A copy of the El Dorado News, of Saturday last, contains an announcement
of the arrival at Placerville of the first companies of the immigration by
the plains this season. The most forward party reached that place on the
17th inst., making the trip from St. Joseph in seventy-seven days. This
party came by the way of Sublette's cut-off, and report having met two
returning companies of Californians, who were in good health and well
advanced. The first division of these homeward bound travelers was met
near Soda Springs. The second camp was encountered at the head of the
The California overland immigration is "rolling on." It will
scarcely exceed a thousand souls, according to the representation of the
advance guard. About two thousand turned off on the Oregon road. There are
few families on their way across the plains, the accounts of the
sufferings of the last year.s emigration having intimidated many.
The first company that arrived at Placerville was composed of the
following persons. They were a party of packers.
Laporte, Ind.L. W. Keely, C. C. Crandell, W. Lemon, and John
Joiliet, Ill.H. Carpenter, N. Flax
On the 21st, the second party of emigrants "packed in," arriving
at El Dorado in good health, making the journey from Kanesville, on the
Missouri River, in seventy-nine days. They were not molested seriously by
the Indians along the route, their chief trouble being the scarcity of
grass. For about a fortnight travel after leaving the Missouri, they found
grazing food, but about two hundred miles this side of Fort Laramie, it
failed, and continued scarce during the greater part of the way.
This company came via. the Salt Lake country, and found the colony
prosperous and increasing. They rejoice in the prospect of full harvests,
and received the emigrants kindly.
We append the names of this company. They have suffered none from
the sickness along the route, and report those behind making excellent
Dundee, Ill..Thos. Pindar, Riley Holdridge.
Potosi, Wis..Samuel Hunt, Mr. Garey
Racine, Wis..Capt. Head
Elkhart County, Mich..M. Rowe, Mr. Bates, John Rowe