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Diary of William Polke – Monday, 5 Nov. 1838


Monday, 5 Nov. 1838 “The day was consumed in making settlements with the officers. During the afternoon a considerable number of the Indians assembled at headquarters and expressed a desire to be heard in a speech.” “Pe-pish-kay rose and in substance said – ‘That they had now arrived at their journey’s end—that the government must now be satisfied. They had …

Diary of William Polke – Saturday, 3 Nov. 1838


Saturday, 3 Nov. 1838 “At an early hour we left our encampment at Oak Grove, and travelled until two o’clock when we reached a settlement of Wea Indians on Bull creek, and camped adjoining Bulltown.” “Our journey was pleasant, and was marked by the anxiety of the Indians to push forward and see their friends. During the evening an attempt …

Diary of William Polke – Wednesday, 31 Oct. 1838


Wednesday, 31 Oct. 1838 “Left encampment this morning at half after seven o’clock—the company under Capt. Hull being attached to the emigration—and at 12 o’clock passed Independence. At one we reached our present encampment two miles south of Independence, and ten miles from the camp of yesterday.” “After reaching camp in the evening a small quantity of shoes were distributed …

Diary of William Polke – Wednesday, 24 October 1838


Wednesday, 24 October 1838 “This morning before leaving camp a quantity of shoes were distributed among the indigent and barefooted Indians, the weather being too severe for marching without a covering to the feet.” “At eight o’clock we left Thomas’ encampment, and at 12 reached Carrollton, near which place we are now encamped. Distance 12 miles. Nothing occurred on the …

Diary of William Polke – Saturday, 20 October


Saturday, 20 October “Left Chariton Encampment at eight o’clock this morning. The road was quite muddy and the air very cold. At 12 we reached our present Encampment on Grand Chariton, two miles from Keatsville.” “Tomorrow being the Sabbath we shall remain in camp. The health of the Indians is almost completely restored. There are perhaps scarcely a dozen cases …

Diary of William Polke – Wednesday, 10 Oct. 1838


Wednesday, 10 Oct. 1838 “The settlement of yesterday was concluded today, and every person engaged in the service, save the officers of the emigration, was paid up to the thirtieth. In order to allow the wagoners an opportunity of repairing their wagons, shoeing their horses and making other repairs necessary for the safe prosecution of the journey, much extra ferriage …

Diary of William Polke – Monday, 8 Oct. 1838


Monday, 8 Oct. 1838 “In order to reach Quincy and forward the ferriage of the river as much as possible, parties of the emigration were detached and sent a-head at seven o’clock. At 10, a great portion of the emigrants had reached the river, seven miles from the camp of last night. A steam ferry-boat which had been previously employed …

Diary of William Polke – Saturday, 6 Oct. 1838


Saturday, 6 Oct. 1838 “At a little before eight in the morning we left the encampment of last night. During the night we were visited by a fall of rain which rendered the travelling today unusually pleasant. The dust has been completely allayed, and the air much cooled. Water on the route was only to be found in stagnant ponds.” …

Diary of William Polke – Wednesday, 3 Oct. 1838


Wednesday, 3 Oct. 1838 “Left Exeter encampment at a little before eight o’clock, and without any occurrence of note reached the Illinois River at about 11 – nine miles distant from last night’s camp. Preparations were made for ferrying the river, and we embarked in keel and flat boats directly after our arrival.” “The day was spent in crossing and …