Heritage Gateways

Official Sesquicentennial K-12 Education Project
sponsored by the Utah State Board of Education, the BYU-Public School Partnership and the Utah Education Network

Margaret Clark Journals

April 19, 1997

Location: Winter Quarters - 1014 miles left, Nebraska - Location: 41:21:41N 95:56:45W Currently the site of Florence, Nebraska, Winter Quarters was settled in September, 1846 as a temporary resting place for the pioneers. It is located just west of the Missouri river in Nebraska.

Summary: For the Children by Russell M. Leger-wagonmaster-Ox-Bow group

Journal entry:

For The Children

Little boys and little girls
Dirty feet and pretty curls,

Some with smiles, some with pain
They walked along the wagon train.

The wind would blow about their heads
The dirt and grass would be their beds.

Often sick and clothed in rags
Still they loved their Moms and Dads.

Men with oxen, mules and flies,
Women cooked and baked the pies.

"Daddy, who is leading Brigham Young?"
"Why, Jesus Christ, of course, my son."

A morning sun, a moonlit night
A just reward for doing right.

Some only see what's in their hand
Others see what's in God's plan.

Russell M. Leger