The people of our train were the first emigrants to arrive from the east, those people that were there having come from California and Oregon, or if from the east had sailed around the Horn and would have been insulted had you called them emigrants. Nevertheless, some of the wealthiest and most influential citizens Idaho has ever known have been of and are descendants of these emigrants.
We landed with little money and most of our stock had died en route. Many of our people were living in dugouts in the foothills. The winter of 1864, which was the hardest that Boise has ever known, was coming on. Food, clothing and fuel were selling at prices that would seem fabulous now. For instance, flour was selling at $1 a pound and eggs at $6 per dozen. Things looked doleful, indeed, for the emigrants.
Word was sent out into the mining districts of their need and plight and when help came it was a bountiful help, for it numbered thousands of dollars for distribution. —Francis Agnew

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