Maybe other history seekers have seen this, but I'm still an amateur and find it AMAZING! I've seen a lot of mission conference pictures. There are some from Brazil that have me in them. This has historical significance as this 1855 photo of British Missionaries includes the captains of four of the five experimental handcart companies of 1856. Three of the experiments came out pretty well. The last two, not so much. And those last two captains are all the more famous for that.
Captain McArthur's company was next and frequently catching up to Ellsworth on the trail. Both companies came into the Valley together on September 26, 1856. Next was Captain Bunker on October Second with a contingent of almost all Welsh. Then the rescue parties went out for the companies of Captains Martin & Willie trapped in the early Wyoming winter at the uniquely sweet water in that high, bitter land.
28 March 2014
I just ran across some information that Spicer Wells Crandall, pictured 2nd from left in the front row, was an 1850 settler of Springville. He went on a mission to Britain and came back in 1856 on the Enoch Train and was in charge of half of the McArthur Handcart Company. He could be a link for Eleanor and the Lewises to Springville!