Thursday, September 1, 2011


Frid 26th
Froze hard last night today clear & warm Wind S: E: blowing briskly Marthas jaw swelled with the toothache; hungry times in camp, plenty hides but the folks will not eat them we eat them with a tolerable good apetite. Thanks be to Almighty God. Amen Mrs Murphy said here yesterday that thought she would commence on Milt. & eat him. I dont that she has done so yet, it is distressing The Donnos told the California folks that they commence to eat the dead people 4 days ago, if they did not succeed that day or next in finding their cattle then under ten or twelve feet of snow & did not know the spot or near it, I suppose they have done so ere this time.

Diary of Patrick Breen

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Anonymous said...

Well, if the old saying 'You are what you eat..." is true, then these folks didn't change a bit.

GoneferalinID said...

The Donner party was an early favorite in my life. Man am I morbid or what?

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Mantan Calaveras said...

I am made to understand that there are a number of "Alferd Packer Memorial Kitchens" in colleges across Colorado.