PEOPLE PONDER TO THIS DAY--ASK YOURSELF:
I take a 2,000 mile walk to California?
Could I take all that I own, put it in a 4x10 foot wagon and strike
out across vast wilderness?
Could I overcome all obstacles and actually get to California?
Would I have become crazed by starvation?
Would I have been able to quickly readjust to normal life in California--becoming
an integral part of the developing state--as all but Keseberg were able
Would my intense feelings toward others have changed and mellowed with
passage of time?
What would I have done if I were a member of the
Donner - Reed Party?
DID THE 42 DEATHS OCCUR?
30 starved to death.
5 were murdered for food.
1 was stabbed to death--self defense.
1 was killed for greed.
1 was accidentally shot.
1 was abandoned to die on the trail--manslaughter.
1 after almost starving, ate too much too fast.
1 succumbed to illness.
1 wasted away after being saved.
the 42 dead:
23 were eaten in whole or in part.
9 were possibly eaten.
10 were definitely not eaten.
One non-party death occurred--
A Washoe Indian, caught shooting arrows into oxen, was shot to death.