175 years ago today - Oct 31, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff on the return of some of the first pioneer company from Salt Lake Valley to Winter Quarters]

We had A hard days drive As our Horses were worn down. We travled hard through the day. When within About one mile of Winter Quarters We made A Halt And the company was drawn up in order & Addresed by President Young & dismissed.

We drove into the city in order. The streets were lined with people to shake hands as we drove along. Each one drove to his own home. I drove up to my own door & was truly rejoiced to once more behold the face of my wife & children again after being absent over six months And having travled with the Twelve & the Pioneers near 2,500 miles & sought out a location for the Saints And Accomplished one of the most interesting mishions ever accomplished at the last days.

Mrs Woodruff had been confined with A daughter 3 days previous to my arival. Mother & daughter doing well. All was cheerful Happy & we felt it A blessing to again meet. Distance from the Horn 30 m[iles].

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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