Map Station 5: Sun River 1862
Henry and Electa met, fell in love, and made plans to marry at the Sun River Government Farm. We have no firsthand accounts of their courtship, only what we can learn from Thompson, who got the story from the Vails the next spring. You might want to take a look at an excerpt from Thompson's reminiscences now.
Both Jack Cleveland and Henry Plummer were in love with Electa, but her heart belonged to the tall, good looking, "gentleman" from Maine.
Writing 28 years after the fact, Nathaniel Langford, in his book, Vigilante Days and Ways has this to say about Electa,
Here, sheltered by the arms of kind relatives, Henry Plummer first saw the only being which inspired his bosom with virtuous love. A young, innocent, and beautiful girl, artless and loving as a child, won by his attention and gentlemanly deportment, and the tale, seductive as that poured by the serpent into the ear of Eve, which he told of his love, against the advice of her sister and friends, crowned his happiness with her heart and hand. No stories of his past career, no terrible picture of the future, no tears and petitions, could stay the sacrifice. She felt the sentiment so beautifully expressed by Moore,Langford knew Electa since he was a business man in Bannack during the summer of 1863 when she was there, and, of course, he knew Plummer well.
But in the early winter of 1862 it was off to Bannack for Henry, and for Electa, months of waiting at the farm.
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