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Wilford Woodruff’s First Mission, part 9 (Graphic History)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 08, 2009

Adapted from Leaves from My Journal, by Wilford Woodruff; artwork by Douglas Johnson.







to be continued …

Text from Leaves from My Journal

… We could not get passage on the boat, because of the low water, so we went on the bank of the river and cut down a sound cottonwood tree, three feet through, and cut off a twelve-foot length from the butt end; and in two days we dug out a canoe. We made a pair of oars and a rudder, and on the 11th of March, 1835, we launched our canoe, and commenced our voyage down the Arkansas river, without provisions.

The first day we sailed twenty-five miles, and stopped at night with a poor family who lived on the bank of the river. These kind folks gave us supper and breakfast, and, in the morning, gave us a johnny-cake and piece of pork to take with us on our journey.

We traveled about fifty miles that day, and at night stopped at an old tavern, in a village called Cadron, which was deserted because it was believed to be haunted by evil spirits. …

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  1. Still in Arkansas! I remember reading about all the accidents Wilford Woodruff suffered. I’m not quite sure I’d want to be with him as he chopped down a tree and made a canoe. :-)

    Comment by Steve C. — November 8, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

  2. I wish he had recorded the name of those poor but generous people. I’m imagining the reaction of someone who joined the church today and discovered that his great-great-grandparents had hosted Wilford Woodruff.

    (And I’m with you, Steve — stay away from the swing of that ax, and wear your life preserver if you’re going to be around WW!)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 8, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

  3. I found your site while looking for Wilford Woodruff’s Arkansas mission experience. I was surprised to find that there was a cartoon strip about it. When was it originally published and where? Can you tell me something about Douglas Johnson? While the mission took place in 1835 the clothing looks more like 1950s so I am assuming the drawings were done in the 1950s.

    The cartoon shows the two missionaries making a dug out canoe then paddling it to Little Rock making two stops along the way. The second was at Cadron Settlement. It says the place they stayed in was abandoned and haunted. This may be why:

    It occurred the year before Wilford Woodruff spent the night there. Cadron Settlement has an interesting story. It once was considered for becoming the state capitol. The river is not at all like it use to be because of the Locks and Dams. Cadron is just above “Toad Suck L&D”. But that is another story.
    I live in Conway and Cadron Settlement is now a Conway city park.
    Richard McFadden

    Comment by Richard — February 10, 2013 @ 9:33 am

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