It was decided by my husband that our family and two other families would leave Missouri tomorrow to Oregon to find independence and prosper in fur-trade. (Schultz, 2012) We have used most of our money to pack the wagon with food and supplies. Later Our first river! At far the Kansas River didn’t seem that bad of a crossing but when we couldn’t afford to pay the ferry we almost lost everything when we crossed the river and the wagon almost tipped over. I am thankful that my husband and two children know how to swim.
My family has been lucky because we are all in good health; the other families that have been traveling with us have not been so well. We hear about others dying from diseases and it explains abandoned wagons and supplies along the way. (Schultz, 2012) May 20, 1848 It’s been raining for 3 days now and it seems as though my chores as a woman will never end. The men have been resting but, I and the other mother’s must keep cooking and keeping track of our supplies. Then men speak of how they are rested and ready to move on and all I want to do is sleep. Triumph and Tragedy Woman’s voices from the Oregon Trail, 1999) June 15, 1848 It’s been a long time since I have been able to write because of the overwhelming chores, the rain, and of course the sickness we have all finally overcome.
We are camped in front of Chimney Rock. We will stay here for only 3 days and then we are off on our trail. My husband says we shouldn’t stay any longer to keep distance from the violent Indians that want to run us out of our trail to prosper. There have been many fights between them and American’s but, we have been lucky to have escaped any harm. Schultz, 2012) July 1, 1848 Chimney Rock- “487 miles of rocky, rough terrain–runs through Wyoming than any other state. ” (Clifford, 1993) The trails are very rough and the family is getting irratable very quickly. I can’t wait to get thru these paths and stop so that my husband and the other men can hunt. We have very little food and everyone is hungry and dirty but he will not stop for another day to rest. All I can think of is all the chores I will have to do when we finally stop and set camp. July 20, 1848.
My husband has typhoid so I don’t want to leave his sight. Luckily the other families have been helpful. This is the worst place for him to have gotten sick because of all the wind. Our eldest son has been steering the ox and wagon so that we do not loose time. I hope this passes soon. All I can think of is how much easier it was back home. I wish I knew what would happen when we got to Oregon. August 2, 1848 We ran out of bullets today and a thief stole 30 pounds of food. We had been lucky so far and had not been robbed but, I guess it was just a matter of time.
We will have to trade some food or supplies to get more bullets to hunt or my family will starve. I’m not sure how much longer I can be positive. August 20, 1848 We will pass another river today and I am so scared for my children. It’s been so hard to get thru day after seeing our good friends drown while crossing the Snake River. (Clifford, 1993) We lost some supplies but, that is nothing to complain about compared to the rest. Are we ever going to get to Oregon. September 14, 1848 We lost all of today due to heavy fog. The nights are extremely cold and my baby is not well.
I have to cook up anything my husband hunts and the bear he shot was hard to cook in this cold weather. We had been eating very little these past days which was taking a lot of our energy. I fear for my family and I try to keep my family in order to go on. (Triumph and Tragedy Woman’s voices from the Oregon Trail, 1999) September 17, 1848 “The 300 miles from Idaho to central Oregon took the settlers through verdant valleys and over the blue mountains. (Clifford, 1993) My husband says that were aren’t far now and with the great trades from the Indians our morale is much better.
We’ve gotten thru many rough paths that I’m sure we can endure the rest of our trail. November 8, 1848 The trail splits once more here and we took the road instead of the river. We traded an ox so that we could have more money upon arriving to Oregon. We are finally at the end of our journey and it was worth the long 6 months of torture. OREGON! We made it! Here there is great land for farming I’m so happy our journey has ended and I know we will have a great future here after 7 long months.