Burke, Marguerette, Hudson, Henry James, 1822-1903
Henry James Hudson and the Genoa Settlement
April 14, 1857 to January 2, 1858. Hudson leads a small group of immigrants from St. Louis, Missouri to Omaha, Nebraska. They travel by steamboat, with Hudson noting stops and provision purchases along the way. He is frequently disgusted by prices, believing they take advantage of the poor. Measles breaks out, which Hudson blames on a family's refusal to bury their deceased son. Reaching Omaha, the immigrants buy teams and form a way station along the Overland Trail. The group decides to build a meetinghouse and hold a communal dinner, so that everyone will have access to bread, butter, and meat. Separate dinners are held for adults and children, as there is no building large enough to hold the whole community.