The Sequential History of How Tanglewood Came To Be – Part Nine

Five miles below Newton on Elk Creek we bought 2/3 interest of 10 acres corn with house and fire wood for the winter for $60. We also bought corn in a crib and good corn for 14 cts per bushel. That dident look much like paying $3.00 per bushel for cornmeal or $18.00 per barrel dor flower. We stayed there until the last of March 1852. Then we started for Tama CO. It was a butiful day to start. But having a little stock we’d bought during the winter being two cows with calvs, one colt and 19 hogs, we had trouble starting them, so we only got 6 miles that day and staid the night at North Skunk River. Next morning it was frozen up solid and the wind whistling cold from the northwest. But we pulled out from South Timber Creek 18 miles across the prairie, but only got two or three miles out on the prairie when there came up a terrible storm of snow from the northwest, so terible that we couldent drive our stock against the storm. The hogs ran under oxen and under the wagons for shelter until we ran over two of them killing both of them. We then turned down into a deep ravine where the blew joint grass stood about 6 ft high and there sheltered the best we could until the next morning. Sun dogs just glittering out brightly. Bro David and I cralled out and built a fire with wood that we carried with us and after feeding the teams we made a big coffee boiler full of coffee holding it over the fire until it boiled then we crawled into the covered wagons and ate frozen bred, frozen ham with hot coffee. When breakfast was dispatched we got mother heaped in between two feather beds in the ox wagon with sister Mary to take care of her because she was almost. (Our teams by this time were 2 yoke of oxen and one span of horses). Bro David drove the ox team and father drove the cows and hogs. I took my youngest sister, Jane and the horse team and drove to South Timber Creek. Oh but it was cold, severely cold. When I got to Timber Creek I drove down into a deep ravine where it was sheltered on all sides and I chopped down a tree as quickly as possible and built a log heap fire. When I got the fire started I got a chair out of the wagon I found my sister in a kind of stupor, not hardly willing to get out of the wagon but I pulled her out of the wagon and got her to the fire and then I started back to see how the oxen team was getting along. I met them two miles back on the prairie. And glad to find them all getting along pretty well but Mother. She was getting a little cold and very tired of lying so long between two feather beds. But when we got down to Timber creek the logheap fire was in good shape. I’ll tell you we enjoyed the fire. Mother said it was as comfortable as a parlor. We had a warm supper and dinner and we enjoyed it to. And sleped good that night. Next morning the weather had moderated and we drove to Indiantown that day and stayed there a number of days. During this time we had a terrible snow storm. It snowed, rained and hailed. It thundered and lightened until the snow was about 15 inches deep but beginning about the first days of April the snow lay only a few days. Then we had to muster all the force we could and got two skilful men to help swim the Iowa river before it would overflow its banks. We got two canoes and lashed them together and canoed our corn hogs (17 head), two calvs and all our lumber over. We then swam out two horses, one yearling colt, two cows and four work oxen. The whole entire scene lasted two days. The 2nd night we lay on the north bank of the Iowa river. During the night we had the privilege of enjoying a dashing rain. Next morning we pulled out for our destination in what we called Panther hollow on Sec 28 Tp 84 Range 16 west. There we camped until we had a double log cabin 17 by 17 ft. When it was built it was called the best house in Tama CO.

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