[Hosea Stout Diary] Saturday Oct. 16th 1847. Cold North wind. All well. Started at 8 oclock and went to Wood River 12 miles 12 feet wide and one deep. A most beautiful stream. Here we met S. H. Goddard & Kellogg who had come on in advance of the company trying to take over the ox teams. Goddard was lying by the road side fast asleep & was waked by my hollowing to the company to Halt, badly frightened supposing it was Pawnees. Kellogg was on Grand island hunting and saw us coming. They starving almost[.] We turned out our horses & took dinner. They said we would meet some more today[.] But the main company was perhaps several days behind yet. We felt well satisfied now for we learned that they were on the move but slowly & that they had recovered most of their horses from the souix. We only staid here about an hour and then pushed on to meet A. Lyman & some more who Goddard said was hard by. They turning back with us. Our company now accounted to nineteen.
We traveled 14 miles and stopped on the main Platte and baited our horses on a good bed of rushes in the thick timber and got our suppers, and not thinking it a safe place to guard ourselves against the Indians we went about one mile out in the prairie where we staid all night.
[source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]