"The Fearful Scourge of 1832"
Rev. Wakeman was a contemporary of the Whitmans. His personal reminiscences of Marcus and Narcissa appeared in a Prattsburgh newspaper in 1893 and 1898. The following is from an unpublished manuscript titled "The Fearful Scourge of 1832." It was probably written sometime after 1890.
Drury, Clifford M. Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and the Opening of Old Oregon. 1994. Northwest Interpretive Association: Seattle, Washington.
Did You Know?
Wagons used on the Oregon Trail had to carry nearly 2000 pounds of supplies. They traveled 2000 miles or more to the Oregon Country. Most wagons were pulled by oxen as they could eat the prairie grass and survive without lots of food for lengthy periods.