Pioneer Period and Pioneer People of
Fairfield Co., Ohio.
by C. M. L. Wiseman
Publ. F. J.
Heer Printing Co., Columbus, O. 1901
THE FIRST OVERLAND EXPEDITION
TO LEAVE LANCASTER, FIFTY YEARS AGO.
the spring of 1852 Thomas Sturgeon and Samuel Crim ,
being then partners in the buying and selling of horses,
purchased 100 horses for the California trade.
They took with them 16 wagons and expected to fit out
mule teams for each one at St. Joseph, Mo. The trip to
Cincinnati was over the pike via Circleville. At
Cincinnati the horses and equipment were shipped by steamer
to St. Louis and St. Joseph, Mo. They employed forty
of the best young men in the county to go with them and take
charge of the horses and teams.
At St. Joseph they entered the savage Indian country
and passed through what is now the fertile plains of Kansas
and Nebraska, and after many months reached San Francisco,
without the loss of a man and very little stock.
We give herewith the names of the men who were members
of the Crim & Sturgeon expedition.
Forty-eight winters have come and gone since 1852, and but
few of the number remain. Horatio Westlake
resides in Columbus, Ohio.
Horatio Westlake, Thomas A. Black,
Joshua Stukey, Richard Miller,
Sim Street, David
Robert McFarland, O. P. Courtright,
Ed. Wilson, W. B. Wilson, W. H.
Samuel Thompson, William Thompson, Rushcreek.
William Kuqua, David Ginger, A. R. Ginger,
Solomon Ghaster, William Paul, Samuel Smetters, D.
B. Miller, Liberty.
George Watson, William Watson, Peter L. Geiger,
David Weaver, Thomas Lamb, D. D. Wickliffe, Adam .Shane, Sol
Dan Walters, E. M. Walters, Pleasant.
P. S. Julian, Madison.
William Mallon, Wm. Jacobs, L. P. Foust, John Boyer,
H. C. Mehorter, H. H. Hamlin, James Dallas, D. Alexander,
About the same time John D. Jackson, John
Cannon and Jonathan Rising left
Lancaster for the coast via Panama. Rising died on the
steamer. He was a brother of Philip Rising.
But few of the Fairfield people who went to California — and
there were hundreds — ever returned.