Number 1 ( 1903) pps. 1-8 Duffield, George C

George Duffield
1903 The Annals of Iowa   unpublished
On the 9th day of March, 1837, James and Margaretta Duffield, with their eight children, arrived at AppanooBe, on the left bank of the Mississippi river. On the right bank was Fort Madison. Samuel Swearingen and wife, with their seven children, were the only persons there who were acquainted with the DuffieldB before they reached this point, but an hour's meeting between men in those days was enough tO' make of them fast friends. A number of families were there that morning, all having waited
more » ... all having waited over night to be ferried across. The experience of the Duffield family was the experience of all the others, and I will try to give an idea of it. It is as clear in my mind as if sixty-five years had rolled back and I was a boy again in buck-skin breeches and muskrat cap-with precious little more-in the camp of immigrants at Appanoose. We camped at a tavern the evening we reached the river; and camped is the name for it, because our mother and Mrs. Swearingen, with the girls, were the only ones who slept in the house. The men and boys cuddled into the hay ricks and under the wagons. The next morning we drove to the edge of the water. Our wagon was driven on to a flatboat. This boat was about 30 feet long and 12 feet wide. There were two sets of row-locks on each side, one man to each oar. A man stood at the stern with a long steering oar and guided the boat. Getting on the boat was quite a job, for there were a great many families waiting to be taken over.