What hardship did the Willie Company face while in Laramie, Wyoming?
a. The handcarts were worn out
b. The first snow storm
c. The start of rationing
Thursday, May 1, 1856, Liverpool, England, Willie Handcart Company Journal: The passengers arrived at the dock and boarded the Thornton. They took possession of their berths as allotted to them. By evening, order and tranquility prevailed throughout the whole ship. On this day, Jennet McNeil from Haddington, Edenborough, England, had a baby boy at 5:00 p.m. The number of passengers are as follows: 560 adults, 172 children, 29 infants.
Wednesday, May 7. 1856, aboard the Thornton, Willie Company Journal” Passengers still suffering sea sickness. The greatest order prevailed on board, everyone seemed to respect the rights of each other, and to obey those placed to preside over them. Sister Rachel Curtis, aged 75 years, died of old age, being declining before she left Liverpool, at 7:30 p.m. She was from Norton, Gloucestershire. In the different wards prayers were offered up mornings and evenings, and to be continued during the voyage. Light airs, cloudy weather.
Thursday, May 8, 1856, aboard the Thornton, Willie Company Journal: This morning sea sickness remained, though gradually recovering. At 10:00 a.m. the bell tolled, a signal that the hour had arrived when we were to consign the remains of our beloved Sister Curtis to the sea to await the resurrection of the just. Great solemnity prevailed among all present. President Willie offered up a prayer to the Almighty. She was buried in the mighty deep.
Stewart E. Glazier and Robert S. Clark, Journey of the Trail (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1997), 27.