On a hot July afternoon in 1856, businessman Charles Good paid an unannounced visit to a crowded campground west of Fort Des Moines. There he found nearly 500 tired travelers--Mormon emigrants who had pulled their handcarts earlier that day through the small business district of Fort Dex Moines where Good lived. This was the fourth handcart company to pull through the city in two months. Good's visit would be noted in the company's official journal, but subsequent histories have overlooked his charitable gesture--a simple act of kindness--while at the camp.
Original Publication Citation
William G. Hartley and Fred E. Woods, "Charles Good's Act of Kindness and the Handcart Children," Iowa Heritage Illustrated 87, no. 2 (Summer 2006): 88-91. http://www.iowahistory.org/publications/iowa-heritage-illustrated/
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Woods, Fred E. and Hartley, William G., "Charles Good's Act of Kindness and the Handcart Children" (2006). All Faculty Publications. 993.
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© 2006 State Historical Society of Iowa Reprinted from Iowa Heritage Illustrated (87:2), by permission of the State Historical Society of Iowa.
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