“Thursday, March 19. A meeting of the returning Elders was held in the mission office in Liverpool in the prayer room, at which Elder Andrew Jenson was appointed president of a company of Elders and Saints who were to sail that day for America. Pres. Lyman and Elder Eckersley gave timely instructions. Quite a number of Saints were emigrating to America in that company. About noon the Elders and emigrants boarded ship ‘Cananda’ anchored in the river Mersey, and at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, accompanied by Pres. Lyman, Elder Jenson and wife went by street car to the Princess Landing Stage and boarded on the steamship ‘Canada’ which had stopped at said stage. A little later they said goodbye to Pres Lyman, Bro. Eckersley and the other brethren from the mission office, and the ship sailed about 4:30 p.m. with about 1,335 passengers on board, of which number the company in charge of Elder Jenson numbered 76 souls as follows:
1. Andrew Jenson president of the company
2. L Sumner Pond returning missionary from Gt. Britain
3. Adolph Hohne “ “ Germany
4. Ebenezer A Child “ “ Switzerland
5. Wm B Stucki “ “ “
6. Fred Neuenschwander “ “ “
7. Carl H Carlson “ “ Sweden
8. Axel Robert Larsen “ “ “
9. Milton H Knudson “ “ Norway
10. Ernest F Jorgenson “ “ “
11. Erik Olson “ “ Sweden
12. William de Leeuw “ “ Holland
13. Edward P Moser “ “ Switzerland
14. Henry Gulliver emigrating from British Mission aged 58
15. Augusta Mary Gulliver “ “ 58
16. Elsie M Gulliver “ “ 17
17. Fred Gulliver “ “ 27
18. Nellie Gulliver “ “ 23
19. Rodney Fred Gulliver “ “ Infant
20. Tamar Gunson “ “ 31
21. Hannah Gunson “ “ 28
22. Charles Murray “ “ 26
23. Malcolm Hunter “ “ 28
24. Clara Hohne emigrating from German mission 30
25. Johan Szymkoviak “ “ 54
26. Maria Szymkoviak “ “ 43
27. Johan Fritz Szymkoviak “ “ 13
28. Rosalie Mollenthin “ “ 45
29. Rudolph E Mollenthin “ “ 19
30. Maria M Berner emigrating from the Swiss Mission 54
31. Caroline M Berner “ “ 18
32. Paulus Zysling emigrating from the Netherlands miss. 33
33. Korneliske Zysling “ “ 27
34. Joukje Zysling “ “ 8
35. Sytze Zysling “ “ 4
36. Marienus Fluit “ “ 36
37. Cornelia M Fluit “ “ 36
38. Maria Fluit “ “ 10
39. Cornelia Fluit “ “ 8
40. Neeltje Fluit “ “ 4
41. Floris L Fluit “ “ 1
42. Dammes de Kuiper “ “ 39
43. William Hansen “ “ 31
44.Elije Kap Hansen “ “ 24
45. Geessien Hansen “ “ 4
46. Jantje Hansen “ “ 3
47. Lammeshien Hansen “ “ 2
48. Axel O Hedberg emigrating from Sweden 17
49. Hannah S Hulterstrom “ “ 18
50. Svea Maria Nordlund “ “ 4
51. Carl E Larson “ “ 18
52. Alfred Olson “ “ 17
53. Carl V Ekman “ “ 35
54. Niels Oscar W Soderberg “ “ 47
55. Emma Caroline Soderberg “ “ 44
56. Sigrid R.C. Soderberg “ “ 17
57. Maria Edith Soderberg “ “ 15
58. Anna Frideborg Soderberg “ “ 11
59. Osvald W Soderberg “ “ 9
60. Lilly Elin Soderberg “ “ 7
61. Niels Emanuel Soderberg “ “ 5
62. Oscar Henry Soderberg “ “ 3
63. Margot Elvan L Soderberg “ “ 2
64. Carl Francis Tolve Soderberg “ “ Infant
65. Hilda K Petersen “ “ 17
66. Olaf M Overby emigrating from Norway 27
67. Ingeborg Overby “ “ 24
68. Adolph M Overby “ “ 7
69. Gudrun Overby “ “ 2
70. Kitty Flem “ “ 19
71. Martha B Ass “ “ 19
72. Laura M.F. Denstad “ “ 20
73. Margrethe Sjursen “ “ 18
74. Bergitte Olsen “ “ 17
75. Bertha H Jensen visitor returning to America
76. Niels Johan Torkelson “ “
Of the emigrants 10 were from Great Britain, 6 from Germany, 2 from Switzerland, 16 from Holland, 18 from Swenden, and 9 from Norway. It was arranged that the company of Saints could eat at the same table in a separate room near the state rooms and all availed themselves of this opportunity except the Norwegian Saints who under the assumed leadership of a Bro. Torkelson, (who had been to Norway on a visit) ate by themselves in the main second class saloon. A special room had been assigned to Elder Jenson and his wife in the first class, but as the room was wanted they were relegated to another room but after leaving Queenstown, seeing that a mistake had been made, the steward gave them the room first assigned. (A.J.’s Journal) [BMMH, 1903].
“Following is a somewhat detailed account of the voyage and overland travel of this company and of their arrival in Salt Lake City, culled from the private journal of Elder Andrew Jenson:
Thursday, March 19. The wind was blowing hard when we sailed from Liverpool and when we got out into the Irish Channel it blew a gale; the sea was very rough and the large ocean steamer pitched and rolled terribly so that many of the passengers suffered severely from seasickness.
Friday, Mar 20. The weather continued stormy. About 1 p.m. a steam tug came out from Queenstown and more passengers boarded the ship. Bro. Soderberg’s infant child was very sick; it was sick when the family left Sweden. We passed Roche’s Point, 336 miles from Liverpool.
Saturday, Mar. 21. The rough weather continued. I was well, but all the returning Elders except Bro. Larsen and Jorgensen were sick and also a number of the emigrating Saints. I did what I could to cheer them up. The bulletin at noon showed we had traveled 277 miles from Roche’s Point.
Sunday Mar..22. In the afternoon the weather moderated and the sun shone brightly. There are on the ship about 300 poor orphans and waifs from London, Liverpool, and Hull, who are being sent to Canada, where many of them will be adopted into families, and others will be put to work on farms. In the afternoon the wind commenced to blow again. Traveled 306 miles.
Monday Mar. 23. The rough weather continued. My wife Bertha was quite sick and not able to take nourishment. Many others of the company were sick. Traveled 352 miles.
Tuesday Mar. 24. The wind changed to a side wind and we were truly ‘rocked in the cradle of the deep’. Traveled 281 miles since last bulletin reading.
Wednesday Mar. 25. The day dawned fair and the passengers, feeling better came on deck. I called the Elders together and gave them some instructions, also distributed orders for railroad tickets among the members of my company. Traveled 342 miles since the last bulletin.
Thursday, Mar 26. A fog settled down on us as we passed the coast of Newfoundland. We also saw several icebergs, some of great dimensions. The noon reading showed we had traveled 352 miles since the last bulletin.
Friday, Mar 27. The weather had modified and the morning was clear and beautiful. The noon reading showed we had traveled 356 miles since the last bulletin. At 11:55 p.m. we reached Halifax Novo Scotia and dropped anchor.
Saturday, Mar. 28. The anchor was lifted and the ship swung into position at the wharf. After landing most of the Non-Mormon passengers, the ship continued the voyage to Boston, our company being included among the passengers who continued the voyage. The distance from Halifax to Boston is 348 miles or a total distance from Liverpool to Boston of 3, 034 miles.
Sunday, Mar. 29. The pilot came on board at 8:30 and we arrived at Boston at 10 a.m. All the members of my company passed the commissioners all right, except Kitty Flem, a Norwegian girl, whose face was badly swollen and she was taken to the hospital soon after landing. As soon as I landed I saw Mr. Farley and arranged for railway tickets; two large hacks hauled us and our small baggage to the railway station. We then had lunch and bought provisions fro the railway journey. Two cars were assigned to our company in which we had plenty of room to sleep at night and we were treated with great courtesy by the railroad officials. Elder L Sumner Pond, jun., and Carl H Malcolm Hunter remained in Boston to visit friends; also a British Brother, Malcolm Hunter. Elders Milton H Knudsen, Wm B Stucki and Erick Olson also remained behind and a Swedish emigrant Bro, Alfred Olsen who all desired to visit New York City.
The rest of us left Boston at 4:30 p.m. and were pleased to have the opportunity of traveling on an American railroad, where the conveniences are so much better than they are on the railroads in Europe.
Monday, Mar. 30. Having traveled all night, we reached Buffalo at 6:40 a.m. Here I met Mr. B.A.Tyrrell, passenger agent of the Nickel Plate Railroad, with whom I arranged for a free ride for my whole company to Niagara Falls and back. Consequently we left Buffalo at 8 a.m. and arrived at the Falls an hour later. I acted as guide for the company and piloted them across the Suspension Bridge to the Canadian side and through Victoria Park, etc., getting fine views of the magnificent falls. Returning to the American side, we boarded the train for Buffalo where we arrived soon after noon. About an hour later we were comfortably seated in two fine cars and left Buffalo for Chicago, on the Nickle Plate Railroad.
Tuesday, Mar. 31. We arrived at Chricago at 8 a.m. I met the agent of the Chicago and Alton Railway and the company was transferred by omnibuses to the depot of that road, where we deposited the small baggage and then permitted the emigrants, under the guidance of the Elders, to visit places of interest in the city. Our sick people and their friends remained at the depot. In Chicago we met Elder Edward Chamberlain and Elder Frederick M Abbottm who were laboring in Chicago as missioniaries. Two of out number were seriously ill, namely Sister Zysling from Holland, and Bro Soderborg little child. We left Chicago on the Chicago and Alton Railway at 6 p.m. and traveled all night in two cars. I plainly perceived that Sister Zysling was sinking and suggested to her husband that we telegraph ahead for a doctor to meet the train in Kansas City and that possibly she and her husband sher from should remain there for a time and come on to Salt Lake City later. But they both pleaded so earnestly to remain with the company that I consented, but telegraphed for a litter to be prepared to transport her from train to train.
Wednesday, April 1. We arrived at Kansas City at 7:45 a.m. and were transferred to the Missouri-Pacific Line, leaving Kansas City at 10:40 a.m. We had traveled only a short distance from Kansas City when Bro Soderberg’s child showed signs of dying. My wife Bertha and others helped to nurse it until 3:30 when it died just as we passed through Osage City, Kansas. We telegraphed ahead for a box and some ice, and continued the journey. While my wife Bertha and some of the sisters were dressing the baby I noticed that Sister Zysling was lying in the struggles of death, and called the sisters to her side. We carried her into the smoking room of the car, where the baby was being prepared for burial, and soon afterwards, just as we reached Council Grove, Morris County, Kansas, Sister Zysling breathed her last, just two hours after the Soderberg baby died. A physician (Dr.D.H. Painter) who was on board the train, and who stopped bu when the woman had passed away, made out the necessary papers testifying that she had died of non-contagious disease and consequently could be taken along with the company on the train. We had telegraphed ahead for a coffin box and ice in which we reverently placed the remains of Sister Zysling and the child, but while doing do a telegram was received from the railroad officials ordering that the bodies should be taken off the train at Hoisington and there embalmed before being carried on any further. We arrived at Hoisington about 11 o’clock at night, and leaving Elder Child in temporary charge of the company, my wife and I got off the train and followed the remains to the undertaking parlor where they were properly embalmed. We left Hoisington, with the remains at 2:15 a.m. and taking a fast train arrived in Pueblo, Colorado, at 11 a.m. the next day, soon after the arrival of our company.
Thursday, Apr. 2. The transfer of the company into a Denver and Rio Grande Railroad train was partly done on my arrival and I attended to the rest, getting one car for our exclusive use and another for part use and transferred the bodies of the dead on to the same train. So, in the midst of a blinding snow storm, we left Pueblo at 1 p.m.
Friday, April 3. Early in the morning we arrived at Grand Junction. After crossing Green River I called the members of my company together in one car where we as an expression of sympathy for the bereaved families, sang ‘Come, come, ye Saints,’ and ‘When First the Glorious Light of Truth,’ etc. I also made a few remarks and everybody present was melted to tears and a fine spirit prevailed. At my suggestion a general hand-shaking was indulged in and goodbyes said, as I explained that we would have a much better opportunity to do this then than upon our arrival in Salt Lake City, where relatives and friends would be awaiting us. The train arrived in Salt Lake City at 3:15 p.m. The platform was full of people who had come to greet the travelers, and Bro. Joseph E Taylor, to whom I had telegraphed earlier in the day was present to take charge of the bodies of the deceased. We were thankful to have made the journey in a manner so pleasantly, but the sorrow of our bereaved friends cast a gloom over us as we separated.
(A.J.’s Journal).” [BMMH, 1903]
“Thursday, Mar. 19. . .Elder Harry W. Matthew who left Liverpool with a company of Saints and Elders February 19th, writes that the voyage was made safely across the ocean, although the waves were extremely boisterous. (Mill.Star, 65:186).” [BMMH, 1903].
British Mission Manuscript History Voyage Entry
Notes: [Voyage information has a line through it.]