Just this past week we had a number of the grandbabies and toddlers in our family affected with the croup. I watched as my daughters did all they could to ease their child’s sickness. I saw the worry and how they consulted each other and my wife for advice. Through their efforts, and medical science, the kids are all on the road to recovery.
Pioneer mothers were no different. They had the same worry, however, what they didn't have was medical science working in their favor. This made it all the more worrisome for the mothers. What did Huldah Smith give her sick daughter in hopes of reviving her little heart?
a. Swamp water
November 6, 1845: Found a chance of going over the rapids on a flatboat or lighter to Keokuk, 12 miles, price one and a half dollars. Met with another chance on unloading lead and grain from the lighters and putting on the steamboats. Worked till ten in the evening at 18 ¾ cents per hour. Next morning took a job of unloading lead at fifty cents per hundred pigs. Finished about noon, received for my share two dollars, amounting to $4.06 in less than 24 hours.
Diary of Lorenzo Brown, Journal Vol. 1 (1823-1846), typescript, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University; http://www.boap.org/