|The Order of Our Going||32|
|A Narrow Escape||36|
|We Decide to Go to Montana||40|
|Music in Camp||45|
|The Mountains in Sight||48|
|A Town of Tents and Wagons||50|
|We Worship in the Wilderness||51|
|We Celebrate the Fourth||53|
|The Black Hills||54|
|We Visit a Beautiful Spring||55|
|We Cut Our Names in Stone||57|
|In the Rain||60|
|We Climb Elk Mountain||64|
|We Cross the North Platte||65|
|Neelie Is Sick||67|
|The Summit of the Rocky Mountains||68|
|Sim Buford Sick||70|
|Our Train Divided||71|
|We Overtake the California Train||73|
|On Bitter Creek||75|
|Delayed Another Day||77|
|A Fatal Shooting||78|
|Tried for Murder||80|
|We Leave the Train||82|
|Wild Currants Galore||84|
|Mr. Curry's Horses Stolen||86|
|Anxiously Waiting at Ham's Fork||87|
|The Wanderers' Return||89|
|Sim's Story of Their Wanderings||90|
|Bear River Mountain||92|
|We Meet Captain Hardinbrooke's Brother||94|
|Mormon Towns in Idaho||96|
|We Meet Men Returning to the States||98|
|Mother and I Save Joe's Life||99|
|Dick Is Sold. Oh, Dear||101|
|Sweet Water Canon||104|
|The End of Our Journey||106|