Autobiography 1857-1858 Draft of Accidents

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    History of Wilford Woodruff concluded heading for printers Chapter of Accidents written G. S. L. City February, 1858 Varied and diverse are the lives and fortunes of men, while the paths of some are strewen with flowers and ease from the cradle to the grave with naught to disturbe their peace, others apparen tly are marked victims of variated misfortunes, accidents, and dangers; the last named class is the one, in whose ranks I have stoood stood, thro' my infancy, childhood, youth & manhood, up to the present time, so ...
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    between the headblock and the fender post, and broke both bones of my leg below the knee. I was taken to the house and lay nine hours before my bones were set, which time was spent amidst ^suffering severe pain, but being young my bones soon knitt together and in a few days, I was again upon my feet; during my confinement, by this lameness, my bro., Thompson, was my companion in the same room going through with a course of the typhus fever. When 7 ...
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    overcome with cold, ^so that^ I could not travel. I crawled into the hollow of a large apple tree a man in the distance seeing me go into ^it^ the tree hastened to my rescue, realizing my danger more fully than I did when he arrived at the spot I had fallen asleep and was nearly insensible, he had much difficulty in arousing me to a sense of my situation, he procured means to carry me to my father's house, and through a kind providence my life was again ...
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    saved my life, for had I struck upon any other part of my body, it must have killed me instantly, as it was my bones crushed from under me as though they were reeds, it broke my left leg twice in two places and put out both my ankles in a shocking manner and the Horse came near rolling over me in his struggles to get up; my uncle, Titus Woodruff, saw me fall got assistance me and carried me to his house I lay from 2 O'clock ...
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    During the winter of 1831, while in New hartford, Ct. I passed through a severe fit of sickness course of lung fever. In 1833, the day I was baptized into the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints; one of my horses, newly caught ^sharp shod^, kicked my hat off my head and had he struck 2 inches lower, would probably have killed me instantly, in 10 minutes afterwards while driving the same team down a hill on a sleigh without any box the bottom boards ...
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    and shut me up fast, ^between the bolster and tongue^ but in such a manner that my head and shoulders dragged on the ground my horses took fright and ran out into an open prairie and thus dragged me in this possession ^position^ for about half a mile. I managed to guide them with my left hand, so as to run them into a corner ^of a high worm^ of the fence, where we landed in a pile together. I was considerably bruised but escaped without any broken bones. On ...
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    July 23, 1842 August 10, 1842 September 12, 1843
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    and their lives were saved, by having a long train of freight between the passenger cars and the engine, which ^all of them^ were mashed to pieces, the engineer was killed, some of the passengers had bones broken I escaped unhurt. On the 5th day of Oct 1846, while with the Camp of Israel building up winter quarters on the west side of the Missouri river, (then Indian country,) I passed through one of the most painful and serious misfortunes I ...
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    October 5, 1846
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    Nauvoo August 1st 1840 had to mount^ed^ my horse and ride ^rode^ 2 1/2 miles, over a very rough road and had to dismount^ed^ twice in consequence of miry places, my breast and vitals were so badly torn to pieces that at each step of the horse the pain went through me ^like an^ arrow; I continued on horse back until I arrived at Turkey Creek on the north side of Winter Quarters I then became exhausted and was taken off my horse and carried to my wagon in a ...
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    April 21, 1856 April 28, 1856
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    of mortification I showed it to Prest. Young who advised me to cleanse my stomach immediately and put on onion poultices and any thing that would draw the poison from my system into my arm, which I counsel I immediately put into execution. the 29th was another trying day to my life, the poison had so thoroughly penetrated my whole system that my strength left me I could not stand, I was led to my bed, my bowels and stomach ceased to act, my speech was like that of a drunken man Prest. Young called in
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    April 29, 1856
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    have barely been missed a ^the^ passing bullet, and have passed through a score of other hair-breadth escapes. It has appeared miraculous to me, that with all the injuries and broken bones, which I have met with ^had^; I have not a lame limb about me, but have been enabled to endure the hardest labor, exposures and journeys, have often walked 40, 50, and on one occasion 60 miles in a day. The protection and mercy of God has been over me and my life thus far has been preserved for which blessings I feel to render the gratitude ...
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    August 1832 a continuance of the foreerding subject I have hastily noticed in the foregoing pages some of the leading circumstances of my life, up to the time of my entering the ranks of the Servants of God. In looking it over I find many imperfections but as it was written some time since and in great haste I shall let it remain for the present and continue my narrative begginning where I left off When I entered the ranks of Gods people and first commenced the Christians warfare I had but faint ideas of the narrowness ...