Helen Mar Kimball was born August 22, 1828 in Mendon, New York as the oldest daughter of Heber C. Kimball and Vilate Murray Kimball. Her mother and father were among the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having joined in New York just two years after the church was organized. Their close friends, the Brigham Young family, also joined the Church at the same time. When Helen was seven years old, her father was called to be an apostle and for the remainder of his life he was deeply immersed in the affairs of the Church. In 1843, Helen was married in the Nauvoo temple to Horace K. Whitney, the oldest son of Newel K. Whitney, on February 3, 1846. A few days after their marriage, they left Nauvoo, crossed the Mississippi river on the ice and joined the exodus of Mormon saints. The Woman’s Exponent, the first newspaper owned and published by Latter-day Saint women in Utah, reported a tribute at Helen’s death claiming, “She was the handsomest girl in Nauvoo. She was beautiful with the dignity of a queen.” Helen died on November 15, 1895 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This folder contains a book by Karen M. and Paul D. Larsen titled “Remembering Winter Quarters.” The book is a collection of first-person writings from sixteen pioneers who lived temporarily at Winter Quarters, Kanesville, Nebraska and other nearby locales between 1846 and 1852. The book is organized in sixteen chapters, one for each individual, ranging from the well known to the obscure. An introductory note for each chapter gives a brief history of the writer before the personal history begins, and ends with a short note summarizing the pioneer’s experience after Winter Quarters. The chapters are composed of one official epistle by Brigham Young, eleven autobiographies/reminiscences, and four journals. Throughout her narrative, Helen quotes her husband Horace’s journal as well as other people’s speeches and writings. She captures details about the social life of the pioneers and offers a close view of Colonel Thomas L. Kane, the Indians, and the landscape.